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10-20-2021 Inner Circle

10-20-2021 Inner Circle
 
 

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 10-20-2021 -



BREAKING NEWS LAST GRAND NATIONAL BUILT BOUND FOR AUCTION-

As long time readers know the last Grand National built was purchased by Bob Colvin a long time Buick dealership owner out of Louisiana. At the time he and his son witnessed the car being built. Many of the actual assembly workers signed the car under the hood. The car is well documented. At first he simply stored it in a building near his dealership. He then realized it would be better to store in a climate controlled building. He has kept this car all these years.

He convinced his wife to let him add an addition to their house to store the Grand National in. It has sat virtually in this room in his house since the early 1990s. To date it has under 30 actual miles on it. With the recent rise of Turbo Regal values, specifically Grand Nationals and GNXs, and the 50th Anniversary for the popular Barrett Jackson Auction held in January in Scottsdale Arizona, Bob is going to let Barrett Jackson auction off this iconic Grand National. This is the Holy Grail example for a Grand National. It is hard to imagine any other 1987 Grand National being worth more than this example. His wife after 30 plus years will now get the room back!

Over the years Bob has turned down over $200 grand for the car. Strictly my opinion but this example could fetch $250 to $325 grand as long as Barrett Jackson does some real heavy promotion! This will be one of the featured cars at the January auction. Whatever the outcome it will surely increase the value of all the remaining examples that have survived in their original condition. As the time draws closer we will have a contest with our Inner Circle members to see who can guess its actual hammered selling price. The closest under the actual hammered bid would be the winner. Watch for this contest sometime in December.



MORE BREAKING NEWS BRAKE ACCUMULATOR BOWLS -

I just got word my supplier got some in and they are in route to us. He got a partial shipment. Our part #6697 the price is $269.95 plus shipping. You must call our office if you want one from this first partial shipment. Our website is still having issues. My source has more coming behind his current shipment. So if you want one be sure to call our office to get on the list.



1986-1987 GRAND NATIONAL REPRODUCTION 15 BY 7 GRAND NATIONAL WHEELS -

These wheels may not be on our website yet but you can call and order as we have them in stock. Simply call our office to order if you do not see these on our website. Shipping in the US can generally run between $65 and $95 per set of 4 wheels depending on your location. Shipping will mostly come from our Illinois location.

If you order a full set of the 4 wheels, with caps, lug nuts, and valve stem as a bonus you will also receive a copy of our Guide to Buying a 1986-1987 Turbo Regal at $29.95 value. Signed personally by me! The book bonus ends November 30th 2021. Your order must be placed prior to November 30th 2021 to receive my Guide to Buying a 1986-1987 Turbo Regal a $29.95 value.

Here is the pricing. The part number is #7956 for a full set of 4 Reproduction 1986-1987 Grand National wheels, with 4 center caps, 20 lug nuts and 4 valve stems is $995 plus shipping.

The part number for a single complete reproduction 1986-1987 Grand National wheel with center cap lug nuts and valve stem is #7957. The price is $249 plus shipping.

If you already have a set and are seeking an extra center cap the price for a single center cap the part number is #7958 and the price is $48.95 plus shipping.

Due to website issues you can call during normal business hours to order. These are the most popular option to retain a fairly stock original appearance. To rechrome the original steel 1986-1987 Grand National wheels can be quite costly and run almost $2,000 by the time you pay freight, buy new center caps, and lug nuts.

PHOTO 1 - We show 3 views of these reproduction 15 by 7 Grand National wheels and the bonus book you will also receive Kirban’s Guide to Buying a Used 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal valued at $29.95. Each copy is autographed.



MORE PARTS ACQUIRED FROM DARRELL -

PHOTO 2 - The top left shows a good used nothing busted Grand National visor mirror. The top right photo shows a complete used set of the inside door trim moldings with speed nuts. Nothing busted. The bottom left photo shows a real nice used factory 1986-1987 intercooler. Original decal intact and no fin damage! The bottom right photo shows a used 1986-1987 fuel rail with our old style fuel regulator still attached. These parts are all available in the Rare Parts section.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows a console floor shifter not rusted, nothing broken. The top right photo shows a Muscle magazine with a GNX on the cover and a framed Turbo magazine cover shot of the GNX. The bottom left photo shows a 1987 Buick Buyers Guide and Info booklet. The bottom right photo shows that flimsy cover that attaches under the steering column. It is missing the trap door. All these parts can be found in the Rare Parts section for sale.



