02-25-2015 Inner Circle

02-25-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 02-25-2015


Russ and Nancy recently purchased a Grand National. It took Russ 12 hours of work to remove 4 pounds of miscellaneous wires and relays from the car.

The one piece of advice I gave him - Every time you cut and remove a wire, it would be wise to make sure the car still started up!

PHOTO 1 - Shows the box of wires Russ removed from their Grand National. These were wires and relays used for various gauges alarms and probably radio upgrades… over 4 pounds! Now Russ can start with a clean slate.


The above article reminds me of some of the adventures we had with some of the Turbo Regals we have bought and sold years ago.

I always hated the cars with an aftermarket alarm installed. You probably know the type I mean.

Usually there was a siren under the hood, secured by 2 very small screws that turned to rust a week later making it difficult to unbolt it. Then it would leave 2 or 3 holes in the inner fender. The ones that really became a project were when I would get a car that had several alarms in it. None of them ever looked like they were done professionally.

I remember one funny incident with one car. At the time I had 4 or 5 cars for sale.

On one of the cars, you had to press a section of the carpet otherwise the car would not start.

Another car had a unique alarm that in my haste I forgot to inform the buyer on how it worked. The alarm did not have to be set, and the car would always start.

A week after the new buyer had this particular car, he called me saying it would not start. His mechanic had no idea why it will not even crank. Everything appears correct. He wanted to know if I had any idea. I asked him to tell me what happened. He said he was driving it in the parking lot of his apartment complex and the car just shut off. I had to think for a minute and then I asked him did you happen to drive over a speed bump? He said yes. I then remembered that this car had a special item in the center console that if it got moved, the car would not start. In this case, by hitting a speed bump the item got dislodged and killed the car! True story.

I am not claiming I’ve seen every type of alarm back in the 1990s when we were buying these cars, but I sure saw a wide variety. I think one of the coolest ones we sell is called the TOUCH & START® - Automatic Theft Deterrent Starter Cut-off System, part #7230.

It only requires you to cut one wire under the dash. Nothing else gets cut. If something goes wrong, you simply re-connect the one wire you cut. It doesn’t hurt to keep the directions in your file on your car so you can remember how it is wired.

These cars are still very popular with thieves even today, so it’s important to have some theft deterrents in place.

Here is a link to this Touch & Start system on our website:


Our brand new correct 120 amp alternators and upgraded 200 amp alternators are probably the only ones available that use new housings and look factory correct.

Our two options are:
#7315 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal & 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
Brand New 120 amp Alternator, Pre-tested with Manufacturer’s Limited Lifetime Warranty
#7316 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal & 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
Brand New Custom-Built 200 amp Alternator, Pre-tested with a Manufacturer’s Limited Lifetime Warranty

I say these look factory correct because we get the attaching housing screws and fan cad plated. The two-piece housing is all brand new. We also had to have the pulley made because it was getting difficult to find the original correct diameter pulley. The correct size pulley is critical for the charging circuit to function correctly. Each one is hand built and tested by one individual. I have known this person for over 30 years.

I was at his shop the other day and he was fixing something I had never seen before. It was a combination 12-volt and 24-volt charger for in the field. It consisted of four 6-volt generators run by a 18 horsepower Briggs and Stratton gas engine. It had a switch, so the person operating it could either use it to start a 12-volt engine or by flipping a switch would jump a 24-volt system.

PHOTO 2 - We show two views of this charging system. You can clearly see the 4 generators in the one photo. According to my friend, it weighs about 400 pounds and cost over $10,000 when it was new.

PHOTO 3 - We show 2 different views of the 120 amp alternator we sell. Our supplier has made every effort to make this alternator as close to factory NOS as possible. If you want the best and one that looks correct, this is your best option. Because he lives near us and he stocks them for us, we usually have them in stock.

I recently stopped at a local tractor supply company that sells our Multi-Jumper units. They happen to be a Briggs and Stratton distributor. Briggs and Stratton is the largest manufacturer of air-cooled gasoline engines in the USA.

While I was talking to the tractor supply owner Rick Moyer, I noticed a showcase of various diecast cars and trucks. It turns out Briggs and Stratton does a limited production of model diecast every year. They don’t seem to have any pattern as some are 1:25 scale and some are the smaller scale. While most all them were various trucks, the one for this past Christmas season was a 1:25 scale 1969 Camaro Z/28.

The quality of detail was impressive. The doors, the hood, and the trunk all open. The steering wheel turns. You can even see the wood grain in the steering wheel. It has the jacking directions and warning label on the inside of the trunk lid. The decal on the air cleaner is visible and they even did the AC hoses and radiator hoses. I also like the fact it was done in a color that probably was not very popular a dark grey.

So, for kicks I went on ebay to see if any were for sale. I only found one, and it was listed for almost $50 plus shipping.

Rick Moyer had a 1969 Camaro when it was new, so he ordered more of these diecast models than he normally orders. He says you have to order them in June or July for that upcoming Christmas season.

He still has some available at $40 each. I think he will do shipping. His contact information is 215-348-1270 or email is - [email protected]

Tell him I told you to call.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows how the Z28 Camaro comes packaged. The other photos shows the Z28 Camaro and from the front and back and with the doors, trunk, and hood open. It does have the Briggs & Stratton decal on the front fender and on the back window, is made by First Gear, and is GM licensed. I think it’s a great value at $40.


The good news is I have found a better source to supply us with the LED panel for the standard dome light used in the 1984-1987 Regals, including the Turbo Regals. This source is giving us a better price, which allows us to lower our retail price by $4! Our old part number was #7520 and the price was $14.95. Our new part number is #7661.

