08-28-2013 Inner Circle

08-28-2013 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 08-28-2013


We now have the Grand National engine at our house on my small trailer. This is the one from Photo 1 Inner Circle from 8-14-2013. We are selling the engine with the original BRF transmission as one. The transmission case is cracked. Missing on the engine is the alternator, wastegate solenoid, original oil fill tube, air cleaner assembly, and mass air flow sensor. These parts were not on the engine or were destroyed. The exterior of the engine is rusted looking. That is the bad news.

The good news is, it’s a real 8,600-mile drivetrain. It’s all stock, even the plug wires are original.

The price? I am asking $1295 or best reasonable offer. This is for the engine and BFR transmission. I will consider partial trade in Turbo Regal parts.

I would consider delivering it within 50 miles. Ideally, a buyer could buy it and I would hold it for pick up at our September 28th Open House. The only thing I will guarantee is that the engine has less than 9,000 actual miles on it.

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo shows the drivetrain sitting on my small trailer. The top right photo shows the crank fan blade that took the hit in the accident. One blade was chipped from having the intercooler pushed into it. The bottom left photo shows a close up inside the passenger’s side cylinder head. You can see how clean it is. The bottom right photo shows the inside of the passenger’s side valve cover. You can see how clean the inside of the valve cover is.


Now that this local automotive graveyard is getting cleaned out, I was able to walk back into the yard. I saw not one Packard Hearse, but a total of four Packard Hearses, all 1947-1948 vintage. This would be the perfect conversation piece for the front yard for Halloween. With four of them, you could probably build at least two nice ones.

Back in the day, Packards were fairly elegant cars on the same level as Cadillac. Looking back, I can recall owning two Packards. One was a 1940 coupe that I bought from a neighbor. The other was a 1955 or 1956 two-door sedan.

PHOTO 2 -The top left photo shows the front view of two of these Packard hearses. The top right photo shows the back end of two of them. The lower left photo shows a glimpse of the inside of one of them. The lower right photo shows another view of the inside of one of them. Note the original curtains are still hanging on the side windows. If I recall, the one license plate I spotted on one of these cars was 1970. I am not sure what the owner wants for these cars. I would think in the Packard world, one of these restored would be pretty rare.


This annual event was held this past weekend at Carlisle. If it's not the largest gathering of Corvettes in the country, I don’t know what is. All the big suppliers were there and GM came prepared to showcase the new C7 Corvettes. I heard GM brought at least 30 employees to this event, along with several new C7 Corvettes.

PHOTO 3 - This top photo shows the new Corvette and one of the GM people speaking about the Corvette. The bottom photo shows a highly-modified Corvette. According to the poster with it, only four where built before the manufacturer went to jail. I think the price tag was $90,000.

I did see one car that really demonstrates how the values of the 1987 Corvette compared to the 1987 Turbo Regals differ.

PHOTO 4 - The top photo shows a very nice stock two-tone 1987 Corvette for sale with 117,000 miles. The price was $6,500 or best offer. It was a very nice example, with a good color combination. If you had a same year 1987 Turbo-T in similar condition, you can expect the price to be closer to $8,500 to $9,500. A Grand National would be even higher.

At the same time, some of the used parts for earlier Corvettes are sky rocketing. I saw a vendor advertising an early bumper jack and the price was $1,495. I saw an AC Delco radiator cap for a 1955-1956 Corvette new in the box. It wasn’t gold plated, but the price tag was $500.

The bottom photo shows a C6 Corvette that was a flood car. The current owner had hoped to restore the car, but quickly realized all electronics would have to be replaced. So, he basically gutted the car and offered the shell for a decent price. It's tough to bring back a flood car unless you have a lot of patience and a donor car to work with. Until you take a late-model car apart, you can’t imagine how much wiring is packed into the car.


