03-25-2015 Inner Circle

03-25-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 03-25-2015


Last week I finally got around to installing one of our new third brake light LED panels in our personal 1987 Turbo-T. Our car has been garaged for most of its life, so I was not expecting any problems. The actual housing, which is tan, hardly shows any fading from the sun.

Once I disassembled it, I was surprised to discover that the entire plastic socket portion was severely cracked!

PHOTO 1 - The photo to the left shows the third brake light housing from our personal Turbo-T. Notice the severe crack down the entire length of the socket housing. The photo to the right shows what can happen when the bulb seizes in the socket. The bottom photo shows what can happen if the bulb gets too hot. It distorts the socket and, of course, becomes impossible to remove. It’s because of these possible issues we now offer a good used third brake socket with a new correct bulb installed. We also now sell a good used deflector with lens as well, part #7668.

PHOTO 2 - The photo to the left shows one of our good used third brake light housing with a new bulb installed, part #7667. The photo to the right shows a good used third brake light deflector with the red lens installed, part #7668. The bottom photo shows both parts together, sold as part #7669. See New Products in this issue for pricing.

So, in quick review, if you plan to purchase our #7660 third brake light LED panel and discover you have a broken or distorted third brake light housing, we now have good used ones available. You can purchase both, part #7669, and save $3.95.


As we reported a few weeks ago, we now have under-the-dash LED lights available, part #7663 and #7664.

This kit compliments the Aftermarket LED interior Light Panel we sell, part #7661 and #7662. We have over 100 of the #7661 and #7662 currently in stock!

This new under-the-dash kit allows you to complete the interior lighting with the LED format.

Buick used one-style bulb for the driver’s under-the-dash socket and a different one for under the passenger’s side. The driver’s side socket snaps into place. The passenger’s side socket housing is secured by 1 very small screw.

With the limited research I have been able to do, I have no idea how consistent Buick was in what socket arrangements they did for the 1984-1987 years. Since I was going to be marketing these LEDs for other G-body models, I discovered it would work up thru the 1988 models. Since the kit includes 3 LED bulbs, the extra one will work either for the license plate light, or the trunk, or the under-the-hood light, depending on the format of the under-the-dash socket.

You can also buy an extra LED light, part #7664, that will fit the trunk or the under-the-dash light socket.

Fortunately, these bulbs can be easily replaced with the LED bulbs without any problems.

What I have found in various G-body cars is that the driver’s side under-the-dash light socket was produced in at least 3 different colors. The socket was a slot-type of socket rather than the regular round format.

PHOTO 3 - The photo to the left shows all 3 colors of the driver’s side under-the-dash light sockets. In 1 of them you can see the original glass bulb and in 1 of the others is the new LED bulb. We include 2 of that bulb in our kit, so you can also use 1 for the license plate light. The photo to the right shows the typical under-the-dash light socket for the passenger’s side. We show 1 with the stock round glass bulb and 1 with the LED light installed. The LED light for this socket may not look exactly like this 1, as bulbs may vary from my supplier. The fit is not affected. It is this style of LED that you may want to purchase in addition, since it’s the same LED format that will fit in the trunk light socket as well as the under-the-hood light socket.


In the last few issues we have been featuring various small items that sometimes get lost. Some other small parts may be missing from your Turbo Regal. Still other parts would make nice upgrades to add to your Turbo Regal. In many cases, these parts are not easy to find at your local auto store.

Many of the later GM cars have a plastic red cap that snaps over the positive battery cable terminal. This plastic cap protects the positive terminal from coming in contact with any metal objects. I am sure several versions of this cap exist for the side mount battery terminals. I am not sure what year Buick started to include the red plastic cap on the positive battery terminal. It was not on the Turbo Regals originally.

PHOTO 4 - The photo to the left shows both the short and taller positive red battery terminal cap. The taller cap would be used if you have a taller battery stud. The photo to the right shows the only correct 1982-1987 Regal radiator cap alongside two of the small C-clips. What makes the radiator cap unique is the fact it says, “Made in England” on it. It’s also one of the few factory radiator caps, which does not have ears. The C-clip is used to secure the cruise control cable to the diaphragm. The C-clip is also used to secure the throttle cable to the throttle body. It’s one of those small clips that 90% of the time if you need to remove it it’s the last time you will ever see it! (See Rare Parts section for availability of these items).


We recently hired a new order desk secretary, Kathy McDermott, who will help Christina three days a week.

She’s doing a great job as she learns the ins and outs of our Turbo Regal parts!


