09-09-2015 Inner Circle

09-09-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 09-09-2015


Perfect timing - Since we are discussing various radio options for the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals, I have finally located a speaker that fits and works under the upper dash panel for all the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals.

This has been a difficult speaker to find since it had to be a certain size and have a slim profile in order to fit under the upper dash panel.

I had Richard Clark test it and fit it in one of his cars and he reports it works fine.

We have to make a modification for the speakers to have the proper sound for the cars that have the Concert Sound II system.

See the New Products section for more exact information and pricing.

We have some for the non-Concert Sound II systems in stock.

It takes a unique tool to get the screws out that secure the upper dash panel unless you have the windshield out of your car!

PHOTO 1 - Shows the front and back of these new 3-½ diameter speakers. You will have to modify the original terminal ends, since one of the contacts on these speakers is smaller than the terminal end on the factory harness. They come with directions, so you know which wire goes to the POSITIVE + and which wire in the harness goes to the NEGATIVE - side.


In a previous Inner Circle, we explained how GM was very clever at cutting costs by using basically the same size radio for a number of years in most of their GM line up. They accomplished this by simply using different mounting brackets to the radio, either on the sides or at the top and bottom.

PHOTO 2 - In the photo on the left we show 3 of the various side mount brackets that I have come across in my travels. The first pair shown is the correct brackets for the Regal body cars 1984-1987. You can see how similar the 3 versions are. They used the same bracket for both sides and simply flipped it over. In the photo on the right we show the other versions. The two long ones in the top of the photo are metal and this version was used across the top and bottom of the radio. The other two pictured are made in plastic. As we stated earlier, the radios for a number of years are basically the same with the difference being 12 pin or 21 pin plug, glossy face or satin black face, and color of the buttons.


I recently attended “Corvettes at Carlisle,” a Corvette event that attracts over 4,000 Corvettes every August. We will be writing more about this in an upcoming Inner Circle.

I bought a test gauge that in all my years of attending swap meets I had never seen before. It was also in mint condition, like it was never used.

PHOTO 3 - We show two views of this AC tachometer test gauge. The back opens up and contains these two clip leads. It measures about 6 inches long overall and has a 3-½ diameter cylinder shape. It has a single switch on it with the numbers 1 thru 8. On the front it reads, “AC Spark Plug Division,” but there is no date on it. I would be curious if any of my readers recognize this gauge and can tell me the vintage of it. I am guessing it is around the mid-1960s if it was used to test GM tachometers in cars. The GTO always had a tachometer as an option, as did most of the GM high-performance cars during the mid-1960s. I paid $125 for it.


A few years back we used to sell used lighted rear view mirrors.

I recently replaced the one in my Impala as the lamination was bad. At the same time I discovered one of the LED lights we sell for the older GM cars fits the lighted rear view mirror with a minor modification. All I had to do was to slightly bend the metal contacts closer together to get a good contact. This tube style LED bulb has 9 LEDs on it, similar to what we sell for the G-body cars dome light replacement. That style is a flat panel and is designed to contact the ends of the factory contacts, rather than the sides. Our part numbers for this popular LED dome light for the Turbo Regals are #7661 or #7662.

GM probably made at least 6 or more various styles of lighted rear view mirrors before they came out with the ones with automatic dimming, temperature display option, and On Star features. I wanted to find one where the mirror was close to the original size and shape as the factory mirror in our cars. I recently found one that the mirror is identical in size and the light buttons are in the front under the mirror. It also is one that attaches to the factory fixture on the windshield with the single set screw. Some of the later GM lighted mirrors do not attach in that same manner.

Every owner of a car with T-Tops should be a buyer for this, since the lighting is marginal at best in those cars. Using LEDs makes this upgrade much better and eliminates any heat buildup, which can warp the internals of the mirror housing.

PHOTO 4 - We show the used GM lighted rear view mirror that we will be selling. This is the version we will be offering whenever we can find them. They will be cleaned and tested with two LED light tubes installed (a $20 value,) and include the 2 original glass bulbs as well. See this Rare Parts listing for prices and number of mirrors we currently have available. The LED light we install in these is a different version than what we sell for the Turbo Regal dome lights.


