03-30-2016 Inner Circle

03-30-2016 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 03-30-2016 -


Last week we mentioned this new business venture that we started - custom printed acrylic signs. I already have about 6 local companies that want signs done for their businesses. They also like the idea that they can promote it to their customers, take orders, and make 35 to 40% on each one.

The machine that does the printing is capable of printing on material that can be as thick as 1 inch and as wide as 8 feet. The machine that does the printing costs over $100,000. We only know of two of these machines within a 50-mile radius of our business.

For our project they are using 1/8 thick acrylic. We get a great price on our orders because we get several done at one time. The price is the same no matter how many colors the print is. The process is called direct print.

The company across from our warehouse makes our brushed aluminum display boxes, complete with LED lighting. They already use the same material for their main business.

The image size of the smaller acrylic sign is 17-1/2" x 10". Allow at least 1" around the design, which will be hidden by the metal display box frame. The smaller aluminum box frame is 17-3/4" x 10-1/4" x 1-3/4" and comes with a UL CE certified 4' electric cord.

The image size of the larger acrylic sign we offer is 23-1/2" x 15-1/2". Allow at least 1" around the design, which will be hidden by the metal display box frame. The larger aluminum box frame is 23-3/4" x 15-3/4" x 1-3/4" and comes with a CE certified 4' electric cord.

The image can be printed vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) onto the 1/8" thick acrylic material.

For best results, the image dpi must be at least 300 dpi resolution.

The end result is a beautiful eye-catching sign for your business, garage or home. We can even do photos if you have a digital file. It can be of your car or motorcycle, old advertising, family photos, etc. Everyone likes to see their name or company in lights. The better the copy or artwork, the better the final sign looks.

The price structure is very reasonable.

For example, if you have a digital file of your car, we can have it printed and mounted in an aluminum frame box with LED lighted for less than $165 in the larger 23-1/2" x 15-1/2" size. The smaller size would be under $110. These prices are for a single one-of-kind lighted display.

We can also offer the printed acrylic without the lighted display frame. The small one on 1/8" thick acrylic 17-1/2" x 10" would run just $29.95, and the larger sign on 1/8" acrylic 23-1/2" x 15-1/2" would be just $49.95. Prices do not include shipping.

We will have Special Retail pricing for our Buick customers at our Spring Open House. This is for a custom-made single sign.

You would be hard pressed to find a better price for what we can offer. We will have various samples on display at our Spring Open House. The ideas are endless.

We will also be offering wholesale pricing.

For more details email me direct - [email protected]

PHOTO 1 – In the photos on the left we show the machine that prints these acrylic signs on the top, the sign framed in the middle, and the sign lit up on the bottom. The top photo on the right shows one of the larger size signs, and the lower right photo shows one of the small signs of our white Turbo-T taken at the Warrington Country Club at my 60th Birthday Reunion Event. NOTE - Signs are difficult to photograph because of reflections and lighting, but the quality of the printing and the display box frame is excellent.


Within a quarter mile of our house sits a car in a field. It’s only visible during the winter months before the spring foliage hides it completely from view. I always wanted to check it out and satisfy my curiosity as to what it was. It could be a car or maybe just a camper top sitting in the woods. It sits in the woods about the length of 2 football fields back from the road and the field is usually wet and muddy. I also wanted to do it when nobody was home at the house that sits near the field. I didn’t want anyone to think I was doing anything wrong.

So, the other day armed with my camera I ventured back to identify what has perked my curiosity for several years. The closer I got, the more I realized it was some sort of Ford model from the mid-1950s.

It turned out to be a very rare hardtop model. Ford came out with the hardtop models in 1951. I used to own a 1954 Ford two-door hardtop in high school. This didn’t look like a basic Ford model, so I thought maybe it was a Mercury model. I finally got close enough to see the dash and saw the Lincoln emblem. The car had obviously been there for many years and is beyond saving. It’s a real shame as I’m sure a mid-1950s Lincoln two-door hardtop today is fairly rare.

PHOTO 2 - We show 4 views of the badly neglected Lincoln coupe, probably 1954-1955 vintage. It would make a nice ad for Craigs List with the words, “Needing minor work and TLC to be road worthy again.”


Almost every magazine now writes and shows various cars that are called “Barn Finds.” Even some car show events put untouched barn finds on display, complete with 30-year-old dust. Who knows what rodents may still be hidden in the cars. Another word for barn finds, which would be more accurate, is “Neglected” finds.

