01-17-2018 Inner Circle

01-17-2018 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 01-17-2018 -


We recently discovered an aftermarket shifter handle that has a plastic chrome thumb button and a plastic chrome base collar. It is also leather wrapped!

We ordered a few of them to make sure they would function properly on a stock Turbo Regal shifter unit. It works perfectly. No locking clip is needed and you can angle it any way you wish. The best part is we can sell it for less than $19!!!!

We already have this new aftermarket leather shifter handle in stock and more on order, Part #7830. See the New Parts section for the link to our website.

PHOTO 1 - We show both the new aftermarket black leather handle and we show it on an actual Regal shifter shaft. This shifter handle is beefier than the wimpy stock one and fits in your hand better.


We been working with a local shop getting various vinyl banners made for gifts and displays. We just had a few done for Christmas gifts this past year.

We offer two sizes - 2' x 3' and 3' x 5'. Banners are printed with durable, fade resistant full-color ink on 13-ounce material with a hem around the back of each side suitable for indoor or outdoor We also can do custom larger sizes.

You simply email us your image/photo as a jpg or pdf and we can have the banner printed. We also can drop in any phrase or logo you want added to the photo.

PHOTO 2 - The photo on the left shows me alongside my white Turbo-T on a 2' x 3' banner. The photo on the rights shows the larger banner size 3' x 5' that we had done for our son to hang in his shop. Note the wording we added - “Go Big or Go Home” along with his logo. This shows you some of the wording and logos ideas we can add to your banner.

The smaller 2' x 3' banner is just $28.95 and the large 3' x 5' is $59.95. This is a great idea for a unique gift. See the New Parts section for more information and part numbers.


For many years, the Cross Pen Company has been the choice of executives. I am not sure how Buick and ASC marketed the pen sets they made in the 1980s and 1990s. I have had these in my collection for many years.

PHOTO 3 - Shows a gold and silver pen, produced the Cross company. The word Cross is engraved at the top of both pens. Both have the Buick tri-shield logo on top attached to the clip. The black pen does have the brand name on it, so I am not sure of the manufacturer of the pen. One pen has the ASC logo on the clip. In each case, I have the matching pencil as well. If I had to take a guess, the ASC pen is probably the rarest one to find today.

PHOTO 4 - This photo shows an original Buick watch from my collection. The reason I know it’s an original is because the Buick tag is still attached. It has the Buick tri-shield logo in the center of the watch face.

Today at any major car show event swap meet you may find various Buick-related items. Although many items have been produced over the years showcasing your favorite car model, some may not be licensed. It’s nice to find unique items to add to any collection.


I just read on the internet that after 52 years Englishtown Raceway Park will shut down its drag racing operation. It will continue to do swap meets and other events, but will no longer have 1/8 mile and 1/4 mile drag racing. It’s definitely an end to an era for the northeast part of the country.


I was contacted last week by a writer for Grassroots Motorsport magazine.

Many of you may not be familiar with this magazine as it used to cater mostly to foreign cars years ago. I usually buy it at a local newsstand that has been in business for over 50 years. They even have a soda fountain and probably sell every cigarette and cigar brand you could ever want. They even sell everything you need to roll your own cigarettes!

Anyhow, this magazine is doing an article on the Grand National and GNX. I answered a series of questions about the Grand National and GNX. It will be published in their next issue. I will let you know when it is available.


Currently we are working with a company that is fully GM licensed for GM banners. They have agreements for all the GM models except Chevrolet and Corvette. They have submitted Turbo Regal Grand National banner samples to GM license department. Watch for word on availability on these custom-made vinyl banners later this month.


Good news - We now accept Classified Ads in our weekly Inner Circle emails. Over the years several customers have asked about placing an ad in our weekly Inner Circle.

Here are the options and the costs.

Ads can be from any individual or company. It needs to be automotive related, meaning it does not need be specifically Turbo Regal related. It can be for something for sale or something wanted.

Maximum number of words is 125 words, which is about 7 to 9 lines of copy. No photos. You can list a website. We recommend you state your name, phone number or email, a price, and your location in your ad.

The cost for 2 consecutive weeks is $25. The cost for 4 consecutive weeks is $40. You save $10 with the 4-week plan. No changes can be made to your existing running ad. You can only run one ad at any given time. We will have a code system at the end of your ad, so we will know what week number your ad is to run - 2 or 4 weeks.

