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04-11-2012 Inner Circle

04-11-2012 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 04-11-2012

FOLLOW UP TO LAST WEEK'S INNER CIRCLE -

Last week under the heading "On the News Front," we wrote about an article in Hemmings Muscle Machines on Alan Olefield's 1976 Buick Century Replica Pace Car. It's a very unique vehicle. Since then I have looked through some of my Hurst literature and I found I have a Buick manual that is specifically for Buick Hurst/Hatch Roofs 1975-1976 entitled, "Buick Water Leak Diagnosis and Repair Manual for Hurst/Hatch Roof 1975-1976." This manual runs about 16 pages in length.

PHOTO 1 - We show the cover of this 35-year-old manual in the top left photo. It is kind of dirty, so you can tell it has been well used at some Buick dealership back in the day!

The top right photo shows the Table of Contents page. It is quite interesting as each chapter refers to where the water is coming in. One chapter covers water leaking down the door panels, another chapter covers water coming in from the headliner, and another refers to water coming in from the latch cover, and so on.

Basically, as any T-Tops owner can attest to, water runs down hill, and the material backing found under factory carpets work as a sponge and retains moisture long after it has stopped raining!

The lower photos show two facing pages from this mini manual, complete with photos.



MORE GNX COLLECTIBLES -

In last week's Inner Circle, we wrote about the handcrafted wood Grand Nationals and GNXs we had produced in very limited quantities.

Back in our 1994 catalog, we offered a GNX etched lead crystal Iceberg, which measured 4-1/4" high by 3/4" wide and about 1" thick. In my personal collection I have one of them plus I have another one that is 7" wide by 5" high and 1". I must have also gotten a sample done of the larger one. Probably because of the price, we decided to only market the smaller one.

It featured line art of a GNX along with the quote, "A HIGH-PERFORMANCE INVESTMENT FOR THE FORTUNATE 547!"

PHOTO 2 - The top photo shows both GNX etched lead crystal icebergs from my private collection. The etching on the lead crystal is hard to photograph, so we photographed them on a black background. The lower left photo shows my wife's original mechanical artwork that was reproduced on the lead crystal. The last photo shows the description from the 1994 catalog, which carried a price of just $21.95. Unfortunately, I did not keep track of how many of these we sold back in 1994, but I know we sold more of these than we did of the handcrafted wooded GNXs.



NEW GNX PENCIL DRAWING -

This new pencil drawing of a GNX heading down the dragstrip has amazing details and is now bring offered in a limited run of 547 numbered prints. You can request whatever GNX number you wish, as long as it has not already been sold.

The prints are 11" x 14", and can be ordered by email from Ron and Tracy Monroe. Their email is - bad87gn@msn.com. The price is just $39.95 shipped.

Ron has donated one of these prints for our Open House raffle this coming Saturday.

PHOTO 3 - Show a photo of the pencil drawing print of the GNX on the dragstrip, offered by Ron and Tracy Monroe.



BREAKING NEWS FOR OUR OPEN HOUSE - THIS SATURDAY !

Latest weather forecast is sunny.

Our source has shipped us our initial order of the new reproduction upper dash panels and they should be here in time. We will have a few available for immediate pick up at our Open House.

AVAILABLE AT OUR SPRING KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS OPEN HOUSE -
THIS COMING - SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 - 9 am until 3 pm.

NEW ITEMS ON DISPLAY AT OUR OPEN HOUSE -

We will have several new products available at our Open House

The first two are products, which I personally use. One is called "Safest Rust Remover" and the other is called "Ultra One Heavy Duty Degreaser." Both are made by the same company and are available pre-mixed in one-gallon containers.

The Safest Rust Remover does all the work of removing rust without risking distorting the part being cleaned. The solution does all the work! You simply let the part(s) sit in the solution. The product is non-toxic, has no odor, and can be safely disposed of down the drain.

We will show you the results at our Open House.

We also will have their other product available called the "Ultra One Heavy Duty Degreaser." This is the same product they use to clean the interior walls of the Lincoln Tunnel in New York. You can imagine how dirty that tunnel gets, especially with the amount of traffic that passes thru the tunnel just on one single day! I would not even want to walk through that tunnel!

Like their other products, this one virtually has no smell and is non-toxic. It's mild enough that you can actually use it to clean your hands! Both products are part of my home garage supplies. Both these items will be available shortly on our website.

Also on display will be our new all-aluminum driveshaft. This driveshaft has a 3-1/2" diameter tube versus the stock 3" tube. It is made from Alcoa #6061 aluminum, used specifically for driveshaft tubes. Each driveshaft comes with new Spicer sealed universal joints and a new Neapco yoke. You will be able to see first hand the difference between this driveshaft and a stock steel 25-year-old GM driveshaft.

This driveshaft has several major benefits, besides obviously looking better and never rusting. It is balanced within the weight of a single postage stamp, it weighs almost 3 pounds less than your factory steel driveshaft, the welds are far superior, and the ears where the universal joints are pressed in are thicker. Your stock driveshaft is just over 16 lbs and this one is just over 13 lbs. This driveshaft will handle up to 700 to 750 hp, providing the angle between the tail shaft of the transmission and the rear is almost straight. The more severe the angle between the two points, the more stress is placed on the universal joints, which can bind and cause breakage. In 20 years of production, they have never had a driveshaft break! Quality is evident!

The company explained to me the method GM uses to balance drive shafts. They weld on a weight, and if it's too much, they then weld another weight on the opposite side to counter it. The end result is more weights. So, depending on how good a guess the first weight is welded on will depend on how much weight the second welded weight will be! Also, GM does not get it balanced as good as these custom driveshafts. Remember, GM built our driveshafts for mass production. These new custom driveshafts are built one at a time with more attention to quality welds and balance.

