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6-9-2010 Inner Circle

6-9-2010 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 06-09-10 -

END OF AN ERA - YUM YUM DONUTS CLOSING -

Most of our customers will recall the instances over the years when we have referred to "Yum Yum" donuts. They have always been the donuts of choice for the many Open House and Reunion events we have done over the years. For many years before we moved I would eat there almost every morning.

It is even pictured on page 10 in my book KIRBAN'S GUIDE TO 1986 and 1987 BUICK TURBO REGALS. It shows Ian Reeves and his friend when he came from England to purchase a Grand National in 1997. They stopped in for some donuts before putting the car on a ship for the journey home to England.

Yum Yum's last day open was this past Friday. The building will be torn down to make way for a CVS Pharmacy. They already have demolished the buildings next to Yum Yum and behind it. This location also handled the baking for some of their other locations. They hope to relocate sometime in the near future. I have talked to the owners and I am trying to get a something as a remembrance from the place.

PHOTO 1 - The photo on the right shows Yum Yum Donuts as the lone standing building. It will soon be demolished to make room for a CVS Pharmacy. The photo on the left shows page #10 showing Ian Reeves in front of Yum Yums with his Grand National.



PRE-DELIVERY TURBO BUICK DEALER LITERATURE - PART 1

Most of you are familiar with the Owner's Manual and related booklets that would have come with your car when it was new. These are booklets that are usually found in the glove box.

Some dealers may have placed all the related glove box manuals into a single printed envelope.

PHOTO 2 - Here we show two imprinted envelopes (10" x 6") used by a typical Buick dealer. They would often put all the glove box booklets into this type of envelope, and then give it to the buyer.

The dealer must have printed thousands of the red and white one and used it for many years, since the company name still included the "OPEL" which was long gone by 1984-1987.

The dealer sometimes placed this small yellow and red tag card (4-3/4" x 2-1/2") on the windshield wiper that says "HOLD" on the one side and "SOLD" on the other side.

PHOTO 3 - Shows a large 12" x 9" envelope with the Buick Hawk logo. This envelope would contain various forms related to the car you were buying. Basically, it usually contained forms used as a checklist to show used by the salesperson when the owner took delivery on their vehicle. It was a list of things they would show the new owner and it would signify the purchaser understood all the features and how they worked, and that the sales person did indeed go over everything with the owner prior to delivery.

PHOTO 4 - Shows two forms (8-1/2" x 11") that would have come in the large 12" x 9" envelope.

One form "CUSTOMER SATISFACTION DELIVERY PROCEDURE" has 2 parts; WHITE COPY - CUSTOMER COPY, HARD COPY - SALES CONTRACT FILE COPY (the customer would keep and the dealership would retain the other.) Since there is a slot and hole at the top, it would appear that this probably hung off the mirror at some point. The one in this photo is new, and not filled out.

The other "CUSTOMER SATISFACTION BASIC NEW VEHICLE AND PRE-DELIVERY INSPECTION PROCEDURE" has 3 parts; WHITE COPY - DEALER WARRANTY COPY, CANARY COPY - SALES DEPT. COPY, HARD COPY - VEHICLE FILE COPY. As you can see, this form has been filled out, but we have deleted any names.

The forms we have shown in this Inner Circle are typical of forms I have come across frequently in the 300-plus cars that I have personally sold. It is quite possible other dealers used other forms and envelopes than what I have shown here. For example, I have seen clear bags imprinted with the dealer's name with all the glove box manuals inside.

If you are fortunate enough to have any of these with your Turbo Regal, you are lucky.

PRE-DELIVERY TURBO BUICK DEALER LITERATURE - Part 2 - Next Week



URGENT REQUEST – WE NEED TURBO CORES! -

We need stock 1986-1987 Turbo Regal turbos for cores.

For each complete turbo you send us, you will received either a check for $75 for or a Letter of Credit for $100 for any parts listed on our website. Just specify which you want for your turbo.

By sending us complete cores, it enables us to supply other owners with rebuilt units and also our TA 49 versions. The TA 49 turbos we sell require the use of the stock exhaust housing. By using that section, no low-end torque is lost in regular street driving.

THANK YOU for helping to keep the parts available for other Turbo Regal owners.



NEW PART FROM US - LINDA VAUGHN "MISS HURST" STANDUP -

We now have the Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst" autographed 24" stand-up replica available. Each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, Part #7265, $52.95. Miss Hurst, as everyone knows, is one of the best-known icons from the muscle car era. This is reminiscent of the popular original 57" stand-up display, famous from the mid-1960s.

Here is the full description -

LINDA VAUGHN - MISS HURST - AUTOGRAPHED 24" STAND-UP REPLICA -
and CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY

First time ever offered! The most recognized icon stand-up display from the muscle car era - Miss Hurst - Linda Vaughn.

Car enthusiasts will be thrilled to have this stand-up replica of one of the most highly collectible and most recognized printed display - MISS HURST. This is reminiscent of the popular original 57" stand-up display, famous from the mid-1960s.

This gorgeous replica is now available in a limited production (only 7,500 will be available) 24" tall stand-up personally autographed by Linda Vaughn. Each stand-up is printed in the U.S.A., is diecut around Linda (no black background), and comes with a foldout stand affixed to the back so it will stand alone.

Autograph reads, "Linda Vaughn - Miss Hurst."

My wife actually worked with Linda at Hurst back in their PR department in the late 1960s. Fortunately, we’ve kept in touch over the years. We are known for our very rare collection of Hurst memorabilia items and original Hurst artwork. Hurst Performance was the most recognized shifter company during the 1960s and 1970s.

Linda Vaughn has always been recognized as "Miss Hurst" and "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter." Even today, her public appearances always draw a crowd.

Now you can own your own collectible stand-up. Each comes with a color Certificate of Authenticity complete with a photo of her signing the stand-up.

An excellent collectible for any car enthusiast, sure to bring back fond memories of the muscle car era! This is a perfect addition for a desk, car display or for your garage or den. It also makes a great gift for any car nut or mechanic.

PART #7265 - Linda Vaughn - Miss Hurst -
Autographed 24" Stand-up Replica and Certificate of Authenticity $52.95

Here is a link to this Linda Vaughn Stand-up on the website -
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/43780/LINDA+VAUGHN+-+MISS+HURST+-+AUTOGRAPHED+24%22+STAND-UP+REPLICA+%237265.html



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.



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.

"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 Stage 1 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 "Stage 1 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.


CHICAGOLAND CHAPTER BUICK GS CLUB OF AMERICA
13TH ANNUAL MIDWEST BUICK CHALLENGE -
August 20, 21 & 22, 2010 - Osceola, Indiana
Osceola Dragway, 56328 Ash Road, Osceola, IN
For more information, go to their website -
http://www.chicagolandbuick.org



30th ANNUAL GS NATIONALS - Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky
OCTOBER 20-23, 2010
http://www.gsnationals.com



INFORMATION ON A GOOD CAUSE - CANCER WALK -

NOTE - THANKS to those who have already contributed or plan to contribute to this great cause. We've heard from readers who have had Breast Cancer affect their immediate family. Thanks so much.

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 of the 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%20km



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

It's sad to watch the news about the oil spill in the Gulf night after night - it just keeps growing and spreading. The toll on the wildlife alone is impossible to measure.