08-07-2019 Inner Circle

08-07-2019 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 08-07-2019 –


This past weekend I attended the 56th Annual Das Awkscht Fescht Car Show at Macungie Memorial Park. It is a 3-day event and attracts a lot of different cars each day. It’s a beautiful setting for a car show with plenty of older trees on the grounds. I saw one Turbo-T, several 442 Cutlasses, and even a Monte Carlo SS on the show field.

As far as finding Turbo Regal parts, I always go by the theory that if I have never seen it before or have seldom seen it, it’s probably rare. That explains the Grand National lighted display sign I spotted and bought at the car show. The seller was a good friend of mine that I have purchased many items from in the past, including the rare Hellcat banners a few years back. I used to purchase items from his Dad back in our GTO days.

This Grand National sign lights up. It is brand new and the seller thought it is over 20 years old as it came from his Dad’s inventory. His Dad passed away a number of years ago. I can’t vouch for the age of the Grand National display, only that I can’t recall ever seeing one before.

PHOTO 1 - Shows the Grand National display sign not lit up on the left and it lit up on the right. It has an aluminum frame with 2 eye hooks at the top to hang it up and it also has 2 notched areas in the back to hang it up. It measures approximately 12 inches high by 30 inches wide by 3 inches deep. It is listed for sale under Rare Parts. Depending on your relationship with your spouse, if you buy it, you may be able to hang it in your living room!


From another good friend of mine at the Macungie event I bought the 2 items shown in Photo 2. One is the metal key holder for the Indianapolis 500 event with the colorful turbo logo. It is brand new with what appears to be the original Zippo box. Also, pictured in Photo 2 is this cool vinyl zipper key size bag that has the metal tri-shield logo on the front and the word “BUICK” embossed under the metal tri-shield logo. It measures approximately 3 inches by 2 inches.

PHOTO 2 – The photo to the right shows this rare Indianapolis 500 Grand National style metal key fob. The photo to the left shows this black vinyl zipper bag that could be used to hold coins or a set of keys. It is brand new. I have never seen a small case like this. See the Rare Parts section as both items are for sale.


We bought some more custom-made wristwatches. Some are new styles while retaining the same exterior wristwatch housing. Supplies are limited.

If you have an idea for a wristwatch, email me [email protected]

PHOTO 3 -The one on the far left shows the 1965 GTO rally tachometer. Next one shows the tachometer found in the 1961-1962 Corvette. The next one has the “Turbo Six Logo & Buick Motorsports” wording. Next one shows Turbo Regal steering wheel with the odometer numbers behind it. The last one shows the “GNX” logo. See the Rare Parts section where they are listed for sale and the number of each we have available.


Without a doubt, the most unusual custom vehicle at this event held last Saturday at the Macungie Memorial Park can be seen in Photo 4. The timing was perfect since we recently wrote about our tow truck pedal car.

For this unusual project, the builder used an original Murray pedal car as a blueprint. He copied it almost exactly in a scale that is many times larger than the kid-size pedal car in the photo. The entire body, including the steering wheel and windshield, is made in fiberglass. The builder had no skill in working with fiberglass before he attempted this project. His background was working with metal at a machine shop.

The drive train is from a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup truck. A good use of an old Ford Ranger since the body of the truck had severe rust issues. As you can imagine, kids went crazy at the show when they saw this massive pedal car.

I am surprised the engine does not run hot as the front end has no grille opening. The drivetrain and the radiator are set fairly far back from the front of the vehicle.

The other unusual vehicle at the event was a 1935 Ford 5-window coupe. This was actually used on a farm for many years as a chicken coup. It was found in Woodstock, NY by the seller’s father who was an original participant at Woodstock in August 1969! It runs and drives. A unique side entrance was made in the passenger side, so the chickens could come and go on their own. The Ford coupe had an asking price of $10,499.

PHOTO 4 – We show a photo of the oversized Murray pedal car alongside an actual matching Murray pedal car that the builder used as a template. The other photos show the chicken coup 1935 Ford that had a practical use after it was retired from being on the road. You can see the small door made on the passenger’s side for the chickens to go in and out.


