03-08-2017 Inner Circle

03-08-2017 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 03-08-2017 -


As many of you know, the Power Six logo can be confusing. Buick used the warm-to-hot colors on the logo to denote the car was turbocharged. For example, this format can be seen on all the 1984-1987 Regal Grand National models. The 1986 LeSabre Grand National had a solid red Power Six logo. The same warm-to-hot colors can be seen on the 1984-1985 Turbocharged Riviera.

The 1984 Regal T-Type also had a Power Six emblem attached to the front fender under the T-Type emblem. This also shared the same warm-to-hot color format. The colors were orange to yellow.

As noted last week, on the 1986-1987 Grand National wheel caps the arrow portion of the Power Six tucked under the vertical part. It seems confusing to see two different versions of a logo on the same car.

We show proof here that on Molly’s original design for the turbocharged Riviera models the arrow overlapped the vertical portion. Again, Buick changed the Power Six so the arrow portion goes under the vertical part for production of the Riviera fender emblems and also the dash emblem.

PHOTO 1 - The photo to the left shows two of the three Molly original metal prototype emblems for the Riviera models. The photo to the right shows the third prototype Turbocharged emblem and under it the one Buick used on the actual production Riviera. You can clearly see how close in size and font type Molly’s prototype is to what Buick ended up using on their cars. You can also see that Buick reversed the arrow putting it under the vertical part of the six. It matches what Buick did to the 1986-1987 Grand National center caps.

I am sure any collector who owns a Turbocharged Riviera would love to own these prototype emblems!

The only other example in my private collection that also shows the arrow under the vertical part can be seen in the next photo. I believe this emblem came on the fenders of the 1984 Regal T-Type. Remember, the 1984 T-Type Regals were not produced in large numbers. Now, over 30 years later, they are extremely rare to see.

PHOTO 2 - We show the only other exterior Power Six logo emblem where the arrow is under the vertical part. I believe this is from a 1984 Regal T-Type. Also pictured from my collection are a 1981 Indy 500 Buick Pace Car cloth patch and a 1983 Indy 500 Buick Pace Car cloth patch. Both show the arrow as the more recognizable design.

With that being said, you now know Buick tweaked the Power Six logo in more than one application. I have no idea as to the reason why, but you now see visual proof that they did indeed use two different designs!

In the next photo from my private collection I have a similar emblem that dates back to around 1966-1967. I bought it years ago and I believe it is the only one in existence.

The Hurst Olds, especially the early ones, are highly collectible and have been for many years.
Even though in my early days I pursued GTOs and have a very extensive rare Hurst collection of prototypes and artwork, I have never owned a Hurst Olds. The closest I have come was in 2000 when I bought a 12,000-mile 1987 Olds 442 hardtop. If I recall, the seller was a local GTO collector and he wanted to move the car quickly so he could buy a GTO Judge. I was his answer. I ended up selling it locally to a guy whose Dad owned a car dealership. Of course with that background, they went over my Olds 442 with a fine tooth comb to make sure it was as described. He did buy the car. A few years later I, in turn, bought a used car from their dealership.

This next photo clearly shows the original Hurst Olds prototype emblem and then a production Hurst Olds emblem.

PHOTO 3 - The emblem on top is a metal casting prototype Hurst Olds emblem, which matches exactly in overall size to the one used for production. The only visible difference is that on the prototype the words “OLDS” is in a different font style and extends past the circle so the letter S is out of the circle. The letter O is flattened and stretched when compared to the actual production emblem. I am sure any Hurst Olds collector would love to own this piece of rare history. I doubt many of the Hurst Olds owners even realize this prototype exists!


You may wonder why Hurst made a Hurst Olds and not a Hurst GTO. I often wondered that myself. There is no denying that the GTO contract for Hurst was their huge money maker beginning with the 1964 GTO. George Hurst’s favorite car was the Oldsmobile. That is why Hurst teamed up with Oldsmobile and the rest, as they say, is history. I was told this years ago by several Hurst employees.


