08-29-2018 Inner Circle

08-29-2018 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 08-29-2018 -


Because Labor Day is next Monday, our office will be closed this Friday, August 31st and also Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd. Note - No orders will be shipped on those 2 days.

NOTE – We have added a new feature to the Inner Circle photos. When you click on the photo, an ENLARGED photo popup will appear. This will help to view the photos larger. This is only available since 08-15-2018 Inner Circles and any future Inner Circles. It will not work on the older Inner Circles.

The enlarged popup is not an option on the general parts pages on the website.


I think most owners would agree the engine in the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals is what made these cars so special. Especially over the previous two years when Buick stepped it up by adding an intercooler system.

As time goes on it is getting increasingly more difficult to maintain a 100% stock looking engine.
All the companies, ours included, have worked hard to help owners retain that original look. In recent times one part the mass air flow sensor we have had no success getting it rebuilt correctly. Just seems no company that I am aware of can recalibrate them or whatever is needed to get it back to function like new. By today’s standard that plastic mass air flow sensor is very primitive. Rebuilt ones you may find at a local auto store in most cases are not 100% correct looking. Most rebuilt mass air flow sensors are a Camaro 6-cylinder mass air flow sensor that has been modified to fit the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal application.

Your best option is the Translater with the LT1 mass air flow sensor. Both items we carry along with a custom bracket to secure the Translator under the hood. This format seems to be the most popular option. Our part numbers are #7326 for the Translater $199.95, #7342 for the rebuilt LT1 mass air flow sensor, and #7785 for the custom Translater bracket $29.95. The Translater has proven to be a perfect answer to replace the stock mass air flow sensor.

PHOTO 1 – We show an 8 by 10 factory Buick photo of the new 1986 3.8 SFI turbo engine. From all the photos I have seen of this motor, they all show a satin black inlet pipe or up pipe as it is called. That version to my knowledge never saw production. Note how the plug wires all stay clear of the edges of the upper plenum. You want to make sure your spark plug wires do also as the sharp edges of the plenum can cause misfires.

Our spark plug wires duplicate the original spark plug wires in length and are grey with black boots. Part #1531 is the number for the factory style spark plug wires. The cost is $59.95. We also sell the 5 factory GM wire separators, part #6803 for just $8.95 for the 5 holders. This is a key part to secure the spark plug wires away from any potential rubbing or exhaust manifold heat.

Last, but not least the original oil filter was black from looking at this photo and from what I remember in years past. So, the next time you need to get an oil change and you have an original 1986-1987 Turbo Regal spray paint the oil filter glossy black. Simple enough!


While plenty of different options and opinions exist for changing out the powermaster brake unit there is two parts to upgrade the brake system that most owners can agree on. One part we highly recommend is to examine your brake proportioning valve also called the combination valve. GM used 4 different suppliers during production. Since this valve is located under your driver’s side floor pan it is prone to rust.

Why Buick had four different suppliers? I have no idea. Three of the suppliers Bendix, Delco-Moraine, and Kelsey made the combination valve in steel. The fourth supplier, Weatherhead made the combination valve in brass. Brass doesn’t rust. This combination valve is located under the driver’s floor pan and is about the size of your closed fist.

Your chances of having the brass combination valve is very slim to none. The other combination valves can lead to rust issues. This is especially after 30 or more years exposed to the elements. We sell a reproduction of the brass proportioning valve ##7189 for $49.95. Another highly recommended upgrade to make is to replace the rubber brake hoses going to your front brake calipers. They are now 30 plus years old and can swell up when you apply the brakes. This in turn causes more brake travel.

The stainless brake hoses we sell are unique to the Regal brake calipers and we sell them under #7218 for $98.95. It is a set of 3 as it includes the one that goes over the rear end pumpkin. It pays to do both of these upgrades at the same time to save labor costs and flush your brake fluid at the same time.

You should get a slightly better brake pedal by simply changing out the rubber brake hoses to the front calipers to the stainless hose kit.

PHOTO 2 – The photo on the left shows the cover of this rare Buick manual entitled “Parts Identification and Inspection Guide 1986.” I picked this rare book up years ago simply because it has the Power Six logo on the cover so I knew it had references to the Turbo Regals. The photo on the right shows the page showing the information on the proportioning valve or combination valve. To the bottom left of the illustration it lists the 4 GM suppliers. It also notes that Weatherhead valve is brass.


This is probably one of the easiest and practical options you can add to any Gbody car. The electronic solenoid merely attaches to your existing trunk latch once you bend one tab out of the way so the solenoid cab trigger the trunk latch. It’s a single wire from the solenoid unit to the one side of the trunk release button the other lead wire from the trunk release button goes to a constant hot spot in your fuse box. Ideally you want the electric trunk to operate when the key is off or on.

Originally GM mounted the trunk release button on a small metal bracket on the inside ledge of your glove box. I don’t have that bracket so you would have to mount the trunk release button in a suitable place that makes sense for you. Most cars today the trunk release button is near the driver. Drilling a small hole in the lip under your dash is a logical place.