In my travels the other day I spotted a real nice 6-cylinder, 4-speed original 1966 Corvair coupe for sale. It had less than 55,000 actual miles. It has a grey exterior with a mint black interior. The exterior had been repainted years ago. From what I was told, the car sat in a museum. This is a very nice driver quality car. It has the desirable six-cylinder engine. The car started right up and ran smooth. The price is $8,295. I do have photos. Ironically, in this issue I did an article about loser and flops and mention the Corvair. Again, less than 55,000 miles on a 53-year-old car is very low miles. For more information and photos, email me direct [email protected]


The owner of this 1981 Pontiac Turbocharged Pace Car just had some brake work done so the car is ready for its next home. Car has actual 60,000 miles and is an original Arizona car. Car is located about 10 minutes from our house. Driver quality and very rare. The price is firm at $16,000. I can provide photos. For more information, email me - [email protected]


In each case, we put the count we have on hand. Because they are special pricing you must contact [email protected] or call our office between 9 am and 4 pm – 215-766-1611x0.

7480 – For the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal, the Tinman Cold Air Intake kit. This has the black elbow. Refer to the website for full details. The special price on this kit is $289.95. We only have 1 kit at this special price. The price includes shipping to the basic 48 states. Retail is $319.95

7715 – For any 1978 – 1988 G-Body application the UMI Bolt In rear shock tower brace kit with hardware. The special sale Price is $99.95. We only have 1 at this price. Retail is $130.00.

7774 - The 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal Reproduction Radiator Top Plate. This is made in fiberglass. They are done in black gelcoat and polished to a high gloss shine. No hardware is included. We have 4 available at this special price. The special sale price is $99.95. Retail was $124.95 each.

XXXX – For any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal with a grey interior we have 2 sets of the reproduction front seat belt kits. These are very similar to the original GM seat belts. The special sale price on the last 2 pair is $99.95 per set. A set does both front bucket seats. The retail price before they were discontinued was $190 per set. (They are not on our website. That’s the reason we show no part number).

NOTE - As a bonus, you will get both DVDs noted in last week’s Inner Circle Sale items.


NOTE - Counts shown by each part does not reflect the items sold since last week. When you call, Christina will be able to determine number actually still available. To purchase any item listed here, email [email protected] or call our office between 9 am and 4 pm - 215-766-1611x0. These parts all have special prices that are not reflected on our website. Supplies are limited and, in some cases, will be discontinued once our supply is exhausted. Shipping is $10 on these items to the basic 48 states.

As a bonus, each order will get 2 free DVDs while supplies last. One bonus per person. One DVD covers the 25th Anniversary of the GS Nationals 2005. The other DVD covers a later2007 GS Nationals as well as the “Grand National in the Barn” find. This is a $5.90 total value you will get free.

In each case refer to the part number assigned to each listing. For a further description of each item refer to that part number when searching on our website. In each case, we list the retail price so you can see the savings.

7089 – The black metal license plate frame (no hardware). - 4 available. Sale price is $7 each. Retail was $12.95.

7231 - The Battery Butler Charger. - 6 available. Sale price is $12.95 each. Retail was $17.95

7590 - These are the 3-inch stainless metal exhaust clamps. - 6 available. Sale price $10 Pair. Retail was $19.95pair.

7671 - The Top Ten Reason T-shirts - We have 6 large, 2 extra large, and 4 XXL available. Sale price is $10 each. Retail was $15.95. Buy any 2 for $16.

7821 - The grey and black Grand National seat covers - 5 available. Sale price $12 each. Retail was $18.95. Note -Each cover does only 1 seat.

7555 - The T-Type fender covers. - 22 available. Sale price $20 each or 2 for $38. Retail was $28.95

7751 - The Buick Motorsport Seat Armor. - 6 available. Sale price is $28 each or 2 for $48 Retail was $36.95 each.

7753 - T-Type Seat Armor - 8 available. Sale price is $28 each or 2 for $48. Retail was $36.95 each.

7755 - GNX Seat Armor - 13 available. Sale price $28 each or 2 for $48. Retail was $36.95 each.

