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04-03-2019 Inner Circle

04-03-2019 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 04-03-2019 –

LAST WEEK’S TURBO REGAL TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWERED –

The answer to last week’s Turbo Regal trivia question is the Cimarron power passenger bucket seat. The main clue was that I said it was probably the largest option. Most guesses were incorrect. It’s been years since I have seen a Cadillac Cimarron in a You Pull It yard. The car was a flop for Cadillac as most Caddy buyers were not interested in a cheap smaller version of a Cadillac. The car was made from 1982 through 1988, basically the same years as the Turbo Regal.

I think it was Pete Serio that made the discovery that the passenger power seat from the Cadillac Cimarron was a direct bolt in to the Turbo Regals.

I know our third test car did get that cool upgrade. A few years later Cadillac would introduce another new model called the Catera. Production of that new model started in 1997 and ran through 2001. The Catera model would suffer a similar fate as the Cimarron. It’s Ironic that both models started with the letter C. Cindy Crawford appeared in the early TV ads for the Catera.



THIS WEEK’S TRIVIA QUESTION –

Here is this week’s trivia question. It is not Turbo Regal related. You have to refer to Photo 1 for the clues. I spotted this unusual car near our warehouse last week.

Your answer must agree with mine. Email me denniskirban@yahoo.com your educated guess.

PHOTO 1 – We show a small view of this fairly rare and unusual station wagon. The exterior format is unusual in one respect. I do not show the exterior portion that would give the answer. I have never seen another model station wagon in the last 30 years that shared this unusual exterior appearance. Give me your guess as to what is unusual about the exterior of this station wagon. Once you determine the make and model, you should be able to figure out the answer about the exterior.



NEW ARRIVAL - 1986 GRAND NATIONAL PARTS CAR –

I received a call the other week from an older gentleman who has owned a 1986 Grand National since it was brand new! Unfortunately, about two weeks earlier he had gotten forced off the road on a bridge and ended up side swiping the concrete bridge barrier. It literally pealed back a portion of the passenger door, exposing the inner workings of the window. Hitting the bridge also damaged the passenger fender and the quarter panel.

The car is completely stock and has major rust issues from always being outside and used as a regular car. The mileage is somewhere around 175,000. There is tape around some of the moldings as the car has had water leaks over the years. The sun has cooked most of the interior. Some of the stock wheels are solid rust. The trunk lit and bottoms of both doors are rusted beyond help.

I am saying all this to point out that this is a parts car. My goal is to have it stripped in time for the Spring Open House and offer up the drive train still intact for an agreed amount of money. Watch for parts to appear next week as I find time to dismantle this 1986 Grand National.

PHOTO 2 – We show four different views of this 1986 Grand National we just got. I took these photos when I went to look at the car. You can clearly see the major damage to the passenger side. Between the severe damage to the passenger side and the major rust issues, it is basically a parts car.



TURBO BUICK CARTOONS –

We recently contacted Paul Vilser, who was one of the 3 major cartoonists we have used over the years, that did our Turbo Regal cartoons. I wanted to see if he would do a cartoon for our granddaughter who is at Penn State going for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

The idea for the cartoon is based on the attempted bank robbery in Florida I saw on the news. This is where they attempted to tunnel under a highway to get into the bank on the other side. The attempt failed because they misjudged how deep to dig the tunnel and part of the highway developed a sink hole, which the police discovered.

PHOTO 3 - We show the cartoon Paul did as a gift to give our granddaughter. A lot of Paul’s cartoons were seen over the years in our catalogs. Paul did this as a gift for us to give our granddaughter.



SPEAKING OF CARTOONS –

Over the years, we have used the skills of 3 cartoonists. Matt Blair was the first cartoonist we used, and like Paul, he owned a Turbo Regal. Paul Vilser was our second cartoonist. The third cartoonist we used was Fred Boatman, a well-known cartoonist in the automotive field.

PHOTO 4 – The photo to the left shows one of Matt Blair’s cartoons from 1998. This was based on the similarity of the Power Six logo and the Jiffy Lube logo. The cartoon to the right was an early cartoon that Fred Boatman did for us. It shows the perfect solution of what to do with all the dead powermaster brake bowls. We have had enough dead brake bowls to market this as an actual game!



URGENT REQUEST –

We have an urgent need for usable 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering wheel cores. Each acceptable core is worth a Letter of Credit of $100. Help us help others by sending us any acceptable cores you may have. The cheapest method to send them is by mail. Ship to Kirban Performance, PO Box 1199, Plumsteadville, PA 18949. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number.



