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08-18-2021 Inner Circle

08-18-2021 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 08-18-2021 -


BREAKING NEWS -

Paul Castle is flying in as my guest to attend the East Coast Buick Regionals. This will be the first time he has attended this event. Paul and his son have one of those great shop locations on Ogden Avenue in Brookfield, Illinois on the famous Route 66. Their website is castlesperformance.com



NEW GM LICENSED TURBO BUICK T SHIRT AVAILABLE -

At the Macungie event I went to last week I came across this vendor that sells various GM licensed T shirts and hats. His name is Harmon Stern and the name of his company is “The Car Paradise'' His cell number is 201-615-4916. His email is [email protected] I don’t believe he has a website. The Grand National T-shirt is GM licensed. If you contact him, mention where you saw the information. I told him I would put the info in an upcoming Inner Circle email.

PHOTO 1 - This is a two sided silk screen black T-shirt. The photo to the left shows the front with the Grand National logo in the top left corner. The photo to the right shows the artwork that appears on the back. He sells these in all the popular sizes for $20 each plus shipping. It's a cool looking design and one you seldom see.



MORE PARTS FROM THIS RECENT STASH OF TURBO REGAL PARTS -

Be sure to check out the Rare Parts section as soon as possible as most of the parts we list sell quickly. You must email me and include the part number for the part you are interested in.

Remember this Inner Circle goes out every Wednesday at 3pm eastern time. Set your smartphone or smart watch to avoid disappointments! You must email me calling the office is not an option on the rare parts listed at the end of this Inner Circle and only subscribers can see this section! Do not call the office to reserve a part strictly by email to [email protected] Demand for many of our parts is high because customers know I only sell real nice parts. We have been very fortunate the last several months finding a good amount of not only NOS parts but good used parts that have not seen the light of day for years.



FROM OUR RECENT PURCHASE -

PHOTO 2 - The photo to the far left is Steven Doves Facts & Figures Book written back in 1989. This was the very first book he did. The next photo we show his series II Facts and Figures book. Both in very good condition. The third photo shows one of our T-Type mugs we had made several years ago. The last photo shows one of our original “Kirbans Guide to Buying a used 1986 &1987 Buick Turbo Regal”. This is the hard bound original print version that is no longer available. See the Rare Parts section for prices of these 4 items.

PHOTO 3 -. The top left photo shows the 1:18 scale GNX diecast box (model is inside). What makes this one more valuable is the fact in 2002 the box cover was personally signed by Molly. The other 3 photos show an absolutely mint complete 1987 Buick Dealer album. This 1987 Buick Dealer album would pass for brand new and extremely rare to find in this condition. See the Rare Parts section for prices of these items.



NEW ARRIVAL 1987 TURBO-T LIMITED FOR SALE -

We just acquired a 1987 Turbo-T Limited for the dealer in Illinois. It is currently at our location for the next few weeks until a transport comes to get it or we sell it in the meantime. Car has had the same owner since 2005. The Limited is one of the rare Turbo models in 1987 with only 1,035 being produced.

Car is basically a barn find as it has only gone about 3,000 miles in the last 16 years.
Title shows 160,258 in 2005. Car now has 63,838 which I believe is accurate as the odometer as you know only shows 5 digits and in 2005 when the title was updated it was probably assumed it was 160,000 instead of 60,000. Been sitting outside most of the time. Car is a hardtop. Options include power trunk release, non working power antenna, tilt, cruise, delay wipers, power windows, power locks, concert sound II, split bench seat column shift. Non posi, has the desirable aluminum bumper supports. Engine is all stock.

Runs and drives and is PA inspected. Car currently has a regular 2004R transmission in it. In the trunk is the original transmission rebuilt by Richard Clark and never installed. The body is remarkably super straight. All the original T wheels are perfect with center caps. They are extremely dirty. The paint is very faded. One rust hole 2 finger size behind the drivers side quarter panel. Trunk lid has no rust issues. Bottom of both doors are very good with minor rust flakes. The frame is very clean. However, on the passenger floor pan behind the front seat area are two rust holes, the largest being the size of your fist. The driver side has a small similar hole in the same area. The trunk pan is very good. Car has a brand new battery in it. Car has an aftermarket stereo installed. Analog dash. Has 3 aftermarket gauges attached under the dash that seem to function.

