Specials  
 

4-29-09 Inner Circle

4-29-09 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 04-29-2009

REPORT FROM SPRING CARLISLE

We attended the Spring Carlisle last Thursday. Usually we go on a Wednesday to avoid the crowds. This year because of the weather, we went on Thursday. Fortunately, the state of the economy did not affect the number of ttendees. The place was packed, so much so, I had to park almost a half-mile away!

Over 1,500 cars were for sale. Later that week they also ran an auction. I only spotted one 1987 Grand National for sale for $22,000. What struck me as being usual was the high number of Oldsmobile 442's for sale. I am pretty certain they made fewer of them than they did Grand Nationals. I did not see one single used part for Turbo Regals for sale in the swap meet area.

Overall prices ran between $18,000 and $25,000 would buy you some very nice muscle cars. The usual Grand-Ma cars (I am referring to four-door cars from the 1970s and 1980s) were priced between $3,500 and $6,500. I spotted at least 4 Cadillac Hearses for sale.

I've posted photos I took at Carlisle on this Inner Circle on the web site.

I did come across and interesting item from "Speciality Wheel" in Portland, Oregon. They have reproduced may of the older muscle car wheels, had some original Grand National wheels on display. They also had a set redone. They were the wider 15" x 8" style. Price was $795 for the set.

However, the rim he used had a step in it, so it does not appear factory stock. Upon closer examination, I noticed the offset was not one that you could fit on a Turbo Regal. I pointed that out to him so if and when he does other wheels, he positions the center to fit our cars. I did not have a ruler but it appears that the GN set he had on display probably had between 4 and 4-1/2 inches of backside setting. To find out more about his reconditioned wheels, call Kelly South at 503-491-8848 or visit their website - www.specialtywheelsltd.org

We've posted 4 photos on the website.

Photo 1 shows the two new Buick T-shirt designs we now offer.

Photo 2 shows the reconditioned Grand National wheel we mentioned seeing at Spring Carlisle.

Photo 3 shows a Grand National for sale at Spring Carlisle.

Photo 4 photo shows some of the fenders for sale at the Spring Carlisle event.


MORE DOOM AND GLOOM

As you read this, Chrysler is facing and end-of-the-month deadline to turn things around. GM has until the end of June and has started to make some severe cutbacks in production. It appears Pontiac will go by the wayside, like Oldsmobile did a few years back. "Pontiac Excitement" will now only exist in older Pontiac performance cars. Five or ten years ago none of us could have ever predicted the turmoil that the U.S. automakers have had to face in recent times.

Many of us are afraid that with the government involved, the fun factor and performance factor in cars will no longer exist. Car sales will be like buying a washing machine and dryer. You get to pick the color and that's it.

Because we're in the automotive business, and like many of you, we hope this does not happen. While it's true a certain segment of the car-buying public needs a good gas mileage car simply for getting from point A to point B, another segment of the market wants performance and style.

Every time I see one of those Smart cars on the road I think it belongs on a golf course rather than the interstate. Let's hope GM does not become "Government Motors." If it does, the new Camaro could be the last performance car to come from GM outside of Corvettes.


ABOUT OUR USED PARTS

Because we'll be attending the GS Nationals (it's only about two weeks away), this will be the last Inner Circle issue with used parts for sale until we get back.


GREAT NEWS - 2 NEW T-SHIRT DESIGNS -

We are now offering two new T-shirt designs for Buick enthusiasts.

NOTE - You can check out the color photos of these new shirts on the web site if you search the part numbers or on this Inner Circle.

1984-1987 GRAND NATIONAL -
GM Licensed "GRAND NATIONAL" T-SHIRT

For the Turbo Regal enthusiasts out there, we carry this handsome "Grand National" T-shirt, which is licensed by GM. The sharp three-color design, (red, yellow and white) features the popular turbo-six
(power-six) logo and the words "GRAND NATIONAL" silk screened on the front.

We only stock the two most popular sizes - large and extra large (sizes run slightly large). This high-quality black T-shirt is pre-shrunk 100% heavy-weight cotton.

Shirt makes a great statement at a car show, and also makes a great gift for that Turbo enthusiast or for your mechanic.

7224 - 1984-1987 Grand National -
GM Licensed "GRAND NATIONAL" T-Shirt - size LARGE $17.95

7225 - 1984-1987 Grand National -
GM Licensed "GRAND NATIONAL" T-Shirt - size EXTRA LARGE $17.95


1984-1987 BUICK -
GM Licensed "BUICK TRI-SHIELD" T-SHIRT

For the Buick enthusiasts out there, we carry this handsome "Buick Tri-Shield" T-shirt, which is licensed by GM. The sharp five-color design, (red, white, medium blue, light blue and grey) features the popular Buick tri-shield logo and the word "BUICK" silk screened on the front.

We only stock the two most popular sizes - large and extra large (sizes run slightly large). This high-quality black T-shirt is pre-shrunk 100% heavy-weight cotton.

Shirt makes a great statement at a car show, and also makes a great gift for that Buick enthusiast or for your mechanic.

7226 - 1984-1987 BUICK -
GM Licensed "BUICK TRI-SHIELD" T-Shirt - size LARGE $17.95

7227 - 1984-1987 BUICK -
GM Licensed "BUICK TRI-SHIELD" T-Shirt - size EXTRA LARGE $17.95


DISCONTINUED BUICK PART

Part #6764 - 1984-1987 Regal - 10-OHM AC DELCO REAR SPEAKERS are no longer available.


