04-17-2013 Inner Circle

04-17-2013 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 04-17-2013


The weather was just about picture perfect. Although it was sunny, it was a little cool until early afternoon.

With the added features, such as the wide variety of a free cooked food on Russ and Nancy's luncheon menu, we had our biggest turnout in several years. At one point I counted 72 cars in our parking lot. The cars wrapped around most of our complex. Over 135 people in attendance would be my estimation.

The Yum Yum donuts were gone before 10:30, and we only had one can of soda left by the end of the day!

It was great seeing such a good turnout and such a wide variety of unique Turbo Regals. Besides the Turbo Regals, we had Typhoons, Turbo Trans Ams, GTOs, one of the new Caddy V series cars, a GNX, even a 1968 or 1969 Chevelle that had a 1987 Turbo transplant under the hood.

I want to personally thank everyone who came to our event. Amazingly, we did not have to pick up a single piece of trash off the property. People were very respectful of the area and not even one burnout!

We are proud to say we raised over $1,330 for the Molly Memorial Education Fund in donations and auction results. We want to thank all the attendees and companies for their donations. It's going to a wonderful cause.

Thanks to our staff and helpers, Pete, Christina, John and his brother Chris, Carrie, and Devyn.

Thanks to Jason Maxfield for his help (comes from Canada.)

The mini replicas were a hit, especially with the kids. Special thanks to Jim Hall for bringing them to our event, and to Norm and His Toys for providing so many to display.

A huge THANKS to Mike Barnard (Spoolfool2) for donating one of his gorgeous one-piece rear bumper fillers. To make sure the person that got it would use it, we auctioned it off and the money went to the Molly donation fund. The winner was very happy!

A huge THANKS to John Follweiler for faithfully supplying all the sodas for each of our Open House events.

Thanks to the MAGNA Club for coming. Their caravan of cars must have been impressive coming up Rt. 611.

Lastly, we send a GIGANTIC THANKS to Russ and Nancy for the huge luncheon spread they generously provided. In addition to buying, cooking and serving all the food, they insisted that any donations be given to the Molly Memorial Education Fund. The food was great and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their generosity. Thanks to the Zipins and Russ's neighbor for helping to serve the food.

The photos in this week's Inner Circle were all taken at our Open House.

PHOTO 1 - This top left photo is a closeup of just some of the hot food that was prepared by Russ and Nancy. The mozzarella sticks were in a special sauce that was the best I had ever tasted. My only regret is I waited until the end and only had one! I also had a hamburger as well that was great.

The top right photo shows just a few of the mini replicas that John's Dad brought for display. He had a 53-foot trailer filled with these neat replicas, which his friend Norm shows at various events in the area. He gave rides to the kids in the school bus.

The lower left photo shows Jim Hall getting ready to take the kids off to school in the school bus.

The lower right photo shows on of the girls posing with her favorite purple car. Her dad says she's raced go-carts and loved seeing the replicars.

PHOTO 2 - The attention to detail on some of the cars was outstanding. This top left photo is one such example of the engine compartment that was extremely detailed.

This top right photo shows a low-mileage gun metal grey 1987 Turbo-T that had the desirable black-out option and a burgundy interior, instead of the grey interior. At a quick glance, this car looked to me to be 100% original, down to the valve stem caps. I wish I had more time than I did to spend looking at the cars!

This lower left photo shows one of the white Typhoons along side the Turbo Trans Am.

The lower right photo shows our personal low-optioned 1987 Turbo-T. This car has 100% original paint and is just as clean underneath as it is on the exterior.

PHOTO 3 - This top left photo shows a Buick GSX that was also at our event. This top right photo we show the array of some of our latest parts, including the Tin Man cold air system, Part #7480, along with the new 1986-1987 Turbo Regal AC lines as well as some of our other parts. (The AC lines are not yet in our system).

The lower left photo shows our parking lot lined on both sides with Turbo Regals. At one point we had 71 or 72 cars in attendance. The weather was picture perfect.

