3-17-10 Inner Circle

3-17-10 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 03-17-10


Prior to this, we have covered the two versions of the popular "power six," also referred to as the "turbo six" logo. The most widely known version appears on all the 1984-1987 Regal Grand Nationals. The lesser known logo was only used on the 1986 LeSabre Grand National and the difference is the logo is a solid red.

Another emblem appeared briefly in 1986 on the Century Gran Sport model. Not to be confused with the older A-body Gran Sport models. In some ways, it was quite similar to the 1986-1987 Grand Nationals with its grey and black bucket seats. These cars only were offered in black. Like many of the lesser known unusual Buick models, very little information appears about them.

PHOTO 1 - Shows the front and back single page flyer from the 1986 Buick Dealer album on the Century Gran Sport. You can see this model sported the same style leather grey steering wheel as the Grand National did. It had a neat red GS emblem in the center of the horn.

PHOTO 2 - Shows the small Grand Sport emblem that appeared on the dash of these cars and the larger Gran Sport emblem that appeared on each front fender and also on the rear deck lid. Again this was mostly a cosmetic and suspension upgrade.

PHOTO 3 - Is also from my private collection and shows probably the very first year (1981) that the power six logo was used in the Buick... the 1981 Buick Pace Car that year. This is an actual dash emblem for Car #147.

The power six logo, as we have mentioned in the past, also appeared on the turbocharged Rivieras during the 1980s.

PHOTO 4 - Shows the actual prototype turbocharged power six logo emblems I got from Molly's personal collection several years ago. You can see how his work lead up to the actual production emblem, which is the lowest emblem in the photo. This clearly shows how Buick reversed the arrow looping it behind the other stroke. The first three that appear are all prototypes from Molly's personal collection that he gave to me. (One of a kind).

Buick did produce other specialty models during the 1980s based on the Skylark and Skyhawk. Since they were produced in such small numbers, very few exist today.

We merely covered the Buick models that have a similar format to the Turbo Regals. Using the internet, you can learn more by easily searching out more in depth material on the various models. As we stated before, our knowledge of them is limited to the material I have on hand.

As with any low production specialty car, it's best to buy the best car possible since parts would be difficult to find. Although these models were low production, their values seldom show much increase unless part of the package was an upgrade to the drivetrain.



Don't miss the first Turbo Buick event of the season, "turbobuick.com Nationals" this week in the Burlington, North Carolina area. This events is happening right now!

For more information on this event, click on the thread - http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/national-racing-events-info/292319-2010-turbobuick-com-nationals.html

Or, you can email Clint Adkins at - [email protected]

This will be a great opportunity for Buick enthusiasts to get together, find some parts and have a great time at the track. Don't miss it!

KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY, APRIL 17th - 9 am - 3 p.m.

As part of welcoming spring, once again we will be having an Open House on Saturday, April 17th, 2010, Rain or Shine!

Pete will have a lot of used parts for sale, and I have many tagged and bagged items for sale as well. We will have a bake sale to raise money for the Walk for Cancer that Carrie is doing later this fall.

Paul Castle is coming from Illinois, and our good friend Jason Maxfield will be here from Canada. Also, Richard Clark hopes to be able to come as well. This is a great time to bring any used parts that you do not need to trade or cash in for items you want.

We will have available the new Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst" project available as well as several other unique items.

Here is a link to the KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE information on our web site:


I have three very extremely rare items for sale. Of these two items, only 2 exist and that's all that will ever exist. The other item, only 4 exist and no others will ever exist. They are brand new. Don personally signed them and I have photos to go with them. They are not cheap.

They are off his 001 Challenger Drag Pak car, which is valued at over $75,000.

If you are interested, email me - direct [email protected] - for further details and prices. We may have one on display at our Open House.


Here is a link to the GNX Exhaust System on our web site -

NOTE - We currently stock the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - PYPES PERFORMANCE (Non-Polished Stainless) DUAL EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Here is a link to the Pypes Dual Exhaust System on our web site:

We have several of the Pypes exhaust systems in stock for immediate delivery.


One of the parts in the works for late spring delivery is the factory-style HEADERS for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. We expect to also have the driver's side alone available as well. They will be made from 409 stainless. As delivery time draws closer, we will have a special introductory price to determine initial sales response. We have recently been informed that the mounting flange will be changed to accept the various style cylinder heads.

Watch for updates on this project.


Got any Turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. Simply email me a list - [email protected] -

Also we are still buying dead or partially dead 1984-1987 Turbo Regals under $4,000 that are within 250 to 350 miles of our location.


It appears that the GM supply of the factory 1986-1987 GM factory original molded boost line kits are dwindling and may already have disappeared from GM's warehouses inventory. We currently have a decent supply of them.

