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06-30-2021 Inner Circle

06-30-2021 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 06-30-2021 -

HOLIDAY CLOSING MONDAY JULY 5TH 2021 -

Because July 4th Independence Day falls on a Sunday most US companies are closed July 5th 2021. Our office hours will resume Tuesday for normal business. Take time to remember the reason for the holiday.


MORE RARE GRAND NATIONAL ITEMS FOR SALE -

This week's posting of rear parts is near the end of the stash that I obtained a few weeks ago from the customer who passed away and had kept all these GM parts neatly tucked away in a bedroom of his parents house.

PHOTO 1 - The photo to the left shows 3 original Buick “Know How” booklets. One covers the Air Conditioning Compressors, another covers Port Fuel Injection and the last booklet covers Paint Etching. The AC booklet is dated 1982. The Port Injection booklet is dated 1983. The Paint etching booklet has no date inside. I bought all 3 many years ago at the same time. The photo to the right shows brand new in the GM box the original anti rattle foam strips for T-Tops from GM. Both these items are for sale under the Rare Parts section.

PHOTO 2 - The photo to the left shows a set of brand new aftermarket slip on Grand National seat covers. I have no idea what company made these years ago. We used to sell a similar set at one time. The photo to the right shows still factory sealed in the GM wrapper #20217186 and #20217187 T-Top beam seals. Again both items are listed for sale under the Rare Parts section.


BMW X3 2008 SPORT PACKAGE OPTIONAL 19 INCH WHEELS -

We recently sold the 2008 X3 BMW. The seller we got the car from called me the other day and said he had the Sport package wheels from that car that he had removed several years ago. The buyer of the X3 from us was not interested in the 19inch sport wheels so we now have them for sale.

PHOTO 3 - We show the full set of four 19 inch X3 BMW wheels. They have a staggered size for front and rear. Tread is even and maybe 6/32s remaining. See the Rare Parts section for price. Pick up only as we will not ship. We have them bargain priced to sell!



FOUR CARS HEADING TO THE MIDWEST -

The dealer in the midwest has worked out a deal where he gets a good price as long as he has 4 cars to haul from my location to the midwest. We had four cars ready. Since the hauler was a 18 wheeler I had to get all 4 cars down to the 611 Auto Sales lot on Route 611 in Ottsville as he would never have gotten his rig down my street. Reminded me of the old days when more than a few Turbo Regals got picked up at our Sugarbottom Road address.

Of course each of the 4 vehicles started with no problem except the most expensive one, the rare 1987 Turbo T. That car we had to jump. I am already on the hunt for the next 4 cars for this dealer. The use car market is going crazy right now since certain parts are hard to get to keep building new vehicles.

Three of these cars are currently on Car Guru in the Chicago region. One is my personal 2010 Mercury Mariner SUV. All three vehicles are PA inspected. Mariner has proof it was one of my personal vehicles. The Lucerne is an incredible road car! The 4th vehicle is the very rare Turbo T Limited that is not for sale.

PHOTO 4 - We show the 3 cars I go to the lot prior to night fall. Last, but not least the Turbo T Limited got loaded as the last car on the bottom. The Limited we had to jump start at my house because it was dark by the time I got it to the car lot to get loaded on the transport. This hauler carries 9 cars. Volvo tractor with almost 500,000 miles on it. I told the driver if the Regal falls off you better stop and reload it. Car may be the oldest of the bunch but its value far exceeds the other 3 on the truck!



YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY -

A more accurate saying would be you learn something everyday and at the same time you forget something every day the older you get! I was not familiar with the background surrounding the Buick port holes in the front fenders. This Lucerne was a V8 car and had four port holes. I learned that the 6 cylinder Buick cars only had three portholes for a 6 cylinder. A clever gimmick that I never realized until now. Whoever buys that car will be quite pleased. The funny part was the couple who had power of attorney since the woman was 88 years old actually sold it to me because she did not like the other potential buyer even though he offered more money for the car!



