02-22-2023 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 02-22-2023 - IN STOCK NOW CASPERS NEWLY DESIGNED KNOCK GAUGES - We have the standard one also one with the Kirban Performance logo on the dial. The plain one is #8053 and the one with Kirban Performance on the dial is #8054. The price is $191.95 for #8053 and $199.95 for #8054 with Kirban Performance on the dial. Both knock gauges come with directions and are currently in stock. They are designed to fit the standard 2 1/16 inch gauge opening or gauge pod. The three-color LED display gives you “real time” visual indication of the severity of detonation. It is a simple 3-wire hook up. It does require the use of the factory ESC module to operate. It may not be up on our website as of yet. You would have to call the office to order. BREAKING NEWS 4,000 MILE GNX COMING UP FOR SALE - This latest GNX for sale is located somewhere near me. The owner has had the car approximately 10 years and is away on vacation so info is limited until his return and the car gets checked out. It has been sitting in a garage with heat. He does have the jacket and book from what I understand. He wants to sell it. Watch for more details. It has not been offered for sale during the 10 years he has owned it. GIVING OUR READERS A HEADS UP - With Spring fast approaching interest is starting to pick up on the Turbo Regals I currently represent. In many cases it has felt like Spring since early January. To date in my immediate area we have had zero amount of any accountable snowfall! I for one am not complaining about catching a break from shoveling snow. VEHICLES STILL AVAILABLE - The 2006 Impala SS, and the 1955 MG TF needing a full restoration. ANOTHER UNUSUAL VEHICLE POSSIBLY FOR SALE 1984 DODGE RAMPAGE - I used to see the owner drive this little Dodge Rampage all the time up until about 2-3 years ago. It has been parked since then as it developed a miss and failed our State Inspection. Body is very straight and appears to be all original. The interior is also all original and fairly decent with the stock radio!. Besides the cap over the bed he has the factory flush mounted tonneau cover. Car is a manual 5-speed. It does have rot in the floor. Plus very minor rot on bottom rocker panels below the doors. The perfect candidate for a different power plant as it's the perfect combination to mate something newer for the powerplant and have a unique light weight vehicle. The seller has not given me a price, but I know he has turned down $1500 in the past. Email me for more details and pictures. Rampage is located about 6 miles from my house. PHOTO 1 - We show 4 views of this unique 1984 Dodge Rampage. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS - I know whenever I buy a vehicle with the intention of keeping it for a length of time I create a folder to keep the records in and if the vehicle does not have the glove box booklets I seek them out on ebay etc. I also go to ebay to try and acquire an original sale brochure for the specific year and model. This way I have an idea how the model prefix I have stacks up in the chain of value for that particular car model. Most cars have like a 2 letter code and sometimes the 3 letter designation would be the high end model. Finding a window sticker in the glove box is extremely rare and having an undisturbed spare tire is another huge plus. Another plus especially with the higher end cars would be 2 original remotes especially the later ones where there is no key and the car has a push button start. Some of those newer remotes can run $500 or more! The really rare document was never supposed to end up in the buyers hands and that would be what is known as the “MSO” which stands for Manufacturer statement of Origin. Dealers get them with each new car and then apply for the typical title for the state they sell in. By some stroke of dumb luck I actually came across one in a vehicle in one of the junk yards I frequent. Ironically this one is for a 2002 Toyota Highlander, and we own a 2004 Toyota Highlander! See Photo 2 below! PHOTO 2 - The top left photo shows the front side of a very rare MSO for a 2002 Toyota Highlander. In the same picture for a 1987 Buick shows a dealer reminder to the customer that his 1987 Buick is due for service! (I hope they flushed the brake fluid in this service!). The top right photo shows a 2 part postcard that the GM plant in Arlington, Texas sent out to buyers of GM vehicles from the assembly plant in Arlington, Texas. They are seeking comments for paint finish body fit, rattles water leaks, wind noise etc. Rate them good or poor. One can only imagine if Buick sent out a postcard from their Pontiac plant where all the 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regals came from wanting customers to rate paint finish, body fit, squeaks/rattles and water leaks! The other picture was a two sided set of directions regarding the new GM ignition lock system which I believe started in 1969 or 1970 going by memory. I