Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 02-17-2010
BREAKING NEWS TO SHARE WITH OUR TURBO BUICK FRIENDS
We sent out a special Inner Circle yesterday with information about an email we received over the weekend from Molly explaining he has been diagnosed with cancer. Many of you have personally met Molly at one or more of several Reunion Events he has attended for us over the years dating back to the early 1990s.
I know many of you may want to give him words of encouragement, so here is his mailing address.
Molly, Terry and Brooke Sanders
2959 Country Club Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Here is the link to that Molly Inner Circle with photos on the web site -
THE 1982-1/2 GRAND NATIONAL - PART TWO
To learn more about the 1982-1/2 Grand National you can go to this website -www.beforeblack.net
Now with Internet research tools, you can easily learn more about any topic we cover in the Inner Circle. We simply try to cover the unusual points or things that I feel will perk our reader's interest.
In looking at the limited material I have on the 1982-1/2 Grand National, I have seen several inconsistencies.
The first inconsistency that comes to mind is the power six logo on the Press Kit folder when I compare it to the one shown in the Press Kit photo on the actual front fender.
PHOTO 1 - We have shown the actual power six logo emblem from my private collection next to the power six logo printed on the Press Kit folder cover. You can clearly see how the one of the Press Kit Folder is reversed compared to the actual emblem that Buick used.
PHOTO 2 - Shows more discrepancies. Pictured on the left is a 1982 Grand National promotional flyer or ad. On the right we show a green page from a Buick Dealer Service Information Bulletin. On this second page of this 4-page bulletin showing the various parts related to the 1982-1/2 Grand National, they break down all the various parts in the Lear Siegler seats.
In the center column text on the flyer/ad, it says "Lear-Siegler front seats."
On the bulletin page is says, "Lear Siegler Seat Parts."
Even Buick spelled it Lear-Seigler and Lear Siegler ("ie" and "ei.") and sometimes it was even hyphenated.
PHOTO 3 - Shows 2 Buick released printed pieces.
The illustration on the bottom shows the 1982-1/2 Grand National from that same Buick Dealer Service Information Bulletin. On the front fender and the rear deck lid you can clearly see it does not have that small power six logo, but instead shows the actual Grand National emblems that appears on all the 1984 through 1987 Turbo Regals.
The photo at the top shows the factory side view of the 1982-1/2 Grand National. It has a decal that says "Grand National" on the front fender and the small power six logo appears under it.
Add 27-28 years to the mix and you can see how confusing it is for someone who is restoring one of these cars.
What emblems do they use on the fenders? How is Lear Seigler spelled?
From what I understand, all 1982-1/2 Grand Nationals did come with T-Tops and Lear Seigler seats.
Since all have T-Tops and certain unique features, you can see what a challenge it is to restore one of these cars. The combination of 27-28 years, T-Tops and a light color interior, it can be a real challenge to restore one of these cars! Not to mention the difficulty of getting any of the original parts.
Outside of the GS Nationals, you seldom see any nice original 1982-1/2 Grand Nationals.
So, if buying a 1982-1/2 Grand National is in your plans, it is best to buy as close to mint original example as possible.
Watch for The 1982-1/2 GRAND NATIONAL - PART THREE - Next Week
SNOW - SNOW - SNOW -
We have had so much snow this year. Last week we had over 2 feet of snow on the ground. Our office actually was closed for 2 days since we couldn't travel on the roads.
Our son Darrell, his wife Carrie and daughter Devyn worked on a couple more "snow" projects. Lots of work, but they are a sight to see.
PHOTO 4 - Shows two of their new snow sculptures. They made a 46-foot long by 20-foot wide "Snow Catamaran" at their house. Then they went to a friend's house over the weekend and made lifesize "Snow Loader." Their friend actually sells these for a living. These are just awesome to see!
If you want to see the other "Snow Speed Boat" they made, check out Photo 4 on last week's Inner Circle (02-20-2010) on the web site.
KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY, APRIL 17th - 9 am - 3 p.m.
As part of welcoming spring, once again we will be having an Open House on Saturday, April 17th, 2010, Rain or Shine!
