02-13-2013 Inner Circle

02-13-2013 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 02-13-2013


Fred Boatman worked for Peterson Publications from 1962 until 1976. His cartoons appeared in several of Peterson Publications, including Hot Rod, Car Craft, Rod and Custom CARtoons, just to name a few.

If you grew up reading those magazines during the 1960s and 1970s, you have seen Fred's work.

He did over 300 cartoons in total and they are published in a book entitled, "Cartoons on Wheels."

The winner of our Kirban Performance Products “Name the Cartoon Turbo Guy” Contest was Thomas Crandell from Dallas, Texas. We will be sending him an autographed copy of Fred Boatman's book, and a copy of the very first "Tommy Turbo" cartoon.

PHOTO 1 - Here is the first cartoon in the series of "The Adventures of Tommy Turbo." Our plan is to run one cartoon about once a month. With 25 years of ideas, I should be able to keep Fred busy! We will be offering the original artwork for sale after we feature each cartoon. This would be your chance to own original artwork related to the Turbo Regal.

In our 1-30-2013 Inner Circle in Photo 2 we show two versions of the Owner's Manuals holders that Buick car dealers used to store all the glove box booklets.

They also used a cheaper version, which was simply a clear plastic bag that protected the booklets in your glove box. This clear plastic bag would probably be the easiest part to reproduce today! I remember them vividly as we saw many of them in the low-mileage Turbo Regals we've sold over the years.

I know we have covered this in the past, but since I have a complete set of 1987 glove box booklets, I wanted to feature it again.

A set of 5 booklets usually came in the 1987 Turbo Regal glove.

PHOTO 2 - We show the 5 basic booklets that would have come in the glove box of your 1987 Turbo Regal, complete with the original clear plastic bag. As you can see, these are in very nice original condition for being 25 years old.

The "1987 Buick Owner's Manual" would be the thickest one and originals today are next to impossible to find. You can expect to pay $60 or more for a decent original one.

The second thickest booklet would be the "6/60 Warranty and Owner Assistance Information" booklet. These are hard to find today, especial one that has been not been filled out on the cover by the original owner.

Next, roughly the same size would the "1987 General Motors Maintenance Schedule for Passenger Cars."

A small "Highway Tire Adjustment Policy Limited Warranty" booklet for the Goodyear tires would also be included.

Last, would be the Delco "Stereo Listening Manual and Station Directory."

In the next photo we show four more related 1987 Buick booklets.

PHOTO 3 - Here are four booklets related to the 1987 Buick.

The smallest one was actually printed in 1979 but I have found it in many of the 1987 Regals. It's called "Buick Let's Talk - A service signals checklist for the car owner," and talks about the various minor issues that can arise and what it could be.

The next booklet in this group is quite rare. It's an original "1987 Price Directory." It shows every option with the trunk ID code for all the 1987 Buick models, complete with the actual price.

Next is the full-color "1987 Buick Exterior Colors and Wheels" for all the Buick models.

Last, but not least, is the "Focus on Product - 1987 Product Information" booklet that runs 80 pages in length.

These last 3 booklets were all part of the mini salesman's packet and are extremely rare.

NOTE - We are giving you a rare opportunity to own all nine that we featured in Photo 2 and Photo 3 in one Packaged Deal. All nine are very close to mint condition, as shown. All nine are original. If you get our free Inner Circle by email, it appears near the end of our Rare Parts Listing.


Recently we became aware of a GNX that was flooded during Hurricane Sandy.

PHOTO 4 - With the vast destruction that Hurricane Sandy caused on the east coast, one of the victims was a Buick GNX. This photo shows this rare GNX partially submerged during the aftermath of last fall's Hurricane Sandy. It is undergoing a complete restoration, right down to the very last nut and bolt.

I am sure this was not the only muscle car/collectible car that suffered water damage. But it's great that one of the few 547 GNXs will be back on the road.


It's not often that the post office issues a new stamp of something or somebody we actually recognize. But later this month, they will be featuring a series of five American muscle cars on their Forever Stamp options. They include the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1967 Shelby GT-500, 1970 Chevelle SS, and the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda.

Here is the link to see the actual stamps. This site says these should be available February 22nd.

Like most of you, I would make room in my garage for any of them.

I have owned several 1966 GTOs. I had an unusual black-on-black, original paint, 4-speed, tri-power with Hurst wheels GTO, which we sold for around $3500. By unusual, I mean it was black, not a popular color back during those years. Today, of course, black is quite popular.

