09-17-2014 Inner Circle

09-17-2014 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 09-17-2014


We recently sold one of these new Hydratech Hydro-Boost conversion kits to a local customer. He had lined up the same shop that works on all our personal cars to do the installation. This was the very first hydro-boost system they had installed. Taking their time, it took about four hours to complete the installation. It’s critical to take your time and route the pressure lines properly before cutting them to the desired length. Remember that saying… measure twice, cut once!

The Hydratech hydro-boost unit fits in against the firewall very nicely and does not look out of place. It has plenty of clearance by the remote power steering reservoir.

Our customer painted the master cylinder using brake caliper paint, which should hold up against any brake fluid spills and eliminate any chance of it getting rusty.

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo and top right photo show partial installation of the Hydratech hydro-boost kit. The pressure lines have yet to be installed. The lower left and lower right photos show the completed kit with all the pressure and return line installed. You can see how it sits under the hood and how much clearance the unit has related to the remote power steering reservoir.


In recent years what has become known as the “Hot Rod” look or “Rat Rod” look is to totally black out the car, including the wheels to be either flat black or satin black.

For the most part, this is a fairly recent trend. In the early 1980s, I had our two GTOs painted flat black.

Mine was a 1964 that I had built up from a roller that was gutted with no drive train no interior. Eileen’s was a well-optioned 1968 GTO that very bad original paint. I had it painted in flat black, figuring I would have it re-painted later. Her license plate read “PEN INK” and mine read “A MOVER.”

PHOTO 2 - The top photo shows my 1964 GTO, which was basically a test bed for many of our GTO parts we had made back in the day. I took this photo under a local Pontiac dealership sign that had closed its doors in the mid-1980s. The bottom photo shows my wife’s 1968 GTO on our driveway at our old house. It had tilt column Hurst dual gate, hidden headlights, padded roof, as well as several more desirable options. I don’t recall what we paid for it. I actually got my 1964 free when I bought a ram air 1969 Judge from a guy. The 1964 GTO was sitting in the woods behind his house.

PHOTO 3 - Recently we had a customer come over to our shop. He had just bought a 1986 Turbo Regal, which is actually a Grand National from all appearances. The previous owner had a very nice paint job applied and had the factory Grand National steel chrome rims powder-coated black. This is a photo of one of the Grand National wheels powder-coated black.


The year was 2002. I only sold 19 Turbo Regals that year, of which 9 had under 16,000 original miles. The lowest had a mere 2,300 miles on it. One of the interesting ones was a 22,000-mile WE4 hardtop. It had a very high-quality repaint done, garage kept, and was well optioned. This car still had the original tires on it. We sold the car in a just 7 days for $13,600. Today that car would have sold at that price within seconds!

PHOTO 4 - I would always try and remember to take a photo of the cars I would buy where I picked it up. This owner was not even home. If I recall, his wife showed me the car and I pulled it out of the garage to load it up. As you can see in the background, he still had a few other “toys” to choose from. I think the WE4 was in a garage bay across from this row of garage bays. Here is a copy of the flyer we did on the car.


As you read this because of the overwhelming interest, we have two shipments of the Multi-function Jump Starters due in shortly and a third shipment ordered - all coming in by UPS air.

If we have your order at this point, it will be filled from this shipment.

I went back to the salvage yard where I did the initial testing on the dead black 1986 Regal. Even though he has two of more expensive chargers, he has an order to buy two of ours. He plans to sell them to his customers.

I then drove over to another salvage yard that also sells used cars. While I waiting to talk to the owner, I explained the product to four people in the main office. One person had a similar unit and had paid $139 for his. Two other people (one was a tow truck driver) found it very hard to believe that something the size of a smart phone could start a car or truck. While I was explaining what it could do, a woman and her son came in and wanted to test drive a car that was for sale on the lot. The car was a 2005-2007 Mustang six-cylinder convertible.

The sales guy gave them the keys and they went out to look over the car. As luck would have it, the car did not start since the battery was weak. The sales guy came in to get his jumper box and says to me, “Let’s see what your little box can do.” I said I would take the challenge. Naturally everyone follows me out of the building. Of course the lady and her son have no idea why five people are coming over to jump start the car they were looking at.

