02-17-2016 Inner Circle

02-17-2016 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 02-17-2016 -


At this writing I am not sure if the ordering information is on our website. However, we did put the ordering information in a special Inner Circle email sent out last Thursday.

Here is the link to order the reproduction 1984-1987 door jamb VIN data decals.

We are already getting orders for these 1984-1987 door jamb VIN data decals from our customers.

Keep in mind, these are correct for all 1984-1987 GM car models, not just for 1984-1987 Turbo Regals. GM trucks are different. This is a very critical part that has not been made readily available to our immediate market until now. Any decal that shows your 17-digit VIN number is critical to have on your car.

We heard from one New Mexico customer who had purchased a Grand National out of Oklahoma that was missing the door jamb VIN data decals. He had real issues registering the car in New Mexico. Apparently in New Mexico they check all the VIN number locations. This is probably because of its close location to Mexico. If the door jamb VIN decal is missing, it can raise a red flag.

As we mentioned before, from what I understand, GM went to the white tamper-proof decals with their 1975 GM models. They phased out the single blue door jamb VIN data decal that they had been using since late 1969.

We can also get these earlier blue VIN data decals for our customers. There again, it varies from year to year on what information appeared on them.

I know some of you may have a collectible GM car, 1969-1974 vintage that would fall in that category and need a correct reproduction blue VIN data decal. GM had different decals for the tire specs, and GM vendors offer reproductions. Nobody except our source can properly reproduce the blue VIN data decal in the correct font style, which is why we are also offering this one as well.

PHOTO 1 - The photo shows an original GM blue door jamb VIN data decal on a 1973 Z28 Camaro that a friend of mine is restoring. You can clearly see that the paint overspray has ruined the VIN label. Also the VIN number is faded so much, you can’t even read it.

PHOTO 2 - We show 4 reproduction different years of blue door jamb VIN data decals. The early blue door jamb VIN data decal showed just the month and year of production besides the 13-digit VIN number. Depending on the year, some years showed it 4-71 and later years showed it as 4/72. Some years also included the gross vehicle weight on the door jamb VIN Data decal, some years didn’t. Some also used the wording “PASSENGER CAR” on the label under the 13-digit VIN number and other years did not.

So, even on the blue door jamb VIN data decals, minor differences existed from year to year.

Fortunately ECS Automotive Concepts knows what information appears on each year. Ironically these blue GM door jamb VIN data decals don’t have a GM part number on them, unlike the later tamper-proof decals.


The price for a single reproduction blue door jamb VIN data decal is just $49 and $7 for Priority Mail shipping. Like the later door Jamb VIN data decals, allow 5-7 days for delivery. You would also need to supply photographic proof of the 13-digit VIN number and tell us the month and year of manufacturer. This can be done by email, fax or by mail. Eventually we will have part numbers assigned to each door jamb VIN data decal from late 1969 through 1983 to go with the 1984-1987 ones we currently have in our system.


As you know, we have been doing more and more research on the Body Number Plates as we remove them from various old GM cars in the junk yards. The actual body plates were different on the older car, both in appearance and wording. At some point GM had a rolled lip at the top and bottom of the body number plate. At this point I’m not sure what year they went from that rolled-lip format to the flat style used on the 1984-1987 GM car models.

The only way to determine that would be in the show car season when I could view cars for each sequential year.

I did find 2 body number plates, both were on a 1979 Chevrolet model. I believe I removed these from a Malibu model. Both had the rolled lip at the top and bottom of the body number plate. Both say “BODY BY FISHER” centered as the top line of copy. It appears that on the first line of copy on the body number plate they may have changed the code system to determine the date of manufacture. Both have 79 as the first two digits, which I assume is for 1979 model instead of a letter code that GM used on later models. One reads 12D after the 79, which would be for December the 4th week. The other reads 02B, which I assume would be for February the 2nd week. On the third line the A code refers to the seat option. One reads A52, which means bench seat for 3 passengers. The other reads A65, which stands for bench seat split back center armrest 3 passenger. Basically, one was a two door, which would have the split back center front seat. I have books that break down all the various seat codes. It’s unfortunate that there is not one single book that I know of that can decode everything about your GM car.

PHOTO 3 - We show both 1979 Chevrolet model Body Number Plates. I have sanded the raise codes so they are readable. These were also bolted to the car, like the later ones used on our cars. They are the same size. The difference is the rolled edge at the top and bottom. These were made probably on a different style machine, based on my knowledge of having run a similar machine in my youth for my Dad.