Coming soon, hopefully next week, we will have the specs worked out on having a kit together featuring some of the popular original automotive hardware powder coated in glossy black. I am referring to the c-clips, the coarse thread 10mm bolts that secure both the radiator overflow bottle and windshield washer reservoir bottle, the bolts to secure the cruise control bracket to the inner fender. and the one bolt that holds the power steering reservoir to the inner fender. Also in this kit will be the unique 10mm bolt with the wide washer that secures the battery bracket to the core support. Last, but not least the five 10mm bolts with the floating washer that secures the radiator bracket to the core support.

These will be powder-coated high gloss black, so they will not only add a nice touch to the engine compartment, but since they’ve been powder coated, they will stay nice. It is not easy to get the small c-clips powder coated because of their small size.

Watch for more information and photos possibly next week. We currently have a few sets getting done and I have a sample set already installed on our Turbo-T. They look great against the new reservoir bottles and on the radiator support bracket.


The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is the oldest American surviving nameplate - 80 years old! I don’t know whether they planned it or not, but if you were to buy the top-of-the-line Suburban (LTZ) and check off every possible option and pay your transfer, title fees and state taxes, you would end up paying almost $80,000 to celebrate 80 years! This is why late-model GM SUVs are retaining good value in the market place, especially well cared for well-optioned late-model examples.

It made me think about the 1987 Grand National, which is now 28-29 years old. Today it takes about $28,000 or so to buy a mint Grand National model with less than 5,000 miles on it.

On the other hand, the Yugo, which was available in 1987, would be hard pressed to see $2,800 for an equally matching 5,000-mile 1987 Grand National.

Going back to my business roots, the 1964-1965 GTO is now 50 years old and a mint example of one of these cars can fetch $50,000 today, depending on how it is equipped.


I will be at the East Coast Buick Nationals only on Saturday, September the 19th. I will not be set up as a vendor. However, I plan to take my Tahoe and I can deliver rear Spoolfool fillers as long as you pay for it in advance.

Keep in mind, these are quite long. They will fit on an angle in a Turbo Regal as long as you do not have someone in your passenger’s seat. These would be unboxed and just wrapped. I do not recommend an open truck!

This would save you potentially $45 to $60 in shipping costs.

We can also bring any other items, as long as you pay for them in advance. I will probably be parked in the vendor area. I will also be accepting turbo cores, powermaster cores, mass air flow sensor cores, and steering wheel cores for parts credit. This would save you shipping these items to our office.

You need to contact us now if you want a rear Spoolfool filler delivered to the East Coast Buick Nationals Saturday the 19th.


If you own a fourth generation Camaro or Firebird (1993-2002), we have a few used parts for those cars.

Some of the glove box manual items, speaker grilles for the door panels and side panels, center console lids, and radio control buttons for the steering wheel. We also have several sets of the secondary hood latches and brackets that hold the hood struts done in high gloss black powder coating, complete with matching original hardware.

If you are interested, email me [email protected]

2000-2005 IMPALA PARTS -

While I was getting some parts for my personal 2004 Impala, I got some extra parts for these Impalas. I have several sets of the steering wheel radio controls, the optional main strut bar under the hood, rear spoilers, radio buttons, and the optional trunk trim guard.

If you are interested, email me [email protected]



A blem1986-1987 redone grey leather-wrapped steering wheel. The brushed spokes on the backside of this steering wheel are pitted. The front side of the 3 brushed spokes looks fairly nice. I can provide photos. Simply email me - [email protected]

The normal price of our redone steering wheel is $190 and $75 core charge. This blem steering wheel, as described, is $135 and a $75 core charge for an acceptable core, plus $10 shipping. NEW LOWER PRICE.

On any of these close-out items, you must call the office during normal business hours to purchase what you want - 215-766-1611 x 0



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.


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.

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. WE HAVE AN URGENT NEED FOR THESE.

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


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 these. We were able to get a few more and now have 5 of them!


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]


1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

One of the toughest replacement speakers to find are the small ones that go in the upper dash corners. The speaker size is 3-1/2 inches.

Because of the age of these cars, the original speakers may be cracked from the heat or age.
We offer these new 3-1/2" diameter replacement dual cone speakers.

They have been tested by Richard Clark and are an excellent replacement speaker. These are a 2-way Performance Series Dual Cone Coaxial Car Speaker. You will have to modify one or both connectors on the plug end to attach the factory plug harness properly to these speakers. The plug end is basically the same, but the width is different from the original factory speakers.

