06-26-2019 Inner Circle

06-26-2019 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 06-26-2019 –


As we have mentioned previously we have a customer in the UK, Ian Reeves, who owns one of our Grand Nationals. He recently sent me several copies of the popular “Classic America” car magazine. This is the #1 selling magazine for 30 years covering the American Muscle car scene in the UK. A slick looking full-color magazine that runs over 130 pages.

This is a very impressive magazine, especially today since many magazines on now only the internet. What I found interesting is in one article an individual actually bought and restored General Eisenhower’s personal Jeep that he used in World War II. Although I can’t figure out the price values in U.S. dollars, some of the stories I found quite interesting.

Collectors of American cars, especially American Muscle cars, are limited on what they can find in the UK.

PHOTO 1 - I show 3 recent copies of “Classic American” magazines from the UK. It seems odd the magazine is simply titled “Classic American” rather than “Classic American Cars.”


Other things I collect are various special emblems that denote some sort of automotive anniversary. The most recent one I bought honors the 100th Anniversary of Dodge, 1914-2014. Ironically, I saw my very first 100th Dodge Anniversary emblems on a Dodge Challenger just the other day, so I ordered one. Even though it is dated 2014, I never saw one until the other day!

PHOTO 2 – We show 5 unique, new, various automotive anniversary emblems. The top left emblem is from Dodge’s 100th Birthday, 1914-2014. The middle one denotes the last 500 Oldsmobiles produced and says, “Since 1897.” The lower left emblem is the 50th Anniversary for a GM car model (I can’t recall what it is from). The top right emblem is for the 427 Chevy engine and merely states anniversary so I do not know what year it is from. Last, but not least, the lower right emblem is Chevy’s 100th Anniversary alloy wheel center cap. Going by memory, I think this center cap appeared on a Corvette model.

Each of these 5 emblems represents an automotive anniversary of some sort. They are fairly cheap to buy if they are fairly new. Yet possibly in years to come, some of these anniversary emblems may become valuable. It’s just hard to say which ones! You never know.


Here’s our next little mini contest - See Photo 3 below.

This past Sunday I met up with this lady who had recently sold a relative’s homestead that she had been cleaning out for the last several months. On the property was an unfinished huge pole building that was probably the length of a football field. It was scattered with various items, 90% of the stuff was “dumpster” material.

I was told the relative had some old cars parts, which is why I was interested. Unfortunately, most of the car parts were Ford related and engine parts that held little interest to me. Instead I found some motorcycle parts that appeared to be in new condition, so I figured I would gamble on a few.

I also bought what I show in Photo 3 below. I am completely baffled as to what this is and what it goes to. My best guess is some sort of a piece of a boat?

PHOTO 3 – I show several views of this fiberglass part. It appears to be brand new. It has what appears to be a third brake light attached to the lip area at the one end. On the underside is a black plastic knob, which when turned, can open up each hatch. The small shocks no longer hold the hatch cover open. I also have what appears to be a foam-like black cushion that I believe is part of it. The only emblem shows what looks like a UK flag and it is smaller than a thumb print on the front top area. There are no other wording or label on the part. The person I bought this from, along with motorcycle parts, had no idea what it is for either.

It weighs maybe 35-40 lbs and is basically about 4-foot wide by approximately 3-foot long.

To be the winner, you need to email me proof of exactly what it is called and exactly what year, model and whatever it fits. The first correct emailed answer will get a special prize.

NOTE - No entry will be eligible until after 3:30 eastern time TODAY, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, so subscribers have first opportunity. My email is [email protected] Good luck players. In the meantime, my son may be able to tell me what it is if it’s boat related. Either way, we still will award a prize to the first correct answer.


Among the items I bought from this lady were motorcycle parts, some of which appear to be brand new. I have zero knowledge of motorcycle parts. If you are knowledgeable in this area and you think you could help me identify these parts, please email me and I will email you photos. Then maybe we can determine what I actually have. My email is [email protected]

I have about 6 items, including a nice pair of saddle bags complete with brackets and 1 Kawasaki fuel tank that appears to be brand new. Everything is for sale.


As many of my old-time customers know, in the mid-1970s we built a Ram Air 400 Firebird based on an original 400 Firebird. Using all original parts, we built a 1967 Ram Air 4-speed Firebird. It had such options as multiplex am/fm stereo, deluxe interior, 1967 hood tachometer, OEM tailpipe splitters. This is besides the correct Ram Air package. We also had installed a 455 HO carburetor and 455 Pontiac aluminum 2-piece intake, if memory serves me correct.

