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03-11-2015 Inner Circle

03-11-2015 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 03-11-2015

THE SMALL LITTLE ENGINE COMPARTMENT PARTS THAT SOMETIMES GET LOST -

Some of the small engine compartment parts that sometimes get misplaced or simply lost can be a nightmare to find. This can usually happen if you ever have your engine rebuilt. Some of these small detail items are unique to the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal 3.8 SFI engines.

It’s probably been well over a year now since we have even bought a Turbo Regal for parts. Finding even a regular G-Body Regal in one of the massive U-Pull-It Yards I frequent is unusual.

Unfortunately, time marches on and it can be tougher and tougher to complete your Turbo Regal project. Those of you that have a nice original Turbo Regal have eliminated the need to search for parts.

None of us have a crystal ball to determine what the next car on the horizon will duplicate the interest and business that the Turbo Regal is currently enjoying. In some ways I was lucky that the two cars we invested our time and efforts in both today stand among the highly-desirable muscle cars. It’s just a shame that Buick never produced many Turbo Regals, compared to the production run of the GTOs. In 1966 alone Pontiac made over 80,000 GTOs. You can clearly see a larger market for the GTO parts.

PHOTO 1 - The left photo shows the throttle linkage on our personal Turbo-T. The set screw has a silver cover over it. In some cases, you may not have that silver colored cover on your car. The photo to the right shows a rubber cap over the one stud that secures the power steering reservoir bracket to the inner driver’s fender. This was probably done to protect your hand, if you reach over the inner fender.

PHOTO 2 - The left photo shows both the metal end cap on the end of the fuel rail and in the upper left in the same photo you can see the clip that secures the cruise cable to the throttle linkage. In the photo to the right we show a 1987 cruise module and that same clip can be seen on that end of the cable. It’s one of those clips that, when you pop it off, it’s probably the last time you will ever see it!

PHOTO 3 - The photo to the left shows the front side of the passenger’s side valve cover. A small metal bracket comes off the lower front passenger’s side valve cover stud and the plug wire holder snaps on to that bracket. This bracket is very difficult to find today. The photo to the right shows the L shaped plastic vacuum line that goes to the fuel pressure regulator. In some cases, the plastic line may be broken or has been replaced with a regular rubber hose.

PHOTO 4 - In this photo we show an array of some of these small detail items. One foam breather for the wastegate solenoid, one rubber elbow to the fuel pressure regulator, one fuel rail cap, one cap for the throttle linkage screw, and two clips for the cable linkage. Individually any of these items can be difficult to find today. (See Rare Parts section of this email).



BREAKING NEWS - TWO SPECIAL GUESTS ARE COMING TO OUR SPRING OPEN HOUSE -

Richard Clark is once again planning to come to our Spring Open House.

Also, Nick Micale, from sunny Arizona, will be attending for the very first time. Nick is well known in the Turbo Buick community, and is a moderator on the turbobuick.com forum.

You don’t want to miss this event. Mark your calendar - Saturday, April 18th.



PRICE REDUCTION ON ALL OF OUR KIRBAN PERFORMANCE TURBO REGAL DVDS -

We just reduced the price on all the Kirban Performance DVDs we have made over the years.

Effective now all of these DVDs are just $2.95, each except for part #6990 Guide To Turbo Regals, which is now reduced to $9.95 each. It was $16.95 and includes a “Bad to the Bone” Decal.

Here are the 16 part #s for the DVDs at $2.95: #7182, #7141, #7086, #7084, #7063, #7056, #7048, #7095, #7184, #7191, #7183, #7246, #7085, #7122, #7064, and #7140.

NOTE - The “BLACK AIR” DVD, part #7465, price remains the same.

Once our supplies are gone, we will not have any more of these DVDs.

Check out our website to see what you need to complete your collection.



UPDATE ON OUR UPGRADED H4 HEADLIGHT KIT #7530 -

Our supplier expects to finally be able to ship our upgraded H4 headlights this week or early next week. The strike on the docks on the west coast has apparently reached a settlement and shipments are being unloaded.

We feel this upgraded headlight kit is the best upgrade to make to your car’s lighting. It’s simple, and the end result is it still looks almost stock.



WEST COAST DOCK STRIKE UPDATE -

We have been informed that the west coast dock strike the cause for us not being able to get the 22-piece body bushing kits, part #7305, from our suppler. Since the strike now over, we should see products in the next several weeks.



DO YOU THINK YOU CAN MAKE IT TO 100 YEARS OLD? -

If your goal is to make it alive at 100 years old, your chances as a male are very slim, even if you reside in Japan.

