12-8-10 Inner Circle

12-8-10 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 12-08-10


As many of you know I travel down to Richard Clark's place in Burlington, North Carolina about every six weeks. I take him a drivetrain from a Turbo Regal we have dismantled and pick up several thousand bottles of ZDDPlus™. On this particular trip, I planned to also take some parts to Brian Weaver, owner of GBodyParts.com.

He is located about 3 hours east of Burlington in a very small town called Bethel, North Carolina.

It's pretty well known that Richard Clark has the largest Turbo Buick collection of cars and parts.

I'm pretty sure Brian, GBodyparts.com, has the second largest array of cars and parts. The main difference is that Brian sells his parts.

Here's a link to his web site:

On this trip I discovered another interesting common thread that Richard, Brian and I share.

Besides the obvious wealth of knowledge the three of us have about the Turbo Regals, there is something else we have in common. We all have a compassion for stray animals, whether it be dogs or cats, or both.

Richard has taken in several dogs at his shop over the years. Each time he pulls up to his shop, a local dog comes for his daily Milkbone biscuit. The one dog he has at his shop has his own heated blanket.

Brian Weaver has 3 small kittens. One came to him because he was lodged in a car that came to his shop. Fortunately he survived the trip and was rescued by Brian. He rescued another one as it was being attacked by a large dog.

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo shows our inside cat Tiger nestled in a Christmas wreath last year. We scooped Tiger up one night on Sugar Bottom Road when she would fit in the palm of your hand. We also have 2 other outside cats, Smokey and Aladden, that sleep in our pole barn. They also keep the rodents away. One is a grey and white mother cat, Smokey, shown in the lower left photo as she sat on a bench next to the outside Christmas trees last year. She was a stray from our old house and she had several litters before we could get her fixed. Our granddaughter, Devyn has one of Smokey's grandkitties and she named him "Oops." The top right photo shows Oops walking along the top of the doors in their kitchen as Darrell watches. When our neighbors passed away, we have taken on feeding their 3 outside cats. Since they are shy, I am probably the only one that can pet them. The lower right photo shows the 3 cute little kittens at Brian Weaver's GBodyparts.com shop. We all have a fondness for animals, and especially strays.

Last week I had a bit of bad luck. The night before I left for this road trip, I twisted my left foot as I went down our basement steps. I endured the pain thinking it would subside. I left the next morning for the 3-day trip. The first day back (Friday) I went to the hospital to have it ex-rayed and learned I have a broken bone on the outer edge of my left foot. Monday they put a "boot" on my foot and since it's a slow healing break, I'll have to wear it for 8 weeks.



In last weeks Inner Circle we discussed the 4 new body bushing/cushion kits we have been working on. We now have them available and priced as shown below. We also now have a steel washer available, which is designed for any frame repair you may need in the area surrounding the body bushings/cushions mounts.

NOTE - GM refers to the body bushings or mounts as "cushions." Most car owners refer to them as "bushings." We have used both terms in our descriptions.

First, we have Part #7304, which is the reproduction radiator core support bushings/cushions kit. This is the very first one that secures the radiator core support to the top of the frame. It is the only kit where the 2 bushings are reversed and requires an exposed nut with a bolt. This reproduction is a hard rubber material (like the original) and comes with both upper and lower bushings/cushions and new hardware.

PART #7304 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Reproduction Radiator Core Support Bushings/Cushions (4) Kit. This would be for position #1. Kit has enough for both sides. Price is $37.95

Next, we have a complete 22 bushings/cushions kit. This kit covers positions, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7. Originally only the GNXs received them in the #5 position, but it is included in this kit. This kit will fit all 1982-1987 Buick Regal models, Part #7305. The price is $249.95. This kit is a reproduction of the original hard rubber bushing kit. If you buy this kit, we recommend you also purchase our grade 8 bolt kit for the body mounts, Part #6974 for $27.95 (less 15% Christmas discount). This would give you everything you need to do the job properly over the winter months.

