Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 03-16-2011
MORE INFORMATION ON DATE CODES -
I realize not all Turbo Buick owners are restoring their Turbo Buicks by strict date code guidelines.
There is one area that date codes probably have the most importance in your day-to-day life. I am referring to the date codes found on food. In many cases, it may be your wife that is more conscious of date codes. If you have ever gotten food poisoning, it serves as a wake up call to the importance of date codes! I have had first hand experience with food poisoning on a road trip about 25 years ago. It is not something you soon forget!
As we have pointed out in earlier issues, almost every part in our car has some sort of date code. It would have been nice if the code system was consistent - all the same and in the same order - but that is not the case.
The spark control unit is just one of the small sensors/relays that can be found under the hood of your Turbo Regal. GM mounted the spark control unit as the last one on the passenger's side bracket.
PHOTO 1 - The upper photo shows an electronic spark control (ESC) unit I just removed from the 1987 Turbo-T. The paper sticker that shows the application is missing from this example.
You can see the hot stamped date code on this unit (highlighted with the red arrow.) The last 4 digits represents the date code. Prior to the date code is a series of 2 sets of 4 other digits, which I have no idea what they mean. In this case the date code reads 6333. This would stand for 1986 333rd day of that year. What is interesting is matching the part to the photo the GM logo is upside down and on the other side. However when it is installed on the inner fender the GM logo will read right side up, and the date code will be upside down!
In many cases, the hot stamp method of coding the various relays/sensors is hard to read. Unless you are a walking book of knowledge on these cars with their various methods of date coding, you can see how difficult it can be to have a 100% original date-coded car.
The lower photo shows the paper decal intact on our personal Turbo-T (highlighted with the red arrow.)
PHOTO 2 - This "(ESC) ELECTRONIC SPARK CONTROL" page is from my 1987 Parts Identification and Inspection Guide. It illustrates where the date code is located. This time they list the year, then the day of the year. Note the GM logo embossed in the left side of the unit. This page also explains how to tell if the part has failed showing resistance on each of the 5 terminals.
We have shown just a few different examples of date coding in the last few Inner Circles.
POWER 6 LOGO - 1981 BUICK PACE CAR -
I think the earliest you can find the "Power 6" logo used or the "Turbo" logo, as it is sometimes referred to, is related to the 1981 Buick Pace car.
PHOTO 3 - Show items from my private collection. The top photo shows a letter opener, probably the most rare item I have associated with the 1981 Buick Pace car. On the back of this letter opener it says, "Zippo USA Stainless," which is the name of the cigarette lighter company. The lower left photo show two dash plagues I have; one shows no number for the car and the other shows #147 for the car number. The photo on the lower right shows a cloth patch, which would be sewn on the special jacket they offered.
PHOTO 4 - Here is an extremely rare 1981 Buick Pace Car silver satin jacket. This one appears to be new and is size small. The label actually says, "Made in the U.S.A". The logo shown in the closeup on the right used on this jacket can also be found on other items as well from that part of Buick history.
GREAT NEWS -
LAWRENCE CONLEY & KEN DUTTWEILER
CONFIRMED FOR THE TurboBuick.com NATIONALS
We received confirmation that Lawrence Conley (original owner of "TWEAKED") and Ken Duttweiler will be special guests at the TurboBuick.com Nationals in North Carolina in May. Both are scheduled to speak on Thursday (May 12th) at Richard Clark's shop.
These are two well-respected, major players that were in the forefront of the 1/4-mile Turbo Buick racing field.
This will be a trip down Memory Lane and a rare chance to meet Lawrence and Kenny at Richard's shop. Usually they can be seen busy preparing their cars at the track.
Don't miss this event!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT -
Jean Dinning passed away February 22nd at the age of 86. She was one of nine children. She wrote the hit song "Teen Angel," which was released in 1959 and sung by her brother Mark. It was an instant hit!
The song that was number one prior to Teen Angel was "Running Bear" song by Johnny Preston. Ironically, both songs had tragic endings. Johnny Preston passed away March 4th, four days after Jean Dunning died. The song Running Bear was written by J. P. Richardson, better known as the "Big Bopper." Performing the song's Indian chants on the actual recording are not only J. P Richardson but also George Jones!
SALE PRICE ENDS THIS FRIDAY -
All our alternator choices are now on our website with full descriptions, photos, and prices to make ordering easier.
Here is a link to all the alternator related items on the website -
Sale pricing expires on Friday, March 18th for our brand new 1986-1987 Turbo Regal 120A alternators, listed as Part #7315.
7315 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
BRAND NEW 120 amp Alternator, Pre-tested with a 2-year Warranty
Regular Price - $169.95
SALE PRICE until March 18, 2011 - $154.95 (save $15)
7316 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
BRAND NEW Custom-Built 200 amp Alternator, Pre-tested with a 2-year Warranty - $249.95
7317 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
YOUR ORIGINAL 120 amp ALTERNATOR - REBUILT with all New Internal Parts Using YOUR Original Housing, Pre-tested with a 2-year Warranty - $139.95
To order part numbers #7318 or #7319, you must contact our office first to see if we can provide you with a date stamp prior to your built code. Our supplier has about 30 original housings.
