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  2. Bertimus

    Brushed Style Center Cap

    I may just be a weirdo, but I like the original tire size and rim style lol! But I do enjoy seeing all the different upgrades that folks do
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  4. Bertimus

    Brushed Style Center Cap

    Yes I've seen those quite a bit on Reattas, I have to agree they look super cool! But I'm one of those stock preservation/keep it original kind of dudes. Plus, I already ordered some 15" Cooper Cobra tires 😎
  5. Bertimus

    Brushed Style Center Cap

    I ended up buying two caps in good condition on Ebay from a gentleman in Arizona. They were fairly difficult to track down in a decent enough condition. Only now did I find the name Jim Finn (oh well, at least next time I know). But I'm going to replace the current stripped cap and keep it as a backup along with the extra I ordered. Then I'll put it back on when I get all the rim and caps remachined which I am determined to do, not as soon as I'd like, but eventually.
  6. What year is your Reatta? I have the factory repair manual for 1990 and can look to see if it has any info on your problem.
  7. Philbo

    Drivers door handle (exterior)

    So the same thing happened on my 1990. I actually replaced it with a 1991 door handle, which you can get off rock auto for about $10. The only difference is that the 91 door handle does not have The bracket for the little switch that is on the 89 and 90 models. Right now I just left the switch hanging out in the door, but eventually I am going to find a way to mount the switch to the 91 handle. You could probably do it fairly easily, I just didn't have the time to mess with it at the time.
  8. Philbo

    What should we do?

    Ronnie, I love this site and really hope we can keep it going. I don't post super often, mostly because I have a young family and so time for hobbies is somewhat limited at times. But I have learned so much from this site and the forum. I can't imagine not having it. As for the cost, I am more than willing to contribute. I have in the past, (actually I am probably due again). Out of curiosity how much does it cost to keep the site up and going? Either way I will definitely throw some in the hat in the very near future. I would be very sad to see ROJ go. That is for su
  9. Bertimus

    What should we do?

    Can't even begin to describe the amount of time I do reading and researching through your archives. To the folks like me this place is invaluable πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½
  10. So a over a month ago I was experiencing the fabled battery drainage that is commonly associated with Reattas. Many attribute the drainage to a variety of parasitic draw issues usually from something electrical because of the car's numerous futuristic features (for it's time) My 88 had an aftermarket Interstate battery. For the most part Interstate batteries are considered very reliable batteries. When I presented the drainage issue to my mechanic he suggested that all it needed was the EXACT battery that was designed for the car. I was skeptical. He contacted AC Delco
  11. Bertimus

    What should we do?

    What??? Us young bucks need this site in order to learn the ropes, I just discovered this sanctuary! The Reatta's comeback is only beginning... Hope to see this resources for years to come and thanks for all that you do πŸ™πŸ½
  12. Ronnie

    What should we do?

    Thank you Ron. I'm glad you find this site useful.
  13. Ron Walker

    What should we do?

    I've actually visited the site off and on over the years without posting. This site is a gold mine. I've copied about an inch of documents from "how to's" to "codes" and sundry things. I put the copies in a folder for quick reference. I had the Headlight Motor Repair dog ear'd by replacing the bushings on both headlights and a crank assembly once. Just recently joined as a member as retirement has given me a little more computer time. Two days after joining, I asked, and received a thoughtful reply of assistance. Keep it up. Thanks,
  14. Ron Walker

    Drivers door handle (exterior)

    I just completed an email to Mr. Finn, and will advise of my success.
  15. Ron Walker

    Drivers door handle (exterior)

    Thanks for your prompt reply. I'll check with Mr. Finn and hope for success.
  16. Ronnie

    Drivers door handle (exterior)

    Contact Jim Finn reattas60@gmail.com. He should have the part you need. He is honest and has reasonable prices.
  17. 2seater

    Thermostat housing question.

    I have never had one go bad, so I can’t say? My car is a summer only driver so I tap the holes for the heat pipes and plug them, so I don’t have experience trying to reassemble.
  18. I recently joined ROJ though I've owned my '89 Reatta for more than 15 years. However, last week the drivers side exterior door handle broke off. My local Buick dealer advised that he is unable to find a replacement (says repair is unlikely with "pot" metal). Is anyone aware of an aftermarket exterior door handle replacement? Or, are there any other models of either Buick or other models that may have interchangeable parts that would work?
  19. Ron Walker

    1990 New Owner

    I'm new to the ROJ though I've owned my 89 Reatta for more than 15 years. However, last week the drivers side door handle broke off. My local Buick dealer advised that he is unable to find a replacement. I'm about to send out a post asking if anyone has any knowledge about after market replacement of an exterior door handle (for drivers side), or, possibly another model interchangeability, etc. However, I note that you indicated that you have a "parts car", and wonder if you have considered making any of the parts available to others?
  20. Tim

    1990 New Owner

    Thank you, I'm not crazy about it, but maybe in time
  21. DAVES89

    Brushed Style Center Cap

    Other then the wheels I run on the 'Red and the 'vert I like the 16" wheels on the 2000vintage Buick Regal. They are chrome and look great.
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  23. ship

    Brushed Style Center Cap

    What 2seater said...plus 1991 Reatta 16 inch factory wheels/center caps will fit no prob' and good, too.
  24. Yeah already had some trouble with the little heater pipes. What about the fuel pressure regulator? I've heard that they cause problems. I think mine is fine as far as I can tell.
  25. 2seater

    Brushed Style Center Cap

    Sorry I can't help you with ideas for the preservation/resurrection of the originals. Many of us really dislike the original rims as too small, too narrow and poor backspacing so they appear tucked under. I am one of them. I respect your desire to preserve the originality, so with that in mind, set them aside for restoration and get some later full size GM wheels and tires for daily duty. There are a ton of styles out there for good prices. The 5x115mm bolt circle is on almost all of the Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and some Cadillac full sized cars for more than two decades. Just a suggestion
  26. Disclaimer: I also inquired with this same post on the AACA Reatta forum πŸ™‚ So I am at my wit's end with the center caps on the 88 brushed style rims. It seems even the second I first applied just plain old water the center caps began reacting badly (oxidation/foggin). Seems like most rim specific cleaners remove the finish. Even more perplexing is that when the finish is removed, so is the brushed/machined styling!! So apparently the machining/brush was applied to the finish and not the aluminum itself? Does anyone know anything about this or why this happens? Once the
  27. 2seater

    Thermostat housing question.

    Pretty much anything that needs to come apart to remove the manifold only makes sense unless it has been done in the last few years. Bypass hose from the water pump, o-ring for the heater pipe, pcv grommets for convenience. EGR gaskets and cleaning the IAC system is easy on the bench, a good option. Many of these items will come with an intake manifold gasket set. Reinstalling the throttle body and manifold adapter will be better done on the bench too. Those little heater pipes are not fun.
  28. Yeah I tried prying downward on it in the way you describe. I figured I was just not getting the right angle on the force. I guess as long as I'm this far in, I'm just going to go ahead and do the intake gasket. Been meaning to get to it at some point and might as well do it now. Are there any items that would be good to replace while I have it taken apart?
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