06-15-2016 Inner Circle

06-15-2016 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 06-15-2016 -


About 20 minutes south of our office on a used car lot sits this very nice 1971 Buick Skylark post coupe for sale. I’ve known the owner of the dealership for many years. He is selling it for a friend of his.

It is a post coupe, which is somewhat rare. Post coupes have a stronger body to work with if you plan to make some serious horsepower over a hardtop model. It appears that the car has about 86,000 original miles on it. The entire car is of driver’s quality with the exterior being better than driver’s quality. The body and bright chrome work are extremely nice. Bumpers appear to have been re-chromed. I am told the paint color is green fire mist.

It has wide white stripes down the hood and trunk lid of the car with what appears to be a correct spoiler for that vintage Buick. You don’t even feel the edge of the paint stripes against the rest of the paint. It is powered by a 350 V8 that appears to be stock. The dual exhaust system is fairly new. Engine runs out nice with no noises. It has power steering and power disc brakes up front. If I am reading the body trim plate correctly, it was originally a beige color exterior. There are absolutely no traces anywhere of the original paint color as it appears the car was disassembled prior to painting. The factory clock even works.

The car is quite solid and any trunk area repair work was done extremely well years ago. The paint and bodywork are quite nice. The interior is also very nice. Car would be a prime candidate to drive and enjoy and maybe at a future date drop in a 455 stage engine. The price tag is $16,995.

To see more photos, go to shipemotors.com and click on Buick models. About 30 photos will come up. Deal direct with Jeff Shipe by email - [email protected] and mention where you saw the information. Or you can call him at 215-328-9800 and ask for Jeff Shipe.

PHOTO 1 - Here are four photos of this 1971 Buick Skylark that is for sale near our warehouse. Jeff Shipe, the owner of the dealership, served in Vietnam two years after I did.


I recently attended the Fords at Carlisle. The focus for year’s event was on the first generation Ford Broncos. This covered the 1966 through 1977 vintage. Generally these are a rare sight in my area, since rust killed many of these cars years ago.

At Carlisle there must have been 75 to 100 of these first generation Broncos. I had never seen so many of these 50-year-old Ford Broncos in one place. Not only are bodies being made for them, but one company remakes them like new again. They custom fit them with a 5.0 engine. This cost can run $80,000 to $100,000. It made me wonder if when our Turbo Regals near the 50-year mark, will there be companies remaking new Turbo Regals?

These Broncos were quite crude when they were new. I can remember my father-in-law having a two-tone Bronco that Eileen’s older sister Paulette drove to work for many years.

Two VIPs at Fords at Carlisle were Paul Michael Glaser “David Michael Starsky” and Antonio Fargas “Huggy Bear,” stars from the mid-1970s TV series Starsky and Hutch. There was a special class for the red and white Starksy and Hutch Gran Torinos.

PHOTO 2 - The photo on the left shows Antonio Fargas and Paul Michael Glaser signing autographs in one of the buildings. They had a long line of customers the day I was there. They even had one of the actual cars used in the TV series on display. The photo on the right shows just a portion of the Gran Torino red and white look-alikes that were on display on one of the fields.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows the very last Bronco that was sold, according to the flyer in the windshield. It was first titled in 2013. The other photos show some of the Broncos that were in attendance.

PHOTO 4 - Shows two photos of a barn find, a 1967 Shelby GT 350. It is reportedly 1 of just 5 built. The car is well documented. It has air conditioning and a 4-speed, which makes it rare according to the description.


GM Carlisle is this coming weekend. I will be speaking in the main seminar tent Friday 11:30 AM and again Saturday at 9:30 AM. I will be speaking mostly on Hurst, Hurst Olds and the door jamb VIN decals.

The main focus this year at the GM event is the Hurst Olds. As many of you realize, the Hurst Olds shares basically the same G-body as our Turbo Regals. Although the Hurst Olds lacked horsepower, they did get a far better interior and gauge cluster.

One may even agree the factory wheels on the Hurst Olds looked better.

In case you’re wondering why Hurst chose an Oldsmobile for the conversion instead of a Pontiac or Buick, the simple reason is George Hurst always liked the Oldsmobile better, even though I am certain he made most of his money with GM making shifters for the Pontiac models, since they had a very heavy production of 4-speed GTOs. Oldsmobile and Buick, as many of you know, were mostly automatic cars.