GOOD NEWS REBUILT 1986-1987 TURBO REGAL REBUILT POWER STEERING PUMPS -

We were just informed that Cardone had just over a dozen 1986-1987 Turbo Regal power steering pumps in their system. We purchased the entire stock so they are in the process of rebuilding them for us. These carry a one year warranty. This power steering pump is unique to the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. I also believe it's the same used in the limited production 1989 TurboTrans Ams. Nobody has reproduced this part yet that I am aware of. I doubt any other vendor even has any on their shelf. Our part number is 7378. The price is $139.95 plus shipping. To be assured of getting one of these limited ones we have coming in you must call our office 215-766-1611 and have Christina put your name on one. This is a part that is worth having a spare on as the value can only increase in years to come.

I am amazed that Cardone turned more of these up due to the aging of these cars. Also grateful that I can buy direct from such a huge company. These units do not have the pulley.



THE RETURN OF REBUILT 1986-1987 TURBO REGAL STOCK MASS AIR FLOW SENSORS

We need your cores to make this project work. We quickly sold the only two we had in last week's Inner Circle. If you got a good uncracked original GM Turbo Regal mass air flow sensor core please send it to us. Each one is worth a $40 letter- of-credit. Please if you have any sitting around help us help others retain the original look with their cars. Send to Kirban Performance 529 Haycock Run Road, Kintnersville, PA 18930.



MORE GOOD NEWS -

As I prepared this issue of the Inner Circle I found a company that has reproduced exactly the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal mass air flow sensor minus the AC Delco logo. Otherwise it is exact even the power plug is in the proper location and the black plastic is the same shade of semi black color. Once I get one of them tested we will be marketing them. Watch for updates. Hopefully have some good news on this product possibly next week.



GNX FOR SALE -

This GNX has been sold. So if you own a Turbo Regal 1986-1987 or a GNX contact me the market is quite strong and between a partnership I have with another company we can get you good money for the car as long as the car measures up. We have been pretty successful at selling them. Plus if it's one of my cars your chances are even better. It helps if the car is somewhat near me.



STILL AVAILABLE A FULL SET OF REAL ORIGINAL GNX WHEELS LIKE NEW -

I am representing this set of real GNX wheels for one of my long-time customers who bought at least one car from me over the years. He resides in the New England area. The price includes all 4 center caps. No lug nuts. The price is $5895 and includes free shipping to the basic 48 states. The wheels have no scratches, and no road rash. Like new in every regard. They are the correct ones with different offset front and rears. For more info or pictures email me direct [email protected]



GNX #480 SELLS FOR RECORD AMOUNT $275,000 -

I think this was the grand total with commission figured in. The values keep climbing and you can see how it will have a trickle down effect to the other 1986-1987 Turbo Regal values. Also to a lesser degree to the other G body examples such as the Oldsmobile 442 and the Monte Carlo SS models. I think about the 12 GNXs I have sold over the years and what their value would be today had I simply tucked them away and borrowed against them. I had somewhat of an inkling years ago when I leased our first 1987 Grand National for the typical 3 years. The pay off town the Grand National outrite was I believe $9,000. I paid that amount and resold the car I believe for $14,000. So even back in the early 1990s the actual value was creeping up above the normal depreciation numbers. No one can accurately predict when these cars reach their peak. As for the GNX many of them are low mileage so it is amazing that they fetch such lofty numbers.

On the plus side it helps all us vendors that have invested money into reproducing parts that owners that are restoring them can see the values making their project worthwhile. It sure beats restoring a Yugo. I often refer to the lowly Yugo whose only claim to fame is it was offered by certain GM dealerships and it was introduced right around the same time the Turbo Regal was making waves for its sneaky quick acceleration that caught Corvette by surprise.

Course I still can’t comprehend how the VW window vans with the split windshield can garner 6 digits no matter how good the restoration was!


DRY ICE METHOD TO CLEANING UP THE UNDERSIDE OF CARS FOR RESTORATION -

We want to hear from you if you ever had this done. I believe this is a fairly new process that only recently has been applied to preparing the undercarriage of cars target restored. It's a quick and effective method to remove dirt grime undercoating and not causing any damage to the car. Also no smell to this process and I assume it simply melts away since it uses dry ice as part of the formula. I was at a show the other week and was talking to a 1970 GTO owner and discovered he worked at a restoration shop near me and told me to look under the car. This car, being a 1970 was 50plus years old. The underside was amazing. They also did the firewall leaving the factory semi black firewall intact like it was like new. The process had also removed all the sloppy glue gunk around the heater box while doing no harm to the heater box. Again I have no idea how it works but I have been in touch with the local company who has expanded in recent years into the car market. He was mainly doing food equipment which has to be kept spotless.

