Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 06-24-2009
One of the major annoying shortcomings with the analog dash clusters is the illumination system GM used.
Instrumentation lighting has come a long way from what you see in your Turbo Regal. If you ever have had your dash cluster out of the car you see how poorly the illumination format was designed. GM used a series of just seven twist in sockets that only extended the light bulbs in the dash about 3/4 of an inch. This format just does not spread enough light to the face area of your analog instruments, which sit further into your dash.
Drive any newer car and you can see just how far advancements have been made in dash illumination. You are limited on choices for our cars but we now feel we have a very slick solution.
Working with the local company that just made our Touch & Start® System, we gave him an analog dash and they developed a LED light system that would be a simple plug and play.
The end results are nothing short of amazing when compared to the factory lighting format.
Check out our website for photos so you can see the difference first hand.
We show illuminated photos of an original dash and a dash with the LEDs installed. There is a photo of the new LED stick and an original light bulb. We also posted a photo showing the seven 2" long LED sticks, which are what you install to accomplish this new lighting system.
Each LED stick has four small lights on the one end. Good for 50,000 hours of operation and draws less current than the factory setup. Each LED stick is pre-tested. The main feature to make this work properly was making the part extend in your dash cluster further than the factory light bulb setup. This new format is 2" long versus your factory design, which only places the factory #194 bulb 1/2" inward. The LED format has four bulbs on each insert, which totals 28 lights (instead of the factory 7 bulbs).
As many of you know, my mechanical skills are very limited, but I was able to do the installation myself. While installing the new LEDs, I also took the necessary photos to do the detailed instructions on how to remove your factory twist-in bulbs and install this new LED setup in any Turbo Regal with an analog dash.
This will only work with the analog dash. Digital dash lighting lights the individual numbers, so we only made this for all the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals that have the standard analog dash.
As you can see in the copy that follows, we have an introductory price on this new lighting system. Our main stock is due next week.
Even if you have an all-original Turbo Regal, this is one upgrade that is not detectable nor does it take away from your car being original.
The older you get, the tougher it gets to see the dash at night! I know from firsthand experience!
Let's face it, you are looking at the dash constantly while driving at night. Now you can clearly see it! Part of the expense in making this new system is due to the fact each LED is not simply some cheap little light setup, but requires a 2" long board to position the light properly. The system requires seven of them, all the same length to make it project the light beam.
This part will be made available to any interested other Turbo Regal suppliers as well.
FUTURE NOTE - The next project will be the third brake light. Watch for word on this.
Here's our detailed description -
1984-1987 Turbo Regal -
ANALOG DASH LED LIGHTS (7) KIT
Introducing an excellent dash LED lighting system...
GM's method for the illuminating of the analog instrument cluster in the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals is limited, as shown in the first photo. There is a vast difference in the way the instrument clusters light up in the newer cars of today compared to the lighting in these older Buicks. Our new system uses modern LED lights to brighten the dash cluster, as shown in the first photo.
The problem is Buick used a series of 7 twist-in sockets with factory #194 bulbs. If you were to examine the back of the dash cluster, you will see that this arrangement does not put enough light on the gauges. Part of the reason is the actual light sockets do not protrude far enough into the housing to illuminate the dash cluster well. Adding to the problem is that the actual light bulbs do not give off a very bright light.
Our setup utilizes 7 LED sticks, as shown in the third photo. There are a total of 4 white LED lights at the end of each stick, for a total of 28 LEDs. The electronics are at the opposite end of the stick, which keeps the minor amount of heat separate from the LEDs. The cooler they stay, the brighter the lights. Each are custom made, are assembled in the U.S.A., and measure 2" long. The factory setup only extends the bulb about 1/2". The average LED light span is 50,000 hours.
NOTE - You need the factory sockets currently in the dash cluster to attach to the LED sticks. Socket housings are not included.
Each LED stick is designed to fit in the factory sockets. The sticks extend the light further inward, which illuminates the gauge faceplate better. The last photo shows the new LED stick and an original #194 light bulb.
The end result is amazing! It's not only a better method of lighting your dash at night, but the light is now a bright light. This system also draws less current than the original lights.