Body fillers are shot front and rear. Car comes with new plastic rear fillers. Buyer will get 10% off any of our website parts for the first 30 days. This car needs a total restoration. A very desirable model being a Limited hardtop that has never been modified or abused. Motor runs great and is quiet. The seller just had too many cars and this basically sat outside neglected and only ran once in a while.

PHOTO 4 - We show 4 photos I took this past weekend after spending 2 hours washing it! For more photos email me directly [email protected] The price is $8995. Great father son project as long as you have the space, skill, and time.



FOR SALE 1993 GMC TYPHOON -

This Typhoon is white with a black leather interior. Paint is original. Currently it has just 73,000 miles on it. It has the ATR upgraded Intercooler, a $2,000 upgrade. (AC currently unhooked because of the ATR intercooler). The Typhoon is located in the midwest. The price is $18,900. For more info contact me direct [email protected]



GNX SUSPENSION BUSHING KITS -

I think it was listed under our Rare Parts two weeks ago we had a brand new 5 piece bushing kit that was for the GNX suspension - ladder bar etc. Kit consisted of 5 bushings. Two of two different ones plus one larger one. We used to sell them years ago. I was surprised at the demand for the one set we had under Rare Parts for $75. I am having my brother-in-law who runs the parts division for a huge trucking firm to see if he can locate the various bushings in this kit. It takes 3 different part numbers to make this 5 bushing kit.

Turns out as you might expect it is not an easy task. Adding to the problem is the 3 different bushings in the kit can’t be found under the same brand name. We will keep you posted as we may be able to make a few kits in a few weeks. At this point I have no idea as to what the price will be. The Buick parts department has no clues as ASC did that part of the project. Also the part numbers are not even listed on the GNX supplement brochure. In other words it is a challenge.



THE PASSING OF TWO WELL KNOWN BUICK FIGURES -

Last week we got word that Red Armstrong passed away. Red hailed from Ohio and was one of the pioneers in the Turbo Regal world. His personal car was always one of the quickest in his class. He would share his tips with anyone. I remember picking his brain when I first bought our new 1987 Grand National. Also Steven Smith passed away. The name you may not know but if you attended the annual GS Nationals in Bowling Green you would see him along the edge of the race track as he was the photographer always with a huge camera hanging from his neck. Both the best at what they brought to the annual GS event. Being a photographer is not easy, I know from being a photographer in Vietnam.



IN STOCK SEVERAL REBUILT ORIGINAL 1986-1987 MASS AIR FLOW SENSORS -

These are the original AC Delco ones that came in the 1986-1987 TUrbo Regals and GNX models originally. We got several in stock rebuilt by Cardone. Call the office if you need one. Phone 215-766-1611.



A RARE FIND FROM GM STOCK -

My one source has found over 30 of the original wastegate foam filters. Discontinued from GM awhile ago from what I understand I own the last ones. I have included some of them as a package deal with some of the rare Parts as they are not worth just shipping foam filters!



BRAND NEW MODIFIED JEEP LOWER STEERING SHAFTS - We finally have reached the point where we have several in stock at all times. This clever upgrade is even better now since we are using brand new Jeep lower steering shafts instead of 30 year old ones. We are able to keep the pricing on the new modified Jeep steering shafts very near the pricing of the used ones we used to sell. I can’t take credit for this upgrade as someone else discovered this many years ago. I remember you could also use a GM Astro Van shaft as well and have it modified. I remember hunting them down in junk yards. It's a bit tricky getting them out of an Astro van. Normally a greasy job. I was younger then and was able to master the chore fairly quickly.

