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Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 03-10-10

1986 LeSABRE GRAND NATIONAL - PART TWO

PHOTO 1 - Shows a page from the 12/85 revised 1986 Buick dealer album a full-color picture of the LeSabre Grand National. My records show at least 2 different revised 1986 Dealer album pages were produced besides the original version. So you can see how changes happened even after information was put into print, Buick had to make revised changes.

Another sign of a possible mistake is in the Dealer Service Bulletin that we showed in last week's Inner Circle (03-03-2010) the part number for the fender emblems is the same part number as the 1984-1987 Regal Grand National emblem, #25516222. Even in my Buick books that go back to 1987, I see no reference to a LeSabre Grand National emblem under the group information for emblems. It is quite obvious this unique emblem disappeared rather quickly from the Buick parts books or perhaps it was never listed at all.

PHOTO 2 – The upper photo shows the two Grand National emblems. The top one is an original 1984-1987 Grand National emblem. The lower one is a brand new actual front fender emblem for the LeSabre. They are identical in size and design except that the power six portion is a solid red color on the LeSabre Grand National versus the red and orange design that appears on all the 1984-1987 Regal-style Grand Nationals. The lower photo in this group shows the actual front fender of our personal LeSabre Grand National with the original emblem.

PHOTO 3 - The upper photo shows a close-up view of the unique quarter window close-out panel, as GM referred to it. In looking in my 1987 Buick price schedule, they retailed for $52 each. The lower photo in this group shows the later 1987 LeSabre T-Type analog dash that Pete Serio (window rattle guy) installed in our LeSabre Grand National. This replaced the standard dash, which consisted of a full-sweep analog speedometer, fuel gauge and standard lights rather than full analog gauges.

PHOTO 4 - Shows the passenger's side front embroidered power six floor mats. One neat touch the rare LeSabre Grand National received was front carpet savers (floor mats) with the power six logo embroidered in red. It had a solid red design, which matched the front fender emblems.

One other interesting note concerning the LeSabre Grand National is the trunk ID label listed the WE2 code signifying Grand National.

Going by memory, the title for the LeSabre Grand National we owned was noted as a Grand National rather than a LeSabre coupe.

Again, since very little information exists on this rare model you can see how inconsistencies exist.

In conclusion, very little is known about the 117 produced LeSabre Grand Nationals. Since it was mostly a cosmetic package, its value is not likely to increase to the same degree as the Regal model Grand Nationals will in years to come. Like the 1982-1/2 Regal-style Grand National, it is wise to buy a nice original example to avoid the pitfalls of finding any of the unique features that make a LeSabre version Grand National.

Personally, we enjoyed driving the one we had for several years. We never had to worry that it would be stolen!


NEXT WEEK - A look at the Buick T-Type models.



NEW BOOKS AVAILABLE

If you are anything like me, you like to read interesting short car stories. Old Cars Weekly has recently published two that I have added to my reading library. One is called "Lost and Found" and is filled with feel-good true stories of old cars that have been discovered in barns or in semi trailers. These are common cars that many of us love. It runs 144 pages item #Z8817 for $12.99.

The second book is entitled "Only Originals," and is a cross-section of fascinating survivor cars and learn how they defy the odds. From Dusenbergs to Corvettes, this book salutes the unrestored "time capsule" cars. It also runs 144 pages item #Z8818 and is also just $12.99. These books are available online - www.ShopOldCarsWeekly.com - or call 800-258-0929.



SPRING IS IN THE AIR - MARCH 15-20, 2010

Don't miss the first Turbo Buick event of the season, "turbobuick.com Nationals" next week in the Burlington, North Carolina area.

For more information on this 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

This will be a great opportunity for Buick enthusiasts to get together, find some parts and have a great time at the track. Don't miss it!



KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY, APRIL 17th - 9 am - 3 p.m.

As part of welcoming spring, once again we will be having an Open House on Saturday, April 17th, 2010, Rain or Shine!

Pete will have a lot of used parts for sale, and I have many tagged and bagged items for sale as well. We will have a bake sale to raise money for the Walk for Cancer that Carrie is doing later this fall.

Paul Castle is coming from Illinois, and our good friend Jason Maxfield will be here from Canada. Also, Richard Clark hopes to be able to come as well. This is a great time to bring any used parts that you do not need to trade or cash in for items you want.

We will have available the new Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst" project available as well as several other unique items.

