04-06-2016 Inner Circle

04-06-2016 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 04-06-2016 -


Bosch and AC Delco are two very well-known brands. Like several other companies, we advertise the AC Delco O2 sensor. What many owners may not realize is that they are both the same - Only the box is different and the part number AC Delco assigned to the O2 sensor is different.

If you ever look closely at the Bosch O2 sensor that is correct for our cars, you will see the Bosch logo imprint on the actual O2 sensor! The same exact Bosch logo appears on the AC Delco O2 sensor.

PHOTO 1- In this photo we show the Bosch and the AC Delco boxes with the O2 sensors from each box. The sensors are 100% identical. The AC Delco O2 sensor is a few dollars more than the Bosch sensor.

If I had to guess, I would say at least 75% of the replacement engine related parts you buy today are done by a handful of companies and packaged under different suppliers. You can walk into any Auto store and clearly recognize the Cardone blue and white boxes, no matter what company label is over the end of the box.


The above story reminds me of a similar story concerning the Pontiac Division of General Motors and Hurst.

For many years, the only company that was able to show their company name on a visible part on a GM vehicle was the brand name of the tires. You would never see another company name on a visible part until around 1965.

In the early 1960s, prior to the release of the new 1964 Pontiac GTO, Hurst scored a major account with Pontiac. Pontiac in the fall of 1963 came out with a GTO package on their LeMans model. Sounds almost like what Buick did when they came out with the T-Type and Grand National option on a Regal.

During that first year of production Hurst was not permitted to emboss their name on the chrome-plated handle, since it was against GM policy at the time. This must have really bothered Hurst - to have a huge account like Pontiac and yet not have their name visible. Also, even though Hurst supplied the shifter, Pontiac made their linkage rods. This was either to save money or save time on installation.

The Pontiac shifter rods used a clinch-style button setup to lock on the linkage rods. The Hurst linkage rods were threaded, so they were more precise and, of course, would not move under hard shifting. When Pontiac installed their own linkage rods, they created another product for Hurst. Hurst marketed what was called a “KPO” kit to replace the inferior shifter rods from Pontiac with better threaded rods. Hurst had to make special rods to fit. This was because Pontiac had a mounting plate to get it through the console.

I sold these KPO kits for many years when we were in the GTO business. I don’t know the reason exactly, but for the 1965 Pontiac models that had the factory Hurst shifters installed Hurst was able to have their name embossed on the chrome-plated stick. I am told this was because Pontiac realized that the name HURST was a very well-respected company and had a proven product. That became part of their promotion. I was told years ago when this deal was done Hurst bumped their price to Pontiac a $1 per shifter! That may or may not be true. The rest, as they say, is history since Hurst would acquire accounts with almost every car model in the GM, Ford, and Chrysler car line.


In the last several Inner Circles we’ve been covering the 1987 Buick Press Kit.

PHOTO 2 - Here are two photos from the 1987 Buick Press Kit. The photo on the left shows the Turbo-T in white with the black-out package and a regular Regal Limited model. The photo on the right shows the 3.8 SFI Turbo with Intercooler and the 2.0 OHC MFI Turbo engine. The Turbo-T in white has always been one of the most popular colors, especially with the black-out option. Also the color white did not seem to have the paint issues that black had on these cars.

One of the most unusual 1987 Buick brochures I have in my collection is from Helsinki, Finland. It is a 4-page full-color brochure. The dealership on the brochure covers Buick and Chevrolet, and they also sell Nissan Subaru, and Chrysler.

PHOTO 3 - The top photos shows the front and back of this 4-page unusual brochure. Note the foreign wording enlarged in the lower photo. This brochure featured just the 1987 Grand National. It makes you wonder how many Grand Nationals were sold in 1987 in Finland.


It may have appeared to be a good idea on paper, but in actual execution neither car pictured in Photo 4 look like anything I would be proud to say I built. Both of these are in the same junkyard that has probably 6,000-plus cars and trucks. Both vehicles show extensive use of wood, which may have been the builder’s true skill. Blending wood with a steel car just didn’t work in these two cars.

PHOTO 4 - The top 2 photos show someone’s home-built convertible dream car. It’s hard to tell if it ever was finished and enjoyed, or simply scrapped partially through the project. Most of the back end is wood. If I had to guess as to the time frame this project was built, I would say late 1950s early 1960s. Car is very crude looking. The lower 2 photos show another work of art and it appears to be from a mid-1970s Chevy. The builder probably originally wanted an El Camino and thought he could cut up his current sedan and make one. The roofline after the doors is unique. The builder even had custom running boards fitted on it. The hood was off the car on the ground and had a huge cut out for some sort of scoop.

Seeing these 2 works of art reminded me of years ago when we had a towing business and I was buying cars. I remember seeing this huge black car sitting neglected at a house. You could tell it was not a production model. The front was from a 1940s Buick and the roof was chopped off in an attempt to make it a 4-door convertible. I could have bought it but passed on it since it had been neglected so long and was crudely done.

Fortunately, over the years I have seen some really nice custom work on various cars.


In our local paper this past weekend was an article about the classic cars in Cuba. They estimate about 60,000 American cars are in Cuba. Most Cubans put a high value of these cars. Of course, the cars have been modified over the years to keep them running. Unfortunately, trade regulations effectively bar cars from Cuba from being transported or sold to anyone in the U.S.A.


