10-09-2012 Inner Circle

10-09-2012 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 10-10-2012


Our Open House was this past Saturday and the weather was absolutely picture perfect.

We had about 30-35 Turbo Regals in attendance. As usual the Yum Yum donuts were completely gone by 11 am.

We had quite a number of extremely nice Turbo Regals in attendance.

PHOTO 1 - The top photo shows one of the real nice 1987 Turbo-Ts that was at our Open House event. Notice the GNX vents and the GNX-style wheels. The lower photo shows another 1987 Turbo-T that was repainted with a Chrysler blue paint, according to the owner.

The lowest mileage 1987 Turbo-T at our Open House was a grey one with just 8,000 original miles.

PHOTO 2 - The top photo shows the interior of this 8,000-mile Turbo-T, which was burgundy. Burgundy would be unusual to see in a grey Turbo-T. Most grey examples would have a matching grey interior. As rare as it is to see a grey Turbo-T with a burgundy interior, we actually had two at our Open House with that combination. The lower photo shows the 100% original engine compartment of the same 8,000-mile Turbo-T.

Later in the afternoon John Hall's (John works for us) father stopped by with a few of his mini custom-made motorized replica cars.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows our son Darrell in the motorized mini cement mixer truck. The mixer actually turns when it is running. The top right photo shows Devyn, our granddaughter, driving the mini 1957 Chevrolet. The lower left photo shows John Hall on a Ford pickup truck. The lower right photo shows our daughter-in-law Carrie on the Toilet replica car, complete with toilet paper and a toilet brush and a license plate that reads, "GOTTA-GO." You just never know what will show up at our events.

Russ and Nancy who always bring bake goods for the raffle surprised me with this custom picture they had made for me as a birthday gift.

PHOTO 4 - This photo shows the picture they had custom made for me. It shows our white 1987 Turbo-T, Russ’s Grand National, Nancy's Grand National, and Pete’s Grand National in front of the Oaks restaurant, a place we like to go to eat. Using Photoshop, she even had our names put in as the license tag wording. Notice the caption at the bottom, “Even Turbo Buick owners have to stop for fuel.”



This issue is the 200th Inner Circle since we switched to the online format. More proof that time does indeed fly by!

We published a monthly printed version from 1987 - January 2009, then we went to our emailed/website version.

1987 Buick Regal Turbo-T - FOR SALE

Second Owner, purchased about 4 years ago.

Car has approximately 8300 original miles and is Gray with Maroon interior.

All original, never modified and still smells new. It's a WO2 with low options......power locks, tilt, power antenna, map lights, posi, and aluminum bumper braces, just to name a few.

It still has the original Goodyear GT's with excellent tread and in excellent condition. Original exhaust and plug wires. Stickers still on underside... sway bars, springs, and pitman arm. Wheels are in new condition with no curb hit or rash.

Car has always been garaged and never driven in any foul weather, including rain.

The car comes with a LOT of documentation. Original owner kept every single piece of paperwork and dealer information. Never seen so much stuff... some of which appear to be rare too.

You would be hard pressed to find a nicer/cleaner more original Turbo-T out there.


phone - 203-910-8297
email - [email protected]

Here is a link to this car on the website.


The bad news is the supplier of the GNX-style 16" x 8" wheels now informs us these wheels will not be available until April of 2013 due to production issues. As far as I know, there has only been one supplier of these wheels in recent years, so it's unlikely any other company has any available.

We hope to have good news as we plan to look into making a run again of our Kirban-style 16" x 8" wheels that we sold for many years in the 1990s. Note - We have one set listed under rare parts in the emailed Inner Circle issue.

More good news - we located a supplier that has some original Delco 10 ohm rear 4" x 10" rear speakers. These fit the factory spring-loaded cage holder and have the factory connector on them, so your harness plugs in. This is a rare find as they are 25 years old and are brand new. We should have price structure and parts available shortly.


We are happy to report that we can reduce the price of the 1984-1987 Regal (All Models) - Front Grille Springs (2). The new lower price is $18.95 (you save $4.) These are in stock.


1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

From the same supplier of our rear semi metallic brake shoes, we also offer the semi metallic front disc pads.

The specs are the same. These are professional grade, asbestos free and have a manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty against the pads coming apart. These are heavy duty and designed for extreme use. These have superb stopping power and are also quiet.

To give them more constructive strength, the company uses a positive mold means of manufacturing.

Each set comes with 2 new clips, as shown in the photo.

We also offer Semi Metallic Rear Semi Metallic Brake Shoes, Part #7447 and #7448.

NOTE - We recommend these be installed by a qualified mechanic.

7449 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Semi Metallic FRONT Disc Brake Pads Set - $34.95 / set

Here is the link to this Front Disc Brake Pads Set on our website.


Once again we find ourselves needing complete powermaster brake cores. By complete we mean they must have a brake bowl, switch, and reservoir with lid. They can't look like they have been sitting 6 months in the local river.

You must email me direct - [email protected] - if you can help us help others.

For a limited time, we will issue a $125 Letter of Credit towards any of our website parts. Shipping by mail is the cheapest method to send it to us. If you are sending it by mail, you must use our PO Box in the address - Kirban Performance Products, P.O. Box 1199, Plumsteadville, PA 18949-1199. You MUST include your name, full address and a note explaining this is a core for the $125 Letter of Credit in the box. Do not send anything until you first email me, so we have a record of what units to expect.

This $125 Letter of Credit deal expires once we get ample cores. We still need more complete cores! We still need more cores.


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]


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!

In addition to having representatives from Reynolds Buick of Wes Covina CA in attendance, it appears they also may have Jim Bell of Kenne-Bell fame also in the house. Don Reynolds Buick sponsored Pop Kennedy's unbeatable Buick's starting in '59 thru the early 60's.

Also scheduled to be in attendance and possibly racing is famed CA Buick racer Fred Caitlin. Reynolds Buick will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary as a Buick dealer and will be highlighted and honored during the event. Add to this, the presence of BCA members attending, should offer additional interest and fun at the event.

Once again we will be attending this national event as we have every year since 1988. Pete Hoffman and, of course, Richard Clark will be there too.


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.

IN CLOSING - Hope to see many of you next week at the annual GS Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky! Remember, we will be accepting powermaster cores, mass air flow sensor cores, and stock turbo cores at this event!