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09-28-2016 Inner Circle

09-28-2016  Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 09-28-2016 -

MORE RARE TURBO REGAL ITEMS -

I happen to spot this rare Turbo Regal item on ebay a few weeks back and I bought it. One of our customers was selling it. It was one of our 2007 Reunion T-shirts. It is brand new never used. He actually attended our 20th Kirban Reunion event in 2007. What makes this Reunion T-shirt rare is the fact it is signed by Molly and the owner also had me sign it back in 2007 as well.

PHOTO 1 - Photo on the left shows the front side of this 2007 Reunion shirt, which has both Molly’s signature and my signature. Photo on the right shows the back of the shirt. It has the World of Motorworks Silver Billet Turbo-T, which was also at this event. It is an ash grey T-shirt size 3XL. See Rare Parts section for more details and price. This is nice to have, especially if you are one of the lucky ones that have the Molly signature on your SPID trunk label.



GRAND NATIONAL DIRECTOR’S CHAIR -

This director’s chair was made probably 15-20 years ago and sold by I believe the original Bowling Green Customs company. I remember them but as of this writing I can’t locate any information about it. I bought it last week at the East Coast Buick Regionals, along with other items from one of my customers.

PHOTO 2 - Shows this original Grand National director’s chair. It is made of wood with metal hinges. It folds up. It needs repair work on the one upright that secures the embroidered cloth section. See the Rare Parts section as it is for sale. This is extremely rare to find today.



TURBO REGAL MEMORIES -

A few years back I had a chart made up listing almost all the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals we have bought and sold. The actual count is probably closer to 325, since this chart does not go past 2009.

PHOTO 3 - This shows our chart of all the sales of the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals through 2009. It lists a total of 317 cars we have sold.

PHOTO 4 - Shows a display board with a few samples of some of the Turbo Regals we sold and their original descriptions. The top picture shows the 5-bay garage at our old house. When this photo was taken, each garage bay had a Turbo Regal in it that was for sale. I think at the most during the winter months I may have had 8 or 9 sitting for sale.



THE LAST TURBO REGAL TO LEAVE OUR OLD HOUSE -

The last Turbo Regal we sold to leave our old house was a real GNX. We had already moved into our new house at Thanksgiving 11 years ago.

At the time, I left a GNX in one of the garage bays at our old house. It was probably not a smart move, since no one was living there. It was the one GNX I had bought locally that had our Kirban-style GNX wheels on it. I remember the GNX because it snowed the night before a transport truck was coming to pick it up at our old house. I had to take a snow shovel down to the old house to shovel the driveway in order to get the GNX down the driveway to the street for the transport truck.



A HUGE THANKS -

A huge thanks goes out to all those that sent Trey Crease a card or note for his recent birthday. He wants everyone to know he greatly appreciates hearing from you. He has been moved out of the hospital a few weeks ago as he continues to recover.



REUNITING TURBO REGAL OWNERS WITH THEIR PAPERWORK -

We made another 4 or 5 people very happy this past week as we matched up another batch of current Turbo Regal owners with paperwork for their 1986-1987 Turbo Regals.

In several cases they bought their cars from me back in 1999 and earlier. In one case I even had a dozen photos of their car back when we lived at our old house. In another case I even had a copy of the bill of sale from the Buick dealership that sold the car in the summer of 1988 when it was brand new.

Another car we discovered the people bought it from a person who claimed it was one of my cars. They were moving back to Hungary and could not take the Grand National with them.

If you have no idea of where your car has been in the last 23 years, email me the last 6 digits of your VIN, since you may own one of the cars we have sold.

You never know you - you may just win Kirban Bingo. Any 1986, 1987 Turbo Regal or GNX, is fair game! I don’t think any one individual between 1993 and early 2000 has owned and sold more 1986-1987 Turbo Regals than I have.

Email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com - with the last six digits that appear on your VIN number after the two letters. I will let you know if I have records on your car.

If you have any friends with a 1986 or 1987 Turbo Regal, tell them as I may have information on their cars.

Most of the cars we sold were really nice prime examples, including several that were national winners at the GS Nationals in years past. So, I am fairly confident that many of them are still on the road today.

Here is the deal if we have information on your car. For $34.95 we will send you by Priority Mail proof that we sold the car. All copies will be flat (not folded.) It will include a notarized Certificate of Authenticity signed by me on our company letterhead listing the VIN number and year I sold it. You also get copies of any titles, etc. to verify the VIN. No personal information on the previous owners will be displayed. If I have original photos of the car matching your VIN number, the price is $44.95 for Priority Mail. This would include a notarized Certificate of Authenticity on our company letterhead signed by me and listing the VIN number and any related titles reflecting the VIN number. It’s a small price to pay to document a bit of history related to your 1986-1987 Turbo Regal.

The key document will be the notarized Certificate of Authenticity letter listing the VIN number and year I owned the car. That is one document you, as the current owner, will want with your records. Even if you still own one of my cars I may have some info you don’t have and will include it with this notarized Certificate of Authenticity on my company letterhead. I know in the past I have seen several Turbo Regals advertised as being one of my cars, which probably helps sell the car. Now you can have physical proof. In most cases, even copies of titles and photos. With the values of these cars continuing to increase each year, having any background documented history can only add to the value. Having copies of the previous titles for your Turbo Regal is pretty clear proof!