REBUILT 1986-1987 TURBO REGAL MASS AIR SENSORS - Currently we got several cores in and sent to Cardone in Texas to get rebuilt. These are rebuilt at their Texas facility. So if you want a stock original 1986-1987 AC Delco mass air sensor call our office 215-766-1611 to lock in on one of these from this next batch getting rebuilt. We need more cores badly.



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]



NEW LOWER PRICES - THREE TURBO REGALS AND ONE SYCLONE -

NEW LOWER PRICES ON ALL FOUR VEHICLES!!!! Prices may even be better if you buy more than one of the four vehicles. 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 now just $19,000. The 1987 Grand National has the rare factory astro roof and has been repainted Corvette red. It is priced at $20,000 now just $17,000. The white 1987 Turbo-T is $25,000 now just $19,000. The Syclone has about 9,500 miles on it. It is priced at $44,900 now just $39,900 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 there is 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 to shows, 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 or 4 special custom awards for the3 or 4 cars that impress me the most. More details later. Bring us your cores for credit powermaster brake units and stock 1986-1987 mass air sensor cores.



EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS UPDATE -

My wife, Eileen is working on making four special one of a kind awards that we are getting made that I will be giving out to 4 lucky owners that have a Turbo Regal I was impressed with or deemed unusual or rare. In other words 4 cars I choose. Already I have over 10 trays of tagged and bagged Turbo Regal parts that I am bringing for sale. Tagged and bagged parts prices range from $3 to maybe $25 at the most. Plenty of bargains. We plan to arrive sometime early Friday afternoon.



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 of the last big Buick events for this season is next month at Cecil County Drag Way. We will be there Friday and Saturday.



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 to 1987 Buick Turbo Regal. Will you be attending the Magna East Coast Buick Regional’s in Maryland on 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 me a message. All calls will be returned. Jason Maxfield (416) 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 –

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
AFTERMARKET EPA CERTIFIED LOW RESTRICTIVE STOCK CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Many owners may want to replace the original pancake-style restrictive catalytic converter. This is a unique catalytic converter with the proper custom-made 4-bolt flange at the back end. The overall length is 18 inches. This is a direct bolt in replacement and similar to the one we offered over 20 years ago. This only works with the stock 2-1/2 inch diameter downpipe.

It will bolt up to the stock exhaust or to the Pypes Dual Exhaust system, Part #6996, we sell.

Original catalytic converters can easily become clogged over a long period of time. They are also a lot more restrictive due to its pancake style. Some states have very strict laws regarding emissions equipment, even on older cars.

This catalytic converter also can lower any drone sound the current mufflers may make.

We offer this low restrictive catalytic converter, which weighs less than 8 pounds and is EPA certified! It is not a universal converter, but one with the correct 4-bolt flange on the one end that will directly bolt into your Turbo Regal.

With the amount of heat turbo cars develop, the converter can begin to break down internally and clog the exhaust system.

The EPA rules dictate that replacement catalytic converters must go in the same location as the original converter. This unit bolts into that same area and has the same mounting flange.

This catalytic converter comes complete with the 4-bolt exhaust flange. This 4-bolt flange is very unique to these cars as no other G-body application has this style flange. We also offer the 4-bolt flange, Part #7947, by itself for those of you that may want to get a test pipe made for off road use only.

Another excellent replacement for any exhaust restoration.

6567 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Aftermarket EPA Certified Low Restrictive Stock Catalytic Converter - $339.95

CLICK HERE - For a link to this catalytic converter on our website.
1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -



REPRODUCTION SPECIAL 4-BOLT EXHAUST FLANGE

We also offer a reproduction special 4-bolt exhaust 1/4 inch flange in case you want to have a test pipe made for off-road use.

Another excellent replacement for any exhaust restoration.

7947 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Reproduction Special 4-Bolt Exhaust Flange - $54.95

CLICK HERE - For a link to this exhaust flange on our website.



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.



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. It's best to email as soon as possible as many of our items sell within the first hour! Do not call the office on the listed Rare Parts as you could lose out by someone beating you with an email.