Pete will have a lot of used parts for sale, and I have many tagged and bagged items for sale as well. As usual our granddaughter Devyn will be selling our used parts. She and her Mom (our daughter-in-law) will have a bake sale to raise money for the Walk for Cancer that Carrie is doing later this fall.
Paul Castle is coming from Illinois, and our good friend Jason Maxfield will be here from Canada. Also, Richard Clark hopes to be able to come as well. This is a great time to bring any used parts that you do not need to trade or cash in for items you want.
We will have available the new Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst" project available as well as several other unique items.
Here is a link to the KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE information on our web site:
IF YOU ARE A GARLITS FAN -
I have three very extremely rare items for sale. Of these two items, only 2 exist and that's all that will ever exist. The other item, only 4 exist and no others will ever exist. They are brand new. Don personally signed them and I have photos to go with them. They are not cheap.
They are off his 001 Challenger Drag Pak car, which is valued at over $75,000.
If you are interested, email me - direct [email protected] - for further details and prices. We may have one on display at our Open House.
GREAT NEWS ON THE GNX EXHAUST SYSTEM -
Confirming information from Richard Clark... I was able to get an update on a couple projects he's working on.
He has the directions almost done for the GNX exhaust system. Parts are on hand and boxes are currently being made for this project.
Here are the specs on the GNX exhaust system -
1987 GNX & 1986-1987 GRAND NATIONAL - REPRODUCTION STAINLESS EXHAUST SYSTEMS
NOTE - The GNX reproduction exhaust system will ONLY fit real GNXs and any 1986-1987 Turbo Regals that have been fitted with the reproduction GNX rear suspension systems. It will not fit regular Turbo Regals!
The GNX exhaust system is made from 304 stainless and use a highly polished center-to-center mufflers, which come with each kit.
The GNX exhaust system is true 2-1/2" diameter system throughout, unlike the factory, which reduces down in several places to 2-1/4". Each pipe is mandrel bent. Tailpipes are angled cut to match the originals and exit exactly in the same area as the originals. All new stainless guillotine clamps are included. The hangers, which secure the system on the tailpipes, are not visible. Each system is trial fitted in a fixture to insure a perfect fit for the end consumer.
Each exhaust system is dropped shipped from North Carolina in a single box weighing approximately 50-55 lbs. Richard Clark has developed these two projects, so you can be assured of fit and quality throughout.
7256 - 1987 GNX - Reproduction Stainless Exhaust System $899 + Shipping from North Carolina
NOTE - We hope to be filling orders in the next week to 10 days. Your Credit Card will not be charged until we are ready to ship your order. We will ship all pre-orders first.
We will be offering it wholesale to other companies as well. With Richard Clark behind the project, you can be assured it is a top-notch kit that fits and looks correct.
Here is a link to the GNX Exhaust System on our web site:
NOTE - We currently stock the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - PYPES PERFORMANCE (Non-Polished Stainless) DUAL EXHAUST SYSTEMS
Here is a link to the Pypes Dual Exhaust System on our web site:
We have several of the Pypes exhaust systems in stock for immediate delivery.
GOOD NEWS ON ANOTHER NEW PART IN THE WORKS -
One of the parts in the works for late spring delivery is the factory-style HEADERS for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. We expect to also have the driver's side alone available as well. They will be made from 409 stainless. As delivery time draws closer, we will have a special introductory price to determine initial sales response. We have recently been informed that the mounting flange will be changed to accept the various style cylinder heads.
Watch for updates on this project.
ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION WORKS -
Got any Turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. 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.
GM PARTS UPDATE -
It appears that the GM supply of the factory 1986-1987 GM factory original molded boost line kits are dwindling and may already have disappeared from GM's warehouses inventory. We currently have a decent supply of them.
This is a very critical part, for any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal, since it is needed to control boost. They have 3 specially formed hoses with a special size diameter T in between two of the molded hoses. These also have the GM wording on them.
Over a period of time, heat can cause the hoses to swell and crack. While they last, we have them available for $44.95 plus shipping, Part #6644. Supplies are limited.
Here is a link to the Boost Line Kit on our web site:
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE CLOSE-OUT PARTS -
We have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor), Part #6536 in stock for $61.95. Just a few left now.
