11-23-2011 Inner Circle

11-23-2011 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 11-23-2011


We have shown the Goodyear Tire ashtray in an earlier Inner Circle. We have also sold several ashtrays over the years.

What is the connection with the Turbo Buick? The GNX used the GOODYEAR EAGLE VR50 series tire. This ashtray duplicates that Goodyear Eagle VR50 tire and has a glass ashtray in the center.

PHOTO 1 - The photo on the right shows the common Goodyear Eagle VR50 tire with the Goodyear blue logo glass ashtray. The one on the left I recently acquired. Not only does this other one have the Goodyear logo and the word "EAGLE" in English, but under this it has what appears to be 4 lines in 4 different languages. I had never seen one of these until I purchased this about a week ago.

It's always neat to discover something new that relates to these cars that I never knew existed.

John Follweiler recently sold me 4 Buick plastic chrome tri-shield logo emblems that are the perfect size for the Kirban-style GNX wheels we used to sell. They are red white and blue with a chrome surrounding. (I have a set of our wheels on our personal Turbo-T). The medallion measures 1-3/4 inches across. Until he showed me these tri-shield emblems, I had never seen them before. My guess is they probably came out in the mid-to-late-1990s and was used somewhere on the inside of one of the Buick models. John does not know where these were used or what year. The part is no longer available from GM.

PHOTO 2 - The top photo shows 3 items. The left is a factory GM parts bag with the Part #10130299. The center shows this plastic emblem out of the bag. The right photo shows a Kirban-style center cap with this emblem affixed to it. The lower photo shows the new center cap on one of the wheels on our car. Since it is not a flat paper decal, it gives the overall wheel a more distinctive look. I also like the fact I now have something that is very rare as a medallion on the center caps. According to John, you can sometimes find these on ebay, but they usually do not have the adhesive on the back.

Speaking of unusual, and rare, I recently removed the upgraded AC Delco am/fm CD player out of our Turbo-T and installed the original version of the factory am push button radio. Besides the radio delete plate this push button am radio is probably just as rare to see in a Turbo Regal today. In 1987 Buick offered 5 different radios in the Turbo Regal.

PHOTO 3 - Shows the Delco am push-button radio in our Turbo-T. Notice it has the flat black face. The trunk ID code for the am radio is "U63," and it was a standard feature. What is unusual is, for the 1984 Regals, that radio had an additional cost of $112! In 1985, 1986, and 1987, it was a standard feature at no additional cost! The code "U63" remained the same for those years.

In our rare parts offering, we have listed parts from ATR, which was a major Turbo Regal parts supplier back in the mid-1980s. ATR was originally located in California and then was sold and moved to South Carolina.

PHOTO 4 - Here is a photo of Applied Technologies and Research Inc. (ATR) 2002 catalog. This catalog ran 110 pages and was probably one of the last ones they did before they went out of business. By the year 2002, they had expanded into over 15 different car and truck models. The other photos show 3 pages from ATR's Grand National section.


We should have a winner to announce next week. We actually have a winner and he is just waiting for the person to verify where this emblem was used originally and even if it was an original Buick part or an aftermarket part.


The one job you wouldn't want is to be a Walmart "Greeter" when the doors open for Black Friday.

Wishing everyone a great Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey and all the trimmings!

NOTE - Our office will be closed on Thanksgiving and the following day, Friday.


My friend Greg Glenn out of New Jersey has a 1986 T-Type for sale. The car is a one owner with 67,000 miles. It has a black exterior with T-Tops and a grey interior. He installed one of our rebuilt Cardone powermaster brake units. Car has a fresh oil change, new battery and air filter. It runs and drives. Car has fairly new tires on it. Needs TLC, headliner, front and rear bumper fillers and the digital dash does not light up. A good winter project for just $5900. Call Greg at 732-406-6285 for more details.


Now in stock the reproduction 1984-987 Turbo Regal shifter cable for the console model only. This is one part that we recommend you have on hand.

Here is our complete description:

1984-1987 Turbo Regal (Console Models Only) -

This reproduction transmission shift cable (console models only) is special for the 200 4R overdrive transmission used in all the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals. This transmission shift cable is unique for this application.

GM discontinued the factory transmission shift cable several years ago.

We recommend you keep one as a spare.

