7-29-09 Inner Circle

7-29-09 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 07-29-2009


Photo 1 shows Don Garlits' new race car courtesy of Chrysler. He received car Number One of 13 of the special light-weight 2009 Dodge Challenger with the drag race package. One comment I heard him make concerning this new ride was that unlike his dragsters, which run the 1/4 mile in under 6 seconds, now he can enjoy the ride longer!

This Photo 2 is very clever. The owner took an original Chrysler grille and removed the center cavity leaving the outer shell. He put his sign in the middle of the outer shell. This may give you a new idea for your 1984-1987 Regal grille, if it is broken. Instead of throwing it out, design a sign using the outer part of it!

Photo 3 shows one of the more unusual early Plymouth racecars.

Photo 4 shows a close up of the tachometer that is hanging from the headliner in the same car. Notice the wording written at the 5,500 rpm shift mark. You can tell the group that runs this car do it for fun!

These photos can be found on our web site Inner Circle 07-29-2009.


According to Ralph, one of our Inner Circle members who had two of the 1983 T-Type Century's, they did make a four-door version in 1983. He had a two-door T-Type Century model and his wife had the four-door model. He replaced his with a 1987 Grand National, which he still owns, and she replaced hers with a 1987 T-Type LeSabre, which was also a very nice car.


I was at a person's house the other day, buying some non-Buick related items, and noticed a car covered up in the garage. The car has been sitting since around 1983. It was a 1965 Buick Wildcat convertible. What makes this an extremely rare one is the fact it has the 425 engine with dual quads. The real clincher is, it's a factory four-speed with a console! Years ago his research indicates that only about 14 were made like this. This car needs a total restoration. At a quick glance, the car is very solid. Included with the car is about $5,000 worth of parts he has accumulated over the years. It is for sale, priced around $18,000.

You can email me direct - [email protected] - and we can provide you with his email and phone number. Car is located about 30 minutes from our location in Pennsylvania.


Locally Dave Koeppel is selling is 1982 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am. Car is pearl white with 270 c.i. Buick Stage 2 twin turbo. It has a 14-point roll cage and a 4-link suspension, Freddy Brown transmission. He will part the car out and he will consider partial trades. Call Dave for more info and price - 215-622-0981.


We will be set up as a Bronze Sponsor (vendor) at the "Back to the Bricks" event in Flint, Michigan on August 12-15. Their website is - www.backtothebricks.org

This event attracted 20,000 cars last year over a 4-day period. They basically shut down most of Flint during the Friday and Saturday activities. It is run entirely by car people. Matter of fact, one of our customers is involved and emailed the info to us.

Paul Castle will be with us as well. Since the event attracts a wide variety of car owners, we will be selling ZDDPlus™, the ZPaste™, and various DVDs, etc.

This should be a huge event, so if you are able to make it, be sure to come see us. We'll be set up with the major vendors in the main area.

It's been a few years since I have been to Flint. I was there in the late 1980s and actually got a personal tour of the engine factory when they were building the 3800 engines. I was there again with my wife, I think in the summer of 1992 when we took delivery of our GMC Syclone in Pontiac, Michigan.


We still have our 1987 Grand National all original hardtop with 720 actual miles for sale. For more info, call Darrell at 215-778-8273. We are open to most any trade(s).


Available from World of Motorworks. His website is - www.worldofmotorworks.com - John Spina of Caspers Electronics has worked with Paul Castle to make this an easy plug and play install converting your factory dash cluster to a full analog gauge cluster like what was in the real GNXs. The end result is something that Buick should have done originally. His toll free number is 1-866-794-6320.


One area to avoid speeding is around Raleigh, North Carolina. The sheriff's deputy has the use of a Corvette ZO6 with a top track speed of 198 mph. Although the Corvette has a $74,875 sticker price, it didn't cost the county anything. It was seized in a from a drug dealer.


Announcing 1984-1987 Regal - reproduction chrome-plated plastic headlight bezels and reproduction chrome-plated plastic grilles.

