05-27-2015 Inner Circle

05-27-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 05-27-2015


We used to sell this custom-made driver’s side powder-coated black relay cover several years ago, but it was discontinued. We have once again brought it back and we are able to keep the price the same.

This cover looks identical in shape to the GM relay cover that is on the passenger’s side inner fender. By having it powder coated in a satin black, it will not rust. The big advantage is it can keep water from getting into the three relays on the inner driver’s side fender. The largest relay on the driver’s fender is the fan delay relay that triggers the fan when the engine is turned off.

If this relay gets corroded, it can cause the fan to run at any given time - even in the middle of the night - and eventually kill the battery.

The fan delay relay is not a sealed unit, so moisture can get in it. Although your car may not see the rain, water can run down on the relays when you wash your car.

Since the fan delay rely sells for $80 or more, this is cheap insurance to help keep moisture out of the relays on the inner driver’s fender.

For more information, see our New Parts section. Our initial supply is being powder coated this week, so we’ll have these in stock this week.

PHOTO 1 - The first photo shows the actual relay cover we had made, which comes complete with hardware as show. The second photo shows it located on the inner driver’s side fender of a 1986-1987 Turbo Regal.


Most collectors have some sort of pole building or garage to protect their collectible car(s) from the elements and, in many cases, work on them as well.

Perhaps you collect different objects to decorate the walls or shelves in your garage or pole building.

In my case, it has given me room to hang up many of the collectible items I have accumulated over the years. In recent years, most old automotive signs in good original condition fetch big money, depending on the brand.

PHOTO 2 - I bought this from my friend’s foreign car shop. I believe it’s from an Alfa Romeo. I thought it was a neat intake system. It has 4 single barrel carburetors or a pair of two single carburetors? It would be a nice item for the garage.


The Front Seat Reading Lamps option was available for all the 1984 through 1987 Regals, including the Turbo Regal. The exception was if you had the T-Top, this option was not available. The code is “C95” and GM referred to it as “Front Seat Reading Lamps.” The price was $24 for the option for each year. Most people refer to it as the “Map Light Reading Option.” GM used this same front seat reading lamps in many of the other cars during the 1980s.

Of course, maps have virtually disappeared today, since most people use GPS!

At a quick glance this optional interior light looks no different than the ones GM used in the earlier A-body cars. Since my background specialized in Pontiac GTOs, I thought it looked very similar.

PHOTO 3 - The top photo shows the earlier A-Body optional front seat reading lamps. The first year in the A-body was 1965, at least for the GTO. It was different in 1964. The lower photo shows the optional front seat reading lamps for the G-body cars. The big difference between the two versions is in the center lens cover. The earlier A-body lens cover is wider front to back. The actual chrome housing is almost identical. The earlier A-body example takes a shorter tube-style glass bulb also. (See Rare Parts Listing as we have the G-body front seat reading lamp for sale.)


I was back to my old friends’ shop again last week, buying more miscellaneous foreign car parts.

The two brothers bought the shop back in 1967. We lived across the street from them in 1970-1971. I had started our towing business just prior to moving to this location. The house we rented had two standard garages and a huge additional garage, plus an in-ground swimming pool.

Their shop was originally a gas station. The two brothers built several more bays onto the original shop.

PHOTO 4 - Here is a photo of when it was a gas station back around 1962-1963. Notice the gas prices back then - 29.9 and 33.9 for premium.


As you read this I have 9 more of the refurbished upgraded used lower steering shafts due in any, part #7572. Email me - [email protected] - if you want one from this batch.

Here is a link to this shaft on our website:


It seems that every Memorial Day in our area it’s a big sales time for garage sales. Almost without fail every garage sale will feature one or more of these items: Books, exercise equipment, kid’s toys, or a fish aquarium.

Basically if you are the buyer, a garage sale is a means to move cheap stuff from the sellers location to your location.

Those stories you read on the internet of someone buying a painting for $2 and discovering later it is worth thousands of dollars are few and far between. The chance of buying a dresser and finding a secret compartment that yields several hundred silver dollars is also unlikely. Your chances are better of winning your states lottery!

I remember when we did a massive garage sale prior to moving to our new house about 8 years ago.

We put the ad in the newspaper and even said we would be serving free coffee and Yum Yum donuts. I wanted to move as much stuff as possible so I would not have to move it to the new house! We had people come before we even got out of bed that weekend.

At the time I had a 1967 VW bus sitting on our driveway. I had put a North Dakota license plate on the back. At the garage sale, I had someone wanting to buy the North Dakota license plate. I sold it for $10.

At the time we had an outside cat that was very friendly. She is grey and white, which apparently is a rare color combination for a cat. We had several people actually want to buy our cat, which was of course, was not for sale. I did keep an “eye” on her when people where shopping! That cat, Smokie, is still with us at our new house.

Years ago my oldest sister and her family had a huge garage sale when they lived in Montrose, Pennsylvania. They had a huge turnout and one person or persons asked to use their bathroom, which they said was ok. Unfortunately, that good deed had bad consequences and my sister later found out some of her personal items were stolen out of their house. So, if you’re planning a garage sale, think twice before letting anyone use your bathroom facilities. Free coffee and donuts may also increase the traffic to your sale.


We all know the real meaning on Memorial Day - to honor those that have served.

I just read that almost 500 World War II vets now die every day.

I got a call on Memorial Day from my youngest sister who was all of about 10 when I went to Vietnam in 1966. She is the youngest of us five kids. She had been teaching Junior Church on Sundays and she gave the kids a project of writing a note thanking a Vet. In the process of giving this assignment, she wrote me a note thanking me for my service and read it to me on the phone this past Memorial Day. I was deeply touched.

She still has some of the letters that I wrote her when I was in Vietnam. She resides with her family near Spokane, Washington.


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.


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.


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]


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

The part GM forgot... This 1986-1987 Turbo Regal custom-made driver's side powder-coated black relay cover is cut exactly like the cover GM used on the passenger's side fender that shields the relays from moisture.

Although GM never made one, we have had this custom-made as a matching cover for the driver's side relays... this cover is a must for covering these three relays. Remember, moisture can cause critical failure of the fan delay relay and eventually kill the battery since the fan delay relay is wired directly to the battery. The fan delay relay is not a sealed unit, so anything you can do to keep moisture out of the unit is important.

Once installed this custom-made cover looks factory. The relay cover is powdered-coated in satin black to closely match the relay cover on the passenger’s side inner fender. Cover is easy to install and comes complete with two mounting screws.

NOTE - These covers will NOT fit a GNX.

Another nice item to enhance your engine compartment.

6684 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Custom-Made Driver’s Side Powder-Coated BLACK Relay Cover - $19.95

Here is a link to this relay cover on the website:

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 - $74.95

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:


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:


While the Midwest is getting pounded with heavy rains, our area has seen very little rain in the last several weeks.