9-30-09 Inner Circle

9-30-09 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 09-30-2009


We finally have the "LOW FUEL" Warning unit available, Part #7244. This will only fit the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals that have the analog dash cluster. The price is just $43.95. We actually put one in that 720-mile Grand National we recently sold, and it worked great.

This option is very easy to install. It originally was a Riviera option. For whatever reason, it never was Turbo Regal option, even though all the 1984-1987 Regal analog dash clusters have the notation of "LOW FUEL" as one of the non-working idiot lights on the left side of the dash. This new kit has two features. The first feature is it will light up when the gas level falls below a quarter of a tank. When it gets very close to empty the Low Fuel light will blink.

See copy below for more details.

1984-1987 Regal (Including Turbo Models) with Factory Analog Dash Only -

The one option GM partially forgot! If you look at the instrument panel in a factory analog dash, just below the left turn signal light, you can see the words "LOW FUEL." This option was provided for, but GM never offered it on the Regal. However, in the mid 1980s, Buick offered a "LOW FUEL" Warning as an option, Code "U41" in their Riviera models.

The Regals, including the Turbo Regals, share the same exact analog dash cluster.

We have the circuit board, complete with the light socket, to make this function in the 1984-1987 Buick Regals. Installation is all plug and play; nothing gets cut. Each unit comes with easy-to-follow directions.

This new "LOW FUEL" Warning Indicator, is even better than the GM original unit. The light for "LOW FUEL" will come on at a point below a quarter of a tank of gas. But with our unit, when the gas tank gets almost depleted, the "LOW FUEL" circuit light will also blink.

This unit is made by the same source that did our 1984-1987 Turbo Regal - LED Analog Dash Lights (7) Kit, Part #7234. This is also a nice option to add and it is easy to install. Since the labor is basically the same, we recommend you install the LED lights and this Low Fuel Warning unit at the same time.

An excellent upgrade for any factory analog dash.

7244 - 1984-1987 Regal (Including Turbo Models) with Factory Analog Dash Only -
"LOW FUEL" Warning Indicator Unit $43.95

Click Here to see this "LOW FUEL" Warning Unit product page on our web site.


Currently, we are working on several new products. Two of which, we are very excited about even though they are not for the Turbo Regals.

One new part is for the new 2010 Camaro SS models. If you own a new Camaro SS model, check out our web site for Part #3101, #3102, #3103, and #3104. 2010 Camaro SS - Engine Cover "SS" RED or WHITE - Emblems & Polished Stainless Nameplates. We show photos and description of the first cosmetic part we have available for under the hood on these new Camaros. These beautiful nameplates looks like something GM should have included with their engine cover kit.

Click Here to see this SS Emblems and Nameplates product page on our web site.

Next, we are the very first mail-order company and probably the very first retailer to have brand new 4-piston brake calipers for all the early A-body and early B-body Chryslers. This would include most of the 1966-1969 A-body models - Dart, Demon, Barracuda, Valiant, etc. Also the 1966-1969 B-body models such as Roadrunner, Coronet, Satellite, GTX, etc. No more dealing with rusty 40-plus-year-old cores. These are 100% brand new with stainless sleeves, are zinc coated, and have a limited lifetime warranty for the end consumer. It has been many years since these were available brand new.

If you own one of these cars that have that option, give us a call for pricing, 215-766-1611. We will be making them available to all the major Chrysler sources in the next few weeks as well.


As you know, we have been discussing documents related to your car. A couple weeks ago I attended a car show located near our old house. This car show featured many high-end classic cars, from Rolls Royces, to Ferraris, to Porsches.

One car that caught my eye that day was this little 1939 Plymouth P8 rumble seat coupe. I'm guessing that 1939 was probably near the end for the rumble seat option.

Neatly displayed on one board, the owner had a picture of the original owner, his Aunt. She died in 2009 at the ripe old age of 107. She had bought the car in 1939 trading in her 1934 Plymouth. She stopped driving at age 94, which was in 1995. That means she drove this 1939 Plymouth approximately 55 years. That's a lot of seat time in the same seat!

