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What are you planning on doing with/to your Reatta(s) this coming year?

I plan to take the plunge and attempt to repair the dash and console lights on my 88.  I already have a power inverter and light sensor from one of the vendors here.  I just need to be brave enough to tear into the dash.  I lifted the dash carpet off this summer and took the hand vac to it so it looks nicer.  I found that the dash plastic is in poor shape with quite a few broken parts and cracks.  That dash carpet will be going back on after the repair for sure.

This year I had my hood repainted and clear coated as It had a fair amount of clear coat damage from the Arizona sun.  The painter said to bring the car back in a week so he could repair a couple places where the clear coat had runs.  I went back a week later and the shop was closed.  Everything was gone!  I did not know the guys name and I had paid him in cash.  Looks like I will be attempting to wet sand one hand-sized and one quarter-sized spot myself and using a spray can to apply a light coat of clear.  I am worried that I will sand through to the primer though.  Wish me luck!  I got what I paid for though as the painter did not really charge me very much.  He had previously taken some dents out of my wife's SUV so I thought he could be trusted. :(

The last and biggest fix will be to replace the intake manifold gasket.  I still have an oil leak.  I replaced gaskets for the oil pump, water pump, valve covers and oil pan this year so this  should be the last one to do.  I already replaced my oil pressure switch so I know the leak is not coming from there.

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That's quite a list you have there. I'm going to take a close look at the intake gaskets on my engine. I thought they were leaking earlier this year but the leak magically went away. Maybe driving it this summer fixed it. :unsure:

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I plan on taking an in depth look at some of the serviceable parts since I found out that when I removed my MAF sensor and it said Made in Japan on it. I think this may be what has been causing my intermittent loss of power when I used the overdrive.

The previous owner use to take the car in to a random shop and I think they put foreign parts on it.

 

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The OEM MAF sensor was a Japanese sourced part, pretty certain Hitachi made it for GM. Which is not to say the one you have isn"t faulty,  or that it isn't an aftermarket replacment. 

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3 hours ago, KDirk said:

The OEM MAF sensor was a Japanese sourced part, pretty certain Hitachi made it for GM. Which is not to say the one you have isn"t faulty,  or that it isn't an aftermarket replacment. 

Oh okay I didn't know that thank you for the info. I will have to check it out maybe it is faulty.

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I just plan to drive it more often.  Its always a toss-up between the Reatta and the Riviera.  Sometimes it just a matter of which one is easier to get to since they are parked in a long vinyl clad igloo shelter front to back - back to front in a straight line.  

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32 minutes ago, DShip said:

I just plan to drive it more often.  Its always a toss-up between the Reatta and the Riviera...

That's a good resolution for the new year!  I drive my Reatta often during the warm months but I don't put a lot of miles on it.  My wife and I are retired and have lots of time on our hands. We like to take "day trips" to interesting places we read about in the newspapers or magazines.  We tell everyone that it's our hobby.  I also like to go to cruse-ins on Saturday mornings to talk with other car enthusiast. I never see another Reatta but it's still a lot of fun to have people look at my Reatta and say, "What is that?".  :D  Get out and drive that Reatta!

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I plan on changing my harmonic balancer and re-installing my previous used one to see if it is any quieter. I have figured out that the balancer

clatters a bit before the engine warms up and goes into closed loop mode which gives it more spark advance.

   I live on a hill and usually leave in the downhill direction and thus not much throttle and no clatter.  Going up the hill it clatters noticeably and

no I never warm it up. Got oil pressure?  Go...

 

  Lets see...  large socket

    breakdown bar

    Pipe extension

    Turn the key and it should pop loose.....

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21 minutes ago, DS_Porter 89 Burgandy said:

I plan on changing my harmonic balancer and re-installing my previous used one to see if it is any quieter. I have figured out that the balancer

clatters a bit before the engine warms up and goes into closed loop mode which gives it more spark advance.

 

I'm trying to understand how the balancer is causing a clatter that effects the spark timing when the engine is cold. Could you please give more details on your line of thought about how that is happening until the engine goes into closed loop?

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2 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

I'm trying to understand how the balancer is causing a clatter that effects the spark timing when the engine is cold. Could you please give more details on your line of thought about how that is happening until the engine goes into closed loop?

I have started the engine cold and in diagnostics mode ( as I recall) the spark advance is limited to about 20-25 degrees and when it switches to the closed loop

program the timing advance goes as high as 46 degrees or so. When I go up the hill under half throttle and warmed up in closed loop (or is it open loop - I forget which) I cannot hear any harmonic balancer clatter.

  Since you are curious I will check my conclusions tomorrow and report back

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Finally swap my original engine back in with improved turbo setup, ported '88 heads from Dave, new a/c compressor, condenser and dryer and DRIVE IT.

