10-14-2020 Inner Circle

10-14-2020 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 10-14-2020 -

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In Photo 1 below we show 4 different views of a car that has been totalled and burnt to a crisp. Look at all 4 photos. You need to determine the model car that is pictured. Two of the photos should help you narrow down your guess. Unlike our usual M&M contests, this one may not produce a winner right away.!

You need to email me your one single guess as to what model car this is? I do not need to know the year. Just the model. Contest is open to all subscribers except those connected to the Turbo Regal business.

Your single guess must be emailed directly to me [email protected] Earliest correct guess is the winner. Good luck players! The winner will receive a copy of both volumes of the Tips, Trivia, & Sources for 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regals.

PHOTO 1 - We show 4 views of this totally destroyed car. I find it strange that they simply did not crush it since nothing seems to have survived the accident and the fire that must have engulfed the car.


Car has just 31,000 actual miles. Current owner is the third owner. RPO code Z4C. This is 1 of just 1,037 35th Anniversary Camaros built according to the owner. It has over $10,000 in upgrades. Car is in pristine condition inside and out and has been garaged. Among the list of upgrades include Moser 12 bolt rear with 3.73 gears. Long tube headers, ATI damper ready for a Procharger supercharger. Cam and springs professionally installed (415hp, 423 ft lbs to the tires. Latest PA inspection garage kept. Hurst short throw shifter and ball. Engine cover matches the exterior vinyl flag stripes. Spohn adjustable panhard bar, adjustable rear lower control arms. Stano lowering springs. Koni single adjustable shocks and struts. SLP front grill. American Racing wheels 17x9 fronts and 17x10.5 rear. It has a long list of factory options including the trunk mounted 12 disc CD changer.

Most of the stock parts included in the sale. The price is $20,900. This rare car is located about 5 miles from my house. The current owner is recently married and has no time to enjoy the car he has had for approximately 8 years. For more photos email me [email protected] I can also put interested buyers in touch with the seller.

PHOTO 2 - We show four different views of this rare 35th Anniversary Camaro. The pictures do not do this car justice.


As we hinted to in an earlier Inner Circle, we now have all 7 of the remaining rebuilt Cardone 1986-1987 Turbo Regal power steering pumps in stock. These are the last 7 in their inventory. They had zero listed in stock, but I had an inside source determine they had 8 cores sitting. It is from this 8 of which 7 were rebuildable. Because of our connection with Cardone we are able to find various parts that they show as not in stock. This is probably because cores are so scarce.

The same goes for the popular Turbo Regal steering gear assembly. I remember years ago selling these steering gears to the GTO owner. Because of the thread size we had to sell a special kit so the factory GTO hoses would work. These gear boxes made a huge difference in an A- body car such as the GTO. The GTO steering wheel took something like 4 ½ turns lock to lock. GTO owners referred to it as the forever steering.

These Turbo Regal gear boxes turn lock to lock under 3 turns plus give you a nice road feel. Again, due to the age of these cars, gear box cores are getting difficult to get. We have several in stock and I can get more. Any rebuilt part that is based on getting cores can prove to be a real challenge. With these cars now over 32 years old core suppliers can’t find specific cores to keep the parts in stock. Suppliers like us unless we charged $150 or more most customers won’t go to the trouble to send in a core due to shipping costs. Both these items do not require a core.

For example, I was able to find for one of our Corvette clients several vacuum boosters for the older C4 Corvettes. We sold him their entire stock they had!

We are actually able to sell the remaining 7 of the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal power steering pumps cheaper than we used to. The price is $119.95 with no core required. You must reinstall your pulley on the rebuilt power steering pump. Because we only have 7 available its best to call Christina in our office 215-766-1611 to make sure she has them in stock. The price is $119.95. Part #7378.

For the rebuilt 1984-1987 Turbo Regal Steering gear box no need to call the office. The price is $149.95. Part #7380. This is the same price we used to sell them for. Both these related parts should be on our website. If your Turbo Regal has high miles on it this rebuilt steering box would be a nice upgrade!

PHOTO 3 - We show both the rebuilt 1986-1987 power steering pump, and the rebuilt 1984-1987 Turbo Regal quick ratio steering gear box. This quick ratio steering gear box will fit all the 1984-1988 G-body cars including the Monte Carlo SS and the Oldsmobile 442 models. Suppliers of the quick ratio rebuilt steering box is limited but I don’t expect it to be an issue until later this fall.


In recent months demand for our brand new 1986-1987 Turbo Regal alternators has really increased. For every 3 of the 120 amp alternators we sell we sell 1 of the custom built 200 amp units. This is probably for several reasons. The 120 amp alternator is unique to the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. The same vintage Monte Carlo SS model only calls for a 78 amp alternator. I assume the Oldsmobile 442 would require a similar 78 amp alternator as well.

