12-16-2015 Inner Circle

12-16-2015 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 12-16-2015 -


We will not be doing an Inner Circle email the week between Christmas and New Years.


The local MAGNA CHAPTER is having their annual end-of-the-year Banquet this coming Saturday, December 19th at 4 pm. It is being held at Georgines, 1320 Newportville Road, Bristol, PA 19007.

I will be going and Pete Hoffman will also be there. I will be doing an M&Ms contest for this banquet. It’s not too late to plan to attend, if you reside in the area. Casual dress. For more information, go to turbobuick.com and scroll down to the Magna heading for more details. Or email [email protected] - They would like to know if you are planning to attend.

Here’s some info from there website:

Come out and join us for the end-of-year-dinner. We basically meet for a nice dinner out together minus the Buicks.

This is more casual dinner it will be at 4pm, right when the place opens. Try and get there on time so we can get seated all together. We will be raffling the rest of our 2015 MAGNA raffle and have door prizes to give away! Georgine's has great food check out their website for menu details.

Please let us know if your attending and how many are coming just so we have a head count. There are no reservations but we like to know how many. Saturday, December 19th 4pm!

Georgines, 1320 Newport Rd, Bristol PA 19007 - 215-785-0564

NOTE - By the way, hen we googled it, it came up Newportville Road.


Here is more information from my archives.

The 1984 Buick Press Kit had several major announcements. First, it talks about Special Editions. To compliment Buick’s participation as the official Car and Sponsor of the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles, Buick offers the Century Olympia Limited Sedan.

This sedan is available in white with subtly classic U.S. Olympic identification on the front fender, deck lid, and hood ornament. Accented with a gold body stripe and gold aluminum wheels, the Olympia also sports a deck lid luggage rack and the tan cloth interior trim headrests is embroidered with the Official U.S. Olympic logo in dark brown.

Also, with the Regals success on the Grand National circuit, a special edition Grand National version of the T-Type will be offered. (Remember the Grand National originally was an option). This was the introduction of the Grand National as we know it today. (They did not produce any Grand Nationals in 1983, only T-Type Regals). One of the features in the Grand National was the Lear Siegler interior front seats embroidered with the Grand National logo. According to the 1984 Buick Press Release became the first in the automotive industry to offer cellular telephones, the newest in mobile communications technology. Developed by AT&T this would provide higher quality mobile communications and makes the service available to millions of users nationwide. The first custom application of cellular telephones will be available as a factory-endorsed dealer option on Buick’s Riviera Coupe. It will first be offered in the Chicago area, where the commercial cellular system is slated to be introduced shortly.

The Buick news for 1984 also reported that 1983 model year was the best sales year in Buick’s 80-year history with sales of more than 800,000 new Buicks. That was an increase of almost 20 percent from the previous year!

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo shows the actual 1984 Buick Press Kit folder cover. Each year Buick Press Kit had a different design folder. The top middle photo shows the intro page for the new 1984 Buick models. The top right photo shows the new 1984 Rivieras with the coupe model to receive the first cellular phone option. The bottom photo shows the new cellular phone installed in what appears to be a Buick custom show car interior.

PHOTO 2 - The photo to the left shows the 1984 Buick Skyhawk T-Type Coupe. The photo to the right shows the new 1984 Buick Skylark T-Type Coupe. On this model you can see some hints of the Grand National such as the layout of the grille and the black trim against what is a two-tone paint scheme. In my opinion, this was a sharp looking car. I almost bought one of these several years ago that was for sale locally to me.

PHOTO 3 - This photo shows two inside pages of the 1984 High Technology brochure. This was the start of the new state-of-the-art computer controlled coil ignition system. On the 1984 and 1985 models, this electronic coil module was in the front of the turbo engine, and the turbo was in the back in the Regal. In the 1986 and 1987, the design was slightly different and was moved to the back of the engine and the turbo was moved up front.

We have 1 or 2 original 1984 Buick Press Kits with the original outer folder. If interested email me direct - [email protected]

More from my Archives on the Buick Press Kits in next week’s Inner Circle.


Now with gas the cheapest it has been in several years, not many people are buying cars for their fuel economy. You would think gas savings methods are a relatively new idea.

Recently Eileen bought a “Conoco Mile Dial” off ebay, which has a copyright of 1940. This would be just prior to when automotive production came to a standstill because of us entering World War II.

