8-19-09 Inner Circle

8-19-09 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 08-19-2009


I just got back home from the "Back to the Bricks" event in Michigan Sunday night. Weather was picture perfect the entire time.

Back to the Bricks goes on the same time as Woodward Cruise, only it covers a more northern area running from Grand Blanc up to Flint.

Paul Castle and I ran down to Bloomfield Hills Wednesday night to join the Michigan Turbo Club. They had about 60 turbo cars in attendance. I gave a small talk and we showed some of the parts we had, as did Paul as well. They even had two real GNXs show up.

I stopped in at the Sloan Museum. They currently have GNX #500 on display showing a mere 56 miles. Interesting enough, the trunk emblem is on the wrong side. The car has had some very poor bodywork done on the driver's side quarter panel near the back window area and the metal trim that sits behind the trunk lid and the back window.

They had several various Buick Pace cars on display. There was even a GNX engine on display along with other engines.

The Back to the Brick theme is based on the main street - Saginaw Street - since the street is all laid in red bricks. These bricks were laid back in the "horse and buggy" days. The company that did them is in Ohio and still retains the mold, so any broken bricks can be replaced.

The actual cruise Wednesday and Thursday night ran about 12-14 miles long from 5 pm until 10 pm. It was an amazing display of virtually any type/style vehicle imaginable. We even saw a group of 6-8 Smart cars in single file!

Even older folks with pristine 20-30-year-old cars were part of the event and enjoyed it as much as the younger ones. The only type of cars that seemed absent was foreign cars… I only saw a handful of them in the cruise procession, at the show on Friday night, and all day Saturday.

The car show Saturday ran from 10 am until 10 pm. They virtually shut the entire city down and every cross street for 1-2 blocks in both directions to handle the amount of cars in the show. Various singing groups performed and food vendors where everywhere.

I was amazed that so many older cars exist in that part of the country, since their winters can be so brutal. Since Flint is a heavy GM area, a good many of the vehicles where Buicks and Pontiacs of all different models.

We passed a nice apartment complex where the rates for a one bedroom apartment was just $399 a month. We had the full breakfast special at a very nice restaurant for just $2.99 each day. These prices are untouchable in my area back home! I was told the employment rate in the Flint area is now about 25%. The saving grace is there are 3 colleges in the immediate area. Some of the GM property has been sold off and others have no tenants, while others just sit dormant.

It was weird staying in a college dorm. It took two different credit-card-style cards to get in the building and past the lobby to our rooms. Having never stayed in a dorm before, I did not realize there would be no TV, no soap, no towels, etc! I am used to motels! Next semester I will remember to bring those items!

It was a fun time.

If you have never attended the Woodward, Back to the Bricks, or any similar shows, it's well worth it! Paul Castle and I had a great time.

I did shoot some video of the event and the side trips we made. I used a new video camera for the first time, so hopefully it turns out.

Photo 1 - Shows GNX #500 in the Sloan Museum. NOTE - The GNX emblem on the passenger's side of the deck lid is on the wrong side.

Photo 2 - Shows the two decals on the lower front driver's side of the windshield. Basically, it states that the car cannot be licensed and when it is no longer used for training purposes, it must be scraped/crushed!


The actual wording on the top decal says, "GM DONATED BY GENERAL MOTORS CORP. FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES 076288."

Photo 3 - Shows the GNX 3.8 turbo engine they had on display at the Sloan Museum. Notice the exhaust manifolds were powder coated. The oil cap on the driver's valve cover was quite unique. We hope to have a DVD available soon that shows more detail on the Sloan cars and the Back to the Bricks event.

Photo 4 - Shows the very rare 5 inch Buick Motorsport Tach. This owner actually worked at Buick back when these cars were new and showed me a very unusual pennant that Buick gave all the hourly employees. The small pennant featured the power six logo and said 1986.