The only Hemi car we owned was a 1967 GTX that had 22,000 actual miles. We got $9,000 for that car, which I thought was all the money in the world since I only paid $5,000 for it.

We did own two 1970 Cudas at the same time; a 440 and an AAR Cuda.

I will try and find photos of these for next week's Inner Circle.


Buick Acronyms, Abbreviations, Terms & Translations:


We badly need original AC Delco 1986-1987 Turbo Regal mass air flow sensors as cores to have them be rebuilt. Screens can be missing but housing can't be broken or cracked.

We issue a $25 Letter of Credit for each acceptable sensor you send us. This helps us help others retain their cars keeping them original.


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Here is a clean method to install a Line-Loc on your 1986-1987 Turbo Regal.

This bracket is made in carbon fiber. Nothing to drill, it simply slips behind the factory power steering reservoir.

If you already have a Line-Loc setup, this bracket is ideal to mount the Line-Loc properly under the hood.

7474 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Line-Loc Bracket - $52.95

Here is a link to this Line-Loc Bracket on our website:

1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

GM affixed this decal to the heater box directly above the Harrison AC label (as shown in the second photo.)

This label shows the GM “VEHICLE EMISSION CONTROL INFORMATION and contains the schematic for the emission lines.

Since the cars are now so old, the original may have fallen off, been affixed crooked, or just deteriorated.

The original GM decal is no longer available.

These GM licensed reproduction decal measures 7-7/8" x 1-15/16", is printed in silver on black, and has a self-adhesive backing.

If you are having the engine compartment restored, you would want to replace this emission decal.

A handy way to keep this information at your fingertips!

NOTE - We also offer the 1986-1987 Buick Regal - GM Licensed - Reproduction “HARRISON” Air Conditioner Compressor 5-1/4" x 1-1/4" Decal, Part #7424.

Another great restoration decal.

Our first photo shows the reproduction emission decal, and the second photo shows it’s placement on the heater box.

SHIPPING NOTE - If this is the only item you are purchasing, we can ship it by U.S. Mail for $3. However, you would need to call us (215-766-1611) to order it since our website does not give you the option to ship by U.S. Mail.

7473 - 1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
GM Licensed - Reproduction Emission Decal - $10

Here is a link to this Emission Decal on our website:

SALE ENDING February 28th for the 6 ohm DELCO SPEAKERS -

Just a few weeks remain to save money on our new 6 ohm rear speaker 4 by 10 speakers. See 2-6-2013 Inner Circle for more details and what Richard Clark says about these speakers.

7469 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
6 ohm Delco Rear Speakers (2) - Retail - $59.95 / pair
SALE PRICE - only $49.95 / pair - Sale ends February 28, 2013 * * * * *

Here is a link to the these 6 ohm Delco Rear Speakers on our website:


1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

We have a limited supply of the later GM optional dual map reading lamp rearview mirrors. These have been cleaned and tested.

With just a simple two-wire hook up (ground and a power source), you can update your Turbo Regal interior with this later GM option.

Fits all GM cars from 1978 and up, since it attaches to the standard bracket on the windshield.
Supplies are limited!

KE001 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Optional Dual Map Reading Lamp Rearview Mirror - $19.95

Here is a link to this Rearview Mirror on our website:

1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

We have a limited supply of used factory original GM rearview mirrors.

If the lamination is bad or your car’s rearview mirror is cracked, this is an excellent replacement.

Each complete rearview mirror has been cleaned and is ready to install.

Supplies are limited!

KE002 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Used Factory Original Rearview Mirror - $15

Here is a link to this Used Rearview Mirror on our website:

1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

The original factory correct radiator cap that GM used on all 1982-1987 Regals, including the Turbo Regals, did not have ears (tabs) on the cap. What made it unique from all previous AC Delco radiator caps and later AC Delco radiator caps, is that the source who made them for AC put the words “MADE IN ENGLAND” on the cap.

These original radiator caps have been cleaned and are in near mint condition. Even if you find one with the original AC Delco part number, it may have a later version AC Delco radiator cap in the box.

Another nice finishing touch for any correct under-the-hood restoration.
Supplies are limited!

KE003 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Used Original AC Delco “MADE IN ENGLAND” Radiator Cap $15

Here is a link to this Used Original Radiator Cap on our website:


OLD TOWN Kissimmee, Florida. Central Florida Grand National and T-Type Club are putting on their 14th Annual Turbo Buicks event at Old Town charity car show to benefit the charity New Hope for Kids. The date is Sunday, February 24th, 2013 10 am until 4 pm.