think it hung off the mirror or went around the steering column? Today many cars just require the key to be near the dash and you hit a push button keeping your foot on the brake pedal! The bottom left photo shows both a 1987 and a 1988 GM Protection Plan Agreement. Also a 1986 GM Protection Plan Agreement and the 1985 Buick Value Plus Options. We show what was offered in the 1985 Regal Package Code system. The bottom right photo shows a paper Pennsylvania temporary paper license tag that would be placed in your back window. This you would get if you did not have a current metal tag to transfer. I assume most states have a similar program. The sold tag is actually from 1987 and would be attached I assume to the rear view mirror so potential buyers would know that this car has been sold and is awaiting delivery. As you can see I have an extensive collection of related paperwork to various cars. May not hold great value but its fun finding something new that I don’t have to add to my document collection. RARE PARTS OFFERING FOR THIS WEEK - See the Rare Parts section for the items featured in Photos 3 and 4 for prices. PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows a Buick factory manual entitled “Parts Identification and Inspection Guide. Dated 1986 which would be mostly the same for the 1987 year as well. Also shows 2 pages from this critical manual. The top right photo shows “Standard Parts Catalog” Again a factory manual from GM. The bottom left photo shows a good used drivers blue visor with factory mirror option and a matching blue plastic bucket seat trim with cut out for the power seat switch. The bottom right photo shows a similar format only this is for a burgundy Regal interior. PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows the complete kit to secure the spare and jack correctly in the trunk and a blem reproduction gray horn ring. The top right photo shows a NOS GM front bumper bracket one side only. The bottom left photo shows a new pair of the GNX upper body bushing set (2) and a complete power trunk release kit button and solenoid with directions. The bottom right photo shows a new set of GM door strikers and the door jamb reinforcement plates. OBSERVATIONS OF OUR PERSONAL BID LOT CAR EXPERIENCES - As many of you know I go to two bid lots once a week for a local country dealership. Generally one bid lot has about 25 to 30 cars and the other one can have anywhere from 25 to 65 cars including trucks. The bigger bid lot the dealer who runs it has about 25 dealerships in the area. All the cars have keys in them and my job is to check the ones that are of interest to the dealership I work part time for. Until I started doing this maybe 3 years ago I seldom even considered buying a foreign car outside of BMWs, Lexus, and Mercedes Benz. Used those three car models can be quite reasonable to buy. Reasonable is not even possible the first time any of those three cars require any kind of service. What makes the job challenging is finding worthy vehicles to buy that the dealer has put up for bids for one reason or another. It's a silent bid [plus you're hoping your bid is the highest. Results are not known until the following day. Dealers put these cars up for bid for various reasons. It can be years of neglect, engine or transmission issues, high mileage or rust preventing them from being inspected the reason the dealer is unloading the car or truck. Or if the car is not popular in our area it can be another reason. My job, like any other dealer at the bid lot, is to find the worthy gems among the deplorable ones. Trust me there have been many times some interiors are so disgusting I refuse to even sit in them let alone test drive them.. I am not sure how people can live like that and it makes me wonder what their inside of their house is like! Many of the Subaru wagons the owner or owners have had dogs which besides massive amounts of dog hair in the interior will have a destroyed center console lid scratched upper door panels and badly destroyed dash pads. If they are nice Subarus are quite popular. You quickly learn which car interiors hold up extremely well even with limited care and the same goes for the drive train. In my opinion the top three candidates to consider as a good dependable used cars are models of Toyota, Honda, Mazda. These 3 brands even with 200,000 miles on them generally perform quite well. In recent years Hyundai and Kia are also worth considering to some degree. Last week I got to compare a typical Ford Focus/Fusion that was absolutely mint inside and out. Even the alloy wheels showed great care. The mileage was 178,000. I don't recall the exact year or model Ford. I drove it and discovered the trans had major issues. So that car got crossed off the list to consider. Another car at the other bid lot was a 2008 Camry. The body was very close to mint and I was surprised it was not on the list to examine further for placing a possible bid. I then got in it to drive it and