We are expecting our supply of Reproduction Strap Caps this week. You can email Christina for pricing and availability. [email protected]

6977 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal - Reproduction Strap Caps (2) Set
6978 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal - Reproduction Strap Caps (4) Set


We recently bought out another company’s billet-style oil tube and breather assembly. This fits all the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal driver’s side valve cover. All billet construction with O-ring and a new chrome-plated top breather is included. Overall height is 4 inches. (See Inner Circle 08-14-2013 Photo 4)

We have 25 of them at $34.95 each. You must call Christina - 215-766-1611 or email - [email protected] - to purchase this, since it has no part number and supplies are limited. The company has no plans to make this part again. It normally sold for over $40 each.


We now have available a Plug-and-play harness that will make your turn signals blink in sequence. The harness is a mere 5 inches long. It installs in minutes. It will not trigger a burned out light signal code. It works on all C6 Corvettes (2005-2013) and all 2010-2013 Camaros. Our Part #3134 and the price is $76.95. These are currently in stock.

2010-2013 Camaro (All Models) and
2005-2013 Corvette C6 (All Models) -

This kit is made in the U.S.A. using OEM spec connectors. This product is actually made by a company we have dealt with for over 25 years and who also make parts for GM.
This same kit works on the 2010-2013 Camaro (All Models) and 2005-2013 Corvettes C6 (All Models).

It’s a plug-and-play mini harness (approximately 5" long) designed for the brake/taillight bulb socket on the outside tail lamp housing on the Camaro and Corvette for the years noted above.

Two identical modules come in each kit, one for each side. The sequential delay alters the outer turn signal (brake) light.

The circuitry in each module produces a slight delay, which causes the outer turn signal light filament to come on a bit later than the inboard turn signal light. When it blinks, a sequential step between the inboard and the outboard light displays an outward flowing effect as opposed to both bulbs lighting at the same time. The delay is long enough to display a sequential effect, but short enough to prevent a diagnostics "burned out bulb" error in the vehicle.

NOTE - The brakes lights will both sequence outward when the brakes are applied.

Each kit comes with easy-to-follow directions, and takes only a few minutes to install.

#3134 - 2010-2013 Camaro (All Models) and
2005-2013 Corvette C6 (All Models) -
Sequential Turn Signal Module Kit - $76.95

Here is a link to this Sequential Turn Signal Module Kit on our website:


We really need stock 1986-1987 Turbo Regal cores in order to keep getting them rebuilt and used for our TA 49 rebuilds. You will receive a $75 in Letter of Credit for any acceptable Turbo core. Help us help others


Once again we find ourselves needing original stock AC Delco correct 1986-1987 Turbo Regal mass air flow sensors. The housing CANNOT be broken. Screens are not important. Each one that meets these requirements is worth a $40 Letter of Credit to us. Help us help other owners keep their cars original.


Here is a link to the videos we currently have up on YouTube:


We are happy to report we are able to reduce the price on our #7189 - 1982-1987 Regal V6 (Including Turbo Regal) -
Reproduction Brake Proportioning Valve. The new price is $69.95 plus shipping. This is the brass one that will not rust.

Here is a link to this Brake Proportioning Valve on our website:


1981-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

This kit will fit every GM car that takes this same size four headlight system, including all 1981-1988 A-Body and G-Body models.

We have examined several of the various H4 headlight systems available and have found one that closely resembles the original style headlight. The headlight is glass and looks very close to the original glass face of your sealed beam headlight. To eliminate possible problems with the factory headlight switch and its ability to handle higher wattage bulbs, we also include a special plug-in harness. This plug-in harness takes the current directly from the battery after you turn on the headlights. The headlight switch is merely used to turn them on. This eliminates any possible problems with the 25-year-old headlight switch.

The stock sealed beam headlights are 45/55 watts. These new H4 formatted headlights already have a 55/60 watt bulbs installed. The plug-in harness that comes with this kit has two 80 amp relays and an in-line fuse to prevent any overloads.

The custom-made plug-in harness is highly recommended in the G-Body cars to eliminate any possible issues with the original headlight switch. Issues with higher wattage bulbs can cause the headlights to flicker or turn off completely.

