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1-27-09 Inner Circle TRANS AM WHEELS update

1-27-09 Inner Circle TRANS AM WHEELS update
 
 

Hi Buick Enthusiasts

UPDATE ON GNX/TRANS AM STYLE 16" x 8" WHEELS

We just received our order of 4 of the Trans Am black mesh 16" x 8" wheels. These have the zero offset, which is what is needed to fit the front and rear of all the 1984-1987 G-body cars (Turbo Regals).


Click Here to see GNX wheels product page


As we noted last week, if you have a 1984-1985-1986 Turbo Regal and have never upgraded your front springs, you could have some issues of the tires hitting the inner fender when going up driveways or hitting bumps on the road.

For tires we recommend: 245/50 x 16s up front and the same size for the rear. Originally, the GNX ran 245/50 x 16s up front and 255/50s x 16 in the rear. You can possibly go to that size in the rear. We recommend you trial fit the 16 x 255/50s first, to be sure you have no clearance problems with the outer frame rail and the sidewall of the tire. With so many variables with the body in relationship to the frame, it's not always possible to run the larger tires in the rear.

These new TA wheels are clear coated, and the black mesh center is a glossy black. Each wheel weighs approximately 17.5 lbs. The mesh pattern does have the small dimple pattern at the edge of the mesh where it meets the outer rim.

Outside of the difference in offset with a real GNX wheel, this wheel is as close to dead-on exact as you can find. These wheels are brand new, made from new tooling by a major west coast company.

We have a long-time relationship with this company because of the Firebird and Camaro parts we have made over the years.

Do not confuse this with our "Kirban"-style 16" x 8" wheels we have offered in the past. The mesh center on the Kirban-style wheel had a smooth appearance and the lug nuts are counter sunk.

These GNX-style wheels have the lug nuts exposed and take the proper size center cap.

You can contact us if you want to see a pdf of the actual wheel with all the parts included; center cap, decal, lug nuts, and valve stem.

When you order, wheels would be dropped shipped from California. Your receipt, 20 lug nuts, 20 black plastic lug nut caps, 4 chrome valve stems, 4 black plastic center caps, and the 4 turbocharged decals would be sent from our Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania office.

Keep in mind, we will take original 1986-1987 Grand National wheels in partial trade.

#7219 - GNX-STYLE 16" x 8" WHEELS (4) SET, 20 correct lug nuts, 20 lug nut black caps, 4 black center caps, 4 Turbocharged decals, and 4 chrome valve stems. $995 plus shipping. Shipping costs generally run $65 to $125, depending on your location.

NOTE - Wheels are dropped shipped from a California warehouse.
Your receipt and other parts are shipped from our Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania location.

Parts are in stock for immediate delivery.


GNX and GRAND NATIONAL SOLD AT BARRETT-JACKSON AUCTION

Here is an update from one of our Arizona residents who attended the Barrett-Jackson Auction.

One reason why the figures may vary depending on where you read it, is because some figures show the buyer's premium added and some do not.

A 1987 WE4 brought $16,500. The 1987 Grand National brought $35,200. This Grand National had approximately 6,700 actual miles on it. The GNX sold at $94,600. A 1971 Buick GS with a 455 engine sold for a whopping $152,900. The Blackhawk Concept car, which appeared at least one year at the GS Nationals, fetched $522,500. The 2001 Buick GNX concept car sold for a mere $19,500. Not to be confused with the rear-wheel drive Regal platform. This was the front-wheel GS version. You may recall SLP offered a kit in several stages for the front-wheel drive GS models several years back.

Keep in mind; we have an all-original 1987 Grand National hardtop with a mere 700 miles for sale for under $38,000. We will entertain partial trades. For more info, call my son Darrell 215-778-8273 or email - turbobuicks@epix.net


EDITORIAL CARTOON

I saw this editorial cartoon last week. It showed a woman at a ticket counter at the airport getting a ticket for her destination and one of her requests was she wanted Chesley "Scully" Sullenberger as her pilot of the aircraft! This heroic pilot has accomplished a feat that has never been done before. It was good to read a bit of good news on a national level!


SOME RESTORATION PROJECTS NEVER GET DONE

So far about half of the dead Turbo Regals we have bought have been projects that owners started five to twelve years earlier and never got past partially disassembling the project car. It takes a lot to see a project done from start to finish. Besides having ample funds, lots of working space, proper tools, an understanding spouse and helpful friends, it also takes a burning desire to stay interested. If not, the project never gets finished. It also helps if you are young, so it can be completed in your lifetime.

What made me think of this story (besides the dead Turbo Regals we have been buying) is the resurgence of a 1949-1950 Ford from my past.

When I was in High School (1963-1965) one of the places that I took my cars to work on was a Getty Gas Station in a nearby town. The owner always thought I was just some punk kid.

At the time I had a 1950 Ford. He had a 1949-1950 Ford two-door sedan. He had radiused the rear wheel wells, dropped in a four-speed transmission and an Oldsmobile V8 engine. The car sat on a very early style of webbed American Racing Wheels. He had a tach on the steering column and what I think was either Corvair or GTO bucket seats.

The car was always a work in progress in primer and green paint, but it had a great sound and looked like a work in progress. As time rolled on, I bought a 1949 Oldsmobile Club Coupe with a 371 Olds V8 coupled to a 4-speed hydramatic transmission.

It was now the early 1970s and he still did some of my work on my cars. I ended up buying the same style American Racing wheels for my Oldsmobile that he had on his Ford. Time continued to march on and his Getty Station closed, and became a muffler shop. I am told he moved down south and retired.

I assumed he took the Ford with him. Then about ten years ago, I spotted the Ford sitting in the weeds at a body shop near our old house in Furlong. It was missing the driver's fender and you could tell the Ford had not been used in many years.

I kept meaning to stop and inquire about it, but never did. Then, just as suddenly as the car appeared, it was gone. We, of course, moved out of Furlong to where we live now. Our office is now in Plumsteadville about 15 minutes south of our home.

Well, about two weeks ago I happen to just catch a glimpse of a 1949-1950 Ford front end sitting at a body shop near our office. I had to stop. I drove up the driveway to get a better look at the Ford. Sure enough, it was the same Ford with the radius rear fenders. The green paint is faded badly, since it looks like it has probably been sitting at various places untouched for 30-35 years.

This time I inquired about it. I used to tow for this body shop 25 years ago. He said he was storing it for a friend. I gave him my card and said I know some of the history with this car and if the owner decides to sell it, I would be interested.

I took a peak inside and it still had the tach on the steering column, the Hurst 4-speed shifter poking through the floor between a pair of old-style black bucket seats. Oh yes, it still has the four American racing wheels on it that I first admired and put a set on my 1949 Oldsmobile Club Coupe. The current owner has yet to call me.

Here's another time when it would be nice to rewind the clock by 35-40 years to see how it looked back then compared to now.



SPECIAL SELL OUT

We have been told that the GM black passenger's side marker light is no longer available from 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. Fewer than 6 on hand.

To order, call our office - 215-766-1611 x 2. Order while supplies last, to avoid disappointment.


POWERMASTER BRAKE NEWS

We now are getting a steady supply of rebuilt powermaster brake units. Some customers are telling us that in parts of the midwest and the west coast, auto stores are getting $600 and more for rebuilt units. Our price remains at $529.95 plus $100 core charge, which is refunded once we receive your core. We have several in stock, no waiting!