Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 03-03-10
UPDATE ON MOLLY
Last week Molly got his Oncologist's prognosis for the scans and blood work. The Doctor told him he has cancer in his lungs, brain, back bones, and lymph nodes. He had minor surgery where they installed a "port" valve in his upper left chest to take blood and administer chemo easier and less painful.
In his email to us, he says, "So I'm asking you to keep Terry, Brooke, and me in your prayers, and keep the faith. I am going to be very busy on the front line fighting hard and praying harder. If you could just please keep on praying hard for a miracle, and the doctors' wisdom in using conventional and possibly new experimental procedures, I will be most thankful..."
Molly is starting chemo and radiation this week, so he needs a ton of your prayers at this time. Please take time to send off a card or note.
His address - Molly, Terry, and Brooke Sanders, 2959 Country Club Drive, Costa, Mesa, CA 92626.
THE 1986 LeSabre GRAND NATIONAL - Part 1
Perhaps the least known Grand National is the one Buick built on its new front wheel platform in 1986. As we have indicated before with a mere 117 built this is the rarest Grand National that wears the Grand National badge.
Because most if not all, were originally sold in the southeastern part of the country, they are rare sight especially now in the year 2010 in the far west part of the country.
The Grand National package on the LeSabre was basically a cosmetic appearance package. Nothing special or unique was done to the drivetrain.
Even though we began in the fall of 1987 selling Grand National parts it wasn't until 2 years later that I was even aware such a car existed.
Once I realized they existed I started to look for one to buy. Around 1991 I purchased one out of Tucker Georgia a suburb of Atlanta. The car was 100% complete and original. The paint was badly faded.
PHOTO 1 - Shows the original Buick single-page flyer that was in the 1986 Buick Dealers album. It was a two-sided flyer. You can see the side quarter windows has a panel over part of the window. The fender badges are identical in size and shape to the ones found on the 1984-1987 Grand Nationals, however the power six (turbo-six) logo is solid red in color. Like the Regal models, the exterior color was all black.
This promotional piece says,
"LeSabre Grand National. We're looking for a few good drivers.
This is no place for the fickle or faint-of-heart. We need drivers who are not only serious about driving, but serious about performance. Very serious.
The fact is, there's only one kind of driver who would appreciate a machine like the new LeSabre Grand National. The kind of driver who appreciates a car aerodynamically shaped to slice through the wind with the power of a 3.8-litre, sequential-port fuel-injected engine. Fat, P215/65R15, Eagle GT blackwall tires on 15-inch alloy wheels. And a muscled-up, fully independent sport suspension.
The new LeSabre Grand National comes in two colors. Black or white. With lots of extras like blacked-out trim moldings, wind-cheating quarter-window closeouts and even a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel.
The new LeSabre Grand National. A special car that requires very special drivers. If you think you qualify, try out for one soon."
PHOTO 2 - Shows the backside of the original Buick flyer. The steering wheel is the same as the Grand National leather-wrapped wheel. Interesting enough, the horn medallion is the Buick tri-shield in red white and blue, which is nice. The car basically came fully-option loaded. Shifter was on the column, as you can see. I am not sure if an analog dash and a digital dash were both offered. I have only seen the analog dash and both cars I owned had analog dashes. The brochure also states the LeSabre Grand National was available in black or white. They show a black one on the front side of this flyer and a white one on the other side. I believe this flyer has a mistake when it says it was available in white, since only black ones were produced from what I have seen and learned over the years. Interiors were all gray cloth.
As we pointed out with the 1982-1/2 Grand National, anytime such a low production car is manufactured, you can usually find errors in the brochures or inconsistencies in actual production models.
PHOTO 3 - Shows a rare copy of the Dealer Service Bulletin pertaining to the 1986 LeSabre Grand National, dated June 1987. As you can see on the parts listing, a total of 13 different parts from a regular LeSabre are unique to this model. Needless to say, nothing is available from GM that would be unique to this model today.
It reads in part,
"A speciality car option (WE2) was recently made available. This limited edition LeSabre "Grand National" comes either in black (41) or white (40) exterior color and gray interior trim. The cars will be distributed mainly in Jacksonville and Atlanta Zones."
PHOTO 4 - Shows the one we had completely restored that my son painted. We drove this for several years. Car was extremely comfortable to drive. The engine was a regular 3.8 V6. Our license plate read "RARE GN." The wheels are 15 by 7 ARE rims and we painted the grille black. We also added the 1987-1989 LeSabre T-Type factory rear spoiler. You might be able to see our 1987 Grand National, 1985 Mustang GT and 1991 Syclone in the background.
Watch for 1986 LeSabre GRAND NATIONAL PART 2 next week.
Christina, who many of you know from calling our office or meeting her at our events, reached a ten-year milestone last week at our company. She's a great asset...always cheerful on and off the phone, has a knack for instant recall on all our part numbers, and is always dependable. Why not send her an email - email@example.com
Here's hoping she is with us another ten years!
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. We 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 20 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 -
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. 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.
Maybe will be the week that Mother Nature spares us a weekly blast of snow in the northeast.