01-20-2016 Inner Circle

01-20-2016 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 01-20-2016 -


We have done a lot more research on this project.

First and foremost will be offering the two door jamb data decals. After that, working with the same company, we will also being able to offer the SPI trunk label and the Window Stickers for our cars.

We have an exclusive arrangement with GM suppliers through the licensed reproductions company, ECS Automotive Concepts. The owner is Dave Walden, who has an amazing car collection.

One of the biggest events in the Chrysler world is the Mopar Nationals. This event attracts 40,000-plus people and over 2,000 cars on the show field. A tremendous accomplishment would be to take First Place in any of the various divisions. Taking the top prize, Best of Show, is quite an accomplishment.

Dave Walden has set a record that I doubt will ever be broken. In 2005 his Hemi Cuda took Best in Show, scoring the most points ever. In 2008 he duplicated his accomplishment with his 1970 Dodge Challenger. In 2010 he took the top prize again with his Valiant. Winning 3 of the top awards with 3 different cars is amazing.

To see more about Dave Walden’s cars, Google - Dave Walden, Hemi Cuda or Mopar Nats 2005.

His company holds license agreements with Chrysler, Ford, GM, as well as several other automotive companies, including Ferrari. With GM he can do all the late model GM vehicles, which is his larger VIN business for auto body shops.

We have proof of his license agreements with GM. He is the only company authorized by GM for the late-model cars from 1990 and up.

Several companies are grandfathered in to do the older muscle car VIN decals, but as you can see on the internet and from vendors, they only offer blank ones. I have not seen any company offer completed VIN decals on the proper paper and in the correct font style.

The equipment needed to imprint the proper, exact font style cost well over a $100,000. This allows gives him the ability to reproduce these decals in house.

As we showed last week on the 1987 door jamb decals, he has the correct font. You would not be able to match the font that Buick used by simply putting a blank VIN decals into a typewriter. Also, he uses the correct tamper-proof paper that cost a lot more than regular paper.

Our research shows the format for the 1987 door jamb decals was first used in 1987. The 1985 and 1986 used the same format, but was different from the 1984 and 1987. The GM part numbers on each decal is different for each change. The 1984 used still another format. All this can be verified against the GM part numbers in the bottom right hand corner of your door jamb decals.

For whatever reason from what I have seen, the 1986 and earlier ones have not held up well over the years. The shady area where Buick typed in the critical information is next to impossible to read today. It’s even worse if your car has been repainted, and now has paint overspray on them. Moisture or cleaning solution may have also rendered them unreadable.

Because these decals are printed on tamper-proof paper, there is no way to remove it without destroying it. If you try and remove it, and the top film or layer separates, taking some of the backing with it. In talking to some customers, if their car has been rust proofed, you may even have a plastic plug stuck into one of the labels.

Our company has been handed a great opportunity, as Dave has had plenty of companies wanting to buy wholesaler over the years. He never called them back. We are the only one. We are going to make this available to many of the other GM vendors, including Corvette and the older GM muscle car suppliers.

A special file is being set up for our turbo customers. Once we have all the specs and samples worked out, we will give you full ordering details. Basically, you will have 2 formats to choice from when ordering. If you recall, some of the wording was not on a straight line on my one label. It was not perfect. He made mine to match my originals, so the identical wording is also not on a straight line. You will have the same option… if some of your wording is not straight, they can make the new copy to match.

On the older door jamb stickers (1984, 1985, 1986), if you can’t read your information, you will need to provide proof of the car’s VIN number. We would accept a photo of the VIN plate, or title, or SPI trunk ID label.

Right now we are concentrating on the 2 door jamb labels. He is also doing the visor decal, which will be 100% correct, unlike the ones that are now being marketed.

Once we get samples from Dave of the 1984, 1985-1986 door jamb decals to picture alongside our 1987 ones he did, we will have ordering directions.

Pricing already has been established. The price will be $60 per door jamb decal and $6 for Priority Mail shipping. We highly suggest you buy both door jamb decals, so they look the same. Ordering both decals at the same time with save you shipping. We are not taking any orders yet, so please be patient.

PHOTO 1 - The first photo shows a set of the door jamb decals on a pre-1987 GM car. As you can see, this format with its shady bar areas makes it impossible to read the VIN number and the other related numbers that are unique to this particular car. In the second photo I tried to remove the tamper proof decals and this photo shows the results. It leaves is the back layer of the paper, and the layer I removed simply falls apart. I must have peeled over a dozen of them in the junkyard on Saturday to see if any could be removed in one piece. I had zero luck.