Photo 1 - We show the 1939 Plymouth that Mildred drove for all those years.

Photo 2 - We show not only the photo of the original owner, but all the paper work that transpired back in 1939. You can see what the 1934 Plymouth bought on the trade in and how much Mildred Firth had to pay.

Photo 3 - This is an interesting photo. William Firth, who restored and now owns this Plymouth, did something quite unique with the factory tools that came with the car when it was new. He fashioned a glass case using one half of an original windshield and fabricated a wooden box around it and for the insides. The trim around the glass is actually a portion of the windshield molding! The inspection sticker you see in the case was from the last time it was registered when his Aunt drove it. According to the information he has documented, only 3 of this particular model still exist today.

Photo 4 - Shows an original invoice from my Mom's father. Back in 1933, he bought a brand new Ford Model 40 Standard Tudor Sedan from a dealer in Philadelphia. It was dated July 29, 1933. The price was $615. The cost to transfer and title the car was $7.40. The "Allowance on used car" was $35 for his trade in. I have no idea what he traded in, as he died over 40 years ago.

I can't explain how this original invoice has remained in our family and in good condition. It was very common for people of that generation to save everything. In some cases, they may not have taken great care of saving things, but fortunately some things have remained in great condition.


If you live near any large car dealerships or salvage yards, you have seen firsthand just how popular this program was in your area. Besides being a boom for dealerships, it has also been a boom for salvage yards.

I deal with one locally to me that gets all my stripped-out Turbo Regals and his yard is loaded! There are lots of SUVs and Jeeps.

I spotted several vehicles that were almost in like-new condition. They even got in a 1995 Jaguar with only 56,000 miles. That car was like mint. I actually bought the grille and dash cluster out of this car.

One of our customers sent me a printout which gave a pretty detailed breakdown on what vehicles got turned in through this "Clunker" program.

The most popular clunker was the Ford Explorer; 69,887 were turned in (approximately 10% of the total turned in.)

A total of 131 Corvettes got turned in to be crushed. This is surprising. I hope it was mostly 1983-1992 models. I would hate to see any 1957 or 1963s crushed!

Only 22 Peugeots got turned in. A 1997 Bentley Continental R, which cost $300,000 when it was new got turned in. There was also a 1999 Mercedes C43 AMG turned in.

Also on this list, and I have read it elsewhere, a GNX was turned in and crushed. Like many of you reading this, I find this alarming. I'd have to see an actual photo of this to believe it. I assume the government works from VIN numbers, which is part of all the paperwork that the dealers must turn in to collect on this program. Maybe someone jumped VIN numbers or car is a clone of a GNX. Keep in mind, clunkers had to be insured for I think one year and be driven, so it could not be a stripped-out towed in vehicle.

Surprisingly, 37 people turned in cars that were only one year old.


If you recall, it was about this time last year that Richard Clark had his Open House at his shop in Burlington, NC, courtesy of ZDDPlus™. It was a huge success over a 2-1/2-day period. Over 300 people were in attendance from all over. We did make a video of the event. Currently, we are having that made into a DVD, along with our recent trip to "Back to the Bricks." The same DVD will cover our visit to the Sloan Museum. We should have these available in a few weeks. Watch for details.


Part #6644 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Boost Line Kit is now $29.95


We have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor), Part #6536 in stock for $61.95. Just a few left now.


NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event for this year, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.

The best way to stay informed with the show season is to check out the various Turbo Buick forums.

There's a Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac race at Cordova Dragway in Cordova, Illinois.
Saturday, October 10th
Details can be found at - www.cordovadrag.com/2009/events/bop-flyer.html

The East Coast Buick Regionals and Pontiac Challenge will be held OCTOBER 16th and 17th, 2009 at Cecil County Dragway, Maryland. It features 5 different race classes for V8 and Turbo-powered Buicks. Friday is Test and Tune and Saturday is Buick Race Day. For more information, contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 845-528-GSGN or Griff Atkinson 410-472-2757. I have just been informed that in addition to the program Saturday October 17th will be a judged all Buick Car Show in additional at Cecil County Dragway. They will have goodie bags for the first 50 cars. The MAGNA Club will be in charge of the car show portion of the event. I plan to attend this event only on Saturday and will bring ZDDPlus™ and the ZPaste™ along with many used Turbo Regal parts to sell.

