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07-22-2020 Inner Circle

07-22-2020 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 07-22-2020 –

CONTEST ANSWER AND WINNER –

Last week we ran a contest to see who could name the extremely rare U.S. car make and model that had an optional turbo during the 1980s. The main clue we gave was that the production was “always in question” since very few were produced. Very little is known about this entry other than a full-color full-page ad that I have saved all these years. The ad at least verifies the car maker’s intention!

The most popular wrong answer we received was a “Ford Mustang.” This answer was partially correct as the car maker is Ford. The car model was the “Ford Fairmont Futura Turbo,” The ad implies this was a 1980 model. Barely visible in the photo is a small bump in the center of the hood with the word “TURBO.”

If you research it on the internet, there is a YouTube video showing one in that same exact color combination as the magazine ad. It is owned by a couple in New Jersey since 1987. The YouTube video was shot at Fords at Carlisle event two years ago. I must confess, I have never seen one. My guess is not many were produced.

We had 3 or 4 correct responses. The winner was Robert Earl out of New Hampshire. He owns a 1987 Grand National and a 1987 Turbo-T.

PHOTO 1 – We show this full-page ad. I can’t recall what magazine it was in. It was a Ford Fairmont Futura Turbo coupe powered by a 4-cylinder with the optional turbo. In looking back to the 1980s, there were several U.S. auto makers starting to tinker with adding a turbo. We all know what car make and model made the best imprint during the 1980s with adding a turbo and intercooler – the 1986 and 1987 Buick Turbo Regals.



A FEW MORE USED AND NEW 1986 AND 1987 TURBO REGAL PARTS –

We have put together a few more Package Deals featuring some of the hard-to-find items for the 1986 and 1987 Turbo Regals. Some are new discontinued items. They are all listed in the Rare Parts section.

PHOTO 2 – The top left photo shows a new coil pack gasket, a used brake switch, a used powermaster reserve cap and gasket, and a used molded factory hose to the powermaster unit. The top right photo shows a brand new dump pipe block-off plate, gasket, and bolts. The bottom left photo shows a water pump nose rubber plug and a new upgraded alternator pulley fan. The lower right photo shows a used tested brake accumulator ball and a rubber plug for the water pump nose.



BILL DIEKMANN – RIP –

If you ever attended the GS Nationals, you certainly would remember Bill Diekmann. He was very outgoing and knowledgeable on Turbo Regals. He was always ready to help anyone. He was always buying parts from us for cars he worked on over the years. He passed away last week. Bill hailed from Missouri.



REMEMBERING FRED BOATMAN –

Long-time subscribers to our Inner Circle may recall that back in January 2013 we ran a contest to come up with a name for our new monthly cartoon character. The winner was Thomas Crandell from Dallas, Texas. He came up with the name “Tommy Turbo,” which we used for our new monthly cartoon.

Fred Boatman ended up drawing about 30 cartoons for us beginning in 2013. I recently discovered that he passed away in March of 2018 at the age of 83. I have all his original hand drawn cartoons that he did for us back then. It was very easy to convey the basic idea to Fred and he would then draw the cartoon based on my idea. We are thinking about getting some of these cartoons done on T-shirts.

PHOTO 3 –The left photo shows the very first cartoon Fred Boatman did for us. The one on the right is the second one he did for us back in early 2013.

PHOTO 4 – Photos show the #3 and #4.

That cartoon about the brake bowls toss game reminds me… our source for obtaining brake bowls has just informed me that because of the virus and shipping issues from overseas, we will not have brake bowls until mid-August!



JAMES SHERWOOD – RIP –

James Sherwood died a few weeks back at the age of 86. He became an American multimillionaire by his mid-30s. He was a wheeler/dealer in the shipping container business before branching out. He bought and refurbished more than 50 storied hotels around the world. What caught my interest in his obituary was that in the 1977 the Orient Express made its final run. He later bought two of the original railcars and restored them.

In its heyday (1880 to 1940) the Orient Express ran various routes from Paris to Venice. It was perhaps the most glamourous form of travel in the world. After restoring the two original Orient Express rail cars, he spent an estimated 30 million dollars tracking down 35 of the original rail cars. Some he found in museums, others in salvage yards. One was used to transporting racing pigeons. The interiors were reproduced to the exact standards to match the original interiors of the train cars. By 1982 the fabled train was ready to be relaunched. It has been rolling across Europe for 38 years before being sidelined by the coronavirus.

So, while you may be restoring one Turbo Regal, think about the money, effort, and devotion James Sherwood spent restoring 35 rail cars. Just the logistics alone to transport them had to be a major job.