This has a 3-½” dial that you would mount in your car to calculate your gas mileage. At the top of the dial you would write down the actual current mileage. When you filled up the tank, you move the dial to match the number of gallons you purchased. Next, you subtract the written mileage you wrote down from your latest mileage reading. Take that figure and find it on the inner dial. Turn this figure to line up with total gallons you bought. Now the little window at the top will show you miles per gallon!

PHOTO 4 - The photo shows the actual brown envelope the BRONZ-Z-Z MILE DIAL came in on the left. The actual cardboard dial that you would attach to your dashboard is shown on the right.


One of our customers has an interesting car for sale - 1986 Shelby Dodge Omni Glhs. See the below information for more details. The Shelby Dodge Omni was Dodge’s answer to performance in 1986 when they made a limited number of these models with the help of Carroll Shelby. These cars have a following. I actually handled the sale of Dave’s GNX a while ago. If you know of someone who might be interested in this car, pass the information along. Here’s the information and link to the car on our website.

CAR FOR SALE - 1986 Shelby Dodge Omni Glhs - CFS036

1986 Shelby Dodge Omni Glhs - number 382 of 500
Good body, no rust or dings
Good paint, door panels, dash, seats, carpet
Runs and drives
New turbo, 3 inch exhaust, larger injectors, adjustable fuel regulator, Shelby wheels.

I have had the car for 8 years and have not driven the car much or hard.
I am disabled and have a hard time with a manual.
I had a Grand National that I drove most of the time and a GNX that Dennis Kirban helped me sell that I was driving.

All this car needs is a good proper tune
My friend Terry has it at his shop and can answer any questions.

This is a fun machine for a very reasonable price.

For more information, contact Terry - 678-725-2531

Dave Mock
Canton, Georgia

PRICE - $8,000

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


Another one of our previous Turbo Regals is now up for sale, a 1986 T-Type. I originally sold this car back in 2001.

Ironically I bought this car only about 15 minutes from our home from an owner that had never heard of us.

It is a black 1986 T-Type, a color you don’t often see on a T-Type. It still retains the factory original paint and was also signed by Molly at one of our events. The owner has only driven the car about 25,000 miles since he purchased it. It now has 76,890 miles on it.

Here are the details from his ad -
For Sale - 1986 Buick T-Type Black with Burgundy interior, solid roof, Garage kept.

I purchased this car from Dennis Kirban in 2001; mileage was 52,660.
Current mileage - 76,890
Analog Dash, Tilt and Cruise, Factory paint, some checking on hood, Bilstein Gas Shocks, Hooker Dual Exhaust, Scanmaster 2.0, Power Seat - Power Antenna - Power Windows - Power Locks - Power Steering - Power Brakes - Air Conditioning, Front Frame braces installed by Kirban, Missing body bushings installed by Kirban, Rear set brace, Adjustable wastegate actuator, Breather bypass kit
30# Injectors, Trunk ID label signed by “Molly”, Windshield A-pillar vacuum boost gauge, Console mounted water temperature and oil pressure gauge, RJC air flow distribution plate, Aluminum bumper braces, factory alarm, AM/FM Cassette

Bill Janzer, Pilesgrove, NJ
PRICE - $15,900

Here is a link to this car on our website.


We have an urgent need for stock 1986-1987 Turbo Regal turbos. They can be blown. If you respond with a unit to us in the month of December, we will issue you a Letter of Credit for $125.

Your cheapest method of shipping is by the post office - Kirban Performance Products, PO Box 1199, Plumsteadville, PA 18949.

Please help us help others maintain their cars.


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 3 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.


If you want any of our Christmas Specials in time for Christmas, you need to order this week. We will make every effort to ship your items to arrive before Christmas.

NOTE - We will only have a limited staff the week between Christmas and New Years, and not much will be shipped during that week.


Below is a complete listing of our 2015 Christmas Specials.

Because they have a special part number, you must call our office to order any of these 10 Christmas Specials.

We have extended the sale date until 4 pm, Wednesday, December 30th, 2015. In some cases, depending on when you order, you may not receive it in time for Christmas so plan ahead.

We have included several of our popular sellers, including one of the vacuum brake systems, Scanmaster, and the Pypes Exhaust System.

Be sure to note shipping is additional, except it is included in the Pypes Exhaust System.


