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I am very strongly thinking of changing the looks of my 89 Reatta. I don't have any intention of selling the car but I want to make it unique. I am seriously thinking of removing the trunk lid extend the roof and moving the rear window to set over the taillights. Hinge the window so it will open and install a rear seat. I have the door glass from when I modified my S-10 and window regulators to use for the side glass and I was wondering what you guys think of that idea? Would you mind putting in your 2 cents in? I would like to know. If I deside to do this I will keep you updated with pictures.  For some reason I can not find a way to respond to individual questions. 

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being asked questions and no way to answer. (see edit history)

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Back when I had an '88 Nissan Pulsar NX, there was an available "square hatch" to replace the OEM "fastback" type. I did not get it. The Pulsar had a fold-down rear seat, but not much headroom, and it was very cramped- so few used it, so it was essentially a "2 seater" car- for practical purposes. Here is a photo of an '89 with the "square hatch".

 

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1 hour ago, retiredmechanic74 said:

I am very strongly thinking of changing the looks of my 89 Reatta. I don't have any intention of selling the car but I want to make it unique. I am seriously thinking of removing the trunk lid extend the roof and moving the rear window to set over the taillights. Hinge the window so it will open and install a rear seat. I have the door glass from when I modified my S-10 and window regulators to use for the side glass and I was wondering what you guys think of that idea? Would you mind putting in your 2 cents in? I would like to know. If I deside to do this I will keep you updated with pictures.  

you must be good at bodywork.could you make a drawing of what you want to do.

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Sounds like a fun project!  I look forward to seeing what you create!!

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Well, that would certainly change the look:o It would likely need a rear suspension upgrade as the Reatta only has a 450#-500# weight capacity rating. I don't know if the sister Riviera has a stiffer rear spring leaf or they just made up the need with the rear air struts?

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Mr. Earl- why are you "confused" by my post? I was trying to relate what he was talking about, using a similar situation. 2seater gave my post a "thumbs up". (Thank you) Should I have done something differently?

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I remember seeing those Pulsars with the hatch back type attachment. An interesting idea, but apparently not very popular as I saw very few so equipped. I did think that iteration of the Pulsar was a good looking car in stock form, particularly the tail lamps which were very unique.

 

Save for the weight limit of the rear suspension, I've thought once or twice a Reatta could make for an interesting El-Camino type conversion with a flat vertical rear window and a pickup bed in place of the storage bins and trunk. Probably not the most tasteful mod, admittedly. I'd be interested to see a sketch of what is being planned in the first post. I get the general idea, by think you'd be stuck with fixed glass on the sides for the "rear windows"  rather than functional ones as the rear wheel wells would interfere too much.

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3 minutes ago, KDirk said:

I did think that iteration of the Pulsar was a good looking car in stock form, particularly the tail lamps which were very unique.

 

Yes, I really enjoyed mine. It was taken away from me, in my own driveway, while on my way to work- nearly killing me, too. A drunk old man "thought he pressed the brake", barreled through an intersection, hitting 2 cars, then mine. I had just gotten back in- after putting the tops in the back. I'm very lucky to be here. :rolleyes:

 

Video of my Cousin, GF, and I putting a clutch in it is on my YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs5j0zyAo5c  and rear brakes here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV8d85kVa6A  I really miss that little gem. I was the 3rd owner, and had it for 11 years. :(

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It just so happens that I owned a Pulsar back in the 90's before my first Reatta. It was an under-powered little 4 cyl that commonly blew head gaskets. After fixing that a thrust washer flew apart in the automatic transmission and took out some planetary gears. The only way to break even was to rebuild it myself. I was glad to collect the insurance check after my son borrowed it and totaled it.

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On some web sites instead of calling it modifying some people would call it mortifying! LOL. Actually I think some body mods are just fine. Those two ideas (the wagon or El Camino concepts) are interesting.

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Have you thought of maybe extending out the back and making it into a hatchback like the old 80's RX-7, unless you want it to look more like the Pulsar.

By the way you are very talented to want to take on something like that.

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I really don't like the looks of the Pulsar ( To square)  and KDirk brought up a good point about the fixed glass, however I can make them swing out.  As far as the suspension goes  99% of the time I am the only one in the car so I wouldn't do much or anything to the suspension. Right now I have come across a Volvo Pv544 which I'm trying to obtain. If I get that the Buick will have to wait. I always wanted to take the 544 and make a miniature 47 Ford out of it. I've been fabricating sense I was 16 (you should here some of the stories I told my wife) :) 

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19 minutes ago, retiredmechanic74 said:

Right now I have come across a Volvo Pv544 which I'm trying to obtain

 

For anyone else who's wondering...

 

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I looks like a mutated Volkswagen Beetle. Pretty neat.

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I had one of these 544's back at the end of the 60's.  It was a stick shift 4cyl. with two side draft carbs on it. That was one of the fastest little cars I've ever owned.

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1 hour ago, retiredmechanic74 said:

I always wanted to take the 544 and make a miniature 47 Ford out of it.

 

Like this?

 

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2 minutes ago, 89RedDarkGrey said:

 

Like this?

 

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NOT QUITE I don't want to make a pick up out of it. But a 1947 Ford 2 dr. sedan, powered by a 3800 V6

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Mercedes-AMG calls this a Shooting Brake.

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YES That is what I'm hoping to achieve. Even doing the frontend like that. There are important pieces missing on the 544 and I'm trying to get the guy to take a little less for the car, it's in rough shape. But if he doesn't come around, I have the Buick.   

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That's an interesting concept. I take it that you are also planning front end and hood modifications based on the sketch? I do kind of like it, though with the front end changes it is getting just a little distant from being recognizable as a Reatta. Looks like a proper back seat is present as well.

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That's a good job on the sketch you made. I wish I could do that. I imagine a lot of people have ideas about changes they would like to make in the looks of the Reatta. A while back I was thinking out loud on the ROJ forum and this is something I posted. I would never do it. I was just thinking... :)

 

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On 1/15/2018 at 4:43 PM, Ronnie said:

That's a good job on the sketch you made. I wish I could do that. I imagine a lot of people have ideas about changes they would like to make in the looks of the Reatta. A while back I was thinking out loud on the ROJ forum and this is something I posted. I would never do it. I was just thinking... :)

 

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kinda reminds me of KIT from Knight Rider :D

 

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