Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 01-20-10
UNUSUAL 1986 REGAL COUPE -
As many of you know, we have been buying dead or nearly dead 1984-1987 Turbo Regals. We recently bought a V8 Regal 1986 model. We only bought it because it was very unusual for a regular Regal. The car also came with a folder of receipts and the original window sticker. This Regal coupe had a sticker price of $16,128. That kind of money would buy a T-Type or Grand National in 1986.
This car had the Turbo Regal bucket seats with center console, the optional V8 5.0 litre 307 engine, power windows, locks, tilt, cruise, trip odometer, power trunk release, carpet savers, power driver's bucket seat, power antenna, trunk kit, body side molding, door edge guards, posi rear with 2.56 gears, exterior molding package, am/fm cassette radio, concert sound II, padded roof, and T-Tops! (Car had a few other obscure options as well).
Basically, almost every option the original owner could order, yet not step up to the turbo powerplant.
By most unusual, I refer to the fact it has T-Tops and the half-padded landau top.
Most regular Regals were purchased by older individuals or those with families, making it very unusual to see T-Tops on a regular Regal.
The cost of the 5.0 V8 engine was $540 extra. Also unusual the original owner ordered the Limited exterior trim, which was $110 more.
The bottom line is, this V8 Regal price sticker was equal to what you could have bought a T-Type or Grand National for back in 1986 had a few options been deleted!
PHOTO 1 - Back when these cars were new, dealers would usually put all your glove box manuals either in a clear envelope or a folder, such as the one shown in our Photo 1. There are companies that produce certain products that cater to car dealers, such as sales tags, price stickers, etc. This was a fairly common format for an envelope. The dealers would buy the envelope, and imprint their own dealer info. Notice that this particular dealer also was an Opel dealer as well. Although by 1986, I am pretty certain Opels were no longer sold by Buick dealers. (Around 1964 my Dad bought an Opel Station wagon that I drove.)
PHOTO 2 - Shows unusual combination of the Landau padded roof option with the factory T-Tops. With all the Turbo cars we have owned and sold, I only had 1 that had both of those options. Although that combination is quite rare, I would have to say it is not very desirable among Turbo Regal collectors.
What was very interesting to me was seeing the optional trunk covering kit, a $47 option, code "B48." While our company and several others make similar kits based on this factory trunk covering, to my knowledge no one makes them 100% exact. The reason is the original had a molded piece that went down in the wheel well. Granted, you do not see this since the spare hides it, but it was a pretty involved kit.
PHOTO 3 - Shows the spare tire well with the trunk covering intact. You can see where the carpet covering is cut out for the hook that holds the spare tire in place.
PHOTO 4 - Shows the backside of the main trunk flooring section. The molded spare tire well is now pointing upward. You can see GM also had a section of padding attached to the top half of the base covering. To make this 100% exact in the aftermarket world, it would require a sizeable investment to make the mold to make that spare tire well section. This particular trunk kit is in nice condition. Because it is one piece in the spare tire well, usually moisture collects and this becomes mildew over a period of time. The one pictured is dry.
Originally the price for this option was just $47, so it was a very good deal. From what I recall, if you decided to purchase all the sections of the trunk covering individually back when it was available, you would have spent well over $100. The small label on the back of the trunk covering read "MASLAND 20330085 WTDA 8200 GREY GM G BODY."
Most Turbo owners are in agreement that the trunk kit really dresses up the trunk area over the standard one-piece black carpet GM simply placed on the trunk floor. It also protects the quarter panels, especially if something loose in the trunk hits them and puts a dent in the quarter panel.
KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY, APRIL 17th - 9 am - 3 p.m.
As part of welcoming spring, once again we will be having an Open House on Saturday, April 17th, 2010.
Pete will have a lot of used parts for sale, and I have many tagged and bagged items for sale as well.
Watch for more details as plans are confirmed for this open house event.
GREAT NEWS ON THE GNX EXHAUST SYSTEM -
Confirming information from Richard Clark... I was able to get an update on a couple projects he's working on.
He has the directions almost done for the GNX exhaust system. Parts are on hand and boxes are currently being made for this project.
Here are the specs on the GNX exhaust systems -
1987 GNX & 1986-1987 GRAND NATIONAL -
REPRODUCTION STAINLESS EXHAUST SYSTEMS
NOTE - The GNX reproduction exhaust system will ONLY fit real GNXs and any 1986-1987 Turbo Regals that have been fitted with the reproduction GNX rear suspension systems. It will not fit regular Turbo Regals!