I will be able to take any cores you may have, so be sure to bring them as I will have my Tahoe on the grounds. This saves you shipping.

We have a very critical need now for correct 1986-1987 AC Delco mass air flow sensors. The correct one has the plug that points downward to the ground. The screens can be missing. The mass air flow housing can’t be cracked or painted. We will allow $40 store credit for correct units. This helps us help others retain an original 1986-1987 Turbo Regal. We are very fortunate that Cardone will still rebuild them.


We heard from a number of people about this article from last week. Several customers who also served in Vietnam, including some that landed a job in Vietnam like I did, where their background proved to be helpful in getting a job that catered to their skill sets.

The following story comes from Aaron Coen from California -

“Life is strange, connections happen at the craziest of times. My grandfather served in the 2nd Marine Division during WWII, he landed on Tarawa, Saipan, Okinawa, Tinian and the occupation of Japan. As a young teenager I worked in his tire shop and was fortunate enough to have him share his life experiences with me. The stories of his childhood and how he joined the Marines at 14 years old, made it through boot camp and then was kicked out only to return to Marine boot camp 3 years later after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He shared stories of his island hopping campaigns, horrors of battle and coming home… His stories fascinated me, he never hesitated to share his experiences.

In the mid-90s, a couple years following my grandfather’s death, my grandmother was contacted by a man who had a Japanese battle flag signed by my grandfather along with signatures of other Marines, the collector was elated to find that he had made a connection with a name on his flag. My grandmother was offered the flag at a very reasonable price but declined to purchase it at the time… As time passed, she regretted not purchasing the flag and in the meantime she had misplaced the collectors contact information, but she did remember a connection. The collector was close friends with the son of one of my high school teachers, who actually taught my mother 20 years earlier. The teacher was well liked and my mother had stayed in touch over the years.

We ended up making the connection with the collector and purchased the flag and presented it to my Uncle on Christmas that year. The flag was signed by about 40 Marines including my grandfather… One of our families prized possessions, made possible by a single connection.”


Last week we touched on one of the easiest to install options. From the factory, it would have as the SPID code “A90.” I remember that the trunk release option was available for all the GM cars, at least as far back as 1964.

For example, the 1964 and 1965 GTOs used a basic cable design with a chrome metal handle. It was also installed in the glove box on the passenger’s side. This cable format can be described a very long choke cable that cars had years ago.

Younger Turbo owners probably have no idea about choke cables being used on car engines! In 1966 GM (at least in the GTOs) used a cable trunk release for part of the year and then switched to a vacuum trunk release. In 1967 they switched to an electric solenoid format. Today most cars have a safety feature of a small pull cable, if you ever find yourself locked inside your trunk!

Perhaps the most rare option that would show up on your 1984-1987 Turbo Regal or on any G-body car would be either the radio delete option or the engine block heater. In my opinion, I would put those two options/codes at the top of the rare list of options on a Turbo Regal (not the Limited model Turbos). I base this mostly on the 300-plus 1986-1987 Turbo Regals we’ve owned.

One might say in Minnesota the engine block heater was more popular than if you resided in the sunshine state of Florida. If you lived in Florida, ordering the optional rear window defogger would be a waste of money. The SPID code for the engine block heater is “KO5” and was a mere $18. This option can be seen tied up by the edge of the radiator on the passenger’s side, if it’s never been disturbed. The code for the rear defogger is “C49” with a price tag of $145 in 1986.

In most cases, the prices of most of the options did not change between each year - 1984-1987. This may have been because the rear wheel drive platform was being discontinued and Buick wanted to unload as much of their G-body inventory of parts. This is simply my guess.

The power trunk release is just one of the options that would show up with an ID code on the SPID label.

It’s difficult to pin down an exact total of options that was offered each year. One thing is for certain, the list of options today for GM cars is lot larger than it was back then.

One of the more interesting options for each year (1984-1987) was the painted pinstripes option. This is not to be confused with the body side molding options. In the GM price books they are simply called “stripes.” They had 8 stripe options available each year on the T-Types/Turbo-Ts, except for 1986 when they offered 7 varieties.

It was suggested that the stripes should match the top or interior trim color whenever possible. Each year this option carried a $45 price tag. The codes always started with a two-digit number then followed by the letter A. The one lone exception was in 1984 when the black stripes had a code of “B88” available on the T-Type only for obvious reasons. You couldn’t have a black stripe on a black car.