PYPES DUAL EXHAUST SYSTEMS –

We have been informed that Max Performance will not have any more Pypes Dual Exhaust Systems, part #6996, available until sometime this October. Watch for updates.



TURBO REGAL BRAKE SOLUTIONS –

We now will offer the Hydroboost Installation Kit by itself for those of you that may want to buy a different master cylinder and Hydroboost unit. The installation kit would include the hoses and fittings, a power steering filter, a new gasket to the firewall, and a syringe to bleed the system.

This installation kit may not be on our website yet. It will retail for $199.95 plus shipping. If interested in ordering this Hydroboost Installation Kit, call our office 215-766-1611. We currently have several in stock.



DUAL FAN BRACKET FOR THE 1986-1987 TURBO REGALS –

We just approved the sample and the directions for this new bracket that will nicely secure the dual fan set up we sell. Even if you have the dual fan already installed, you will be able to purchase this bracket by itself. This bracket will secure the dual fan set up closer to the radiator and make for a nicer factory installation. Watch for updates and prices soon.



AUTO EASEL CAR SHOW HOOD LATCH DISPLAY STAND - FITMENT AND UPDATE –

The Auto Easel Car Show Hood Latch Display Stand is on our website, part #7880, #7881, and #7882. Because of the special sale price noted on the website, you must call our office to place your order - 215-766-1611.

Here is the link to see the Auto Easel pictures and information on our website.

We also now have a YouTube video showing it installed on a 2012 Camaro SS and on a 1985 Regal. In this 9-minute YouTube video we also show all the parts in the kit as well as the unit complete. It clearly shows how it installed in mere seconds, if you use a power hand tool with the proper bit to secure the single allen head screw on the 2-piece clamp.

We have filmed an informative video for YouTube filmed by our son Darrell showing how to attach the unit to your vehicle. 

Here is the link to the video on YouTube.

If the link doesn’t work, put copy and paste this information into your URL.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEWGPZkGhnE&t=3s

Or you can search "The Kirban Auto Easel - A Car Show Hood Latch Display Stand" on YouTube.

Here is an up-to-date list of cars and trucks we know our new Auto Easel Car Show Hood Latch Display Stands will fit. As we discover more applications, we will list them.

Remember, there is a Special Introductory Price that is in effect until midnight August 31, 2020.

1982-1988 G-Body - All Models
1955-1957 Chevrolet
1979-2004 Ford Mustang and 2010-2014 Ford Mustang
1995-1997 Ford Ranger
1967-1968 Firebird
1982-2002 Chevrolet Camaro / Pontiac Firebird
2010-2018 Chevrolet Camaro
1966-1967 and 1968-1969 Pontiac GTO
2005-2010 Chrysler 300
2005-2010 Dodge Magnum
2011-2020 Dodge Charger
2009-2014 Dodge Challenger
2001-2004 Honda Civic
1996-2004 Mazda Miata

Remember, as long as the hood latch extends above the core support by 1½", this Auto Easel Car Show Hood Latch Display Stand will fit. You don’t have to get it centered on the hood latch since you can adjust your display panel so the display panel is centered in front of the car or truck.

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE –

If you order before midnight August 31, 2020, you can save $30 on either display stand. We are also offering special $10 shipping for the 48 contiguous states.
This Special Introductory Price for both designs ends at midnight April 30, 2020.

#7880 - THE KIRBAN AUTO EASEL™ -
CAR SHOW DISPLAY HOOD LATCH STAND - with Polished Stainless Handle - $129.95*
*Special Introductory Price - $99.95 plus $10 shipping

#7881 - THE KIRBAN AUTO EASEL™ -
CAR SHOW DISPLAY HOOD LATCH STAND - with New Original HURST Handle - $189.95*
*Special Introductory Price - $159.95 plus $10 shipping

#7882 - THE KIRBAN AUTO EASEL™ -
CAR SHOW DISPLAY HOOD LATCH STAND
NEW ORIGINAL HURST HANDLE & Hardware - $89.95 plus $10 shipping

You must call our office to order at this special price - 215-766-1611 or email - christina@kirbanperformance.com




TIPS AND IDEAS YOU HAVE TRIED -

If there are any tips or ideas you want to share with our readers, email me – denniskirban@yahoo.com



TIP FROM KIRBAN –

Got wind noise? Lose door glass? We have a good supply on hand of our popular Window Rattle Kits, part #7170. This is the only kit designed to tighten up door window issues on your 35-year-old Turbo Regal. This has been a good seller for us for many years. We also supply this kit to most of the other G-body suppliers.



2020 - BUICK RELATED CAR SHOW EVENTS –

NOTE - With the ongoing crisis, watch for updates as some events may be cancelled or pushed back to a later date.