If you have the Concert Sound II option in the doors, you need to order part #7689.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related items - #7386 Reproduction Upper Dash Trim Panel, #7065 Late-Model Radio Plug-in Harness Kit 21 Pin to 12 Pin Harness with Antenna Lead and Antenna Lead Adapter, or #7684 & #7685 Radio/Cassette Buttons Reproduction Aluminum ID Inserts (3) Set
Another nice interior restoration item.

Here are the two options for these switches. We have highlighted in RED the one you are ordering if you order through this particular page.

7688 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Upper Dash Dual Cone Speakers (2) Set - $49.95 / set

7689 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (with Concert Sound II) -
Upper Dash Dual Cone Speakers (2) Set - $54.95 / set Call for Availability

Here is a link to these speakers on our website:

1978-1987 Buick Regal with 200, 200R, 350 and 700 Transmission -
for 200, 200R, 350 and 700 Transmission

This transmission rear seal fits all the 200, 2004R, 350 and 700 transmissions. This seal is a factory replacement part and is made in the U.S.A.

If you find the transmission is leaking out the tail shaft area, this is the seal you need. It can be installed without removing the transmission from the car.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related items - #7208 Replacement Transmission TCC Solenoid, or #7486 Electrical Solenoid Pass-through Connector with O-ring for 200-4R Transmission.

NOTE - We recommend this seal be installed by a qualified mechanic.

Another excellent replacement part for transmission restoration.

7686 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal with 200, 200R, 350 and 700 Transmission-
Replacement Transmission Rear Seal for 200, 200R, 350 and 700 Transmission - $6.50

Here is a link to this transmission rear seal on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This is the fuel vapor line that runs from the gas tank to the rubber hose that connects to the fuel vapor canister.

Line is formed to match the original formation, is made from stainless steel, and is pre-bent for shipping. You will have to unbend it to install it in the car.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related items - #6957 Both Fuel Feed Line and Fuel Return Line, #6955 Reproduction Stainless Steel Fuel Return Line, or #6954 Reproduction Stainless Steel Fuel Feed Line.

Another excellent replacement for any restoration.

7687 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Replacement Stainless Steel Fuel Vapor Line - $115

Here is a link to this stainless steel fuel vapor line on our website:

1984-1987 All G-Body Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal)

If you have the optional factory Delco am/fm radio with cassette, as pictured, you may be missing one of the ID inserts on one or more of the 3 buttons that control the cassette operation.

The original inserts can be totally missing or, in some cases, the words “STOP-EJECT” may be worn off.

We have reproduced the set of 3 button ID inserts in aluminum (like the originals,) each with a self-adhesive backing.

Inserts are easy to install. You simply clean and dry the button, peal back the protective paper, and affix the insert onto the button.

An excellent finishing touch for any interior restoration.

SHIPPING NOTE - If this is the only item you are purchasing, we can ship it by U.S. Mail FREE. If you are purchasing this set with other items in your cart, there will be no additional shipping for this item.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related items - #7113 Reproduction Outer Radio Knobs (2) Set or #7156 Reproduction Heater / Radio Applique.

7684 - 1984-1987 All G-Body Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Radio/Cassette Buttons Reproduction Aluminum ID Inserts (3) Set - $8.95

7685 - 1984-1987 All G-Body Models (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -
TWO - Radio/Cassette Buttons Reproduction Aluminum ID Inserts (3) Sets $14.95 / 2 Sets (Save $2.95)

Here is a link to these Inserts on our website:

1978-1987 Buick V6 (including Turbo Regal) -

This is the complete timing chain gasket kit for the original timing chain cover.

The original front seal from GM was a rope seal, which is subject to leakage.

This front seal included in this kit is a one-piece neoprene seal. Turbo applications need this better designed front seal because of the tremendous pressures the turbo engine builds up internally under boost.

This Timing Chain Gasket Kit consists of these 7 parts:
Front Oil Pan Gasket
Oil Pump Cover Gasket
Timing Cover Gasket
Timing Cover Seal
Fuel Pump Mounting Support Gasket
Water Pump Mounting Support Gasket

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6548 Neoprene Rear Main Seal, #6771 Cork Oil Pan Gasket, #7437 Reproduction Timing Chain Cover with New Timing Tab, #7500 Molded Rubber Oil Pan Gasket, #7683 CLOYES Street True Roller Timing Chain/Gear Set.

