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04-12-2017 Inner Circle

04-12-2017 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 04-12-2017 -

BIGGEST NEWS IN THE TURBO REGAL WORLD -

The biggest news in the Turbo Regal world involves the extremely rare find of a pair of untitled 1987 Grand Nationals that have been in hibernation for 30 years. Many of you may have seen articles about this rare find. Over 20 people emailed me articles on it as well.

I have talked to one of the people involved and hope to have some more details about these cars.

The cars were still on the original MSO (never titled).

Several things make this a rare find. 1 - The cars have sequential VIN numbers and I am told have the exact same options. 2 - Since these cars have been in Oklahoma all this time, they have survived all the tornados that seem to rip through that part of the country almost like clock-work.



OUR UPCOMING OPEN HOUSE -

Our upcoming Open House is now less than two weeks away. Last week Russ delivered the impressive 3 special trophies we will be awarding. They are really unique looking and stand over 2 feet tall.

PHOTO 1 - Shows all three beautiful trophies. One will be awarded to the owner that drives their Turbo Regal the furthest distance. One will be awarded to the Turbo Regal I personally like the best. Last, but not least, one will be awarded to the Turbo Regal needing the most TLC (Tender Loving Care) that comes.



REPRODUCTION REAR 4" x 10" REAR RADIO SPEAKERS -

One of the toughest items to find today is a proper size rear radio speaker. This is due in part because the back package shelf in our cars is quite narrow. Later GM cars have a wider back package shelf so they can easily take a larger 6" x 10" speaker.

One clever idea Buick did was having what basically is a quick release bracket that can easily drop down to replace the speakers, rather than having a screw set up to fiddle with while hanging over the trunk.

A few years ago I did find over 100 factory new original speakers, which we sold quickly.

These reproduction speakers we now offer have fit real nice. However, you do have to cut the factory plug ends off the wires and attach a spade-style plug. These reproduction rear speakers are now in stock, part #7789.

PHOTO 2 - The photo to the left shows the back side of 3 speakers. The first one to the left is a factory GM speaker that was in my car. The middle speaker appears to be a later factory replacement one. Both of these two accept the factory-style black plug. The speaker to the far right is the new reproduction speaker we now carry. As you can see the magnet is almost the same size. The height is almost the same height as well. These are two critical factors when considering a rear speaker replacement. The photo to the right shows the top side of the three speakers in the same order.

PHOTO 3 - We show 4 different, yet similar speaker brackets that GM used to secure the speakers to the back package shelf. The far left bracket is the one that was in my personal car. The one next to it will also work. The two remaining brackets appear to be for speakers with a smaller diameter magnet. You would have to bend the tabs down so the magnet would seat at the base of the bracket. These brackets would need to be modified to make them work. I had these in my parts collection so I don’t believe these two were used in our cars. However, they can probably be bent to work if you discover you have brackets that look like these. The photo to the right shows two GM replacement speakers I came across in various cars in the junkyard and what the original plug ends look like. It is these black plug ends you have to cut off to attach new spade-style ends to the new reproduction speakers.

Finding original old stock 4" x 10" speakers today is extremely difficult. Used ones are almost always cracked due to age and sun damage. I have never ever found a good used 4" x 10" rear speaker. They are always cracked. Because of the narrow back package shelf in our cars, your choices are limited as to what speakers will work without major modification.

In our personal car, I have a non-working original AM radio, so while everything is hooked up and looks factory, the only music I hear is coming from up front under the hood. The sweet sound of a highly-functional turbo powered intercooled V6 engine. NOTE - The AM radio is the rarest stock radio to find today.



PICTURES OF OUR 1987 TURBO REGAL ENGINE COMPARTMENT -

With our 1987 Turbo-T uncovered for the upcoming summer, I figured I would show what a 98% stock engine compartment looks like.

PHOTO 4 - Shows four different views of my engine compartment. The only two non-stock items are the adjustable fuel regulator and the vacuum line to the fuel regulator. Not visible would be the hot wire kit to the fuel pump. Anything aluminum has been polished. The engine compartment has been detailed, but not over done. You can clearly see all the factory decals. Most of my other vehicles are almost as nice as this car under the hood.



NEW REPRODUCTION RADIATOR COMING SOON -

We will have a sample of this new radiator on display at our Open House. It is produced by Max Performance who also owns Pypes Exhaust. We supplied the original for the project and Nick Micale in Arizona has been testing it for several months for Max Performance.

