03-26-2014 Inner Circle

03-26-2014 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 03-26-2014


This week’s story is about a 1987 Grand National I bought back in 2003. This was one of the few times where I traveled west of the Mississippi River to buy a Turbo Regal. This car came out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the time, I worked out a deal to deliver another Grand National to a customer in Iowa and then drove up from Iowa to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I remember driving by the exit on the interstate for Clear Lake, Iowa. The town most people know because of the plane crash that carried Buddy Holly and others.

The Grand National only had 11,500 actual miles on it. Unlike most of my purchases, this one was fairly well modified. It was equipped with a TA49 turbo, a 3-inch down pipe, a Tony DeQuick one-piece stretched intercooler, and an aluminum driveshaft and a modified Mike Kurtz transmission. It also had blue top injectors and our adjustable fuel regulator. The owner known simply as JR operated a detail shop in the basement of a high-rise parking garage in downtown Minneapolis. Being it was in the basement his shop lacked any windows to the outside. It is very unusual for a business to operate in a basement setting in a high rise parking garage.

PHOTO 1 - Before I loaded the super mint Grand National on my trailer, I drove the car up to the very top of the parking garage and took the photos you see in this photo. In the bigger photo you can see one of the nearby high rise buildings in the background. JR had carefully removed all the black paint around the slots on the Grand National rims. It actually looked better that way against the black center area with the factory center caps. Since the owner operated a detail shop, the paint on this Grand National was like a mirror finish. If I remember correctly, he had wet sanded and buffed the paint. This car was show quality from every angle. According to my records, it sold in 24 hours for $20,000.


We mentioned last week that we had an invitation to a special Open House in the neighborhood where I grew up. The owner Hank had invited us and other car collectors to an Open House at his farm house in Huntingdon Valley. The main house had been in his family for over 200 years! He houses about 12 of his cars at this location. Each one is restored to the highest standards.

The two-story barn-like building he had built on his property is quite unique in the way it is laid out to show case his cars. The weather was perfect with the temperatures near 65 degrees for the first time this year.

PHOTO 2 - The top left photo shows on the main floor a scaled-down version of the orange roof that was the traditional color of the roof that Howard Johnson used for their motels years ago. Hank purchased a real Howard Johnson sign and had a mini custom front built so he could store his tools and equipment out of sight. In front of this was an original Mopar used car sign from a dealership where he worked as a kid.

Years ago, when we had our towing business, Jarrett Dodge was one of our clients for many years. The top right photo shows the name on an actual banner from this dealership that closed up a few years ago. The 1959 Desoto in front of the sign belonged to Bruce Willis in the 1980s and shows a Utah address for Bruce on a copy of the title. The bottom left photo shows an early 1960s vintage Imperial convertible that looks absolutely brand new. The bottom right shows a very rare Avis tag that was under the hood.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows a close up of a fully restored 1959 Desoto. During the 1980s this car belonged to Bruce Willis and had a Utah address registered to Bruce. The top right photo shows a close up of a copy of the title. The bottom left shows a late 1940s-style Studebaker coupe that someone brought to his Open House. The car appeared to be all original and featured a very unique wrap-around rear window. This model was a few years prior to the airplane-style front end that Studebaker had. The bottom right shows an original 1963-1964 Studebaker Avanti that another person drove to Hank's Open House event. Looking back, it’s a shame the unique Avanti came out a little too late to save Studebaker from closing its doors forever.

PHOTO 4 - In the basement of this unique building, Hank had a few other fine examples from the 1960s. The top left photo shows an original 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix with only 11,000 actual miles. This car is all original. This could be the lowest mileage example for a 1962 Grand Prix in existence today! The story is the original owner bought it for his son to drive when he turned 18. Instead the son simply stored the car and never really drove it. The top right photo shows an early 1960s Buick convertible almost the same color as the Gran Prix. The bottom left shows a close up of the Buick's radiator cap with a specific tag making reference to the anti-freeze. Note the Buick script on the tag. The bottom right shows some of the license plates against one of the walls in his basement display area. Also there but not shown was a mid-1960s Corvette Sting Ray and a mid-1960s Thunderbird.



