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Messages - Jon Mello

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Tim, the earliest known Z from the LOS plant was not made until very late February '67 so any Z built before then only came from Norwood.  There is no currently known issue as to why the LOS plant did not start building Zs at the same time that Norwood did.  The assumption would be that the supply of 302 engines and 6K redline tachs was not adequate enough at first to stock both plants. The smog pump equipment was also unique and may not yet have been available.  Early build Zs destined for Alan Green in Seattle and Ron Tonkin in Portland came from Norwood and that was otherwise not typical.

Good info Jon. How many of that first batch ( which I assume went to race teams) still survive today? is there still a handful that could be out there still?

6 of the first 16 plus one engine (car whereabouts unknown) still exist.
8 of the first 25 plus two engines (car whereabouts unknown) still exist

I know of the possibility of two or three others.

I traveled to Austria with Pat Ryan back in 2016 to verify this car was the real deal and helped him sort through everything as the car had been disassembled.  Sat with him at the table where he gave the owner the payment.  Awesome trip I will never forget.  I knew Rick Parent had begun the restoration but had not heard Kevin McKay was chosen to finish it up.  Kevin's shop, Corvette Repair, does great work.  The car sits too high.  I hope they correct that.

Tim, this is a Norwood Z but definitely not the second one off the line.  Not sure why that claim is being made.  It is a very early car made the day after my #1 car was built.  It is the 12th one if you go off the Vince Piggins list.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Research on A/S Javelin
« on: April 13, 2020, 03:17:02 AM »
Maybe it began racing as Bob Hennig's Javelin?  Any knowledge of what the original color was?

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Research on A/S Javelin
« on: April 11, 2020, 06:03:47 PM »
No, I don't have any knowledge of the car but it is certainly cool and interesting.  Best of luck with the search.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Any info on this Camaro?
« on: April 11, 2020, 05:59:38 PM »
Yes, agreed it is a recreation of a styling exercise done by Chevy in '69 for a fancy version of the ZL-1 Camaro but it was cancelled due to the fact that the ZL-1 was already prohibitively expensive without the extra dress-up goodies.

That does not look like a GM part number unless the B is really an 8 however I got no results when I did a search for 7798440.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos
« on: March 20, 2020, 04:01:20 AM »
Thanks, Bob.  It looked like quite an impressive gathering of Penske race cars at Amelia Island.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any?
« on: March 20, 2020, 03:59:15 AM »

Thanks for the tip on the Sebring race photo website.  I'm very appreciative of all the hard work you do posting the pics and info here for all of us to enjoy and learn from.

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Maintenance / Re: Grease for Hurst Shifter
« on: March 14, 2020, 01:51:18 PM »
Grease attracts all kinds of road grime.  Use Gibbs Brand lubricant.  It is amazing stuff.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review
« on: March 06, 2020, 04:40:53 AM »
Thanks for the link, Mike.  Those nice color photos are awesome.  So tough to find color for '67.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: HTA cars at the Detroit Grand Prix in 2020
« on: March 06, 2020, 04:29:54 AM »
First lap of Saturday’s race at Sebring.  Video link sent to me by Robert Barg.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaparral Camaro video.
« on: March 04, 2020, 01:45:08 PM »
Yes, the foam seal was what I was talking about.

The Owens-Corning cars used the underhood cowl plenum air cleaner like used on the '67-'68 cars.

Batteries did get moved further back such as to the trunk and in the interior after 1970 and they were in a marine type battery box enclosure.

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