04-11-2018 Inner Circle

04-11-2018 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 04-11-2018 -


While I was searching for other Buick information, I came across this early Buick Turbo ad. This is back when the catch phrase was, “Wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?” The ad features the Hawk logo.

PHOTO 1 - In the photo to the left we show the actual full-color magazine ad for the early turbocharged V6 format. Note how the entire photo simply shows the turbo and not the entire engine. The power six emblem you see on the plenum is made with the same material as the 1984-1987 Grand National exterior emblems.

The photo to the right shows a brand new Power Six emblem that would have been on this plenum. I also show another Power Six emblem that has been made into a stick pin. I have no idea who made this emblem or even when this was available. The choice of colors seems strange to me.


“SPID” stands for “Service Parts Identification Decal.” I usually refer to it simply as the trunk ID label or trunk ID decal. Whatever you call it, it first appeared on the 1984 models. The 1984, 1985, and 1986 was one version with the GM part #14085266. The decal changed slightly with the 1987 Buick models, as did the part number. In 1987, the part number was 14065987. GM used this version for several years after the 1987 GM models. ECS, who does all the GM VIN decals that we sell, is the only source licensed by GM to reproduce these SPID decals.

However, he can only do it from an existing original. In many cases, depending on exposure to the sun and how dark the original copy was, many of these decals have started to fade. This is a chance to get a new replacement. As of this writing, we have not yet worked out all the details. I know the price will be $60 plus $7 for Priority Mail shipping.

I am unsure at this point if he can do the 1984, 1985, 1986 version. I know he is set up to do the 1987 version of the SPID decals.

Watch for updates and part numbers once we have ironed out all the details.

What is interesting is Buick was rather loose with applying the SPID decal as the cars came down the assembly line. By this I mean you seldom see two in the exact same position.

On affixing the jacking instruction decal, it is evident there was no exact format to attach it to the trunk lid!

More pride and quality control is evident today from all the car manufacturers.

Over the years since 1987, the SPID label has changed several times, both in the font style and actual size the decal, as well as has the location. On one of my recent trips to the junkyard, I took various photos of where some of these SPID decals are placed. For example, GM trucks usually had a different SPID label and it was attached inside the glove box, in many cases. Again, I’m not an expert beyond our cars to know what GM cars had different SPID decals and what years they put them in what part of the trunk. I am merely pointing out that GM used different locations over the years for their various car lines.

PHOTO 2 - Here we show 4 different locations of the SPID decal. The glove box, spare tire cover, trunk lid, and the trunk floor pan. These are all from various later GM models.


When our cars were fairly new I always made it a point to buy any Buick manuals or information papers related to these cars. It was one of the few smart things I did back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I knew this information would prove very valuable and it also would provide proof for articles I write.

Finding anything on the SPID labels has been a real challenge.

The most details I have found are in a General Motors Parts Publication Reference Catalog dated January 1993. It shows (with various illustrations) the typical 1987 SPID decal #14065987 and how each group for codes applies to certain groups of parts in the typical GM car or truck. Basically, the SPID label is the DNA for your car. In other words, it not only lists the particular options in your car, but also all the various other components such as springs, suspension, even tires, etc.

No matter how sharp your knowledge is, it’s virtually impossible to decode every single code on the SPID label. Again, I am far from being an expert, but I know enough of the codes related to the options on the SPID decal.

PHOTO 3 - The photo to the left shows the cover of this rare Buick Reference catalog I have in my reference material. The photo to the right shows a typical page showing the illustration of the 1987 SPID decal and how certain codes apply to the engine assembly.

We will cover more on this subject in future Inner Circle emails.


Two of the rarest decals would have been on your Turbo Regal as it arrived at the selling dealership. Actually, I believe there were three different decals attached to the windshield. I have two of them, which are pictured below.

I came across these in my files, which are noted as being on the windshield when the car was delivered to the dealership. In most cases, buyers would never see these decals as they were removed as the cars were detailed for delivery.

It reminds me of the truck loads I see of new Audis that come in on open transport trucks, all neatly wrapped in a tight-fitting white thin cover with a clear portion for the windshield and door. This is to protect the cars from the various elements during transport on open. I am sure once this cover is removed, they are simply thrown in the trash!

PHOTO 4 - We show these two original decals that would have been on the windshield when the car was transported to the selling dealership. Once each car was detailed and prepped for sale, these decals would have been removed.


Here is a current list of companies that have responded about donating something for our Open House door prizes. The latest door prize comes from Auto Zone. I am sure several more companies will respond as the date gets closer. Here is the current listing:

Auto Zone, Casper’s Electronics, Castle Performance, Cold Case, Max Performance, Gbodyparts.com, Limit Engineering, Lorenz Racing & Performance, Metco Motorsports, REM Automotive, Russ & Nancy, Spoolfool (Mike Barnard), and Yum Yums.

Special Guest Terry Shaw from Auto Legal Services (Appraisal Information) will also be there to answer any of your questions.