As many of you know, most car magazines have done comparisons on the new Pony cars. These include the Mustang (which has enjoyed several years of hardly any competition), the Dodge Challenger and the new 2010 Camaro. Interesting enough, included in the mix is also the Korean Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

While this may cause most of us to snicker, the Hyundai has made tremendous strides in the U.S. marketplace with some great warranties and great advertising. Their new Genesis coupe features a 3.8 V6 engine rear-wheel drive that cranks out slightly more than 300 horsepower.

You may wonder, what is my point? One magazine compared it to the new 2010 Camaro. I recently saw Paul Castle (who joined me at the Back to the Bricks Event.) He has started to market a full line of new Camaro accessories based on the popularity of the new 2010 Camaro SS models.

The SS emblems are the same for the grille and the deck lid area (just like the GNX emblem is the same front and back). They come in a nice white and blue GM box. Open the box and on a label on the actual emblem it says, "MADE IN KOREA."

If you have seen the V6 Camaros and the V8 models (SS), they are pretty much identical in appearance. The V6 only lacking the two SS emblems to fool most casual observers! So, you can probably guess many 6-cylinder owners may put on a pair of SS emblems to complete the look.

So, it would appear that Korea couldn't lose. Not only do they have a successful car model in our country, but they are also producing a number of various GM parts, including the SS Camaro emblems that go on their rival pony car! I have seen some C5 Corvette parts which are now also being made in Korea.

It makes you wonder, just what percentage of U.S. made cars have their parts still made in the U.S.A.


If you have a 1984-1987 Turbo Regal with the standard analog dash, you know in the bottom left corner of the dash it says, "LOW FUEL."

This was a Riviera option, which shares our same dash. It was never offered on the Turbo Regals but could be made to function by simply installing the special light socket that had the printed circuit board on the back. The same local source that made our new L.E.D. dash light setup now has a functional low fuel warning in the works. It will light up in the dash when you are low on fuel. It will even go one step further... when your fuel tank is very low, it will flash. The technology today has come a long way since 1984-1987, so this one will include a new light socket and have a small circuit board with prongs that will connect to the backside of the gas gauge.

Installation will be very easy, and will only require you to pull your dash cluster out a short distance on the left side to do the installation. Watch for an introductory price later this month!

This would be a great time to step up to the new L.E.D. dash lights as well, since the install is about the same for both items.

Again, both of these are ONLY for the standard analog-style dash cluster.

FROM PETE HOFFMAN - Continuing Tech Information
This is Pete's second segment in a series dealing with troubleshooting powermaster problems. Check out the last Inner Circle 08-12-2009 for the first segment.


If you are getting a hard pedal (no power assist), the first thing you need to check is the powermaster motor. It is located directly under the master cylinder.

If you turn the key to the "on" position without starting the car, the powermaster motor should run for about 10 to 15 seconds. This will pull the fluid out of the front passenger's side of the brake reservoir and pump it into the black accumulator bowl on the driver's side of the brake unit.

If you turn the key to the "on" position and the motor does not turn on, check the reservoir to see if it is nearly empty. If it is nearly empty, the accumulator is already primed and ready. If the motor is not running and the reservoir is nearly full (passenger's side front), you have a problem.

First you want to check the 30 amp fuse in the fuse box under the dash.

If the fuse is ok, check the brake switch on the top of the brake unit behind the reservoir. Pull the electrical connector off the switch, then check the switch and the connector for any traces of brake fluid. If there is any fluid at all on the switch, it is probably defective.

If the switch looks ok and you are getting power to the powermaster motor, then more than likely your motor is bad.

Watch for more next week. Pete

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Special formulation keeps ZPaste™ on contact points longer than other lubes, protecting parts from damage during initial start-up. After being dissolved in the oil, the components in ZPaste™ will continue to help protect engine parts during break-in.

It took months to research, develop and test ZPaste™ against the other leading camshaft assembly lubricants. There is absolutely nothing available nationally in the market today that comes near the abilities that this cam assembly paste lubricant.

The special break-in requirements of flat-tappet cam engines is best served by a specialized camshaft assembly lubricant. ZPaste™ works equally well on roller setups, along with ZDDPlus™ for break-in. ZPaste™ offers the greatest level of protection for cams, lifters and other valve components during initial startup.

