01-16-2019 Inner Circle

01-16-2019 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 01-16-2019 –


Rumor has it that the EPA is cracking down on older cars that are eliminating the catalytic converter. This affects our market. Time will tell but I believe once currently inventory runs out for test pipes from the various big suppliers they will discontinue the test pipe replacements. Currently we have a supply of #7809 in stock and have no idea at this point if we will be able to obtain any more. Course with the current government shut down EPA could be short handed in enforcing it! So, if your plan is to switch to a test pipe, your time and choices may become very limited in the near future.

PHOTO 1 - We show part #7422 the stock replacement test pipe that replaces the stock catalytic converter on any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal. It comes complete with the gasket for the 4-bolt flange. We also offer the test pipe with the dump option part #7809/


Winter storage is something every owner in the cold areas of the country do if they want to protect their collectable car regardless of what it is. Having a heated building is of course the best method.

Here is the procedure that Ken out of Ohio does every year. He puts in fresh oil and attaches a high quality trickle charger to the battery. He also starts the car every 4 to 6 weeks and lets it warm up completely for about 30 minutes. This eliminates any moisture in the engine. If you let the car run for less time you can get condensation in the engine. He also puts the car in a forward gear and reverse to excise the transmission. Usually moves it about a foot in each direction. He also turns on the heater to excise the heater control valve and the heater core. Last but not least he turns on the AC as well. His car is covered up. Ken does not indicate if his garage is heated.

So whatever ritual you have for winter storage it pays in the long run. I would add always fill up the gas tank prior to storage. It also is advisable to have some sort of protection from rodents. In our case we have several cats that perform that duty in exchange for food, heat, and a comfortable environment.


Long time readers may recall back in the early 1990s I showed photos of what damage rodents did to a GNX that the owner did think he had properly stored for the winter. This GNX had less than 600 actual miles. This was back when GNX’s were trading owners in the 30 to 35 grand range.

This owner probably thought he had a good deal storing his prized original GNX in a building where candy suppliers stored their trucks. I don’t recall the exact circumstances but from the photos I am lead to believe that nobody checked on the GNX for a period of a few months. Rodents were attracted to the mother load of candy that was stored either in the same building or in the trucks that were in storage.

When the owner called me originally about his misfortune I just could not picture the extensive damage in my mind and requested he send me photos which he did.

PHOTO 2 – We show 4 photos of the massive damage these very ambitious rodents did to this pristine GNX. In some cases you can even read the label on the candy wrappers. These photos just show what the rodents put in the engine compartment. I can only imagine the other areas where the rodents stashed their loot. Not to mention the lingering smell and possible bitten wires that they may have done as well. You can clearly see the candy is several inches deep in some places. In the one photo you can’t even see the top of the valve cover or the intake.

The lesson is, always ask what else is going to be stored in the building for the winter where you plan to store your collectible car. Rodents don’t play favorites. Left undisturbed in a warm building they can wreck havoc over a period of weeks.


Most owners of Turbo Regals realize the importance of having any original documentation to verify their car. Even if you don’t realize the importance of documentation initially, when you go to resell your car it is a important selling tool. We all recognize the importance of the factory labels on the car that contain the 17 digit VIN number. This would be the SPID decal, the door jamb decal and the metal ID plate on the firewall. The one critical additional documentation in my opinion, is having the original window sticker.

During the 1980s the window stickers from GM were very primitive. They were black and white with no color. The print format was so light they used almost looks like they used disappearing ink. They did nail down the aged look with the ivory looking paper they used!

PHOTO 3 – We show an original Buick window sticker pictured to the left that is for a 1987 Grand National. In this case the model was a Grand National which is how the last 10,000 or so Grand Nationals were titled instead of a Regal coupe with the Grand National being an option. Since this particular Grand National was near the end of production the dealership tacked on a few additional charges for things they added.

This additional cost sheet is pictured to the right. This includes something called a protection package for $1495, paint shield sound shield, fabric shield and rust proof which added another $695 to the cost. If that was not bad enough 4 grand was added for market value. Total additional cost was a whopping $6,249.00.


Over the years from going to junk yards I sometimes find original GM window stickers in the glove box. I have a collection of about 25 of them from various Buick-Chevrolet-Oldsmobile and Pontiac models. GM switched formats to a horizontal format keeping the same overall size. They went to full color and upgraded their print format so the copy stays sharp and clear even years later. Each car line of course had a clever tag line which you can see in the upper right hand corner. Buicks tag line in the 1990s was “Premium American Motorcars”. Chevrolet went with “The Heartbeat of America Today’s Chevrolet”. Later Chevrolet went with the tag line “We’ll Be There”. Oldsmobile used the tag line “The New Generation of Oldsmobile”. Pontiac’s tag line was “We Are Driving Excitement”.

PHOTO 4 – We show the top portion of 5 original GM window stickers from the 1990s and 2000s time frame. In recent years GM has thinned out the ranks of car lines saying goodbye to Oldsmobile and Pontiac.


