12-04-2019 Inner Circle

12-04-2019 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 12-04-2019 –


Shortly after you receive this week’s Inner Circle you will get a second email that features all the Christmas Specials that are on sale for the month of December 2019. Every effort will be made to get your order to you prior to Christmas.


Around this time of year, I always go to the local Hallmark store to see what new car ornaments they have for 2019. What I did not realize is that they issue other car ornaments during the year. in limited quantities for special events other car ornaments during the year. For 2019, it was a 1969 Camaro ZL1. A highly-prized Camaro in real life among Camaro collectors. I have no idea how many they make as it does not say on the packaging. According to the store I went to, each store only got a few based on their sales.

In this case, I got the last one so they also gave me the display tag as well, which appears in Photo 1.

One of the cars for 2019 is the Ford Gran Torino Cobra. The car is bright yellow with a matte black hood. I probably have a collection of about a dozen different ornaments from Hallmark that I have acquired over the years.

PHOTO 1 – I show the limited model of the Hallmark 1969 Camaro ZL1 with the box and the tag. They are all 1:64 scale diecast.


This Buick diecast was done in 2003 marking the Buick Centennial. It was limited to just 100 made in the 1:18 scale. The one shown in Photo 2 is #40 of the 100 in the original box. Since it is a dragster, it has several GNX parts on what appears to be a Grand National.

The hood does open showing a modified engine. The doors and trunk lid do not open. The dash appears to look like GNX. The exterior has the GNX features. The rear end appears to be the stock Grand National. The black chrome really sparkles.

PHOTO 2 – The top left shows the actual box it comes in. The top right shows the GNX with the hood open and the certificate with it. The bottom left shows the engine compartment and the bottom right photo shows the underside of the car. See the Rare Parts section for price as it is for sale. It would make a nice Christmas gift.


I can’t recall what year we had these made. We bought Logitech mice for computers and I had the artist that did the GNX mural on my pole building wall custom paint the Logitech mice. He did a T-Type with the slogan “A Boost of Buick Performance,” a Grand National which featured the Grand National picture of the 1987 Buick album, and the GNX with the quote “For the Fortunate 547.”

These 3 pictured in Photo 3 are absolutely perfect. Painted in high gloss black and then the decals were applied. See the Rare Parts section for pricing. I only have one of each.

PHOTO 3 – We show all 3 of the Logitech computer mice. These are vintage Logitech mice with the cord, prior to the newer remote ones you can buy today. These are listed for sale under the Rare Parts section.


In the next photos, we show more rare items we have listed for sale under Rare Parts.

Probably about 3 or 4 years ago we did a limited number of these GNX coffee cans. Ideally, they can be used to hold pens on a desk. We also show a GNX watch with a leather band. I found this watch at Carlisle maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I have no idea who made it. The rare items in the photos are the two ASC key fobs that I obtained directly from ASC many years go.

PHOTO 4 - The photo to the left shows the two GNX coffee cans. The one to the left features a copy of the actual GNX advertisement. The one on the right features the GNX art print. Both are listed for sale under the Rare Parts section. The photo to the right shows the GNX wristwatch (it needs a battery) with the black leather band alongside the case it came in. To the right in the same photo shows both versions of the ASC key fobs I have. These can be found for sale in the Rare Parts section.


Our granddaughter Devyn was home for about 9 days over Thanksgiving break from college at Penn State. She is taking engineering courses. She is super smart and worked last summer at Mack Truck. She already has secured a summer internship job at the Ford headquarters in Research and Development department. Our son Darrell, as many of you know, has custom built a 6-door Ford F-650 truck using a Peterbilt suspension. He also is building a 1967 Pontiac GTO complete with a 2005 GTO interior and drivetrain.

My point is, it occurred to me that my son and granddaughter have untapped skills that I should plug into with an idea for a part to make. With my limited hands-on skills, I have come up with an idea for a product that nobody makes that I am aware of. My idea, if it works, will fit virtually every G-body car, every Fox Body Mustang, and various Camaros and Firebirds through 2015. In other words, a good bit of the collectible car market. The key part is that this part will fit a wide variety of cars and even trucks.

I presented my idea to Darrell and Devyn. Within a day, they had drawings done and half the prototype made! Darrell needs to make a complete prototype so we can get it made.

This part is really quite clever and ,if all goes according to plan, it should give customers 4 different options off the same part. This part will be unique as it’s the very first part that came as a joint effort from the 3 DKs - Dennis, Darrell, and Devyn - working together. I think we may just give it a unique logo like 3DKs-2019.

Watch for updates. I won’t tell you what the part is, at least not yet.

I have already tested the prototype on a 1984 Regal and 1987 Oldsmobile 442 and it fits perfectly.


Since we moved, I’ve come across lots of collectibles and things I didn’t even known I had. As we go through the items, we will make some unique items available to our readers before we put items on ebay.


We have been placing some of our special items on ebay. We post under two company names - Kirban Performance for new parts. Kirban Enterprises for used and rare items. If you search for sellers – kirbanperformance – kirbanenterprises (Do not put a space between kirban and second word.) Or bookmark the links below. Be sure to check it out.

