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04-24-2019 Inner Circle

04-24-2019 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 04-24-2019 –

Here is the link to this Inner Circle and photos on our website.

LAST WEEK’S TURBO REGAL TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWERED -

The key clue to last week’s Buick Turbo Regal trivia question was that “this part was usually destroyed and could not be easily repaired.”

The correct answer fit that description. That correct answer was the passenger side inner plastic fender. The Turbo Regal (1986-1987) had a different inner passenger fender than the regular V6 and V8 Regals. The regular V6 and V8 Regals passenger inner fender had a raised section on it for mounting the various relays.

The relays on the passenger side in the Turbo Regals (1986-1987) were mounted along the edge of the fender. Turbo Regal owners would cut a hole in the inner fender for the exit of a dump pipe. Unfortunately, the unique turbo inner plastic fender was not available soon after 1987 production ended.

The difference of the two plastic inner fenders can be seen on page 148 and 149 in my “Kirbans Guide to Buying a Used 1986 & 1987 Buick Turbo Regal.” We did get a handful of correct answers. The most popular wrong answer was a crushed fuel regulator. However, replacement fuel regulators were easy to come by, making that answer incorrect.



THIS WEEK’S TURBO REGAL TRIVIA QUESTION –

Here is this week’s Turbo Regal Trivia Question.

Here is the clue: Under the hood on every stock 1986-1987 Turbo Regal you can find 2 small rubber-like plugs. Your answer must tell me where these 2 small rubber-like plugs are used under the hood.

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



RUST IS A FUNNY THING –

Rust is not a funny thing, but can be a big surprise when you see it where you least expect it. The driver’s side fender on the 1986 Grand National parts car we have seemed to be in very nice condition. The paint appeared to be original. I decided to remove the fender. What I saw underneath surprised me.

PHOTO 1 – We show the 1986 driver’s side fender prior to me removing it from the car. All the bolts were easy to remove. What surprised me can be seen in the photo on the right. Note - The amount of rust located behind the driver’s fender on the inner shell. Yet on the outside of the fender, this was not detectable at all. With the age of these cars now at 30 or more years the winter weather in the northern regions has not been kind to these cars, if they were not garaged.



MORE PHOTOS OF GNX #206 FOR SALE –

As we have stated earlier this owner of GNX #206 has accumulated the most impressive amount of documentation I have ever seen related to his GNX. In the next photo we show 4 unique things about this GNX

PHOTO 2 – The top left photo shows the GNX jacket featuring Molly’s signature in a silver marker. The top right photo shows the ASC window sticker also signed by Molly. The bottom left photo shows the original selling Buick dealership envelope signed by Molly. Rarest of rare is in the bottom right photo. That photo shows the rubber bumper that still remains on the edge of both doors at time of delivery. These rubber bumpers have survived intact 30 years! Just a small sampling of what goes with GNX 206 to the next owner.



COMPARING THE BUICK GS TO THE 1986 T-TYPE REGAL –

I recently came across this fold-out full-color brochure comparing the Buick GS 455 to the 1986 Buick T-Type Turbo Regals. What I find interesting is that it only covers those two Buick models, whereas most articles usually focus on the Grand Nationals and the GNX. Finding an article in part on the 1986 T-Type models is quite rare.

PHOTO 3 – We show both sides of this rare full-color 15-3/4” x 9-1/8” fold-out brochure.



MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WE4 TURBO-T FOR SALE –

The seller of the WE4 we have for sale even has saved the flyer which advertises the WE4 we sold him years ago. In looking at the records, this WE 4 has won twice at the GS Nationals. The previous owner also won with this WE4. I had forgotten this fact.

PHOTO 4 - The photo to the left shows the original flyer. The picture was taken in front of the seller’s house in Tennessee where I picked it up. The photo to the right is the Buick Product Information sheet explaining the new WE4 Turbo-T package. It is dated 11-15-86.

The WE4 really gives you the best of both worlds. The all-black appearance, which is associated with the Grand National and GNX, plus the fact production was very limited.



UPDATE ON 1986 GRAND NATIONAL PARTS CAR –

Almost all the major parts from the 1986 Grand National have been sold. We even have a deposit on the drivetrain and the buyer expects to pick it up the day before our Open House and will attend our Open House as well.



GNX #206 FOR SALE –

We are selling GNX #206 for one of our long-time customers. While several GNXs can be found for sale on the internet, what separates this one from the pack is not only does it have the GNX book and GNX jacket but the trunk is full of everything associated with a GNX and all the documents back to the original owner in 1988. It is a 2-owner car. This GNX has never been advertised since the current owner purchased it in 1998.

It has been garaged with the wheels off the ground. Even the steering wheel was covered. Most unusual is that the little rubber bumpers are on both doors that came on the car when it was shipped is still on the car! I did not count them but Molly’s signature appears on a dozen or more items, including the GNX jacket. Car has 100% original paint and 100% stock. Front and rear fillers have just been replaced in the last 30 days.