GOOD NEWS ON THE HEADLIGHT BEZELS AND GRILLES

We now have the new black headlight bezels in stock, no waiting. We have been informed that the company making the grilles and headlight bezels also makes the grilles for the Lexus for Toyota. That explains why the quality is excellent. Headlight bezels are injected molded using a UV protective plastic to prevent warpage. It makes little sense to mess with repainting your original headlight bezels or being stuck with originals, which have warped over the years.


1984-1987 Regal (Including Turbo Models) -
GNX, GRAND NATIONAL, WE4, and Turbo-T with Black-Out Package
REPRODUCTION BLACK HEADLIGHT BEZELS (2)

Originally, GM used black headlight bezels on all the 1984 through 1987 Grand Nationals, 1986 T-Types, 1987 Turbo-Ts with WO2 package, WE4s and GNXs.

Now you can replace the aged warped headlight bezels with these new ones.

Bezels are made with better material than the original. The satin black is injection molded into the plastic bezels using a UV protective plastic to prevent warpage.

The price is reasonable, comparable to what the GM bezels sold for back in 2005-2006 when they were last available.

NOTE - The manufacturer also makes some of the Lexus and Toyota grilles and headlight bezels, so the quality is assured.

An excellent replacement item for any exterior restoration.

7222 - 1984-1987 Regal (Including Turbo Models) -
GNX, Grand National, WE4, and 1987 Turbo-T with the black-out package -
Reproduction Black Headlight Bezels (2) $179.95 / pair


1987 Regal (fits ALL 1984-1987 Regals, Including Turbo Models) GNX, GRAND NATIONAL, WE4, and Turbo-T with Black-Out Package
REPRODUCTION BLACK GRILLE and REPRODUCTION GRILLE SPRINGS (2) KIT

This is the reproduction of the black grille that was original equipment in all 1987 models; GNX, Grand National, WE4, and 1987 Turbo-T with the black-out package. This grille will fit all 1984-1987 Regal models.

This high-quality one-piece reproduction grille has the satin black injection molded into the plastic using a UV protective plastic to prevent warpage. The one-piece design eliminates possible breakage in the lower area, which is susceptible to breaking away from the main grille. This makes the grille stronger than the original grille.

Richard Clark has compared this reproduction to a factory original GM grille and was impressed with the quality. We're so sure you'll be pleased with this reproduction grille, we offer a 100% guarantee. By far, this is the most popular grille owners like to put on their 1984-1987 Regals. To my knowledge, only one source has manufactured these grilles.

Each grille comes complete with a pair of our reproduction grille springs, Part #7092 (a $18.95 value at no extra charge).

NOTE - The manufacturer also makes some of the Lexus and Toyota grilles and headlight bezels, so the quality is assured.

Another excellent replacement for any exterior restoration.

7215 - 1987 Regal (fits ALL 1984-1987 Regals, Including Turbo Models) -GNX, Grand National, WE4, and 1987 Turbo-T with the black-out package
Reproduction Black Grille and Reproduction Grille Springs (2) Kit $309.95 / kit


SPECIAL SELL OUT

We have been told that the GM black passenger's side marker light is no longer available from GM, GM Part #0919874.

This is the side marker light that was used on all the 1984-1986 T-Types and 1987 Turbo-Ts with black-out package, WE4, Grand Nationals and GNX. This is the right hand side only (passenger's side) marker light that attaches to the headlight bezel.

We have a few left. Remember, these are brand new, still in the GM wrapper. Price is $69.95 and shipping.

We also have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor)
in stock for $61.95.


UPCOMING BUICK EVENTS

The best way to stay informed with the upcoming show season is to check out the various Turbo Buick forums.

SOUTHERN BUICK SHOOTOUT 2009 - Reynolds, Georgia - November 6 & 7, 2009

We received information from Clint Atkins and Cal and Holly Hartline about The Southern Buick Shootout 2009 event at the Silver Dollar Raceway is scheduled for November 6th and 7th, 2009. This event will be open to any and all BUICK, OLDS, PONTIAC cars. The event will include a points race for the TSO and TSM categories, as well as other potential Buick categories. The plan is to have heads-up / index pacing available for those racers that cannot run in TSM/TSO categories. They also plan to have Gamblers Racing for both Sportsman type cars (no delay boxes allowed) and Top Eliminator (delay Box). The will be Test-N-Tune all day both days. If you have questions, email - sydwyndr@triad.rr.com


NEW ZDDPlus™ DISTRIBUTORS

NICK MICALE
3334 W. MARCONI AVE
PHOENIX, AZ 85053
602-866-9908 (CORRECTED)

ALDA Auto Restoration Group
David White
525 Watergate Court
Roswell, GA 30076
404-432-7281


EBAY LISTINGS

If you would like to see any 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 km


ABOUT OUR EMAILS

Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com We will answer you. However, if we 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 not remember who requested the item.


IN CLOSING

If you are buying any of our used parts from the parts listing above, we can adjust the shipping if you buy more than one listed item. Canadian shipping is higher. Since we are now dismantling cars, look for smaller used items to be available at great prices. Some of which would be great to have as spares, especially since these parts cars are getting harder to find.

You have probably noticed, if something fails to sell in a previous week, we sometimes lower the price slightly the following week. After that, it usually goes the eBay route.

Be sure to tell any friends to get on our FREE Kirban Inner Circle emails, if they are looking for parts.

We now accept Paypal for any of the used parts listed for sale.