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9-21-11 Inner Circle

9-21-11 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 09-21-2011

GNX RELATED MATERIAL -

While looking through some of my files I have on Turbo Buicks, I found copies of material related to the GNX project. Some GNX owners may not be aware of some of this information.

PHOTO 1 - The photo on the left shows a copy of the letter ASC appears to have sent out to GNX owners. It is not dated. It basically covers information about the drivetrain, including the fact the transmission has different calibration from a Grand National for improved performance. It also goes on to say you can't rotate the tires because the wheels are different offsets and the tires are different sizes. Ironically, it also says there is no clearance for tire chains! It goes on to state any aftermarket performance products will void your warranty. The letter also says Buick dealers will not stock GNX specific parts due to low volume of the GNX. Since I have a copy of the ASC McLaren envelope (photo on the right,) I assume this letter was mailed to original GNX owners.

PHOTO 2 - Photo on the left shows a letter from Molly Designs dated May 12, 1988, and the lower photo on the left shows the envelope, and the lower photo on the right shows the postcard. The letter is addressed to GNX owners and informs them that they will be getting a beautiful hard cover book detailing the design, development, and production of the GNX. Additionally they have designed a handsome jacket exclusively for GNX owners. Both the book and the jacket were free of charge to the GNX owner. The letter also states the GNX owner must mail back an enclosed postcard with their GNX car number, VIN number, and jacket size.

This letter reads, "Dear GNX Owner:

Congratulations on being one of the fortunate 547 people who own a Buick/ASC GNS automobile.

We are presently completing a beautiful hard cover book detailing the design, development and production of the GNX. It is full of facts and lavish pictures, employing the finest printing and binding.

Additionally, we have designed a handsome jacket, exclusively for GNX owners.

Both the book and the jacket are yours free of charge. Simply fill in the enclosed post-paid card and return to us as soon as possible. We need to know the number of your GNX, as well as the VIN number, plus your jacket size. Both will be mailed in early July.

This is our way of not only enhancing the value of your car, but of saying "Thank You" from Buick and ASC.

Regards, Molly"


At the time Molly sent out this letter, it never stated that the GNX book would be numbered to match your GNX car number. This decision may have come later.

PHOTO 3 - The photo on the top left shows the cover of the GNX book. The photo on the top right shows page 1 in the GNX numbered 11 book. Notice the book also has Molly's autograph on the page. I don't think Molly autographed all the original numbered books, but may have done it on the ones I bought from him. He may have autographed other GNX books at the various events he attended.

It appears that the line of copy, "Buick GNX, printing limited to 547 editions, this is number" was preprinted in the 547 books and then a numbered stamp may have been used to individually number each book. This would have been the least expensive method to do this. Plus the actual number appears in a different font style.

In larger print run of the other GNX books, page 1 is blank except for the page number 1.

The lower photo shows pages 2 and 3 with a beautiful shot of 2 GNX prototypes. The line at the bottom reads, "GNX prototypes No. 1 and No. 2 at Milan Dragway, Milan, Michigan, October 24, 1986."

We can not verify just how many hardbound GNX books Buick and Molly actually printed. In the numbered books, the wording reads, "Buick GNX, printing limited to 547 editions, this is number 11."

We all know the GNX book was not limited to 547 copies. At one time I had well over 125 copies of the unnumbered issues. At one time, The Sloan Museum had quite a supply of GNX books as well.

Taking an educated guess, I would think the real number of GNX books that were printed would be 1,000 to 2,500 maximum. Again, this is just a guess on my part.

Unfortunately, many of the original GNXs were sold and resold to other dealers or speculators and some actual private owners never were aware of the free GNX jacket or the numbered GNX book they were entitled to. This was before the internet, so information was not as widely known at the time. Some of you may recall that about 4 years ago I bought about 50 numbered unclaimed GNX books that Molly still had.


