01-29-2020 Inner Circle

01-29-2020 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 01-29-2020 –


Our new Kirban Auto Easel - Car Show Display Hood Latch Stand attaches to the actual hood latch assembly on the core support. We offer two versions - one with a Stainless Handle and the other with a Hurst handle. The one with Hurst handle includes is a brand new original Hurst handle at a slightly higher price.

The one with the Hurst handle would have its widest appeal for the older American muscle cars, many of which have a Hurst shifter in them.

With several parts involved, machine work, and powder coating, this project has been very time consuming to nail down all the cost factors.

Currently I am working with a dealership to nail down which GM vehicles use the same hood latch assembly, so we can cross reference to the G-body vehicles to widen the potential market. This is in addition to figuring out the Ford and Chrysler market. For example, this fits all the 1979-1993 Mustangs, all the 2009-2014 Dodge Challengers, and the 2010-2015 Camaros. This list will grow as we find more cars and even trucks it will fit. The market is huge.

This past Sunday the weather was nice and we had a local customer, Eric Opper, come over with his 1987 Grand National. Eric owns a beautiful show-quality 1987 Grand National. We wanted to feature the new display stand on a Grand National since this is the first market we plan to hit.

The design allows the display sign to be mounted either vertical or horizontal. You are not limited by the size of the display piece to mount. It can be the standard 8-½" x 11" size, but also the larger 11" x 17" size, again either vertical or horizontal providing the larger size is first mounted on a poster board to keep it rigid when attached to the aluminum display panel. To prevent any possible damage to the hood latch, the portion of the clamp that attaches to the hood latch has two coats of a rubber barrier on it. The rest of the 2-piece clamp is powder-coated glossy black for a show-quality appearance. All the hardware included with this kit is stainless steel. It was important that the quality of the display stand measured up to its purpose, which is to showcase your show car or truck.

The smart design and versatility of this display is bound to get many comments at car shows.

This is the first project created by the 3 generations of Kirbans - Dennis, Darrell, and Devyn Kirban. We are looking at doing other projects in the future.

We will be giving Inner Circle members a special introductory price for either version - the polished stainless handle or the original brand new Hurst handle. The length and angle of both handles is basically the same, which made it ideal to offer a Hurst handle as a second choice. We expect to have the price structure in place next week.

PHOTO 1 – The top left photo shows the Kirban Auto Easel on Eric’s Grand National hood latch with a vertical size 8-½" x 11" information sheet. The top right photo shows a typical 8-½" x 11" horizontal information sheet. The bottom left photo shows how a typical 11" x 17" vertical information sheet would look like. The bottom right photo shows an 11" x 17" horizontal information sheet would look like. The end result - regardless of what size or direction the information is displayed - it will be at the perfect reading level. It will also be centered in front of the car and not affected by wind, or someone tripping over it.

The complete kit weighs less than 2 pounds. Either size display or direction gives plenty of clearance to the header panel.

PHOTO 2 – The top left photo shows the back side featuring the polished stainless handle. The top right photo shows the back side featuring the new Hurst handle. As you can see, the design keeps the display away from the header panel and is angled for easy reading. The bottom left and bottom right photos show all the parts included in the kits. Not pictured is the easy-to-follow printed directions that will be included. Several methods can be used to attach the information copy to the aluminum display panel - Velcro, scotch tape, or double- sided tape are three possible suggestions.


Here are a few more items from our personal 25-plus-year collection. Almost everything sold last week within the first hour, including the Demon lighted sign.

We have 3 more HO scale slot cars. The chrome Tyco resembles a Regal and the yellow and blue Wrangler has the extended rear window like the 2 Plus 2 Pontiacs had. The solid black one appears to have been painted. The 2 emblems and one stick pin are rare. The S Type emblem refers to, I believe, an early Riviera model.

PHOTO 3 – The photo to the top left shows all 3 slots cars. You can find them listed for sale under Rare Parts. The top right photo shows the 2 emblems and the round Grand National pin.
The bottom left photo shows the GMP 1:24 scale two-tone black and grey 1986 T-Type. The bottom right shows the GMP 1987 Grand National alongside a matching GMP GNX. These diecast models can be seen for sale under the Rare Parts section.


One of our relatives local to us is having us sell their custom-built 1985 Regal Limited that has been in the family since new. This 1985 Regal Limited has always been garaged, never hit, or smoked in. Our son Darrell repainted this car the factory color back in 2003 for $2,000. At 128,000 miles the engine was converted with a brand GM 350/330 HP crate motor at a cost of $5,200. This was backed up with a rebuilt turbo 400 transmission. A local shop that we deal with redid the rear putting in a new eaton posi with, I believe, to be 3.08 gears. Gear ratio is perfect for high speed cruising.

Being a Limited, it is very well optioned and even the power antenna works. It has Bilstein shocks. Tires are fairly new. The tire size is 205/75 by 14s. Riding on the original 14 by 6 steel wheels with full Regal wheel covers.

With just a few Turbo Regal upgrades this would be an extremely nice solid handling Regal. I you install set of 16 by 8s on all four corners, a Turbo-T steering box, a rear sway bar, and a leather wheel, it will not only ride better, but look better too. The doors shut like they are brand new. The driver’s power pillow seat is the only interior part that shows very minor wear along the edge and around the power switch. A set of tasteful 3 gauges hang of the bottom edge of the dash under the radio. The power seat motor runs but does not function. Headliner will need to be replaced. The steering column has movement in the one section of the tilt.

The current mileage is 135,000, so that is less than 10,000 miles on a brand new GM crate motor. Electric fan with a V8 radiator handles the cooling. The AC has been completely rebuilt. Car has long-branch headers that dump into a new GNX exhaust system. Bigger front sway bar was installed. MSD ignition and an Edelbrock 4-barrell carburetor are fed with a cold air system. The adult owner has never once driven it hard to chirp the tires. Car still has its original half padded roof. Body and paint are real nice with zero rust. All the stainless and emblems are in good condition. Nothing is missing. Bumpers also are close to new. All the critical labels are still intact, including the SPID label on the inside trunk lid. The price tag is a realistic $6,995. This car is a bargain and has had excellent care since new. The car is at our house. For more photos, email me direct [email protected]

PHOTO 4 – We show four different views of the light blue1985 Regal Limited. The top left photo shows the engine compartment. The top right photo shows the interior. The bottom left and bottom right show the outside of the garage-kept non-smoked in 1985 Regal Limited. A very tight riding car that has never been abused.


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.

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.


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 moon roof, 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 this 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 that that 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]


Remember, if you’re interested in the V8 powered 1985 Regal, email me direct [email protected] This car is a good value for the money and has been in the same family since new.


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 3,400 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.


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.


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.


Super Bowl predictions - Personally, I favor the Chiefs. They seem to have the best all around skilled players with Mahomes at the helm.