05-23-2018 Inner Circle

05-23-2018 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 05-23-2018 -


Our source that has the license agreements with GM for Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac vinyl banners was able to get the GNX banner approved. See New Parts section for more details and link to our website.

The other Turbo Regal designs that we have given him are currently under review by GM. The GM license agreements have recently had changes done to their approval system, which has caused delays on any new products submitted to GM to be licensed. This GM license process moves very slowly. We are confident that soon all the Turbo Regal designs we have submitted should be approved.

Many of the designs in the works have never been displayed on a vinyl banner before. In some cases, the new Turbo Regal banners will be 2 foot by 3 foot while other designs work better in the 2 foot x 4 foot format.

We have several GTO banner designs that hopefully will be approved as well.

PHOTO 1 - We show the new approximately 2 foot x 4 foot GNX banner. The price is $42.95 each plus shipping. See the New Parts section for the link to our website. This is GM licensed.


Years ago, I had a new powermaster unit assembled for display purposes that clearly shows how a factory original unit should look.

Today it’s basically impossible to duplicate a powermaster unit to make it look like a factory brand new unit with the black brake switch instead of the replacement grey brake switch.

That is probably the one item that would be most difficult to find to duplicate a factory original Turbo Regal. Not to mention the risk involved if you were to drive a Turbo Regal that still had the black brake switch on the unit. I would not trust that brake system for a minute!

Most of you know that over the years GM had two different brake accumulator bowls. The original was all black with the nut inward. The replacement brake accumulator bowl had the yellow silk screen wording around the outer edge and the nut was on the outer part of the brake accumulator bowl. The nut was inward and the brake bowl was about 15% larger in diameter on the Cardone brake accumulator bowl. From what I understand, the brake accumulator bowl can’t be rebuilt.

Besides the various brake switches and brake accumulators, over the years there is a total of 3 different reservoirs that are possible to see on a Turbo Regal powermaster.

A narrow version (which I believe is the early one,) a slanted version (which I believe came out of certain model GM station wagons,) and the one that is correct for the Turbo Regal (it’s the most common, and it is not slanted and it doesn’t have a narrow reservoir.)

That is basically my extent of knowledge concerning the problematic powermaster brake system. Add 30 years to the mix and it becomes one of the top problems related to the popular 1986-1987 Turbo Regals, besides the high failure rate of power antennas. That is another topic!

PHOTO 2 - We show different photos of this new original powermaster brake unit that we had made into a display several years ago. NOTE - The molded hose to the reservoir from the motor and the color of the electric motor. Notice how nice the black metal brackets are that secure the motor to the master cylinder. Most brackets turn to rust due to fluid leakage over the years. This powermaster unit has the correct brake reservoir on it as well as the original solid black brake accumulator and the rare black brake switch.

PHOTO 3 - We show a display I had made several years ago of the 3 possible brake reservoirs that can be found on a powermaster brake unit. The one on the far left is the narrow format. The one in the middle is the slanted version, which you can see does not hold as much brake fluid as the correct one does. The correct reservoir is on the far right in the photo.

PHOTO 4 - We show another display we had made several years ago that features both GM-style brake bowls. The one on the left is the original, which you seldom see today. The one on the right is the replacement GM brake accumulator bowl. This brake accumulator bowl is slightly larger in size. In front of the two brake accumulator bowls are the black GE brake switch on the left and the GE replacement grey brake switch on the right.

Recognizing the various issues with the powermaster brake units is the reason we offer various alternatives for brake systems. We offer two different vacuum brake systems and two different hydroboost formats, besides offering a rebuilt powermaster unit.

We also offer various parts for the powermaster brake unit, such as o-rings, brake switches, brake accumulators, and replacement reservoirs.

When we sold GTO parts, I can’t recall ever offering any brake options as they never had the brake problems that constantly plague the Turbo Regals.


As of this writing we have either 1 or 2 completely rebuilt power antennas in stock. These have been rebuilt using the upgraded steel cable insert. The part number is #7703 and the price is $179.95. You must call Christina at our office 215-766-1611x0 if you want one.

