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07-08-2015 Inner Circle

07-08-2015 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 07-08-2015

1982-1987 REGAL - POWDER COATED SECONDARY HOOD LATCH AND SPRING -

One of the most ugly visible parts under the hood of your Turbo Regal is the secondary hood latch and spring that attach to the underside of the hood. Almost without fail they have all turned to a rust color, perhaps because Buick hardly applied any paint to them originally.

Repainting them is one option, but would only work for a short time compared to a baked-on powder-coated finish.

In order to properly powder coat the latch assembly, it has to be taken apart so the latch can be completely done and then reassembled. This can be costly for a shop to do unless they are doing more than one.

We just had several hood latches, springs and bolts powder coated in a high-gloss black. The end result can be seen in the below photo.

PHOTO 1 - Shows a typical used secondary hood latch assembly with bolts and the hood spring. Next to it is one that has been disassembled, cleaned, and powder coated in a high-gloss black finish. The end result is the latch assembly and spring look far superior to what they did originally. (See this Rare Parts listing for prices and quantity of some we currently have available).



U.S. CARS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM -

U.S. cars in the United Kingdom continue to be popular, according to Ian Reeves. Ian purchased a Grand National from us in 1997. At the time we sold the Grand National to Ian, it had 80,000 miles on it. It now has 93,000 miles.

He says fuel is still very expensive, roughly $8 a gallon in U.S. money. He says there know of about 5 or 6 Turbo Regals in the UK.

If you have a copy of my Kirban’s Guide to 1986 and 1987 Buick Turbo Regals, you can see Ian and the Grand National he purchased on pages 10 and 11. The one photo shows him at the local Yum Yum donut shop! He has even been to the GS Nationals a few years back. Ian recently sent me two of the popular car magazines that show strictly American Classic Cars.

I was surprised at the number of unusual restored U.S. cars that were featured in the magazine copies he sent me. Also several U.S. exporters that offered packaged deals that included shipping from the U.S. mainland to UK.

PHOTO 2 - Shows the two “Classic American” magazines Ian sent me. Note the unusual cover of one showing five different car front ends. These are the European size, 8-1/4" x 11-3/4".



RARE COLORS -

We recently wrote about the various exterior color combinations that you could have on a 1987 Turbo Regal.

I happen to have a Corvette Black Book and from 1981 through 1988 Corvette offered several two-tone paint schemes. In some years they had three different versions, and some years there were four different versions. You seldom see any of these today, probably because the 1981-1988 Corvette model years are not very valuable among Corvette collectors. I would venture a guess and say that the two-tone paint scheme was probably also available on many of the other GM cars from that time period.

I remember in the late 1970s when we had our towing business I had to tow a 1970 Chevelle hardtop. The car was a one-owner four speed. The clutch had gone out and when I picked up the owner and his car, he said he was thinking about selling it.

So, before the trip ended, I bought his Chevelle. I did not realize it back then, but it was a fairly unusual Chevelle. I believe it had bucket seats. The interior was red vinyl and the exterior was silver with a black vinyl top. It had the small V8 and a Muncie four speed. It was basically a poor man’s SS model.

Looking back, that interior and exterior combination was probably quite unusual.

One of the Turbo-Ts we had years ago had a rare color combination. I actually titled it and drove it for about six months. I even took it to the GTO Nationals in Indy that year. The exterior was silver with the black-out package and it had a blue interior. Almost all of the silver or grey Turbo Regals you see today have a grey interior. The GM grey interiors just never hold up well for some reason. This Turbo-T was quite nice with the dark blue interior against a silver exterior. I always thought the blue that Buick used on the interiors was a rich looking color of all the possibilities.

We will continue Rare Color combinations next week.

PHOTO 3 - Here is a photo of this 1970 Chevelle that featured a red interior, silver body and a black vinyl top. Had I been smarter back then, I would have taken more photos of the cars that have passed through my hands.



DOES YOUR STEERING WHEEL HAVE A RATTLE?

Does your steering wheel have a rattle? I would have to use a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel on almost every Turbo Regal that we have bought. Even low-mileage examples had the same issue. The 3 small 7mm screws that secure the plastic base collar to the base of the steering wheel are usually loose! I don’t know if there is enough room for them to fall completely out and possibly jam, but if you can move the base collar, it’s best to fix the problem.

