3-31-10 Inner Circle

3-31-10 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 03-31-10


Last week we stated that the T-Type model was first introduced on 5 different Buick models in 1983. In some respects that is true. However, further research has shown that in 1981 and 1982 Buick offered a T-Type Riviera model. Of course, in 1983 the T-Type lineup was expanded to 4 other Buick models as well as continued on the Riviera model as well.

Adding to the confusion, when the full-size Riviera was redesigned for 1979, they had a sport package as an option for 1979 and 1980. This was called a S Type! This consisted of a 3.8 turbo engine, firmer suspension, special interior, and exterior trim. I imagine the "S" stood for sport. Very little is known about them. Today, when the S Type is mentioned, you think of the Acura Type S models that Acura makes.

You can see how confusing the various Buick models can be. Unfortunately, I don't have any Buick brochures in my collection prior to 1983 to give further explanation for this model.

Early T-Type emblems used a straight vertical "T" in the first T in T-Type. The first "T" was slanted in the later T-Type emblems.

PHOTO 1 - From my private collection, here is the very rare S Type Riviera emblem (3-3/8" x 7/8"). It is very similar in format and size to the early T-Type emblem (3" x 7/8") that is also in this same photo.

PHOTO 2 - Shows the inside of the other brochure/flyer/ad we featured last week. You can see from this page how the WH1 grey and black paint combo would have come about in the later years on the Turbo Regal. The small T-Type emblem shown in photo one appeared on the roof pillar on the Riviera in 1983 and on the front fender of the Turbo Regal in 1983. This emblem is only 3" long, making it look quite small on the Regal fender.

PHOTO 3 - Shows a comparison between the smallest T-Type emblem (1-7/8" x 7/8"), which was on the pillar of all the 1987-1989 LeSabre T-Types, along side what may be the longest T-Type emblem (10-1/2" x 1-1/4") that came on the Century T-Type model. Since I do not have an Electra T-Type emblem in my collection, I don't know if that emblem would be longer than the Century emblem shown here.

PHOTO 4 - The top emblem is an early rectangle block-style T-Type emblem (3" x 3/4"). I am not 100% sure where this was used. It could have been on a dash on one of the 1983 various T-Type models. The lower T-Type emblem (5" x 1-1/4") is more familiar to Turbo Regal owners, as that is the one that appears on the fenders of the 1986 T-Type Regals.

Watch for BUICK T-TYPE MODELS - PART 3 next week.


If you're my age (early 60s), you'll remember Johnny Maestro. He began his career with the Crests singing group during the late 1950s. His group was one of the first interracial groups. In the late 1960s, he joined another New York group, The DelSatins. It merged with another group to form the "Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge in 1968."

This has a special meaning to me for two reasons.

In 1958, I was 11 years old. The very first 45 rpm record I bought at the local Five & Dime store was "16 Candles" by the Crests.

Fast forward to the early 1990s when I bought a black 1987 Turbo-T with the factory astroroof. The seller was a cousin to Johnny Maestro.

I grew up and the northeast coast area where a number of early Doo Wop groups got their start.

With my Dad's health failing, it's bringing back a lot of memories from my youth.

I remember around the age of 13 or 14 my Dad was still in his mid-30s, and for a brief summer our tastes in music actually were the same. This would have been around 1961-1962. He also loved the ballads and Doo-Wop sound and harmony that was so popular back then.

In the late 1970s when I was dealing with GTOs, I bought a 1965 GTO tri-power 4-speed convertible out of the Germantown section of Philadelphia. I bought it from Chubby Checker's brother, Sam Evans (their real last name is Evans.) Chubby Checker has the distinction of having the only record, "The Twist," to go to Number 1 twice; first in the autumn of 1960 and again in late 1961. The song was originally done in 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, but it was the Chubby Checker version that hit the big time.

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

GREAT NEWS - We just received confirmation that some additional vendors. Jay's GN will be setting up as a vendor at our Open House. John Spina of Casper's Electronics will be set up as a vendor. And we just heard from Mr-Shine, Rich Warner who will be set up with Race Glaze, Purple Metal Polish, etc. Be SURE to contact any of the vendors now if you want them to bring something specific for you. Jack Cotton is also trying to come.

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 less than 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

Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary. - Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 12 pm - 6 pm
109 North Park Drive, Anderson, SC 29625 - (864) 332-5929
(from Pearman Diary Road/28 Bypass, turn on McGee Road at Sunbelt Rental, first left on North Park Drive)
Open to all years, makes and models! Trophies, goodie bags, door prizes and live music. Proceeds to benefit local charities. For more information - www.metcomotorsports.com

"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.


NOTE - THANKS to those who have already contributed or plan to contribute to this great cause. We've heard from readers who have had Breast Cancer affect their immediate family. Thanks so much.

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.



Currently my Dad is under Hospice care. Two of my sisters have spent several days with him last week. I have talked to him by phone almost daily. He gets overcome with emotion and now we can hardly understand any of his words. I have in my briefcase the name of the funeral home we need to contact when he finally does go home to be with the Lord. Sadly, there are a lot of details to handle at this time.

Here is one story I will share with you from my teenage years. Sorry it is so long.

I had started to work for my Dad at around the age of 13. I would run addressograph and inserting machines. These machines prepared envelopes and inserted flyers into envelopes for bulk mailings.

I saved my money to buy my first car at age 15. It was a used 1956 Oldsmobile coupe that my Mom drove for me. Problem was, it blew up before I reached the driving age of 16.