The car still smells factory new. Mileage is 23,839 and original. Car has the latest PA inspection. It’s close to 100% perfect in every regard. The factory paint is outstanding, a term you seldom see used on a black Regal of any version. The price tag is $99,900. To help ease the pain, since I hold a license, I am open to consider any car or cars in partial trade. Trade value cuts down the sales tax bite and out-of-pocket money. Remember, a partial trade car need not be a Turbo Regal. It can even be more than one car. Buying this example eliminates any surprises that some of the other GNXs seem to have that are for sale. This GNX is one that can only advance in value. You can email me for more photos. My email is denniskirban@yahoo.com




WE4 FOR SALE –

The same day we took in the above GNX, we also took in a super mint WE4 from another customer. This WE4 is one of the very rare ones. It is a hardtop. I have owned this car twice. It also is a National winner at the GS Nationals several years ago. This WE4 has always been garaged and has 100% original paint. Mileage stands at 50,345. To be pristine, it needs front and rear fillers. Whoever buys this WE4 would get 10% off on any parts for the first 30 days.

This car is 99% stock. To be 100% it needs the catalytic converter put on and a factory correct oil fill tube and cap. The catalytic converter is in the trunk. We have the Window Sticker. What makes this WE4 unusual that is it has virtually every option. Most WE4 models had very few options. Options include power seat, power windows, power locks, EQ radio, power trunk release, tilt, cruise, delay wipers, factory alarm, limited slip rear, and concert sound II.

The first time we sold it, the car had 34,500 miles on it. I bought it out of Delaware. It then went to Tennessee. The next time we sold it the car had 41,700 miles on it. Back then I stated without any exaggeration that this is the best Turbo-T we have sold in the last 5 years. Richard Lasseter had appraised it for $16,800 back in 2001.

This is the WE4 Pete Serio and I went to Tennessee. This was the same day 911 attack happened. The seller sold this WE4 to me because he found a super mint brown Turbo-T. Few years later, I would go back and buy the brown Turbo-T from him as well!

This car is top notch. It needs a few very minor things to be 100%. If you have ever seen my white Turbo-T that I got $21,000 for, this car is nicer with fewer miles. This is one of the best of the best in a WE 4 model. The deal includes a 3-ring binder of info and documentation, which goes with this prime example. This is a Kirban Quality car that I have owned twice. Proof of this comes with the car as well as the Window Sticker and other information. This WE4 has never been advertised for sale since the current owner bought it from us in 2001. In photo 3 below we show just a small part of the documentation with is extremely nice WE4.

This WE4 and GNX #206 will be at our Open House Saturday May 4th.



NEW PRODUCT COMING DESIGNED FOR JEEP OFF-ROADING –

A local company has patented a clever new product and we are the marketing agent for this new product. Jeeps are well known for having over heating issues especially when used to pull a trailer or to go off-roading.

Until now the solution has been to install lovers or vents in the hood to let the heat escape. The problem with this is the vents are open all the time. So, when it rains water gets under the hood and can cause issues with the electronics under the hood.

This company has developed a vent system that is heat activated so the vents close automatically when the engine is cooled down. No wiring is involved. The vent system is flush mounted on the hood of any Jeep and can be painted. The vent system is made from 6061 T aluminum.

In the next several months we will be approaching various Jeep companies about this new product. This clever product will be on display at our Open House. The Jeep off road market is huge. This product can be adapted to virtually any flat hood to allow heat out of the engine compartment. Email me denniskirban@yahoo.com for more details and photos.



WHAT US PRODUCTS DON’T THE CHINESE COUNTERFEIT –

I just read in the paper that the Chinese are said to be making billions of dollars selling counterfeit US postage stamps. As the price for US First Class Postage continues to increase, this has become a lucrative market for the Chinese. One can only imagine how many different US products are being counterfeited by the Chinese.



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.



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 –

Remember, when you are replacing the stock hood shocks, be careful when you undo the 13mm bolts. These bolts are unique and when dropped may be difficult to recover. Also, notice the wider piston end is at the top - not the bottom - when you install the new ones.



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.Freecoffee 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, Black Ice Detailing, Casper’s Electronics, Classic Industries, Cold Case, Gbodyparts.com, Limit Engineering, 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 Warringtonsouth 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, Burlington, North Carolina

This event is held at Richard Clark’s Garage in Burlington, NC. 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 (of 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 at this link. 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 -

For Sale – N.O.S. Parts for the Buick Grand National. This collection was over 20 years in the making from various car shows, etc. The collection contains mostly N.O.S. parts, with a few aftermarket and used parts added. There is too much to list. I have no means to test any of the few electronic parts that I have, however, they are new in the box. It is comprised of smaller items, NOT body panels, (i.e. doors, fenders, hoods, etc.). Text or E-mail me if you are interested in the spreadsheet. Stan E., 585 727-6024, or dedward@rochester.rr.com. Asking $6,995 for the large inventory; near - Rochester, NY. Shipping is a possible option, pickup is best. It goes to internet auction if not sold here. Week 2 of 4.



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 jkmaxfield@gmail.com Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You. Week 4 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 Maryland 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.comWeek 4 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!

Due to our upcoming Open House there is NO Rare Parts section this week or next week. The Rare Parts section will resume on May 8, 2019 Inner Circle.



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



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.



BUICK RARE PARTS FROM US -

Because of our upcoming Open House no Rare Parts will be listed until May 8, 2019.



IN CLOSING –

Remember, if you are planning to pick up any large item at our Open House May 4th, you need to contact our office NOW to be assured we have it available for pick up – 215-766-1611 x 0. This includes Spoolfool fillers, Pypes Exhaust systems, and Cold Case radiators. Event is now less than 2 weeks away!