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04-29-2020 Inner Circle

04-29-2020 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 04-29-2020 –

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 -

As of this writing it appears some states will soon be opening up with Phase 1. I never really experienced cabin fever until this virus hit the U.S. Days all seem to run together with no conception when it is the weekend. While free time seems to be rampant, I find myself having writer’s block. It’s an experience I can’t recall having very often when it comes to the weekly Inner Circle.

I can’t complain, as everyone is in a similar situation and some worse off than others. I feel for those that reside in apartments in the cities, especially once the weather turns warmer.



NOW AVAILABLE TWO NEW REPRODUCTION 1986-1987 TURBO REGAL DECALS -

These two new reproduction decals are now available and in stock. They are only being sold as a set since both would be on every original 1986-1987 Turbo Regal.

The one is the small “Air Cleaner” decal that was on the top half of the metal air cleaner housing. Part of the wording on this slightly larger than a postage stamp decal gave the AC number for the paper air cleaner that was inside the air cleaner assembly. It was usually attached to the top half of the air cleaner housing towards the driver’s fender. I am going by memory since there has been zero car shows this year to verify this against my memory!

The other decal is the “Recall” decal that the Buick Service Department would have stuck on the core support towards the driver’s side once the recall was fixed.

One Recall that most turbo owners would remember is the one where the brake switch was recalled. The replacement brake switch had a grey top whereas the original brake switch top was black. The issue was that the original brake switch could leak. The Campaign number for the Brake Recall Notice was 87C13. This Recall was not noted until the late summer of 1990. More information on recalls will come in future Inner Circles.

The other Buick Turbo Regal recall that I can remember, was the e-prom. I believe this only involved the 1987 Turbo Regal.

We will do more research later and see if I have any papers showing more information on these two recalls and if any others were issued.

Having leased our 1987 Grand National new in the fall of 1987, I do remember these two recalls. Both recalls had no cost to the car owner. Matter of fact, on many of the Turbo Regals I was buying back then I would have O’Neil run the VIN number to see if the recall was ever done for the brake switch. In some cases, if it was not done and seller had bought a switch, I was able to get a free brake switch from the Parts Department.

To my knowledge, there was no exact placement where the Service Department would place the Recall decal once it was dated noting it was complete. They would fill in the number associated with the Recall Notice.

PHOTO 1 – The photo to the left we show both these reproduction decals, the Air Cleaner decal and the Brake Recall decal. The photo to the right we show 2 different postcards that Buick dealers would have sent to the owners alerting them of this critical issue. The notice is dated September 11, 1990. They may or may not be on our website as of today. The part number is #7844, $8.95 for the set of 2 decals. If the decals are not on our website, call Christina 215-766-1611. The price with shipping by mail would be $10.



REGARDING BUICK CAMPAIGNS AND BUICK DEALER SERVICE BULLETINS –

From what I understand, Campaigns refers to the recalls Buick would have issued for the various models. Whereas “Service Bulletins” where issues that mechanics became aware of so if the certain model came into the dealership they knew what the remedy was to fix it.

I have at least a 5-inch-high stack of original 1985-1988 Buick Campaigns and Buick Service Bulletins to sort through to pull out the ones that refer to the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal engine code 7 models. This original material I have was a good resource for information. I would buy up any 1986-1987 Buick literature back in the early 1990s at the GS Nationals, so I would have research material to verify everything.

Again, the two widely known recalls I remember are the e-prom and, of course, the brake switch on the powermaster system. What strikes me is I have never seen anything about addressing the fact the power windows were so very slow! Watch for more information in future Inner Circles.

Probably the best-known Buick Dealer Service Bulletin was the 12-page Bulletin concerning the limited-production-run GNX. It provided all the information related to the parts that made up the GNX with part numbers. It is dated Nov ’88 listed as Bulletin 87-0-5. It is something every GNX owner should have in their collection.



BUICK PRODUCT INFORMATION –

The Buick Product Information was also done in the same format as the Campaigns and Service Bulletins. Each would have a Bulletin number and a date. This was the format Buick used to discontinue a certain thing on a determined date or announce something new on a determined date. Two of the most widely known Bulletins related to the Turbo Regal is the one announcing the new WE4 Turbo-T and the one stating you could no longer order a black 1987 Turbo-T Regal with the WO2 black-out package. This was done to eliminate confusion and to create a market for the newly released WE4 model.

So, in quick review, to my knowledge Buick had 3 different formats each in their own special color so dealers where kept informed. I am sure today the internet has replaced most, if not all of this paper trail that was widely used in the 1980s.



MORE COLLECTIBLES FROM MY PRIVATE COLLECTION AND USED PARTS –

PHOTO 2 – The top left photo shows 3 used parts. One factory correct original radiator cap, one optional power trunk release solenoid with switch and directions, and a flip-down license plate bracket. The top right photo shows the VHS tape of the Buick portion of the GTO & Buick Regal Reunion tape from June 23 & 24, 1990 and a rare 11 by 17 poster from that same event. The bottom left photo shows an autographed Molly DVD “Art and the Machine” plus a Molly autographed HO scale Hot Wheels Grand National with certification card proof. The bottom right photo shows the only remaining T-shirt proof that is still available. See the Rare Parts section for prices on these parts.



GRAND NATIONAL LICENSED T-SHIRT CLOSE OUT SALE –

We are discontinuing the Grand National T-shirts and hats. Watch for updates as we research out a new supplier for T-shirts and hats. See Rare Parts section for available Grand National T-shirt colors and counts on hand for each size.