#7640 - Multi-Function MINI Jump Starter - Model U3-M -Jump Starting / Digital Products / LED Lighting $74.95

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL #8559 - TOTAL VALUE - $279.90 SPECIAL PRICE $239.95 Save $39.95
#6974 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Factory-Style Body Mount Bolts (12) Kit $29.95 / kit
#7305 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Reproduction Body Mount Bushings/Cushions (22) Kit $249.95

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL #8560 - TOTAL VALUE - $93.85 SPECIAL PRICE $72.95 Save $20.90
#7170 - TWO 1982-1987 Buick G-Body - Window Rattle Elimination Kit -
NOTE - Each kit does one door - $36.95 each = $73.90
#6739 - “How to Eliminate Window Rattles and Wind Noise” Book by Pete Serio - $19.95

#6949 - TWO 1984-1987 Regal (all models including Turbo) - NEW Power Window Motor Kit -
NOTE - Each kit does one door - $34.95 each = $69.90

#6996 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - PYPES PERFORMANCE (Non-Polished Stainless Steel) Dual Exhaust System $399.95* (*includes UPS shipping within the 48 contiguous states)

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL #8563 - TOTAL VALUE - $73.85 SPECIAL PRICE $52.95 Save $20.90
#7660 - 1986-1988 G-Body All Models (including Buick Turbo Regal) - Third Brake Light LED Panel - $49.95
#7661 - 1984-1988 GM G-Body (Inc Turbo Regal) - Aftermarket LED Interior Light Panel - $10.95
#7663 - 1984-1988 GM G-Body (Inc Turbo Regal) - Aftermarket LED Under-the-Dash Interior Lights Bulbs (3) Set - $12.95

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL #8564 - TOTAL VALUE - $279.95 SPECIAL PRICE $249.95 Save $29.95
#6783 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - Scanmaster 2.1 - Diagnostic Tool - $249.95
#7496 - Scanmaster Mounting Bracket for any Buick Turbo Regal Steering Column - $29.95

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL #8565 - TOTAL VALUE - $389.95 SPECIAL PRICE $349.95 Save $40
#7625 - 1985-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Conversion Vacuum Brake Booster Kit with Vacuum Brake Pedal - $389.95

CHRISTMAS  SPECIAL #8566 - TOTAL VALUE - $579.95 SPECIAL PRICE $544.95 Save $35
#7440 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Reproduction GM-style FRONT & REAR Bumper Filler Panels (4) Set - $579.95

CHRISTMAS  SPECIAL #8557 - TOTAL VALUE - $99.50 SPECIAL PRICE $69.95 Save $29.55
#7177 - ZDDPlus™ - 10 bottles - @$9.95 = $99.50

#7641 - 4-IN-1 Charging Cord with Micro USB Connector - $12.95
#7184 - “KIRBAN 2007 Reunion and Birthday Bash” DVD - $2.95

For each Christmas special order you place you will also receive absolutely FREE our part #7641 Four in one charging cord with Micro USB connector and part #7184 “Kirban 2007 Reunion and Birthday Bash” DVD. This is a $15.90 value.

These CHRISTMAS SPECIALS are available November 18th through Thursday, December 30th, 2015, 4 pm. We will make every effort to fill orders in time for delivery for Christmas. However, depending on demand, some items may not be in stock as we receive orders closer to the deadline. ORDER EARLY to be sure to have items in time. Unfortunately you CANNOT order these Christmas Specials through our website.

To receive the discount, you MUST call our office with your order - 215-766-1611 x 0.

NOTE - Shipping is additional (except for part #8562.) Prices and availability subject to change without notice. These discounts CANNOT be combined with other offers or Package Deals. Each order will receive TWO Bonus items while supplies last.

If you need additional information or would like to see photos on any items, check out the part numbers on our website - www.kirbanperformance.com

Here is a link to these Christmas Specials on our website:


A good customer of ours has a set of original GNX wheels for sale. This is a matched set of 4 ORIGINAL wheels. The price for the full set is $5,000. Email me personally - [email protected] - for more details.


We have 1 unique item now in the works. It’s being produced by Spoolfool exclusively for our company.

We have also been in conversation with another company about something that we hope to be able to make happen. Both of these projects will work with any year Turbo Regal.

Watch for updates.


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

He installed one in a Grand National that he had painted, and it used this new bracket.

