Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 3-04-2009
REPRODUCTION BLACK HEADLIGHT BEZELS
The new black headlight bezels that are being made by the same midwestern company that did the new reproduction black grilles. They are due to get a partial shipment of the new black headlight bezels in the next 10 days. Our company will be one of the first to get our supply of them.
Like the grilles, the satin black is molded into the plastic. Check out the photo on our website. I did some research on GM pricing of original black headlight bezels. Back in 1987 the retail price was about $55 a pair. At the end of production when we sold them in 2005 and part of 2006, we sold them for $135 a pair.
The new suggested retail price on these will be probably $159.95 a pair. This is a very good price when matched up with what the GM list price was back in 2005-2006.
The company behind this project is to be commended for being able to come in at a reasonable price for a much-needed part.
In order to get some idea as to initial sales for these new reproduction black headlight bezels, we will give a special introductory price if you place your order by March 31, 2009 by 4 pm. If you place your order by then the price is just $149.95 plus shipping. We would not charge your credit card until we have the parts in hand and ready to ship. These have a money back guarantee for quality and fit. The material today is far superior to the material GM used back in the mid 1980s. By purchasing now, you can save approximately $10 a pair.
These will fit all 1984-1987 Regals and are correct for all Grand Nationals, GNXs, T-Types, WE4s and any Turbo-T with the WO2 exterior sport package. (Buick's terminology).
#7222 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal Reproduction Black headlight bezels $149.95* / pair *This is special pricing if purchased by March 31st 4 pm 2009. Note: Your credit card is not charged until we can ship parts to you.
(We have posted a photo of these bezels with this Inner Circle.)
VEHICLES GAINING WEIGHT
Almost without exception, most models gain weight every time newer models were introduced. Years ago this was not a concern, but now with tougher rules concerning gas mileage, you would think car makers would strive to produce cars that would be around 2,800 to 3,300 lbs. Not taking anything away from the new Challenger, or the Camaro, or the Mustang, they all are very heavy examples. On the other hand, GM has accomplished a great feat by keeping the Corvette around the same weight as past models. Less weight translates into quicker acceleration and with proper gearing, it can mean fuel savings.
While I agree a portion of the driving public may welcome hybrids, and flex fuel vehicles, etc., another segment of the market (myself included) desire cars and trucks that have the fun appeal, and great low-end torque.
I just read that a 1948 Chevrolet coupe had about 138 feet of wire weighing 9.5 lbs in the car. In comparison, a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban has 5,042 feet of wiring weighing in at 53 lbs!
A friend of mine was here the other week with his brand new SUV. The tailgate was operated by electric. While many may see that as a nice feature, makes me wonder how much additional weight that set up has added to the SUV.
Now that I have taken apart a bunch of Turbo Buicks, they really are pretty simple cars compared to the ones being built today. Lift a bucket seat out of a Grand National and then lift one out of a newer car with 6-way power, and power lumbar and a heating element and you better have someone help you!
Besides the Corvette, Porsche seems to follows the same logic concerning keeping the weight down. For 1986 and 1987, the Turbo Regal had the great combination between the engine and weight. One reason why the power windows are slow, is because the motors were probably undersized to save weight.
The weight angle was one reason Buick introduced the WE4 in late fall of 1987. The quote used on the Buick Product Information sheet says, "The WE4 Turbo "T" Package will enable you to merchandise a car that is similar in appearance, yet lighter in weight, than today's Grand National. This reduction in weight theoretically makes the Turbo-T faster than a Grand National for a lower price." While that was the reasoning they conveyed to the public, the real reason was so they could produce more loaded Grand Nationals and still meet the EPA gas mileage requirements.
Corvette actually tried a similar approach in 1999 and 2000 by introducing a fixed roof coupe. It was intended to be the cheaper and lighter than the other two Corvette models. This new version also proved to be the quickest of the three models in 0-60 performance. This fixed roof design in 2001 would become the Z06 model. (I can attest to this having owned a 1999 fixed roof Corvette and currently own an even rarer 2000 fixed roof Corvette).
Fortunately, there are enough potential buyers that appreciate low-optioned lightweight examples, and those that crave well-optioned loaded examples.
GREAT NEWS - OUR NEW WEBSITE IS UP AND RUNNING!
We are happy to announce that our new web site is up and running. We are still working on some "glitches," re-shooting photos, text changes and adding new products. The final upload of products is not complete yet, so, please be patient.
However, the new web site has a new URL -
IMPORTANT - If you have our site "bookmarked" on your computer, you will need to reset your bookmark to this new URL.
We can also now accept ADS -
Cars for Sale
Classified - Wanted or Parts for Sale.
