06-10-2015 Inner Circle

06-10-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 06-10-2015


Most of us have lots of the “tools of the trade” to work on our cars. The skill levels vary from owner to owner, but having tools is the one constant. I have always said my skill level on working on cars is quite limited.

In recent years, I have gotten rather good at removing parts quickly from dead cars and trucks in the various You Pull it yards. One trick I discovered, at my age you don’t want to be burden down in these huge yards with a wide variety of heavy tools. It can tire you quickly, especially in the heat of the summer. There are two tools that I have found quite useful (pictured in Photo 1.)

PHOTO 1 - The photo to the left shows this mini LED work light. This particular Mini LED Work Light is made by Craftsman, but others probably exist. The price is just $5.99. At my age, I need a bright light in order to see under the dashboards to remove brake pedals! They say the 3 small AAA batteries will power the LED lights for 11 hours of continuous run time. It’s tough to beat LED lighting! The photo on the right is one of the best $20 investments I have ever spent. I have three of them. The picture shows the tool with the socket head tilted, but it can also be used straight on. It comes with 19 sockets, 10 SAE, and 9 metric plus 12 assorted screwdriver bits. It even comes with its own little pouch. I cut the plastic holder for screwdriver bits so I can store 2 or 3 sockets I use all the time inside the handle. I have two of them in my stash of tools I take to the yards.

One trick I did - I used some butle tape to secure a Phillips screwdriver bit to a socket so it stays in place. The brand name is Nebo Ultra Socket Tool. Their website is - nebotools.com - in case you can’t find it locally. It’s very well made.


One of the major events at Carlisle during the summer is “Fords at Carlisle.” Later this month it will be “GM Nationals at Carlisle.” Ford is one of the huge events at Carlisle. The Mustangs always over shadow the other Ford models. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Ford GT. They had the largest array of Ford GTs I have ever seen in one area inside one of the buildings. Even if you don’t like Fords, I doubt any of you would turn down having one of these Ford GTs as a weekend toy. By the way, Ford does not own the license for GT-40. That’s the reason they are called Ford GTs.

The other popular Ford is, of course, the Carroll Shelby Cobra. There was a vendor that was offering copies of Carroll Shelby’s California 1965 MFG 013 license plate for $75. He claims that if you could locate the original steel one, it is valued at $15,000! That’s just for the license plate with no car attached to it. You may want to keep that in mind if you see someone selling used California black license plates!

PHOTO 2 - The top left photo shows just part of the huge Ford display where they actually installed parts on owner’s cars. The top right photo shows Fords 2.0 Ecoboost crate engine. Note the intercooler off to the right side of the engine. The lower left shows a mint 13,000-original-mile 1986 Mustang GT 5-speed that was for sale for just $10,800. From what I saw, this was a bargain for a low-mileage 100% stock Mustang GT. It was a good color combination and a hardtop. The lower right shows a combination I had never seen before - an older Ford Bronco with a fitted pop-up top camper on it. If I recall, it was priced around $12,000.

PHOTO 3 - The top left shows just a small portion of the Ford GTs in the one building. If I had to guess, there were probably over 30 Ford GTs on display. The top right shows a 1985 ASC McLaren Capri for sale. This was a project ASC did prior to the Buick GNX project. This car had one repaint but still needed attention, and was priced at $8,995. The repaint was done years ago and they simply taped off around the ASC decals on the body, which is quite evident! The lower left photo shows one of the best trunk displays I saw on a late 1950s Thunderbird, complete with a real wire wheel spare tire. The lower right shows the same Thunderbird artwork on a mirror panel under the hood. The chrome work on the engine compartment and engine was absolutely stunning.


Barn finds seems to be the hot ticket today with more and more showing up at major swap meets. There are more articles written about them in magazines. I would venture a guess and say someday some of the car museums will start to have a section devoted to “untouched” barn finds.

Another term for barn finds would be “neglected cars!” Long-time readers know we have sold several Turbo Regals that were barn finds. One Grand National we bought had been peed on by a family of cats for many years.

I personally know of a car that is within 30 minutes of our house that has been sitting for over 25-30 years in a barn that the owner has turned down close to one million US dollars. (I drove this car when I was a teenager). I’ve been offered big money if I can convince the seller to sell it.

I remember years ago, in my old neighborhood, passing an original Avanti that sat with 4 flat tires for over 20 years on a driveway in a very nice neighborhood. I can only guess how many people must have stopped and asked if the car was for sale.

For every “barn find” that proves to be a car of great value if its restored, there are many more that are not worth the cost it would be to move it from its location.

Years ago I would buy cars that were not very popular but were near mint examples. One such car was a 1964 Sunbeam Alpine with the optional hardtop. It was a very solid car. I never really drove it much and it just sat in one of our garages. If you know anything about the Sunbeam Alpine, you know tht later they came out with the Sunbeam Tiger, which was fitted with a 260 Ford V8 engine. Production ran from 1964 through around 1967, then they stepped up to the 289 V8 Ford engine.

At the Fords at Carlisle there was a barn find of a 1964-1965 Sunbeam Tiger. It was pulled from a barn just prior to Carlisle. The description claims all the parts are included, even though they are currently not in the car.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows the Sunbeam Tiger barn find. The top right shows another view of the Sunbeam Tiger, complete with the hardtop. The lower left photo shows the steering shaft. This shaft is very similar to the upgraded refurbished one we sell today, featuring metal universal joints at both ends! The Sunbeam Tiger barn find had a steep price tag of $18,000! This would be quite a project to bring back to showroom condition. The lower right photo shows the 1964 blue Sunbeam Alpine we had about 20 years ago. Ironically, since we moved, I actually pass the house that I bought it from every day on the way to work. A true story.


