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6-3-09 Inner Circle

6-3-09 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 06-03-2009

RESEARCHING YOUR TURBO REGAL

If you have read any of the books we have published, you are familiar with the two Broadcast Sheets that were placed in your Turbo Regal as it came down the factory assembly line.

The easiest one to locate is behind the rear seat and it is called "DEPARTMENT CUSHION ROOM BCAST STATION RRST" on the actual paper. "Cushion" means it deals with the type seats the car received and trim and color related to the interior.

There is also a notation on this sheet for power seat. Also a notation for passenger recliner seat. This sheet had the SEQ #, DATE, MODEL, BODY NUMBER, SEAT, PWR/DRIVER, PWR/PASS, TRIM, COLOR, PASS/RECL, LINE NUMBER and lastly, VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION (your 17-digit VIN number). In other words, the DNA for your interior.

If a previous owner has not removed it, you can probably find it tucked in your rear seat cushion springs. Most owners discover it when they pull the rear seat out to install the rear seat brace kit. It's nice to put this with your original documents, which would also include your window sticker.

The other Broadcast Sheet was placed in the door. It was usually taped to the paper material liner in the door behind one of the door panels. It is entitled "DEPARTMENT DOOR PAD BCAST STATION RPAD" on the actual paper. We also have another sheet in our files that calls it just "DEPARTMENT DOOR PAD BCAST."

This sheet has the following headings - SEQ #, DATE, MODEL, BODY NUMBER, SPECIAL, PWR LOCKS, PWR WDO, TRIM, COLOR, ACOUSTIC, DOOR SPKR, CRTSY LT, MIRRORS, LINE NUMBER, and lastly, VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION (your 17-digit VIN number). As the headings show, this tells the assembly person everything related to the interior doors… whether the car gets power windows and power locks, courtesy lights in the door panels, etc.

This door Broadcast Sheet is probably not in as good shape as the seat cushion Broadcast Sheet. It is usually damaged by water entering the door by the door glass at some point in time.

You can see photos of each of these on our web site under this Inner Circle - 06-03-2009.
NOTE - We have blocked out the VIN number in the photos.


FAST AND FURIOUS MOVIE CARS FOR SALE

If you click on the below link, you will see several of the Grand Nationals/GNXs for sale that were used in the actual movie, "FAST and FURIOUS." Once you get to the page, scroll down until you can see the cars noted.

http://volocars.com/inventory.php?show=celebrity


GM PRICING

I don't think at any other time we have witnessed such major price increases as we have seen from GM in recent months. I am sure other suppliers can also attest to this.

In my literature collection, I am fortunate enough to have an original 1987 GM Price Directory that lists every retail and wholesale price from back in 1987.

For example - I checked out the upper dash trim panel. This is the plastic panel that sits up between the dash pad and the base of the windshield in every 1984-1987 Turbo Regal. They usually crack around the speaker grille section.

In 1987 the retail price was just under $47 each. The GM suggested list price this past week was $177... a price increase of 376%!!

Price increases are evident on every GM part. I guess we're fortunate that there is anything for our 23-24-year old cars still in the GM system at this point.

Here's a strange thing... we buy a lot of various nuts and bolts and washers for various parts we sell. In a recent order, we received very small metal flat washers packaged 100 to a pack. There is nothing unique or special about these washers. On the bag it says in so many words… these are made in 1 of the following countries. It then goes on to list 9 other countries besides the U.S.A. This is for a simple metal washer that is less than half the size of a dime and yet they could come from 10 different countries!


NEW PRODUCTS

1986-1987 Turbo Regal -
INTERCOOLER Reproduction STOCK HOSES (3) SET

These three reproduction hoses (2", 2-1/2" and 2-5/8") are made from the same unique woven material and color as original GM intercooler hoses used on the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals.

The company that made them originally has made them for us, since GM discontinued the hoses. As far as we know, this is the only source in the U.S. to ever make this style hose.

Since more of these cars are being restored, this is a must-have part.

NOTE - Do not confuse these original-looking reproduction hoses with our stock-appearing heavy-duty (thicker) hoses upgrade, Part #7228.

Another great engine restoration item.

7233 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal -
Intercooler Reproduction STOCK Hoses (3) Set $36.95 / set


ALL Cars and Trucks -
BATTERY BUTLER® - 12-Volt Automatic Battery Storage Charger

This Battery Butler® is the least expensive method to retain a full battery charge on any 12-volt system in a car or truck in storage.

It's compact, small enough that you could actually leave it under the hood when not in use in most applications.

It is designed for long-term use. You can leave it connected to a 12 volt battery indefinitely. This unit provides a safe, 1/2 amp regulated charge. It prevents the self-discharge of the battery while extending the life of rechargeable 12-volt batteries rated from 5 to 125 amp-hours.

It has a red light indicator that indicates power to the module and a green light indicator that indicates the battery is being charged properly.

