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07-10-2019 Inner Circle

07-10-2019 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 07-10-2019 –

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

NEW MINI CONTEST –

Here is this week’s mini contest. No answer will be considered until after 3:30 eastern time today Wednesday, July 10th.

I removed this gauge cluster (shown in Photo 1) from a foreign car in a junkyard many years ago. As you can see the mileage is quite low and it was turbo powered. Also,” unusual for the year was that the speedometer read up to 160 mph. That’s a bit higher than your Turbo Regal speedometer reads!

You can probably see the car make logo on it. You need to determine the make, model, and year this dash came out of. Also provide proof for your answer. The first correct response to all 4 parts of the question will be awarded a prize. See Photo 1.


PHOTO 1 – We show this foreign car gauge cluster. You need to ID the make, model, and exact year this gauge cluster appeared in. Email your 4-part guess with proof to denniskirban@yahoo.com No entry will be considered until after 3:30 today. A prize will be awarded to the first winner that identifies the gauge cluster correctly.



RIP “MAD MAGAZINE” –

It is hard to believe, but after 67 years, Mad magazine will cease to publish their monthly magazine. They had a very long run.

For many years, I would buy each new issue. You can be sure there will be a high demand for the last issue next month, August. Already sellers have them listed on ebay. Years ago I purchased an Alfred E. Neuman statue in his famous pose of ebay. The label on the bottom says, “Made exclusively for the Warner Bros store”. It was made in the USA. The date of production is 1996. It stands approximately 14 inches tall. I think I paid $50 for it years ago. It is quite heavy and well made.

Several years ago, Eileen purchased a bendable Alfred E. Neuman doll from a thrift store. It was made in China in 1988.

You can bet the value of this unique statue and bendable Alfred E. Neuman will be increasing with the demise of the monthly magazine. See Photo 2 for a photo of the Alfred E. Neuman statue with his famous quote “What---me worry?” Also pictured is the bendable Alfred E. Neuman doll.

An associate editor at Mad magazine has suggested that the "E" stands for "enigma," because we'll never know what it stands for.


PHOTO 2 – Shows the Alfred E. Newman statue I have in my personal collection. It is in mint condition. The statue stands approximately 14 inches high. Also shown is the bendable Alfred E. Newman doll that is approximately 8 inches tall.



HERE IS MY “MAD MAGAZINE” STORY -

It was 1980s and Eileen was involved with calligraphy and published a magazine for calligraphers, Calligraphy Idea Exchange. We were invited to a special annual Type Directors Club dinner in New York City. This was a major event, by invitation only. I had to wear a suit and tie and was instructed ahead of time, “Please do not embarrass me.”

So, we are sitting at a round dinner table the gentleman on one side of me was a writer for Time magazine. Others at the table also held prestigious positions in the writing, calligraphy, and type design world, including the calligrapher Robert Boyajian who had invited my wife and I to this affair.

During the meal, the gentleman who wrote for Time magazine asked me what magazines did I read? Without any hesitation, I said Mad Magazine. Eileen wanted to crawl under the table. Seconds later, a famous calligrapher Jeanyee Wong said she did some work and lettering for Mad Magazine. She explained that they were extremely particular in their stories, so if something is misspelled it was on purpose.

As you can imagine, Eileen was stunned that there was a connection with her friend and Mad magazine. True story!



QUAKERTOWN 4TH OF JULY CAR SHOW –

Last week I attended the Quakertown 4th of July car show. The day was superhot and humid. I did not see any Turbo Regals at the show. I did spot some really nice classic and performance cars.

PHOTO 3 – The top left photo shows a one-of-a-kind method to add a turbo to a diesel engine and at the same time create a very visual effect! The middle and top right photos show the Corvette powered S10 truck with the Hydro-boost brake system. The top middle and top right photo shows a highly detailed 6-cylinder engine in an Anglia. It shows the hand-painted phrase on the firewall, “I could’ve had a V8.” The bottom photos show a late-model S10 pickup truck that was Corvette powered. It shows the Corvette powered S10 truck with the Hydro-boost brake system.

PHOTO 4 – The top left photo shows the iconic 1935 Auburn Speedster. The top right shows a metal plaque on the dash of the 1935 Auburn Speedster that states, “This certifies that this Auburn Automobile has been driven 100.8 mph before shipment.” Under this was the engineer’s signature. That is a real testament as to what the Auburn Speedster was capable of back in 1935! The bottom left shows the front of a Daimler. The bottom middle photo shows the highly-detailed engine. I am not sure of the vintage, but the highly-polished engine and accessories was very impressive! The bottom right photo shows the very primitive looking interior of the Daimler.



SIDE NOTE ABOUT THE 1935 AUBURN SPEEDSTER –

Gordon Buehrig is credited with designing the Auburn Speedster. He worked on some of the real classics back then, which are highly sought after today. They include the Stutz Black Hawk, Dusenberg J Model, and the Cord 810 with retractable headlights and front-wheel drive. He later worked on the 1951 Ford Victoria coupe and the Continental Mark II for Ford Motor Company before retiring.

