10-26-2022 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 10-26-2022 - ANNUAL HALLOWEEN M & M CONTEST - For any of you new members that may not understand why I do several M&M contests during the year. It goes back to my childhood, as my parents would do this around holidays for us five kids. Taking a guess puts all of us on the same level. It was always fun. So in memory of my youth and my Mom I do it for those great times. You get one guess and it must be emailed to me [email protected] by this Friday October 28th by 12 midnite eastern time. The closest guess under the actual count will be declared the winner. In case of a tie the earliest email will be declared the winner. Contest is open to all readers except those involved in the Turbo Regal business. The prizes: Besides winning the container filled with M&Ms you get your pick of 5 of the 10 different information booklets we recently had published. Also you will get one of our first new banners that will feature artwork depicting the WE4-Grand National-GNX all in the same setting. I plan to personally sign each banner. We expect to have these new banners done next week. I believe it will be the very first banner that will feature the 3 most popular Turbo Regals that Buick did in 1987. I know having sold them over the years those 3 models are the top sellers and represent a good investment. PHOTO 1 - We show the actual Pumpkin container that the M&Ms are in. It measures 7 inches tall and 8 inches tall overall counting the stem at the top. The second photo shows the 10 different booklets we just had. All their part numbers appear on our website with a description for each. Good luck participants! We do not have a photo showing the new vinyl banner which the winner will also receive. Member email your one single guess direct to me [email protected] THE STORY OF THE VERY UNUSUAL 1955 CHEVY 2-DOOR SEDAN - The other week I attended a local car show that featured probably about 200 different cars and trucks. Over the years I have attended many many car shows featuring a wide variety of show cars and trucks. At this show I saw a 1955 Chevy model that in all these years of attending car shows I had never seen before! Not only did the car catch my eye but in a frame sitting on the front radiator support was the information about the car. It was all nicely typed. Because of my background I immediately spotted two spelling errors. I saw the owner sitting in a chair by this 1955 Chevy so I went up to him to talk to him about his car and mention the two spelling errors I spotted. Hardly anyone was paying any attention to what at an initial glance was just a bare bones two door 1955 Chevy. He told me in all these years no one has ever said anything about seeing any spelling errors on his sign. I said if I was to have my wife look at it she would probably find a few others! He laughed! Here is what made his car quite unusual. It was a business coupe or utility sedan as each car company had their own name for them. I know that years ago I had a 1940 Studebaker coupe and later a 1949 Ford business coupe. Neither of them had a back seat! This 1955 had no back seat, no heater, no clock, no radio, no chrome trim surrounding all the windows. Plus both side windows were fixed, and you could not open them! It was the cheapest model Chevy sold in 1955. I believe it was around $1400 out the door. Mainly sold to sales people or the military. But just like finding a Turbo Regal today with a radio delete, crank windows, and no tilt. Fewer options means fewer problems and also you get a lighter car. He did have a later drive train in this Chevy. He said some of the hardest parts he had to find was the heater delete plate and new weather strips for the windshield and back window since his car lacks the chrome outer trim around the windshield and back window. PHOTO 2 - The top left photos of this extremely rare 1955 Chevy 2 door sedan. The top; right photo shows the dash with the delete plate for the heater and radio. The bottom left shows a photo of his original framed description of his car. The bottom right shows the one my wife Eileen did as a gift for him! She even added photos of his car to the write up. Minus a total of 6 spelling errors. The two I spotted and the four my wife spotted! He has called me and thanked me for what I did for him! PHOTOS OF MORE PARTS WE HAVE FOR SALE - All these parts can be seen under the Rare Parts section. PHOTO 3 - The top left shows all 3 factory 1987 Buick brochures. The top right photo shows original Power Source heavy duty parts and a rare Eastern Performance catalog. It is not dated! The bottom left photo shows the more detailed 1987 Buick information booklet runs 96 pages! The bottom right photo shows this handcrafted sign I bought at a swap meet. Locally done. WE GOT MORE BRAKE BOWLS EXPECTED LATER THIS WEEK - It is best to call our office if you want to get one from this next batch we have coming in. The office number is 215–766-1611. ONE UNBELIEVABLE STORY, BUT TRUE AS I WAS PART OF IT - This past Saturday I attended an auction near me a auction where the seller who at 92 years old had an auction of his vast collection of Model A’s, Model T’s, a 1950 Plymouth 2 door sedan, a 1929 Chrdsyler Brougham various car trailers, and various model a and model T parts. Plus a real nice original 1959 Corvette 283 - 4speed. It was the Corvette that I was going to bid on for a customer of mine. The Corvette was a good color black with silver inset and red interior 4-speed no hardtop. This auction was maybe 4-5 miles from my house. It started at 9 am and the cars were going to be auctioned around 11 am. Eight cars in total with the Corvette being last which was clever as it was the highest selling car at the auction. Being it was in my area I knew several people and spent time talking to various friends etc. My one buddy ended up buying the 1950 Plymouth. It went for I believe $9200. I had taken with me 4 of the handcrafted street rod models and I would take people over to my car and show them the street rods to kill time before the car auction. My potential buyer and I had a figure of bidding as high as $45 grand with the hopes of buying the Corvette. One friend I met lived near our old house and recently restored Graham