noticed the odometer reading 388,000 miles!. I had never even sat in a car with that high of miles showing. For kicks I started it. The engine was quiet. I then drove it. It drove fine transmission shifts without missing a beat. I was stunned. Now as a reader you are thinking well how do you know the transmission was not rebuilt? This is true, I don’t know, but I have driven enough Camrys and similar cars with 200,000 plus on them and the automatic transmissions have not been an issue. Also interiors at least the cloth interiors really hold up with minimum care in the Toyotas, Hondas, and Mazdas! Having a standard 140 speedometer and 6 digit odometer also creates confidence! Don’t take my word for it, go to any posts or car reviews and see for yourself and see how others rate my three top choices Toyota, Honda, and Mazda. On a side note, unlike GM cars and trucks from those years these three foreign makers have mastered what formula to use so the words on the various knobs for the radio heater etc do not wear off! Again this is strictly my opinion. Again from a standpoint of a good dependable used car that runs on regular gas and returns good gas mileage these 3 car lines are very worthy candidates even with 200,000 miles. UPCOMING BUICK EVENTS FOR 2023 - Below are three events that I am currently aware of. I plan to attend the GNX/GSX Reunion event held Friday June 23rd 2023 at the Classic Auto Mall in Morgantown, PA. This may be the only Buick event I attend this year. More on this as the time draws near. In each of these events if you have any questions contact John Csordas 914-447-6068 or email John at [email protected] THE 42ND BUICK GS NATIONALS MAY 17TH - 20TH, 2023. Held at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, KY 42101. GSX/GNX INAUGURAL REUNION JUNE 23RD 2023. Held at the Classic Auto Mall in Morgantown, PA 19543. In conjunction with the 2023 BCA TRI-REGIONAL MEET Thursday 22nd thru Saturday June 24th. This is the one event I will be attending. Bring any parts you want to sell! THIRD ANNUAL BUICK OLDSMOBILE PONTIAC EVENT JULY 14TH - 16TH 2023. Held at Beaver Springs Dragway, Beaver Springs, PA 17812. Remember for more details etc concerning any of the three above mentioned Buick events contact John Csordas at 914-447-6068 or email is [email protected] 1987 GRAND NATIONAL WITH 645 ACTUAL MILES FOR SALE - A collector car dealer not sure of their location lists a 1987 Grand National with a mere 645 actual miles. The asking price is $104,990. Of course this is before you get it transported and pay taxes in your location. It's worth mentioning it's like having a prized artwork at that price you can only look at it. Drive it and the value starts to drop and you let 2023 air enter into the interior, reducing the levels of the 1987 air that is held captive in the interior! Ist it worth it in the year 2023? Maybe to a select few individuals that are young enough to hopefully gain more value in their lifetime! GOT TURBO REGAL PARTS TO SELL? - We are always in the market for buying collections if you have sold your car. Granted we will not pay retail but it can be far easier and quicker to sell everything at one time rather than deal with all the questions you get from any advertising you do. We can also set up someone to pick up the parts if it's a distance from my location and you can't ship. HERE IS A COMPLETE RUN DOWN ON THE TURBO REGALS I REPRESENT - In each case email me specifically which car perks your interest. We give the car model, location and price on each of the ones we now are working with the sellers. Each case there is some wiggle room as we realize in most cases you got transport costs involved. Remember we are hooked up with a broker that can get you a good price for an enclosed or open transport. I can supply more photos and information on any of the below cars I represent. Email me [email protected] 1987 GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP - Actual miles about 49,000 miles. Current owner has had it for two years. Second owner always garaged the southern car when new. Original paint. Has the desirable GNX dash cluster and a set of real not reproduction GNX wheels that I know cost him 6 grand as I got him the deal for them. He has receipts for over ten grand of practical upgrades he has made in the 2 years of ownership. He has moved into collecting old trucks and that is the reason he is selling this 1987 Grand National hardtop. Car is in the New York area. Asking price is $54,900. I have lots of photos of this extremely well cared for 1987 Grand National hardtop. For more info and photos email me [email protected] 1986 GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP - Actual miles 68,000. Car reportedly has original paint. Located in NE Philadelphia, PA. I saw this car last summer at a car show. Owner has had it for 2 years. Extremely well detailed. HJas the new reproduction Grand National wheels on it. Recently serviced and inspected. Email me directly [email protected] for more photos and details. Asking price is $31,900. 