PHOTO 4 - The upper photos show a copy of the News Release ASC did dated February 2, 1987 concerning the unveiling of the Limited Edition GNX model. At this point in time, in this letter the production was going to be 500 GNX models. This news release went on to state the special features that the GNX would have. It was a 3-page News Release with an additional two pages entitled "PERFORMANCE PERSPECTIVE FROM BUICK 1987 BUICK REGAL GNX."

The lower photos show the two-page Performance Perspective on the GNX that was part of the ASC News Release. These two pages basically gave the dimensions, Powertrain Specifications, Frame. Chassis, Suspension Steering, Brakes Parking Brake, and Wheels. In most cases, many of the specfications shown here would have been the same as a Turbo Regal or Grand National.


MORE NEXT WEEK ON THE GNX PROJECT



KURT ZIEBART DIED LAST WEEK -

The clue as to his importance in the automotive field can be traced to his last name. He invented the Ziebart rust-proofing process that many U.S. new car companies use. He was 91 years old! He immigrated from Germany as a master auto mechanic. "His wife said the idea for developing a rust-proofing process came when the couple hosted friend from Germany, who remarked on the poor state of U.S. vehicles. Kurt Ziebart went to work on ways to protect new cars from the ravages of water and road salt."



PRICE CHANGES -

7310 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - Reproduction Fan Delay Relay & Packet of Dielectric Grease - Now $82.95

7327 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - Aftermarket Crank Sensor - Now $89.95

DISCONTINUED
7297- VDO Cockpit Series 2-1/16" - 30 in. Vacuum / 25 lb Boost Gauge



NEWS ON THE REPRODUCTION BUICK WINDOW STICKERS -

Remember, even if you have an original window sticker that has been damaged, we can get a copy made for you so you can have a perfect window sticker for display with your Buick.

ORDERING NOTE - When you place your order, you must send us a clear copy of the Vehicle Invoice and/or related information, and a clear photo of your trunk ID label. You can Fax it to - 215-766-1615 or email it to - sales@kirbanperformance.com using "Window Sticker" in the subject line.

If you don’t have an original window sticker or yours is damaged, this is a great addition to your car's reference material.


7345 - 1962-1970 Buicks (All Models) - Reproduction Window Sticker - $35 + $5 USPS shipping

7347 - 1986-1987 Buicks (All Models) - Reproduction Window Sticker - $35 + $5 USPS shipping

7348 - 1988-1994 Buicks (All Models) - Reproduction Window Sticker - $40 + $5 USPS shipping

7349 - 1987 Buick GNX - Reproduction Window Sticker - $40 + $5 USPS shipping

7350 - Laminate the Reproduction Window Sticker - $3 (sent with first repro window sticker)

7351 - Additional Copy of the Reproduction Window Sticker - $10 (sent with first repro window sticker)

7352 - Laminate Additional Copy of the Reproduction Window Sticker - $3 (sent with first repro window sticker)

COMING SOON
7346 - 1984-1985 Buicks (All Models) - Reproduction Window Sticker

Complete Window Sticker information is now on the website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products/30/WINDOW+STICKERS.html




IMPORTANT - SPECIAL REQUEST -

We did receive a color copy of a 1985 Turbo Regal window sticker, thanks to Brad Fairhurst.

We STILL need to borrow an original or get a good color photocopy of the 1984 Turbo Regal window sticker. This will enable us to get a copy properly made for other Buick owners. Triple A Enterprises has the ability to match the font style GM used, so quality of the reproduction window stickers is very good.



GRAY PALLEX SEAT MATERIAL UPDATE -

Currently we have less than half of our roll left, as several customers have bought 2 and 3 sections of it to do several cars. So, if you have a 1985-1987 Grand National, you may want to get a sample of this material to see if it's something you want to have tucked away. Most of the pallex material you find today from companies sells for over $75 to $95 a yard.