Nash's Mercedes Benz, and was driving a very rare Jaguar sedan a supercharged V8 1 of about 750 made. I can’t recall the exact number or year. Anyhow he went into the one building where they were auctioning off various small parts and there were 3 cardboard display advertisements on carburetors. Nothing special, and not in great shape. A bit later he comes out to talk to me and says you remember seeing those 3 cardboard signs? I said yes. He said you will not believe what they sold for! They sold for $625 each! Not only that, but the same guy bought all 3 for over $1800! Then he tells me that is not the unusual thing. The high bidder then gave them to the person he was bidding against! He gave them to the second highest bidder free! I could not believe it. I said point this guy out to me. I want to see if I know him. A bit later he pointed him out to me. I don’t recognize him so I tell my friend to go over and talk to him and ask him why he did that. Maybe I can show him one of my street rod cars. He may be a buyer. At that point not many people saw that this person simply gave the signs away. My friend goes over and talks to him and comes back to me as the cars are starting to get auctioned off and I want to track them and bid on the 1959 Corvette. He comes back and tells me the guy just handed him $200 for no reason and said “Pay it forward”. He shows me the two $100 bills which look real to me. Now my buddy has no idea who he is either. Plus he never saw this guy hand any money to anyone else. He is not wearing any flashy clothes, not even any jewelry or a watch. I peg his age around 50. So I decided to go over with one of these handcrafted street rods to show this stranger. In doing so he takes out a $100 and hands it to me. At first I thought he wanted to buy the hand crafted street rod but before I could say that I wanted more than $100 for it. He says no, the $100 is a gift and to pay it forward. I tried to refuse the crisp new $100 bill. I explained I do pay it forward as I got a brother I sent items to every week and try to see him once a month. I did ask him if he did indeed give the guy the $1800 worth of advertisements earlier for free. He said he did! At this point my friend Dom and I are simply dumbfounded. I said I got to get some photos of this as my wife will never believe it. I only use a flip phone, but I had my camera with me. I saw another friend of mine and gave him my camera to take photos of us 3 and his one friend that came with him. My friend I handed the camera to could not figure out how to operate my camera so I told him to hand it off to anyone that is watching all this to take the photos which he does. At this point some of the people at the auction started to observe us and try to figure out why we had several people taking various photos of us. Meantime I am keeping an eye on the auction as the Corvette is coming up for bids soon. Now the auctioneer is starting to sell the Corvette. It opens at $25 grand, I jump in the bidding at $30 grand. It keeps going up. I stop at $45 grand where it stalls for a few minutes. Up to that point it was just me and someone I did not recognize. Then another bidder jumps in and it goes to $50 grand. I then notice the guy who gave us the $100 bills standing about three people behind me and he starts to bid against the other guy. It ends up selling for $75 grand! The person that gave us the money holds the winning bid at $75 grand! My friend Dom asks him what do you plan to do with the Corvette? He says I will probably give it away or to charity! This Corvette needed to be restored and in my opinion was not worth $75 grand as it stood. At this point the auction ended and I left. On my drive to lunch I am thinking I should get the $100 bill checked to see if it is real? I got the $100 bill checked to see if it was real and it was. I never saw anyone taking pictures or a video when all this was happening as I thought maybe this was a stunt. It could not be a scam to bump up the price on the Corvette as he had the top bid. Also on the $1800 for the 3 signs he gave them to the second highest bidder free. When I was talking to him with much prodding he did give me his name. I won’t name him, but I did check him out and he is wealthy and he is in his 50s. I did leave a bigger tip than normal when I had lunch that day “paying it forward”. The baffling part is at no time did we see him give anyone else money nor bid on anything else. There were probably at least 250 or more people at this small country auction. He gave my buddy $200 as my buddy said he has a sister inlaw he helps out. I did give the waitress at lunch a bigger tip than usual! True Story! PHOTO 4 - The first photo shows the flier for the auction. The red 4-door 1911 Model T Touring that was fully restored I believe went for $25 grand. The blue 1950 Plymouth went for $9200. The 1929 Chrysler Brougham Sedan restored went for I believe around $25 grand. It was a magnificent car that would require a good size garage to keep indoors. The second photo shows several of the model Ts and model As restored and needing to be restored. The last photo shows front left to right my friend Dom, Brian, who is friends with the person who gave us the money and myself on the far right. I do not want to name the generous person who in a matter of one hour showed that people can be generous. 