10-22-2014 Inner Circle

10-22-2014 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 10-22-2014


This year’s event was one of the biggest in recent years in my opinion. Although it was raining Wednesday and Thursday, on Friday the weather was picture perfect. There was not a single cloud in the sky for the Car Show day... a rare weather event for the GS Nationals. Saturday was equally as sunny.

The racecars were out in force as they lined up the entire one side of the track. I was surprised at the large number of older GS Buicks at this year’s event.

Even in the swap meet the older used GS parts seemed to out numbered used Turbo Regal parts. I only bought a few items.

It was good to see old friends again. Many of these people we only get to see once a year at the GS Nationals.

We have the same vendor spot every year, and several people commented that it’s called, “Kirban’s Korner.”

Richard Clark was there as usual and we discussed several new projects he is working on.

One new product he has ready to go. He has carefully put together a kit comprised of 35 O-rings that cover the powermaster, fuel, and lubricants. While he was doing the research, he discovered one of the O-rings from GM cost over $20 and is no longer available. This kit of 35 O-rings will sell for under $50, making it a real bargain. We will also have several smaller O-ring kits available. Richard has already had the ones reproduced that he needed to make the kit complete.

This kit will come complete with an illustration so you can match up the proper O-ring in the kit to its description. You simply place the actual O-ring over the illustration. This kit will be a must-have kit for any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal. Many of the O-rings in this kit will also work for any 1984-1985 Turbo Regal.

We will be the main source for this kit. We will have these in stock next week. Watch for complete information and pricing in next week’s Inner Circle.

Richard has several other products in the works as well. As many of you realize, Richard really knows his Turbo Regal parts. Anything he researches and produces will result in parts we, as Turbo Owners, can appreciate and use.


PHOTO 1 - The top left photo shows a brand new leather-wrapped wheel for $450. The wheel is a very unusual color. The top right photo was for a set of good used original Eagle GT tires. The seller had just lowered the price to $700 for the set of 4 tires. The lower left photo shows an engine compartment on a show-quality older Riviera. I thought it was neat seeing the headlights pointing upward when the hood is open. The lower right photo shows one of the nice, custom dashes I spotted on a Turbo Regal in the show car display.

PHOTO 2 - The top left photo shows several GS Buicks. Prior to this I had never seen that many GS Buicks in one place. The top right photo shows a portion of just one of the vendors display items. The lower left shows one of our old fender covers we had made during the early 1990s. The lower right photo shows a 1987 a one-owner Grand National that was for sale. This car was garaged since new, one owner, and had just over 340,000 miles on it. The car looked like it had less than half that many miles on it. The price was $10,000.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows some neat custom-made tables. The top right photo shows a very rare original Buick Hawk display. I believe this vendor had two of them for sale. You can see how large it is since it filled the back of the trunk. The lower left photo shows a large array of diecast Turbo Regals that was for sale. The lower right photo shows some of the plastic Turbo Regal models this vendor had for sale.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows one modified Grand National. Note the cut out in the fiberglass bumper to let the cool air in. The top right photo shows the engine compartment of that same Grand National. The lower left photo shows another turbo engine power plant. The lower right photo shows one of the V8 powered ones.



This hot Turbo Regal tip comes from Mike out of Rhode Island.

He recommends you cut a piece of rubber hose and wrap it around the fuel line where it hugs the engine block in front of the driver’s side. Over a period of time, it can rub against it and eventually spring a leak. Gasoline and leaks can lead to a fire!

Mike also goes on to state he has installed the H4 headlight kit we sell using Sylvania Silverstar Ultra #9003. He says it’s not quite aircraft landing lights, but comes close!


We took a bunch of orders for this new jumper kit at the GS Nationals last week. It was by far the most popular product for us at the event.

While we were at the GS Nationals one shipment did come to our shop, so many of our back orders were filled.

Another shipment arrived this week. We have already placed an even larger shipment for next week.

We are getting an average of one shipment a week to meet the demands.

The manufacturer is very pleased with what we have accomplished in just a few short weeks promoting their product. We have several distributors already selling them.

It’s not often a product comes a long that has such a wide appeal. We have been successful selling them locally to various companies that don’t know me. We even have customers that have gotten their initial order and want to buy several more.

These will make great holiday gifts this year.

You can now order the unit on our website - #7629.

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

We already have this company looking at another idea as well.

We are looking for distributors for this product. The product is very easy to sell and not limited to any specific car or truck owner. For pricing and more details, email me personally - [email protected]


Nick Micale, who is the tech advisor on turbobuick.com, posted the below thread after receiving one of our kits.

The day I received my unit, my son's car battery would not start his car, and he was getting ready to use jumper cables and to move his truck in place, which was not easily done.

Here was the perfect opportunity to test this in real life.

He was amazed how well it worked, and I will keep this in my truck as it is such a small and compact package, I do not want to be without it on the road or track!

We then did a couple more tests like hooking it up to a fuel pump to check out how easy that would be, worked great.

Thanks Dennis for bringing such a useful tool to our attention. Nick Micale


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.


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 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet has a 6-speed manual with hard and soft top. Comes with two sets of wheels. Dual sport exhaust impeccable condition. Has been garage kept. Car has a black interior and black exterior. Has a 16-month 26,000-mile warranty. Actual miles is 78,300. All wheel drive. Priced below market value at $24,995. A friend of mine has this car for sale. It’s located in my area - Plumsteadville, PA. If you are interested, email me [email protected] for more info.


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:


1981-1987 GM G-BODY (Including Buick Turbo Regals) -

This is a reproduction of the windshield washer cap for all 1981-1987 GM G-Body cars, including the Turbo Regals.

This black push-on cap goes on the windshield washer bottle, located on the driver's side inner fender. While many later replacement caps will fit, only this cap is an exact match to the original washer bottle cap with the raised wording and the nozzle opposite the ear.

In many cases, the white wording on the original cap may be rubbed off, the cap may be cracked, or you may have the wrong washer cap on the washer reservoir.

Our second photo shows a worn original cap on the washer bottle.

This is a simple way to replace the old cap.

NOTE - You may also be interested in this related part - #1558 Radiator Water Reservoir Chrome-plated Cover and #6880 GM Engine Coolant Cap.

Another nice under-the-hood restoration item.

7632 - 1981-1987 GM G-Body (including Buick Turbo Regals) -
Reproduction Windshield Washer Cap - $9.95

Here is a link to this Windshield Washer Cap 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 $69.95 / 2-piece set

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


BOPAPALOOZA 2014 - NOVEMBER 8th 2014 -
Atco Raceway, Jackson Road, Atco, New Jersey

Hosted by the South Jersey Pontiac Club. Car show is open to all Buick-Oldsmobiles-Pontiac. Event includes Super Pro and Pro racing. For racing info, go to www.atcoraceway.com For show information, contact Tom at 856-524-2588 or email [email protected]

One of our good customers went last year and said it’s a very good event to attend. It’s also probably one of the last car show events in this area for the year.


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.

IN CLOSING - Had a great time at the GS Nationals. Hope everyone had a safe trip going home.