1990-1991 Buick Reatta Convertible Tops

by ecrp on June 2, 2013


We now offer NEW convertible tops for your Buick Reatta!

These tops are quality reproductions that fit much better than the originals, and will last many years longer!

If you’re having problems with your rear glass falling out, you are best off to replace the top. Our new tops come with a new glass window that has been double stitched and is guaranteed not to fall out for the lifetime of your car!

The top that Buick originally installed on your Reatta was a budget top. It was ill-fitting, and left a lot to be desired. If you’re having issues with wind and water leaks, you’ll find that our tops will solve those problems!

We have engineered just a little more fabric into the design than Buick did. Now you’ll find that water effortlessly slides right off the top and on to the ground, and NOT into your car! If your Reatta’s top is needing some attention, now is your chance to make it look like new again!

We offer both Haartz Sta-fast Canvas, as well as Haartz PinPoin Vinyl tops. We sell all of our tops with the factory-style glass rear window with defroster We also have other colors as well as plastic rear windows available upon request. Please call us at 919.233.1973 for more information on these tops.

Our tops are custom made to order, and thus typically take 3-5 weeks to arrive. We have never had anyone wait longer for one though. Normally by the time the 5 weeks passes, they are already installed and being put to use!

So don’t delay! Every rip and tear is letting water and nature inside your car and decreasing the value! If you’re selling your Reatta soon, a new top can add more than $3500 in perceived value to a potential buyer! Quite an excellent return on investment in our opinion!

To order your new top, simply choose whether you want cloth or vinyl, then choose your color below!

NOTE: All prices include shipping to the lower 48 United states. If you would like help on choosing which color top would be best for your car, feel free to give us a call at 919.233.1973. We’re more than happy to give you advice!


Cloth Tops:

Cloth Color

Vinyl Tops:

Vinyl Color


1990 Convertible Restoration 2011

by ecrp on January 7, 2013

On December 28th 2010 we purchased a 1990 Reatta convertible. Artic White with all original Slate Grey interior. 47,000 original miles at the time of purchase. We bought it from the second owner.  This car did not have the 16-way driver’s seat, or the Slave CD player.

Restoration began shortly after January 1st 2011. Here, for your viewing pleasure is a photo log of the project


This is the car we started with:



The first order of business was to replace that old, ratty, white top. That was taken care of quickly with a new Haartz cloth “Salt and Pepper” top from EZ-on. This top also had a new heated rear window (which was falling out of the old top).


Here are some pictures after installation:



While the top was on order, we rebuilt the failing headlight motors with our Signature Headlight Motor Rebuild Kits. They now function flawlessly, and gave the new owner peace of mind that they will never have problems again!


After the top was installed, we called up our local pin-striper to come out and paint the new stripes on the car (custom mixed paint to match the new top as well!)

We went ahead and removed the old stripes using lacquer thinner before he arrived. Here is the car prepped and ready to be striped!

(Notice the newly-polished aluminum rear bumper too!) 

And now the new stripes painted on!

Next we did several small things such as install New Old Stock Sun visor clips, replace the speakers with all new ones, replace the radio with one of our rebuilt ones, polish the tail light lens, do some brake work, and detail the engine compartment.


Reatta not starting?

by ecrp on April 10, 2012

If your Reatta (or other GM car with VATS/Passkey system) just does noting when you hit the key, the wires that are part of the VAT system in the steering column have probably been severed (common problem).

Here’s how to fix it quickly and easily!

First, you must read the resistance in your key. Take an ohm meter and read the resistance in the black chip in your key. (Set your meter to the 20k ohm setting). You have 15 different possibilities.

Resistances in (K)OHMs

1 ~ 0.402
2 ~ 0.523
3 ~ 0.681
4 ~ 0.887
5 ~ 1.130
6 ~ 1.470
7 ~ 1.870
8 ~ 2.370
9 ~ 3.010
10 ~ 3.740
11 ~ 4.750
12 ~ 6.040
13 ~ 7.500
14 ~ 9.530
15 ~ 11.801

Second, get the resistor. We did a little searching on Amazon, and there’s a kit for sale for a reasonable price. See HERE

Next, you’ll need to remove the black hush panel under the drivers side of the dash. Look around In there for a small connector with two white wires attached to it, going up the steering column. It should have a orange heat-shrink tubing sort of material on the two wires.

