11-04-2015 Inner Circle

11-04-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 11-04-2015


I bought 3 more factory GM 8-tracks this past week. In this group I got one for Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Buick. Of the three only the Oldsmobile shows a production date. The date showing is 1968. The Buick one has the tri-shield logo on the cover and says “especially for you from Buick.”

PHOTO 1 - Shows all three factory GM 8-Tracks. These are for sale as are the ones we featured in a previous Inner Circle. If you are interested, email me with your request - [email protected]


We had our son Darrell make up a sample bracket and template so these new antennas will bolt into the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals, like the originals.

He installed one in a Grand National that he had painted. These new power antennas have a manufacturer’s One-year Warranty.

Antennas are actually made for another GM car. They use the same screw-in bezel that sits on the top of the fender, so you can use the original bezel. The 3-wire lead and plug is identical to the original. The new bracket will be bolted to the new antenna. A rubber boot will also come with this new power antenna to protect the motor from the elements.

We expect to have these new power antennas ready to ship before the end of November. If you place your order in advance now, the sale price is $179.95 plus $12 shipping. The retail price once they are available will be $199.95 plus shipping. We would not charge your credit card until we are able to ship the power antenna to you.

This power antenna is not on our website so you have to call and talk to Christina to get on the list if you want one. By ordering now you save $20. This also gives us a good idea on how many power antennas we need to have initially.

PHOTO 2 - Shows the new reproduction power antenna with the boot. The custom-made bracket is not pictured. The electric motor is very quiet. Remember, even if you locate a NOS AC Delco power antenna, there is a good chance the cable may already be broken internally or break shortly after you install it due to age.


While drag racers may have different ideas on how to make more horsepower, one thing they all agree on is - if you can shed weight, it translates into horsepower.

The rule of thumb - for every 20 pounds of weight you remove, you can gain 10 horsepower. Ford is now doing this with their line of trucks by using more aluminum, which not only is cutting weight but it also increases gas mileage and increases towing capacity. It probably won’t be long before GM and Dodge start using more weight-saving aluminum in their trucks as well.

Even when Buick introduced the WE4 model, they promoted the car as being lighter and faster than a Grand National. This was due in part because of the weight difference of the factory wheels. The 1986-1987 Grand National steel wheel weighs about 28-30 lbs each. A similar year T-Type wheel weighs about 17 lbs each. This is about a 45-50 pound difference between a set of 4 Grand National wheels and a set of 4 T-Type wheels. Even the typical 16 by 8 GNX-style wheel is lighter than the Grand National steel wheel.

Another area that you can save a lot of weight is if your Turbo Regal has the aluminum front and rear reinforcement bumper braces. Although it was never listed as an option available to buyers, it is a highly-sought-after part today. I weighed a steel brace and an aluminum one last week. A steel reinforcement bumper brace weighs in at about 27-1/2 pounds. An aluminum reinforcement bumper brace weighs about 12-1/4 pounds. The trunk ID code for the front and rear aluminum reinforcement braces is VD6 and VD7.

GM also had what is called a “Canadian front reinforcement brace.” It was steel and consisted of 2 U-shaped brackets and 1 narrow long metal bar. It can be installed without using the long metal bar. Interesting enough, it weighs about 12 pounds, so it’s not any better than the aluminum reinforcement brace.

Another advantage of having the aluminum reinforcement bumper braces is the fact they will never rust!

Currently I have a rear aluminum reinforcement bumper brace that I am going to get cleaned and powder-coated before I put it up for sale. We expect to be able to show before and after pictures next week, so you can see the difference.

I have in my collection a 1987 Buick Price Guide book that dealers used, and also one for 2001. Only the Canadian bumper reinforcement braces show up in the 2001 Price Guide. This means the other versions were out of the GM parts system prior to 2001. In 1987 the steel versions listed for around $130 for the front and $160 for the rear. The aluminum versions were around $185 each for the front or rear versions. The real bargain was for the 3 part Canadian reinforcement front reinforcement bumper braces set. All 3 parts would cost you less than $50. Only the 2 U-shaped brackets appear in the 2001 Price Directory. They retailed for less than $10 per side!

Another area where aluminum was used on certain 1984-1987 Turbo Regals was the rear brake drums. They were still part steel and the outer shell was aluminum. Again this was not offered as an option to buyers when the cars were new. All the GNX cars received the aluminum reinforcement bumper braces and the aluminum brake drums. GM stamped the date of manufacture on the aluminum reinforcement bumper braces. I looked at the ones on our personal Turbo-T and the date was 02-13-87. This makes sense as our car shows a 5/87 date on the label on the doorjamb.

