05-08-2019 Inner Circle

05-08-2019 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 05-08-2019 –


The weather for the Open House started out gloomy, but by early afternoon the sun was shining bright. Although the Turbo Regal car count was down from previous years, we still had between 35 and 40 Turbo Regals in attendance, according to Jason from Canada who counted the cars.

More importantly, the crowd size was at least equal to years passed. I did notice at least a dozen more owners selling various parts from behind their cars. Those that came had a lot of choices for buying parts compared to years past. I know I bought a lot, including several rare parts. Brian and Sandy from G-Body were very pleased with their sales for the day. I even bought some extremely rare parts from various people, which you can see for sale under Rare Parts.

It took over 2 hours to raffle off the donated items, M&Ms contest, and conduct the No Reserve Auction. Participation with the No Reserve Auction bidding on several items was very intense. The winner of the M&Ms contest also got a $30 PA lottery ticket and, if he hits for the $3 million top prize, you can bet we will be in touch with him! Two of the No Reserve Auction items of interest were a brand new Spoolfool rear filler and a complete set of GNX-style wheels with nearly new BF Goodrich tires on them. Those two people were quite happy with their purchase.

Several really nice Turbo Regals were there, including a 14,000-original-mile 1986 Grand National. Also present were probably about 10 other various muscle cars. I had bumped the order from 12 dozen to 16 dozen donuts and they lasted most of the event. We also provided Philadelphia soft pretzels, coffee and a assortment of soda and water.

A special thanz to Christina, Carrie, Devyn, Liddy, Melissa, Lalya, Noah, Riley, Eileen, and Jason Maxfield who all help make things run extremely smooth for the event. Without them the event would not be able to exist.


One of the things that made the GNX different from a regular Grand National was the fact that the turbo was slightly different. It’s the difference that required ASC to custom fabricate a new turbo shield. Describing the difference visually may seem difficult until you remove the special GNX turbo shield. Once the shield is removed, you can see why the factory turbo shield will not fit. The GNX turbo has a small extension in the front, which required ASC to notch the turbo bracket and weld a ¾ inch wide block so a special custom-made turbo shield would clear and basically look the same on the exterior as the stock turbo shield does.

Slightly longer bolts are required for the front two bolts, while the rear two bolt lengths remain the same on the GNX turbo shield. However, it’s important to remember that if a stock Turbo Regal turbo was substituted, the GNX turbo shield would still fit thus hiding the fact the turbo had been switched. This can be seen in Photo 1. You don’t necessarily have to remove the original GNX turbo shield to determine if the turbo is the correct GNX one. You can simply place your fingers under the shield in the front and see if you can feel the nose part of the GNX turbo as it will be close to the front of the original turbo shield. An incorrect turbo can really decrease the value on a real GNX. A possible issue you want to avoid at all costs. Having a reproduction GNX turbo shield instead of the original GNX turbo shield would also effect the value of a real GNX.

However from what I recall, at least 1 or 2 reproduction GNX turbo shields have been made over the last 30 years. To determine a reproduction GNX turbo shield from an original GNX turbo shield you would need to remove it and feel the weight of it and check the inside to see how it was welded together. Reproductions are a lot lighter than an original. I say all this because in this issue I have a nice slightly used 100% original GNX turbo shield for sale.

There can’t be many original GNX turbo shields floating around 30-plus years for sale, let alone an original one in good shape. See the Rare Parts section.

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo shows the inside of an original GNX turbo shield that I have for sale. Note the dirt spots on it. The top right photo shows the original GNX turbo shield off the 23,000-mile GNX I have for sale. On both GNX turbo shields, the welding is 100% the same as is the weight of both GNX turbo shields.

The bottom left photo shows the GNX turbo on the GNX minus the GNX turbo shield. You can clearly see the hump part on the front of the turbo, the notch on the side of the turbo bracket, and what looks like a ¾ inch metal block they welded to the front of the bracket for the 2 front bolts. The lower middle photo shows the 4 original turbo bolts and you can clearly see that 2 bolts are about ½ inch longer. This is due to that extension on the front of the turbo shield bracket. The bottom right shows the turbo shield as it appears on a GNX.


I brought a full-size Maxine mannequin to the warehouse. This was an original store display for Hallmark Greeting cards that I had bought about 5 years ago. (I actually own two of them with her dog Floyd). They are a collectible item today.

I made up a sign she is holding with the following captions:


I was a Team Leader for Paint Quality Control at the Buick Assembly Plant when the Turbo Regals were built. I am extremely proud of the quality of work we did on the Grand Nationals.

Previously I was a Walmart Greeter, but found the job too challenging so I quit.

I was fired from Burger King for wearing a McDonalds uniform.

In High School I was fortunate enough to have Abe Lincoln sign my Yearbook.

I recently failed a drug test when I applied at Slippery Ice Detailing.

The month prior, I applied for a job at GBodyParts.com but was turned down personally by Brian due to my inability to do simple math. He told me that he already employed enough people in Bethel that can make mistakes on an hourly basis.

