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06-27-2018 Inner Circle

06-27-2018 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 06-27-2018 -

IMPORTANT NOTE -

Because of the GTOAA National Meet this upcoming weekend and other commitments, our office will be closed this Friday, June 29th. I will be at the GTOAA Convention.

Our office will also be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

Next week’s Inner Circle will be emailed on THURSDAY not WEDNESDAY.

NOTE - Any website orders shipping may be delayed slightly.



A LOOK AT THE 1987 BUICK PRESS KIT -

Last week we covered the 1986 Buick Press Kit. This week we are covering the 1987 Buick Press Kit. The big news for 1987 was the new front-wheel drive LeSabre, including the new LeSabre T-Type. Having owned 2 of these models years ago, I can attest that they were very comfortable cars. I never fancied the factory wheels they had, but the full dash cluster and comfy seats were well thought out. Seems to me the car lacked the window issues that the G-Body Regals had.

The sales pitch was that this new LeSabre model was to appeal to younger, non-traditional Buick buyers (ones that did not have one foot in the grave.) They should have used that sales pitch for the Turbo Regals, since it was those models that appealed to the younger buyers!

Perhaps the biggest news for the new LeSabre was a first for Buick and that was the thermoplastic front fenders. This eliminated any issues with rust for the northern part of the country.

The LeSabre T-Type was limited to five colors - black, red, white, silver, and grey. Following the Grand National seat format, they all had two-tone black and grey 45/45 cloth seats. The tire size was the same as the Turbo Regals using Eagle GTs. I am not sure what year - 1988 or 1989 - that the black leather seats was an option for the LeSabre T-Types. (This model was only available for 3 years).

The idea was that 1987 Buick buyers could customize their 1987 cars with touring options, performance packages, interior sport packages, and exterior sport packages. In other words, Buick expanded the choices to appeal to a wider market on their various Buick models. This allowed Buick buyers to get the blackout option on almost all the other Buick models for 1987.

It seems to be confusing that in 1987 the Turbo Regal became known as the Turbo-T, yet all the other models for 1987 had a T-Type package. Seems strange that for last year the model name would be different for the Turbo Regal, yet the T-Type name was retained for all the other Buick models.

PHOTO 1 - The photo to the left shows the folder for the 1987 Buick Press Kit. The photo to the right shows the various Buick News Releases for 1987.


PHOTO 2 - The photo to the left shows 2 Regal models. The one at the top is a white Turbo-T. The photo to the right shows 2 views of the new LeSabre T-Type. What I find interesting (which you probably can’t see in the photo,) is that the Turbo-T lacks the T emblem on the front fender and the Regal emblem on the rear quarter panel is positioned lower than it actually appeared on the production models! A white exterior with the optional blackout package was a sharp combination for the Turbo-T in 1987.


PHOTO 3 - The photo on the left shows the front of the High Technology brochure from Buick, which is almost identical to the 1986 version. The photo to the right shows the back side of this 4-page brochure. Again, I like to point out the fact that in every color photo Buick shows of the intercooler 3.8 SFI engine, it shows the inlet pipe or “up pipe” as it is often called in satin black, not bare metal which the production Turbo Regals had. This shows another instance where a factory photo does not correctly depict actual production.

Next week we will show you some bonus items that I have featuring the 1987 models. Some of which came in the Press Kit and others I simply bought from various sources years ago.

One might say it was dumb luck that I was smart enough to buy most of my literature years ago when the cars were fairly new. Today it’s almost impossible to find anything related to the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals, since Buick never really printed much in the way of literature.

I don’t think the “suit and tie guys” at Buick really realized what they had created. The magazine writers jumped on the band wagon back then, promoting the power that the V6 turbo intercooler engine put out over the popular Monte Carlo SS models. Granted, quality was not the greatest, but Buick had its moment to shine compared to the other G-body examples.



COLUMBIA, PENNSYLVANIA CAR SHOW -

The other Saturday I attended a car show in the town of Columbia, PA where my younger brother lives. Columbia is just west of Lancaster, PA, and is the home of the clock museum. I always tell my brother this is where time stands still! I try and visit him every 4 to 6 weeks.