Because of our location, we will be able to pick them up like we pick up the Pypes Exhaust Systems, which saves costly shipping to us.

The retail price of this new reproduction aluminum radiator will be just under $400. It’s a great reasonable price. Besides giving superior cooling over a stock original radiator.

It will provide better cooling over the stock radiator and all the critical coolant lines for the oil cooler and transmission cooler will bolt up like factory. More details to come as we learn more. Expected production is in the next 60 days.

We are also working on another project with Cardone. The prototype I received the other week was not correct. So we are waiting on a new prototype from Cardone.

We are very fortunate that so many products have been reproduced for our cars by various companies. It’s not a huge market for these major players, but fortunately they see the value and listen to suggestions. In some cases, I can supply the idea and the samples, but seldom have the resources or the connections to produce a final product.



UPDATE ON OUR UPCOMING OPEN HOUSE -

Indications are we have quite a few first-time customers attending. If you are coming in Friday night and staying in the Quakertown area, email me your cell number. I always meet up with Jason from Canada around 8-9 Friday night for dinner. You are welcome to join us for dinner. I need your cell number to advise you as to the exact time. All the restaurants are located within 10 minutes of the various motels in Quakertown on the main road (Route 309). Again, email me - denniskirban@yahoo.com - with your cell number.

Also, remember on the large items and discontinued items listed elsewhere in this Inner Circle, you must contact our office and pay for it in advance if you want to be sure we have it aside for you for pick up. This is very important. Already a number of the big items have been reserved.

Paul Castle is bringing the stencil kits for the hood pads. The few hood pads we have left are at an excellent price. They will sell out.

Already we have heard from people from Canada, Michigan, Virginia, and Illinois that are planning to attend for the first time.

For first timers, you will see that we have a nice array of used tagged and bagged items. We will have a good variety of literature for sale.

The No Reserve Auction is always a hit. This year it features several GNX items and some of the remaining grey pallex seat material. As long as the starting bid is met, the item has no reserve.

Plus, you get to have Yum Yums donuts! Last, but, not least, is we have over $4,000 worth of donated items to award at our raffles. Everyone should go home a winner!

We have a very unique item made up just for this event. I have personally signed each on the back with the words “30th Anniversary 1 of 20.” This is a great item for your desk. I just made 20 of them for this 30th Anniversary event.

If you have parts to sell, you are welcome to bring and set up behind your vehicle. All I ask in return is something donated for our raffle and I would like first option on your items, either in trade or cash.

Remember to bring any cores that we need. It also does not matter what type of car you bring. This is not a show type event. Naturally, we expect most of the cars will be Turbo Regals.

We will have our personal white Turbo-T on display. Looking back, I bought this car out of Ohio in March of 2006. I remember getting to the seller’s house around 10 at night. It was brutally cold, maybe at most 15 degrees. I took a quick spin around the block in the car making sure everything functioned and there were no weird noises. I then did a walk around with a flashlight before loading the car for the trip home.

I put the Turbo-T up from sale back then, I think for $12,500. I had zero interest in the Turbo-T because the car had 75,000 miles on it. The car just sat in my pole building for several months. I had already sold my third test car, so I decided I would title this car and keep it. I figured it was important to have one Turbo Regal when you’re in the business.

Today, anyone that sees it realizes the car is an extremely nice example and the miles is not even a consideration as to its value. First timers to our Open House can see just how nice this Turbo-T is. While the engine bay area and interior is 99% stock, the suspension has virtually every upgrade done that we sell. Car rides on the vintage Kirban-style GNX 16" x 8" wheels. Every possible method to lighten the car has also been done. Plus, I have all the records including the Window Sticker for the car from the original owner.

Since this is our 30th year and with such a large assortment of donated raffle items, some of you may be coming in Friday night and may be looking for a motel in our area.

The closest town to us is Quakertown and it has 5 major motels. Quakertown is about 20 minutes from our location. The motels there are Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Hampton Inn, Spring Hill Suites, and Quality Inn. The Marriott and Holiday Inn Express are both fairly new motels.

All are located by the northeast extension of the PA Turnpike and Route #663.



