05-17-2017 Inner Circle

05-17-2017 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 05-17-2017 -


One of the coolest upgrades some Turbo Regal owners do is to get their interiors redone in leather. Because Grand National original pallex material is difficult to find, and the fact no reproductions of the pallex material looks exactly correct, this is an option to consider.

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo shows the custom leather interior in a Grand National. Even the upper door panels are done in leather making for a very nice transition. The top right photo shows a burgundy leather interior in a Turbo-T. It would have been nice if Buick offered leather as an option in 1986 and 1987. They discontinued the Lear Siegler seats, which did have leather inserts on the seats, so they were not available in 1986 and 1987.

The bottom left shows a mid-1980s Camaro I spotted at Richard Clark’s garage, fitted with a 1986-1987 Turbo Regal drivetrain. The bottom right shows a very unusual gauge cluster in a 1987 Turbo-T at the racetrack belonging to Gary from Georgia. This dash is out of a later model Buick Park Avenue. According to Gary, it was a lot of work to modify the dash and make it function. All proof that many owners go to great lengths to make their Turbo Regal different, yet retain the basic stock look.

It reminds me of when I installed a passenger’s side power seat in one of my test cars using the parts from a Cadillac Cimarron. Personally, I don’t believe an interior redone in leather hurts the value.


It is important that we get the correct steering wheel cores in order to keep offering this service to our customers.

What can be confusing is that the T package option was offered on 5 different Buick models starting in 1983. Part of that package included a leather-wrapped steering wheel. However, only the leather-wrapped wheels found on the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals are correct for getting them redone. The steering wheels Buick used prior to 1986 and 1987 on the various other Buick models simply will NOT work. In Photo 2 below we show why they will not work for us as cores.

PHOTO 2 - The photo to the left shows a typical 1983-1985 Buick leather steering wheel with the outer leather skin removed. Note how far the base material extends up each spoke. The photo to the right shows the same steering wheel with the base material cut back to where it should be to match the 1986-1987 leather steering wheel design. You can clearly see Buick had a hole drilled in the middle of each spoke to help secure the material on the spoke. It would require extensive work to fill those holes in to have it look correct. Now you see why we need original 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering wheels.


This is the second diecast of the set of three that GMP did honoring Molly. This version was limited to just 750 produced, making it extremely rare to find today. The model we show is number 683, which is on the silver rear license plate. The ultra rare models are numbers 1 thru 300 as they have a gold color rear license plate and come with a certificate signed by Molly. I have number 146 in that series, in my private collection. In the 1:18 scale GMP Turbo Regal series I have a total of 17 different models. I am not sure if that is a complete collection of the Turbo Regals or not.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows the actual box, the GMP brochure and the diecast 1:18 scale car. The top right photo shows the bottom of the box stating it is one of just 750 produced. The bottom left photo shows the engine compartment. As you can see, the engine is not stock. In the bottom right photo shows an overall view of the actual diecast car. See the Rare Parts section as this diecast car is for sale.


I know many customers always want to buy parts for their cars that are GM or AC Delco. We try to buy AC Delco parts whenever possible.

The 1986-1987 Turbo Regal coil pack is one item that we buy that is an AC Delco brand. One reason we buy the AC Delco brand is because on some of the other brands, the exterior appearance is not correct. Some have a smooth one-piece top rather than three individual looking top surface, which the original coil pack had.

I can recall, not that long ago that the packaging of these AC Delco coil packs said “Made in Mexico.” Now it appears production of the 1986-1987 coil packs has been moved to China!

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows the actual AC Delco label on the coil pack box, which says “Made in China.” The top right photo shows the back of the box, which even has the city in China that says where the part and the box is made.

The bottom left photo shows what happens when you do not have a brass proportioning valve in the brake system on the car. You can see rust particles in the reservoir, which led to powermaster issues. The bottom right photo shows a typical steel used brake proportioning valve alongside the brass proportioning valve we sell. Every Turbo Regal needs to have the brass proportioning valve on their brake system. This is even true if you switch to a hydroboost or a vacuum boost brake format. Remember, clean clear brake fluid is critical to having a good functioning brake system!


We have several new Turbo Regal items available this week. We have the new custom radiator top plate made by Spoolfool. Also we now carry the reproduction 1986-1987 oil dip stick tube. Another nice finishing interior touch are the reproduction inside door sills. The version we carry is made from slightly thicker material, so it is less likely to get dented.

See the New Products section for more details and pricing on these items.


I now have all my costs figured out to make these cool looking valve cover desk top lamps. A good portion of the cost is because I have to buy original Turbo Regal valve covers and then get them powder coated.

