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07-03-2019 Inner Circle

07-03-2019 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 07-03-2019 –

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE –

We will be closed tomorrow Thursday July 4th as well as Friday July 5th. We will reopen Monday July 8th.

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. I recall back in high school we had an upper classmate lose an eye due to a firecracker accident. Remember, they are probably made in China so the quality control can be questionable.



UPDATE ON THE LITTLE MINI CONTEST FROM LAST WEEK –

Finding out what that fiberglass part was for proved to be a major challenge in our mini contest. We had one reply and that person had the right answer. They even emailed me proof as to what the part was for. I can’t believe that as small as that part is, it is actually for a car.

It was made by an aftermarket company to provide a hardtop for a Lotus Elise model. I have no idea as to what year or years it fits. It is quite rare. However, the Lotus is not high-dollar collectible sports car, at least not yet.

Congrats to Mike Palmer out of Orem, Utah for having the correct answer.

It is not often my son and I can be stumped on a part that is for a car!

If you or know someone that owns that Lotus model, this aftermarket top is for sale.

Watch for next week’s Inner Circle since I will have another mini contest to see if you can determine what make, model, and year another part is for.



RED MUSTANG SIX CYLINDER UPDATE –

The new owner of the red Mustang, Tim Morren, arrived this past Friday morning having flown in from Dallas, Texas. His plan is to drive the little Mustang for 2 years and then offer it to his son when he turns 16. Tim says it’s important he learns how to drive a manual shift car. As you may recall, Tim at age 16 would wax GNX #480 that his Dad stashed in the family garage with a mere 8 miles on it.

In talking to Tim, it turns out that his father had Kenny Duittweiler build two motors for him. One of these Kenny Duttweiler prepared motors went in a street driven 1986 Grand National that his Dad drove.

He said that one reason the GNX simply sat was that there was no comparison to the fun that the Kenny Duttweiler Grand National provided on those Arkansas roads! Tim said when you punched the Duttweiler-built Grand National at 60 mph, the tires would break lose.

According to Tim, his Dad first offered him the 8-mile GNX for a family discount of $37,500 in 2005. At the time, Tim had just purchased a home and had to pass on the generous offer. His dad then sold it to the doctor in Wisconsin for $49,500. It was that doctor who sold it this past spring for $200 grand. You can do the math and compute the profit margin that was realized.

Tim would wax GNX #480 for his Dad when he was 16. Since he was at our house picking up the little red Mustang, I thought it would be neat to take a photo of him waxing GNX #206 that was at our house. I am sure this gesture brought back memories for Tim.

He emailed me the first night from West Virginia saying, “The little Mustang runs great and is fun to drive.” It’s hard to believe that a little red Mustang has a connection with a $200 grand GNX, but it does.

PHOTO 1 - The first photo shows Tim waxing the back end of the GNX. The other two photos show Tim alongside his new purchase. He had nice weather for his road trip to Wickes, Arkansas. According to Tim, Wickes is a town of just 750 residents.



MORE PHOTOS OF MACK TRUCK OPEN HOUSE AND CLASSIC TRUCK SHOW –

As promised the other week, here are more photos from the Mack Truck Open House and the Classic Truck show held in nearby Macungie, PA. The Open House was the same Saturday as the Classic Truck show at nearby Macungie, which we also attended. Over 1,000 trucks were on display.

PHOTO 2 – The top left photo shows Devyn, myself, Deb (Carrie’s Mom), Carrie and Darrell in front of the huge Mack bulldog in the Mack Truck Museum. The top right shows the restored very first Mack Truck bus in their Museum. The bottom left shows the Mack Truck that was used in the movie “The Transformers,” the 3rd movie in the series. The bottom right shows a restored Mack military truck from WW2.

PHOTO 3 – The top left photo shows Devyn in her Mack Truck attire in front of a poster of Mack’s new truck. The top right photo shows a pickup sized Peterbuilt truck that someone built. The lower photos show one extremely nice dump truck at the truck show. The bottom right photo shows highly-detailed artwork on that same truck



CONGRATS TO PAUL VILSER –

Paul Vilser was featured in the July 2019 issue of Muscle Car Review magazine. Paul is shown alongside his show-quality 1970 Stage 1 4-speed GSX.

His name should be familiar to my readers as he did many of our cartoons, including some of our T-shirt designs from years ago. Paul also has a pristine WE4, which was featured in Muscle Car Review in the July 2018 issue.

He basically has the best of both Buick muscle cars.


MAGAZINE COVERAGE –

It doesn’t hurt to send photos of your car with a short story to any car magazine. Magazines need stories. The internet has put a hurt on the printed magazine business, but personally I prefer the printed format.

Also, if you get your car in a magazine, it can only increase the value of your car when and if you decide to sell it.

Or you can also write the editor about a previous article they published. My first encounter with a national magazine was with Hot Rod. This was way back in October of 1982.

They had done an article earlier that year about a guy forming a club for the Ford Fairlane. He was a bit upset that the GTO was referred to as the first musclecar or premier muscle car. I wrote Hot Rod and enclosed a photo of my 1964 GTO. In the letter, I predicted the 1964-1967 GTOS would be to the 1960s like the 1955-57 Chevys are to the 1950s. I also stated the 1964 GTO would be in a class by itself. I said currently the early GTOs were valued in the $6 grand to $7 grand range. (Remember, this was back in 1982). Fast forward to current day and the GTO club is going strong with over 3,000 members as are the GTO values. I keep my membership activated as I am member #44. I have no idea if the Ford Fairlane National club is still in operation.