The weather was picture perfect, unusual since it has rained almost every weekend in my area. There must have been well over 250 to 300 cars at the show. One would think with that many show cars, there would be at least one Turbo Regal. No such luck. Zero in attendance. I did see several GTOs and one GTO owner heard of me and was surprised I was at this event. He is going to the GTO National Meet this weekend.

PHOTO 4 - The top left shows a perfect example of stuffing a huge engine into the lightest car possible - an old Fiat. The top right shows an extremely rare Dodge 1955 model, two-tone convertible. One can only imagine how much effort the owner had to do to find all the parts for that rare example. The bottom left and bottom right photos show what happens when a family with a farm and has a wild imagination can build. This engine had twin turbos, intercooled, and I believe was a V1 engine of some sort. Note the size of the back tires!



ON THE NEWS FRONT -

Under the section called “Readers Rides” of the July 2018 issue of Muscle Car Review it shows Paul Vilser’s prestine WE4 in the article. I have known Paul for a number of years. Not only is he a customer of ours, but he also did several Buick cartoons for us. Unlike the majority of current Turbo Regal owners, Paul was smart enough to buy his WE4 brand new and keep it all these years. Although unknown at the time he made his purchase, it turns out he bought a very limited model. That car today has proven to be a good investment, since only 1,547 WE4s were produced.

Ironically, by chance that works out to 1,000 more than the recognized 547 GNX models.



SPECIAL PRICE ON SEVERAL LIMITED UNIQUE BUICK BANNERS -

The GM licensed company we deal with made 2 banners that they don’t currently plan to continue to make and they sent them to me. We have 3 of each.

We have two different Buick Motorsports banners. Both are on a white background. These are 6 ft wide by 2 ft high. Both banner design feature the turbo-six logo with the grey Buick Motorsports logo. On one banner the turbo-six logo is all red, and on the other it’s red and orange. These large banners are ideal for a side of a race trailer or display. These are the same high quality as the other GM licensed banners. Sale price is $49.95 each, plus $10 shipping.

Total shipping is just $10 even if you buy more than one. You must call our office 215-766-1611 x 0 since we only have 3 of each.

You can email - Christina@kirbanperformance.com if you want to see a photo first. However, keep in mind someone else may not need to see a photo and simply buy it.



GOOD NEWS - 5 NEW TURBO REGAL VINYL BANNERS APPROVED BY GM -

Good news, GM has approved 5 of the dozen or so Turbo Regal banners Eileen has been working on through the company that has a GM license for Buick. We will be the first company to offer these for sale.

These banners are not yet on our website. You must call our office 215-766-1611 x 0 to order them. We would not charge your credit card until we can ship your order.

Please refer to the part number assigned with each one below when contacting our office. We now have them available to ship. See photos in last week’s Inner Circle. These are now all in stock except for the Buick Motorsport banner.



EXAMPLE OF EXTREME DEVOTION -

The other day I witnessed extreme devotion as I drove passed a cemetery. Looking over, I spotted a car parked along the edge of the roadway and noticed an elderly gentleman sitting on a lawn chair reading a book in front of a tombstone. It was quite obvious he planned to be there awhile since he brought a lawn chair. It was extremely hot that day. Now, that’s devotion.



HE GAVE IT A GOOD RUN -

I have often remarked about how married women, in many cases, out live us married guys.

I read this in the paper the other night. A man, just a few weeks shy of his 105 birthday, passed away in his sleep. You guessed it, he was survived by his 95-year-old wife.



2011 MUSTANG 6-SPEED V6 COUPE - FOR SALE -

The country lot I have a license with just acquired a 2011 Mustang Coupe. It is a 6-speed 3.7 litre. Good color combo dark blue exterior with black interior. Well optioned. Non smoker. New battery cold AC, one owner military guy highway miles Georgia to PA. Car has 146,000 miles on it. Clean title no accidents latest PA inspection. Wheels are corroded. A fun car that drives 100%. Price to sell at $7495. Call Don at 215-801-1859 for more details. Also email me denniskirban@yahoo.com as I do have some photos of the Mustang.



