09-23-2015 Inner Circle

09-23-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 09-23-2015


This new mini contest is based on the upcoming Mecum Auction being held October 8th thru 10th, 2015 in Chicago.

There is a GNX listed with just 16 actual miles at this auction. It’s been stored in a heated garage. It’s a one-owner car, and includes the numbered GNX book and matching GNX jacket. It also includes a copy of the MSO and the ASC Window Sticker is still attached to the window.

In other words, a reportedly perfect example of a brand new 1987 GNX in the year 2015 with the jacket, Window Sticker, and numbered book.

Here is the link for the GNX on Mecums website:

I want to hear your guess as to what you think this 16-mile original GNX sells for at the auction.

Here are the rules:

You must email me personally - [email protected]

You only get one guess.

You can’t work or own any Buick-related company.

The guess must be the closest UNDER the actual posted selling price.

If the GNX has a reserve and fails to meet the reserve, our contest would be based on the highest noted bid.

In the case of a tie, the earliest email is the first place winner and second one becomes the second place winner.

We have a very unique gift for the winners of this contest that I had custom made. You will also get our GNX license plate… If you go view the 16-mile GNX for sale, you’ll notice it also has the same license plate on the back of the car. Our company was the first company to make this license plate many years ago.

The same two prizes will be awarded for both first and second place.

The deadline to submit your single guess by email to me is Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 12 midnight eastern time. No entries will be accepted after that time.

The winners will be announced in the following week’s Inner Circle.

One of our good friends, Jason from Canada plans to attend this auction and give me a full report on this 16-mile original GNX. Maybe he can package up some of that 1987 air and ship it to me so we can market it!


I went to the East Coast Buick Regionals last weekend. The weather was picture perfect, which is a key ingredient for a successful car show event. The Cecil County Dragway is also a perfect location, just off Route 95 in Maryland. There was a good showing of the older GS models as well as Turbo Regals. There was at least one GNX from Canada and several GSXs in attendance.

In these first photos we show some of the modifications that owners have done to their Turbo Regals. Photos 1 through 3 are from the East Coast Buick Regionals.

Photo 4 is from the 16th Annual Pontiac Buick Oldsmobile Car Show, which I attended on Sunday.

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo shows the Hurst Lightning Rod shifters in a Turbo Regal. The top right photo shows the ATR 7th injector system that ATR sold many years ago. The lower left photo shows a pair of speakers that have been installed in an original door panel. The lower right photo shows how some owners would increase fuel pressure in the early 1990s by crushing the fuel regulator. Unfortunately, this modification was a one-way mod only!

PHOTO 2 - The top left photo shows the unique trophies that were awarded at the end of the car show portion. One of the most unique car display signs can be seen in the top right photo. The owner took a damaged original Turbo hood and cut it down and painted it. He then had the information about his car put on the hood. He even went so far as to put a set of the reproduction hood emblems on it that he bought from us. A friend of his made the wooden frame and stand for the hood. It was a real eye catcher! The bottom left photo shows the power six logo embroidered into the factory grey headrest in a Turbo-T. The bottom right photo shows a T-Type wheel where the owner used black lug nuts instead of the factory stainless ones.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows a really rare sight - an original black accumulator brake bowl and a black brake switch. This was on a mint 1987 Turbo-T Limited that had less than 13,000 actual miles. The owner was getting the switch replaced by GM next week. The top right photo shows the mint grey leather interior in this burgundy Turbo-T Limited. The lower left photo shows one of the highly-modified Turbo engines. The lower right photo shows a super mint GMC Syclone that was also at the show.


This 16th Annual Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile Car show had that key ingredient - picture perfect weather. I actually drove our Turbo-T to this event.

I got to see many of my old-time friends from our involvement with the GTOs over the many years. There was a G-body Pontiac Grand Prix in the show that would easily qualify as a sleeper. This car had the total look as being a stock looking regular Pontiac Grand Prix on the outside, even down to the stock Pontiac ralley wheels. Under the hood lies the surprise - a complete power train from a 1986-1987 Turbo Regal. Even the exhaust with the crossflow muffler was stock appearing.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows the Grand Prix, which appears all stock on the exterior. The top right photo shows the engine, which as you can see is a Turbo Regal power plant. The car only had two small exterior clues as to what was under the hood. A small T-Type emblem in the front grille and positioned in the factory medallion in the stock taillights was a small power six emblem. I did look under the car and it appeared to also be equipped with the 8.5 rear, complete with the rear sway bar. This car was a great example of a sleeper! There was even a 6,000-mile Grand National at this event. The lower left photo shows the speedometer of this low-mileage (6,927 miles) Grand National. The bottom right photo shows the actual car. This car was mint.



We won’t be having a Fall Open House this year, but will plan a Spring Open House next year.


Here go some more sayings:

Never volunteer to stand at a point referred to as “Ground Zero.”

Every two minutes of every day a new use of duct tape is discovered.

Replacing any engine valve cover gasket in a late-model engine will cost $6 to $12 for the gasket kit and $50 labor to do the job.

If you travel, no matter what motel you stay at, the bar of soap will be packaged better than anything you ever get from UPS.


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 we took to the East Coast Buick Regionals this past Saturday. However I did still have some at home, which are featured in the Rare Parts section of this Inner Circle. You must subscribe to the Turbo Regal Inner Circle in order to see the rare parts section. That gets emailed direct to subscribers FREE and it is also posted on our website every Wednesday. Remember, this weekly Inner Circle emailed newsletter is free!


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]


Here is a chance to own a basically brand new 1987 Grand National in 2015.

The car is very well optioned including T-Tops. It has never been dealer prepped. All the stickers are still on the car, including the Window Sticker. All the protective plastic is still intact in the interior. You can probably still smell the 1987 air inside the car!

The built date is 10/87 and is one of the last cars titled as a Grand National rather than being titled as a Regal. Even the foam brick is still attached to the front bumper.

The miles stands at 00049 - translation 49 actual miles. Even the original fuel is probably still in the gas tank.

We have been hired as the agent for the owners. Car is being sold to settle an estate. The Grand National is located in Texas. The price is $69,990.

If you are interested, email me for more information and photos - [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 3 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:


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.


35th Annual GS NATIONALS 2015
October 14-17, 2015
Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky

We will be set up at this event as a vendor. We have gone every year since 1988!

Here is a link to the event on their website:


Be sure to try the Mini Contest in this issue. Everyone has an equal chance to win! I hope everyone has had a great summer.

The next big Buick event is the GS Nationals to close out the year in a few weeks.