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08-20-2014 Inner Circle

08-20-2014 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 08-20-2014

I FINALLY SAW ONE IN A JUNKYARD -

I finally saw one in a junkyard. As many of my readers know, almost every week I go to various You Pull It Yards and salvage yards.

Salvage yards are ones that don’t let you remove any parts, but may let you explore their inventory so you can tell them what you want.

Three of the You Pull It Yards I hit have between 6,000 and 10,000 cars and trucks in inventory. (This provides great weekly exercise for me!) In all the trips I have made, I have spotted several 442 models, Monte Carlo SS models, even a Monte Carlo Areo coupe, I evan spotted a few Yugos. But never once a Turbo Regal - let alone a real Grand National until last week.

I was at this one yard (not a You Pull It Yard) and the owner showed me around. He has several parts we hope to be getting in the near future. What is nice about this yard is many of the vehicles are 100% complete. It was in this yard I saw my first Grand National. The bad news it was stripped of everything that had any value. In the one photo you can probably see it was converted to vacuum brakes at some point. In our first photo, we show 4 different views of the Grand National I found in one of the salvage yard.

PHOTO 1 - Here are four views of what remains of a T-Top Grand National. I think there are about 3 parts that I want the yard owner is going to remove for me. Notice the number of holes in the front crossmember where the engine would be. GM must have pre-drilled the crossmembers for all the various G-body models and engine combinations in advance.

That reminds me of a story of a Grand National that I almost got burned on.

ONE GRAND NATIONAL I ALMOST GOT BURNED ON -

When you buy over 300-plus 1986-1987 Turbo Regals like I have, the odds are you will get burned or nearly burned on a few of them. This is especially true when you are buying muscle cars, such as the Turbo Regals. Here is a story on one that I almost got burned on.

The car was a very nice repainted solid roof Grand National. It was located in Maryland, which was a simple one-day trip for me to make. In every case, I already have a check made out from the dealership for the car. So, if I need wiggle room the seller must pay me the difference.

I get there in the late afternoon and as is always the case I take the car for a quick test drive around the neighborhood. The paint looked like it was almost six months old. The car drove fine, but when I made right hand turns, I could hear one of the front tires rubbing on the inner plastic fender. When I made left hand turns, I heard no noise at all. I thought that was weird and checked to see if the tires were both the same size. I saw nothing. I still was concerned. Normally I hand the check over prior to putting the car on my trailer. This time I did not, since I was still unsure I was going to buy the car.

I drove the Grand National up on the trailer. So, now the car was sitting higher and closer to eye level, so I could examine it further. The one front wheel, at least to my eye, looked like it was sitting further forward than the other side. I still was not sure what the problem was, but soon spotted another area of concern.

If you trailer a lot of the same cars, you probably have special hooks like I have that lock into the slots on a GM frame. Every Turbo Buick I have picked up has these slots on the side of the front frame rails.

Guess what - this car had no slotted holes on either side of the front frame rails. I had never seen this before. At this point, I told the owner what I had discovered and asked him did he ever have a friend or his wife follow him when he drove his Grand National. He said he did not. I said I may be wrong, but I don’t think this car tracks straight going down the highway or you constantly have to be steering the car. I then told him about my discovery about not seeing the usual slots in the frame rails where I normally put my tie down hooks.

He said he had bought the car a while ago from a car dealer. I told him what I had found and that I was not going to buy his car. He tried to reduce the price so I would buy it. I said I can’t because the problem this car has is not something that I think can easily be solved nor could I sell it to one of my customers knowing what I know now.

I also told him he may have some recourse since he bought it from a dealer, if it can be proven something is up with the frame. I suggested he take the car to a body shop that had a frame rack to determine exactly what the problem(s) was. This was one time that I saw the issue beforehand and avoided getting burned on a deal.

Over the years, I did get burned on at least 3 other examples, which out of 300-plus I figure is not bad. High miles has never bothered me as I have had some remarkable cars with high miles. It’s more about the care the car has received, rather than the miles.

Of course now that the cars are a lot older than when I was buying them, you have to be particularly careful and hope you don’t miss anything when you check a car you’re consider buying. Nobody likes to get taken on a deal.

Granted, at the low end you expect problems to arise almost instantly but at the higher price range you need to be careful before forking over your money.



NEW PRODUCTS FROM US - DUAL FAN CONVERSION KIT and CUSTOM-MADE PLUG-AND-PLAY HARNESS

PHOTO 2 - Shows our new Dual Fan Conversion Kit, complete with the special Plug-and-Play Harness. For more information, see the complete description under New Products.