Our new web site also gives us the chance to have our Kirban Inner Circles articles posted. Now we can add up to 4 photos for each Inner Circle. We will also be loading some old Buick Inner Circle articles along with photos as we have time. We'll be bringing back our "KIRBAN'S SIDE OF THE ROAD" articles along with photos. Watch for details
You can also view the only car we currently have for sale on the new web site. You can access it from our home page on the CARS FOR SALE category.
Or you can use this link -
THANKS to those who have called or written with nice comments about the new web site. It's amazing how much time and energy goes into creating a good web site that is user friendly and search-engine compatible. Currently our Corvette parts are on our website and we expect to have our Mustang line up added this week as well. Be sure to tell your friends that own these other cars.
GNX/TRANS AM STYLE 16" x 8" WHEELS ARE IN STOCK
1984-1987 Regal - GNX / TRANS AM STYLE 16" x 8" WHEELS SET
Because of requests, we now offer another option for the popular GNX-style wheels. These GNX / TRANS AM style wheels have the black mesh center and are 16" x 8" with the proper offset to fit the 1984-1987 Regals. These resemble the popular original GNX wheels. Do not confuse this with the version we have sold in the past, known as "Kirban-Style" GNX wheels.
These wheels are manufactured with brand new tooling and are clear coated. Wheels have the proper offset to fit under your fenders. We sell these as a complete set of 4 wheels, 20 correct lug nuts, 20 lug nut black caps, 4 chrome-plated valve stems, 4 black center caps, and 4 "TURBOCHARGED" center cap decals.
The original center caps on the original GNX were actually the existing Trans Am caps. GM simply affixed the "GNX" paper decal over the Trans Am medallion. This set includes the "TURBOCHARGED" Decals (4) Set, Part #7113.
If you own a 1984, 1985, or 1986 Turbo Regal the GM front springs on these years were a different spring rate. You will need to change the front springs to avoid having the tires rub when you go over bumps. We recommend our front springs, Part #6566. If you plan on carrying heavy items in the trunk or four friends, we recommend you upgrade the rear springs to our variable rate rear springs, Part #1520 on any 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 Regal.
For shocks the best ones you can buy are the Bilsteins to further improve the ride quality of your Turbo Regal. The overall height is actually slightly less than what is currently on the car. The speedometer is not affected.
Originally the GNX used 245/50s by 16s up front and 255/50s by 16 in the rear. For best results, we recommend going with 245/50s on the fronts and the backs. Depending on the year Turbo Regal and what suspension upgrades you have made, we do not recommend the larger 255/50s for the rear. However, if you want to go with 255/50s in the rear, trial fit these wheels first to be sure you have enough clearance.
The good news is these wheels will look pretty much dead on with the mesh black center that matches the original GNX mesh center. They are 100% brand new and weigh about 18 lbs each. Of all the available optional wheels, these are the most desirable and can really enhance your pride and joy.
Keep in mind, we will take good used original Grand National wheels in partial trade. This can help save you some money, since you also need to buy new tires.
Wheels are dropped shipped from California. We would send your receipt, 20 lug nuts, 4 center caps, 4 wheel decals, and 4 valve stems direct from our Pennsylvania location. Shipping is calculated from California, generally costs about $65-$125.
7219 - 1984-1987 Regal - GNX / TRANS AM STYLE 16" x 8" Wheels Set $995*/set *PLUS Shipping from California
NOTE - Set includes 4 wheels, 20 correct lug nuts, 20 lug nut black caps, 4 chrome-plated valve stems, 4 black center caps, and 4 "TURBOCHARGED" center cap decals.
NOTE - Shipping costs generally run $65 to $125, depending on your location.
Wheels are in stock, no waiting. You can actually see photos of this wheel on our new website. You can search Part #7219.
SPECIAL SELL OUT
We have been told that the GM black passenger's side marker light is no longer available from GM, GM Part #0919874.
This is the side marker light that was used on all the 1984-1986 T-Types and 1987 Turbo-Ts with black-out package, WE4, Grand Nationals and GNX. This is the right hand side only (passenger's side) marker light that attaches to the headlight bezel.
We have a few left. Remember, these are brand new, still in the GM wrapper. Price is $69.95 and shipping. Less than 4 on hand.
To order, call our office - 215-766-1611 x 2. Order while supplies last, to avoid disappointment.
BUYING DEAD OR NEARLY DEAD TURBO REGALS
With the economy in a downward spiral, our concentration is more focused on buying dead 1986-1987 Turbo Regals for parts rather than super mint originals. Naturally, with fuel prices we will focus on Turbo Regals within a 500-mile radius of our location and cars under $5,000. If you have such a vehicle, email me - [email protected]
OUR CARS FOR SALE UPDATE
We still have the all-original 1987 Grand National hardtop with 700 actual miles for sale.
NEW ZDDPlus&trade DISTRIBUTORS
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Let's hope we have seen the last of winter in the northeastern part of the U.S.