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Messages - Jon Mello

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Not exactly an elegant design. Kind of looks like a camper shell grafted on to a regular Camaro.  I love seeing the pics and I'm glad they were trying different things but it is also good that it was considered and then rejected.

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Promotional Events and Concept Cars / Re: The First Camaro SS 396
« on: April 21, 2019, 03:30:32 AM »
Improving the contrast makes the VIN tag show up better. Doesn't look like a typical VIN though. Looks like large numbers that might say BA 538 or something to that effect.  Maybe 34538?

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These are the photos that show the undecipherable name given to the car at the Chicago Auto Show. Can anyone figure it out??  As I stated in my other thread, I initially thought it said "Carnival" but I can not be sure because of the cursive writing.  It certainly does not say Cherokee.

The more I look at it I think it does say Carnival.

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No Scott, I believe these bumpers are unique to the car and not borrowed from the Corvette line.

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Yes, it does have a duck tail spoiler and this would have been a half year or so in advance of the '68 Corvette coming out which featured that look very prominently.

I think this is the first time I noticed a line in the rear quarter showing the rear duck tail is done in a separate end cap like Ford did with their Mustang and other cars. It does not appear to be a piece that attaches over the top of the stock quarter panel.

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Promotional Events and Concept Cars / Re: The First Camaro SS 396
« on: April 20, 2019, 02:22:54 PM »
At the Detroit Auto Show the car was displayed with the optional Rally Wheels with white wall tires but in Chicago the car appears to be wearing American Racing “Daisy” wheels with red line tires.

American Racing did not come out with the "Daisy" mag until 1969 so I'm sure these must be the more traditional 5-spoke mags but the angle of the shot is playing tricks.

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Scott, yes I did spend some of my growing up years back in Illinois so you did remember correctly.

I don't know why they changed the name. Maybe somebody within Chevrolet didn't like it or it didn't test well at the Chicago auto show? Joie Chitwood drove Chevrolets in his stunt shows for many years by this time and Joie was known as the "Chargin' Cherokee" even though he was not an Indian. The Chargin' Cherokee name was painted on the side of Joie Chitwood Jr's Camaro at the Trans-Am races during this time and maybe that influenced the name change.

The round exhaust holes in the rear panel were easy enough to draw in but they would have had to make a much smaller gas tank to make room and they also would have eliminated the backup lights.

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Might be Cardinal since that is the Illinois state bird, the car is all red, and it's at the Chicago auto show.

I do prefer this earlier car in all red with the nice top well cover and the four speed.

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General Discussion / Re: Forum Member, Ron C.'s Headstone
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:06:41 PM »
Tina, your uncle Ron was a good guy and had a passion for the cars like the rest of us here do. No doubt he would love the headstone and your efforts to get that done.

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General Discussion / Re: Chevrolet promo key chain for Camaro
« on: April 13, 2019, 02:14:46 AM »
I was looking through a December 1970 issue of Motorcade magazine and came across the ad below.  Sounds like the same promo key chain as above but now possibly being offered by someone other than Chevrolet?

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Paint colors on the Alan Green Camaro
« on: April 12, 2019, 01:30:18 PM »
Here's how it looks in black & white.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Paint colors on the Alan Green Camaro
« on: April 10, 2019, 12:58:07 AM »
Latest pic from Brian.  March 1967 vs April 2019

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General Discussion / Re: Larry Shinoda's Birthday
« on: March 26, 2019, 02:55:00 AM »
A friend of mine and I got to meet and talk with Larry Shinoda at a big fancy dinner put on by Chevrolet when they were the featured marque for the 1987 Monterey Historic Races. He was by himself but was very gracious and spent a good amount of time talking with us. He was humble but also very proud of the work that he had done, and rightfully so. We really enjoyed our visit with him.

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Restoration / Re: Z/28 Alternator Brace, the black one
« on: March 22, 2019, 01:25:06 PM »
They work a lot better if you mount the brackets behind the alternator mounting boss, as seen in this factory photo.

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The extra wide tail lights give it a Shelby or "California Special" Mustang look.  I wonder if the gas cap is unique and if it might say Waikiki on it.

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