Here is a link to this kit on our website: http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7607&submit_button=



VERY UNUSUAL SIGHT TO SEE -

This past weekend I was at this You Pull It Yard that has over 6,000 vehicles. It is located in the heart of Amish farm country. It is one of the best laid out You Pull It Yards I go to.

PHOTO 3 - This photo shows an Amish buggy with the horse tied to a tree in the parking lot of this large You Pull It Yard. I thought this was quite unusual to see at a junkyard, since the Amish in this area all used horse and buggy to get around. Maybe one of the younger Amish kids has a car hidden from his parents and needed a few parts? A trick I did when I was younger. I can’t remember how old I was, but at some point I was punished and was not allowed to buy any cars. I still bought one and hid it at my buddy’s house and simply rode my bike to his house and then drove my car.



PHOTO 4 - This photo shows an unusual stick-on visor mirror I came across in one of the salvage yards. It has the GM logo in the top left hand corner. The mirror measures 7 inches long by 3-¼ inches tall. I don’t believe the stick-on mirrors had the GM logo on them in our cars, According to the 1987 Buick Price Directory, the stick-on visor mirror was a mere $7 option and the lighted visor mirror was a $58 option. At $7 it was the cheapest option you could order for the 1987 Turbo Regal! The logo may be difficult to see in the photo.



DODGE HAS STEPPED UP THEIR GAME -

Dodge has stepped up their game by creating the world’s fastest sedan. They called it the Charger Hellcat using the same drivetrain that they put in the Challenger Hellcat. This gives them another notch on their belt. It was clocked at 3.7 seconds 0-60 and a flat 11 seconds in the quarter mile in street trim and street tires, certified by Hot Rod Association. This is .02 seconds quicker than the Challenger, even though the Charger is 100 pounds heavier. As for top speed, it will run up to 204 mph.

I wonder how long before a few police departments order up the police package Charger and specify the Hellcat power train? The late-model Chargers are now used by various police departments. The estimated selling price is about $65,000.



KIRBAN PERFORMANCE FALL OCTOBERFEST OPEN HOUSE -

The date for our Kirban Perfromance Octoberfest Open House is Saturday, October 4th from 9 am until 3 pm. Chef Russ and Nancy once again will be serving up the lunch menu with more deserts planned for this fall Open House. This event has no rain date.

It’s a great time to pick up any parts for that fall project and save the shipping costs.

Pete and I will have an array of used parts for sale. Our M&M contest and a no reserve auction will be part of the program. Once again Bruce Shaw (www.shawlaws.com) his brother Terry Shaw (AUTO LEGAL SERVICES) will be here. Bruce will address “Collector Car Fraud” Issues and Terry will cover “Appraisals” in morning seminars.



SPECIAL RUN OF CORRECT FITTING 1984-1985 TURBO REGAL PLUG WIRES -

We had a special run made of the correct length 1984-1985 Turbo Regal grey spark plug wires.

We used to sell these years ago, but stopped due to lack of demand. We just had 10 sets made. If you want a set, you must call our office to place your order. The price is $49.95 plus $8 shipping. We only have ten sets available.

I don’t believe any other source has these available in the proper lengths. These are not on our website. You must call our office to order - 215-766-1611 x 0 - specify 1984-1985 Turbo Regal Custom-Cut High-Performance Plug Wires.



PART ON NATIONAL BACK ORDER -

Once again the Russell stainless brake hoses, part #7218 are on national back order. Unfortunately we do not have any information as to it will be back in stock.



GNX #264 FOR SALE -

Just received word GNX #264 is for sale. Actual miles is 11,590. It has the Window Sticker and a GNX book (not the numbered book,) plus extra parts. New upgraded fillers were installed. Power antenna does not work. Car has had one repaint. Priced at $63,000. If you are interested, email me - denniskirban@yahoo.com



VEHICLES FOR SALE -

From time to time, whenever we spot an unusual or an exceptional car or truck for sale, or one we have for sale, we will put a blurb in our weekly Inner Circle. Also any cars that our customers have for sale will be featured here and you can see their car with photos on our website as well. In this category we will run the descriptions for two to three weeks and, if there is no interest in that particular vehicle, it will be deleted the following week. Any new vehicles that we add will appear first, so the oldest listing would be at the end of this section. If any of these vehicles perk your interest, email me personally - denniskirban@yahoo.com - for more information and photos.



1987 GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP - FOR SALE -

Recently a 1987 Grand National appeared in our local area Craigs list. In the description, the seller mentioned he bought it from us back in the year 2000. I called him about his car. Below is his ad and answer to an email I sent him.

In researching it, I discovered it was the fifth car we sold back in 2000 of the 44 we sold that year. Only two others were cheaper than this one. I gave him a stack of records with the car, which was a one owner. He has driven it less than 5,000 miles in the 14 years he has owned it. See his email to me below.

