11-30-2016 Inner Circle

11-30-2016 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 11-30-2016 -


Last week we touched on several rare Buick related brochures we recently acquired. This week we want to share with you some of the catalogs we have acquired from companies that catered to the Turbo Regal market.

In the early 1990s there were a lot more companies catering to the popular Turbo Regal market. Some of these companies expanded to other markets, while others simply faded away.

PHOTO 1 - We show catalogs of two of the big players from back in the day. The photo on the left shows Kenne Bell’s Buick catalog. According to the date on the price sheet included with this catalog, it was from April 1992. It runs 70 pages in length. The photo on the right shows an Applied Technologies & Research Inc. catalog, dated 1996. Originally, they operated out of California and later the company was sold and operated out of a little town called Fair Play, South Carolina, which is when this catalog was printed. Both of these companies were more engine hard core than what our Turbo Regal product line involved.

PHOTO 2 - We show two more catalogs that catered to the Turbo Regal market from back in the day. The photo on the left shows a 1996 Bowling Green Customs’ catalog. The original owner of Bowling Green Customs was Lloyd Tarter, who worked at the Corvette plant and lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky - hence the name of his company. He would later sell it to a couple that operated out of Marietta, Georgia, which is the address on this catalog. The photo on the right shows ANS Performance Products’ catalog. They were located Melrose Park, Illinois. According to the sticker on the cover, this catalog was from 1993.

All four of these catalogs provide good memories and can bring to mind some of the parts that used to be available for our cars. Some of their products have with stood the test of time and can still be found on various Turbo Regal cars today. These various catalogs help provide proof of those products and also show what they sold for back in the day.

It’s interesting to note that some of them published a monthly printed newsletter back in the day. Today our company Kirban Performance stands alone, first at printing a monthly newsletter entitled, “GRAND NEWS.” Then switching over to a monthly emailed newsletter entitled, the “Inner Circle.” A few years later we would switch it to a weekly email.

We first began a monthly printed newsletter in 1988. Starting in 2003 we switched to a monthly email format. Back then we charged $22 for the 12 monthly email issues. I am not exactly sure when we switched to a weekly Inner Circle format and made it FREE of charge to our customers. I do know this - I have done a lot of writing!

See the Rare Parts section as all four of these Turbo Regal catalogs are for sale.


Buick has become the first auto brand from Detroit’s Big Three automakers to place in the top three Consumer Reports annual ranking of the most reliable automotive brand in three decades.

We all know three decades ago (30 years) Buick was nowhere near the top with the Consumer Reports ranking! Buick came in third. The Lexus brand was first and Toyota came in second. Consumer Reports said Buick ranked third in part because it has a very limited stable of vehicles in its lineup. Rapidly climbing from South Korea is the Kia and Hyundai car companies. None of either of these brand models scored below average.

The list of complaints in 1987 on the Buick Regal model would have been very long! All of us could name several complaints instantly, ranging from poor paint quality to the T-Tops leaking.

I’m curious to know exactly where Buick ranked on the Consumer Reports list back in 1987. I’m also curious to see where the Yugo ranked.

PHOTO 3 - On the topic of quality control, I have saved a photo I took of a brand new Turbo Regal hood pad I bought years ago. When I opened the GM sealed box, this is what I saw. I probably should have kept it and put it on our Turbo Regal as a neat conversation piece. If nothing else it shows that the stencil or pattern was three separate patterns, instead of one single one! It also proves that someone at Buick had a sense of humor or wasn’t paying attention.


For many of you that don’t have a lift in your garage, here is another method to help with some of those tough tasks that require a lift.

If you don’t have a lift, it can be a real challenge to install the body bushings or the Pypes exhaust system.

PHOTO 4 - Here is one way to make installation easy, if you lack a lift in your garage. It does require a few friends that have had too much to drink to help you flip your Turbo Regal on its roof. I don’t recommend you do this, especially if your car has the T-Tops option!


For Sale - 2005 GTO Midnite Blue Metallic, a one year only color. It has M6 black interior, full SAP Package, and has been under car cover in a garage with only 915 actual miles. Still has Australian air in the tires! Only the battery has been changed. Price is $29,999. (See Impala SS ad below for more info).

For Sale - 1996 Impala SS BBB Black with grey interior, ATR exhaust, Hotchkis anti-sway bars, has complete Police car body mounts with GNX bushing over the rear end. Wheels look brand new, never curbed. Car is very clean underneath. Garage kept under cover. Price is $17,000. Car has 73,XXX actual miles.

Both cars located in South Carolina.

