9-9-09 Inner Circle

9-9-09 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 09-09-2009


As you know, we mentioned that we would be attending the Labor Day event at Raceway Park in New Jersey. It was a combined event with F.A.S.T. Race classes and the Hemmings Musclepalooza event.

The car show was held on Sunday and featured somewhere around 350-400 cars. This was the first time Hemmings was involved at Raceway Park on Labor Day weekend, so it affected the usual Northeast GSCA Chapter Buick car show event. All the show cars were in one grouping and a limited number of awards were given out to each car line from what I am told.

All told, the event was very well run and the weather could not have been any better!

On my way home on Saturday, about 30 miles out, my Tahoe broke down so I had to have it towed. I think the fuel pump gave out from early indications.

We will be posting photos of this event in a later issue. We also made a video that we will eventually combine with a few other events including the Corvettes at Carlisle.

What struck me the most was the amount of such top notch and highly-detailed muscle cars of all makes and models. Things like date-coded plug wires, stamping of the word "OK" on the cylinder heads, chalk markings on the firewall, proper markings on radiator hoses, etc. It did not matter if it was a Boss 302 or a big block Chevelle.

I saw cars with tar top batteries with spring-loaded battery cables.

I also spotted several cars with the antifreeze tag attached to the radiator cap. Several Mopars had unbelievable amount of documentation with their pride and joy.

For a general car show, it was impressive to see such a wide variety of top-notch cars. I even counted at least 2 real GNXs at the event. There were several new Challengers, but only one new Camaro SS. There were also some super clean GTOs.

The most unusual car? That had to be the 1957 Oldsmobile stationwagon, complete with a 4-speed shifter in it. I'm sure not many were made in 1957. Stationwagons usually didn't have an easy life, so many didn't survive.

Jack Cotton was there, as were several of his Buick customers.


Earlier this week, I just took off the lift the 720-mile Grand National we just sold to have it serviced. Before doing it, I took a few photos of some of the factory stickers that have a short survival time frame on street driven cars.

Generally speaking, on the underside of your Turbo Regal the only label that survives is the one taped to the fuel wires back behind the gas tank. If, your car is not undercoated, this label may still look very good. If you car was undercoated, chances are this label is now all black!

The only other paper label that may still be on your car is the blue/green label attached to the idler arm off the steering column. In most cases, if you have under 20,000 miles and have avoided the rain, this label may still be there. Other than that label, most of the others are probably completely gone by now due to weather, age, and miles.

PHOTO 1 - Probably the first label to go away is the sticker on the bottom of the catalytic converter. In Photo 1 you can just see a hint this label still on that 720-mile Grand National.

PHOTO 2 - Each of the front coil springs and the rear coil springs will have a label on it. You can see this in Photos 2. They show the front coil springs.

PHOTO 3 - We show a photo of the rear coil spring for one side in Photo 3. In the same photo, you can see how crude the original exhaust pipes were from GM. Depending on where the labels were placed on the coil springs may determine if they survived on your car all these years.

These would be the main labels found on the undercarriage of a Turbo Regal.

Another one would be on your front and rear sway bar as well, but we don't show it in these photos.

PHOTO 4 - Although it may not be called a label, the transmission has a metal tag riveted to the tail shaft area on the passenger's side of the transmission. Each year carried a different code for the unique 200 4R used in our Turbo Regals.

In Photo 4 you can clearly read the "BR F" code. "BR" together and letter "F" off to the far right of the metal tag. Depending on how much oil your Buick has blown back from the engine, it will determine if you can even find the transmission tag, let alone read it!


On article we did about Preston Tucker's original Tucker. One of our readers informs he believes the car now resides in the Peterson Museum, in Los Angles, California. Interesting enough, in the ad the seller resided in Los Angeles back in 1958 when the ad was published.


If you have a 1984-1987 Turbo Regal with the standard analog dash, you know in the bottom left corner of the dash it says, "LOW FUEL."

This was a Riviera option, which shares our same dash. It was never offered on the Turbo Regals but could be made to function by simply installing the special light socket that had the printed circuit board on the back. The same local source that made our new L.E.D. dash light setup now has a functional low fuel warning in the works. It will light up in the dash when you are low on fuel. It will even go one step further... when your fuel tank is very low, it will flash. The technology today has come a long way since 1984-1987, so this one will include a new light socket and have a small circuit board with prongs that will connect to the backside of the gas gauge.

Installation will be very easy, and will only require you to pull your dash cluster out a short distance on the left side to do the installation. Watch for an introductory price later this month!

This would be a great time to step up to the new L.E.D. dash lights as well, since the install is about the same for both items.

Again, both of these are ONLY for the standard analog-style dash cluster.