The car still runs out very good and the transmission shifts nice and firm. It does need a headliner and a heater core, since he bypassed the heater core due to it starting to leak. He has the car advertised for more on Craigs List. Since this was one of our cars, it will have the front braces done and the missing body bushings done. The Grand National is fairly priced at $9,995. You can email me - denniskirban@yahoo.com, if you are interested in this car. The car is located about 35 minutes from our shop location.

Here is a copy of the ad I spotted on a local Craigs list for the 1987 Grand National. On Craigs list the car is priced higher. I then emailed him and printed his response after his ad below.

CRAIGS LIST AD - For Sale: 1987 Buick Grand National. I am the second owner and purchased the car 14 years ago through Dennis Kirban. Dennis is legendary in this area for selling original GNs and GTOs.

The original owner was a 70-year-old man from Virginia who used the GN as his personal company car (he owned the business). I have a pile of receipts about 1/2" thick from the original owner who was absolutely meticulous about having the car serviced. The car is unmolested and has always been adult owned, garage kept and never abused. Having said this, the car was driven and has 225K miles on the all-original drive-train. The car still runs awesome...you'd swear that it has 25K miles on it.

I've put less than 5K miles on it in the last 14 years...less than 100 miles on it in the last few years! Every few months I pull it out of the garage, dust it off, take it for a quick spin and put it away. It starts right up, drives nice and shifts firm. It has the typical oil leakage from the rear main seal and some seepage from the PCV valve grommet so it will smoke a bit from under the hood when it sits for a while and you just start it up. Once the oil seepage burns off, it's fine. It never leaked enough for me to worry about repairing the leaks...No oil burning from the exhaust and the engine runs great with tons of power! I anticipated restoring the car one day, but 3 kids later it's still a toy in the garage that I barely get to drive.

Body is in great condition...very little rust and the original paint still shines nice. If you know GNs, you know that the factory paint always sucked, so there is some of the typical lacquer cracking on the top surfaces. No accidents or paint work! For 27-year-old paint, it still cleans up nice and looks very presentable.

Power steering, power brakes, cruise control, rear defogger, factory anti-theft system, tilt steering, cold A/C (yes it's still the original R-12 system). NO T-TOPS or moonroof! The original headliner is sagging and needs to be replaced...I stapled it up with a staple gun in a couple spots...just to keep it up...again just trying to be very open about the condition. Non-smoker and no pet hair!

The front seats have always been covered since I've owned it in order to protect them...Kirban used to sell custom embroidered black and grey seat covers that slipped over the original seats...these have been on the seats for 14 years and are still in great shape. The original seats were in great shape when the covers were installed. The back seats and rugs are in great shape. There's a little bit of wear on the top of the door panels where your arm would rest if you had the window open, but they are still very presentable...no holes or anything like that. The leather on the steering wheel is still in excellent shape! Dash is in excellent shape, no cracks, no fading and all lights and gages work as they should.

Car has the original GN Chrome Steel Wheels with all the center caps and BF Goodrich White Letter Tires! There's a little surface rust on the wheels, but they clean up nicely. Old School!

The car is almost 100% original with the following exceptions:
- Kirban 140 MPH speedometer...the originals were 85 MPH units (a joke)...I still have the original 85MPH unit somewhere in the attic I believe.
- Kirban console gage holder with an oil pressure and temp gage in it...nothing cut up!
- Pioneer CD player...I have the original stereo and nothing was cut to install the radio. Still has the original power antenna and it works fine!
- Kirban designed oil breather for the valve cover...the originals used to leak so this one is an improved design.

Otherwise the car is all stock, un-abused and unmolested. Jump-in, turn the key and it starts right up. Cruise the car as is or you have an absolutely solid platform for a full restoration. Most of the GNs out there are either mega-buck cars, rust buckets or racecars that have been cut up and flogged...an original fully functional non-rusty car is hard to find.

Clean PA antique title and Antique tags...cheap to insure and doesn't require PA inspection.

About 5 years ago I started to smell a little antifreeze and get a little fogging of the windshield...indications of leakage in the heater core...so I bypassed the heater core to prevent any coolant leakage onto the rugs. As I never drive the car in the winter, I really didn't care about no heat...so the heater core will need to be replaced. Everything else works and the car can be driven anywhere! The battery is brand new...I just replaced it.

Below is his answer to my email about the Grand National:

It's great to hear from you...I didn't realize that you were still in the GN/GTO business. Do you have a website? My history with you goes back to the pre-internet days when you were still publishing the newsletter and mailing it out...I had a subscription and used to get the newsletter in the mail.

