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9-15-10 Inner Circle

9-15-10 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 09-15-10

BUICK LITERATURE - PART 9

Following up last week's Inner Circle, I tried to contact the company that actually did the printing on the GNX hardbound books. I couldn't find anything on them. It appears they are no longer in existence.

Today when you go to car shows you may see various autographs on radiator supports or, in the case of Corvettes, on the plastic fuel rail covers. Parts autographed like that can easily be removed and put on another car.

A few years back we came up with a unique idea. We wanted to have Molly sign something on our Turbo Regals that would be hard to copy and would easily verify that he did in fact autograph that particular Turbo Regal.

We decided the place that made the most sense for Molly to put his autograph was in the blank area of the trunk ID label. The GM's name for this is the "Service Parts Identification" label. Since it has the car's VIN number on it, this label would always be part of the car.

We offered this at the last two events Molly attended for us. Molly was kind enough to autograph anyone's label at no charge.

The first time we offered this to those that attended our Reunion event, the stamp we made read, "SIGNATURE SERIES." Darrell would stamp the trunk ID label and then Molly would sign his name above it.

The last time we offered this, the stamp we had made said, "MOLLY SIGNATURE SERIES." Molly would then sign his name above the stamping.

By changing the wording, you can tell which time he signed the label. The Molly Signature Series was the last event Molly attended for us celebrating my 60th birthday in September 15th-16th 2007.

Approximately 100-110 cars were autographed at each of the two events. So, fewer than 225 of the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals carry Molly's signature on the trunk ID label.

Of that number, maybe at the most 2-3 GNXs carry his autograph.

Even more unique is a small number of owners that attended BOTH of the last two Reunion events and had Molly autograph their label each time. Molly's name appears TWICE on their trunk ID label.

We even had several owners that could not bring their actual car, so they brought just their trunk lid to these events for Molly to sign.

Those that have Molly's signature on their trunk ID label are very lucky owners today. I am thankful I am among them as he signed my trunk ID label on the white 1987 Turbo-T we own.

PHOTO 1 - The photo on the right shows Molly signing my 1987 Turbo-T trunk ID label in my garage at my 60th Birthday Bash in 2007. The photo on the left shows a close up of the autographed label. Note my car has only a mere 52 codes! I figure the less options, the less things can go wrong!

PHOTO 2 - The photo on the shows my personal 1987 Regal Owner's Manual that I had Molly sign at that event in 2007. He pre-autographed the car show participant cards that we gave out that day to those that attended the two-day event. This card is shown in the bottom photo. It was meant to go in the show car windshield area to identify the car's owner, the year and model of the car, and what state they were from.

PHOTO 3 - Shows two more limited items from my 60th Birthday Bash. The T-shirt featured the car show logo we had done for the event, and was autographed on the front by Molly. We show 3 views of the T-shirt. The embroidered hat shown on the lower right photo was signed by Molly on the brim. These are two items I will always cherish. Not many of either of these two items were produced and I am not sure how many would have been signed by Molly.

PHOTO 4 - At the banquet we held Sunday we gave to every attendee an autographed Grand National Hot Wheels™ that Paul Castle (World of Motorworks) had donated for the event. This photo shows the package, the little car autographed in silver permanent marker by Molly on the roof, and the collector card that went with each Molly diecast car.

Paul sent us the brand new packages of Hot Wheels™ cars, we took them out of the package and sent just the cars to Molly in California, then he signed each one in silver permanent marker and shipped them back to us in Pennsylvania. Then we repackaged them in the original packs. We put the collector card with each pack in a clear plastic sleeve. These were given FREE to everyone that attended our Sunday banquet. Fewer than 200 of these were ever done. It was a terrific unique collectible for our guests.

It's hard to believe that event was 3 years ago this week.

Watch for more Buick Literature next week - Part 10



HERE'S A CLEVER IDEA -

Each year it seems automotive Owner's Manuals get thicker and thicker. Hyundai, which has improved over the years, will soon release a new model called the Equus to compete with other high-end cars.

To solve the problem of printing a thick Owner's Manual, instead each new owner will get a new iPad with the Owner's Manual already downloaded to it.

A clever idea. It will be interesting to see if other high-end car manufacturers follow suit. I know one thing, when the car comes up for resale years later, the next owner won't be getting that iPad!



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.

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 ones you want to see - Reference Inner Circle date and photo number 1, 2, 3 or 4 - denniskirban@yahoo.com


NEW VDO COCKPIT SERIES VACUUM/BOOST GAUGE -

We now carry the VDO cockpit series combination vacuum boost gauge. This gauge is 2-1/16" size and matches all our other VDO cockpit gauges. Besides showing vacuum in inches, it also shows up to 25 lbs of boost. Comes complete with the installation kit to install it in any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal. We still carry our other VDO cockpit series boost gauge, which reads boost only, Part #6627 (reads a maximum of 30 lbs.)

Here's our complete description:

VDO COCKPIT SERIES 30 in. VACUUM / 25 lb. BOOST GAUGE -

This attractive VDO cockpit series combination 30 in. vacuum gauge and 25 lb. boost has a 2-1/16" diameter face. This will fit any of the A-pillar holders, single or twin gauge holders we offer.

The quality is excellent and it features a black bezel face, red needle, and white numbers. Gauge comes with an installation kit to install in any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal. It will also fit older applications as well. The kit will allow your current gauge and this gauge to function at the same time.

NOTE - This gauge only registers up to 25 psi for boost. If you need a boost gauge that reads to 30 psi, see Part #6627.

