01-08-2020 Inner Circle

01-08-2020 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 01-08-2020 -


Nobody guessed the correct answer to our Christmas contest. The most popular wrong answer was that we had made some sort of phone holder for the cars. As you can imagine, it is very difficult to think of something to make that would fit a variety of cars and be something nobody had made prior to this.

I had the idea to make a car show display stand that I wanted it to work off different hood latch assemblies. The idea came to me on one of my recent trips to a junkyard. I noticed that in almost in every case, whether it was an American car or a foreign car, they all had a hood latch assembly on the core support or in the front area.

The difference was that the height would vary and, in some cases such as the G-body cars, the front header panel was higher than the core support. That was part of the issue. At that point, I realized I needed outside help to take my idea into a prototype and eventually a finished product. I was stumped on how to make a display stand attach to a hood latch assembly.

Devyn had just come home from Penn State for Christmas break so I approached her and Darrell with my idea. I gave them the challenge to come up with a drawing and a prototype that I could take to the local machine shop and have a prototype made.

I figured this would be a perfect part to combine our heads together and make something as a family. I liked the idea of the 3 DKs and being 3 generations to see if it can be done. The end result can be seen in Photo 1.


For those of you that show your car at various events, we have designed a unique car show display stand. It not only sits center in front of your car, but it is not affected by wind or someone bumping it. This format positions your sign perfectly in the center of the front of your open hood. This way spectators can easily read the information you have posted with no danger of bumping it off the car or the wind blowing your sign away.

It allows the display copy to be mounted vertical or horizontal. The clamp is even designed to secure it to the hood latch so it can be installed in either direction. This way there is no problem getting it to the bolt to mount the clamp securely to the hood latch assembly.

The clamp is powder-coated glossy black. The rest of the stand is either stainless or aluminum, so it not only looks good but is lightweight.

Once I saw the design of our prototype it occurred to me that the handle followed the basic shape and length of an actual Hurst shifter handle.

When I saw that, I found a source for original Hurst handles and I ordered samples of the short 6-inch version. By using an actual Hurst chrome handle, it gives the car show display stand a unique look. Hurst is the perfect connection for any American performance car.

The clamp design that Darrell and Devyn came up with works perfectly in securing the handle and display panel to the hood latch.

The display panel to mount your information on is 8-1/2" by 11". If your display sign is larger than that, you simply mount it first on a poster board so it is rigid and then it can be centered on the aluminum display panel. We made the display panel so it can be mounted either vertical or horizontal.

We are waiting on the latest prototype before we approve production of both types of hood latch car show display stands. Once we approve both designs, we can get the machine shop to work out the price structure.

All hardware will be stainless allen screws so the actual display stand looks as good as the car you are entering in a car show.

I think of the two designs, the one that uses an actual brand new Hurst shifter handle will be the most popular. If you buy the design without the Hurst handle, we will offer it separately so you can buy it later.

I am proud that this idea between my son Darrell and our granddaughter Devyn has gone from idea to production.

Once pricing has been established, we will be giving our Inner Circle members a special introductory price. We will be also offering it to various vendors.

Once car show season begins, we will be able to determine what cars and years these two hood latch car show display stands will fit. I know for sure it will fit every G-Body application and almost every car as long as the hood latch sits about 1-1/2" above the surface of the core support. The curve of the handle allows plenty of clearance between the display panel and the front header of any car.

PHOTO 1 - The top left photo we show the initial illustration that Darrell drew up and the description wording that Devyn did. The lower left photo shows the basic parts that make up the hood latch car show display stand. The top right photo shows a vertical 11" x 17" poster board sign on the hood latch of a Regal. Our design allows about 5 inches of clearance over the hood ornament. The bottom right photo shows a side view of the prototype hood latch display stand using the brand new Hurst chrome shifter handle. You can clearly see the design gives plenty of clearance from the header panel.

We hope to have pricing and production later this month. This is one of those products that once other car show participants see it at car shows, they will be inquiring where can they purchase one for their display sign. The Hurst name is the perfect connection with virtually every American muscle car from the 1960s and newer.


As we stated in the last Inner Circle, a 1987 Grand National with a mere 102 actual miles is scheduled to go through the Mecum Auction tomorrow, Thursday, in Kissimmee, Florida. It has No Reserve. It is estimated the car will bring between $60,000-$80,000.


You get only one guess. That guess must be submitted direct to my email [email protected] Your answer must be submitted before midnight eastern time tonight 1-8-2020. It's a tight deadline as the 102-mile Grand National is scheduled to be auctioned off Thursday, January 9th, 2020.

Jason from Canada will be advising us as to what the Grand National sells for tomorrow.

The closest single guess under the actual hammered price will win one of the rare HO scale Grand National diecast cars that Molly signed the trunk lid back at our 2007 Birthday bash. This has a $100 value. In case of tie, the earliest email is a winner!

