03-03-2021 Inner Circle

03-03-2021 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 03-03-2021 -

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I just wanted to say thanz again for all the emails I received on the recent passing of Tiger who lived a full life. Even as I type this I still have trouble going to my office. Pets form a strong bond with us humans that care for them.


Back in July 1992 one of the Batmobile reproductions was being trailered from the west coast to its new home Six Flags, in New Jersey. They did a stop over at our house on Sugarbottom Road. Darrell had done work for the company that built a number of cars for movies. The local newspaper sent a reporter out to our house and two TV reporters came out as well to cover it for the newscast. Fast forward to current day and Darrell is doing the body work on another Batmobile kit car. This reproduction Batmobile sits on a 1979 Lincoln frame and is powered by a 430 Lincoln V8 engine. Since the Batmobile will be painted black, it is critical that all the sanding is done perfectly since black will show any imperfections in the body work.

PHOTO 2 - That is our first Grand National in the front. Note the Heartbreaker decal across the top of the windshield. We used to get these made years ago. According to the article, I also had our 1964 GTO and the 1991 Syclone as well. Eileen is standing next to me and to the far left is a very young Darrell! The top right photo shows what appears to be a hydroboost brake system which I was surprised to spot under the hood. I guess the hydro boost system was used on a 1979 Lincoln. the front end of this Batmobile kit car he is getting ready to paint. The bottom left photo and the bottom right photo shows two angles of the rear of the Batmobile. According to Darrell it does run. Soon we will post photos after it has been painted.


As readers know we recently handled the transaction for a good customer of ours who bought a 10,000 mile original Typhoon. The Typhoon drivetrain was no different than the Syclone. Both have a niche market today among collectors. The Syclone because of the cabin layout is not suitable if you are 6 feet tall or taller. My wife is a tad under 5 feet tall so it was perfect for her. Interesting enough when she took any of her girl friends out they sometimes would remark why does the truck shift so violently? These trucks had a Corvette transmission in them. I remember when she got hit in the front by another car the insurance company did not fully grasp the fact it was not a S-10 and the specific Syclone front end parts were probably double the cost or more!
Of course we had our son repair the truck so no shortcuts were taken.

He made a custom L88 Corvette hood for it and on the scoop we had small Syclone logo decals on the side of the scoop. We also removed the GMC from the grille and installed the later smaller exterior side mirrors. I had my local Midas shop split the exhaust out the back so they exited like true duals. The crowning touch was Darrell made the tailgate power operated. Inside we got rid of the GM shifter and dropped in the factory leather boot a Hurst quarter stick with the white ball. The end result was it looked factory.

Watch for more on our unique 1991 GMC Syclone in later issues.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows one of the few magazine ads GMC did on the Syclone. The top right photo shows a copy of the GMC Press Release with the specs for the new Syclone. The Press Release shows 0-60 times were under 5 seconds and the ¼ mile time was 13.4 seconds. Not bad for a truck weighing in at 3,526 pounds. The bottom left photo shows the actual GMC Syclone prototype that GMC brought to our Reunion event at the Johnsville airbase in 1991. Note the different headlights and decal on the door. The bottom right photo shows the front end of our Syclone with the later sport mirrors and the scaled down L88 hood scoop.


A long time friend of mine who we have bought and sold cars to each other recently acquired a super mint original 1987 Corvette. This car is well documented and includes the window sticker. Original tires and original 1987 air still in the tires. Kirban quality. It has been garaged since day one. The original owner passed away a few years back. His spouse kept the car garaged. She has since then passed away so the family just sold it to my friend. It is blue on blue. According to my source you would be hard pressed to find a better original example of a 1987 Corvette coupe than this car is. This pristine 1987 Corvette with the glass top is located in New Jersey. This same source has sold me several Turbo Regals and we sold a GNX together years ago.

This example is well optioned including double power seats. Be neat to have a 1987 Turbo Regal and a 1987 Corvette since both cars in 1987 were considered the two quickest GM cars back then. The price is $19,500. For more info and pictures, email me direct [email protected] Partial trades considered.

PHOTO 4 - We show a copy of the original window sticker and several photos of this incredible original 1987 Corvette. Note on the window sticker the leather sport seats was a $1,025 option. The Bose radio was $905 as an option. The final price tag in 1987 was $32,717.00. Almost doubt what a 1987 Turbo Regal cost in 1987. More ironic is a 1987 Turbo Regal if in the same condition and same miles 9,800 would sell for what the 1987 Corvette listed for in 1987, $32,717.