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1 hour ago, DAVES89 said:

Is that those 5000 mile heads from that '88? Good for you!

10-4 on the heads. I detailed what I did with them over on ROJ some time ago. All the intake valves were replaced due to rust and pitting, as part of what ruined the rest of the engine from water intrusion. Was a real shame. The block is likely junk due to deep rust pitting in two cylinders. Appreciate the heads Dave

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   So I ran my little test to see if I could duplicate or verify my results and of course I could not.

22 hours ago, DS_Porter 89 Burgandy said:

I have started the engine cold and in diagnostics mode ( as I recall) the spark advance is limited to about 20-25 degrees and when it switches to the closed loop

program the timing advance goes as high as 46 degrees or so. When I go up the hill under half throttle and warmed up in closed loop (or is it open loop - I forget which) I cannot hear any harmonic balancer clatter.

  Since you are curious I will check my conclusions tomorrow and report back

   In both closed and open loop modes the spark advance was about 34 to 50 degrees and I did not hear any "clattering" noise from the balancer. The only thing different from a normal startup was the AC was off - not in auto as usual. I will continue to monitor this noise (or lack of noise) and hopefully figure it out. I'll open a new thread when I figure something out...........

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Well me and my Reatta have a lot planned for 2018! In the coming weeks, I will be replacing strut mounts, and struts. Later on once more $$ comes in, I want to rebuild the whole transmission, and I will be going to San Francisco (1800 miles approx in the Reatta) to an 80's centered car show, and I also want to look into maybe going to a National Reatta Meet later in the year too :)

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For 2018 there are lots of thing I would like to do....things that I need to do .........and things I can't do anymore.

Come the end of March 2018 I will have been retired 20 years......when I retired I guesstomated there were 25 years of projects awaiting my attention......I started strong, fixed lots of thing that need repair/replaced.

I strongly suggest to anyone getting ready to retire or maybe just starting retirement (Ronnie) go for a mix of thing you want to do and what you need to do.......and don't neglect your health and check-ups.

I want to go to the Denver meet but I will wait until it is almost time and depending on my wifes health, make the decision.

Need to thin out my "stuff" ....I have a 1965 Corvair Corsa convertible that I purchased in 1968...work on "freshening" it started strong but has been going slowly...that needs to be finish soon.

Need to sell the 1939 Buick Century to someone that has the time to give it the treatment it deserves....it is taken to local shows and maybe get 150 a year, but there are things I would like to do but there are other higher priorities.

Hope to thin out my stuff.......when the Corvair is finished, there are lots of Corvair parts to get rid of.....things like a 1968 complete front suspension that is only use to hold a tarp in place.

Have a scale collection that needs to be thinned.........also a collection of hand water pumps ('20-'30 brass) some have been restored others waiting.

I recommended in another post for Reatta owners to consider joining the Buick Driving Enthusasts (BDE) division of the BCA.....already several Reatta owners show up for the tours and they are great for seeing new thing, meeting new people that like cars like us, and driving your Reatta..........Info online and in the Bugle

Happy new Year

PS just heard that my only granddaughter got engaged New Years eve. 

 

Just got an update from the BDE on the Spring Tour.......May 14-17 Reedsburg Wisc

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52 minutes ago, Barney Eaton said:

I strongly suggest to anyone getting ready to retire or maybe just starting retirement (Ronnie) go for a mix of thing you want to do and what you need to do.......and don't neglect your health and check-ups.

Barney,

That's quite a list of things to accomplish in one year. I hope you get them all done. I am retired and my wife is a well.  Your points about retirement are well taken. I spend more time getting checkups and attending to my health than most people. I have several medical issues that require attention on a regular basis but thank goodness they don't prevent me from doing the things I want to do. They just slow me down.. Thank you for posting the pictures of your collection. That looks like a really nice old Buick.  I wish you would have included a photo of your Reatta. I would love to see it. I intend to check out the BDE. It sounds like something I would enjoy.

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Sorry for not posting the only Reatta I have at the moment.

A little history first, our first Reatta was a 1990 Burgundy coupe with red (burgundy) interior that I purchased for the wife.  We purchased it from the original owner (lady) who was in sales and had just had a baby so the Reatta did not work for her ...it was about a year old but had about 24K because she was in sales.  We were not searching for a Reatta but that car got me started, next was the White/red 1991 convertible which we purchased in 1993 and had it for 22 years. Since that time I think the count is around 11 Reattas, most were '90's, there were 2 '89's,  and 3 '91's.

Our only Reatta today is the Black/red 1991 coupe which we purchased from Bulguri in 2009 with almost 17K .  It has been to a few national meets and achieved Gold Senior and a this year at Brookfield it got it's Elite Archival.