FROM PETE HOFFMAN - Continuing Tech Information

Pete's third segment in a series dealing with troubleshooting powermaster problems.


Here are some of the most common GM Powermaster part numbers:

Powermaster Pump and Motor - #18011279

Pressure Switch - #18014978 - Made by General Electric.

Original Factory Accumulator Bowl - #18038506 - Solid black. Made by the Singer
Sewing Machine Company.

GM Replacement Accumulator Bowl - #18038507 - Black with a yellow label with
black lettering. Made in Germany by Bosch.

Reservoir Cover - #18013293

Boot - #18011398

Sump Hose - #18011403

High Pressure Hose - #18020511

Powermaster Bracket Motor to Main Assembly - #18010875


We have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor), Part #6536 in stock for $61.95. Just a few left now.


The following parts have now been discontinued -

6555 - 1984-1987 Grand National - GM Black Headlight Retainer Rings Set

6851 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - "HOOKER" Dual Exhaust Systems

7212 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Delphi Hydraulic Valve Lifters (12) Set

6823 - GRAND NATIONAL and GNX Posters Set


Locally, to us (about 10 miles away), a good customer of ours is selling his 1986 Grand National. Tom is having health issues and needs to sell his pride and joy. The Grand National on the outside looks identical to a real GNX, with the flares, louvers, emblems and wheels. (My son Darrell actually painted and installed the flares for him).

The body was taken down to bare metal and painted several years ago prior to Tom buying the car. The interior is quite nice. The engine compartment needs detailing. For more info, contact Tom Altmose directly at 610-253-8659. He is asking $14,900 or best offer. I recently have seen the car personally. It does have some minor modifications under the hood, like a cold air system.


NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event for this year, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.

The best way to stay informed with the show season is to check out the various Turbo Buick forums.

The East Coast Buick Regionals and Pontiac Challenge will be held OCTOBER 16th and 17th, 2009 at Cecil County Dragway, Maryland. It features 5 different race classes for V8 and Turbo-powered Buicks. Friday is Test and Tune and Saturday is Buick Race Day. For more information, contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 845-528-GSGN or Griff Atkinson 410-472-2757. I have just been informed that in addition to the program Saturday October 17th will be a judged all Buick Car Show in additional at Cecil County Dragway. They will have goodie bags for the first 50 cars. The MAGNA Club will be in charge of the car show portion of the event. I plan to attend this event only on Saturday and will bring ZDDPlus™ and the ZPaste™ along with many used Turbo Regal parts to sell.

The Oklahoma Buick Performance Club will hold it's 15th year, Team Buick vs. Team Ford Headsup Shootout on OCTOBER 17, 2009. Team Buick includes Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and GMC trucks with any engine or power adder. This will be at Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Noble, Oklahoma. A first time TSM event will also be held with some pre-qualifying Friday night the 16th. More information - www.okbuicks.com - www.turbobuick.com (National Racing Events and Info) Personal contact: Dick Walker, 405-745-3602 - [email protected]

SOUTHERN BUICK SHOOTOUT 2009 - Reynolds, Georgia -
Friday & Saturday, NOVEMBER 6th & 7th, 2009 -

The Southern Buick Shootout 2009 event at the Silver Dollar Raceway is scheduled for November 6th and 7th, 2009. This event will be open to any and all BUICK, OLDS, and PONTIAC cars. The event will include a points race for the TSO and TSM categories, as well as other potential Buick categories.

The plan is to have heads-up / index pacing available for those racers that cannot run in TSM/TSO categories. They also plan to have Gamblers Racing for both Sportsman type cars (no delay boxes allowed) and Top Eliminator (delay Box). The will be Test-N-Tune all day both days. If you have questions, email - [email protected]


Looking ahead into next Spring 2010, the first Turbo Buick event of the season will be the first ever "turbobuick.com Nationals." The dates are March 15-20, 2010 in Burlington, NC area.

For more information on this March event, click on the thread - http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/national-racing-events-info/292319-2010-turbobuick-com-nationals.html
Or, you can email Clint Adkins at - [email protected]

NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.


If you would like to see any Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -

http://stores.ebay.com/Kirban-Performance-Products-Inc_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZ km


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 not remember who requested the item.


Looking further ahead, November 7th and 8th we will be in Ocala, Florida at Don Garlits' 22nd Annual Mopar event. We'll be one of his special guests as a vendor selling ZDDPlus™ and the ZPaste™. We plan to contact the local Buick club and several of the Pontiac/GTO clubs in Florida to arrange a seminar in that general area at that time. Watch for more updates as the time draws closer. We hope to see many of our Florida customers at that time.

For more information, check out the website for the Mopar Florida club that puts on this Mopar event at Don Garlits Museum - www/floridamoparassociation.com