03-04-2015 Inner Circle

03-04-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 03-04-2015


PHOTO 1 - Our first photo is this month’s Adventures of Tommy Turbo” cartoon. In honor of March the caption reads, “MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION!”


Be sure to see the New Products section for more details on this new LED interior light. These are currently in stock. Already several companies that buy products from us have bought them for their market as well. It’s not often one part will fit various other applications too. I have no doubt this also fits older GM cars.

It seems every week even I learn something new concerning our Turbo Regals. In this case, it’s the fact the same LED light panel fits all four of the interior lights that were used in the 1984-1988 G-Body cars. It may also fit the older G-Body cars too. I am researching this further as it may also fit the F-Body cars and possibly the early A-Body cars.

We have the under dash interior lights figured out as well. We are waiting on certain LEDs before we promote that as our next LED product. Once it’s available, you would have all the interior lighting in the LED format, including the analog dash cluster we had made several years ago.

PHOTO 2 - The top left photo shows the two rear pillar lamps that came in the T-Top Regals. The top right photo shows the Oldsmobile Cutlass standard interior light. If you own a T-Top Turbo Regal, you are well aware that very little light comes out of those small circular rear pillar lights. Install a set of these LED panels and the difference is amazing. Also, by going with the LED panel, you no longer have to worry about the extreme heat that the standard glass tube bulb generates. Most of the interior lights I find in junkyards, the housing is burnt up due to heat generated from the interior light being left on for long periods of time.

The lower left photo shows the standard dome light that this LED panel fits. This would be the housing that many of you have in your Turbo Regals. The lower right photo shows the optional Map Reading light that was an option. The same LED panel fits the main center light in the Map Light Housing. In case you’re curious, Buick called it “Map Light Front-seat Reading Lamps.” The trunk ID code is C95. The price for the Front-seat Reading Lamps remained $24 from 1984 through 1987 on the Regal models. Most owners simply call this option “map reading lights.”


In my office desk at home I discovered two Buick booklets that I did not realize I had. They are both 4" x 8" and run 11 pages in length. The 1986 booklet is entitled, “Engine Straight Talk.” The 1987 booklet is entitled, “1987 Engine Talk from Buick.”

Here is a small bit of information many of you probably would not know. How many engines did Buick offer in 1986 and 1987?

This 1986 booklet says in 1986 Buick offered 11 different engines.

This 1987 booklet says the number dropped to 10 different engines in 1987.

Like many of you, the only engine we have come to know and enjoy is the 3.8 Litre SFI Turbo V-6 with Intercooler (LC2), which is what the booklets call it. Both booklets are pocket size, probably designed to educate the Buick sales staff for those particular model years. That would be my guess. I can’t recall ever seeing any of these booklets for sale.

PHOTO 3 - The photo on the left shows the cover of the 1986 “Engine Straight Talk” booklet. The photo in the right is opened to the page spread that shows the Intercooler on the 3.8-Litre SFI Turbo V-6 (highlighted with the red arrow.)

PHOTO 4 - The photo on the left shows the cover of the “1987 Engine Talk from Buick” booklet. The photo in the right is opened to the page spread that shows the 3.8-Litre SFI Turbo V-6 with Intercooler (LC2) (highlighted with the red arrow.)

In both cases, this is the exact wording they used in the heading for both years.

These booklets are very similar to the Let’s Talk booklet that came in your glove box.


For many years we have been able to offer getting your factory AC Delco radio repaired, our #7049 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal - AC DELCO AM/FM Radio Cassette Repair. Our service actually goes back to the early 1980s when we started our GTO business. We used to get GTO radios repaired as well.

I have been dealing with this AC Delco repair shop since I was just out of high school! They also recalibrate the speedometers for us.

Recently they have informed me they are now out of the parts they use to repair the radios for the G-Body cars.

By coincidence, I recently sold 6 Ford radios to another radio shop and they have the parts to repair the AC Delco GM radios in our cars. The Warranty however, is now 90 days. This new source is not local to us, meaning I have to send the radio UPS to them. So, keep this in mind, repair turn-around will take longer… You have to send it to us, we have to send it to the repair shop, then it will be repaired, then sent back to us, and then sent back to you. The good news is we do not have to raise the price.

Here is a link to the information on our website:


Because our busy season is starting, if you need technical information, it’s best to email - [email protected] rather than call us.

We will do our best to answer any technical questions within 24 hours.


I figured I would not complain about not being able to see green grass for over two months, since any of our customers in the Boston area probably haven’t even spotted their cars in the last 3-4 weeks!

It would not be a good time to be a new hire at any car dealer in the Boston area unless cleaning snow off cars was a job you enjoy!

In our area, I believe the normal temperature for February was only reached 5 times in the entire month! Two of our cats that reside in our pole building don’t even venture out during the day for the last month! As I write this week’s Inner Circle once again it is snowing.


The Atlantic City Classic Car Show and Auction was held this past weekend in Atlantic City, NJ. A good friend of ours, Greg Davidian, went and reported he did look at one 1987 Grand National with 2,700 original miles. It was a very low-optioned Grand National with T-Tops. The trunk ID label was signed by Molly at my 2007 birthday bash, so that means the car was at our event. The asking price on the Grand National was $55,000. This Grand National was not in the auction part of the event.


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
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


The “1986-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL” Limited Edition Art Print, part #7193 is now almost out of stock. We have fewer than 5 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.


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]


1984-1988 GM G-Body - All Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal)

This aftermarket LED interior light panel is made up of 9 LEDs and can replace the fuse-style glass tube bulb found in the interior lights in all the 1984-1988 GM G-Body cars, hardtop and T-Tops models.

This panel consists of 9 LEDs on a panel. It will fit virtually every version of the GM G-Body interior light housings. The ends are specific to properly contact the factory contacts in the light housing.

We show the four versions of the G-Body interior lights that this LED panel will fit - the 2 pillar lights for cars with T-Tops, Oldsmobile Cutlass interior light, the standard dome light, and the optional map reading light.

The LED panel is easy to install.

The benefits of this LED light panel are that it’s a brighter light and has wider spread of light over the glass tube format.

The LED panel draws far less amperage and does not generate the extreme heat like the original glass tube bulb.

These LED lights will greatly increase the amount of light over the stock glass tube light on cars with T-Tops. Our first photo shows an original glass bulb on the left and this LED replacement on the right.
Our second photo shows the 4 versions on interior lights, which can use this LED panel as a direct replacement.

Our third photo shows a comparison of lights. The top left photo shows the original fuse-style bulb in the ceiling light without the cover and lit with the cover on the top right. The lower left photo shows the LED light in the ceiling light without the cover and lit with the cover on the lower right.

If your car only needs one, you might consider purchased part #7662 with 2 panels. Then you would have a spare and save $1.95.

If you need to replace the interior lights in car with T-Tops, you will need to order TWO, part #7662 for $19.95 (save $1.95.)

Another great interior restoration item.

7661 - 1984-1988 GM G-Body - All Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Aftermarket LED Interior Light Panel - $10.95

7662 - 1984-1988 GM G-Body - All Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -
TWO Aftermarket LED Interior Light Panels (2) - $19.95

Here is a link to these LED panels on our website:

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.


Hope to see many of you in a few weeks for our annual Spring Open House.