FOLLOW UP TO LAST WEEKS STORY ABOUT PAINTING I HAD DONE IN VIETNAM -

Eileen and Devyn have been cleaning out our basement and Eileen found the actual painting I had done of her when I was in Vietnam. She also found another oil painting I had done in Vietnam showing me in my Army uniform. I also had the same Vietnamese artist do one of the 1961 Corvette that I sold prior to entering my 3 year stint in the Army. Remarkably all 3 paintings are still in very good condition. I was in Vietnam in 1967 so they are now over 50 years old! Truly remarkable!

PHOTO 4 - I show all three canvas paintings. The one of me I show what I believe is the small picture the artist used to do the one of me. I also found the small black and white photo I had of my girlfriend, now my wife Eileen, that I gave the artist to create the painting of her from. This small black and white photo has been on my desk for many years and I carried it in my wallet in Vietnam. I can’t remember what they cost back then. I plan to hang them all side by side.



GARRETT COMBINATION BOOST AND VACUUM GAUGE -

We now carry this combination boost and vacuum gage produced by Garrett. The same company that did the Turbo on your Turbo Regal. Part #6627. Comes complete with directions and installation kit. The price is $99.95. It may not yet be on our website. You can call our office to order. I will picture it next week in the Inner Circle. It is the proper size to fit all the gauge holders we sell. It has been awhile since we offered a boost gauge and this one is perfect since it shows boost and vacuum and has the Garrett name in the face of the gauge.



WINTER TUNE-UP SPECIAL -

This special ends November 30th 2021. In order to purchase this special you must call our office to order. This special is only for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. The special includes the AC Delco coil pack #7637 a $189.95 value, our grey custom plug wires #1531 a $79.95 value and a set of the E3 Spark Plugs #7200 $36.95 value. All 3 parts for just $289 and free shipping to the basic 48 states. You save between $30 and $45 with this special depending on your location. Supplies are limited.



URGENT REQUEST -

We badly need the original not cracked 1986-1987 Turbo Regal AC Delco mass air flow sensors. Each core is worth a $40 letter of credit. Remember every core we get no matter what part it is we sometimes get ones that can’t be rebuilt. It's unfortunate, but true. It happens frequently with turbo cores especially.



ONE EXTREMELY RARE F-350 FORD TRUCK FOR SALE NEAR ME -

This unusual truck is still available. Remember a mere 3,000 actual miles and a clean car fax. A very unique truck. Bottom dollar $48,750. See last week's Inner Circle for more details. Email me directly [email protected] if you want more information.



1993 GMC TYPHOON FOR SALE STILL AVAILABLE -

This 1993 GMC Typhoon is white with a black leather interior. Paint is original. Currently it has just 73,000 miles on it. It has the ATR upgraded Intercooler, a $2,000 upgrade. (AC currently unhooked because of the ATR intercooler). The Typhoon is located in the midwest. The price is $18,900. For more info, email me direct [email protected]


IN STOCK NO WAITING -

We now have all the braces in stock, no waiting. We also got in the upgraded injectors part #1544. We just got in valve springs #6746. We also have the stock trunk carpet #6509 in stock. Also Pypes Dual Exhaust, Jeep modified brand new lower steering shafts, vacuum brake set ups and the 3-piece baffle sets that surround the radiator #7772. Also, got one rebuilt 1986-1987 original AC Delco mass air flow sensor in stock. You must call the office if you want this. Very hard to get good cores in to get these rebuilt. We got 7 original 1986-1987 mass air flow sensor cores we are sending out to get rebuilt. If you want, call the office to get on the list.



NEW LOWER PRICES - THREE TURBO REGALS AND ONE SYCLONE -

NEW LOWER PRICES ON ALL FOUR VEHICLES!!!! Prices may even be better if you buy more than one of the four vehicles. 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 now just $19,000. The 1987 Grand National has the rare factory astro roof and has been repainted Corvette red. It is priced at $20,000 now just $17,000. The white 1987 Turbo-T is $25,000 now just $19,000. The Syclone has about 9,500 miles on it. It is priced at $44,900 now just $39,900 See past Inner circle for more details on these vehicles. For more photos and to reach the seller email me direct [email protected]



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]



IMPORTANT - INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SHIPPING ADDRESS –

If you are returning any cores for a Letter of Credit or cores that we charged you for, it is important that you send them to the address below.

KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
529 HAYCOCK RUN ROAD
KINTNERSVILLE, PA 18930

For all other returns such as a part you purchased that is incorrect or defective you must call Christina and get a RA number. She will determine if it goes to our main warehouse in Kintnersville, PA or our distribution center.



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. Or, we will pay $125 cash for each powermaster core. 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. Or we will pay $150 cash for each complete stock turbo core.

BRAKE PEDALS we issue a letter of credit for $50 for each powermaster brake pedal or we will pay $40 cash for each pedal.

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.


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] - 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 -
GARRETT COMBINATION 30 LB. BOOST AND VACUUM GAUGE

This attractive 30 lb. boost and vacuum combination gauge has a 2" diameter face, which fits any of the A-pillar holders, single or twin gauge holders we offer.

It is made by Garrett, the same company that makes the turbo found on the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals. It’s the perfect combination boost and vacuum gauge for your Turbo Regal.

The quality is excellent and features a silver bezel face, red needle, silver boost numbers, and red vacuum numbers.

The kit will allow the factory gauge and this gauge to function at the same time.

Gauge comes light, tubing, and directions to install in any 1984-1987 Turbo Regal.

Another excellent replacement for any interior restoration.

6627 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Garrett Combination 30 lb Boost and Vacuum Gauge - $99.95

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


1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Reproduction FIBERGLASS FRONT & REAR BUMPERS

For the serious racer who wants every available advantage. These are made from the same bumper molds we used to sell over 35 years ago. My son did the prep work using the original bumpers on my 1987 Grand National.

These are for the serious racer and not designed for street use since they offer very little protection in case of an accident.

Both bumpers are done in black gelcoat and can be sanded and painted. The factory marker lights and bezels will fit the openings in the front bumper. Both molds were fully prepped and eliminated the rubber cushion completely. Both bumpers have a smooth front since the rubber cushion was completely eliminated. Both bumpers have fiberglass brackets on the back side that are slotted for adjustments to attach just like the original bumpers.

The fiberglass front bumper weighs just 8 pounds. The stock steel bumper with the reinforcement brace can weigh as much as 45 pounds depending on whether the reinforcement brace is steel or aluminum. You save 37 pounds.

The fiberglass rear bumper weighs less than 10 pounds. The stock steel rear bumper weighs as much as 45 pounds depending on whether it has a steel or aluminum reinforcement brace. You can shed as much as 35 pounds with this fiberglass rear bumper.

We have a special price if you buy both fiberglass bumpers at the same time.

NOTE - Our bumpers are for OFF ROAD USE ONLY! They are NOT made to withstand any collision! NOT LEGAL FOR STREET USE!

NOTE - We recommend these bumpers be installed by a qualified autobody shop. Bumper should be sanded and painted. Easy to install.

Another excellent replacement for any exterior restoration.

*NOTE - Price includes the shipping and handling UPS Ground Shipping to 48 U.S. continental states

1507 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Reproduction Fiberglass FRONT Bumper - $349.95 includes Free Shipping

1532 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - Reproduction Fiberglass REAR Bumper - $349.95 includes Free Shipping

7949 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) - BOTH Reproduction Fiberglass FRONT & REAR Bumpers - $649.95 includes Free Shipping

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



1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
COLD CASE BILLET RADIATOR CAP

If you are replacing the radiator with an upgraded Cold Case radiator, you may want to replace the radiator cap with this unique cap.

This is an attractive radiator cap specifically designed for the Cold Case radiator. Wording is engraved and polished to a high luster finish.

This billet cap has the “COLD-CASE” logo and the words “WARNING: DO NOT OPEN WHEN HOT” embossed on the push-on cap.

An excellent replacement for any engine restoration.

7948 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - COLD CASE Billet Radiator Cap - $26.95

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


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
REBUILT ORIGINAL AC DELCO MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR

We are one of the very few sources to offer completely rebuilt original AC Delco mass air flow sensors for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. New mass air flow sensors have been discontinued from AC Delco for several years.

