06-22-2016 Inner Circle

06-22-2016 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 06-22-2016 -


The weather was absolutely picture perfect at the GM Carlisle event. Good weather is perhaps the most important aspect for a successful outside Car Show.

Although several car shows were happening in my area this same weekend as the GM Carlisle event, Carlisle still had a huge array of GM cars and trucks.

I had probably 50 to 60 people total at the two seminars that I gave. My knowledge of Hurst is almost as good as my knowledge of Turbo Regals.

As far as GM vehicles, Camaro probably had the most representation with, I would guess, over 100 to 125 in attendance. The Fiero club probably had at least 35 to 50 or maybe more Fieros on the fair grounds. This is an impressive number since you seldom see any Fieros on the road in my area.

It’s a shame that car had a short life span, since the 1987 and 1988 GT models were pretty nice little cars. In all my years of buying and selling cars, I only can recall owning one 1987 tan-colored Fiero GT.

I saw maybe 10 to 15 Turbo Regals and about 25 Monte Carlo SS models at the event.

My granddaughter, Devyn was able to make it to the GM Carlisle event Saturday in time to hear my seminar and show her 2012 Camaro SS convertible on the show field. I was able to provide her with a VIP pass for the event, which included a VIP special luncheon at the event. She is a true Kirban and into cars, so she really had a great time. It was a special bonding time for us, since this is the first car show for just the two of us in the family to attend. Thanks for the memories, Devyn.

One of the special guests was David North, who was a GM designer, best known for his rendering that became the Oldsmobile Toronado.

Also present was Don Glover. He was one of the original Hurst Performance engineer team members who created the very first Hurst Oldsmobile in 1968. He actually worked at Hurst the same time as my wife.

There were at least two Turbo Regals on the grounds that had been autographed by Molly. One was a Grand National that I sold years ago that had I believe 11,000 miles on it. The other was a Grand National that was signed twice by Molly, since the car was at two of our events that Molly attended.

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo shows Devyn and I in front of her customized 2012 Camaro SS convertible. As you can see, she is almost as tall as I am! The lower left photo shows Devyn getting David North’s autograph. David Snyder, whose artwork is always on display at Carlisle, did a special painting of the Oldsmobile Toronado as a gift for David North. He presented it to David North at the VIP luncheon we attended. They had available 100 copies of which only 20 would be numbered and personally autographed by David North and David Snyder. I was able to get #4 for Devyn. The top right photo shows the artist David Snyder signing and numbering his work for Devyn. The lower right photo shows Don Glover with Devyn by the special Hurst Oldsmobile display. This was in one of the main buildings.

As a VIP Special Guest, each guest was given a certificate and a sticker and asked to pick the one car that we personally liked. That car’s owner would receive a special plaque that was signed by the VIP that picked the car. These special awards carry a special meaning for any car or truck owner that attends the various Carlisle events. You are competing against several hundred cars and trucks.

There was one car that was worthy of my award, although it was not in mint condition. The car was a 1979 Regal, but not a turbo model.
As many of my readers know, I have always been attracted to the rare cars or rare parts. This car was one of just one ever produced. Since it was a “Concept” car, it is very remarkable that it escaped the crusher in the mid-1980s. It was originally donated to a non-profit educational organization. Dan Dutton, who now owns it, explained to me how he obtained it.

He worked at a Buick dealership and the car would often come in suffering from a dead battery. Because of all the prototype electronics in the car, the battery would drain in a matter of days unless, of course, you disconnected the battery.

He knew the rarity of the car. He also had a very high connection with GM. His father, Harrold Richard Dutton, was a GM engineer and he is credited with designing the self absorber shock for the bumpers. This is the shock absorber format that allows the bumpers to absorb a minor accident. GM began to use shock absorbers on the 1973 models and continued to use them even through the 1984-1987 cars that many of us own today.

PHOTO 2 - The top left photo shows the prototype 1979 Regal. Notice the turbo hood and lack of bumper guards. The painted bumper and blackened grille show hints of the Grand National. The top right photo shows the most unique aspect on the exterior, the quarter glass, which is extended lapping over the top of the roof. It also meets another plastic tinted panel that runs down the side of the roofline, kind of like a very mini T-Top. In the photo in the lower left we show another angle of the driver’s side. Notice the emblem on the rear pillar panel. You press on that and the doors would unlock. The lower right shows the method designed to open the trunk lid. Dan says this never worked because they had the angle wrong. Probably would have helped if they had used an aluminum trunk lid instead of a steel one.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows the control switches for the six-way power seat, power windows, and power door locks. They used fiber optic cables for back lighting on these switches. More interesting is the overhead switch panel, which would reset your seat position if another driver had moved it. You simply had to hit a certain letter on the panel and the seat would return to that position. This memory system was also built into the electric motors in the exterior mirrors. The top right photo shows another modification they did. They made the armrests on the door panels adjustable. This is one idea that I don’t think GM ever followed up on! The lower left photo shows a portion of the flush mounted windshield. They also made the rear glass flush mounted. This was a very costly modification to make. The lower right photo shows the car and Dan’s sign about the modifications that Buick had done on this 1979 Regal. It is estimated that GM spent a million dollars on this concept car back in 1979.