I attached the two cables to the car battery and plugged the other end into the module that I held in my hand. For a brief moment I felt like saying a few magic words over the battery but decided to remain serious! The Mustang fired right up. The tow truck driver instantly said, “I have to have one.” The sales guy said he wanted one and was sure his boss would buy one as well. My timing was perfect.

I have learned that the company I am dealing with makes the actual battery pack. It’s good to know they make the main component. It is still not on our website but you can call Christina or email me - [email protected] If you email me I can email you all the info, specifics, and photos of the entire kit.

Again, our price is just $99.95 each or 2 for $199.90. If you buy 2, we will give you free U.S.A. shipping.

If you pre-order, will not charge your credit card until we have them ready to ship. The uses are huge for this compact unit, especially since it has more than one function.

We will be able to demonstrate this at our Open House. I plan to take the dead battery out of the Regal that has been sitting at our house since 2010 and put it in our Turbo-T once I drive it down to our Open House. You will be able to see with your own eyes how a power supply module, that weighs less than 9 ounces and fits in your hand, can pack enough wallop to start a Turbo Regal. No tricks, no back up battery in the trunk, the real deal!

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


We have a correction on last week’s feedback on our dual fan kit.

After follow-up conversation with Tim Myers, we found out that he did not buy his radiator from Gbodyparts.com, but bought it from another source.

Gbodyparts’ radiator has had nothing but good reviews on its cooling ability.

We apologize for the error.


How do they really know for sure when you read, “A man was attacked by 40,000 bees after falling out of a tree.” or, “A swarm of 50,000 bees were found in the ceiling of a woman’s apartment in New York.”

Really? When they call for help, is there one person who comes with the sole purpose to count the number of bees? If so, it’s not a job I would want.

I still remember an incident back in my towing days of picking up a junk car that was parked on the edge of wooded lot. I hooked up the car and didn’t give it much attention, but saw a few yellow jackets going in and around the car. Before I knew it, I must have disturbed their nest and got bit several times before I was able to get back into my truck. The nest must have been under the moist ground near where I had hooked up the car. Fortunately I did not have a bad reaction to the several stings I got.


Unfortunately, we don’t expect to have any Stock Replacement Driver’s Side and Passenger’s Side Complete 409 Stainless Steel Headers Kits, part #7274, available until mid-October, according to TA Performance.

If you want a set, it’s best to call our office and get on the list because of the delays with this run. We expect to sell out quickly after filling existing orders. We would not charge your credit card until we know they are being shipped.

We do have 1 of the Stock Replacement Driver’s Side 409 Stainless Steel Header Kit in stock, our part #7273.


We had a special run made of the correct length 1984-1985 Turbo Regal grey spark plug wires.

We used to sell these years ago, but stopped due to lack of demand. We had 10 sets made. If you want a set, you must call our office to place your order. The price is $49.95 plus $8 shipping. We only have ten sets available.

I don’t believe any other source has these available in the proper lengths. These are not on our website. You must call our office to order - 215-766-1611 x 0 - specify 1984-1985 Turbo Regal Custom-Cut High-Performance Plug Wires.


The popular Russell Stainless Braided Brake Hoses (3) Kit, part #7218, are back in stock. We have filled our back orders and still have a few sets available. Replacing the front rubber brake hoses is one tremendous benefit that is an easy upgrade to do. These are one of those simple upgrades that makes a difference you can feel when you apply the brakes. Well worth the money!


From time to time, whenever we spot an unusual or an exceptional car or truck for sale, or one we have for sale, we will put a blurb in our weekly Inner Circle. Also any cars that our customers have for sale will be featured here and you can see their car with photos on our website as well. In this category we will run the descriptions for two to three weeks and, if there is no interest in that particular vehicle, it will be deleted the following week. Any new vehicles that we add will appear first, so the oldest listing would be at the end of this section. If any of these vehicles perk your interest, email me personally - [email protected] - for more information and photos.


This is a local car for sale and is on our website complete with photos. It has had the same owner since 1985. It has always been stored every winter. Actual miles is 83,300. The car was in storage from 1989 until 2008/2009. It has a new Pypes exhaust system and new headliner. Runs and drives good. The paint is original. Asking $8,995 OBO Contact Ray at 610-417-4436. Ray is planning to have this car at our Fall Open House.

