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07-07-2021 Inner Circle

07-07-2021 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 07-07-2021 -



1986-1987 TURBO REGAL GM HOOD PADS -

We recently ordered 2 of these GM hood pads and have them in stock for pick up only. These are blank with no imprint. These are the 8 hole versions. Otherwise look identical to the factory 1986-1987 hodo pads even with the impression where the word “Turbocharged” would go. It took 3 weeks to get the 2 we have. We have more on order. You must pick it up if you want one as we will not ship due to its size and risk of getting it damaged. See the Rare Parts section as we have them priced below GM retail which is almost $300 each. We have more on order so you can reserve one for pick up only.

PHOTO 1 - We show the GM 1986-1987 Turbo Regal hood pad with the actual GM box behind it. The other 3 photos show the reprint we did of the 1986-1987 3.0 and 3.8 action 6E Diagnostic Information booklet. This booklet runs over 60 pages and covers several critical parts related to “engine cranks but won’t start”. The ECM schematic. Problems with engine misfire and what options can cause that issue. This informative Buick booklet we reprinted can be found under the Rare Parts section.



A FEW REMAINING NOS GM PARTS -

In our collection of parts I have a real nice like new 1984-1987 dash bezel, all original except for 2 of the appliques which are reproductions. Also 3 AC Delco parts.

PHOTO 2 - We show brand new AC Delco turn signal switch, AC Delco IAC switch, and AC Delco switch. I think this last switch relates to the brake pedal under the dash. We also show this almost new dash bezel. All these items can be found under the Rare Parts section.



PROTO-TYPE TURBO CHARGED PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 1988 -

This car is seldom seen today is the 1989-1990 Turbocharged Pontiac Grand Prix based on the W body format. Limited to a few thousand and only available in two colors. The turbo option from what I read added almost 5 grand to the total price tag in 1989 and 1990. The two available exterior colors were red or black. A sharp looking car. The car’s high price tag and low production numbers didn’t translate into instant collectibility. However, I was supposed to tell you that the actual prototype of this unique turbocharged Grand Prix exists in private hands about 30 minutes from my house! Better yet it is for sale! Originally the production models cranked out about 210 hp. This prototype pumps out 300 plus horsepower with twin intercoolers on it! The transmission is modified as well. Better yet the seller has all the documentation to back up the history. Completely streetable. Even the AC works. I know I rode in this one of a kind car last weekend. The owner wants to sell it as he wants to expand his business. Car is in remarkable shape. Ideally you can keep it as a prototype or make it into a super cool sleeper by installing the factory exhaust and with an over 300 hp car can be a lot of fun! According to my seller, ASC and Pontiac made 2 prototypes. The other one resides in the GM museum. This one was given to Peterson Racing in 1989 to participate in the 1990 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. It placed 4th against awd competition. A crowning achievement! I have a link to the video to prove this.

The seats are the most comfortable seats for that time period. All kinds of adjustments that I wish the Turbo Regals had. This prototype hand built example is gold with a matching brown interior. It does have the trunk SPID label and VIN decals on the body panels but lacks the metal VIN dash tag. Registered as an antique. Completely streetable. The transmission is modified and shifts are extremely crisp. Car completed in one of the Pike Peak runs and sat for several years in a museum before being purchased by the seller about 5 years ago.

We show 8 different photos of this one of a kind turbocharged Grand Prix. Be a cool car to display next to a Turbo Regal. Same basic time frame and use the same format to make power Garret turbo coupled to an intercooler. Originally this was equipped to spray cool water on the dual intercoolers!

PHOTO 3 - Here are 4 pictures of the exterior of this unique 1 of 1 prototype Grand Prix. Car is unusual because the prototype is gold whereas production was either black or red.

PHOTO 4 - We show 4 other views of this cool looking car and the fantastic seats. For more information and photos email me directly [email protected], I even have video of the car running at Pikes Peak in Colorado. Actual miles are under 34,000 original miles. The seller is looking for $26,900. We can handle the sale of this car and get it to my house to pick up for the buyer. A chance to own a car that somehow got into private hands. GM should have kept this car! Partial interesting trades considered as I would make up the difference to the seller if I take in a partial trade.

BREAKING NEWS IN STOCK PYPES DUAL EXHAUST SYSTEMS -

We picked up the latest shipment today. Best to call if you want one of the systems we got. I have no idea when we will have more available.



YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY UPDATE -

Regarding the Buick portholes. I heard from Larry out of California who owns one of our Grand Nationals. Larry says originally the portholes had no connection to the size of the engine as they had the same size engine. The Special and Super had 3 portholes and the Century and Roadmaster had 4 portholes. In 1954 Buick had the V-8 nailhead and the straight 8 engine was gone. Around 1950 the port holes were moved to the hood and became rectangles, but later moved back to the fenders.


I LEARNED SOMETHING ELSE NEW -

I just read in the newspaper that the 2021 Buick Envision Essence by Buick is actually made in China!



