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02-26-2020 Inner Circle

02-26-2020 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 02-26-2020 –

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THIS WAS EVEN REMOTELY POSSIBLE –

I just picked up the March 2020 issue of Hemmings Motor News, Hemmings is considered the antique and collectible car and hobby “bible” for many years. One of the few printed car magazines that does not seem to be affected by the internet. The only difference over the last 40-plus years I been buying Hemmings Motor News, is that the old collector cars are now newer collector cars!

In the March issue under the Buick Cars for Sale they show Buick 2 GNXs for sale. One is priced at $119,900 and the other is priced slightly higher at $125,000. Both are in the range of their value for the time period. What I found shocking is under Volkswagen there are two of the VW buses for sale. You would think the two VW buses would both be cheaper than either GNX.

You would be wrong. The one VW, a 1961 model, has a price tag of $147,000. The other VW bus is slightly newer, a 1963, and it has a higher price tag of $155,000 with the word “Firm” after the price tag. Even if you are not a Buick lover, I think your spouse would rather see two GNXs in the garage at an investment for under $250,000 rather than two VW buses nearing the $300,000.

We used to have a VW bus at our old house. It was a 1967 model with the desirable split windshield. We used it to hold our UPS shipments. It ran when I bought it around 1980. I sold it prior to moving up to our new house in 2005. A buyer from Texas bought it to put on the roof of his new car wash building.



1998 HURST FIREBIRD BY LINGENFELTER –

Back in 1998, Lingenfelter did a very limited production of a Hurst Trans Am. I believe only about 10 were actually built. The information sheet I have says the plan was to build 50 of them. It was to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Hurst Corporation. The modifications that Lingenfelter made bumped the price tag to $45,745, according to my reference paperwork. This price included the basic cost of $25,957 for the 1998 Firebird Trans Am. Lingenfelter installed a 360 HP LSl engine package along with other modifications.

With such a limited production made in 1998, most of you have probably never seen one in person.

I was out at Lingenfelter’s headquarters around 1999 and was able to purchase a few items related to the 1998 Hurst Firebird.

One item I bought was the actual display sign they had gotten made when they showcased the new 1998 Hurst Firebird by Lingenfelter. If you know of anyone that owns one of these rare cars, put them in touch with me. They would probably be a buyer for this original display that Lingenfelter used in 1998.



PHOTO 1 - The photo to the left shows the VHS tape featuring the new 1998 Hurst Firebird by Lingenfelter, one of the original exterior decals for the Hurst Lingenfelter Trans Am. The photo to the right shows the actual display sign Lingenfelter used for display with their modified Hurst Trans Am. The display sign measures approximately 16" x 22". The letters and numbers on the sign are individual ones mounted on a plastic board. See the Rare Parts section for prices.



COLLECTIBLE PARTS FOR SALE –

We have pictured some more collectible parts shown in Photo 2 and Photo 3. Prices for these pictured parts can be found under the Rare Parts section.

PHOTO 2 – The top left photo shows three different original Buick emblems. All three are either new or like new. The Century T-Type was a very rare model. The top right photo we show two original cloth embroidered Indy 500 patches. One is for 1982 and the other is for 1983. Also pictured is a blank Buick City Assembly Center name badge.

The bottom left photos shows a set of the rare Oldsmobile Touring Sedan exterior emblems. They are used. The Olds Touring Sedan was produced for 3 years -1987, 1988, and 1989 - in only a few colors. It was a joint project with ASC. Years ago, I bought and sold two of the actual cars. Also pictured is a very rare Oldsmobile emblem. This emblem is brand new and was affixed to the very last 500 Oldsmobile produced. This emblem and the Touring Sedan emblem are made by the same company and material that the Grand National emblems are made. The bottom right photo shows a Buick Regal ceramic coaster. I believe this came from Buick years ago. The image and wording is engraved into the ceramic material and it has a felt bottom.