We should have called it the Winter/Spring Open House based on the weather conditions over the last several weeks in our immediate area!

We have quite a large number of cool pictures and articles on display for you to view. Also, for the first time, all of the various new vinyl banners will be on display. Our actual prototype samples of the banners will be sold at our No Reserve Auction.

We will probably have over 35 to 45 various items for sale at our No Reserve Auction, from original artwork to items for your garage, blemished parts, discontinued parts, as well as one-of-a-kind items. As long as the starting bid is met that item will be sold to the highest bidder. This No Reserve Auction is just one part of the program. Also, our newest products will be on display.

We also have quite a number of great door prizes that have been donated by the various vendors/suppliers that we deal with. We also have our annual M&M contest, and 50/50 drawing. This is our 30th year, so you don’t want to miss it. If you plan on purchasing any of the large items, it’s best to contact our office now (215-766-1611 x 0) to be assured we have it for you. This would include the Pypes Exhaust system, Cold Case radiators, and Spoolfool fillers. To reserve any of these items, they must be paid for ahead of the Open House.

Doors open at 9 am Saturday morning. Yum Yums donuts usually are completely gone in under 2 hours. If you are arriving the night before, email me as we like to meet attendees for dinner in Quakertown. My email is [email protected]

My hope is by that Saturday, the weather in our area returns to normal Spring temperatures or above!


This new product will be on display at our Spring Open House as a new product.


We will have actual samples of many of the new Turbo Regal banners on display at our Spring Open House, including two GNX versions. We are working with the company that is licensed by GM that covers Buick/Oldsmobile/Pontiac. We already have 4 or 5 unique banners that we will have available at our Spring Open House in April. We will auction off the sample ones we had done.


Here is the current listing with dates for events to show your Turbo Regal or attend in 2018. As more information becomes available for these events, we will update them.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 - KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS, 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA
This event has no rain date. We will have free Yum Yums donuts and coffee while supplies last. This event features specials on our products, M&Ms contest, and our popular No Reserve Auction. The time is from 9 am until 2 pm. Contact our office direct (215-766-1611x0) to get special pricing on the Pypes exhaust since price on the website includes UPS ground shipping. Cold Case radiators. Spoolfool fillers can be reserved for pickup to eliminate costly shipping charges. Those are the 3 big items where you can save money by picking them up at our Open House. Many of our vendors and suppliers are donating door prizes for this event.


All locations listed are about 25 minutes from our shop and are basically just 3 turns.

If you plan to arrive Friday night, let me know as we can meet for dinner as I meet Jason from Canada every year for dinner Friday night at Applebees in Quakertown.

The first three listed are all fairly new motels.

Comfort Suites Inn
Rt 663 - 1905 John Fries Highway Quakertown PA 18951 - 215-538-3000

Hampton Inn
Rt 663 - 1915 John Fries Highway Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215-536-7779

Quakertown Holiday Inn Express 
Rt 663 - 1918 John Fries Highway Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215-529-7979

Econo Lodge
1446 West Broad Street, Quakertown, PA 18951 - 215-536-2500

2018 Turbobuick.com NATIONALS-
May 2nd thru May 5th, 2018 - Burlington, NC
This event is held at two locations. The first part of the week is at Richard Clark’s Garage, 2557 Faucette Lane, Burlington, NC. It then moves to a different track - Farmington Dragway, 2992 NC Highway 801N, Mocksville, NC, located about one hour west of Burlington, NC. For more information, go to turbobuick.com and click on 2018 Turbo Buick Nationals or on Facebook.

May 26th, 2018 Lebanon Valley Dragway, NY.
This is their 9th annual Buick event.
For more information, call 518-794-7130 or 845-528-GSGN, and ask for John.

[email protected] 2018-
Sunday, June 3, 2018
9 am - 4 pm PDT
Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Wood Valley Road, Valley Center, Californian 92082
The largest gathering of 1984-1987 Turbo Buicks and Classic Buicks west of the Mississippi! Come hang with the SoCal GS Club and Turbobuick.com South Westerners.

PYPES and MAX PERFORMANCE 8th Annual American Muscle Car and Truck Show -
June 29th and June 30th, 2018 - Hatfield, PA
This show is hosted by Pypes and Max Performance. A BBQ and cruise is Friday afternoon and Saturday is the car show. The location is at their facility at 2705 Clemens Road B103, Hatfield, PA 19440. This event draws a huge amount of all kinds of GM muscle cars, including Ford and Chrysler. The company owner has been our friend for over 30-plus years. We will be attending this event. For more information, go to their website - maxperformanceinc.com

September 14th and 15th, 2018 - Cecil County Dragway, Cecil, Maryland
The MAGNA Group has their annual event September 14th and 15th at Cecil County Dragway in Cecil County, Maryland. This event grows bigger each year and is open to all Buick muscle cars not just the Turbo Regals. We expect to be attending this event. (It falls on my birthday). For more details, go to turbobuick.com - or - their website - magnabuick.com


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. It can be for something for sale or something wanted.