PHOTO 3 – Shows this mint used factory power trunk release that I recently found in a junkyard along with the correct trunk release button. Also pictured with it is a super mint used correct GM Made in England radiator cap. See the Rare Parts section as this is a package deal that can be purchased. They are hard to find looking this nice after 30 or more years.


You can now view a total of 16 photos of this 266-mile 1987 Grand National. I also have a list of all the work that was done to freshen up this prime example back to its original glory. A rare chance to own one of the lowest mileage 1987 Grand Nationals in the country.

This car has enjoyed inside storage in a warehouse in Texas since it was purchased and tucked away. Until last November 2017 it only had 50 miles on it! I am waiting for more info. Even the window sticker is still attached to the window!

Car has now been fully detailed.

Own one of the best 1987 Grand Nationals with under 300 actual miles since new. Asking price is $62,900.

Email me personally - [email protected] for more information and photos.

Here is the link to the other photos of this pristine car on our website.

PHOTO 4 – Shows just 4 of the 16 photos we have of this 1987 Grand National with less than 300 original miles. This car resides in Texas.


We just got several Cold Case Radiators, part #7457, in stock. Contact Christina if you want one – 215-766-1611 x 0.

We also now have more Pypes exhaust systems, part #6997, in stock.


We all pay tolls some more than others depending on how often you drive on a toll road. Some people do it every day for their job. What I find baffling is how so many drivers can get away with not paying the tolls. In my local paper they claim in Pennsylvania turnpike tolls the state is owed more than $17 million dollars! They estimate that 10,000 Pennsylvania drivers cheat on road tolls. Meantime road tolls have increased every few years. The article shows 4 individuals alone account for over $300 grand in unpaid tolls.

These 4 individuals are definitely repeat offenders. With the technology today why can’t they nail these toll cheats at the time they commit this crime? Seems to me they are probably doing it the same time each day on the same stretch of toll roads. If a private company was losing $300 grand due to 4 employees they would have been shown the door way before it escalated to that degree. The State has let the situation get so bad that those that committed the crime will never be able to pay the monies due to fines and tolls. The State needs to act before the numbers get into the thousands of dollars. This is called logic thinking! I am sure Pennsylvania is not the only state with these cheaters on road tolls.

Honest drivers end up paying more to make up for those that cheat.


I am not sure how it works, but there is quite a demand for very low number license plates in Delaware that apparently can be reissued to another person. I am not sure who gets the money from these auctions but they are highly sought after in Delaware. Recently the number 20 license plate became available so it was auctioned off. The winning bid for Delaware license plate #20 was a cool $410,000. I think if I paid that for a metal license plate I would not leave it on my car at night! My wife would also want me to get my head examined!


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). Be sure to bring any parts you want to trade in for credit or parts we may be interested in buying. For more details, go to turbobuick.com - or - their website - magnabuick.com

NOTE: If you are planning on attending this Fall event and want to save on shipping expenses contact our office this week so arrangements can be made for me to bring. Space is limited in my Tahoe. Items must be paid for in full in order for me to bring to this event.

October 24th - 27th, 2018
The dates for this year are October 24-27, 2018. Same location, Beech Bend Race Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more info, go to their website - GSnationals.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.

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.



Sold our house and selling off my Diecast Collection of GN, GNX, and Turbo Regals. All of the below diecast cars listed are in like new condition and many have never been displayed. All contain original packaging, cartons, and outer boxes. Photos any of the cars and boxes can be sent to interested parties

Four car complete set of 1:24 scale 1987 Buick Turbo Regals manufactured by “MOTOR MAX’ Blue, Black, Silver, and White Turbo Regals Manufactured and marketed and sold as a set of four with original box. $150 includes shipping to the upper 48 states.

GMP 10th Anniversary 1:18 scale Grand National. This is the special “CHROME” edition. 1 of 2,508 produced. $120 includes shipping to the upper 48 states.

Complete 4 car set of GMP 1:18 scale 1987 Buick Turbo Regal D84, Designer Series Set. This was issued in 2004 only 500 sets were made available. The set contains the four two-tone color combinations available for option D84. The set includes stock number G1800216, Brown over Light Brown, G1800217, Gray over Silver, G180218, Dark blue over Light Blue, and G1800219, Dark Red over Rosewood. $260 includes shipping to the upper 48 states.

This is the rarest set. Peachtree Limited Edition 1 of 3,504, produced #8001. 1987 Grand National complete with copy of the rare window sticker. This is the original packaging complete with the ultra-hard to find plain brown, unmarked outer shipping box. This is the first model of the GN produced by Peachtree (GMP). The car, boxes, and window sticker are in prestine unusual condition. $290 includes hipping to the upper 48 states. 2 of 2.

On all the above diecast, contact - [email protected]


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.

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


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]


With the Fall weather soon approaching that is when your Turbo Regal runs the best in the cool night air. Be sure to attend either or both of the last two large Turbo Regal events this Fall as show season comes to an end.