More info can be found on their website - www.cfgnt.com/oldtown

SATURDAY. April 13th, 2013 -

Our Spring Open House is Saturday, April 13th, 2013 - 9 am until 3 pm - Rain or Shine
Kirban Performance Products, 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18949

Besides the usual Yum Yum donuts, Kirban humor, used parts, special prices, and M&M contest, we will have a "No Reserve" auction.

As a special treat, our local Buick owners and baker, Russ and Nancy, will be cooking up hot dogs, hamburgers and who knows what else. Many of you have enjoyed their tasty baked treats at our events and they have agreed to expand their delights by cooking up lunch!

So, if you have never attended any of our past Open House events, this is the one to attend. Bring your appetite.

FREE Yum Yum Donuts & Coffee (while supplies last)

Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Ribs, Sweet Potato Fries, Macaroni 'n Cheese & Goodies - Homemade by Russ and Nancy.

Our newest products will be on display and available for sale.

Be sure to bring any parts you want to trade.

Save 5% on in-stock catalog items - Save shipping on purchases
If you’re planning to come and purchase specific items, call at least one week in advance and have our staff hold them aside for you to be sure we will have what you need that day.



Dennis Kirban and Pete Hoffman will have used parts for sale. A great opportunity to find some of those hard-to-find restoration items.


ZDDPlus™ will be on Sale - Just $7 per bottle when you buy 2 or more!

GENERAL DIRECTIONS - From Willow Grove... North on Route 611, through Warrington, Doylestown and into Plumsteadville (you can take the Rt 611 Bypass that goes around Doylestown - it exits back onto Rt. 611 north of Doylestown). Watch for a shopping center with a McDonald’s on your right. Go past that light at Stump Road and the Plumsteadville Inn. Make your FIRST left at the Shelly Funeral Home onto Kellers Church Road. Ours is the second office complex a short distance down on the right. Our unit is at the back far corner. There’s plenty of parking, since most of the other companies are closed on the weekends.

NOTE - If you are using MapQuest, you may have to use “Pipersville 18947” as the city.

Remember, it happens rain or shine.

BUICK RACE DAY, NORWALK OHIO - April 26th & 27th, 2013 -

The 26th will be at the Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The 27th will be an All Buick Show at Arbys in Norwalk, Ohio.

For more info, email - [email protected] or call Roberta Vasilow at 810-655-8277, 7 pm til 10 pm only.

TURBOBUICK.COM NATIONALS - MAY 1st through May 4th, 2013 -

On the 1st and 2nd it will be held at Richard Clark's shop on Faucette Lane in Burlington, NC.

On the 3rd and 4th it will be at the Piedmont Dragway.

Unlike previous events, this event is also open to all G-body cars, including the Monte Carlos, Oldsmobile Cutlasses, and Pontiac Grand Prix. This event is sponsored by Gbodyparts.com.

We will have a flier on this event soon with more details.

We will be at this event, as usual.

Here is the website for up-to-date information - http://turbobuicknationals.com/

GM AT CARLISLE - June 21st thru 23rd, 2013 -

GM at Carlisle is held at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Turbo Regal.

I have signed on to conduct two seminars on Saturday, June 22nd. One seminar will be on Turbo Regals and the second one will be on Hurst. So, mark your calendar.

Carlisle, as many of you know, puts on some of the largest car shows and swap meets in the USA and has done so for over 25 years. It is centrally located in Pennsylvania, just west of Harrisburg, PA and minutes off the PA Turnpike and Route 81.

Check out their website for more details.



The 2013 BPG Event will be at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, Friday, August 2nd and Saturday August 3rd.

The Host Hotel will be the Newark Metropolitan. For reservations, call the hotel direct - 740-322-6455. Use the code " BUICK 2013" to get special price when booking online.

There will be a Cruise In Thursday and Friday night. The city is blocking off the street in front of Hotel for the Cruise In. There will also be a live band in the parking lot Friday night.

For more information visit their website:

or contact Sean Ryder at [email protected]

EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS - September 20th & 21st, 2013 -

The East Coast Buick Regionals are held at Cecil County Dragway, Maryland.

Saturday, the 21st, features a judged car show for all Buick-powered cars.

For more info, contact Doug Doughtery at 302-653-2201 or email [email protected], John Csordas 914-447-6068, or email [email protected]

The website is - tristategsclub.com


If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct - [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]


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.


Be sure to circle April 13th for our annual Kirban Spring Open House on your calendar.

The 1992 GS Regal that we gave the details about in the last two weeks Inner Circle issues is still available for sale. You would be hard pressed to find an example like this with just 20,000 original miles on it.