ONE MAIL ORDER COMPANY THAT HAS A UNIQUE APPROACH -

One line of products I like for detailing and have used for many years is from a company in California called Surf City Garage. Years ago I called the company and actually talked to the owner's wife as I wanted one of their store displays for my office as it features a 1969 GTO on it. I offered to buy it. She sent it to me for free! I never forgot that nice gesture. Their product line is only carried locally near me by Pep Boys. Problem is Pep Boys is shutting down a lot of their retail stores and going with just doing tires and installs etc.

When you like a product line you don’t want to switch so I had Eileen order more of some of their products on the internet. Here is a copy of their response to my recent order. Great News Dennis Kirban! Your order was processed, picked, packaged neatly, given a pretty impressive farewell party from our warehouse team and shipped via Fed Ex 2 day. You can officially follow its journey home using the link below.

If you see their product line in your favorite retail outlet I strongly suggest you try it. I love their product for tires and weatherstrips called Beyond Black Tire Pro Dressing and their Barrier Reef Carnauba Wax. They even have one specifically for black cars called Black Edge Wax. These are just some of their product lines. They also have products to remove brake dust, even wheels that show years of neglect.



GOOD NEWS REBUILT 1986-1987 TURBO REGAL REBUILT POWER STEERING PUMPS -

We still have about 6 left from this initial shipment from Cardone. We were just informed that Cardone had just over a dozen 1986-1987 Turbo Regal power steering pumps in their system. We purchased the entire stock so they are in the process of rebuilding them for us. These carry a one year warranty. This power steering pump is unique to the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. I also believe it's the same used in the limited production 1989 TurboTrans Ams. Nobody has reproduced this part yet that I am aware of.



THE RETURN OF REBUILT 1986-1987 TURBO REGAL STOCK MASS AIR FLOW SENSORS

We need your cores to make this project work. We quickly sold the only two we had in last week's Inner Circle. If you got a good uncracked original GM Turbo Regal mass air flow sensor core please send it to us. Each one is worth a $40 letter- of-credit. Please if you have any sitting around help us help others retain the original look with their cars. Send to Kirban Performance 529 Haycock Run Road, Kintnersville, PA 18930.



UPDATED MORE GOOD NEWS -

Our part number #7768 the AC Delco AC accumulator evaporator receiver drier is in stock. We are, I believe, the only company that gets them powder coated as they come from ACDelco bare aluminum which in the Turbo Regals is not correct. Ours cost a bit more but the appearance is closer to the original which is critical as this part is very visible under the hood. We currently have several in stock.



STILL AVAILABLE A FULL SET OF REAL ORIGINAL GNX WHEELS LIKE NEW -

I am representing this set of real GNX wheels for one of my long-time customers who bought at least one car from me over the years. He resides in the New England area. The price includes all 4 center caps. No lug nuts. The price is $5895 and includes free shipping to the basic 48 states. The wheels have no scratches, and no road rash. Like new in every regard. They are the correct ones with different offset front and rears. For more info or pictures email me direct [email protected]


TWO WELL KNOWN LOCAL CRUISE EVENTS NEAR MY LOCATION IN JULY 2021 -

First up is the Doylestown At Dusk Car Show. The date is Saturday July 17th 5 pm until 10 pm. Rain date is Sunday July 18th 2021. This event draws some impressive variety of cars, even several Ferraris. They close down several main streets in Doylestown. I go as a spectator every year.

Next up on July Saturday July 31st 2021, is the annual Hatboro Moonlight Memories car show. This is the 28th year of this event. Hatboro is near where we used to live so I get to see a lot of old friends at this annual event. I was a judge for a few of these events. This show usually has several Turbo Regals and one or two GNXs in the mix. This event is huge. The event has no rain date. I guess they have a direct connection to God? Devyn is planning to attend at least one of these Cruise events.



COLLECTOR CAR COLLECTION UPDATE - THREE TURBO REGALS AND ONE SYCLONE

All 4 are still available. The 1986 blue T-Type and the 1987 Grand National he purchased were brand new. He is the 3rd owner of the white 1987 Turbo-T. The Syclone he also purchased was brand new. These vehicles are located in Tennessee. The light blue 1986 T-Type is $25,000 OBO. The 1987 Grand National has the rare factory astro roof and has been repainted Corvette red. It is priced at $20,000 OBO. The white 1987 Turbo-T is $25,000 OBO. The Syclone has about 9,500 miles on it. It is priced at $44,900 OBO. See past Inner circle for more details on these vehicles. For more photos and to reach the seller email me direct [email protected]



CAR SHOW DATES FOR 2021 SEASON -


EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS
Saturday September 11th 2021

This annual event is held at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Maryland. There is no rain date. I have gone every year for the last 5 or 6 years. Always a good event. Plenty of room and plenty of cars. This event was not held in 2020 so a lot of pent up demand for the return. I will be donating items for this event and I will be there as a vendor. I don’t bring many items but I do a lot of buying. So if you plan to attend, see me if you bring items to sell. Our plan is to hand out 3 special custom awards for the 3 cars that impress me the most. More details later.

We will not have many items for sale at this event but instead be focused on accepting turbo cores, powermaster cores, and 1986-1987 original AC Delco mass air flow sensor cores. Course we are always on the lookout for NOS parts. Will have several blank checks with me!