This oil tube and breather assembly was not one of our parts but was a part made by another source and we purchased their remaining Inventory. Be sure to call our office if you want one. To see a photo go to 03-12-2013 Inner Circle, Photo 1. The tube is straight and measures four inches tall overall and the breather has a chrome cap on the top and measures 3 inches in diameter. Billet construction. The price is $29 each, which includes shipping to any of the basic 48 states. You must call the office to order this, as it is not on our website - 215-766-1611 x 0. We have about 12 of them left. This is a product we bought from another company.


If you have a tip or a discovery that you found that works on your Turbo Regal, drop us an email giving us the details so we can pass the info on to our readers. Remember, even with my knowledge, I don’t know it all. Simply email me at - [email protected]


Once again we will have the Upgraded H4 Headlight Kit, Part #7530, on sale at our Spring Open House. The normal price is $129.95. This is the complete kit headlights and the H4 Upgraded Headlight Harness. You can buy it at our Spring Open House for $100, a $29.95 saving. You must call our office and tell Christina - 215-766-1611 x 0 - so we have one aside for you.

Also, we will have the H4 Upgraded Headlight harness, Part #7531. It is normally $67.95 and the Show Special at our Spring Open House is just $55. You will not have to call in advance to hold one for the show.

Also, we should have from another source new GNX reproduction wheels on display and pricing on them. This company has made them in several different offsets to work with a stock Grand National and also for ones that have the reproduction fender flares installed.


We just received our skid of front and rear Spoolfool Filler Panels. We can give you a good price on shipping, since shipping would be from our Plumsteadville, PA zip code to your zip code. However, you must act quickly if you want either the single-piece rear filler or the Spoolfools front set. All the front filelr sets may be spoken for. However we do have some one piece Spoolfool rears available either for shipping or pick up at our Spring Open House April 12th 2014.

Remember, if you want us to hold any filler panels to be picked up at the Open House, be sure to call Christina - 215-766-1611 x 0.


1978-1987 Buick Turbo Regal (with 10-bolt Housing) -

This rear sway bar kit is designed for the stock suspension, and will keep the car from twisting off the line and losing traction, while greatly improving handling characteristics. This design retains the "sleeper" factory sway bar appearance and also works better than the "race only" weld-on anti-roll setups at the track. It’s also much more street friendly and allows you to launch level and straight like "Pro-Stock," while greatly improving handling in normal driving conditions. Tire “scrubbing" is also drastically reduced or eliminated with close fitting tires or slicks.

This design simply bolts into place and the average person can do it in less than two hours with simple tools.

This design was made especially to bolt on for ease of installation and meet strict racing rules where no welding is allowed.

Here are some of the major features with this set up:

Legal for IHRA and NHRA Stock Eliminator
Fits all factory 10-bolt housing with 2-5/8" axle tubes.
Clears most standard single and dual exhaust systems.
Lower center of gravity.
Designed to be used on daily street driven cars and race cars.
Quiet smooth operation with HD Polyurethane mounts.
Does not bind or restrict suspension movement.
Launches level and straight, safer and more consistent.
Allows much more power to be applied at launch.
Designed to last longer and can be easily rebuilt if ever needed.
Light weight, high strength 1.25 diameter 4130 Chromoly seamless tubing.
Large HD 1/2" Chromoly rod ends and steel hex adjusters.
Only the best components available are used.
Smooth exterior with gloss black powdercoating.
Easily adapts from car to car.
Strong enough to use to jack up the rear end (just protect the finish).
Comes with a Manufacturer’s One-year Replacement policy.

This kit is made by HRpartsNstuff and is drop shipped from the manufacturer.

This system has been very popular among Turbo Regal owners for many years.

Another excellent suspension upgrade.