CORRECTION ON THE NUMBERS PRINTED ON THE BOOST GAUGES -

According to Pete Hoffman, the 1984 and 1985 Turbo Regals had the 0-15 numbers and the 1986 and 1987 had the 0-5-10-15 numbers.

However, as many of you know, mistakes happen and some early 1986 Turbo Regals could possibly have the 0-15 format. Either way, it would have been nice if Buick had made the gauges in a better, more visible format.



FOR SALE - SILVER BULLET RACE CAR -

Here is a link to the “Silver Bullet Race Car” for sale on eBay. This well-known car was at our 2007 Reunion event.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272621677485



A FEW HOSPITAL SATISTICS -

Here are a few hospital statistics that may cause you some concern.

It is reported that over 250,000 (not a misprint) Americans die each year from preventable doctor screw-ups. The four main problems are unnecessary tests, exposure to surgical smoke, negligent doctors, and medical devices left inside patients (surgical instruments, clamps, needles, scissors and mostly sponges.)

I would think one person in the operating room should be assigned to keep count of the surgical instruments and sponges before and after surgery!



ALMOST A WEEKLY OCCURANCE -

Almost every night on the news this year we hear about tornados and weather disasters in the mid-west part of the country. So far in 2017 there have been 486 tornados compared to just 252 last year during the same time period. That count is almost double from last year.

With those facts, if you reside in the mid-west, it’s best not to buy a house where you simply remove the wheels and set it on the ground! This would seem like a bad choice to make.



NEVER DOUBT THE INTELLIGENCE OF A SQUIRREL -

I have witnessed it more than once in my area, where a squirrel will take to the phone wires to get across a major four lane highway rather than gamble on dodging traffic on the ground in both directions. How do squirrels learn to do this?



BY THE NUMBERS -

By the numbers, 700 vehicles were used with only 100 still useable at the end of filming the latest installment of the “Fast and Furious Series.”

This may hold the record for vehicles used and destroyed in a movie production. The latest installment of the Fast & Furious Series opens next week. It seems with each installment, they get more and more outrageous. With each new movie, more Hollywood-known actors and actresses get on board.

One upcoming film later this summer entitled “Baby Driver” takes a similar path and features some really trick driving skills using what appears to be a red Subaru WRX. This film may be the sleeper of the summer season. You can see trailers on the internet or in theaters.



RIP MR WARMTH -

This past week Don Rickles, better known as “Mr. Warmth,” passed away at the age of 90. A frequent guest on the Late Show with Johnny Carson, his wit was based mostly on insults, but he never used profanity in his acts.

One of the movies he was in was Kelly’s Heroes along with several other major stars, including a very young Clint Eastwood. It’s a great movie, if you have never seen it.



LOCALLY TO US IS AN EXTREMELY NICE 1999 WINNEBAGO FOR SALE -

The 1999 Winnebago is owned by a woman, well maintained and serviced, non-smoker vehicle, V-10 power. There are no mold issues as this was used frequently over the years. Owners are moving out of the country. Ford chassis 20,500 GVW 37-foot long. It has all new individual window awnings. Well optioned. Sold new for $97,900.Buy it for just $16,900.This is an extremely nice example. I did not spot one single dent in this motor home. I can provide photos. I am good friends with the owner of this small local dealership near our house. I bought some of their cars and have found buyers for some of their cars over the years. Email me for photos and complete print out of the options and equipment - denniskirban@yahoo.com



OPEN HOUSE SPECIALS -

Here are some of our Open House Specials on some of our large parts and some parts we are discontinuing. In some cases, we show the number available of those items that are being discontinued.

If you contact our office now and pay for the item(s) you want, you will be assured your order will be put aside for pick up at our Spring Open House on April 22nd. That is the only way we will hold the specific part(s) for you. In some cases, these parts are limited in quantity. On the larger items, like the Pypes exhaust system and hood pads, you will need to bring a SUV or truck to our event.

Below is the list of parts with the part number and the special Open House show price. If the part has a count with it that means it is being discontinued and that is all we have.

We have just 10 available 1986-1987 Turbo Regal blank correct-looking hood insulation pads with 8 holes. The normal price is $279.95. Buy it now for pick up at our show and pay just $179.95. You save $100 and you save shipping costs. These do not have a part number on our website. This hood pad looks exactly like the original hood insulation pad, except it does not have any words on it.