We expect to have the new reproduction of the 1984-1987 Turbo Regal (all 1984-1987 Regals) front header panel dropped ship right from our supplier. It is made from the same material as the original and lacks any hole for the ornament. We also discovered that Cardone has a few of the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal power steering pumps in their core system in Texas. We already have some on order. Having a direct account with Cardone gives me a few perks. We recently even found some Corvette boosters and smog pumps for one of our Corvette clients. This is somewhat amazing since the cars are so old and are not getting scrapped.

If either of these items perk your interest call our office and Christina can make a note to email you once either item is available and pricing at that time. The power steering pump on the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal is quite unique as it spins in the opposite direction if I recall. Also some of you have converted to a hydroboost system which puts more strain on the 30 plus year old power steering pump. Stepping up to one that is a fresh rebuild seems like a good backup plan being original power steering pumps are somewhat scarce today.


These are now finally in stock. Keep in mind when my current supply is depleted, it will be 6 to 8 weeks before I get any more. This set of 3 intercooler hoses look exactly like the original GM ones only slightly thicker and longer to avoid the issues the original 3 intercooler hoses had. A woven like black exterior with orange inside. Part #7553. I think we are the only Turbo Regal supplier of these hoses. The good news is the price remains unchanged at just $44.95 for the set of 3.


These new lower prices have been changed on our website. The popular #7386 upper dash panel is now just $149.95 plus shipping. The #7222 black 1984-1987 Turbo Regal headlight bezels is now just $139.95 a pair plus shipping. The #7439 rear GM style rear fillers is now just $269.95 for the set plus shipping. The #7440 is the part number for the full front and rear set of fillers. The price for a full set of front and rear GM style fillers is now just $429.95 plus shipping. The savings is approximately $70 when you purchase a full set of GM style front and rear fillers.


The 2009 Pontiac G8 GT is still available for sale. Only made these a very few years. This G8 GT is powered by the 6.0 litre engine. These cars are extremely quick. I drove one years ago. This G8 GT is the popular color silver exterior with the two tone red and black seats. The car only has 72,000 miles on it and also has a clean carfax. The car looks virtually new from any angle. Even with the low front spoiler no scraps that I saw. No curb rash on the wheels. The dealer wants $17,700. For more info email me directly [email protected] I can go check it out for any interested buyer.


We just acquired a 2012 Ford Focus driven only 92,000 miles. Loaded top of the line model bluetooth, sunroof heated seats and more. Great on gas which is important now as gas prices are climbing! Maintenance is all up to date. Grey exterior with a black interior. Latest PA inspection. Clean carfax. Runs and drives great. Priced at $5645.

We also acquired a real nice 2008 GMC Envoy SLT-1 loaded model with the straight 6 cylinder 4 wheel drive automatic, leather interior in excellent condition with heated power seats. Running boards chrome accents great paint. Factory chrome wheels. Greta color combination grey leather with burgundy exterior. Vehicle shows it has great care. Miles are 164,000. PA inspected clean carfax. Pried at $4495.

For more info contact me [email protected]


The person I sold the 33,000 mile Turbo-T for the other week from North Carolina has just one Muncie Transmission still available. We already sold the later Muncie. It is the early 1963-1965 style with the 2.56 first gear. It has been rebuilt with new bearings, gaskets, synchros rings, and sliders as well as small parts. The price is $795. He will not ship. He may deliver within a 100 mile radius of his home in the Northeast part of North Carolina or in March will be driving up to visit his kids in my area. Note: This Muncie may also be sold to a customer in Norway if shipping can be worked out thru a shipping service in Delaware. This customer has a GTO in Norway. (Can’t be many GTOS in that country!)

He also has a very unusual Buick Turbo Item completely disassembled. It is a 1978 Buick Carburetor non intercooled V6. It is 99% complete with all the vital parts Has new rings, bearings, gaskets, for assembly. With it goes GM drawings, parts lists, and original brochure. The price is $450. It has a forged crank which may for the later turbo engines. He will not ship this. He also has a pair of redone 1979 and up V6 heads. Should be the same as the 1986-1987 Turbo V6 heads. The price is $300 for the pair. He may be able to ship these.

Email me [email protected] and I will provide you with the information to contact John.


In both cases I have more photos available and can provide the email address for the seller. He only wants serious buyers. First is a brand new never worn GNX JACKET. The size is XXL. It is very hard to find the bigger size original GNX jackets. The price tag for this mint XXL unused GNX jacket is $2995. With the GNX prices continuing to rise this is one item most potential buyers always ask the seller if they have the jacket. Email me personally [email protected] I can provide seller information.

