02-28-2018 Inner Circle

02-28-2018 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 02-28-2018 -


The potential buyer is flying in this week to “eyeball” our Turbo-T and once he approves he will arrange transportation for the car. Watch for updates.


We did hear from one of our Florida customers who owns a 1987 Turbo-T Limited. The previous owner of his car did have a cell phone installed and he tells me the bracket is still on the floor and the antenna is still on the roof area. This could have been factory or aftermarket.

I found even earlier information pertaining to a cellular telephone for the Buicks in a 1985 Buick Dealer Album. This info is in the revised 7/84 update. It states cellular service is only available in selected areas and uses components from two different sources. It does show a picture of one cell phone that appears to mount on a front bench seat format.

PHOTO 1 - To the left we show the actual page from a 1985 Buick Dealer Album (Revised 7/84 update.) The basic cell phone can be seen in the top right area of the page with a small illustration in the center of the page. This marked the beginning of what we all take for granted, today’s cell phones.

The photo to the right shows my parents, original Princess phone that they had in their house many years ago. We had two phone numbers, which you could trigger from a small switch on the phone. This phone replaced the square-style house phone that many of us older people remember, first with a dial you spun. Later the dial format was replaced with the push button format. I also own a complete pay phone that still is loaded with coins! If anyone has a key, I would be very interested in borrowing it!


It is possible to have any of 3 different brake reservoirs on your powermaster brake unit, unless yours is 100% original. From what I understand, GM used a narrow one in the 1985 Turbo Regal. They used a slanted brake reservoir version in the station wagons. In the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal models they used a tall wider brake reservoir. The station wagon and the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals used the same plastic lid and gasket.

What some of you may not realize is that black plastic lid and gasket from the 1986-1987 versions, from what I have determined, is a one-of-a-kind and only found on the powermaster brake units. Trust me, I have seen a lot of cars in junkyards and I have never found another GM car that used that reservoir size cap.

Over the years, we have sold a number of used reservoir caps to owners that had a leak issue or had a cracked lid.

PHOTO 2 - This is a display we had made years ago that shows all 3 of the possible powermaster brake reservoirs that could be on a powermaster brake unit. The far left is the narrow 1985 reservoir. In the center is the slanted station wagon version and on the far right is the correct 1986-1987 Turbo Regal brake reservoir. I don’t claim to be an expert on powermaster brake units, but it appears all these versions work fine on a Turbo Regal. However, all the rebuilt Cardone units we sell do have the correct 1986-1987 reservoir on it. I think that over the last 10 years we have sold more powermaster brake units than all the other Turbo Regal sources combined.


Besides the display shown in Photo 2, we also had a display made showing the 2 different GM brake accumulator bowls and the 2 different brake switches. As many of you know, GE made the brake switches and the black switch had a recall in 1987 due to issues of leakage.

The original brake bowl that would have come on your 1986-1987 Turbo Regal when it was brand new is the solid black brake accumulator bowl that lacks the outward nut on the back end and does not have the yellow wording.

The one with the nut on the back end and the yellow wording is the most common one you see today, besides the aftermarket one Cardone had made about 10-12 years ago. It was our company that pressured Cardone into getting it reproduced. Somewhere out there is a WE4 with the very first Cardone brake accumulator bowl on the powermaster. The Cardone brake bowl is about 15% larger with the nut on the internal side.

PHOTO 3 - This display shows the original brake accumulator bowl on the left and the later GM style brake accumulator bowl on the right. Below the brake accumulator bowls are the original black brake switch and the later grey brake switch (which is still available today.)

I am not an expert on powermaster brake systems, but part of the problems with the brake units is due to dirty brake fluid and having a rusty steel brake proportioning valve.


Years ago, I would buy almost any GM booklet I could find that dealt with the Turbo Regals. I knew I would need these factory booklets to get my facts straight. I have two different GM booklets that pertain to the powermaster brake system.

PHOTO 4 - The Powermaster Brake System booklet on the left is the one that GM dealers used to train their mechanics from the description on the inside cover. It explains how to check each part of the powermaster brake system. The photo to the right is the Know-How Powermaster Brake System - Operation and Diagnosis booklet. It is basically the same booklet with a few more pages and photos than in the other Powermaster booklet. Judging from the photos in both booklets, this was before the recall on the black brake switch since both show the original solid black brake bowl. These booklets are extremely hard to find today. I would say, based on the number of phone calls we get on any given day, questions on the powermaster are probably the number one issue that we get.


My friend, who has a shop directly across from us, has made a clever product that we plan to market for him. This product works on any car as a clever form of protection when storing your car or truck. No other company makes this exact same product that can protect your car when it is stored. We recently tried his prototype and he is making a few changes on it so it will be better than his prototype. Watch for updates shortly. It’s a pretty cool product that serves a useful function.


Currently we have two buyers, both want to buy both vehicles. The Harley truck has less than 2,000 miles on it and the Firebird Formula has just under 3,000 miles on it. I hope to see the Firebird Formula this week in person and take photos. The Harley truck runs and drives and the plan is to get it to my shop. If either deal falls through, we will let our readers know.


Here is the current listing with dates for events to show your Turbo Regal or attend in 2018. As more information becomes available for these events, we will update them.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 - KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS, 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA
This event has no rain date. Free Yum Yum donuts and coffee while supplies last. This event features specials on our products, M&M contest, and our popular No Reserve auction. The time is from 9 am until 2 pm. Special pricing to be announced on Pypes exhaust systems and Cold Case radiators. Spoolfool fillers can be reserved for pickup to eliminate costly shipping charges. Those are the 3 big items where you can save money by picking them up at our Open House.

