03-06-2013 Inner Circle

03-06-2013 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 03-06-2013


PHOTO 1 - Shows the latest "Adventures of Tommy Turbo" cartoon that Fred Boatman did for us. This is #002 in the series.

Related to this cartoon, we have what is the closest stick-on body side molding to what Buick used as an option. The actual width and format is almost a dead-on match to the original molding that Buick used on the Grand Nationals and black Turbo Regals. It comes in a 30-foot roll with specs showing the proper placement for the side of your car. (No drilling is required!!!) I looked a long time to find this correct-looking body side molding. It's our Part #6793 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - Body Side Molding - 30′ Roll -
Fits all 1986-1987 Grand Nationals, all 1986 T-Types, all 1987 Turbo-Ts with WO2 Exterior Sport package and all 1987 WE4 Turbo-Ts.

Here is a link to the Molding on our website:


Perhaps for some of you this will bring back memories.

We had a local customer bring us some parts the other day for trade. Included was one of our very first design silk-screened 145 speedometer plates. This was the very first design that we started to sell in late 1988 and it appears in our 1989 catalog. The price back then was $69.95 just for the plate or for $105 we would get your speedometer recalibrated with this new silk-screened 145 faceplate installed.

According to our catalogs, we kept that format until late 1993, and in 1994 we went with the current decal format, which we have sold ever since.

We changed because we could no longer get brand new 85 mph faceplates from GM. Also, it was very time consuming for the artist we used to silk screen the faceplates because of the cut outs and working between the sides of the plate was very confining.

PHOTO 2 - In the photo we show this unused original 145 silk-screened speedometer faceplate on the top. Compared to our current decal below it, the numbers were quite small. However, on the silk screen design we did retain the Km/h across the top like GM did originally. I believe back in those early days ATR also did a silk-screened version.

With the winter months, many of you have parked your pride and joy. It's a good time to get your analog 85 mph speedometer upgraded to the 145 mph, our Part #6810. We are fortunate that the shop that does our calibration has been in business over 40 years and I have been a customer of theirs for almost as long!

Here is a link to the Reproduction 145-mph Recalibrated Speedometer with Decal on our website:

Another nice upgrade that makes sense to do at the same time would be to go with our analog Dash LED light setup, Part #7234.

You would be amazed at the improvement this makes at night. This upgrade moves the lights over 1" closer to the part it has to shine light on. Plus, each of the seven LED sticks has four LED lights on it. So you get 28 rays of light versus just seven regular 194 bulbs. It's an easy project to do, does not affect the value of your car, and makes seeing the gauges at night a lot better. When I say it's easy to install, I talk from experience. The directions are based on me installing them with no assistance in our personal white Turbo-T. We all know, my mechanical skills would not win any awards.

Here is a link to the LED set up on our website:


While researching the old style 145 speedometer faceplate. I ran across a photo of one of the very early individuals who had a Grand National and started a side line business with T-shirts and jackets. This was before GM started to enforce their license agreement.

Known as C.J. Sales, Chuck lived in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Of course, this meant any Turbo Regal event he attended back then (such as Englishtown, and Bowling Green) was a major road trip!

PHOTO 3 - In this photo we show Chuck set up at, I believe, the GS Nationals probably around 1990 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was one of the very first to advertise in our then new monthly “GRAND NEWS” newsletter starting in September of 1988. The second photo shows his display ad at the bottom half of the page in our fourth issue of “GRAND NEWS.” We lost touch with Chuck many years ago when he no longer attended the major Turbo Buick events. As the years have gone by, old time Turbo Regal owners can recall other smaller companies that have come and gone.


INSURANCE APPRAISAL SPECIALIST - Terry Shaw, Automotive Legal Services, is scheduled to come. Some of you have met Terry in the past at some of our events. He will be here to answer questions and do appraisals of your Turbo Regal.