Here is the link to see more information and photos on our website:


METCO MOTORSPORTS is selling Kristi's Grand National powered 1986 Monte Carlo. If your looking for something different that is a well done install see link below.
If you are interested, contact Rick or Kristi by phone during normal business hours - 864-332-5929, or by email - [email protected]


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]


We have several of the TR-6 High Tech Ignition Systems, part #7442, now in stock. See link below for more information.

Here is the link to this TR-6 System on our website:


Jump Starting / Digital Products / LED Lighting

Introducing one of the greatest products that makes jump starting any 12-volt gas or diesel powered vehicle easy to do. It is made by one of the leading battery manufacturers. Unit will also jump start any 12-volt motorcycle, boat, ATV or tractor.

The secret is in a very compact power supply module that is basically the size of a smart phone. It measures 6-1/2" x 3" x 1" thick and weighs a mere 9 ounces. It packs enough wallop to start any 12-volt gas or diesel powered vehicle, can charge a variety of digital devices, and also has built-in LED lighting.

I was very skeptical at first. So, I put it to the supreme jump starting test, using a car that was parked in a junkyard in 2008 (according to the Inspection Sticker) and not touched in 6 years. It cranked the engine like I had put a new battery in it! I then tested it on another car that was parked since 2010 and again it was like I parked the car the day before!

It comes with 4 other adapters that plug into a USB port on the side of the battery pack, which will charge a wide variety of electronic devices (phone, laptop, etc.) These adapters are formatted for four different outlets used on various digital products. This module or battery pack actually has two USB ports. All four adapters are fused into one lead, making it very compact and less likely that you would ever lose any of the four adapters. You can also plug your own electronic device cord into the USB port.

It also has a LED light with three settings: standard, flashing, and SOS. The LED light can stay on continuously for 48 hours if the unit is fully charged.

The power supply module (battery) can be fully charged in 4 hours either with the supplied wall outlet plug or supplied cigarette lighter adapter.

It has a built-in circuit protection, fuse protection, and an anti-reverse battery jumper plug.

The unit can stay fully charged if not used for 6 to 10 months!

You can jump start 20-30 vehicles on a single charge.

It has a visible 5-light bar indicator so you know how much "juice" is available. It goes into a sleep mode when not in use.

Each unit is fully tested before it is shipped to us. Each one is also partially charged, ready to be used.

In case of a power outage, this is the perfect way to charge your electronic devices.

Ideal for any biker, camper, automotive repair shop, or car dealership.

The convenience of having a pocket-size jumper module that weighs 9 ounces is better than lugging a 15-28 lb battery jumper box when you need to jump a vehicle.

NOTE - If you want a spare set of jumper cables, you can purchase it separately, our part #7631.

This makes a great gift idea for anyone who may store cars in a garage or for your mechanic.

It would be the perfect “Thank You” gift for car dealerships for when a customer buys a car.

Some of the other brands can run as much as $175 or more and may not offer all the features or the same specifications as this one. In some cases, you are paying for the private label.

Power Supply Module (battery)
Pair of Jumper Cables
4-Way Adapter with USB Connector
Cigarette Lighter Charger
Wall Charger
Factory User Manual
Carrying Case

12000 mAh capacity high-power, fast charging battery
250 cranking amps
500 peak amps
Cycle Life - 1,000 Times
2 USB ports
5 blue lights power indicator
Outlet to charge the power supply module
Can safely jump start any 12-volt vehicle, even if only 2 indicator lights are lit
Full charge takes approximately 4 hours
One-year Manufacturer’s Warranty

An excellent charging system for emergency jump start reliability and to keep all of your electronics charged.

7629 - Multi-Function Jump Starter - Model T6
Jump Starting / Digital Products / LED Lighting - $99.95

7630 - TWO - Multi-Function Jump Starters - Model T6
Jump Starting / Digital Products / LED Lighting - $199.90*
*Buy TWO and get FREE U.S.A. shipping

7631 - Multi-Function Jump Starter - Model T6
Replacement JUMPER CABLES - $12

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

1978-1988 G-BODY with Factory T-Tops (including Buick Regal) -

One of the most effective methods to eliminate the sun from fading the interior on a T-Tops G-body car is to install a set of sunshades that block out the sunlight.

While several different versions exist, once installed what you see in your car all looks the same.

Our supplier uses grey factory headliner material.

