02-18-2015 Inner Circle

02-18-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 02-18-2015


Sometimes a reproduction part is stronger or better than the original GM part.

The latest version of the front and real filler panels is one such example. Our part numbers are #7438 for the fronts, #7439 for the rears or #7440 for both front and rears, which saves you a few bucks. It stands to reason that the technology has vastly improved since the mid 1980s. I have seen a brand new in the GM box front filler panel crumble when it was removed from the box.

Spoolfools unique one-piece rear filler panel is another example. Here is an excellent example of what GM should have done in the first place to give the car a smoother look in the back end. Chevrolet did it with the Monte Carlo SS models. It’s just a shame Buick didn’t.

Another example is the reproduction horn ring, part #1518, that we have sold for well over a dozen years now. Again this solved a problem with the factory GM one, which over a period of time warps in the heat and cracks. Not helping the situation was the fact that only two screws secured it to the steering wheel. Granted, NOS plastic GM ones in the box may still fetch $200 to $300, but more buyers will pay $50 for the billet machined horn ring that they only have to buy once. Buying the billet one eliminates the chances of you over tightening the plastic one and having it crack!

By the way here is a helpful hint. If the base collar under the steering wheel is lose, you need to pull the steering wheel off your car and retighten the 3 little screws that secure the base collar to the back of the steering wheel.

One popular item that we have sold for over ten years is the upgraded 1986-1987 Mass Air Duct, part #7054. Most mass air duct hoses get ruined because it comes in contact with the one nut and stud that secures the alternator in place. This was not an easy product to locate because if had to be so flexible. This is a product that we sell is almost $20 cheaper than the factory GM mass air duct from other sources. Not only is it more reasonably priced, it is also thicker so the interior wire helix is not ready to pop thru the housing. The hose is an unusual diameter and not something you can pick up at your local hardware store or Lowes or Home Depot. It is a thermoplastic rubber reinforced hose with a wire helix. It has good abrasion and chemical resistance. It can handle minus 60 deg F and as high as 275 deg F continuously. This hose will easily outlast the GM original mass air duct. They are also made in the USA and our supplier is actually a long-time Turbo Regal customer.

Although there will always be a market for original GM parts, sometimes the reproduction or aftermarket has the same basic part but is superior and cost less!

PHOTO 1 - Shows a photo of the mass air hose, part #7054 we offer.


Perhaps you have a favorite upholstery and carpet cleaner. Over the last few months I have tested about six different well-known brands found in most auto stores. I have had to do this because of the various armrests I am getting in junkyards to sell on ebay. These armrests all have built up crud and dirt on them.

The cleaner I like the best is Stoner Upholstery & Carpet Cleaner. Stoner also makes other automotive cleaners. There are at least five major chain auto stores in our area, yet I have only found this product in one of them. It’s great on stains.

PHOTO 2 - Here is a photo of the actual 18-ounce spray can. It foams up and dries completely. The product has a pleasant fragrance. I use it all the time.


We are discontinuing the various reproductions vintage state inspection stickers. They are no longer on our website.

We used to sell these stickers for $20 each.

If you buy 1, we can mail it by U.S. Priority Mail for $12.95. If you buy 2, your total cost including U.S. Priority Mail would be $18.95. If you buy 3, the price would be $22.95, which includes U.S. Priority Mail shipping.

You must call our office to order these - 215-766-1611 x 0.

If your state had state inspections during the 1980s, a reproduction vintage state inspection sticker would be a crowning touch to any restoration project or car show display.
Here is a listing of what we currently have available for 5 states.

1986 Massachusetts - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 2
1987 Massachusetts - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 3
1986 New Jersey - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 4
1987 New Jersey - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 1
1986 New York - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 1
1987 New York - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 1
1986 Pennsylvania - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 3
1987 Pennsylvania - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 5
1986 Ohio - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 2

PHOTO 3 - We show the front of a typical reproduction of the five different reproduction State inspection stickers. Your order may not match what we show in the photo. It will however, be correct for the year and state of your choice.


