07-05-2012 Inner Circle

07-05-2012 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 07-05-2012


We realize there are many products on the market today that you can purchase to clean whatever it is you need to clean. This product in my opinion is the best that we have tried for a variety of reasons. The result I get from this product is terrific, plus it has no fragrance or smell. To show you just how remarkable this product, is I went to the junkyard the other week and picked up a set of GM floor mats. Not just any floor mats, but embroidered Cadillac Catera floor mats, so there would be no doubt they are at least a dozen years old. (Catera was last sold as a 2001 model. The new CTS model became the replacement model in 2003.)

They make the perfect example, since they are light brown, and out of a Catera in a junkyard, so they have had plenty of neglect.

First, I vacuumed the floor mats to remove any of the loose dirt.

I then covered up half of each of the embroidered Catera Cadillac floor mats and soaked the exposed side with a regular garden hose. I then sprayed on some of the Ultra Heavy Duty Degreaser and using a household scrub brush, scrubbed the exposed portion of both mats while they were still wet with water and the Ultra Heavy Duty Degreaser.

I then set the garden hose nozzle on jet spray and rinsed the exposed half of each of the Catera floor mats. I laid both of them over a railing so they would simply drip dry in the heat. (It didn’t take long in this heat for it to dry!)

PHOTO 1 - In the top left photo we show the driver's side Catera floor mat. We've cleaned half with the Ultra One Heavy Degreaser. You can clearly see the difference. In the top right photo we show the passenger's side embroidered Catera Cadillac floor mat half cleaned. Although it was not quite as dirty, you can see the difference on this mat as well.

For any skeptics who may wonder that the half I cleaned was not as dirty as the half I did not clean, I then went back and cleaned the remaining half of both Catera floor mats. In the lower photos we show these same mats completely cleaned. They both are very close to looking like new again and are still soft to the touch.

All this was done with a regular garden hose and the Ultra One Heavy Duty Degreaser. In other words, no special equipment was used!

Remember, this is the same product that New York City uses to clean the Lincoln Tunnel. The product won’t remove hardened tar or stuck on grease unless you use some other type of product designed to dissolve the hardened tar first. But for virtually anything else, I have found this product to be the best. Of course, like anything else, the sooner you attack the dirt, the easier it is to remove it.

In quick review, our Part #7323 - Ultra One Heavy Duty Degreaser. It comes in a one gallon container, which is already premixed. I simply poured it into a smaller spray bottle so it's handy to use. Ultra One Heavy Duty Degreaser is non-toxic, free of phosphates, non-irritant, non-volatile, non-flammable, and environmentally safe. There is no smell, and no fumes. In other words, there is no downside to using this product on virtually any cleaning situation. It's mild enough to wash your hands and sneakers!

So, if you talk to Christina when you order, ask her how nice her floor mats look now in her car, since I also did her floor mats!


As time goes on, more and more products that feature the GM logos are getting GM licensed for products that are for the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals. What you may not realize is that a GM license agreement may be issued to more than one company for the same exact part or decal. Also, that same licensed part or decal, may not be the same even though they are GM licensed!

Case in point - We deal with one source that is in the midst of getting several of the decals used on our cars GM licensed. We have been working with this source, so we could be sure it is done as accurately as possible.

The first 1986-1987 Turbo Buick label we had this source get GM licensed is for the "Harrison" Air Conditioning Compressor. Currently we are aware of one of GM licensed reproduction label for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal "Harrison" Air Conditioning Compressor.

PHOTO 2 - We show both fully licensed by GM Reproduction Harrison Air Conditioning Compressor Decals. The one we sell and had our supplier get GM licensed is shown on top. The other GM licensed Harrison Air Conditioning compressor decal is shown on the bottom.

You will notice two differences that stand out. Probably most visible is the yellow part of the decal. Ours is a brighter yellow, which we feel is correct based on the original decal and the decals on cars we have seen over the years, including our own original 1987 Turbo-T. This yellow also closely matches the yellow that is on several other GM labels under the hood, including the one on the heater box. The yellow on the other GM licensed label appears to be more of a dark mustard color.

The other difference is after the wording "CODE NO." Our source has left that blank, and not shown any six-digit code. The other GM licensed decal shows a six-digit number, which reads "041061." The reason our source elected to not show any number here is because that number is a date code and, of course, would be different throughout production.

Also, once the label is properly affixed on your Harrison Air Conditioning Compressor, that entire area of this decal is completely hidden by the AC lines or power steering lines.