Since the lamp uses a LED light strip, it will be powered by a battery instead of being a plug-in lamp. Since there is no wire or plug on the lamp, it stands alone and looks cleaner. LEDs draw such little current that a battery will last a long time and the LED light strip will be just as bright. The pull chain to turn the light on will have a brand new correct spark plug on the end.

If you emailed me previously, you should have gotten an email from me giving you the details and the price.

Orders for this cool LED desk top lamp will be filled in the order they are received. No payment is required until I have your desk top lamp ready to ship.

The price is $139.95 plus $15 UPS ground shipping to the basic 48 states. These lamps will be a very limited production because it is difficult to find and buy Turbo Regal valve covers. We currently have a few of these desk top lamps in the works. I have several more valve covers getting cleaned and powder coated.

If you want one of these cool looking desk top valve cover lamps, email me direct to get on the list. No Paypal payment is due until I email you that I have one ready to ship. My email is - [email protected]

NOTE - This desk top lamp was pictured in the 05-03-2017 Inner Circle in Photo 1.


This rare 1987 Grand National has never been dealer prepped and has only travelled a mere 49 miles! It is a T-Top model. It has had three owners and is part of an estate sale. It’s been garaged and covered and was started at least once a week until 2011. All the documents and chain of ownership go with the car. The Grand National would need a good cleaning and fluids flushed before it could be put on the road.

One of your last remaining chances to own a brand new 1987 Grand National 30 years later! The price is $65,000. If you are interested, and would like to see photos, you can email me - [email protected]

BREAKING NEWS - 1987 Turbo-T -

We are negotiating a deal to acquire a one-owner totally stock 1987 Turbo-T hardtop. The Turbo-T is a hardtop with the black-out option. The owner has repair records and even has the original Window Sticker.

Watch for possible information next week, if this deal works out.


The trailer surface is 15 feet long and has a 5-foot beaver tail drop. Paul will also include a set of 4 tie-down straps with it. The comparable cost today for this same trailer is around $2,395 to $2,595 from Econo trailer located in western, Pennsylvania. They are selling them at Carlisle every year. The car trailer new would not come with Goodyear trailer radial tires, like how this is equipped. At this writing, it is still available.

Last year I sold my open car trailer to Paul Castle. Because of his schedules, he has not yet picked it up. He is planning to come next month for it when he attends the Chevrolet Carlisle event. However, if someone is interested, it is for sale for $1,195. It is at our home location Kintnersville, Pennsylvania.

This was the second Dively open trailer I bought new and I used it to trailer the Turbo Regals that we would buy. I sold the first Dively open trailer I used to Richard Clark.

This Dively trailer was built in 2007 and is the perfect size for any G-body car. The fenders are low enough so you can open the doors with the car on the trailer. It rides on newer Goodyear radials specific for a trailer. The wheels and tires have been balanced. The tires show no dry rot. The gross trailer weight is 7,000 lbs with the empty trailer weighing a mere 1,450 lbs. It has four wheel brakes and 4 key holes for locking the chains. This makes it very light weight to maneuver. I would venture a guess that over 100 different Turbo Regals rode on this trailer over the years.


A U.S. postal employee was busted the other week for stashing almost 3,000 piece of mail over a period of almost two years in his house. While that in its self is surprising, the article goes on to say he is still employed with the postal system but is not allowed to handle the mail anymore!

In the private sector, termination would have been swift had the same crime been committed!


We just got in our shipment of the Bob Bailey TR-6 High Tech Ignition Systems, part #7442. The price is $495. Bob only produces these a few times during the year. We also offer TR-6 High Tech Ignition System with Custom-Cut, High-Performance Grey Plug Wires Set, part #7443, for $525.

If you need one from this shipment, you can order it thru the website, by email - [email protected], or call our office 215-766-1611 x 0.

Here is a link to these 2 part numbers for the TR6 system on our website:


NOTE - If you email us and do NOT get a timely reply, be sure to check your “SPAM” folder. Some emails do not go thru.

If you need to email us, use - [email protected]


With summer fast approaching, be sure to enjoy your car. You should take your Turbo Regal to any of the events in your area.

I hope to see many of our Midwestern customers next month at the seminar I am doing June 27th in Lemont, Illinois.


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]


MAY 20, 2017
West Goshen Community Park, 1023 Fern Hill Road, West Chester, PA 19380
This event is open to all Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, and Cadillacs. Event includes a special class for Hurst Oldsmobiles.

MAY 20, 2017
Lebanon Valley Dragway, 1746 US Route 20 West Lebanon, New York 12195.
For more info, contact John at 518-794-7130 or 914-447-6068.

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. I plan to attend this event with my Turbo-T.

Tuesday June 27th, 2017, 6 until 9 pm?