Both exhaust systems are made from 304 stainless and use the same highly polished center-to-center mufflers, which come with each kit.
Both systems are true 2-1/2" diameter system throughout, unlike the factory, which reduces down in several places to 2-1/4". Each pipe is mandrel bent. Tailpipes are angled cut to match the originals and exit exactly in the same area as the originals. All new stainless guillotine clamps are included. The hangers, which secure the system on the tailpipes, are not visible. Each system is trial fitted in a fixture to insure a perfect fit for the end consumer.
Each exhaust system is dropped shipped from North Carolina in a single box weighing approximately 50-55 lbs.
These two projects have been developed by Richard Clark, so you can be assured of fit and quality throughout.
These are excellent exhaust system upgrades.
7256 - 1987 GNX -
Reproduction Stainless Exhaust System $899* + Shipping from North Carolina
*INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL PRICE - If you order this system before 4 pm on February 12, 2010, the price is just $849 (save $50).
NOTE - Orders will be filled the week of February 15th. Your Credit Card will not be charged until we are ready to ship your order.
7257 - 1986-1987 GRAND NATIONAL -
Reproduction Stainless Exhaust System
NOTE - Prices and delivery schedule for the Grand National System to be announced later this Spring.
SPECIAL OFFER... The GNX exhaust system retail is $899. If you place your order now and provide your credit card info, you will save $50 off the retail price, which is $849 plus shipping. Your credit card will NOT be charged until we are ready to ship. This $50 savings ends Friday, February 12, 2010.
We expect to start shipping order the week of February 15 th. We will ship pre-orders first.
We will be offering it wholesale to other companies as well.
With Richard Clark behind the project, you can be assured it is a top-notch kit that fits and looks correct.
Here is a link to the GNX Exhaust System on our web site:
NOTE - We currently stock the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - PYPES PERFORMANCE (Non-Polished Stainless) DUAL EXHAUST SYSTEMSâ€¨
Here is a link to the Pypes Dual Exhaust System on our web site:
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.
Watch for updates on this project.
ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION -
Got any Turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit or cash for the upcoming holidays? Simply email me a list - firstname.lastname@example.org - 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, Part #6644. Supplies are limited.
Here is a link to the Boost Line Kit on our web site:
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 also have a very limited supply left of brand new 1984-1987 Turbo Regal cam sensors at $165 each. ONE LEFT!!!!!!
We still have a few brand new GM right hand side marker lights with the blackout package. This is the market light that attaches to the side of your headlight bezels. Price is $61.95
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.
UPCOMING BUICK RELATED EVENTS -
It is the annual "2010 OLD TOWN TURBOBUICK" gathering at Old Town in Orlando, Florida - Sunday, Feb 28th, 2010. This is a statewide event held every year for only Turbo Buicks. It attracts turbo cars from all around the state and even Alabama and Georgia.
For more information, click on this link:
This spring 2010, the first Turbo Buick event of the season will be the first ever "turbobuick.com Nationals." The dates are March 15-20, 2010 in Burlington, NC area.
For more information on this March event, click on the thread - http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/national-racing-events-info/292319-2010-turbobuick-com-nationals.html
- Or, you can email Clint Adkins at - email@example.com
30th ANNUAL GS NATIONALS - May 11th thru 15th, 2010. Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Confirmed, as a special guest is noted drag racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, voted NHRA Top Driver from 1951-2000 Don Garlits, courtesy of ZDDPlus™. He will be at our Kirban Performance space.
For up-to-date information and motels for the 2010 GS Nationals, go to their web site - http://www.gsnationals.com
"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 Stage1 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 "Stage1 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.
INFORMATION ON A GOOD CAUSE - CANCER WALK -
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. 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 -
Or you can call - 800-996-3DAY - to donate over the phone.
Any questions, please contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support.
EBAY LISTINGS -
If you would like to see any Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -
ABOUT OUR EMAILS -
Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - email@example.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 -
I've been enjoying the football games...
Love him or hate him, for us old guys you got to be impressed with the year Brett Favre is having with the Vikings. His on-field excitement is genuine and you can tell he is having a good time.
Plus, he is surrounded by a well balanced team. If this is his last year, I hope he can go out on top.