Each GM door decal has a specific GM part number. In each case, the part number is 8 digits followed by either the letter A or B.

The 1984 is 14065978A and B.

The 1985-1986 is 14085204A and B.

The 1987 is 10080812A and B.

The A letter with number is the decal that has the VIN info on it for each year. The B letter is the decal that has the weight and tire information.

At some point after 1987 the door decals have a different format and, I believe, became one decal. (My 2004 Impala has a single door jamb decal). From what I have seen, the trucks have a different door decal altogether in size and format.

Back tracking, before 1984 I did see a 1978 Pontiac and the door jamb decal were similar and had the part numbers 472929 and 472930. These older door jamb decals have just 6 digits in numerical order with no letter code.

As of this writing, I do not know for sure what year GM switched from the single blue VIN decal to the dual white door jamb decals on the passenger cars.

In the meantime, take a good look at your car’s 2 door jamb data decals. We suggest that you take a photo of them. If you plan to replace them, you will have proof of how they are positioned, which one is on top, and which way the copy reads.

Also, double check the GM part number to see if it agrees with the part number we listed for the year of your Turbo Regal.

Remember mistakes were made during production of our cars. I have seen mistakes in some of the cars I have owned. I remember having a brand new hood pad in the GM box and one of the words was actually printed upside down. When Pete Serio was doing door windows, more than once he found extra parts in the door. I had one customer who bought his Grand National brand new, and his console was all grey, not grey and black. The list of mistakes goes on.


This week we will cover the 1986 Buick Press Kit. According to the news release, Buick introduced eleven new models for 1986. The T-Type package was offered on 6 different models. Of course, the most well known model was on the Regal. The big news was their introduction of the new front-wheel drive Riviera coupe and the Riviera with the T-Type option. This is very similar to the 1987 Riviera I listed for sale in Photo 4 in this Inner Circle.

Some of the big news for 1986 was the fact the Riviera was smaller than the previous year and the Le Sabre was now a front-wheel drive and not a rear-wheel drive model like the prior years.

PHOTO 2 - Shows the original 1986 Buick Press Kit outer folder. It was during these years the Hawk logo was widely used both in print and TV ads.

PHOTO 3 - Shows the front and back of the specifications for the all new 1986 Buick Riviera T-Type. Unfortunately, it was not turbocharged and the acceleration numbers of 0-60 was noted at 11.3 seconds. I guess the accent was on luxury as it certainly was not on acceleration!



This rare real nice original 1987 Riviera T-Type car is located about 15 minutes from our shop. The car spent most of its life on the west coast until 2009.

The current owner has the service history for the car. The car only has 59,000 miles, and the body and interior are extremely nice. Good exterior color combination - white with grey bottom against a grey interior.

One of the most unique options is the center seat cushion is reversible! It can be switched from one side to another. I don’t know how many years Buick offered this unusual feature in their Riviera, but this car has it. The car seems to be reasonably priced at just $4,400. The book I have does not show how many 1987 Rivieras were produced with the T-Type option. It does show a 15,233 total were made.

My book does show the breakdown for the 1986 Riviera. The total production was 20,096 and just 2,042 having the T-Type package. Based on these figures, it’s probably safe to assume about 10% or less of the 15,233 in the 1987 production had the T-Type option for the 1987 Riviera. If this car perks your interest, email me [email protected] - and I can get more information for you.

PHOTO 4 - We show 4 views of this rare 1987 Riviera T-Type for sale. The owner is asking $4,400. For more information, email me - [email protected]


Saw this one under Lost and Found in our local paper. “Found a Drone. Must be able to identify!”


The Cardinals/Packers game was a game to remember for years to come. Whatever the Cardinals are paying Larry Fitzgerald, he proved his worth and is fun to watch. I am not sure any NFL team has ever pulled off 2 successful Hail Mary passes in a single season. If not, the Packers hold the record having done it against Detroit Lions earlier in the year and in the play offs against the Arizona Cardinals.

Too bad the miracle didn’t have the same result in the Arizona game! That game reminded me of one year’s ago that I watched with my Dad that featured the Chargers against Miami in Miami. One of the heros then was Kellen Winslow. That game went into overtime and possession changed 6 times. I miss watching those football games with my Dad.


We have an urgent need for stock 1986-1987 Turbo Regal turbos. They can be blown. If you send us a turbo, we will issue you a Letter of Credit for $100.

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.


We have one unique item now in the works. It’s being produced by Spoolfool exclusively for our company. It will be something clever for those owners that show their pride and joy at car shows.

He is shipping our first ones with the next shipment of his fillers.