1987 GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP - Miles is under 62,000. Car was professionally appraised in 2018 for $48,500. Since 2018 the car has only been driven about 500 miles. Car is well optioned. Located in western, PA. Has records all the way back to 2003. Current owner has owned it since 2011. I can provide photos and records. Simply email me direct [email protected] Asking $46,900. NOTE: This seller is away and not available until March 2023. 1987 TURBO REGAL WE4 T-TOP - Belongs to a long time customer of ours that used to live near us years ago and now resides in Florida. Car recently had over 5 grand in work done on it at KDK in Orlando. The seller is willing to consider as partial trade another Turbo Regal that may require work. Car was repainted in 2007. He is the second owner; actual miles are 36,000 miles. AC works. He was originally asking $44,900. NEW LOWER PRICE $30,000!!!! This car is a tremendous bargain. For more info email me [email protected] 1986 GRAND NATIONAL CANADIAN CAR - Same owner since brand new. Car has every possible option offered in 1986! Including the power sliding sunroof. If you are a US buyer be sure to do your homework on what is required to bring a car across the border. Asking price has been lowered to $40,000 US. For more .info email me [email protected] 1987 TURBO-T HARDTOP - Rare black exterior with black out package which could not be ordered after the WE4 was introduced. Same family since new. Tons of work done to this rare example. Looking for the best offer. A chance to get a really rare example with paperwork to back it up. Work was all done by Steve’s Automotive in Virginia. Car is located in Virginia. They are seeking the best offer. SELLER ANXIOUS TO SELL. For more info email me [email protected] 1987 TURBO-T LIMITED HARDTOP - chestnut brown. Car resides and always has in California so no exposure to issues with rust, Same owner since 1995. Actual miles 129,000. Asking price is $28,900. This is a great buy! NEW LOWER PRICE asking $22,900. For more info email [email protected] 1987 GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP - . Car resides in Michigan being sold by the owner's sister as the owner passed away suddenly. He was a top notch mechanic. Actual Miles 58,666. Highly modified many many upgrades including TA 49 Turbo. She has receipts from my company for over two grand. Car has a high dollar repaint. Asking price is $40,000. MAJOR PRICE DROP!!!!! Originally it was priced over $50 grand! Seller has a lot of receipts! For more info email me [email protected] 1968 OLDS 442 W30 package. Car resides in Michigan again purchased by her brother who passed away unexpectedly. Owned since the early 1980s purchased from the original owner when it had just 3,000 actual miles. A super rare car. The asking price is $80,000. For more info [email protected] WE CAN MARKET YOUR CAR - When the time comes you need to downsize or simply move on. We can market your car for you. Especially now with Spring and Summer fast approaching. We handle the advertising and answering the questions and weeding out the tire kickers. We never give out the exact location of your car. You decide on the price after any bargaining is done. The money goes directly from the buyer to your bank account. I have a flat commission based on the price span. This format has worked out very well for me for both the buyer and the seller. The buyer has more confidence about the car especially if you are a long time owner and a customer of ours. . The seller is not bothered with phone calls or emails. Most potential buyers know who I am. So whenever the time comes you want to sell your car, email me the particulars. I can explain the process to you which also allows you to sell the car as well. My email is [email protected] I can also help you determine the price. I can also take in a trade and pay you the seller the difference. I have worked with JJ Best in the past which is quite generous in granting loans. So you have plenty of options. We also work with a broker that can handle transport both open and enclosed. This transport broker is a customer of ours and owns personally a 9,000 mile Grand National! He just had the last 3 cars I sold transported to their new homes! The car needs not be a Turbo Regal. NEED A CAR TRANSPORTED? - Whether you need an open transport or enclosed transport we highly recommend Sal Hamed. Sal is a broker with a number of transporters and can get you the best price. He knows what you expect as he personally owns a 9,000 mile original Grand National and is a customer of ours. You must use my name when contacting him to get a special price. His email is [email protected] We highly recommend his services! His phone number is 919-808-8483. IMPORTANT - INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SHIPPING ADDRESS – If you are returning any cores for a Letter of Credit or cores that we charged