The 1986-1987 Turbo Regal Pypes Exhaust System, part #6996, is normally $419 shipped. Buy it now for pick up at our show. The sale price is $385. You save $34.

For the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal, one-piece triangle powder-coated black front brace, part #7766. We only have 3 of these available. The normal price is $234.95. The sale price is $189.95. You save $45 and you save shipping costs.

For the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal, the firewall heater block off plate, part #7765. We only have 1 of these available. The normal price is $112. The sale price is $69.95. You save $42.05 and you save shipping costs.

For any Turbo Regal, the display fiberglass hood scoop, part #7714. We have 7 available. The normal price is $89.95. The sale price is $50. You save $39.95 and you save shipping costs.

For any year Turbo Regal, a pair of our Cardone reproduction aluminum drums, part #7716. The normal price is $234.95 plus shipping. The sale price is $189.95 for a pair. You save $45 and you save shipping costs.

For any year Turbo Regal, we have Spoolfools one-piece rear filler, part ##7567. The price is $370 plus shipping. You save shipping by picking it up. However, to be certain we have one available for you, it’s best to pay in advance so we have it in stock in time. You save an average of $55-$60 by avoiding shipping costs.

Remember, to avoid disappointment you need to pay for any of the above items you want in advance, so it is put aside with your name on it at our upcoming Spring Open House. In the cases where we listed the actual count available, those items are being discontinued. So those parts are limited.



SPEAKING OF OUR APRIL 22ND OPEN HOUSE -

Speaking of our April 22nd Spring Open House, you can hit 3 major car events on the same week.

First, you can attend the annual Spring Carlisle event that sits on 99 acres of nothing but used cars and parts for sale in nearby Carlisle, PA. That starts earlier that same week.

Friday you can travel to the New York Auto Show at the Jacob Jarvits Center and witness the unveiling of the Dodge Demon for the first time.

Last, but not least, attend our annual Spring Open house Saturday, which is about a two-hour drive from the New York City area.

These are three uniquely different car events, all nearby and in the same week.



RUNNING OUT OF GREY PALLEX MATERIAL -

Currently we have sold out of every bit of the black pallex material. We only have small sections of the grey pallex material available. We have nothing over 3 feet in length in grey pallex. See the Rare Parts section for some of the various lengths of grey pallex available and pricing.



IN STOCK - “GRAND NATIONAL” LOGO SEAT ARMOUR™ SEAT COVER -

The Grand National logo Seat Armour seat covers are in stock. You can order them now from our website.

The pricing is the same as the other versions we currently sell. All of these seat covers will be on display and for sale at our upcoming Spring Open House, April 22nd, 2017.

Here is a link to the current Buick seat covers on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7751&submit_button=



UPCOMING RELATED CAR SHOW EVENTS FOR 2017 -

KIRBAN SPRING 2017 OPEN HOUSE -
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 – 9 am - 2 pm
6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA

Our Spring Open House will be held rain or shine on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. It is the same weekend as Spring Carlisle. Spring Carlisle starts Wednesday the 19th. You could hit two car events, since Carlisle is only about two hours west from our location. I go to Spring Carlisle midweek every year.

Our Open House will have the usual features – Yum Yums donuts, M&Ms contest, sale prices on new parts, tagged and bagged goodies, and no reserve auction. We already are putting aside unique items for the no reserve auction, including several GNX items and original pallex seat material. Several featured items will be discounted to save shipping. As the date draws closer, we will list which large items we will have a special show price. The usual array of tagged and bagged used parts and literature will be for sale as well.

We are currently requesting raffle items from many of the various Turbo Regal vendors that we sell to. We want to make this event special since it is our 30th year. We have a food vendor coming. You will be able to purchase hot dogs, Kielbasas, hamburgers, chips, and various drinks.

GBodyparts.com has really stepped up and donated over $2,000 in parts, which includes a set of his reproduction Grand National wheels. It will take half my Inner Circle to list each item Brian of Gbodyparts.com has donated. We are extremely grateful for his generosity.

Mike of Spoolfool has really stepped up this year and is donating for our raffle, not only a pair of front fillers but his one-piece rear filler and the new radiator top plate. This is over $700 worth of merchandise that can be won.

SPECIAL THANZ TO THE FOLLOWING RAFFLE DONORS - in alphabetical order:

Auto Zone Warminster, PA branch is donating three car wash kits with buckets. This donation is made possible by Terry and Coraly (CC).