This plug-in harness also allows you to upgrade to even higher wattage bulbs (maximum 80 watts), if you want. It has been tested by our source running four 100 watt bulbs for over one hour with no problems. The plug-in harness is designed to be virtually undetectable under the hood.

Just upgrading to the 55/60 watt H4 setup will be an improvement on overall lighting, compared to what now is the antique sealed beam format. Once you get this H4 upgrade, you can easily upgrade to higher wattage bulbs, if desired.

Another upgrade that improves lighting while keeping your car stock appearing.

NOTE - We offer the set of four, or individually if you wish to purchase an extra H4 headlight the 55/60 watt H4 bulb as a spare (Part #7532.)

NOTE - We offer the Upgraded Plug-and-Play Harness (Part #7531) if you want to install a headlight kit from another source. This harness will work with all upgraded systems.

Another great upgrade to improve the brightness of the headlights, while retaining a stock appearance.

7530 - 1981-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Upgraded H4 Headlights (4) Kit $129.95 / kit
Includes Four 55/60 H4 Bulbs and Plug-and-Play Harness

7531 - 1981-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
H4 Headlights Upgraded Plug-and-Play HARNESS - $67.95

7532 - 1981-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
SINGLE Upgraded H4 Headlight with 55/60 Bulb Installed - $22.95 each

Here is a link to these Headlight parts on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Reproduction HEATER CORE

Over time, the original heater core may start to leak and needs to be replaced. This new heater core is a reproduction of the original heater core.

Another great restoration item for the heating system.

7521 - 1986-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Reproduction Heater Core $29.95

Here is a link to this 1986-1987 Reproduction Heater Core on our website:


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


We will be holding our annual fall “SEPTEMBERFEST” Open House on Saturday, September 28th, at our Plumsteadville location - 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville. Rain or Shine, 9 am until 3 pm. Open to all cars, not just Turbo Buicks.

Free Yum Yum donuts and coffee will be provided in the morning.

Pete and I will have our usual array of used parts. Some of the highlights for the Open House will be the raffle prizes, M&M contest, and a no reserve auction. We will have some really neat items for the no reserve auction including several items from Jays GN that we purchased.

Our personal Turbo-T will be on display and I will show our new plug-and-play H4 headlight system.

Once again, Chef Russ and Nancy will be preparing a full-course gourmet luncheon, like they did at our Spring Open House. This time the menu will be expanded. We are very fortunate to have Nancy and Russ, our local Turbo Buick Chef who loves to cook, generously offer to prepare the entire luncheon menu. So bring your appetite.

2013 GS NATIONALS - October 16-19, 2013 - Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, KY -

This is the 33rd Annual consecutive event held at Beech Bend Raceway, 798 Beech Bend Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Jim Bell, of Kenne-Bell fame, will be in attendance to present honorary car and race show awards to both V8 & V6 cars.

Also attending is Art Carr and his wife. Art is one of the top transmission specialists for many years.

Working on having the 2015 models of the new GNX and Grand National display along with a GM rep to hold a seminar on the car's development and performance capabilities.

For more info log onto - http://www.gsnationals.com/

BOPAPALOOZA 2013 - November 2, 2013 - Atco Raceway, New Jersey -

Buick-Olds-Pontiac Show and Go, Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. Gates open 9:00 AM. Show registration until 12 noon. Day of event rain info - 856-768-2167. Location is Atco Raceway, Jackson Road, Atco, New Jersey. For race info, call 856-768-2167. For more show info, call Tom at 856-524-2588 or email [email protected] Race Information - www.atcoraceway.com

I know Tom personally, as he is the editor of the GTO THE LEGEND, which is the GTO National club monthly publication. I often contribute articles for their publication.


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.


Remember to mark your calendar - Septemberfest Kirban Open House - September 28th 2013 - rain or shine - luncheon once again prepared by Chef Russ and Nancy, featuring a variety of food prepared on location and free! A real treat! The no reserve auction will feature several neat items.

Don’t miss this event!

Russ already went out and got a huge brand new barbeque for this event.