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03-21-2012 Inner Circle

03-21-2012 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 03-21-2012

A CLOSER LOOK AT REAR SEAT BRACES -

Looking back over the years, the first time we offered the 4-piece seat brace kit was in our 1994 catalog. The front frame brace kit first appeared in our 1991 catalog. This was probably because the front frame braces were a GM existing part used on another G-body car. I am referring to our part #6564, the front braces that went under the front end.

The 4-piece rear seat brace kit was first developed by one of our subscribers, who still to this day makes them for us. By far, it has proven to be the most popular brace kit available for the Turbo Buick. It's part #1586 and the price is $72.95.

We also offer another version from another source that has duplicated the actual GNX-style rear seat brace kit, Part #7169 for $129.95. Either kit is a worthwhile investment.

Like all the various brace kits offered for our cars, there is no downside. The benefits are well documented among owners that have installed them.

The reason I am mentioning this, is because I recently sold for a customer of ours a 1990 notchback Mustang that had a mere 5,500 actual miles. This 5.0 notchback is 100% pure stock. I have it loaded on my trailer and when I opened the trunk I noticed that even Ford use a similar cross brace in the trunk of their popular 5.0 notchback Mustangs.

Not being a Mustang expert, I have no idea if this welded brace was only used in the 5.0 or was used in all the notchback Mustang Fox body cars during the mid-1980s through 1993.

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo shows the factory Mustang welded brace kit behind the seat. I am not sure if all Mustangs are like this, but the braces do not even square up in the center! The top right photo shows the trunk of a Regal with no rear seat braces. The lower photo shows our Part #1586 rear seat brace kit in our personal 1987 Turbo-T. It's a simple principle that every Turbo owner can agree on that works. The question is, does your Turbo Regal have either the rear seat brace kit or the GNX-style brace kit?

As many of you know, besides doing the GNX project, ASC is also well known for making astroroofs or "sunroofs," as they are also called. Besides making the electric slider-style that can be found in some Buick Regals, they also produced other versions that were referred to as "pop-up" style sunroof. These can usually be found on smaller cars, such as the older Fox body Mustangs. This particular Mustang has an ASC pop-up style sunroof.

PHOTO 2 - The two photos show the front and back of the "Owner's Operation Manual, Warranty and Registration Card" of the ASC tri-folded brochure. GNX owners will recognize the ASC logo on this brochure. Notice the technical name for their pop-up roof is called the "SKYMATE Open-Air System." The brochure goes on to state that ASC was the first original-equipment sunroof company in the United States.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows the outside of the ASC pop-up style sunroof. The top right photo shows it from the inside the Mustang.


ORIGINAL PARTS -

Russ brought over another brand new Turbo Regal part the other day - the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal intercooler shroud.

PHOTO 3 - The lower left photo the brand new GM intercooler shroud sitting on top of the factory GM box. The shroud is complete even has the internal mesh screen in the scoop. The lower right photo is a close up of the part's sticker. The GM part number is #25526377.

According to my 1987 December GM Price Book, this retailed for just $44.50. In my March 2001 GM Price Book, it shows it was discontinued in May of 2000 with no price shown. This part has been gone now for almost 12 years! Unfortunately, I do not have any GM Price Books between 1987 and 2001 to see what it did sell for at the end. If I had to guess, I would say the list price was probably over $150.


CLEANING PRODUCTS -

We all have our favorite products used for cleaning and detailing, not only our Turbo Regal(s), but our other cars/trucks as well.

Most late-model cars today have gone to plastic headlights. The quality of the plastic varies from car model to car model. Over a period of time, weather and exposure can turn them yellow and vastly reduce your visibility at night.

PHOTO 4 - Our secretary, Christina has a brand x car (Nissan Altima) and I noticed her headlights were in terrible shape for only being a few years old. I recently bought this product made by Blue Magic. One bottle is a cleaner and the clear bottle is a protective coating that you apply after you clean the lens. The top left photo shows the passenger's side headlight on Christina's car prior to me cleaning it. The top right photo shows the same headlight after I cleaned it. The lower photo shows both products - HEADLIGHT LENS RESTORER and HEADLIGHT LENS SEALER. Both are available in most auto stores.

It only took a few minutes. It's nice that you can do it by hand and get these results. If you use a white cotton cloth, you can see the yellow residue on the cloth. Of course, the key is to do it on a regular basis and not to let the plastic headlights get that yellow. I am sure other products exist as well, but this product produced great results with very little any effort.



SEVERAL NEW PRODUCTS AVAILABLE FROM US -

The reproduction GM A-Body and G-Body Rubber Floor Mats sets in 5 colors are now in stock and on our website.