One mistake some owners make when they get their car redone and restriped is they forget that the original stripe stopped in front of and in back of the remote mirrors on both doors. It was not a dual solid stripe across the bottom of the mirrors.

Stripes are nothing new as I can recall them being an option on the GTOs. Some year GTOs had a painted single stripe and some years used a dual painted pinstripes. I would venture a guess and say stripes were offered on the other GM car models as well.

Today taped pinstripes are sometimes a clever trick that some used car dealers use to mask off paintwork or to enhance the appearance of the car they are trying to sell. Dealers seldom, if ever, go with hand painted pinstripes, unless it’s a high dollar used car.

SPID codes will be continued next week.


One area where technology seems to lag behind can be seen almost daily. Small school age kids can be seen lugging what must be a 25-35 lb backpack home from school. I usually see these kids as they emerge from their school bus and trudge home. I never remember even owning a school bag or back pack when I was in school.


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 $40 Letter of Credit for each correct AC Delco core.

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.


This is one with the optional factory astro-roof (CF5). It has undergone a complete frame off restoration. The seller has fully documented with photos in a binder. No expense has been spared. The owner even was able to use brand new original Pallex material. This is a top-notch example where no expense has been spared. Hundreds of hours went into the bodywork alone. All the glass and interior was totally removed. NOS GM parts were used when possible to make this car like new again. The motor was completely rebuilt and balanced. A new Limit Engineering TA 49 turbo was installed.

All new body mounts. NOS GM taillights and bezels were used along with a NOS GM grille. The bumpers were totally stripped with NOS front and rear bumper strips installed.

Here is a chance to own one completely redone and enjoy. The seller may take in partial trade another 1986-1987 Turbo Regal. The price is $39,500. This car is exactly as described, show quality from any angle, including underneath.

This Grand National is located about 20 miles from my shop. One of the best restorations you will find of a Grand National. For more info email me - [email protected]


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 All G-Body (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -

If you are doing a restoration under the hood, here is an exact reproduction of the steering column gasket to the firewall.

If you have to replace the steering column, you will need this gasket, since the original gasket is probably no good anymore.

This gasket also can prevent any water from leaking into the interior when you wash your car.

Another good reproduction seal made by the same source for most of the other gaskets we offer.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7572 Reproduction Upgraded Upper Steering Column Bearing Kit, #7573 Reproduction Lower Steering Column Shaft, #7574 Upgraded Refurbished Used Lower Steering Shaft, and #7380 Rebuilt Power Steering Gear Box.

7724 - 1978-1988 ALL G-BODY (Including Buick Turbo Regal) - Reproduction Steering Column Gasket Seal to the Firewall - $6.95

Here is a link to this Gasket Seal on our website:


This conversion kit enables you to switch a 1984-1985 ignition system to the later 1986-1987 Turbo Regal ignition system.
In most cases, the 1984-1985 Turbo Regal ignition parts are no longer available.

Kit comes complete with directions. No wires get cut. It’s an all plug-and-play conversion kit.

The metal bracket allows you to bolt the 1986-1987 coil module in place of the original 1984-1985 coil module.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7637 AC Delco Coil Pack and #7639 Aftermarket Ignition Module.

7722 - 1984-1985 Buick Turbo Regal Conversion Kit to a 1986-1987 Turbo Regal Ignition System.

Here is a link to the Conversion Kit on our website:

CCCI (Computer Controlled Coil Ignition) SensorCheck MODULE

The Computer Controlled Coil Ignition (CCCI) is probably the least-understood system on your Turbo Buick powered vehicle. The most common problem is the “No-Start” condition, and there are very few tests that a car owner is capable of performing to determine a faulty component in this system.

This simple CCCI SensorCheck Module plug-and-play diagnostic tool is designed to troubleshoot your ignition system for the most common “No-Start” scenario. Specifically, it will display a simple LED to indicate the status of the CAM sensor, CRANK sensor, Coil Power and MODULE power. The CAM LED will visibly blink rapidly during idle. The CRANK LED will appear to be continuously on (due to the rapid Crank signal) when the vehicle is running normally. The POWER LED will be illuminated when the MODULE fuse is working. There are 3 LED’s assigned to each model: “HOT AIR” (1984-1985) and Intercooled (1986-1989.)

