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1-13-10 Inner Circle

1-13-10 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 01-13-10

THE OFTEN FORGOTTEN "POWER SIX" DECAL -

As some of you know, the turbo power plant showed up in smaller numbers in the Riviera in the early 1980s. These cars are extremely rare today.

I must confess, my knowledge of them and more specifics is very limited. However, at some point during their production, GM placed this decal on the windshield in the bottom right-hand corner, as shown in PHOTO 1.

I was told this by an owner of one of these rare cars at a car show. This photo was taken of his car. You can clearly see how faded the colors are in the power six (turbo) logo portion.

This is a two-sided decal, see PHOTO 2. On the backside it reads "YOUR NEW TURBOCHARGED BUICK HAS BEEN PERFORMANCE TESTED BY:_____________________AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE." This is similar to a system Ford did on their Cobra engines. They had a small engine plate that carried the signature of someone at the plant.

This Buick decal measures 3 inches in diameter. Even though the copy is general in nature referring to the Turbocharged Buick, I never saw any proof or indication they actually affixed this decal to the Turbo Regals.

PHOTO 1 - Shows the Power Six decal in the lower right corner of an early turbocharged Riviera. Note how the main colors have faded over the years.

PHOTO 2 - Shows what appears on the backside of the Power Six decal."YOUR NEW TURBOCHARGED BUICK HAS BEEN PERFORMANCE TESTED BY: _______________ AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE"


MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT -

After several months of negotiations, we have a contract in place with one of the leading icons from the 1960s and newer performance cars that is well recognized across all the car brands.

Of course, I am referring to none other than Linda Vaughn - Miss Hurst!

Linda still makes many personal appearances around the country and still draws major crowds.

We will be producing a limited number of personally autographed 24-inch tall stand-up replicas of her famous 57-inch tall display from the 1960s.

If you follow ebay, you know many of the original Hurst items fetch big money.

Several years ago I sold 6 or 7 of the original 57-inch stand-up Linda Vaughn displays that were brand new. Back then they each brought $700 and more!

We will also have the GTO tri-power air cleaner lids available autographed by Linda.

Both of these autographed items will come with a Certificate of Authenticity with photos of Linda autographing the items. These will also made available to all the major mail-order companies. We are still working out the final prices.

NOTE - Watch for updates soon. These 2 autographed items are currently in the works.



ANOTHER NEW AUTOGRAPHED ITEM -

We just added another autographed item with Don Garlits. He is personally autographing (strictly for our company) the shock cap cover that Chrysler uses on all the 2005-2009 Challengers, Chargers and Chrysler 300C models.

What is nice about this cap, his signature will be within several inches of the word HEMI that is on the fuel rail covers in the engine compartment. This item is currently in stock, Part #7264. The price is just $44.95.

PHOTO 3 - Shows the Chrysler shock Cap autographed by Don Garlits, Part #7264. This is currently in stock.

Here's the information for this new autographed item...

DON GARLITS AUTOGRAPHED and CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY-
2005-2009 Dodge Challengers, Chargers, Magnums, & Chrysler 300s -
Original SHOCK TOWER CAP

In Top Fuel Dragster racing, Don Garlits is at the very top with 144 National title wins. His list of accomplishments with his Swamp Rat dragsters would fill this entire page. He has long been associated with the Hemi engine. Now you can showcase his signature and customize your car engine.

Don Garlits has autographed a limited number of these original black plastic shock tower caps. Cap measures approximately 6" in diameter.

Each autographed cap comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, which shows photos of Don actually autographing other items for us.

An excellent collectible for any car enthusiast!

7265 - DON GARLITS AUTOGRAPHED and Certificate of Authenticity -
2005-2009 Dodge Challengers, Chargers, Magnums, & Chrysler 300s -
Original Shock Tower Cap $44.95


NOTE - We are in the midst of pursuing several other well-known icons in the automotive industry to add to our line of autographed items. Watch for more announcements.



GREAT NEWS ON THE GNX EXHAUST SYSTEM -

I just came back this weekend from a trip to Richard Clarks. I was able to get an update on a couple projects he's working on.

He has the directions almost done for the GNX exhaust system. Parts are on hand and boxes are currently being made for this project.

