05-20-2015 Inner Circle

05-20-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 05-20-2015

GNX #331 - UPDATE -

Ross, the new owner of GNX #331 flew in from Texas late last Thursday, and left Friday late morning from our home to his home in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Ross was amazed at how nice the GNX was. He found it hard to believe that the woman who owned it simply drove it to the store as an everyday car for 20-plus years and never got any door dings! When her and her husband purchased the used GNX in 1989, they simply were shopping for a Regal and saw the GNX on the dealer lot. To them it was just a nice car and she drove it as such! It was her only car since 1989. Her husband owned a 1986 Chevrolet pickup truck that we featured the other week for sale.

Ross drove straight through - 1,500 miles - and the GNX ran flawlessly.

Since he has owned 4 other Grand Nationals, he says this GNX was the tightest Turbo Regal he has owned. The GNX had zero wind noise on the highway. The factory original R12 AC worked flawlessly, as did the car. This is one GNX that was properly maintained will always be worth a minimum of what he paid for it. Best part is, it’s one that he can drive and enjoy!

PHOTO 1 - The photo to the left shows Ross getting ready for his 1,500-mile trip to Texas in his newly acquired GNX 331. The photo to the right shows him leaving our house. This GNX represents the first Turbo Buick we have sold since 2009. It was ten years prior to that in 1999 that I sold 44 Turbo Regals and again in 2000 I sold 44 Turbo Regals. Those days are now long gone!


PHOTO 2 - Shows Spoolfools new rear reproduction spoilers, part #7677 and #7678. These are the same high quality as his popular one-piece rear filler and two-piece front fillers. All hand laid fiberglass done in a high gloss black gelcoat. See the New Products section in this issue for more information. Both styles are currently in stock.


Last week we mentioned the fact that many of the armatures in the electric motors on the powermasters are burned up, which adds additional costs to getting them rebuilt.

PHOTO 3 - In the photo to the left we show the electric motor housing. In this case, you can see just how rough some of the motor cases are! In the photo to the right we show a burnt armature (at the bottom) and one that has been completely redone (at the top.)


Every month I have to go pick up parts from a company in our old neighborhood where we lived in 1970-1972. We actually lived across the street from this shop. Back then we had a towing business. One of the shops I towed for was run by two Italian brothers. They are still in business today.

The one brother is 78 years old and the other is 80 years young. The other day I had our Turbo Regal out and stopped to see them and catch up on old times.

It’s amazing… to me the shop looked like it did over 30 years ago.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo you can clearly see a red Alfa, and behind it up on a lift is a XKE coupe, 1969 vintage. The top right photo shows a huge array of various tools that cover a wall. The bottom left shows another foreign car, which I believe is an Alfa sedan that looks like it has not moved in several years. The bottom left photo shows an array of parts and supplies that almost totally cover another car that is in the shop. The bottom right photo shows part of their office wall. I think if I looked hard enough, I would be able to find my old business card from when I towed for them.

One of the brothers wants me to find a buyer for their parts. They have a lot of parts, many of which are brand new for British and Italian cars. They also have some Volkswagon parts. One brother also has a DeLorean that belong to one of John Delorean’s brothers. The car is museum quality with 12,000 actual miles. This car is painted black and gold. They also have engines for MBGs and I believe some Alfa engines as well. They want me to find a buyer for their collection.


Kirban Performance -

I want to thank you for sharing your event proceeds in honor of Molly and Brooke. I am overcome with emotion about how loved our Molly still is and how wonderful you guys are.

We had five GN's join us on The Molly Ride 2015. Two we knew from previous rides but three new guys joined us this year from the San Francisco area. All are precious and love their cars and love KIRBAN, too.

Check out Molly's Facebook page for some photos.


Terry Sanders


I recently saw these two ads in a local Auto Locator magazine. One was describing a 1993 Corvette, “Invigorating High Performance Car gently used.” From what I remember having owned several C4s you had to at least have a 1996 model with the optional LT4 engine coupled to a six speed to own a C4 Corvette that put out any real performance. Most C4 Corvettes you see for sale can be had for under ten to twelve grand. Exceptions being the Grand Sport model or any with the optional LT4 engine or any that had low production figures.

The other ad was for a 2015 Corvette ZO6 with just 10 miles on it. The ad says the owner traded it in on a new ZO7 package Corvette. The Corvette has just 10 actual miles. Sounds like the owner must have just drove it home and parked it!


Most homeowners try to achieve that perfect manicured lawn and usually we all fall short. You have a bare spot, so you seed it, fertilize it, and water it, and it still fails to take root.

A dandelion on the other hand, can grow in a crack on your sidewalk and you can step on it every day and it still thrives.