Here is a link to the Kirban Performance ebay listings –

Here is a link to the Kirban Enterprises ebay listings –


In order for our Inner Circle members to have an equal opportunity on the Rare Parts, no emails regarding orders on rare parts will be honored prior to 3 pm Wednesday. This way Inner Circle members get the opportunity first to purchase any of the rare items that may be pictured in the main body of the Inner Circle which may go on our website earlier in the day each week. Inner Circle members get to see the Rare Parts listing and see the prices first.


These T-shirt proof samples are on ebay now under user name kirbanenterprises (one word.) We have a number of different designs from T-shirts we did in the 1990s up for sale. In a few cases, we have more than one. It’s time we share some of our collectible items with our customers.


We have a few redone grey leather-wrapped steering wheels, part #7135, in stock. Also, we have several of the MAF Translator #7326, the Rebuilt AC Delco LT1 Mass Air Sensor #7342, and the Translator custom-made bracket #7785. It’s a great time to buy the 3 items needed to make the conversion from the stock mass air flow sensor.


Note - See Rare Parts section we still have a few copies of both booklets available.

Few years ago, we did a small run of these popular booklets - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal Data Booklet and 1987 Price Directory. I recently came across a few more copies of both booklets. The 1987 Price Directory is pocket size and runs 66 pages. It lists every 1987 Buick model with every option, the price of that option, and most important the order code for that option.

It is that order code that appears on your SPID label (also referred to as the trunk ID label.) Those codes appear on several lines depending on the number of options, and are in alphabetical order.

This little handy pocket-size booklet is great to have and to keep in your glove box as you can quickly decode any option found on a 1987 Turbo Regal. This copy is identical to the original.

The other booklet I found was the 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal Data Booklet. This runs 55 pages, is 8½ by 11, and is spiral bound.

It covers both Drivability and Emissions in detail, explaining various codes such issues as rough, unstable, or incorrect idle. The booklet also has a section on turbos including the specs to tighten all the various parts to the turbo. It also covers the exhaust manifolds, intake, and intercooler. Again, all original factory critical information at your fingertips with this booklet.

This Data booklet and the pocket size 1987 Price Directory are listed in the Rare Parts section for sale. The best deal to save shipping costs is to buy both, as shipping is virtually the same.
This breaks down every option possible.


This Grand National is still available. This extremely well-optioned, low-mileage 1987 Grand National that is for sale. The owner wants me to sell it for him. He has had it 6 years. The miles on this Grand National is a mere 48,200. Options include factory moonroof, power windows, power locks, tilt, cruise, delay wipers, concert sound, power trunk, digital dash, power seat, working power antenna, and posi rear. The Grand National is located in Maryland.

It has a beautiful repaint done prior to his owning it. He had paint correction done and ceramic coating this past Spring. The car really shines, probably 100%, better than original. Everything functions 100%, even the original AC.

Additional features include embroidered floor mats, few chrome goodies under the hood, Kirban adjustable fuel regulator, hot wire kit, 60lb injectors, adjustable wastegate, TT chip, new bumper fillers, new fuel tank, and has dual a-pillar gauges and console gauge package. He checked the car with a magnet and shows no putty or filler anywhere. It has the factory chip guard along bottom of the car.

According to the owner Mike, the Grand National has had 4 previous owners. The car shows no accidents or any indication that mileage is not accurate.

The price is $26,900. This Grand National is priced to sell. You would be hard pressed to find a better example of a well-optioned 1987 Grand National that would measure up to the quality of this one at this price. A factory moon roof with a power seat option is extremely rare. This car next Spring would easily bring several grand more than it is priced at this fall.

This car is show quality from any angle. For more information and photos, email me direct [email protected]

Pass the word along to your friends who may be looking for a great-looking well-optioned Grand National.


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

POWERMASTER BRAKE UNITS. Currently, due to issues getting brake bowls we are not accepting any additional powermaster cores until I get word Cardone has brake bowls again.

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. This is the only item we are currently accepting as cores.

MAIL - Ship to Address –
PO BOX 1199

UPS Ship to Address –


Turbo V6 enthusiast Steve Saffier (who produced “Dennis Kirban” story on YouTube) is producer and host of CarSmarts Radio which is in its third season! The show is heard in eastern PA on 610 ESPN Radio every Saturday from 11 am – 12 noon and on WOND 1400 in southern New Jersey, Sundays from 10am – 11am. You can also listen to the live stream at that time - download the podcast on http://www.610 espn.com (Live and Local)

Past guests have included me (Dennis Kirban) Brock Yates Jr, Steve Magnante, as well as car photographers, car museum staff, tech students, car clubs, and much more. Tune up and Tune in! More info at http://www.carsmartsradio.com


If there are any tips or ideas you want to share with our readers, email me –[email protected]


We are featuring several Turbo Regal collectibles over the next few weeks that would make excellent Christmas gifts for that Turbo Regal owner.