All the other Turbo Regal vendors probably market one that is mass produced and sold by a huge supplier. Some vendors don’t even offer any alternators. Most of the mass produced alternators do not even resemble the factory one that Buick used originally. Both our 120 amp and custom built 200 amp match exactly what Buick installed originally on the cars. Besides the attention to appearance ours uses the proper size pulley which is a critical part in providing proper charging. All our alternators are built and tested by one individual that I have known personally for over 40 years. He stands behind his workmanship. He has no employees. I used to do his towing years ago when he had a repair shop. He is only about 10 miles from my location.

The original alternator in the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal rated at 120 amps makes it very unique among all the G-body applications. It is a critical part and is very visible under the hood. It pays to go with one that matches the original. Like the valve covers they can turn ugly over time.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows our brand new 120 amp alternator. The top right photo shows our brand new 120 amp alternator alongside an original 30 year old one on a 1987 Turbo Regal. The bottom left and bottom right photo we show two other original used alternators on a typical 30 plus year old Turbo Regal.


One part we will soon have replaces the cheap version Buick put in every Turbo Regal. The other item we are working on compliments your car and we will have several versions of it. This item we will be offering to all the other vendors as well.


We just did a deal with Zip Products, one of the leaders in the Corvette mail order business for many years. We granted them an exclusive on the 6-speed Kirban Kwik shifters we used to sell over 15 years ago for the popular C5 Corvettes. These are made by the same source that makes our adjustable fuel regulators for the Turbo Regals and the Mustangs.


See the Rare Parts section as we still have a good variety available.


Back in the early 1990s I started to buy and sell used 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. I started off very slow at buying them. According to my records, in 1993 which is the first year I kept records I bought and sold 4 of them. In 1994 jumped to 14. In 1995 dropped to just 8. In 1996 jumped to 18. In 1997 I must have gotten real serious on buying them as I bought and sold 32. In 1998 it was another banner year I sold 41. In 1999 it was my biggest sales year selling 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. I sold 44. Be next to impossible to duplicate numbers like that today.

If you do the math that works out to be about buying 1 every 8-9 days! That number is even more impressive when you take into consideration I was travelling as far west as the Mississippi River to buy them. I was on the road a lot.

My 350 page book was first published in 1997. That means I did most of my writing for the book in 1996. Back then I had a direct phone number to a contact at Buick. This guy was a real lifesaver with information. The timing was perfect to write the book as I usually had 5 or 6 Turbo Regals on our property at the same time. Back then there was no internet. I had no idea what was a rare Turbo Regal and what was a common one. I remember going to Indiana to buy a 1986 black T-Type with tan interior and the factory sunroof. This particular T-Type had the pillow style leather/vinyl seats with the regular door panels.

I had no idea that this car was the real deal or not until I contacted my connection at Buick. Turnos out Buick made a handful of 1986 T-Types with the pillow style Limited seats in grey or tan. My source was able to provide me with exact production numbers for the 1986 T-Types with the two versions of the pillow seats. That information is in my book. The pillow seats were a combination of leather on the top surface and sides were vinyl probably to save a few bucks. I even had a few of the early 1987 Turbo-Ts that were black with the black out package, an option Buick eliminated early on when they introduced the WE4. Again not a count anyone knows how many were actually built since nobody knew Buick was going to not allow the exterior black Turbo-Ts with the blackout package after they released the new WE4 models.

Once I was told that I went and bought the 1986 T-Type with the tan pillow seats. I don’t claim to know everything about these cars, I don’t think anybody can make that claim. Buick threw enough different combinations out there to choose from. Now with 30 plus years later there are a number of rare T-Types and Turbo-Ts out there.

Nobody can nail down exact numbers in many cases, but values increase every year on the ones that remain as close to original as possible. My point? Before you drill any extra holes in your Turbo Regal think twice!


We still have a good assortment of these rare Illinois license plates available. According to long time friend Paul Vilser who did the drawings, layout and production artwork, they were able to do this for 12 years from 1996 to 2007. Legally they were good for about two months but some owners kept them on for a full year. They can still be found on some Illinois cars at the National GS Nationals many years later. It was a clever idea for Illinois to offer this to I assume any Club that wanted to do it. Some of Paul's art work for these Illinois license plates were used on T shirts and also sold at the GS Nationals.