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 Letter of Credit for each core that can be rebuilt.

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]


1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

These stock replacement metal rear end covers come complete with a drain plug, new bolts and gasket. Rear end covers closely resemble the stock rear end cover. We offer two finishes - powder-coated glossy black and chrome-plated. The hardware is coated to help prevent rust.

Either cover will fit the stock 8.5 rear end (10-bolt) found on all original 1984-1987 Turbo Regals. The powder-coated glossy black cover is an excellent choice to retain a stock appearance.

It measures about 1-1/2″ deep. This will clear the factory crossflow muffler.

NOTE - Because of the shiny finishes, the covers are difficult to photograph.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7252 Stock Replacement Rear End Cover, Gasket & Hardware, #7605 METCO High-Performance Lower Rear Control Arms (2) and Hardware, #7169 Reproduction GNX Rear Seat Brace Kit, #6820 KYB Front and Rear Gas Shocks (4) Set, #6678 Bilstein Gas Shocks (4) Set, #1520 Variable Rate Rear Springs (2), and #1586 Powder-coated Black Rear Seat Frame Brace Kit®.

If you want to replace the original hardware on your car, we also offer the hardware set separately, #7711.

NOTE - Each cover comes with the gasket and hardware.

An excellent upgrade for the 1984-1987 Turbo Regal stock rear end.

7709 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Stock Replacement Rear End Cover -
Powder-coated GLOSSY BLACK and Hardware (10) Set - $36.95

7710 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Stock Replacement Rear End Cover -
CHROME-PLATED and Hardware (10) Set - $32.95

7711 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Stock Replacement Rear End Cover HARDWARE (10) Set - $9.95

Here is a link to these Rear End Covers on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal with the Factory Alarm Option -
DOOR LOCKS (2) with Black Bezels

If your car is equipped with the factory GM alarm system, these are the correct door locks and hardware for that factory option.

It has the proper tang on the back end, so you can hook up the factory alarm sensor to the end.

These locks have the black bezels, which would be correct for the Grand Nationals, T-Types and Turbo-Ts with the WO2 black-out package.

If you do not have the factory GM alarm system you need to order part #7651 OE GM Doors (2) and Trunk (1) Cylinders with BLACK Bezels with 2 Pre-cut Keys Set or #7652 OE GM Doors (2) and Trunk (1) Cylinders with BRIGHT Bezels with 2 Pre-cut Keys Set.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7186 Reproduction Black Outside Door Handles (2) and #7588 GM New Plastic Gaskets (2) for Exterior Door Handles.

An excellent replacement item for any exterior restoration.

7712 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal with the Factory Alarm Option - Reproduction Door Locks (2) with Black Bezels - $39.95

NOTE - These are only for cars with the factory alarm option.

Here is a link to these Door Locks on our website:

1978-1987 GM Cars and Trucks (Including Buick Regal) -

This used original GM lighted rearview mirror fits all GM cars and trucks from the late 1970s through the early 1990s.

Mirror looks almost like the original mirror found in a 1984-1987 Turbo Regal.

Although the mirror is used, each one is cleaned and tested, then fitted with 2 new LED bulbs (a $20 value.) The original tube style bulbs are also included.

The LEDs lights shine a whiter brighter light, do not draw as many amps, and do not get hot like original bulbs.

Ideal if you have a T-Tops car.

It is easy to install with a simple 2-wire hook up - 1 wire is ground and the other wire is for power.

Supplies may be limited. GM made about six different styles of lighted rearview mirrors, so sometimes we are limited as to how many we can locate that match the original stock mirror style.

NOTE - You may also be interested in this related part - #7707 Used Factory Original Rearview Mirror.

An excellent replacement item for any interior restoration.

7708 - 1978-1987 GM Cars & Trucks (Including Buick Regal) -
Original GM Used Lighted Rearview Mirror with LED Lights - $28.95

1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

We have a limited supply of used factory original GM rearview mirrors.

NOTE - This mirror is also correct for all 1982-1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass and Chevrolet Monte Carlo models.

If the lamination is bad or your car’s rearview mirror is cracked, this is an excellent replacement.

Each complete rearview mirror has been cleaned and is ready to install.

NOTE - You may also be interested in this related part - #7708 Used Original GM Lighted Rearview Mirror with LED Lights

An excellent replacement item for any interior restoration.

7707 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Used Factory Original Rearview Mirror - $21.95

Here is a link to these mirrors 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.

Cam Newton brings a lot of energy to the Panthers. Hopefully he can keep it going next week. I am sure a few other kids want a football handed to them from Cam.