02-03-2016 Inner Circle

02-03-2016 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 02-03-2016 -


We should get our initial samples of the 1984-1987 GM Licensed Door Jamb VIN Data Decals this week. We are working out the final ordering information for approval by ECS, so we can start to take retail orders from our customers.

Dave has suggested on our orders he will put an invisible coating over the face, so most cleaning solvents will not smear them, which can happen to the originals. Again, this coating will be invisible and will not be detectable.

In many cases, if your current door jamb VIN data decal is not readable, you need to determine the 17-digit VIN number and the production date. The month refers to the month of manufacture.

To my knowledge, the only place on your car you can get the month and year of manufacture is from the Body Number Plate. This is the metal stamped plate that can be found under your driver’s side wiper arm. You may know this as the “cowl tag plate.”

Most Body Number Plates are painted black to blend in, so it may be difficult to read the embossed codes accurately. You can lightly sand the raise codes so you can read it better. It is the first group of letters and numbers, which are arranged in a group of 4 in the top line. It is this group that tells you the year, month, and week that your car was manufactured.

The first letter stands for the year of production. Example - the letter D is 1983, E is 1984, F is 1985, G is 1986 and H is 1987.

The next two digits are the month of the year. It is these codes you need for the door jamb data VIN decal. It represents the year and month of production. The last letter, which would be A, B, C, D, or E, stands for the week of production for that month. No month has over 5 weeks, so there would be no “F” designation. The code representing the week is not on the door jamb VIN data decal.

Keep in mind, 1984 production started in the fall of 1983. You could have a 1986 Turbo Regal with a production date of the fall of 1985. On the door jamb VIN data decal it would read month then year - example 10/83 would be for October 1983. I believe every real GNX will have the word GNX stamped on this Body Number Plate.

PHOTO 1 - The photo on the left shows the cover of the 1986 General Motors Body Service Manual for Buick, Oldsmobile, and Cadillac. Each year had a different color book. Unlike the huge Service Manual, this book is about 2 inches thick and covers everything related to the Body, as the title suggests. The first chapter covers Model Identification and Fasteners, which is where the illustrations and definitions are for the Body Number Plate. The photo on the right shows the page with the illustration of the Body Number Plate. This is where I obtained the information to provide you with figuring out the month and year of manufacture for a 1984-1987 Turbo Regal.

In the next 2 photos I show 4 different Buick Regal Body Number Plates that I had removed from Turbo Regals that I dismantled several years ago. For some odd reason, I removed and saved them! Each one is for a different year, as noted by the letters E, F, G, and H.

PHOTO 2 - The left body number plate reads E05B, which would be 1984, May 5th month, 2nd week. The right body number plate reads F05B, which would be 1985, May 5th month, 2nd week. It’s strange that I have 2 plates made exactly one year apart!

PHOTO 3 - The left body number plate reads G05A, which would be 1986, also May 5th month, 1st week. The right body number plate reads H02B, which would be 1987, February 2nd month, the 2nd week.

The second line of copy on the body number plate refers to the paint code and states it was done in lacquer.

The third line the second group of letters numbers refers to the seat option. You can see the code AR9 on 2 of the body number plates. This code is for the seat option in your car. The AR9 code would be the mostly popular one since it was for the bucket seat option. Another Body Number Plate shows code A65 is for the notchback seats. The rare seat code is AQ9, which is shown in the left in Photo 2. That code stands for Lear Sieglar seats! This is for the 1984 Body Number plate when Lear Sieglar seats where used. Even though Lear Sieglar seats were bucket seats, these had a different code on the Body Number Plate. On the F06A plate in the photo you see the CC1 code in the bottom left corner. That code represents the T-Top option.

So, in quick review, if you are missing the door jamb data decal or it’s not readable, you need to determine the date of manufacture.

The 5 digits after the built date refer to the GM division, 4 is for Buick. All 4 plates shown in Photo 2 and Photo 3 are for the G-body cars. “J47” represents the 2-door coupe.

The letter by itself is for the plant. All our Body Number Plates will have a P for Pontiac. Pontiac was the final assembly point, even though production started in Flint originally. The remaining 6 digits on the top line refer to unit number. I can’t explain this number, as it must somehow be used to track each particular car and what related options the car would receive during assembly. Again, I am guessing.

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 number for the 1984 is 14065978A and B. The 1985-1986 is 14085204A and B. The 1987 is 10080812A and B. There is a possibility that some of the 1987 cars may have had the 1985-1986 style door data VIN decals. This is why it’s critical to indicate what the GM part number is for your door data VIN decals. I wanted to repeat these critical GM part numbers, so you can double check if they agree with the numbers on your Turbo Regal.

I suggest you print the above paragraphs, so you have them handy to refer to in the future. I know from looking at many 1984-1986 Turbo Regals, those original door jamb decals are faded badly. You will need to decode your Body Number Plate to get the month and year of manufacture of your Turbo Regal in order to get a correct reproduction Door Jamb VIN data decal from us.