In the lower left photo we show an original decal on a car. You can clearly see how difficult it is to see anything past the yellow portion of the Harrison Air Conditioning Compressor decal.

Upon further research of the 6-digit code number, I looked it up in the Parts Identification and Inspection Guide book that I have. In lower right photo shows the "COMPRESSOR ASSEMBLY" page from a different 1987 Buick model application. In this code system, the first two digits represent the month, second two digits represent the day, third single digit represent the year, and the last single digit was the shift it was produced. This proves that the code numbering system was not the same number on each label.

So, using that formula on the other GM licensed Harrison Air Conditioning Compressor decals, the code "041061" stands for "April 10th 1986 Shift 1."

In quick review, my point is to only make customers aware that the same part or decal can be licensed to more than one vendor, and differences can exist between the same part or decal.


This dash is just like the GNX. It has all new Stewart Warner gauges with sending units as needed. It includes a new upper speedometer cable, directions with a copy of the original ASC blueprints, a good used original gauge bezel, new applique, most important a pre-cut stock dash bezel. In other words, this is a complete kit read to install. You do not have to cut any part of your dash, you simply remove your dash and drop this one in. All the gauges are all pre-fit properly.

The only item you will have to buy to complete it is the proper plug-and-play harness. This is available from World of Motorworks. You have to specify if you have an analog dash or a digital dash when you order the harness.

The price for this complete GNX style dash is $1,995 plus shipping.


One of the new clever items we just had made is in the form of an 8-¾" battery operated wall clock. Geared for any GNX owner we had a wall clock done to resemble the actual vacuum boost gauge found in your GNX gauge cluster. We also had two other versions made that resemble the speedometer in the GNX. For the miles indicator we put the number 547, which was the total production number for the GNX project. We also offer another version that we will get your actual GNX number imprinted in the odometer reading. Below the odometer reading on both versions we dropped in the quote mostly associated with the GNX project.

PHOTO 3 - We show all three of the new 8-3/4" wall clocks that we have made. For more information, see New Products in this issue.

Here is a link to these new clocks on the website:

Last but not least we want to show you a few more photos from the recent GM at Carlisle event.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows probably the quickest mid-1950s Oldsmobile convertible in the country. You have to love this owner's approach working with a car with parts that had to be hard to find and then making it a real quick ride.

I really didn't spot any Turbo Regal parts related to the 1984-1987s for sale. The closest I saw you can see in the top right photo, a late 1979?vintage front end, complete with the early-style turbo hood.

The real unique cars were set up inside. In these lower photos we show the most unique 1955 Chevrolet truck in the show. The lower right photo conveys why it's called the "Watermelon Truck." The air cleaner resembles an actual watermelon. It was made from cutting up two Freon bottles! This truck reminded me of what we did back in the 1970s with our 1947 Studebaker pickup. We had a large Pepsi carton replica made and we bought 6 of the huge blow-up Pepsi bottles and put them in the bed when we showed the truck.


Currently we have an urgent need for 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock turbo cores. They must have the exhaust housing. We will allow $75 Letter of Credit for any cores you send in.

It's important you contact our office first, so we know to expect it - 215-766-1611 x 0

By providing cores, you are helping other owners restore their cars.


Currently the 1937 Packard coupe is still for sale. We have heard from several customers and have sent them a bunch of photos on this pristine modified 1937 Packard coupe. (See 6-6-2012 Inner Circle for more details.) Email me direct - [email protected] - for photos of this car.

Also the 3,500-mile 1987 Grand National hardtop that I found for Mike O’Neil several years ago is also still available. (See 6-6-2012 Inner Circle for more details). Email me direct - [email protected] - for photos of this car.


Not often we can report of any price reductions but one we are working on is the 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal with Floor Shift Theft Deterrent Lock-Out Plate. Our original Part #7429 has been discontinued. That price was $119.95.

Currently we have another source working on this part and expect to have it available in a few weeks and at a lower price!


Also, under our emailed Rare Parts, see Part #P-1764 the used rear view mirror with the dual map reading lamp option. We found another source for them and have been able to reduce the price on them as well. This is one of those later GM options that I believe came a long a few years later. It’s a nice upgrade to the interior and since it's a GM option, it looks factory. The new price is now just $24.95 each. If you are interested in purchasing this mirror, email - [email protected]


1986-1987 Buick Regal -

This is the decal on the air conditioner compressor for 1986-1987 Buick Regals. Unfortunately, most of the rebuilt AC compressors will not have this original-style decal on the unit.