One of the unusual plastic clips Buick used under the hood of the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals secures the two metal transmission lines to one of the oil coolant lines. In many cases, due to vibration this clip may have slipped off the two metal transmission lines and may just be on the one oil coolant lines. Or, if you ever had you engine removed and rebuilt, there is a good chance this unique clip never made it back on your car.

PHOTO 4 - The photo to the left shows one of these 3-IN-1 clips. The photo on the right shows it (highlighted with a red arrow) on our personal Turbo-T. If you need one, see the Parts Listing at the end of this Inner Circle. I doubt this unusual clip is still available from GM. I have never seen it used in another application.


As you have probably heard on the news, there is a slowdown and dock strike on the west coast. This situation has tied up a huge number of ships from unloading at the western docks.

Unfortunately, this is one reason some of the parts we normally get in a timely matter from our suppliers have been delayed. Reportedly it is costing $2 million a day!


The “1986-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL” Limited Edition Art Print, part #7193 is now almost out of stock. We have fewer than 10 left. If you want one, you must call our office - 215-766-1611 x 0.

The price remains the same $14.95 plus shipping, while supplies last.

Here is a link to this print on our website:


As you read this issue, we have a few GM AC Delco Heater Water Valves left for sale. You must call our office to order one - 215-766-1611 x 0. The price is $60 plus shipping. It appears this AC Delco heater water valve will be discontinued from GM and AC Delco.


Our first order of these is in route to us. All our orders will be filled at the end of this week. We already have our next order placed.


Since last week’s Turbo Regal Inner Circle I have found my 2015 Collector Car Price Guide. It contains 20,000 more prices over the 2012 issue. The book shows value in 6 categories of condition.

Number 1 stands for show quality, whether restored or original showroom condition. At the other end of the spectrum, number 6 means it’s basically a parts car.

Most cars in original or restored condition would qualify for #2. The definition for a #2 car is a well-restored or a combination of superior restoration or an excellent original car. I think our 1987 Turbo T would fall in this category. It has all original paint and the car has been restored as needed.

So, I looked at the prices in the 2012 Collector Car Price Guide and compared it to the 2015 Collector Car Price Guide. To my surprise, all the values I checked were exactly the same. For the 1986 Regal T-Type it showed $12,950. For the 1986 Grand National it showed $21,700. For the 1987 Turbo-T it showed $16,800, and for the 1987 Turbo Limited it showed $18,200. For the 1987 Grand National it showed $23,450. For the GNX it showed $64,750.

The book also lists the very rare 1986 LeSabre. In both the 2012 and 2015 books, it shows the 1986 LeSabre Grand National at $13,300.

I decided to also check both books to see if the 1987 Monte Carlo SS and the 1987 Corvette hatchback showed the same values in both books. In both cases both books reflected the same values. The 1987 Monte Carlo SS shows a $8,750 value and the 1987 Corvette hatchback shows a $19,600 value.

In my opinion, I think the price shown for the 1987 Corvette is on the high side.

Even the lowly Yugo values did not change from 2012 to 2015. In case you’re wondering, the lowly Yugo in number #2 condition comes in at a mere $2,300 for the 1987 model.

I don’t think the Collector Car Price Guide reflects the true values, since it shows no increase for the Turbo Regals in three years. Granted, not every vehicle would show gains in a three-year time span. However, you would think the values would increase even by a small margin for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals - especially the Grand National. I would even go so far to say that the Monte Carlo SS, 1986-1988 vintage would fetch at least ten grand or more in a number #2 condition.

One other G- body car I have sold was a1987 Olds Cutlass 442 hardtop back in 2000. The 442 had just 12,000 miles on it and was garage kept. I sold it for $10,500 in the year 2000. (I think my buyer still owns the car today).

In looking in the 2012 Collector Car Price Guide, that 1987 Olds 442 in #2 condition is listed at $7,210. In the 2015 Collector Car Price Guide the value of the same Olds 442 in #2 condition has jumped to $12,110. It would appear that in 2000 I paid way over what it was worth based on the 2012 Collector Car Price Guide.

