09-25-2019 Inner Circle

09-25-2019 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 09-25-2019 –


Here is the information about our Mini Contest this week. Tell me what the function is of the plastic Pepsi machine in Photo 1.

No submitted answer will be considered until after 3 pm this Wednesday September 25, 2019. This way every subscriber has an equal chance. We will only accept one answer per subscriber.

Here are the clues:

PHOTO 1 – We show two plastic antique toy items. One is a replica of the old Sunoco gas pump and the other is a slightly larger one that looks like an older Pepsi machine from years ago. Tell me what the function is of the plastic Pepsi machine. The one clue is that it has a different function than the smaller Sunoco plastic gas pump. You must email me [email protected] your guess. We have a prize for the first correct answer received after 3pm Wednesday, September 25, 2019.


The weather was picture perfect and the temperatures made it feel like a typical hot summer day. The crowds came Saturday to race and show their pride and joy Buicks.

The Magna group and Northeast GS/GN club did an excellent job for putting on this event for their 23rd year. The trophies were unique and the winners will proudly display them. The location is perfect, just off I-95 in Maryland, making it easy for much of the northeast owners to get there in just a few hours depending on traffic.

There was even a good number of the older GS Buicks with several vendors that cater to that earlier Buick market. I saw very few parts for sale related to the Turbo Regals.

Several car owners sold some parts out of their trunk that they no longer needed, but there was not much to buy that would be NOS or looking like new. This is typical now that the cars are over 30 years old. Jason came down from Canada, an 11-hour trip in one direction. He set up next to me. A lot of our tagged and bagged items went quickly, as they usually do.

There was a number of very high-quality Turbo Regals in attendance. I would gladly make room for several in my pole building. I did see at least 2 of my cars that we sold years ago, including one super mint Grand National that the NY owner went to Arizona to buy. This Grand National was outstanding from any angle.

A lot of owners with show cars are now setting up really cool displays in their trunk. What is nice is that many of them have the optional 9-piece trunk kit or the 9-piece trunk kit with the embroidered logo on the inside trunk lid or on the spare tire cover.

Photo 2 – The top left photo shows a late-1980s GM option, the bag phone sitting on top of the cup holder console we sell. The top right photo shows an early Chevy pick-up truck that has an 1986-1987 Turbo Regal drive train. The bottom left photo shows a very rare NOS GM sunshade kit that was for a G-body T-Tops car. The bottom right photo shows one of the aftermarket metal under-the-hood pads that is better looking than the GM version.

PHOTO 3 – The top left photo shows a 1987-1989 LeSabre T-Type. It has been fitted with a supercharged Bonneville 3800 engine under the hood. The LeSabre T-Types never had that option. The top right photo shows one of the very neat displays laid out in the trunk of a 1986 T-Type. I loved the metal logo sign. The bottom left photo shows a redone T-Type wheel that was on a Designer Series 1986 T-Type. The bottom right photo shows this impressive 1986 Design Series T-Type that had the redone T wheels on it.

PHOTO 4 – The top left photo shows a very rare in the GM box burgundy dash pad and in front the dash pad is two 1986-1987 Grand Nationals wheels. The one wheel was brand new. The top right photo shows 2 different sets of early GS optional wheels. The bottom left photo shows a custom gauge cluster that the owner appears to have mad from cutting a upper dash pad and flipping it upside down and installing under the dash. The bottom right photo shows what every Turbo Regal drive dreads when they get pulled over.!


I figure this time of the year is perfect with Halloween just a few weeks away. Since I have 3 of the full-size 5-foot store display Maxine figurines, I will sell 2 of them. Maxine is the cartoon figure that the one line of greeting cards Hallmark sells is based on. She is dressed in real clothes and the limbs are totally bendable. Her head is plastic and swivels. Maxine can be made to sit down. I will not ship. Email me [email protected] for price and photos. I also have her dog Floyd available. Both have been in a smoke-free house for over 10 years. Extremely rare.

I also have a plastic approximately 3-foot high Star Wars character R2 D2 cooler rolls on wheels. Pepsi had them made years ago. It is also like brand new. I don’t believe it has ever been used. This is great for a man cave or your garage to hold ice for drinks, etc. I will not ship. You must be local. Email [email protected] for price and photos.


One was a small classified ad in our local newspaper. The ad read in part, “Two cemetery plots for $1500 good location.” Assuming you are buried under 6 feet of U.S. soil, what meaning would location play? I don’t think the person that is now deceased really cares or is concerned about location.

My only real concern I would have in that situation is, which location am I heading?

Another thing that seems a bit odd to me is a sign above a local ice machine. The sign reads in part, “Our ice is more healthier than your homemade ice.” What does this ice company have, a special source they tap into for the water that they use to make the ice?


When Darrell turned 16, we had a good friend of ours put together a 1967 Lemans for him to drive to school. Back then we were very much into the GTO business. The Lemans featured mostly original paint. Unfortunately, one time driving home he dozed off on our street and hit one of the guard rails.

The car was basically totaled. Just a few months earlier I had sold the 1968 GTO coupe that Eileen drove every day. It was a well-optioned GTO with tilt, wood wheel, Ralley II wheels, hidden headlights and a Hurst Dual Gate shifter. The car still had mostly its original paint and had no rust issues.

