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2326  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 TRANS AM FILM on: September 20, 2011, 10:43:22 PM
Very cool, Tim. Thanks for posting that. I'd seen some parts of it before but not all of it. Lots of good Riverside footage, but other places as well. I wish there was more!
2327  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sunoco fueling rig on: September 20, 2011, 10:32:26 PM
This is the best I can do right now. Maybe next week I can find something else for you. This is the gas filler on Don Lee's '68 Penske car. The '69 Penske cars early that season used this style of filler lid (and filler neck, for that matter) although it was positioned a little more rearward than shown here and the part that is painted black on Don's lid was stainless (silver) on the '69 car. I hope that helps.

2328  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: September 20, 2011, 01:55:28 PM
Well... I've got a lot of old magazines, which I guess I'm glad I held on to because I'm getting good use out of them now.
2329  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 20, 2011, 01:43:59 PM
Good luck!   Wink
2330  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: September 20, 2011, 01:41:04 PM
When I saw that car of Craig Jackson's at the Sonoma Historics this year, there was a sign board that had some info about the car but I neglected to get a photo of it (feeling stupid now). It did say something about it being the #3 car from the '69 season and that it went to the Penske team and was used by them for testing and development (to the best of my recollection).
2331  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: September 18, 2011, 10:13:34 PM
From the May 1968 issue of Sports Car Graphic.









2332  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 18, 2011, 09:13:48 PM
Bruce, I think they call that "having a really good day".  Grin
2333  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: September 18, 2011, 09:07:19 PM
Here's a Valvoline ad with the Camaro, as driven by Bill Petree.

2334  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: September 18, 2011, 12:47:11 AM
Sometimes you come across pretty decent articles in unexpected places like this one from my May 1967 issue of Car Craft magazine.
















2335  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 17, 2011, 05:19:01 PM
A nice stroke of luck, Bruce! Not only fortunate for you, but for us Trans-Am enthusiasts as well. We get to learn more about the T/G cars than we otherwise might have been able to do.
2336  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: September 17, 2011, 05:09:02 PM
Attached is my copy of the 2nd edition Donald Farr book. There's some pretty good content in there for a fan of the old Trans-Am series.
Includes details on some of the various parts that make up the Boss 302, decent coverage of the '69 and '70 Trans-Am season, details
on the '68 mule that helped develop the production Boss 302, info on ex-GM stylist Larry Shinoda and more. I do recommend it also.

2337  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: September 16, 2011, 10:12:03 PM
Thanks for the info. I got Ron's other link working. How many Javelins did Ronnie Kaplan's shop actually build? They built cars for Nascar GT as well as Trans-Am, right?
2338  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 mountain green code H formula on: September 16, 2011, 07:16:01 PM
No, it's an original paint car.
2339  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: September 15, 2011, 10:26:50 PM
Adding some AMC Javelin photos from the Wolverine Trans-Am courtesy of "Javelin GT" and "klvn8r" from this AMC forum.

This particular photo shows the hood up and reveals the taller manifold and aircleaner used by the Javelin team at that particular race.
It is obvious that the blistered hood is necessary for clearance.


Also, there is a nice short interview with Ronnie Kaplan on tajavelin.com where he describes the special engine used by the Javelin team
to start the '69 season. This special engine based on the 343 block rather than the 290 and with a lower deck height, taller manifold,
dominator carbs, etc is the reason why they were so fast at that Michigan race. Sadly for the AMC team, somebody didn't properly
homolgate that engine (fill out the proper paperwork) so it couldn't be used for the rest of the season.


Here's Bob Tullius' Javelin back by the garages. I believe this car of Bob's was one of the team cars from the '68 season.


My understanding is that Tullius' Javelin was an official AMC team car at the beginning of the '69 season and these photos seems to support that.


Ron Grable's Javelin. Looks like Ron is suited up in the car.

2340  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 15, 2011, 10:05:38 PM
Thanks, Bruce. I measured the distance between the upper set of holes and the lower set of holes and for the JL8 bracket the distance was 2-5/8" or approximately 66.5mm. For the drum brake backing plate, the distance was 2-13/32" or approximately 61.5mm. Looks like yours is unique.
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