Here are the specs on the GNX exhaust systems -

1987 GNX & 1986-1987 GRAND NATIONAL -
REPRODUCTION STAINLESS EXHAUST SYSTEMS

NOTE - The GNX reproduction exhaust system will ONLY fit real GNXs and any 1986-1987 Turbo Regals that have been fitted with the reproduction GNX rear suspension systems. It will not fit regular Turbo Regals!

Both exhaust systems are made from 304 stainless and use the same highly polished center-to-center mufflers which come with each kit.

Both systems are true 2-1/2" diameter system throughout, unlike the factory, which reduces down in several places to 2-1/4". Each pipe is mandrel bent. Tailpipes are angled cut to match the originals and exit exactly in the same area as the originals. All new stainless guillotine clamps are included. The hangers, which secure the system on the tailpipes, are not visible. Each system is trial fitted in a fixture to insure a perfect fit for the end consumer.

Each exhaust system is dropped shipped from North Carolina in a single box weighing approximately 50-55 lbs.

These two projects have been developed by Richard Clark, so you can be assured of fit and quality throughout.

These are excellent exhaust system upgrades.

7256 - 1987 GNX -
Reproduction Stainless Exhaust System $899* + Shipping from North Carolina
*INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL PRICE - If you order this system before 4 pm on February 12, 2010, the price is just $849 (save $50).

NOTE - Orders will be filled the week of February 15th. Your Credit Card will not be charged until we are ready to ship your order.

7257 - 1986-1987 GRAND NATIONAL -
Reproduction Stainless Exhaust System
Prices and delivery schedule for the Grand National System to be announced later this Spring.

SPECIAL OFFER... The GNX exhaust system retail is $899. If you place your order now and provide your credit card info, you will save $50 off the retail price, which is $849 plus shipping. Your credit card will NOT be charged until we are ready to ship. This $50 savings ends Friday, February 12, 2010.

We expect to start shipping order the week of February 15. We will ship pre-orders first.

We will be offering it wholesale to other companies as well.

With Richard Clark behind the project, you can be assured it is a top-notch kit that fits and looks correct.

PHOTO 4 - Shows a set of the actual GNX tailpipes in one jig, and the front Y-pipe in the other jig in Richard's shop. The jigs assure proper fit for each exhaust system.


NEW PRODUCTS FROM US -

We now have in stock unique horn medallions made in acrylic epoxy so they will not fade or discolor. We have 3 versions available. #7259 is the "Power 6" logo also known as the "Turbo-Six" logo in the correct colors, #7260 is the "Grand National" logo which is identical to the fender emblems. Last, but not least, #7261 is the "GNX" logo. The price is just $12.95 each plus shipping.

These are all GM licensed and simply affix on top of the factory horn medallion on any 1984-1987 Turbo Regal steering wheel.

NOTE - We will soon have more items available that our supplier is getting GM licensed.

Here is a full description of these horn medallions;

1984-1987 Turbo Regal -
"POWER 6," "GRAND NATIONAL," and "GNX"
AFTERMARKET GM LICENSED HORN MEDALLIONS

We now offer 3 different GM licensed 1-1/2" horn medallion designs for the Turbo Regals.

The "TURBO-SIX" or "POWER 6
logo compliments the Grand National emblem found on the factory headrests.

The "GRAND NATIONAL" logo is identical in appearance to the ones found on the Grand National fenders. This is far more colorful than the grey and black original tri-shield horn medallion that came in the center of the original steering wheel.

The "GNX" logo medallion is identical to the actual GNX grille and trunk lid emblem. This looks like something that should have been included in the GNX package.

These horn medallions are made from acrylic epoxy, so they will not fade or discolor in the sunlight. Each has an adhesive backing and simply affixes over the existing plastic horn center found on every 1984-1987 Turbo Regal factory steering wheel.

Because of the material, these horn medallions are difficult to photograph, but the quality is excellent.

Another nice finishing touch for any interior.

7259 - 1984-1986 Turbo Regal -
Aftermarket GM Licensed Turbo "POWER 6" Logo Horn Medallion $12.95

7260 - 1984-1986 Turbo Regal -
Aftermarket GM Licensed "GRAND NATIONAL" Logo Horn Medallion $12.95

7261 - 1984-1986 Turbo Regal -
Aftermarket GM Licensed "GNX" Logo Horn Medallion $12.95

Here is a link to these Horn Medallions on our web site:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7259&submit_button=


ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION -

Got any Turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit or cash for the upcoming holidays? 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.


