Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 01-12-2011
THE EVOLUTION OF THE MODIFIED FUEL PRESSURE REGULATOR - PART 2 -
Another early method of adjusting the fuel pressure on the original Bosch fuel pressure regulator on the Turbo Regal was a metal device that clamped on to the sides of the fuel pressure regulator. Although primitive looking in design, it did function as claimed. Paul Vilser a long time Turbo Buick owner emailed this information to us last week. We are unsure what original company made them. So you can see how the means to adjust fuel pressure on our Turbo Buicks have evolved over the years.
Because of our involvement of marketing Mustang parts since 1991, several major Mustang companies approached us about making adjustable fuel regulators for the then popular 5.0 Fox body Mustangs. Back then several manufacturers where making them but some had problems with functioning as claimed.
One of the other issue Mustang companies were having is because of the fuel regulators location some versions would not fit when the customer went with an aftermarket intake. Our Mustang adjustable fuel regulator was tested and worked with over a dozen different intakes making it a winner.
The trick was to design one that resembled the original Bosch unit in size and format which is what we had done for the Turbo Buick. By making adjustable ones formatted to the originals this enabled them to fit and work in all the various aftermarket applications which was critical in the Mustang market place.
PHOTO 1 - The top photo shows 3 different billet style fuel pressure regulators. The first one is the Turbo Buick one. The second one is one of four different versions we get made for the older Porsche applications. The third one shown is the most popular one we ever have had made, and it is for all the older 5.0 Mustang engines. It is known in the Mustang world as the billet 3-bolt design. (3 bolt refers to the mounting points to the fuel rail.) You can clearly see how all the top halves are identical which saves tooling costs and production costs. The bases vary in format and in the case of the Mustang it is a good 1/2 shorter, which duplicates the factory Bosch regulator originally. This is critical on the Ford in order to fit under the intake manifold.
We also had made the later two-bolt style Mustang fuel regulator, which fit some of the later ones until Ford moved the regulator from the engine.
The lower photo in PHOTO 1 shows probably the most important feature of these billet design fuel regulators - the special material used for the internal diaphragm. This material holds up to any type of fuel the customer may be using. This photo also shows the 5.0 Mustang fuel regulator with its 3-bolt mounting design. Our company is the sole supplier of both the Mustang and the various Porsche billet-style fuel regulators. We are proud to say, all these billet-style fuel pressure regulators are made 100% in the U.S.A. and have been virtually trouble free.
NEXT WEEK - THE EVOLUTION OF THE ADJUSTABLE FUEL REGULATOR - PART 3
SAD NEWS - Part Two - PAUL ZAZAZINE -
As we mentioned last week, our good friend for many, many years, Paul Zazarine passed away on Monday, January 3rd. Because of our association with the Pontiac GTOs, we have attended many events with Paul and he has also come to some of our events. He was well-known for his many automotive articles, especially for GTOs, Corvettes and Mustangs. He co-authored the "GTO Restoration Guide" with Chuck Roberts, and co-wrote "Glory Days" with Jim Wangers.
By now many of you have seen the various posts on the internet about Paul. I had a call this week from one of his good friends and ours, Chuck Roberts. Chuck co-authored the "Pontiac GTO Restoration Guide" with Paul back in 1985. He was one of the first to hear from Paul's wife when he passed last Monday morning.
I believe my wife and I first met Paul back at the Pontiac National Convention in 1980 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. At that time, we took our 1968 GTO and our 1967 Ram Air Firebird to this event.
I would see Paul often at the various national GTO conventions and also at the Pontiac National Conventions. In later years, he and I along with Jim Wangers and John Sawruk would be invited speakers at many of the same events.
Paul and Chuck formed a Pontiac Club back in 1978 down in Maryland where he originally lived. At one time, Paul served on the Board of Directors for the Pontiac Oakland Club International (POCI), which is the international club for the Pontiac/Oakland brand.
Long-time customers of ours may recall the very first event, GTO/BUICK HEAVEN, we held in June 1988. It was held at our house on Sugar Bottom Road in Furlong, Pennsylvania. Several of our neighbors also allowed cars to be displayed on their properties too. This event was open to all GTOs and Turbo Buicks and was attended by over 250 people. We had 3 real GNXs present, 9 GTOs that had Hurst wheels on the cars. We even had Bill Campbell, the co-founder of Hurst Performance, at this event. Just over 110 GTOs and Turbo Buicks showed up for this event!
