05-23-2012 Inner Circle

05-23-2012 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 05-23-2012


In our 5-9-2012 Inner Circle we pictured and mentioned a gathering of older cars also at the Best Western Motel the same weekend as the TurboBuick.com National, which was being held in Burlington. According to local resident Jerry Bodden, this was part of the Horseless Carriage Club Tour that was happening that weekend featuring cars built before 1925. Not a time period I am personally familiar with! However, seeing them gave me an idea for a short article next week!

It was also brought to my attention concerning Carol Shelby, he used the AC Ace to create the Shelby Cobra originally. The rest as they say, is history.

In last week's Inner Circle (5-16-2012) we showed two different radiator overflow bottles. From the several responses we got, it appears the one with the fill cap towards the back was used mostly on Oldsmobile Cutlass models. The Monte Carlo, took a different one altogether.

What I don’t know is what version, if any of these 3, were used on the Grand Prix during those years or did Pontiac have a different bottles?

Among collectors, I get the impression that Turbo Buick Regals, Oldsmobile Cutlass 442s, Hurst Olds, and Monte Carlo SS models are the sought-after models. The Pontiac Grand Prix doesn’t seem to have much of a following for those years (1984-1987.)

I can’t recall the Grand Prix back then even having a special designated performance model. Buick had the Turbo Regals, Chevrolet had the Monte Carlo SS, and Oldsmobile had the 442 and Hurst Olds during that time frame. To a lesser degree, they did make the 2 plus 2 model Grand Prix, as did Chevrolet make a similar model called the Areo Coupe. This is just my opinion, based on what you see today that are collectible G-body cars from 1984-1987.

I was able to purchase an aftermarket radiator overflow cap so I could photograph it along side a brand new GM original overflow radiator bottle cap.

PHOTO 1 - We show both radiator overflow caps in this picture. The one on the far left is the factory new GM radiator overflow cap. The one on the right is the new aftermarket cap. The caps are very similar. The only visible difference is in the wording. The wording on the GM cap is a brighter white and the lettering font style is bolder. Subtle difference to be sure, but nevertheless a slight difference. Remember, most aftermarket suppliers are in the replacement business and may not design the replacement part as an exact duplicate of the original.

We carry the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Engine Coolant Cap, Part #6880.
Here is the link to this cap on our website:


We had to raise the price slightly on our #6510 1984-1987 Regal - Factory-style 9-piece Trunk Kit. The price is now $179.95 plus shipping.

This kit is one of our most popular trunk kits based on the original optional trunk kit that GM offered for the Regals back in 1984-1987. It comes with a free Trunk Kit Installation DVD.

Here is a link to this Trunk Kit on our website:


As reported earlier, we attended Spring Carlisle. This event remains one of the largest Swap meets in the U.S. The event covers 150 acres with just over 8,000 vendors. In other words, you have to love to walk and buy items that are easy to carry!

I usually go on a Wednesday before the major crowds come later in the week.

The first group of photos shows something that impressed me. It had not been opened for thirty years, so it was in mint condition and in perfect working order. It's hard to pin down the year it was produced, but my educated guess is around the late 1930s prior to the war starting. I think the seller said it was made in Germany.

PHOTO 2 - These four photos show this very intricate cut away view of a fully-working scaled-down automobile engine and drivetrain. The top left photo shows an overall view of the drivetrain. The top right photo shows a close up of the six cylinder engine. The lower left photo is a close up of the transmission. The lower right photo shows looking at the front of the display.

You could see the rear end gears engage, the rear brake shoes engage on the rear drums, the driveshaft turning, the steering turning, each piston working properly, and the valve springs and by electric each spark plug firing in the correct order. The fan blade turned as well. If I remember correctly, I think the seller said it was made for some sort of teaching method at a school. I had never seen anything like this. The seller was asking $1,600 for it. It's doubtful many of these were ever produced originally, and to find one as pristine as this working model is today would be extremely rare to find.

PHOTO 3 - This top left photo shows a bright red Camaro for sale at Carlisle sporting a mere 200 miles. The top right photo shows it could be bought for $32,900. I thought the 1968 Camaro shown in the lower left photo was a good deal. It's a very nice overall condition 350 with a 4 speed. If I recall, it also had low miles. The lower right photo shows it was only $24,900, and was a one owner with a lot of original paperwork, which was lying up on the dash pad.