Once you locate the wires, cut yourself a good length off on the side of the connector that goes up the column. Make sure you cut the correct side or you’ll be in a mess.

After you have the connector with two wires out and on your work bench, simply solder the new resistor in. One end of the resistor to each wire making a loop.

Stick some heat-shrink tubing on, plug back in, and bingo! Problem solved.


1988/1989 Touch Screens (USED)

by ecrp on March 30, 2012

If you are having trouble with your Reatta’s touch screen, but you just don’t want to make the investment to put a rebuilt touch screen in, we have several used screens available for less!

These touch screens are used units that we have tested and removed from our parts cars. We test them using a GM certified CRT testing unit before sending them out to you. We want to be sure you get a working unit, and your touch screen problems will be solved when it arrives!


We offer a 1-year warranty on all of our used touch screens. If you have any problems within a year, just send it back and we’ll send you another one right out.

Solve your problem now! Click the “Buy Now” button below to order your used touch screen today!

Your touch screen will be shipped VIA USPS Priority Mail (2-3 days delivery time)


CRT Screens for ’88/’89 Reattas (USED)

Item Number: CRT-1

Price: $300.00 + $30 refundable core charge



NEW Reproduction BUICK Tail Light letters

by ecrp on January 22, 2012

If you’ve ever looked at your tail light, and just felt a little sad that your BUICK letters looked so tarnished, then cheer up! We now offer beautiful reproduction B U I C K Letters for your Reatta’s tail light!

The original letters were a chrome plated plastic of sorts. These are easily tarnished, and are VERY expensive to have re-chromed.

Our letters have been cast out of metal (not plastic) and triple chrome plated for lasting durability.

You won’t be disappointed!


Order your set of letters today!

Item number: TL-6
Item price: $150/set FREE Priority Mail Shipping!


1989-1991 NOS Hood Ornaments

by ecrp on January 21, 2012

Now on sale! We’ve just gotten in a shipment of NOS (New Old Stock) 1989-1991 hood ornaments! These are BRAND NEW in GM boxes.

These are beautiful pieces and will really make your car stand out at a car show.

NOS Reatta Hood ornaments are very hard to find. Get yours while you can!
FREE Priority Mail Shipping is included with the price.

NOS Buick Reatta Hood Ornament (89-91)
Item number: HO-2
Item price: $110.00


1988/1989 Buick Reatta Touch Screens

by ecrp on January 21, 2012

We’re now offering fully overhauled touch screens for 1988 and 1989 Buick Reattas!

These units are throughly and professionally overhauled  and are warrantied for 2 years. If you have any problems at all with the screen, we’l replace it. No questions asked.

The remanufacture operation involves complete dismantling of the CRT unit.  The CRT tube is removed, the PC board is examined for bad solder joints, burned or overheated components etc.  Six critical power components are replaced along with several electrolitic capacitors.  The units are then reassembeled and tested with the factory Kent-Moore tester under the following conditions:

120 minutes at a setting of 10.5 volts;  120 minutes at a setting of 13.5 volts;  240 minutes at a setting of 12.0 volts.

Overhauled units are the best and most effective fix for these screens to date. Don’t settle for less. Buy with confidence.

USPS Insured Priority Mail Shipping is included with the purchase price.

WARRANTY STATEMENT:  We, the repair facility, will replace any CRT unit that was originally overhauled by us and has failed within a 24 month period. The failed unit must be returned to the repair facility for evaluation.  Physically damaged units are not eligible for this 24 month warranty. All shipping costs will be borne by the repair facility if the unit is found to be defective. The original packing slip must accompany the returned unit.

Order Now!

Order your completely overhauled CRT Touch Screen today!

Simply click the “Buy Now” button below and easily pay with your credit card or with your Paypal account.

(Don’t want to spend quite so much to to get your car in working order? Check out our tested used screen units HERE!)