I have heard over the years that Buick did produce about a dozen aluminum turbo hoods for the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals. It seems possible since Buick made aluminum trunk lids on some of the earlier Regals. I had a 1978 Regal years ago that was a V8 car and it had an aluminum trunk lid. Some Oldsmobile Cutlass models, around the 1980 vintage, had aluminum hoods. I know this for a fact as I sold 2 Oldsmobile aluminum hoods to Brian, owner of Gbodyparts.com. I did weigh 1 of these aluminum hoods and it weighed about 22 pounds. It was easy for me to carry it by myself out of the junkyard. If it was a steel hood, I would not have been able to carry by myself very far!

These are the main areas where you can eliminate big chunks of weight from your Turbo Regal.

PHOTO 3 - Shows both the front and back of a factory set of aluminum brake drums. These have been turned and glass beaded. They are listed for sale in the rare parts section of this email. I may have two sets available.

PHOTO 4 - Shows a brand new pair of the Canadian version of the U-shaped front bumper reinforcement braces. You can still see the GM part number on them. These are listed in the rare parts section of this inner circle.


Several major companies now are experimenting with driverless cars. It makes me wonder just how far off in the future will that work its way into drag racing? Will we see driverless top fuel dragsters?


We just got 4 more of the refurbished steering shafts in stock, our part #7574 Upgraded Used Lower Steering Shaft. Don't delay if you want one. If you want one, email me - [email protected]

Here is a link to this steering shaft on our website. http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/44150/UPGRADED+REFURBISHED+USED+LOWER+STEERING+SHAFT+%237574.html


For the first time in years, we now have Rebuilt Powermaster Brake Units in stock, Part #7021. Units are always in demand, so if you need one, call our office 215-766-1611 x 0.

Here is a link to the Powermaster on our website:


We just got in 5 of these TR-6 High Tech Ignition Systems from Bob Bailey, our part #7442 TR-6 High Tech Ignition System or #7443 TR-6 High Tech Ignition System and Custom-Cut High-Performance Grey Plug Wires. We have 2 left.

Here is a link to these parts on our website:


I have a pair (2) of the GNX-style wheels we sell on our website. This pair (2) had tires mounted on them but were never used on the road. They are exactly as new. The buyer thought he could go with bigger tires using this offset on his car. You can own this pair (2) for $379 and $25 UPS shipping to the basic 48 states. Contact our office to purchase them - 215-766-1611 x 0. NEW LOWER PRICE.


On the 1986-1987 Grand Nationals, the power six logo appears in 3 places. In one of the places, part of the logo overlaps differently than the other two logos.

While it’s a well-known fact the 1987 Grand National was the fastest U.S. production car, the power window motors rank as one of the slowest in a US production car!


While his name Dick Maugg may not be familiar, during the 1980s his TV commercials made the Top 10 best-remembered commercials lists.

He played the fictional role of Ed Jaymes in more than 100 commercials for Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers. The Frank Bartles character did all the talking.


Pypes exhaust systems are now in stock. Our prices are very competitive. Part #6996 Pypes Performance (Non-Polished Stainless Steel) Dual Exhaust System.

Here is a link to this Pypes System on our website:


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 are looking for someone that deals in the 4th Generation Camaro parts that wants a deal on a bunch of related 4th Generation Camaro/Firebird parts.


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.

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.


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.


For Sale
1986 Buick T-Type with T-Tops - Butternut Yellow
Power Steering - Power Brakes - Power Windows
A/C Power Seat
Broken antenna have parts
Fresh paint with Kirban fillers and new NOS emblems
Freshly redone wheels with new BFGs
3 inch s/s downpipe
Precision stock location intercooler
6262 Precision turbo
Alky control
Scanmaster 2.0
and best feature is a Viper alarm
23,000 miles - Only driven 850 miles in last 5 years
$25,000 or best offer
Phone - 302 293 6031 - leave message

Wayne Dunfee
Wilmington, Delaware
302-293-6031 (leave message)
PRICE - $25,000

Here is a link to this T-Type For Sale on our website:


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]


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.


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

These are the hoses that connect the vacuum lines to the vacuum block.

It takes 3 different sizes of the vacuum hoses to complete the set.

If you are buying either of our reproduction new billet vacuum blocks, it’s best to replace the 5 rubber hoses, since the originals may be cracked. Hoses may also split when you attempt to remove them.

