09-24-2014 Inner Circle

09-24-2014 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 09-24-2014


This past weekend was the East Coast Buick Regionals held at the Cecil County Dragway in Maryland.

The weather was picture perfect, as was the location. They had a great turn out, probably 80-85 Buicks in the show car area and another 25 or more in the racing.

Several vendors were set up including myself.

I think I counted three real GNXs in attendance, including one that still had the plastic on the seats and plastic on the floor as well.

I drove down to Maryland the day before. I went around to several small car dealers and showed the compact jumper kit. I jumped several cars that had been sitting for months in dealer lots. Our son has a place in northeast Maryland, so I stayed there Friday night.

One of the coolest things I saw that many of you probably have never seen is a factory heater box that does not have the air conditioning option.

Many racers usually remove the entire heater/ac unit and make a plate to go on the firewall. That works great if your car is strictly a racecar. However, if your Turbo Regal is also the car you drive in the winter, you need the heater to work so you can defrost the windshield.

A G-body car that only had a heater without the air conditioning option is extremely difficult to find. I know because in all my trips to junkyards, I never seen one yet.

The heater control panel in the car is also different as it would not make any reference to air conditioning on the face plate of the controls.

PHOTO 1 - The photo on the left shows the heater only unit in a Grand National. Note how easy it is now to remove the number 6 spark plug! The photo on the right shows the typical method that racers do when they remove the heater/air condition unit - simply making a plate to go in its place.

PHOTO 2 - The top left photo shows looking down one of the main rows of show cars. The top right photo shows a typical vacuum brake conversion kit. I was by far the most popular conversion I saw at this event. Many of the cars with the powermaster had the newer-style Cardone brake bowl. The bottom left photo shows one of our billet adjustable fuel regulators that the owner has polished to show quality. The bottom right photo shows an unusual style 18 inch wheel. I believe they were 8 inches wide up front and 9-1/2 inches in the rear. Notice how small the brake rotor looks inside the wheel!

PHOTO 3 - The top left and top right photo shows just two of the various engine compartments that owners have made into gorgeous showpieces. The bottom left shows one of the last years of production of the big Buick coupes that was at the show. The bottom right shows the reproduction light-weight Grand National wheels that Gbodyparts.com has had made.

Watch for more photos from the East Coast Buick Regionals in next week’s Inner Circle!


Last week we bought a set of 1986-1987 Grand National wheels from one of our local customers. He took the wheels off of his original 1987 Grand in the late 1980s when he installed a set of our then new GNX style wheels (also known as the Kirban-style wheels.) Old timers may recall our source that made the Pontiac Ralley I wheels was able to make the GNX-style wheels based on an existing American Racing Equipment (ARE) wheel by simply putting the offset in a different spot. Then it would clear the frame and not hit the fenders when you turned the wheel.

At the time he switched to our Kirban-style GNX-style wheels, his original Grand National wheels had just under 4500 miles on them.

PHOTO 4 - Shows the full matching set of mint show-quality 1986-1987 Grand National wheels that we got from our local customer. See this parts listing for price. These are #1 car quality and have no curb rash, nor no teeth marks from a tire machine. All look equally as nice. None of the black paint has been touched up. All the chrome is bright throughout.


This Multi-Function Jump Starter has already proven to be the fastest selling product we have handled. We not only have local sales in our area, but also from our Buick customers. Currently there are delays in customs effecting shipments from that part of the country.

I have plenty on order and it’s just a matter of time to get them through customs. Again, if you want one, simply contact our office. We would not charge you until we have product on hand for delivery.

I have already demonstrated it at several local small local dealerships, and got immediate orders.

We are trying to get enough on order to have for sale at our Open House. One problem we face is the company shuts down for the first week of October.

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


As many of you realize, we been getting powermasters rebuilt for over a dozen years now by Cardone Industries.

Cardone is one of the largest rebuilders in the U.S.A., supplying all the major automotive chain stores for over 40 years. They have over 6,000 employees, 80 different product lines and are ISO certified.

Their headquarters is about 20 miles from our warehouse.

It has always been just a small percentage of powermaster brake units that have been rebuilt that had any issues over the years. They have a limited lifetime warranty and we have not had issues with having them rebuilt under warranty with their receipt.

Also, Cardone’s reproduction brake accumulator bowl has had zero problems. I know because we have sold a huge number of brake bowls since they first came on the market about 10 years ago.

Remember, the key to keeping the powermaster working properly is to change your brake fluid every 1-2 years, so it stays clear in appearance. This is important advice that Buick never told owners when these cars were new.


Our Pro-Elite Extreme Duty Tan Car Cover is just $79.95 and comes with a 10-year Manufacturer’s Warranty. These have proven to be an excellent value for the money.

Ideal for indoors or outdoors scratch protection. Cover is virtually waterproof. With fall and winter weather coming, it’s one item that can protect your car while it hibernates during the upcoming winter.

Another idea is to have a few cats around on patrol to keep the rodents away. Rodents can create major damage to hood liners and wire harnesses.


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:


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 - [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.


Our annual fall Open House is a little more than a week away.

You don’t want to miss it. It’s always a good time and an excellent free lunch is included.

Yum Yum donuts are usually all gone by 11 am! Hope to see you there.