06-20-2018 Inner Circle

06-20-2018 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 06-20-2018 -


Good news, GM has approved 5 of the dozen or so Turbo Regal banners Eileen has been working on through the company that has a GM license for Buick. We will be the first company to offer these for sale.

These banners are not yet on our website. You must call our office 215-766-1611 x 0 to order them. We would not charge your credit card until we can ship your order.

Please refer to the part number assigned with each one below when contacting our office. We should have them available to ship by the end of next week. We show 4 of the new GM approved banners in Photo 1.

NOTE - Not shown is the “Buick Motorsports” banner, part #8605. We will show it next week.

PHOTO 1 - The top left shows the iconic 1987 Grand National with the hubcaps in the background, part #8602, $42.95. This is from the actual 1987 Buick Dealer Album. It measures approximately 2ft by 4ft.

The top right shows the extremely rare GNX ad that ASC did back in 1988, part #8601, $38.95. I had this ad on a perma-plaque that Eileen had to modify to make it work for a banner. Banner measures approximately 2ft by 3ft.

The bottom left shows the T-Type banner with the saying, “A Boost of Buick Performance,” part #8604, $42.95. This is the tag line we came up with years ago for the Turbo Regals. This banner measures approximately 2ft by 4ft.

The bottom right photo shows the ultra-rare WE4 from the original flyer that Buick did, part #8603, $38.95. Banner measures approximately 2ft by 3ft. This is an extremely rare flyer.

UPS ground shipping runs about $12-$14, no matter if you buy 1 or more than 1 banner. Hopefully, GM will approve the others that Eileen has prepared to go on a vinyl banner.

Currently Eileen is working on several banner designs for the GTOs, 442s, and GS’s. This company we are working with holds a license agreement with GM for Buick-Olds-Pontiac-Cadillac-GMC-Hummer.


Last week we covered the 1985 Buick Press Kit. This week we examine the 1986 Buick Press Kit. Most readers would agree that this was the year that Buick really stepped up with their new intercooled Turbo V6 engine in the Regal coupe body that many of you have come to love.

Buick introduced 11 new models for 1986 model year. The Riviera saw a lot of advancements in electronics, including a Graphic Control center. The T-Type versions were offered on 6 different Buick models including the Regal.

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) became an option on some of the Buick models for 1986. What I found interesting was that on another Buick News page it talks about a new Automatic Gaging System to gage every panel for dimensional accuracy. It further states that the cars are positioned on a huge granite block while a fully automated measuring machine goes over the entire body to verify the precision of fixtures and tooling.

It also goes on to say that Buick will have more robots working than any other body assembly area in General Motors. (I think they forgot to program the robots to install 4 of the lower body bushings to help align the bodies on the frames!) No idea where those robots are today so I can ask them.

Another interesting note concerns exterior painting, claiming to use the latest technology in coating to produce what is expected to be the finest quality automotive paint jobs in the industry! Any original owner of a Grand National or a black Turbo-T may find that statement not true! Ford had better painting results on their 5.0 Mustangs.

Another paragraph may answer one of your questions and that is the plastic-like letter tag on the frame near the back of the car. It says there is a tag that is read by computers to initiate operations such as printing manifests, welding, automated glass installation and testing without manual intervention. Again, I am guessing that may be what that tag means on the frame by the rear wheel opening. This is just a guess on my part.

The Turbo Regal for 1986 was rated at 235 hp at 4400 rpm and 330 lb ft of torque at just 2800 rpms. That was the key to its quick off-the-line performance - the 330 lb of torque at just 2800 rpms. The 1986 models also saw a new leather-wrapped steering wheel, special Gran Touring suspension and front air dam. The air dam was 2 pieces rather than one continuous piece as they had the previous year.

It also states Lear Sear Sieglar bucket seats were available, however that was not the case. The curb weight was 3,199 pounds. The Grand National was available again, only in black. Gray cloth bucket seats with a full-length operating console. Once again, the Buick News gave very little coverage to the Turbo Regal models. More data is shown on the Riviera and some of the other 1986 Buick models.

Again, the main focus and descriptions were based on the Riviera and all the technology that went into that model for 1986.

PHOTO 2 - The photo to the top left shows the folder for the 1986 Buick Press Kit. The Hawk was still the main logo. The photo on top the right shows a spread of the Buick News that breaks down each Buick model and describes all the new features for the model year.

The photo on the bottom left shows the front of the High Technology Brochure giving the details on the new Intercooled 3.8 SFI Turbo. The photo to the bottom right shows the inside spread of this 4-page brochure. This is just one of several full-color brochures that came in the 1986 Buick Press Kit.

PHOTO 3 - The top left and top right shows the very rare 1986 Buick Regal T-Type specifications sheet for the new intercooled Regal T-Type. The 0-60 time is listed at 6.9 seconds. Curb weight is estimated at 3,256 lbs. The bottom left photo shows the Buick Century Limited Coupe and the Buick Regal T-Type. For whatever reason, the Century coupe turned out to be a very rare car as most were 4-door sedans! The photo to the right shows the new 3.8 SFI Turbo with intercooler and the 2.0 OHC MFI Turbo.

In all of the photos I have that show the intercooler 3.8 SFI engine, the up pipe or “inlet pipe” as it is sometimes called is always black. It is important to remember that all factory photos and brochures are done way ahead of actual production, so changes can happen between the photo session and production. For some reason, I don’t have a photo of a 1986 Grand National.



We sell a lot of the popular colors of the spray paint for the Turbo Regals. The company we deal with is really good at nailing down exact colors.

