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General Discussion / Re: New '67 Yenko Super Camaro #748 Just Found
« on: June 24, 2024, 02:49:47 PM »
Very exciting, Jerry.  Thanks for sharing and I look forward to pics and more info in the future.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any?
« on: June 16, 2024, 04:14:58 PM »
Thanks, Scott.  You're continuing efforts are always appreciated.

Thank you Mike K for posting and keeping us up to date with your latest endeavor.  I think we all marvel at your skills and dedication to getting these scale replicas done in as accurate of a manner as is possible.  Looking very good so far!

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Headers
« on: June 09, 2024, 05:18:55 PM »
NOS Doug Thorley header examples showing the original color from the late '60s to early '70s time frame.  Also showing Thorley decal down at the collector flange area which you wouldn't see on a car that had been run for any length of time.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Headers
« on: June 09, 2024, 05:11:45 PM »
Doug Thorley (Doug's Headers) catalog from 1972 showing various part numbers.  Looks like it is just numbers at that point, no letter prefix.  Thorley NOS headers have been found to be a shade that could be considered "salmon orange".

Great pictures, Scott.  Thanks for the link.  Yes, that is a Joie Chitwood Thrill Show Camaro behind the Mustang, not the race car.  The race car used a darker shade of blue than the Thrill Show cars did.  Not sure why.  It's possible the Caprice and Corvette behind the Mustang were also cars that the Chitwoods brought to the track.  In some of the other pics at your link, the Mustang has a Ring Free racing team decal on the door and the Ring Free team had a bunch of female drivers entered in the race.  The ladies had black sweaters and the person in the car appears to have a black sweater across her lap.  Donna Mae Mims was one of the drivers on that team and the woman in the car is wearing pink like Donna Mae always did, however I don't believe her hair was quite that long at that time.

I am a former owner of that Mountain Green car certified at MCACN.  The blue on the underside of your February car is more like a purple and not anywhere close to the same shade of what is under the Mountain Green car.

General Discussion / Re: 69 SS BB Manual Steering "downgrade"
« on: February 23, 2024, 03:40:03 PM »
The steering arms should be 3954875 and 3954876.  The pitman arm should be 3953227.  The manual pitman arm will have an M stamped on the splined end and the one for power steering will have a P stamped on it.  I prefer manual steering personally so no judgement on my end.

General Discussion / Re: JohnZ's assembly article
« on: February 22, 2024, 03:28:53 PM »
Chick, in my experience the tank straps have all been painted black regardless of the LOS or NOR plant.  The blackout on the bottom of the tank was done after the tank was installed in the car.  In my example pics, the upper part of the tank strap does not show paint while the rest of it does.  I can only assume the original black paint on the strap was not thick enough to keep it from having rust form after this many years but the extra black when the tank got sprayed was enough to keep the rest of the strap looking black.

General Discussion / Re: JohnZ's assembly article
« on: February 21, 2024, 06:36:12 PM »
Yes Jim, it's an LOS plant detail that should be replicated for those who are having their car judged.  Norwood did not do this.

General Discussion / Re: JohnZ's assembly article
« on: February 21, 2024, 05:09:25 PM »
The gas tanks were blacked out on all three 1st gen years at the LOS plant.  Attached are pics of original blackout on a December '68 built Z28.  Very original example.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1972 Mosport race for "Trans-Am type" cars
« on: February 18, 2024, 04:28:10 AM »
New pics and info are always appreciated. Thank you.

Thanks for posting the links here.

Foreign Camaros / Re: German 1967 Camaro
« on: January 03, 2024, 12:58:48 AM »
The '67 Penske Camaro that went to Europe after the '67 season had a full roll cage in it and was painted blue.  The car above has no roll cage, not even a roll bar.  I think it still has the rear seat in it which some racing in Europe had as a requirement.

Original Cars and Details / Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« on: January 03, 2024, 12:52:51 AM »
I have never seen original examples where the splined stubs for the wipers and the associated mounting screws for those had stripe color on them so I agree it was mounted after the cowl was painted. The long horizontal part of the linkage is the one that occasionally has some stripe color paint on it where you can see it through the cowl vent.  Whether that is due to "internal repair" or some other reason, I don't know.  For guys who have their car judged, I don't want that little splash of stripe color to be considered wrong because it did legitimately happen on occasion.

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