It can be an ad for something for sale or an ad for something you are looking for.

We have never missed a single week since we started the Inner Circle email format in 2009. It’s something I enjoy doing and I just always seem to have enough material to write about.

Our weekly Inner Circle reaches over 3,200 members every Wednesday direct to their inbox. The Inner Circle also appears every Wednesday on our website with the related photos. Your ad would be visible to both groups of readers. So, the exposure to your ad is well over 3,200 potential buyers.

My Rare Parts section is only viewed by those that subscribe. Subscription is free, so complaints on what I write are nonexistent!

Ads submitted properly by the previous Sunday would appear that next Wednesday in the weekly Inner Circle. Ads must be submitted by email to - denniskirban@yahoo.com 

Payment by credit card must be done by phone to our office 215-766-1611 x 0.


WANTED TO BUY - 1965 or 1967 Buick Skylark GranSport/GS400, will discuss any condition, but it must be a real GranSport/GS, no clones. Possible trade involved. I am in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Call Ken at 440-655-8731. Okay to leave a voice mail, if I don’t pick up. Or email me at kensgs01@aol.com Week 4 of 4.

FOR SALE - GNX 270 with 31,000 miles on it. All the records, GNX jacket and GNX book are with the car. This is one you can drive and enjoy for just $70 grand. Email me denniskirban@yahoo.com and we will forward your info to the seller. GNX is located about 75 miles from us.

FOR SALE - 1994 Pontiac Trans Am Anniversary model, white with blue stripe. Garaged in mint condition and comes with all the documents, etc. Car has a mere 34,000 actual miles. Owner is selling it due to health issues. Price tag is $15,900. Contact me direct denniskirban@yahoo.com

FOR SALE - 1978 Corvette Coupe. It has the L82 engine 4-speed format. Car has one repaint with 52,000 original miles. The price tag is $11,900. Health issues forces sale. Contact me direct denniskirban@yahoo.com

FOR SALE - Remember, if you are local to us check out the inventory of used vehicles 611 Auto Sales. They are located near us at 8307 Easton Road in Ottsville, PA. Their website is - 611autosalespa.com Most of their cars are priced under $3,995. Mention my name and it may save you a few bucks! They have several one-owner cars to choose from. Their office number is 610-847-0100. Currently they have the 1987 Bronco II for $6,495. A new arrival is a one-owner, no accidents 2005 Passat TDI diesel with 168,000 miles. This is a mint example for $4,000.


If you are not able to see the Rare Parts section at the end of this Inner Circle, it is because you are not an Inner Circle member, but instead are reading this on the website. You must subscribe to see the Rare Parts section each week. It would go directly to your inbox every Wednesday afternoon. It is FREE, probably one reason why nobody complains about what I write about. Simply email - Christina@kirbanperformance.com - to get on our weekly Inner Circle email.


NOTE- If you email us and do NOT get a timely reply, be sure to check your “SPAM” folder. Some emails do not go thru.

If you need to email us, use - Christina@kirbanperformance.com


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


With the constant shutting of the door, the interior pull strap has a tendency to come loose. Be sure to make it a point to keep those phillips-head screws tight to avoid breaking the door panel trim moldings. This interior door format that Buick used on the door panels is not one that holds up well.


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

NEED - Stock original AC Delco 1986-1987 Turbo Regal mass air flow sensor cores. Units can’t be cracked or broken. Currently we will issue a Letter of Credit for $40 for each acceptable core.

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.

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.

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 -
PO BOX 1199

UPS - Ship to Address -
6201 Kellers Church Road


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.



1978-1987 Buick Regal (Including Turbo Regal) -

Until now you had no other choice but to stay with the stock wimpy shifter handle. That GM shifter handle has been the same one from 1978 thru 1987 on the Regals with the console format. Not only is it small in size, but its short mounting shaft makes it prone to breaking due to the plastic internals. If that wasn’t bad enough, it shows wear quickly from use and the plastic chrome ends fall off!

All the 1978-1987 Buick Regal and 1978-1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass floor shifter handles are the same. They all used a locking clip on the one side of the handle to secure the handle to the shifter shaft. On all the other GM cars from that time period, including the Monte Carlo SS models, the locking clip was in the front. That format will not work on the Turbo Regal shifter shaft because the slots on the shaft need to match up to a locking clip on the side in order to secure the handle to the shaft.