Simply email me - denniskirban@yahoo.com - the last six digits of your 1986 or 1987 Turbo Regal VIN number. Unless you have owned your car for 23 or more years, there is a chance I sold it. You might come up a winner from over 300 records I have of 1986 and 1987 Turbo Regals.



ANYONE SEEKING TO PAY $5,000 FOR A MOLLY GNX JACKET? -

I recently spotted an original GNX jacket on ebay with a five grand starting price tag. It was advertised as being brand new. The size was medium. Having sold these jackets in the past, I can tell you they do run small for each size. For example, a medium would probably not fit anyone over 15 years old. With a $5,000 starting price, the seller will never be accused of selling it too cheap!



MY GNX JACKET STORY -

As many long-time customers remember we had a number of brand new GNX jackets that we bought from Molly years ago.

Even though original GNX owners were to get one free, this offer sometimes didn’t get passed down to GNX owners that took title of their GNX.

It was in the early 1990s when the oldest of my three sisters (she’s 7 years younger than me) lived in a small town in upstate Pennsylvania. They have 4 kids. I gave her a GNX jacket as a gift and one day as she was getting her kids off to school, the bus driver saw it and asked her, “Where did you get that jacket?” He knew it was very rare. Turns out he was a customer of ours and had no idea that my sister lived in the town.

Years later I sold the used GNX jacket for her when they moved out west. This is a true story.



REPRODUCTION ALUMINUM BRAKE DRUMS - NOW IN STOCK -

The reproduction aluminum brake drums are now in stock. If you purchase a set between now and Monday, October 31st, we will give you FREE shipping if you reside in the basic 48 states. Part #7716 is the correct drums for the stock rear on the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals. The price is $234.95. The quality is excellent. The weight savings over steel is just over 5 pound per drum. Besides the weight advantage, they won't rust like steel ones do.

You must call our office to place your order to get this special pricing - 215-766-1611 x 0. Remember, this was standard equipment on every GNX.

Here is a link to the brake drums on our website - Remember, to receive free shipping, you must call in your order.
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44326/REPRODUCTION+of+the+GM+ALUMINUM+BRAKE+DRUMS+%282%29+SET+-+10-BOLT+%237716.html



TURBO REGAL ITEMS NOW IN STOCK -

We have the factory hood shocks in stock #6700. Also the reproduction grey horn rings #1518. Also Pypes exhaust systems #6996. I picked up more of them earlier this week.

We also got in more of the upgraded refurbished used lower steering shafts #7574. For this item, you must email me direct denniskirban@yahoo.com They sell out quickly.

Speaking of hood shocks - I am always amazed that at almost every Turbo Regal car show I attend, I spot one or more cars that have installed the hood shocks upside down! The be in the correct position, the outer sleeve is at the top towards the hood.



A DISTURBING PREDICTION -

Here is a disturbing prediction I read in a recent USA Today newspaper. By 2025 private car owners in major U.S. cities will be as scarce as horse-and-buggy operators. It seems quite a number of car companies are pursing the idea of cars driving themselves. If this prediction comes to past, manual shift cars will become almost non-existent. I just hope this does not come to pass in my lifetime.



CORES NEEDED -

Here is the information on our credits for cores.

We currently need original good 1986-1987 AC Delco mass air flow sensors. We allow $40 Letter of Credit for each correct AC Delco core. See photo 2 in 7-13-2016 Inner Circle to determine if you have the proper mass air flow sensor we need.

URGENT NEED - TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock turbo. They must be complete. We will issue you a $100 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core.

If you ship to us, the post office is the cheapest method. Pack the item(s) with a note with your name, address and phone number.

MAIL - Ship to Address -
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
PO BOX 1199
PLUMSTEADSVILLE, PA 18949

UPS - Ship to Address -
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
6201 Kellers Church Road
PLUMSTEADSVILLE, PA 18949-1199



TECH CALLS -

If you need technical information, it’s best to email - christina@kirbanperformance.com  rather than call us. We will do our best to answer any technical questions within 24 hours. Keep in mind I have very little knowledge of the mechanical workings of the engine.



CARS 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. 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. If any of these vehicles perk your interest, email me personally - denniskirban@yahoo.com - for more information and photos.



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



TIP FROM KIRBAN -

One of the best improvements you can make on any 1984-1987 Turbo Regal is to upgrade the visual look of the dash cluster. For less than $15 we sell a reproduction plastic lens for either the standard analog dash or the digital dash.

Part #7503 is for the analog dash and part #7504 is for the digital dash. The difference between the two versions is the position of the hole for setting the trip odometer. In many cases, the original lens is either scratched or someone sprayed it with a cleaner that has ruined it.

If you have the analog dash, another upgrade worth doing is the LED instrument light kit we made, part #7234. This makes a night and day difference to what is a crude set up that GM used on these cars. I have done this upgrade in our personal car.