you for, it is important that you send them to the address below. Please make sure you put a note in the box with your information. KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS 529 HAYCOCK RUN ROAD KINTNERSVILLE, PA 18930 For all other returns such as a part you purchased that is incorrect or defective you must call Christina and get a RA number. She will determine if it goes to our main warehouse in Kintnersville, PA or our distribution center. CORES NEEDED - URGENT REQUEST – Here is the information on our credits for cores. POWERMASTER BRAKE UNITS. Currently, we NOT accepting powermaster brake units. This is due to the fact we have a huge supply of cores and we have no exact time table when our supplier will get brake bowls. Everyone is in the same boat that rebuilds powermaster brake units. The key ingredient is the brake bowl. TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock turbo. They must be complete. We will issue you a $150 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core. We need cores now. Or we will pay $135 cash for each complete stock turbo core. BRAKE PEDALS we issue a letter of credit for $50 for each powermaster brake pedal or we will pay $40 cash for each pedal. MASS AIR FLOW SENSORS we need original non cracked 1986-1987 Turbo Regal mass air sensors. We issue a $40 letter of credit for each unit. They are a gamble for us as some of these can’t be rebuilt. 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. UPS or MAIL - Ship to Address – KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS 529 HAYCOCK RUN ROAD KINTNERSVILLE, PA 18930 NOTE - IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE BUICK RARE PARTS SECTION - If you are not able to see the Buick Rare Parts section at the end of this Inner Circle, it is because you are not an actual Inner Circle member, but instead are reading this on the website. You must subscribe to see the Rare Parts section each week. It would go directly to your inbox every Wednesday at 3 pm eastern time. It is FREE, probably one reason why nobody complains about what I write about. To subscribe simply email – [email protected] - to get our free weekly Wednesday Inner Circle email. This allows everyone to have the same opportunity on the parts we list each week. We currently have over 3,600 members. EMAILS TO KIRBAN PERFORMANCE - NOTE - If you email us and do NOT get a timely reply, be sure to check your “SPAM” folder. Some emails do not go through. If you need to email us, use - [email protected] TECH CALLS - If you need technical information, it’s best to email - [email protected] rather than call us. We will do our best to answer any technical questions within 24 hours. Please remember I have very little knowledge of the mechanical workings of the engine. NEW PRODUCTS FROM US – 1986-1987 TURBO REGAL POLISHED STAINLESS CUSTOM TURBO SHIELD WITH POLISHED HARDWARE INCLUDED. Part number is #8047. The price is just $299.00! This is an excellent price for this polished stainless turbo shield. Limited supply available. 1986-1987 TURBO REGAL DEALER SERVICE BULLETINS, PRODUCT CAMPAIGNS, & PRODUCT INFORMATION BOOKLET - Part number #8031. This latest booklet runs 110 pages. It also covers all the various paint codes Buick used in 1987, the numerous recall bulletins on the powermaster brake system. The breakdown of the number of Turbo Regals sold each year in Canada and the USA. Also a section on driveability and emissions. This may not yet be on our website. The price is $19.95. It runs 110 pages. AC DELCO 1984-1987 TURBO REGAL SPARK PLUG SET (6) - Part number #8048. These are in stock. We have no idea how long AC Delco will have these available. TOP TEN REASONS TO OWN A BUICK GRAND NATIONAL - Part number #8044. This Made in the USA 13 ounce vinyl banner measures 23.5 by 13.5 in size and is in full color. 1984-1987 TURBO REGAL 3.8 SFI HOOD DECALS - Part number #8040 and #8041. #8040 is for one set and #8041 is for 2 sets. Done on chrome vinyl it duplicates exactly the original or reproduction plastic hood emblems which now cost $55 to $60 a set. This set of decals is only $16.95/set or 2 sets for $30 you save $3.90. 1984-1987 TURBO REGAL HIGH OUTPUT V6 HOOD DECALS - Part number #8042 and #8043. #8042 is for one set and #8043 is for 2 sets. Done on chrome vinyl it duplicates the font style and length of the .38 sfi turbo emblems. If you have a modified V6 this decal makes more sense! Plus a lot cheaper than the reproduction plastic 3.8 sfi turbo emblems which sell for $55 to $60 a set. These are $16.95 per set or 2 sets for $30 you save $3.90 by purchasing 2 sets! 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. We also may buy your new or used parts. Simply email me a list - [email protected] 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 used if 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 must 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 - [email protected]

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