Turbo Regal Window Stickers can be a little misleading since only the last 10,000 Grand Nationals were actually listed as a Grand National model. Prior to this, the turbo package, T package or Grand National package was listed under options. What many owners today may forget is how the dealers tweaked the overall pricing with dealers-added services and products. These would be reflected on an additional sheet alongside the actual Window Sticker.

Most of these additional items could be rust proofing, or fabric protection, or paint protection. This could typically add another $1,000 or more to the price of the car. Where the price really takes a major leap happened not only with the GNX which was limited production, but also with Grand Nationals as the production was coming to an end in December of 1987.

PHOTO 4 - We show a typical original Window Sticker for a 1987 Grand National. Since this particular car was titled as a Grand National, it shows it was built towards the end of production.
Besides the usual small items added to the price, this dealer tacked on another $4,000 dollars. I am not sure what the “MVI” code stands for related to the $4,000 additional in charges. I have seen these large additional figures elsewhere stated as “adjustable market value.” In this instance, these additional costs added up to over $6,200 on this particular 1987 Grand National. To the buyer that chose financing, that is a chunk of change added to your monthly car payment!


One of our customers has made a neat looking bracket to secure the translator under the hood. No holes get drilled. It is made from a type of plastic. Eliminates wire tying the translator under the hood. Once installed, the bracket is barely visible. The part number is #7785 and the price is $29.95.

This new bracket will be pictured in next week’s Inner Circle.

You can call Christina to order one since it is not on our website yet - 215-766-1611 x 0.


Cecelia Conly died last week. Although my readers don’t know that name, you are aware of the company she and her husband Gil founded in 1963 - Yum Yums donuts in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

I started buying Yum Yums donuts in the mid-1970s. I found it very useful when I would take Hurst four-speed shifters down to the Hurst plant to have them rebuilt. Fresh Yum Yums donuts resulted in my shifters getting rebuilt in a matter of hours not days, and at no charge. I then could ship them back to my customers the same day.

In the mid-1980s when we decided to have a three-story addition built onto one side of our house, I had it in the contact that the builders would get a box of a dozen Yum Yums donuts every single morning. This same builder was already making us GTO parts. Each box was numbered. The deal was when number 50 was delivered, the addition had to be completed. They accomplished that goal on time. They probably gained a little weight at the same time.

We have supplied Yum Yums donuts for many years for our Annual Open House events. Although I did not know the founder personally, I do know one of her daughters, Donna who operates the Warminster location. They have a total of three locations in an area surrounded by Dunkin Donut stores.

This Spring Open House will be no different as Yum Yums donuts will be on the morning menu. Come early to not miss out on the Yum Yums donuts… it’s a real treat!


We all have our favorite Girl Scout cookies. Mine are the mint chocolate. I doubt the mint chocolate cookies are listed as a healthy snack.

I just read where one girl, over a nine-year period, sold over 10,000 boxes of the $4 cookies. This girl has the moxie to be a super sales person in years to come, if she chooses that profession.


We are happy to announce a price reduction on the GM-style rear fillers and if you buy a pair of fronts and rears as a Package Deal.

The new price for the Reproduction GM-style REAR Bumper Filler Panels (2), part #7439, is $425.

If you buy the Reproduction GM-style FRONT & REAR Bumper Filler Panels (4) Set, part #7440, you pay just $500 - a savings of $79.95 over the old price for the set.

The price for just the Reproduction GM-style FRONT Bumper Filler Panels (2), part #7438, remains unchanged.


We now offer rebuilt front brake calipers that are powder-coated black so they won’t rust. It just makes sense to add this product to our system since we carry powder-coated front brake rotors.

Here is the link to these brake calipers on our website:


Since introducing the Buick Motorsports, T-Type and GNX Seat Amour seat covers, we have received several requests about getting our supplier to make one featuring the Grand National logo. I am happy to report that we are currently working on that one. The company has already granted us exclusive sales of that one as well.

Watch for updates in the Inner Circle as to when we will have the Grand National one available. The pricing would be the same as the other versions we currently sell. Actually, we have several others for other car models in the works also being made exclusively for our company. All of these seat covers will be on display and for sale at our upcoming Spring Open House, April 22nd, 2017.

Here is a link to the current seat covers on our website:


The price for the eight-hole hood pad picked up at our location is $279.95. If you want it shipped, the price is $349.95 to any of the basic 48 states.