EBAY LISTINGS -

Be sure to check ebay every week or so as we post parts under both Kirban Performance and Kirban Enterprises. You never know what will be posted from us.



LIST OF MECHANICS FOR THE TURBO REGAL UPDATE -

We will only post any new additions to avoid confusion. Refer to previous inner circle emails to see the entire list.



TIPS AND IDEAS YOU HAVE TRIED -

If you have an idea or tip or a product idea, send it to my email [email protected]



TIP FROM KIRBAN -.

One way to save the wear and tear on the driver's floor mat is to put a rear mat on top of it so your heel doesn’t wear a hole in the floor mat. I do this with all my cars.




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 FedEx will not forward any packages that are sent to the old PO Box or to our old address in Plumsteadville. Instead they deliver the packages to the old address and leave them outside or send them back to the shipper. 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 FedEx. Otherwise, we may not receive your package or it may be sent back to you.

CLICK HERE - For the link to the Kirban Enterprises ebay listings.



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. You must email me [email protected] a photo first to make sure the steering wheel is acceptable.

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 a $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 - [email protected] - 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 $175 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core. We need cores now.

MASS AIR FLOW SENSORS must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal sensors. They can not be cracked or broken. Each acceptable unit is worth a letter of credit of $40 each. We need cores now!

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 PRODUCTS
529 HAYCOCK RUN ROAD
KINTNERSVILLE, PA 18930



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 to 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 3,500 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 3,400 potential buyers.

Ads submitted properly by the previous Sunday would appear next Wednesday in the weekly Inner Circle. Ads must be submitted by email to - [email protected]

Payment by credit card must be done by phone to our office 215-766-1611.


CLASSIFIED AD -

WANTED TO BUY; NOS (New Old Stock) Buick parts for 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal. Will you be attending the Magna East Coast Buick Reginal’s in Maryland Saturday, September 11th and have some NOS parts you are thinking of selling or lying around at home and want to turn them into CASH? Then please contact me ahead of time by phone or e-mail and let me know what you have as I will be attending this event in person and interested in anything NOS> I travel to purchase and am a cash buyer. Please call or e-mail and leave a message. All calls will be returned. Jason Maxfield (4216)399-7265 or [email protected] Niagara Falls, NY 14304 Thank You! 2 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 actual 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 – [email protected] - to get our free weekly Wednesday Inner Circle email.

Remember the Buick Rare Parts section is only viewed by those that subscribe.



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 through.

If you need to email us, use - [email protected]



TECH CALLS -

If you need technical information, it’s best to email - [email protected] - 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 –

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction ALTERNATOR TERMINAL BLACK CAP

This new reproduction black plastic snap-on cap is identical to the original factory terminal cap. Cap has a dual notch. It protects the hot wire lead on the back of the alternator.

You may also be interested in these related parts - #7315 Brand New 120 amp Alternator, #7316 Brand New Custom-Built 200 amp Alternator, #7733 Reproduction Belt Tensioner with New Pulley, and #6609 Replacement Serpentine Belt.

Another excellent replacement for any engine restoration.
7946 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Reproduction Alternator Terminal Black Cap - $11.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to this cap on our website.



CAST IRON SPRAY PAINTS - LOW and HI-TEMP
These are stainless steel finish spray paints for home, auto and industrial applications.

#7950 - CAST IRON LOW HEAT Spray Paint, 12-ounce can - Protects against rust, resists heat up to 250°F, and is perfect for use on intake manifolds and more.

#7951 - HI-TEMP 1200°F CAST IRON Spray Paint, 12-ounce can - This cast iron spray paint is formulated for high temps up to 1200°F degrees protection. V.O.C. compliant, and environmentally formulated. Ideal for any engine parts that are subject to high heat temperatures.

It is made by Colorite (The Motor Company), the same company that makes the special interior paints we sell.

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

Another paint to keep in your garage of supplies.

7950 - CAST IRON LOW HEAT Spray Paint, 12-ounce can - $17.95
7951 - HI-TEMP 1200°F CAST IRON Spray Paint, 12-ounce can - $17.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to 7950 paint on our website.

CLICK HERE - For the link to 7951 paint on our website.



316 STAINLESS STEEL SPRAY PAINT, 13-OUNCE CAN

This stainless steel spray paint contains 100% 316L stainless steel pigment for home, auto and industrial applications. It provides maximum corrosion resistance and protects against sunlight, oil and water.

It is made by Colorite (The Motor Company), the same company that makes the special interior paints we sell.

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

Another paint to keep in your garage of supplies.

7952 - 316 STAINLESS STEEL Spray Paint, 13-ounce can - $17.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to 7952 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 - [email protected]



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 - [email protected]

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 used if 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 - [email protected]



ABOUT OUR EMAILS -

Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me directly - [email protected] - 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 the weekly Inner Circle always goes out at 3 pm eastern time so subscribers all have the same equal chance on the Rare Parts. All our parts generally are priced to sell and below what others offer. Also our used items are exactly as described. Emails are acknowledged in the order we receive them regardless of when I respond as I am not always by a computer and I only use a flip phone.