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.



For Sale: 1996 Buick Roadmaster Wagon. White with wood trim, burgundy leather interior, all mechanicals done, new springs, coilovers, BFG’s, flowmaster’s, K&N kit, LT1 350 motor, 155,000 miles. Excellent condition. I take it to shows and its stored winters. $10,500 email [email protected] New Haven, CT 06512 1 of 4.

For Sale 1986 Buick Grand National - $ 24,500
Nice original, stock, solid roof car. We have owned since 1991, second Oklahoma City owner, just turned 79K miles. Paint original, good condition for miles. No rust issues, or winter driving. No smokers, wrecks or problems. Motor, transmission and posi rear, original. Car has 90 option codes on trunk tag. A few items done over the years were to replace the stock exhaust cat back, add a car alarm, additional transmission cooler, bumper fillers front and back. Recently upgraded car stereo to a GM, CD unit, original cassette stereo will come with car. Several more items done over the years that can be detailed in email. We have only driven the car 634 miles in past 8 years. Would like to see it enjoyed by others. Would welcome 3rd party inspection if interested. Email for more details and pictures. Austin Kendall, Oklahoma City, Okla. [email protected]  - 405 831-5195 1 of 4

WANTED to BUY: NOS Buick parts for 1987 Buick Turbo Regal. Will you be at Dennis Kirban's Spring Open House on Saturday, April 21 and have some NOS Buick Turbo Regal parts you are thinking of selling? If yes, please contact me by phone or e-mail and let me know what you have as I may be interested. I am a CASH buyer and will be at the Kirban Spring Open House and travel to purchase. I am not a dealer and parts are not for resale any parts I purchase are for my own small personal Buick parts collection. Please call and leave message or e-mail. All calls will be returned. Jason Maxfield 416-399-7265 or [email protected] - Niagara Falls, NY 14303.  Thank you. 2 of 4


For Sale - 1987 GRAND NATIONAL - Exceptional condition, 30 k miles, t-tops. It has all the options I am aware of. Car is most original with upgrades that address original design shortfalls; Monte Carlo brake system, original and up-sized wheel and tire sets, under body detailed, all aftermarket braces, upgraded suspension bushings, GNX speedometer, performance mufflers, rerouted vacuum lines, shift kit, and lowered.

You won't find a more clean interior, underbody, motor compartment, trunk, and t-top set.

$25,000, Chris, Flushing, MI - 810-441-6121 2 of 2

Here is a link to this car on our website.

FOR SALE - Remember, if you are local to us check out the inventory of used vehicles 611 Auto Sales. They are located near us at 8307 Easton Road in Ottsville, PA. Their website is -611autosalespa.com Many of the cars are priced under $3,995. Mention my name and it may save you a few bucks! They have several one-owner cars to choose from.

Their office number is 610-847-0100. Currently they have the 1987 Bronco II for $6,495. Several of their real nice 4-door sedans are priced under $3,995. These are ones I bid on that checked out as 1-2 owners, non-smoker with real nice exterior and interiors.


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]


Remember, if you are planning to attend our upcoming Spring Open House, bring any powermaster cores you want to cash in for our parts. Also, any parts you wish to trade or sell us as we are a possible buyer.


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

NEED - Powermaster brake units. The must be complete. We will issue you a Letter of Credit for $125 for each acceptable core. We currently will not buy any powermaster units outright only Letter of Credit towards parts.

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. These are the only 2 items we are currently accepting as cores.

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.


1985-1987 Buick GRAND NATIONAL -

Because the original grey and black pallex Grand National seat material is so costly, here is a simple and inexpensive method to protect it.

We offer a one-piece form-fitting seat cover for the front bucket seat. No tools are required and it’s easy to clean. You simply slide it over the seat. It can be removed easily.

This seat cover has the same two-color color (black and grey) design, so it looks like it was made specifically for the Grand National.

The durable and breathable material is double nylon mesh cloth with 2mm thick sponge in the middle. The spandex back provides a universal fit that conforms to the Grand National’s bucket seat.

It’s an inexpensive investment to protect your Grand National bucket seats from damage.
To purchase one cover, order #7821. To order two covers, order #7822.

Another excellent way to protect the seats.

7821 - 1985-1987 Buick Grand National - One-piece Bucket Seat Cover - $18.95

7822 - 1985-1987 Buick Grand National -
TWO One-piece Bucket Seat Covers (2) - $29.95 (Save $7.95)

Here is a link to this seat cover 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.


We will NOT be listing any of the letter coded parts in next week’s Inner Circle as it is too close to the date of our Spring Open House.

So, if you want any lettered item, it’s best to email me now.

I probably should have called it the Winter/Spring Open House the way the weather has been the last 4 weeks. As I write this week’s Inner Circle it is a balmy 39 degrees outside.