Terry has been in the business for many years and is fully licensed specializing in collectible cars. In talking to Terry last week, he says one insurance issue is called "Diminishing Value." This can be a sticking point. For example, if you have a 100% original paint Grand National, and you get hit (even if your car is repaired like new,) it is no longer "All Original." There is a percentage of value that has been lost, not to mention if it was recorded with Car Fax or one of those other companies. We have known Terry personally for over 35 years. Here is his contact information if you want to schedule an appraisal with him at the Open House, Phone - 215-487-4947, email [email protected]

MINI REPLICA CARS - John Hall (who works for us) and his Dad will be bringing a 53-foot trailer filled with 15 different mini replicars that you can actually ride. I guarantee this is something you will want to photograph, as the array of vehicles is quite unique. So, bring your camera. Known locally as "Norman and his Toys," John's Dad is the caretaker of Norm's passion of these mini cars. They are a hit at any of the shows they attend.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows a cement mixer truck piloted by our son, Darrell. The top right photo shows John Hall on a Chevy pickup. The lower left photo shows our granddaughter Devyn in a 1957 Chevy convertible. Last, but not least, the lower right shows our daughter-in-law Carrie driving one that is a Toilet replica, complete with a license plate that reads, "GOTTA-GO." John's Dad brought them over late in the day at our last Open House.


We will soon be offering something unique based on your favorite photos. We will have several examples on display at our Open House and should have the information in next week's Inner Circle. Technology has come a long way in recent years.


We have been recording various segments on our products and information related to the Buick Turbo Regals, and we have posted them on YouTube.

Some segments feature products, their placements, benefits, or issues.

Already on YouTube are clips explaining Powermaster Brake Issues, Filler Panels, a Rust Degreaser Remover Products, Rewrapped Steering Wheel and Horn Collars, and Speakers.
We will add additional videos monthly, so be sure to check back periodically. This way you can see firsthand some of our new and existing products available for your Turbo Regal, and get some related technical information.

If you want something further explained, be sure to let us know, and we will try and work it into another segment for YouTube.

Here is a link to the YouTube site:


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.


As of this writing both vehicles have been sold. We appreciate the response we received on the Jimmy. The dealer that had the GS Regal for sale actually got a buyer for that car. One of our Turbo customers bought the Jimmy.


I visited with my brother, who lives about 50 miles from us, and took him to his favorite restaurant Olive Garden. Once seated, another couple sat near us. The guy was wearing a Marine dress uniform. I quietly told our waitress that I would cover their meal and did not want the couple to know who did it. He looked like he just gotten out of basic training and I remember those days from my own experience. (Your pay scale was at the low end). I never made it above PFC3.



Years ago we used to sell slip-on seat covers that closely matched the black and grey Grand National seats. Unfortunately, the supplier we used back then is no longer in business.

We recently found another company that does everything in house. With the soaring costs of original pallex seat material, it's important you protect your original bucket seats as much as possible. Here is complete information:

1984-1987 Grand National / GNX and 1984-1987 T-Type -

With the high cost and difficulty finding original Pallex grey and black seat material, it is important to protect your original seats from any dirt or wear.

We have found these high-quality seat covers to fit extremely well. Each set includes four pieces, which will cover both original front bucket seats and the headrests.

We have these custom made in a similar two-tone (black and grey) design to match the original Grand National and GNX front bucket seats, Part #7470 and also in all grey material for the T-Type front bucket seats, Part #7471.

NOTE - Although these will fit all 1982-1988 G-Body cars, we list 1984-1987 because of these color combinations offered on those models.

The material is 60% cotton and 40% polyester, so it won’t shrink when washed. Each seat cover has a storage pocket on the back side (driver’s and passenger’s seat backs), as shown in our second photo.

We offer two styles. Part #7470 fits the Grand National or GNX and has grey inserts with black borders. Part #7471 is solid grey for the T-Types. Our supplier makes them in house, so the color match is consistent from set to set. Each set includes covers for the factory headrests to match.
Covers are a durable cotton/polyester blend and are easy to install around the back and bottom front seats.

Covers are plain - no logos or printing, and are machine washable. An excellent quality and value to protect your car’s original seats.

Another excellent protective item for your car.

