05-15-2013 Inner Circle

05-15-2013 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 05-15-2013


I am referring to the plastic diagnostic cover and the plastic tab that you grab to flip down the license plate bracket. The diagnostic cover has long been discontinued by GM. You see them on eBay from time to time, anywhere from $15 to $30 each! From what I understand, at some point during the late 1980s this cover was used in a Corvette. This cover simply covered the diagnostic connector found under the dash. The other item that I have seen from time to time is a small plastic tab that attaches to the license plate bracket that you grab to pull down the bracket to remove your gas cap.

PHOTO 1 - In this top photo we show both the GM Diagnostic plastic cover and the plastic license plate bracket tab. In the bottom photo we show the license plate plastic tab installed on a license plate bracket. It goes in the top left corner. It will only fit if you do not have a frame around the license plate. Over the years I have seen very few of these license plate bracket tabs, so I can only guess if it came originally on our Regals or not. I actually found the diagnostic covers on some Oldsmobiles in the junkyard. (Tough part was remembering to look for them!)


PHOTO 2 - In this top left photo we show one of the five original Methanol cars that was at Richard's Shop during the Turbo Buick GBody Nationals. A huge stainless tank was fabricated when the car was new, which also eliminated the spare tire well. In the top right photo we show some of the powermaster test equipment that Richard built to test powermaster brake units. It's hard to describe how a GNX turbo differs from a stock turbo. It's best seeing one with the turbo shield removed to see the difference. In this bottom left photo we show a GNX turbo and the arrow points to the particle trap section that only the GNX turbo has. A stock turbo would not have this feature. In the bottom right photo we show just a very small sampling of the 1986-1987 Turbo engines that sit in Richard's shop.

PHOTO 3 - In this top left and top right photos we show one method to replace the factory method to direct airflow directly to the radiator. This fabricated metal shielding replaces the rubber-like material GM used. In the bottom left photo we show a completely gutted real GNX showing the factory installed rear seat brace. This is identical to the one we sell, Part #7169. In the bottom right photo we show what a GNX fender looks like with the fender flare removed. Notice the crude edge and how dirt builds up along the lip area.

PHOTO 4 - Behind Richard's shop there are at least 25-35 Grand Nationals sitting. In this top left photo we show just a small portion of his collection. In this top right photo shows a very rare 1983 T-Type Regal. In the bottom left is a close up of the driver's fender (note the Power Six emblem and the very small T-Type emblem.) The bottom right photo shows one of the very rare 1986 LeSabre Grand Nationals that is part of Richard's massive collection. This is the model that had the solid red "Power 6" symbol, making it different from the regular Grand National emblem.


Once again we find ourselves needing original stock AC Delco correct 1986-1987 Turbo Regal mass air flow sensors. The housing can NOT be broken. Screens are not important. Each one that meets these requirements is worth $25 in Letter of Credit to us. Help us help other owners keep their cars original.


The 5,200-mile Grand National we featured in last week's Inner Circle (5-8-2013) may be sold. If you are still interested, email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com.


We have been recording various segments on our products and information related to the Buick Turbo Regals, and we have posted them on YouTube. We will continue to post segments as they are recorded, so keep checking back.

Some segments feature products, their placements, benefits, or issues.

In one of the segments I explain the LED dash lights we have available for the analog dash and the Low Fuel warning unit. There is also a segment on the Tinman cold air system.

Here is a link to the YouTube site:


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

With many owners replacing the rear main seal or oil pump, we now offer the Fel-Pro molded rubber silicone gasket. This is the same gasket Richard Clark uses and recommends. It is specifically molded for the turbo engine oil pan.

Gasket comes with plastic alignment pins.

NOTE - We also offer another gasket, Part #6771, 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - Cork Oil Pan Gasket. This is known as the Duttweiler cork oil pan gasket, which is also a good one to use if you prefer cork.

7500 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Molded Rubber Oil Pan Gasket - $14.95

Here is a link to this Oil Pan Gasket on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

For the serious racer that wants to eliminate the EGR system, this is the part you will need to block off the EGR valve on the stock intake. The delete (block-off) plate is made in billet aluminum with a finned top surface. It comes with a button-head stainless bolt and washer.

This part is actually made for us by the same Turbo Buick racer who makes the Scanmaster Mounting Bracket, Part #7496.

7497 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - EGR Delete Plate & Mounting Hardware Kit - 19.95

Here is a link to this EGR Delete Plate on our website:


This “CAUTION - 120 MPH” decal is bright yellow with the words “CAUTION: ALL WINDOWS MUST BE CLOSED FOR SPEEDS IN EXCESS OF 120 MPH” in black, and measures about 2-3/4" x 1". Decals are sold as a pair.

