07-13-2016 Inner Circle

07-13-2016 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 07-13-2016 -


I should have looked more carefully in our 2005 Tahoe as it does indeed have a SPID label. It is the smaller size. It is located in the glove box. Several of our readers brought this to my attention.

As I said, our Tahoe is very well optioned. It has features/options I never use, such as a DVD player in the headliner and adjustable brake pedal to name two. Our Tahoe has a total of 98 codes on the SPID label. It even has the air ride suspension, which I have already had to replace. We did put the later 17 inch Chevy wheels on it, which made a big difference in the appearance.

So, with that said, it appears GM still uses the SPID label. However, with computers today the dealer can determine everything virtually from your VIN number.


We have something FREE to the very first owner that emails me personally - [email protected] - I have a set of slip-on seat covers for bucket seats. They are a universal format. They are black and grey in color. I need someone to try them on their seats and provide feedback for us. I will also need photos as well. If this interests you, email me. You have to be able to do it within a week’s time.

It’s important to protect your Grand National seats. Unfortunately, no company has yet produced an exact fitting seat covers using the original pallex material.


As we mentioned in an earlier issue, we stated that the GNXs would have a high number of codes on the SPID label. They have 6 rows of 13 across, plus 9 on the last row, for a total of 87 codes.

I was always under the impression that all GNXs received all the best parts. On the photo I have of one GNX SPID label, this is not the case. For example, it shows the code J41, which means this GNX received steel rear brake drums not aluminum brake drums, which is code J42.

Even more surprising is I don’t see the codes for steel or aluminum bumper reinforcements. This seems strange to me. That no codes show up for either steel or aluminum. I always assumed that the GNXs all received the light-weight features, such as aluminum rear brake drums and reinforcement braces for both the front and rear bumper. If they did, for some reason, it may or may not be on the GNX SPID label.

So I am asking any GNX owners that are reading this issue to tell me if they have either a J41 or J42 code for the rear drums. And, if so, what drums do they have on their GNX. Also let us know the bumper reinforcement codes - it would be VD6 and VD7 for aluminum or VD4 and VD5 for the steel ones. Or maybe they don’t show either sets of codes on the SPID label. The critical code is T2L, which is the code for the GNX package. This critical code is on the copy of the SPID trunk label I have. Perhaps the aluminum drums where installed with the GNX suspension package at ASC, if the car was not equipped already.

With the goal being to have the GNX quicker than the production Grand Nationals, you would assume any parts that shed weight would become standard equipment on the GNX.


We have been selling a lot of alternators over the last year or so. Even though our units are more money than most, turbo owners realize ours look exactly like the originals. This would not be that critical if the alternator was not so visible under the hood on the engine!

We take great pride in providing our source with the correct anodized coating for some of the parts he uses. I never realized that the fan is almost as unique as the pulley.

According to my source that hand builds each unit, that size fan was only used on certain full-size Cadillac and Oldsmobile models. You could put several different fan blades side by side with minor differences and not realize they are each different.

The fan is critical because it draws the air from the back of your alternator to the front to keep it cool. We all realize that turbo engines create a lot of heat.

The 1986-1987 Turbo Regals are also unique because the alternator is a 120 amp unit. For example, the typical Monte Carlo SS model alternator is less than 100 amps. For every three 120 amp alternators we sell we sell one of the 200 amp units.

Even our 2005 Tahoe, probably because of the number of options, uses a special optional 160 amp alternator. The dealer was able to tell me this from the VIN number, so I had my buddy get me a new one to have as a spare.

One of the more unique fan blades can be found on Corvairs as they turn in reverse so the blades are angled in reverse for cooling. See Photo 4.

PHOTO 1 - The photo on the left shows two typical used GM alternator fan blades. Fan blades are very similar in size but the one to the left is the correct one for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. It is slightly larger than the other one. One way to tell if your fan blade is correct is to check the tips of the blade. The tips should be as wide as the housing. These are both used. The photo to the right shows our brand new 120 amp alternator. Notice the pulley is black, and the stator section between the front and rear housing is also black. This is how it looked originally on your 1986-1987 Turbo Regal when it was new. While other colors such as gold may look real cool, it is not correct. Our units are all hand built by one individual and have a limited lifetime warranty as long as you own the car. I have known him personally for over 25 years.

As our cars get older, a good investment to head off any issues with the alternator not charging, is to buy the FieldFix™ Alternator Plug-In, part #6961. This was created and made by Caspers Electronics. It will continue to charge the alternator even if the bulb in the dash burns out or if the flex board on the back of the dash is bad.