Email me directly [email protected] if you have had any experience with this dry ice format for the undercarriages of cars or trucks or know someone who has. The price tag can run several hundred dollars an hour, but the results are far better than working with a smelly solvet and trying to get into every little crevice. I saw pictures of the results cleaning up the back of alloy wheels making them like new!



TWO WELL KNOWN LOCAL CRUISE EVENTS NEAR MY LOCATION IN JULY 2021 -

First up is the Doylestown At Dusk Car Show. The date is Saturday July 17th 5 pm until 10 pm. Rain date is Sunday July 18th 2021. This event draws some impressive variety of cars, even several Ferraris. They close down several main streets in Doylestown. I go as a spectator every year.

Next up on July Saturday July 31st 2021, is the annual Hatboro Moonlight Memories car show. This is the 28th year of this event. Hatboro is near where we used to live so I get to see a lot of old friends at this annual event. I was a judge for a few of these events. This show usually has several Turbo Regals and one or two GNXs in the mix. This event is huge. The event has no rain date. I guess they have a direct connection to God? Devyn is planning to attend at least one of these Cruise events.



COLLECTOR CAR COLLECTION UPDATE - THREE TURBO REGALS AND ONE SYCLONE

All 4 are still available. The 1986 blue T-Type and the 1987 Grand National he purchased were brand new. He is the 3rd owner of the white 1987 Turbo-T. The Syclone he also purchased was brand new. These vehicles are located in Tennessee. The light blue 1986 T-Type is $25,000 OBO. The 1987 Grand National has the rare factory astro roof and has been repainted Corvette red. It is priced at $20,000 OBO. The white 1987 Turbo-T is $25,000 OBO. The Syclone has about 9,500 miles on it. It is priced at $44,900 OBO. See past Inner circle for more details on these vehicles. For more photos and to reach the seller email me direct [email protected]



CAR SHOW DATES FOR 2021 SEASON -


EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS
Saturday September 11th 2021

This annual event is held at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Maryland. There is no rain date. I have gone every year for the last 5 or 6 years. Always a good event. Plenty of room and plenty of cars. This event was not held in 2020 so a lot of pent up demand for the return. I will be donating items for this event and I will be there as a vendor. I don’t bring many items but I do a lot of buying. So if you plan to attend, see me if you bring items to sell. Our plan is to hand out 3 special custom awards for the 3 cars that impress me the most. More details later.

We will not have many items for sale at this event but instead be focused on accepting turbo cores, powermaster cores, and 1986-1987 original AC Delco mass air flow sensor cores. Course we are always on the lookout for NOS parts. Will have several blank checks with me!


EBAY LISTINGS -

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.



LIST OF MECHANICS FOR THE TURBO REGAL UPDATE -

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



TIPS AND IDEAS YOU HAVE TRIED -

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



TIP FROM KIRBAN -.

Remember we only got a limited number of rebuilt 1986-1987 Turbo Regal power steering pumps in stock. These are very difficult to find. Call our office if you want one.


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 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.



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.

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.

MASS AIR FLOW SENSORS must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal sensors. They can not be cracked or broken. Each acceptable unit is worth a letter of credit of $40 each. 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 –
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
529 HAYCOCK RUN ROAD
KINTNERSVILLE, PA 18930



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 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 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.


CLASSIFIED AD -

WANTED TO BUY; NOS (New Old Stock) Buick parts for 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal. Will you be attending the Magna East Coast Buick Reginal’s in Maryland Saturday, September 11th and have some NOS parts you are thinking of selling or lying around at home and want to turn them into CASH? Then please contact me ahead of time by phone or e-mail and let me know what you have as I will be attending this event in person and interested in anything NOS> I travel to purchase and am a cash buyer. Please call or e-mail and leave a message. All calls will be returned. Jason Maxfield (4216)399-7265 or [email protected] Niagara Falls, NY 14304 Thank You! 1 of 4.


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 actual 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 Wednesday Inner Circle email.

Remember the Buick Rare Parts section is only viewed by those that subscribe.



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 through.

