11-22-2017 Inner Circle

11-22-2017 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 11-22-2017 -


Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, November 23rd and 24th. You will be able to place orders on the internet, but nothing will get shipped until the following Monday, November 27, 2017. Wishing all our customers and friends a Happy Thanksgiving.


As most long-time readers know, we do M&Ms contests several times a year. It brings back memories of when I was growing up, since my Mom would always do M&Ms contests around the holidays for us 5 kids. Since the answer relied on guesswork, all us kids had an equal chance of winning.

Here are the rules. You get 1 guess that must be emailed direct to me - [email protected]

The deadline to participate is this Saturday night, November 25th by 9 pm eastern time. The closest guess under the actual count will be declared the winner. Winner will be announced in next week’s Inner Circle. Contest is open to all our customers that are reading this, except those that work or own a Turbo Regal related business.

The prize - Besides winning the actual container filled with M&Ms, you get the Yum Yums gifts show in photo 1, plus a $50 Gift Certificate good for any our website parts.

PHOTO 1 - The photo to the left shows the container filled with M&Ms. The container is approximately 12 inches tall and is packed to the very top. The photo to the right shows the gifts you will win along the container of M&Ms. The prizes are from the Yum Yums donut shop, which includes a bag of their special coffee, 1 of their embroidered logo shirts in large, and 1 of their thermo bottles. Plus you get a Kirban Performance $50 Gift Certificate good for any of our website parts. The $50 gift certificate is good for 1 year.

Your single entry must be emailed to me - [email protected] before 9 pm eastern time this Saturday night, November 25th. Good luck players!


This past Saturday I was interviewed by Steven Saffier for a series of YouTube videos he is doing. He is going to be interviewing various well-known people in various automotive companies. It took about 4 hours. He plans to put together a 10-20 minute video. It was professionally filmed by Jeff Baker, who has done numerous video projects.

Candace and Bernie Garcia where gracious enough to bring her 1987 Grand National for the video. Kandace inherited her father’s car after he passed away.

Once it is available for viewing, we will let our readers know.

PHOTO 2 - Most of the video was filmed in our pole building. These are 4 photos I took in between the video shoot. Steven asked me about a dozen questions going back to my childhood. I can’t wait to see the finished edited product.

PHOTO 3 - Shows 3 photos I took as Jeff was setting up to photograph some of my Buick collectibles. The one photo shows a vantage point of looking into the back of his camera.


Over time I have found these Owner’s Manual holders in various Ford vehicles in the salvage yards. I find these cloth glove box manual holders quite useful. I use 3 of them to hold various items like phone chargers and cameras, etc. They are small and have a zipper to close them. Each glove box manual case has the logo embroidered on the front. They measure approximately 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide.

PHOTO 4 - Shows both the Mercury glove box manual holder and the Ford logo manual holder. Both are cloth with a zipper to close them. See the Rare Parts section as they are very inexpensive to buy. We have several of each available.


Our Christmas Specials will be announced next week.


Last week we showed you 2 very unusual AC tachometers. AC are the initials for Alfred Champion. A former track bicycle racer, in 1905 in Boston he began to make porcelain spark plugs. Three years later he founded Champion Ignition Company. He later changed it to AC Spark Plug Company. His spark plugs powered Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight in 1927.

Alfred Champion had numerous affairs over almost 20 years, until his wife sued him for extreme cruelty. In 1922, he married a younger woman. His death at 49 years old was due to a punch he got from his wife’s married lover. His numerous affairs would have made for great reading in the National Enquirer!

When he died in 1927, he left his widow a cool $15 million dollars. That is a lot of money in 1927!

What I find interesting, is that the company that goes by his last name Champion is still in business today, and the company that uses just his initials AC is still in business today as part of AC Delco.

That is an impressive record - over 100 years and counting, and having 2 different companies still in business today that carry on his name or initials.

Another name that had a shorter run with just his last name and his initials was Ransom E. Olds. By 1901 Ransom E. Olds built 11 prototype vehicles. In 1897 Samuel Smith renamed it Olds Motor Works. Samuel Smith was the President and Ransom Olds became the vice president. In 1904 Ransom E. Olds left Oldsmobile as he clashed frequently with Fred Smith. Fred Smith was the son of Samuel Smith. He then formed the company R.E. Olds Motor company that was later changed to REO, which came from his initials. REO would later merge with Diamond T trucks in 1967. It would become Diamond Reo. In 1975 Diamond Reo filed for bankruptcy. Oldsmobile would suffer a similar fate in 2004 when GM discontinued the brand. Olds had a great run lasting 96 years of the GM family.


Car and Driver magazine just published their December issue, #750. On the cover is the new ZR1 Corvette that matches that number with 750 in horsepower. This issue covers a lot of automotive trivia and interesting facts. It even mentions the 1964 GTO that started the smaller and lighter street racer formula, coupled to a terrific marketing formula by legendary ad man Jim Wangers.

The silver 1964 GTO they pictured is the one Pontiac restored years ago. I sold Pontiac the red steering wheel that is in that car. It’s not often you get to sell a used part to GM! Somewhere I have a copy of the check they sent me!

The magazine even mentions the Yugo, which took 14 seconds flat in the 0-60 acceleration test. Top speed was noted at 86 mph. It was duly noted as the worst car in history.

Looking into a crystal ball, it’s hard not to imagine that at some point electric cars are going to be in the majority. The new 2020 Tesla Roadster has clocked an unbelievable 0-60 times in just 1.9 seconds.

Cars powered by electric are going to put tuners out of business at some point in the future. Just a matter of time before gas-powered muscle cars all become antiques.


Currently he has 3 cars to sell.