PHOTO 4 - This photo shows the typical plastic steering wheel base collar with the three 7mm screws alongside it. The screws are quite short, so they don’t grab much of the steering wheel. This is one reason you want to snug them up. Every year at the GS Nationals I can always find several show cars that have a loose steering wheel collar.



SPOTTED ON OUR LOCAL CRAIGS LIST -

A Hellcat Challenger with 1,000 miles on it with an $80,000 price tag appeared in our local Craigs List. It reminds me of when the GNX came out and first-time buyers where cashing in on the demand by pricing them over the Suggested Retail Price. Dealers had a special wording for that process… “Adjusted Market Value.” I understand Chrysler has stopped taking orders for the new Hellcat because demand is higher than their ability to make them! A great situation for any manufacturer to be in!



LOOKING FOR THAT DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH -

Looking for that diamond in the rough, you see a lot of rough examples before you find that diamond! I am referring to a recent search I did over a two-month period of trying to find a nice used car for under six grand. It had to have working AC, heated seats, a fold-down rear seat, and a huge trunk. It also had to be a mint example and not smoked in.

I finally succeeded last week. I found a one-owner car that was always dealer serviced. The owner even wiped down the factory alloy wheels once a week. This eleven-year-old car still has the rainbow anodized look on all four alloy wheels and no curb rash! The car also has the very dependable 3800 engine in it. It’s proof that if you are not in a hurry to find a replacement used car, patience pays off! Our Audi started to develop too many issues and had 140,000 miles on it. This 2004 Impala replacement car only has 76,000 miles on it.



REPRODUCTION GNX-STYLE DASH FOR SALE -

Complete pre-mounted GNX dash for sale. All the cutting, fitting and alignment work is complete, just wire the dash and install the entire unit.

Kit Includes:
Applique with correct color indicators
Metal mounting plate
Plastic gauge bezel
Stock pre-cut cluster harness
Stock dash bezel (pre-cut with plastic gauge bezel attached)
New Stewart Warner speedometer with upper speedometer cable
New Stewart Warner tachometer
New Stewart Warner oil pressure gauge with sending unit
New Stewart Warner water temperature gauge with sending unit
New Stewart Warner fuel gauge
New Stewart Warner vacuum/ boost gauge
Plug-and-play harness
$2,250 plus shipping
This one was hand built by a good friend of ours who owns three Grand Nationals and has built several of these.

It comes with stock bezel already precut so you do not have to cut your dash bezel. This kit eliminates any possible issues of trial and error since they have built several of these. Buyer would have to inform us which dash is currently in the car - either digital or analog.

If interested, email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com - I can provide photos.

REFURBISHED UPGRADED USED LOWER STEERING SHAFTS -

As you read this, I have just 2 left of the refurbished upgraded used lower steering shafts now in stock, part #7572. Email me - denniskirban@yahoo.com - if you want one from this batch.

Here is a link to this shaft on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44150/UPGRADED+REFURBISHED+USED+LOWER+STEERING+SHAFT+%237574.html



CORES NEEDED -

We have an urgent need for powermaster cores, steering wheel cores, and turbo cores.

Here is the information on our credits for cores.

POWERMASTER CORES must be complete with brake bowl and brake switch. You get $100 Letter of Credit or we will trade our complete headlight kit #7530 a $129.95 value for each acceptable core. Powermaster units must be nice and not look like they been in a river for the last 10 years.

STEERING WHEEL CORES must be the 1986-1987 style. They can’t have any bent spokes and spokes, and can’t be rusty. We will issue you a $75 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core.

TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock ones. They must be complete. We will issue you a $100 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core.

If you ship to us, the post office is the cheapest method. Pack the item(s) with a note with your name, address and phone number
MAIL - Ship to Address -

ATTN DENNIS
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
PO BOX 1199
PLUMSTEADSVILLE, PA 18949-1199



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.



ORIGINAL GM AC DELCO HEATER WATER VALVE -

Our supplier was able to locate a few 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. It doesn’t appear that we will be getting any more of theses. We have just 2 left!


DISCONTINUED - 1987 GENERAL MOTORS BODY SERVICE MANUAL -

It appears we have exhausted the supply of original 1987 General Motors Body Service Manuals, our part #7196.