PHOTO 3 –The top left photo shows three brand new Buick hood ornaments. The first one is the Collector’s Edition emblem from a 1985 LeSabre. I am not sure what Buick model or years received that center emblem featuring the tri-shield logo. Last, but not least, is the rare silver anniversary Riviera emblem. The top right photo shows an ultra-rare original GNX 002 nameplate. Original ones are hand painted and the letters and numbers are raised not smooth like the reproductions. The lower right photo shows a plastic Power Six key ring. Original ones are hand painted and the letters and numbers are raised not smooth like the reproductions.

The bottom left and middle photos show a rare AC Tachometer tester. It has a switch on the side with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8. I have no idea how it works. It is in mint condition. I have had it about a dozen years. See the Rare Parts section for pricing.

All these are for sale in the Rare Parts section.



AUTO EASEL CAR SHOW HOOD LATCH DISPLAY STAND FITMENT –

Here is an up-to-date list of cars and trucks we know our new Auto Easel Car Show Hood Latch Display Stands will fit. As we discover more applications, we will list them. Our game plan is to fill orders next week.

Remember, there is a Special Introductory Price that is in effect until midnight April 30, 2020.

1982-1988 G-Body - All Models
1955-1957 Chevrolet
1979-2004 Ford Mustang and 2010-2014 Ford Mustang
1995-1997 Ford Ranger
1967-1968 Firebird
1982-2002 Chevrolet Camaro / Pontiac Firebird
2010-2018 Chevrolet Camaro
1966-1967 and 1968-1969 Pontiac GTO
2005-2010 Chrysler 300
2005-2010 Dodge Magnum
2011-2020 Dodge Charger
2009-2014 Dodge Challenger
2001-2004 Honda Civic
1996-2004 Mazda Miata

Remember, as long as the hood latch extends above the core support by 1½", this Auto Easel Car Show Hood Latch Display Stand will fit. You don’t have to get it centered on the hood latch since you can adjust your display panel so the display panel is centered in front of the car or truck.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows our new Auto Easel Car Show Hood Latch Display on a 2018 Camaro SS. The top right photo shows it on a 2000 Miata. The bottom left photo shows it on a Chrysler 300. The bottom right photo shows a 14" x 22" display on our personal 1996 Ford Ranger. You can even go with a bigger display poster, however, keep in mind if you go much larger, it blocks the view of the engine compartment. Our new Auto Easel gives you many options besides having it positioned perfectly in front of the show car or truck and at the perfect level and angle. It looks good and is a lot different from other car show display stands.



THE AUTO EASEL - CAR SHOW DISPLAY HOOD LATCH STAND ORDERING INFORMATION

This Introductory Price for both designs ends at midnight April 30, 2020.

The Kirban 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. You save $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. You save $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 KIRBAN AUTO EASEL™ - CAR SHOW DISPLAY HOOD LATCH STAND WITH POLISHED HANDLE - Introductory Price $99.95 plus $10 shipping.

PART #7881 - THE KIRBAN 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 Kirban Auto Easel that you want. You will not be charged for it until we can ship it.



THE 3 DKs NEXT PROJECT –

I already have presented Darrell and Devyn with my idea for the next two projects. We’ll see if they can figure out a way to make it work. Once we have a prototype, we may even make it a contest for our readers!



2020 - BUICK RELATED CAR SHOW EVENTS –

GS NATIONALS 40TH ANNIVERSARY -
May 13-16, 2020
Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky

This annual event has been moved back to the spring. This is the granddaddy of GS and Turbo Regal events specifically for these collectible Buicks.



11th ANNUAL BUICK RACE DAY -
May 23, 2020 – Gates open at 8 am Saturday
Lebanon Valley Dragway 1746 US Route 20, West Lebanon, NY 12195

This is the 11th year for this Buick event. For more info, call 518-794-7130 or 914-447-6068 and ask for John. It is open to all GS Buick and Turbo Regals.