I bought my GN from you on 3/3/2000...the original owner was a guy named Sam...he owned a company in Maryland and the GN was his company car. The GN had 221,500 miles on it when I bought it. He traded it to you on a 17K-mile GN that you were selling at the time. The mileage on my GN was high because the story was that he owned a home in Virginia Beach and used to drive the GN back and forth between his MD shop and his VA home every week. My GN still runs great and it is virtually the same as it was when I bought it 14 years ago...I changed the radio and added your 140 MPH speedo, which I bought when I picked up the car. I put on your heavy canvas seat covers to protect the seats...they haven't been off since I bought the car. I did replace the steering wheel with a nice one that I found cheap at Carlisle...I remember at the time you had just started offering a steering wheel restoration service. I always wanted to buy a set of your original replacement wheels, but never got around to it and I remember your inventory was starting to run low at the time. I've always been pretty much a purist...keeping the car as original as possible...never wanted to do any mods that couldn't be easily undone.

You sold me the GN for what at the time was a song $4,395! Best buy I ever made! I figured that I'd have to restore the GN sooner or later at that mileage... but it was like the energizer bunny... it just kept running great and I barely had to put any money into it over the years. I've had a lot of fun with the car... even drove it to a couple of the GN events that you hosted years ago... probably been more than 10 years ago by now! It still sounds great and "yipes 'em up" between gears. Sam was crazy meticulous with the maintenance before I bought it...you gave me a ton of service records with it when I bought it...he used to change all of the fluids (oil, tranny, rear) on a very regular basis.

Although the paint is original and not perfect, it still turns heads! As you can see, I've only put a few thousand miles on it since I owned it... was always a little timid about breaking something that I couldn't afford to replace. I baby my GN and drive my Mustang GT like I stole it... absolutely no comparison from an acceleration perspective... I've never driven anything that accelerates like a GN once the turbo kicks in!

I had been to your Sugar Bottom Road home several times... I remember standing in that multiple car garage that you had, foaming at the mouth over the low-mileage GNs that you always seemed to find. I always wanted to buy one of those, but my GN was all my budget would support (some things don't change!) Maybe someday. But I have to believe that unmolested cars are almost impossible to find for less than $20K these days. Rusted out remnants of old GNs still seem to bring decent money. I've listed mine for what I think is a pretty high price... I really don't want to sell it but my wife constantly bugs me about not using it.

I let my son drive it to school for the last day of high school... he said he wanted to be the coolest kid in school for a day and he was!

In my view, the GNs are still one of the most special cars ever made...as you used to say...Going Fast with Class! If I sell it, I'll be sad, but I also know that the likelihood that I'll ever put the bucks into it that it deserves is not high... My first son started college this year, and there are two more behind him, so disposable income will be in short supply for the next 10+ years.

Based on your experience, what's the market rate for a GN like mine... I assume you still deal primarily with unmolested cars?

Thanks, Paul


This car can be bought for $9,995. His ad on Craigs list has it priced higher, but I told him I felt this is a more realistic price. If you are interested, contact me - denniskirban@yahoo.com - for more information. The big thing is it’s only a two-owner car that has had exceptional maintenance over the years.



2013 GTR - FOR SALE -

5,000 actual miles. Blue exterior. Priced at $82,500. Going to auction Friday.

If you are interested, contact - denniskirban@yahoo.com.



TIPS AND IDEAS YOU HAVE TRIED -

If you have a tip or a discovery that you found that works on your Turbo Regal, drop us an email giving us the details so we can pass the info on to our readers. Remember, even with my knowledge, I don’t know it all. Simply email me at - denniskirban@yahoo.com



TR-6 HIGH TECH IGNITION SYSTEM -

We have several of the TR-6 High Tech Ignition Systems, Part #7442, due in later this week. See link below for more information. If you want one, order NOW as these are in limited supply.

Here is the link to this TR-6 System on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44016/TR-6+High+Tech+Ignition+System+%23+7442.html



NEW PRODUCTS FROM US -

1980-1987 Buick V6 (including Turbo Buick Models) -
INTAKE MANIFOLD GASKET KIT

This is the entire intake manifold gasket kit to replace the one on your engine.

The kit consists of a metal pre-formed valley pan, 2 intake manifold rubber seals, 1 vacuum block gasket, 1 O-ring, 1 tube of RTV black.

NOTE - We recommend this intake manifold gasket kit be installed by a qualified mechanic.

NOTE - You may also be interested in a related item - #7060 Fel-Pro Valve Cover Gaskets (2) Set or #7606 Victor Reinz Valve Cover Gaskets (2) Set.