If you know of a Turbo Regal related car show, email us the promotional flyer and we will list it FREE! - denniskirban@yahoo.com



EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS -
September 12-13, 2020
Cecil County Dragway, 1916 Theodore Road, Rising Sun, Maryland 21911
For more details, contact John Csordus 914-447-6068 johncsordus@optonline.net or Jim Chaudrue 215-266-1052 phillyturbosix@comcast.net

NOTE - We will be attending this annual event. It may be the only Buick event we go to this year.



BUICK AT BATES 2020
NEW DATE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2020
Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center, CA
NOTE- Attendees that bring a Turbo regal to this event get the show T-shirt and poster FREE!



IMPORTANT - INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SHIPPING ADDRESS –

If you are returning any cores or products, it is important that you send them to the correct address.

KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
529 HAYCOCK RUN ROAD
KINTNERSVILLE, PA 18930

We discovered that Fed Ex will not forward any packages that are sent to the PO Box or to our old address in Plumsteadville. Instead they deliver the packages to the old address and leave them outside. They refuse to forward and say that we should notify the shipper. In most cases, we have no idea when we are getting packages shipped back to us.

If you have any cores that are being sent back to us, be sure to use the correct address, especially if you use Fed Ex. Otherwise, we may not receive your package or it may be sent back to you.



EBAY SALES –

We have been placing some of our special items on ebay. Be sure to check it out.

Here is a link to the Kirban Enterprises ebay lisitngs.

Here’s is the URL if the link doesn’t work.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/kirbanenterprises/m.html?item=264511012420&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562



IMPORTANT NOTE ON RARE PARTS FOR SALE –

In order for our Inner Circle members to have an equal opportunity on the Rare Parts, no emails regarding orders on rare parts will be honored prior to 3 pm Wednesday. This way Inner Circle members get the opportunity first to purchase any of the rare items that may be pictured in the main body of the Inner Circle which may go on our website earlier in the day each week. Inner Circle members are the ONLY people that get to see the Rare Parts listing and see the prices.



CORES NEEDED - URGENT REQUEST –

Here is the information on our credits for cores.

STEERING WHEEL CORES. Currently we need good 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering cores. They must be straight and not have rusted spokes. We will issue a Letter of Credit of $100 for each acceptable core.

POWERMASTER BRAKE UNITS. Currently, we are accepting powermaster brake units. We give a $150 Letter-of-Credit for each acceptable core. If you include the turbo pedal add $10. You would receive $160 Letter-of-Credit. To avoid having your core not accepted, you MUST first email me a photo of the core you plan to send in - denniskirban@yahoo.com We will NOT accept any cores that have severe rust issues or have been disassembled. Core must have the brake switch and brake bowl reservoir. Too many of the cores we have been getting are in such terrible shape they are worthless to us.

TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock turbo. They must be complete. We will issue you a $150 Letter-of-Credit for each acceptable core. We urgently need these cores!

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.

UPS or MAIL - Ship to Address –
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE
529 HAYCOCK RUN ROAD
KINTNERSVILLE, PA 18930



CARSMARTS RADIO IS NOW A NATIONAL PODCAST!

CarSmarts Radio (hosted by Turbo-6 enthusiast and “The Kirban Story” producer Steve Saffier) is moving from traditional radio and becoming a full-time Podcast.

Some past shows are already available on iTunes and new content will begin in May. The new platform allows for greater flexibility and affords the host the opportunity to conduct interviews and broadcast from car shows and other events or by phone.

Subscribe to the podcast by downloading iTunes on your phone or computer, and searching CarSmarts Radio. The program will also be on Spotify and other platforms in the future.

For more information or to suggests guests, go to - https://www.carsmartsradio.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 3,400 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.

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.



FOR SALE – 1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP -

The following information is for Joe Boyle’s 1987 Grand National that he is selling. He has owned this 1987 Grand National since 1988.

Here is a chance to own a very well cared for 1987 Grand National hardtop owned by the same owner since 1988. Joe has bene a long time customer of ours and has brought this pride and joy to several of our Open House and reunion events. This is one of the very few Grand Nationals that the SPID label (trunk label) has bene personally signed TWICE by Molly at two different Reunion events, including the last one he attended in 2007.

Joe Boyle bought this Grand National in July 1988. This car has been well maintained by Richard Clark of Burlington, NC. Car has been to several Kirban Open House events. It is basically stock and has all the brace kits installed, all new body bushings, and the window rattle kits installed by Pete Hoffman. It has recently been service by Richard Clark. Richard put a value of $33,000 on the car, however Joe is offering this car for $28,500.