The perfect lawn exists mainly in three places. They can be found at golf courses, ball parks, and funeral homes. I have yet to see a bad lawn at any of these places.

I remember years ago I was at a meeting with an automotive company that used to buy our parts. As I was talking to the sales person, I looked out the window and noticed this person riding a mower and going up and down the paved driveway of the funeral home in even rows. I could not understand what he was doing until I asked the person I was talking to.

He said every week the caretaker of the funeral home will run the mower up and down the driveway to blow away all the cinders on the driveway.


We just received our initial shipment of these mini mult-function jumper modules last week. It is the identical size of a typical smart phone. It weighs less than 9 ounces! It even has a tinted clear plastic face on it. It has 4 blue lights to indicate available power. It has a 3-function LED flashlight. A 4-IN-1 harness to charge various electronic devices, and a set of jumper cables for jumping any 12-volt vehicle comes with it. It also comes with both a wall charger and a car charger. This unit is rated at 200 cranking amps and 400 peak amps. It is capable of starting about 8-10 vehicles on a single charge, 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine as well as any 12-volt motorcycle, snowmobile, or tractor, etc.

This mini unit is the perfect size for a woman to carry in their purse or for a motorcyclist to carry. It’s the perfect electronic device companion to charge most electronic devices without being tied to a wall charger or a car charger. It is also perfect to jump start most 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder vehicles.

We have a special introductory price on this new mini multi-function Jumper module of just $69.95 and free UPS ground shipping! This price is only good until Friday, May 22, 2015. The Suggested Retail Price will be $74.95. We would not charge your credit card until we ship it.


We now have a custom-made battery jumper wire harness that will fit on virtually every motorcycle, ATV, or snowmobile. We made it the correct length so it can be hardwired to the 12-volt battery and be able to get to the male connector if you need to jump start your bike. On some late-model motorcycles you can be almost one-hour removing parts just to get to the battery. You also need to have the proper tools with you, if your battery was to fail.

All of the various hand-held battery jumper modules have the same one-way blue male and female connectors.

This custom-made wire harness takes the worry out of ever being stranded on a motorcycle with a dead battery.

It’s one of those products that you will be glad you have, yet hope you never have to use it! It has a one-way circuit breaker in the positive wire so the power can only go to your battery. No power can come from your battery when it is not in use. This clever product now makes those hand-held battery jumper modules useful for motorcycle owners.

If you own a motorcycle shop or ATV shop, we are looking for dealers.

Our part #7643. These are in stock. The retail price is just under $25 each. Email me - [email protected] for more details.


We have several units now in stock. Bob only builds these a few times a year.

#7442 - TR-6 High Tech Ignition System
#7443 - TR-6 High Tech Ignition System and Custom-Cut High-Performance Grey Plug Wires Set

Here is a link to these to options on our website:


We 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


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.


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.


There price on Justin Paliotti’s two cars listed on our website have been reduced.


1985 Grand National is almost all factory stock. The only upgrades are a Big Mouth air intake and I upgraded the brakes to vacuum with a Kirban Performance brake conversion kit last fall. 

Rear main seal was replaced at the same time. This car also has beautiful original paint and is laser straight down the sides. Car is super clean under the hood and you can eat off the under body. New Goodyear Eagle tires. New springs and shocks. Car is show quality. 56,000 original miles but it shows like a car with half the miles. Originally female adult owned before I bought it. Non-smoker. 
Asking Price - $14,500 - NEW LOWER PRICE

I also have another car for sale - 1987 Buick Regal Turbo T - FOR SALE- CFS024. 
This 1987 Regal is a bone stock, unmolested car with excellent original paint. The car has only 38,000 original miles. Interior is mint condition. New tires with less than 2000 miles on them. Car runs and drives like it’s new. Show-quality car. Adult owned. Non-smoker. Asking Price - $18,750

Any questions, please call me at - 315-879-7602
My email is - [email protected] 
My name is Justin Paliotti
I live in Lyons, NY 14489

Here is a link to these two cars - CFS024 & CFS025 - for sale on our website: http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products/14/CARS+FOR+SALE.html


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.

FOR SALE - 1981 Airstream Trailer Excell II - 27-foot long, new hot water heater. Good overall condition. Rated at 5,500 lbs. Located about 10 minutes from our house. I can provide photos. The price is $7,995. email me - [email protected] - for more information and photos.


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 -
Reproduction 3-PIECE and 1-PIECE REAR SPOILERS

These reproduction 3-Piece and 1-Piece Rear Spoilers fit all two-door Regal models from 1984 through the 1987 Regal models, including all the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals.