In quick review - a single guess emailed direct to me [email protected] before midnight today, Wednesday, January 8th eastern time.

Good luck players!


We just had printed more of the 1987 3.8 SFI TURBO REGAL ENGINE DESCRIPTION MANUAL. It's 53-pages in length. It shows the various illustrations that Buick used on the assembly line when they were assembling the engine. It also gives the part number of the various parts used in each illustration. See the Rare Parts section for prices.

We also reprinted the booklet entitled, BREAKING DOWN THE SERVICE PARTS IDENTIFICATION LABEL (SPID) BETTER KNOWN AS THE TRUNK ID LABEL. This booklet runs 62-pages and lists all the exterior and interior colors for 1984 through 1987 Turbo Regals.

The book also includes the Buick Price Directory listing every option, the code for the option and the cost for each option for all the 1984 through 1987 Regal models. It also lists all the vinyl roof molding codes, painted strips seat options, and trim combinations. See the Rare Parts section for prices.

PHOTO 2 - Photos on the left show the 1987 3.8 SFI TURBO REGAL ENGINE DESCRIPTION BOOKLET cover and a page from the booklet. The photos on the right show the BREAKING DOWN THE SERVICE PARTS IDENTIFICATION LABEL (SPID) BETTER KNOWN AS THE TRUNK ID LABEL cover and a page from this booklet.


We are offering for the first time two more items from our personal collection. First, is an ash grey size large 2007 Kirban Reunion and Birthday Bash T-shirt. This T-shirt is imprinted on both sides and has Molly's autograph on the front.

The other item is an aluminum Buick Hawk license plate. It is brand new. I believe it was a dealer item for dealers to put on cars in the showroom. The word BUICK is slightly raised on the license plate.

PHOTO 3 - The top photos show the front and back of the ash grey 2007 Reunion and Birthday Bash T-shirt. The lower photo shows the unique aluminum new Buick license plate. See the Rare Parts section for prices.


The power trunk release is a nice easy-to-install option on any 1984-1987 Turbo Regal. It is easy to wire direct to the fuse box so it operates with the key off. See Photo 4. This one is in mint condition with the button. The flip-down stay-down license plate bracket is all original.

PHOTO 4 - We show both the power trunk release with the button and the factory GM directions on how to wire it in a Regal. Also shown is an original flip-down stay-down license plate bracket that has not been repainted. They are for sale in the Rare Parts section as a Packaged Deal.


We had the Turbo Regal cartoons that Fred Boatman did for us years ago put in a spiral bound 8-1/2" x 11" booklet format. Over 30 Turbo Regal cartoons are in this booklet. Great gift idea or to have with your collection. Fred Boatman did a lot of cartoons for Peterson Publishing Company in the 1960s and 1970s. His work can be seen in Hot Rod and Car Craft magazines during those years. See the Rare Parts section as we have less than 5 copies left of this booklet pictured in our last Inner Circle.



If you are returning any cores or products, it is important that you send them to the correct address -




We just discovered that Fed Ex will not forward any packages that are sent to the PO Box or to our old address in Plumsteadville. Instead they deliver the packages to the old address and leave them outside. They refuse to forward and say that we should notify the shipper. In most cases, we have no idea when we are getting packages shipped back to us.

If you have any cores that are being sent back to us, be sure to use the correct address, especially if you use Fed Ex. Otherwise, we may not receive your package or it may be sent back to you.


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.

To view the Kirban Performance ebay listings, copy and paste this into your URL -

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.


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.


Located in Virginia, this1987 Grand National has had the same owner for 22 years. He has been a long-time customer of ours. He had his Grand National at the Kirban Reunion and Birthday Bash in 2007. The trunk ID label has been autographed by Molly. Richard Clark has rebuilt the transmission. It has 76,000 original miles on it and has been garage kept. The motor internally is all stock except for new valve springs and timing chain. It has the rear seat brace kit, HR rear suspension, 3" down pipe, 60lb injectors with turbo tweak chip, vacuum brakes, and it also has the Jason Cramer front mount intercooler. Owner is Tom Jones. The price tag is $27,900. For more info and pictures, email Tom direct - [email protected]


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]


Currently we have both grey 9-piece trunk kit #6510 and black 9-piece trunk kit #7764 in stock. We also have the 22-piece bushing kits #7305. We have rear seat brace kits #1586 due in later this week. It is best to buy these items now while they are in stock. For more details and pricing, type the part number under search on our website - kirbanperformance.com


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 am 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! 4 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]


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-┬Ż 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


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


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.


Welcome to 2020. It's good to see values of the Turbo Regals, especially the Grand Nationals, continue to not only hold their value, but increase value as well.