I got an email from a person in Arizona that just bought it and was going through the papers and discovered the 1967 Firebird belonged to me at one time. He is not a Pontiac collector, so he had no idea who I was or even the background related to his recent purchase. The previous owner had died several years ago. The new owner’s email name seems to suggest he is into big block Chevrolet cars. I am sure we will be corresponding more this week. He just emailed me over the past weekend.

I sold this Firebird back in 1979, about 40 years ago, to a person in Illinois.

PHOTO 4 – The top left photo shows the 1982 Automobile Quarterly poster with our personal 1967 Ram Air Firebird in the top right corner. The top right photo shows a closeup of the car in the poster. The lower photos show an article from High Performance Magazine dated August 1982. They did a feature on my GTO business and there are 2 additional pages showing our 1967 Ram Air Firebird on our front lawn on Sugarbottom Road, Furlong, PA. This is where it all began around 1978. We first started in the towing business, which we continued for 20-plus years. More next week as we learn more from the new owner of our Firebird.


We just got in our order of Grand National baseball-style hats, part #7876. Also, we have a limited supply of the rebuilt 1986-1987 Turbo Regal power steering pumps, part #7378, in stock. These are hard to come by.


This past weekend was the annual Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals that also featured a Hurst segment. Although the name of the event can be confusing, it does cover all the GM cars, not just Chevrolet. I was not able to attend but Jim Wilson, one of our customers, went. He reports that he only spotted one 1987 Grand National on the show field. Parts were extremely scarce. He only saw one set of used black headlight bezels described by Jim in rough condition. Even literature and magazines vendors had almost nothing related to the Turbo Regals.

He said there were maybe 30 cars for sale in the car corral. One was a 1984 Monte Carlo SS for $14,500 with 50,000 miles on it. A 1996 Caprice SS with 216 miles for a $25 grand price tag.
So, from a Turbo Regal standpoint, you would have been disappointed at the turnout.


The 2005 Chevy Tahoe is still available. Dealer has several people interested. The issue is getting a loan for an older vehicle. I already bought a replacement slightly smaller GM SUV that is equally as nice as our Tahoe.


Last week we talked about two of the tough parts to find for creating a GNX replica - The special GNX turbo and the patch panels ASC used on the inner front fenders to create more tire clearance when you turn the wheel. I was mistaken about stating that, to my knowledge, no one makes those patch panels for the inner front fenders. Rick Hunt, who worked on the GNX project at ASC, got the tooling years ago and has made them over the years.

You would have to go on the internet to find out who sells them today. I don’t think there would be a huge market for this particular part unless the owner was determined to do everything correctly in converting a GN to a GNX. I did sell at least 10 real GNX turbos years ago, so you may find one of them for sale or possibly one from a wrecked GNX.

With that being said, the GNX turbo is probably the most difficult part to locate to convert a GN into an exact-looking GNX.


Depending on the offset and tire size, even on the 16-inch wheel size you can run into issues if you turn the wheels lock-to-lock or come down off a driveway into the street. Locking the wheels in either direction could cause the front tires to rub the inner fenders.

The sound is worse than the actual damage. Several things can contribute to this minor annoyance. One is that your car may not be straight on the frame. This is due in part to rapid acceleration and the fact Buick did not install certain lower body bushings, so those bolts can come lose over time. If you have a 1986, they have a tendency to sit lower in the front due to different springs than the 1987 models. All tire sizes may have the same figures for the size, but some can actually be wider than stated on the sidewall.

Any one of these factors can create that situation of tire rub on the front inner fenders.


Back when I was buying the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals on a frequent basis, I lined up a repainted Grand National to buy out of the Maryland area. Everything was set. I had a check from the Buick dealer I had a license with and off I went to Maryland to haul it back. I did a quick visual of the Grand National and it passed my visual inspection.

I always take a short test drive and this car was no different. What was weird is that when I made left hand turns I heard front tire rub and yet when I made right hand turns there was no tire rub. The wheels were the stock 15 by 7 and had the proper size tires. So, I knew that was not an issue. It had to be something else causing the rubbing issues on the front inner fenders.