In order to calculate correct shipping costs, call our office to order this system - 215-766-1611 x 0.

7577 - 1978-1987 Buick Turbo Regal (with 10-bolt Housing) -
Rear Super Sway Bar Anti-Roll System - $509

NOTE - You may also be interested in some related items: Part #7559 Replacement Rear Coil Springs Insulators, Part #7077 Larger Rear Anti-Sway Bar Kit, Part #1520 Variable Rate Rear Springs (2), Part #6678 Bilstein Gas Shocks (4) Set, and Part #6820 KYB Front and Rear Gas Shocks (4) Set

Here is a link to this system on our website:

1979-1988 G-Body Cars, including Buick Turbo Regal, and
1982-1992 Camaro and Firebird

After much research, we have found a lower steering shaft that what we feel is the best replacement option. This refurbished lower steering shaft will fit the 1984-1987 Turbo Regal (all 1979-1988 G-Body models and 1982-1992 Camaro and Firebird models) lower steering shaft. The original lower steering shaft uses a flexible joint (steering coupler) to connect to the gear box. Over time this flexible steering coupler can weaken and create more play in the steering. Another weak point on the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals and all the other G-Body models is the bushing at the base of the main steering shaft. GM simply used two rubber seals instead of a metal ball bearing bushing. We offer the better ball bearing kit, which is our Part #7572. We highly recommend you purchase this kit at the same time, since installation requires the lower steering shaft to be removed to install it.

The refurbished lower shaft we now offer is actually one from a later-model GM vehicle. It is also 8 to 10 years newer than the various Jeep lower steering shafts that are offered on various forums. Another reason this is a better lower steering shaft replacement over the Jeep version is the GM vehicle this one comes out of is encased in a rubber boot. Because it has been encased in a rubber boot, it has not been exposed to any corrosion over the years and virtually looks brand new. Fortunately, these are easier for me to remove from the vehicles!

Because this lower steering shaft has the metal swivel joints, it is far superior to the flexible steering coupler GM used in the G-Body cars. This refurbished lower steering shaft also gives you more room under the hood. Being a GM part, the shaft is collapsible in case of a front-end accident.

I send these out to a specialist that modifies them for our application. Our specialist has been doing them for several years. This upgraded lower steering shaft has the superior metal joints at both ends. Each comes with detailed directions with photos. You do have to make one small notch on the base of the main steering shaft in order for the upper clinch bolt to seat cleanly.

Because there is a limited supply, you must email me direct - [email protected] - to see if I currently have any available. This part is sold through our other company and cannot be ordered through our website. Payment must be via PayPal or personal check.

NOTE - We recommend this part be installed by a qualified mechanic.

Another great restoration item.

7574 - 1979-1988 G-Body Cars, including Buick Turbo Regal, and
1982-1992 Camaro and Firebird models -
Upgraded Refurbished GM Used Lower Steering Shaft - $99.95 + $10 shipping

NOTE - You must email - [email protected] - to order and check on availability.

While several options as well as several aftermarket versions exist, we feel this is the best option for the money.

Here is a link to this refurbished shaft on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

We now carry the original Victor Reinz head gaskets.

Victor Reinz was the original supplier to GM for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal 3.8 SFI engines. It is also the same exact head gaskets that Richard Clark uses for all his stock and slightly-modified rebuilds. Use whatever your engine builder recommends for a highly-modified engine.

Victor Reinz is the first manufacturer to ever introduce a replacement head gasket all the way back in 1910 - and has pioneered many gasket innovations since. In 1937, Victor Reinz introduced the first non-stick coating, then followed that up 20 years later with the first no re-torque head gasket. In 1984 Victor Reinz was first with graphite head gaskets, then first again in 1992 with the Multi-Layered Steel (MLS) head gasket.

You can't go wrong by using the same head gaskets GM used originally on the 1986-1987 turbo 3.8 sfi engines.

NOTE - We recommend these head gaskets be installed by a qualified mechanic.