TOUCH-UP PAINT -

We sell a lot of the popular colors of the spray paint for the Turbo Regals. The company we deal with is really good at nailing down exact colors.

Recently I wanted to get a spray can of paint and a touch-up pen of paint for my 1996 Ford Ranger. Nowhere on the truck is the exterior color indicated. I gave the VIN number to my local Ford dealer who gave me the color code for the paint - Cayman Blue Metallic DA/4438. With that information, I was able to get our supplier to mix up an 11-ounce spray can and one of those touch-up pens. The match is perfect.

I then wanted to get it for another one of my personal cars, which is a 2003 model. Many of the later car models have the paint code on a label on the door jamb. This 2003 and my 2004 car both have the paint code on the door jamb area. All three of these vehicles have original paint.

It occurred to me that some of our customers may also be looking for a spray can and touch-up pen of the correct matching paint for their used car. Dealers only can provide you with a Touch-Up Pen as they do not offer a spray can.

I am testing the waters to see if there is any demand to add this service to our website. If you provide the paint code for any U.S. or foreign car, we can get you an 11-ounce spray can and a Touch-Up Pen both for $49.95 plus shipping. Simply email -christina@kirbanperformance.com with the paint code and within 3-4 days we can have it made up and on its way to you.



UPDATE ON REPRODUCTION SPID DECALS -

ECS Automotive has recently done another sample for us to examine. I am not sure at this writing if it is the early SPID decal or the later one. Watch for updates.



2018 TURBO BUICK RELATED CAR SHOWS EVENTS -

PYPES and MAX PERFORMANCE 8th Annual American Muscle Car and Truck Show -
June 29th and June 30th, 2018 - Hatfield, PA. We will be at this event.
This show is hosted by Pypes and Max Performance. A BBQ and cruise is Friday afternoon and Saturday is the car show. The location is at their facility at 2705 Clemens Road B103, Hatfield, PA 19440. This event draws a huge amount of all kinds of GM muscle cars, including Ford and Chrysler. The company owner has been our friend for over 30-plus years. We will be attending this event. For more information, go to their website - maxperformanceinc.com



MAGNA - MID ATLANTIC GRAND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
22nd EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS -
September 14th and 15th, 2018 - Cecil County Dragway, Cecil, Maryland
The MAGNA Group has their annual event September 14th and 15th at Cecil County Dragway in Cecil County, Maryland. This event grows bigger each year and is open to all Buick muscle cars not just the Turbo Regals. We expect to be attending this event. (It falls on my birthday). For more details, go to turbobuick.com - or - their website - magnabuick.com



GOOD NEWS - WE ARE ACCEPTING CLASSIFIED ADS -

Good news - We now 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.

Here are the options and the costs.

Ads can be from any individual or company. It needs to be automotive related, meaning it does not need be specifically Turbo Regal related. It can be for something for sale or something wanted.

Maximum number of words is 125 words, which is about 7 to 9 lines of copy. No photos. You can list a website. We recommend you state your name, phone number or email, a price, and your location in your ad.

The cost for 2 consecutive weeks is $25. The cost for 4 consecutive weeks is $40. You save $10 with the 4-week plan. No changes can be made to your existing running ad. You can only run one ad at any given time. We will have a code system at the end of your ad, so we will know what week number your ad is to run - 2 or 4 weeks.

It can be an ad for something for sale or an ad for something you are looking for.

We have never missed a single week since we started the Inner Circle email format in 2009. It’s something I enjoy doing and I just always seem to have enough material to write about.

Our weekly Inner Circle reaches over 3,200 members every Wednesday direct to their inbox. The Inner Circle also appears every Wednesday on our website with the related photos. Your ad would be visible to both groups of readers. So, the exposure to your ad is well over 3,200 potential buyers.

My Rare Parts section is only viewed by those that subscribe. Subscription is free, so complaints on what I write are nonexistent!

Ads submitted properly by the previous Sunday would appear that next Wednesday in the weekly Inner Circle. Ads must be submitted by email to - denniskirban@yahoo.com 

Payment by credit card must be done by phone to our office 215-766-1611 x 0.



