Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 01-27-10
A LOOK AT LEAR SIEGLER SEATS - Part One -
Before I begin this article, I want to make it clear that not much information exists in the Buick printed material about the Lear Siegler seats option.
Also, my knowledge of the 1984-1985 Turbo Regals is very limited. I can only go by what appears in the Buick literature I have and from what I have seen in the several 1984-1985 Turbo Regals we have dismantled recently.
By far, I believe the most comfortable seat option that Buick offered in the Turbo Regals was the Lear Siegler seats. The overall design gave great support. That same format is used in many high-end performance cars today. The design tends to hold you in place, whereas the seats that are mostly flat do not.
The bad news for 1986-1987 Turbo Regal owners... the option was discontinued in 1986, even though it appears and are listed in the 1986 Buick Dealer Album as an option.
For each year 1984-1985-1986 it was listed in the Buick Price Directory as a $600 option. In comparison, the standard cloth bucket seat option was only $195 for those same years.
I recently dismantled a 1984 Buick Grand National that had the Lear Siegler seats. I believe, in 1984 they were standard in the Grand Nationals. The 1984 Buick Dealer Album shows them as an option for the 1984 T-Type.
Photo 1 - Shows what I did with a Lear Siegler passenger seat I removed from a 1984 Grand National. Fortunately, the seat was in perfect shape. I removed the original track from the bucket seat and had a bracket made to affix the Lear Siegler seat to one of our office chairs. The end result is a unique office chair!
Photo 2 - Shows the base of the office chair with the new bracket installed prior to installing the Lear Siegler seat. The part I had made bolted to the office chair and matched up to the factory holes in the base of the Lear Siegler seat.
It is interesting that both of the Lear Siegler front seats have an ashtray built into the back cushion. The standard cloth bucket seats in the Turbo Regals (including the Grand National bucket seats) only had an ashtray behind the driver's side seat cushion, not both!
Photo 3 - Buick would put out a Product Information Bulletin whenever a change took place. This photo shows a Buick Product Information Bulletin #86-022 for the Somerset T-Type Series, dated 10-16-85. It reads, "Please be advised that the 6-way power seat adjuster (WG1/AC3) will not be available with the optional Lear Siegler seats (Trim #793). Please update your 1986 Order Guides, Buick Marketing Manual and Sales Staff accordingly." In other words, you could not order a 6-way power seat option with the Lear Siegler seats in the Somerset T-Type.
This is the same type of Product Information Bulletin they used when they discontinued the Lear Siegler seat option in the 1986 Turbo Regal T-Types. Unfortunately, I can't find that particular Product Information Bulletin. This photo is to show you a typical Buick Product Information Bulletin pertaining to Lear Siegler seats.
As to why the seats were discontinued, I can only speculate. My information does show the Lear Siegler seats were available in several different Buick models during this time period.
As you can imagine, they would be quite rare in some of the other models, since most of them would have the T-Type option as well. Perhaps they were discontinued due to lack of sales. This may have been related to the high cost to produce over stock cloth seats.
Photo 4 - Shows an actual 1984 Buick Interior Trim 2-page spread in a promotional piece from a Buick Dealer Album. The center one in the far left column shows the Lear Siegler version. According to this, it was also available in the Century T-Type that year also as well as the Regal T-Type. Either T-Type model would be rare today.
Watch for Lear Siegler Seats - Part Two next week!
MORE DEALS CONFIRMED -
We now have different projects in the works with Molly, Linda Vaughn, Jim Wangers, and Arnie Beswick. Jim Wangers and Arnie Beswick are both well known in Pontiac/GTO circles. We now have 5 major icons committed to autographing various items for us. As an Inner Circle member, you will be the first to know about them and you will get a special price on these unique items once they become available.
I am also confirmed as a speaker at the POCI National Convention the week of July 6th, 2010 in Charleston, West Virginia. Watch for more information on my talk once the date and time is confirmed.