Part #7238 - 1984-1987 Regal - Reproduction Chrome-plated Plastic Headlight Bezels (2). These chrome-plated plastic headlight bezels are identical to what GM used on their optional chrome-package in 1987. The 1984-1986 bezel were originally black. These will fit all 1984-1987 Regals. These are made by the same source that did the black headlight bezels. They are sold as a pair. Price is $199 / pair plus shipping.

Click Here to See Part #7234

Part #7239 - 1984-1987 Regal - Reproduction Chrome-plated Plastic Grille. This grille is all chrome, which gives a slightly custom look to any 1984-1987 Regal. Originally the GM factory grille was chrome only the protruding edge and the sides of each rib were painted grey. This reproduction grille is all chrome in appearance, which is a slick way to customize the front end. Grille will fit all 1984-1987 Regals. These are made by the same source that did the black headlight bezels. Price is $369 each plus shipping.

Click Here to See Part #7234


One of the major annoying shortcomings with the analog dash clusters is the illumination system GM used.

Instrumentation lighting has come a long way from what you see in your Turbo Regal. If you ever have had your dash cluster out of the car, you could see how poorly the illumination format was designed. GM used a series of just 7 twist-in sockets that only extended the light bulbs in the dash about 3/4 of an inch. This format just does not spread enough light to the face area of the analog instruments, which sit further into your dash.

If you drive any newer car, you can see just how far advancements have come in dash illumination. You are limited on choices for our cars but we now feel we have a very slick solution.

Working with the local company that just made our Touch & Start® System, we gave him an analog dash and they developed a LED light system that would be a simple plug and play.

The end results are nothing short of amazing when compared to the factory lighting format.

Check out our website for photos so you can see the difference first hand.

We show illuminated photos of an original dash and a dash with the LEDs installed. There is a photo of the new LED stick and an original light bulb. We also posted a photo showing the seven 2" long LED sticks, which are what you install to accomplish this new lighting system.

Each LED stick has four small lights on the one end. Good for 50,000 hours of operation and draws less current than the factory setup. Each LED stick is pre-tested. The main feature to make this work properly was making the part extend in your dash cluster further than the factory light bulb setup. This new format is 2" long versus your factory design, which only places the factory #194 bulb 1/2" inward. The LED format has four bulbs on each insert, which totals 28 lights (instead of the factory 7 bulbs).

As many of you know, my mechanical skills are very limited, but I was able to do the installation myself. While installing the new LEDs, I also took the necessary photos to do the detailed instructions on how to remove your factory twist-in bulbs and install this new LED setup in any Turbo Regal with an analog dash.

This will only work with the analog dash. Digital dash lighting lights the individual numbers, so we only made this for all the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals that have the standard analog dash.

As you can see in the copy that follows, we have an introductory price on this new lighting system.

Even if you have an all-original Turbo Regal, this is one upgrade that is not detectable nor does it take away from your car being original.

The older you get, the tougher it gets to see the dash at night! I know from firsthand experience!

You are looking at the dash constantly while driving at night. Now you can clearly see it! Part of the expense in making this new system is due to the fact each LED is not simply some cheap little light setup, but requires a 2" long board to position the light properly. The system requires 7 of them, all the same length to make it project the light beam.

This part will be made available to any interested other Turbo Regal suppliers as well.

Here's our detailed description -

1984-1987 Turbo Regal -
Introducing an excellent dash LED lighting system...

GM's method for the illuminating of the analog instrument cluster in the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals is limited, as shown in the photo above on the left. There is a vast difference in the way the instrument clusters light up in the newer cars of today compared to the lighting in these older Buicks. Our new system uses modern LED lights to brighten the dash cluster, as shown in the photo above on the right in our Turbo-T.

The problem is Buick used a series of 7 twist-in sockets with factory #194 bulbs. If you examine the back of the dash cluster, you will see that this arrangement does not put enough light on the gauges. Part of the reason is the actual light sockets do not protrude far enough into the housing to illuminate the dash cluster well. Adding to the problem is that the actual light bulbs do not give off a very bright light.

Our setup utilizes 7 LED sticks, as shown in the third photo. There are a total of 4 white LED lights at the end of each stick, for a total of 28 LEDs. The electronics are at the opposite end of the stick which keeps the minor amount of heat separate from the LEDs. The cooler they stay, the brighter the lights. Each are custom made, are assembled in the U.S.A., and measure 2" long. The factory setup only extends the bulb about 1/2". The average LED light span is 50,000 hours.