1964-1987 GM (A-Body and G-Body) - Reproduction GM LICENSED
FRONT & REAR RUBBER FLOOR MATS SETS - ASSORTED COLORS

These rubber mats will fit all GM A-Body and G-Body rear-wheel drive cars, including Grand Nationals, Turbo-Ts and T-Types.

One of the most requested items are floor mats. Since GM original mats have been discontinued, owners are looking for original-looking mats.

We offer these reproduction GM licensed rubber mats to match GM's factory cut and size for the front floor mats in high-quality rubber backing with the rubber nibs to hold them in place. Once in your car, they will look factory.

We also show a closeup of the GM logo on the tan mat. The same GM logo appears on all the various color sets in the top center area on the front mats.

NOTE - Photos show general colors of the mats, but because of differences on computer monitors, the colors may vary slightly.

This is an excellent way to protect your more expensive original floor mats or simply use in place of them.

7390 - 1964-1987 GM (A-Body & G-Body) - Reproduction GM Licensed - BLACK - Front & Rear Rubber Floor Mats (4) Set $99.95 / set

7391 - 1964-1987 GM (A-Body & G-Body) - Reproduction GM Licensed - BLUE - Front & Rear Rubber Floor Mats (4) Set $99.95 / set

7392 - 1964-1987 GM (A-Body & G-Body) - Reproduction GM Licensed - BURGUNDY - Front & Rear Rubber Floor Mats (4) Set $99.95 / set

7393 - 1964-1987 GM (A-Body & G-Body) - Reproduction GM Licensed - TAN - Front & Rear Rubber Floor Mats (4) Set $99.95 / set

7394 - 1964-1987 GM (A-Body & G-Body) - Reproduction GM Licensed - GREY - Front & Rear Rubber Floor Mats (4) Set $99.95 / set

Here is the link to view these Rubber Mats on our website -
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7390&submit_button=



Next, the 1978-1987 Buick Regal Bucket Seat Cushion/Buns are also now on our website with complete descriptions and photos. Orders for these will be drop shipped as they are oversized. You save a few dollars, if you purchase both cushions sets to redo both front bucket seats.

1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Bucket Seat Models) -
Reproduction BUCKET SEAT CUSHION BUNS

Over time, the seat cushions deteriorate, especially the driver's side.

We offer reproduction seat cushion bun replacements for the 1978-1987 front bucket seats.

These are made for the 1984-1988 Monte Carlo SS, but will also fit 1978-1987 Buick Regals. However, these will not work if you have the Lear Siegler bucket seats.

If you are having the interior restored, this is the time to replace the seat cushions.

NOTE - We recommend these seat cushions be covered by an upholstery shop.

Seat cushions are drop shipped to you and the box is oversized, so shipping is calculated accordingly.

7395 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Bucket Seat Models) - Reproduction Bucket Seat Cushion Buns (1 Base & 1 Back Cushions) 2-piece Set $137.95 / 2-piece set

7396 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Bucket Seat Models) - Reproduction Bucket Seat Cushion Buns (2 Base & 2 Back Cushions) Complete 4-piece Set $259.95 / 4-piece set

Here is the link to view this on our website -
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7395&submit_button=



The next item we have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo trans Am - Powerlogger Scan Tool. Many of the hard-core racers are very familiar with this product. It was developed and produced by Bob Bailey, who also did the very popular Scanmaster and Translater we offer.

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
POWERLOGGER SCAN TOOL

This is a plug and play setup to help tune and troubleshoot. It records at 25 frames per second. It has been available for several years and has a proven track record.

The most advanced data-logging scan tool available today for the 1986-1987 Turbo Buicks and 1989 Turbo Trans Ams.

It connects to a USB port on a laptop (needs Win98SE, 2000, XP, Vista). Simply plugs into the ECM and a slight modification of the ECM case is necessary. It’s very easy to do.

Comes with a chip to update a Scanmaster 2.1 to the 2.2 version, so the Scanmaster can be connected to the Powerlogger for faster updating, wideband and boost display.

Powerlogger comes with complete directions explaining all of the various features. It can review, monitor and record.

NOTE - We also offer the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - Scanmaster 2.1 Diagnostic Tool, Part #6783

Another helpful aid for your toolbox.

7383 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
Powerlogger Scan Tool - $264.99

Here is the link to the Powerlogger Scan Tool on our website -
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/43931/POWERLOGGER+SCAN+TOOL+%237383.html



Keep in mind, the deadline is fast approaching to save money on the new reproduction 1978-1987 Regal upper dash panel. You can give a deposit now to get the introductory price. You can also arrange to pick it up at our Open House and save shipping charges.