Our T-Tops sunshades are notched to seat under the T-Tops molding trim. This format eliminates having to make major adjustments from inside the car. This is a very light-weight design that not only keeps the bright sunlight out, but allows the air conditioner to be more efficient.

Each set of sunshades come with easy-to-follow directions showing the proper placement, since each piece is custom made to fit each T-Top.

Another great interior restoration item.

7628 - 1978-1988 G-Body with Factory T-Tops (including Buick Regal) -
Factory T-Tops Custom-Made Sunshades (2) Set $59.95 / 2-piece set

Here is the link to these T-Tops Sunshades on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This one-piece 3 inchdown pipe will work with any factory-style exhaust Turbo housing. You have to remove the exhaust elbow so this will bolt up to the turbo exhaust housing.

It has an internal wastegate and, unlike most of the other one-piece 3″ down pipes, the internal wastegate is serviceable if needed. You have to modify the side of the turbo shield if you plan to re-use the stock turbo shield. This 3″ down pipe does have a threaded port on it to accept an air sensor or O2 sensor if needed. A plug is included if you do not have to use this port.

This 3" one piece 304 stainless steel down pipe is mandrel bent and will clear the stock inner fender and firewall. Because of the age of these cars it is recommended you have fairly new motor mounts and transmission mount so clearances stay consistent. This down pipe is slightly longer than the stock down pipe, so you have to use the custom 12″ aluminized test pipe that comes in this kit. The test pipe has the correct 4 bolt flange on it to bolt up to the factory style Y pipe. You will not be able to use a catalytic converter unless you find one that has a 3" diameter opening and is only 12″ long.

Kit comes with hardware to secure the down pipe to the Turbo. No gaskets are required.

Gains on a typical stock application in a quarter mile with no other changes are 2-3 mph and 2/10ths in a quarter mile.

This basic design has been popular for many years. This is the latest version.

Kit is drop shipped from our supplier.

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

A nice performance upgrade to compliment any other performance modifications you make.

7627 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
304 Stainless Steel One-Piece 3” Down Pipe and
Custom Aluminized Test Pipe Kit - $415 / kit

Here is a link to this Down Pipe and Test Pipe Kit on our website

1980-1987 Buick V6 (including Turbo Buick Models) -

This is the entire intake manifold gasket kit to replace the one on your engine.

The kit consists of a metal pre-formed valley pan, 2 intake manifold rubber seals, 1 vacuum block gasket, 1 O-ring, 1 tube of RTV black.

NOTE - We recommend this intake manifold gasket kit be installed by a qualified mechanic.

NOTE - You may also be interested in a related item - #7060 Fel-Pro Valve Cover Gaskets (2) Set or #7606 Victor Reinz Valve Cover Gaskets (2) Set.

7626 - 1980-1987 Buick V6 (including Turbo Buick Models) -
Intake Manifold Gasket Kit - $28.95

Here is a link to this kit on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

We offer three options to upgrade the factory single electric fan on a 1986-1987 Turbo Regal to a dual fan format. Each fan has a 12" diameter sweep. There are no clearance issues between the radiator and the factory intercooler shroud. The unit is 3-1/2" deep. The overall width of the unit is 26" and the length is 16".

The complete kit includes a brand new Intrepid dual fan and a custom-made plug-and-play harness. This harness is specific to the Intrepid dual fan.

One of the beneficial upgrades to make to provide better cooling is to install a dual fan set up to replace the 25+-year-old single electric fan. The factory Buick fan relay cannot safely sustain the full load of dual electric fans. That is why it’s advisable to install a supplemental relay system.

This custom-made plug-and-play harness is specially designed to make the conversion easy. This plug-and-play harness consists of two sealed relays. The relays are both energized by the factory fan relay in your car, reducing the circuit load on the factory relay and permitting full coolant fan control without the risk of overload. The fans are both powered at high speed when cooling is commanded via factory low speed coolant fan control through the ECM. This system assures proper load through the relays with proper power distribution.

This kit plugs into the factory fan connector, unlike other harnesses that require you to cut off the factory connector. The factory connector is entirely reliable and should not be cut.

The plug-and-play harness is made in the U.S.A. and comes with easy-to-follow directions with photos.

