03-18-2020 Inner Circle

03-18-2020 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 03-18-2020 –

NOTE – We are sending another Inner Circle out tomorrow – Thursday, March 19 – about THE KIRBAN AUTO EASEL™


This refurbished 1987 Grand National is local to us. The seller has purchased many of the parts from us to refurbish this 1987 Grand National. Options include - T-Tops, power seat, tilt, cruise, delay wipers, power windows, posi rear, power antenna (works), and power locks. It has a later GM factory am/fm CD player. The actual miles are 69,000.

The trunk ID label is untouched, spare and jack appear to have never been used. The car spent most of its life in Texas with the previous owner. The car has only been driven about 500 miles since 1993, according to the Texas inspection and paperwork. The tires look brand new, but are over 20 years old and need to be replaced! Car is 99.9% stock. The only two non-original items I spotted under the hood are injectors and the plug wires. The air box, and intercooler hoses are factory stock.

The seller gave the car a professional fresh repaint, even going as far as redoing all the trim in the correct satin black, including the grille, headlight bezels, and all the moldings. All the weather strips are new as is the hood insulation pad. The gas tank has been dropped and cleaned. Also, a fresh tune up and gas filter. Car has all the original wheels and center caps.

The interior is all original and in very good condition showing virtually no wear at all. You do have the typical sun fade due to the car having T-Tops and spending most of its life in Texas.

The doors shut like new. I drove this Grand National and it is extremely tight and rattle free. The transmission shifts nice and crisp. The age of the tires becomes evident at highway speeds. You can clearly tell this Grand National has never been run hard and having less than 70,000 miles on a 35-year-old car is low miles. The seller has gone to great extent to make the exterior like new and original in all aspects. The interior is virtually like new. Under the hood needs to be detailed as does the frame and suspension. The seller has paperwork going back to when the car was in Texas. The car was actually bought used from O’Neil Buick/GMC, which is the same dealership that handled all my 325-plus transactions! In Photo 1 we show 4 photos of this 1987 Grand National.

This stock appearing Grand National has an asking price of $21,900. For more photos, email me direct – [email protected]

PHOTO 1 – We show 4 photos of this 1987 Grand National for sale. This car is located about 20 minutes from our shop in Pennsylvania.


This 2010 Ford sedan ex-cop car, like the Dodge Ram Dually, is at the small local dealership that I work with. Used cop cars have a certain following. They have certain options or features that the regular cars lack, such as a beefed-up suspension and calibrated speedometer, which result in a better stiffer ride. Not to mention the fact that you can scare other drivers into slowing down!

This is a 2010 Ford sedan that was originally white and is now black. It still has the bolted down divider so rear passengers can’t reach the front seat area! Car is PA inspected with a straight body with 143,000 actual miles. It has the Ford V8 4.6 litre engine. The typical holes found on the exterior have been plugged where various antennas and lights would have been installed. It has wider than stock steel black wheels with dog dish hubcaps. It’s the real deal for a price of just $4,995. In Photo 2 we show 4 views of this original ex-cop car. For more photos and info, email me direct - [email protected]

PHOTO 2 – Shows 4 various views of this 2010 Ford Ex-Cop car, which is for sale.


With Devyn home for Spring Break, (which due to the virus has now been extended indefinitely) she and Darrell have been working on two other Auto Easel designs. The idea was to make something to capture the older muscle car market and the huge Corvette market in particular.

The key feature that all the older American Muscle cars and many street rods have in common is a carburetor topped off with an air cleaner secured by a single wing nut on a stud. Like our new hood latch design, that center stud on the air cleaner is centered on the engine.

The issue with Corvettes is that the hood opens in reverse so any display format would have to face both sides of the Corvette, rather than the front. The view from the front is blocked by the open hood.

As of this writing Darrell and Devyn already have one prototype made for cars other than the Corvette.

They are working on a similar design that will have a dual display panel geared for the Corvette market. A dual panel display will let Corvette show car owners have their display visible to both sides of their car. We predict the Corvette market will be huge as many of those owners show their pride and joy.

Local to us is a major Corvette restoration shop. I have known the owner for well over a dozen years. Years ago, his shop was near our shop in Ivyland. Like us, he moved his shop up to the Plumsteadville area. He always has at least a dozen or more early Corvettes at his shop, many of which are extremely nice cars.