We will have several samples on display at our Open House and at the TurboBuick/Richard Clark event in North Carolina. It makes for a very unusual gift as we can direct print a photo of your car on the acrylic and have it framed and lighted by LED lights for display.


The last time it happened was 1919, according to my postmaster. She says she was not there to witness it in 1919. Prior to 1919 First Class postage was 3 cents. In 1919 they lowered First Class postage to 2 cents.

On April 10th First Class postage will actually drop from 49 cents to 47 cents. Originally when she told me this the other week, I thought it was an April Fools’ joke! It’s not! On April 10th the rate drops back to 47 cents. I don’t know any of the details as to why, only that it will happen April 10th. It may be another 97 years before it happens again!


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 will not charge you until the day of our show.

Call and speak to Christina to place your order - 215-766-1611 x 0.

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.


I have seen photos of the trophies that Russ and Nancy have donated for our event. The trophies are impressive!

We are having the company that makes the sign display frames for us work on a new Buick project. If all goes well, we should have samples on display at our Open House. It’s an item nobody has reproduced and fits virtually every G-body car made. I thought of it the other day when I was in a junkyard.

We will have some really neat items on display and some custom-made things for sale at our Open House. Remember, this event has no rain date. Yum Yum donuts go quickly. We will have our usual M&M contest.

Please, if you are coming bring us any CORES you may have. We badly need good clean steering wheel cores (1986-1987), correct 1986-1987 mass air flow sensors, and stock 1986-1987 Turbo cores.

We really need these 3 items in order to keep the flow of rebuilt parts available to others. I also buy or trade for most any good Turbo Regal items that you may not need or want. Bringing them to our Open House is an excellent time to cash them in and avoid shipping costs.

We just got word that Mike Bernard, who makes the Spoolfool fillers, is donating a one-piece rear filler for our raffle. This is another reason to plan to attend. Many thanks to Mike for his generosity and support of many of the Buick events.

Also, I been going through my original photos and Turbo Buick literature and we will have a lot of original Grand National literature available for sale. Also, there will be some neat GNX items we had made up for sale. This is one Open House you do not want to miss.

2016 TurboBuick.com / Richard Clark Event - North Carolina - May 4 - May 7

Ok everyone… You all have been waiting for the surprise, well here it is.

Thanks to ZPLUS, you ALL are going to enjoy a tech seminar on Friday night, May 6th, from 8 pm - midnight. It will include guest speakers, such as Richard Clark, John Spina, Bob Bailey, Nick Micale and a HOST of others!

EVERYONE is welcome and this event is FREE OF CHARGE, thanks to our great and newest sponsor ZPLUS! You are going to have LOTS of questions answered as all the big names in the Buick world will be guest speaking at this event.

The location of the Friday night seminar is 1214 Turrentine Street, Burlington, NC 27215. It is the same 10,000 sq ft location used for previous seminars. The location is only 15 minutes from all the hotels and Richard Clark location.



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.

CAR FOR SALE - 1987 Buick Grand National - CFS038

Solid Roof, Garage Kept, Mileage - 75,000, Analog Dash, Tilt and Cruise
1 Re-paint - looks super (no checking), Recent Front Header and Front Bumper painted
Power Seats, Power Antenna (not working), Power Windows
Console-mounted Water Temperature and Oil Pressure Guage
Adjustable Fuel Regulator, Windshield Dual Gauge Boost and Knock Sensor
Power Steering, Power Brakes, AC blows cold
Bilstein Shocks, Hotchkis Lower Trailing Arms
Front Frame Brace, Rear Seat Brace, K&N Air Filter, Larger Rear Sway Bar (Kirban)
3 inch Down Pipe, RJC Airflow Distribution Plate
Trunk ID Label signed by “Molly”
New Starter, New Headliner, New Front Bumper Fillers
Synthetic Oil changed regularly, Factory Alarm
6 CD/FM Alpine Radio - (have the factory cassette/radio as well)
Many extra parts still in original boxes come with car.
Runs super

Bob Hudspith, Hopatcong, New Jersey
email - [email protected]
PRICE - $17,500 - or Best Offer

Here is a link to the Grand National for sale on our website:


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. Number of people in your party
3. City
4. State
5. email address

Eileen Kirban will add your reservation to our list and will send a confirmation email. Pick up your luncheon tickets at the door.

She will also send updates as the event gets closer.

TECH SEMINAR seminar on Friday night, May 6th, from 8 pm - midnight - 1214 Turrentine Street, Burlington, NC 27215. It will include guest speakers, such as Richard Clark, John Spina, Bob Bailey, Nick Micale and a HOST of others!

EVERYONE is welcome and this event is FREE OF CHARGE, thanks to our great and newest sponsor ZPLUS! You are going to have LOTS of questions answered as all the big names in the Buick world will be guest speaking at this event. YOU DONT WANT TO MISS THIS!!!!!

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 [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.


It’s now just a few weeks until our annual Spring Open House event. This is followed by the Turbo Buick/Richard Clark event in North Carolina the following week. These are 2 back-to-back Buick events you don’t want to miss.

We will have several items that we have discontinued and our no reserve auction is always a hit. We will have some neat GNX items on display for sale that will probably sell out quickly.