These reproduction spoilers are made by Spoolfool Productions, which also makes the popular one-piece rear fillers and two-piece front fillers. The same high quality can be seen in these two versions of rear spoilers which are made in the USA using hand laid fiberglass in gloss black gelcoat. Due to the nature of these materials, small imperfections; pits, scratches, air bubbles, etc. are to be expected and are normal for this type of product.

The gelcoat is meant to be painted over, however, many customers are happy with the way they look right out of the box.

Each spoiler comes with mounting screws.

Spoilers are ready to install. Some holes may need to be slightly elongated, as every car is unique from the factory.

The three-piece rear spoiler is an exact match to the original GM Grand National rear spoiler.

The one-piece rear spoiler simply attaches to the trunk lid and over laps both of the rear quarter panel corners. This is similar to the Monte Carlo factory rear deck spoiler.

We also have another 1984-1987 Regal - Reproduction Fiberglass 3-piece Rear Spoiler, #6694

NOTE - For more info, here's a link to pictures, installation videos and feedback.


ORDERING NOTE - Because of the size of these spoilers, shipping is based on the oversized box. In order to compute the proper shipping costs, you must contact our office to order either of these 2 parts - 215-766-1611x0.

NOTE - We recommend these spoilers be installed by a qualified body shop.
Seat covers are drop shipped to you.

7677 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal - Spoolfool Hand-laid Fiberglass Reproduction Three-Piece REAR Spoiler - $399.95

7678 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal - Spoolfool Hand-laid Fiberglass Reproduction One-Piece REAR Spoiler - $399.95

Here is a link to these spoilers on the website:

Jump Starting / Digital Products / LED Lighting

This new Multi-Function Mini Jump Starter, Model U3-M can start most 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder vehicles, including any 12-volt motorcycle, boat, ATV or tractor. It comes with a 4-IN-1 electronics adapter; one cord that plugs into a wide variety of electronic devices (phones, tablets, etc.) The handy slim design resembles a typical smart phone.

We are the exclusive U.S. distributor for SBN-Power products, one of the leading small battery manufacturers.

The secret is in a very compact power supply module about the size of a smart phone. It measures 5-1/2″ x 3″ x 1/2″ thick and weighs less than 9 ounces. It packs enough power to start most 12-volt 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder vehicles, can charge a variety of digital devices, and also has built-in LED lighting.

It comes with 4 other adapters on one cord that plugs into a USB port on the side of the battery pack, which will charge a wide variety of electronic devices (phone, laptop, tablet, etc.) These adapters are formatted for four different outlets used on various digital products. This module or battery pack has a USB port. All four adapters are fused into one lead, making it very compact and less likely that you would ever lose any of the four adapters. You can also plug your own electronic device cord into the USB port.

It also has a LED light with three settings: standard, flashing, and SOS.

The power supply module (battery) can be fully charged in 4 hours either with the supplied wall outlet plug or supplied cigarette lighter adapter. It has built-in circuit protection, overcharge protection, fuse protection, and an anti-reverse battery jumper plug.

The unit can stay fully charged if not used for 6 to 10 months!

You can jump start 8-10 vehicles on a single charge.

The module has 4 blue lights indicating how much “juice” is available. It goes into a sleep mode when not in use to conserve power.

Each module is fully tested by the manufacturer and partially charged, ready to be used. It comes in a sturdy box for the retail market.

In case of a power outage, this is the perfect way to charge your electronic devices. Ideal for any biker, camper, automotive repair shop, or car dealership.

NOTE - If you want a spare set of Replacement Jumper Cables with Reverse Polarity Protection, it can be purchased separately, part #7631.

Power Supply Module (battery)
Pair of Jumper Cables
4-IN-1 Electronics Adapter with USB Connector
Cigarette Lighter Charger
Wall Charger
Factory User Manual

8000 mAh capacity high-power, fast charging battery
200 cranking amps
400 peak amps
Cycle Life - 1,000 Times
1 USB port
4 Blue lights power indicator
Outlet to charge the power supply module
Can safely jump start most 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder 12-volt vehicles, even if only 3 indicator lights are lit
Full charge takes approximately 4 hours
One-year Manufacturer’s Warranty

An excellent charging system for emergency jump start reliability and to keep all of your electronics charged.

7640 - Multi-Function MINI Jump Starter - Model U3-M
Jump Starting / Digital Products / LED Lighting

Regular Retail - $74.95

Sale Price $69.95 +FREE SHIPPING until May 22, 2015

Here is a link to this MINI starter on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Over time, the factory catalytic converter rubber hanger loop can break away from the original metal catalytic converter bracket.

This rubber exhaust loop can easily be modified to replace the original worn out rubber hanger part on the original rear catalytic converter hanger.

As long as the original metal hanger is still in good shape, you can install this part to replace the rubber loop part on the original hanger. We include mounting hardware, if needed.