The 1987 format seemed to hold up better than the early ones do.


If you ever served in the military, which I did, you received a pair of dog tags. I still have mine. It was made using the same type of equipment that stamps out military dog tags that also makes these Body Number Plates.

The stamping on dog tags is not raised like the Body Number Plates, but indented. I actually have several years experience of running those machines when I was 12-13 years old. The machine is called a “Graphotype.” It resembled a very heavy-duty floor model typewriter except, instead of stamping letters on paper, it was stamping letters on metal plates used as address masters. These metal plates were basically the same length as your car’s Body Number plate, but not as tall and shaped slightly different as they went in long narrow trays.

The plates were also thicker metal because they had to be reused each time for addressing.

Of course, if you made a mistake, the plate was thrown out as it could not be corrected!

I learned to type at a very early age! At the same time my Dad also had an addressograph machine that these embossed metal plates would run through. It would imprint envelopes with the names and addresses.

I would run these 2 machines for several summers in the basement of our house. It was not unusual for me to do 5,000 runs on the addressograph machine for a company. My Dad did massive advertising mailings for several major Philadelphia insurance companies and Savings and Loan banks. Back then, my Dad had an outside company do the actual stuffing and mailing.

As a 13-year-old, I never gave it much thought how dangerous these machines can be, especially if I was to slip. It could have caught my hand under the arm that came down to emboss the type into the metal plates! I do remember at least once it did catch the tip of my one finger.


One of the big Classic Car Auctions took place this past weekend in Arizona, the Barrett Jackson Auction. According to Greg Glenn who was there, a GNX with 300 miles sold for $115,000. According to Greg the car was not Kirban crisp looking compared to Turbo cars he and I have sold. The GNX had a broken power antenna and needed a new headliner and visors redone. The car was locked, so he did not know if the numbered book or GNX jacket were included in the deal. The original GNX jacket and numbered GNX book can be costly to obtain, if not included with the GNX. I don’t believe any Grand Nationals was at this auction.

The one car that garnered most of the hype this year was the “Smokey and the Bandit” Trans Am. Burt Reynolds even appeared when the car was being auctioned off.

This was well documented as being used in the publicity of the movie. It was totally restored. This car fetched a cool $500,000.

Several of those vintage year Firebird Trans Ams fetched very good money this year. It would appear they are the up and coming cars of value. A 1979 Trans Am with a mere 7 miles on it sold for $170 grand. Frankly, I can’t bring myself to refer to them as muscle cars. They had great styling in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but acceleration and power on tap was not their strong suit.

Locally, to us was the Philadelphia Auto Show and one of the most expensive used Fiats was auctioned off. It was the one that carried Pope Francis when he was in Philadelphia last year. This unique Fiat sold for $82,000 and was purchased by Chapman Auto Dealers. It will be on display at his Horsham dealership, which is about 20 minutes south of our office in Plumsteadville.


To most of us old-timer Turbo owners, Humble, Texas is best remembered as the home of Lawrence and Janice Conley and their Turbo Regal car called “Tweaked.” The company that bought up the rights to the name and all the remaining parts to the DeLorean plans to make new DeLoreans in Humble, Texas, using leftover original parts.

A recent law was passed in 2015 that allows small businesses to make a few replica motor vehicles that resemble the appearance of cars produced 25 years ago or more. This law even allows companies to install engines from any car make or model.

After reading this paragraph, I am sure a light bulb went off in your head saying, “I wonder if a company with deep pockets would start to make 1987 Grand Nationals from scratch?”

Maybe I am out of touch, but the original DeLorean just was not a car I would think be a good investment in the long run. It probably owes a lot of its popularity to the movie “Back to the Future.” On the other hand, I could see bringing back the 1964 Mustang and the 1963 Corvette. Either of these cars could easily be fitted with later drive trains and values would exceed the cost factor in years to come, if done right. Also, both of these cars would draw a much larger market, in my opinion.


Last week we wrote briefly on the 1986 Buick Press Kit. The original Buick Press Kit for 1986 stated that the Regal T-Type would have Lear Siegler bucket seats. This option code “AQ9,” as noted on the Body Number plate, was a $600 option. The regular AR9 cloth bucket seats were just $195. It goes on to state the 1986 Grand National had a unique performance tuned suspension.

I think most would agree they could have done a lot better with the suspension than they did. Leaving out 4 and sometimes 6 lower body bushings seems like a strange tactic when you have a car that builds so much torque at low rpm.

The big news related to the Grand National was not even mentioned in the 1986 Buick Press Kit, the LeSabre Grand National, which came out later in the year.

More next week from my Archives.

PHOTO 4 - This factory photo of the engine shows why you own one of these Regal coupes from the mid-1980s. It’s the key ingredient!