Because the material is inexpensive, we only offer a set of 2 complete sets (10 hoses), so you will have a spare set.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6796 Stock Vacuum Block or #6797 Vacuum Block with extra vacuum fitting for vacuum brakes.

Another excellent engine restoration item.

7695 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Vacuum Block Replacement Vacuum Hoses (10) Set - $6.95 / set
NOTE - 2 sets of 5 hoses

Here is a link to this Vacuum Hoses Set on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Regal (Including Turbo Regal) -
Powder-Coated Glossy Black

Original bolts between both hood hinge brackets and both hood shock brackets are prone to rust over the years.

We offer a set of 14 replacement powder-coated glossy black bolts. You only need 12 for the noted application, and we include 2 extras.

We purchase brand new OEM bolts, then have each bolt individually powder coated with a high glossy finish.

NOTE - We sometimes we have good used hood hinges, which have also been powder coated in a high gloss finish. If you are interested in the powder-coated glossy black hood hinges, email - [email protected]

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7680 - Hood Shocks Reproduction Bolts (4) Set, #6700 STOCK STEEL Hood Gas Shocks (2), or #7343 Stock Steel Hood “BLACK CARBON FIBER” Gas Shocks (2).

Another nice finishing touch for any under-the-hood restoration, especially the back of the hood area, which can look neglected over time.

7694 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (Including Turbo Regal) -
Powder-Coated Glossy Black
Hood Hinges and Hood Shocks Brackets Bolts (14) Set - $17.95 / set

Here is a link to these bolts on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
OEM BEARING for the Stock Belt Tensioner Pulley

We discovered that most of the aftermarket belt tensioner pulleys from the various suppliers do not match up to the original design.

The simple solution was to find the manufacturer of the actual bearing that GM used. We carry that exact bearing, made by the same manufacturer.

It is a double-sealed ball bearing.

You need to get it pressed in by someone that has a bench press. It does not require much effort to press in the new bearing.

Our photo shows an original on the lower left, this new replacement bearing on the lower right and a stock belt tensioner pulley at the top.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7115 Air Conditioning Bypass Pulley and #6609 Serpentine Belt.

Another great replacement item.

7693 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
OEM Bearing for the Stock Belt Tensioner Pulley - $13.95

Here is a link to this Bearing on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This reproduction upper plenum gasket is an exact duplicate of the original gasket. It is made by the same source that makes most of our other reproduction gaskets.

NOTE - You may also be interested in this related gasket - #6839 Reproduction Vacuum Block Gasket

Another excellent placement for the engine compartment!

7692 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction Upper Plenum Gasket - $5.95

Here is a link to the Upper Plenum Gasket on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Regal -
Regal Hardtop Reproduction

Over time, the headliner deteriorates or may start to sag.

We offer a reproduction grey headliner material for the 1984-1987 Buick Regals hardtop models. It will also be correct for the T-Tops models, but you’ll have extra material left over.

If you are having the interior restored, this is the time to replace the headliner.

The only sure way to get a positive color match with the sun visors is to use the same material from the same roll for the hardtop headliner and sun visors at the same time.

We only offer the correct factory grey headliner material for the Grand National and T-Type Regal hardtops.

This is the same material that our local supplier has been using for years when he does Grand National headliners.

NOTE - Colors may not appear correctly on the website due to computer monitor differences. If you would like us to send you a small piece of the material, contact our office - 215-766-1611 x 0.

According to the reference books that companies use, this is the only grey GM used during the 1980s, except for the Cadillac models.

We offer it in a 3-yard length only, which is ample material to do a hardtop headliner as well as both sun visors.

If the factory headliner board is still in good shape and not cracked or ruined, this is the best method to redo the headliner. Also plan to have the sun visors redone at the same time.

NOTE - We no longer offer the ABS pre-covered headliner shell, part #7418, as shown in the second photo.

NOTE - We recommend this headliner material be installed by an upholstery shop. You will need to have a hole cut out for the interior light.

NOTE - We recommend you also purchase Part #7362, Headliner Molding Clips (8) Set. Since the original clips are old, they may break when you remove them to install the new headliner.

Another great restoration item.

7690 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal -
Regal Hardtop Reproduction Grey Headliner & Sun Visors Material - 3 yards - $59.95

Here is a link to this Headliner material on our website:

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:


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.


It’s already leaf raking season in our area. It would be nice to blow it onto the neighbor’s lawn, since the wind blows that way. The problem is our son and his family live next door!