In the next photo, we show the prototype of the single-sided Auto Easel display stand on various Corvettes that have an air cleaner. Like our Auto Easel for the hood latch design, this format puts the display at the center and at the proper reading level. The Auto Easel will not be affected by wind or with someone tripping over the display. We are not sure yet how big these poster signs can be as there are some limitations with the engine and the dual-sided display panel.

By making two versions using the air cleaner stud on various cars, it gives us four different Auto Easel display stands. This will cover a huge segment of the car show market. With the format of these two designs working of the air cleaner stud, I expect the retail price structure to be less than the first two versions we produced that work of the hood latch.

PHOTO 3 – The top left photo shows the prototype Auto Easel on a 1964 Corvette Stingray. The top right shows it on a big block 396 Corvette. The bottom left and bottom right photos show it on a very rare tri-power Corvette Sting Ray. In the one photo, we turn the display panel to face forward to show how it would look on a typical A-body GTO or Chevelle.

I can’t wait to show it on a tri-power center air cleaner on a 1964 or 1965 GTO. In the GTO world, my name has a huge recognition among old-time collectors. I am a nominee for the next 3 years for the Pontiac Hall of Fame. We will be offering all four versions to the various other vendors and suppliers. Watch for updates and pricing soon on the single-sided display panel and the dual-panel display Corvette version. We expect to have these in production in time for this upcoming 2020 show car season.


These items can be found for sale in the Rare Parts section. The 1987 Buick Buyers Guide is 48 pages in length. It covers all the Buick models in full color for the 1987 model year. It shows not only the Grand National, but the desirable WE4 and a Turbo-T Limited model. What I find interesting is they actually show a WE4 without calling it a WE4. The brochures come out at the beginning of the year, so it’s evident Buick knew they would be releasing the special WE4 model in 1987. The one photo in the brochure is identical to the large WE4 banner we sell.

I also came across the postcard various dealers would mail out with their dealership information on one side. This postcard features the 1986 Grand National, which would have been the most popular and talked about model in the Buick lineup in 1986 and also in 1987.

Finding any original Buick literature today on the Turbo Regals and Grand Nationals is extremely difficult. Very little was printed back when the cars were new. The big coverage came in various car magazines once it was discovered how quick the Turbo engine was in the Regal format.

PHOTO 4 – The top left photo shows the 1987 Buick Buyers Guide open to the page that shows the Turbo Regal models including the Grand National. The top right photo shows the front and back of a Grand National promotional postcard that this particular dealer had imprinted to send out to potential buyers back in 1986. The Buick Buyers Guide and postcard are for sale under the Rare Parts section. I have 3 of each available.

The bottom left photo shows the actual dented tailgate that came off Don Garlits “Big Daddy”
Dodge Ram Truck back in 2009. The bottom right photo provides the proof that Don Garlits did indeed sign the tailgate. This piece of Garlits history has been in my office at home since 2009. It can be bought. See the Rare Parts section. Obviously, only one of these tailgates exist!


The Auto Easel Car Show Hood Latch Display Stand is now up on our website. Because of the special sale price, you must call our office to place your order - 215-766-1611.

Here is the link to see the Auto Easel pictures and information on our website.

We also now have a YouTube video showing it installed on a 2012 Camaro SS and on a 1985 Regal. In this 9-minute YouTube video we also show all the parts in the kit as well as the unit complete. It clearly shows how it installed in mere seconds, if you use a power hand tool with the proper bit to secure the single allen head screw on the 2-piece clamp.

We have filmed an informative video for YouTube filmed by our son Darrell showing how to attach the unit to your vehicle. Here is a link to the video on YouTube.

Or you can search "The Kirban Auto Easel - A Car Show Hood Latch Display Stand" on YouTube.

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.

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.


Here are some stories from this past week that caught my interest.

Two brothers hoping to capitalize on the shortages related to hand sanitizers bought up over 17,000 bottles and tried to market it on Amazon. Amazon acted quickly and locked down their ads. A smart move by Amazon as they would have faced a lot of bad publicity on letting individuals profit on the misfortunes of others. They have since apologized.

One of the most unusual stories last week happened in New York. A 90-year-old resident spearheaded a community effort to shave off multiple stories of a nearly completed Upper West Side condominium building. A judge revoked a ruling stating they may have to remove as many as 20 floors of a 52-story building.

This would not be an easy task to accomplish and the costs would be extremely high. Her claim is it blocks the view and this 52-story building would only allow the rich to see the sun and the sky. I think the simplest solution would be to simply let her have one of the condos at the same price she is paying in her current condo for the rest of her life.