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

Another great under-the-hood restoration kit.

7683 - 1978-1987 Buick V6 (including Turbo Regal Models) - Timing Cover Gaskets and Seals (7) Kit - $13.95

Here is a link to this Timing Cover Gaskets and Seals Kit on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

By using this custom harness, it allows you to plug your existing 1984-1987 Turbo Regal radio harness and antenna lead into this harness, which plugs into the later radios.

This eliminates cutting any of the factory wires. It allows the 12-pin harness to adapt to the 21-pin harness in the later AC Delco radios.

If you have a power antenna option, it will still work.

The harness and antenna lead can be seen in the photo. The big plug to the left is what the stock 3-part harness plugs into.

This is the same harness we have put with every late-model AC Delco CD player we have sold over the years.

7065 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Late-Model Radio Plug-in Harness Kit - $19.95 / kit
21-Pin to 12-Pin Harness with Antenna Lead and Antenna Lead Adapter

Here is a link to this Radio Harness on our website:

and Guide to 1978-1987 Buick Grand National, T-Type and GNX “THE FACTS & FIGURES BOOK - SERIES #II” Book

“The Power Pac Buick Performance and Restoration Tips” book by Steven L. Dove covers the popular Buick Turbo Regals; Grand Nationals, T-Types, Turbo-Ts, and GNXs. It was published in 1998.

The book measures 6" x 9", has 230 pages and includes eight chapters of information. One chapter highlights all the major players with fast Turbo Regals from Marka Gallina to Kenny Duttweiler. Another chapter covers transmission upgrades by Art Carr. That same chapter includes tidbits on getting your turbo car to run in the 11’s and 12’s.

A later chapter covers restoration and care of your Turbo Regal. There is a tech talk section with John Craig on turbo upgrades and a chapter on suspension and brake upgrades. Another chapter deals with all the specifications with quick data information covering all Turbo Regals from 1982 through 1987, including the GNX.

The “Guide to 1978-1987 Buick Grand National, T-Type and GNX - FACTS & FIGURES BOOK - SERIES #II” covers the history of the Buick Regal from 1978 through 1987. It has many pictures and shows actual Service Bulletins covering the Turbo Regals from GM. Very informative with many pictures and illustrations. It measures 6" x 9" and has 260+ pages, and was published in 1992.

These are great additions to your Buick library of information.

NOTE - We recently acquired a limited supply of these two books from the 1990s. Once our stock is sold, there are no more. Order now, while supplies last.

Here are the 3 options for these books.


6618 - “Guide to 1978-1987 Buick Grand National, T-Type and GNX - FACTS & FIGURES - SERIES #II” Book by Steven L. Dove - $18.95

AND Guide to 1978-1987 Buick Grand National, T-Type and GNX - “THE FACTS & FIGURES BOOK - SERIES #II” Book - $30 / 2 book set (Save $7.90)

We are almost out of these books!

Here is a link to these books 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.


September 18th and 19th, 2015
Cecil County Dragway, Maryland - Interstate 95 and MD Route 272 (Exit 100)
I plan to be there Saturday only.
Host Hotel - Comfort Inn, phone 410-287-7100
Free Vending
For more information, contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 914-447-6068 or email - [email protected]

16th Annual Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile Car Show
September 20th 2015
Star Buick GMC
260 Country Club Road
Easton, PA 18045
Rain or Shine
For more info: www.gtopa.org.
Or call Phil at 704-254-0145
I plan to attend this event.

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:


Remember, we will be attending the Buick East Coast Regionals on Saturday, September 19th. We will be accepting powermaster cores, turbo cores, and mass air flow sensor cores at the event. This will save you shipping.

Please plan to bring these parts if you are coming to this event. We need them badly to help other customers restore their car. You will get a Letter of Credit. We also buy various Turbo Regal parts, so be sure to see me with what you have to sell.

Remember, if you pay in advance, I will deliver the Spoolfool rear filler panel to the Buick East Coast Regionals event on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. You will save between $45 and $60 in shipping. Contact our office this week if you need one - 215-766-1611 x 0.