CLASSIFIED ADS -

WANTED TO BUY: NOS 1987 Buick GNX factory exhaust system. I will pay $300.00 CASH finders fee leading to the successful purchase of the complete NOS factory exhaust system (3 pipes) or $100 per pipe. I am looking for GM part #12332904 – front exhaust crossover Y-pipe GM part 12332903 – left muffler and tailpipe assembly and GM part #12332900 - right muffler and tailpipe assembly. I am a CASH buyer & will travel to purchase so you do not have to ship. I am not a dealer and parts are not for resale. Please call and leave message or e-mail. All calls will be returned promptly. Thank You. Jason Maxfield (416) 399-7265 – Niagara Falls, NY 14303 or email jkmaxfield@gmail.com 4 of 4.



NOTE - IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE RARE PARTS SECTION -

If you are not able to see the Rare Parts section at the end of this Inner Circle, it is because you are not an 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 afternoon. It is FREE, probably one reason why nobody complains about what I write about. Simply email - Christina@kirbanperformance.com - to get on our weekly Inner Circle email.



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 thru.

If you need to email us, use - Christina@kirbanperformance.com



TIPS AND IDEAS YOU HAVE TRIED -

If you have a tip or a discovery that you found that works on your Turbo Regal, drop us an email giving us the details so we can pass the info on to our readers. Remember, even with my knowledge, I don’t know it all. Simply email me at - denniskirban@yahoo.com



TIP FROM KIRBAN -

Be sure to look over the GM licensed banners we have introduced. It has been a major job to get these approved by GM. Banners make great gifts and are ideal for your garage or workshop to highlight your Turbo Regal.



CORES NEEDED -

Here is the information on our credits for cores.

URGENT NEED - Powermaster brake units. The must be complete. We will now issue you a Letter of Credit for $150 for each acceptable core. We currently will not buy any powermaster units outright, only Letter of Credit towards parts.

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. These are the only 2 items we are currently accepting as cores.

MAIL - Ship to Address -
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
PO BOX 1199
PLUMSTEADVILLE, PA 18949

UPS - Ship to Address -
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
6201 Kellers Church Road
PLUMSTEADVILLE, PA 18949-1199



TECH CALLS -

If you need technical information, it’s best to email - christina@kirbanperformance.com - 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 -

Eileen if you can get the 4 new banners on our website and provide link here.

GM Licensed - “GNX - A HIGH-PERFORMANCE INVESTMENT FOR THE FORTUNATE 547” 2' x 4' VINYL BANNER -

This high-quality vinyl banner is GM licensed and measures approximately 2' tall x 4' wide. The banner has metal grommets on four corners.

This distinctive GNX design features the “GNX” logo in red and white and the quote “A HIGH-PERFORMANCE INVESTMENT FOR THE FORTUNATE 547” in white. The design is on 13 oz vinyl with nylon scrim (mesh) reinforced with hems and grommets.

It’s just one of several distinctive banners we offer.

These banners make an excellent gift for any Buick enthusiast or mechanic. Ideal to hang in any garage, workshop, office or to display at a car show.

8600 - GM Licensed - “GNX” A HIGH-PERFORMANCE INVESTMENT FOR THE FORTUNATE 547” 2' x 4' Vinyl Banner - $42.95

Here is a link to this new GNX banner on our website.



1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
REPLACEMENT RADIO TUNER KNOB (1) & VOLUME KNOB (1) SET 

In many cases, the original brushed disc may be missing from the factory radio knobs or the brushed disc may be discolored.

This is a brand new correct replacement for the 2 outer radio knobs - tuner and volume knobs. These are very hard to find today since they were last used over 20 years ago on various GM radios. These are correct for other GM applications as well, including all the G-body models.

Another excellent replacement for any interior restoration.

7824 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Replacement Radio Tuner Knob (1) & Volume Knob (1) Set - $12.95

Here is a link to these radio knobs on our website.



ALWAYS LOOKING FOR IDEAS -

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



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 - 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 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 use 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 - denniskirban@yahoo.com



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 may not remember who requested the item.



IN CLOSING -

We will be taking lots of pictures this coming weekend between the GTOAA Nationals and the Pypes Car Show on Saturday. Hope to see some of our old-time customers at these events.