Here is a link to the information about this rebuilt unit on our website.


Several important people in the Pontiac world recently created a Classic Pontiac Hall of Fame. This is the first year for nominees to get accepted to the Classic Pontiac Hall of Fame. The initial voting list had just over 200 names on it for consideration, both living and those that have died. My name was one of the initial 200 in consideration.

The list was then narrowed down to 70. I made that cut as well.

This list was further reduced to 14 living and 12 deceased. My name made this very select list in the 14 living under consideration for the first year of eligibility. From this list of 14 living, the voting committee will pick 10.

From what I understand, it is now being voted on by various Pontiac and GTO members for the top 10 living and top 10 that are deceased to be inducted into this first year into the Classic Pontiac Hall of Fame. Those that don’t get nominated this first year are eligible to get voted in for the next 5 years. The winners will be announced prior to this year’s GTO Convention on June 29th - 30th.

I am one of the guest speakers on Thursday, June 28th at 10 am. The event is held at the Oaks in nearby Valley Forge, PA. This is the 39th Annual GTOAA Convention. I am a long-time member, holding membership number #44. I joined when I saw a small article in Hot Rod Magazine many years ago.

I am extremely honored to just be a nominee for the Classic Pontiac Hall of Fame. It’s something I never expected. I will be eligible for the next 5 years should I not garner enough votes to get in this first year of eligibility. I am up against some really big names in the Pontiac/GTO world. (I even wrote the Bio for George Hurst co-founder of Hurst). I am confident George Hurst and John DeLorean will both get nominated this first year under the deceased category. Both have a huge connection with Pontiac/GTO.

The big GTO car show is at the Oaks near Valley Forge, PA on Friday, June 29th. Every year the GTOAA Nationals is held somewhere different in the country. This event is well worth attending as a spectator if you reside anywhere near Valley Forge, PA. The top GTOs in the country compete at this event. They have a special category for those that are original GTO owners. Come on Thursday at 10 am and hear my seminar. I am speaking on Hurst and the early days of the GTO parts business of which I was a major part of. This is at the Oaks Center.

Again, I am just amazed that I am even being considered this first year into the Classic Pontiac Hall of Fame. I never envisioned it when we first started selling GTO parts in the mid-1970s.


ECS Automotive is still working on making SPID Decals 100% like the originals. I recently sent them original SPID decals for them to get the size and the color of the paper correct.


2018 Midwest Buick GS/GN Show - June 1st thru 3rd
The location is the Holiday Inn Chicago West-Itasca, 860 West Irving Park Road, Itasca, IL 60143. This is an annual event specifically for the GS and Turbo Regals. For more information, go on Facebook or turbobuick.com

May 26th, 2018 - Lebanon Valley Dragway, NY
This is their 9th annual Buick event.
For more information, call 518-794-7130 or 914-447-6068 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, California 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 - 1987 Buick Regal Turbo ‘T’ - WE4 option - Lightweight
SURVIVOR, 29,979 original miles
All original, unrestored, as from factory, No Modifications, Special Turbo ‘T’ Package, All factory applied paint, Factory Interior, Very Rare Power Astro Roof, Power door locks, Power windows, Trunk release, Rear window defogger, Limited slip differential, Cruise control, Tilt Wheel, Cassette tape AM/FM Radio, Concert sound speaker system, Window Sticker, Dealer Invoice, Very clean, solid, rust free undercarriage, New headliner

Overall paint quality is very good. No checking, no evidence of any repaint anywhere. NO RUST on lower fenders, quarters, rocker panels, doors, either inside or out. Bumper fillers have not been replaced and side louvers were an early add on. Retains many factory tags and labels including undercarriage labels, evidence this car was sparingly driven to avoid rain. This is one of the nicest examples of a low production, true survivor you will ever find.

To see pictures and learn more about this very rare car, google 1987 Buick WE4 Old Cars Weekly.
PRICE REDUCED - The price is $25,900
Dan Varner Delaware, Ohio - 740-972-2470 - [email protected] 4 of 4.

