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16  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wanted: Vintage photographs, programs, information, etc... on: August 25, 2014, 05:41:32 PM
I appreciate your vivid recollection of the cars and hope that you can locate those photos someday. I'd love to see them.
17  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: August 25, 2014, 12:47:23 PM
In looking around the race paddock, I'd say that most of the HTA guys still prefer a period Koni double adjustable shock.  People like http://performanceshock.com/ (PSI, at Sears Point) can do a wonderful job restoring/rebuilding them to proper race spec as well. 

Performance Shock can also build new double adjustables, that look and perform just like the originals as well.  They will not however have a period date code (if that matters). 

You might also consider looking into whether http://www.truechoicekoniracingservices.com/ can help you with some new Koni shocks. As was discussed previously in this thread, True Choice has been able to build new versions of their old double adjustable shocks and it's possible they are still offering this service.

As for what other shocks competitors might be using, I honestly don't recall. You will not be dissatisfied if you were to go the Koni route.
18  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Camaro standard lower valance types on: August 24, 2014, 11:37:52 AM
The one with no flange is for early '67 Camaros up to around Jan/Feb '67. Then it was replaced with the one with the flange. The flange is where the '67 Firebird turn signal mounted.
19  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Monterey 2014 on: August 23, 2014, 04:28:29 PM
Jimmy Huston has now posted photos on the HTA website from the Monterey 2014 weekend...

http://www.historictransam.com/racephotos/2014Monterey-1.html
20  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Fender Flaring On Trans-Am Camaros on: August 23, 2014, 03:04:08 PM
This picture gives you a good view of the size of the tire they were fitting on an 8" wide wheel in 1968 and the tire contact patch only got wider as the years went on.
21  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Fender Flaring On Trans-Am Camaros on: August 23, 2014, 01:07:31 PM
Steve,

The red '68 Rusty Jowett car does not have the same wheel tubs that were fabricated from scratch that the Penske cars had. It appears that the may have added a strip of metal to the stock tub and moved it inward by the corresponding amount. Below is what a lot of independents did to increase clearance on the inside of the rear wheel wells.
22  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Fender Flaring On Trans-Am Camaros on: August 22, 2014, 11:02:01 PM
I believe this was the 69 camaro built by the Dimension Racing group for Peter Schwartzot to race in 4 1970 T/A races.  Jeff Hoyt was a member of this gang and I knew him back in the day.
This car was sold to Warren Agor and was later raced in IMSA GT and also later T/A again.

I will get the scoop from Peter on this.

Robert, this is the Dimension Racing photo you sent me previously. The car is not a '69 body style and, as such, doesn't seem to be the car Schwartzott ran in 1970.
23  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Headers on: August 22, 2014, 10:53:38 AM
Photos of original Douglass header gaskets recently purchased from Jere Stahl.


Photo by Chick Renn


Photo by Chick Renn
24  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Headers on: August 21, 2014, 10:27:39 PM
Here are some Douglass header pieces that came in an NOS header kit, # HK-1405-D , that I recently purchased.
Hopefully the shots of some of the original hardware are useful to some of you.

















25  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Fender Flaring On Trans-Am Camaros on: August 21, 2014, 10:14:28 PM
I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I thought they were pretty nasty.

http://www.racingsportscars.com/photo/1973/Mid-Ohio-1973-07-15-013.jpg
26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 z28 standard grill colors on: August 21, 2014, 09:04:28 PM
I would use a semi-gloss or satin black, not anything like a flat black. The argent silver would be good for the other part. I don't know of any reproduction '68 grilles that come pre-painted correctly.
27  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Monterey 2014 on: August 21, 2014, 05:07:14 PM
Thanks, Scott. They are very nice but the price is beyond what I'm willing to pay for a new car. Not to be nit-picky but I'd like to see the Z stripes be part of the package on the 6th-gen Z/28s.
28  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds on: August 21, 2014, 05:02:34 PM
Off the top of my head, I don't think the rear spoiler had a lot of effect until the speed started getting up to about 90-100MPH. The front spoilers were more effective than the rear.
29  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Fender Flaring On Trans-Am Camaros on: August 21, 2014, 05:00:28 PM
Steve, early on the tires were not that wide and not much was done on independent cars other than maybe rolling the lips of the fenders or doing some trimming. I can tell you that the wheel wells on my car were completely unmodified and even had the stock lip in the back. My car was not lowered out like some other T/A cars of the day as they were going to return it to a street car when they were done racing it. The Penske team cars had custom made wheel tubs in the back that allowed more room on the inside, similar in nature to the mini-tubs you see today. Ron Fournier is shown wailing on the fenders with a hammer to build the fender flares on the '69 team cars in the video "Four Hands on the Wheel". If you don't have that video, you should try and acquire a copy. It has some great content. As tires got wider, then it became necessary to add material to have enough coverage of the tires. They still had to use 8" wide wheels up through 1972 but it was amazing the size of the tire that they were able to fit on those wheels due to the design of the tire sidewalls.
30  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Monterey 2014 on: August 20, 2014, 09:09:49 AM
Dale, I'm very sorry to hear that about your dad. I hope he recovers as well as possible.

Yes, that sportsman award is very well deserved for Mike Eddy. He is a real asset to the HTA group and his Falcon is very well done.

We'll look forward to seeing you again next year and best of luck with your upcoming racing season.
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