Paul has recently informed me that he will give everyone that brings a Turbo Regal to this event a FREE Silver Billet T-shirt. I will also be doing a mini No Reserve auction! This is a rare opportunity to hear one of my seminars in your area. Since I am speaking on Hurst later that week at the GTOAA National meet, I will also show you some of the very rare Hurst items and artwork that I have in my collection.

The location is Castle Performance, 220 River Street, Lemont, Illinois. Since I will be in Illinois as a speaker later that week I have arranged with Paul Castle and the local Buick GS Club to coordinate this event. Free pizza and drinks courtesy of the Chicagoland Chapter of the GSCA Club!

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 tagged and bagged Turbo parts with me and the usual M&Ms contest. This should be a fun time.

I have a special guest that will also be attending.He 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. It’s also open to any muscle car. 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 - powermasters, mass air flow sensors, turbos, or steering wheels - for a Letter of Credit for parts you may need for your car. It saves you shipping.

Mark the date on your calendar - Tuesday, June 27th, 2017.


Paul and I will have a number of items to offer at our No Reserve auction. As long as the starting bid has been realized, the item will be sold. Paul informs me he has a lot of rare items he will be making available for this event. This event has no rain date. I am speaking two days later at the GTOAA National convention in Springfield, Illinois.

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.


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

URGENT NEED - Powermaster brake units. The must be complete. We will issue you a letter of credit for $125 for each acceptable core. Currently we will also buy them outright.

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 $150 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] 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.


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

In many cases, the original metal radiator top plate that holds the top of the radiator and secures the housing for the electric fan may be rusted or bent.

This radiator top plate is unique to the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals, making it difficult to find a nice used one today.

This radiator top plate is made by Spoolfool but does not look like the stock original steel radiator top plate. It is fiberglass and not metal. It attaches the same way, however the top surface is smooth. This gives it a more custom look.

Each one is done in black gelcoat polished to a high gloss shine. It weighs only 1 pound versus 3 pounds for the metal plate. It saves a small amount of weight, but more importantly, it will never rust!

It comes with 5 powder-coated black bolts, which are the correct size for this plate, and easy-to-follow directions.

NOTE - Our first picture show this new CUSTOM Radiator Top Plate and Hardware, #7776. Our second photo shows the stock Reproduction Radiator Top Plate & Hardware, #7774. The second photo also shows the placement of this plate in the lower photos.

A nice finishing touch for under the hood.

7776 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - CUSTOM Radiator Top Plate & Hardware - $128.95

Here is a link to this CUSTOM Radiator Top Plate on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

If you have an original radiator top plate, you may want to purchase our new powder-coated glossy black bolts set to replace the rusted original bolts.

These are special bolts for this plate.

NOTE - These 5 bolts come with the Reproduction Radiator Top Plate and Hardware, part #7774, and the Custom Radiator Top Plate & Hardware, Part #7776.

A nice finishing touch for under the hood.

7775 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Powder-coated Black Bolts (5) Set for Radiator Top Plate - $5.95

Here is a link to these powder-coated black bolts on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This high-quality reproduction steel dip stick tube has the correct black EDP coating on it.

This reproduction is the correct replacement for GM part #25525746, which has not been available from GM for several years.

If you ever have to rebuild the engine, you will need this dip stick tube. The bracket on the original dip stick tube usually gets twisted when you try and unbolt it from the engine.

An excellent replacement item for any engine restoration.

7796 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction BLACK Engine Oil Dip Stick Tube - $49.95

Here is a link to this oil dip stick tube on our website:

1978-1988 G-Body & A-Body (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -

Over the years the original plates in your G-body car may have been dented, scratched, or corroded.

These high-quality reproduction door sill plates replaces GM part #20008170.
They are complete with the small “Body by Fisher” logo plate in the center. The quality and fit are extremely close to the GM originals. The only difference is a slightly thicker mill of aluminum. Each door sill plate comes with 4 screws.

If your installing new carpet or freshening up the interior, this is almost a "must have" item.
This are slightly thicker aluminum. You will be able to buff and sand any scratches out when necessary. Plates come with the “Body by Fisher” stickers in place and include 8 new screws.

NOTE - These will ONLY fit two-door G-Body and A-Body models, including Buick Turbo Regals.

An excellent replacement item for any exterior restoration. If you’re installing new carpet or freshening up the interior, this is almost a "must have" item.

7797 - 1978-1988 G-Body & A-Body (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -
Reproduction Door Sill Plates (2) Set and Hardware - $134.95

Here is a link to these door sill plates on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This is a brand new, correct AC Delco heater water valve for 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regals.

When new, the valve has a gold anodized look. Over time, the unit corrodes and could leak anti-freeze. Aftermarket valves do not look original since they are made in plastic.

It’s a good idea to replace this valve to avoid any leakage problems.

Another excellent replacement for the engine compartment.

