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286  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: how fast were they?? on: June 15, 2008, 03:47:18 PM
I asked Joel Rosen "Mr Motion" about the ads that guaranteed the Motion Performance Phase III Camaros would run 11.5 ET.
 Joel said the MP Camaro drag car was runing 10.5 ET and was the same set up as the Phase III street car.
 He did not feel his guarantee would be a problem since he had a full one second cushion.

Joel also said that no one ever challenged the 11.5 ET guarantee.

287  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: C.O.P.O. - Automatic Transmission on: June 15, 2008, 03:33:53 PM
almost all of the Yenko 1969 COPO 427 Camaro and Chevelle AT cars were column shift.
Yenko then installed a Hurst his/her duel gate shifter in most of them
288  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Camaro shifter question on: April 08, 2008, 06:44:20 AM
the one you have pictured is the aftermarket Hurst and has the 67-68 chrome stick. The 69 stick is different. The shifter body is the same for 67-69 but not the stick.

also looks like it has an extra hole drilled above the 2 mount holes
289  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: picture on main page on: March 16, 2008, 12:32:06 PM
I believe Little Hoss was sold at an auction a few mts ago
290  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Yenko Volpe Pizza Rose drag car 1967 Z/28 on: March 04, 2008, 09:12:37 AM
I found this picture of Tony Pizzi's 1968 drag car.
291  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Yenko Volpe Pizzi Rose drag car 1967 Z/28 on: March 04, 2008, 09:06:00 AM
Does this look like a real Z/28 and is there any way to tell if it is one of the early Zs?

I donít remember if I posted this picture before on here but I posted it on a few sites. On a drag racing site, a few guys remember Tony Pizzi whose name is on the door.
They said he was a pretty well known engine builder from PA. and had a very strong running 68 Z/28 drag car.

Yenko made a drag racing sponsorship deal with Dick Harrell in March/April of 67 to run a 427 Super Stock Camaro (AHRA) and a Funny Car. So I wonder if this Yenko Volpe Pizzi Rose Z/28 could be one of the 3 early Zs Yenko had.
292  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: One pricey '68 Z/28... on: March 04, 2008, 08:46:02 AM
On the 68 convertible Z...

In the early 80s Vince Piggins gave some interviews about the Z/28 project and I believe that info about the convertible Z came from him.

The way I remember the story was that they needed some type of approval from Estes to build the Z. The first approval was on the 283 prototype coupe in late 66.
The convertible Z came later when they wanted approval from Estes to expand marketing on the 69 Z?

Somthing must have happened since the Z went from combined sales of less then 8,000 the first two years, to more than 19,000 Z/28s in 1969.

I am going by memory here and would have to dig out the articles to see exactly what Vince said.

293  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: One pricey '68 Z/28... on: March 03, 2008, 06:28:01 AM
I donít see any real history of the car tied to Smokey Yunick.

It is more of a novelty car with a valuable collector item engine.

Smokey did have at least 2 1968 Camaro race cars he built mostly for testing.  I do not think he won a race with them but did race them and set speed records at Bonneville with both a 302 and 396.

When Bunkie Knudsen quit GM and went to Ford, he hired Smokey to work on the prototype Boss Mustangs in 1969. Smokey sold one 68 Camaro to Don Yenko and one to another well known racer.
Don Yenko won the 1969 Citrus 250 at Daytona in Smokeys old Camaro and other races and ran it in some Trans Am races in 1969.
294  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Judging criteria for 1st Gen Camaro on: January 30, 2008, 06:39:08 PM
are points deducted for original Dealer emblems or decals installed by the dealer?
Seems to be getting popular to put them back on restored cars now.
295  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Hurst backup switch/ on: January 30, 2008, 06:16:14 PM
The Hurst switch mounts on a flat plate the bolts on the back of the shifter using the stop adjustment bolt. You can also use the reverse switch for a 67-68 that bolts to the side cover of the trans and uses a rod to connect to the reverse trans arm.
here is a picture of the Hurst switch and plate and instruction sheet.
 The switch pictured is an old metal one
the modern switch looks a little different
296  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New CRG Research Report - First-Gen Carburetors on: December 15, 2007, 11:44:59 PM
nice job and thanks to all who worked on the carburetor report

have not seen those 2 BB for a long time
In the mid 70s I had a daily driver 68 El Camino 350 4sp and was trying to improve fuel mileage.
Replaced the 600 Holley with the larger 2 BB on a home made adaptor plate on a alum intake and home made manual choke setup.

Once I got the jetting right it Worked pretty well. Was very smooth like a fuel injection car with no secondarys to kick in

297  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Z28 rim opinons on: November 24, 2007, 12:23:00 PM
I like the way minilites look on a Z 
I think they make a modern repop of them
298  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Possible Yenko found in Michigan? on: November 10, 2007, 10:36:05 AM
I have seen the wht/blk Yenko striped Camaro and black/wht striped cars (clone) and thought they both look very cool

As far as the black Douglass 427 COPO, I don't think there is any documentation on the Douglass 427 COPO cars so I don't know how you can tell if they are all 9737s or had Yenko stripes installed unless you have baby pictures or original paint or sales docs.

299  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Possible Yenko found in Michigan? on: October 31, 2007, 08:51:56 AM
I thought 2 white ones have been found?

If he ordered 4 cars in each of the 6 traditional Yenko Colors for a total of 24 and 1 black one, where do the 2 white ones fall in since white was not a Yenko color?
300  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Possible Yenko found in Michigan? on: October 05, 2007, 09:44:35 AM
There is a slight chance that there was a non COPO 9737 1969 Yenko Camaro sold out of Douglass Chevy.

Doughless was a Yenko Super Camaro dealer who also ordered some 427 COPO Camaros on his own and striped them with Yenko kits. It is theoretically possible that he Yenkoized a non 9737 Camaro.

So a car can be found with original paint and Yenko stripes and was a Douglas Yenko, as far as the original owner would know, he would have bought a non 9737 69 Yenko Camaro.
 It is not known if Douglass only used 9737 9561 Camaros for the cars he did.

This is a hypothetical and no reference to the car mentioned in Michigan
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