At the time, Paul was the editor of Muscle Car Review magazine located in Florida. He came up to cover this event for the magazine. It was featured in the January 1989 issue. We felt honored that he made this trip to cover what was basically a private event that was not held by any national club. Especially since the show wasn't at a convention center, but rather at a private house on a country road. It was so unique, even our neighbor opened up their yard to cars and set up a barbeque and helped feed the attendees. They weren't even "car people."
In talking to Chuck last week (who, by the way, bought one of our Turbo Regals years ago), I asked him about the Pontiac GTO Restoration Guide he and Paul wrote. He told me it took 3 years of research to get that book together and it was first published in 1985. At that time it covered 1964-1970 GTOs. In 1995 they did a new expanded version that covered up through 1972.
In the GTO world, this book has always been considered the "Bible" for restoring GTOs. It runs over 500 pages. It provided the inspiration for me to write my book, "Kirban's Guide to 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regals."
Paul was also a very well versed writer on many different American Muscle cars, including the Corvette. He also wrote several other books for Motorbooks International on the GTOs.
PHOTO 2 - The 2 top left photos show Paul and his wife Alexis. The top right photo shows the letter Paul wrote me just after our first home event. The letter explained when it would appear in "MUSCLE CAR REVIEW" magazine. The lower photo shows the actual two-page article of our very first GTO/BUICK HEAVEN event in the January issue 1989 of Muscle Car Review. In the first page (lower left), you see a young me along side our then 19-year-old son, Darrell in front of Eileen's 1968 GTO (which became Darrell's GTO.) The lower photo shows some of the Grand Nationals lined up on our neighbor's property. The photo on the lower right shows some of the GTOs lined up on the lawn in front of our house.
PHOTO 3 - In the April 1987 issue of MUSCLE CAR REVIEW, Paul did an in-depth article on the upcoming new GNX along side the new 1987 Grand National. This was one of the first automotive magazines to do an article on the new limited production GNX. The photo shows the cover on the top left, and the other photos show some of the pages from the article.
PHOTO 4 - Shows the 3 GTO books Paul did - PONTIAC GTO RESTORATION GUIDE 1964-1972 (co-authored with Chuck Roberts), GTO RECOGNITION GUIDE, and the Motorbooks International GTO MUSCLE CAR COLOR HISTORY books. Fortunately, I did have him autograph the two GTO books he wrote by himself. The top photo shows his autograph in the GTO RECOGNITION GUIDE, "To Dennis, This copy's for you, buddy. I hope you enjoy it. Paul Zazarine April '86."
Interesting enough, last week we did hear from one of our old-time GTO customers who did drive up from South Carolina for our first GTO/BUICK event and remembered buying the Pontiac GTO Restoration Guide. At the time I had told him since both Paul and Chuck were at our event, he should get them to autograph it, which he did! Needless to say, he is one of the few that have a first edition autographed by both Paul and Chuck.
Here is a link showing Paul and a GTO from Year One's website.
Here is a memorial link from Hemmings.
Here is some biographical information from Paul's website.
Paul Zazarine's Summary
I've spent thirty years in the automotive hobby magazine industry, first as a freelance writer and photographer. In 1985 I was hired to edit Musclecar Review magazine at Dobbs Publications. In the next few years I launched several titles for Dobbs, including Mopar Muscle, Corvette Fever and Chevy Truck. I was promoted to Editorial Director at Dobbs in 1989 and Vice President in 1996. I joined Pontiac Enthusiast magazine as Editorial Director and Associate Publisher in 2000 and brokered the magazine's sale to Amos Press in 2003. While at Amos, I launched Musclecar Enthusiast, Mustang Enthusiast and Corvette Enthusiast, all in the same year. I left Amos in 2004 to become a freelance writer and photographer and currently contribute to over a dozen automotive titles including Popular Hot Rodding, Corvette, Car Collector, Collectable Automobile, Vette, Musclecar Review and others.
UPDATE - There will be a Memorial held to celebrate Paul's life. His wife, Alexis, wanted everyone to know that all are welcome.
