08-14-2019 Inner Circle

08-14-2019 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 08-14-2019 –


Word on a 1987 Turbo-T for sale, possible a 1987 Grand National, 1956 restored T-Bird, 1966 Corvair, 1978 Olds Omega 4-speed, and a 1956 dual-quad solid-lift cam original 1956 Corvette.
Plus, we have some unusual Rare Parts.


I just got word that I will have photos available of a recent car that my friend Greg purchased in New Jersey. It is a rare 1987 Turbo-T 2-owner, solar gold in color with the factory astro roof and WO2 package. The car has original paint throughout. Body fillers are shot and need to be replaced. It needs minor work to get it going again, such as the gas lines. The car was originally raced for several years at Englishtown, NJ by the original owner. The car was then given to his best friend after his wife’s battle with cancer. The car was garaged its whole life, up until about 5 years ago. It has the rare digital dash, power windows, and power locks. The interior is real nice. The motor runs fine, but owner lacks the skill to work on the car.

This is a rare example of a 1987 Turbo-T being offered at a great price of just $7,995. Email [email protected] for photos.


This highly-restored 1956 T-Bird has been redone in its original color – black. The interior is black and white. No expense has been spared to make this a top-notch show car. All the receipts go with the car. The main expense was $18,000 for the paint and body work. Add another $10,000 for all the new chrome. The unique wheel covers, which also is on the spare, was another $1,000.

Everything works, even the clock. Car has all new stainless exhaust that exit the factory way through the bumper bezels. Everything is painted black underside or powder coated. Several thousand dollars worth of extra parts go with this car. The heads have been redone at a cost of $1,200. You can fill a good size pickup truck with the extra parts that go with the deal. The engine is a 312, but may not be the original engine.

Included is virtually every book on 1956 T-Birds. This seller was a very serious collector and I’ve known him for over 35 years. Years ago, I bought the Divco milk truck from him that long-time customers may remember, as we used to put UPS packages in it at our old house. We sold that Divco truck and the new owner made it into a unique hot rod.

The price tag is $54,900. For more photos, email me direct [email protected]

PHOTO 1 - We show various photos of this show quality restored 1956 T-Bird. It has both tops.


The same seller as the above 1956 T-Bird also has this completely rebuilt Chevy engine sitting for last 5 years in his garage still on an engine stand. It was run on a dyno for 28 hours. Seller has proof of this. The engine is bored 30 over. This is as new as it gets. Priced reasonable at $1,999.95 firm!

PHOTO 2 - Shows several photos of this complete engine. One photo shows the valve cover removed and you can clearly see it has never been run in a vehicle after it was rebuilt. The price includes everything you see on the engine, including the stand that has wheels on it. Like the 1956 T-Bird this is about 20 mins away from my house. Remember, just $1,995 buys it. The seller has had health issues in recent years, which is why his projects have just been sitting in his heated building by his house.


For any Corvette owner, the Holy Grail would be finding a specific year Corvette that had not been advertised ever, has had the same owner for a number of years, and was stock and still sporting the original paint. The bonus would be having it be one of the early Corvettes and having it have the biggest motor combination.

This Corvette checks all those important boxes. It’s had the same owner since 1965, never wrecked, never advertised, never painted, and has all the original parts. Plus, it still runs and drives. Here is the best part - it is a 1956 Corvette, black exterior with silver insert, dual quads with the solid cam. The interior is red and currently has black seats. The seller bought it when he was in high school in 1965, making him the same age as myself. I am making an appointment to see this Corvette firsthand later this week. The actual miles on this 63-year-old Corvette is 107,000. The price tag is $62,900. If this perks your interest and you have the funds, email me direct [email protected] I will keep you informed once I get to see the car firsthand and take pictures. Or, if you know a Corvette collector seeking a rare Corvette, let them know about this 1956 Corvette.

I don’t claim to be a Corvette expert, but this one seems to be a good deal for someone since it is all original and has the optional dual quad set up with solid lift cam. The car does have the optional hardtop. If the GNX is worth $90,000 to $100,000, once restored this 1956 Corvette should be in that ball park or more. How I found about this car is related to the 1966 Corvair and is a story in itself.


I spotted this unusual car for sale this past Sunday. It has less than 45,000 original miles on it. It has been repainted to what I believe is the factory color. This is a very solid car. Being a 4-speed manual, it is extremely rare. It has the 305 V8 engine in it and has the full gauge package. The car appears to be all original. I started the car up the other day. It is a very rare car and it a car you can enjoy for very little investment.

I happen to know the manager at the car lot where it is for sale. The car is advertised for $8,900. However, call Lou at 267-994-8791 and use my name and the price is just $6,995. Saves you $2,000!

Here is the link https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/d/quakertown-1978-oldsmobile-omega-v8-4/6953252989.html


As many Turbo Regal owners with powermaster issues are discovering, the reproduction brake bowls are in short supply. Cardone is out of them, as is the distributor on the west coast, from what I understand. I have even bought some from the west coast supplier in order to get more powermaster brake units rebuilt. I’ve been told by Cardone that it will be 30-45 days before they get more brake bowls.

This is the latest word I have received from Cardone. Keep in mind, we are a very, very, small company to Cardone, so we are very fortunate they even rebuild powermaster units for us over the last 15 years. I was even able to convince them years ago to get the brake bowl remade. It was not an easy project to convince them to get involved with at the time.