This is a very critical part, for any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal, since it is needed to control boost. They have 3 specially formed hoses with a special size diameter T in between two of the molded hoses. These also have the GM wording on them.

Over a period of time, heat can cause the hoses to swell and crack. While they last, we have them available for $44.95 plus shipping, Part #6644. Supplies are limited.

Here is a link to the Boost Line Kit on our web site -


We have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor), Part #6536 in stock for $61.95. Just a few left now.

We still have a few brand new GM right hand side marker lights with the blackout package. This is the marker light that attaches to the side of the headlight bezels. Price is $61.95 plus shipping.

If you are interested in any of these parts, you must call our office to purchase it. Some of these close out items are just about gone from the GM parts system.


I have a unique pen holder for my desk. We had a tear-drop style shifter knob made for another car model few years ago. Our supplier went out of business, so we got the left overs. They are incomplete knobs made from #6061 billet aluminum and polished to a very high luster. They are about 3 inches tall and will hold any standard size pen in the opening. These make a unique single pen holder for your desk.

We have about 20 of them. If you are looking for a unique item for your office desk, they are just $25 for 2. Shipping can be combined with any other purchase at the same time.

If you would like to see a photo, email your request to - [email protected]

If you would like to order these, just call our office - 215-766-1611.



NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event for this year, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.

The best way to stay informed with the show season is to check out the various Turbo Buick forums.


30th ANNUAL GS NATIONALS - May 11th thru 15th, 2010 - Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Confirmed, as a special guest is noted drag racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, voted NHRA Top Driver from 1951-2000 Don Garlits, courtesy of ZDDPlus™. He will be at our Kirban Performance space.

Don has informed me he is planning to bring his Challenger Drag Pak car. He received the very first one from Dodge. Currently in the quarter mile he has run in the ten-second range.

Also confirmed returning this year is the 6-second Turbo Buick of John Gallina. Kenny Duttweiler and his crew are expected.

I have just been informed the ZR1 Corvette group has their event that same week in Bowling Green. They will be participating at some point during that week as guests at the racetrack. Assuming the ZR1 group includes the latest potent example, this is a rare chance to see one of the unique ZR1s that GM produced last year in very limited numbers.

For up-to-date information and motels for the 2010 GS Nationals, go to their web site - http://www.gsnationals.com - or go to this thread - http://buickgsclubofamerica.yuku.com/forums/1

"Light Your Fire" - 2010 Buick Performance Group Nationals - July 30th - August 1st, 2010 at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron OH (near Columbus). They want to gather together the largest number of 1969-1974 factory Stage1 cars anyone has ever seen since the Buick muscle car days of Flint.

This is a special event that may never come to pass again, so don't miss the factory "Stage1 Convention" at the 2010 Buick Performance Group National Event.

For more info, go to - http://www.buickperformancegroup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8754

NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.


Our daughter-in-law Carrie has committed to a 60-mile, 3-day walk in October to raise money for Cancer research. Many of you have met her at our events. She needs to have $2300 raised by July 1st. If you would like to help with this fundraiser for a good cause, here is the information and a message from Carrie.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™ Walk - Carrie Kirban

I have taken on an incredible challenge. On October 15-17, 2010, I'll be walking 60 miles over the course of three days, camping out at night with thousands of other women and men taking this journey with me. I have committed to raise $2300 to be able to participate in the walk. The money I need to raise goes to cancer research and I pay for my expenses separately.

It's for an event called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™. Net proceeds from the Komen 3-Day for the Cure are invested in community-based breast health programs and breast cancer research.

You never know who this disease will strike next. My prayers go out to all of my friends and family that have been affected with this disease. Let's find a Cure! To make a donation, go to - The3Day.org - Click on Donate and search for my personal fundraising page under Carrie Kirban.

Here is a link to their site:
Or you can call - 800-996-3DAY - to donate over the phone.

Any questions, please contact me - [email protected]

Thank you for your support.
Carrie Kirban


If you would like to see any Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -
http://stores.ebay.com/Kirban-Performance-Products-Inc_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZ km


Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - [email protected] - 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 not remember who requested the item.


On a personal note - My father recently has suffered a series of major strokes. My parents both are 83 years old and live about 2 hours away from us. As the oldest of five kids, much of the responsibility has fallen on us to help get things taken care of. We are having to make some tough decisions concerning my Dad and my Mom (who has been wheelchair bound for the last several years).

I owe a lot to my Dad who has written over 50 books on Bible prophecy and health over the years, including several half-million sellers. His biggest seller (1/2 million copies) is entitled "666." Some of his popular ones can be seen on ebay on any given week. Simply type in Kirban books or Kirban Bible or 666 in the search box. The topics I cover (Turbo Regals) are nowhere near the depth he has written nor has my sales come close to his.

Anyone with older folks at some point will be facing the same problems and decisions that our family is now facing.