Here is a link to this FieldFix™ on our website:

PHOTO 2 - The photo to the left shows the original 120 amp alternator on our personal Turbo T. You can see how wide the fan blade. Allso the stator section between the front and rear housing is black. The photo to the right shows our original 1987 AC Delco mass air flow sensor.


See the photo on the right in Photo 2. It is these original AC Delco mass air flow sensor cores that we badly need.

Cardone does not have any of them in their supply of cores. We need these original cores to meet the needs of other customers.

If you have an original one with the plug pointing downward like in this photo, we will give you a Letter of Credit for $40 against any of our website parts.

The cheaper way to ship is by Mail.

MAILING ADDRESS - Kirban Performance, PO Box 1199, Plumsteadville, Pa 18949 with your Name, Address and Phone Number.

UPS ADDRESS - Kirban Performance, 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, Pa 18949 with your Name, Address and Phone Number.

Help us help others. Otherwise we will be forced to discontinue this service for our customers. To my knowledge no one has reproduced it as of yet. It would require the blessing from GM since it has the AC Delco wording on it.


I know a little bit about the importance of cooling going back to when we started with the GTO business in the late 1970s.

When we started that business I discovered that Pontiac used 3 different sizes of radiator shrouds in the 1964-1967 GTOs. In many cases, it was an option or was part of the air conditioning package. Beginning in 1968 all GTOs had radiator shrouds. Some of them were plastic and one version was metal. We made all 3 versions in fiberglass. Ours were smooth on the exterior and rough on the inside, all done in black gelcoat. We sold thousands of them over many years.

The company that made them for us had major clients, such as Sesame Street, Disney, and Pep Boys. They made the huge Pep Boy figures that went on top of the buildings. They made the huge figures for those companies as well as other items.

Our GTO radiator shrouds were very popular for one main reason. It kept engines from overheating. Although they were not identical to the originals, keeping the 389 and 400 engines cool was far more important, especially on a fresh rebuilt.

I also discovered how to tell if a clutch fan was bad and the importance of the location of the fan blade to the shroud opening. In case you’re wondering, a good clutch fan with the engine turned off will come to a fairly quick stop instead of free spin. As for the fan blade location, it needs to be half in and half out of the back edge of the shroud to be the most efficient.

It would be years later before one of the major Pontiac companies would spend a lot of money to make the radiator shrouds original in plastic.

We also made the shroud for the 1966-1967 Nova 327 cars. The unusual fact we discovered with them was that the engine sits off center from the radiator and shroud. This is something most owners may not realize.

It helped back then to have access to several major junkyards to see firsthand what was correct on what cars.

So, if you’re at a major car show and see a 1964-1967 GTO, a 1966-1967 Nova 327, or a 1966-1967 Chevelle 396 and the radiator shroud is fiberglass with a rough inside, it’s one of ours from 25-plus years ago. We supplied the entire industry with them.

We still get made today ones for the 1967 Olds 442 models. It is a one year only shroud. The person that was the shop foreman that made our radiator shrouds years later would buy a brown Turbo T from us. This car was a winner one year at the GS Nationals.

So, you can see how even just little things related to cooling can make a difference. The proper size fan blade on your alternator will keep it cooler.


The source that is rebuilding our power antennas sent me some of the broken plastic ones. He said some of the antennas were broken in more than one place. He also included a section of the steel cable that he uses.

PHOTO 3 - In this photo we show both the original used cracked and broken plastic antenna cable in the middle and right, and a section of the steel cable he uses (instead of the plastic cable) on the left. Note how yellow some of the original cables are in this photo.

I think power antenna failures ranks second to powermaster brake failures.

It’s understandable why the plastic cable would break, since it is wound so tightly in a small diameter housing for many years!


I attended the huge show this past weekend in Doylestown. The weather was picture perfect and I would guess they had 400 or more cars in attendance. I did see 2 Corvairs so I took photos of the alternator fan.

PHOTO 4 - We show 2 different photos of alternators from 2 different Corvairs. You can clearly see how the blades have a completely different angle than the blades on your Turbo Regal alternator. This was something I was not aware of until this past week.


Since announcing the summertime mini contest we have 1 entry of 50 codes at the low end.

At the high end we have 1 entry of 95 codes!

These are the 2 numbers you need to beat to be in first place.

Below are all the rules. There is still time to enter, if you can beat either of our current 2 entries.

Dealing with the current topic - SPID codes - I am curious to see who among our readers has the fewest codes on their SPID label and also who has the most codes on their SPID label.