7757 - Grand National Seat Armor - 9 available. Sale price $28 each or 2 for $48. Retail was $36.95 each.

7839 - The GNX white coffee mug - Only 1 available. Sale price $8. Retail was $12.95.

7846 – The Grand National T-shirt white ONLY - 8 large, 7 extra large, 5 XXL, and 4 XXXL available. Sale price is $14 each. Retail $18.00. Only the WHITE Grand National T-shirt is on special.

8604 - The T-Type 4-ft x 2-ft vinyl banner. - 2 available. Sale price $35 each. Retail $42.95

8605 - Buick Motorsport 4-ft x 2-ft vinyl banner. - 3 available. Sale price $35 each. Retail $42.95

8606 - 1984 Grand National 4-ft x 2-ft vinyl banner. - 1 available. Sale price $28. Retail $38.95.

Be sure to call or email as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. [email protected] or call our office between 9 am and 4 pm - 215-766-1611x0.


This was a black 1986 T-Type Turbo Regal, solid roof car with no console and a dark red interior. The T-Type appeared to be 100% stock with a mere 5,000 original miles. It was described as virtually brand new. The bidding struggled to get to $32,000 and it was a no sale. This information was supplied to me from Greg Davidian.

It continues to be a struggle to get good money for prime examples of the regular 1986 and 1987 Turbo Regals that are not a Grand National or a GNX. A comparable 1987 Turbo Limited or an authentic 1987 WE4 (both known limited production models) have increased in value over the regular Turbo Regals.



FOR SALE - 1987 Grand National in excellent condition, with abt 48,000 miles (80k km’s), with numbers matching engine and transmission. T-tops, working AC, cruise, power antenna and repaired tach/boost gauge. New reproduction GN wheels, power locks, seat, windows, posi, & trunk. Excellent floors and frame – no rust. New interior: carpet, door panels, seats and headliner, stock repaired Concert II sound system. Car is in excellent condition and stock – no mod’s and has been repainted.

Much work done to make it reliable and enjoyable. Contact Mark in Ontario, Canada for pictures and further details. Price: $28,500 USD.

Mark V Johnson, Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA
Phone: 905-895-9406, email: [email protected]

Here is a link to this Grand National on our website.


At some point most companies will produce a product or products that quickly become losers for one reason or another.

GM hit a few over the last several decades. The Corvair, Citation, Chevette, Cimarron, and the Catera all come to mind. Starting these models with the letter “C” seemed to bring GM bad luck! Two exceptions to the first letter being a “C” would be the Camaro and the Corvette. I have read the entire production run of the Corvette for 2020 with its new mid-engine design is sold out in advance. This may create adjusted market value similar to what dealers did with the limited number of GNXs in 1987.

One of the biggest flops from the 1960s came from Ford and was named for his son Edsel. It’s probably one reason no family I ever heard of have named their son Edsel. In recent years, the Edsel has become quite collectible in the Ford world. I would not take that theory to heart if you are banking on the Yugo to be a highly-sought after collectible car!

The earliest memory I have of a loser was a business called “Amway” that my Dad got involved with when I was in 11th grade. I would go almost weekly to a warehouse and bring back product for his distributors to pick up. Although my Dad really pushed the product line, it soon failed. The format just was not suited for my Dad to do as a living. As a joke, I took one of his Amway vinyl zipper bags and taped it to the ceiling as you would head down our basement with the words “Dad's Edsel!” Fortunately, my Dad had a good sense of humor and it stayed on that basement wall for many years. It wasn’t long before all of us kids started to write on the walls as you went down the basement steps in our house. When my parents were preparing the old homestead to be sold they repainted the walls leading to the basement and there went all us kid’s written memories!

Dad’s fortunes soon changed when he started to write books at age 40, two of which would hit the half million mark in sales in just a few year’s time.

Amway came back to haunt Eileen as a senior in High School. I was in Vietnam at the time. She would drive my Ford to school each day. One day she skipped the school lunch (with permission) and drove to a nearby McDonalds for lunch. On the drive back to school, the rear leaf springs on my 1950 Ford broke sending the body down on the frame in the middle of the street! The weight of carrying all those boxes of Amway SA8 detergent was just too much for my old Ford.

