7-01-09 Inner Circle

7-01-09 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 07-01-2009


I attended "Carlisle All-GM Nationals" last Friday, June 26th. It was a 3-day event. The GM event at Carlisle is one of the smaller venues compared to the Ford, Mopar, or Corvette events. We have posted several photos I took at this event on our website.

The new Camaro as one would suspect was the main attraction. There must have been at least 50 Camaros on the grounds. Several companies (such as SLP) had examples modified already with exhaust systems, superchargers, custom hoods, and graphics. We show some of the new Camaros on display in our second photo.

There were probably at least a dozen Monte Carlo SS models for sale 1984-1987 vintage. Took about $9,000-$10,000 buy a real mint, low-mileage example. It would take twice that to buy an equally nice 1986-1987 Grand National.

There was a special "invitation only" display of top-notch collectible cars in several of the inside buildings at the Carlisle All-GM Nationals (see third photo).

Many different GM clubs have their shows at this annual event.

Bonnie and Scott Bresalier had their immaculate Grand National there from New York. Their Grand National has over 160,000 miles and features a gorgeous grey and black leather interior. We show an interior shot of their car as our first photo on the website.

There was one exceptional 1987 Grand National hardtop for sale (see fourth photo). This car was once one of ours and we actually owned it twice over the years. It was previously owned by a GM executive in Flint, Michigan. He had it painted by the same shop that paints show cars for GM. This car would still garner a perfect 10 for paint and body. The last person I sold it to traded it in to this Chevrolet dealership for a new Camaro SS model that he had on order.

Since it is now being sold by a Chevrolet dealership in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, I'm sure they will also consider most trades. Keep in mind, trades saves you sales tax if you are a Pennsylvania resident. So, if you are in the market for a prime example of a 1987 Grand National hardtop, call FAIRWAY MOTORS. Ask for Jim Corazza – 1-800-NEW-CHEVY or 570-455-7701 or [email protected] Tell him you saw it mentioned in Kirban's Inner Circle. The price is $20,995. The trunk ID label has been signed by Molly. Remember, only about 200 cars carry that signature on the trunk ID label.

We saw their ad and promotional flyer which featured the line - Many upgrades done by Kirban Customs "The Grand National Guru."


Our office will be closed on Friday in honor of the 4th of July. Any orders from Thursday afternoon through Monday from the website will not be processed until we are back in the office on Monday.


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 could see how poorly the illumination format was designed. GM used a series of just 7 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 the analog instruments, which sit further into your dash.

If you drive any newer car, you can see just how far advancements have come 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.

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!

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 7 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.

Here's our detailed description -

1984-1987 Turbo Regal -
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 photo above on the left. 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 photo above on the right in our Turbo-T.

The problem is Buick used a series of 7 twist-in sockets with factory #194 bulbs. If you 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 brighter light. Your dimmer dial will still function to some degree. 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


The GM grey shifter handle #6521 is now $39.95. This fits all 1983 to 1987 Turbo Regals with floor shifter in grey.


Our new Touch & Start® Automatic Theft Deterrent Starter Cut-Off System is now in stock.

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.

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 -

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 -
Automatic Theft Deterrent Starter Cut-off System $79.95


1986-1987 Turbo Regal -


This dual exhaust system comes complete with all the hangers and hardware necessary for installation.
This dual exhaust system from PYPES PERFORMANCE. It is an identical format as Hooker's, at a less expensive price.

The pipes are mandrel bend 2-1/2" diameter non-polished 409 stainless steel 16-gauge tubing. It uses Quiet Flow mufflers, which are also non-polished 409 stainless and come with a lifetime warranty to the original owner.

This system has the tapered cut at the end of the pipes. A dual exhaust system will give you some performance gains depending on the other modifications you do to the car. In addition to all these features, both systems are offered at a great price, making them the best buys on the market today.

NOTE - The flat shipping rate, since the box is so heavy.

6996 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - PYPES PERFORMANCE (Non-Polished Stainless Steel)
Dual Exhaust System
PLUS $45 shipping within continental 48 states - Other areas must call for shipping prices.


We have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor), Part #6536 in stock for $61.95.


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.

The best way to stay informed with the upcoming show season is to check out the various Turbo Buick forums.

O'Neil Buick/Pontiac/GM Dealership located at 869 West Street Road, Warminster, PA. They will have their July 3rd Cruise event from 6 pm until 9 pm this Friday night weather permitting. We plan to attend this event with our Turbo-T. Hope to see some of the local owners there.

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 -

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

SOUTHERN BUICK SHOOTOUT 2009 - Reynolds, Georgia -
Friday & Saturday, NOVEMBER 6th & 7th, 2009 -

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 - [email protected]

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 -

http://stores.ebay.com/Kirban-Performance-Products-Inc_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZ km


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 not remember who requested the item.


On the embroidered Grand National travel chairs. I have set up a deal where the company will drop ship them direct to my customers.

You must email me direct [email protected]

If you want to order one of these chairs. the price is $55, which including UPS ground shipping to the 48 states. The price of two chairs is $100.

Canada, Alaska, Hawaii would be more.

We prefer PayPal, but can take a credit card payment too.

Remember, prices quoted includes shipping to 48 states. If you need to see a photo first, email me and we can email you a picture.


Enjoy the car show season and local cruises with your pride and joy.

Currently, we are dismantling a 1985 Grand National. If you are seeking any small parts, send me an email - [email protected]