PART #7305 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Reproduction Body Mount Bushings/Cushions (22) Kit. Price is $249.95

PHOTO 2 - The top photo shows where the GNX bushings/cushions (position #5 ) goes on the frame. There is a flat pad in front of the axle and this unique bushing/cushion locks into it. The top tip when centered on the body will seat into a small hole on the bottom of the actual body shell. The lower photo shows the GNX bushings/cushions installed. This is one method to know that the body is in perfect alignment to the frame.

PHOTO 3 - Shows a typical 22-year-old original body bushings/cushions along side the new reproduction replacement set. Note how distorted the bushings/cushions has become and how rusted the larger one has gotten. All this damage diminishes the ride quality of your Turbo Regal. Over time, the bushings trap moisture and eventually cause rust to form. In some severe cases, it can rust out sections of the frame to the point where the upper bushings/cushions have fallen through the frame, making the car lean on the frame.

As most turbo owners realize originally according to the Buick parts book, for whatever reason, Buick NEVER installed the lower body bushings/cushions in positions #3, #4, and #7. Adding to the confusion, most of the Turbo Regals we have bought and sold had a lower body bushings/cushions in position #7.

Position #3 is under the center of the door. Position #4 is just in front of the rear axle assembly and position #7 is the last one back by the rear bumper support. It is the only one where the location differs from the driver's side to the passenger's side.

We had to go to another source in order to make up our 4 hard rubber bushings/cushions kit and our 6 hard rubber bushings/cushions kit. These kits are an aftermarket version that we get from another source. They are a hard rubber format like the original GM, but we have to include a special size steel washer to make them work. The good news is we can sell these a lot cheaper than we sold the 4 and 6 bushings/cushions kits in the past. As a bonus, each of these 2 kits (the 4 bushings/cushions and 6 bushings/cushions kits) will come with a matching number of correct new grade 8 bolts and directions.

The 4 bushings/cushions kit fits all 1982-1987 Buick Regal all models and is just $29.95. This kit comes with 4 new grade 8 bolts!

PART #7306 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Aftermarket 4-Piece Lower Body Bushings/Cushions (4) Kit. Price is $29.95

The 6 bushings/cushions kit fits all 1982-1987 Buick Regal all models and is just $39.95. This kit comes with six new grade 8 bolts!

PART #7307 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Aftermarket 6-Piece Lower Body Bushings/Cushions (6) Kit. Price is $39.95.

In some cases, depending on the environment your Turbo Regal has been subjected to, you may have some rust issues on the frame by the body mounting points. If the frame has rust in these areas, we offer a special thick larger steel washer, which can be welded into that area. It has a round hole in the center for the body mount bolts. These special round steel washers are sold individually or as a pair. It's best to order several, in case you need them for any rust repair around the body mount holes. Each 10-gauge thick steel washer measures 2.74" in the outside diameter and the center hole measures 1.640" in diameter.

PHOTO 4 - Shows one of these new steel washers on top of the frame mounting point. The inset photo shows the actual steel washer. Buying this steel washer is cheaper than having someone fabricate a steel plate to do the repair and then having to put a center hole in it for the body mount bolt.

PART #7308 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Body Mount Frame Repair Steel Washer - $8 each

PART #7309 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Body Mount Frame Repair Steel (2) Washers - $14 / pair

NOTE - These 5 new kits do NOT qualify for our current Christmas Special.

NOTE - These Bushings/Cushion kits and washer may not be on the website for a few days.

You can call our office to place your order (215-766-1611 x 0), or order through the website next week.

For many years we sold used 1986-1987 Turbo Regals and for every single one we sold, we installed the missing lower body bushings whether it took the 4 or the 6. This is something you want to do without delay. The longer you wait, the tougher it may be to remove the factory bolts due to rust. In some cases, since the bolt is simply pressing on a metal washer and can flex, a gap exists and the body mount bolt can simply come lose and fall out!

See last week's Inner Circle (12-1-10) for information on determining if you need the 4 bushings/cushions set or the 6 bushings/cushions set. In either case, they are very easy to install since they are the lower exposed bushings/cushions providing you can remove the body bolt.


NOTE - Just received word - this car has been SOLD.