One of our customers Brandon Chance reports that a 1987 Grand National with T-Tops was a no sale at the 39 grand mark! He also says a 1987 Monte Carlo SS hardtop was bid to $13 grand and also was a no sale. Neither car reached its reserve. Both were low mileage examples. Not knowing the mileage the Grand National with T-Tops at 39 grand was fairly strong money unless the mileage was exceptionally low.

I’d be willing to bet that the seller of the Monte Carlo SS wished he had a Grand National to sell since the Monte Carlo did not even break the 15 grand. There is a huge price difference between the 1987 Grand National and any of the other G-body models.

This was the Mecum auction held in Kissimmee, Florida. There was at least 5 Grand Nationals at this auction. Most of the Grand Nationals were modified and it appears several were converted to vacuum brakes from the photos I seen on Mecums website. Again this is just my observation.

Be interesting to see how the Grand Nationals and Turbo-Ts do at the other January auctions held in Arizona.


Patrick Mahomes is by far the best of the recent pack of rookie quarterbacks to start in the NFL recently. Cool and calm with a wicked side arm delivery his early baseball skills have proven to be quite helpful. He exhibits tremendous pinpoint accuracy while on the run. A joy to watch and for Chief fans a huge reason to be thinking super bowl!


I read in a recent newspaper where this 24 year old always had a dream to outrun the cops. With speeds up to 130 mph he achieved his lifelong dream and posed for the cops with a big smile on his face. He may have seen too many episodes of the TV show “Dukes of Hazzard”.


The SPID 60-page booklet that we featured in photo 2 of the 12-5-18 issue of Grand News is almost all sold out. We have fewer than 3 copies left at just $18.95 which includes USPS to the 50 states. Payment is by paypal. Email me personally if you want a copy. My email is [email protected] We have no plans to make another print run of this informative booklet.


Turbo V6 enthusiast Steve Saffier (who produced “The Dennis Kirban Story” on YouTube last year) is producer and host of a new automotive radio program broadcasting live every Saturday from 11am – 12 noon on 610 ESPN radio (the old WIP 610 am for those in the area.) The show talks about different aspects of the car world and Steve’s affinity for Turbo Regals and Syclone/Typhoons often is expressed in nearly every show.

You can tune in live or livestream the show at http://www.610espn.com from anywhere in the world. See http://www/carsmartsradio.com for updates on future shows.


I have several items for sale this first week. In each case the price includes shipping to the basic 48 states. Perhaps you have a relative or a good friend with one of these cars. All these items are extremely nice and priced to sell. Again, Paypal is the preferred method of payment. You must email me direct - [email protected] to purchase or check if item(s) are still available. All these items are bargain priced and extremely nice otherwise I would not bother hauling them out of the junkyard.

C-2 – See photo 4 in 11-07-2018 issue. I have 4 of these Cadillac accessory trunk mats. I have them in the trunk of all our cars and use them in the pole building to keep any leaks from getting on the concrete floor. These trunk mats were a Cadillac option around the late 1980s. The mat is reversible rubber on the one side with the Caddy crest logo and grey cloth material on the other side. The trunk mat measures 33 inches by 36 inches, almost a perfect square. Mat is the perfect size for most trunks to protect your original trunk carpet. They are charcoal grey in color. Each one is almost like new with no stains. The price is just $34.95, which includes shipping to the basic 48 states. These mats are very high quality.

C-4 – For the Subaru Outback, a full set (4) embroidered with the word Outback factory carpet savers that are absolutely mint. Grey black color weave look. They are probably 1990s vintage. The price is just $38.95 for the full set, which includes shipping to the basic 48 states.

C-5 – For any 2001-2004 Honda Civic with the grey/black interior I have a mint original factory passenger embroidered floor mat and a mint one piece rear carpeted factory floor mat. The price is just $29.95, which includes shipping to the basic 48 states.

NOTE - If requested we can supply photos of any item in this section if you are unsure as to whether it will fit your application.


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 3,300 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.


2019 Buick Grand National/GNX Calendar. The only Buick Grand National Calendar for sale today and it is comprised of the winners of the Grand National Facebook Group Calendar Contest winners. There is a small description of each car and its owner. Sales for the calendar are phenomenal and EVERYONE has been very happy with it as you can see by the comments in the Buick Grand National Facebook Group. Cost is $20 for one. If you order 3, I will send you the 4th free. They make perfect Christmas gifts too! Order here: http://buick-grand-national.webstarts.com/store/product/3 or email [email protected]


If you are not able to see the Buick 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] get on our weekly Inner Circle email.

The Buick 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]


Whenever you are faced with removing a non functioning aftermarket alarm system be sure to start your car after you remove each wire. This way you know you have not disturbed any critical connections in 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.



A must-have reference booklet for any 1987 Turbo Regal owner. This is a high-quality GM Licensed reproduction of the original Owner’s Manual.

A great addition to your reference material.