NOTE - You need the factory sockets currently in the dash cluster to attach to the LED sticks. Socket housings are not included.

Each LED stick is designed to fit in the factory sockets. The sticks extend the light further inward, which illuminates the gauge faceplate better. The last photo shows the new LED stick and an original #194 light bulb.

The end result is amazing! It's not only a better method of lighting your dash at night, but the light is now a brighter light. Your dimmer dial will still function to some degree. This system also draws less current than the original lights.

The kit comes with step-by-step directions with photos showing how to install the kit in your Turbo Regal. You can actually snake the lights into the dash once it's pulled forward without unhooking the speedometer cable or VSS sensor. I was able to install these lights in my personal Turbo-T in under 2 hours, taking my time and also photographing the process for the directions.

Even if you prefer to keep your car original, this is one improvement you can make that will keep your car original in appearance, while giving you better night illumination.

An excellent interior upgrade or restoration item.

7234 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal -
Analog Dash LED Lights (7) Kit $99.95 / kit

Click Here to See Part #7234


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

Click Here to See Part #6536


NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.

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

ZDDPlus™ is also one of the 2 major sponsors for this year's F.A.S.T. events along with Nationals Parts Depot. This is another nationally recognized event that features stock appearing muscle cars. Here is the link to the F.A.S.T. events web site -

Labor Day Weekend - Saturday & Sunday, SEPTEMBER 5 & 6, 2009 Old Bridge Township Raceway Park - F.A.S.T. Race Series National Events Sponsored by ZDDPlus™ and National Parts Depot. We expect to be there selling ZDDPlus. This event also features the 20th Buick Performance Weekend. The Northeast Chapter of the GSCA Buick Club will have their regular Quick 16 Class with over $2500 in cash awards. They will also be paying money to the Buicks that run the furthest in each of the Musclepalooza classes on Sunday.

The East Coast Buick Regionals and Pontiac Challenge will be held OCTOBER 16th and 17th, 2009 at Cecil County Dragway, Maryland. It features 5 different race classes for V8 and Turbo-powered Buicks. Friday is Test and Tune and Saturday is Buick Race Day. For more information, contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 845-528-GSGN or Griff Atkinson 410-472-2757.

The Oklahoma Buick Performance Club will hold it's 15th year, Team Buick vs Team Ford Headsup Shootout on OCTOBER 17, 2009. Team Buick includes Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and GMC trucks with any engine or power adder. This will be at Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Noble, Oklahoma. A first time TSM event will also be held with some pre-qualifying Friday night the 16th. More information - www.okbuicks.com, www.turbobuick.com (National Racing Events and Info) Personal contact: Dick Walker, 405-745-3602 - [email protected]

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

The Southern Buick Shootout 2009 event at the Silver Dollar Raceway is scheduled for November 6th and 7th, 2009. This event will be open to any and all BUICK, OLDS, PONTIAC cars. The event will include a points race for the TSO and TSM categories, as well as other potential Buick categories.

The plan is to have heads-up / index pacing available for those racers that cannot run in TSM/TSO categories. They also plan to have Gamblers Racing for both Sportsman type cars (no delay boxes allowed) and Top Eliminator (delay Box). The will be Test-N-Tune all day both days. If you have questions, email - [email protected]


DOGWOOD SHOPPING PLAZA - 710 Dogwood Avenue, Franklin Square, NY 11010 - Every Wednesday at 6 pm, there is a Turbo Buick Car Show. For more information, contact Nick Dimaio - 646-316-7584.

If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.


If you would like to see any Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -

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


Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - [email protected] - I will answer you. However, if I fail to answer you within 24 hours, please email us again. Since expanding into used parts, I get a lot of emails and sometimes I may forget your request or not remember who requested the item.


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

If you want to order one of these travel chairs, the price is $55, which includes UPS ground shipping to the 48 states. The price for two chairs is $100, which includes UPS ground shipping to the 48 states. Canada, Alaska, Hawaii would be more.

You must email me direct - [email protected] We prefer Paypal, but can take a credit card payment too.

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