Our source in Michigan has not been able to ship us any in the last 5-6 months. Actually, I was surprised that their inventory lasted that long!



CAR FOR SALE - 2004 CADILLAC CTS V - CFS027

One of our Turbo Buick customers has his personal 2004 Cadillac CTS V for sale. He purchased it originally in 2007 and it has 86,400 miles on it. This is the first year for the CTS V model.

The CTS V has been well cared for, since he has treated the car like his Grand National. It was never smoked in, garage kept, and never used in bad weather. Car is completely stock. He has all the service records, which will go with the car.

You may remember a few years back I found one for Richard Clark. The car is the best of both worlds - the Corvette drive train with seating for the family! The price is $14,250. Car is located in New York.

For photos, see our website. Contact Dennis Zach direct for additional photos or more information.

Contact Dennis Zach at 914-325-3499 or email is dennis@susanlawrence.com

Here is a link to this Cadillac CTS V on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44258/CAR+FOR+SALE+-+2004+CADILLAC+CTS+V+-+CFS027.html



CAR FOR SALE - 1986 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL - CFS026

1986 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL - Show Quality!! - 550hp - 157,000 miles

Complete Resto 15k miles

4k miles on engine rebuilt be Wildcat Engines GSCA.

2 complete sets of rims and tires. 1986 chrome steel - 1984 Aluminum w/black inset
Garage Kept - Environmental controlled! All original parts in totes with books.

$18,500 for the 1986 Grand National

$25,000 for the 1986 Grand National and 28 ft Haulmark Race Trailer (Black)

John Babinski
Freeland, Michigan
Jfbabinski@yahoo.com
989-781-5978

PRICE - $18,500

Here is a link to this Grand National on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44254/1986+BUICK+GRAND+NATIONAL+-+FOR%E2%80%88SALE+-+CFS026.html



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.



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 -

“THE POWER PAC BUICK - PERFORMANCE AND RESTORATION TIPS” Book
and Guide to 1978-1987 Buick Grand National, T-Type and GNX “THE FACTS & FIGURES BOOK - SERIES #II” Book

“The Power Pac Buick Performance and Restoration Tips” book by Steven L. Dove covers the popular Buick Turbo Regals; Grand Nationals, T-Types, Turbo-Ts, and GNXs. It was published in 1998.

The book measures 6" x 9", has 230 pages and includes eight chapters of information. One chapter highlights all the major players with fast Turbo Regals from Marka Gallina to Kenny Duttweiler. Another chapter covers transmission upgrades by Art Carr. That same chapter includes tidbits on getting your turbo car to run in the 11’s and 12’s.

A later chapter covers restoration and care of your Turbo Regal. There is a tech talk section with John Craig on turbo upgrades and a chapter on suspension and brake upgrades. Another chapter deals with all the specifications with quick data information covering all Turbo Regals from 1982 through 1987, including the GNX.

The “Guide to 1978-1987 Buick Grand National, T-Type and GNX - FACTS & FIGURES BOOK - SERIES #II” covers the history of the Buick Regal from 1978 through 1987. It has many pictures and shows actual Service Bulletins covering the Turbo Regals from GM. Very informative with many pictures and illustrations. It measures 6" x 9" and has 260+ pages, and was published in 1992.

These are great additions to your Buick library of information.

NOTE - We recently acquired a limited supply of these two books from the 1990s. Once our stock is sold, there are no more. Order now, while supplies last.

Here are the 3 options for these books.

6791 - “THE POWER PAC BUICK - PERFORMANCE AND RESTORATION TIPS” Book by Steven L. Dove - $18.95

6618 - “Guide to 1978-1987 Buick Grand National, T-Type and GNX - FACTS & FIGURES - SERIES #II” Book by Steven L. Dove - $18.95

7681 - “THE POWER PAC BUICK - PERFORMANCE AND RESTORATION TIPS” Book
AND Guide to 1978-1987 Buick Grand National, T-Type and GNX - “THE FACTS & FIGURES BOOK - SERIES #II” Book - $30 / 2 book set (Save $7.90)

Here is a link to these books on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7681&submit_button=



1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
CONVERSION VACUUM BRAKE BOOSTER KIT with New Correct Size PIN for the Stock Brake Pedal

This is another option to consider if you have a fairly stock 1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal and want to switch from the original powermaster brake system.