Obviously a lot of other factors come into play when figuring out the value of any car. There is one common factor that crosses over to any car that assures you that the value will increase and it doesn’t matter what car brand it is. That one single factor is horsepower. Every muscle car you can name is more valuable today and continues to grow in value as the years go on.


We still need 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering wheels for cores. The spokes can't be bent or rusted.

We need cores to get steering wheels redone for customers. We allow $75 Letter of Credit on each core. Email me direct - [email protected] - so I am aware that you will be sending one.

Please help us help other owners.


We currently have stock on our popular Multi-Function Jump Starter, Part #7629. It is one of the most powerful ones on the market, putting out 250 cranking amps and 500 peak amps for less than $100. It is this larger module that has very few limitations on what it can do.

Here is a link to these Multi-Function Jump Starter parts on our website:


The company is starting to get inquiries on their products, which they forward to us since we are their U.S. distributor. We already have several automotive mail order companies going to start carrying this unit.

Now that we are the only supplier for the Multi-Function Jump Starter for this company is the U.S.A., we want to line up more distributors.

We are looking for distributors for this product. We currently have two price breaks - 5-9 units or 10 or more.

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]


If you have any ideas for usage of small batteries, we welcome your suggestions. Who knows, your idea may prove to be a winner for everyone.


Once again we need stock used 1986-1987 Turbo Regal turbo cores. Currently we will issue a $100 Letter of Credit for any you send us. The turbo doesn’t need to be good, but must be complete with exhaust housing.

Email me first - [email protected] for shipping details. This helps us help others keep their cars on the road.


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.

No vehicles for sale at this time.


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]



As you read this, we have 3 of the Caspers Electronic Reproduction Engine Harnesses in route to us. Caspers only makes these a few times a year at most. If you need one, it’s best not to put it off. Caspers has made several improvements over the original version. Our complete information on this high-quality reproduction 1986-1987 Turbo Regal engine harness is listed below.

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Caspers Electronics is a leader in manufacturing electronics, and has made factory OEM harnesses for GM.

They have made a small run of the factory 1986-1987 Turbo Regal Reproduction Engine Harness.

Each harness is electronically tested and has a 60-day Warranty. It is the OEM design with improvements made to certain "too short" connectors and improved engine grounds. They use only original Packard connectors and cross-linked wiring.

The harness is an exact replacement for the factory harness.

Another great under-the-hood restoration item.

7655 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Reproduction Engine Harness - $899.95

Here is a link to this Engine Harness on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Because of the age of these cars, it’s probably a good idea to replace the original power steering return hose.

This hose is specific for power steering fluid. Hose is approximately 18" long, about 1" longer than you need.

NOTE - You may also be interested in this related item - #6943 Reproduction Power Steering Pressure Hose.

Another good under-the-hood restoration item for the steering system.

7649 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Power Steering Return Hose - $14.95

Here is a link to this Power Steering Return Hose on our website:

1986-1988 G-Body All Models (including Buick Turbo Regal) -

Many cars produced today have the LED format for their various lights.

LED lighting offers several benefits. Besides projecting a brighter and wider light, LEDs draw a lot less amperage and hardly generates any heat compared to the glass-style bulbs.

The stock bulb in the third brake light is a #1156 bulb. If that bulb were to stay on for two minutes, it would reach over 200 degrees. This can burn the socket housing and, in severe cases, distort the top of the brake light housing. In contrast, the LED panel would only reach 130 degrees after TWO HOURS.

We now offer a LED panel for the original third brake light used in all the 1986-1988 G-Body cars. Each panel is custom built and assembled in the U.S.A. and has a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

This custom-made panel contains three rows of fifteen each for a total of 45 of the SuperFlux LEDs. The SuperFlux LEDs are a brighter LED over some of the other available LEDs. Each panel is coated on the back to seal and protect the circuits from any moisture or unintended shorts by tools or careless installation. Each panel is then tested before delivery. Each LED panel has integrated voltage regulating circuitry built into the base of the socket for space saving. This limits the amount of voltage going to the LED panel. This helps insure that the LED panel will last anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 hours.