VIEW FROM OUR HOUSE –

Our neighbor has had a friend who owns one of those custom built tiny houses on a trailer. Every school year they park it on her property. The two pictures below show the tiny house being moved to its new location since the school year has ended due to the virus. I talked to her husband about the cost of the tiny house. He said they generally cost between $40,000 and $45,000. He bought this tiny house for half that price and finished the inside himself.

PHOTO 3 – The top left and top right photo show the tiny house being moved off the property. The bottom left photo shows the neighbor’s house which sits at the bottom of our driveway. It is one of the houses that in the 1940s and 1950s you could buy from Sears in a kit and if you had the proper skills assemble it yourself. It’s kind of like what Ikea the furniture company does today, but on a bigger scale! If I recall, Sears was one of the first department stores to offer a charge card. As a youngster the Sears store in our area at one time was next to Hurst’s location in Abington, PA. The bottom right photo shows the remains of a late 1940s Chevy in the woods on the back edge of our property. One could say it is ready for a major restoration or it is closer to being claimed by the elements. These things are what gives living in the country character that you can’t find in the cities.



CUSTOM SCREEN PRINTED MASKS WITH YOUR LOGO –

The owner of the used car dealership I do work for, has worked out a deal with a local company to do screen printed masks. They are one-ply 50/50 blend (T-shirt material) with raw edges. Two ear slots on each side for one size fits all comfortable custom fit. It does not pull on the ears. Easy to put on and remove when you are out in public. Machine washable. Printed in one color only. (We recommend white which looks the best since all the masks are black). You chose any basic single color for your logo or quote. All masks are black.

Many states will require the wearing of some sort of masks when out in public, this is one you can easily carry in your pocket and use as needed.

PRICING: The minimum is 50 custom printed masks for $400 with your logo or quote. The price includes providing a proof, screen setup, and shipping to any of the 48 states. We can also do smaller quantity, with a custom quote or logo. Contact me for that pricing.

Note: For added protection, these masks fit easily over a disposable surgical mask or a coffee filter can be worn behind the cloth. Coffee filters is one method they recommend on the internet for further protection.

Keep your employees looking uniform and professional while representing your company and following the CDC recommendations to wear masks in public and the workplace.

Also a great promo or fun raising product. We can also supply blank black masks for a lesser price.

For more info contact me by email denniskirban@yahoo.com

PHOTO 4 – We show the mask with a company logo and also one on a woman’s face with a logo.



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.

If the link doesn’t work, put copy and paste this information into your url.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEWGPZkGhnE&t=2s

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 –

Be sure to check out the close out pricing on the remaining black or grey Grand National T-shirts.



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 is 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 is 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 NOW A NATIONAL PODCAST!

CarSmarts Radio (hosted by Turbo-6 enthusiast and “The Kirban Story” producer Steve Saffier) is moving off of traditional radio and becoming a full-time Podcast.

Some past shows are already available on iTunes and new content will begin in May. The new platform allows for greater flexibility and affords the host the opportunity to conduct interviews and broadcast from car shows and other events or by phone.

Subscribe to the podcast by downloading iTunes on your phone or computer, and searching CarSmarts Radio. The program will also be on Spotify and other platforms in the future.

For more information or to suggests guests, go to 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 –

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
REPRODUCTION AIR CLEANER DECAL (1) &
REPRODUCTION BRAKE SWITCH RECALL DECAL (1) SET

We are offering these two decals as a set.

The reproduction Air Cleaner Decal measures 1-5/16″ x 1-1/4″ and is white with black lettering, which is the identical size and color as the original.

It goes on the side of the top portion of the metal factory air cleaner box. There is no precise location but generally can be found on the side towards the driver’s fender.

The reproduction Brake Switch Recall Decal measures 2″ x 1″ and is white with black lettering, which is the identical size and color as the original.

There was no exact placement for where the Service Department would put the Recall decal showing it was completed. Generally, it was put on the core support near the Belt Routing decal. A date was written in along with the other related information, which showed the recall was completed. The recall related to the powermaster brake switch was not issued until the fall of 1990.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6502 Reproduction “ACCESSORY BELT ROUTING” Decal, #6507 Reproduction “FAN CAUTION” Decal, and #6537 STOCK Replacement K & N Air Filter.

Excellent replacements for any engine restoration.

7844 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Reproduction Air Cleaner Decal (1) and Reproduction Brake Switch Recall Decal (1) Set $8.95 / 2-piece set

NOTE – If this is the only thing you are ordering, the price with shipping by mail would be $10. You will need to call in your order – 215-766-1611.



AUTO EASEL CAR SHOW HOOD LATCH DISPLAY STAND

See information earlier on the AUTO EASEL CAR SHOW HOOD LATCH DISPLAY STAND. Both versions at a Special Introductory Price has been EXTENDED until midnight June 30, 2020 due to the virus, that has virtually wiped out a good bit of the car show season around the country.

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.
Here’s is the URL if the link doesn’t work:
https://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=easel&submit_button=


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.

Here’s is the URL if the link doesn’t work:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEWGPZkGhnE&t=3s

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 –

Remember the pair of two new reproduction 1986-1987 decals may not yet be on our website. Simply call Christina at 215-766-1611 to order the pair. Total would be $9.50 as we would mail them in a standard #10 envelope.