We offer 3 options. The first option is for the entire conversion kit, which includes a new Dodge Intrepid dual fan kit and the special custom-made plug-and-play harness. The second option is for the dual fan only. The last option is just for the custom-made plug-and-play harness.

NOTE - We recommend installation be done by a qualified mechanic.

IMPORTANT NOTE - You have to custom make brackets to mount the dual fan housing so you can secure this to the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal radiator core support at the top and bottom. You also have to cut off the original mounting tabs on the side of this dual fan housing since they do not get used. There is a link on the Turbo Buick forum with photos that shows what you have to do. Basically you have to cut off the 2 plastic mounting tabs on both sides of the housing and fabricate some small piece of angle iron to secure it to the original top brackets and the bracket at the bottom of the core support.

This dual fan set up is for a Dodge Intrepid and is the one that most 1986-1987 Turbo Regal owners have used for this modification. It is also the one that will plug into the custom-made plug-and-play harness we offer. Be sure to click on the link below so you fully understand what you need to do to modify the dual fan housing to attach to the radiator bracket and core support.

NOTE - Here is a link to the Turbo Buick Forum. It explains what you have to do to mount the Dual Fan Conversion Kit in the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/threads/ramchargers-fans-intrepid-fans-those-whove-done-it-please-chime-in.380509/

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6706 Reproduction Stainless Thermostat Housing and 0-Ring, #1508 160-Degree Thermostat, #7269 Aftermarket DAYCO Molded Upper Radiator Hose, #6842 Molded Lower Radiator Hose, and #7457 Upgraded New Aluminum Radiator.

A popular method to help keep your Turbo Regal running cool during the hot summer months.

Please carefully read the three choices below before ordering. Here are the three options.

7607 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Dual Fan Conversion Kit and Custom-made Plug-and-Plug Harness - $199.95

7608 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Dual Fan Only - $139.95

7609 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Custom-made Plug-and-Plug Harness Only (for Intrepid Dual Fan) - $67.95

Here is a link for these items on our website:



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: http://www.magnabuick.com/show/index.shtml

Cecil County Dragway, Maryland

The location is Cecil County Dragway near North East, Maryland. The dates are September 19th and 20th. Friday is Test and Tune. Saturday is Buick race day and a judged All-Buick Powered Car Show. This is a great event. We plan to be in attendance on Saturday. For more information, contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 914-447-4068. Website - http://tristategsclub.com

Here is a link the event flyer - http://www.tristategsclub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=444

I will be at this event Saturday, only on the 20th, as a vendor. I have some room in my truck, so if you want a part, I can bring with me. If you are interested in the Spoolfool fillers, I can bring it and you’ll save the shipping. Email me if you plan to bring something to trade or sell me - [email protected]

SATURDAY - OCTOBER 4, 2014 - 2014 - RAIN or SHINE - 9 am until 3 pm.

We will have our usual program, including a freshly prepared lunch by chef Russ and Nancy doing all the cooking with some special desserts. 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 - 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 again is Bruce Shaw - a lawyer and accountant specializing in Collector Car Fraud. Terry Shaw specializes in collector car appraisals and insurance claims, and he will also be there. Both Terry Shaw and Bruce Shaw will be doing seminars. So be sure to put this event on your calendar.

Spoolfool has donated one of his one-piece rear fillers for our “NO RESERVE” auction. We will have several close out items at our No Reserve auction, as well as several other neat items as well.

We will conduct a demonstration of the Multi-Function Jump Starter kit. I will bring to the event the dead battery that has been in the Regal at our house since 2010. I will install it in our 1987 Turbo-T at our event and you will be able to see for yourself a simple battery pack weighing less than 9 ounces will crank our Turbo Regal. Seeing is believing! No smoking mirrors, no magic words said over it, and no hidden back up battery in the trunk. The real deal.

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 last major events of 2014 for the Turbo Regal owner. Don't miss it.

Here is a link to this information on our website:

34th ANNUAL 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, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.) If it doesn't link in one browser, it may work in another.

Most people having problems are using Internet Explorer… If you are having issues with links, try another browser to see if it works.


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 - denn[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.


Hope to see many of you at the East Coast Regionals in Cecil County Dragway on Saturday, September 20, 2014. I should have some of the Multi-Function Jump Starter Kits with me. If I don’t have our stock for sale, I will have my sample one to show.