3-23-11 Inner Circle

3-23-11 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 03-23-2011


In my opinion, there are three critical pieces of information that you need to make sure is present on the potential Turbo Regal you may be looking at to buy.

First in importance, is the metal VIN tag by the base of the windshield that has the 17-digit VIN number. The next order of importance would be the corresponding Trunk ID label, which also lists the matching 17-digit VIN number and lists all the features and options associated with the car. The next important "tag" would be the metal body trim plate, which is secured by two screws up by the top area of the cowl on the driver's side.

Another decal, would be one of the two paper decals on your driver's door jamb since the one lists the month and year of production of your car. I do not place the same high value on these as I do the three I mentioned above. In other words, if this decal was missing or not readable and everything else was correct, it would not hinder me from buying the car. It would not be a deal breaker. This is my opinion only.

Over the years, it is the two paper decals on the door jamb area that may either be gone or no longer readable due to a poor repaint or using the wrong solution to clean the door jamb area.

In an earlier issue under Information About Date Codes, we briefly touched on the fact the wheels carried a date code, which was stamped in the area of the rim where the bead hides it.

PHOTO 1 - This is an original 1987 T rim that we recently removed and sold from a 1987 Turbo-T. You can clearly see a date code that has been stamped in the rim area, "INSP. #2 FEB 06 1987."

As many of you know, we have been taking drivetrains down to Richard Clark's every 6 to 8 weeks once we have dismantled parts cars. With the current one loaded on our trailer, we can clearly show a few areas that contain critical codes of interest.

PHOTO 2 - This drivetrain happens to be from a 1987 Turbo engine and transmission. The top photo shows the small yellow metal tag on the transmission indicating it is the correct transmission for 1987, known by the 3-letter code "BR F." This metal tag is usually covered in oil from a rear main leak or oil filter adapter leak in neglected situations! This will be on the passenger's side, back by the tail shaft. Its attached by one single rivet and measures 2 inches wide by 1-1/2 inches tall. The lower photo shows a machine flat surface located on the driver's side where the transmission pan meets the actual housing, towards the back of the same transmission. On this machined surface GM stamped the portion of the VIN number. This would be the last six digits and may include the two-letter code prior to the last six digits. This is hardly readable on this example, highlighted with the red arrow. Some of you may not realize the transmission also had the matching VIN number to the car.

PHOTO 3 - Most of us realize the engine block is matched to the VIN number of your car. The sequence of the VIN number is the last six digits. In other words, the last six digits that directly follow the last letter code. These last six digits should match the last six digits of the 17-digit VIN number found on the dash.

Although it may not be readable in this photo, this stamped six-digit code is on a machined surface vertical to the ground on the driver's side where the bell housing bolts up to the engine block. Although it's hard to see, we have highlighted this code with the red arrow.

This machined area is about 3/4 inch wide by 3 inches long. It is virtually impossible to see unless the car is on a lift and you can shine a flashlight into that confined space.

Where this number probably means the most is for any GNX owner, to be sure to have the correct block in their car. Whenever I bought a GNX to resell, I used a pencil and paper to make a shading/tracing of the stamping. You might want to do this with your car. This gives you physical proof that the block matches to the VIN number on the car. Equally important on a GNX would be to make sure the VIN number also matches with the transmission. As many of you are aware, the GNX had different calibrations in the transmission.

PHOTO 4 - We show another page from our 1987 Parts Identification and Inspection Guide. In this case, it is showing the Delco Heater Blower Motor. A long stamped number appears on the top edge by one of the mounting bolts. The last digit is the year and the three prior digits are the day of the year. I was able to check the part on my car and it reads, "114 7" - this means the 114th day for 1987. This makes sense since our 1987 Turbo-T was produced in May of 1987. The 114th day would have fallen in April of that year.



We are having a Mini-Sale effective today and ending the day of our Open House, April 16th 2011.

If you purchase our Reproduction Body Mount Bushings/Cushions 22-Piece Kit for $249.95, Part #7305, you will receive a complete set of new grade 8 bolts, Factory-style Body Mount 12-Piece Bolts Kits, Part #6974, absolutely free as a bonus (a $27.95 value).

You can't order this Special Deal from our website, you MUST call our office - 215-766-1611 x 0.

This is an excellent buy since the cars now 25 years and older. It's a key part to bring the car back to that new ride feeling.


PART #6780 - We can no longer get the 1978-1987 Regal Upper Dash Trim Panel #6780.

PART #6536 - Also gone for good is the factory 1986-1987 Mass Air Hose. However, we do have the upper dash overlay panel that we had made, Part #7303 for $79.95. This is a good "fix" to hide a factory broken or cracked original upper dash trim panel.


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]


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.


APRIL 16, 2011 - 9 am - 3 pm - 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18929

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.

Starting Point is Temecula Creek Inn, Temecula, California
The will be 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.

You MUST REGISTER for the free lunch - email - [email protected]

Lawrence Conley (original owner of "TWEAKED") and Ken Duttweiler

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 -


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]

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


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 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.


Just a few more weeks until our Spring Open House. Mark your calendar - Saturday, April 16th

Be sure to bring any cores to our Open House to cash in for Letter of Credit. Also if you have a list or any major purchases, please let us know in advance so we can have the part(s) set aside for you.