Many readers may remember the 5 cars we sold for a local person that had been tucked away. They were neglected from anywhere from 10 years to 20 years. There was a Grand National, a 5.0 notchback Mustang, a rare Firebird Firehawk, a 1995 Rivera, and last was a small two-door Blazer. The owner simply bought vehicles, drove them awhile, then he parked them in this old building.

Another car was the 1987 burgundy Turbo Limited that Gbodyparts.com purchased from us. This was a well-optioned car complete with the optional leather interior. The owner bought it brand new and simply got tired of the car. He then parked it in his field behind his house and there it sat for a dozen years or more. In the trunk, still in the 4 boxes, was a set of the GNX-style wheels we used to sell back in the early 1990s.

Some of you may recall the Grand National we bought that was parked in an open shed that was also home to 9 cats.

All these vehicles can be a real challenge to restore. It takes a lot of patience to restore a car that has been neglected for all those years. I commend any one that takes on a project like this from start to finish. I did it once with a 1964 GTO shell back in 1977-1978, and swore I would never do it again!


Last week we touched briefly on the GNX model that got a lot of magazine coverage in 1987. The downside was production was limited to only 547 being produced, which is out of the reach of many potential buyers. The Turbo-Ts and Grand Nationals accounted for many of the sales in the Regal models.

PHOTO 3 - The photo to the left shows the original 1987 Buick Press Release folder. The photo to the right shows the single one-page announcement for the GNX. It briefly explains the modifications that it would have and the Suggested Retail Price, which was $10,995 over the $18,295 Buicks MSRP Retail Price. Keep in mind, the basic Grand National that was converted by ASC into a GNX was a fully option loaded GN. This letter has a date at the bottom of 5/87. It’s probably one of the most rare letters to find today regarding the GNX project.

New for the 1987 model year was the Buick LeSabre T-Type. I have always liked this car, but it has never really garnered much interest among collectors. The interior was one of the most plush I have seen in a 1987 Buick model. The car had a real modern look with the composite tungsten-halogen headlights. It actually rode on the same size tires as the Turbo Regals - P215/65R15. The intent was to attract younger buyers as the front-wheel drive platform was going to be standard on most Buick models going forward. To save weight the LeSabre T-Type got thermoplastic front fenders, a first for Buick.

Buick would go on to make the LeSabre T-Type model for just 3 years - 1987, 1988, and 1989. It was available in only in 4 colors - silver, black, white, or burgundy. A rare option was leather seats in the LeSabre T-Types. What some may find confusing is the SPID label for the LeSabre T-Type option for this package was listed as “WE2,” the same code system for the Grand National option in the Regal! One thing they did get right on the LeSabre T-Type was they had a fully analog dash cluster that made the Turbo Regal dash look plain. In my opinion, one visible downside of this car model was the alloy wheels they used. Those wheels looked ugly.

PHOTO 4 - We show both the new factory 1987 Buick LeSabre Limited Coupe and the new LeSabre T-Type Coupe in these photos. Either one of these cars is very hard to find today in nice shape.


Classic cars in Cuba have been in the news lately, since relations with Cuba appear to be thawing out.

The island of Cuba is basically in a time warp as far as U.S. made cars are concerned, with nothing being newer than 1959. This place would be like paradise for many car collectors.

Think about the new TV shows that will pop up covering some of the unusual cars that are driven daily in Cuba. Perhaps some of the best custom builders and mechanics are only 220 miles from Florida working in Cuba. The average monthly pay in Cuba is $20 for most workers. Buying new parts for vintage iron is non-existent. What we call customizing in the U.S. is done as a necessity in Cuba. Some of the engine conversions they have done are nothing short of impressive.

One example I read about was putting a Mercedes diesel engine in a Plymouth. I also read that their President Fulgenico Batista’s son owned a 1956 Corvette. It will be interesting to see what rare unusual U.S. cars become known as conditions with Cuba improve. One can only imagine the money some of these cars would bring if sold to collectors in the U.S.


According to Andrew, who did this BLACK AIR project years ago, we just purchased the last 12 DVDs he will be making. It’s our part #7465.

You can’t order it on our website. However, it is pictured with full details on our website.

The price is $24.95 each, and once these 12 are sold, there will be no more.

Call Christina if you want one of them - 215-766-1611 x 0.