We’re been covering the Buick Press Kits in previous Inner Circles. In my files I came across a postcard featuring the Grand National for 1986 that Buick dealers would mail out to potential customers. I doubt they were printing postcards for most of the other Buick models!

PHOTO 4 - Shows the front and back of the 1986 Grand National on this postcard. This was for Kutner Buick Inc., located in Philadelphia, PA. The caption on the back reads, “1986 Regal Grand National - Turbo powered, performance tuned crowd pleaser with Grand Touring Suspension. Pulse quickening excitement for the true enthusiast.”



Last week we were informed that Pypes is out of the dual exhaust systems that we sell until mid April. So please keep that in mind. As the time gets closer, we’ll let you know so, if you want one, we can plan ahead to get ample stock.

The Pypes Dual Exhaust system is by far the one most Turbo Regal owners want on their car.


Zsa Zsa Gabor turned 99 years old a little over a week ago. In the newspaper article I read, it called her “an accomplished multiple divorcee” obviously based on the fact she is currently wed to husband number 9.

She was hospitalized with an infection. Maybe shedding husbands is her secret to living this long!

Because of a conflict of dates, we have changed our Spring Open House date to Saturday, April 30rd, 2016 - 9 am - 2 pm. See more information under “Calendar of Events.”


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.


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.

URGENT NEED - 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 ALL GM Car Models, Including Buick Turbo Regal -

Every 1978-1987 G-body car had 2 tamper-proof door jamb VIN data decals. It’s impossible to remove the originals decals without destroying them. These decals are required by Federal Law to be printed on tamper-proof paper. The important decals show the car’s date of manufacture and the 17-digit VIN number. In many cases, your original decals may no longer be readable, may be missing, or may have paint overspray on them.

GM used a different design for each specific year or years.

Below is all the information pertaining to getting the proper reproduction door jamb VIN data decals for an 1984-1987 Turbo Regal. This also includes any 1984-1987, Monte Carlo SS, or Oldsmobile 442. We can also get ones for those same years for the regular models. In those cases, the tire sizes listed would be different.

We are working with the only GM licensed vendor authorized to reproduce all these important VIN-related decals for GM older vehicles, ECS Automotive Concepts. We are the only mail-order distributor directly dealing with ECS to offer these decals for the cars listed. We also have made this product line available to other GM mail-order suppliers. ECS Automotive Concepts also has VIN data decals contracts with Ford, Chrysler and several others. They have the special equipment in house to exactly match the original font style GM used to imprint the door jamb VIN data decals. These are printed on the correct tamper-proof paper, which is required by Federal Law. They are the ONLY GM licensed source to make them complete using the proper font format to imprint exact information for your individual car.

While you can find blank VIN data decals available elsewhere, many are not on the correct tamper-proof paper (required by Federal Law.) Most of these sellers offer blank decals and tell you to simply type in your information. Of course, your typewriter is not going to match the font style GM used, it’s impossible to type it straight onto a small decal, and who even has a typewriter today. The correct equipment to duplicate the original font GM used runs over $100,000. ECS Automotive Concepts has this equipment in house. Their larger market caters to all the late-model GM-Chrysler-Ford vehicles for collision shops, since they hold all the required license agreements with those companies to reproduce the VIN decals.

If you want to have the correct door jamb VIN data decals to replace unreadable decals on your car or if your car’s decals are missing altogether, ECS is the only authentic option. These are custom-made specifically for your car. Having these important decals also enhances the value of your car. It is one of the things collectors look for since it has the VIN information on it. Not having these VIN data decals on a car raises a red flag with any potential collectable car buyer.

Be sure to read all the below information carefully before placing your order for replacement 1984-1987 Turbo Regal Door Jamb VIN Data stickers. We only offer them as a set of both decals. You cannot order just one, since it would stand out looking new next to the old original decal.

First, if yours are still on your door jamb take a photo so you can see their exact position. Do NOT remove them until you receive the new decals. Be sure to note which one of the two decals is the first one on your door jamb and which direction they face.

We have listed the original GM part number by each year, which appears on your actual data VIN decals. In each case, the GM part number was the same for both with the addition of either the letter A or B after the part number.

The A code will show your 17-digit VIN number, date of manufacture, and vehicle weight.

The B code covers the Tire-Loading information.