The total diameter is 1/2" wider, which means it's 1/4" wider on each side. This may not fit with some of the aftermarket driveshaft loops, which may be on your car.

This company has been making driveshafts for over 20 years. Each one is custom made in the U.S.A. This will be available shortly on our website and for mail order. The price is $439.95 and $19 UPS ground shipping.

PHOTO 4 - Here is a photo of this new "Made in the USA" driveshaft. We will have several available at our Open House this Saturday. The second photo shows a close up of the flange area compared to a stock flange on an original Turbo Regal driveshaft. You can see the difference in the thickness on the flange of the aluminum driveshaft compared to the GM steel original flange area where the universal joint is pressed in. This is another product that has many benefits and no down side!



NEW PART - NOW AVAILABLE -

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
REPRODUCTION 200-4R MILD STEEL FLOOR SHIFTER BRACKET

This is the bracket that secures the shifter cable to the transmission. It is unique to the 200-4R application.

NOTE - Buyers of this part may have also purchased our Part #7368, Reproduction Transmission Shift Cable.

If the original bracket has been lost, here’s the perfect replacement.

7416 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction 200-4R Mild Steel Floor Shifter Bracket - $21.95

Here is a link to this bracket on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/43955/Reproduction+200-4R+Mild+Steel+Floor+Shifter+Bracket+%237416.html



UNIQUE COLLECTIBLE MEN'S WRIST WATCHES - NOW AVAILABLE -

HURST PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS LICENSED -
CUSTOM-DESIGNED MEN'S WRIST WATCHES FOR CAR COLLECTORS

These custom-designed men's wrist watches are perfect for an car collector or enthusiast.

Highlights for each watch - Dial faces measure 1-1/4" diameter, and features high-quality quartz movement, chrome body with a black rotating bezel, durable flexible stainless adjustable band, and long-life silver oxide battery. The two push buttons are not functional and the watches are water resistant not waterproof.

Watches are a great gift idea and an excellent collectible for any Hurst enthusiast.

NOTE - Kirban Performance Products is officially licensed by Hurst Performance Products.

HURST LICENSED -
HURST "HEMI UNDER GLASS" MEN’S WRIST WATCH –

This Hemi Under Glass artwork was reproduced from an original 1965 Hemi Under Glass T-shirt in our private collection.

It features the artwork in the correct red-black-gold colors, and pays tribute to one of Hurst's greatest PR achievements on the race track.

An excellent collectible for any Hurst enthusiast, especially Mopar owners.

H2010 - Hurst Performance Products Licensed -
Hurst "HEMI UNDER GLASS" Men's Wrist Watch - $36.95


HURST LICENSED -
"HURST EQUIPPED" MEN'S WRIST WATCH -

This watch features the popular "HURST EQUIPPED" logo, which Hurst still sells today. The colors on the dial are red-black-gray.

An excellent collectible for any Hurst enthusiast.

H2011 - Hurst Performance Products Licensed -
"HURST EQUIPPED" Men's Wrist Watch - $36.95

Here is a link to these Hurst Licensed watches on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=H2010&submit_button=



FERDINAND PORSCHE DIES AT AGE 76 -

You probably saw this in your newspaper. Ferdinand Porsche died at age 76. He created the 911 Porsche. Now the 911 is in its 7th generation and will set you back about $115,000 in U.S. dollars. No matter what performance car you fancy in life, it's hard not to like a Porsche. Anyone would make room for one in their garage.

I can remember years ago, around 1979-1980, we had a very, very fast Ram Air 1967 Firebird. The car had all the latest Pontiac upgrades I was able to find... factory Pontiac long brand headers, aluminum 455 intake 3.55 posi, 4 speed, ram air, and ram air IV quadrajet.

I remember taking on a Porsche at a traffic light and while my tires spun with ease, the Porsche just was planted to the ground and took off with virtually no wheel spin. Needless to say, I never challenged a Porsche again from a dead stop!

Porsche is one car company that always seemed to go for the performance approach and handling aspect, rather than satisfy the masses.

Years ago one of my friends toured the Porsche factory. During the tour, they were told, "If any factory engine was even one horsepower under specs, it got torn down." Personally, I like the little Boxster S models from 2001-2003.



DUSTED OFF OUR TURBO-T -

With our Open House this Saturday, I took the blankets off our Turbo-T, disconnected the battery tender, and drove it for the first time in about 5 months. The Sunoco gas station at Davisville Road and Street Road in Warminster, PA sells 100 proof octane for $7.99 a gallon and 93 octane for $4.09. You can mix both in the tank and it makes a huge difference in how your Turbo Regal runs.



SLP FIREBIRD FORMULA - FOR SALE - NEW LOWER PRICE -

This car is still available at $19,500. 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 -

THIS SATURDAY - KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 - 9 am until 3 pm.
Located at 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18949.

NOTE - If you are using a GPS, you may have to put in Pipersville 18947 as the town.

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.

NOTE – If anyone from our Inner Circle is planning to attend this event, please let us know. We would appreciate having photos and coverage of the ride.

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

NEWS - SPECIAL ROOM RATES - Econo Lodge, 2133 West Hanford Road, Burlington, NC 27215 is offering a flat rate on any room for just $47.99 a night. You must mention Turbo Buick Nationals. They have free wireless internet, breakfast, and a microwave in the rooms. Phone number is 336-227-1270.

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 Association) All Buick powered judged Car Show! All Buick's! All years! All makes!

Goodie bags for the first 50 Buicks 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
Beach Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Racing is FREE on Wednesday, October 17th. The correct dates are October 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 - Hope to see many of you at our Open House this Saturday. The 8 dozen Yum Yum donuts are ordered and the M&Ms have been counted! Lots of great door prizes will be awarded! Drive safe!