7626 - 1980-1987 Buick V6 (including Turbo Buick Models) -
Intake Manifold Gasket Kit - $28.95

Here is a link to this kit on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44200/INTAKE+MANIFOLD+GASKET+KIT+%237626.html



1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
DUAL FAN CONVERSION KIT and
CUSTOM-MADE PLUG-AND-PLAY HARNESS

We offer three options to upgrade the factory single electric fan on a 1986-1987 Turbo Regal to a dual fan format. Each fan has a 12" diameter sweep. There are no clearance issues between the radiator and the factory intercooler shroud. The unit is 3-1/2" deep. The overall width of the unit is 26" and the length is 16".

The complete kit includes a brand new Intrepid dual fan and a custom-made plug-and-play harness. This harness is specific to the Intrepid dual fan.

One of the beneficial upgrades to make to provide better cooling is to install a dual fan set up to replace the 25+-year-old single electric fan. The factory Buick fan relay cannot safely sustain the full load of dual electric fans. That is why it’s advisable to install a supplemental relay system.

This custom-made plug-and-play harness is specially designed to make the conversion easy. This plug-and-play harness consists of two sealed relays. The relays are both energized by the factory fan relay in your car, reducing the circuit load on the factory relay and permitting full coolant fan control without the risk of overload. The fans are both powered at high speed when cooling is commanded via factory low speed coolant fan control through the ECM. This system assures proper load through the relays with proper power distribution.

This kit plugs into the factory fan connector, unlike other harnesses that require you to cut off the factory connector. The factory connector is entirely reliable and should not be cut.

The plug-and-play harness is made in the U.S.A. and comes with easy-to-follow directions with photos.

We offer 3 options. The first option is for the entire conversion kit, which includes a new Dodge Intrepid dual fan kit and the special custom-made plug-and-play harness. The second option is for the dual fan only. The last option is just for the custom-made plug-and-play harness.

NOTE - We recommend installation be done by a qualified mechanic.

IMPORTANT NOTE - You have to custom make brackets to mount the dual fan housing so you can secure this to the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal radiator core support at the top and bottom. You also have to cut off the original mounting tabs on the side of this dual fan housing since they do not get used. There is a link on the Turbo Buick forum with photos that shows what you have to do. Basically you have to cut off the 2 plastic mounting tabs on both sides of the housing and fabricate some small piece of angle iron to secure it to the original top brackets and the bracket at the bottom of the core support.

This dual fan set up is for a Dodge Intrepid and is the one that most 1986-1987 Turbo Regal owners have used for this modification. It is also the one that will plug into the custom-made plug-and-play harness we offer. Be sure to click on the link below so you fully understand what you need to do to modify the dual fan housing to attach to the radiator bracket and core support.

NOTE - Here is a link to the Turbo Buick Forum. It explains what you have to do to mount the Dual Fan Conversion Kit in the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/threads/ramchargers-fans-intrepid-fans-those-whove-done-it-please-chime-in.380509/

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6706 Reproduction Stainless Thermostat Housing and 0-Ring, #1508 160-Degree Thermostat, #7269 Aftermarket DAYCO Molded Upper Radiator Hose, #6842 Molded Lower Radiator Hose, and #7457 Upgraded New Aluminum Radiator.

A popular method to help keep your Turbo Regal running cool during the hot summer months.

Please carefully read the three choices below before ordering. Here are the three options.

7607 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Dual Fan Conversion Kit and Custom-made Plug-and-Plug Harness - $199.95

7608 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Dual Fan Only - $139.95

7609 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Custom-made Plug-and-Plug Harness Only (for Intrepid Dual Fan) - $67.95

Here is a link for these items on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7607&submit_button=



1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
CPB HYDRO-BOOST CONVERSION

This brand new CPB hydro-boost system and directions are specified to fit the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal models with the understanding that the application is specific - This means you must have the original powermaster brake pedal in your Turbo Regal for it to bolt up. You will also need the firewall mounting bracket that the powermaster bolts to, so you can attach it to the new hydro-boost unit. Everything in this kit is brand new.

NOTE - email - denniskirban@yahoo.com - if you need a pedal assembly. It is NOT compatible with a vacuum assist G-Body brake pedal.

Kit comes complete with everything you need including the fasteners to secure the master cylinder to the brake unit. The actual hydro-boost unit complete with the special adapter is drop shipped from our supplier. Everything else in this kit, including the directions and receipt, is shipped from our warehouse in Pennsylvania. You can expect to receive the hydro-boost unit within a week of getting the other parts from us.

NOTE - We recommend you either clear coat or paint the master cylinder prior to installing it, since it is brand new bare metal.

