10-13-2021 Inner Circle

10-13-2021 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 10-13-2021 -


The following items you can find under Rare Parts for sale. Remember to see the rare parts you must subscribe to in order to see the parts.

I just acquired one of the rare Buick Power Source books. Hard to find and this one is in nice shape. I also picked up at the Magna event a small assortment of brochures and factory Buick stickers which can also be seen in Photo 1. I also got a copy of the Turbo Regal wiring diagram booklet we did several years ago. Over 80 pages of valuable wiring information. Last but not least a super rare top of the line factory correct 1987 Turbo Regal am/fm cassette with EQ option.

The top of the line radio in the 1987 Regal was unique as the face has a silver outline around the outer border. The top of the line radio in the 1986 Regals lacked that silver outline around the outer border according to the brochures and info I have. The trunk ID code for the EQ radio in 1987 is UX1. It had a price tag of $504. In 1986 for example the trunk ID code was the same but the price was a tad bit cheaper. It was $494. I think due to the high price tag of the EQ radio in 1986 and 1987 most owners did not step up to this radio. Besides I don;t think it made much difference compared to the lesser radio as it also had a cassette feature. Besides, cassettes were on their way out as the CD would soon be available in GM production cars and trucks.

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo shows the Buick Power Source book. The top right photo shows the assortment of decals and brochures. The bottom left photo shows the 80-page copy of the Turbo wiring information. The bottom right photo shows the extremely rare top of the line 1987 Turbo Regal am/fm cassette radio with EQ option.


See Photo 2 for photos of these two original 1987 brochures. The rare one being the Buick Collection all designed by Molly. Two pages feature the Grand National shirts, jackets, hats he did and the GNX book. The book is listed for a mere $29.95. I remember having a stack of them, probably 50 or more, as I bought up his remaining stock. He stopped carrying the clothing line a few years later as Buick wanted him to pay a license fee and he refused to do so. You would think they would have granted Molly an exemption because of his involvement in creating the Grand National.

As the cars continue to increase in value the value of any original brochures etc are worth having plus they provide positive proof against so much of the wrong information that can be found on the internet. I don’t claim to know everything about these cars but enough that I could easily give an accurate two hour seminar on. The cars continue to hold a huge fascination among collectors and those that dream about owning one of these cars, specifically a 1986 or 1987 model or the “Holy Grail” a “real” GNX. I had my share of both.

PHOTO 2 - The top left and top right photo show the original 1987 Buick Brochure ove 85 pages. The bottom left and bottom right photo shows the Buick Collection that Molly designed for Buick.


I can’t recall exactly when, but I ordered off ebay a diecast Grand National that I had never seen before. I remember in the ebay info it was out of Mexico. It finally arrived the other day. It is 1:43 scale according to the package. Also says Made in Bangladesh! I really doubt in that country they ever saw a real Grand National! The packaging does have the GM license trademark on the back.

The detail is quite good. The grey and black seats, power six logo in the wheels, 3.8 decals on the hood, emblems on the exterior. The license plate on the front and rear are Oklahoma plates. The only minor error I see on the exterior is the model has a Buick emblem on the trunk lid opposite the Grand National emblem. Even the tailpipes are correct looking. The third brake light is visible in the back window. Car has a 3-spoke steering wheel. Dash is all grey.

Perhaps just as impressive as the 1:64 scale diecast is the 8 ½ by 11 full color brochure I got with the car. Although all the wording is in Spanish and not English. A full 6 pages in color is devoted to the Buick Grand National and the GNX. All things considered it is a nice example and I am sure it is very rare as I have never seen one from this company before.

PHOTO 3 - The top left we show the cover of the actual brochure that came with the diecast Grand National. The top right photo shows the inside spread showing a 1987 Grand National although it features GNX wheels. The bottom left we show another 2-pages of the Grand National history from the same brochure. The bottom right photo we show the actual 1:64 scale diecast. It measures about 4 ½ inches long. It is listed for sale under Rare Parts.


I go every Thursday to two different bid lots for this small local used car dealership that I hold a sales license with. The one dealer has like a dozen new car dealerships and every week has about 40-60 low end or high mileage cars and trucks they want to unload. I spotted a very unusual truck in their regular used car lot for sale. It was a Ford F-350, a 2018 model. What struck me is it was a short bed, dually. With a regular cab. Something you seldom ever see today. I think the original owner must have specially ordered it.

