09-19-2018 Inner Circle

09-19-2018 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 09-19-2018 –


While Friday racing was post phoned until that evening, Saturday the weather was picture perfect. It was hard to believe that a few hundred miles south Hurricane Florence was in full swing. This weather event kept many of the Buick owners from the south attending.

I was not at the track Friday night as Carrie and Darrell treated me to dinner for my birthday, in nearby Northeast, Maryland.

While I am sure the actual car count was down slightly from previous years, the event was still very well attended.

One thing I took particular notice to was the high number of T-Types and Turbo-Ts in attendance. Even the ultra rare Limited models I saw several. It was good to see such a wide variety of turbo Regals. There were several nice older GS Buicks including at least one GSX, in attendance as well. I did not see any GNXs.

There were various vendors selling new and used parts. G-Body as you might have expected was not able to make the trip due to the Hurricane.

PHOTO 1 – The first photo shows the very unique custom made trophies that were awarded to the various winners. These trophies were made from various engine parts! The other three photos of some of the very well detailed engine compartments on various 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. I can’t recall seeing any 1984-1985 Turbo Regals on the show field.

PHOTO 2 – The top left photo and top right photo shows this extremely nice 39,000 mile 1987 Turbo-T Limited. Note: It still has a good original black brake accumulator bowl. This Limited also has the rare optional cornering lamps on the front fenders. The bottom left and bottom right photos are of the blue 1987 Turbo-T that is listed for sale by Steve Perry under our Classified Ad section.

PHOTO 3 – The top left and top right show this prestine 1962 Skylark powered by the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal engine backed up with a 9 inch Ford rear end. This is a rust free California car. This is the definition of a “sleeper”. The bottom left shows a clever sign in front of a Grand National. The bottom right shows the rare Molly autograph from both 2002 and 2007 Reunion events. The Grand National belongs to long time customer Bob Sachs who years ago bought a front wheel drive Grand Sport from me. Not many Turbo cars would have two autographs by Molly.

PHOTO 4 – We show two of the rare parts we bought at the event. The first photo shows the custom Grand National valve covers. Although they are used they are in very good condition. The second photo shows the brand new 1984-1987 Turbo Regal radio face plate we also purchased. Both items can be seen listed for sale under Rare Parts. You must be a subscriber in order to see the Rare Parts section to know the price.

I tip my hat to the MAGNA Club on once again putting on a well run show and looking forward to going again next year.


It has been at least 4 months since we been able to obtain of these upgraded used lower steering shafts. This is superior to the factory lower steering shaft, as these shafts have a metal universal joint at both ends. See Rare Parts section.


Last week I heard from Mike Jones who actually owns one of our Grand Nationals. He is a fire fighter in Jupiter Florida where Burt Reynolds made his home. A local Doctor in town owns and drives daily a Grand National. This Doctor said that when Burt was away on one his trips years ago one of his housekeeper/maid boyfriend took Burt’s GNX for a spin and wrecked it.


It happened to a good friend of mine that makes parts for our company. He was swinging a hammer to dislodge a pulley when he saw blood coming out of a small hole in his shirt. Turns out a piece of the hammer had broken off and penetrated his chest. This splintered piece went within inches of his sternum! He was rushed to emergency and the Doctor was able to remove the splintered piece.

The lesson here is two-fold. Buy only a high quality US made hammer and wear a bullet proof vest! He was very lucky.


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 less than 300 actual miles since new. Asking price is $62,900.

See below link for photos.

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

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.



Some NOS, some used and reproduction pieces. Grille center molding, NOS pair of 5958827 Left and right signal lamp lenses, NOS cigar lighter, Pair of good used signal lenses, Rechrome outside door handles, trunk letters, tail lamp bezels, quarter and trunk moldings. First and second design 2-piece wheel opening moldings, NOS and used antenna bezels. NOS 40927 AC fuel pump, correct distributor and Q-jet carb with tag, NOS side view mirrors and more! Call or email [email protected] or 914-845-4446. 1 of 2


This is a 73,000 mile original California survivor, 100% rust free, dark blue exterior and matching interior. Car has never been in storage, always slightly used. Factory aluminum wheels, aluminum drums, aluminum bumper inserts, all upgrades have been done, but still looks totally stock and very correct throughout. Ice cold A/C still uses R12, PW, tilt, cruise, posi, window sticker, original exhaust with correct replacement muffler, under carriage as clean as the top side. Car is fully detailed for show, drive anywhere. The car received “Award of Excellence” at 2013 East Coast Regionals. It can be seen at this year’s East Coast Buick Regionals at Cecile County Maryland Dragway on September 15th. It needs nothing, runs better than new best offer over $20k. I am a member of NE GS/GN Club and co-director local BCA Club. Contact Steve Perry 914-262-9965 for more info and pictures. Carmel, NY. Email [email protected] 2 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.

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 there are any tips or ideas you want to share with our readers, email me – [email protected]


We are seeing more and more owners bringing their cars back to the original status. The little detail items we sell were quite popular at the East Coast Buick Regionals this past Saturday.


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.


GM Licensed - “GNX - AD from ASC” and 
“1987 GRAND NATIONAL with Hub Caps Background”   MUGS

Our GM licensed supplier has taken the two popular Turbo Regal banners and put that same design on a high-quality white 11-ounce ceramic coffee mug.

These GM licensed mugs make an excellent gift for any Buick enthusiast or mechanic. Ideal to for any garage, workshop, office or to display at a car show.

The GNX AD from ASC mug has the artwork repeated on both sides of the mug.

The Grand National layout wraps around the mug.

Another excellent Buick enthusiast gift idea.

7839 - GM Licensed - “GNX - AD from ASC” Mug - $12.95 

7840 - GM Licensed - “1987 Grand National with Hub Caps Background” Mug - $12.95

Here is a link to these mugs on our website.

1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

We now offer an excellent reproduction of the unique brackets Buick used to secure the radio in any 1984-1987, Regal including the Turbo models.

The metal bracket is the same for both sides but mounts differently on each side of the GM radio.

This is a critical part you need to install any factory correct 1984-1987 GM radio. It also fits many of the later GM radios that have the same frame and size, including some of the early factory GM CD players.

Another excellent replacement for any interior restoration.

7838 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Reproduction Metal Radio Brackets (2) Set - $25

Here is a link to these brackets on our website.

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.


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.


Show season is winding down enjoy the upcoming fall colors as they make great background for photos.


First home game this Sunday at Kansas City I am sure is a sell out to see if more records can be broken as Patrick Mahomes shows his quickness and accuracy as a rookie quarterback in the NFL. A rare talent that only comes along once in a lifetime.