This kit is 100% BRAND NEW high-quality direct bolt-in hydraulic brake assist system designed to upgrade your brakes with a powerful and compact modern hydraulic assist unit. This system includes everything you need to install into your vehicle. It consists of a direct fit high-performance high-pressure rubber hoses, brake assist unit, heavy-duty power steering return line, pedal rod hardware and mounting hardware. Using all new parts, this unit puts out an amazing 2400 psi line pressure at the front calipers.

Here are the specifics -
- This model fits the later GM "short rod / shallow" master cylinder design
- Designed to fit with the 1986-1987 remote power steering reservoir
- For use with disc / drum OR disc / disc brakes
- Installed adapter, so it can be installed in either direction on the firewall mount
- Features an adjustable brake pedal rod set to provide OEM pedal height
- High-pressure rubber power steering hoses will need to be cut and fitted in your application
- No firewall modifications required
- Slight modification is required to enlarge the center hole of the firewall mount

KIT INCLUDES -
1 - Instruction booklet of detailed directions and photos
1 - New CPB Hydro-boost unit with installed adapter plate
1 - Brand new Corvette master cylinder (It’s best to either paint or clear coat it to avoid rust issues)
1 - Reproduction foam gasket replaces the original gasket between the actual unit and the firewall
1 - Syringe for bench bleeding the master cylinder
1 - Magna Pure filter with clamps
1 - Brass, barbed 3/8 return line T fitting
1 - 6 foot low pressure return hose
2 - High-pressure 5/16 pressure lines. Both have one end already made up approximately 4 foot each in length.
6 - Small hose clamps
12 - Assorted fittings (some you may or may not need to use, depending on how you wish to run the return line)

Kit comes with very detailed instructions in clear, easy-to-read and understand format.

NOTE - We highly recommend installation be done by a qualified auto mechanic.

NOTE - Be sure to check out the other options we offer for converting your 1986-1987 Turbo Regal to a hydro-boost system. See #7617 Hydro-Boost Conversion Kit and #7618 HYDRATECH Hydro-Boost Conversion Kit.

NOTE - This kit uses high pressure rubber hoses which require one end to be cut, then you install the fittings in the kit. The #7618 kit comes with braided stainless pressure lines already fully assembled. Also this CPB kit #7619 comes with a steel adapter plate which allows you to mount the hydro-boost unit right side up or inverted. Both kits have all new parts.

7619 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
CPB Hydro-Boost Conversion Kit - $649.95

Here is the link to this CPB Conversion Kit on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44195/CPB+HYDRO+BOOST+CONVERSION+KIT+%237619.html



1978-1987 GM G-BODY (including Buick Turbo Regal) -
METCO HIGH-PERFORMANCE LOWER REAR CONTROL ARMS (2) & HARDWARE

These control arms fit all 1978-1988 GM G-Body (Cutlass, El Camino, Regal, Malibu, Grand Prix, Monte Carlo.)

The Metco Motorsports high performance lower control arms for the G-Body are CNC-machined from 6061-T6511 billet aluminum for unsurpassed strength and precision-fit. The control arms are clear-anodized for long-lasting surface protection. These are extremely lightweight, only weighing about 11 lbs for both pieces. Stock control arms weight about 9 lbs total.

The control arms are designed to be installed as a direct replacement for the factory control arms, but offer the benefits of the dramatically stronger billet design and Energy Suspension-brand polyurethane bushings. Each bushing has a grease fitting for long term, noise-free service. The arms are machined to accept the factory rear sway bar (or aftermarket equivalent) and require no modifications to the vehicle for installation.

Detailed installation instructions and high-grade mounting hardware are included.

NOTE - We recommend these control arms be installed by a qualified auto mechanic.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7077 Larger Rear Anti-Sway Bar Kit, #7169 Reproduction GNX Rear Seat Brace Kit, #6820 KYB Front and Rear Gas Shocks (4) Set, #6678 Bilstein Gas Shocks (4), #1520 Variable Rate Rear Springs (2), and #1586 Rear Seat Frame Brace Kit®.

7605 - 1978-1987 GM G-BODY (including Buick Turbo Regal) - METCO High-Performance Lower Rear Control Arms (2) and Hardware - $270

Here is the link to these Lower Rear Control Arms on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44191/METCO+HIGH-PERFORMANCE+LOWER%E2%80%88REAR%E2%80%88CONTROL%E2%80%88ARMS+%282%29+%26%E2%80%88HARDWARE+%237605.html



BRAKE CONVERSION KITS -

1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
CONVERSION VACUUM BRAKE BOOSTER KIT with VACUUM BRAKE PEDAL

This is another option to consider if you have a fairly stock 1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal and want to switch from your original powermaster brake system. This kit comes complete with everything you need as shown. This unit comes with a REBUILT Cardone brake booster and a BRAND new master cylinder. The booster has a 9" diameter. The master cylinder and vacuum booster in this kit is exactly what GM used in 1986-1987 on a non-Turbo Regal application.