I wrote about Darrell’s misfortune in that month’s GTO newsletter and said it would be nice if I could repurchase Eileen’s 1968 GTO for him. I quickly got a response from the owner of Eileen’s 1968 GTO and he was willing to sell it back to me for Darrell to restore the body and paint.

This was an extremely nice gesture and Eileen’s car got a second chance in our lives as Darrell took possession. He would paint the it a metallic dark red and the GTO really looked good. Just like his Dad, cars become expendable and then he sold the 1968 GTO to someone in nearby town. Once in a while I would spot his old 1968 GTO in nearby town to us.

In recent times, there are TV shows showing some of the heartwarming reunions between a long lost car and returning it to the father or brother that owned that car when it was new.


WANTED TO BUY: NOS (new old stock) Buick parts for 1986 to 1987 Buick Turbo Regal. Will you be attending the Magna 23rd East Coast Buick Regional’s in Maryland on Saturday, September 21st and have some NOS parts you are thinking of selling or lying around at home and want to turn in to CASH? Then please contact me ahead of time by phone or email and let me know what you have as I will be attending this event in person and I am interested in anything NOS. I travel to purchase and I am a cash buyer. Please call or e-mail and leave message. All calls returned. Jason Maxfield (416) 399-7265 or [email protected] Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You. 4 of 4.


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


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]


If you reside in the northern area of the country, the time is fast approaching to tuck your car away for its winter hibernation. Remember, proper storage is important. Besides your car looking to stay warm, so are any rodents that roam your neighborhood. Be sure you prepare for them as well. They can do a lot of damage, especially to the under-the-hood pad and they like nibble on the various electrical wires.

October 23-26, 2019
Beech Bend Raceway Bowling Green, KY

This is the annual event for all GS Buicks and Turbo Regals. This is the 39th GS Nationals. For more information, go to their website [email protected]

For vendor space, contact Matt and Sarah Gordon [email protected] For car show info, contact Alan Oldfield at [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.


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]


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.


1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

Finally, a company has reproduced the extended range 10 ohm 4" x 10" rear speakers that was an option available on every 1984-1987 Regal, including the Turbo models.

To determine if your car came equipped with the extended range speakers, check for the code “U66” on the trunk ID label (SPID).

These upgraded extended range speakers were included with most of the various upgraded factory radios for an additional cost of $25 for the pair.

NOTE - You must have the factory cages to properly secure this speaker to the back deck.

These have the same matching 3-1/4" diameter magnet. To see if you car has this format check the SPID label for the “U66” code. If the label is missing, measure the magnet on the current rear deck speakers to see if it measures 3-1/4" diameter. 

If it does, these are the speakers you need. 

After more than 30 years, many are blown out due to heat and the age of the speaker.

Each pair comes with an adapter harness so you do not have to cut the factory harness.

Speakers are marked and come with directions so you know which is the plus terminal and which is the minus terminal.

NOTE - You may also be interested in this related part - #7433 Power Antenna Upgraded Steel Cable Repair Kit

Another excellent replacement for any interior restoration.

7877 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Reproduction Rear Dual Extended Range 10 OHM Speakers (2) Set - $109.95

Here is a link to these speakers on our website.

GM Licensed –

This GM licensed 6-panel structured low crown pre-curved visor black hat is made from moisture wicking polyester. It has a micro-hook/loop closure in the back.

The black hat has the Grand National Turbo-six logo embroidered in red, orange and white on the front and adjustable in the back.

This is another excellent Buick enthusiast gift idea.

7876 - GM Licensed - BUICK GRAND NATIONAL Baseball-style Embroidered Black Hat - $17.95

Here is a link to this Hat on our website.


If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct - [email protected]


Got any Turbo Buick parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. We also may buy your new or used parts. Simply email me a list [email protected]

Also, we are still buying dead or partially dead 1984-1987 Turbo Regals under $4,000 that are within 250 to 350 miles of our location.


We have heard from a couple people that have had problems with the links in our Inner Circle.

When we check the links, they work fine. However, if you are not able to be directed to the exact website page or internet site, you can "copy" and "paste" the link into the URL in your browser (such as Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.) If it doesn't link in one browser, it may work in another.

Most people having problems are using Internet Explorer. If you are having issues with links, try another browser to see if it works.
You may need to "UPDATE" your browser to be use you are using the current version.


We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these must be low-resolution photos to work on the Inner Circle segments on the website, any photos of text don't appear clear when enlarged. This is a problem when you are trying to see numbers, such as those on the VIN labels or pages from Options booklet. Also, because of photo reproduction and computer screen variations, the colors may not be true to the actual product or photo.

If you would like to have us email you any photo at the higher resolution for viewing, just email us and we will email them to you. Be sure to be specific on which pictures you want to see - Reference Inner Circle date and photo number 1, 2, 3 or 4 - [email protected]


Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - [email protected] I will answer you. However, if I fail to answer you within 24 hours, please email us again. Since expanding into used parts, I get a lot of emails and sometimes I may forget your request or may not remember who requested the item.


The weather has been super the last several weeks in our immediate area. Unfortunately, for those in the Houston area, there has once again been epic rain falls in a short period of time.