Here is a link to the KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE information on our web site:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/inner_circle.php?nak=58



IF YOU ARE A GARLITS FAN -

I have three very extremely rare items for sale. Of these two items, only 2 exist and that's all that will ever exist. The other item, only 4 exist and no others will ever exist. They are brand new. Don personally signed them and I have photos to go with them. They are not cheap.

They are off his 001 Challenger Drag Pak car, which is valued at over $75,000.

If you are interested, email me - direct denniskirban@yahoo.com - for further details and prices. We may have one on display at our Open House.



GREAT NEWS ON THE GNX EXHAUST SYSTEM -

If you placed your order during the special price time period orders will start to be filled this week in the order they are received. Currently we are not taking any more orders until we honor the ones that already requested a GNX exhaust system.

NOTE - We currently stock the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - PYPES PERFORMANCE (Non-Polished Stainless) DUAL EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Here is a link to the Pypes Dual Exhaust System on our web site:
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/406/PYPES+PERFORMANCE+DUAL+EXHAUST+SYSTEM+%28Non-Polished+Stainless+Steel%29+%236996.html

We have several of the Pypes exhaust systems in stock for immediate delivery.



GOOD NEWS ON ANOTHER NEW PART IN THE WORKS -

One of the parts in the works for late spring delivery is the factory-style HEADERS for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. We expect to also have the driver’s side alone available as well. They will be made from 409 stainless. As delivery time draws closer, we will have a special introductory price to determine initial sales response. We have recently been informed that the mounting flange will be changed to accept the various style cylinder heads.

Watch for updates on this project.



ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION WORKS -

Got any Turbo 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.



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 plus shipping, 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



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

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.



UNIQUE PEN HOLDER FOR YOUR DESK

I have a unique pen holder for my desk. We had a tear-drop style shifter knob made for another car model few years ago. Our supplier went out of business, so we got the left overs. They are incomplete knobs made from #6061 billet aluminum and polished to a very high luster. They are about 3 inches tall and will hold any standard size pen in the opening. These make a unique single pen holder for your desk.

We have about 20 of them. If you are looking for a unique item for your office desk, they are just $25 for 2. Shipping can be combined with any other purchase at the same time.

If you would like to see a photo, email your request to - christina@kirbanperformance.com

If you would like to order these, just call our office - 215-766-1611.



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 -

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.

Don has informed me he is planning to bring his Challenger Drag Pak car. He received the very first one from Dodge. Currently in the quarter mile he has run in the ten-second range.

Also confirmed returning this year is the 6-second Turbo Buick of John Gallina. Kenny Duttweiler and his crew are expected.

I have just been informed the ZR1 Corvette group has their event that same week in Bowling Green. They will be participating at some point during that week as guests at the racetrack. Assuming the ZR1 group includes the latest potent example, this is a rare chance to see one of the unique ZR1s that GM produced last year in very limited numbers.

For up-to-date information and motels for the 2010 GS Nationals, go to their web site - http://www.gsnationals.com - or go to this thread - http://buickgsclubofamerica.yuku.com/forums/1



"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.



INFORMATION ON A GOOD CAUSE - CANCER WALK -

Our daughter-in-law Carrie has committed to a 60-mile, 3-day walk in October to raise money for Cancer research. Many of you have met her at our events. She needs to have $2300 raised by July 1st. If you would like to help with this fundraiser for a good cause, here is the information and a message from Carrie.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™ Walk - Carrie Kirban

I have taken on an incredible challenge. On October 15-17, 2010, I'll be walking 60 miles over the course of three days, camping out at night with thousands of other women and men taking this journey with me. I have committed to raise $2300 to be able to participate in the walk. The money I need to raise goes to cancer research and I pay for my expenses separately.

It's for an event called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™. Net proceeds from the Komen 3-Day for the Cure are invested in community-based breast health programs and breast cancer research.

You never know who this disease will strike next. My prayers go out to all of my friends and family that have been affected with this disease. Let’s find a Cure! To make a donation, go to - The3Day.org - Click on Donate and search for my personal fundraising page under Carrie Kirban.

Here is a link to their site:
http://www.the3day.org/site/TR/2010/PhiladelphiaEvent2010?px=4664563&pg=personal&fr_id=1468
Or you can call - 800-996-3DAY - to donate over the phone.

Any questions, please contact me - carrie@kirbanperformance.com

Thank you for your support.
Carrie Kirban



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 finally had a week without snow... so spring is just around the corner. Time to get the cars out of the garage and take them for a drive.

Be sure to use ZDDPlus™ when your change your oil.

For those traveling to North Carolina for the Richard Clark - TurboBuick.com Nationals event... have a great time and a safe trip!