We also have a new aftermarket leather shifter handle available, #7830.

This makes it difficult to install a better stronger GM automatic shifter handle from another GM car without making some modifications and adding a method to secure the handle to the shaft.
Our installation kit eliminates the locking clip altogether. You will no longer have to buy a $5 locking clip!

The stock factory handle has plastic internals plus has no depth to give it strength on the shifter shaft. This poor design leads to many of the original shifter handles breaking. Also, while the small plastic chrome rings may give the original GM handle an elegant look, over time they can fall off.

The new original replacement handle can run $40 to $100 or more depending on what actual parts you need to buy. We have come up with several various later GM handles and an installation kit to secure the later GM handles from other GM cars to the factory shifter shaft.

We have several options available including one aftermarket leather handle that is brand new. The used GM handles listed below have all been cleaned and are almost brand new in appearance. (We remove them from certain models that are only about 12-15 years old.)

All the handles are black making it a nice match to any Grand National interior or T-Type with grey interior. Each handle has been modified internally and comes with the necessary custom-made parts to secure it to the factory shaft.

These fit every 1978-1987 Turbo Regal and Oldsmobile Cutlass that has the factory floor shifter. Each handle has been pre-tested to function properly on an original Regal shaft. All of these better design GM shifter handles can be installed if desired to be angled to the driver, something the factory shifter handle you can't do. The end result is a better looking GM handle that fits your hand better and gives a stronger look to your factory shifter.

The used GM shifter handles listed below are a far less costly alternative to purchasing a new original Turbo Regal shifter handle. Not only are they stronger, but these do not show wear as quickly as the original light grey original GM handle does.

All the shifter handles come with easy-to-follow directions and parts as shown.

These replacement shifter handles allow you to keep your original shifter handle like new in storage for car shows. Handles can be switched out in a matter of minutes.

This is a nice upgrade that Buick should have done originally to compliment the engineering they did under the hood.

NOTE - Handles shown in Photo 4 and Photo 5 are extremely rare to find!

Excellent replacements for any interior restoration.

7830 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (Including Turbo Regal) - Aftermarket LEATHER Automatic Shifter Handle & Installation Kit - PHOTO 1 - NEW - $15.95
Includes new locking ring with allen wrench and set screws installed

7831 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (Including Turbo Regal) - Replacement Upgraded GM Automatic Shifter Handle & Installation Kit - PHOTO 2 - USED - $29.95
Includes new locking ring with allen wrench, set screw and trigger spacer

7832 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (Including Turbo Regal) - Replacement Upgraded GM Automatic Shifter Handle & Installation Kit - PHOTO 3 - USED - $29.95
Includes new locking ring with allen wrench, set screw and trigger spacer

7833 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (Including Turbo Regal) - Replacement Upgraded GM Automatic Shifter Handle & Installation Kit - PHOTO 4 - TEAR-DROP STYLE - USED - $29.95
Includes new locking ring with allen wrench, set screw and trigger spacer

7834 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (Including Turbo Regal) - Replacement Upgraded GM Automatic Shifter Handle & Installation Kit - PHOTO 5 - CHROME-PLATED THUMB BUTTON - USED $29.95
Includes new locking ring with set screw and trigger spacer as shown

NOTE - #7830 - Aftermarket LEATHER Automatic Shifter Handle & Installation Kit is in stock now. If you want to order this handle, call our office – 215-766-1611 x 0

NOTE – These shifters are not on our website yet.

1984-1987 Buick Grand National -

This is a new reproduction item. GM never offered this emblem as a separate replacement part as it was only part of the assembly found under GM #25504346.

This emblem is found in every Grand National (except 1982-1/2) as part of the dash plate located above the glove box door. This is an insert GM placed right below the “BUICK” lettering.

Different models/trim options used different style inserts, i.e. “Regal” or “GNX.”

After many years of sun exposure, moisture or dash cleaning products, the chrome finish on this emblem may have faded away or the inlay may have even fallen off the dash plate and is lost.

The dash plate assembly is no longer available and fetches $350+.