Another critical part for any stock or slightly-modified engine rebuild.

7576 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Original Victor Reinz Head Gaskets (2) Set - $54.95 / 2-piece set

Here is the link to this Head Gaskets Set on our website:

1969-1995 GM Cars, including 1969-1988 GM A-Body & G-Body Cars, including 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

This reproduction steering bearing kit replaces the factory GM bushing kit found at the base of the main steering column. It replaces the following four GM parts: adapter #7805822, bearing #7805700, retainer #7804440, and retainer clip #7804439.

It will fit virtually every GM car from 1969 through 1995.

Ideally, you would want to replace this if you are changing the lower steering shaft, or replacing the steering coupler that attaches to the gear box. The reason is, the lower steering shaft has to be removed to slip the old bearing assembly out and install the new one. You do not have to remove the main steering shaft that this bearing kit goes on to.

This reproduction upgraded bearing kit includes everything you need and comes with the bearing already pressed into the plastic adapter. By offering it as a complete kit, it eliminates any issues with having to try to save any of the original related parts when you remove the old bearing.

Over the years, GM has used either a metal bearing or simply used a rubber-like seal that attached on each side of the plastic adapter. Our research shows that it appears GM simply used a rubber-like two-piece seal on all the 1984-1987 Regals and other G-Body cars. Other cars, such as some of the Corvettes, received the upgraded metal bearing, as did many of the GM vehicles in the early 1990s. By upgrading to a metal ball bearing format, it provides a much tighter secure fit and one that will outlast your car!

It comes with easy-to-follow directions.

Another great steering restoration item to tighten up the steering. A very inexpensive upgrade to do.

NOTE - We also offer related items - 1977-1988 GM A-Body & G-Body Cars including Buick Turbo Regal - Steering Coupler, Part #7569; and 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal, Rebuilt Power Steering Gear Box, Part #7380.

7572 -1969-1995 GM Cars,
including 1969-1988 GM A-Body & G-Body Cars,
including 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Reproduction Upgraded Upper Steering Column Bearing Kit - $37.95 / kit

Here is the link for this kit on our website:


KIRBAN PERFORMANCE OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY - APRIL 12, 2014 - 2014 - RAIN or SHINE - 9 am until 3 pm.

Breaking news – We should have another companies reproduction of the GNX 16 inch wheels on display and available for sale. This company has done all the proper offsets to work with a stock Grand National and also the GNX offsets so they look proper under a Grand National that has the reproduction flares installed.

Richard Clark is 90% sure he will be able to attend our annual Spring Open House. This event is shaping up to be one of our biggest Spring events.

If you are arriving Friday be sure to stop by we are planning to go to dinner at a nearby restaurant in Doylestown around 6 pm.

We will have our usual program, including a freshly prepared lunch by chef Russ and Nancy doing all the cooking. Our usual M & M contest, a no reserve auction, Free Yum Yums donuts in the AM with coffee. Special sale prices and new products will be on display.

CONFIRMED VENDORS & GUESTS - Chris’ Custom Apparel, who has a full line of Turbo Buick clothing will be set up. Pete Hoffman will have parts for sale, and I will also have used parts for sale (known as the "tagged and bagged" sale items). Coming for the first time is Bruce Shaw - a lawyer and accountant specializing in Collector Car Fraud. Terry Shaw specializes in collector car appraisals and insurance claims will also be there. Both Terry Shaw and Bruce Shaw will be doing a seminar. So be sure to put this event on your calendar.

GREAT NEWS - Mike, owner of Spoolfools, has donated a set of his front fillers and his popular one-piece rear filler for our Open House to be raffled off for the Molly Scholarship Fund. Over a $650 value is up for grabs at our Spring Open House.

I am already putting aside some unique items for the no reserve auction. Our upgraded H4 Headlight kit with the special plug-and-play harness, Part #7530, will be on sale for just $100. You save $29.95 You must call and reserve a H4 Upgraded headlight kit so we have one for you - 215-766-1611 x 0. Also on sale will be the 1981-1987 H4 Upgraded plug-and-play harness, Part #7531, which allows you to use any style H4 headlight format. The sale price is $55, a savings of $12.95.