Hurst had a flop, which could have been a real issue had it gotten to market. Hurst made a clear acrylic ball shifter knob. The problem happened when it was installed on a worker’s car in the parking lot. The sun worked like a magnifying lens and it quickly burnt a small hole in the cloth seats from the angle of the sun! It took me years of collecting Hurst items to find one of these prototype knobs.

When the new BMW Mini Cooper first came out, I bought one off ebay. It was the supercharged version. We made parts for the car. One part I made was a chrome ring to seat around the ignition switch. My mistake was I did not start the car after I installed it. The end of the day came and I went to start the car and it would crank but would not start. I had no idea why the car refused to start. The problem was back then the car had to be serviced at a Mini Cooper dealership. I had it towed to the nearest Mini Cooper dealership. After 3 days, they figured out that it was the chrome metal ring I had attached around the ignition switch. Somehow that metal ring interfered with the chip in the key. After that, I always would start the car every time I added a new part.

Years ago, we had a 6-speed shifter made for the 1993 and up Camaros and Firebirds. I had bought a 1994 Z28 to test fit the shifter through the console opening. It worked great, zero issues. I figured it ought to be the same for the Firebird since it had the same transmission.

Again, it was a mistake on my part to assume the console opening was the same. It turns out that the Firebird console opening for the 6-speed shifter was slightly different. When you installed the Camaro 6-speed shifter in the Firebird the gaps around the console opening was not the same. Matter of fact, if a small child rested their finger on the edge of the shifter hole opening, the shifter handle could badly pinch the kids finger, depending on what gear the shifter was put in. We had to make a specific handle for the 6-speed shifter in the 1993 and up Firebird body. After that episode, I never assumed any part we got made fits other models without first actually trying them. True story.

In quick review, the important thing is to always check the part to make sure it does fit other models. Also, the successful products should outweigh the losers and the flops. As a rule, most new parts may start out being slow sellers, but generally sales will increase 6 to 9 months later as the part gets more exposure.

Of course, it didn’t help when Ralph Nader wrote a book and says the Corvair is unsafe at any speed. That catch phrase was the death stroke for the GM Corvair. Years later the government would deem the Corvair safe at any speed. Unfortunately, it was too late.


I never saw an ad for an apartment rental quite like this before. We recently showed some of our flower beds that we have around our house in an Inner Circle. This apartment for rent ad was advertising as an efficiency apartment on the third floor for $895 a month. Among the perks, lots of closet space, skylights, private entrance, washer, dryer, refrigerator, central air, Fios with DVR, all included in the rent. The next line in the ad caught my attention. It said, in part, you can save $95 a month if you weed our flower beds. That represents quite a savings each month! The ad does not mention how large the flower beds are, but come winter keeping the weeds out of the flower beds can’t be much of a challenge. I can’t imagine the landlord having much of an issue getting a tenant rather quickly between the perks and the deep discount for weeding a flower bed.


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]


Check out the few new Summer Sizzler Specials we have this week.


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. We plan to be at this Buick event as a vendor so bring any cores or parts you want to cash in! 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.


WANTED TO BUY: NOS (NEW old stock – not used) late 1980’s or early 1990’s AFTERMARKET Buick Turbo Regal GNX style dash assembly manufactured by AVC (Advance Vehicle Concepts, Quality Engineering Performance Products). I am looking for a NOS not used) for an ANALOG dash – AVC Quality Engineering GNX style instrument cluster dash assembly that came complete with SIX VDO Cockpit series gauges and wiring harness, bezel, sending units, speedometer cable and complete instructions complete in the original box. I will pay a $100 CASH FINDER FEE for any lead that results in the purchase of the above NOS (must be new) AVC GNX style dash assembly. Please call or email and leave message. All calls will be returned. I travel to purchase and am a CASH buyer. Jason Maxfield (416) 399-7265 or [email protected] Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You. 1 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 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.


More horrible news over this past weekend. It is just hard to imagine how these tragedies keep occurring at such a rapid pace.