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 - 215-766-1611 x 0. By ordering now you save $20. This also gives us a good idea on how many power antennas we need to have initially. We should have production of these shortly.


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 2 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.

Here is a link to these parts on our website:


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

We currently need original good 1986-1987 AC Delco mass air flow sensors. We allow $25 credit for each core that can be rebuilt. Credit will not be issued until we get your unit back from Cardone showing it was able to be rebuilt. Recent cores have shown that some of them are simply not able to be rebuilt any more.

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.


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]


1982-1987 Buick Regal -

This is an OEM front bumper impact cushion. This is the first part of the bumper to get hit in any minor accident. You simply remove the bumper to replace this rubber strip. This is 100% identical to the original one.

NOTE - This front bumper impact cushion is black, which is correct for all Grand Nationals and GNX models and is exactly like the original.

For other Turbo models you may want to add the painted strip in the indention to be original.

Each comes with a pack of 25 thread cutting nuts. These are the unique nuts needed to secure the impact cushion to the metal bumper. We also offer this pack of nuts separately, Part #7451.

Our photo shows this front impact cushion at the top. We’ve noted the placement on the front bumper with a red arrow in the middle photo. The inset photo shows the 25 thread cutting nuts, which comes with it.

NOTE - We also offer the Reproduction REAR Bumper Impact Cushion, Part #7450.

Another great exterior restoration item.

7557 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal -
OEM FRONT Bumper Impact Cushion & Thread Cutting Nuts (25) Pack - $154.95

Here is a link to this Front Impact Cushion on our website:

ALL GM (Including Buick Turbo Regals) -

Here is an inexpensive kit that includes everything you need when you replace the rear brake shoes.
This kit has everything you need for both rear brake drums.

In many cases, due to age you may break some of the springs when you go to remove them to replace the brake shoes.

This kit will virtually fit any GM car that has rear drum brakes, including all the Buick Turbo Regals.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7218 Stainless Braided Brake Hoses (3) Kit, #7459 Reproduction Complete Brake Lines (7) Kit and #7189 Reproduction Brake Proportioning Valve.

An excellent replacement item for any brake restoration.

7698 - All GM (Including Buick Turbo Regals) -
GM Brake Drum Hardware (26) kit - $8.95

Here is a link to this Hardware Kit on our website:

1984-1987 G-Body (Including Buick Turbo Regal - except for GNX wheels) -

More and more Turbo Regal owners are starting to restore their cars, since the values of original Turbo Regals is on the increase.

One visible small part is the unique style grey valve stem caps that were used on all the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals, except for the GNX.

These are the correct looking valve stem caps for the T wheels and the Grand National wheels. These are not correct for the GNX wheels.

If you have an original spare tire in your trunk, you can check that valve stem cap and the design will look identical to the caps pictured here.

These are the correct style. We did however had to paint them grey to match the original color.

Each car uses 4 valve stem caps for the wheels and 1 for the spare. Our set includes 10 caps, which gives you 2 full sets.

An excellent replacement item for any exterior restoration.

7700 - 1984-1987 G-Body (Including Buick Turbo Regal - except for GNX wheels) –
Correct Looking Gray Valve Stem Caps (10) Set - $46.95

Here is a link to this set of Valve Stem Caps on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Over a period of time, the original manifold air temperature sensor may fail to read accurately, due to age or dirt.

This manifold air temperature sensor gives the computer a reading of the air temperature as it enters the turbocharger. The sensor is capable of reading between -40 and 266F. This is the sensor that mounts in the factory elbow off the air cleaner assembly.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6719 Black Powder-coated Aluminum Mass Air Flow Pipe, #7045 Rebuilt Original AC DELCO Mass Air Flow Sensor, #7054 Reproduction Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor/air cleaner), #7480 FACTORY STOCK MAF - TinMan Cold-Air Intake Kit, #7481 3″ LT1 - TinMan Cold-Air Intake Kit, #7482 3.5″ LS1 - TinMan Cold-Air Intake Kit, or #7483 WITHOUT MAF - TinMan Cold-Air Intake Kit.

Another excellent engine restoration item.

7697 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Aftermarket Manifold Air Temperature Sensor - $15.95

Here is a link to this Air Temperature Sensor 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.


We are still experiencing some of the mildest weather for this area in years. Not often do I rake leaves in December wearing no coat and working up a sweat!