If you are interested, email Ed - [email protected] - for pictures on both cars and more information.


We heard from Rick Fink from New York about the “Inside Detroit” article.

He recalls that in the Fall of 1986 he saw that same article called “Inside Detroit” in Hot Rod magazine. After reading the article back then, he traded his 11-month-old 1985 BMW 325 series in on his first Grand National. Years later he would buy one of our Grand Nationals!


It would be over 25 years later on a road trip across the country I would pull off the highway and drive to downtown Gallup, New Mexico. I was told by the local police the old jail from the 1960s had been torn down and was now a parking lot. I stood next to my car in that parking lot and called my Dad and told him where I was standing. It brought back memories to him as I talked to him on the phone from that parking lot.

I made life easier for my siblings, since none of them provided the headaches I did for my parents!


If you bought one of the refurbished upgrade steering shafts, part #7574, sometime in the past, we want to hear from you. We would also like a photo showing it installed in your Turbo Regal and would also like to have your input on what difference you felt over the original lower steering shaft.

Please email me direct - [email protected]


See Rare Parts section for the various lengths of original grey pallex material we have available this week. We have added a few more sections.

As of this writing, I finally expect get some black original pallex material in the next 3-5 days.


Here is a link to the Christmas Specials on our website:


As you read this, I have just one of these refurbished lower steering shafts, part #7574, in stock.They are getting increasingly tougher to find and refurbish. The price is $109.95 and $10 UPS ground shipping to the basic 48 states. You must email me direct - [email protected] - if you want one.


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]


Here is a simple project to do over the winter. Replace the steering column bearing kit with our metal bearing kit, part #7572. Buick only used a rubber-like seal instead of a metal bearing. This bearing kit fits virtually every 1969 through 1995 GM car. Some GM models did get a metal bearing, but research has shown that the Turbo Regals got the cheaper rubber seal instead.

We sell hundreds of these kits every year. There are many other mail-order companies that buy it from us for their market. This kit is well worth the money!


We now have the new replacement EGR Vacuum Solenoid, part #7762, in stock.
Here is the link to this replacement EGR Vacuum Solenoid on our website:

We have our new Slip-on Grey & Black Front Seat Covers (2) and Seat Belt Covers (2) Set are in stock, part #7750.
Here is a link to these seat covers on the website:

We now have part #7748 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - 4 Connector Plugs & Hardware Kit with Buick Manual Holder in stock.
Here is a link to this kit on our website:

We now have stock of the Cam Shaft Sensor, part #7749.
Here is a link to this sensor on the website:

The new Powder-coated Glossy Black Front Rotors (2) Set, Part #7734 is now in stock. Here is the link on our website:

The TR-6 High Tech Ignition System, Part #7442 and the TR-6 High Tech Ignition System and Custom Cut High-Performance Grey Plug Wires Set #7443 are now available. Here is a link on our website:

The new Reproduction Belt Tensioner with New Pulley is now in stock, Part #7733.
Here is the link on our website:

The Reproduction Windshield Washer Bottle is now in stock. Part #7237.
Here is a link to this windshield washer bottle on our website:

Once again we have more of the popular PYPES PERFORMANCE (Non-Polished Stainless Steel) Dual Exhaust System, part #6996, in stock.
Here is a link to this Pypes dual exhaust system on our website:


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. See photo 2 in 7-13-2016 Inner Circle to determine if you have the proper mass air flow sensor we need.

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. Keep in mind, I have very little knowledge of the mechanical workings of the engine.


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.


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Over time, the EGR vacuum solenoid can fail, and trigger a code "32”.

The EGR is disabled at wide open throttle for maximum performance. The purpose of the EGR system is to lower nitrogen levels that are released into the atmosphere from the engine's exhaust. This is accomplished by decreasing the combustion temperature.

The EGR vacuum solenoid pulses the EGR valve many times a second to send the precise amount of exhaust gas back into the intake manifold.

If the EGR vacuum solenoid fails, the diagnostic switch in the EGR solenoid will trigger a code 32. 

In states that have emission inspections, if this solenoid fails, it can cause your car to fail the emission test.

The EGR vacuum solenoid is located on the driver’s side of the engine, by the side of the valve cover. It sits behind the EGR valve.

It’s also best to check all the related vacuum lines to EGR vacuum solenoid for any cracks due to age or heat.

This replacement part is exactly like the GM original, there is no difference.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7749 Cam Shaft Sensor or #7161 TPS Sensor.

An excellent replacement part.