Complete pre-mounted GNX dash for sale. All of the cutting, fitting and alignment work is complete, just wire the dash and install the entire unit.

Kit Includes:
Applique with correct color indicators
Metal mounting plate
Plastic gauge bezel
Stock pre-cut cluster harness
Stock dash bezel (pre-cut with plastic gauge bezel attached)
New Stewart Warner speedometer with upper speedometer cable
New Stewart Warner tachometer
New Stewart Warner oil pressure gauge with sending unit
New Stewart Warner water temperature gauge with sending unit
New Stewart Warner fuel gauge
New Stewart Warner vacuum/ boost gauge
Plug-and-play harness
$2,250 plus shipping
This one was hand built by a good friend of ours who owns three Grand Nationals and has built several of these.

It comes with stock bezel already precut so you do not have to cut your dash bezel. This kit eliminates any possible issues of trial and error since they have built several of these. Buyer would have to inform us which dash is currently in the car - either digital or analog.

If interested, email me direct - [email protected] - I can provide photos.


I spotted this on a late-model Cadillac Hearse - a decal on the windshield that read, "TIMES UP."

I don't believe it’s a vehicle still in daily service, although humor can be a welcome relief in some aspects.


Car Craft August 2015 issue has a nice 5-page spread on redoing a 1983 Buick T-Type Regal. The students at Burlington County Institute of Technology in Medford, New Jersey did the project.

Congrats to Brian Weaver of GBodyparts.com for providing several of the important parts they needed for the project. He also provided them with a 1984-1987 header panel, so the filler panels would fit properly. They also installed fender flares, so they can put mount wider size tires. I am not sure what engine they plan to use.


As you read this, I have just 3 left 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!


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]


1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
CONVERSION VACUUM BRAKE BOOSTER KIT with New Correct Size PIN for the Stock Brake Pedal

This is another option to consider if you have a fairly stock 1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal and want to switch from the original powermaster brake system.

This kit comes complete with everything you need as shown. This kit is very similar to Part #7625 however, it does not include a factory vacuum brake pedal. Instead we include a correct size machined pin that needs to be welded to the original stock brake pedal. Directions showing proper measurements comes with it, so this machined pin can be done by a welder on the original brake pedal rod.

It comes with a REBUILT Cardone brake booster and a BRAND new master cylinder. The booster has a 9" diameter. The master cylinder and vacuum booster in this kit are exactly what GM used in 1986-1987 on a non-Turbo Regal application.

There are no clearance issues with this unit and the stock remote power steering reservoir.

It also comes with our new vacuum block with gasket and hardware. It has the vacuum port similar to what GM used on the 1989 Turbo Trans Am. We also include 2 feet of vacuum hose and our new reproduction gasket to firewall.

This booster kit uses the same factory holes in the firewall as the powermaster.

Since nothing gets cut or drilled related to the original powermaster, the original powermaster can be re-used should you want to convert back to the factory set up at a later date. However, you would need to acquire a brake pedal for a Turbo Regal to have it function properly.

We highly recommend installation be done by a qualified mechanic, since you have to properly bleed the brakes and need to weld the new brake pedal pin to the factory pedal rod. You also have to cut off the original pin from the brake pedal rod. Make sure the system is operating properly under all conditions.

Remember, your best option is always to stay with the factory GM powermaster brake system. This unit is only to be used with a stock or a fairly stock Turbo Regal. A modified engine or one with a performance cam would cause vacuum levels to be greatly reduced, which could cause braking problems. One possible solution would be to purchase an additional vacuum canister to retain proper vacuum levels from Summit or Jegs.

When purchasing this kit, you may also want to purchase Part #7218, Stainless Braided Brake Hoses, as these will improve the stopping ability.

For our rebuilt powermaster brake unit, See our Part #7021 Rebuilt Powermaster Brake Unit.
However, if you have a STOCK engine, there is adequate vacuum to switch over to a vacuum brake system. We have another option: Our Part #7625 - Conversion Vacuum Brake Booster Kit with vacuum brake pedal.

The difference between #7625 and this kit #7679, is that this kit comes with the correct pin instead of a vacuum brake pedal.

NOTE - A vacuum brake system is NOT recommended for a Turbo Regal with a modified engine or one with a performance cam because vacuum levels are greatly reduced, which could cause braking problems.

NOTE - Be sure to check out the other options we offer for converting the Turbo Regal brake system - Part #7625 Conversion Vacuum Brake Booster Kit with Vacuum Brake Pedal, Part #7617 Hydro-Boost Conversion Kit, or #7618 HYDRATECH Hydro-Boost System conversion. Related parts to consider are #7218 Stainless Braided Brake Hoses and #7021 Rebuilt Powermaster Brake Unit.

NOTE - We recommend installation be done by a qualified auto mechanic. Welding is required.

7679 - 1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Conversion Vacuum Brake Booster Kit with New Correct Size PIN for the Stock Brake Pedal - $329.95

Here is a link to this kit on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

These are brand new 100% correct-looking hood shock bolts. These are unique bolts that would be difficult to find, if you lose any of them!

We only sell them as a set of 4, so the bolts will match and look new.

They have a EDP coating, which helps prevent them from rust.

NOTE - You may also be interested in this related part - #6700 STOCK STEEL Hood Gas Shocks (2)

Another inexpensive cosmetic enhancement for the engine compartment!

7680 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Hood Shocks Bolts (4) Set - $19.95 / set

Here is a link to these hood shocks bolts on our website:

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:


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.

June 26-28, 2015
Carlisle, PA. For more info go to CarlisleEvents.com
I plan to be there Friday the 26th only.

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 to see some of you at either the PERFORMANCE YEARS event June 20th or the GM at Carlisle event on the 26th of June.