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Messages - Jon Mello

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Too far for me but have a great weekend there.

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Garage Talk / Re: A Most Amazing Thing...
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:32:28 PM »
Very cool, Bentley.  Great story.  Congratulations on getting the ownership history figured out.  I look forward to seeing you get this car done.

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General Discussion / Re: 25 Camaros For Sale at Estate Sale
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:03:27 AM »
Thank you both.

Yes Scott, Frank was a "prop guy" for the movie studios. He also bought and sold a lot of cars as a fun hobby and for profit.

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General Discussion / Re: 25 Camaros For Sale at Estate Sale
« on: June 09, 2019, 09:25:01 PM »
I found more history on the car. I know several guys who worked for the old Petersen Publishing Co and still work in the magazine business. Since some of them lived (and still do) live in the San Fernando Valley, I asked them if they recognized the car from my 1984 pictures. One said yes, that looks like my friend Doug Starks' old car from Canoga Park. We checked with Doug and he agreed it was his old car that he bought back in 1977. He saw it advertised in the LA Times (Sept 25, 1977) and it was down in Orange County. The phone numbers appear to be from Westminster but they got the car in Placentia which is next to Fullerton and above Anaheim. They went down to buy the car driving in my friend's '69 Z28 and said the seller looked to be about 19 years old. The price in the ad said $3100 but the recollection was they paid about half that. That advertised price was way above average for the time. The 302 engine was not in the car when they got it and may have been yanked to bring the price down. It had a more generic small block in it, maybe even a 307 but they don't know for sure because Doug resold the car pretty quickly. He does not recall who he sold it to and Frank Brown does not recall who he bought it from but it did stay in the San Fernando Valley by all accounts. The black paint job was pretty fresh in 1977 and the rims on the car at this time were Chevy rally wheels. Interestingly, the blue CA personalized plate read MR Z28. The plate was changed to 388UEG by whoever bought it from Doug.

Hopefully this new information will lead to further ownership history. Maybe somebody down in northern Orange County remembers a car with the license plate MR Z28 on it back in the 1970s?

Does anybody have a cross-reference telephone directory like a Polk Directory from that area that could put a name with those phone numbers?

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General Discussion / Re: 25 Camaros For Sale at Estate Sale
« on: June 09, 2019, 08:47:31 PM »
Thanks, Scott. I did know about Merle's brake business but never went there to check out his cars back in the day.

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General Discussion / Re: Muncie identification help
« on: June 09, 2019, 08:33:04 PM »
Sure, that would be fine.

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General Discussion / Re: Muncie identification help
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:51:42 PM »
What is the VIN number on the case? You would have to pull the side cover off to know for sure if it has M22 gears in it.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sonoma Speed Festival May 31 - June 2 2019
« on: June 05, 2019, 04:09:01 AM »
Some videos from the Sonoma Speed Festival weekend, links courtesy of OCTARD.

Day 1     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIk6UssQheU
Day 2     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2rrFy2l8vs

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General Discussion / Re: 15 x 8 Backspacing question
« on: June 02, 2019, 03:30:37 PM »
5.5" backspacing is too much for a Camaro with stock rear wheel wells.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sonoma Speed Festival May 31 - June 2 2019
« on: June 01, 2019, 12:08:24 AM »
I saw Roger at the 1987 Monterey Historics when Chevrolet was the featured marque but I'm not aware of him being at any other vintage race where Historic Trans-Am cars were featured.

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Per forum member OCTARD...

"That orange number 3 Monza is chassis 1007, and was originally owned and driven by Jerry Jolly."

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General Discussion / Re: Grecian green
« on: May 29, 2019, 01:10:05 AM »
Grecian green is more like '67 Mountain green if I remember correctly.

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General Discussion / Re: 25 Camaros For Sale at Estate Sale
« on: May 28, 2019, 05:50:09 PM »
Thanks, Tim.  I appreciate it.

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General Discussion / Re: 25 Camaros For Sale at Estate Sale
« on: May 27, 2019, 03:01:13 PM »
I found some past history on my Dana Z28 back to 1984 and got some old pics. Here's a link...

https://www.yenko.net/forum/showthread.php?t=155237

If anybody can help with earlier history I would really appreciate it. Pass it along to others if you think they might be able to help. Thanks!

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Crossram manifold
« on: May 27, 2019, 02:59:42 AM »
Good info, John.  Yes, we are really open to learning about all sides on this forum because that paints a whole picture and not just a single facet.

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