7297 - VDO Cockpit Series 2-1/16" 30 in. Vacuum / 25 lb. Boost Gauge - $52.95
Includes installation kit

Here is a link to the this Vacuum/Boost Gauge on our web site -
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/43812/VDO+COCKPIT+SERIES+25+lb.+BOOST+30+in.+VACUUM+GAUGE+%237297.html



GREAT NEWS - COMING SOON - CUSTOM-MADE EMBROIDERED TRUNK KITS -

Because of many requests, we will be offering 16 new custom-made embroidered Trunk Kits - GREY or BLACK carpet material - 8-Piece or 11-Piece Kits - featuring the T-Type, Grand National, GNX and Buick Motorsports logos. All kits are GM licensed. These should go up on our website soon. Watch for more information in next week's Inner Circle.



URGENT REQUEST - WE NEED Turbo CORES! -

We need stock 1986-1987 Turbo Regal turbos for cores.

For each complete turbo you send us, you will received either a check for $75 for or a Letter of Credit for $100 for any parts listed on our website. Just specify which you want for your turbo.

By sending us complete cores, it enables us to supply other owners with rebuilt units and also our TA 49 versions. The TA 49 turbos we sell require the use of the stock exhaust housing. By using that section, no low-end torque is lost in regular street driving.

THANK YOU for helping to keep the parts available for other Turbo Regal owners.



ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION WORKS -

Got any turbo 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.



GM PARTS UPDATE -

It appears that the GM supply of the factory 1986-1987 GM factory original molded boost line kits are dwindling and may already have disappeared from GM's warehouses inventory. We currently have a decent supply of them.

This is a very critical part, for any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal, since it is needed to control boost. They have 3 specially formed hoses with a special size diameter T in between two of the molded hoses. These also have the GM wording on them.

Over a period of time, heat can cause the hoses to swell and crack. While they last, we have them available for $44.95 plus shipping, Part #6644. Supplies are limited.

Here is a link to the Boost Line Kit on our web site -
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/160/GM Factory Original BOOST LINE KIT #6644.html



CALENDER OF EVENTS -

2010 UPCOMING BUICK RELATED EVENTS -


11th ANNUAL PONTIAC AND BUICK CAR SHOW
Sunday - SEPTEMBER 19th, 2010 - 10 am - 3 pm - Rain or Shine.
Star Pontiac, Buick GMC - 260 Country Club Road, Easton, PA 18045
Music, food and drinks, dash plaques, awards, door prizes.
For more information, go to their website -
www.gtopa.com
or email - jgsetz@ptd.net


EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS AND FAST (factory appearing stock tire) EVENT
ALL BUICK JUDGED CAR SHOW SATURDAY THE 2ND HOSTED BY MAGNA (Mid-Atlantic Grand National Association)
OCTOBER 1st and 2nd, 2010 - FRIDAY and SATURDAY Gates open 9 AM
Cecil County Dragway, Maryland
The car show is open to all Buick's from 1965 to 2003. Goodie bags, 50/50 and other prizes for show cars!
This is their 14th annual event! - Free vending.
For more information, contact Doug Dougherty at 302-653-2201 or John Csordas at 845-528-GSGN.
NOTE - Dates are Friday and Saturday!
or email - johncsordas@optonline.net - or - marti44@comcast.net - or - stagetwo65@yahoo.com


5th ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST - ALL GM SHOW
OCTOBER 2nd, 2010
Silver Springs, Ocala, Florida
For more information, go to their website -
http://www.npdlink.com/modules.php?name=Silver_Springs



KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS - FALL OPEN HOUSE -
Saturday OCTOBER 9th, 2010 - 9 am - 3 pm
6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA
This event happens rain, shine, or snow.
Free Yum Yum donuts and coffee.

Save on shipping! Pete and I will have an array of bargains on used parts. I will have several large items that are too big to ship or too fragile to ship. Paul Castle, World of Motorworks will also be here.

Pick up a supply of ZDDPlus™, we will have it on sale.

Chris and Ron who own CustomAutoApparel.com will also be set up at our Open House. They are fully GM licensed and will have a large array of their Turbo Regal related apparel available. They attended my 60th birthday bash as well. Ron was the original owner of GNX #547.

Since last Spring's Open House we have gathered many more good used Turbo parts, some of which are too big to ship. Priced to sell. Come early as bargains and the Yum Yum donuts go quickly.



The Blackhawk Chapter of the POCI presents the
23rd ANNUAL DRAG RACING FUN DAY - Especially for Buicks, Oldsmobiles & Pontiacs
OCTOBER 9, 2010 - Saturday - Gates open at 9 AM - Eliminations at 1 PM
In the Midwest is an all BOP event Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac.
The location is Cordova Dragway Park in Cordova, Illinois.
Click on the link below for more information.
http://www.cordovadrag.com/2010/events/bop-race.html


30th ANNUAL GS NATIONALS - Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky
OCTOBER 20th-23rd, 2010
This has been rescheduled from the cancelled May dates. Unfortunately, Don Garlits will not be able to attend as the dates conflict with an event he does at his Museum in Ocala. Florida. For more information, including registration and vendor details, go to their website and then click on GS Nationals - http://www.gsnationals.com



EBAY LISTINGS -

If you would like to see any of the Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -
http://stores.ebay.com/Kirban-Performance-Products-Inc_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZ km



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 not remember who requested the item.



IN CLOSING -

Remember, if you are planning to attend our October 9th Open House, we welcome any good used Turbo Regal parts, or cores we need. Cash them in for items you need.

We will have many fragile items and seats as noted for sale that we can't ship, so plan to attend.