Other available rebuilt units are rebuilt using late-model Camaro mass air flow sensors, not rebuilt from original 1986-1987 Turbo Regal cores like these.
When comparing ours to the various reproductions, it’s important to note that the original one has the “AC Delco” logo embossed on the top cover, which is visible on the car. Others may not have that feature. We have highlighted the embossed logo area with a red arrow in our first photo.

Ours are 100% correct original mass air flow sensors with the proper plug, which came on the car originally.
Original parts will always be the top choice over any reproduction, especially for those wanting to keep their car original.

Sensor has the harness plug in the proper location and comes with a manufacturer’s 90-day Warranty.

NOTE - Supplies are limited, so call for availability.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7749 Cam Shaft Sensor, #7342 Rebuilt AC Delco LT1 Mass Air Flow Sensor, #7054 - AIR FLOW DUCT from Turbo to MAF Sensor - Air Cleaner, and #7326 MAF Translator.

7045 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Rebuilt Original AC DELCO Mass Air Flow Sensor - $149.95

NOTE - Supplies are limited. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY - 215-766-1611.

NOTE - If you send us your non-working original AC Delco mass air flow sensor(s) you will receive a Letter of Credit for $40 for each sensor. Unit must be an original AC Delco sensor. We depend on cores to continue to offer these rebuilt units.

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



1984-1987 Regal -
LOCK PILLAR REINFORCEMENT PLATES (2) IN STOCK FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

This 2mm thick spacer is designed to give the door pin more support.

If you look at the area where the striker is attached, more than likely you will see hairline cracks. They are spot welds that hold a cage nut so you can attach the door striker. These spot welds tend to take the place of one of the 2mm spacers and at the same time give the door striker more support.

This lock pillar reinforcement plate is shaped to look as if it came on the car from the factory. The reinforcement plate measures approximately 4″ x 5″, comes powder-coated glossy black for a lasting finish (glossy black will blend with most dark colors doors and all the Grand Nationals), and are sold as a pair. Plates are easy to install.

It’s interesting to note that GM actually had a recall on another Buick model, the Somerset, back in 1985 for having a similar problem. Their solution at the time was similar to these reinforcement plates.

NOTE - You may also be interested in a related item - #6776 GM Door Strikers (2).

Another excellent replacement for any interior restoration.

6774 - 1984-1987 Regal - Lock Pillar Reinforcement Plates (2) - $43.95

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



1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
AFTERMARKET EPA CERTIFIED LOW RESTRICTIVE STOCK CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Many owners may want to replace the original pancake-style restrictive catalytic converter. This is a unique catalytic converter with the proper custom-made 4-bolt flange at the back end. The overall length is 18 inches. This is a direct bolt in replacement and similar to the one we offered over 20 years ago. This only works with the stock 2-1/2 inch diameter downpipe.

It will bolt up to the stock exhaust or to the Pypes Dual Exhaust system, Part #6996, we sell.

Original catalytic converters can easily become clogged over a long period of time. They are also a lot more restrictive due to its pancake style. Some states have very strict laws regarding emissions equipment, even on older cars.

This catalytic converter also can lower any drone sound the current mufflers may make.
We offer this low restrictive catalytic converter, which weighs less than 8 pounds and is EPA certified! It is not a universal converter, but one with the correct 4-bolt flange on the one end that will directly bolt into your Turbo Regal.

With the amount of heat turbo cars develop, the converter can begin to break down internally and clog the exhaust system.

The EPA rules dictate that replacement catalytic converters must go in the same location as the original converter. This unit bolts into that same area and has the same mounting flange.

This catalytic converter comes complete with the 4-bolt exhaust flange. This 4-bolt flange is very unique to these cars as no other G-body application has this style flange. We also offer the 4-bolt flange, Part #7947, by itself for those of you that may want to get a test pipe made for off road use only.

Another excellent replacement for any exhaust restoration.

6567 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Aftermarket EPA Certified Low Restrictive Stock Catalytic Converter - $339.95

CLICK HERE - For a link to this catalytic converter 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. It's best to email as soon as possible as many of our items sell within the first hour! Do NOT call the office on the listed Rare Parts as you could lose out by someone beating you with an email.