This reproduction inlay measures 2-5/8" x 3/8 and is made in ABS injection molded plastic, chrome plated, and painted in the correct colors. There is 3M adhesive backed tape attached for easy installation.

NOTE - This is the "Grand National" INSERT ONLY and NOT the entire dash plate!

The top photo shows this dash plaque inlay (red tab is the carrier sheet for the self-adhesive backing) and the lower photo shows its placement on the dash plaque.

Another excellent replacement for any interior restoration.

7820 - 1984-1987 Buick Grand National - Reproduction Grand National Dash Plaque Inlay - $19.95

Here is a link to this dash plaque inlay on our website.


We’ve been having various vinyl banners made by a local company and they are giving us special pricing to offer to our customers.

The banners are printed with durable, fade resistant, full color inks on 13 ounce vinyl material suitable for indoor or outside use.

Each banner has a hem on the back on all four sides which adds to the stability.

The 2 ft x 3 ft has eyelets on the 4 corners.

The 3 ft x 5 ft and larger custom banners have eyelets on the 4 corners and also an eyelet in the center of the top and center of the bottom.

We also can have a larger banner made. If you have a photo in mind that you want larger, contact us for a quote - 215-766-1611 x 0.

We have the ability to drop in any logo or wording you want on to the picture you submit. There is no extra charge for this. We would email you a sample prior to getting the banner made.

For best results, images must be 100 dpi or larger. Acceptable format is either a jpeg or a PDF file.

Depending on your image, the banner can be horizontal or vertical.

Photo is usually printed to the edge as shown in the Kirban Performance Products banner. The design on the Kirban Customs truck banner included a grey border as part of the image design.

Once approved, we can ship within 72 hours! Digital file can be sent by email to - denniskirban@yahoo.com. Please note “BANNER ORDER” in the Subject line of your email.

NOTE - Depending on the layout of your image, the final banner size may be slightly different to accommodate the correct proportion of your photo.

NOTE - Shipping by UPS ground is approximately $10-$15, depending on the banner size and your location.

These make a unique and lasting gift for that special car collector.

The first photo is a 2 ft by 3 ft banner of Dennis and his Turbo Regal with our logo inserted in the lower left. This lower photo shows the custom truck our son built. This 3 ft by 5 ft banner was a Christmas present and is a unique display item for his shop.

Remember, we can do any image. It can be car related or can even be an image like a family photo or business card.

An excellent banner for your man cave, garage or office or dorm room. Banners make a unique custom gift for any occasion.

7816 - Custom Vinyl Banner - 2 ft x 3 ft - $28.95

7817 - Custom Vinyl Banner - 3 ft x 5 ft - $56.95

7818 - Custom Vinyl Banner - Optional Size Based on Image - Call for pricing 215-766-1611 x 0

Here is a link to these banners on our website.


This part may not be back on our website. The part number is 7007. It has a price of $89.95. Simply call the office direct to order.


In many cases, the factory plastic seatbelt release mechanism may be broken. It is the plastic lever that triggers the seat belt located in each door jamb.

That seat belt mechanism is no longer available from GM or in the aftermarket.

You can easily remove that mechanism and install this block-off plate. It is made in stainless. If you want, you can polish the plate or paint it to match your car. Since it’s stainless steel, it will not rust.

Each kit comes with new screws and gaskets.

This is another excellent replacement for any interior restoration.

7813 - 1978-1988 Buick Regal (All Models) - Seatbelt Release Block-off Stainless Plates (2) Kit - $17.95

Here is a link to this block-off plates kit on our website.

1978-1988 G-BODY WITH T-TOPS (Including Buick Regal T-Tops Models) -

Over time, the factory bushing that surrounds the locking pin on the T-Top is probably badly worn or may be totally missing.

This is a new bushing to replace the factory bushing. It’s one improvement to help eliminate possible rattles and water leaks.

Bushings are packaged as a pair.

This is another excellent replacement for any exterior restoration.

7814 - 1978-1988 G-Body with T-Tops (Including Buick Regal T-Tops Models) - T-Tops Repair Bushings (2) - $15.95

Here is a link to these T-Tops repair bushings on our website.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


If you caught last Sunday’s playoff games, not only did you witness an upset with the Steelers losing, but the unbelievable finish with the Vikings making great comeback in the last 10 seconds! I feel sorry for the Viking fans at the game that left early figuring their season was over.