Still I was not overly concerned. As a force of habit, I never would hand over the check for the car until I had the car tied down on my trailer. This car was no exception. With it on my trailer I now had a different view of the car and I quickly noticed the spacing varied a noticeable amount from one front tire to the lip of the fender compared to the other front tire and the lip of the fender. Even without a measuring tape, the gap was noticeably different from one side of the car to the other side.

This explained why the front tire would rub when I turned the wheel one direction and did not rub turning the wheel in the other direction. What really raised a red flag was that all these cars have a slot in the side of the front frame area, so I can lock in the special GM hooks I have to strap the car to my trailer.

This Grand National did not have any slots in the front frame area of the car. At this point, I knew I was not taking this car back home. I had no idea what was wrong with the frame issue, but knew it was not a car I wanted at any cost.

Upon telling the car owner I was not buying his Grand National, I told him my reason. I then asked him did he ever have anyone follow him down the highway driving another car? My thinking was that this car probably did not track straight, something I remember issues Novas had in the late 1960s. He claimed no knowledge of any issues with the frame or tires.

I told him he would be wise to inform whoever does buy it that it has a possible issue with the frame and how the car tracks. Issues with the frame depending on state laws, could prove to be a problem for the seller. I dodged a problem by passing on this sharp-looking freshly-repainted Grand National.

I have been burned a few times over the years as I am sure most dealers of used cars have, but you have to be sharp enough to limit the times you get burned! Performance cars is one category where you have to pay particular attention because of various modifications that can prove problematic if an issue arises.


Dave Bartholomew may be a name you don’t know, but he was a giant of the New Orleans music and a rock ‘n roll pioneer who along with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as “Ain’t that a Shame,” “I’m Walkin” and “Let the Four Winds Blow.” He died at age 100. He befriended Domino in the late 1940s and collaborated with the singer-pianist on dozens of hits making him one of the first rock stars and made New Orleans a center for popular music.


I have not yet heard from my original source for the watches but I have been in contact with another company in China who is making me 2 watches to examine. Watch for updates.


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]


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 –


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]


With values on the rise for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals, think twice before doing any modification that requires you to cut any of the factory wire harnesses.


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

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.



Pro street show quality build. Mild 383 stroker. Excellent paint and body. All new interior and finished trunk. Heidts front end with rack and pinion steering. Car draws a lot of attention at cruise nights. Turnkey ride. Needs nothing. Price is $28,500 May consider serious offers. Way more invested than asking price.

Justin Paliotti, Ontario, NY 14519
Call or text 315-879-7602 - email [email protected] Week 2 of 4

Here is the link to this Chevy Nova on our website.

1987 Grand National for Sale – Show quality re-paint – 9 out of 10. Factory steel wheels. 3.8L LC2 V6 Turbo, 200-R4 OD transmission 2800 stall converter. 8.5” 3.42 Rear.  Stock engine (80,000 miles) with bolt ons including TE61 Turbo, Turbo tweak chip with fresh injectors, fuel pump, MAF translator with LT1 MAF sensor, Terry Houston 3” downpipe, Pypes Performance exhaust system, Cotton Performance front mount intercooler, speedometer/odometer changed to 145mph overlay. New filler panels. LED headlights with smoked glass covers. 1000HP motor mounts – (eliminate engine tie-down). Kenwood Blue-Tooth radio with Mosfet 300W Amplifier. Halguard Clean Agent 2 pound chrome fire extinguisher. Fully dressed trunk. Scanmaster. Fully gauged. A high performance trophy winning show car. Offered at $33,000. Manville, RI Email Ron Griffin at - [email protected] for full description and photos.Week 3 of 4

WANTED TO BUY – NOS Buick Parts for 1986 and 1987 Buick Turbo Regal. Have you sold your Buick Turbo Regal and have NOS Buick Turbo parts left or have a NOS collection you are interested in selling? Are you located in NY, PA, NJ, CT, MA, MD, DE VA, OH, IL, MI, or IN? I travel to purchase and am a CASH buyer – so no shipping, e-bay or Paypal issues. No part too small or too big. Please call or e-mail and leave message anytime. All calls and e-mails will be returned. Contact Jason Maxfield at (416) 399-7265 or [email protected] Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You 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. To subscribe simply email- [email protected] to get our free 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.

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 - [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.

This is 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.

This is 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.


The dealership has had several people interested in my 2005 Tahoe, but can’t get financing due to the age of the Tahoe.