It turns out Japan has the most people living at 100 years or older. They have 58,820 that are 100 years old. Of that number, 90% are women.



POTHOLES AND CRATERS

Potholes are small annoyances that rattle you when your tire hits one. A crater is a size usually marked with a construction cone that you may only see the top half of as it sits in the crater. It you hit one squarely with a front wheel, you can expect either a flat tire or having the suspension break!

This winter has produced an enormous amount of both in our area of the country.



TECH CALLS -

Because our busy season is starting, if you need technical information, it’s best to email - sales@kirbanperformance.com rather than call us.

We will do our best to answer any technical questions within 24 hours.



CLOSE OUT SPECIALS - VINTAGE STATE INSPECTION STICKERS -

We are discontinuing the various reproductions vintage state inspection stickers. They are no longer on our website. We still have some of these available. See photo 3 in 2-18-2015 Inner Circle.

We used to sell these stickers for $20 each.

If you buy 1, we can mail it by U.S. Priority Mail for $12.95. If you buy 2, your total cost including U.S. Priority Mail would be $18.95. If you buy 3, the price would be $22.95, which includes U.S. Priority Mail shipping.

You must call our office to order these - 215-766-1611 x 0.

If your state had state inspections during the 1980s, a reproduction vintage state inspection sticker would be a crowning touch to any restoration project or car show display.
Here is a listing of what we currently have available for 5 states.

1986 Massachusetts - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 2
1986 New Jersey - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 4
1987 New Jersey - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 1
1986 New York - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 1
1987 New York - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 1
1986 Pennsylvania - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 3
1987 Pennsylvania - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 5
1986 Ohio - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 2



“1986-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL” LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT, PART #7193 -

The “1986-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL” Limited Edition Art Print, part #7193 is now almost out of stock. We have fewer than 5 left. If you want one, you must call our office - 215-766-1611 x 0.

The price remains the same $14.95 plus shipping, while supplies last.

Here is a link to this print on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/438/1986-1987+BUICK+GRAND+NATIONAL+Limited+Edition+ART+PRINT+%237193.html



ORIGINAL GM AC DELCO HEATER WATER VALVE -

As you read this issue, we have a few GM AC Delco Heater Water Valves left for sale. You must call our office to order one - 215-766-1611 x 0. The price is $60 plus shipping. It appears this AC Delco heater water valve will be discontinued from GM and AC Delco. I believe we have just 2 left.



URGENT REQUEST - WE NEED TURBO REGAL STEERING WHEEL CORES -

We still need 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering wheels for cores. The spokes can't be bent or rusted.

We need cores to get steering wheels redone for customers. We allow $75 Letter of Credit on each core. Email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com - so I am aware that you will be sending one.

Please help us help other owners.



MORE NEWS ON THE MULTI-FUNCTION JUMP STARTERS -

We currently have stock on our popular Multi-Function Jump Starter, Part #7629. It is one of the most powerful ones on the market, putting out 250 cranking amps and 500 peak amps for less than $100. It is this larger module that has very few limitations on what it can do.

Here is a link to these Multi-Function Jump Starter parts on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7629&submit_button=



DISTRIBUTORS WANTED -

The company is starting to get inquiries on their products, which they forward to us since we are their U.S. distributor. We already have several automotive mail-order companies going to start carrying this unit.

Now that we are the only supplier for the Multi-Function Jump Starter for this company is the U.S.A., we want to line up more distributors.

We are looking for distributors for this product. We currently have two price breaks - 5-9 units or 10 or more.

The product is very easy to sell and not limited to any specific car or truck owner. For pricing and more details, email me personally - denniskirban@yahoo.com



WE WANT YOUR INPUT -

If you have any ideas for usage of small batteries, we welcome your suggestions. Who knows, your idea may prove to be a winner for everyone.



URGENT REQUEST FROM US -

Once again we need stock used 1986-1987 Turbo Regal turbo cores. Currently we will issue a $100 Letter of Credit for any you send us. The turbo doesn’t need to be good, but must be complete with exhaust housing.

Email me first - denniskirban@yahoo.com for shipping details. This helps us help others keep their cars on the road.



VEHICLES FOR SALE -

From time to time, whenever we spot an unusual or an exceptional car or truck for sale, or one we have for sale, we will put a blurb in our weekly Inner Circle. Also any cars that our customers have for sale will be featured here and you can see their car with photos on our website as well. In this category we will run the descriptions for two to three weeks and, if there is no interest in that particular vehicle, it will be deleted the following week. Any new vehicles that we add will appear first, so the oldest listing would be at the end of this section.