You need to verify that it’s the same GM part number that corresponds to your specific year Turbo Regal. This 8-digit GM part number with the letter A or B will be in the bottom right corner of the two door jamb data decals. If your label that contains the 17-digit VIN number is completely gone or not legible, you must send us a clear copy of your VIN number from the dash VIN plate, the SPI trunk label, or your car title. Along with the photographic file, also type out the 17-digit VIN number and Date of Manufacture so it can be checked against the photo.

We cannot process your order without this proof of your VIN number. You also need to provide month and year of Date of Manufacture. The only way I know this can be determined is by reading the code on your Body Number Plate, also called the “Cowl Tag Plate.” This is the small metal plate located under the hood by the driver’s side wiper arm. In most cases, you will have to lightly sand the raise letters/numbers to read them. The code you need is on the first line. There is a 4-digit code in the upper left corner that gives the year, month, and week of production of your car. Keep in mind, Dates of Manufacture could be the fall prior to your actual model year. Example - An early 1984 model could have a production date of November 1983, December 1983, and so on. You only need to give us the year and month, which is what would appear on the door jamb VIN data decal. The first letter in the code stands for the year. The digits following the letter represent the month. The last single letter represents the week of production. Example - The letter E stands for 1984, F stands for 1985, G stands for 1986, and H stands for 1987. Example - For the month of production - 02 would be for February, 04 would be April, and so on. The letter after the initial numbers is the actual production week of the month, which we do NOT need since it does not appear on the door jamb VIN data decal. With that in mind, E would be the highest letter in the code for the weeks of the month. E represents 5 for the 5th week, which some months do have.

Even if your labels are intact and readable, you must type out your 17-digit VIN number and the month and year of manufacture date. This is very important! If the gross weight figure is not readable, we need to know what some of the major options are to determine the gross vehicle weight. Options like T-Tops and power seat would add more weight. If the decals are present, be sure to send a clear photo of them. For best results make sure your flash is off when you take the photos.

There are no free do overs. So, double-check your answers before placing your order. Remember, these are custom made specifically for your car. These door jamb data VIN decals are on the proper tamper-proof paper, just like the originals, which is required by Federal Law. Once you apply them, you can't reposition them so make sure to position them correctly. (Refer to the photos you took prior to removing your originals).

There is a clear coating over these new reproduction door jamb VIN decals, which is invisible to prevent them from getting ruined by most cleaning solvents. Be sure to double-check the GM part number on your original door jamb VIN data decals to match the year of your Turbo Regal as we have indicated below. This is because each decal can be different, depending on the year. In each case the font style GM used will be matched exactly. However, any imperfections that may appear in your original photo, such as crooked wording, will be made straight. This is the way it should have been originally from GM.

NOTE - In case the GM part numbers on your original door jamb VIN data decal are not any of the ones listed below for the years shown, pick the last choice on the order form and type in the GM part numbers that appears on your original door jamb VIN data decals. ECS will find that GM number in their system and be able to match it exactly. Even though the Turbo Regals were all produced at the same plant (Pontiac, Michigan) some differences may exist.

These door jamb VIN data decals are also correct for all the 1984-1987 GM car models, including the Monte Carlo, Oldsmobile Cutlass, and Pontiac Grand Prix.

We have pictured actual samples for each year 1984-1987 Turbo Regal door jamb data VIN decals alongside the matching part number to indicate what you would receive. Double-check that GM part number with your originals to make sure it’s the same.

1984 Buick Turbo Regal Door Jamb Data VIN Decals (2), GM part #14065978A and B.

1985-1986 Buick Turbo Regal Door Jamb VIN Data Decals (2), GM part #14085204A and B.

1987 Buick Turbo Regal Door Jamb VIN Data Decals (2), GM part #10080812A and B.

Orders will be sent by Priority Mail directly from ECS Automotive Concepts. Decals are custom made, so allow 5-7 days for delivery.

We do not offer any of these decals individually. Since both appear together on the door jamb, replacing only one would never match the remaining old faded decal.

Remember, ECS Automotive Concepts is the only licensed GM supplier that can make these door VIN data decals and has the proper equipment to match the original font GM used on the correct tamper-proof paper required by Federal Law.

Below is the required information we need from you:
17-Digit VIN number and include proof of VIN (such as a copy of SPI trunk ID label, or Car title.) Even if your photograph decals are clear, you must also type out the 17-digit VIN number.

