Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 02-24-2010
THE 1982-1/2 GRAND NATIONAL - PART THREE
Probably about ten to twelve years ago, Trey Crease (who rented some of our warehouse space) purchased a 1982-1/2 Grand National. I recently came across the photos I took of his car back then. The car was mostly original and in decent shape.
PHOTO 1 - Shows a close-up of the front fender with the Grand National decal rather than the Grand National metal badges that are shown in the illustration that we showed in last week's Inner Circle (02-17-2010).
PHOTO 2 - Shows a rear side view. Note the Grand National emblem on the back deck lid. I have no way to know if one of the owners added that emblem or not.
PHOTO 3 - The photo on the left shows the dash. Prior to the dash that Buick used in the 1984-1987 models, the 1982-1983 used a 5-pod cluster like you see here. (It may also have appeared earlier). You can see the power six (turbo logo) in the far right corner. This shows the power six logo with the downstroke going over the 6 logo - not the typical power six logo we recognize (see Inner Circle 02-17-2010.) The photo on the right shows a portion of the Lear Sieglar seats and the steering wheel. Note how the steering wheel covering extends at least two-thirds of the way up each of the 3 spokes.
PHOTO 4 - The photo on the left shows the passenger's side rear quarter panel with the huge Buick decal. Going by memory, I believe this car still had most of its original paint, so the decals on this example are probably original. The photo on the right shows the Buick decal on the passenger's side of the trunk deck lid.
To sum things up, the 1982-1/2 Grand National started the craze and by the end of production in 1987 had made quite a statement for Buick. The jury is still out as to how good an investment a 1982-1/2 Grand National would be. One thing is certain. If you don't buy an original mint car, you better plan to spend many hours searching for the unusual parts and information to complete the restoration! Also helps to be young!
Next week the LeSabre Grand National.
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, Rain or Shine!
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.
Here is a link to the KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE information on our web site:
IF YOU ARE A GARLITS FAN -
I have three very extremely rare items for sale. Of these two items, only 2 exist and that's all that will ever exist. The other item, only 4 exist and no others will ever exist. They are brand new. Don personally signed them and I have photos to go with them. They are not cheap.
They are off his 001 Challenger Drag Pak car, which is valued at over $75,000.
If you are interested, email me - direct firstname.lastname@example.org - for further details and prices. We may have one on display at our Open House.
GREAT NEWS ON THE GNX EXHAUST SYSTEM -
If you placed your order during the special price time period orders will start to be filled this week in the order they are received. Currently we are not taking any more orders until we honor the ones that already requested a GNX exhaust system.
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:
We have several of the Pypes exhaust systems in stock for immediate delivery.
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. They will be made from 409 stainless. As delivery time draws closer, we will have a special introductory price to determine initial sales response. We have recently been informed that the mounting flange will be changed to accept the various style cylinder heads.
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. 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.
UNIQUE PEN HOLDER FOR YOUR DESK
I have a unique pen holder for my desk. We had a tear-drop style shifter knob made for another car model few years ago. Our supplier went out of business, so we got the left overs. They are incomplete knobs made from #6061 billet aluminum and polished to a very high luster. They are about 3 inches tall and will hold any standard size pen in the opening. These make a unique single pen holder for your desk.
We have about 22 of them. If you are looking for a unique item for your office desk, they are just $25 for 2. Shipping can be combined with any other purchase at the same time.
If you would like to see a photo, email your request to - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to order these, just call our office - 215-766-1611.
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.
Don has informed me he is planning to bring his Challenger Drag Pak car. He received the very first one from Dodge. Currently in the quarter mile he has run in the ten-second range.
Also confirmed returning this year is the 6-second Turbo Buick of John Gallina. Kenny Duttweiler and his crew are expected.
I have just been informed the ZR1 Corvette group has their event that same week in Bowling Green. They will be participating at some point during that week as guests at the racetrack. Assuming the ZR1 group includes the latest potent example, this is a rare chance to see one of the unique ZR1s that GM produced last year in very limited numbers.
For up-to-date information and motels for the 2010 GS Nationals, go to their web site - http://www.gsnationals.com - or go to this thread - http://buickgsclubofamerica.yuku.com/forums/1
"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. Letâ€™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.
Much of the country is getting cabin fever with the onslaught of weekly snow storms. We finally got a nice day over the weekend when I was able to actually wash some of our cars. But another snowstorm is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow.