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9-28-11 Inner Circle

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Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 09-28-2011

GNX RELATED MATERIAL - Part 2

Last week we covered some of the original material that ASC printed in relationship to the GNX project.

PHOTO 1 - The photo on the left shows the introduction sheet and the photo on the right shows the first page of the 6-page flyer. ASC released this information concerning the Limited Warranty by ASC Incorporated. Besides the information sheet, this 6-page Limited Warranty explaining what ASC would cover related to the modifications ASC did to the Grand Nationals supplied from Buick.

It covered the following components:

The ASC warranty covered everything related to the unique suspension system, the complete new exhaust system, transmission which ASC modified, special rear seat frame crossmember, turbocharger and cover, transmission oil cooler and oil cooler lines, intercooler and related hoses and clamps, electronic control module, gauge cluster and associated harnesses, aluminum wheels, front fender vents, fender and rear quarter wheel flares, GNX badges grille and deck lid and the instrument panel trim plate. For any warranty repairs, you had to take your car to a Buick dealership within the warranty period and request the needed repairs or adjustments.

Some of the other pages relate to what is not covered by the ASC warranty, which includes tires, non-ASC components, corrosion due to accidents or misuse or alterations, etc.

No doubt ASC was proud of getting this Buick contract to modified 547 Grand Nationals into GNXs.

In our 07-14-2010 Turbo Regal Inner Circle in Photo 3, we show the ASC Press Kit, which featured the GNX project.
Here is a link to that Inner Circle:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/inner_circle.php?nak=84


PHOTO 2 - Shows an ASC ad from my private collection, which shows the GNX art that James Ibusuki, an Automotive Portraiture, did back then. We used this same artwork with permission on the cover of our Kirban's Guide to 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regals. ASC also used this same artwork on the large poster they did back in 1987. You can see from this ad that the decision had not been made to extend the run to 547 as it still stated 500.

I imagine this promotional ad for ASC appeared in automotive magazines back in 1987.


Years ago someone gave me copies of sketches for the illustration on the back cover of the GNX Owners Manual Supplement. Here we show the steps from the initial drawing to the actual finished illustration on the back of a GNX Owners Manual supplement. Unfortunately, I do not know who did this originally.

PHOTO 3 - Top photo shows preliminary pencil and pen sketches for the back cover line art. The lower left photo shows the front cover. Our supplement was autographed by Molly. The lower right photo shows the back cover.

Over the years we have bought and sold a total of 8 real GNXs. One of the most well-known and interesting GNXs, was the very first one we bought in the spring of 2001.

I still remember buying it. The car was a one owner who simply drove it every day to work, which explains the 179,000 miles. The GNX was 100% stock with the original window sticker. Everything worked, even the power antenna. The body was super straight, but as expected, the paint was shot as was the steering wheel and the driver's seat. Otherwise everything else was extremely nice.

PHOTO 4 - Shows a copy of the original flyer we did promoting the very first GNX we bought and resold. This GNX sold within 24 hours. I think we had 5 or 6 serious buyers. The price was a bargain at $13,900, even back in 2001. We even included new doorsill weatherstrips, new washer bottles, new boost line and new coil pack with the deal. Even today with a soft market, this car would bring double that price and I feel certain it would sell in 24 hours or quicker. The funny part is, I had two local people that I told about the car prior to advertising it turn it down.

NEXT WEEK - SOME LITTLE KNOWN GNX FACTS - Part 3



NEW PRODUCTS FROM US - 1984-1987 TURBO REGAL MOLDED CARPETS

With more and more 1984-1987 Turbo Regals getting restored, we now offer the molded carpets in the various colors to match the T-Types and Turbo-T Regals.

We have a complete sample carpet set from Auto Custom Carpet, so we can match it with your carpet.

If you are interested, send us a small section of your original carpet. You must cut it out from under one of your front seats. This way your sample would not have been subject to sunlight and would be very close to what the carpet looked like when it was new.

Simply send this sample section to Kirban Performance Products, ATTN: Sales, P.O. Box 1199, Plumsteadville, PA. 18949-1199. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address. We will verify/match the color with your sample. This is the best method to get the correct color match to your original carpet.

Once an accurate color is decided, we can process your order. Since this is a special custom-made order, you will be charged at that time. You can expect to receive your carpet order in 7-10 days from that time.

Here is complete information:

1984-1987 BUICK TURBO REGAL
REPRODUCTION "COLOR" MOLDED INTERIOR CARPET

Because of the many requests for interior restoration items, we now carry a complete reproduction molded carpet in any color to match your interior. This one-piece carpet is pre-formed to replace the stock molded carpet in your 1984-1987 Turbo Regal.

This carpet is made by Auto Custom Carpet, a leader for many years in the reproduction molded carpet kits for the older muscle cars. The carpet has a slightly thicker than original pile, so it will wear better. It comes with a new padding on the back, just like the original.

Carpet has the same matching heel guard on the driver's side as we have seen on some of the factory carpets. GM may have used various vendors for their carpets, so this heel pad may or may not match your original carpet.

If you are interested, send us a small section of your original carpet. You must cut it out from under one of your front seats. This way your sample would not have been subject to sunlight and would be very close to what the carpet looked like when it was new.

Simply send this sample section to Kirban Performance Products, ATTN: Sales, P.O. Box 1199, Plumsteadville, PA. 18949-1199. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address. We will verify/match the color with your sample. This is the best method to get the closest color match to your original carpet.

Once an accurate color is decided, we can process your order. Since this is a special custom-made order, you will be charged at that time. You can expect to receive your carpet order in 7-10 days from that time.

NOTE - We also offer the 1984-1987 Buick Grand National Black molded interior carpet, Part #7047.

Another great interior restoration item!

7344 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction "COLOR" MOLDED INTERIOR CARPET - $169.95
Color to be determined from owner's sample original carpet piece.

This will be on our website later this week.



CHECK THIS OUT ON YOU TUBE -

My wife Eileen came across an incredible You Tube video series.

It's an organization called "Playing for Change." The originator Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group records musicians outdoors all over the world and then combines these performances in a global collaboration to inspire and bring peace to the world through music. They also fund music schools throughout the world.

We first saw the song "Stand by Me" and it was amazing. There are others like John Lennon's "Imagine," and the Bob Marley song "One Love."

We've watched several and they are all amazing and "moving" to the core.

Take time to sit back and watch as many as you can. You can also search "Playing for Change" on You Tube to find them all.

Here are some links:

Stand by Me:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM&feature=relmfu

One Love - Bob Marley song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xjPODksI08&feature=relmfu

Imagine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvFLKyAGzzI

Here's a link the the Bill Moyers Journal program video - Mark Johnson explains how this came about - 10 years and over 100 musicians - very interesting!
http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/10242008/watch3.html



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 - 1989-1994 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 -

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 -

It certainly looks like good fortune has finally come to the Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills as both remain undefeated and posting amazing comebacks this past Sunday.

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.