We plan to keep running this list of Turbo Regal mechanics for a while. As we get new additions they will appear at the end. Please if you use a good mechanic send us the info to share with our readers. They do not need to be a dedicated Turbo Regal mechanic.
Here is the updated listing of repair shops that we and other Turbo owners recommend. Some of the below names you probably recognize as they have catered specifically to these cars for many years. Also, many of them are long time customers of ours. We also got a good response from our readers and I have listed the shops they deal with as well. If you deal with a shop that works on Turbo Regals and it is not on this list please email me the information so I can add them next week. I need the name of the repair shop, city, state, and phone number. My email is [email protected]

Advance Import Repair - Doug Service Manager Benton Harbor, MI. Phone 269-934-0376 Don’t let the company name fool you!

Auto Center - John Csordas manager Chappaqua, NY. Phone 914-244-5136. John Csordas is well known in the GS and Turbo world.

Dunns Corner Repair - ask for Ronnie Westerly, RI. Phone 401-322-0320

KDK Performance Orlando, - Florida Phone 407-298-2706 A buyer of our parts for many years.

Monroe Tire and Service Inc - Madisonville, TN Phone 423-442-3440.

Aggressive Performance - Bruce Alred Clinton Twp, MI Phone 586-771-9122. A long time Turbo Regal shop.

JD Motorsports, - Jack Dilorenzo, Englewood, Florida Phone 941-416-7509. Great guy know him personally.

STAGE I AUTO - Pompton Plains, NJ Phone 973-839-4900

WARMINSTER AUTO - Jimmy, Warminster, PA. Phone 215-674-1767. This place I used for many many years when we lived on Sugarbottom Road. I highly recommend this place.

RC GARAGE - Burlington, NC. website rcgarage.com One of the most knowledgeable on the Turbo Regals.

Brian Lorenz - West Salem, Ohio Phone 330-608-9735. Well known in the Turbo Regal world.

Cotton's Performance - Agawam, MA. Jack, the owner [email protected] Long time Turbo mechanic and I know personally.

Jim Dunn - Secane, PA. Phone 610-721-4695. Long time Turbo mechanic that I know personally.

Bob's Automotive - Tom Rossi, Nutley, NJ. Phone 973-202-6762. Long time Turbo Regal mechanic.

Anderson Performance - Queenstown, MD. Phone 443-253-0330. Long time Turbo Regal mechanic.

Castle Performance - Paul Castle and Paul Jr, Brookfield, IL. Phone 708-854-6060. I have known Paul for over 25 plus years.

Century Repair - Mike Kurtz Richmond, Texas Phone 281-633-8155. Well known for many years in the Turbo Regal world.

72nd Automotive - James Service Manager, Benton Harbor, Michigan Phone 269-926-9800

Turbo Lou - Lake Forest, California Phone 949-378-1590 Long time Turbo mechanic.

Joe Derry - Charlton, Massachusetts email [email protected]

Mike the Mechanic (Mic) - Winter Garden, Florida Phone 407-877-3933

Ed Stanton Waltham, MA Phone 508-259-4857 Owns and races a 1986 Grand National.

I am surprised that we don’t have any repair shops listed for California. It is one state where we have a lot of customers. Again, if you deal with a good repair shop and they are not on this list, email me the name of the shop, city, state, and the phone number. My email is [email protected]


We need good used 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering wheel cores! To see if your core is acceptable email me [email protected] a photo prior to sending it for $100 credit. Help us help others restore their cars. We have an urgent need for good steering wheel cores.


We are looking at another new project that Buick never really provided with their cars.


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


Be sure to check out the two different 1986-1987 alternators we offer. Unlike other companies that give you many choices, we make it simple with both our alternators looking factory original. Each is hand built and tested.


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


We discovered that FedEx 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 FedEx. 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. Be sure to check it out.

CLICK HERE - For the link to the Kirban Enterprises ebay listings.


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.


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

STEERING WHEEL CORES. Currently we need good 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering cores. They must be straight and not have rusted spokes. We will issue a Letter of Credit of $100 for each acceptable core. You must email me [email protected] a photo first to make sure the steering wheel is acceptable.

POWERMASTER BRAKE UNITS. Currently, we are accepting powermaster brake units. We give a $150 Letter-of-Credit for each acceptable core. If you include the turbo pedal add $10. You would receive $160 Letter-of-Credit. To avoid having your core not accepted, you MUST first email me a photo of the core you plan to send in - [email protected] - We will NOT accept any cores that have severe rust issues or have been disassembled. Core must have the brake switch and brake bowl reservoir. Too many of the cores we have been getting are in such terrible shape they are worthless to us.

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. We urgently need these cores!

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.

UPS or MAIL - Ship to Address –


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 to 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 3,400 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.


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 through.

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.



This butyl tape is black, 5/16" diameter, and comes in a 10-foot roll.

The list of uses for this product is endless. Butyl tape has a strong adhesive and excellent sealing effect. It has very good waterproof performance. It is a "tape type" sealer used by glass shops to seal windshields and rear window glass.