His credentials are very impressive and he holds 15 patents. One patent involves a popular option on the Turbo Regals. I am referring to the T-Tops, which he developed in 1948. The first U.S. production car to feature T-Tops was the 1968 Corvette.

Today I wonder if any classic car collector was smart enough to get Gordon Buehrig’s autograph years ago. One can only imagine what his autograph on a car he designed is worth today!



BREAKING NEWS - 1987 ORIGINAL GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP - FOR SALE –

I just got word a few days ago that one of our customers, who has owned their 1987 Grand National hardtop since July of 1988, wants to sell it. They expect to deliver the car for me to sell in the next few days. The car is all stock with 127,000 miles on it.

It is well optioned and all the paint is original. Options include: rear defogger, am/fm cassette, concert sound II, body side molding, door edge guards, limited slip, tilt, cruise, power antenna, and power trunk release. It is hard to find ones that are all original and has had the same owner for over 30 years. The owner emailed me photo of the SPID label, so I could determine the options beforehand.

We have not yet worked out a price, until I actually see the car. I have seen several photos of the car. Email me personally denniskirban@yahoo.com if you are interested. Once I have the car here, I will be putting a price on it. Again, it is very difficult to find examples like this that have not been for sale before and are 100% original. They purchased it in July of 1988 with 14,000 miles on it. The car has had the same owner since 1988.



MORE GOOD NEWS – JEEP LOWER STEERING SHAFTS #7574 –

Our supplier has located a few more of these desirable lower steering shafts, part #7574. These steering shafts replace the fiber-like rag joint your factory shaft has. The Jeep shaft has metal universal joints at both ends and is also a thinner design, which gives you more room under the hood on the driver’s side. This is a nice upgrade that offers several benefits over a 30-plus-year-old lower steering shift. You must email me direct denniskirban@yahoo.com if you want one of these from this new shipment due in this week.



DUE IN LATER THIS WEEK –

We will finally have part #6700, the steel gash hood shocks for the 1982-1987 Regals all models, back in stock. The price is $38.95 per set plus shipping. It has been over a month since we had them in stock.



DOYLESTOWN MAIN STREET CAR SHOW –

One of the biggest car show events in our area is held Saturday, July 20th from 5 pm until 10 pm. This event occupies the main downtown streets of Doylestown, PA and features over 500 cars and trucks of all kinds. The rain date is Sunday, July 21st. This is an event well worth attending as it brings out many of the exotic cars that you seldom see in this very picturesque setting. I plan to attend as a spectator. I always get to see a lot of old friends.



UPDATE ON THE TURBO REGAL WRIST WATCH –

As of this writing I have a few Turbo Regal wrist watches left that have not been sold/reserved. I am still waiting for my shipment to arrive. If you have already reserved one, you will get your watch or watches once I get my shipment. 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.



FANTASIA ARTIST MILTON QUON RIP AT AGE 105 –

Milton Quon was the third Chinese-American hired by Walt Disney back in 1939. Milton Quon lived a long life, and when I read his obituary, the last line caught my attention. He is survived by his wife Peggy. Even living to the ripe old age of 105, his wife still outlived him.



ONE-OF-A-KIND HISTORIC CANE/WALKING STICK COMING UP FOR AUCTION –

This may hit the record for the most money ever paid for a cane/walking stick. Besides the fact that it lights up, it holds a special place in history. This cane or walking stick as it is sometimes called was used by First Class passenger Ella White in Titanic’s lifeboat #8, which was used to signal for help after the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.

It is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000. I just read in this past Sunday’s newspaper that two brothers claim that the cane, which once belonged to Ella White, disappeared from their childhood home in the 1970s. They intend to challenge the upcoming auction.



2005 PERSONAL TAHOE UPDATE –

The dealership did have a deposit on my Tahoe, however the buyer could not get financing. Getting a car loan is the issue buyers have when trying to buy a vehicle over a certain age. So, at this writing my 2005 Tahoe is still available. It is in remarkable condition and has always been kept up anytime it needed anything. All the fluids have been flushed as well over the years something that most owners don’t ever do. The price is $7895. The Tahoe has probably almost every possible option Chevy offered that year. We may consider partial trade since we have a sales license. You would look a long time before you find one as nice inside, outside, and underneath as nice as this Tahoe.



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 –

My supply of the 100% correct “Made in England” radiator caps is getting quite low. Although that same radiator cap was used by GM on several other models after 1987, they are quickly disappearing in junkyards. That radiator cap is quite unique since it says, “Made in England” and has no ears on it. Don’t delay as the price will be increasing soon since my inventory is dwindling. Part #KE003 priced still at $15.



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.

DOYLESTOWN MAIN STREET CAR SHOW
Saturday, July 20th, 2019 from 5pm until 10pm. This event occupies the main downtown streets of Doylestown, PA. The rain date is Sunday July 21st. We plan to attend as a spectator.

HATBORO MOON LIGHT CAR SHOW
July 27th, 2019 from 5 pm until 10 pm. This event occupies the main street thru Hatboro, PA.
Like the Doylestown event, it attracts several hundred cars and trucks. We plan to attend as a spectator.

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 2 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 4 of 4

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



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 it 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 –

This hot humid weather hurts the power the Turbo Regal puts out. They thrive on cool air.