The Memorial - Celebration of Paul's Life will be held Sunday, Jan 16th, 6-9pm at
Carl Black Dealership, 11500 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32817
We had a call from Lexi this morning and she wants to thank everyone for the kind notes and condolences. There are several articles and memorials being prepared for some of the automotive magazines.
At the memorial there will be 2 donation jars for those that wish to donate to the following (in lieu of sending flowers) -
Donations to Paul's Favorite Charity - Gold Coast Greyhound Adoptions, Inc. (Rescue)
Donations accepted for Paul's Medical and Final Expenses.
Here is a link to Gold Coast Greyhound Adoptions, Inc.
If there are people who wish to donate who are unable to make it to the memorial, or would like to send her a note, they can send it to -
Alexis Zazarine (Lexi), 3859 Winding Lake Circle, Orlando, FL 32835
Her email - [email protected]
A WORD ABOUT AUCTIONS -
In the next three months you will see many of the large collectible auctions in the southwest and on the east coast. I have a long-time friend that sold his 1957 Chevrolet on ebay 2 or 3 years ago. It had some unique features he had done to it and several things that still needed to be done. Interesting enough, he has now seen it on ebay being resold in different parts of the country at least three or four times!
It made me think - wouldn't it be nice for prospective buyers to have some method to track collectible cars at auctions. It would be nice to be able to see the history of the number of auctions a certain car/truck had been to in the last dozen years? Better yet, to see what they actually sold for at that auction. It could be similar to systems they have in place for tracking the history of used cars for service and possible accidents.
Let's face it, some of these cars just get bounced from auction to auction and never get enjoyed by an owner.
GNX FOR SALE -
Just got word from a long-time customer of ours that wants to sell his pride and joy, GNX #545.
This GNX has 25,000 miles on it. It is slightly modified however, all the original parts have been kept. He has the jacket and GNX book. Owned by an older gentleman. GNX #545! Just 2 from the end of production. I can supply additional photos and information. Serious inquiries only. Priced to sell at $58,900. Email me - [email protected]
1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
AFTERMARKET FRONT & REAR ALUMINUM BUMPER SUPPORTS
Here is a simple way to lighten the front and rear end of your car.
These 1984-1987 Regal light-weight aluminum bumper supports replace the factory piston-style supports. These aluminum supports are thick enough to support a front or rear steel bumper. These will also work with a fiberglass bumper.
You can also achieve a weight savings of 5-6 lbs off the front or rear end, or about 10 lbs if you replace both the front and rear bumper supports.
Installation is a direct bolt-in using your original hardware.
NOTE - These are recommended for racing or off-road use only, since it eliminates the shock format.
Another excellent replacement for any exterior restoration.
7311 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Aftermarket FRONT Aluminum Bumper Supports (2) - $72.95 / pair
7312 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Aftermarket REAR Aluminum Bumper Supports (2) - $72.95 / pair
7313 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Aftermarket FRONT (2) & REAR (2)
Aluminum Bumper Supports Set $134.95 / Set - (Save $10.95)
Here is the link to these Aluminum Bumper Supports Sets on our web site.
NOTE ABOUT PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE -
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]
ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION WORKS -
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.
2011 CALENDER OF EVENTS -
CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE BUICK GSCA SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2011
The Chicago Chapter of the Buick GSCA will have their tech session/swap meet at Caspers Electronics' new facility - 1111 Rose Road, Lake Zurich, Ill 60047. Phone - 847-847-1544.
The date is Sunday, February 13th and it starts at 10 am. Expected is Bob Bailey, along with several of the folks from Precision Turbo. Richard Clark may also be attending, if he can work it into his schedule.
Directions to Caspers facility - Take I-94 to Hwy 22 (Half Day Road), travel west about 9 miles, after you pass Quentin Road turn right on Telser, then about 1/4 mile to Rose Road turn right and Caspers will be on the right.
EBAY LISTINGS -
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 -
ABOUT OUR EMAILS -
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.
IN CLOSING -
Seattle football fans must be ecstatic at their good fortune last Saturday! Also good news for Jets fans to have their team bump off the Colts. Congrats to both!
Currently we are dismantling two 1987 Turbo-Ts for parts.
Should you need any specific parts, drop me an email - [email protected]