7843 - Reproduction GM Licensed 1987 Buick Owner’s Manual - $19.95

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

NOTE - This kit is included if you purchase the Power Antenna Upgraded Steel Cable Repair Kit, part #7433.

You only need this kit if you do NOT purchase the upgraded steel cable repair kit and plan to replace the cable not using our kit, part #7433.

This kit comes with directions and the proper hardware to reassemble the power antenna housing.

It eliminates the need to hunt down the hardware to reassemble the power antenna motor assembly.

Step-by-step directions is included to make it easy to install.

We also recommend you purchase the "1984-1987 Turbo Regal Power Antenna Removal and Installation Guide" Book by Pete Serio, part #6976. The location of the original power antenna on the passenger fender makes removal a more difficult project than most locations. Or purchase the 1984-1987 Buck Turbo Regal Power Antenna Upgraded Steel Cable Repair Kit, part #7433, which includes this hardware kit.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7702 Rebuild Service for Original Power Antenna.

NOTE - We recommend you also purchase our Part #6976 - “1984-1987 Turbo Regal - Power Antenna Removal and Installation Guide” Book by Pete Serio

7433-Kit - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Power Antenna Hardware (4 Nuts & 4 Bolts) Kit - $4.95 / kit


These distinctive Buick high-quality vinyl banners feature Buick logos and color reproductions of popular ads from that time. The designs are on 13 oz vinyl with nylon scrim (mesh) reinforced with hems and grommets. Here are several distinctive banners we currently offer. We have more designs in the process of being licensed to include Buick GS models, Pontiac GTO, and Oldsmobile 442 models.

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”-4'W x 2'H Black Vinyl Banner - $42.95

#8601 - GM Licensed - “GNX - AD from ASC” - 2'W x 3'H Vinyl Banner - $38.95

#8602 - GM Licensed - “1987 GRAND NATIONAL” with Hub Caps Background - 4'W x 2'HVinyl Banner - $42.95

#8603 - GM Licensed - “WE4” with Racing Checkered Flags Background - 3'W x 2'H Vinyl Banner - $38.95

#8604 - GM Licensed - “T-TYPE - A BOOST OF BUICK PERFORMANCE” - 4'W x 2'H Vinyl Banner-$42.95

#8605-GM Licensed - “TURBO-SIX - BUICK MOTORSPORTS” - 4'W x 2'H Vinyl Banner-$42.95

#8606 - GM Licensed - “1984 GRAND NATIONAL - The hottest Buick this side of a banked oval.” - 2'W x 3'H Vinyl Banner - $38.95

#8607 - GM Licensed - “1986 GRAND NATIONAL - It’s Bad. And that’s Good.” - 2'W x 3'H Vinyl Banner - $38.95

#8608 - GM Licensed - “BUICK 3.8 SFI TURBO ENGINE” - 2'W x 3'H Vinyl Banner - $38.95

#8609 - GM Licensed - “1987 Buick Regal Turbo-T WE4” - 3'W x 2'H Vinyl Banner - $38.95

Here is the link to all the banners on our website.


For the many Turbo Regal enthusiasts out there, we now carry this handsome GM licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” T-shirt in 3 different T-shirt colors - white - black - dark gray. Shirts are high-quality pre-shrunk 100% cotton. Design colors are red, orange, white, and black.
We only stock the popular sizes - LARGE, X LARGE, XX LARGE, and XXX-LARGE.

This sharp design features the Grand National logo along with the Turbo-six logo on the front.

T-shirt makes a great statement at a car show and it also makes a great gift for that Turbo enthusiast or for your mechanic.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related items - #7671, #7672 and #7673 “TOP 10 REASONS I OWN A BUICK GRAND NATIONAL” T-Shirts in LARGE, X-LARGE, and XX-LARGE.

Here are the 12 options for these T-shirts.
7845-L - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” WHITE T-shirt - size LARGE - $18
7845-XL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” WHITE T-shirt - size X-LARGE - $18
7845-XXL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” WHITE T-shirt - size XX-LARGE - $18
7845-XXXL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” WHITE T-shirt - size XXX-LARGE - $20

7846-L - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” BLACK T-shirt - size LARGE - $18
7846-XL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” BLACK T-shirt - size X-LARGE - $18
7846-XXL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” BLACK T-shirt - size XX-LARGE - $18
7846-XXXL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” BLACK T-shirt - size XXX-LARGE - $20

7847-L - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” DARK GRAY T-shirt - size LARGE - $18
7847-XL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” DARK GRAY T-shirt - size X-LARGE - $18
7847-XXL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” DARK GRAY T-shirt - size XX-LARGE - $18
7847-XXXL - GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL LOGO” DARK GRAY T-shirt - size XXX-LARGE - $20

Here is a link to these T-shirts 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.


For those of you that reside in the northern states be sure you have stored your pride and joy properly to avoid any issues at start up time in the Spring. These cars present enough issues without having additional issues due to poor storage.