I currently have a lawsuit with Hallmark for marketing the smaller doll versions of my likeness.

I’m working for Kirban Performance just for today on a trial basis.

Enjoy your time here today at Kirban Performance and save a Yum Yums donut for me.

PHOTO 2 - The top left photo shows Maxine behind the display table that shows some of our latest products, including the Grand National T-shirts we sell. The top right shows some of the 16 dozen Yum Yums donuts prior to the warehouse doors opened that Saturday morning. The bottom left photo shows Brian and Sandy of GBodyparts.com prior to show time. The bottom right shows just a few of the people that attended that were selling parts out of their cars.

PHOTO 3 – Shows just some of the various Turbo Regals that people brought to the event. In one photo, you can see a real ZL1 Camaro.

PHOTO 4 – The top left photo shows Eileen, her sister Liddy, and Liddy’s daughter Melissa. They worked the registration table. The top right photo shows Christina (who many of you know) at the order desk. The bottom left shows Carrie and Devyn (who turns 21 this year and just started working as a summer intern at Mack Truck on Monday.) The bottom right photo shows a very haggard me doing the raffles and No Reserve Auction.

Kirban's Open House 2019 - Vlog

Jason Salvatore attending the Open House and posted a video Vlog on Facebook and YouTube. It’s gives you a chance to see some of the cars and program from Saturday. Thanks Jason for the nice coverage. Here is the link to view it on YouTube

Here is what he says, “Hey guys back to Kirban's 2019 Open House to check out the Turbo Buicks, see what parts guys had for sale/swap, and meet up with old and new friends. We even enjoyed the raffles and No Reserve Auction. Watch a couple fellow Turbo Buick enthusiast swap body parts in the parking lot before heading home. And stay tuned until the end from some epic Buick turbo T B-Roll footage. If you like the video, show some love and hit that Like button and Subscribe. We have some great plans for the channel and an upcoming collab with one of the YouTuber's in this video! Thanks for watching. Jason Salvatore”


When you unscramble the words from last week and put the letters in the proper order, the word we were seeking is “GE,” which stands for “General Electric.” The GE logo is on the powermaster grey brake switch.

The weekly trivia has proven to be a hit with our readers.


Here is this week’s Turbo Regal Trivia Question. You see three things on every 1984-1987 Turbo Regal, yet these three things were never formatted by Buick to function on the Regal car. Name the three things I am referring to.

Your answer must agree with mine. Email your educated guess to me – [email protected]


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 [email protected]


We have a buyer for this WE4. His financing has been approved thru JJ Best. He only had to put up 10% and they financed the balance. With that being said, this is proof that T-Types and Turbo-Ts are finally getting recognized as collectible cars. It’s not just the Grand Nationals and GNX models that continue to gain in value as good investments. It appears this fine example will be going to Columbus, Ohio once the deal has been completed.


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 [email protected] for more details and photos.


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.


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.


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


It’s important to try and attend as many Turbo Buick events as possible. With cars aging, the events specifically for these cars are slowly dwindling down. It’s a good way to check of “original” versus “aftermarket” items.


To get your Turbo Regal event for 2019 listed here, you must email me direct [email protected] Also send me a copy of the flyer promoting the event.

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)

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.

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.

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 [email protected] or Denny Moore 330-647-3615 [email protected] - www.quakercitymotorsportspark.com

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 [email protected] or Jim Chaudrue 215-266-1052 [email protected]


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.


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 [email protected] 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 4 of 4.


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] 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!


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]


Here is the information on our credits for cores.


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 -
PO BOX 1199

UPS - Ship to Address -
6201 Kellers Church Road


If you need technical information, it’s best to email - C[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 –


This GM licensed 22-ounce beverage tumbler is made of a durable double-wall stainless steel vacuum construction with copper insulation. This allows the beverage to stay cold for 24 hours or hot for at least 6 hours!

The construction also prevents condensation on the outside of the tumbler. On-trend, durable powder coating, and easy sipping with a push-on lid with a wide opening for comfortable filing and pouring. An Eastman Tritan T straw is included.

The Grand National Turbo-six logo is imprinted in red, orange and white.

It makes a great statement at a car show, and also makes a great gift for that Turbo enthusiast or for your mechanic.

Another excellent Buick enthusiast gift idea.

7875 - GM Licensed - BUICK GRAND NATIONAL 22-ounce Beverage Tumbler Mug - $24.95

Here is a link to this Tumbler on our website.

GM Licensed –


This GM licensed 6-panel structured low crown pre-curved visor black hat is made from moisture wicking polyester. It has a micro-hook/loop closure in the back.

The black hat has the Grand National Turbo-six logo embroidered in red, orange and white on the front and adjustable in the back.

Another excellent Buick enthusiast gift idea.

7876 - GM Licensed - BUICK GRAND NATIONAL Baseball-style Embroidered Black Hat - $17.95

Here is a link to this Hat 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.


I like to thank all of those that came last Saturday to our Spring Open House and drove their Turbo Regal even with the prediction of rain showers most of the morning. Even with not-so-perfect weather, we had a good turnout.