This F-350 had a no frills interior. STX model with crank windows, grey vinyl seats, and rubber floor covering, not carpeted! Engine is a 6.2 V8, 4 by 4 with 3.73 gears. Besides the factory hitch on the back it is set up for a 5th wheel also. Silver exterior which is absolutely mint. Every part's sticker is still visible on the suspension and springs. Here is the real clincher: the actual miles are only 3,XXX. Not a misprint this truck has only travelled 3,XXX miles since new!. According to the dealer badge on the back it originally was sold in West Virginia. Carfax is clean and never hit. The price tag has been reduced to $48,995. The dealer has had it since September 2nd 2021. They were asking $51,900. The original owner and the second owner had an expensive investment that for whatever reason never got to use it much. Their bottom dollar as of the other day is $48,750.

PHOTO 4 - We show four views of this unique 2018 Ford F-350. I also have a link I can provide that shows more photos and all the options etc. I can also provide a sales person info if you are interested. I do charge a small fee if any reader buys this truck. It is the right color combo and even though 3 years old it is no different than buying a new truck with a mere 3,000 miles on it. Ford trucks for many years have had a huge following. Email me directly [email protected] if you want more information.


The day before this Inner Circle came out my son Darrell came back with a trailer load of Turbo Regal parts from a body shop that had the stash in a trailer for probably 10-15 years or longer. I have nothing priced yet. All used. I must have 4 hoods, 3 or 4 front and rear bumpers, rear spoilers, trunk lid, intercoolers, even a brand new 9-hole hood pad. One nice grey rear seat, some power seats as well. Some door panels. The body parts I will not ship you have to pick up once I establish a price. Email me if any of these items interest you [email protected]

Darrell also got a complete turbo regal engine and transmission with a mere 15,000 miles on it. He has not priced it yet.


We will have the specs and prices on these next week. We will have a special introductory price on them. If you want to be called with this info contact Christina at 215-766-1611. Brian did a super job getting these wheels made. Granted they are not exactly the same as the originals, but the improvements and the fact they are powder coated make them an outstanding reproduction wheel. Having wheels made years ago for the GTO and the first GNX style 16 by 8 wheels I can tell you from first hand experience they are not an easy project to pull off. It makes no sense in my opinion to waste time and money getting original steel Grand National wheels redone.

It is very costly as the original Grand National wheels have to be cut apart in order to be chromed properly. At 30 lbs per wheel you spend several hundred dollars just in shipping costs alone. It can easily run over $1500 to get a set of 4 Grand National wheels redone like new. Buying used Grand National wheels simply based on photos can prove to be a bad move as they almost always look worse in person than the photos. Finding an unused NOS set is extremely difficult to find today and they can be very costly. Having sold two new sets recently myself, I get good money for them. I generally avoid buying used Grand National wheels as conditions can vary so much from what the photo is able to show.

Plus with G Body’s reproduction wheels the weight savings alone is a huge advantage. Many of you have now seen his wheels on various Grand Nationals at car shows. The wheels come complete with lug nuts, valve stem, and 4 new caps complete with the Power Six logo. Better yet his method to secure the center cap is far superior to the method Buick used! Again we hope to have all the info for next week’s inner circle.

Be sure to check out our website kirbanperformance.com We are planning to offer up some Christmas specials. Already at Lowes I have seen artificial Christmas trees on display in the store and it's not even Halloween yet. Temps all last week were still in the mid 80s in my area!


The story I wrote about being stopped by the PA State Trooper got a lot of interest. I appreciate all the nice compliments I get on my stories. I try to keep them car related at least since cars have always been a major part of my life. Some stories just seem hard to believe but they are true. Here is one such story from around 1968-1969 time frame. I had just recently gotten married to my wife Eileen after returning from Vietnam. A very unpopular war! When I was in Vietnam stationed in Nha Trang we actually had wooden barracks to sleep in. The town of Nha Trang was fairly safe to go into. I had an artist do a painting of my girlfriend Eileen on a canvas that I hung above my bunk bed in the barracks. Also had him do one of my 1961 Corvette that I parted with before entering the Army in the fall of 1966.

So one night I am getting gas in Warminster on the main road. My wife Eileen is sitting in the car. I can’t member which car back then may have been my 1950 Ford. A guy pulls up to another gas pump and stares at my wife Eileen very intently. It makes her nervous. Here it turns out he is one of my buddies from Vietnam who lived in my same barracks and had just returned from Vietnam and was heading home in upstate Pennsylvania! What are the chances of all that coming together at the same time! He remembered her picture from the canvas painting that hung above my bunk bed! I regret losing contact over the years with some of the buddies I met in Vietnam. I do remember one guy in particular after he came home from Vietnam his Mom wrote to me that he was killed in a car accident coming home from a High School Reunion. She had discovered my letters in his stuff and wanted me to know. I still to this day remember his name. He survived Vietnam only to be killed less than a year later. Sad……..true stories. This past weekend Eileen was able to uncover the original painting that hung on the wall above my bunk bed in the barracks in Vietnam. I was surprised she found it as I had searched several hours trying to find it! Next week we will show that as well as the other two that I had done in Vietnam.


