09-16-2015 Inner Circle

09-16-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 09-16-2015


Long-time Turbo owners will recall when ASC had a full-color GNX poster available.

This poster was given free if you called and requested it back in the late 1980s. It is probably the most recognized poster that was ever done on the GNX and is the same one that we received permission to use on the cover of my first book entitled, “Kirban’s Guide to 1986 & 1987 Buick Turbo Regals.”

I have no idea how many GNX posters ASC made originally, but I know it wasn’t long before the posters were gone.

I recently bought several items from another long-time customer that no longer owned his Grand National, and one item I bought from him was one of these original ASC GNX posters. What makes it unique is the fact he kept the actual mail tube all these years as well.

PHOTO 1 - The photo on the left shows the actual ASC poster. It measures 18 inches wide by 24 inches high. I have one framed in my office at home. The glaring error on the copy is the fact it states “A High-Performance Investment for the Fortunate 500.” As we all know that total was increased to 547 built. The photo on the right shows the actual mail tube with the postmark dated 1989 from ASC. See this Rare Parts Listing as this poster with the original mail tube is for sale.


We finally have available a 18-piece bolt kit powder-coated in high gloss black for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal engine compartments.

The kit includes 3 C-clips, which are for the cruise control cable, the throttle cable, and the wastegate actuator. We also include the special bolt with the wide washer that secures the battery hold-down bracket to the core support. I believe that is a one-of-kind bolt for the engine compartment. The five 10mm bolts with the floating washer that secure the bracket that holds the radiator to the core support are also included. The seven coarse thread 10mm bolts that hold the radiator overflow bottle and windshield washer bottle to the inner fenders, the cruise control bracket, and power steering reservoir bracket. For the two different 10mm bolts we include one extra in case you lose one! In each case we use correct automotive hardware - some are new and some original used ones that have been properly cleaned. They are all done in a high gloss black powder coating. The end result is a nice enhancement for the engine compartment.

PHOTO 2 - We show some of the areas that we have installed the black glossy powder coating bolts that come in this kit.

PHOTO 3 - We show the actual 18-piece kit all done in high gloss black powder coating. See this Rare Parts Listing for prices and how many kits we currently have available. The kit includes two extra bolts than you need. See this Rare Parts Listing for availability and pricing.


We have been covering the various radio options GM offered for the Turbo Regals and other G-body cars, such as the Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 models.

The Chevrolet division lagged behind as they still used the older style AM/FM radio until around 1986. Looking back, Chevrolet was smart by only having a fixed antenna mast on their Monte Carlo SS models, which eliminated the headaches Turbo Regal owners have if they have the optional power antenna.

Years ago when I was buying various manuals and any literature related to the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals, I bought a Delco Sound Service book, which was for Service Managers and Technicians. It is specific for the GM vehicles, mostly covering the Delco Bose system in 1986 and 1987 only. It is over 100 pages and covers troubleshooting various radio problems, theft deterrent system, and even the mobile telephone that was new during this time frame for GM.

PHOTO 4 - The photo on the left shows the cover of this Delco Sound Service Manual. The photo on the right shows a page from the new products in this manual that shows a dealer upgrade available on all A-body cars only without a console. The upgrade is a compact Disc Player. This was offered in 1987! It was a dealer only package and not factory installed. The radio they show with it is the AM/FM Cassette with EQ option. Our vintage Turbo Regals just missed out by a few years of having an optional CD player! The same goes for having a lighted rear view mirror available! I have yet to stumble on one of these units in any of the dead cars I search in the junkyards!


Next week we will have a new mini contest with a unique prize for the winners.

Watch for information in next week’s Inner Circle.


Probably about ten years ago I started to jot down sayings that I mostly made up with the idea of putting them in a book. I never got around to finishing the book and only recently came across my notes. With that in mind, I thought I would put some of these clever sayings in my weekly Inner Circle emails.

Here goes:

The nicer you keep your car, the more chances you have of it being stolen.

Owning a Yugo offers very few advantages. One is not having to worry that it will be stolen.

A bank will never admit it makes a mistake in your account, and even if it does, it will still end up costing you time and money.

The best looking manicured lawn can always be found around any funeral home.

By the time you pinpoint the vibration coming from the rear area of your car, one of your wheels is ready to fall off and has ruined all of the wheel studs.

If you experience a flat tire on a trip, once you remove the spare from the trunk, you will notice you now have two flats. The one on the car you removed and the spare that has been in your trunk and neglected for years.

The tire that gets a flat on the highway will be the one that the service station recently replaced using a high impact air gun that was set at 150 psi!


Currently we are overstocked with our fiberglass front and rear bumpers. Part #1507 is the front bumper and #1532 is the rear bumper. The retail is normally $190 each. However, if you purchase both the front and rear at the same time, your cost would be $365. You would save $15 by purchasing both. These are for off road use only.


We sold all of the lighted rearview mirrors last week. We were able to get several more this past weekend (see Rare Parts Listing).

I discovered the version I am selling was only offered by GM for a few years and only on a few different GM models. They are not very plentiful. The version we are selling is the one that looks most correct and uses a set screw, like your car’s factory rearview mirror. It’s the only version I want to offer our customers.


I will be at the East Coast Buick Nationals only on Saturday, September the 19th. I will be set up as a vendor. 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 fillers 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 front and rear fiberglass bumpers that would save you $45 or more in shipping. Again these would have to be paid for in advance.

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]


1987 Grand National - 66,000 miles.

Excellent condition throughout. Mostly original / non restored. One repaint. New BFG Radial TA's.

Always garage kept and driven about once a month.

Includes original Window Sticker, 1987 Buick Sales Brochure, all glove box pamphlets, and some old magazines with articles on Grand Nationals.

I am the fourth owner and have the names of the other 3 owners.

VIN #1G4G J1174HP457759.

I have owned it over 5 years and am selling as I bought another classic.

Frank Newman
Maryville, Tennessee
[email protected] - [email protected] - 865-984-0695

PRICE - $17,000

Here is a link to this Car for Sale on our website:


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 pre-cut 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 4 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:


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]

BREAKING NEWS - I am planning to bring some of my small used parts and will be set up Saturday only. I will also have some of our lighted rearview mirrors available fitted with the upgraded LED lights.

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 this 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 this 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.