Below is all the information on this new reproduction upper dash trim panel. We have an actual production part in house, and it is dead-on identical to the factory upper dash panel. The big advantage is these new panels are molded in grey, rather than blue like GM did.

NEW REPRODUCTION UPPER DASH TRIM PANEL -

As many of you know, the upper dash trim panel was discontinued a while ago from GM. Some have appeared on eBay fetching $250 or more. Finding one not cracked or warped is like finding a good used powermaster brake bowl. Slim at best!

Well, we have some good news. One is currently being made that is injection molded, just like the original. This first run is being produced in grey color rather than how GM did it in an off-color blue. We have seen an actual finished part and it is dead-on accurate to the original. So much so, you would not see any difference between two new ones if you saw them in a photo or even in person.

Because we know this will be a popular item, we are offering you a special introductory price so we know in advance how many to have order. The suggested retail price will be $199.95. If you call our office now and place your order, the price will be just $179.95. To lock in at that introductory price, we require a $25 deposit.

This introductory price is only good until Friday, March 30th, noon eastern time. We fully expect to be able to fill our orders by the first week of April. We will be one of the very first sources to have them available.

This panel is correct and fits all 1978 through 1987 Regals, not just Turbo models

Here is the complete information on this panel.

1978-1987 Buick Regal (All A-Body & G-Body Models) -
REPRODUCTION UPPER DASH TRIM PANEL

Today, an original upper dash trim panel is usually cracked on most original Regals. It sits between the upper dash pad and the windshield.

This reproduction upper dash trim panel will fit any 1978-1987 Buick Regal and is made by the same process that GM used originally, injection molded. The quality is excellent. We have seen a production sample and it is dead-on match to the original GM panel. The grey is impregnated into the plastic, which will closely match the original Grand National grey trim colors.

The panel comes in grey and can be painted to match the interior of your car.

For other colors, we offer some interior color spray paints (see Miscellaneous Section.)

7386 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (All A-Body & G-Body Models) - Reproduction Upper Dash Trim Panel $199.95 + $15 Shipping
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE - $179.95 (Save $20) if you place a $25 deposit before March 30th, 12 noon. Orders are expected to be filled the first week of April.

NOTE - Because a special shipping box is required, there is a $15 shipping charge on this reproduction upper dash trim panel.

Here is the link to this reproduction Upper Dash Trim Panel on the website.
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/43929/REPRODUCTION+UPPER+DASH+TRIM+PANEL+%237386.html



SLP FIREBIRD FORMULA - FOR SALE -

This car is still available at $20,900. This is for the 400-mile red 2002 SLP Formula Firebird we pictured in the 11-16-2011 Inner Circle. This car will be finding a new home at some point.



REPRODUCTION GNX SUSPENSION - NOW AVAILABLE -

Pete Hoffman has a limited number of the reproduction GNX Suspension Systems available. These are the Richard Clark systems that he has had made locally.

They are nearly exact to the originals, down to the welds and material used. They come with complete detailed instructions.

Limited availability! Call or email Pete 215-778-1036
Phoff548@Comcast.net



ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION WORKS -

Got any turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. Simply email me a list - denniskirban@yahoo.com.

Also, we are still buying dead or partially dead 1984-1987 Turbo Regals under $4,000 that are within 250 to 350 miles of our location.



NOTE ABOUT PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE - We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these have to be low-resolution photos to work on the Inner Circle segments on the website, any photos of text don't appear clear when enlarged. This is a problem when you are trying to see numbers, such as those on the VIN labels or pages from Options booklet. Also, because of photo reproduction and computer screen variations, the colors may not be true to the actual product or photo.

If you would like to have us email you any photo at the higher resolution for viewing, just email us and we will email them to you. Be sure to be specific on which pictures you want to see - Reference Inner Circle date and photo number 1, 2, 3 or 4 - denniskirban@yahoo.com.



2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS -

KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 - 9 am until 3 pm.
Located at 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18949.
Our Open House is one of the first Buick events of the 2012 season.

Yum Yum donuts, raffle items, M & M contest, and 5% discount on in-stock catalog items. Save on shipping! Pete Hoffman, and myself will have used parts for sale. Paul Castle from World of Motorworks will also be at this event.

One of our local customers will have on display a completely rebuilt show-quality 1987 Turbo engine. The amount of time and effort into this is truly amazing.

Once again we will have bake goods for sale with all the proceeds going to the Molly Scholarship Fund, like we did last year. We hope many of you can plan to attend.

Here's a link to our Open House on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/inner_circle.php?nak=172



2nd ANNUAL "RIDE ON MOLLY" MEMORIAL RIDE!
April 27-29, 2012
It's time to register for the 2nd Annual Ride on Molly ride in California!