The kit comes with step-by-step directions with photos showing how to install the kit in your Turbo Regal. You can actually snake the lights into the dash once it's pulled forward without unhooking the speedometer cable or VSS sensor. I was able to install these lights in my personal Turbo-T in under 2 hours, taking my time and also photographing the process for the directions.
Even if you prefer to keep your car original, this is one improvement you can make that will keep your car original in appearance, while giving you better night illumination.
An excellent interior upgrade or restoration item.
7234 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal -
Analog Dash LED Lights (7) Kit $99.95 / kit
COMING SOON - ZPaste™
We just received word - the new ZPaste™ based on ZDDP will be available in late July. It will be packaged in a 5/8 ounce packet, which is enough for assembly of your cam and lifters for one rebuild. This new product has been thoroughly tested and is superior to anything that is currently sold nationally in the market place.
So, if you are planning to have your engine rebuilt in the next few weeks, it would pay to hold off until you can get the new ZPaste™ for the cam and lifters assembly.
TOUCH & START®
Our new Touch & Start® Automatic Theft Deterrent Starter Cut-Off System is now available.
This system is designed to work on any 12-volt system in a car or truck that does NOT have airbags or a computer chip in the ignition key. It was designed specifically for older cars and trucks, since it has no siren and only one wire in your car gets cut.
This is ideal for a stock original car, and one that does not have power door locks.
This is basically the same system we used to sell in the early 1990s, except this one is more advanced and draws half the current as the old system.
Remember, there is no switch to trigger, it sets automatically within 25-30 seconds after you shut your car off. Even if you left the key in the car, it would not start!
I just installed this system in my personal 1987 Turbo-T over the weekend. If I can do it, anyone can install it.
We expect to have our inventory later this week. System comes with detailed directions, and a special Buick supplement with step-by-step instructions and photos on how to install it on a 1984-1987 Turbo Regal.
Don't delay. This is just one more way to help to keep your car out of the hands of a thief.
Great for any older car or truck as added security while retaining a factory-original appearance.
Here is our complete product description:
ALL Cars and Trucks - 1987 and Older with a 12-volt System -
TOUCH & START® -
AUTOMATIC THEFT DETERRENT STARTER CUT-OFF SYSTEM
We first offered a similar system in the early 1990s. It was a popular theft deterrent, but was discontinued from the original company. This new system is identical to the original system, just improved.
NOTE - Do NOT install this cut-off system in any vehicle with airbags or one with a computer chip in the ignition key.
This starter cut-off system is the easiest solution and offers all the benefits you want to protect your car. You only cut one wire in your car's existing wire harness.
It sets automatically 25-30 seconds every time you shut off your car, so you do not have to remember to set it. It has a valet mode. There is no annoying siren. It does not matter if you have power door locks or a factory alarm. There is no kill switch for a thief to try and locate. It simply prevents the car from cranking. Even if you left the key in the ignition, it will not start.
Best of all, it will not be visible under the hood or in the interior on any car or truck. This is especially important if you want to retain the appearance of an original car or enter it in car shows. Nothing is visible. Everything is under the dash with the exception of a very small L.E.D. light, which can be mounted anywhere.
The control module is now smaller (3-1/2" long by 1-3/4" wide by 3/4" thick) than the old module. The unique relay inside the control module is designed for the automotive market and draws very little voltage to operate. The old system drew .010 amps when not in use, and this new system draws only .004 amps, less than half. Each unit assembled in the U.S.A. and is pre-tested prior to packaging.
Every unit comes with detailed illustrated directions. We also include separate directions specifically with installation instructions and photos for 1984-1987 Turbo Regals.
Remember, it will work on any 1987 or older car or truck (prior to when vehicles had airbags and a computer chip in the key.)
Another great theft deterrent for any collectible car or truck.
7230 - All Cars and Trucks - 1987 and Older with a 12-volt System -
TOUCH & START® -
Automatic Theft Deterrent Starter Cut-off System $79.95
1986-1987 Turbo Regal -
INTERCOOLER Reproduction STOCK HOSES (3) SET
These three reproduction hoses (2", 2-1/2" and 2-5/8") are made from the same unique woven material and color as original GM intercooler hoses used on the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals.
