02-05-2020 Inner Circle

02-05-2020 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 02-05-2020 –


This week we have our Annual M&Ms contest. You get one guess sent only to my email - [email protected] All entries must be sent by 12 midnight Saturday, February 8, 2020. The closest guess without going over will be declared the winner. In case of a tie, the earliest email entry will be the winner.

The winner will receive the container of M&Ms and our new Auto Easel Car Show Display with Polished Stainless Handle, a $119.95 retail value. Second Place winner will receive an autographed copy of the Kirban’s Guide To 1986 & 1987 Buick Turbo Regals, a 350-page book that retails for $34.95.

PHOTO 1 – We have pictured the container that is filled with M&Ms. The container measures approximately 6 inches tall. The diameter is approximately 4 inches across. Remember, you only get one guess that must be emailed by this coming Saturday night by 12 midnight to [email protected]


In the next photos, we show a few more items we have for sale.

My wife’s cousin Ralph is the one that owns the V8 Regal we are selling for him. His hobby is making various design of bird houses. The one pictured is made using cedar shingles, which have a 30-year life span. The log cabin design is cool looking. The glue he uses is exterior wood glue for long lasting exterior use. The nails are wire brad finishing nails. On the bottom is a removable base for easy cleaning, if needed. The bird house is roughly 7 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 6 inches long and weighs under 2 lbs. It is listed under Rare Parts for sale.

PHOTO 2 – The top left photo shows Ralph’s bird house that he made. The top right photo shows a Molly autographed DVD based on “Molly Art and the Machine.” Also in the DVD photo is an original TRD Molly Designs Toyota emblem. The bottom left photo shows a GMP 1:18 scale silver with a stripe Turbo Regal. The bottom right photo shows a white T-Type and the Xray white GNX. Both are 1:18 scale made by GMP. They are all listed for sale under the Rare Parts section.


You probably all know about the hit show American Pickers where two guys get to travel the USA in a van hoping to score some great buys of antiques. I am sure it’s all planned ahead of time as you certainly don’t go up unannounced and hope the owner obliges your presence with a hand shake instead of a guard dog or a gun.

I felt like that this past weekend as I had a call from a guy I had bought two dead Regals for parts a few years ago. He lives back in the woods and has a bunch of garages with car parts all over the yard and property. From the outside of the buildings and the yard you would not believe what I saw in the buildings. Back in 1985 he special-ordered a V8 Regal Coupe with the Turbo Regal suspension package, steering box, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. It has a burgundy exterior with a burgundy interior and is well optioned with mag wheels, power seat, windows, power trunk, power antenna, digital dash, etc.

Here is what is amazing about this car. The car has been garaged its entire life and has just 2,000 miles on it! The car is showroom inside and out. In another garage bay, he has a real 19,000-mile 1968 Buick Skylark with a custom red with a black interior. This is a V8 280 HP car. Again, 100% original and brand new looking. He has two extremely rare cars he is working on. See Photo 3.

PHOTO 3 – The top left photo shows this amazing 2,000-mile 1985 Regal. It is virtually brand new. The top right photo shows the 19,000-mile original 1968 Buick Skylark jammed into this garage bay. It’s probably hard to tell what it is in the bottom left photo. It is a real authentic 1969 Camaro convertible. Not just any convertible but one of the Camaro Pace Cars. Better yet, it is one of the very few 396 big block 4-speed versions. This car is a few weeks away from being turnkey! You can probably determine what the car is on the bottom right. It’s a 1969 RS SS Camaro. Again, a big block 396 car original. Positive proof you can never tell what lies inside a building judging from the building itself or the surroundings.


The two versions of this unique Auto Easel car show display stand are now in production at a nearby machine shop that makes various parts for us. As a customer and Inner Circle member, we have a special Introductory Price for both versions.

At this writing neither car show display stand is yet on our website. You must call Christina to order it. She would not charge your credit card until we are able to ship it to you. We expect to be filing orders the first week of March. This is way before most car shows will start in the midwest and east coast areas of the country.

This format of attaching to the factory hood latch will fit all 1982-1987 G-Body cars. The clamp portion is rubber coated to prevent scratching the actual hood latch. The entire kit is made in the USA. It is the first product that has been made involving 3 generations of Kirbans – me, my son and my granddaughter.

It is also the first product we developed that will fit virtually every U.S. or foreign car from the 1960s thru current. We have test fitted it to a 1967 GTO and a 1957 Chevrolet. It also fits Mustangs from 1979 thru 2004. Almost all cars and trucks have the hood latch assembly on the core support. Vehicles that have the hood latch attached to the hood have an opening on the core support for the latch to lock into. Our clamp design fits inside the opening on the core support on the cars we have test fitted thus far.