One could also say that the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals are to the 1980s like the 1964-1967 GTOs are to the 1960s. One thing is certain, whether you agree with my formula or not, cars I have noted from either decade make a good investment and continue to climb in value.

The Turbo Regals may be part of the last ones that do increase in value in the near future as more cars get powered by electric and lose their market appeal to collectors. I am sure there are a few exceptions, but the ones we appreciate may be near the last of the line.


PHOTO 4 – Shows the letter I wrote to the Hot Rod editor in October of 1982. It almost covers two complete columns. Interesting enough, I just realized that the Letter to the Editor after my letter is from a Jere Geese II. I used to go to his junkyard, which is not far from our office. It’s a small world!



MOTORCYCLE PARTS REQUEST UPDATED -

We did get answers on most of the motorcycle parts we have except for the new leather saddle bags. They have no company name on them. The Kawasaki gas tank appears to be brand new, never used.



UPDATE ON OUR OLD 1967 RAM AIR FIREBIRD SURFACES –

The collector who now owns our old 1967 Ram Air Firebird may decide to sell the car. He collects mostly Chevrolet performance cars and deals in them.

He had a friend that lived next to the guy that bought my Firebird from me in 1979. It appears the Firebird has only gone about 5,000 to 6,000 miles in the last 40 years.

From the photos he has emailed me, it appears to be just like I sold it back in 1979 with all the extremely rare Ram Air parts on it and the optional wood steering wheel, hood tach, and the very rare multiplex unit that converted the am/fm factory radio to stereo. The car has had new quarter panels and been repainted. The vinyl top appears to be original.

I sent him proof that the Firebird appeared on a poster, book, and in a magazine. Not many 1967 Firebird owners can say their car has been on a poster, book, and a magazine.



SOME GOOD NEWS UPDATE ON THE TURBO REGAL WRIST WATCH –

I just sent payment for 10 more of those unique Turbo Regal watches. See 06-05-2019 Inner Circle Photo 1 to see a photo of the actual watch. The 12 I had back then sold out in a matter of hours. It is a very cool watch which shows the grey leather steering wheel and behind the wheel is the actual analog dash so you know it’s a Turbo Regal. Again, if you want one, you must email me direct denniskirban@yahoo.com to reserve one of the 10 I have coming in. The price is $36.95 each, which includes shipping to the basic 48 states. See the Rare Parts section.



MORE GOOD NEWS 22-PIECE BODY BUSHING KITS BACK IN STOCK –

Part #7305 the 22-piece body bushing kit for all 1984-1987 Turbo Regals is back in stock. We just got word they are in route to us. We also have in stock the special grade 8 bolts set of 12 Part #6974. Install this kit and it restores your ride like it was new. This 22-piece kit includes the ones Buick left out originally to create a different ride!



STILL MORE GOOD NEWS -

I just got in a few more of the Jeep lower steering shafts, part #7574. You must email me personally denniskirban@yahoo.com if you want one. I only have a few available.



FOR SALE - OUR PERSONAL 2005 CHEVY TAHOE 158,000 MILES –

The 2005 Chevy Tahoe is still available. The 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. The dealership is reducing the price slightly.



UPDATE ON GNX #206 FOR SALE –

Update on GNX #206. The seller is putting is GNX up on the website “Bring a Trailer” in a few weeks. You can look for it on their website.



CORES NEEDED - URGENT REQUEST –

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 –
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
PO BOX 1199
PLUMSTEADVILLE, PA 18949

UPS - Ship to Address –
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
6201 KELLERS CHURCH ROAD
PLUMSTEADVILLE, PA 18949-1199



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 –

It’s best to not put off ordering any parts for your Turbo Regal project. You never know when even a reproduced part could be back ordered, become discontinued, or have production changes and the part may not look the same.



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.



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.



CLASSIFIED ADS –



WANTED TO BUY –

Wanted to buy: NOS Buick parts for 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regals. Some of the items I am looking for are NOS Powermaster electric motor, NOS Powermaster accumulator ball, NOS Powermaster electric bake switch, NOS Powermaster complete brake assembly. NOS front and rear rubber bumperettes, NOS power antenna, NOS black front bumper parking light bezels, NOS black tail lamp bezels, NOS metal vacuum harness, NOS black concert sound speaker covers, NOS grey inside door pull straps, Do you have a NOS Buick parts collection you are thinking about selling? I travel to purchase and I am a cash buyer. “Please call or email and leave a message. All calls and email’s will be returned. Jason Maxfield (416)-399-7265 or jkmaxfield@gmail.com Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You 1 of 4.



CAR FOR SALE - 1963 CHEVY NOVA SS

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 jpvenute@hotmail.com Week 3 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 - RonBGriffin@Gmail.com for full description and photos. Week 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. To subscribe simply email- Christina@kirbanperformance.com 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!



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.

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 –

GM Licensed –
BUICK GRAND NATIONAL 22-Ounce BEVERAGE TUMBLER MUG

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 –
BUICK GRAND NATIONAL BASEBALL-STYLE EMBROIDERED BLACK HAT

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.



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 –

The dealership has had several people interested in my 2005 Tahoe, but can’t get financing due to the age of the Tahoe. We have reduced the price. You could look at any number of 2005 Tahoes and not find one as nice as this one.