One car is a 1978 Corvette coupe. It has the L82 engine and one repaint. This is a real nice 4-speed. The car has 4 brand new factory wheels and has 52,000 original miles. The price on the Corvette is $12,900.

He also has a 1994 Trans Am 25th Anniversary Firebird for sale. This car is all original with all the papers and documents and has 34,000 original miles. The price is $16,900.

I heard both cars run while I was there. He has all the records on both cars and what has been done on them over the years that he has owned them. These cars have always garaged.

While neither car is extremely valuable, both are priced to enjoy and hit the car show circuit Because of their low production, they should maintain their value.

He also has a 1967 BMW 2000 CS factory 4-speed with dual weber carburetors on it. This is a nice example of an unusual BMW coupe for $14,900.

If any of these cars interest you, email me direct - [email protected]


Good news - We now accept Classified Ads in our weekly Inner Circle emails. Over the years several customers have asked about placing an ad in our weekly Inner Circle.

Here are the options and the costs.

Ads can be from any individual or company. It needs to be automotive related, meaning it does not need be specifically Turbo Regal related.

Maximum number of words is 125 words, which is about 7 to 9 lines of copy. No photos. You can list a website. We recommend you state your name, phone number or email, a price, and your location in your ad.

The cost for 2 consecutive weeks is $25. The cost for 4 consecutive weeks is $40. You save $10 with the 4-week plan. No changes can be made to your existing running ad. You can only run one ad at any given time. We will have a code system at the end of your ad, so we will know what week number your ad is to run - 2 or 4 weeks.

It can be an ad for something for sale or an ad for something you are looking for.

We have never missed a single week since we started the Inner Circle email format in 2009. It’s something I enjoy doing and I just always seem to have enough material to write about.

Our weekly Inner Circle reaches over 3,200 members every Wednesday direct to their inbox. The Inner Circle also appears every Wednesday on our website with the related photos. Your ad would be visible to both groups of readers. So, the exposure to your ad is well over 3,200 potential buyers.

My Rare Parts section is only viewed by those that subscribe. Subscription is free, so complaints on what I write are nonexistent!

Ads submitted properly by the previous Sunday would appear that next Wednesday in the weekly Inner Circle. Ads must be submitted by email to [email protected] 

Payment by credit card must be done by phone to our office 215-766-1611 x 0.


The same seller I bought the white Turbo-T from has this unfinished project to sell. The engine is a 1987 Turbo Regal engine with a mere 15,000 miles on it. He purchased it from a wrecked 1987 Grand National. The truck has an uncut 1987 Turbo Regal 8.5 rear under it. This has a rebuilt worked 350 Turbo Transmission behind the Turbo engine. The engine has several dress-up items on it, including the value covers. All the hard work has been done. The truck has been wired for 12 volts, with custom gauges and disc front brakes. The truck has no bed. The cab has surface rust and needs finishing.

For more information and photos, email me direct - [email protected] The truck is in central Ohio and would need to be trailered. The price is $5,495. Remember, you get a complete stock 15,000-mile Turbo Regal engine with a complete uncut 8.5 posi rear end, both of which came out of the same wrecked 1987 Grand National in 1988. Currently there is a sale pending on this truck.


If you are not able to see the Rare Parts section at the end of this Inner Circle, it is because you are not an Inner Circle member, but instead are reading this on the website. You must subscribe to see the Rare Parts section each week. It would go directly to your inbox every Wednesday afternoon. It is FREE, probably one reason why nobody complains about what I write about. Simply email - [email protected] - to get on our weekly Inner Circle email.


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]


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 the information on our credits for cores.

NEED - Stock original AC Delco 1986-1987 Turbo Regal mass air flow sensors. Units can’t be cracked or broken. Currently we will issue a letter of credit for $40 for each acceptable core.

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.

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.

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] 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.


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Over time, an original under hood (insulator liner) pad can deteriorate or rodents may have eaten holes in the material.

GM has not had the factory 9-hole molded hood pad available for several years. GM later made a 8-hole molded hood pad which eliminated the center back hole.

This hood pad is an exact reproduction of that GM 8-hole molded hood pad. A new mold was made from a brand new GM hood pad.

This molded hood pad does not have the wording on it, otherwise it is exact to the 8-hole style pad.

Whenever an original 9-hole hood pad with the wording is advertised on ebay, it brings big money.

NOTE - From time to time on the internet you can find someone that has the pattern or decal for the exact wording, if you want it to look original.

Because they are oversized to ship, we have a flat shipping charge as shown. This item is shipped direct from the manufacturer to you. NOTE - We have a flat shipping rate, since the box is oversized.

*NOTE - Price includes the shipping and handling UPS Ground Shipping to 48 U.S. continental states.

Another excellent restoration item.

7770 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction 8-Hole Molded Under Hood Insulator Liner Pad (No Wording) - $229.95 Plus $75 UPS shipping to basic 48 states - TOTAL $304.95

Here is a link to this Hood Pad on our website.

1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

Over time, radiator heat can cause the insulators to deteriorate.

These reproduction UPPER radiator insulators have the correct 62mm cut out for the stock 1984-1987 Turbo Regal radiators.

NOTE - You may have to stretch these slightly for various aftermarket radiators.

This is a critical part to secure the radiator under the top plate.

Another excellent replacement for any radiator or cooling system restoration.

7811 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Reproduction UPPER Radiator Insulators/Bushings (2) - $15.95

Here is a link to these insulators/bushings 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.


I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving. Be sure to try the annual M&Ms Thanksgiving contest. Winner will be announced in next week’s Inner Circle.

Your next chance would be the Christmas M&Ms contest!

Remember our office is closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.