Date month/year (See copy above to determine month and year of manufacture if your decal is missing or not readable.) Even if pictured, be sure to type out the month/year.

If your decal is missing or not readable, provide information on any major options (such as T-Top/power seat, etc.) to determine approximate gross weight.

If you have original door jamb data decals on your car, include several clear photos. Do not use the flash on the camera for these photos.

We also require a daytime phone number and email address with your order, in case ECS Automotive Concepts has any questions.

Be sure to verify the GM part number against the year of your Turbo Regal to the above information. If none of them match the numbers we have noted, include the GM part number that does appear on your door jamb Data VIN decals.

Remember, these are all custom-made data VIN decals pertaining to your car. So double-check your information before sending it to us. If you have sent the wrong information and the decals are made to your incorrect specifications, you would have to pay for the decals to be made again.

NOTE - The GM part number appears in the lower right corner of each of the original decals.

7900 - 1984 All GM Car Models, Including Buick Turbo Regal -
GM LICENSED DOOR JAMB VIN DATA DECALS (2), GM Part #14065978A and B - $120 plus $7 for Priority Mail shipping.

7901 - 1985-1986 All GM Car Models, Including Buick Turbo Regal -
GM LICENSED DOOR JAMB VIN DATA DECALS (2), GM Part #14085204A and B - $120 plus $7 for Priority Mail shipping.

7902 - 1987 All GM Car Models, Including Buick Turbo Regal -
GM LICENSED DOOR JAMB VIN DATA DECALS (2), GM Part #10080812A and B - $120 plus $7 for Priority Mail shipping.

7903 - SPECIFY YEAR - GM LICENSED DOOR JAMB VIN DATA DECALS (2) - If none of the part numbers correspond with your application, provide the GM part number here along with the other information. ECS Automotive Concepts has a huge GM file of VIN decals and will be able to match it correctly against the GM part number you provide. - $120 plus $7 for Priority Mail shipping. MUST SPECIFY 8-digit part # A and B.

Allow 5-7 days for delivery. Decals are sent Priority Mail from ECS Automotive Concepts

ORDERING - To place your order, you must email the photos, typed information, name, address, and daytime telephone number to - [email protected] She will contact you for credit card information to process you order.

If you are not able to email us, you will have to print the information and send it by mail to Kirban Performance Products, P.O. Box 1199, Plumsteadville, PA 18949. Or you can FAX it to 215-766-1615.

NOTE - ECS Automotive Concepts will be able to do all the door jamb VIN data decals back through 1970. The early decals were a single blue label. Those decals are not required to be printed on the tamper-proof paper and are priced differently. Beginning in 1975 GM, used decals printed on tamper-proof paper.

If you want to order decals for any older GM car from 1983 back to 1970, email me for pricing and details - [email protected]

ECS Automotive Concepts has all the various VIN door jamb decals for those cars in their system.
NOTE - Here is a link to view this on the website:

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:


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 30rd, 2016 - 9 am - 2 pm -
NOTE - The date was changed to APRIL 30th

Once again free Yum Yum donuts and coffee will be available in the morning. Terry Shaw will be conducting a seminar on the importance of having your car appraised.

Richard Clark will be coming.

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. We will be at this event as a vendor. Bring any cores you want to cash in for a letter of credit. 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 - California

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

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

This event has no rain date. Open to all American Muscle cars and trucks. Held at their Headquarters, 2705 Clemens Road, Hatfield, PA 19440.

For more details, contact - [email protected]

This is a huge event that I usually attend, however, this year I can’t since it’s the same weekend as GM at Carlisle and I’m speaking both days at GM Carlisle.

GM CARLISLE - June 17th-19th, 2016

I am a guest speaker at this event both Friday and Saturday. I’ll be talking on Hurst, Hurst/Olds, and also about the door jamb VIN data decals. 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. If you are planning on attending, bring any cores you want to cash in for a Letter of Credit. I will be able to take them. This will be the second year I been a guest speaker at Carlisle and it’s quite an honor. Over the years I have spoken at several National Pontiac and GTO conventions.

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

GS NATIONALS - September 14th-17th 2016 -
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]

This is not a misprint both the GS Nationals and East Coast Buick Regionals fall on the same weekend.


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.

Brutal cold in our area. It reached a balmy 18 degrees the other day. It was 4 degrees the next morning, even with the sun shining. It’s true - most old people, myself included, do not like the cold weather.