06-03-2015 Inner Circle

06-03-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 06-03-2015


PHOTO 1 - Our first photo is this month’s “Adventures of Tommy Turbo” cartoon. In honor of June and the start of car show season, the caption reads, “IT’S TIME TO PRIMP-UP FOR THOSE SUMMER CAR SHOWS -- NOT YOU TOMMY -- THE CAR!”


The Exhaust Gas Recirculation system is probably better known simply as the “EGR” system.

It consists of the round EGR valve and the EGR control solenoid assembly that sits directly behind it on the driver’s side of the engine. We mentioned this system briefly in a previous Inner Circle. As we noted in that issue, the EGR control solenoid takes a small filter. Most owners neglect this filter, probably because they are unaware that it even exists.

PHOTO 2 - In this photo, we show the actual EGR control solenoid, the 2 caps I took off and the 2 different possible filters that may be inside. The original filter is the paper-style filter with the metal cap at both ends (top right.) The foam filter is a replacement filter (lower right.) It’s something to remember if your wife ever quizzes you on what filter is in the EGR solenoid on your Turbo Regal!


The crank sensor that came on your 1986-1987 Turbo Regal was redesigned because the original could fail.

When I had the recent trouble with our Turbo-T, I also had them check to see if our car still had the original crank sensor on it. It turns out the original crank sensor was still on our car with 80,000 miles on it. Since they were working on the car, I also had them replace the crank sensor with the new redesigned one, our part #7327. We sell this redesigned one for $59.95. The next time you have your car on a lift, you may want to see which crank sensor is on your Turbo Regal.

PHOTO 3 - In this photo we show both the original crank sensor (on the left) and the redesigned replacement sensor (on the right.) The original sensor was metal the replacement is a hard plastic and is a smaller design. You might have to clean yours off to actually see what version is on your car!


Many of us have taken a road trip over the years.

With the recent road trip Ross took driving to Texas in his recently purchased GNX, I can recall several other buyers who would fly in and drive their new purchase back home.

One cross-country road trip comes to mind. In 1997 Bill Coulter purchased a 53,000-mile 1986 Grand National for just under $10,000. He made it a vacation trip going to several places down south on his way back home to California. He is pictured on the bottom of page 11 in my Kirban’s Guide to Buying a Used 1986 & 1987 Buick Turbo Regal. If memory serves me correct, he was a schoolteacher, so he had the entire summer off. The only issue he had with the car was a flat tire. He would come back a few years later and buy an Oldsmobile LSS from me and once again drive it back to California. Again, if I remember correctly, he almost bought a third car from me but it sold before he could make a deal for it. I think it was the 12,000-mile Olds 442 I had. He probably holds the record for the longest road trip from point of purchase!

I took many road trips not counting all the ones I did to buy the 300-plus Turbo Regals I would go and get and bring back home.

In the early 1970s and through part of the 1980s I would be on the road 10-12 days every month working for my Dad who would give talks throughout the country. I would haul his books and sell his books at these meetings. I also would set up the meetings in the various cities.

Of course, in the winter we would focus on the southern states and in the summer we would do the mid-west and northern states. One trip was for 6 weeks when my Dad would speak in various locations in the state of California.

It was a great time as I usually took an open trailer with me and would try and buy a car and bring it back to resell. My Dad travelled with another person, so I could take any route I wanted as long as I made it to the meeting on time in the evening.

One of my early road trips in 1973 with my Dad started in Rapid City, South Dakota. I headed out 3 days prior and was supposed to meet my Dad and his associate at the Rapid City airport to begin the speaking trip. I was about 100 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota in my pickup truck when I lost control of my truck and flipped it over. I was unhurt, but had to have my pickup truck towed into Rapid City. Needless to say, this was a terrible way to start a 10-day speaking engagement trip!

That opening night my Dad asked the audience if anyone owned a car dealership or worked at one. Fortunately, someone did have a GM dealership, so we went there early the next morning. I ended up buying a slightly used 1973 Ford XLT pickup truck. Back then the license plate went with the used vehicle, so I drove on South Dakota plates for almost an entire year.

PHOTO 4 - The photo on the left shows the South Dakota license plate from 1973, which I still have. The photo on the right shows a laminated picture my Dad took in 1974. He took it from his car as they followed me on the highway on one of the trips. He then penned the poem that is under the photo and gave it to me in September of 1974.

I got to travel to almost every state on these road trips. I would easily drive over 20,000 to 25,000 miles in the course of the year on these road trips.


Cars owners are likely to sell after the first year of ownership the 2014 Buick Regal. The article I read states 1 out of every 10 new Regal owners trade their car in the first year. They take about a 28% hit in the car’s value when they do this. Of the top 7 cars, the Buick Regal is number 1 in this category.

What is interesting is the article, it says nobody would sell a Buick Grand National! I know from first-hand experience when I was buying the low-mileage Grand Nationals in the early 1990s, if I had original paperwork the Monte Carlo SS was the most popular car being traded in on the Grand National. This is based on records that I would see on the cars I bought.


As you read this I have 6 of the refurbished upgraded used lower steering shafts now in stock, part #7572. Email me - [email protected] - if you want one from this batch.

Here is a link to this shaft 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 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. We have just 2 left!


The price on Justin Paliotti’s two cars listed on our website have been reduced as of June 1st.


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 - $13,900 - NEW LOWER PRICE - June 1st

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 - $17,900 - June 1st

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.


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:


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.


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:


I just sold a bunch of late 60s and early 70s VW parts to a company in California that restores Volkswagens

The owner told me they are working on restoring a VW window van and expect it will fetch over hundred grand when done.

If you had told me 40 years ago that any VW with its miniscule 36 hp engine would be fetching 6 figures years later, I would not have believed it!