If you are planning on attending our Spring Open House and want to buy the Spoolfool one-piece rear filler, be sure to place your order soon so we have one set aside for you.

The same goes for the Pypes dual exhaust system. In either case we would not charge you until the day of our show.

Remember, we are always in the market for good used Turbo Regal parts that you can “cash in” as trade value towards items you want and need. Bring any cores, especially turbo cores, which we need.


We just got word that Mike Bernard, who makes the Spoolfool fillers, is donating a one-piece rear filler for our raffle. Another reason to plan to attend. Many thanks to Mike for his generosity.


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]formance.com 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]


1978-1988 GM G-Body, Including Buick Turbo Regal -

This 100% jig built, bolt-in brace ties the rear upper shock mounts together to share the load and stiffen the chassis. Strong 1-1/4" tubing is MIG welded to 3/16" thick laser cut brackets for a perfect fit.
This brace is designed to clear all of the popular exhaust systems and works equally well on coil over setups and traditional spring/shock combinations. Overall distance from floor to the bottom of the brace is approximately 5".

All UMI products are built from US steel, then they are powder coated black. Hardware is included to makes this a true, easy bolt-in installation.

Manufactured from 1-1/4" USA Tubing
CNC laser cut 3/16" mounting brackets
Grade 8 hardware included
Easy bolt-in installation with basic hand tools
Powder-coated black for a durable long-lasting finish
Made in the USA by UMI

Our top photo shows the brace and the hardware. The lower photos show this rear shock tower brace installed on a car with coil over springs. NOTE - The brace in the photos is red, but we only offer it in black.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #1586 Powder-coated Black Rear Seat Frame Brace Kit® and #7169 Reproduction GNX Rear Seat Brace Kit (5) Set.

Another excellent way to stiffen the suspension on your car.

7715 - 1978-1988 GM G-Body, Including Buick Turbo Regal -
Bolt-In Rear Shock Tower Brace and Hardware - $130

Here is a link to this Shock Tower Brace on our website:

1984-1989 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. These 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. We will have a display board at our Spring Open House showing all the GM car door jamb VIN data decals from 1969 through 1989.

You can email me direct [email protected] as we also can supply the correct reproductions for every GM car model from 1969 through 1989.

NOTE - Here is the link to view this on our website. Our website gives you all the information that we need to know in order to get you correct reproduction door jamb VIN data decals.



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.

We will have several unique limited production items available for sale at this event. Also samples of our new project. Although not strictly car related, we can do car photos as well. This is a very unique format done on a special machine. In my immediate area I only know of two companies that have this machine.

We will be awarding 3 different trophies at our Spring Open House, courtesy of Russ and Nancy. One will be for Longest Distance driven in a Turbo Regal to our event. Another trophy will be awarded for the car needing the most TLC, meaning the one Turbo Regal needing the most tender loving care. Last, but not least, Kirban’s Choice Award, which will be one that I pick that I like or represents a car that I would buy.

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 support.

This is the only Open House we are doing 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.

Ideally you could attend our Spring Open House on the 30th and then take a drive down and attend the Turbo Buick/Richard Clark event, which starts the following Wednesday.

These are 2 great Turbo events back to back.

2016 TurboBuick.com NC Buick Nationals
TURBO BUICK/RICHARD CLARK EVENT - May 4th - May 7th, 2016 - Burlington, NC

This event is held at Richard Clark’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 FREE 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.


NOTE - If you are planning to attend the FREE lunch, here is information on how to make your reservation:

Kirban Performance Products is handling the FREE LUNCHEON reservations at the 2016 TurboBuick.com NC Nationals at Richard Clark's Garage

To make reservations for the Thursday, May 5th Luncheon, YOU MUST SEND AN E-MAIL TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
[email protected]

Include the following information:
1. Full Name of you AND all your attendees
2. TTL Number of people in your party
3. City
4. State
5. E-mail address

Eileen Kirban will add your reservation to our list and will send a confirmation email.

She will also send updates as the event gets closer.

Pick up your luncheon tickets at the door.

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.

Held at their Headquarters, 2705 Clemens Road, Hatfield, PA 19440

This event has no rain date. Open to all American Muscle cars and trucks.

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, 2016 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 phillyturbosi[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.


I just got done spreading 40 bags of mulch around the shrubbery beds this past weekend. It’s good exercise.

We will have several neat items up for auction at our Spring Open House and items that we have discontinued as well. Our auction has no buyer fees!