Decal has a self-adhesive backing to be affixed to the exterior windows. Decal was sized to fit in the side windows, but could be used anywhere.

Our second photo shows this decal affixed to a side window on a car.

Decal would also be a great addition for any race car.

7498 - “CAUTION - 120 MPH” Decals (2) - $2

Here is a link to this Caution – 120 mph Decal on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This “HIGH OUTPUT V6” decal is silver metallic gray. The art is diecut and has a self-adhesive backing to be affixed to the exterior. Each decal measures 9-7/8" x 5/8" and are sold as a pair.

The type style is similar to the original 3.8 SFI TURBO emblem used on the car, as shown in our second photo.

Decal was designed to be the same size as the 3.8 SFI emblems. It’s a clever decal to put on each side of the hood scoops, but could be used anywhere.

Decal would also be a great addition for any car show display sign.

7499 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - “HIGH OUTPUT V6” Decals (2) - $4

Here is a link to this High Output V6 Decal on our website:

for Any Buick Turbo Regal Steering Column

This clever product was actually developed and made by a Turbo Regal owner that races his Turbo Regal. It is fabricated in aluminum and designed to sit across the top area of your steering column. Attached to the arched base part is a flat part that your Scanmaster sits on.

The end result is your Scanmaster is directly in front of you in your line of vision. Even after a year of racetrack testing, this bracket didn’t come loose. Each bracket comes with easy-to-follow directions.

A nice custom mounting technique for the popular Scanmaster for your Turbo Regal.

7496 - Scanmaster Mounting Bracket
for any Buick Turbo Regal Steering Column - $29.95

Here is a link to this Bracket on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This is a quality reproduction of the two main air conditioning lines, which go across the front of the engine by the core support.

The one set of fittings goes to the air conditioner compressor. One of the other ends goes to the drier receiver on the passenger’s side. The remaining fitting goes to the condenser towards the front on the passenger’s side.

These are identical to the original except the aluminum lines are not painted black like the originals. If you want them to look factory original, you can paint them.

In some cases, your originals may be cracked or severely bent from leaning over the front of the engine.

Another great engine restoration item.

7494 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction Air Conditioning Hoses (2) Set - $199.95 / 2-piece set

Here is a link to this AC Hoses Set on our website:


4TH ANNUAL BUICK RACE DAY - Saturday, May 25, 2013
Lebanon Valley Dragway, Lebanon, NY - Gates open at 8 am

Participants in all Buick classes must be Buick powered. Sponsored by the GS Northeast GS/GN Club, Inc. For more information, call 518-794-7130 or call 845-528-GSGN (Ask for John.)

GM AT CARLISLE - June 21st thru 23rd, 2013 -
Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle, PA

GM at Carlisle is held at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Turbo Regal.

I have signed on to conduct two seminars on Saturday, June 22nd. The first seminar is 10 am on Saturday and it will be on Hurst. The second seminar is on Turbo Buicks and it is held at 2 pm Saturday. So, mark your calendar.

Carlisle, as many of you know, puts on some of the largest car shows and swap meets in the USA and has done so for over 25 years. It is centrally located in Pennsylvania, just west of Harrisburg, PA and minutes off the PA Turnpike and Route 81. I hope to see may of you there. Its a tremendous facility.

Check out their website for more details.

BUICK PERFORMANCE GROUP BLOCK PARTY - Hebron, Ohio - August 2nd & 3rd, 2013 -

The 2013 BPG Event will be at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, Friday, August 2nd and Saturday August 3rd.

The Host Hotel will be the Newark Metropolitan. For reservations, call the hotel direct - 740-322-6455. Use the code " BUICK 2013" to get special price when booking online.

There will be a Cruise In Thursday and Friday night. The city is blocking off the street in front of Hotel for the Cruise In. There will also be a live band in the parking lot Friday night.

For more information visit their website:

or contact Sean Ryder at gbsean@optonline.net

EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS - Cecil County Dragway, MD - September 20th & 21st, 2013 -

The East Coast Buick Regionals are held at Cecil County Dragway, Maryland. Saturday, the 21st, features a judged car show for all Buick-powered cars.

For more info, contact Doug Doughtery at 302-653-2201 or email - marti44@comcast.net, John Csordas 914-447-6068 or email - johncsordas@optonline.net

The website is - tristategsclub.com


If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com


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.

NOTE ABOUT PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE - We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these have to 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 - denniskirban@yahoo.com.


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 may not remember who requested the item.


At GM at Carlisle I will be conducting 2 seminars on Saturday, June 22nd. The first seminar on Hurst at 10 am Saturday and at 2 pm I will be conducting the seminar on Turbo Regals. This is only a few weeks away.