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What did you do to your Reatta today? <ongoing thread>

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Didn’t do much today. Last few car shows have been rained out hoping for better weather this weekend. But I bought some In the bag floormats. I don’t think I’ll actually use them though they just look too nice. 

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Went to the Buick club of CTs show today. As always the only reatta. But some other nice stuff too. 

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I also joined the BCA today. So I need to figure that website out now lol. 

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1 hour ago, Kevin M said:

Went to the Buick club of CTs show today. As always the only reatta. But some other nice stuff too. 

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i always thought the straight eights were cool.

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I’m going back to sea for a couple months so had to winterize my reatta today. Should be home around thanksgiving, so hopefully it will still be nice out and I can drive it again this year. 

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New front brake calipers and hoses. Passenger front brake was sticking and rim was very hot after driving. Now it's all better. 

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Reinstalled headlight switch after successful reassembly (switch housing blowout). Have not yet put the trim panel back over the dash. Whichever previous owner pulled it before busted every connector between the chrome edge (to which the vent covers are attached) and the main panel. I'm going to come up with a way of permanently reattaching the chrome edge piece to the main panel this weekend before putting it back on since that's what primarily holds the panel on aside from the two upward-pointing torx screws.


The way the panel/vent cover assembly is constructed is highly questionable.

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Josh replacement panels can be purchased. Check with Jim Finn or Marck Barker in the vendor listing above. I have extra parts but not for a 1990/91 as I have not yet stripped one.

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I may do that if I can't manage to satisfactorily repair this panel 👍

In other news, I got my headlight switch in and found out the hard way leaving work tonight that the parking lights are now not turning on (stupid me, I was only concerned about the headlights, and I didn't pay attention to whether the rest were working). Headlights work fine though. Hopefully a fuse? Won't be able to figure that out until I have some light and spare fuses to work with.

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I loved my 1990 Reatta! Bought it in 2008 with 62,000 miles; it went to car heaven last month with 175,000 (rear ended by texting driver at 40 mph!). Thankfully, my seat back broke with the impact and I was "gently" laid backwards with no injury. See photos: notice the broken seat and the radio and climate control and rear view mirror that all detached from the force of the impact! Also, see the broken golf club that is sticking out of the trunk! 😕 

What did I do on my Reatta? Everything you can think of and read about on this VALUABLE forum - and then some.  Here is a list. If you plan to keep your car in tippy top shape, expect these kinds of repairs (listed in no particular order):

 

Coil (first repair that this forum helped with!)

Instrument panel (two of them over the course of time)

Brake Accumulator

Change AC system to 134

Headlight arms

Headlight motor

Headlight switch (ouch)

Freeze plugs

Harmonic balancer

Oil level sensor

Mass Airflow sensor

Cam position sensor

Idle arm control valve

Intake Manifold gasket (twice)

All engine and transmission mounts

Expensive paint job with pin-striping

Normal wear and tear maintenance: water pump, struts, etc.

Door lock actuators

New Steering Column

 

Did I mention that I loved to drive this car? If you love it, you will take care of it! Plan to replace these items and you won't be dismayed when they break.

 

I want to especially thank Ronnie and Barney for their advice and devotion to keeping this American classic on the road, as well as my local parts supplier here in Southern California, known by the handle "Steve Skyhawk," who was always willing to give an opinion!!!

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Fired up my reatta for the first time in three months started right up as always. Added my BCA sticker too. 

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Replaced leaky oil pan gasket on my reatta yesterday.  Pretty easy job on this car.  Snapped some not-so-great photos of the internals.  Cylinder walls are a bit shiny, but overall everything looks pretty clean. 

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I’m going back to sea on Thursday so put some stableizer in and disconnected the battery. Should be nice and safe in the garage until I get back in May. 89EFC3BC-EF69-48E7-9BD6-316440ABF1D3.thumb.jpeg.ec12eae81da86122e72e83a62438acec.jpeg

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(Also posted this on the ROJ Forum)

 

Woke up the '91 Reatta, took the cover off, drove it out of the igloo and around the block a few times.  Today's mission was swapping around a few cars: moved the '00 Eldorado into another position within the igloo, moved the '14 Caddy ATS out of the garage and into the driveway for Spring/Summer/Fall.  Drove the Reatta into the garage for Spring/Summer/Fall.  Diane doesn't mind giving up her ATS' garage space since she always has me drive her car out/in the garage whenever she uses it.  Have to admit the one-car garage is pretty narrow.  Oil changes and annual MA inspection stickers are coming up for the Reatta and Eldo in April.  Then they'll be out and about daily.  Plan to drive the Eldo to a June Hemming's Motor News cruise-in at their Bennington, VT headquarters.  Also plan to drive the Reatta to the July BCA Nationals at Strongsville, OH. 

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