The event purpose is two-fold – It serves as a gathering of friends to honor Molly and to provide a remembrance of the positive impact he had on so many lives. It also benefits Molly and Terry's daughter Brooke, by adding to her college fund.

Donations to participate in the ride are neither required nor expected. However, 100% of all donations received will be placed in Brooke's college fund as they were last year. Since donations go to a personal fund, they are not tax deductible.

Here is the link for their website:
https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/mollyride2012/53454/



TURBOBUICK.COM NATIONALS 2012 - MAY 2 - MAY 5, 2012 - Burlington, NC

For the latest information, go to - www.turbobuick.com/forums or - tbnats@hotmail.com

Event will feature free food, dyno, tech sessions, drag racing, and Auto-X. This is one of the first Turbo Buick events for the year 2012. Already they have many of the top vendors confirmed that will be at this event. Several key speakers are also confirmed.

The luncheon is absolutely free. However, you must email my wife Eileen if you are going to be there for the free Thursday lunch. Her email is - eileenkirban@epix.net

For the most up-to-date information on Race Classes and other activities, go to -http://turbobuick.com/forums/forums/2012-turbobuick-com-nationals-may-2nd-5th-sponsore.168/

Here's a link to this event on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/inner_circle.php?nak=173



31st ANNUAL PEACH BLOSSOM B.O.P.C. - MAY 4th and 5th, 2012 - Car Show & Swap Meet
Marriott Atlanta Northeast, 200 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, GA

Open to all Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs and Cadillacs. Hosted by the Southeastern GTO Association. There is a reception Friday night and the Car Show is on Saturday. For more info, contact Ed Bellair at 770-428-4934 or email - ebellair@segtoa.org



3RD ANNUAL BUICK RACE DAY - May 26th, 2012
Lebanon Valley Dragway, Lebanon, New York.
For more info, phone number for the racetrack is 518-794-7130. To reach John Csordas - 845-528-GSGN or his cell is 914-447-6068.



22ND ANNUAL BUICK RACEDAY - JUNE 15th, 16th and 17th, 2012
Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio.

Hotels - Best Western Norwalk - 419-663-3501 or All American Inn Norwalk - 419-663-1922.
For more info, contact Roberta Vasilow 810-655-8277 email - buickracer@comcast.net
or Bill Wills 330-747-1029 email skylarkwilly@aol.com



2012 BUICK PERFORMANCE GROUP "CLASS OF 1987" and "BIG BOAT BASH"
AUGUST 3rd and 4th, 2012
National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio
The theme this year is the "Class of 1987." Open to all Buick models built in 1987.



2012 EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS and FAST EVENT
September 21st and 22nd 2012
Cecil County Dragway, Maryland
Event is open to all models of Buicks

Featuring the 2nd annual MAGNA (Mid-Atlantic Grand National Assc.) All Buick powered judged car show! All Buick's! All years! All makes!

Goodie bags for the first 50 Buick's in the show. Door prizes all day and 50/50 to win some cash. The ONLY ALL Buick car show on the east coast!

For more information contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 914-447-6068 or email questions to marti44@comcast.net or johncsordas@optonline.net visit their website http://tristategsclub.com



2012 GS NATIONALS - OCTOBER 17-20, 2012 (NEW DATES)
Beach Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Racing is FREE on Wednesday, October 17th. The new dates are Oct. 17-20, 2012. Because of the reschedule, they have negotiated FREE racing on Wednesday, October 17th. This includes "everyone" who comes thru the gate and pays the usual nominal entrance fee. There is NO usual additional charge to race your Buick powered cars on Wednesday.

The BCA (Buick Club of America) will be joining the GSCA event. This combination will make for a well-rounded event featuring all kinds of Buicks. This is one fall event you do not want to miss!



EBAY LISTINGS -

If you would like to see any of the Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions - http://stores.ebay.com/Kirban-Performance-Products-Inc_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZ%20km



ABOUT OUR EMAILS -

Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com - I will answer you. However, if I fail to answer you within 24 hours, please email us again. Since expanding into used parts, I get a lot of emails and sometimes I may forget your request or may not remember who requested the item.



IN CLOSING - Our annual Spring Open House is now just a few weeks away. Be sure to plan to attend.

Be sure to bring any good used parts you want to trade and also any powermaster cores.

Be sure to place your order to get the introductory price for the new reproduction 1978-1987 Regal upper dash panel. Quality is dead-on exact. A $25 deposit locks you in at the sale price as long as it is done prior to March 30th, 12 noon eastern time. We will be one of the very first sources to have this available. You can pick this up at our Open House and avoid shipping charges, if you buy it in advance at the introductory price!