7318 - 1987 Turbo Regal -
Original 120 amp Alternator Housing with our stamped Part #1101 349 120A on the Housing - $65.95 / kit
7319 - 1987 Turbo Regal -
Original 120 amp ALTERNATOR - REBUILT with all New Internal Parts and our stamped Part #1101 349 120A on the Housing - $189.95
7320 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
UPGRADED Alternator Pulley Fan with Machined Spacer - $25
GNX #545 FOR SALE -
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 -
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS SPRING OPEN HOUSE -
APRIL 16, 2011 - 9 am - 3 pm - 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18929
RAIN or SHINE
Once again we will be holding our annual Spring Open House, Saturday, April 16th - 9 am until 3 pm. This event happens rain or shine. Free Yum Yum Donuts are known to run out in a matter of a few hours. We will have an array of tagged and bagged used parts at bargain prices, as will Pete from his collection of parts.
Most of our in stock Kirban Performance Products items will be discounted 5%. Any items that we do not have that you pay for that day, we will ship to you for free.
As additional vendors let us know they are coming, we will update this information.
Already confirmed as vendors for our Open House -
- CUSTOM AUTO APPAREL - large array of licensed Buick apparel
website - customautoapparel.com / email - [email protected] / phone - 412-678-8402
- Pete Hoffman - Lots of used original parts
- WORLD of MOTORWORKS - Paul Castle will be coming again from Illinois.
SOUTHERN BUICK SHOOTOUT - April 22nd - 23rd, 2011
Held at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, Georgia.
For more information, contact Hartline Performance at 321-722-1563 or
click on the website below.
"RIDE ON MOLLY" MEMORIAL EVENT - APRIL 30th - MAY 1st, 2011
Starting Point is Temecula Creek Inn, Temecula, California
A great ride/event to honor and remember a truly wonderful individual, Molly.
Proceeds will benefit his daughter Brooke's college fund.
For complete information, check out the link to their event -
TurboBuick.com 2011 NATIONALS - MAY 11-14, 2011 - BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
This is one of the first major Turbo Buick events for the upcoming 2011 season. The dates are May 11th through the 14th. The first 2 days the event is held at Richard Clark's massive shop at 2557 Faucette Lane, Burlington, NC 27217, North Carolina, followed by 2 days of racing at the Piedmont Dragway, 6750 Holts Store Road, Julian, North Carolina 27283 (Greensboro.)
Our company is handling the vendor lineup and part of the program at Richard's shop on Wednesday and Thursday. This includes the free lunch that Richard provides under the ZDDPlus™ sponsorship.
FREE LUNCH THURSDAY, MAY 12th at RICHARD'S SHOP
You MUST REGISTER for the free lunch - email - [email protected]
GUEST SPEAKERS -
Lawrence Conley (original owner of "TWEAKED") and Ken Duttweiler
CONFIRMED VENDORS -
Alky Control, Bob Bailey, Caspers Electronics, Cotton's Performance, Custom Auto Apparel, Dentmasters, GBodyParts.COM, Hartline Performance, Pete Hoffman, HR Parts N Stuff, Inc., Kirban Performance Products, Metco Motorsports Solutions, RJC Racing, and World of Motorworks.
The club has some big plans and special guests that will be coming and conducting seminars that were not there last year. Since the GS Nationals are moving to October this year, this gives you another major event to attend in the spring.
There will be a listing of events, hotels (discounts), vendors, seminars, etc. As information is confirmed, we will let you know.
For more exact information on race classes and other activities, go to -
21ST ANNUAL BUICK RACEDAY - MAY 20-22nd, 2011
Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio.
This is one of the longest running Buick events. Vendors and swappers welcome! Friday is time trials, Saturday is an all Buick show, and Sunday is race day open to all Buick powered vehicles and there also is a Quick 16 class with cash payments.
For more information, contact Roberta Vasilow - 810-655-8277
email - [email protected]
Bill Wills - 330-747-1029
email - [email protected]
BUICK RACE DAY - SATURDAY - JUNE 25, 2011
Lebanon Valley, New York.
This is put on by the Northeast GS/GN chapter of the GS Club. They have 3 Race Classes - Quick 16, V8 and V6.
For more information, contact John Csordas at 518-794-7130 or 845-528-GSGN.
2011 BUICK PERFORMANCE GROUP - JULY 29th - 31st, 2011 - HEBRON, OHIO -
The Buick Performance Group event will feature the Turbo Buick "step children" the T-Types and Pontiac's unclaimed child the Turbo Trans Am. The event is at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.
They have secured Scott Kelly to attend, as well as Denny Manner, Joe Guzek, Dave Roland, Ron Yuile. Denny has also contacted Tom Wallace in hopes that he will attend. The people mentioned have also contacted other retired Buick Engineers, including Mike Doble to have them attend. There will be displays and "tech" talks, so it should be very informative. I don't think there has ever been that many Turbo G-body Engineers in one place at one time. This is one event you do not want to miss this summer!
Information for the Event can be found here -http://www.buickperformancegroup.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?8-BPG-Nationals
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 irect - [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 may not remember who requested the item.
IN CLOSING -
Just a few more weeks until our Spring Open House. Mark your calendar. Hope to see you then.