1987 GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP FOR SALE WITH UNDER 50 ACTUAL MILES - This car is located in New York. There is a video on it. The video was shot by the seller's neighbor who owns a Grand National and is a customer of ours. You can email me for that information. It appears the seller had a GM dealership and tucked this car away in a protective bubble. Actual miles are just 43. May not be the lowest mileage one in existence, but it is probably in the top five. Car appears to have been properly stored. The seller wants an even hundred grand for the Grand National. He will not budge at all on the price tag. My customer has tried to no avail. Email me [email protected] TEN TOP REASONS TO OWN A BUICK GRAND NATIONAL BANNER NOW AVAILABLE - This full color 13 ounce vinyl banner is also now in stock. The part #8044. This new banner measures 15.5 inches by 23.5 inches. Made in the USA. We will have a similar one soon for the T-Type/Turbo-T owner. I would not want you to think we neglected that segment of Turbo owners! AUCTION RESULTS FROM LAST WEEKS AUCTION - I figured it would be a tough sale as our market is Turbo Regals and the item was a hand built 1:24 scale Street Rod. Plus as I have stated before pictures fall way short of doing it justice if you were to see any of the 31 I have in person. Everyone I have shown it to, are simply amazed at the attention to detail plus the fact the body is hand crafted in wood and the builder also hand crafted in most cases the entire engine and suspension. Only the wheels, tires and on the roadsters the steering wheel was from a plastic kit. He built 31 in a 12 year span starting at age 70. I had my wife make up small cards and I took a picture of him signing each card to go with each car. In about two weeks there's a huge annual swap meet and car show near my house that Plan to attend and show a few people at this event. WE GOT ONE REPRODUCTION GRAND NATIONAL TRUNK LID IN STOCK - These have been on backorder for several months and currently hard to get from what I understand. Contact our office. Price is $499 plus shipping but can be picked up in Chicago to avoid shipping! EARLY FALL BLOW OUT - #8020 GN EMBLEM EMBOSSED METAL SIGNS - Normal retail on this embossed metal sign was $249.95. Now while our initial supply lasts, pay just $179 with free shipping included to the basic 48 states. Go to our website under search put Part #8020 to see the picture and details, but recommend calling the office to order it. Stock is limited as we have around 30 left! Great Christmas gift to keep hidden from your spouse. Quality is excellent. It is GM licensed and Made in the USA. The size is 34 inches by 12 inches. See Photo 2 below for a picture of this Grand National Embossed Metal Sign. 1980 OLDSMOBILE CALAIS COUPE FOR SALE NEW LOWER PRICE $5500 - We have photos of the engine compartment, interior, exterior of this original 1980 Olds Calais coupe. Seller also has the original window sticker. Car appears to be 100% original inside and out. Zero rust. AC blows ice cold. Car runs and drives but needs a tuneup since it has hardly been used in the last several years. Actual miles is a mere 36,900! The Calais I believe is the upgraded model. Has bucket seats, center console, and full gauge package with the tachometer. Factory rally wheels, and upgraded steering wheel. The seller was asking $7500. As I have talked to the guy whose lawn the car is sitting on. He happens to know me. He likes it gone from his lawn. It's his buddy's car! Car is located about 3 miles from my old house in Furlong. This car is a prime candidate for a late model V8 engine! He does have the original window sticker. For more info and photos email me direct [email protected] 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 CARS I CURRENTLY 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 GNX - Less than 37,000 miles. Has the book, jacket, and window sticker. New fillers front and rear. The fender flares have all been repainted. New Borla stainless exhaust exits factory way. Transmission has been rebuilt at a cost of $1800. The GNX turbo is not on the car and it is blown. Turbo would need to be rebuilt. Asking $112,900. 1986 GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP - Owned since 1989. Actual miles approximately 123,00. Car runs out great. Still operates on the powermaster brake format!. It was repainted about 5 years ago. The car is mostly stock. Located in NJ. Seats need attention, however the seller has a completely new repro seat material that goes with the car for all the seats in black and gray. The asking price is $24,900. NEW LOWER PRICE!. 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. Asking price is $44,900. 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. 1987 GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP - Same owner since 1992. Was purchased back then with less than 400 miles on it. Now has 3,062 actual miles 100% original paint all stock. Original tires have been saved. Car has had proper climate controlled storage since 1992! One of the best original examples you can find. Located in New York. Price tag is $67,900. If you are seeking a near perfect example this is the one to buy! 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. 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. 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! 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. Again we can provide more information and photos on any of the above. My email is [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. CANADIAN CUSTOMERS - You must contact our office. Because of the many issues and fees in shipping to Canada we have suspended shipping to Canada. You need to hookup with a US address as shipping has become quite costly. 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 CLASSIFIED ADS - We accept Classified Ads in our weekly Inner Circle emails. Over the years several customers have asked about placing an ad in our weekly Inner Circle. Email me [email protected] for details and prices. 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 – 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 OWNA 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! 1981-1987 REGAL ALL TWO MODELS DOOR SHELLS - Part number is #8035 for the pair of door shells. See website for price and freight shipping. They must ship to a commercial address. We will only ship to the 48 states. INFORMATION BOOKLETS - We now have a total of 11 booklets printed and in stock for immediate delivery. Here are the part numbers #7989, #7990, #7991, #7992, #8025, #8026 #8027, 8028, #8029, and #8030. All can be found on our website and in stock. We now have 11 different information booklets available all focused on the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal/GNX. The latest booklet is shown in Photo 1 in this Inner Circle and is in stock although may not be on the website yet. 1986-1987 TURBO REGAL REPRODUCTION AC LINES - The #7995. This is a high quality reproduction of a much needed part. 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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