The company that made them originally has made them for us, since GM discontinued the hoses. As far as we know, this is the only source in the U.S. to ever make this style hose.
Since more of these cars are being restored, this is a must-have part.
NOTE - Do not confuse these original-looking reproduction hoses with our stock-appearing heavy-duty (thicker) hoses upgrade, Part #7228.
Another great engine restoration item.
7233 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal -
Intercooler Reproduction STOCK Hoses (3) Set $36.95 / set
ALL Cars and Trucks -
BATTERY BUTLER® - 12-Volt Automatic Battery Storage Charger
This Battery Butler® is the least expensive method to retain a full battery charge on any 12-volt system in a car or truck in storage.
It's compact, small enough that you could actually leave it under the hood when not in use in most applications.
It is designed for long-term use. You can leave it connected to a 12-volt battery indefinitely. This unit provides a safe, 1/2 amp regulated charge. It prevents the self-discharge of the battery while extending the life of rechargeable 12-volt batteries rated from 5 to 125 amp-hours.
It has a red light indicator that indicates power to the module and a green light indicator that indicates the battery is being charged properly.
Specifications: Unit measures only 1-1/2" square by 1" deep, 12 volt DC, Input voltage 13.5 volts DC (only for use on 12 volt batteries), 1/2 amp.
The Battery Butler® automatic battery storage charger is designed for the maintenance of wet or gel-cell batteries that are stored or used periodically in such vehicles as cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, motor homes, ATVs snowmobiles, farm equipment, etc. - anything that uses a 12-volt system.
Since this can be used on all vehicles, you might want to purchase more than one.
Another great item to use to maintain the battery while your car sits in the garage.
7231 - All Cars and Trucks -
Battery Butler® - 12-Volt Automatic Battery Storage Charger $17.95
7232 - All Cars and Trucks -
TWO - Battery Butler® - 12-Volt Automatic Battery Storage Chargers (2) $31.95 (save $3.95)
SPECIAL SELL OUT
The GM black passenger's side marker light is no longer available from GM, GM Part #0919874.
This is the side marker light that was used on all the 1984-1986 T-Types and 1987 Turbo-Ts with black-out package, WE4, Grand Nationals and GNX. This is the right hand side only (passenger's side) marker light that attaches to the headlight bezel.
We have a few left.
Remember, these are brand new, still in the GM wrapper. Price is $69.95 and shipping.
We also have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor), Part #6536 in stock for $61.95.
The Torque Straps, Part #6571, are no longer available.
The 1985-1987 Turbo Regal - Powermaster Accumulator Bowl Chrome-Plated Cover, Part #1559 is no longer available.
UPCOMING BUICK RELATED EVENTS
The best way to stay informed with the upcoming show season is to check out the various Turbo Buick forums.
ZDDPlus™ is also one of the 2 major sponsors for this year's F.A.S.T. events along with Nationals Parts Depot. This is another nationally recognized event that features stock appearing muscle cars. Here is the link to the F.A.S.T. events web site -
HEMMINGS MUSCLE MACHINES presents MUSCLEPALOOZA X - Englishtown, New Jersey
Labor Day Weekend - Saturday & Sunday, SEPTEMBER 5 & 6, 2009
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park - F.A.S.T. Race Series National Events Sponsored by ZDDPlus™ and National Parts Depot
Here are some other events you might want to attend -
SOUTHERN BUICK SHOOTOUT 2009 - Reynolds, Georgia -
Friday & Saturday, NOVEMBER 6th & 7th, 2009 -
We received information from Clint Atkins and Cal and Holly Hartline about The Southern Buick Shootout 2009 event at the Silver Dollar Raceway is scheduled for November 6th and 7th, 2009. This event will be open to any and all BUICK, OLDS, PONTIAC cars. The event will include a points race for the TSO and TSM categories, as well as other potential Buick categories. The plan is to have heads-up / index pacing available for those racers that cannot run in TSM/TSO categories. They also plan to have Gamblers Racing for both Sportsman type cars (no delay boxes allowed) and Top Eliminator (delay Box). The will be Test-N-Tune all day both days. If you have questions, email - firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.
If you would like to see any Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -
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For those residing in the northeast, it may be time to build an Ark! I think we have witnessed rain 20 plus days out of 25.
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