PHOTO 4 - I did see one 1987 Grand National for sale. This first photo shows the 1987 Grand National for sale. It had 28,000 original miles with a $19,500 price tag. The second photo shows some of the original paperwork that was included with the Grand National. For rare Buicks, the one in this third photo would be my pick. It's the last of the full-size Buicks turbocharged models. The last photo shows the information on this unique Buick. I don’t recall what the asking price.

More photos from Spring Carlisle next week!


I think I have located a correct-looking-style muffler. It is U.S. made. All the dimensions are very close to what originally came on a GNX, including the oval shaped body of the muffler. Currently I am trying to round up some of them from various sources. This is one of the toughest parts to find because of its unusual small size.

It doesn’t matter if your GNX has a lot of miles on it or sits unused, the mufflers rust out. Muffler shops can fabricate new tailpipes without too much trouble. The problem is finding a center-to-center inlet and outlet muffler, 12 inch long oval muffler body that is only about 3½" high by 7½" wide is a problem. I believe the inlet and outlet are 2" or 2¼" diameter. As you are aware, space is quite limited where the stock mufflers are located due to the suspension and the way the exhaust is routed. These are aluminized steel.

Most aftermarket mufflers of this size have a round body, which can hang down and be visible under the car. The mufflers I have found are very close to the original GNX mufflers. (The outlet and inlet is about 1" longer but can be cut off). The projected price with supplies being limited will be around $199.95 per pair plus $20 shipping. Even if your GNX doesn’t need mufflers, these are a good investment.

If you want to get on a list for a pair of these unique mufflers, email me direct [email protected]

We expect to have some by mid June. We will notify you when we have a pair for you. We will have more details and photos at that time. Years ago we used to sell a Midas muffler that was similar to the GNX. Unfortunately, Midas no longer makes their own mufflers.


I just got word of from one of our customers who has decided to sell his GNX. The car has approximately 103,000 miles and it has been repainted. It runs and drives great. He has only driven it a few thousand miles since purchasing it 3 years ago. This car has been slightly modified. It does not have the original turbo.

He does have the correct numbered GNX book, but no GNX jacket. He has other performance cars, so he decided to sell this one. Car is priced between $42,500 and $45,000 and is in Virginia. There are not many out there in this price range. If you are interested, email me - [email protected] - for more info.



We discovered this aluminum high heat paint at the 2012 TurboBuick.com Nationals at Richard Clark’s shop. This is the brand Richard uses personally on his Turbo Regal engine parts.

This ALB-1-HT engine paint restores a fresh new aluminum appearance to any aluminum part.

It is made by Goodson, who is a supplier of engine and tools to engine rebuilders. It is called “Aluminum Last Blast High Temperature Formula.” It restores a fresh new aluminum appearance, which can withstand engine temperatures.

It produces a hard chemical-resistant finish, it won't deteriorate like ordinary paints, dries tack-free in 10 minutes and can be heated at 450° to create a professional durable finish.

Any parts sprayed can withstand continuous heat up to 1200°F.

It comes in a handy 12-ounce spray can.

Our second photo shows a 1986-1987 Turbo Regal upper plenum we spray painted using this product. You can see it looks new.

We also offer some other spray paints - #6826 - High Heat Spray Paint, 12-ounce can (Specify: aluminum, cast blast grey, or satin black), #7134 - “Black Satin™ Automotive Trim Coating” Spray Paint, 12-ounce can, and #6822 - Interior Spray Paint, 11-ounce can (Specify: grey, dark blue or burgundy).

NOTE - Spray paint can ONLY be shipped by UPS GROUND... because of restrictions, we CANNOT ship paint by AIR.

NOTE - This spray paint is used and highly recommended by Richard Clark.

7419 - Aluminum Grey Last Blast High Temperature Formula Spray Paint, 12-ounce can $14.95

Here is a link to this Spray Paint on our website:


I use the Ultra Heavy Duty Degreaser almost every day and it is by far the best product I have found. It’s great for cleaning floor mats concrete floors anything. This is the product they use to clean the Lincoln tunnel in New York.