You would mount your information on the display panel. It can be mounted vertical or horizontal. The information must first be mounted on a poster board so it stays rigid on the aluminum panel. By using a poster board for the information, you can go as big as 20" x 24" in either direction.

This clever method to secure a display sign eliminates any issues with wind blowing it over or someone tripping over your sign. It positions your display stand dead center on the front of your show car or truck and at the perfect reading height.

The angle gives several inches of clearance to the front header panel as well as the header ornament that appears on some of the Turbo Regal models.

Both the polished stainless handle and the Hurst handle have the same angle and are the same length. Handles are interchangeable. The clamp part is powder-coated glossy black. All of the hardware is stainless in each kit. The end result is a display stand that does not distract from your show car. I just know that once car show participants see this on show cars this summer, they will want to know where they can purchase it.

This Introductory Price for both designs is now in affect and ends midnight April 30, 2020. The Auto Easel Car Show Display Hood Latch Stand with the polished handle, part #7880, can be purchased for $99.95 plus $10 shipping to the basic 48 states. The Suggested Retail Price is $119.95-$129.95. You save $20-$30.

The other version of the Auto Easel Car Show Display Hood Latch includes a new original Hurst handle part #7881. The Introductory Price is $159.95 plus $10 shipping. The Suggested Retail Price is $179.95-$189.95. You save $20-$30. NOTE - The Hurst handle alone retails for $60. The Hurst handle version will prove to be most popular with buyers who have older muscle cars and, in many cases, have a Hurst shifter in their car.

PART #7880 - THE AUTO EASEL - CAR SHOW DISPLAY HOOD LATCH STAND WITH POLISHED HANDLE - Introductory Price $99.95 plus $10 shipping.

PART #7881 - THE AUTO EASEL - CAR SHOW DISPLAY HOOD LATCH STAND WITH NEW HURST HANDLE - Introductory Price $159.95 plus $10 shipping.

Again, you must call our office 215-766-1611 to place your order for the Auto Easel that you want. You will not be charged for it until we can ship it.

PHOTO 4 – The top left photo shows an 11" x 17" vertical display on a 1987 Grand National. The top right photo shows our new display stand on Devyn’s 2010 Camaro SS. Her car is in hibernation for the winter so the lighting is not the best. The information panel is vertical and is 11" x 17" poster size. The bottom left photo shows all the parts that come in the kit, part #7880. The assembly is quite simple and detailed directions are included. The bottom right photo shows the logo Devyn designed for this first joint 3 generations collaboration project.


Finally, some good news. Cardone has brake bowls in stock so they are rebuilding powermaster brake units for us. Contact our office 215-766-1611 to purchase a rebuilt unit. Many of the powermaster cores now require the windings in the motor to be rebuilt as they are burned out. This not only costs us more money, but also time since we have another company rebuild the windings. Our units still carry the Limited Lifetime Warranty to the original owner.


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. This car is a bargain and has had excellent care since new.

The price is $6,995. The owner does have some wiggle room on the price as he wants to sell it. The body is exceptional with near perfect chrome, and all the stainless is nice. The car is at our house. For more photos, email me direct - [email protected]


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 –
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Here is a link to the Kirban Enterprises ebay listings –
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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, we are accepting powermaster brake units. We give a $150 Letter of Credit 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. 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, both versions of our new Auto Easel Car Show Display stands have a special Introductory Price until April 30, 2020. You must call our office direct to get the Introductory Price. Your credit card will not be charged until we are ready to ship. We expect to ship orders the first week of March 2020.


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.


WANTED TO BUY - NOS (New Old Stock) Buick parts for 1986 and 1987 Buick Turbo Regals. Have you sold your Buick Turbo Regal and have NOS parts left or have a collection of parts you are interested in selling and want to turn them into CASH? Some of the items I am looking for are NOS powermaster brake parts, NOS black out trim, NOS grey interior parts, NOS exhaust system pieces. I travel to purchase and I am a CASH buyer. Please call or email and leave message anytime. No part is too big or small. All calls and emails will be returned. Serious buyer, and references available upon request. Jason Maxfield (416) 399-7265 or [email protected] Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You - 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]


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.


Remember to take a guess on the M&Ms contest. The deadline is this coming Saturday, February 8, at 12 midnight.

My pick for best motion picture for the Oscars is “1917.” The movie is spell binding. Although the main actors are not widely known, I think the music score may also win.