The entire factory hanger is no longer available from GM.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6996 PYPES PERFORMANCE Dual Exhaust System and #6567 EPA Certified Low Restrictive Stock Catalytic Converter.

Another excellent restoration item.

7659 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Catalytic Converter Replacement Hanger Loop - $14.95

Here is the link to this Hanger Loop on our website:

“POWERMASTER BRAKE SYSTEM TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIR GUIDE - For 1985 thru 1987 Buick Turbo Regal, Grand National, GNX, T-Type, and Turbo-T” Book by Richard Clark and John Norton

“POWERMASTER BRAKE SYSTEM TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIR GUIDE - For 1985 thru 1987 Buick Turbo Regal, Grand National, GNX, T-Type, and Turbo-T” Book by Richard Clark and John Norton is an excellent reference Guide to have in your reference library.

It would also be a great gift for your mechanic.

This very detailed manual took over three years to do. Even if you lack mechanical skills, this Guide is worth having to share with your mechanic. It is full of highly-detailed photos and charts, showing all of the possible problems and solutions for diagnosing a powermaster brake unit. Everything can be done using basic hand tools. The Guide runs 90 pages in length.

Here are some of the chapters: Major Component Descriptions and Nomenclature, Powermaster Characteristics During Normal Operation, Common Problems and Which Tests to Run to Address Each One, Flowcharts to Help Diagnose Problems Correctly, The Major Components and How to Test Each One, Maintenance, Tools and Accessories, and Vendor List and Contact Information.

It is spiral bound for easy reading when you are working on the powermaster. As long as the electric motor is not burned out, everything else is available for you to repair a powermaster on your own with this handy Guide.

They also have made all the various O-rings that you need to rebuild a powermaster brake unit. In some cases, they had to have parts reproduced. For example, GM sold just one of the O-rings in the kit for over $30 each. This Powermaster Reproduction O-rings (14) kit is only $39.95, part #7676.

I don't think anyone has more experience with powermaster brake units than Richard Clark. Over the years, he has even made special testing equipment for not only the powermaster brake units but also for other electronic parts found in the Turbo Regals.

He worked with John Norton to compile this easy-to-follow and informative powermaster repair Guide, so you can become better educated on powermasters and not be stressed out the first time the brake light comes on!

Our photos show the cover and a two-page spread in the book.

NOTE - You may also be interested in a related item - #6697 Reproduction Brake Accumulator Bowl, #7175 Original GM Powermaster Brake Switch, #7018 Reproduction Powermaster Brake Reservoir, and #7676 Powermaster Reproduction O-Rings (14) Kits.

A great book to keep in your Turbo Buick reference library.

7675 - “POWERMASTER BRAKE SYSTEM TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIR GUIDE - For 1985 thru 1987 Buick Turbo Regal, Grand National, GNX, T-Type, and Turbo-T” Book by Richard Clark and John Norton - $29.95

Here is a link to this book #7675 on our website:

1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Richard Clark has painstakingly put together this kit of reproduction O-rings specifically for the Turbo Regal power master.

Each kit consists of 14 O-rings, some of which Richard has reproduced to make this a complete kit for the entire powermaster brake unit. It includes not only the O-rings for the brake switch and accumulator bowl, but also the very important power piston sleeve, check valve body master cylinder, etc.

Each package includes a real-size drawing to ensure that the correct O-rings can be easily identified for the proper application. The O-rings should match the drawings exactly.

Since GM has discontinued many of the Buick O-rings, Richard has had to have some of the O-rings reproduced. In one particular case, the O-ring listed for over $30 from GM, making this kit a bargain.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related items - #7675 “POWERMASTER BRAKE SYSTEM TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIR GUIDE - For 1985 thru 1987 Buick Turbo Regal, Grand National, GNX, T-Type, and Turbo-T” Book by Richard Clark and John Norton, #6697 Reproduction Brake Accumulator Bowl, #7175 Original GM Powermaster Brake Switch, and #7018 Reproduction Powermaster Brake Reservoir.

A must have item for any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal owner. You should have this kit on hand in case you have issues with the powermaster.

NOTE - We recommend these O-rings be installed by a qualified mechanic.

Great powermaster restoration items.

7676 - 1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Powermaster Reproduction O-Rings (14) Kit - $39.95 / kit

Here is a link to this O-ring Kit 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.


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.

June 19th and 20th, 2015 - Clemens Road, Hatfield, PA

Last year over 500 cars were in attendance. Pre-register @pypesexhaust.com/openhjouse or call 1-800-421-3890.

This is a huge event local to us that I usually attend.

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:


Hope everyone is having a good summer. I got to work on the lawn again!