There are no clearance issues with this unit and the stock remote power steering reservoir. It also comes with our new vacuum block with gasket and hardware. It has the vacuum port similar to what GM used on the 1989 Turbo Trans Am. We also include 2 feet of vacuum hose and our new reproduction gasket to firewall.

The kit also includes a used correct Buick Regal vacuum brake pedal assembly. This pedal has the correct size pin and in the correct location so you can hook up the rod from the vacuum booster with no interference. You would get a Letter of Credit for $25 if you send us your powermaster brake pedal that you have removed and replaced with our vacuum pedal assembly.

Depending on our current core supply, we may be interested in your original powermaster brake unit for a Letter of Credit.

This booster uses the same factory holes in the firewall as the powermaster. The rod on this brake booster will only work with the vacuum pedal assembly that comes with this kit.

Since nothing gets cut or drilled related to the original powermaster, the original powermaster can be re-used should you want to convert back to the factory set up at a later date.

We highly recommend installation be done by a qualified mechanic, since you have to properly bleed the brakes and making sure the system is operating properly under all conditions.

Remember, your best option is always to stay with the factory GM powermaster brake system. This unit is only to be used with a stock or a fairly stock Turbo Regal. A modified engine or one with a performance cam would cause vacuum levels to be greatly reduced, which would could cause braking problems. One possible solution would be to purchase from Summit or Jegs an additional vacuum canister to retain proper vacuum levels.

When purchasing this part you may also want to purchase Part #7218 Stainless Braided Brake Hoses as these will improve the stopping ability.

For our rebuilt powermaster brake unit, See our Part # 7021 - 1985-1987 Turbo Regal - Rebuilt Powermaster Brake Unit.

However, if you have a STOCK engine, there is adequate vacuum to switch over to a vacuum brake system. We have another option: Our Part #7044 - Brand New Complete Vacuum Brake Booster Kit. This kit retains the original brake pedal because the booster has a different rod. Also both the master cylinder and brake booster are brand new. This is the major difference.

NOTE - A vacuum brake system is NOT recommended for a Turbo Regal with a modified engine or one with a performance cam because vacuum levels are greatly reduced, which could cause braking problems.

NOTE - Be sure to check out the other options we offer for converting the Turbo Regal brake system - Part #7044 Brand New Complete Vacuum Brake Booster Kit that works off the existing turbo brake pedal, Part #7617 Hydro-Boost Conversion Kit, or #7618 HYDRATECH Hydro-Boost System conversion.

NOTE - If you send us your original powermaster brake pedal, you will receive a Letter of Credit for $25. Depending on our current core supply, we may be interested in your original powermaster brake unit for a Letter of Credit.

NOTE - We recommend installation be done by a qualified auto mechanic.

7625 - 1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Conversion Vacuum Brake Booster Kit with Vacuum Brake Pedal - $349.95

Here is the link for this Conversion Vacuum Brake Booster Kit on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44190/CONVERSION+VACUUM+BRAKE+BOOSTER+KIT+with+VACUUM+BRAKE+PEDAL+%237625.html



1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
HYDRATECH HYDRO-BOOST CONVERSION KIT

This brand new Hydratech system and directions are specified to fit the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal models with the understanding that the application IS specific - This means you must have the original powermaster brake pedal in your Turbo Regal for it to bolt up.

NOTE - email - denniskirban@yahoo.com - if you need a pedal assembly. It is NOT compatible with a vacuum assist G-body brake pedal.

Kit comes complete with everything you need including the fasteners to secure the master cylinder to the brake unit. The entire Hydratech kit is drop shipped from Hydratech in Tennessee. We will ship the brand new Corvette master cylinder #7616, a new bracket to firewall gasket #7610, and your receipt from our warehouse in Pennsylvania.

NOTE - We recommend you either clear coat or paint the master cylinder prior to installing it, since it is brand new bare metal.

This kit is custom made specifically for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and requires 10-12 days for delivery.
100% BRAND NEW high-quality direct bolt-in hydraulic brake assist system designed to upgrade your brakes with a powerful and compact modern hydraulic assist unit. These systems include everything you need to install into your vehicle. Most installations can be accomplished in an afternoon, using common hand tools, with average mechanical skill levels. These systems consist of a direct fit high-performance, hydraulic brake assist unit, braided stainless high pressure line set; heavy-duty power steering return line; pedal rod hardware and mounting hardware. Using all new parts, this unit puts out an amazing 1800 psi at the wheels!