We will have a number of the upgraded GM lower steering shafts available. If you purchase one at our Spring Open House, the sale price is just $79.95, a savings of $20 over retail and shipping. You will be able to see firsthand the difference between your original lower steering shaft, the Jeep lower steering shaft and this later GM lower steering shaft and why it is the one that is in demand. The part number for this upgraded refurbished GM used lower steering shaft is #7574. It is now on our website, but you have to contact me personally to order - [email protected]

LODGING IN THE GENERAL AREA - Quakertown is about 25 minutes west of our warehouse location and the newest motels are by Route 663 and the exit for Quakertown off the northeast extension of the turnpike Route 476.

RT 663, 1905 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215 / 538-3000

RT 663, 1915 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215 / 536-7779

RT 663, 1915 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215 / 529-7979

This is one of the first major events of 2014 for the Turbo Regal owner. Don't miss it.

Here is a link to this information on our website:

APRIL 25-26-27, 2014

The dates are Friday, April 25th at the track from 6-11 pm, Saturday, April 26th for the All Buick Car Show show at Arbys in Norwalk, Ohio and Sunday, April 27th for Buick powered racing at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

For more information, contact Roberta Vasilow at 810-655-8277 or email - [email protected] Or contact Bill Wills at 330-747-1029 or email is - [email protected]


The date this year for the "Ride for Molly" event is Saturday, May 10, 2014. According to Ralph Shelley, one of our Turbo Regal customers, he expects that 3 or 4 Turbo Buicks from northern California will participate this year.

This year the ride originates from the site of their first two memorial rides, the very popular Temecula Creek Inn. It will then go along one of Molly's favorite routes to Borrego Springs, with a luncheon planned at the Red Octotillo, located in the lodge built in 1948. This is truly a throwback to the 1950's and an experience you won't want to miss.

As in the past, all monies contributed by the attendees will support a college fund for Molly’s daughter Brooke. If you are not able to attend but wish to contribute, a check made payable to “Molly Memorial Education Fund” can be mailed to: Molly Memorial Education Fund, c/o Alan DeCarr, 6446 Fairwind Circle, Huntington Beach, Ca. 92648.

For more information, contact - [email protected] or (866) 275-1294

5TH ANNUAL BUICK RACE DAY - Lebanon Valley Dragway, Lebanon Valley, New York
MAY 24, 2014

This is sponsored by the Northeast Chapter of the GS/GN Club, on May 24th 2014 at Lebanon Valley Dragway in Lebanon Valley, New York. Three race classes are Quick 16, V8 and V6.

For more information, contact John at 518-794-7120 or 914-447-6068.


The local Magna Club has posted events related to the Turbo Regals for this coming summer season.

Here is a link for the latest information:

GS NATIONALS - OCTOBER 15-18, 2014 -
Beech Bend Raceway, 798 Beech Bend Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Ron Joseph informs me that the dates for the 2014 GS Nationals are October 15th thru 18th. The intent to move it to September has been shelved at least for a year, according to Ron. We will share more info as it becomes available. Also for the first time ever there will be an auto cross open to all cars October 15th and 16th. 2014. This year ALL vehicles are welcome to participate and have some fun, prizes will be given away and sponsors will be there!

Click here for more info:


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 Buick 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.


We have heard from a couple people that have had problems with the links in our Inner Circle.

When we check the links, they work fine. However, if you are not able to be directed to the exact website page or internet site, you can "copy" and "paste" the link into the URL in your browser (such as Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) If it doesn't link in one browser, it may work in another.


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.


Only a few weeks until our Annual Spring Open House.

If you are coming, bring any good used parts you wish to trade or cash in, as we are a buyer if a deal can be struck. We are hoping that winter has finally gone away by our Open House.