NEW PRODUCTS FROM US -

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction BELT TENSIONER WITH NEW PULLEY

Original 1986-1987 Turbo Regal belt tensioners can be worn out or broken, which can cause major charging problems.

This new reproduction belt tensioner uses better quality steel spring materials using today’s technology. The original factory tension on the OEM tensioner is rated at 19.5 to 20. The spring tension on these test at 20.5.

This part has not been available from GM for many years.

This reproduction belt tensioner comes with a new pulley as shown.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6609 Serpentine Belt, #7315 Brand New 120 amp Alternator Pre-tested with Manufacturer’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, and #7716 Brand New Custom-Built 200 amp Alternator Pre-tested with a Manufacturer’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Another great replacement item.

7733 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Reproduction Belt Tensioner with New Pulley - $156.95

Here’s a link to this belt tensioner on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44328/Reproduction+BELT+TENSIONER+WITH+NEW+PULLEY+%237733.html


1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models including Turbo Regals) -
Reproduction T-TOPS WEATHERSTRIP SEALS (4) SET

GM discontinued all the factory 1984-1987 Regals T-Tops weatherstripping several years ago. After much research and trial fitting, we now buy from a source that actually was a GM supplier.

We offer the seals as a kit of 4 pieces - 2 main surround seals and 2 anti-rattle strips.

Kit includes the two main body seals that surround the T-Tops openings. These run from the front pillar post around the entire T-Tops opening frame, and down the back side of the door jamb area. These would be the larger seals in the kit.

The other 2 seals are called the “anti-rattle” weatherstrips. These attach to the actual metal frame area, so when you place the T-Tops in position, it helps to make them seat snug and helps to prevent the T-Tops from rattling. You need to adjust the T-Tops so they are snug.

To further restore the car, we also highly recommend you install the Rear Seat Frame Brace Kit, Part #1586 or Part #7169, unless you have already done so. These help retain body stiffness.

Actual T-Tops can also be adjusted as needed, so they latch securely once you have all the new weatherstrip seals properly installed.

This kit is actually less expensive than the GM’s price when it was still available.

These T-Top seals come from a different supplier than the other seals we offer. The fitment is very good.
NOTE - This kit does NOT include the actual seals for the lift-off T-Tops panels. If you need the seals for the actual T-Tops panels, you would need to purchase #7375 kit, which includes all 6 seals.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7375 Reproduction T-Tops Weatherstrip Seals (6) Kit, #7211 T-Tops Reproduction Anti-Rattle Weatherstrip Seals (2), #1586 Powder-coated Black Rear Seat Frame Brace Kit®, #7169 Reproduction GNX Rear Seat Brace Kit, and #7171 Reproduction T-Tops Locking-style Plastic Outer Trim Rails (2) and Hardware.

These are excellent replacement parts for any restoration.

7732 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models including Turbo Regals) -
Reproduction T-TOPS WEATHERSTRIP SEALS (4) Set - $135 / set

Here’s a link to this T-Tops weatherstrip seals set on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44329/Reproduction+T-TOPS+WEATHERSTRIP+SEALS+%284%29+SET+%237732.html



1986 and 1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
GM Licensed - Custom-Made REPRODUCTION WINDOW STICKERS

The most important piece of paper you can have with your car is the original Window Sticker, which gives all the important "history" of your Buick. It is also something that most buyers want when they purchase an original car.

This Window Sticker would show the MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price,) all standard equipment, all optional equipment and their prices, destination and delivery charges, federal, state, and local taxes, and prep charges. It may also show the average fuel economy. This allows a consumer to walk into an automobile dealership and find an itemized, accurate price tag on every new vehicle.

If your Window Sticker is missing or damaged, we can have a GM licensed reproduction made specifically for your vehicle by ECS Automotive Concepts.

NOTE - We are only offering 1986 and 1987 Window Stickers at this time.

7744 - 1986 Buick Turbo Regal - GM Licensed Reproduction Window Sticker (1) - $80 Plus $7 Priority Mail Shipping = $87

7745 - 1986 Buick Turbo Regal - TWO - GM Licensed Reproduction Window Stickers (2) - $110 Plus $7 Priority Mail Shipping = $117

7746 - 1987 Buick Turbo Regal - GM Licensed Reproduction Window Sticker (1) - $80 Plus $7 Priority Mail Shipping = $87

7747 - 1987 Buick Turbo Regal - TWO - GM Licensed Reproduction Window Stickers (2) - $110 Plus $7 Priority Mail Shipping = $117

Here is a link to complete information on these reproduction Window Stickers on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44325/GM+Licensed+Reproduction+Window+Sticker+%237744+%237745+%237746+%237747.html



1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models including Turbo Regal) -



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 FOR TURBO REGAL PARTS -
 
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.

You may need to "UPDATE" your browser to be use you are using the current version.



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 -

Remember, unless you have owned your Turbo Regal for 23 years or longer, email me the last six digits of your VIN number. We may have sold it at some point in the last 23 years and have documented proof that would be of interest to you! My email is - denniskirban@yahoo.com