It has become a daily driver for a while now and Joe is looking to sell it to someone who will enjoy it as much as he has through the years. He has the original Window Sticker. Car has 174,000 miles on it and Joe can provide you with the history of the car. Car runs extremely well and just needs a little TLC.

Contact Joe Boyle at 609=-923-0019 or email him at pattijoe527@gmail.com for more info and pictures. He will accept cash only for this transaction. 1 of 4.





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

If you are not able to see the Buick 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. To subscribe simply email – Christina@kirbanperformance.com - to get our free weekly Inner Circle email.

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



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



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 –

GLOSSY-BLACK SPRAY PAINT –

This spray paint is glossy black and is excellent for exterior or interior applications.

It is made by the same company that color matches the semi-black, grey, dark blue, burgundy paint we sell.

It dries within minutes.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these other spray paints - #7883 Semi-Black Exterior Spray Paint, #7419 Aluminum Grey Last Blast High Temperature Formula Spray Paint and #6822 Interior Spray Paint (grey, dark blue or burgundy).

NOTE - Spray paint can ONLY be shipped by UPS GROUND… because of restrictions, we CANNOT ship paint by AIR.

Another excellent replacement for any restoration.

7887 - GLOSSY-Black Spray Paint - 11-oz can - $19.95

Here is a link to this spray paint on our website.



GM LICENSED “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” T-SHIRTS –

We now carry these GM licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” T-shirts for the many Turbo Regal enthusiasts out there.

#7884 is GM Licensed GRAND NATIONAL BLACK T-shirt with the words “GRAND NATIONAL” silkscreened on the front in white and gray and the Power Six logo is printed in yellow and red on the upper neck area on the center of the back.

#7885 is GM Licensed GRAND NATIONAL GRAY T-shirt with the words “GRAND NATIONAL” silkscreened vertically down the left side on the front in gradient gray and the Power Six logo is printed in yellow and red on the upper neck area on the center of the back.

Shirts are Gilden brand high-quality pre-shrunk 100% cotton.

We stock the 4 most popular sizes - LARGE, X-LARGE, 2XX-LARGE, and 3XXX-LARGE.
T-shirt makes a great statement at a car show, and T-shirts also make a great gift for that Turbo enthusiast or for your mechanic.

Here are the 8 options for these T-shirts.
7884-L - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” BLACK T-shirt - size LARGE - $21.95
7884-XL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” BLACK T-shirt - size X-LARGE - $21.95
7884-XXL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” BLACK T-shirt - size 2XX-LARGE - $23.95
7884-XXXL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” BLACK T-shirt - size 3XXX-LARGE - $23.95
7885-L - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” GRAY T-shirt - size LARGE - $21.95
7885-XL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” GRAY T-shirt - size X-LARGE - $21.95
7885-XXL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” GRAY T-shirt - size 2XX-LARGE - $23.95
7885-XXXL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” GRAY T-shirt - size 3XXX-LARGE - $23.95

Here is a link to these T-shirts on our website.



GM Licensed -
BUICK GRAND NATIONAL BASEBALL-STYLE EMBROIDERED BLACK HAT –

Hat is brushed 100% cotton, structured, low-profile, 6-panel, adjustable back velcro closure. This GM licensed black hat has the Grand National Power six logo and wording is embroidered in red, orange and silver gray on the front. Hat is brushed 100% cotton, structured, low-profile, 6-panel with an adjustable back velcro closure.

Another excellent Buick enthusiast gift idea.

7886 - GM Licensed - BUICK GRAND NATIONAL Baseball-style Embroidered Black Hat - $21.95

Here is the link to this hat on our website.



1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
SEMI-BLACK EXTERIOR TRIM SPRAY PAINT
 
This spray paint is semi-black and is an excellent color match for the black-out trim moldings that was used on certain Turbo Regal models.

It is made by the same company that color matches the grey, dark blue, burgundy paint we also sell from this same source.

It dries within minutes. While many variations of semi-black exist we found this to be a very close match. Remember, no paint color is going to match trim that has been exposed for over 30 years of sun and weather. 

This is ideal to do the taillight trim parts and the plastic headlight bezels.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these other spray paints - #7419 - Aluminum Grey Last Blast High Temperature Formula Spray Paint and #6822 - Interior Spray Paint (grey, dark blue or burgundy

NOTE - Spray paint can ONLY be shipped by UPS GROUND… because of restrictions, we CANNOT ship paint by AIR.

Another excellent product for any restoration.

7883 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Semi-Black Exterior Trim Spray Paint - 11-oz can - $19.95

Here is a link to this semi-black spray paint 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 - and 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 – Remember if you have any NOS or good used parts you do not need consider selling to us or trade for parts we have for your project.