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03-18-2015 Inner Circle

03-18-2015 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 03-18-2015

THE SMALL LITTLE PARTS THAT SOMETIMES GET LOST -

There are many small little parts that may or may not be on your 1984-1987 Turbo Regal.

Because so many years have passed, these parts may be items you never knew existed (unless you bought your car when it was new.)

Some of the parts we are highlighting were never available on the Turbo Regal, but make a nice, small improvement.

Starting at the very front of your car, there are two white plastic spacers that were part of the front license plate format. Most of you are aware of the front license plate bracket that is secured by 2 bolts under the front bumper. Your front bumper comes to a gradual point in the middle, which is why Buick used two spacers for the top two license plate holes.

These spacers kept a front license plate flat, so it would not bend when you tightened the top two screws. Because these spacers were plastic, most of them have gotten broken over the years or simply have disappeared. Since Pennsylvania never required a front license plate, I seldom find any front license plate brackets in the junkyards.

This reminds me of a story from one of the Grand Nationals we sold years ago. The car was a low-mileage, mint 1987 Grand National. The buyer came over from New Jersey to make the purchase. On the way home, he decided to stop at the New Jersey DMV to register the car and have it inspected. The car failed. The reason he was given was the car lacked a front bracket for the front New Jersey license plate!

New Jersey could save a lot of money if they simply eliminated the front license plate! I doubt any New Jersey resident would be against such a law being passed, especially if the yearly renewal fee was reduced.

PHOTO 1 - The photo to the left shows the front bumper center on our personal 1987 Turbo-T, which has no license plate bracket or the spacers on it. The photo to the right shows two original spacers that would have been in the top two holes on the front bumper. Your front license plate would rest against them, so your license plate would stay flat and not bend.

At the back of the car, some Turbo Regals received a plastic insert in the top left screw hole that had a small loop on it. This loop would be what you would grab to pull your license plate bracket down to refuel your car. Again, because it is made in plastic, these got broken easily and are seldom seen today. I have no idea what Turbo Regals received this little plastic loop.

One of the best little upgrades you can make is to replace your factory spring-loaded rear license plate bracket with the GM version. This would allow you to pull it down and it will stay down while you are filling your gas tank. Why this simple license plate bracket never made it on our cars, I have no idea. No doubt it saved Buick a few cents.

Other GM cars during those years did have this flip-down stay-down license plate bracket. I have even found it on other Buick models in the junkyard. However, most usage seems to be with various Chevrolet models. From what I have been able to determine, GM made two different styles of flip-down stay-down license plate brackets. Both are interchangeable. One version looks like the standard fixed license plate bracket and the other is more streamlined.

PHOTO 2 - In this photo we show two versions of the flip-down stay-down license plate bracket that GM used. Also, in this photo we show the plastic loop. This loop would be in the top left hole on either bracket replacing the plastic insert. I can’t remember which flip-down stay-down license plate bracket were used on which GM cars. Over the years, I find about an equal number of each style.

Back under the hood there are two more small detail items that are worth a mention. One is the plastic cap that should be on the back of the alternator. This plastic cap protects the main lead wire, which is a constant hot even if your car is turned off. Over the years, GM has used a variety of protective caps mostly in red or black. Also, the diameter of the cap varies depending on the diameter of the stud.
Some caps have a single slot and some have 2 slots for the wires. According to Richard Clark, the Turbo Regal alternator cap should have 2 slots and be black in color.

PHOTO 3 - The photo to the left shows the back of the alternator on our personal Turbo-T minus the protective cap. The photo to the right shows it with the protective black cap in place. The black cap on our car only has a single slot for the hot wire. Even with the feeder kit installed, the single slotted black protective cap fits fine. I always thought this cap should be red since that terminal is hot with the key off.

Another small cap is a black rubber boot that fits over the water pump shaft. It is not a factory part. The top pulley is secured by 4 bolts and goes over the center of the shaft on the water pump. This exposed shaft is usually rusty looking in color. This small black rubber boot simply slips over the exposed shaft, so you don’t see the rusty shaft. This just makes it a nice improvement.

PHOTO 4 - The photo to the left shows the exposed shaft (rusty) in the center of the pulley. The photo to the right shows the rubber black boot over the shaft in the center of the pulley. The lower photo shows the license plate spacers, the pulley boot, and the 2-slotted alternator cap.

See the Rare Parts section as we were able to make up several different kits featuring these items for sale.



MORE UPDATES ON THE WEST COAST DOCK STRIKE -

We just learned that our supplier is still waiting for the body bushing kits, part #7305, that we have had on order for well over a month. Even though the strike has been settled, the backlog will be several weeks before inventory is moving properly. I suggest you place an order now if you want a set of the 22-piece body bushing kit, #7305, so we can make sure we have enough coming in with our first order.

This is one of those parts that will improve your ride immensely. This kit includes the GNX bushing as well. It provides an excellent opportunity to reposition the body to the frame so the alignment is correct. Quality control during the mid-1980s is not what it is today for Buick.



BREAKING NEWS -

We just got word our headlights order should finally be in route.



OPEN HOUSE BREAKING NEWS - POWERMASTER MANUAL

Richard Clark and John Norton are finishing up writing a very detail manual on how to diagnose and fix the troublesome powermaster brake units.

Richard will be introducing this detailed powermaster manual at our Spring Open House, April 18th.



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.



1987 GRAND NATIONAL - CAR FOR SALE -

1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL - FOR SALE

For Sale - 1987 Buick Grand National, 71k mile original light-weight CA survivor, 100% rust free, aluminum drums and factory aluminum bumper inserts, too many Kirban upgrades to list, totally stock looking, ice cold A/C still uses R12, PW, tilt, cruise, 342 posi, window sticker, original exhaust with stock replacement muffler, under carriage as clean as top side, fully detailed for show or drive anywhere.

Received “Award of Excellence” at 2013 BPG East Coast Regionals.

Over $17k invested, needs nothing, runs better than new.

Sell $15,000 FIRM. Need to make room for newly acquired ‘70 GSX.

Member NE GS/GN Club and Co-Director local BCA club.

Steve Perry - 914-262-9965, - Carmel NY.

PRICE - $15,000

Here is a link to this Grand National with photos on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44234/1987+BUICK+GRAND+NATIONAL+-+FOR%E2%80%88SALE.html



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 -

Our supplier was able to locate 4 more of these original brand new AC Delco heater water valves. 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.



WE STILL 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



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. 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. We also just discovered it fits all the third generation Camaros and Firebirds 1982-1992. It fits both the standard light and the optional map reading light format.

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



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 GUESTS - Richard Clark will be making a return visit to our event. Coming for the first time from Arizona is Nick Micale. Mike is a well-known enthusiast that has been involved with the Turbo Regals for many years. I just hope the cooler weather is not a shock to his system!

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 -

It’s just a few short weeks until our annual Spring Open House. We are already hearing from several people that plan to come for the very first time.