CARS LLC a set of Grand National stainless steel brake hoses.

Casper’s Electronics donated a knock gauge, flex board for analog dash, and positive battery cable ($300 value.)

Derek Freyberger is donating a hand-carved Grand National picture frame that he had a friend make. He had two of them made and is donating one for our raffle.

Brian Weavy, GBodyParts.com, is generously donating OVER $2,000 in parts. There are 14 parts, including a set of 4 reproduction Grand National Wheels (value of $1,100.)

HR PARTS N STUFF Inc., Paul Ferry, is donating a driver’s side motor mount and a crossmember kit.

Limit Engineering is donating 6 T-shirts.

Lorenz Racing & Performance is donating billet manual boost controllers, a hoodie, and a T-shirt.

Henry Mann is donating an assortment of LED replacement house lights.

Metco Motorsports is donating a pair of their lower control arms for our raffle. These are a $270 value and can be seen on my personal white Turbo-T.

Nick Micale has donated 4 bottles of RMI-25, the radiator product that makes the engine run cooler.

OER (Classic Industries) has donated four sets of Buick Regal GTA wheel center caps.

Rich Warner, owner of Shine Enterprises and a customer of ours, will be donating over $300 worth of Race Glaze products for our raffle. His website is - www.mr-shine.com or phone 1-800-677-4463.

Russ, the baker, will also be making some special treats for the raffle.

Mike Barnard of Spoolfool is generously donating over $800 in merchandise - a pair of front fillers $350 value) his one-piece rear filler ($370 value,) and the new radiator top plate ($125 value).

World of Motorworks, Paul Castle, is donating T-shirts and hats.

Yum Yums Donuts has donated some mugs and T-shirts.

Russ and his friend Don are donating three trophies that we will be awarding - LONG DISTANCE AWARD (the Buick Turbo Regal that drove the longest distance, not trailered) - KIRBAN'S CHOICE AWARD (the Buick Turbo Regal selected by Kirban’s as their overall favorite) and the TLC AWARD (the Buick Turbo Regal needing the most "TLC" Tender Loving Care.) See Photo 1 in this issue.

Donations big or small, we greatly appreciate it all! We are very happy with the tremendous response we have received among our suppliers, vendors, and competitors.

We now have over $4,000 worth of goodies contributed for our raffle prizes and the amount is still climbing.

NOTE - There will be special sale on our items if bought at the show plus you pay no shipping charges. If you pay for in advance, it will be put aside for you to pick up. This includes the under-hood insulation pad and the Pypes Dual Exhaust System. Save big bucks and shipping!

You don’t want to miss this Spring Open House! If you never attended in the past, this is the one you want to come to as it marks our 30th year. The raffle items alone make it worth attending if you reside anywhere in the northeast part of the country.

The timing allows you to attend the Spring Carlisle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania a day or so prior and then travel east to our Spring Open House. Carlisle features over 8,000 vendors covering over 90 acres. You would get your allotted exercise in by walking the grounds at Carlisle. I know I do several times a year.



2017 TurboBuick.com - NC TURBO BUICK NATIONALS-
MAY 3-6, 2017 - BURLINGTON, NC

The dates for the Turbo Buick Nationals in Burlington, NC are May 3rd thru May 6th, 2017. The main event is held at Richard Clark’s Garage, where you can see the largest array of turbo cars and parts. We will be attending this event. We will be at this event as a vendor both days at the race track.

For more up-to-date information, go to turbobuick.com, and scroll down to events. You must go to the post regarding the dinner tickets which my wife is handling for the NC Turbo Buick Nationals. The dinner is free and on Friday night. Note: The Best Western which is the headquarters motel for this event is fully booked. I know this for a fact as I got one of the last rooms last week.



PYPES EXHAUST/MAX PERFORMANCE CAR & TRUCK SHOW -
JUNE 16-17, 2017
Pypes Exhaust Headquarters, 2705 Clemens Road, Hatfield, PA

The annual Pypes Exhaust/Max Performance Car & Truck Show is June 16th and 17th, 2017 at Pypes Exhaust Headquarters, 2705 Clemens Road, Hatfield, PA. 19440.

This is a huge event. You can contact Mike - 267-638-5030 - for more information about registering your car for the event. I have attended this event in the past. It is located about 15 miles from our location.