NOTE - The colors in our photos on our website may not represent these covers exactly due to computer monitor differences.

#7470 - 1984-1987 Grand National / GNX -
Slip-on Front Seat Covers Set, Black and Grey (4-piece Set) - $149.95 / set

#7471 - 1984-1987 T-Type -
Slip-on Front Seat Covers Set, All Grey (4-piece Set) - $109.95 / set

Here is the link to these new seat covers on our website:


Our one supplier now has this GM licensed visor decal available for all 1984-1987 Turbo Regals. This does have the GM part number on it and is made in the proper material to affix to your driver's sun visor. Here is the information:

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

GM affixed this decal to the back of the driver’s sun visor. This label contains VERY important oil and gas recommendations for the Turbo Regal.

Unfortunately, most owners removed their original sticker/decal and threw it away. Since the cars are now so old, the original may have fallen off, deteriorated and become discolored.
The original GM decal is no longer available.

These GM Licensed reproduction decal measures 3-1/2" x 6-7/8", is printed in black, red, yellow and blue on white stock, and shows the GM part number in the lower right. It has a self-adhesive backing to adhere to the visor.

If you are having the interior restored, or if your visor has been recovered, you would want to replace the visor decal.

Our first photo on our website shows the reproduction decal, and the second photo shows an original faded visor with a faded dirty original decal.

A handy way to keep this information at your fingertips!

Another great restoration decal.

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.

#7472 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
GM Licensed - Reproduction Instruction Visor Decal - $10

Here is the link on our website:

We now carry the rocker shaft braces, our Part #7478. Another fine product made by RJC Racing out of Utah.

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This upgrade will fit all Buick iron heads with stock rocker shafts, not just the ones for the years listed.

These braces are made from heat-treated 4140 chromolly and are designed to reinforce the factory rocker shaft. They attach to the end fasteners, and are very easy to install. They prevent the rocker shaft from breaking due to fatigue placed on them by the end rocker on the shafts.

The poor factory design creates fatigue in this area, which can eventually lead to having the rocker fail. All aftermarket roller rockers come with a similar part to prevent failure with their set ups.

If you upgrade your valve springs, we highly recommend you install these at the same time. This is a worthwhile investment on a stock engine to prevent problems later on.

Another specialty product from RJC Racing that we offer.

7478 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Rocker Shaft Braces (4) Set - $55/set

Here is a link to these Rocker Shaft Braces on our website:


KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS SPRING OPEN HOUSE - Plumsteadville, PA - 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. It's 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, thru 28th, 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. Racing will be the 28th at Summit Motorsports Park.

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

Here is a link for their flyer in this event also pre-entry form.

AND the pre-entry form

3rd ANNUAL "RIDE ON MOLLY" - Saturday, April 27, 2013 -
Central Coast area of California

Hello friends of Molly. Plans are underway for the 3rd Annual "Ride on Molly" Ride. This year's ride will incorporate a new location with outstanding new riding roads, while keeping the focus on remembering Molly and bringing his friends together for a weekend of fun. Additionally, the Molly Memorial Education Fund continues to provide his daughter Brooke with financial assistance for her future college needs. The Ride on Molly Committee. For more information, contact Alan - [email protected]


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/

4TH ANNUAL BUICK RACE DAY - Saturday, May 25, 2013
Lebanon Valley Dragway, Lebanon, NY - Gates open at 8 am

Participants in all Buick classes must be Buick powered. Sponsored by the GS Northeast GS/GN Club, Inc. For more information, call 518-794-7130 or call 845-528-GSGN (Ask for John.)

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

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.


BUICK PERFORMANCE GROUP BLOCK PARTY - Hebron, Ohio - August 2nd & 3rd, 2013 -

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 - Cecil County Dragway, MD - 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.


Do you own a 1997-2002 Pontiac Grand Prix? Or similar W-body car? If so we have several parts for these cars. Email me and I can provide you with a list - [email protected]

Be sure to circle April 13th on your calendar, for our annual Kirban Spring Open House. Event has no rain date.