Specifications: Unit measures only 1-1/2" square by 1" deep, 12 volt DC, Input voltage 13.5 volts DC (only for use on 12 volt batteries), 1/2 amp.

The Battery Butler® automatic battery storage charger is designed for the maintenance of wet or gel-cell batteries that are stored or used periodically in such vehicles as cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, motor homes, ATVs snowmobiles, farm equipment, etc. - anything that uses a 12-volt system.

Since this can be used on all vehicles, you might want to purchase more than one.

Another great item to use to maintain the battery while your car sits in the garage.

7231 - All Cars and Trucks -
Battery Butler® - 12-Volt Automatic Battery Storage Charger $17.95

7232 - All Cars and Trucks -
TWO - Battery Butler® - 12-Volt Automatic Battery Storage Chargers (2) $31.95 (save $3.95)


MORE NEW PARTS AVAILABLE FROM US

1986-1987 Turbo Regal -
INTERCOOLER STOCK-APPEARING HEAVY-DUTY HOSES (3) SET

These three hoses are made from the same woven material and color as original GM hoses, only these are thicker.

The two inlet pipe hoses are the same size for a nice snug fit. The smaller hose is for the turbo to intercooler.

This is a nice heavy-duty hoses upgrade for the engine compartment, while still retaining a factory original, stock appearance.

Another great engine restoration item.

NOTE - We currently only have a few sets of these available and will have our main stock by the end of June. Do not confuse this heavy-duty set with the original-looking reproductions, Part #7233. Both versions look stock with the difference being the version described here is slightly thicker.

7228 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - Intercooler Stock-Appearing Heavy-Duty Hoses (3) Set $39.95 / set


1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am-
REPRODUCTION TURBO OIL DRAIN PIPE and GASKET

This reproduction flexible drain pipe is an exact reproduction of the original. One end will screw into the factory fitting located on the engine block.

This new drain pipe is made in the U.S.A. and is slightly more flexible than the original, which makes it easier to install. Comes complete with a new gasket.

Another great engine restoration item. These are in stock for immediate delivery.

7229 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
Reproduction Turbo Oil Drain Pipe and Gasket $72.95


SPECIAL SELL OUT

The GM black passenger's side marker light is no longer available from GM, GM Part #0919874.

This is the side marker light that was used on all the 1984-1986 T-Types and 1987 Turbo-Ts with black-out package, WE4, Grand Nationals and GNX. This is the right hand side only (passenger's side) marker light that attaches to the headlight bezel.

We have a few left.

Remember, these are brand new, still in the GM wrapper. Price is $69.95 and shipping.

We also have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor), Part #6536 in stock for $61.95.


COMING SOON

If you are a long-time customer, you may recall that we used to sell the "Touch and Go®" Automatic Ignition Cut-off System.

We sold hundreds of them from around 1992 until 1999. Matter of fact, at one of our Reunion events back in 1992, our son Darrell installed about 30 units in cars at the show.

Our new "Touch and Start®" system has all those great features.

First, only one wire in your car gets cut, then it is run in a series to the unit.

Second, no switch gets triggered.

Third, it sets automatically 30 seconds after you shut off your car. Nothing to remember.

Lastly, no siren. It does have a valet mode.

So, even on an all-original car, nothing is visible under the hood to distract from that original-car appearance. With no switch to trigger, it makes it difficult for a thief to figure out how to defeat the system.

This new unit will be based on the original design, only now everything internally will be digital. Since there has been great advancement in electronics, this newer design draws even less current and the control box is slightly smaller than the previous system.

We have a local source making them for us. The projected price should be around $79.95 each.

This new Touch and Start® system will work on virtually any car or truck that does not have an airbag or a computer chip in the ignition key. It is best suited for a vehicle that contains no other aftermarket electronic alarm system. The new Touch and Start® system will come with easy-to-follow directions specifically for the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals.

Our first shipment of these is due in late June. Watch for updates shortly.


UPCOMING BUICK RELATED EVENTS

The best way to stay informed with the upcoming show season is to check out the various Turbo Buick forums.

ZDDPlus™ is also one of the 2 major sponsors for this year's F.A.S.T. events along with Nationals Parts Depot. This is another nationally recognized event that features stock appearing muscle cars. Here is the link to the F.A.S.T. events web site -
www.fastraces.org/members/fastraces/fastraces.nsf/top-menu-items/ghp16

HEMMINGS MUSCLE MACHINES presents MUSCLEPALOOZA X - Englishtown, New Jersey
Labor Day Weekend - Saturday & Sunday, SEPTEMBER 5 & 6, 2009
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park - F.A.S.T. Race Series National Events Sponsored by ZDDPlus™ and National Parts Depot
www.hemmings.com/events/musclepalooza.html


If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.


EBAY LISTINGS

If you would like to see any 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

Enjoy the car show season and local cruises with your pride and joy.

The embroidered Grand National travel chairs are currently sold out. Watch for updates, as we will be ordering more of them later this month.