SafestRustRemover #7322 and Ultra One Heavy Duty Degreaser #7323 -
These are great additions to your garage arsenal of cleaning products. We have used them both and are totally satisfied with the results. Here is the link to these products on our website:

REPRODUCTION SEAT COVERS - #7397, #7398, #7399 and #7412 -
We now have all of the reproduction seat cover options on the website. Here is the link:


Pete Hoffman has a limited number of the reproduction GNX Suspension Systems available. These are the Richard Clark systems that he has had made locally.

They are nearly exact to the originals, down to the welds and material used. They come with complete detailed instructions.

Limited availability! Call or email Pete 215-778-1036
[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.

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]


MAY 26th, 2012 - Saturday
Lebanon Valley Dragway, Lebanon, New York.

For more info, phone number for the racetrack is 518-794-7130. To reach John Csordas - 845-528-GSGN or his cell is 914-447-6068.

JUNE 15th and 16th, 2012 - Friday & Saturday
Friday afternoon World's Record attempt at muffler box dominoes.
Cruise through Lansdale, PA Friday night.
Saturday event is held at Performance Years headquarters, 2705 Clemens Road, Hatfield, PA 19440. They should have 150+ Pontiacs, 150+ musclecars and 150+ Mustangs. They even have 2 bands playing back to back on Saturday.

I have listed below the events for Saturday the main day at Performance years headquarters. We will be there as a vendor. Then that same night is the Lansdale car show in the center of town.

Saturday, June 16

8:30am - 4:30pm - Midway & Showroom Open
8:30am - 4:00pm - Featured Indoor Vehicle Display
9:00am - 4:00pm - PY & Pypes Open House
9:00am - 3:00pm - PY & Pypes Tours (Every ? hour)
9:00am - 3:00pm - All Pontiac Car Show
9:00am - 3:00pm - All Mustang Car Show
9:00am - 3:00pm - Musclecar & Truck Show
9:00am - 4:00pm - Name Your Price Swap-Meet (Hospitality Area)
9:00am - 4:00pm - Live Exhaust Installations
12:00pm - 3:00pm - Live Bands: Life Without... & Stepping STONE performing
2:00pm - Car Show Voting Closes
4:00pm - Car Show Awards Ceremony

"Lansdale Under the Lights" is that evening. Lansdale/Hatfield area should be crawling with cool cars!

All monies collected for registration, minus the costs of the trophies, goes to the ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrig's disease) in Philadelphia, PA.

Here is the link with for more details -

JUNE 15th, 16th and 17th, 2012 - Friday, Saturday & Sunday -
Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio.

Hotels - Best Western Norwalk - 419-663-3501 or All American Inn Norwalk - 419-663-1922.
For more info, contact Roberta Vasilow 810-655-8277 email - [email protected]
or Bill Wills 330-747-1029 email [email protected]

AUGUST 3rd and 4th, 2012 - Friday & Saturday
National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio
The theme this year is the "Class of 1987." Open to all Buick models built in 1987.

SEPTEMBER 21st and 22nd, 2012 - Friday & Saturday
Cecil County Dragway, Maryland
Event is open to all models of Buicks

Featuring the 2nd Annual MAGNA (Mid-Atlantic Grand National Association) All Buick powered judged Car Show! All Buick's! All years! All makes!

Goodie bags for the first 50 Buicks in the show. Door prizes all day and 50/50 to win some cash. The ONLY ALL-Buick car show on the east coast!

For more information, contact Doug Dougherty - 302-653-2201 or John Csordas - 914-447-6068 or email questions to - [email protected] or [email protected] Visit their website -http://tristategsclub.com

OCTOBER 17-20, 2012 - Wednesday-Saturday
Beach Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Racing is FREE on Wednesday, October 17th. The correct dates are October 17-20, 2012. Because of the reschedule, they have negotiated FREE racing on Wednesday, October 17th. This includes "everyone" who comes thru the gate and pays the usual nominal entrance fee. There is NO usual additional charge to race your Buick powered cars on Wednesday.

The BCA (Buick Club of America) will be joining the GSCA event. This combination will make for a well-rounded event featuring all kinds of Buicks. This is one fall event you do not want to miss!


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 may not remember who requested the item.


I finally got around to having our new light-weight aluminum driveshaft installed in our white Turbo-T. I like to think of our car as incorporating every possible part that retains a stock appearance, and at the same time lightens up the car.

Watch for our next idea coming soon.