11-3-10 Inner Circle

11-3-10 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 11-03-10


I thought I would share a few photos taken at the recent 30th GS Nationals.

PHOTO 1 - The top photo shows a 1970 GSX. My good friend Greg Glenn showed up Friday morning at the GS Nationals with this super rare 1970 GSX needing a total restoration. Within 5 hours he had the car sold! His car attracted several interested potential buyers. The lower photo is of a Century Turbo coupe that was in the swap area: one of the rarest examples of a Turbo-powered Buick. I don't believe this car was for sale. I did see one very nice example of a 1987 Grand National hardtop for sale that had about 33,000 miles with an asking price of $20,000.

PHOTO 2 - Shows some of the unusual items for sale. The top photo shows 2 Grand National trim plates. The top one has been cut with 3 rather large holes for gauges, and the one under it is an uncut example, which was also for sale. The lower photo shows a complete astroroof assembly that was for sale.

The latest information I have is that the 2011 GS Nationals will also be held in October next year, rather than in May as in years past.

Once we enter the new year (2011), we will be listing the events and dates of the Turbo Buick related shows and races.


Every year at least during the 1984-1987 years Buick printed out a condensed version of the Buick information for the salesman to keep handy in their pocket. This consisted of several mini booklets, which we will cover in future Inner Circle emails. I was fortunate enough to find a vendor at the recent GS Nationals that actually had several copies for sale. They were brand new and for the 1987 Buicks. This one covered the 1987 Buick Exterior Colors and Wheels.

A total of 34 colors were offered for the entire Buick line up. This brochure actually shows you a small section of each of the different colors. What is interesting is Buick shows 2 different blacks for 1987 with only 1 black being offered on the Regal models. A total of 8 different blues were offered in 1987 on the Buick, yet only 2 of the 8 were offered on the Regal models.

Perhaps the most interesting color is the light sage (a light green) they offered. According to the chart, this light sage was only available on the Regal, Century Models, and the LeSabre models. Over the years of buying Turbo Regals, we have only owned two 1987 Turbo Regals in that unique color - Light Sage Code 43.

PHOTO 3 - Shows the salesman's 1987 BUICK EXTERIOR COLORS AND WHEELS brochure. It is 22-1/2" wide by 8", folded into thirds twice, to a final folded size of 3-3/4" x8". The photo on the left shows the front of the folded brochure. The top photo on the right shows it open. This side shows all the various exterior colors, vinyl tops colors, and the availability chart for each model Buick in 1987. The lower photo shows the other side of the brochure with all the different wheels and wheel covers available in 1987.

In the model year 2011, I doubt if Buick offers anywhere near as many different wheel and wheel covers as they did back in 1987. I counted 48 different variations for the 1987 options!


Photo 4 - We show the back end of a roadster in the first photo, and the engine from this car in the second photo.

I want to know the make and exact model of this car featured.

The first 3 correct answers we receive by email will receive a copy of my 60th Birthday Bash poster.

Answer must have BOTH the make and model. I do not need the exact year of the car shown.

Guesses must be emailed directly to me personally - [email protected]

LIMITED TO 2 GUESSES per person.


Unlike previous years where we listed a dozen or so parts at a special price, we decided to do something a little different this year. We will give a full 15% off many of our Turbo Buick parts. On a few items this discount will be 10%. On a very few items we will not give any discount. These discounts can't be combined with any other specials. This discount started Tuesday, October 19th and ends Friday, December 17th at 4 pm. A flyer on this will be in all our outgoing orders. This is a once-in-a-lifetime discount from our company on virtually 90% of our product line for Turbo Buicks.

Because of limitations on the website, you will have to call in your order to take advantage of this discount - 215-766-1611 x 0.

Here is a link to our Christmas Specials on the web site -

BUICK LITERATURE - PART 15 - Resumes next week

85 mph SPEEDOMETERS Recalibrated to 145 mph -

If you are sending us your analog 85 speedometer to be recalibrated (Part 6810), do NOT send us the entire dash cluster. All we need is the metal faceplate attached to the actual speedometer unit. Just sending it this way makes for less of a chance of anything getting broken or us having to remove any additional parts from the cluster. If you are not sure, just call our office before taking it out of your car.


We receive many powermaster brake units to be rebuilt. Cardone, the company that rebuilds these units, will ONLY warranty their original brake units. Returned units MUST be complete as originally sent to you, including the brake bowl.

It's important to remember Cardone (who rebuilds them for us and many other sources), is in the "rebuilding" business, and NOT the restoration business. The powermaster brake units are fully tested and cleaned prior to re-assembly. Once done, the units look good but they will not look like brand new or restored new units.

So, if you are purchasing a unit from us, it will be a rebuilt unit, not restored.

If you are having a unit replaced through warranty, you will receive your exact unit back. Once Cardone verifies it is one of their original units, it will be rebuilt and sent to us, then we will return it to you.


We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these have to 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]


The 1986 Grand National we had for sale has been sold.


Because of requests, we recently had a small run of the correct length grey 1984-1985 Turbo Regal spark plug wires. They are in stock. We have 8 sets available at $50 per set plus $8 shipping. You must contact our office directly to be assured of getting one of these 6 sets. We have no plans to have these run again. To order, call - 215-766-1611 x 0.


Got any turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. 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.



Friday and Saturday - November 5th and 6th 2010
Silverdollar Raceway, Reynolds, Georgia
Gates open 9 am Friday and 8 am Saturday. Buicks VS the World.
For more info - www.hartlineperformance.com - Phone 321-722-1563


If you would like to see any of the Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -
http://stores.ebay.com/Kirban-Performance-Products-Inc_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZ km


Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - [email protected] - 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 not remember who requested the item.


Be sure to order your Christmas items early from our website. Remember, because of limitations on the website, you will have to call in your order to take advantage of the Christmas Specials discount - 215-766-1611 x 0.

Here is a link to our Christmas Specials information on the web site -