The last picture is the three 1991 Reattas all together...white convertible on the far end, the black coupe, and the Maui Blue coupe with blue interior went to Savanna GA when we purchased the black car.

 

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2 hours ago, Barney Eaton said:

Come the end of March 2018 I will have been retired 20 years......

 

 

 

 

Come June, 2018, I'll be retired 15 years.  Was lucky to retire at the age of 54 in 2003 when the company offered folks with 20 or more years of service a fantastic exit package.  It might take me twice as long to accomplish projects, but I'm just as busy as I was before retirement.

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Barney that black car is beautiful.  Very much deserving of all the awards. You have probably owned more Reattas than I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing the knowledge you have learned over the years about the Buick Reatta.

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Sell my last remaining Reatta ('90 vert with 49,000 miles). But...replace it with an '89 coupe (any color but red/tan).  It's the same resolution I had last year but first need to find the coupe before selling the vert.

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Items that I hope to work on in 2018. Have seats redone due to dry-rotting stitching.  Rewire the Keyless entry. Trunk release works good but doors are intermittent.  This is a GM keyless system Dealer Installed in 88. I will have to take some picture on the module and key fobs when I rewire it. Plan to continue to dive it more and attend as many show events I can. Happy New Year !!!

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Happy New Year!! Here's a New Year's resolution for us all.

 

In the November/December issue of Antique Automobile magazine there is an excellent Letter to the Editor written by Richard Haldeman.  Those of you who have access to the magazine should read the article. It's on page 24.

 

The author begins by talking about Model A Fords he and his wife had owned over the years that brought a lot of enjoyment to them, even though they weren't show cars.  Then he went on to say,  "...I have observed many types of "old car people," all of whom can and should be encouraged in our hobby. Some folks are interested in only high-priced vehicles and restorations, others only want original vehicles, some collect hedgerow queens, and others want to drive old cars....".  That is what caught my eye and prompted me to post this.

 

He was talking about antique cars in general but what he said certainly applies to Reatta owners. The Reatta club, and members of this forum, are a diverse group with wide ranging visions of what we think a Buick Reatta should be. I agree that no matter how different we are, we should offer encouragement and help to those Reatta owners that don't share our vision.

 

We have members of this forum and the Reatta Div. who feel a Buick Reatta should be kept as close to stock as possible. A lot of those Reatta owners have low mileage cars that sit in the garage ready to be shown or judged and probably hardly ever see the highway.  Those are the cars that are most likely to increase in value in the future and they may be good investments.

 

There are a lot of Reatta owners like me who don't have low mileage cars but we still try to keep our cars in good condition. We own them just for the pleasure of driving and owning a unique car. We have little interest in having our cars judged, nor do we worry much about their value. It is common for us to make a few modifications that make our Reattas fit our vision of what a Reatta should be. Different wheels, bigger tires, rear spoilers, and tweaks to the interior are some of the things we do. We are the guys who just like to get out and drive our cars. I think we may be the largest group of Reatta owners.

 

A group that is quickly decreasing in numbers are the Reatta owners who buy their Reattas because they can get them cheap. Their vision is to have a car they can use for daily transportation for very little money. Little do they know...default_sad.png  I believe these cars would fit that category the author referred to as "hedgerow queens". They are cars that may have been parked because they have brake problems or electrical problems that are hard to diagnose and repair. Although these cars can be bought at rock bottom prices, the new owners quickly discover that it can be very expensive to repair them without proper knowledge and a good source of used parts. The Buick Reatta is a complicated car and not a car that you can take just anywhere to get it worked on. These are the Reatta owners that need the most help and encouragement from other Reatta owners. If they aren't able to achieve their vision for their Reatta it is most likely their Reatta will get parted out. Eventually that will drive up the price of good used parts for all of us.

 

No matter what your vision is for the Buick Reatta, I encourage you to make a New Year's  resolution to do what you can to help other Reatta owners in order to keep the hobby of Reatta ownership alive.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

There are a lot of Reatta owners like me who don't have low mileage cars but we still try to keep our cars in good condition. We own them just for the pleasure of driving and owning a unique car. We have little interest in having our cars judged, nor do we worry much about their value. It is common for us to make a few modifications that make our Reattas fit our vision of what a Reatta should be. Different wheels, bigger tires, rear spoilers, and tweaks to the interior are some of the things we do. We are the guys who just like to get out and drive our cars. I think we may be the largest group of Reatta owners.

This fits me perfectly. Love road trips in the Reatta. I keep it garaged but drive it daily. It is completely stock because there is little I can do to improve the original design. It is a source of pride to keep all systems original and functional and at the same time add more mileage. Just rolled over 100K

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