Another option is to pay for it now and pick it up at our Spring Open House on April 22nd. We also have a source that can sell you the pattern so you can imprint the Buick logo on the hood pad.

These are not on our website. You must call our office and talk to Christina if you want one of these hood pads. You can contact Christina - 215-766-1611 x 0.


SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 – 9 am - 2 pm
6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA

Our Spring Open House will be held rain or shine on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. It is the same weekend as Spring Carlisle. Spring Carlisle starts Wednesday the 19th. You could hit two car events, since Carlisle is only about two hours west from our location. I go to Spring Carlisle midweek every year.

Our Open House will have the usual features –Yum Yums donuts, M&Ms contest, sale prices on new parts, tagged and bagged goodies, and no reserve auction. We already are putting aside unique items for the no reserve auction, including several GNX items and original pallex seat material. Several featured items will be discounted to save shipping. As the date draws closer, we will list which large items we will have a special show price. The usual array of tagged and bagged used parts and literature will be for sale as well.

We are currently requesting raffle items from many of the various Turbo Regal vendors that we sell to. We want to make this event special since it is our 30th year. We have a food vendor coming. You will be able to purchase hot dogs, Kielbasas, hamburgers, chips, and various drinks.

GBodyparts.com has really stepped up and donated over $2,000 in parts, which includes a set of his reproduction Grand National wheels. It will take half my Inner Circle to list each item Brian of Gbodyparts.com has donated. We are extremely grateful for his generosity.

Mike of Spoolfool has really stepped up this year and is donating for our raffle, not only a pair of front fillers but his one-piece rear filler and the new radiator top plate. This is over $700 worth of merchandise that can be won.


Auto Zone Warminster, PA branch is donating three car wash kits with buckets. This donation is made possible by Terry and Coraly (CC).

Casper’s Electronics donated a knock gauge, flex board for analog dash, and positive battery cable ($300 value.)

Derek Freyberger is donating a hand-carved Grand National picture frame that he had a friend make. He had two of them made and is donating one for our raffle.

Brian Weavy, GBodyParts.com, is generously donating OVER $2,000 in parts. There are 14 parts, including a set of 4 reproduction Grand National Wheels (value of $1,100.)

HR PARTS N STUFF Inc., Paul Ferry, is donating a driver’s side motor mount and a crossmember kit.

Metco Motorsports is donating a pair of their lower trailering arms for our raffle. These are a $270 value and can be seen on my personal white Turbo-T.

Nick Micale has donated 4 bottles of RMI-25, the radiator product that makes the engine run cooler.

OER (Classic Industries) is donating sets of Buick Regal GTA wheel center caps.

Rich Warner, owner of Shine Enterprises and a customer of ours, will be donating over $300 worth of Race Glaze products for our raffle. His website is - www.mr-shine.com or phone 1-800-677-4463.

Russ, the baker, will also be making some special treats for the raffle.

Mike Barnard of Spoolfool is generously donating over $800 in merchandise - a pair of front fillers $350 value) his one-piece rear filler ($370 value,) and the new radiator top plate ($125 value).

World of Motorworks, Paul Castle, is donating T-shirts and hats.

Russ and his friend Don are donating three trophies that we will be awarding - LONG DISTANCE AWARD (the Buick Turbo Regal that drove the longest distance, not trailered) - KIRBAN'S CHOICE AWARD (the Buick Turbo Regal selected by Kirbans as their overall favorite) and the TLC AWARD (the Buick Turbo Regal needing the most "TLC" Tender Loving Care.)

Donations big or small, we greatly appreciate it all! We are very happy with the tremendous response we have received among our suppliers, vendors, and competitors.

We now have over $3,700 worth of goodies contributed for our raffle prizes and the amount is still climbing.

NOTE - There will be special sale pricing on some of the bigger items. Watch for pricing in our weekly Inner Circle. If you pay for in advance, it will be put aside for you to pick up. This includes the under-hood insulation pad and the Pypes dual exhaust system. Save big bucks and shipping!