The motor is virtually untouched and all stock, from what Dan can determine. It has about 12,000 miles on it. The wheels on the car are what would later be used on the 1983 T-Type. It would be 1983 when the T-Type option would first appear on five different Buick models.

Dan truly has a one-of-a kind prototype Buick Regal that is in private hands.

One of the Oldsmobile specialty cars on display was the only one ever made. It was a fully restored modified 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Cutlass. What makes this truly a one-of-just-one that is powered by a 455 engine and the frame has been modified for a front wheel drive. What may not be readily visible, is the fact that both front fenders have been extended to fit the front wheel cradle.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows this custom built 1968 Oldsmobile 442 that was the personal car of George Hurst. Hurst used a 455 W-34 package engine that was originally used in a Toronado as the powerplant. They even flattened the floor since no driveshaft was needed. The car was hand built. Oldsmobile was George Hurst’s favorite GM car. Among the row of Monte Carlo SS models, there was one that had a late model Corvette motor under the hood, complete with the 6-speed manual setup. The top right photo shows the engine compartment. The lower left photo shows a close up where they mounted the clutch slave cylinder by the vacuum brake booster. The photo to the lower right shows the interior with the 6-speed shifter coming through what appears to be the stock Monte Carlo console.

These are just some of the top-notch custom cars I saw at the GM Carlisle event. More to follow next week!


When I was at GM at Carlisle last weekend, I stopped at an antique store that was near the Carlisle fairgrounds. When I was browsing though the store I saw a Rolleiflex camera for sale.

It looked very much like the one I used in Vietnam in 1966-1967. It had a $150 price tag on it. When I told the store owner I was interested, she put a call in to the seller to see if I could get a better price on it. I was able to buy to for $100.

Although it is older than the one I used, it looks virtually the same. So, it now sits in my home office. I gave the owner of the store a copy of the story I had written about it so she could give it to the seller the next time he stops in.


We will continue this article next week.


NOTE - This coming Friday, June 24th at 3 pm eastern time - the special pricing on the reproduction aluminum brake drums, Part #7716 ends.

Cardone just notified us that we should have our shipment of the new reproduction brake drums one day next week. We expect to be able to fill all our orders at that time. We appreciate your patience.

By ordering now (pre-delivery) at $199.95 you are saving over $35 and saving the shipping charges. Once they are in stock the retail price is $234.95 per set plus shipping.

We are making them available to the entire muscle car industry, since they are also correct for most A-body and F-body applications, plus the other G-body cars such as the Oldsmobile 442, Hurst Olds, and the Monte Carlo SS models.

These are not on our website, so you must call our office 215-766-1611 x 0 ask for Christina to place your order with your credit card.

Remember, you are saving $35 plus free shipping costs by purchasing before this Friday, June 24th at 3 pm eastern time.

We expect to be shipping orders late next week.


We have a limited number of a 35-page booklet that includes much of the background history of the GNX going back to July 1986.

If you are interested, you must email me personally - [email protected] for more info and pricing.


We have a solution for a broken power antenna for your Turbo Regal!

You can buy the new reproduction power antenna Part #7696 - Reproduction Power Antenna with custom-made Mounting Bracket that we offer and others companies sell as well. But, this solution is possibly better for several reasons. It is cheaper and stronger than the original antenna. The critical part on these power antennas is the plastic internal cable. It makes no sense to buy a new old stock power antenna because, even though it’s brand new, it still has 20 to 25 years of age against it. Translation: the plastic cable may break the second or third time you power up the antenna because the plastic cable can be brittle.

I found a guy who is a one-man operation and has a real passion for another GM car. He not only rebuilds them and freshens up the internals, but he replaces that plastic cable with a steel cable that has a plastic outer sleeve on it. It is the same diameter as the original cable is. This is far superior over the factory plastic cable. He then re-assembles it, tests it and sends it on its way all within 3 to 5 days time.