IS YOUR TURBO REGAL PROPERLY INSURED? –

Classic car enthusiasts know that it is sometimes difficult to reach an agreement with an insurance company on the value of a collectible car or truck. It is always better to agree on that value as soon as you arrange to insure it, rather than wait to argue it out when trying to make a claim. It is also a good idea to periodically re-evaluate the worth of your classic car or truck as the value will change as time passes.

ALS Appraisal and Litigation Services is the right choice to appraise your collectible vehicle for this or any other purpose. Get your Turbo Regal/Grand National appraised at 20% OFF at Kirban’s upcoming spring Open House event on May 4, 2019.

Contact - autolegal@aol.com Terry Shaw - 215-659-4947 - Fax 215-657-3409 - PA License #139808.

On a personal note, I have known Terry Shaw for over 35-plus years. He has appraised several vehicles for my son as well as my personal Turbo-T years ago.



$50,000 FOR A RARE COCA-COLA BOTTLE –

The expected bid is fifty grand for a rare prototype Coca-Cola bottle from 1915. The shape was not used due to the fact it was deemed unstable due to its shape on the conveyor belts. It is expected to fetch $50,000 at an upcoming auction. Not something you want to mishandle and accidently drop! It makes me wonder what some of my Hurst prototype items are worth that are now 50 years old. I have always been attracted to prototypes.



CARSMARTS RADIO IS ON THE AIR AND ON THE WEB! –

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.



TIPS AND IDEAS YOU HAVE TRIED -

If there are any tips or ideas you want to share with our readers, email me –denniskirban@yahoo.com



TIP FROM KIRBAN –

We are now just 4 weeks away from our annual Spring Open House. Be sure to contact our office for any large items you are wanting so they can be put aside for you. This saves you shipping. Also, if you need any parts from GBodyparts.com, contact them soon, so they can make sure they bring your order to our Open House.



2019 TURBO BUICK RELATED CAR SHOWS EVENTS -

To get your Turbo Regal event for 2019 listed here, you must email me direct denniskirban@yahoo.com Also send me a copy of the flyer promoting the event.



KIRBAN SPRING OPEN HOUSE –
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9 am until 2 pm
6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville (Pipersville), PA

This event has no rain date. Gbodyparts.com will be coming to our event as a vendor. Contact him in advance for any parts you want him to bring. Their email is sales@gbodyparts.comThis year we are combining this event with Black Ice Details, a detail shop that shares our warehouse. We will have many raffle items from various vendors that have donated to our event. A few No Reserve Auction items and our usual M&Ms contest as well. Free coffee and Yum Yums donuts as usual, Yum Yums donuts seldom last past the first hour.

Vendors that have now donated raffle prizes include: Auto Legal Appraisals, Casper’s Electronics, Cold Case, Gbodyparts.com, Max Performance, Mike’s Montes, Russ & Nancy, Spoolfool, and Yum Yum donuts. We expect to hear from others as the time draws closer.

Local motels would be in nearby Quakertown, which is about a 25-minute drive west of our shop location. They would include Quakertown Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Spring Hill Suites by Marriott, Quality Inn & Suites. There is also a Hampton Inn Warrington south of us on Route 611 in Warrington.

GENERAL DIRECTIONS -
From Willow Grove... North on RT 611 through Warrington, Doylestown and into Plumsteadville (you can take the RT 611 Bypass that goes around Doylestown - it exits back onto RT 611 north of Doylestown). Watch for a shopping center with a McDonald’s on your right. Go past that light at Stump Road and the Plumsteadville Inn. Make the FIRST left at the Shelly Funeral Home onto Kellers Church Road. Ours is the second office complex just a short distance down on the right. Our unit is at the back far corner. There’s plenty of parking, since most of the other companies are closed on the weekends.

From Quakertown... Take RT 663 east and it will become RT 313 heading east (away from the turnpike.) You will cross through the major intersection at RT 309 in Quakertown. Go through Quakertown (it will take several sharp turns). RT 663 becomes Route 313 Dublin Pike, past Dublin. Make a left onto Stump Road, left onto RT 611, FIRST left at the Shelly Funeral Home onto Kellers Church Road. Ours is the second office complex on the right.
NOTE - If you are using GPS, you may have to use “Pipersville 18947” as the town.



10TH ANNUAL BUICK RACE DAY -
Saturday, MAY 25, 2019 – Gates open at 8 am
Lebanon Valley Dragway, 1746 U.S. Route 20, West Lebanon, NY

Participants in all Buick classes must be Buick-Powered. For more information, call 518-794-7130 or call 914-477-6068 (ask for John)



TURBO BUICK NATIONALS –
MAY 23, 24, and 25, 2019
Richard Clark’s Garage & Piedmont Race Track, Burlington, North Carolina

This event is held at Richard Clark’s Garage in Burlington, NC and the nearby Piedmont Race Track. For more information and a list of their program, go to Turbobuick.com and scroll down to Turbo Buick Nationals 2019 for up-to-date information. Here is the link to this event.