We do NOT have the black pallex material. In many cases, the original black material should be good enough to simply re-use and install the new gray pallex material. The black is a lot easier to match whereas the gray is something that can vary. Keep in mind, before we sell you any material, please email me your name and address so I can send you a sample. That way, you know the exact shade of gray material you would receive - denniskirban@yahoo.com



NOTE ABOUT PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE -

We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these have to be low-resolution photos to work on the Inner Circle segments on the website, any photos of text don't appear clear when enlarged. This is a problem when you are trying to see numbers, such as those on the VIN labels or pages from Options booklet. Also, because of photo reproduction and computer screen variations, the colors may not be true to the actual product or photo.

If you would like to have us email you any photo at the higher resolution for viewing, just email us and we will email them to you. Be sure to be specific on which pictures you want to see - Reference Inner Circle date and photo number 1, 2, 3 or 4 - denniskirban@yahoo.com.



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.



2011 CALENDAR OF EVENTS -

EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS AND FAST EVENT -
Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Cecil County Dragway, Interstate 95 & MD Route 272, Maryland
Friday is Test and Tune, and Saturday is Race Day and a judged Buick Car show presented by MAGNA.
For more info, contact Doug Doughterty 302-653-2201 or John Czordas at 845-528-GSGN.
www.magnabuick.com



KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS - FALL OPEN HOUSE -
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2011, 9 am - 3 pm
RAIN OR SHINE
6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA

If there is anything large you want to purchase, we can order now and have it ready for pick up at the Open House, which will save you shipping. Examples: Turbos, fiberglass hood, fiberglass trunk lid, and exhaust systems. Great time to bring us any cores such as mass air flow sensors and powermaster brake units. We will have a large array of used parts available. Pete will have his GNX suspension on display as well.

Save 10% on in-stock catalog items - Save shipping on purchases.

If you're planning to come and purchase specific items, call at least one week in advance and have our staff hold them aside for you to be sure we will have what you need that day.

If there is anything large you want to purchase, we can order now and have it ready for pick up at the Open House, which will save you shipping. Examples: turbos, fiberglass hood, fiberglass trunk lid, and exhaust systems. Great time to bring us any cores such as mass air flow sensors and powermaster brake units. We will have a large array of used parts available. Pete will have his GNX suspension on display as well.

FREE Yum Yum Donuts & Coffee (while supplies last)
Door Prizes
M&M GUESS CONTEST & RAFFLES IN THE AFTERNOON

UNIQUE AUTOGRAPHED ITEMS - DON GARLITS, LINDA VAUGHN, JIM WANGERS, and ARNIE BESWICK

VENDORS - PETE HOFFMAN - Paul Castle WORLD OF MOTORWORKS

Our newest products will be on display and available for sale
Be sure to bring any parts you want to trade.



24th Annual DRAG RACING FUN DAY for
BUICKS, OLDSMOBILES and PONTIACS -
Saturday, October 8th, 2011 - Rain Date October 9th
Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, IL
They do it every year and have for quite some time.
More information - http://www.cordovadrag.com/2011/events/11bop-flyer.html



31st ANNUAL GS NATIONALS - BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY
OCTOBER 19-22, 2011 - Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, KY

The 31st Annual GS Nationals will be held October 19-22 in Bowling Green, KY. Last year the weather was just perfect with autumn colors greeting us on the beautiful drive there. The GS Nationals is by far the largest and longest running Buick musclecar event in the world. There will be many race classes, the usual big Friday Car Show, swap meet, Vendor's Row and even tech seminars.

For the turbo V-6 guys, John Gallina and crew will return once again with Kenny Duttweiler for even deeper blasts into the 6's, eclipsing last year's 6.85/204 mph pass! Hope to see all you hard-core Buick fans there to share the fun! No pre-registration is necessary.

We will be in attendance as a vendor. This event replaces the one that used to be held in May each year.

For more information, check out their website - 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%20km



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 -

Only a few more weeks until our Fall Open House, October 8th, and then October 19th-22nd the GS Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Hope to see many of you there.