We still have a few brand new GM right hand side marker lights with the blackout package. This is the marker light that attaches to the side of the headlight bezels. Price is $61.95 plus shipping.
If you are interested in any of these parts, you must call our office to purchase it. Some of these close out items are just about gone from the GM parts system.
CALENDER OF EVENTS
2010 UPCOMING BUICK RELATED EVENTS -
NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event for this year, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.
The best way to stay informed with the show season is to check out the various Turbo Buick forums.
UPCOMING BUICK RELATED EVENTS -
It is the annual "2010 OLD TOWN TURBOBUICK" gathering at Old Town in Orlando, Florida - Sunday, Feb 28th, 2010. This is a statewide event held every year for only Turbo Buicks. It attracts turbo cars from all around the state and even Alabama and Georgia.
For more information, click on this link:
This spring 2010, the first Turbo Buick event of the season will be the first ever "turbobuick.com Nationals." The dates are March 15-20, 2010 in Burlington, NC area.
For more information on this March event, click on the thread - http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/national-racing-events-info/292319-2010-turbobuick-com-nationals.html
Or, you can email Clint Adkins at - [email protected]
30th ANNUAL GS NATIONALS - May 11th thru 15th, 2010. Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Confirmed, as a special guest is noted drag racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, voted NHRA Top Driver from 1951-2000 Don Garlits, courtesy of ZDDPlus™. He will be at our Kirban Performance space.
Don has informed me he is planning to bring his Challenger Drag Pak car. He received the very first one from Dodge. Currently in the quarter mile he has run in the ten-second range.
Also confirmed returning this year is the 6-second Turbo Buick of John Gallina. Kenny Duttweiler and his crew are expected.
I have just been informed the ZR1 Corvette group has their event that same week in Bowling Green. They will be participating at some point during that week as guests at the racetrack. Assuming the ZR1 group includes the latest potent example, this is a rare chance to see one of the unique ZR1s that GM produced last year in very limited numbers.
For up-to-date information and motels for the 2010 GS Nationals, go to their web site: http://www.gsnationals.com - or go to this thread - http://buickgsclubofamerica.yuku.com/forums/1
"Light Your Fire" - 2010 Buick Performance Group Nationals - July 30th - August 1st, 2010 at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron OH (near Columbus). They want to gather together the largest number of 1969-1974 factory Stage1 cars anyone has ever seen since the Buick muscle car days of Flint.
This is a special event that may never come to pass again, so don't miss the factory "Stage1 Convention" at the 2010 Buick Performance Group National Event.
For more info, go to - http://www.buickperformancegroup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8754
NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.
INFORMATION ON A GOOD CAUSE - CANCER WALK -
Our daughter-in-law Carrie has committed to a 60-mile, 3-day walk in October to raise money for Cancer research. Many of you have met her at our events. She needs to have $2300 raised by July 1st. If you would like to help with this fund raiser for a good cause, here is the information and a message from Carrie.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™ Walk - Carrie Kirban
I have taken on an incredible challenge. On October 15-17, 2010, I'll be walking 60 miles over the course of three days, camping out at night with thousands of other women and men taking this journey with me. I have committed to raise $2300 to be able to participate in the walk. The money I need to raise goes to cancer research and I pay for my expenses separately.
It's for an event called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™. Net proceeds from the Komen 3-Day for the Cure are invested in community-based breast health programs and breast cancer research.
You never know who this disease will strike next. My prayers go out to all of my friends and family that have been affected with this disease. Let's find a Cure! To make a donation, go to - The3Day.org - Click on Donate and search for my personal fundraising page under Carrie Kirban.
Here is a link to their site:
Or you can call - 800-996-3DAY - to donate over the phone.
Any questions, please contact me - [email protected]
Thank you for your support.
EBAY LISTINGS -
If you would like to see any Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -
We are in the midst of having one of the snowiest winters in history. I Just saw in the paper that for the first time ever 49 states out of 50 have snow on the ground at the same time. I just wish our area wasn't so over stocked with the white stuff. Seems like it snows on a 4-5 day cycle.
Every time it snows, the news reports show a run on snow shovels selling like hotcakes. I don't understand that. Are people breaking shovels? Or throwing them away? Losing them? I have had the same two shovels now for 3 years or longer.