Here are the specifics:

- CNC Machined T6 billet aluminum direct fit firewall mounting plate design
- This model fits the later GM "short rod / shallow" master cylinder design
- All engines with PS pump on driver's side - compatible with rack and pinion conversions
- For use with disc / drum OR disc / disc brakes
- Features an adjustable brake pedal rod to allow for a range of brake pedal height adjustment
- Models with PS line set include over length hoses with re-usable / re-buildable hose ends
- 7-1/4" installed length from firewall to MC mounting flange - no firewall modifications required

Kit comes with very detailed instructions in clear, easy-to-read and understand format.

NOTE - We recommend installation be done by a qualified mechanic.

NOTE - Be sure to check out the other options we offer for converting your 1986-1987 Turbo Regal to a Hydro-Boost system. See Part #7617 Hydro-Boost Conversion Kit.

7618 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
HYDRATECH Hydro-Boost Conversion Kit - $759.95

NOTE - This kit is custom made specifically for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and requires 10-12 days for delivery.

Here is the link to this HYDRATECH Hydro-Boost Conversion kit on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44185/HYDRATECH+HYDRO+BOOST+CONVERSION+KIT+%237618.html



2014 - UPCOMING TURBO REGAL EVENTS FOR 2014 -

MAGNA - MID-ATLANTIC GRAND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION -

The local Magna Club has posted events related to the Turbo Regals for this coming summer season.
Here is a link for the latest information: http://www.magnabuick.com/show/index.shtml



EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS - FRIDAY & SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 19 & 20, 2014 -
Cecil County Dragay, Maryland

The location is Cecil County Dragway near North East, Maryland. The dates are September 19th and 20th. Friday is Test and Tune. Saturday is Buick race day and a judged All-Buick Powered Car Show. This is a great event. We plan to be in attendance. For more information, contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 914-447-4068. Website is http://tristategsclub.com



KIRBAN PERFORMANCE FALL OCTOBERFEST OPEN HOUSE -
SATURDAY - OCTOBER 4, 2014 - 2014 - RAIN or SHINE - 9 am until 3 pm.

We will have our usual program, including a freshly prepared lunch by chef Russ and Nancy doing all the cooking with some special desserts. Our usual M & M contest, a no reserve auction, Free Yum Yums donuts in the AM with coffee. Special sale prices and new products will be on display.

CONFIRMED VENDORS & GUESTS - Pete Hoffman will have parts for sale, and I will also have used parts for sale (known as the "tagged and bagged" sale items). Coming for the first time is Bruce Shaw - a lawyer and accountant specializing in Collector Car Fraud. Terry Shaw specializes in collector car appraisals and insurance claims will also be there. Both Terry Shaw and Bruce Shaw will be doing a seminar. So be sure to put this event on your calendar.

LODGING IN THE GENERAL AREA - Quakertown is about 25 minutes west of our warehouse location and the newest motels are by Route 663 and the exit for Quakertown off the northeast extension of the turnpike Route 476.

COMFORT SUITES INN
RT 663, 1905 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215 / 538-3000

HAMPTON INN
RT 663, 1915 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215 / 536-7779

QUAKERTOWN HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
RT 663, 1915 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215 / 529-7979

This is one of the last major events of 2014 for the Turbo Regal owner. Don't miss it.

Here is a link to this information on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/inner_circle.php?nak=314



34th ANNUAL GS NATIONALS - OCTOBER 15-18, 2014 -
Beech Bend Raceway, 798 Beech Bend Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Ron Joseph informs me that the dates for the 2014 GS Nationals are October 15th thru 18th. The intent to move it to September has been shelved at least for a year, according to Ron. We will share more info as it becomes available. Also for the first time ever there will be an auto cross open to all cars October 15th and 16th. 2014. This year ALL vehicles are welcome to participate and have some fun, prizes will be given away and sponsors will be there!

Click here for more info:
http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/threads/2014-gs-nationals-auto-cross-oct-15-16-th.407646/#post-3357189



ALWAYS LOOKING FOR IDEAS -

If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com



ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION WORKS -

Got any Turbo Buick 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 LINKS IN THE INNER CIRCLE -

We have heard from a couple people that have had problems with the links in our Inner Circle.

When we check the links, they work fine. However, if you are not able to be directed to the exact website page or internet site, you can "copy" and "paste" the link into the URL in your browser (such as Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.) If it doesn't link in one browser, it may work in another.

Most people having problems are using Internet Explorer… If you are having issues with links, try another browser to see if it works.



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



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 -

Mark your calendar - October 4th, 2014 for our Fall Octoberfest Open House. Always a good time and a great prepared luncheon. We fully expect to have Spoolfool fillers on hand that can be ordered in advance for pick up. Watch for more updates.