This same seller has a fully restored #5 1989 Turbo Trans Am Festival car for sale. The suspension has all been redone Metco control arms, tubular front cross member, race shocks front and rear. Transmission stage built by Jimmy's Transmission, 3 bullet deep pan 9,5 race convertor. New carpet and new headliner. Cloth Interior with T-Tops. Engine has been worked scat crankshaft, JE forged pistons, ARP bolts, factory heads and intake ported, Precision plenum 70mm, PT67 turbo with 3 inch downpipe and custom 3 inch exhaust. Every part on the engine has been powder coated. I LT 3.5 inch maf sensor, 60lb injectors, Walbro fuel pump, hotwired, Jet coated headers. Plus more! NEW LOWER PRICE. The price tag is $26,495 OBO possible trades considered. Email me personally [email protected] I can provide seller information. As well as more photos.


My source just rebuilt for one of our customers his 1967 GTO alternator. He put the proper size pulley on it. All new external plated hardware and new internals. The proper cad plated fan and pulley. Originally the GTO alternator put out 37 amps and now puts out 68 amps when he bench tested it. So that is quite an improvement besides having new internals and a factory new appearance. The price for this rebuild service is just $179.95 plus shipping.


As many of my readers know I have a wealth of information about Hurst since they originated in my area when I was growing up. While Hurst diversified their product line up it is the 4-speed shifter that made the mark in the automotive field. Note: Equally important was their invention of the “Jaws of Life” power tool to save lives! I think it is ironic the H pattern for the 4-speed shifter was the first letter in George’s last name. In case you're wondering, George always loved the Oldsmobile as his favorite GM car. That probably explains why the Hurst Olds was created. There is no doubt the Pontiac account brought in the most money of all the GM divisions that eventually used his shifters. Ford and Chrysler also did as well. I used to tow for the local Dodge dealer in the 1970s and I clearly remember some new Dodge models being driven over to Hurst to get used as test beds for new shifters. Especially the GTO as the four speed tri-power format in 1964-1966 was on almost every teenage boy's wish list. I know when I was serving in Vietnam in 1966-67, I knew once I returned I was going to buy a 4-speed 1964-1966 GTO. Which I did. A 1964 GTO 4-speed. In 1970 Eileen would get her first job as my wife working at Hurst driving the 1964 GTO to work each day.

Hurst was created at the right time with the new 4-speed shifters. The magazine coverage of the first year GTO was all positive reviews. GTOs also had 3-speed floor shifters which I believe was a Ford transmission. It is just unfortunate that the 1964 GTO model Hurst was not permitted to put their name on the chrome stick. They could promote the fact it was their shifter in ads, but not put their name on the stick. The other set back is Pontiac used their own shifter linkage which was not as positive or firm as the threaded rods that Hurst used. This was probably to save money and was quicker to assemble on the assembly lines. Again that is my guess as I obviously was not working at the Pontiac plant in 1964! However by doing this it created a great product that I would later sell to GTO collectors and that would be the KPO kit which was the better Hurst threaded shifter rods with new clips etc. I even had the original directions to go with the linkage kits. With the plant in my neighborhood it made buying directly a real breeze.

This snub by Pontiac reminds me of a similar situation a few years back when we got corvette 6-speed shifters made for the new C5 Corvettes. We supplied one of the most respected names in the aftermarket Corvette world, yet I could not mention them in my advertisements as buyers of my Kirban Corvette shifters. They advertised my shifter as their custom shifter. Ironically we still make a part for them today!

As I think of more history related to Hurst I will do future articles. I have done seminars on Hurst at various car events as it gives car collectors information that many have no idea about to what at one time was the best in their field.


WANTED TO BUY: NOS (New Old Stock) Buick parts for the 1986 and 1987 Buick Turbo Regals. Have you sold your Buick Turbo Regal and have NOS Buick parts left or have a collection of parts you are interested in selling and want to turn them into CASH? Some of the items I am looking for are: NOS Power Master brake parts, NOS blackout trim, NOS grey GN interior parts, NOS exhaust system pieces, NOS engine parts. I am a CASH buyer. Please call or email and leave a message anytime. No part is too big or too small. All calls and e-mails will be returned. Serious buyer and references available upon request. Jason Maxfield (416) 399-7265 or [email protected] Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You 4 of 4.


All these are still available. The 1986 blue T-Type and the 1987 Grand National he purchased brand new. He is the 3rd owner of the white 1987 Turbo-T. These cars are located in Tennessee.

In each case he has the original parts that he removed years ago when the modifications were done. Some of them have the very desirable AVC GNX style dash installed. In each case email me [email protected] and let me know which car interests you. I can forward you more photos and supply you with the email address to the seller.

All the below cars have been fitted with SECO alarm systems and keyless entry. In my opinion the blue 1986 T-Type is a fairly rare car due to its color. Plus it has low miles. All these cars have always been in Tennessee so rust is not an issue. All have been garaged most of their life.