For the past several weeks I have been researching all the other various interior lights, including the optional map reading light and the rear pillar lights used in the all the T-Tops models. The Oldsmobile Cutlass uses a different light housing. The Oldsmobile Cutlass standard light housing is a rectangle shaped. It turns out the 9 LED panel we now carry will fit all these applications. If you have a T-Tops car, you need to order TWO panels, part #7662.

The LED panel consists of 9 LEDs, which spreads a brighter light over the original glass tube bulb.

Also, unlike the original glass tube bulb that you can burn your fingers on, the LED panel does not get hot to the touch. It draws far less amps then a glass tube bulb.

The new part number is #7661. It may not be on our website yet. If not, you can call our office and order as we have them in stock. No matter what interior light you have - whether it is the standard round dome light, the map reading light, or the small round ones on the rear pillar panels - this LED panel will fit.

The next project is LED bulbs to replace the 2 under dash interior lights. It appears GM used several versions over the years. Watch for updates on this next project.

Like all our LED projects, we will be wholesaling them to most of the other G-Body vendors.


Finally, we are getting variable rate rear springs back in stock. They are beginning to trickle in to us this week. We had to raise the price to $99.95, part #1520.

Here is a link to these Variable Rate Rear Springs on our website:


Many of you know Christina as the voice on the phone when you call our office. She has an excellent memory for names and our part numbers, and is always kind and helpful to our customers.

Thanks, Christina for your many years of faithful service.


SATURDAY - APRIL 18, 2015 - RAIN or SHINE - 9 am until 3 pm.

One of the first events for 2015 is our Annual Spring Open House. Mark your calendar! See more information in our 2015 Calendar of Events section.


One ad in our local paper reads in part, “Silverado in excellent condition.” Then in the next line, it says, “Needs engine work!”

Another ad reads in part, “everything is brand new.”

I think, in both cases, the truth is being stretched slightly!


Instead of perfecting cars that steer themselves, I wish more attention and time was spent developing a product that replaces salt and brine. Those snowy road fixes just ruins wheel bearings, exhaust systems, brake lines, etc.

Another idea… How about a product that would mix with black top to eliminate pot holes from happening.

In the last year I have replaced wheel bearings to two vehicles and ball joints, and we’re dodging gigantic potholes.


We are discontinuing the various reproductions vintage state inspection stickers. They are no longer on our website. We still have some of these available. See photo 3 in 2-18-2015 Inner Circle.

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


It appears the slow down and strike has ended. Reportedly it could take several months to clear out the backlog of product stuck on ships and at the dock.

The supplier for the headlights for the upgraded headlight kits says his shipments are stuck in that backlog.


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. I believe we have 3 or 4 left.


Our shipment was delayed due to massive snowstorm. As you read this any back orders have been filled and we do have some in stock.


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]


1984-1987 Buick Regal - All Models (Including Turbo Regal) -

This is a reproduction of the Regal under-the-rear-seat sound deadener.

It measures approximately 20" x 57" and made of jute and rubber.

In some cases, the rear seat sound deadener may be missing or in poor shape in your car. This piece helps decrease the noise level in the car.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6703 Carpeted Rear Seat Trunk Panel, or #7098 Sound Deadener / Insulation Grey Jute Inner Trunk Divider.

Another nice finishing touch for any interior.

7656 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal - All Models (Including Turbo Regal) -
Reproduction Under-the-Rear-Seat Sound Deadener - $36.95

Here is a link to this Deadener on our website:


We now have 3 of the Caspers Electronic Reproduction Engine Harnesses in stock. 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:


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.


SATURDAY - APRIL 18, 2015 - RAIN or SHINE - 9 am until 3 pm.

One of the first events for 2015 is our Annual Spring Open House.

Once again Russ and Nancy will be providing an excellent prepared meal for this event - this time brunch. Our spring event is always our biggest event. We will have several of our new products on display, special pricing, Yum Yum donuts, our favorite M&M contest, and our popular no reserve auction. This event has no rain date. More details to come. Mark your calendar!

This would be an excellent time to bring any cores we need or parts you have to trade.

It’s the perfect opportunity to see our latest products, meet new friends, and enjoy a specially prepared gourmet brunch by Russ and Nancy. Pete Hoffman and myself will have an array of used parts for sale as well. It’s always a good time.

More details to come once confirmed. Mark your calendar!

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).

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.

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 first major events of 2015 for the Turbo Regal owner. Don't miss it.

April 25th and 26th, 2015
Headquarters - Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001.

Join them for a weekend of great fun and to honor the memory of a truly unique and wonderful friend. Donations are not required, but 100% of any offered are deposited directly to the Brooke Sanders College Fund.

Here is a link for more information on “Ride on Molly” event:

May 29-31, 2015 - Norwalk, Ohio

Time trials start Friday, May 29th and Buick Car Show is Saturday, May 30th, and Race Day is Sunday May 31st, 2015. Summit Motorsports Park, 1300 State Route 18 Norwalk, Ohio 44857. Quick 16 - Turbo Heads Up - Renegade, Cash and Trophies.

For more details, contact Roberta Vasilow 810-655-8277 - email - [email protected]
OR Bill Wills 330-747-1029 - email [email protected]

This is the last time Roberta and Bill will be promoting this event as they plan to retire.


Mark your calendar - April 18th for our Annual Spring Open House. We’re just hoping that spring will arrive before then!

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.