So then my Dad said I would have to buy a new car, not a used car, to avoid getting burned a second time. (I have gotten a lot smarter since those days!)

Dad said he would co-sign for me.

It was the summer of 1963 and I would turn 16 that September. Naturally, I wanted a Corvette, but Dad would not consider it.

Ford had just came out with a 1963-1/2 XL fastback model. I bought a black one with a red interior. After my deposit, I think the monthly payments were like $99 a month, which even back in 1963 was a lot of money. The car was around $3400. Keep in mind, I wasn't even 16 yet and still in school.

School started that September so Dad had one of his secretaries drive me to school in my new car and then when I got my permit, she would let me drive it to school and then she would drive it home.

I got my license within the first week of turning 16. I was in 7th heaven!

I went to a small school. My entire 10th grade had less than 100 students. When my car was in the school parking lot, it was the newest one there. At the time, my Mom drove a 1956 Caddy coupe and my Dad had a 1962 T-Bird.

By early November, as you can imagine, my grades had dropped to the point where my teachers where sending notices home. Dad announced that I would no longer be permitted to drive my car to school.

It was on a Wednesday night when he gave me that stern lecture. I handed over the car keys. Unknown to him, I had a second set of car keys.

As a teenager you do impulsive things without giving it much thought. That Wednesday night I made a plan to run away the next day. At the time, my Mom's father was living with us, so on Thursday morning I borrowed $20 from him and took off in the car.

That morning I went to my girlfriend's house to take her to school as I always did. I told her my plans and, of course, she tried to discourage me.

In looking back, thank goodness I did not complicate the problem and ask her to go with me!

I told her not to tell anyone. That morning my parents simply assumed I disobeyed them and took the car to school, and would be back after school. This gave me over a 5-hour head start. I started to travel south with no real plan or much money. Keep in mind, back then gas was around 30 cents a gallon. After reaching Maryland I decided to swing west as I knew a girl in Indiana.

I made it to her house that night and had dinner with her and her folks. I knew once I left, they would call my parents. I then continued west and picked up what has now become one of the most famous roads in America, Route 66.

It's now Friday, November 22nd, 1963. A day many of you will remember... the day President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas.

I remember it distinctly, as I was driving through downtown St Louis, Missouri and the newspaper delivery trucks drivers were yelling the news to people along the sidewalks.

My funds were running low, so I picked up two hitchhikers along the way that help pay for gas. By the time I was rolling into Oklahoma City, one of the hitchhikers was getting on my nerves and I was trying to figure out how to leave him somewhere. We shared stories and they knew my name and where I was from. I was not the brightest kid back then!

Luck was with me, he wanted to stop at a laundromat and wash his clothes. While he did this, the other guy and I simply took off. Unknown to me, he called my parents and said I robbed him of his stuff. So, my dear sweet mother wired him $100. Mom thought I must have been really desperate to do such a thing.

So, now at this point, Dad had figured out I was traveling on Route 66. Since the car was registered to my parents and myself, he informed the police the car was stolen, hoping they would look for me.

In Amarillo, Texas I stopped at that famous steak place, but I could only afford the soup. This place gives you the steak free if you eat I think a 64-ounce steak by yourself. (Since then I have stopped at this steak place and had a small steak).

It is now Saturday morning I am alone and quite tired. About 10 miles outside of Gallup, New Mexico I pull over on Route 66 to rest. A cop pulls up, notices my Pennsylvania plates and my young age, and the next thing I know I am arrested and taken to the Gallup jail.

My parents are called. My Mom, of course, is glad I am alright and it was hard to figure out how my Dad felt.

When I did talk to my Dad, he said it would be a few days before he would fly out to New Mexico. Believe me, jail at 16 is not a pleasant experience, even though I had a private cell.

My Dad comes late Monday and doesn't say much. He arranges to have my car shipped back home by train in a box car.

Tells me that will cost me $550 when it gets back home sometime in December. He got both of us a plane ticket to fly home first class, and hands me an itemized bill for airfare and his time.

I don't remember the exact figures but it was around $1800 on top of the cost to get my car back by train.

We got home late that afternoon and I ask my Dad if I can go see my girlfriend? He hands me the keys to his T-Bird with these words, "Don't go that far again!"

At school the next day, I am like a hero among my classmates. Teachers, on the other hand, gave me zeros for every day I was gone. Since I was doing poorly before, zeros added to my problems and I ended up attending summer school for Chemistry that next summer in order to pass into 11th grade.

My Ford? About a week prior to Christmas, we got word it was being unloaded in Bath, Pennsylvania and we could go get it. I got to drive to school from that day forward until I graduated.

Fast forward - About every 5 years my parents and I would joke about this experience when the date rolled around.

Maybe 8 years ago on a trip passing through Gallup, New Mexico in my Corvette, I searched out the jail. A new jail exists, so I inquired as to where the jail was back in the mid-1960s. After getting the address, I discovered it was now a parking lot. I stood on that paved lot and called my folks on my cell phone and told them to guess where I was.

Actually, I think I made it a lot easier for my younger brother and three sisters, as I probably gave my parents the most problems in my youth.

My dad sure handled this event differently than most Dads would have handled it (remember, that was the time before child-abuse hotlines.) It took me over a year to pay off my Dad for the expenses incurred.

True Story! I'll be reliving more memories of my youth next week!