This GM licensed reproduction air conditioner compressor decal measures 5-1/4" x 1-1/4" and is reproduced in the correct colors as the original decal - yellow, black and silver. Decal sticker is produced on the proper material to withstand engine heat.

The yellow section of the label is the correct yellow that we have found to be used throughout the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal models.

Photo A shows an original decal on a Turbo Buick.

Photo B shows an original decal on an original 3500-mile Grand National.

NOTE - We are told this decal is also correct for all other 1986-1987 G-Body cars, not just Buick.

NOTE - Several other reproductions exist for this decal, but the colors may not be correct. Our GM licensed source has reproduced these exactly like the original.

NOTE - After the words “CODE NO.,” our GM licensed source has left this area blank, since the 6th digit code that appears here would not be the same on every decal. That code represents the day, month, year and shift when the AC compressor was produced. Also, once the label is affixed correctly on the AC compressor, that portion of the label is not visible. The AC lines hide it completely.

Another great under-the-hood decal to restore the engine compartment.

7424 - 1986-1987 Buick Regal -
GM Licensed - Reproduction “HARRISON” Air Conditioner Compressor Decal, 5-1/4" x 1-1/4" - $9.95

Here is a link to this decal on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This is a brand new power antenna cable reproduction repair kit. It is just the internal plastic cable. It will only work if the metal antenna mast is not damaged and the motor will not shut off unless it’s unplugged. If the motor works, and the mast is not bent in any way, the internal plastic cable is broken or damaged due to age.

This is a new reproduction of the plastic internal cable complete with installation directions. This kit is ONLY the internal plastic cable. Your entire mast assembly MUST be intact and NOT bent. Your power antenna motor MUST still be in good working order for your power antenna to work once you install this new reproduction internal plastic cable.

NOTE - Remember this is ONLY the internal plastic cable. The external metal mast and the power antenna motor on your car must be in good working order.

NOTE - We recommend you also purchase our Part #6976 - “1984-1987 Turbo Regal - Power Antenna Removal and Installation Guide” Book by Pete Serio.

7433 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Power Antenna Cable Reproduction Repair Kit - $29.95 / kit

NOTE - The reproduction 1984-1987 Turbo Regal power antenna has been discontinued, our Part # 7008.

Here is a link to this power antenna cable repair kit on our website:


1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

This is a factory AC Delco / GM power antenna repair kit. Supplies are very limited since it is a original AC Delco GM part.

This is what you will need if the antenna mast on your car is bent or broken.

Kit includes the plastic internal cable, the metal tube and the mast assembly. This is everything you need to fix a non-working unit, as long as the power antenna electric motor is still in good working order.

NOTE - Remember, since this is an original AC Delco part, supplies are very limited and will soon be depleted.

NOTE - We recommend you also purchase our Part #6976 - “1984-1987 Turbo Regal - Power Antenna Removal and Installation Guide” Book by Pete Serio.

7434 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Original AC DELCO / GM Complete Power Antenna Repair Kit - $129.95 / kit

This part in not on the website yet. If you are interested in purchasing it, call our office - 215-766-1611

1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

This black plastic flywheel cover is a universal design that will fit virtually all the 350, 400, 700 4R and the 200 4R transmission, which is used in all the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals.

In some cases, the factory metal flywheel cover may be missing or dented, or severely rusted. At this point, we are not aware of any source for the original metal covers.

Because this is hard plastic, we only recommend it to be used on stock applications or where the transmission is not subject to extreme temperatures, such as in a race application. Before ordering, check the factory crossover pipe to be sure you have about a 1" clearance all around the existing flywheel cover.

This black, hard plastic, flywheel cover only weighs 3/4 of an ounce. The cover is designed to cover the transmission flywheel and it also cuts down on any engine noise. Since it’s plastic, it will never rust or dent.

NOTE - Since it is a universal fit flywheel cover, it can be used on virtually any 350, 400, or 700 4R transmission as well as the standard 200 4R transmission found in all the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals.

7428 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Universal Transmission Flywheel Cover - $22.95

Here is a link to this universal transmission flywheel cover on our website:


Here's a clever looking clock every GNX owner recognizes.