BATES NUT FARM BUICK SHOW -
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 - 9 am until 3 pm -
Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center, CA

According to Mike Bernard (Spoolfool fame), this event is the second largest gathering of Turbo Buicks in the Nation. Eric Brown and Mike Bernard deserve a lot of credit for putting this west coast event on every year. The event runs from 9 am until 3 pm. Vendors will be on hand and they will have many items for their raffles. They will update the info shortly for 2019 on the link shown below.

Here is a link to their website.



1ST ANNUAL BUICK BASH AT THE QUAKE -
FRIDAY& SATURDAY - JUNE 14 & 15, 2019
Quaker City Motorsports Park, 10225 West South Range Road, Salem, OH 44460

For more info, contact John Csordas 914-447-6068 johncsordas@optonline.net or Denny Moore 330-647-3615 gsca3216@aol.com - www.quakercitymotorsportspark.com



EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS -
FRIDAY& SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 20TH& 21ST, 2019
Cecil County Dragway, 1916 Theodore Road, Rising Sun, Maryland

This will be the 23rd year. Host hotel Information:Comfort Inn located just off exit 100 on I-95.Call 410-287-7100 and mention Northeast GS/GN Club for special pricing. For more info, contact John Csordas 914-447-6068 johncsordas@optonline.net or Jim Chaudrue 215-266-1052 phillyturbosix@comcast.net



GOOD NEWS - WE ARE ACCEPTING CLASSIFIED ADS -

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 - denniskirban@yahoo.com

Payment by credit card must be done by phone to our office 215-766-1611 x 0.



WANTED TO BUY -

WANTED TO BUY - NOS Buick parts for 1987 Buick Turbo Regal. Will you be at Dennis Kirban’s Spring Open House on Saturday May 4th and have some NOS Buick Turbo Regal Parts you are thinking about selling? If yes, please contact me by phone or e-mail and let me know what you have as I may be interested. I am a CASH buyer and will be at the Kirban Spring Open House in person. I am not a dealer and parts are not for resale. Any parts I purchase are for my own small personal Buick parts collection. Pease call and leave message or e-mail. All calls will be returned. Jason Maxfield 416-399-7265 or jmaxfield@gmail.com Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You. Week 1 of 4.


FOR SALE - 1986 Grand National with 2.200 miles on rebuild. Rust free- car was repainted by previous owner about 12 years ago and still looks great. Have original rims if needed. Rebuilt by Anderson Performance in Md with upgrades. A/C and heat works fine. Tilt, posi rear, power windows, digital dash. Needs nothing, runs great. Asking $25K. Contact Fred 410 599 8002 Baltimore Md – Email - bert5515@yahoo.com Week 1 of 4.



NOTE - IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE BUICK RARE PARTS SECTION -

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 - Christina@kirbanperformance.com to get 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!



EMAILS TO KIRBAN PERFORMANCE -

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 - christina@kirbanperformance.com



CORES NEEDED -

Here is the information on our credits for cores.

URGENT NEED –

POWERMASTER BRAKE UNITS. Unit must be complete. We will 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.

TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock turbo. They must be complete. We will issue you a $150 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core.

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 -
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
PO BOX 1199
PLUMSTEADVILLE, PA 18949

UPS - Ship to Address -
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
6201 Kellers Church Road
PLUMSTEADVILLE, PA 18949-1199



TECH CALLS -

If you need technical information, it’s best to email - Christina@kirbanperformance.com 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.



NEW PRODUCTS FROM US –

REPRODUCTION GM LICENSED - 1987 BUICK OWNER’S MANUAL

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.

This is a great addition to your reference material.

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



1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
POWER ANTENNA HARDWARE (4 Nuts & 4 Bolts) KIT

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 are 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



ALWAYS LOOKING FOR IDEAS -

If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com



ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION FOR TURBO REGAL PARTS -

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 -denniskirban@yahoo.com

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.



NOTE - ABOUT LINKS IN THE INNER CIRCLE -

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.



NOTE ABOUT PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE -

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 - denniskirban@yahoo.com



ABOUT OUR EMAILS -

Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com 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.



IN CLOSING –

Our Spring Open House is now just 4 weeks away. Hope for good weather. Be sure to bring any parts you want to sell us or cash in for parts you want. Also bring any powermaster or turbo cores. They are valued at $150 each Letter of Credit. Also, steering wheel cores valued at $100 Letter of Credit.