NEW PRODUCT FROM US -
We are now selling Precision Turbo's stock location stretched intercooler for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals, Part #7268. These are 100% complete with a new aluminum shroud that is notched to clear the factory front sway bar. Typical gains of 20 hp or more with a stock turbo can be expected. This larger intercooler really benefits when you make changes such as the bigger turbo or other performance upgrades are made.
It also comes with a new mandrell bent inlet pipe, new hoses and T-clamps. When ordering, be sure to specify if you have a stock turbo and stock throttle body. If not, we need to know to supply proper size hoses and clamps with the kit.
Price is $849 plus shipping. We will have photos and complete information on the website by next week.
KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY, APRIL 17th, 2010 - 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. As usual our granddaughter Devyn will be selling our used parts. She and her Mom (our daughter-in-law) will have a bake sale to raise money for the Walk for Cancer that Carrie is doing later this fall.
Paul Castle is coming from Illinois, and our good friend Jason Maxfield will be here from Canada. Also, Richard Clark hopes to be able to come as well. This is a great time to bring any used parts that you do not need to trade or cash in for items you want.
We will have available the new Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst" project available as well as several other unique items.
JANUARY COLLECTIBLE CAR AUCTIONS -
I am sure many of you are following the various collectible car auctions held in late January every year from the southwest part of the country. Generally, that part of the USA has super nice dry warm weather, until this year. Weather has played havoc on some of the events. Of course, the big one that is televised is the Barrett-Jackson auction.
I have watched some of it. They definitely have a circus-like atmosphere and the various PR people really keep the enthusiasm in high gear. Reviewing the few I have watched, I would have to say prices are down or more reasonable than in the past. Very few of the cars I witnessed crossed the $100,000 threshold.
I happen to tune in at the right time to watch GNX #275, with a mere 1,200 miles, get auctioned off. It fetched $95,000, at least that was the last bid they showed.
You can go on the internet site for the various auctions to see all the actual results for yourself.
Of equal interest to me was a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am coupe up for auction. They only built 689 of these cars. This was a Ram Air III version, which was the smaller engine. The car was pristine and fetched $94,000.
The reason this interested me? Back in July of 1981 we published our very first monthly GTO newsletter. Prior to that, we sent out the newsletters every 2 months. In that 1981 July issue, I listed a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am one-owner car with 37,000 miles for a local seller. It had the more potent engine the Ram Air IV with a 4 speed. The car needed cosmetics. This car was within 5 miles of our house, so I went to look at it. The owner wanted $7,395 for the car. Not only did I pass, but my good friend who I also bought cars to resell passed on it as well.
Today a Ram Air IV Pontiac engine fetches $25,000 or more without having a car body around it. The list of cars I passed on and sold back in the day would fill a book. Since I just did an article for a GTO magazine, this was fresh in my mind and then I saw this one go at the auction for a cool $94,000. It really gave me a sinking feeling.
It certainly proves one thing; almost without fail, any original performance car increases in value if kept under the proper conditions. The trick is to keep it, and live long enough for the numbers to go up!
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 15th. 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 SYSTEMS
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 WORKS -
Got any Turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit or cash?
Simply email me a list - email@example.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.
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 plus shipping, 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 still have a few brand new GM right hand side marker lights with the blackout package. This is the marker light that attaches to the side of the headlight bezels. Price is $61.95 plus shipping.
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.
DISCONTINUED PARTS -
The following parts are now discontinued:
6607 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal -
GM Molded Upper Radiator Hose
6610 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal -
GM By-Pass "S" Hose
7188 - 1982-1987 Two-Door Buick Regal (All Models including Turbo Regals) -
GM Door Sill Plates (2)
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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. She needs to have $2300 raised by July 1st. 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 - email@example.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org - 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 -
Make your car show plans now for this season.
It would be nice if the Saints take the big prize at the Super Bowl.