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04-15-2020 Inner Circle

04-15-2020 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 04-15-2020 –

UPDATE ON SHIPPING –

We are still able to ship daily, both by mail and UPS. Some parts are getting difficult to get. Thank you for your patience.



THE IMPACT OF THE VIRUS -

Gas prices have dropped considerably, some as low as $1.50 a gallon. The downside - none of us can really enjoy the cost savings. It’s a shame most of us can’t enjoy the lower cost of fuel since we are home bound!

The crime rate is way down. It’s probably too risky for criminals to risk getting the virus. The air is much cleaner with less cars on the road.

As an Army veteran, I have been told by people, “Thank you for your service.” I think that catch phrase will cross over to anyone in the health system that we see.

Car loans now can go 84 months (7 years.) That is more years than most people normally keep their cars. The downside - all you can do is sit in your new car and take in the new car smell since driving is now so limited. In many cases, your first car payment is not due for 60 to 90 days. It makes sense since driving may not happen much before 60 or 90 days from now.

Like many of you, we follow the nightly count of the dead for the USA, as the experts try and nail down when it will flatten out and what hot spots may pop up next in the U.S.

Stay safe.



TWO NEW REPRODUCTION 1986-1987 TURBO REGAL DECALS IN THE WORKS –

We have two new decals in the works that would have appeared on the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. I had original decals in my collection from years ago. To my knowledge, these have not been reproduced. Both are quite visible on the car. They will be sold as a pair. We should have them available in the next 10 days or so. One is being made this week. Watch for updates.



MORE COLLECTIBLES FROM MY PRIVATE COLLECTION –

All these items are for sale in the Rare Parts section. Some of these were made many years ago. In some cases, we bought them from another source. The Rare Parts is at the very end of this Inner Circle if you are a subscriber!

PHOTO 1 - We show a personally autographed DVD that Molly made years ago. It was signed by Molly when he was at our 2007 Reunion event. In the same photo is a 1998 original California license plate says, “BBBADV6”. See the Rare Parts section for pricing.

PHOTO 2 - We show two personally autographed by Molly items from our 2007 Reunion event. One is the unused 2007 Kirban Performance Products catalog cover and the other is blank unused car show registration card. Both personally autographed by Molly from 2007. See the Rare Parts section for pricing.

PHOTO 3 - We show a VHS tape of the 1990 GTO & BUICK REGAL REUNION video. We also show the Grand National panda which we used to sell for several years. It appears we first started to sell the “Grand Panda” in 1989. It’s almost as old as the Turbo Regals! See the Rare Parts section for pricing.



LIGHTENING THE MOOD DURING THESE TROUBLE TIMES –

During these troubling times, I wanted to picture two things that hopefully have a calming effect.

PHOTO 4 - The photo on the left shows the flower bed alongside my pole building comes up every year in the spring. The beautiful purple flowers are in full blossom. The photo on the right shows my two cats that reside in my pole building. The one on the left is Squeaky who I got at one of those shelters maybe 2 years ago to keep my other cat company. The other cat I call Fuzz Ball, since she is a long hair cat. She simply showed up at our house 4 or 5 years ago. We also have an inside cat that is at least 19 years old. Other than sleeping 22-23 hours a day, she is in remarkable good health. She can still leap high onto chairs, which is nothing short of amazing at her age. The value of having pets during this time is something you can’t truly measure. Sometimes I think they can sense something is wrong.



BACKTRACKING TO LAST WEEK –

This is referring to the story in last week’s Inner Circle about my accident near Rapid City, South Dakota. Prior to that trip a good friend of mine, who was a Studebaker collector, had worked out a deal to buy a Studebaker tractor in the mid-west part of the country. We figured it out he would be coming back about the same time I was heading west. We then calculated when our paths on the highway would meet. He would be driving east and I would be driving west. We then decided, should the timing work out, I would be the one to turn around and we would meet for breakfast or lunch depending on the timeframe.