It is not available in most auto stores, which is why we now carry it. Its unique feature of controlled compressibility allows easy installation and yet will not squeeze out when pressed. I have been using it for a variety of projects for many years.

We include it with several of the parts we sell, such as the LED Third Brake Light and the foam filter for the wastegate solenoid. In both cases, it is used to hold the part in place. It’s ideal to fill small holes in the trunk. Buick used it to seal the quarter windows.

If you have a section of wind noise on the weatherstrip seal to the door glass, simply put a section of butyl tape between the molding and the weatherstrip to "puff" out that section of the weatherstrip. The problem is solved. If you have T-Tops and are replacing the metal T section, it’s ideal to use this between the T metal bar and the roof area.

It’s ideal to help seal any moldings in place or lose trim.

Every owner should have a roll of butyl tape in their garage or workshop.

#7919 - Butyl Tape - 5/16” Diameter 10-Foot Roll

CLICK HERE - For the link to this Butyl Tape on our website.

1982-1987 Buick Regal (Including Turbo Regals) -

Years ago we sold a similar product. This new design of front parking light covers goes between the actual light assembly and the metal exterior bezel. These are machined drilled and each cover has polished finished edges.

This design makes these covers look like a factory part. Since the covers go between the lens and the outer bezel, you do not see any edges of the covers. The same factory screws are long enough to make them fit properly.

Each side is machined for perfect fit and drilled to fit exactly over the parking light lens. They still let enough light out. They will never come loose and they look stock for the car.

In recent years the "all black look" has become popular. On a Grand National or a WE4 with a black bumper, this gives a nice appearance of everything blending into solid black.

This makes for a cleaner look on the bumper, especially for the Grand National and WE4 models with the black bumpers, since it tones down the bright amber parking light. A subtle change to enhance the front end of the car and the perfect touch for any Grand National or T-Type.

Both tinted parking light covers are the same, are easy to install, and fit any 1982-1987 Regal model.

Since these are made especially for us, we can offer a very reasonable price.

#7917 - 1982-1987 Buick Regal (Including Turbo Regals) -
Tinted Parking Light Covers (2) - $36.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to these covers on our website.

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Here is a simple way to mount the Scanmaster, part #6783, so it is in your direct sight.

The bracket attaches by velcro, which comes with it.

We used to sell a similar steering column bracket years ago until our source stopped making them.

We now have a new supplier who makes it in a high-quality acrylic plastic. It is then painted in the Turbo Regal grey, so it will match most Turbo Regal steering columns.

An excellent way to mount a Scanmaster.

7915 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Scanmaster Steering Column Bracket - $34.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to the bracket on our website.

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

We now offer this reproduction vacuum brake pedal. The difference between the vacuum brake pedal and a Turbo Regal pedal is the location of the pin that the rod goes to that comes through the firewall. The vacuum brake pedal makes the installation easier. Without the vacuum brake pedal, you would need to weld a new pin in a different location on the original Turbo Regal brake pedal.

Finding a good used vacuum brake pedal has become more difficult as time passes. Because many Turbo Regal owners are converting to vacuum brakes, the demand has been heavy.

This reproduction pedal has solved that issue of using a 30-plus-year-old rusted vacuum brake pedal.

NOTE - You need to re-use the original bolt and bushings to secure the pedal to the bracket under the dash. The pedal is bare metal and will require painting.

7916 - 1986-1987 Buick Regal - Reproduction Vacuum Brake Pedal - $99.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to this brake pedal on our website.

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Over time, the original lines can rust or leak.

These lines are stainless steel and made by the same company where we buy our brake and fuel line kits. The quality is excellent.

If you ever had the transmission rebuilt, you know what it’s like to rebend old transmission lines to make them fit.

Kit consists of the 4 lines as pictured.

These are manufactured in the USA using the best materials.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6941 Rear Transmission Mount, #7208 Replacement Transmission TCC Solenoid, #7368 Reproduction Transmission Shift Cable, #7416 Reproduction 200-4R Mild Steel Floor Shifter Bracket, #7428 Universal Transmission Flywheel Cover, #7554 Transmission Crossmember Upgraded Black Poly Bushings (4) Set, #7699 Replacement 200-4R Transmission Gasket and Filter, and #7823 SPOOLFOOL DRIP-LIP Flywheel (Torque Converter) Cover.

An excellent replacement for the transmission cooling lines.

7889 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Stainless Steel Transmission Cooling Line Kit (4 pieces) - $109.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to this kit 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 used if 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 directly - [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.


Remember we don’t expect to have the factory style heavy duty hose sets until sometime in November. Part number #7553.