Each year Hallmark releases in their Keepsake Collection a Classic American Cars. Ironically, according to the box on the one I just picked up, it was produced in Vietnam. Again doubtful any of those workers ever laid eyes on a GTO Judge! If you had told me 60 years ago that the same country I was in as a soldier would be making diecast American Muscle cars I would never have believed you! Hallmark just did the 1971 GTO Judge. I have about 20 different Hallmark Keepsake Collector cars in my collection including the Buick GSX and the Buick Y-Job one they did a few years ago. Detail is quite accurate aside from the fact they all have a metal loop on the roof to hang on a Christmas tree.

The GTO Judge Is very accurate even down to the decals on the exterior. The color orange appears to be dead on correct. In the real world the 1971 of the 3 year GTO Judges models lags behind the 1969 and the 1970 probably ranks as the highest on the value chain among collectors. The 1971 had a massive long hood. I only owned one 1971 GTO years ago. They run $19.99 in the stores. In Canada the price is $25.99. Gas in Canada now runs over $7.00 a gallon! My friend Jason in Canada says it now costs almost $80 to fill his gas tank on his VW.


This 1993 GMC 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]


We now have all the braces in stock, no waiting. We also got in the upgraded injectors part #1544. We just got in valve springs #6746. We also have the stock trunk carpet #6509 in stock. Also Pypes Dual Exhaust, Jeep modified brand new lower steering shafts, vacuum brake set ups and the 3-piece baffle sets that surround the radiator #7772. Also, got one rebuilt 1986-1987 original AC Delco mass air flow sensor in stock. You must call the office if you want this. Very hard to get good cores in to get these rebuilt. We got 7 original 1986-1987 mass air flow sensor cores we are sending out to get rebuilt. If you want, call the office to get on the list.


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]


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


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


If you are returning any cores for a Letter of Credit or cores that we charged you for, it is important that you send them to the address below.


For all other returns such as a part you purchased that is incorrect or defective you must call Christina and get a RA number. She will determine if it goes to our main warehouse in Kintnersville, PA or our distribution center.


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


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. Or, we will pay $125 cash for each powermaster core. 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. Or we will pay $150 cash for each complete stock turbo core.

BRAKE PEDALS we issue a letter of credit for $50 for each powermaster brake pedal or we will pay $40 cash for each pedal.

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 –


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.


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.


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]


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.


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

If you are replacing the radiator with an upgraded Cold Case radiator, you may want to replace the radiator cap with this unique cap.

This is an attractive radiator cap specifically designed for the Cold Case radiator. Wording is engraved and polished to a high luster finish.

This billet cap has the “COLD-CASE” logo and the words “WARNING: DO NOT OPEN WHEN HOT” embossed on the push-on cap.

An excellent replacement for any engine restoration.

7948 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - COLD CASE Billet Radiator Cap - $26.95

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

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

We are one of the very few sources to offer completely rebuilt original AC Delco mass air flow sensors for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. New mass air flow sensors have been discontinued from AC Delco for several years.

Other available rebuilt units are rebuilt using late-model Camaro mass air flow sensors, not rebuilt from original 1986-1987 Turbo Regal cores like these.
When comparing ours to the various reproductions, it’s important to note that the original one has the “AC Delco” logo embossed on the top cover, which is visible on the car. Others may not have that feature. We have highlighted the embossed logo area with a red arrow in our first photo.

Ours are 100% correct original mass air flow sensors with the proper plug, which came on the car originally.
Original parts will always be the top choice over any reproduction, especially for those wanting to keep their car original.

Sensor has the harness plug in the proper location and comes with a manufacturer’s 90-day Warranty.

NOTE - Supplies are limited, so call for availability.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7749 Cam Shaft Sensor, #7342 Rebuilt AC Delco LT1 Mass Air Flow Sensor, #7054 - AIR FLOW DUCT from Turbo to MAF Sensor - Air Cleaner, and #7326 MAF Translator.

7045 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Rebuilt Original AC DELCO Mass Air Flow Sensor - $149.95

NOTE - Supplies are limited. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY - 215-766-1611.

NOTE - If you send us your non-working original AC Delco mass air flow sensor(s) you will receive a Letter of Credit for $40 for each sensor. Unit must be an original AC Delco sensor. We depend on cores to continue to offer these rebuilt units.

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

1984-1987 Regal -

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 -

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.


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]


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.

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.


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]


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.


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.