The lower right photo shows a real nice custom Turbo Regal. The owner appears to have taken a clue from the original GSX cars by having a similar stripe down the side. The light blue exterior is a rare color in a Turbo Regal. I know from this because I can’t recall having more than 2 in the 317 Turbo Regals I bought and sold over the years.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows a 1968 or 1969 Chevelle powered by an intercooled turbo Regal engine. It is one unique sleeper from New York.

The top right shows another view of some of the cars in the parking lot.

The lower left photo shows Richard Zipin's real GNX. He has attended many of our events over the years with this GNX.

The lower right photo shows the two little helpers I had this year selling our used parts; Riley is on the left and his older brother Noa is on the right. They are our neighbors that have the chickens. The day before I gave them a quick blast in my Turbo Regal. They were in awe for two reasons... how quick the car was from a dead stop and they had never seen the handles for the crank windows before!

So, for those of you that are reading this you now can see what you missed at our Spring Open House. It was a great time, great weather, great customers, and we hope to see you all again soon.


We showed a photo of a brochure in Photo 2 in last week's (04-10-2013) Inner Circle. We heard from Charlie Frierson. He explained it was used as a quick reference guide for techs so they knew which parts they needed, and it gave the head torque specs for the 1987’s. If that is the case, that brochure would be hard to come by since it wasn’t produced in large numbers for the public. Probably explains why I have never seen any others!


I had a chance this weekend to see this movie. Although I don't follow baseball this movie was more about the issues of the day. If you saw the movie THE HELP from a few years ago this is that type of movie. It had very authentic detail in keeping with the time period. Harrison Ford was great. It certainly was a different time period of our history back then. Personally I can recall in the mid 1970s when I would travel with my Dad on his speaking tours down south, and I witnessed signs saying "Whites Only."


We have been recording various segments on our products and information related to the Buick Turbo Regals, and we have posted them on YouTube. Keep checking back on this as we filmed several more segments last week.

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

We recently recorded some more videos for our YouTube posting, which should be up very shortly.

In one of the segments I explain the LED dash lights we have available for the analog dash and the Low Fuel warning unit. There is also a segment on the Tinman cold air system.

Here is a link to the YouTube site:


We have new products to announce in this week's Inner Circle.

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This front mounted intercooler is designed, tested, and built by RJC Racing. It achieves as much intercooler size as you can possibly fit in the front of a Turbo Regal, yet still maintain cool engine temps.

The size of the core is big enough to handle 750 hp (approximately 9.80s in the 1/4 mile.) The intercooler only weighs 33 pounds. This new tube and fin style core allows a significant increase in airflow across the core. You actually get cooler CATs with back-to-back runs than RJC’s previous designed Bar and Plate intercooler, which has been the industry standard. This core flows a whopping 53% more air across the core. This translates to much more airflow going across not only the intercooler core, but also the A/C condenser core and the radiator. This leads to much cooler temps that rival stock location intercoolers. RJC Racing has done testing that has shown as much as a 20 degree temp difference over their previously designed intercooler, which was previously the best intercooler on the market. For a street-driven application, this is the only real choice.

With a stock turbo, gains are about 20 hp. Going with any of the upgrade turbos, gains can be 60 hp or more depending on the turbo upgrade you have. If you run the largest 3 bolt flange turbo available, gains can exceed 100 hp.

Our photos show the front mounted intercooler, clamps, hoses and hardware, and the two upgraded polished pipes.

CORE STYLE - High-efficency max flow tube ad fin design
END TANK MATERIAL - Die cast aluminum
PIPE MATERIAL - Mandrel Bent 3" aluminum pipe

Intercooler kit is drop shipped from the manufacturer.

Another quality upgrade to provide better 1/4-mile times while retaining a street driven 1986-1987 Turbo Regal.

NOTE - You MUST call our office to order this intercooler kit - 215-766-1611.

7493 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
RJC RACING #1C-315-XTF Front Mounted Intercooler Kit $945 / kit
Includes Intercooler, Hardware, Hoses and Upgraded Polished Aluminum Pipes

NOTE - We MUST know your throttle body inlet size and turbo inlet size to send you the proper size hose connections. Be sure to have this information ready when you call.