You don’t want to miss this Spring Open House! If you never attended in the past, this is the one you want to come to as it marks our 30th year. The raffle items alone make it worth attending if you reside anywhere in the northeast part of the country.

The timing allows you to attend the Spring Carlisle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania a day or so prior and then travel east to our Spring Open House. Carlisle features over 8,000 vendors over 90 acres. You would get your allotted exercise in by walking the grounds at Carlisle. I know I do.

2017 TurboBuick.com - NC TURBO BUICK NATIONALS -
MAY 3-6, 2017 - BURLINGTON, NC

The dates for the Turbo Buick Nationals in Burlington, NC are May 3rd thru May 6th, 2017. The main event is held at Richard Clark’s Garage, where you can see the largest array of turbo cars and parts. We will be attending this event.

For more up-to-date information, go to turbobuick.com, and scroll down to events. You must go to the post regarding the dinner tickets which my wife is handling for the NC Turbo Buick Nationals. The dinner is free and on Friday night.

JUNE 16-17, 2017
Pypes Exhaust Headquarters, 2705 Clemens Road, Hatfield, PA

The annual Pypes Exhaust/Max Performance Car & Truck Show is June 16th and 17th, 2017 at Pypes Exhaust Headquarters, 2705 Clemens Road, Hatfield, PA. 19440.

This is a huge event. You can contact Mike - 267-638-5030 - for more information about registering your car for the event. I have attended this event in the past. It is located about 15 miles from our location.

June 27th, 2017, 6 until 9 pm

The location is Castle Performance, 220 River Street, Lemont, Illinois. I have arranged with Paul Castle and the local Buick GS Club to coordinate this event since I will be in Illinois as a speaker later that week at the GTO National convention.

Note: If you are planning on attending this seminar at Castle Performance in Lemont, Illinois, please email [email protected] so we have an idea how many people to expect. I will have a specific gift for each attendee.

I will have some Turbo parts with me and the usual M&Ms contest. This should be a fun time. Mark the date on your calendar. I have a special guest that will also be attending, that has been making a certain Turbo Regal part for us for over 25 years. You probably have it on your Turbo Regal.

We will have a special gift for all attendees! Hope to see many of my Illinois customers there.

Paul and the local GS Club request you bring a lawn chair. Food and drinks will be provided. If you reside anywhere near Lemont, Illinois, we hope you can attend and bring your Turbo Regal. I would love to meet some of my customers that may have never been to the GS Nationals. This is a rare opportunity, since I don’t travel long distances much anymore.

NOTE - You can bring any cores to cash in for credit at this event. It saves you shipping costs.

JUNE 27-JULY 2, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois

This event is held in Springfield, Illinois at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. I am guest speaker Thursday, June 29th at 8:30 am until 10 am. I checked with a friend of mine and, although this event is not advertised to the public, you can come as a guest to see some of the finest GTOs in the country. You can use my name and say you are a guest of mine, if you plan to come Thursday.

JULY 14-16, 2017
Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle, PA

This year’s Chrysler event has a special all new Hurst Nationals July 14th and 15th in conjunction with the Chrysler Nationals. I have been asked to conduct a seminar on Hurst both days, July 14th and 15th. The location of my seminars as well as the other seminars is held just off the grounds from Gate 3 at the Expo Center. They have not yet told me my speaking times.

My granddaughter, Devyn hopes to go with me to help. With Chrysler introducing the Demon this April, my guess is they will have several Demons on display at Carlisle. Hope to see some of my customers at this event. I am as well versed with early Hurst history as I am with Turbo Regals.

As with all my seminars, I will be doing a M&Ms contest in honor of my parents. The Don Garlits autographed connecting rod will make a nice prize!

SEPTEMBER 15th-16th, 2017
Cecil County Dragway in Cecil Maryland

This is a very well attended event. Once again we plan to be there as a vendor. It is the same weekend as the annual GS Nationals held in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

For more up to date information go to their website www.magnabuick.com

SEPTEMBER 13-16, 2017
Beech Bend Race Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky

For more details, go to their website or go to turbobuick.com and scroll down to the event section.


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]


Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. Two examples would be to replace the inside rearview mirror, if it has a discoloration. Our part number for this mirror is #7707, with a price of just $21.95.