2018 Turbobuick.com NATIONALS -
May 2nd thru May 5th, 2018 - Burlington, NC
This event is held at two locations. The first part of the week is at Richard Clark’s Garage, 2557 Faucette Lane, Burlington, NC. It then moves to Piedmont Race track in Burlington, NC. For more information, go to turbobuick.com and click on 2018 Turbo Buick Nationals or on Facebook.

PYPES and MAX PERFORMANCE 8th Annual American Muscle Car and Truck Show -
June 29th and June 30th, 2018 - Hatfield, PA
This show is hosted by Pypes and Max Performance. A BBQ and cruise is Friday afternoon and Saturday is the car show. The location is at their facility at 2705 Clemens Road B103, Hatfield, PA 19440. This event draws a huge amount of all kinds of GM muscle cars, including Ford and Chrysler. The company owner has been our friend for over 30-plus years. We will be attending this event. For more information, go to their website - maxperformanceinc.com

September 14th and 15th, 2018 - Cecil County Dragway, Cecil, Maryland
The MAGNA Group has their annual event September 14th and 15th at Cecil County Dragway in Cecil County, Maryland. This event grows bigger each year and is open to all Buick muscle cars not just the Turbo Regals. We expect to be attending this event. (It falls on my birthday). For more details, go to turbobuick.com - or - their website - magnabuick.com


About three weeks ago, I met with a person that has developed a very interesting product that has been on the market for a while. He already has two companies in two different fields of operation, both of which are the biggest in the field using his product exclusively. This is quite an accomplishment. We already have samples of this product on hand.

We are working out the details so we can be a distributor for this local company. This product is superior to all the competition with no downsides! If you work or own any new or used car dealership, clean out houses for estate sales, or work or own an automotive detail business, email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com -for more details as they become available.


Finally, some progress to report, The GNX banner they submitted for GM approval has been approved. They still have to get approval for the Grand National and Buick Motorsports banners. All designs we submitted to the company that has the GM license for Buick/Oldsmobile/Pontiac. We hope to have all of these banners on display at our Spring Open House in April. I should have a GNX banner shortly with pricing.


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.


FOR SALE: Clean and rare 1987 Buick Regal Limited Turbo-T with 87k original miles. Factory grey with grey leather interior. Extra padded vinyl roof, factory G80 posi rear, remote trunk release, PDL, PW, and PS. Comes with all the original paperwork. Not a spec of rot or rust on the body. Tons of new parts and recent work over the years. Most modifications done for drivability. Just installed a new 1 piece rear filler and all new AC Delco AC components and converted to R134a. Blows cold! I have a laundry list of work done and tones of pictures. Email miker511@verizon.net for more info and pictures or call/text 401-487-1207 if serious. Asking $15,900. Car is located in Rhode Island. 1 of 4.

WANTED TO BUY: For a 1987 Buick Turbo Regal: NOS left and right hardtop roof rail pillar weatherstrip seals, NOS left and right door weather strip seals, NOS hood to cowl lace weather strip seal, NOS trunk weather strip seal, NOS left and right rear bumper fillers, NOS left and right front black metal parking light bezels, NOS exhaust catalytic converter hanger, NOS left and right exhaust manifolds. Prefer parts to be in original GM factory sealed packaging or GM factory box with original GM part number tag and GM dealer tag. Serious Buyer. Please email clear pictures and description or part or call and leave message. All calls will be returned. Jason Maxfield, (416) 399-7265, email: jkmaxfield@gmail.com- Niagara Falls, NY 14303. 3 of 4.

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 Many of the 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. Several of their real nice 4-door sedans are priced under $3995. These are ones I bid on that checked out as 1-2 owners, non-smoker with real nice exterior and interiors.


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


One of the toughest carpets to keep free of dirt is the factory or reproduction trunk carpet. We recommend you keep a rug over it to avoid that frustration.


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

NEED - Powermaster brake units. The must be complete. We will issue you a Letter of Credit for $125 for each acceptable core. We currently will not buy any powermaster units outright only letter of credit towards parts.

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. These are the only 2 items we are currently accepting as cores.

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.


1985-1987 Buick GRAND NATIONAL -

Because the original grey and black pallex Grand National seat material is so costly, here is a simple and inexpensive method to protect it.

We offer a one-piece form-fitting seat cover for the front bucket seat. No tools are required and it’s easy to clean. You simply slide it over the seat. It can be removed easily.

This seat cover has the same two-color color (black and grey) design, so it looks like it was made specifically for the Grand National.

The durable and breathable material is double nylon mesh cloth with 2mm thick sponge in the middle. The spandex back provides a universal fit that conforms to the Grand National’s bucket seat.

It’s an inexpensive investment to protect your Grand National bucket seats from damage.
To purchase one cover, order #7821. To order two covers, order #7822.

Another excellent way to protect the seats.

7821 - 1985-1987 Buick Grand National - One-piece Bucket Seat Cover - $18.95

7822 - 1985-1987 Buick Grand National -
TWO One-piece Bucket Seat Covers (2) - $29.95 (Save $7.95)

Here is a link to this seat cover 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.

REMEMBER - On all the above letter parts, the price shown is the total price you pay. The more letter items you buy, the better the deal is for you. Many of these mini package deals are the little items you may need to make your car like new again. This is especially true concerning the radio knobs and the push buttons for the cassette option.

IN CLOSING - Parts are really getting difficult to find for these cars now that they are over 30 years old. For the first time that I can remember, the latest Hemmings Motor News did not even have one Grand National for sale under the Buick heading.