This kit comes complete with everything you need as shown. This kit is very similar to Part #7625 however, it does not include a factory vacuum brake pedal. Instead we include a correct size machined pin that needs to be welded to the original stock brake pedal. Directions showing proper measurements come with it, so this machined pin can be done by a welder on the original brake pedal rod.

It comes with a REBUILT Cardone brake booster and a BRAND new master cylinder. The booster has a 9" diameter. The master cylinder and vacuum booster in this kit are exactly what GM used in 1986-1987 on a non-Turbo Regal application.

There are no clearance issues with this unit and the stock remote power steering reservoir.

It also comes with our new vacuum block with gasket and hardware. It has the vacuum port similar to what GM used on the 1989 Turbo Trans Am. We also include 2 feet of vacuum hose and our new reproduction gasket to firewall.

This booster kit uses the same factory holes in the firewall as the powermaster.

Since nothing gets cut or drilled related to the original powermaster, the original powermaster can be re-used should you want to convert back to the factory set up at a later date. However, you would need to acquire a brake pedal for a Turbo Regal to have it function properly.

We highly recommend installation be done by a qualified mechanic, since you have to properly bleed the brakes and need to weld the new brake pedal pin to the factory pedal rod. You also have to cut off the original pin from the brake pedal rod. Make sure the system is operating properly under all conditions.

Remember, your best option is always to stay with the factory GM powermaster brake system. This unit is only to be used with a stock or a fairly stock Turbo Regal. A modified engine or one with a performance cam would cause vacuum levels to be greatly reduced, which could cause braking problems. One possible solution would be to purchase an additional vacuum canister to retain proper vacuum levels from Summit or Jegs.

When purchasing this kit, you may also want to purchase Part #7218, Stainless Braided Brake Hoses, as these will improve the stopping ability.

For our rebuilt powermaster brake unit, See our Part #7021 Rebuilt Powermaster Brake Unit.
However, if you have a STOCK engine, there is adequate vacuum to switch over to a vacuum brake system. We have another option: Our Part #7625 - Conversion Vacuum Brake Booster Kit with vacuum brake pedal.

The difference between #7625 and this kit #7679, is that this kit comes with the correct pin instead of a vacuum brake pedal.

NOTE - A vacuum brake system is NOT recommended for a Turbo Regal with a modified engine or one with a performance cam because vacuum levels are greatly reduced, which could cause braking problems.

NOTE - Be sure to check out the other options we offer for converting the Turbo Regal brake system - Part #7625 Conversion Vacuum Brake Booster Kit with Vacuum Brake Pedal, Part #7617 Hydro-Boost Conversion Kit, or #7618 HYDRATECH Hydro-Boost System conversion. Related parts to consider are #7218 Stainless Braided Brake Hoses and #7021 Rebuilt Powermaster Brake Unit.

NOTE - We recommend installation be done by a qualified auto mechanic. Welding is required.

7679 - 1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Conversion Vacuum Brake Booster Kit with New Correct Size PIN for the Stock Brake Pedal - $329.95

Here is a link to this kit on our website:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7679&submit_button=



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 FOR TURBO REGAL PARTS -

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 -

TURBO THUNDER XVI
July 10th thru July 11th, 2015 at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington

For more info see:
Track Website:
http://pacificraceways.com/events/swift-tool-et-7-ef%E2%80%9065-juniors-9-super-saturday-high-school-3-nw-heads-up/

FaceBook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1578880589017375/

GN Northwest Website:
http://gnnorthwest.com/



EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS & MAGNA PRESENTS ALL BUICK POWERED JUDGED CAR SHOW
September 18th and 19th, 2015
Cecil County Dragway, Maryland - Interstate 95 and MD Route 272 (Exit 100)
I plan to be there Saturday only.
Host Hotel: Comfort Inn, phone 410-287-7100
Free Vending
For more information, contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 914-447-6068 or email - phillyturbosix@comcast.net



35th Annual GS NATIONALS 2015
October 14-17, 2015
Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Here is a link to the event on their website:
http://www.gsnationals.com




IN CLOSING -

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy 4th of July.

The next big event at Carlisle is the “Chrysler Nationals” this weekend. I will be there Friday only. Hope to meet up with our good friend Jason from Canada. It will be interesting to see how many Hellcats show up. I have yet to see one.