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General Discussion / Re: ZLP955 Racing BITD
« on: Today at 05:13:53 AM »
Congrats, Tim.  Very cool to find those photos.  The tube out of the hood like that is for housing the tach.  Probably a Jones cable driven model.  I have seen that same "tube" on vintage drag boats for the same purpose and I believe that is what they were designed for.  You can buy a new one here if you scroll down toward the bottom of the page...

General Discussion / Re: 1967 Z28 radio heater delete
« on: January 19, 2019, 02:58:11 PM »
Here's what it looked like in my Mountain Green Z.

Restoration / Re: U80 Package tray
« on: January 15, 2019, 03:40:34 AM »
Wow, terrific additional photos Mike.  Thanks for going to the trouble.  Does the car have two package trays in back, one on top of the other?  It looks that way in the top photo.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us
« on: January 12, 2019, 03:52:03 PM »
Have you ever had any success with a "Request resource" for a Hi Res version from them (Peterson)?

that 68RS Z engine shot has a lot of great details to offer.


I have not yet purchased any photo from the Petersen Archives via the website.  A couple of years ago I bought quite a few photos from the archives via Thomas Voehringer at TEN: The Enthusiast Network.  They were 6.5"x10" or 10"x10" prints (depending on layout) in hi-res on photo paper and mailed to my house.  I was very pleased.

Restoration / Re: U80 Package tray
« on: January 12, 2019, 01:21:19 AM »
Mike, that was great of you to do that.  Could you post a photo of the speaker grille?  It may be helpful to somebody who looks at this thread months or years down the road.

Kenneth, tell us more about the '67 Z you're restoring.  It's always a treat to see these cars being brought back, sometimes from near death.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us
« on: January 10, 2019, 03:33:16 PM »
Besides the wonderful Revs Institute Digital Photo Library ( ), we now have another large photographic resource available.  This one is the digitization of the old Petersen Publishing Archives and what a huge and valuable resource that is.  It will be an ongoing effort but there is a large amount of photos online now with lots more coming.  Most of it is 1968 and later at this point in time.  There is a search window at the link below. If you type in, for example, Mission Bell 250, you will see some awesome photos from the classic Riverside Trans-Am races.  Be prepared to spend countless hours looking through what is there.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us
« on: January 10, 2019, 03:26:45 PM »
Thanks for posting that, Mike.  Your contributions are always appreciated.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Cross-Ram VS Ford's IR Dominators
« on: December 27, 2018, 08:50:00 PM »
Chevy Camaros did not use a unique head for the Trans-Am series in that era although the factory did tool up and do development on a special head and intake set-up that was in response to the threat posed by the Boss 302. These were canted valve or semi-hemi heads as seen in the following article.

After much testing and development, these were found to not make any more appreciable horsepower than worked over stock 2.02 production heads. They were never made in enough quantity to qualify for the series and the effort was dropped.  It's too bad because they sure do look awesome.

General Discussion / Re: 1 of 602 Garage Find in California
« on: December 25, 2018, 05:36:44 PM »
Yes, debadged by the original owner when fairly new.  Definitely should be left as it is.

The car will definitely be in Matt Avery's next Camaro book with Paul Lasiter's car, Chick's '68 Z, and others as I helped set that up.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ron Grable R.I.P.
« on: December 23, 2018, 05:12:43 PM »
Sorry to hear the news.  Ron Grable was a well-respected Trans-Am competitor and will be missed.

General Discussion / Re: Chevrolet promo key chain for Camaro
« on: December 21, 2018, 05:25:10 PM »
Here's a few more photos of the card and envelope that came with the promo key chain.

General Discussion / Chevrolet promo key chain for Camaro
« on: December 21, 2018, 05:21:27 PM »
Here's a Chevrolet promotional item for the '67 Camaro and a letter from Chevrolet describing what it's about.  I've seen them on ebay quite a few times but the letter from Chevrolet is a nice item that completes the story.  Thanks to Dan Retting and also Mike Gibbons for sharing this with us.

Restoration / Re: '67 Door striker post nut plate needed (??)
« on: December 21, 2018, 01:19:46 AM »
Here's how it looks installed from the backside.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Big Block road race cars?
« on: December 15, 2018, 05:56:02 PM »
Penske was planning to run a big block Camaro at Watkins Glen in 1968 but it never came to pass.

Don Yenko and Bob Grossman ran a Camaro with an aluminum big block in the early '70s at Daytona and Sebring.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Paint colors on the Alan Green Camaro
« on: December 13, 2018, 03:08:49 AM »
I think the picture I posted is a better reference for the stripe cutout around the emblem.

Several people tried to order '67 Zs with no stripes and none of them were successful. I believe 1968 was the first year you could get a Z with no stripes. Yes, race cars would delete emblems to save weight and maybe for other reasons as well. There definitely were SS cars and plain jane Camaros used as a basis for a Trans-Am car. You just needed the 302. Any other questions not related to this specific car, please post in a different thread.

I found a good side shot of the car from Sebring which shows the Alan Green Chevrolet lettering was not just in black but appears to have had shadowing around the letters in green as well.

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