BUICK BASH AT THE QUAKE -
June 18-20, 2020
Quaker City Motorsports Park, 10225 West South Range Road, Salem, Ohio 44460

For more details, contact John Csordas 914-447-6068 johncsordus@optonline.net or Denny Moore 330-647-3615 gsca3216@aol.com



LORENZ RACING & PERFORMANCE -
4TH ANNUAL DYNO DAYS, CAR SHOW & OPEN HOUSE -
July 17-28, 2020
Lorenz Racing & Performance,12399 Stratton Road, West Salem, Ohio 44287

Last year they had 68 Turbo Regals in attendance from 23 different states. For more details, contact Brian Lorenz - 330-608-9735 - FastNovaSS@aol.com



EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS -
September 12-13, 2020
Cecil County Dragway, 1916 Theodore Road, Rising Sun, Maryland 21911

For more details, contact John Csordus 914-447-6068 johncsordus@optonline.net or Jim Chaudrue 215-266-1052 phillyturbosix@comcast.net



1985 REGAL LIMITED CHEVY V8 POWERED - STILL AVAILABLE - FOR SALE –

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.

PRICE REDUCTION $6,495 - OBO

The owner needs to sell the car. 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 - denniskirban@yahoo.com



IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SHIPPING ADDRESS –

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

KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
529 HAYCOCK RUN ROAD
KINTNERSVILLE, PA 18930

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.



EBAY SALES –

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’s in the URL if the link doesn’t work:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/kirbanperformance/m.html?item=333406745159&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

Here is a link to the Kirban Enterprises ebay listings –
Here’s in the URL if the link doesn’t work:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/kirbanenterprises/m.html?item=264511012420&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562



IMPORTANT NOTE ON RARE PARTS FOR SALE –

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.



WELL-OPTIONED LOW-MILEAGE 1987 GRAND NATIONAL - FOR SALE –

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 denniskirban@yahoo.com

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



1987 GRAND NATIONAL WITH T-TOPS FOR SALE –

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 - tomjonessr5499@gmail.com



CORES NEEDED - URGENT REQUEST –

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 –
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
PO BOX 1199
PLUMSTEADVILLE, PA 18949

UPS or MAIL - Ship to Address –
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE
529 HAYCOCK RUN ROAD
KINTNERSVILLE, PA 18930



CARSMARTS RADIO IS ON THE AIR AND ON THE WEB! –

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



TIPS AND IDEAS YOU HAVE TRIED -

If there are any tips or ideas you want to share with our readers, email me –denniskirban@yahoo.com



TIP FROM KIRBAN –

I just been informed that the supplier for the grey interior pull straps can no longer get them. If you need a pair, it’s part #7571. We only have a few sets left. More than likely another source will see about getting them made again. They normally don’t have wear issues.



GOOD NEWS - WE ARE ACCEPTING CLASSIFIED ADS -

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 - denniskirban@yahoo.com

Payment by credit card must be done by phone to our office 215-766-1611 x 0.



CLASSIFIED AD PARTS WANTED –

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 jkmaxfield@gmail.com Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You - 4 of 4.



NOTE - IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE BUICK RARE PARTS SECTION -

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 – Christina@kirbanperformance.com - 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!



EMAILS TO KIRBAN PERFORMANCE -

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 - christina@kirbanperformance.com



TECH CALLS -

If you need technical information, it’s best to email - Christina@kirbanperformance.com - 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.



NEW PRODUCTS FROM US –

See information above on the AUTO EASEL CAR SHOW HOOD LATCH DISPLAY STAND. Both versions at a special introductory price until Midnight April 30th 2020.



ALWAYS LOOKING FOR IDEAS -

If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com



ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION FOR TURBO REGAL PARTS -

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 -denniskirban@yahoo.com

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.



NOTE - ABOUT LINKS IN THE INNER CIRCLE -

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.



NOTE ABOUT PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE -

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 - denniskirban@yahoo.com



ABOUT OUR EMAILS -

Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com - 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.



IN CLOSING –

Remember, if you know of a Buick event this, email us the information so we can include it in our weekly Inner Circle to our members.