We can offer this service to our customers for the total price of $99.95. That includes him shipping it back to you.

Unit comes with a Manufacturer’s One-Year Warranty, however, you will have to pay the shipping costs.

First contact Christina in our office - 215-766-1611 x 0 - to place the order with your credit card information. We will give you a “RO” number (Repair Order) and the address to ship it to. The RO number is proof it has been paid for. You must attach a label with your name and address to it so you are assured of getting yours back.

NOTE - Do NOT send any of the bezel parts (metal bezel and plastic bezel under the metal one.) Only send the basic antenna. You must unplug the under-the-hood 3-wire harness (gray, white and green wires) from the antenna. Do NOT cut any of the wires.

He can also straight any mildly bent masts at no extra cost to my customers! Any masts that are broken or kinked would be an extra charge, since it would need to be replaced.

The key is that the internal plastic cable is replaced with a steel cable. He has been doing this for over ten years for other car models. So, before you consider a new power antenna from us or another source, this may be a better solution.

Eventually we hope to have cores and offer them on an exchange basis once I get the word out to various people I know.

NOTE - He will be taking a three-week vacation the end of July and the beginning of August. We will post reminders about this as the time draws closer.


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.


I spotted this car on the way to work this past Monday. It’s an all-original 1982 Camaro Berlinetta coupe. It's one-owner, original paint, garage kept example with a mere 55,000 miles on it. Car is super straight and clean, grey in color with grey cloth interior V8 powered with bucket seats and a console. Even the fancy optional wheels are like mint.

This is the first year for this model. I have known the seller for many years. He originally bought it for his son but changed his mind.

It is priced very reasonable at just $4,495. This car is over 30 years old and only has 55,000 miles on it. No dents, no rust. It would be a nice car to cruise in or detail for shows with maybe a young new driver in your family.

You can email me for more details and photos - [email protected]

The car is maybe 5 minutes from our shop.


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]


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This is one of the key engine parts to keeping your Turbo Regal engine original. This is the black metal breather that came on the front of the passenger’s valve cover. A tube went into the other end that went to the inlet bell on the turbo.

If this breather is neglected, it becomes saturated with oil. Once it is saturated, the oil travels through and down the connecting tube, through the turbo inlet bell, and into the intercooler. The oil can coat the intercooler and the connecting hoses, and eventually gum up the throttle body.

We offer them as a pair, so you will have an extra breather.

Supplies of these original-style black breathers may become limited. Other versions are not black, nor are they metal.

These are identical to what came on your car when it was new.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6848 Rebuilt STOCK Turbo and #6849 UPGRADED TA-49 Turbo

Another great engine restoration item.

6539 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Replacement Black Metal Stock Breathers (2) - $12.95

Here is a link to these Stock Breathers on the website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This is the donut-style gasket that does between the original downpipe and the factory turbo elbow.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6696 Adjustable Wastegate Actuator, #6952 High-Pressure Adjustable Wastegate Actuator, #6928 Wastegate Tool, #6848 Rebuilt STOCK Turbo, and #6849 UPGRADED TA-49 Turbo.

Another gasket for restoring the exhaust.

7701 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Replacement Donut Gasket for Downpipe - $12.95

Here is a link to this Donut Gasket for the Downpipe on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

If you need to service the 200-4R transmission on a 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal, this is the replacement transmission gasket and filter you need.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7208 Replacement Transmission TCC Solenoid, #7486 Electrical Solenoid Pass-through Connector with O-ring for 200-4R Transmission, #7686 Replacement Transmission Rear Seal for 200, 200R, 350 and 700 Transmission, and #7154 The 200-4R Super Servo Kit.

Another great transmission restoration item.

7699 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Replacement 400-4R Transmission Gasket and Filter - $34.95

Here is a link to this Transmission Gasket and Filter on our website:

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:


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]


Moravian Tile Works, 313 and Cold Spring Creamy Road, Doylestown, PA - Sunday, July 10th, 2016

One of the largest car shows in our area is being held Sunday July 10th at the nearby Moravian Tile Works located at 313 and Cold Spring Creamy Road in nearby Doylestown, PA. Unfortunately no cars newer than 1986 can participate. This event weather permitting attracts 300 to 500 cars each year.

It is a beautiful setting for a car show. I go every year as a spectator and see some of my old time friends.

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. We plan to attend this event on Saturday as a spectator. If you live anywhere near Allentown this is a rare chance to attend a Buick National event. We will be meeting several of our customers at this event

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.


It sure is shaping up to being a very hot summer for most of the country. At least it slows down the grass growing… that is one chore I don't enjoy.