If you need to email us, use - [email protected]



TECH CALLS -

If you need technical information, it’s best to email - [email protected]erformance.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 –

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Reproduction ALTERNATOR TERMINAL BLACK CAP

This new reproduction black plastic snap-on cap is identical to the original factory terminal cap. Cap has a dual notch. It protects the hot wire lead on the back of the alternator.

You may also be interested in these related parts - #7315 Brand New 120 amp Alternator, #7316 Brand New Custom-Built 200 amp Alternator, #7733 Reproduction Belt Tensioner with New Pulley, and #6609 Replacement Serpentine Belt.

Another excellent replacement for any engine restoration.
7946 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Reproduction Alternator Terminal Black Cap - $11.95

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



CAST IRON SPRAY PAINTS - LOW and HI-TEMP
These are stainless steel finish spray paints for home, auto and industrial applications.

#7950 - CAST IRON LOW HEAT Spray Paint, 12-ounce can - Protects against rust, resists heat up to 250°F, and is perfect for use on intake manifolds and more.

#7951 - HI-TEMP 1200°F CAST IRON Spray Paint, 12-ounce can - This cast iron spray paint is formulated for high temps up to 1200°F degrees protection. V.O.C. compliant, and environmentally formulated. Ideal for any engine parts that are subject to high heat temperatures.

It is made by Colorite (The Motor Company), the same company that makes the special interior paints we sell.

NOTE - Spray paint can ONLY be shipped by UPS GROUND… because of restrictions, we CANNOT ship paint by AIR.

Another paint to keep in your garage of supplies.

7950 - CAST IRON LOW HEAT Spray Paint, 12-ounce can - $17.95
7951 - HI-TEMP 1200°F CAST IRON Spray Paint, 12-ounce can - $17.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to 7950 paint on our website.

CLICK HERE - For the link to 7951 paint on our website.



316 STAINLESS STEEL SPRAY PAINT, 13-OUNCE CAN

This stainless steel spray paint contains 100% 316L stainless steel pigment for home, auto and industrial applications. It provides maximum corrosion resistance and protects against sunlight, oil and water.

It is made by Colorite (The Motor Company), the same company that makes the special interior paints we sell.

NOTE - Spray paint can ONLY be shipped by UPS GROUND… because of restrictions, we CANNOT ship paint by AIR.

Another paint to keep in your garage of supplies.

7952 - 316 STAINLESS STEEL Spray Paint, 13-ounce can - $17.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to 7952 paint on our website.


1984-1987 G-Body with Factory T-Tops (Including Buick Turbo Regal with T-Tops Option) -
DUAL GAUGE HOLDER FOR T-TOPS MODELS

This dual gauge holder replaces the factory front center T-trim panel on the factory T-Tops.

The same 4 screws that hold the factory T-trim panel in place is used to secure this dual gauge holder. This plastic panel is already pre-painted grey to match the interiors of the Grand Nationals.

Holder fits all 1984 thru 1987 G-Body applications with the factory T-Tops option.

The gauge holder opening has a 2-1/16″ diameter opening for each gauge.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #1529 Console TWIN 2-1/16″ or 2-1/8″ Gauge Holder, #1530 Windshield A-Pillar SINGLE 2-1/16″ or 2-1/8″ Gauge Holder, #6712 Windshield A-Pillar TWIN 2-1/16″ or 2-1/8″ Gauge Holder, #6625 VDO Cockpit Series - 2-1/16″ Water Temperature Gauge, and #6626 VDO Cockpit Series 2-1/16″ Oil Pressure Gauge.

NOTE- Holder does not include any gauges.

7944 - G-Body with Factory T-Tops (Including Buick Turbo Regal with T-Tops Option) - DUAL GAUGE HOLDER FOR T-TOPS MODELS - $59.95

CLICK HERE - For this Dual Gauge Holder 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 - [email protected]



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 - [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.


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 used if 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 - [email protected]



ABOUT OUR EMAILS -

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.





IN CLOSING -

Remember the weekly Inner Circle always goes out at 3 pm eastern time so subscribers all have the same equal chance on the Rare Parts. All our parts generally are priced to sell and below what others offer. Also our used items are exactly as described. Emails are acknowledged in the order we receive them regardless of when I respond as I am not always by a computer and I only use a flip phone. Be careful in all this heat!