The LED panel is powered up through the factory socket. No wires get cut and no modifications are needed to the third brake light housing in your car.

LED Panel comes with easy-to-follow directions.

An excellent upgrade to improve the lighting in the third brake light.

7660 -1986-1988 G-Body All Models (including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Third Brake Light LED Panel - $49.95

Here is a link to this LED panel on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This brand new coil pack is one of the few in the aftermarket that closely resembles the original coil pack that came on these cars in 1986 and 1987. This aftermarket coil pack is about 1/4" inch taller than the original. We include 6 new longer screws and a gasket with each kit.

Many of the aftermarket coil packs do not have the 3 formed blocks, but rather one solid top piece. This one has 3 formed blocks, similar to the original coil pack.

According to our Buick mechanic, if your car suffers any type of engine miss for one hour or more, it can permanently damage the coil pack. This could cause lower resistance in the amount of spark to the plugs. Coil packs suffer from corrosion on the terminals, which can cause problems as well.

We buy these coil packs and ignition modules (Part #7639) from the same manufacturer.

We had Richard Clark test several of these for us, and he highly recommends this unit.

Each coil pack comes with all new hardware (as shown) and a new reproduction gasket. It has a One-year Warranty.

This is another item you should keep on hand.

Another great engine restoration item.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7639 - Aftermarket Ignition Module, #1531 Custom-Cut, High-Performance Grey Plug Wire Set, and #6803 - GM Spark Plug Wire Holders (5) Set

7637 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Aftermarket Coil Pack, Gasket, and 6 New Screws - $59.95

Here is a link to this Coil Pack on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

We stock a reproduction coil pack gasket.

If you replace either the coil pack or the coil module, the original gasket will probably not be any good.

If you buy any of the various coil modules, you will find some do not come with a new gasket.

This reproduction coil pack gasket is exact and has the adhesive on the bottom, like the original gasket.

Another great engine restoration item.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7637 Aftermarket Coil Pack, Gasket, and 6 New Screws, #7639 Aftermarket Ignition Module, #1531 Custom-Cut, High-Performance Grey Plug Wire Set, and #6803 GM Spark Plug Wire Holders (5) Set

7638 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction Coil Pack Gasket - $9.95

Here is a link to this Coil Pack Gasket on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

We stock the ignition module, which is subject to failure on your Turbo Regal.

The ignition module bolts under the coil pack (see our Part #7637.)

This brand new module comes from the same manufacturer/supplier that we buy the coil packs. It also has a One-year Warranty.

Richard Clark has tested several of these for us and says these work perfectly in our cars. He also said, in many cases, the Casper’s tester for the ignition module will not work because the Casper's tester generates only a crank signal. This ignition module requires a crank and cam sensor signal to operate, therefore Casper’s tester will not work. This is also true with many of the aftermarket ignition modules.

The first photo shows the bottom of this ignition module, and second photo shows the top.

Another great engine restoration item.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7637 - Aftermarket Coil Pack, Gasket, and 6 New Screws, #1531 Custom-Cut, High-Performance Grey Plug Wire Set, and #6803 - GM Spark Plug Wire Holders (5) Set

7639 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Aftermarket Ignition Module - $99.95

Here is a link to this Ignition Module on our website:


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.

You may need to "UPDATE" your browser to be use you are using the current version.


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.


We should have the date for our Spring Open House in next week’s Inner Circle.

Winter weather seems to have a strong grip in the northeastern part of the country. It appears Boston may break several records for snowfall in a short time span.

Remember, we urgently need 1986-1987 Turbo Regal turbo cores for $100 Letter of Credit, and original 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering wheel cores for a $75 Letter of Credit. This helps us help others restore their cars.