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Am new owner of 1990 Reatta convertible. The car usually sat in a garage in Florida (under 20k miles). After I had the car shipped to my home (in Michigan), I had the radiator flushed and cleaned, new hoses installed, and had the brake fluid changed. (saw that on this board) Is there anything else that I should have done before winter? The car will not be driven in the snow and salt!!! Thanks

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Welcome to the forum.

I bought a book a few years back about automotive restoration. It was by Jim Richarson (I think) that does the tech talk on the My Classic Car video magazine on TV. The book has a section of properly preparing your car for storage. (Its at home and I'm at work right now) I do recall he suggested changing the oil right before storing it, and changing it again once you take it out of storage. If I remember correctly, the concern was about the level of acidity building up in the oil as it sits (I'm going from memory, so I could be wrong).

Would also suggest a fuel stabilizer be added to the gas tank (a few $'s at Wal-Mart or any automotive parts store). Gas does not keep well for long periods of time.

If I remember, I'll try to dig the book out and see what else was suggested.

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It sounds like you are the lucky owner of a nice Reatta.

The accumulator stores brake fluid under pressure for use by the power brakes when demand is to fast for the brake fluid pump to keep up. See http://www.reatta.net/brakes.html for basic info on the brakes. http://www.reatta.net/brakes/brakes_pictures.html has pictures including the accumulator. Take the brake test on this page http://www.reatta.net/brakes/brakes_troubleshooting.html (at the bottom of the page) . Taking the test is quite important even if the Reatta mileage is low. About a year ago there was a Reatta with about 20,000 miles when it changed hands that had an accident that totaled the car because the brakes did not work in a panic stop.

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