We have been working on a product specifically for the motorcycle market.

To my knowledge, nobody has made this product yet. I even checked with several friends and relatives that have bikes, and they want to be our first customers. We have been working on this project for most of the winter.

Production parts are currently in route. We expect to have a special introductory price to our customer base. We already have one major company that will be packaging it and selling it to distributors and retailers. Having this product will eliminate one of the possible problems that you can face as a motorcycle owner.

If you own a motorcycle, and would like more information, email me - [email protected]

If you are a dealer email me for more details - [email protected]


Mike Bernard, owner of Spoolfool products, has recently produced the Grand National rear spoiler.

He has also produced a similar one that is a one-piece design. The one-piece design simply overhangs the top edge of both rear quarter panels and is attached to the trunk lid.

Both spoilers are made in the same high-quality format as his popular Spoolfool fillers. In most cases, the finish on them needs no work.

We have one of each for display at our upcoming Spring Open House. We also expect to have some of each available for sale at our Spring Open House.

In the meantime, Mike is running a contest, which will award the winner their choice of one of the new rear spoilers that he has produced.

The contest begins, oddly enough, on April 1, 2015 - April Fools Day!

You can request a “FUN METER” button when you contact our office. We have them in stock. The Fun Meter button is what you need for the contest.

Here is the link for the contest rules:


Mike Bernard owner of Spoolfool may fly out from sunny California for our Spring Open House! This would be his first trip to one of our events. We hope to be able to confirm this shortly.


We are still waiting on our body bushing kits to come in. If you want a body bushing kit, part #7305, I suggest you order them now to be assured we do have enough on order to cover all the back orders. With the west coast strike now over, parts are starting to flow to the various companies that are waiting for their deliveries.


We recently learned that this dock strike also has affected getting our order for the black outside doorsill weatherstrips, part #7217. They are due to arrive later this week.


We finally got our shipment of Upgraded H4 Headlights, part #7530, last week and have filled all our back orders. We also have ordered more headlight kits to have on hand for our Spring Open House. These kits make a huge improvement over the original format.

Here is a link to information on these upgraded headlights on our website:


We now have an urgent need for powermaster cores, steering wheel cores, and turbo cores.

Here is the information on our credits for cores.

POWERMASTER CORES must be complete with brake bowl and brake switch. You get $100 Letter of Credit or we will trade our complete headlight kit #7530 a $129.95 value or $75 cash for each acceptable core. Powermaster units must be nice and not look like they been in a river for the last 10 years.

STEERING WHEEL CORES must be the 1986-1987 style. They can’t have any bent spokes and spokes, and can’t be rusty. We will issue you a $75 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core.

TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock ones. They must be complete. We will issue you a $100 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core.

If you ship to us, the post office is the cheapest method. Pack the item(s) with a note with your name, address and phone number
Mail Ship to Address:

PO BOX 1199

You can save shipping costs by bringing any cores to our Open House, April 18th 2015.

NOTE - You are welcome to bring other good parts you do not need or want to sell to our Open House. We may be interested in trading something we have for what you have, or we may purchase your parts outright.


This is shaping up to be a big event. We have heard from several people that plan to attend for the very first time. Hopefully spring weather will finally come to our area before then.

Richard Clark and John Norton will both be at our event with their new manual on powermaster brake units. The new powermaster manuals will be available for sale. Richard will have his test equipment with him for testing powermaster brake units.

This Spring Open House event is shaping up to be one of our biggest in recent years.


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.


For Sale - 1987 Buick Turbo Regal T, 71k mile original light-weight CA survivor, 100% rust free, aluminum drums and factory aluminum bumper inserts, too many Kirban upgrades to list, totally stock looking, ice cold A/C still uses R12, PW, tilt, cruise, 342 posi, window sticker, original exhaust with stock replacement muffler, under carriage as clean as top side, fully detailed for show or drive anywhere.

Received “Award of Excellence” at 2013 BPG East Coast Regionals.

Over $17k invested, needs nothing, runs better than new.

Sell $15,000 FIRM. Need to make room for newly acquired ‘70 GSX.

Member NE GS/GN Club and Co-Director local BCA club.

Steve Perry - 914-262-9965, - Carmel NY.

PRICE - $15,000

Here is a link to this Turbo-T with photos on our website:


This will be the last issue that lists the reproduction inspection stickers and the art prints. Any that are left will be available at our Spring Open House.