7368 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal (Console Models Only) -
Reproduction Transmission Shift Cable - $36.95

Here is a link to the Shift Cable page on our website:


Be sure to check out our website as we have announced our 2011 Christmas Specials. Discounts range from 10% to as high as 15% on a huge array of parts, including ZDDPlus™ for your oil. The effective dates runs thru 4 pm December 16th, 2011. Be sure to check out our website for complete details.

NOTE - Our website will not be able to calculate the discounts, so you MUST call in your order to take advantage of the Specials.

Here is a link to the 2011 Christmas Specials page on our website:


We have all the licensed Hurst items and other Collectibles on the website with full descriptions and photos. Check it out. You might find something there to use as a holiday/birthday gift for any automotive enthusiast or your mechanic.

Here is a link to the Hurst & Collectibles page on our website:


Both of these items are available right now. First we have the 1986-1987 Buick Regal all models Black Carbon Fiber under-the-hood brace kit (similar to #6744).

What had those under-the-hood braces wrapped in 3M Scotchprint black carbon fiber. They really look good, especially since they are so visible under the hood. The price is $39.95 for the kit, which includes the pair plus all new hardware.

Here is the complete product description:

1986-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

We now carry these popular under-the-hood braces wrapped in black carbon fiber vinyl Braces are made from steel tubing, approximately 3/4" in diameter. They measure about 16" long and bolt to existing holes already on the radiator support. All the hardware is stainless steel. You do need to drill two small holes in the side of your inner fender. Each kit comes with easy-to-follow directions and all the hardware.

These braces help strengthen and support the front end. The idea is nothing new, as almost every G-body GM car and many Monte Carlo SS's have similar under-the-hood braces. The ends of each brace are tapered for a nice positive kit.

Using a unique process, the outer shell of each brace is vinyl wrapped using 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080 Black Carbon Fiber. The material is durable and not affected by heat. The final result is a gorgeous black carbon fiber look to enhance the engine compartment.

NOTE - We also offer the 1986-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Plain Under-the-hood Brace Kit, Part #6744.

Another under-the-hood dress-up item, and it also is nice compliment to the other brace kits we market.

7367 - 1986-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
"BLACK CARBON FIBER" Under-the-hood Brace Kit - $39.95 / kit
includes two braces and all hardware

Here is a link to the Black Carbon Fiber Brace Kit on our website:

We also have the new reproduction 1978-1987 Regal (All Models) Door Sill Plates, Part #7366, $99.95 a pair. The quality is excellent. A great new item to enhance the interior of your Regal.

Here is the complete product description:

1978-1987 Two-Door Buick Regal (All Models including Turbo Regals) -

These are a high-quality reproduction door sill plates, complete with the small "Body by Fisher" logo plate in the center.

Over the years, the original plates in your Regal may have been dented, scratched or faded.

NOTE - These will ONLY fit two-door Regal models.

Plates are sold as a pair.

Another excellent replacement item for any interior restoration.

7366 - 1978-1987 Two-Door Buick Regal (All Models including Turbo Regals) -
Reproduction Door Sill Plates (2) - $99.95 / pair

Here is a link to the Reproduction Door Sill Plates on our website:


Currently we have less than half of our roll left, as several customers have bought 2 and 3 sections of it to do several cars. So, if you have a 1985-1987 Grand National, you may want to get a sample of this material to see if it's something you want to have tucked away. Most of the pallex material you find today from companies sells for over $75 to $95 a yard.

We do NOT have the black pallex material. In many cases, the original black material should be good enough to simply re-use and install the new gray pallex material. The black is a lot easier to match whereas the gray is something that can vary. Keep in mind, before we sell you any material, please email me your name and address so I can send you a sample. That way, you know the exact shade of gray material you would receive - [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.


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]


Saturday - NOVEMBER 27, 2011 - Ford vs Buick
Atco Raceway, Atco, New Jersey
For more information, contact Atco Raceway - 856-768-2167


MAY 2 - MAY 5, 2012 - Burlington, NC
For the latest information, go to - www.turbobuick.com/forums or - [email protected]
Event will feature free food, dyno, tech sessions, drag racing, and Auto-X.
This is one of the first Turbo Buick events for the year 2012.

OCTOBER 10-13, 2012 - Beach Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky
The Gallina/Duttweiler 6-second 200 mph doorslammer is already confirmed for this event.


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 -


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 may not remember who requested the item.


Happy Thanksgiving.

Remember, we are closed on Thanksgiving and Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Be sure to check out our Christmas Specials information and Hurst & Collectible items on our website.