In the beginning, the powermaster rebuilding system was in their Texas facility, which caused more delays due to the distance from us. Eventually a few years back they moved the rebuilding operation to their Philadelphia location, which gives us a quicker turn around.

I checked with Brian of Lorenz Racing in Ohio and he currently has some good used original brake bowls and even some Cardone used brake bowls available. If interested, call him direct at 330-608-9735.

We have seen an uptick in sales of the CBP Hydroboost Conversion Kit. We still will issue a Letter of Credit for $150 for your powermaster unit. Better to get $150 credit than have it sit on the garage floor gathering dust. It’s best to ship by mail to our Post Office Box 1199, Plumsteadville, PA 18949 address.

PARTS FOR SALE – These items we have for sale are all pictured below as Photo 3. They include the Grand National wristwatch, the redone valve covers, the new rearview mirror, and the Regal T-shirt.

PHOTO 3 - The photo on the left shows the Grand National wristwatch. We have 10 of these available. See the Rare Parts section for prices.

The top middle photo shows a set of redone 1986-1987 Turbo Regal valve covers. They have been blasted and powder-coated silver. We have 4 sets of them available under Rare Parts. No cores required!

The lower middle photo shows a brand new unique automatic dimmer GM mirror in the original box. Extremely rare as it even has a dial thumb wheel so you can adjust the amount of light it dims! It is for a later GM car. It is also listed under Rare Parts For sale.

The right photo shows a light blue T-shirt that features the various Regal models in full color on the back.

I found the Regal T-shirt quite interesting because there are several mistakes the artist made depicting the 1987 Regal model. It has the GNX emblem on the grille. The car has louvers on the fenders, which would go with the GNX theme. However, the model shown has T-Type rims with 15 inch tires on it. Plus, the car is more blue than black. This large T-shirt is for sale under Rare Parts.


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 6-cylinder engine. The car started right up and ran smooth. The price is $8,295. I do have photos. This Corvair has been driven less than 55,000 original miles. For a 53-year-old car that is extremely low miles. Currently we have someone interested in this Corvair. For more information, email me direct [email protected]

PHOTO 4 – We show 4 photos of this extremely nice driver quality 1966 Corvair coupe.


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. The Pace Car is driver quality and very rare to find today in this condition 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. The below items will include the 2 bonus DVDs as well.

7051 – The magnet for the transmission pan or oil filter. We have 6 left. The special price is just $8.95 each. Add $5 for shipping by USPS. The retail price was $13.95.

7708 – The original GM lighted rearview mirror. A nice upgrade for any Turbo Regal but especially for models with T-Tops as it provides better lighting when you open the door at night. We are discontinuing them due to the fact this style has become very difficult to find in junkyards. These lighted mirrors come out of later GM cars and closely resemble the shape of the original mirror. We have 10 left. The price is $28.95 each plus $10 shipping.

NOTE – Buy the lighter mirror $28.95 value and the magnet listed above a $8.95 value both for just $32 while supplies last plus $10 shipping. You save $5.90.

7810 – 1984-1987 Turbo Regal stock OEM replacement in-tank fuel pump kit. This part is no longer on our website. However, we have 1 brand new Delphia fuel pump CFE0115, AC Pulsater FP27 and AC Delco strainer 5651702. These are the 3 main parts. We do not have the installation kit. Buy all al three of these parts for just $39.95. You save over $50. 1 kit only.

XXXX – For any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal with a grey interior we have 1 set left 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 – We have updated the count on the below sale items. You must act quickly to avoid disappointment. 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). - 6 available. Sale price is $7 each. Retail was $12.95.

7231 - The Battery Butler Charger. - 2 available. Sale price is $12.95 each. Retail was $17.95

7590 - These are the 3-inch stainless metal exhaust clamps. - 2 available. Sale price $10 Pair. Retail was $19.95 pair.

7671 - The Top Ten Reason T-shirts - We have 5 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 - 4 available. Sale price $12 each. Retail was $18.95. Note -Each cover does only 1 seat.

NOTE – Buy any black Grand National seat cover and any above Top Ten Reasons T-shirt for just $18 plus $10 shipping.

7555 - The T-Type fender covers. - 18 available. Sale price $20 each or 2 for $38. Retail was $28.95

7751 - The Buick Motorsport Seat Armor. - 5 available. Sale price is $28 each or 2 for $48 Retail was $36.95 each.

7753 - T-Type Seat Armor - 4 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 - 7 available. Sale price $28 each or 2 for $48. Retail was $36.95 each.

7846 – The Grand National T-shirt white ONLY - 4 large ,2 extra large, 2 XXL, and 3 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. - 1 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.

NOTE - Buy any 2 of the 3 banners for just $55 and $10 shipping.

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.

NOTE – On any of the above sale items what has not been sold I will be taking to the East Coast Regional Nationals in September.



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] Week 2 of 4

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


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]


Under the Summer Sizzler Sales, the lighted mirrors are very limited as I can no longer find them in junkyards. Once the current supply is sold out, I have no more.


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

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 I95. 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]

NOTE: We will be at the East Coast Regionals event as a vendor. Bring any cores you wish to cash in for Letter of Credit. Plus, any parts you want to sell. We are a buyer for both new and used parts. We will only be there on Saturday.


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. 2 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.


It is just a few short weeks until the East Coast Buick Regionals in Maryland. We will be there as a vendor on Saturday only. We will be accepting powermaster and turbo cores. Also, we are a buyer of good used or NOS Turbo Regal parts.