If any of these vehicles perk your interest, email me personally - denniskirban@yahoo.com - for more information and photos.

No vehicles for sale at this time.



TIPS AND IDEAS YOU HAVE TRIED -

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



NEW PRODUCTS FROM US -

1984-1988 GM G-Body - All Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal)
AFTERMARKET LED INTERIOR LIGHT PANEL

This aftermarket LED interior light panel is made up of 9 LEDs and can replace the fuse-style glass tube bulb found in the interior lights in all the 1984-1988 GM G-Body cars, hardtop and T-Tops models.

This panel consists of 9 LEDs on a panel. It will fit virtually every version of the GM G-Body interior light housings. The ends are specific to properly contact the factory contacts in the light housing.

We show the four versions of the G-Body interior lights that this LED panel will fit - the 2 pillar lights for cars with T-Tops, Oldsmobile Cutlass interior light, the standard dome light, and the optional map reading light.

The LED panel is easy to install.

The benefits of this LED light panel are that it’s a brighter light and has wider spread of light over the glass tube format.

The LED panel draws far less amperage and does not generate the extreme heat like the original glass tube bulb.

These LED lights will greatly increase the amount of light over the stock glass tube light on cars with T-Tops. Our first photo shows an original glass bulb on the left and this LED replacement on the right.
Our second photo shows the 4 versions on interior lights, which can use this LED panel as a direct replacement.

Our third photo shows a comparison of lights. The top left photo shows the original fuse-style bulb in the ceiling light without the cover and lit with the cover on the top right. The lower left photo shows the LED light in the ceiling light without the cover and lit with the cover on the lower right.

If your car only needs one, you might consider purchased part #7662 with 2 panels. Then you would have a spare and save $1.95.

If you need to replace the interior lights in car with T-Tops, you will need to order TWO, part #7662 for $19.95 (save $1.95.)

Another great interior restoration item.

7661 - 1984-1988 GM G-Body - All Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Aftermarket LED Interior Light Panel - $10.95

7662 - 1984-1988 GM G-Body - All Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -
TWO Aftermarket LED Interior Light Panels (2) - $19.95

Here is a link to these LED panels on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44230/AFTERMARKET+LED+INTERIOR+LIGHT+PANEL+%237661.html



1984-1987 Buick Regal - All Models (Including Turbo Regal) -
REPRODUCTION UNDER-THE-REAR-SEAT SOUND DEADENER

This is a reproduction of the Regal under-the-rear-seat sound deadener.

It measures approximately 20" x 57" and made of jute and rubber.

In some cases, the rear seat sound deadener may be missing or in poor shape in your car. This piece helps decrease the noise level in the car.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6703 Carpeted Rear Seat Trunk Panel, or #7098 Sound Deadener / Insulation Grey Jute Inner Trunk Divider.

Another nice finishing touch for any interior.

7656 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal - All Models (Including Turbo Regal) -
Reproduction Under-the-Rear-Seat Sound Deadener - $36.95

Here is a link to this Deadener on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7656&submit_button=



CASPERS ELECTRONICS REPRODUCTION ENGINE HARNESS -

We now have 3 of the Caspers Electronic Reproduction Engine Harnesses in stock. Caspers only makes these a few times a year at most. If you need one, it’s best not to put it off. Caspers has made several improvements over the original version. Our complete information on this high-quality reproduction 1986-1987 Turbo Regal engine harness is listed below.

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction ENGINE HARNESS

Caspers Electronics is a leader in manufacturing electronics, and has made factory OEM harnesses for GM.

They have made a small run of the factory 1986-1987 Turbo Regal Reproduction Engine Harness.

Each harness is electronically tested and has a 60-day Warranty. It is the OEM design with improvements made to certain "too short" connectors and improved engine grounds. They use only original Packard connectors and cross-linked wiring.

The harness is an exact replacement for the factory harness.

Another great under-the-hood restoration item.

7655 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction Engine Harness - $899.95

Here is a link to this Engine Harness on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44228/Reproduction+ENGINE+HARNESS+%237655.html



1986-1988 G-Body All Models (including Buick Turbo Regal) -
THIRD BRAKE LIGHT LED PANEL

Many cars produced today have the LED format for their various lights.

LED lighting offers several benefits. Besides projecting a brighter and wider light, LEDs draw a lot less amperage and hardly generates any heat compared to the glass-style bulbs.