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
1986 Pennsylvania - Reproduction Vintage Inspection Sticker - We have 2
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:


Our supplier was able to locate a few more of these original brand new AC Delco heater water valves. 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. It doesn’t appear that we will be getting any more of theses.


We will have a supply of these at our Spring Open House. 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]


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. 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 Buick Turbo Regal) -

Over time, water can enter the interior due to a deteriorating dash connector sealing gasket. This can potentially create rust and water damage to the driver’s side floor and surrounding materials.

This new reproduction sealing gasket fixes the problem. It restores a weather-tight seal to the harness feed-thru location.

This is a critical gasket, since it’s for the dash bulkhead.

GM has discontinued the actual connectors.

If you are restoring the interior, this is the time to check to see if you need this part.

The gasket comes with very detailed directions.

Our first picture shows the actual gasket and the second photo shows the general area (indicated by a red oval) where this gasket is used.

Another great interior restoration item.

7657 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal - All Models (including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Reproduction Dash Connector Sealing Gasket - $24.95

Here is a link to this Dash Connecting Sealing Gasket on our website:

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

This aftermarket LED under-the-dash interior light kit will replace both of the under-the-dash factory lights to the upgraded LED format.

GM used two different styles of sockets under the dash. It used a slotted socket on the driver’s side and a regular round socket on the passenger’s side.

This kit includes 1 round LED bulb for the passenger’s side and 2 of the slotted LED lights for the driver’s side. This will give you 1 extra slotted LED light. You can use this to replace the stock bulb for the license plate light in most cars. Because of its flat face, the LED will fit in the housing for the license plate light.

You can also purchase an extra passenger’s side LED light, if you want to upgrade the trunk light since it takes the same LED bulb. The same LED bulb will also work for the under-the-hood light.

LED lights greatly increase the amount of light over the stock glass bulbs, draws far less amperage, and does not generate the extreme heat like the original glass bulbs.

Our top left photo shows the original bulbs in the housings, and these replacement LED bulbs.

Our top right photo shows a single LED bulb, which can be purchased separately as a trunk or under-the-hood light bulb, Part #7664.

Our lower left photo shows the interior driver’s side.

Our lower right photo shows the interior passenger’s side.

NOTE - The round LED bulb may look slightly different than the bulb shown in the photos, depending on our supplier.

NOTE - The slotted LED bulb in #7663 will fit the driver’s side under-the-dash interior light or the license plate light on most GM G-Body cars. The round LED bulb #7664 will fit the passenger’s side under-the-dash interior light, the trunk light, or the under-the-hood light.

We also recommend you check out our Aftermarket LED Interior Light Panel, Part #7661. This would give you a complete kit of LED interior lights.

Excellent replacement items for any interior restoration.

7663 - 1984-1988 GM G-Body - All Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Aftermarket LED Under-the-Dash Interior Lights Bulbs (3) Set - $12.95

7664 - 1984-1988 GM G-Body - All Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -
SINGLE Aftermarket LED Trunk or Under-the-Hood Light Bulb - $4.95

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

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

In many cases, you may find that the third brake light socket may be burnt or cracked from heat or age. Also the deflector may become warped over a period of time due to summer heat over the years.

We now have good used third brake light housings available, complete with a brand new 1156 bulb installed. The socket and housing are in very good condition.

We also have good used deflectors with the red lens.

You can buy either or, if you purchase both, you can save $3.95.

We also recommend you check out our Third Brake Light LED Panel, Part #7660. It would be an excellent upgrade with the good used housing.

Excellent replacement items for any interior restoration.

7667 - 1986-1988 G-Body - All Models (including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Third Brake Light Used Housing with New Bulb - $19.95

7668 - 1986-1988 G-Body - All Models (including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Third Brake Light Used Deflector with Lens - $6.95

7669 - 1986-1988 G-Body - All Models (including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Third Brake Light Used Housing with New Bulb AND Used Deflector with Lens - $22.95 (save $3.95)

Here is a link to this Housing and Deflector on our website:

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. We also just discovered it fits all the third generation Camaros and Firebirds 1982-1992. It fits both the standard light and the optional map reading light format.

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:


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 as they become available. 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 GUESTS - Richard Clark will be making a return visit to our event. Coming for the first time from Arizona is Nick Micale. Nick is a well-known enthusiast that has been involved with the Turbo Regals for many years. I just hope the cooler weather is not a shock to his system!

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.

35th Annual GS NATIONALS 2015
October 14-17, 2015
Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Here is a link to the event on their website:


The Yum Yum donuts are on order for the Spring Open House. The M&Ms have been bought and counted for the annual contest as well.