It can also be used to set the cam sensor!
No CAM signal = No Spark, No Injector pulse
No CRANK signal = No Spark, Only Inj pulse
CAM signal initiates sequential spark. Without it, No spark.
CRANK signal initiates fuel injector pulses.
No Lights, good fuses = Check ECM ground return wire.

This clever device eliminates any guesswork as to why your Turbo Regal won’t start, if it’s related to the cam sensor, crank sensor, coil pack, or coil module.

It comes with easy-to-follow directions. It is all plug-and-play to conduct the tests to determine where the problem is originating. By using LED lights, you can pinpoint where the problem originates.

By a flip of a switch, it works on all 1984 to 1987 Turbo Regals including, the 1989 Turbo Trans Am.

A must-have tool that saves the guesswork when you have a no start situation.

7723 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal –
CCCI (Computer Controlled Coil Ignition) SensorCheck Module - $129.95

Here is a link to this SensorCheck Module on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
SCANMASTER G Datalogging and Scantool in a 2-1/16″ Gauge

Turbo Regal owners have requested it, now the Scanmaster has been redesigned and formatted to fit a standard 2-1/16″ gauge. Now updated to the 21st century technology. A must have device.

- 2-1/16″ gauge mounting, black bezel, black face standard.
- 128 x 64 pixel OLED screen. Full text for data / info
- Reads ALDL streams (regular and high-speed) and PowerLogger
- Bluetooth for wireless logging to Android (phone/tablet) and PC for both PowerLogger and ALDL
- Automatic internal logging of PowerLogger and ALDL data
- View and clear diagnostic trouble codes, diagnose and tune your engine.

Comes with directions.

For more details go to - scanmaster.bailey-eng.com

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7326 MAF Translator, #7383 Powerlogger Scan Tool, and #6383 Scanmaster 2.1 - Diagnostic Tool

An excellent scan tool.

7721 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
SCANMASTER G Datalogging and Scantool in a 2-1/16″ Gauge

Here is a link to this Scanmaster G on our website:

1978-1988 All G-BODY (Including Buick Turbo Regals) -

GM used a flip-down stay-down license plate bracket on various other GM cars in the 1980s and 1990s. However, it was never a factory part on a G-body car.

If you’re like me, you hate fighting the heavy spring pressure on the factory license plate bracket when you are filling the gas tank.

The flip-down stay-down bracket has become a popular conversion to put on a G-body car, including the Turbo Regals, since it prevents accidental fuel spillage on the rear fillers. Unfortunately GM does not have any of these flip-down stay-down license plate brackets available and haven’t for years.

We have sold used ones for $25-$28 as fast as I could find them. As each year passes, finding them is getting harder and harder. The factory flip-down stay-down only used a single spring on one of the hinges.

We have designed a modification kit to convert an original rear license plate bracket to a flip-down stay-down license plate. Our new 3-piece modification kit includes 2 brackets and a spring. No holes need to be drilled in the original bracket. It eliminates the 2 factory springs on the existing license plate bracket. Those springs are prone to rust, since they are not stainless. The new spring in our kit is stainless and the 2 brackets are 24-gauge galvanized steel, so the parts will not rust.

The directions are easy-to-follow and include actual photos of the install on our personal Buick Turbo-T.
The end result - There are no rust issues with the new spring and brackets with the flip-down stay-down design along with the convenience of having your hands free to pump the gas. It also eliminates the risk of spilling fuel on the rear fillers. A bargain for under $20.

An excellent upgrade to help avoid gas spills.

7720 - 1978-1988 All G-Body (including Buick Turbo Regals) -
Flip-Down Stay-Down Modification Kit
to Convert an Original Rear License Plate Bracket - $19.95

Here is a link to this kit 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]



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 at 11 am and Saturday at 9:30 am. 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

BCA NATIONALS - July 27th-30th, 2016

The BCA Nationals, which stands for Buick Club of America, is actually coming to Allentown, PA July 27th thru the 30th. Allentown is about 25 minutes from where we live.

The big car show day is Saturday, July 30th. They expect over 1,000 Buicks of all kinds.

Sometimes we forget that our niche market has a parent national club. For more exact details and location, go to their website - www.buickclub.org/2016anniversary

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]

NOTE - 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.


Hope to see some of our customers this weekend at GM Carlisle.

Remember, if you are coming, bring any cores you want to cash in for credit as we will be able to take them. It saves you shipping costs!