If there are any tips or ideas you want to share with our readers, email me –[email protected]


One of the best and easiest upgrades to make that does not hurt the value of your Turbo Regal in any way is to purchase our headlight kit. The headlights look like factory headlights and have the removable bulbs. The harness in the kit simply plugs into the existing harness with relays. No wires get cut. It is easy to hide the additional harness. The best part is it enables you to see the road far better than the primitive format that GM still was using in the 1980s. We worked with this company to perfect this product for the G-body application. A huge improvement to the lighting system! A very popular upgrade. It’s part #7530 and the price is $129.95.


If you know of a Turbo Regal related car show, email us the promotional flyer and we will list it FREE! - [email protected]

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.

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.

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 [email protected] or Denny Moore 330-647-3615 [email protected]

July 17-18, 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 - [email protected]

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

For more details, contact John Csordus 914-447-6068 [email protected] or Jim Chaudrue 215-266-1052 [email protected]



I recently discovered a real nice original 1993 Camaro Pace Car for sale local to me. Car has 22,000 miles on it. The price tag seems reasonable at $14,900. I was able to reach the person in charge of the repair shop that is selling the car for their customer. They do have the Window Sticker. It is quite nice. The interior is close to mint. You can tell the car has had great care since new. I did hear it run. Interior is mint as is the body. A few hours spent detailing this car would make it show worthy. The Pace car seems fairly priced to me. If this car perks your interest, email me [email protected]


This is a remarkable 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 truck with just 24,000 miles on it. That averages less than 2,000 miles a year! The truck is garage kept and just one owner (a non-smoker.) It comes with Window Sticker. It’s a four-wheel drive, four door crew cab, with Laramie SLT package (top of the line), black exterior with grey leather interior. The interior still smells factory new inside and nothing shows any wear. The owner used it strictly for long trips pulling a trailer. They have a second one they use for work.

Here is a chance to own a late-model dually truck for a fraction of the cost for a new one. The Window Sticker shows this truck sold for almost $55,000 in 2009. The price is $35,000. This is the country dealership that I work with. For more info, contact me direct [email protected]


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 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 - [email protected]


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


We 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’s in the URL if the link doesn’t work:

Here is a link to the Kirban Enterprises ebay listings –
Here’s in the URL if the link doesn’t work:


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 are the ONLY people that get to see the Rare Parts listing and see the prices.


Diecast GMP-MTR Buick Turbo T 1:18 scale blue chrome 8102CH.
Tri-shield horn Button for 1987 Regal – Ron - 269-968-6772
Week 2 of 2


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

POWERMASTER BRAKE UNITS. Currently, we are NOT accepting powermaster brake units. When we need cores, 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 or MAIL - 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


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.


See information earlier on the AUTO EASEL CAR SHOW HOOD LATCH DISPLAY STAND. Both versions at a Special Introductory Price until midnight April 30, 2020.

The Auto Easel Car Show Hood Latch Display Stand is now up on our website. Because of the special sale price, you must call our office to place your order - 215-766-1611.

Here is the link to see the Auto Easel pictures and information on our website.

We also now have a YouTube video showing it installed on a 2012 Camaro SS and on a 1985 Regal. In this 9-minute YouTube video we also show all the parts in the kit as well as the unit complete. It clearly shows how it installed in mere seconds, if you use a power hand tool with the proper bit to secure the single allen head screw on the 2-piece clamp.

We have filmed an informative video for YouTube filmed by our son Darrell showing how to attach the unit to your vehicle. Here is a link to the video on YouTube.

Or you can search "The Kirban Auto Easel - A Car Show Hood Latch Display Stand" on YouTube.

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

We are now offering high-quality reproduction Grand National emblems for the front fenders and trunk lid. All 1986-1987 GNs used three emblems; one on each fender and one on the driver’s side trunk lid. The 1984-1985 GNs only used two emblems; one on each fender.

This striking silver, red, orange and black enamel-like finish emblem measures 5-3/8" x 1-7/8" and comes with a self-adhesive backing.

NOTE - If you need to replace an emblem on your car, it’s best to replace all three at the same time so they all look new.

Emblems also make a great addition to any car show display board.

Another excellent replacement for any exterior restoration.

7855 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - ONE - Reproduction Grand National Fender and Trunk Emblem - $54.95

7856 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - THREE - Reproduction Grand National Fender and Trunk Emblems (3) Set - $149.95 set

Here is the link to these emblems on our website.


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.


Let’s hope this health crisis goes away prior to the upcoming car show season. Already it has knocked out all the various sport events from happening. We need the public to exercise common sense.