The Oklahoma Buick Performance Club will hold it's 15th year, Team Buick vs. Team Ford Headsup Shootout on OCTOBER 17, 2009. Team Buick includes Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and GMC trucks with any engine or power adder. This will be at Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Noble, Oklahoma. A first time TSM event will also be held with some pre-qualifying Friday night the 16th. More information - www.okbuicks.com - www.turbobuick.com (National Racing Events and Info) Personal contact: Dick Walker, 405-745-3602 - [email protected]

SOUTHERN BUICK SHOOTOUT 2009 - Reynolds, Georgia -
Friday & Saturday, NOVEMBER 6th & 7th, 2009 -

The Southern Buick Shootout 2009 event at the Silver Dollar Raceway is scheduled for November 6th and 7th, 2009. This event will be open to any and all BUICK, OLDS, and PONTIAC cars. The event will include a points race for the TSO and TSM categories, as well as other potential Buick categories.

The plan is to have heads-up / index pacing available for those racers that cannot run in TSM/TSO categories. They also plan to have Gamblers Racing for both Sportsman type cars (no delay boxes allowed) and Top Eliminator (delay Box). The will be Test-N-Tune all day both days. If you have questions, email - [email protected]


Looking ahead into next Spring 2010, the first Turbo Buick event of the season will be the first ever "turbobuick.com Nationals." The dates are March 15-20, 2010 in Burlington, NC area.

For more information on this March event, click on the thread - http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/national-racing-events-info/292319-2010-turbobuick-com-nationals.html
Or, you can email Clint Adkins at - [email protected]

NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.


Although not a Turbo Buick related car show event, this one local to us event deserves a special mention. The date is Sunday, October 18th, 2009 from 9 am until 3:30. Location is the Warminster Community Park, which is now part of the old closed down Johnsville Airbase. This is where we held several of our major Car Shows events in the early 1990s.

What makes this show remarkable are several things. The Early Ford V8 Club hosts it and this is the 40th year of this show. That means they did their first one back in 1969!

Another unique thing related to judging is none of their club members are eligible to win! They have Awards of Excellence for the Top 80 entries!

Frankly, I think it is nothing short of remarkable that they have conducted a car show now for forty years and over that time have made whatever adjustments they needed to do to keep it going. Since this event is in my area, I know it has been held in different locations over the years. Not that many years ago it was held in Warrington on the grounds of the one of the last drive-in movie theatres, which is now a location for Lowes and Target stores.

The event happens rain or shine, but we all know any type of bad weather hurts attendance.

For more info, contact John Murphy 215-674-6700 days or 267-716-555 nights/weekends.

Since it is early V8 Ford sponsored, maybe I will see a 1949-1950 Ford business coupe for sale. That's the one reason I usually go! Also, represents one of the last car show events in our area of the season.

If you do go, the entrance to this event is off Bristol Road by Hatboro Road, which is behind the old airbase! Weather permitting, this event is well worth attending, especially if you reside in a 50-mile radius.


If you would like to see any Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -

http://stores.ebay.com/Kirban-Performance-Products-Inc_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZ km


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 not remember who requested the item.


Looking further ahead, November 7th and 8th we will be in Ocala, Florida at Don Garlits' 22nd Annual Mopar event. We'll be one of his special guests as a vendor selling ZDDPlus™ and the ZPaste™. We plan to contact the local Buick club and several of the Pontiac/GTO clubs in Florida to arrange a seminar in that general area at that time. Watch for more updates as the time draws closer. We hope to see many of our Florida customers at that time.

For more information, check out the website for the Mopar Florida club that puts on this Mopar event at Don Garlits Museum - www/floridamoparassociation.com