GM PARTS UPDATE -

It appears that the GM supply of the factory 1986-1987 GM factory original molded boost line kits are dwindling and may already have disappeared from GM’s warehouses inventory. We currently have a decent supply of them.

This is a very critical part, for any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal, since it is needed to control boost. They have 3 specially formed hoses with a special size diameter T in between two of the molded hoses. These also have the GM wording on them. Over a period of time, heat can cause the hoses to swell and crack. While they last, we have them available for $44.95, Part #6644. Supplies are limited.

Here is a link to the Boost Line Kit on our web site:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/160/GM+Factory+Original+BOOST+LINE+KIT+%236644.html


PRICE INCREASE -

There has been a price increase for the 1984-1987 Grand National and GNX - Custom-made CENTER ARMREST CUSHION, made using ORGINAL Pallex fabric material.

This unique custom-made center armrest cushion solves the problem of where to rest your right arm while driving. It is made by the same company that originally made them in the early 1990s.

A solid high-density block of foam is used for the inside. Then it's covered and sewn using ORIGINAL grey and black Pallex material, which is the same material GM used in the original bucket seats.

The format of the pleats on the top surface of this armrest cushion matches the pleats in the original design on the bucket seats. The cushion simply sits on top of the console lid and wedges in between the bucket seats holding it in position. Each side of the cushion has a slotted pocket to store small items.

The cushion measures 6" high x 8-1/2" wide x 17" long.

The end result is a custom addition that looks 100% original in your Grand National or GNX and one that is very useful!

On the website, Photo #1 shows the center armrest cushion. Photo #2 shows it from the driver's side, and #3 from the passenger's side.

Another excellent addition to a Grand National or GNX interior.

7245 - 1984-1987 Grand National & GNX - Custom-made Center Armrest Cushion $124.95

Here is a link to the Armrest Cushion on our web site:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/43717/Custom-made+CENTER+ARMREST+CUSHION+%237245.html



KIRBAN PERFORMANCE CLOSE-OUT PARTS -

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

We also have a very limited supply left of brand new 1984-1987 Turbo Regal cam sensors at $165 each.

We still have a few brand new GM right hand side marker lights with the blackout package. This is the market light that attaches to the side of your headlight bezels. Price is $61.95

If you are interested in any of these parts, you must call our office to purchase it. Some of these close out items are just about gone from the GM parts system.


CALENDER OF EVENTS
2010 UPCOMING BUICK RELATED EVENTS -

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

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


UPCOMING BUICK RELATED EVENTS -

It is the annual "2010 Old Town Turbobuick" gathering at Old Town in Orlando, Florida - Sunday, Feb 28th, 2010. This is a statewide event held every year for only Turbo Buicks. It attracts turbo cars from all around the state and even Alabama and Georgia.

For more information, click on this link:
http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/florida-area/303253-2010-old-town-turbobuick-event.html




This spring 2010, the first Turbo Buick event of the season will be the first ever "turbobuick.com Nationals." The dates are March 15-20, 2010 in Burlington, NC area.

For more information on this March event, click on the thread - http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/national-racing-events-info/292319-2010-turbobuick-com-nationals.html
- Or, you can email Clint Adkins at - sydwyndr@triad.rr.com



30th ANNUAL GS NATIONALS - May 11th thru 15th, 2010. Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Confirmed, as a special guest is noted drag racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, voted NHRA Top Driver from 1951-2000 Don Garlits, courtesy of ZDDPlus™. He will be at our Kirban Performance space.

For up-to-date information and motels for the 2010 GS Nationals, go to their web site - http://www.gsnationals.com



"Light Your Fire" - 2010 Buick Performance Group Nationals - July 30th - August 1st, 2010 at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron OH (near Columbus). They want to gather together the largest number of 1969-1974 factory Stage1 cars anyone has ever seen since the Buick muscle car days of Flint.

This is a special event that may never come to pass again, so don't miss the factory "Stage1 Convention" at the 2010 Buick Performance Group National Event. For more info, go to - http://www.buickperformancegroup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8754



NOTE - 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 -

We have several more new Turbo Buick items in the works. The are several items which will fit all of 1984-1987 Turbo Buicks. One item, in particular, has not been available for several years and is impossible to restore to look new again.