The 2 winners will each receive a $50 Letter of Credit against any of our website parts.

Here are the rules that must be followed exactly.

In case of a tie, the earliest email will be the winner for that category.

Your answer must be emailed to me personally - [email protected] and include a photo of your actual SPID label.

The car must be a 1984-1987 Turbo Regal, which includes the GNX, WE4, and 1987 Turbo Limited models.

At the high end of the count, if you have over 96 or more codes, I would think you would be in the running. At the low end count, if you have less than 50 codes, I would think you would be in the running. For example - our 1987 Turbo-T has just 52 codes.

So submit your photo and information to be a possible winner.

The contest is open to all our customers, but not in a Turbo Regal related business.

The deadline to submit your entry is 6 pm eastern time, Saturday, July 23rd with the winners announced in the July 27th issue.

Actually the winner of each category really has a very rare Turbo Regal no matter if it’s a Grand National or a regular Turbo Regal.

I’m curious if any readers have a 1984-1987 Turbo Regal with 100 codes. Also, I am curious if any owners have one with 45 or less codes on the SPID label.

Good luck all participants.


As we stated in last week’s Inner Circle, we have a solution for a broken original GM power antenna. Actually we have two solutions.

To have your power antenna rebuilt, you must first contact Christina at our office - 215-766-1611 x 0 - to place the order with your credit card information.

The total price for the rebuild is just $99.95. You must have an original AC Delco power antenna. This would have a riveted bracket to the tube and have a collapsible top at the top of the tube. Because of the quality of the various replacement and reproduction power antennas our source does not have the parts to fix them. Only the original AC Delco ones that came in your car from the factory can be rebuilt. This includes return shipping to you to any of the basic 48 states. We will give you a “RO” number (Repair Order) and the address you need to ship your antenna to. It does not get shipped to us! The RO number is proof it has been paid for. This RO number must be on your label on your power antenna. You must attach a label with your name and address to it so you are assured of getting your original power antenna 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.

NOTE - He will be taking a three-week vacation the end of July and the beginning of August. No shipments can be made during these three weeks. We will post reminders about this as the time draws closer.

We also have a limited supply of original AC Delco power antennas currently being rebuilt by our source. This is part #7703. These rebuilt antennas will have the original-style hex tip on the mast. The price is $149.95, which includes shipping to any of the basic 48 states. You must call Christina at our office 215-766-1611 x 0 to purchase one, as supplies are limited. Currently, we only have a few getting rebuilt. If you call and want a rebuilt antenna, we would not charge your credit card until we can ship it.

One thing we recommend you do prior to any power antenna removal is to purchase the Pete Serio booklet - “1984-1987 Turbo Regal - Power Antenna Removal and Installation Guide,” our part #6976.

Here is a link to these Rebuilding/Rebuilt Power Antennas on our website:


As you read this, we have just 2 left of the correct power antennas in stock. We have just a few more getting rebuilt. These are completely rebuilt with the correct OEM hex head tip. Since these are totally rebuilt, they are better than original with a steel cable with a plastic outer sleeve.

The price is just $149.95 to your door. You must contact our office to get one of these - 215-766-1611 x 0.

They are superior to the original power antennas and have the unique hex head tip, which is what came on your 1984-1987 Turbo Regal originally.


I am still waiting for word from Cardone as to when I can expect to have more aluminum brake drums available. If you wish a set from the next shipment, contact our office - 215-766-1611 x 0. We would not charge your credit card until we have them in stock. The price is $234.95 plus shipping.


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.


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 turbo. 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

UPS - Ship to Address -
6201 Kellers Church Road


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 1987 Buick Grand National has the optional factory astro-roof (CF5). It has undergone a complete frame off restoration. The seller has fully documented with photos in a binder. The owner even was able to use brand new original Pallex material on the interior. This is a top-notch Grand National where no expense has been spared. Hundreds of hours went into the bodywork alone. All the glass and interior were 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 it. The seller may take another 1986-1987 Turbo Regal in partial trade. 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]

BREAKING NEWS - This restored 1987 Grand National will be at the Mecum Auction in Harrisburg, PA Friday night July 22nd, Lot F248.


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. 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]


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:


If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct -dennis[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]



On this coming Saturday, July 16th from 5 pm until 10 pm the annual Doylestown Classic Car Show takes place. This event attracts several hundred cars and trucks of all types and is set up on several of the major streets in Doylestown. Free to the public and includes live music and various vendors. I usually attend this event as a spectator.

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 - dennis[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.


There is still time to enter the SPID contest for low number or high number of codes.