Recently I wanted to get a spray can of paint and a touch up pen of paint for my 1996 Ford Ranger. Nowhere on the truck is the exterior color indicated. I gave the VIN number to my local Ford dealer who gave me the color code for the paint - Cayman Blue Metallic DA/4438. With that information I was able to get our supplier to mix up an 11-ounce spray can and one of those touch-up pens. The match is perfect.

I then wanted to get it for another one of my personal cars, which is a 2003 model. Many of the later car models have the paint code on a label on the door jamb. This 2003 and my 2004 car both have the paint code on the door jamb area. All three of these vehicles have original paint.

It occurred to me that some of our customers may also be looking for a spray can and touch-up pen of the correct matching paint for their used car. Dealers only can provide you with a Touch-Up Pen as they do not offer a spray can.

I am testing the waters to see if there is any demand to add this service to our website. If you provide the paint code for any U.S. or foreign car, we can get you an 11-ounce spray can and a Touch-Up Pen both for $49.95 plus shipping. Simply email - [email protected] with the paint code and within 3-4 days we can have it made up and on its way to you.

PHOTO 4 - We show the 11-ounce spray paint can and the Touch-Up Pen that you would get labeled with your code and color for your application.


ECS Automotive has recently done another sample for us to examine. I am not sure at this writing if it is the early SPID decal or the later one. Watch for updates.


The name D.J. Fontana may not be familiar to most of our readers, but he was Elvis Presley’s first and long-time drummer. He died last week in his sleep at the age of 87, according to his wife. He was the last surviving member of Presley’s original core of musicians. He met Elvis on the Louisiana Hayride, a popular and influential radio and TV country music program based in Shreveport, Louisiana.


A name every football fan should know, Dwight Clark. He died due to complications related to ALS. He was only 61 years young. He played 9 seasons all for the San Francisco 49ers. He is probably best remembered for “The Catch.” With under a minute to play in the 1982 NFC Championship game against the Cowboys, he caught the winning touchdown at the back of the end zone. He fully extended his body to haul in the throw from Joe Montana. The 49ers went on to win the Super Bowl that year.

Dwight’s passing brought back a flood of memories to me personally, as for many years we had Sunday dinners at my parent’s house in the 1980s. During football season, we watched many of these Sunday games. We saw many of the great quarterbacks of the day play. My Dad was not loyal to any one team, he just loved the action of the game.

As years passed, I would travel out to my parent’s home and take my Dad and Mom and my brother to Olive Garden for a Sunday lunch and then back to their home. We would watch the Sunday afternoon football games and then I would head home. (They had moved from Washington State to a place 2 hours away from where we live). These later occasions were slightly different as my Dad was getting up there in years and often would fall asleep during the Sunday afternoon football games. I miss those times.


In my opinion, one of the greatest advancements in car radio music is satellite radio and its many channel sources, some of which do not have commercials. My wife and I have it in almost all our cars. This summer channel 4 has been devoted entirely to the Beach Boys. I don’t believe any other rock ‘n roll group has mixed music and cars to the extend they have in their songs, coupled with the “California sound.”

I heard two Beach Boys songs on channel 4 that I had never heard before. You can check these songs out on Youtube. One is called “Add some music to your Day.” The other is “California Saga.” They should make the second one the theme song for California. Both songs have that typical Beach Boys sound that really clicked for their successful sound all those years. They had 36 top 40 hits, and to this day hold the record for most top 40 hits by any American Rock Band.

I still remember my Dad had a brand new red 1961 T-Bird when the Beach Boys had the hit record “Fun, Fun, Fun.” The T-bird was a cool car with the steering column that would swing out. The only car my Dad bought that was cool. He viewed cars basically as transportation. His eldest son, as you can tell, took a different view of cars!


The voting is all in for the Pontiac Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, in the “still living” category I did not make it on the first ballot. However, as long as I am still living, I have four more chances to get nominated into the Pontiac Hall of Fame. I think one reason I fell short on the ballots this year is because most of the other living nominees were more associated with the entire Pontiac carline whereas my focus was strictly with the GTO models. It is still an honor to be nominated this first year.


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.


WANTED TO BUY: NOS 1987 Buick GNX factory exhaust system. I will pay $300.00 CASH finders fee leading to the successful purchase of the complete NOS factory exhaust system (3 pipes) or $100 per pipe. I am looking for GM part #12332904 – front exhaust crossover Y-pipe GM part 12332903 – left muffler and tailpipe assembly and GM part #12332900 - right muffler and tailpipe assembly. I am a CASH buyer & will travel to purchase so you do not have to ship. I am not a dealer and parts are not for resale. Please call and leave message or e-mail. All calls will be returned promptly. Thank You. Jason Maxfield (416) 399-7265 – Niagara Falls, NY 14303 or email [email protected] 3 of 4.


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]


If you own a 1986-1987 Grand National with the stock wheels and center caps, remember it is the side of the lug nuts that secure the center cap. You do NOT bend the tabs down on the center cap to have the lug nuts tighten against the center cap.


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.


Remember, if you reside anywhere near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the GTOAA National event is held June 28th thru 30th at the Oaks Expo Center. I am speaking that Thursday morning at 10 am. This is a rare chance to see over 300 GTOs in this area. By most accounts, the GTO is the car that started the muscle car era. The car show day is Friday.

NOTE - I just heard from Vic Schreck who runs the Susquehanna Valley GTO club that is in charge of this year’s GTOAA Nationals. My seminar is the first one at the show. I already have over 60 people registered to attend. Not bad for not being involved with GTOS for over a dozen years. I have to brush up on my knowledge of Hurst and GTOs.

I can't remember if the definition of GTO is - “Gas Tires Oil” or “Good Times Often.” He also says over 80 cars are registered for the inside Concours Judging and over 150 for the outside judging. Concours would be the “cream of the crop” cars.