KIRBAN SEMINAR TURBO REGAL EVENT - LEMONT, ILLINOIS -
June 27th, 2017, 6 until 9 pm

The location is Castle Performance, 220 River Street, Lemont, Illinois. I have arranged with Paul Castle and the local Buick GS Club to coordinate this event since I will be in Illinois as a speaker later that week at the GTO National convention.

Note: If you are planning on attending this seminar at Castle Performance in Lemont, Illinois, please email pcastle@castleguy.com so we have an idea how many people to expect. I will have a specific gift for each attendee.

I will have some Turbo parts with me and the usual M&Ms contest. This should be a fun time. Mark the date on your calendar. I have a special guest that will also be attending, that has been making a certain Turbo Regal part for us for over 25 years. You probably have it on your Turbo Regal.

We will have a special gift for all attendees! Hope to see many of my Illinois customers there.

Paul and the local GS Club request you bring a lawn chair. Food and drinks will be provided. If you reside anywhere near Lemont, Illinois, we hope you can attend and bring your Turbo Regal. I would love to meet some of my customers that may have never been to the GS Nationals. This is a rare opportunity, since I don’t travel long distances much anymore.

NOTE - You can bring any cores to cash in for credit at this event. It saves you shipping costs.



38th ANNUAL GTOAA NATIONALS -
JUNE 27-JULY 2, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois

This event is held in Springfield, Illinois at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. I am guest speaker Thursday, June 29th at 8:30 am until 10 am. I checked with a friend of mine and, although this event is not advertised to the public, you can come as a guest to see some of the finest GTOs in the country. You can use my name and say you are a guest of mine, if you plan to come Thursday.



CARLISLE CHRYSLER NATIONALS -
JULY 14-16, 2017
Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle, PA

This year’s Chrysler event has a special all new Hurst Nationals July 14th and 15th in conjunction with the Chrysler Nationals. I have been asked to conduct a seminar on Hurst both days, July 14th and 15th. The location of my seminars as well as the other seminars is held just off the grounds from Gate 3 at the Expo Center. They have not yet told me my speaking times.

My granddaughter, Devyn hopes to go with me to help. With Chrysler introducing the Demon this April, my guess is they will have several Demons on display at Carlisle. Hope to see some of my customers at this event. I am as well versed with early Hurst history as I am with Turbo Regals.

As with all my seminars, I will be doing a M&Ms contest in honor of my parents. The Don Garlits autographed connecting rod will make a nice prize!



21ST EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS -
SEPTEMBER 15th-16th, 2017
Cecil County Dragway in Cecil Maryland

This is a very well attended event. Once again we plan to be there as a vendor. It is the same weekend as the annual GS Nationals held in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

For more up to date information go to their website www.magnabuick.com


37th ANNUAL GS NATIONALS -
SEPTEMBER 13-16, 2017
Beech Bend Race Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky

For more details, go to their website or go to turbobuick.com and scroll down to the event section.



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 -

Always be prepared sometimes even the simplest project can turn into a major project. Here is a case in point.

On my Ranger truck, one of the battery cable ends the bolt had broken away. It has a top post battery format. I figured I would just replace the cable ends. Tried as I might I not could get the cable end of the battery post. I figured I would crack the battery case before it came off. Since I had no idea how old the battery was, I then figured I may as well replace the battery at this point, since I have had the truck 4 years.

I then located the small bolt that secured the bracket that held the battery in the tray. Naturally, it was frozen and it snapped off. I then removed the battery. The bolt that snapped did not snap clean at the base, so I had no way to remove it. So, off I went to Auto Zone to get a new battery. I drilled the plastic bracket to secure the battery in the tray. At the same time I wire brushed and painted the tray.

The point of this story is, at least for me, most simple projects turn into major ones. This is one reason why when I was in high school I always had two cars, since one was usually broken down! Also, my mechanical skills are severely lacking.



CORES NEEDED -

Here is the information on our credits for cores.

HUGE URGENT NEED - Powermaster brake units. The must be complete. We will issue you a letter of credit for $125 for each acceptable core. Currently we will also buy them outright.

URGENT NEED - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering wheels. They must not be bent or rusted. We will issue a $75 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core.