This 1987 Grand National with just 49 actual miles on it never been dealer prepped. Al the stickers are still on the car, including the Window Sticker. The protective plastic is still on the seats. Built date is 10/87. We have been hired as the agent for the owners. Car is being sold to settle an estate. The car is located in Texas. It has not been started in several years. Car is stored inside. The price is $62,900. No trades. If you are interested and would like to see photos, email me - [email protected]

Here is a link to this car on our website:


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, Powerlogger
and best feature is a Viper alarm
23,000 miles - Only driven 850 miles in last 5 years
$25,000 or best offer

Wayne Dunfee, Wilmington, Delaware
302-293-6031 (leave message)

Here is a link to this T-Type for sale on our website:


Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 - 9 am - 2 pm.

Once again free Yum Yum donuts and coffee will be available in the morning.

Russ and Nancy have agreed to do the cooking. The luncheon is strictly by donation with all proceeds going to PBS, which Russ and Nancy donate to.

This is the only Open House we do this year, so you don’t want to miss it.

Most of our website products will be specially priced. We will have an array of used parts for sale, our M&M contest, and our no reserve auction. This event has no rain date.


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 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 -

Here is a clever idea, if you show your pride and joy or want a unique display in your office or garage.

I can't take full credit for this idea. I was at a show and saw our customers, Dave and Brenda Romasko’s unique display sign (shown in our photo.) They actually cut a steel Turbo Regal hood that was damaged to create his display sign with his car.

Basing the piece on an exact replica of the hood scoop from a Turbo Regal is a novel approach to make your own unique sign. It’s ideal to hang in your garage as a display.

The piece measures 25-3/4" wide and 30-3/4" tall, weighs less than 4 pounds, and the quality is excellent.

If it ever gets scratched, you can compound it out. The piece can be painted to match the color of your car.

This is made exclusively for us by Spoolfool, the company that makes the high-quality one-piece rear filler panel and the front filler panels we sell.

It is made in glossy-black gelcoat fiberglass, so it’s lightweight. Although it looks great as it is, you can have a sign company lay out any information and pictures of your car and position it on this display.

We suggest you also purchase the sfi emblems, part #6556, to highlight the original scoop area. The emblems make the hood scoop look complete.

You could fabricate a frame to hold it, like the Romasko’s sign. You can purchase a folding display easel (Staples or Amazon) to stand it up next to your car or to display it on a shelf. You could fabricate something on the back to hang it on the wall.

NOTE - You may also be interested in this related part - #6556 Reproduction “3.8 SFI TURBO” Hood Emblems (2).

NOTE - Because the finish is so shiny, it is very difficult to photograph, but the quality is excellent. The piece is actually a rectangle. We had to photograph it at an angle to be able to see the shape of the scoop. Our photos show the display board with and without the sfi emblems, part #6556 (which must be purchased separately,) and the Romasko’s car show display.

An excellent custom touch to enhance your car show display, office or garage.

7714 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Turbo Regal Car Show Display Board, featuring an actual size fiberglass hood scoop - $89.95

Here is a link to this Display Board on our website:

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:


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]


Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 - 9 am - 2 pm.

Once again free Yum Yum donuts and coffee will be available in the morning.

Russ and Nancy have agreed to do the cooking. The luncheon is strictly by donation with all proceeds going to PBS, which Russ and Nancy donate to.

This is the only Open House we do this year, so you don’t want to miss it.

Most of our website products will be specially priced. We will have an array of used parts for sale, our M&M contest, and our no reserve auction. This event has no rain date.

TURBO BUICK/RICHARD CLARK EVENT - May 4th - May 7th 2016 - Burlington, NC

This event is held at Richard’s shop, located at 2557 Faucette Lane, Burlington, NC. If you have never been to his shop before, it would be a great event to attend. Once again, I am the MC for the luncheon on Thursday. The event moves to the nearby racetrack for Friday and Saturday.

For more information, go to turbobuick.com and look for this under Events for 2016. I know that Mike Barnard (owner of Spoolfool), Nick Micale from Arizona, G-Body, Pete Hoffman, and our company will be in attendance

RIDE ON MOLLY 6 - Saturday, May 21st, 2016 - Califorina

For more information, contact Alan DeCarr - [email protected]

This event is now in its 6th year since Molly’s passing.

GM CARLISLE - June 17th-19th 2016

I am a guest speaker at this event both Friday and Saturday, talking on Hurst, Hurst Olds, and about the door jamb VIN data decals as well. Seminars are always free at Carlisle. Now that our granddaughter has a 2012 Camaro SS, she is planning on attending and showing her car. Carlisle is one of the largest swap meet facilities in the country.

Check their website to see dates of all their upcoming 2016 events - carlisleevents.com

GS NATIONALS - September 14th-17th 2016 - at Beach Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky

See the GSXtra for more details, or their website - gsnationals.com

EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS - September 16th-17th at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Maryland

Event includes a judged car show on Saturday open to all Buick makes and anything Buick powered. Free Vending. Saturday race classes must be Buick powered.

For more information, contact - [email protected] or [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.

Like many of you, I looking forward to spring. A week after the snowstorm and I am still shoveling snow.