Remember, this was in 1973 before people carried cell phones. Also, since he would be driving a Studebaker tractor trailer and I would be driving a Studebaker pickup truck, we figured spotting each other would not be an issue. I can’t recall what midwestern state our paths crossed but we were able to meet up.

I would see him years later at the Studebaker National convention where I was a speaker on ZDDPlus. Studebaker, at least years ago, had a huge club membership.

Back in the 1970s, I owned 7 or 8 different Studebakers. They had some great cars and trucks, just not a big enough following or resources to compete with the big three automakers.



THE SAGA OF SELLING THE 1985 REGAL V8 DURING A CRISIS –

I recently sold the 1987 Grand National with T-Tops for the owner that was local to me. I sold that car in 24 hours.

The 1985 Regal V8 I been trying to sell since January has required a lot of patience. About 3 weeks ago we did get a call from a person in Texas who found out about the Regal. He was not a customer of mine and he knew nothing about me. Plus, I don’t think he had ever bought a car sight unseen.

I then told him to google my name and go on any Turbo Regal website and research my name. I probably sent him 2 dozen photos. He then wanted to see a video, which was something I had never had to do on any car sale. I had my granddaughter Devyn do a video and send it to him. The video obviously proved the photos I sent him were current photos.

Finally, a deal was struck. To avoid any hiccups, I said the agreed money would have to be wired direct to my seller’s bank account. He lined up a transport company to pick up the car. I reminded him the car would not leave my property until the seller knew the funds were in his account.

Before 10 am the next morning, the trucking company is calling me to come get the car. I told them it can’t happen until I hear from the seller that the funds are in his account. Because of the virus, banks here don’t open now until 10 am or later. Meanwhile, the truck is only 50 miles away. On top of that, it’s a tractor trailer so it would never be able to get down my street. I told the transport company that it needs to have driver call me so I can tell him where I can meet him once the funds are in the bank.

Around 10:30 I get word the funds are in my seller’s account. I then call the truck driver and give him an address where I would meet him. I tell him call me when he is about 10 miles away. That morning the weather was perfect. The driver calls me, so I leave in the car to go meet him. Within minutes of meeting up with the transport truck, the sky opens up and it rains literally buckets with 40-plus miles-an-hour winds. He sits in his truck and I sit in the Regal waiting for this massive storm to pass.

About 25 minutes later it passes. Carrie picks me up to drive me home. I get home and in the exact spot where the Regal was parked an hour earlier is a 5-foot probably 30-40lb tree limb sitting exactly where the Regal was an hour earlier. It would have surely done major damage to the Regal.

Call it good karma or good luck, it’s was a silver lining for sure for what proved to be a fairly tough car sale during difficult times.



AUTO EASEL CAR SHOW HOOD LATCH DISPLAY STAND - FITMENT AND UPDATE –

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 the 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.



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 –

Each week it becomes increasingly more difficult to get needed parts and supplies. Because of the additional free time you may have now, it is a good time to make those improvements to your Turbo Regal. The values continue to increase.



2020 - BUICK RELATED CAR SHOW EVENTS –

NOTE - With the ongoing crisis, watch for updates as some events may be cancelled or pushed back to a later date.

If you know of a Turbo Regal related car show, email us the promotional flyer and we will list it FREE! - denniskirban@yahoo.com



NOTE - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020 -
GS NATIONALS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
May 13-16, 2020
Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky



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.


NOTE – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020 -
JUNE 12-14, 2020
MIDWEST BUICK GS/GN SHOW
Itasca, Illinois

This is the 4th year of this popular event held in Illinois. Last year they had over 100 Turbo Regals in attendance. Car show day is Saturday, June 13th. This year it is expanded to include Firebird Turbo cars, Typhoons, and Syclones. For more exact details and location, contact Tim Barthel, the Chicagoland Chapter President - Phone 630-234-7478.



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 17-18, 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 - 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



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



CORES NEEDED - URGENT REQUEST –

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.

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



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.



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 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 -
Reproduction GRAND NATIONAL FENDER & TRUNK EMBLEMS

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.



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 –

It’s tough to keep boredom at bay. There are only so many Netflix movies one can watch.