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 Buick parts for the 1986 and 1987 Buick Turbo Regals. Have you sold your Buick Turbo Regal and have NOS parts left or have a collection of NOS parts you are interested in selling? Some of the items I am looking for are NOS powermaster brake parts, NOS blackout trim, NOS engine parts, NOS sensors, NOS interior parts. I travel to purchase and a CASH buyer. References can be supplied upon request. No part to big or small. Please call or e-mail and leave message. All calls and e-mails will be returned. Jason Maxfield 416-399-7265 or [email protected] Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy New year! 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]mance.com


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.


This new part may not yet be on our website. Our supplier who had them made has them in stock and will drop ship direct for us. Display stands are available in powder-coated glossy silver or powder-coated matte black finish.

To order now in time for, call Christina at 215-766-1611 during normal work hours. Refer to the part number listed below for either the powder-coated glossy silver display stand or the powder-coated matte black display stand.

This new car display stand solves the issue of having a display sign for your show car or truck being blown over by the wind or having someone trip over it if it’s leaning against your show vehicle. This stays secure by either of the front tires. The area you put your actual information on has 3 different positons so it can face in 3 different directions.

SPECIFICATIONS - This plate is angled at the perfect height for easy reading. It is made in steel. Each part is then powder coated. The display stand is comprised of 3 parts and no tools are needed to assemble. Each end of the stand locks into the base and the top display plate. Once assembled, its overall height is 45 inches high. It weighs 12 lbs. The pole length 41 inches. The pole angles out from the fender. The top plate that the information goes on is an 8-inch square surface. The base plate secured by either front tire is 10-½ inches by 18 inches.

#7878 - Car Show Steel Display Stand – Powered-Coated Gloss Silver - $169.95 plus $18 shipping*

#7879 - Car Show Steel Display Stand – Powered-Coated Matte - $169.95 plus $18 shipping*

*Shipping rate noted above is for the 48 states only.
PA residents add 6% sales tax.


MAGIC GUARD® is a new patented multi-use product that protects wheels, prevents rust and repels rain. It is used as a wheel sealant that works on all wheels (chrome, mag, aluminum, etc.) by providing a hydrophobic barrier that decreases brake dust contamination and decreases wheel cleaning time by up to 50% post-application, 

Another use for Magic Guard® is to protect plated and coated metals from rust and corrosion,

Because of Magic Guard’s hydrophobic nature, customers also apply it to their window glass to enhance visibility due to its superior water beading. 

WHEEL SEALANT - Protect chrome, aluminum and all other wheels from brake dust, road grime, saltwater and more.

RUST PREVENTION - Protects all bare, coated and plated metal from mother nature with its durable barrier.

RAIN REPELLENT - Enhances visibility with superior water beading technology, and prevents water spots.

These two products - Magic Guard® #8002 and Rust Prevention Magic® #8003 - were created and patented by Dave Walden, who is the founder of ECS Automotive Concepts. He is also a three-time Mopar Nationals OE Gold and Best of Show winner (2005, 2008 & 2010). A rare accomplishment and Dave did it with 3 different Mopars!

Dave invented these two products out of necessity because what was available for protecting metals was not effective, and his hard work began to flash rust soon after completion.

When applied to bare metal it creates a durable barrier and prevents rust.

Comes in an easy-to-use 4-ounce container, complete with soft application cloth and easy-to-follow directions.

*NOTE - Price includes the USPS shipping and handling in the U.S.

NOTE - Because of a problem with the website, we note the final cost of this product which INCLUDES a predetermined shipping rate. The “FREE SHIPPING” box that shows on this page is there in error

8002 - MAGIC GUARD®, 4 oz jar - $14.99 + $5 shipping = $19.99

Here is the link to Magic Guard® on our website.


Rust Prevention Magic® is a patented and lab certified rust/corrosion prevention product. RPM provides a near impenetrable barrier on bare metals such as alloys, aluminum, copper, iron, brass, cast iron, stainless steel and many other metals to protect them from the harmful effects of acids, corrosion, moisture, salt water, rust and more!

US Patented Product, winner of the Top New Product Award at SEMA show, 100% Lab Certified by Dale Institute LLC, featured on My Classic Car with Dennis Gage, and over 25 articles in various automotive publications.

Comes in an easy-to-use 4-ounce container, complete with brush and easy-to-follow directions. There is no better way to maintain a 100% correct automotive restoration project.

These two products - Magic Guard® #8002 and Rust Prevention Magic® #8003 - were created and patented by Dave Walden, who is the founder of ECS Automotive Concepts. He is also a three-time Mopar Nationals OE Gold and Best of Show winner (2005, 2008 & 2010). A rare accomplishment and Dave did it with 3 different Mopars!

Dave invented these two products out of necessity because what was available for protecting metals was not effective, and his hard work began to flash rust soon after completion 

*NOTE - Price includes the USPS shipping and handling in the U.S.

NOTE - Because of a problem with the website, we note the final cost of this product which INCLUDES a predetermined shipping rate. The “FREE SHIPPING” box that shows on this page is there in error

8003 - RUST PREVENTION MAGIC®, 4 oz jar - $19.99 + $5 shipping = $24.99

Here is a link to this Rust Prevention Magic® 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] - and 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.


Watch for word on this clever new part that Darrell, Devyn, and I have come up with. It will be the first part developed as a joint effort between me, our son, and our granddaughter!