He has a white 1987 Turbo Regal with T-Tops. He did not buy this car brand new. It has the M & A Casting aluminum heads on them that were introduced in the early 1990s time frame. I had one of the first sets on our personal Grand National. Back then they sold for around $2500 a set. This car has been raced and has run in the high 6 second range for the ⅛ mile. The car is slightly twisted due to its racing history and the fact it has T-Tops. Mileage is about 75,000. The price is $25,000 OBO.

The 1987 Grand National he purchased this car brand new and has 112,000. It has the rare astro roof option. It was repainted many years ago 1984 Corvette firemist color. Reasonably priced at $20,000 OBO.

The light blue Turbo Regal is a 1986 T-Type Regal. He purchased this car brand new. Due to the original poor quality paint job he actually had the Buick dealership respray the car under warranty. Internally stock with zero rust. Car has approximately 67,000 miles. It is a hardtop. The price is $25,000 OBO.

He also purchased the Syclone brand new. Like all the others listed here this also has been garaged since new. Mileage is approximately 9,500. The price is $44,900 OBO. The last three digits of the VIN is 294 which I believe is also the number of the Syclone produced.

For more photos on any of these three Turbo Regals and the Syclone email me directly [email protected] and specify which car perks your interest.


Be sure to check ebay every week or so as we post parts under both Kirban Performance and Kirban Enterprises. You never know what will be posted from us.


We will only post any new additions to avoid confusion. Refer to previous inner circle emails to see the entire list.


If you have an idea or tip or a product idea, send it to my email [email protected]


Remember we have our order of the stock appearing intercooler hose set (3) due in this week. These are identical to the original in appearance, just a bit more thicker so they last longer. Part #7553. NO other intercooler hose matches the original appearance than the ones we sell listed as part #7553.


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 old PO Box or to our old address in Plumsteadville. Instead they deliver the packages to the old address and leave them outside or send them back to the shipper. 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.

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 a $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 $175 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core. We need cores now.

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 3,500 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.

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

One of the unique bolts is the ones that secure the two metal brackets that hold the front sway bar to the frame.

After over 30 years, these unique bolts become rusted. One of our long-time customers researched the bolts and found a source that makes these unique bolts.

Bolts are Grade 12.9, which have a minimum tensile strength of 180,000 psi and are coated to prevent rust.

These are 12 point flange bolts. These have a slightly different shoulder, but still work.
Our photo shows four original rusted bolts at the top and four new replacement bolts at the bottom.

NOTE - A special thanks to David Stecko for providing us with this information.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6564 Painted Black Front Frame Braces (2) and #6756 Painted Black Connecting Front Brace.

Another excellent replacement for any body restoration.

7925 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - New Front Sway Bar Bolts (4) Set $14.95 / set

CLICK HERE - for the link to these bolts on our website.


We are offering an interesting book, written by my son Darrell Kirban in 2000, relating to the auto kit car builders market. His skills for painting, body work and custom design work started at a very early age.

“KIRBAN CUSTOMS INC. HINTS & TIPS FOR BUYING AND BUILDING KIT CARS” gives useful and practical information based on the many kit car projects and years of experience he has designing and building kit cars.

The book measures 6″ x 9″, has over 100 pages, and 22 chapters with over 150 photos and illustrations.

Some of the chapter titles include: Choosing and Preparing the Donor Car, Choosing a Quality Kit, Wheels and Offsets, Useful Tools for Your Project, Hinging and Latching Panels, Mounting the Body, Basic Fiberglass Techniques, Bodywork, Interiors, Paint, Finishing Touches, Insurance and Appraisals, and Related Magazines.

If you are interested in kit cars, you’ll enjoy this book as Darrell has a knack for writing so the average person can understand the procedures. You may also know someone that is interested in kit cars and this would be a great gift item for them. Limited supplies available.

NOTE - Our copies will be autographed by Darrell Kirban while supplies last.

If you already have my book, “Kirban’s Guide to the 1986 and 1987 Buick Turbo Regals,” (part #6757) you could own books from two generations of Kirbans. You could also go to eBay and find one of my dad’s books (search Salem Kirban.) He wrote over 50 books on Bible prophecy and health. This would give you books spanning three generations.


CLICK HERE - For the link to this book 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.


We were recently contacted by two sources that once the winter weather ends hopefully we can strike a deal on a bunch of parts that both these sellers have accumulated over a number of years. In one case the individual has passed away. In the other instance the seller recently turned 80 years young. Will have more info on both deals once Spring gets here and it can’t be sooner enough! A solid week of temps never getting above freezing mark.

Please, if you have any original 1986-1987 Turbo Regal turbos, cash them in with us for the $175 Letter of Credit. This helps us help our customers obtain the rebuilt turbo they need for their car.