URGENT NEED - TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock turbo. They must be complete. We will issue you a $150 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
PLUMSTEADVILLE, PA 18949

UPS - Ship to Address -
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
6201 Kellers Church Road
PLUMSTEADVILLE, 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. Please remember I have very little knowledge of the mechanical workings of the engine.



NEW PRODUCTS FROM US -

1978-1988 G-Body (Including 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal Models) -
Reproduction 4″ x 10″ REAR SPEAKERS (2) SET

It has been hard to locate a suitable 4″ x 10″ speaker for the 1984-1987 Turbo Regal rear package shelf. The space is too narrow to use anything but a 4″ x 10″ speaker. It must also fit the factory cage bracket.

We found this suitable reproduction 8 ohm speaker. You do have to replace the connector ends, since the factory plug on the harness will not fit the terminals on this new speaker.

These fit the factory metal cage that GM used to secure the original rear speakers.

Over the years, age and sunlight have probably cracked the original speakers. These are a perfect replacement.

A nice upgrade for any interior restoration.

7789 - 1978-1988 G-Body (Including 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal Models) –
Reproduction 4″ x 10″ REAR SPEAKERS (2) Set - $64.95

Here is a link to these speakers on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44363/Reproduction+4%22+x+10%22+REAR+SPEAKERS+%282%29+SET+%237789.html



EXTERIOR SOLAR LED MOTION LIGHT PANEL -

This exterior solar LED motion light panel is a neat compact product that fills a need for any home owner, shop owner, or apartment owner. It’s a simple and inexpensive method to light up a walkway at your house, or garage door way.

Since it’s powered by the sun, it means zero electric costs!

Panel is compact, just 4" x 6" x 1/2". The housing is white. It has 36 LED lights that equals the output of a 100 watt incandescent bulb! It does this with zero costs to your electric bill.

It has 3 different modes that you can set. MODE 1 - It can come on at dusk on low power and stay on until dawn. MODE 2 - It can be set to come on at dusk on low power, go to full power by motion, then revert back to lower power. MODE 3 - It can be set to go on by motion at dusk on full power and turn off after about 10 seconds if no motion is detected or activate by motion walking by it.

Most small solar powered outside motion lights are rated at only 20 to 50 watt and less than 400 lumens, unless you buy the larger ones. This one equals a 100 watt incandescent light and 450 lumens. Not only is this compact and bright enough to light any walk way or entrance, it is priced below most units available in stores.

You can mount this anywhere outside as long as it gets direct sunlight. The ideas are endless. It pays for itself since it draws no electric energy!

SPECIFICATIONS -
Compact size - 4" x 6" x 1/2" - Weighs 6 ounces - 50,000-hour operating life
450 lumens / zero energy usage - Equal to a 100 w incandescent bulb -
Motion activated - 3 different modes - White IP65 Housing for outside usage - high-density polymer, aluminum and plastic laminate (protects against dust and low pressure jets of water)
Lithium battery 3.7 volts 2000 mAh - Solar panel 6 v, 2.5 w

While larger versions are readily available at various stores, few choices exist for a compact unit that can easily be installed to light up walk ways or entrances for your home or garage.

Our top left photo shows the actual packaging and the Solar Motion Exterior Light. It comes with directions to set the mode you want. The mounting hardware is included. The top right shows just how bright the 36 LED lights are when they go on. The lower left photo shows our back door entrance at our home lit with a normal 100 watt bulb. The lower right photo shows this same area lit by this solar motion light.

An excellent exterior solar light upgrade for you home and office.

7790 - Exterior Solar LED Motion Light - $29.95
7791 - TWO - Exterior Solar LED Motion Lights (2) - $54.95
7792 - THREE - Exterior Solar LED Motion Lights (3) - $78.95 Solar Motion Exterior Light -

Here is the link to order this Solar Motion Exterior Light from our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7790&submit_button=



1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
TRANSLATOR CUSTOM-MADE BLACK MOUNTING BRACKET

When converting your car to a modern Mass Air Flow sensor, such as an LT1 or LS1 style sensor, a translator is needed. This is a custom-made mounting bracket to hold the Mass Air Flow Sensor Translator.

This bracket provides a simple, yet effective way of mounting the Translator in a convenient location.

This clever bracket was designed and produced by one of our customers. He saw a need to eliminate have the translator wire tied under the hood.

The bracket is made in acrylic and painted black. It mounts using existing holes. NO modifications are made to the car or to the translator. It also leaves enough space below the bracket to access the headlight wiring or if you have the charcoal canister and stock intake or even a 4" Cold Air Intake pipe.