It's design resembles the full sweep vacuum and boost gauge found on all the original GNX's. It has a red second hand with silver minute and hour hands against a black background. The numbers are in white, the vacuum sequence is in a light shade of green and the (PSI) goes from a pale yellow to a orange, similar to what the factory turbo gauge looks like in the GNX.

The 8-3/4" diameter clock has a quartz movement for accuracy and comes with one AA battery. The face is glass and the surrounding bezel is silver.

It’s a unique gift idea for any car enthusiast... especially if they own a GNX. It’s also an excellent gift for your mechanic!

7430 - GNX-Style Vacuum/Boost Turbo Gauge 8-3/4" Wall Clock - $38.95


Here's a clever looking clock every GNX owner recognizes. The clock face for the odometer reading shows 547, which was the production of the Buick GNX. Just above the odometer reading we have the phrase associated with the Buick GNX, “A HIGH-PERFORMANCE INVESTMENT FOR THE FORTUNATE 547” in silver letters with a red drop shadow.

It's design resembles the full sweep speedometer gauge found on all the original GNX's. It has a red second hand with silver minute and hour hands against a black background.

The numbers are in white, with the wording in silver and red.

The 8-3/4" diameter clock has a quartz movement for accuracy and comes with one AA battery. The face is glass and the surrounding bezel is silver.

It’s a unique gift idea for any car enthusiast... especially if they own a GNX. It’s also an excellent gift for your mechanic!

7431 - GNX-Style Speedometer Gauge 8-3/4" Wall Clock - $38.95


We also offer our GNX-style speedometer gauge wall clock customized with your exact GNX car number in the odometer block.

Here's a clever looking clock every GNX owner recognizes. The clock face for the odometer reading would show your personal GNX car number in the odometer reading (highlighted with a red arrow in our photo.)

Just above the odometer reading we have the phrase associated with the Buick GNX, “A HIGH-PERFORMANCE INVESTMENT FOR THE FORTUNATE 547” in silver letters with a red drop shadow.

It's design resembles the full sweep speedometer gauge found on all the original GNX's. It has a red second hand with silver minute and hour hands against a black background. The numbers are in white, with the wording in silver and red.

The 8-3/4" diameter clock has a quartz movement for accuracy and comes with one AA battery. The face is glass and the surrounding bezel is silver.

This customized clock would be ideal to display with your GNX. It’s a unique gift idea for any car enthusiast... especially if they own a GNX. It’s also an excellent gift for your mechanic!

NOTE - Any custom numbered clock must be paid in advance. Allow 2 weeks for delivery.

7432 - ”Customized Number” GNX-Style Speedometer Gauge 8-3/4" Wall Clock - $38.95 (specify GNX #)

Here is a link to these 3 clocks on our website:


Steve Hurst hailed from California and was a well-known supporter of Turbo Buicks for 20 years. He was President of the Buick Grand National Racing Association (BGNRA. He and passed away on June 28th due to complications from surgery.

I had met Steve several years ago when I took that trip around the USA. His devotion to the club and Turbo Buicks was well known among many of us vendors and suppliers. Below is a link under turbobuick.com to see more information on Steve's passing.



Andy Griffith passed away on Tuesday, July 3rd. If you grew up during the 1960s, this popular TV show was part of your routine. Although the town is fictional, it represents a town many of us would love to live in.


One of our customers, Herb Fishman, has had his GNX placed on exhibit in the Simeone Museum as part of the American Muscle Car Show.

This display runs from now until July 15th, 2012. The website is - simeonemuseum.org - and it's located in Philadelphia, PA at 6825-31 Norwitch Drive. If you go to the website, you can click on the heading "American Muscle Car Show" and see the muscle cars that make up this display. Congrats to Herb for having his GNX be part of this unique exhibit. Youngsters may be surprised to see the first American Muscle Car in this exhibit is a Hudson Hornet!

Here is a link to their site:


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]


AUGUST 3rd and 4th, 2012 - Friday & Saturday
National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio

The Buick Performance Group presents "The Class of 1987 Buick Reunion" featuring the 25th Anniversary of the Buick GNX and the 1987 Buick Grand National with presentations from personnel from both Buick and ASC. The ASC quality control car as well as a GNX Factory Prototype will also be on display. Doug Niro will be presenting a power point presentation. Louis Infante from ASC will also be present as well as Rick Hunt who was an employee. Visit -www.buickperformancegroup.com - for more information

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.


We seemed to be in the midst of a heat wave in our area. On the plus side, the lawn doesn’t need to be cut every week. Hope you had a safe 4th of July.