7762 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Replacement EGR Vacuum Solenoid - $59.95

Here is a link to this EGR Vacuum Solenoid on our website:

1984-1987 Grand National / GNX and 1984-1987 T-Type -

With the price and limited availability of original grey and black pallex material for Grand Nationals and GNXs, it is important to protect your original seats from any dirt, wear, everyday mishaps and UV rays.

After much research, we found a high-quality set of grey and black slip-over seat covers for the bucket seat format. The bucket seat covers (2) are a one-piece design for each bucket seat.

Included with the set of covers are two small covers for the seat belts, if you want to use them.

The set does NOT include covers for the headrests.

These have been tested for fit by one of our long-time customers. After trying out two different brands of seat covers, this is brand he picked for quality and fitment.

Installation is quite simple and requires no tools or mechanical skills! You don't even have to remove the headrest to install the seat cover.

The seat covers are secured by elastic straps and velcro.

The center of each seat cover is a dark shade of grey with black on the sides of the cover, which is a very similar design to the original Grand National seats. These also look good in a Turbo Regal with a grey interior.

The material is 65% polyester and 35% synthetic rubber, and is machine washable.

The seat covers are plain - no logos or printing. They provide superior protection against wear, spills, moisture, and UV rays. These seat covers are also water resistant.

Our other photos show the cover on a Grand National seat right after they were put on. Any wrinkles clear once the covers are on for a while.

NOTE - The colors in our photos on our website may not represent these covers exactly due to computer monitor differences.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7516 GM Plastic Front Seat Belt Cap Covers (2) Set and #7479 GM Licensed Reproduction Front Bucket Grey Seat Belts (4 pieces) Set.

NOTE - This set includes 2 seat covers and 2 seat belt covers.

Another excellent protective item for your car.

7750 - 1984-1987 Grand National / GNX -
Slip-on Grey & Black Front Seat Covers (2) and Seat Belt Covers (2) Set - $69.95 / set

Here is a link to these seat covers on the website:

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -

Over time, the cam shaft sensor (cam sensor) can develop wear issues, which can affect the signal it sends to the ignition module and then to the ECM. Its purpose is to provide a reference point for the cam shaft. The ECM must see a signal from the cam shaft sensor for the engine to start.

This is one of the components related to the ignition circuit that is unique to only the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals and 1989 Turbo Trans Ams. It is not a stock auto store part and can cost over $300 or more.

This cam shaft sensor is brand new. It is 100% exactly like the GM sensor, and it even has the GM part number stamped on the shaft. One of the few parts that is aftermarket, yet has the GM part number on the shaft. This may be an instance where one supplier may be the actual manufacturer and they get packaged under various company names.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7723 CCCI (Computer Controlled Coil Ignition) SensorCheck Module, #7043 Cam Sensor Cap with LED Indicator, #7083 Rebuilt ECM Control Module, 7637 AC DELCO Coil Pack, and #7639 Aftermarket Ignition Module.

Another excellent replacement sensor.

7749 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
Cam Shaft Sensor - $249.95

Here is a link to this sensor on the website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
4 CONNECTOR PLUGS & Hardware KIT with Buick Manual Holder

Because of the age of these cars, we are seeing more of the factory plastic wire connector tabs getting broken off on sensors as owners replace them over the years. Owners then revert to a plastic wire tie strap to secure the plug to the sensor.

Working with Casper’s Electronics, we had them make up a kit that includes the main connector ends which are subject to breakage. These connector plugs include one for the wastegate solenoid, the TPS sensor, the mass air flow sensor, and the special long narrow one that plugs into the coil pack module.

We also added 3 powder-coated black C-clips that GM used to secure the throttle cables to the throttle body and the wastegate actuator rod to the turbo. There is also additional internal hardware to secure the wire ends to the plugs included in the kit.

These are all items that are not easily found in any auto store.

As a bonus, we include a nice used original Buick blue vinyl manual holder for your glove box.

A great buy, and something you’ll appreciate the first time you need to use any item from this "emergency kit."

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7161 TPS Sensor, #7045 Rebuilt Original AC DELCO Mass Air Flow Sensor, #7637 AC DELCO Coil Pack, and #7639 Aftermarket Ignition Module.
This is another great restoration kit.

7748 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - 4 Connector Plugs & Hardware Kit with Buick Manual Holder - $39.95 / kit

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]


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.


We hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe that another year will soon be over.

Our cars are now 30 years old.

We have more Turbo Regal parts in the works. We are also working with A1 Cardone on another project. Currently we are waiting on a sample from them. We also have a project in the works with Spoolfool and are waiting for a sample. Watch for updates!