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.


1984-1987 G-Body (Including Buick Turbo Regal) -

The Window Racer™ - Because everything should go fast…

Make your 30+year-old power windows fly up and down like they never have before. Even better than they ever were new! Your windows will be just as fast as a new vehicle.

Simple installation, just plug and play.

If you have a power moon roof, it’s on the same circuit so this unit will make that operate faster too.

NOTE - It will also work on other vehicles if it has a 30 amp circuit breaker.

An excellent upgrade for your car.

We also offer a Window Rattle Elimination Kit, #7170. This replaces a lot of the worn out components in the door.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7170 Window Rattle Elimination Kit, #6949 Brand New Power Window Motor Kit, #7068 Reproduction Driver’s Side Dual Power Window Switch, #7069 - Reproduction Passenger’s Side Single Power Window Switch, and #7217 Reproduction Outside Door Sill Weatherstrips (2).

Here are some of the most common questions asked of the manufacturer:

Q - How hard is it to do and long does it take to install the Window Racer?

A - It will take you longer to get some tools together to access the fuse box. Usually a flat-head screw driver, 7mm sockets, etc. You are accessing the cover of the fuse box.

You simply find the 30 amp circuit breaker in the fuse box marked for the power windows. You remove the current 30 amp circuit breaker and install into Window Racer plug end the same way you removed the circuit breaker. The plug looks just like the circuit breaker you are removing.

You then plug the Window Racer where the circuit breaker is located.

Then you take a screw #10 or smaller and ground the black wire to a suitable ground.The key turned forward the red light will come on to let you know the unit is working. If the light does not come on, verify a good ground and that your key is turned to the accessory position.

Q - How do I know if it is working? I plugged it in but my dead window still isn’t working. Why?

A - Window Racer does not fix bad wiring, a bad motor, or switch. When the you hit the window switch, the green light comes on. You know that the circuit is completed and working. Motor is good and the circuit breaker is fine. The window is now going faster than I ever thought it could.

Q - How many Window Racers do I need for my vehicle?

A - Just one. It works all the windows and the factory power moon roof, if your car has a moon roof.

Q - My power moon roof?

A - Yes, it will make your factory moon roof fly back and forth, just like your windows.

Q - Can I operate all the windows and the moon roof at the same time? 

A - Yes, the speed is quicker even if you operate both at the same time. However, it is not faster if you operate only one window.

Q - Can the Window Racer burn up my wiring? Will it cause damage to my switches? What about the motor, it has to be hurting the motor right?

A - No. Actually it takes less amps to operate the motors then it did from the factory. The Amp Load is what generally causes the switches and motors to die. You know this if you have or had a weak motor. Your switch went bad and you replaced this because it was easier than replacing the motor.

Q - Well this leads me to another question. Will it make a bad motor run like new?
A - During testing we have seen motors that allow the window to go down but not go back up. When Window Racer was installed, it actually allowed the window to go back up. Of course, not as fast as a good motor.

Q - Ok, this leads me to another question. What if I am out and for some reason the Window Racer would go bad? Am I stuck with my windows up or down?

A - No, the Window Racer has an internal protection because we know there will be that one person with two bad motors who doesn't want to change them and it will eventually kill the internal protection. If for some reason the unit fails, the circuit breaker allows the vehicle to go back to the slow factory operation like normal.

Q - How long is the Warranty? 

A - There is a 1-year Manufacturer Warranty.

7837 - 1984-1987 G-Body (Including Buick Turbo Regal) - Window Racer™

Here is a link to this Window Racer on our website.

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This copper gasket is a nice upgraded gasket for the EGR. Since it is copper, it can withstand high temperatures and not become distorted.

Another excellent replacement for any engine restoration.

7827 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - EGR Copper Gasket - $12

Here is a link to this gasket on our website.

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This copper gasket when properly installed is less likely to result in warped flanges. The flat mounting surface is critical to get a proper seal. It is also less likely to blow out.

Copper can withstand high temperatures compared to other gasket material.

Another excellent replacement for any engine restoration.

7828 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Exhaust Manifold to Turbo Copper Gasket - $16

Here is a link to this gasket on our website

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This is an option if you are experiencing any leakage between the cylinder heads and the factory exhaust manifolds. When properly installed, this copper gasket is less likely to result in warped flanges. Copper can withstand high temperatures compared to other gasket material. It is also less likely to blow out.

Another excellent replacement for any engine restoration.

7829 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Exhaust Manifold to Head Copper Gaskets (2) Set - $45

Here is a link to this copper gasket 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.


Eileen has decided to sell her 2004 BMW Z4. She has owned it since 2009. Car only has 62,000 original miles. Car has a black exterior with black leather interior. Clean car fax. Car has not been smoked in. The car has new headlights. The car has fairly new tires and a recent new BMW battery. Has the latest PA inspection. Has the bigger of the two engines offered that year in the Z4 the 3.0. Heated seats alloy wheels etc. The power top is not working. Email me [email protected] for photos and price.