6594 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - AC Delco Heater Water Valve - $44.95

Here is a link to this Heater Water Valve on our website:

1978-1988 G-Body (Including 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal Models) -
Reproduction 4″ x 10″ REAR SPEAKERS (2) SET

It has been hard to locate a suitable 4″ x 10″ speaker for the 1984-1987 Turbo Regal rear package shelf. The space is too narrow to use anything but a 4″ x 10″ speaker. It must also fit the factory cage bracket.

We found this suitable reproduction 8 ohm speaker. You do have to replace the connector ends, since the factory plug on the harness will not fit the terminals on this new speaker.

These fit the factory metal cage that GM used to secure the original rear speakers.

Over the years, age and sunlight have probably cracked the original speakers. These are a perfect replacement.

A nice upgrade for any interior restoration.

7789 - 1978-1988 G-Body (Including 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal Models) –
Reproduction 4″ x 10″ REAR SPEAKERS (2) Set - $64.95

Here is a link to these speakers on our website:


This exterior solar LED motion light panel is a neat compact product that fills a need for any home owner, shop owner, or apartment owner. It’s a simple and inexpensive method to light up a walkway at your house, or garage door way.

Since it’s powered by the sun, it means zero electric costs!

Panel is compact, just 4" x 6" x 1/2". The housing is white. It has 36 LED lights that equals the output of a 100 watt incandescent bulb! It does this with zero costs to your electric bill.

It has 3 different modes that you can set. MODE 1 - It can come on at dusk on low power and stay on until dawn. MODE 2 - It can be set to come on at dusk on low power, go to full power by motion, then revert back to lower power. MODE 3 - It can be set to go on by motion at dusk on full power and turn off after about 10 seconds if no motion is detected or activate by motion walking by it.

Most small solar powered outside motion lights are rated at only 20 to 50 watt and less than 400 lumens, unless you buy the larger ones. This one equals a 100 watt incandescent light and 450 lumens. Not only is this compact and bright enough to light any walk way or entrance, it is priced below most units available in stores.

You can mount this anywhere outside as long as it gets direct sunlight. The ideas are endless. It pays for itself since it draws no electric energy!

Compact size - 4" x 6" x 1/2" - Weighs 6 ounces - 50,000-hour operating life
450 lumens / zero energy usage - Equal to a 100 w incandescent bulb -
Motion activated - 3 different modes - White IP65 Housing for outside usage - high-density polymer, aluminum and plastic laminate (protects against dust and low pressure jets of water)
Lithium battery 3.7 volts 2000mAh - Solar panel 6 v, 2.5 w

While larger versions are readily available at various stores, few choices exist for a compact unit that can easily be installed to light up walk ways or entrances for your home or garage.

Our top left photo shows the actual packaging and the Solar Motion Exterior Light. It comes with directions to set the mode you want. The mounting hardware is included. The top right shows just how bright the 36 LED lights are when they go on. The lower left photo shows our back door entrance at our home lit with a normal 100 watt bulb. The lower right photo shows this same area lit by this solar motion light.

An excellent exterior solar light upgrade for you home and office.

7790 - Exterior Solar LED Motion Light - $29.95
7791 - TWO - Exterior Solar LED Motion Lights (2) - $54.95
7792 - THREE - Exterior Solar LED Motion Lights (3) - $78.95 Solar Motion Exterior Light -

Here is the link to order this Solar Motion Exterior Light from our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

When converting your car to a modern Mass Air Flow sensor, such as an LT1 or LS1 style sensor, a translator is needed. This is a custom-made mounting bracket to hold the Mass Air Flow Sensor Translator.

This bracket provides a simple, yet effective way of mounting the Translator in a convenient location.

This clever bracket was designed and produced by one of our customers. He saw a need to eliminate have the translator wire tied under the hood.

The bracket is made in acrylic and painted black. It mounts using existing holes. NO modifications are made to the car or to the translator. It also leaves enough space below the bracket to access the headlight wiring or if you have the charcoal canister and stock intake or even a 4" Cold Air Intake pipe.

Once installed, the custom-made bracket is barely visible.

The bracket comes with a spacer and easy-to-follow directions.

Our photo on the left shows the bracket and the photo on the right shows it installed on a car.

NOTE - This bracket will not work if you retain the factory air cleaner box.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7326 MAF Translator and #7342 Rebuilt AC Delco LT1 Mass Air Flow Sensor.

A nice finishing touch to dress up the engine compartment while securing the translator

7785 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Translator Custom-made Black Mounting Bracket - $29.95

Here’s a link to this bracket 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 must 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.


Watch for more new products coming later this summer, including the new aluminum radiator for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. This is a drop-in replacement radiator that fits with no modification and uses all the original attaching lines and radiator cap. You can get a new radiator and at the same time shed some weight.