Also, to see better at nighttime, upgrade to our H3 headlight system, which includes a plug-in harness, so no wires in your car get cut. The difference is amazing while still retaining a factory original look. Our part number for this system is #7530, with a price of just $129.95.


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

URGENT NEED - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering wheels. They must not be bent or rusted. We will issue a $75 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core.

URGENT NEED - TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock turbo. They must be complete. We will issue you a $125 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. Please remember I have very little knowledge of the mechanical workings of the engine.


1978-1988 G-Body (Including 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal) -

By now these cars can benefit with a fresh pair of rebuilt front brake calipers. These are 100% pressure tested, and fully assembled for smooth quiet performance.

The calipers come with all new hardware. You will need to re-use the original mounting bracket.

These are powder-coated black for a nice appearance behind the alloy wheels.

It makes no sense to buy new, bare metal calipers that are subject to rust.

This is a nice finishing touch that is a nice enhancement to the brake system. No cores are required. These fit every 1978-1988 G-Body model, including all 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regals.

7784 - 1978-1988 G-Body (including 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal) - Powder-coated Black Rebuilt Front Brake Calipers (2) Set - $99.95 / set

Here is the link to these brake calipers on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Because of the value of original, Grand Nationals, T-Types and GNX seats, it’s best to protect them from stains, odors, and fading from the sunlight.

We are the exclusive distributor for these GM licensed embroidered Seat Armour™ seat covers.

This Seat Armour™ seat cover is a simple slip-on cover that slides over the head rest, which secures the top of the cover in place. It just covers the seat portion, not the headrest.

The cover installs in seconds. There are no straps or elastic and no other attachments are needed. You simply slide it over the headrest and it drapes over the seat.

The GM licensed “Buick Motorsports” logo is embroidered in the logo colors - red, yellow and silver on black material, part #7751 and #7752. The embroidered logo measures 9" x 2-1/2". It is machine washable 100% heavyweight cotton velour terry material.

The GM licensed “T-TYPE” logo is embroidered in the logo colors - red and silver outlined in black on grey material, part #7753 and #7754. The embroidered logo measures 7" x 1-3/4". It is machine washable 100% heavyweight cotton velour terry material.

The GM licensed “GNX” logo is embroidered in the logo colors - red and silver on black material, part #7755 and #7756. The embroidered logo measures 7" x 2-1/2". It is machine washable 100% heavyweight cotton velour terry material.

It can be folded and stored in the trunk when not in use.

It is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s a quick and simple way to protect the seats.

Our photo on the left shows this one-piece seat cover laid out so you can see the shape. Photo in the middle shows the original driver’s side seat, and the photo on the right shows the cover on the seat.

Our other photos show the various options of designs.

We offer each design as a single cover. If you want to cover both seats, there is another part number for two covers.

This is another great interior item to protect your car seats.

Here are the six options for ordering seat covers.

7751 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
GM Licensed - Embroidered “Buick Motorsports” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Cover (1) - $36.95

7752 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
TWO - GM Licensed - Embroidered “Buick Motorsports” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Covers (2) - $69.95

7753 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
GM Licensed - Embroidered “T-TYPE” Seat Armour™ Grey Seat Cover (1) - $36.95

7754 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
TWO - GM Licensed - Embroidered “T-TYPE” Seat Armour™ Grey Seat Covers (2) - $69.95

7755 - 1987 Buick GNX -
GM Licensed - Embroidered “GNX” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Cover (1) - $36.95

7756 - 1987 Buick GNX -
TWO - GM Licensed - Embroidered “GNX” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Covers (2) - $69.95

7757 - 1984-1987 Buick Grand National -
GM Licensed - Embroidered “GRAND NATIONAL” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Cover (1) - $36.95

7758 - 1984-1987 Buick Grand National -
TWO - GM Licensed - Embroidered “GRAND NATIONAL” Seat Armour™ Black Seat Covers (2) - $69.95

Here is a link to these seat covers on our website. NOTE - The Grand National covers will be on the website once we have them in stock.


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.


With over $3,700 currently in raffle items, this Spring Open House promises to be something special. Event happens rain or shine. Plan to come.