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ZPaste™ is designed to be used along with a bottle of ZDDPlus™ for initial engine break-in. During the break-in process it actually increases the ZDDP level of your oil as it dissolves. Now with the new ZPaste™ and ZDDPlus™ we have both ends of the oil issues addressed making sure protection starts at the very beginning.

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ZPaste™ comes in a 5/8 ounce packet, which is enough for one V8 application. When used in conjunction with ZDDPlus™ (4 ounce bottle) in a normal 4-6 quart oil capacity, no special break-in oil is required.

Now with the new ZPaste™ and ZDDPlus™ we have both ends of the oil issues addressed making sure protection starts at the very beginning.

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NOTE - Unfortunately, ZPaste™ must be shipped UPS ground. It cannot be shipped by mail (USPS) or overnight UPS.


Effective now, the factory original Grand National wheel center caps #6653 are now $39.95 each.


We have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor), Part #6536 in stock for $61.95. Just a few left now.


NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, for this year, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.

The best way to stay informed with the show season is to check out the various Turbo Buick forums.

ZDDPlus™ is also one of the 2 major sponsors for this year's F.A.S.T. events along with Nationals Parts Depot. This is another nationally recognized event that features stock appearing muscle cars. Here is the link to the F.A.S.T. events web site -

Labor Day Weekend - Saturday & Sunday, SEPTEMBER 5 & 6, 2009 Old Bridge Township Raceway Park - F.A.S.T. Race Series National Events Sponsored by ZDDPlus™ and National Parts Depot. We will be there selling ZDDPlus™. We will also have used Turbo Regal parts for sale. This event also features the 20th Buick Performance Weekend. The Northeast Chapter of the GSCA Buick Club will have their regular Quick 16 Class with over $2500 in cash awards. They will also be paying money to the Buicks that run the furthest in each of the Musclepalooza classes on Sunday. This event will be bigger than ever before with the addition of Hemmings Muscle Machines coming and the F.A.S.T race class cars. We will be set up with ZDDPlus and many Turbo Regal used parts as well.

The East Coast Buick Regionals and Pontiac Challenge will be held OCTOBER 16th and 17th, 2009 at Cecil County Dragway, Maryland. It features 5 different race classes for V8 and Turbo-powered Buicks. Friday is Test and Tune and Saturday is Buick Race Day. For more information, contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 845-528-GSGN or Griff Atkinson 410-472-2757.

The Oklahoma Buick Performance Club will hold it's 15th year, Team Buick vs Team Ford Headsup Shootout on OCTOBER 17, 2009. Team Buick includes Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and GMC trucks with any engine or power adder. This will be at Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Noble, Oklahoma. A first time TSM event will also be held with some pre-qualifying Friday night the 16th. More information - www.okbuicks.com - www.turbobuick.com (National Racing Events and Info) Personal contact: Dick Walker, 405-745-3602 - [email protected]

SOUTHERN BUICK SHOOTOUT 2009 - Reynolds, Georgia -
Friday & Saturday, NOVEMBER 6th & 7th, 2009 -

The Southern Buick Shootout 2009 event at the Silver Dollar Raceway is scheduled for November 6th and 7th, 2009. This event will be open to any and all BUICK, OLDS, PONTIAC cars. The event will include a points race for the TSO and TSM categories, as well as other potential Buick categories.

The plan is to have heads-up / index pacing available for those racers that cannot run in TSM/TSO categories. They also plan to have Gamblers Racing for both Sportsman type cars (no delay boxes allowed) and Top Eliminator (delay Box). The will be Test-N-Tune all day both days. If you have questions, email - [email protected]


DOGWOOD SHOPPING PLAZA - 710 Dogwood Avenue, Franklin Square, NY 11010 - Every Wednesday at 6 pm, there is a Turbo Buick Car Show. All Gbody cars are welcome. For more information, contact Nick Dimaio - 646-316-7584.

NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.


If you would like to see any Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -

http://stores.ebay.com/Kirban-Performance-Products-Inc_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZ km


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 not remember who requested the item.


Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Weather here has been extremely HOT this week!