The stock bulb in the third brake light is a #1156 bulb. If that bulb were to stay on for two minutes, it would reach over 200 degrees. This can burn the socket housing and, in severe cases, distort the top of the brake light housing. In contrast, the LED panel would only reach 130 degrees after TWO HOURS.

We now offer a LED panel for the original third brake light used in all the 1986-1988 G-Body cars. Each panel is custom built and assembled in the U.S.A. and has a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

This custom-made panel contains three rows of fifteen each for a total of 45 of the SuperFlux LEDs. The SuperFlux LEDs are a brighter LED over some of the other available LEDs. Each panel is coated on the back to seal and protect the circuits from any moisture or unintended shorts by tools or careless installation. Each panel is then tested before delivery. Each LED panel has integrated voltage regulating circuitry built into the base of the socket for space saving. This limits the amount of voltage going to the LED panel. This helps insure that the LED panel will last anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 hours.

The LED panel is powered up through the factory socket. No wires get cut and no modifications are needed to the third brake light housing in your car.

LED Panel comes with easy-to-follow directions.

An excellent upgrade to improve the lighting in the third brake light.

7660 -1986-1988 G-Body All Models (including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Third Brake Light LED Panel - $49.95

Here is a link to this LED panel on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44226/THIRD+BRAKE+LIGHT+LED+PANEL+%237660.html



ALWAYS LOOKING FOR IDEAS -

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



ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION WORKS -

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.



NOTE - ABOUT LINKS IN THE INNER CIRCLE -

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.



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



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.



2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS -

KIRBAN PERFORMANCE SPRING OPEN HOUSE -
SATURDAY - APRIL 18, 2015 - RAIN or SHINE - 9 am until 3 pm.

One of the first events for 2015 is our Annual Spring Open House.

Once again Russ and Nancy will be providing an excellent prepared meal for this event - this time brunch. Our spring event is always our biggest event. We will have several of our new products on display, special pricing, Yum Yum donuts, our favorite M&M contest, and our popular no reserve auction. This event has no rain date. More details to come. Mark your calendar!

This would be an excellent time to bring any cores we need or parts you have to trade.

It’s the perfect opportunity to see our latest products, meet new friends, and enjoy a specially prepared gourmet brunch by Russ and Nancy. Pete Hoffman and myself will have an array of used parts for sale as well. It’s always a good time.

More details to come once confirmed. Mark your calendar!

CONFIRMED VENDORS & GUESTS - Pete Hoffman will have parts for sale, and I will also have used parts for sale (known as the "tagged and bagged" sale items).

We will conduct a demonstration of the Multi-Function Jump Starter kit. I will bring to the event the dead battery that has been in the Regal at our house since 2010. I will install it in our 1987 Turbo-T at our event and you will be able to see for yourself a simple battery pack weighing less than 9 ounces will crank our Turbo Regal. Seeing is believing! No smoking mirrors, no magic words said over it, and no hidden back up battery in the trunk.

LODGING IN THE GENERAL AREA - Quakertown is about 25 minutes west of our warehouse location and the newest motels are by Route 663 and the exit for Quakertown off the northeast extension of the turnpike Route 476.
COMFORT SUITES INN
RT 663, 1905 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215 / 538-3000
HAMPTON INN
RT 663, 1915 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215 / 536-7779
QUAKERTOWN HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
RT 663, 1915 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215 / 529-7979

This is one of the first major events of 2015 for the Turbo Regal owner. Don't miss it.



5th ANNUAL “RIDE ON MOLLY” MEMORIAL RIDE -
April 25th and 26th, 2015
Headquarters - Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001.

Join them for a weekend of great fun and to honor the memory of a truly unique and wonderful friend. Donations are not required, but 100% of any offered are deposited directly to the Brooke Sanders College Fund.

Here is a link for more information on “Ride on Molly” event:
https://www.etouches.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=95341&



25TH ANNUAL BUICK RACE DAY 2015 -
May 29-31, 2015 - Norwalk, Ohio

Time trials start Friday, May 29th and Buick Car Show is Saturday, May 30th, and Race Day is Sunday May 31st, 2015. Summit Motorsports Park, 1300 State Route 18 Norwalk, Ohio 44857. Quick 16 - Turbo Heads Up - Renegade, Cash and Trophies.

For more details, contact Roberta Vasilow 810-655-8277 - email - buickracer@comcast.net
OR Bill Wills 330-747-1029 - email skylarkwilly@aol.com

This is the last time Roberta and Bill will be promoting this event as they plan to retire.



IN CLOSING -

Finally getting a break in the weather with temps in the mid-50s.