Custom-Airbrushed "TRUE FIRE" Flames
Microsoft® Wireless Mobile Mouse Model 3500

Today almost everyone has a computer, whether it's a desktop, or a laptop, or a notebook style. Now, you can have a custom airbrushed mouse to go with your computer. Since it is so unique, it makes a great Christmas or birthday gift.

We start with a brand new Microsoft® Wireless Mobile Mouse Model 3500, which retails for $29.95. These are compatible with both PC or Mac computers.

The center shell of the mouse is carefully removed, then prepped, scuffed, and cleaned. Then, using an automotive basecoat, 2 coats of black paint are applied. Then a unique flame design is custom air brushed, layer after layer. Flames are first painted with white base coat, followed by a transparent candy yellow and orange to give it a unique deep 3-dimensional appearance. Once dry, 2 coats of high-quality automotive urethane clear are applied as a final coating. The end result is a surface as smooth as glass.

Each mouse is carefully inserted into the original Microsoft® packaging. The package comes with a battery, USB connector, and directions to download the appropriate mouse software.

The quality and workmanship is excellent. Unfortunately, since there is such a fine shiny finish, it is difficult to photograph, so the picture of the "True Fire" flames mouse on our website does not do it justice.

Each one is custom airbrushed, so no two are exactly alike.

The popularity of similar flames designs in the marketplace is just as evident today as it was years ago. Flame designs can still be seen on many show cars. A unique touch to compliment your computer. Makes an excellent gift for any PC or Mac user.

Microsoft® Mouse Details - For Windows®-based PC and Mac, BlueTrack Technology™, Plug-And-Go Nano Transceiver (leave it plugged in or stow it in the mouse), 8-Month Battery Life, ON/OF Switch, Comfortable in Either Hand, and 3-Year Warranty.

7301 - Custom-Airbrushed "TRUE FIRE" Flames
Microsoft® Wireless Mobile Mouse Model 3500 (PC or MAC) - regular price $39.95*
*CHRISTMAS SPECIAL PRICE - $36.95 (Can NOT be combined with any other special)

Here is a link to this Flame Mouse on the web site -
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/43835/Custom-Airbrushed TRUE FIRE Flames Mouse #7301.html


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%.

NO DISCOUNT on these items; #7021 - Rebuilt Powermaster Brake Unit #7273, Replacement Driver's Side Header #7274, Replacement Header and Headers Kit #7280-7295, 8-Piece and 11-Piece Custom-made & Embroidered Trunk Kits, and #7303 Upper Dash Overlay Panel. There is NO additional discount for any items already in Package Deals or items discounted when purchased in combination with another product.

These discounts can't be combined with any other specials. This discount started Tuesday, October 19th and ends next week Friday, December 17th at 4 pm. A flyer on this will be in all our outgoing orders. This is one-time 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 -


We have received several nice comments about the vast improvements this LED kit makes over the factory 7 bulb set up. Not only does the LED set up now target 28 lights instead of the factory 7 but it extends the actual light a full 2 inches whereas the factory bulb is over 1-1/2 inches further away from the area it needs to be to cast the light effectively.

We have received several requests about making an LED light kit for the heater control section. Unfortunately, this is not possible. Believe it or not Buick only used one single light for that section and it was all the way over to the far right of the housing. It would take a lot of modification to figure out a method to put more light in that area partly because of the lack of space due to the levers, etc.

It's unfortunate that our cars marked the end of that platform so Buick really did not make any major improvements related to the primitive light system in our cars. Cars today have remarkable dash lighting that is light years ahead of our cars!

So, before the Christmas specials expire if you have a analog dash this is one upgrade that really looks better in person at night than any of our photos show. Directions are very detailed complete with photos. I personally installed this kit in my personal Turbo-T by myself! Part #7234. A good time to do it is if you by any of our listed 145 speedometers we sell or if you plan to send yours in over the winter and have it recalibrated to the 145 set up.


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]


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 4 sets left. They are $50 per set plus $8 shipping. You must contact our office directly to be assured of getting one of these 4 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.


The 2011 events will be posted at the beginning of next year.

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 the parts listed on 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.