Here is the link to this Intercooler Kit on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This reproduction GNX-style Dash Applique measures 15-1/4" x 4-7/8", the same size and type style as the original. Openings are die cut. This will fit most of the reproduction GNX dashes.

Several versions of this applique exist. This one closely resembles the factory original GNX dash applique. The applique is glossy black with a silver border edge, and silver “PREMIUM UNLEADED FUEL ONLY” wording, like the original.

Our version features the seat belt symbol and volt symbol along side the wording, as well as the proper colors behind the 6 idiot lights, which only show up when lit down the far left side. The colors of the series of idiot lights are green, red and amber, like the original. The proper light colors are also behind the turn signal and the high beam indicator.

This would be good to keep as a spare, since the original can easily get scratched over a period of time. Another nice interior restoration item.

7490 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction GNX-Style Dash Applique - $49.95

Here is a link to this new Applique on our website:



Miles: 15,950 miles

Current owner: Pontiac Legend & Ad Man "The Godfather Of The GTO" Jim Wangers.


approximately 1500 to 1555 of these were built, all came built as white with tan interior. 162 were on hand at the 1989 Indianapolis 500, these were labeled " Festival Cars" and all had T Tops with cloth interior. They were sold directly from the Track at Indy to employees and associates on a first come basis for a sticker price of just under $26,000. Jim Wangers took delivery of the car in late 1989 from John Hine Pontiac of San Diego.
The paint, trim, and glass is in showroom condition. The "T" tops have NEVER been removed. This car is in 100% original condition, right down to the stamped "20th anniversary" spark plug wires !!!

P/ steering,
P/disc brakes,
P/ windows,
P/ Locks,
P/ Mirrors,
Cruise Control
Air conditioning
steering wheel radio controls (hands free)
tilt wheel
full gauges/ power rear hatch/ center console / tinted glass /AM /FM cassette / rear defroster.
Floyd custom floor mats ( you can sink your toes in them)

Drive Train: The factory installed engine is the turbo charged 3.8 liter V-6 developed from the Buick Grand National / GNX 
NOTE: The original Pontiac GTA was unable to keep up with the highly-modified Pace car as it lacked acceleration. Therefore Pontiac HAD to produce 1500 plus units to sell to comply with Indy regulations. W-S 6 suspension and gold wheels (Found ONLY on the pace car, and in stunning condition)
 Transmission is the 200R4 4-speed automatic ( significantly stronger than the 4 speed used in naturally aspirated cars).

This car was originally built as a "PARADE" car which is why it is a T top. It ended up being used by Indy as a "PR" car. 
Owned by Pontiac until the end of June 1989 with only 2000s mile, Jim Wangers knew he needed this car in his collection, so he pulled a few strings and acquired the car and has been the owner ever since.
 This car comes with PHS papers (Documentation Of Authenticity).
The original Indy 500 stickers ( these were never applied) in a special black box with all the paperwork.
 So, if you are interested in owning a pristine piece of Pontiac history that is sure to bring a grin to your face every time you step on the gas pedal, and you can take pride in knowing that you own a car once driven by "The Godfather" himself. Asking price: $31,000

Contact: Robert Johnson,
Automotive Curator and assistant to Jim Wangers
Phone #760-533-0028

All Sensible Offers Considered.
Location: OCEANSIDE, CA 92056


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 - http://mi-buicks.com/Norw2013.pdf

AND the pre-entry form - http://mi-buicks.com/PREENTry2013.pdf

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]

BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA - 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 be at this event, as usual.

Here is the link to details on our website:

Here is the 2013 Nationals website for the most 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.


On the below rare listed parts below we accept PayPal or credit card. You must email me personally - [email protected] - to inquire about the availability of the part. Do not send money or credit card info until I have sent you a confirmation email as to the availability of the part listed. Be sure to refer to the Part Number we have assigned to the part. Shipping can be combined, if more than one item below is purchased.


If you missed coming to our Spring Open House, you missed a great time. Hope to see many of you in a few weeks at the G Body Parts TB Nats held in Burlington, NC. Hope for warmer weather at that event!