Once installed, the custom-made bracket is barely visible.

The bracket comes with a spacer and easy-to-follow directions.

Our photo on the left shows the bracket and the photo on the right shows it installed on a car.

NOTE - This bracket will not work if you retain the factory air cleaner box.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7326 MAF Translator and #7342 Rebuilt AC Delco LT1 Mass Air Flow Sensor.

A nice finishing touch to dress up the engine compartment while securing the translator

7785 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Translator Custom-made Black Mounting Bracket - $29.95

Here’s a link to this bracket on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44356/TRANSLATOR+CUSTOM-MADE+BLACK+MOUNTING+BRACKET+%237785.html



1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
GM LICENSED - EMBROIDERED
“BUICK MOTORSPORTS” SEAT ARMOUR™ BLACK SEAT COVERS
“T-TYPE” SEAT ARMOUR™ GREY SEAT COVERS
“GNX” SEAT ARMOUR™ BLACK SEAT COVERS
“GRAND NATIONAL” SEAT ARMOUR™ BLACK SEAT COVERS

Because of the value of original, Grand Nationals, T-Types and GNX seats, it’s best to protect them from stains, odors, and fading from the sunlight.

We are the exclusive distributor for these GM licensed embroidered Seat Armour™ seat covers.

This Seat Armour™ seat cover is a simple slip-on cover that slides over the head rest, which secures the top of the cover in place. It just covers the seat portion, not the headrest.

The cover installs in seconds. There are no straps or elastic and no other attachments are needed. You simply slide it over the headrest and it drapes over the seat.

The GM licensed “Buick Motorsports” logo is embroidered in the logo colors - red, yellow and silver on black material, part #7751 and #7752. The embroidered logo measures 9" x 2-1/2". It is machine washable 100% heavyweight cotton velour terry material.

The GM licensed “T-TYPE” logo is embroidered in the logo colors - red and silver outlined in black on grey material, part #7753 and #7754. The embroidered logo measures 7" x 1-3/4". It is machine washable 100% heavyweight cotton velour terry material.

The GM licensed “GNX” logo is embroidered in the logo colors - red and silver on black material, part #7755 and #7756. The embroidered logo measures 7" x 2-1/2". It is machine washable 100% heavyweight cotton velour terry material.

The GM licensed “Grand National” logo is embroidered in the logo colors - orange, red and silver on black material, part #7757 and #7758. The embroidered logo measures 7" x 2-1/2". It is machine washable 100% heavyweight cotton velour terry material.

It can be folded and stored in the trunk when not in use.

It is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s a quick and simple way to protect the seats.

Our photo on the left shows this one-piece seat cover laid out so you can see the shape. Photo in the middle shows the original driver’s side seat, and the photo on the right shows the cover on the seat.

Our other photos show the various options of designs.

We offer each design as a single cover. If you want to cover both seats, there is another part number for two covers.

This is another great interior item to protect your car seats.

Here are the 8 options for ordering seat covers.

7751 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
GM Licensed - Embroidered “Buick Motorsports” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Cover (1) - $36.95

7752 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
TWO - GM Licensed - Embroidered “Buick Motorsports” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Covers (2) - $69.95

7753 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
GM Licensed - Embroidered “T-TYPE” Seat Armour™ Grey Seat Cover (1) - $36.95

7754 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
TWO - GM Licensed - Embroidered “T-TYPE” Seat Armour™ Grey Seat Covers (2) - $69.95

7755 - 1987 Buick GNX -
GM Licensed - Embroidered “GNX” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Cover (1) - $36.95

7756 - 1987 Buick GNX -
TWO - GM Licensed - Embroidered “GNX” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Covers (2) - $69.95

7757 - 1984-1987 Buick Grand National -
GM Licensed - Embroidered “GRAND NATIONAL” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Cover (1) - $36.95

7758 - 1984-1987 Buick Grand National -
TWO - GM Licensed - Embroidered “GRAND NATIONAL” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Covers (2) - $69.95

Here is a link to these seat covers on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7751&submit_button=



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 must 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 -

Less than 2 weeks until our 30th Year Spring Open House. It promises to be bigger than recent years judging from the calls we have been getting from customers. Not one to miss. The event has no rain date.