Here is a link to this car for sale on our website.


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, we are always in the market for good used or NOS Turbo Regal parts buying or issuing Letters of Credit. Turn your unused parts into parts you need for your car.


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

URGENT NEED - Powermaster brake units. The must be complete. We will now issue you a Letter of Credit for $150 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.



This high-quality vinyl black banner is GM licensed and measures approximately 2' tall x 4' wide. The banner has metal grommets on four corner.

This distinctive GNX design features the “GNX” logo in red and white and the quote “A HIGH-PERFORMANCE INVESTMENT FOR THE FORTUNATE 547” in white. The design is a black 13 oz vinyl with nylon scrim (mesh) reinforced with hems and grommets.

It’s just one of several distinctive banners we offer.

These banners make an excellent gift for any Buick enthusiast or mechanic. Ideal to hang in any garage, workshop, office or to display at a car show.

8600 - GM Licensed - “GNX” A HIGH-PERFORMANCE INVESTMENT FOR THE FORTUNATE 547” 2' x 4' Vinyl Banner - $42.95

Here is a link to this new GNX banner on our website.

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

In many cases, the original brushed disc may be missing from the factory radio knobs or the brushed disc may be discolored.

This is a brand new correct replacement for the 2 outer radio knobs - tuner and volume knobs. These are very hard to find today since they were last used over 20 years ago on various GM radios. These are correct for other GM applications as well, including all the G-body models.

Another excellent replacement for any interior restoration.

7824 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Replacement Radio Tuner Knob (1) & Volume Knob (1) Set - $12.95

Here is a link to these radio knobs on our website.

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
SPOOLFOOL DRIP-LIP Flywheel (Torque Converter) Cover

Mike, owner of Spoolfool, has created another great practical high-quality product. It’s a fiberglass flywheel (torque converter) cover that has a built-in drip tray. What’s even crazier is that it works.

It is a known fact that 90% of oil leaks on our cars either happen at the back of the engine or end up at the back of the engine. This clever flywheel cover with its built-in drip tray catches those drips, so the oil does not drip on the ground or on the crossover pipe.

Mike has named this new product the “Drip-Lip.” The piece is made in glossy black fiberglass and it replaces the metal or plastic fly wheel cover. Not only is it lighter than the factory metal flywheel cover, but it will not rust.

This Spoolfool Drip-Lip replaces the stock dust cover and keeps oil from dripping on the ground by trapping it in a special tray that attaches to the bottom of this custom-made cover. It has a removable cloth that absorbs any oil that would normally drip and stain your garage floor or driveway. The small cloth catches any oil from dripping and is easy to remove and replace when it becomes fully soaked. This fiberglass dust cover replaces the factory dust cover. You simply reuse the factory bolts and install this dust cover in place of the plastic or metal one.

Like all of Mike’s fiberglass products, the quality is excellent.

If you are into drag racing, this is a critical part as it eliminates dripping oil from the car onto the race track.

So far, the initial results have been that 80% of oil leaks can be kept from dripping on the ground, track and crossover pipe with it installed on a car.

Up until now, the joke has been that if it ain’t leaking oil, you might want to check the oil level. This unique Spoolfool Drip-Lip hopes to change all that.

This product is NOT FOR EVERYONE. It is only for cars with oil leaks (which is most of the Turbo Regals.)

Spoolfool Production Drip-Lip features:
*Catches engine oil from a 3.8 liter Turbo Buick engine
*Keeps smoking oil off the exhaust crossover pipe
*A must-have part for street or strip car
*Half the weight of an original metal flywheel cover
*Since it is fiberglass, it won’t rust out
*Easy installation
*Made in the U.S.A.

An excellent way to solve the oil drip problem.

7823 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - SPOOLFOOL DRIP-LIP Flywheel (Torque Converter) Cover

Here is a link to this Spoolfool Drip-Lip Flywheel 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. We also may buy your new or used parts. 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 have had the worst Spring weather in recent times that I can remember. Rain almost every day and then, in many cases, all day.