CRT Touch Screen for ’88 and ’89 Reattas (OVERHAULED)
Item number: CRT-2
Item price: $445.95


1988-1991 Rebuilt radio modules

by ecrp on January 15, 2012

Finally! An easy way to fix all those pops squeals and hisses in your radio!

If you’re hearing snaps, crackles, and pops in your radio, having to turn the volume WAY up to hear anything, or just no sound at all, then your radio has probably gone bad.

These radios were built with small capacitors inside them. And over the time span (20+ years), these capacitors have started to leak and short out circuits that produce the sound for your speakers.

The result: Crappy sound that not even new speakers can help.

Here is your solution!

We’re now selling fully rebuilt radios ready to install in your car. These radios will fit any year Reatta as the base module is the same.
In ’88 and ’89 this module is located down inside the console. And is easily accessed through the top of the center console

In ’90 and ’91, the module was relocated to be a part of the radio head unit itself. Once the radio head unit is removed from the dash, it’s just three small screws to swap the module.

If you are in need of the entire radio assembly for your 1990 or 1991, we have those available as well at a cost of $295. Please call us at 919.233.1973 for availability

We sell our fully rebuilt modules for $200 with a 2-year warranty. If you have any problem whatsoever with your radio module you purchased from us, just send it back, and we’ll send you a new one.

We also offer a $20 refundable core charge upon receipt of your old and decrepit radio. Once you replace your old radio, just stick the old one back in the box, and ship it back to us. We’ll refund $20 upon receipt.

Order now! Simply click the button below and easily pay with either your credit card or with your Paypal account.
Radio modules are $200 shipped VIA USPS priority mail. This includes the $20 refundable core charge.

Radio Module – REBUILT
Item number: RM-1
Item price: $200.00

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1990 Buick Reatta Headlight Switch

by ecrp on January 15, 2012

At last! The elusive 1990 Buick Reatta headlight switch is now easily available!

If you’ve been in need of a switch for your 1990 Reatta, you may know how difficult it is to find them.

You can find many 1990 RIVIERA switches, and many 1991 Reatta switches, but it’s next to impossible to find the correct switch for a 1990 Reatta.

These switches are specific to the 1990 Buick Reattas, and are found on NO OTHER CAR.

The difference from these switches to the ’90 Riviera switches, and ’91 Reatta switches is the small Fog Light button at the bottom. Rivieras did not have a fog light option, and the ’91 Reattas had the fog light switch relocated to just in front of the shifter on the console.

Thus, you have the problem you’re facing right now. Difficulty in finding that darned switch.

Well, here’s your chance to solve that problem.

We sell good tested switches with a 30-day warranty for only $365. This includes insured shipping by UPS.

While it may seem hard to believe, theses switches (when you could still buy them from GM) sold for well over $800 new. Our switches are in A+ cosmetic condition, and have been tested to ensure complete functionality,

Don’t waste your time with sellers that say they have the right part for $90 or whatever, chances are, you’re not getting the right part. Get the correct part THE FIRST TIME, and don’t sweat it.


Buy your 1990 Reatta headlight switch! Simply click on the button below, and pay with either your credit card, or with your Paypal account!

1990 Buick Reatta Headlight Switch
Item number: HLS-3
Item price: $365.00 (plus sales tax where applicable)

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1990/1991 Instrument Panels

by ecrp on December 31, 2011

Is your instrument panel in your 1990 or 1991 Reatta reading “00 ERROR”? Is it completely blacked out except for all the “Idiot lights” at the bottom?

We can solve that problem!

The quickest, easiest way to fix your problem is to replace your instrument cluster with a used tested  working unit.

We offer FREE Priority Mail shipping on all instrument clusters so you get your cluster FAST. We will get your cluster the mail the next day after you order it.

We also offer a 30-day unconditional warranty on all clusters. If it doesn’t work when you put it in, just return it, and we’ll send you another one. No questions asked.

Don’t fret any longer about your cluster not working, we’ve got it taken care of!

1990-1991 Buick Reatta Instrument Panel

Item #: IPC-2

Price: $300 with FREE Priority mail shipping