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09-01-2021 Inner Circle

09-01-2021 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 09-01-2021 -



EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS -

My wife Eileen has made 4 cool looking awards that I will be awarding to the 4 cars I pick at the East Coast Buick Regionals event. The categories for the 4 awards I will be giving are: Most Original Turbo Regal, Rarest Turbo Regal, and 2 for my personal choice. Your car need not be show quality to win.

The awards combine a throw back to awards we did at some of our major events years ago which included marbles. The phrase we used years ago at our show which featured marbles was the “Car worth all the Marbles”.

PHOTO 1 - We show a picture of all 4 custom awards Eileen made and a close up of one of the awards. Each award features a powder coated 1986-1987 Turbo Inlet Bell filled with marbles (glued) with a Hot Wheels diecast Grand National in front of the Turbo Inlet Bell mounted on a special plaque. .



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 -

For the last several weeks my brother in law who works for a major truck repair shop in Philadelphia, has been hunting down the 3 different bushings that make up the 5 bushing set that is used in the ladder bar for the GNX suspension. It takes 3 different bushings for a total of 5. The other items I recently purchased from another Turbo Regal owner shown in Photo 2 below.

PHOTO 2 - The top left shows another kit of the 5 bushings for the GNX original or reproduction ladder bar. It is extremely hard to find these bushings that make up this set. The top right shows the two volume set of the original 1987 Buick (All Models) Shop manual in the original binders. The bottom left we show a slightly used glossy black powder coated aluminum mass air pipe with hose connectors and clamps. The bottom right we show an extremely nice slightly used original 1986-1987 intercooler. See the Rare Parts Section for prices.



MOTORMAX 1987 TURBO-T 1:24 SCALE DIECAST CARS -

I remember this unique kit that features 4 different 1987 Turbo-T 1:24 scale diecast cars. These were made back in 2005. This assortment is very unusual since it focuses on the Turbo-T Regal models. The black one in the assortment is actually quite rare because when Buick announced the WE4 a black Turbo-T with the black out package was discontinued to avoid confusion with the WE4 which would have the black bumpers.

What I found interesting is one cost saving measure they took is all four have the same grey interior. Each has the black out package.The doors open as does the hood. Exterior detail is excellent with the hood ornament and exterior decals in the proper places. Even the interior is quite accurate as well. Under the hood also is very correct looking. I contacted the distributor in California and they have none available nor have they had any for many years. I have not found any others for sale anywhere.

PHOTO 3 - We show the box and the four various color 1987 Turbo-Ts in the 1:24 scale size. See the Rare Parts section for the price for this complete set new in the box.



CAR COLLECTOR CLUB -

I recently acquired a brochure advertising the new 1985 Grand National diecast model in the popular 1:24 scale. The price tag for this new collector diecast was $110 or you could have paid 4 equal monthly installments of just $27.50. The flyer says “It was the fastest production car of its era”. More accurately it should have said quickest US model car of its era. This would have been a more accurate statement. I am not sure how visible it is, but in Photo 4-2 below notice that the Grand National trunk emblem is located on the passenger side of the trunk lid instead of the driver’s side of the trunk lid. This would not be correct.

I had never seen this brochure before nor have I ever seen the 1:24 scale 1985 Grand National that this brochure was advertising. I would be curious if anyone has this 1:24 scale Grand National diecast.

PHOTO 4 - We show 4 different views of this tri-fold full color brochure from 1985. This brochure is extremely hard to find today. See the Rare Parts section as this brochure is for sale.



NEW PART 1984-1987 BUICK REGAL LOCK PILLAR REINFORCEMENT PLATES (2)

About a month ago we said we would be getting this critical part made. This plate was something we sold years ago. Now Turbo Regals are developing more cracks around the door striker and eventually turn to rust. This plate not only reinforces that area, but hides the cracks that form. The plate is designed to look like it is a factory piece. Finished in glossy black powder coating to match the door jamb area of the Grand Nationals and black Turbo Regal models. Ideally you buy a set of these and a pair of the GM door strikers at the same time that we sell. The door strikers is ##6776. I am surprised they are still available from GM! We will have these ready to ship late next week. We have a special intro offer. To get this special price you must call the office 215-766-1611 to order by phone. The introductory price is just $38.95 plus shipping (saves $5) This offer expires next Wednesday September 8th at 4 pm. See New Products Section and link to this part on our website #6774.


MORE PRODUCT UPDATES -

My source has informed me he doesn't expect to have brake accumulator bowls until October (I hope he means October 2021 and not 2022!. Our supplier for new vacuum brake pedals can no longer get them so we are scrambling to contact other sources for used vacuum brake pedals. Currently the only option we have for vacuum brakes is to buy kit #7679 which comes with the proper pin that needs to be welded to your original brake pedal when switching to vacuum brakes. The supply chain is just as bad now as it was 6 months ago and I don’t see it getting any better any time soon. Price of lumber for example is so high now I have seen some people selling used wood especially plywood at swap meets!



URGENT REQUEST -

We will buy your powermaster brake pedal! We will issue a letter of credit of $40 for every powermaster brake pedal you send us! Simply send to Kirban Performance 529 Haycock Run Road, Kintnersville PA 18930. Include your info with the pedal.



BRINGATRAILER.COM -

This website seems to be the up and coming place to sell or auction off your collector car regardless whether it's American or Foreign made. Every week you can see a wide variety from a Yugo to a Saab to a barn find VW bus. Besides the uncommon vehicles a wide array of US muscle cars can be found on this website. Be sure to check it out. The GNX that just sold for over $165,000 belonged to a customer of mine.



1987 TURBO-T LIMITED FOR SALE STILL AVAILABLE -

See earlier Inner Circle for pictures and details. 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.



1993 GMC TYPHOON FOR SALE STILL AVAILABLE -

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 email me direct [email protected]


IN STOCK NO WAITING -

Cold Case Radiators, Translators, Pypes Dual Exhaust, Original rebuilt 1986-1987 Mass Air Flow Sensors, Jeep modified lower steering shafts and recovered Grand National Steering wheels.



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 the 3 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.



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! 3 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 Regal -
LOCK PILLAR REINFORCEMENT PLATES (2)

This 2mm thick spacer is designed to give the door pin more support.

If you look at the area where the striker is attached, more than likely you will see hairline cracks. They are spot welds that hold a cage nut so you can attach the door striker. These spot welds tend to take the place of one of the 2mm spacers and at the same time give the door striker more support.

This lock pillar reinforcement plate is shaped to look as if it came on the car from the factory. The reinforcement plate measures approximately 4″ x 5″, comes powder-coated glossy black for a lasting finish (glossy black will blend with most dark colors doors and all the Grand Nationals), and are sold as a pair. Plates are easy to install.

It’s interesting to note that GM actually had a recall on another Buick model, the Somerset, back in 1985 for having a similar problem. Their solution at the time was similar to these reinforcement plates.

NOTE - You may also be interested in a related item - #6776 GM Door Strikers (2).

Another excellent replacement for any interior restoration.

6774 - 1984-1987 Regal - Lock Pillar Reinforcement Plates (2) - $43.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to these plates on our website.



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.




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.