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While we had the fender on the passenger side loosened up to remove the antenna it was a good time to fix some cosmetic issues that have badgered us for a while. About 20 years ago Dad had new rust free doors installed (the rest of the car is remarkably rust free). When the shop painted them they got some overspray on the forward jamb pieces. A little light wire wheel and some mineral spirits made short work of the overspray. Since the passenger side now looked much better we decided to do the driver side as well. Now we are just waiting on the rebuilt antenna to return and hopefully we can enjoy this summer.
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Always nice getting a bunch of those nagging small issues behind you. Looking good!
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Came home to find the antennae delivered back on Saturday (less than one week turnaround time). Evidently the plastic case was cracked (must have broken in shipment) as they replaced that for no charge.

So our Easter project was to get it installed.
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Was able to get everything back installed in short order.

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After we installed the antenna I buffed out the rear quarters and roof/trunk as they had some scratches in the original paint. Then power washed the engine and washed the whole car to get the compound off. After it was dry touched up all the paint chips and waxed it. Finished detailing the door jambs and washed the windows inside and out. Ready for the summer.
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Looks killer!! Great job!!
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The Turbo Regals used a Powermaster electric/hydraulic brake system that is prone to problems and unique issues. We had been having an issue with the brake light in the dash coming on briefly when the pedal was initially depressed. Not many shops are willing to work on these systems due to their uniqueness and lack of replacement parts.


After some diagnosis with the help of online forum information we determined it was likely the accumulator that was the issue. Dennis Kirban sells an accurate reproduction of the factory installed accumulator units. The one that was on the car was an over the counter replacement from back in the day.


Replacement is simple, just de-pressurize the system by depressing the brake pedal 10 times with the key off, and then simply unscrew the old one and screw on the new one. We also replaced the brake fluid as advised. *****EDIT 8/13 - test drove and brakes are way better, what a difference, son has been driving it 40 miles each way to work. *****


If you own one of these cars and have not heard of Dennis Kirban, you need to. This is the 3rd or 4th time we have purchased specialized parts from them. Very knowledgeable and reputable people with first class service.
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Birdie and I were on our way to Mt. Emblem Cemetery to visit the family graves. Going east on Grand Ave. there is a Buick dealer on the north side of Grand Ave. We were traveling in our maroon '86 Monte Carlo SS. Birdie hollered out, "Look at that Regal!" There, on an elevated metal stand was this white, '87 turbo Regal! There were balloons attached to the "T" bar billowing in the wind. I turned around and went back to the dealer to take a look at this car that caught Birdie's eye. Looking over the car, I was immediately interested. A salesman came out and we started negotiations to buy the car, only to discover that someone was trying to lease it! Another salesman told us he had someone wanting to buy our '86 Monte Carlo SS! We left the dealer somewhat disappointed. About an hour after we arrived at home, the dealer called and told us the lease deal fell through, and we could buy the car. He made sure to tell us to bring the '86 Monte Carlo, because he had a buyer for it! We went back, and bought the car! The '86 Monte Carlo was sold before we got there. The Regal has been in our family ever since, now Jacob #10 is enjoying it!
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