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2401  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Crane Cams and Crane "Super Port Flow" heads on: December 29, 2011, 02:49:09 AM
Thanks, Chad. I thought you might like that. I also thought that might be a Cougar Trans-Am engine but they did run a 2x4 carb and manifold set-up in '67. I guess this could have been before the season started and before paperwork had been filed with the SCCA/FIA to legalize those pieces.
2402  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Crane Cams and Crane "Super Port Flow" heads on: December 29, 2011, 12:33:24 AM
Thanks, Chad. Here are some more pages from the '67 catalog.





















2403  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: December 27, 2011, 10:58:57 PM
The Daytona 24-Hour race was an international endurance race which was not a part of the Trans-Am series. The only
exception to that was in 1968 when the Trans-Am cars were included and the race was actually part of the Trans-Am
schedule that year. This patch is from that 1968 era.


Jon Mello Collection
2404  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Crane Cams and Crane "Super Port Flow" heads on: December 27, 2011, 10:44:16 PM
Here are some pages from the 1967 Crane Cams catalog. It is interesting to note that not only did Crane offer cams and
all the various valvetrain components, they also offered fully-prepped ported and polished cylinder heads. These could
be off-the-shelf or you could supply your own. These "Super Port Flow" heads are also referred to as "Fireball" heads.













2405  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 25, 2011, 02:37:07 AM
Below are some photos from the Green Valley Raceway "Polar Prix" in February, 1965, when Carroll Shelby introduced the racing GT-350 with Ken Miles.
Jerry Melton says:  "I couldn't get very close again that year.   My corner work (flag station) didn't start until the next season.  For the duel between Charlie
Barnes' Merlyn and Miles I was at the 180 degree turn at the top of the hill.  Miles would hug the inside, drag racing out and down the straightaway (which
was a dragstrip) while Barnes made a wide, smooth outside parabola.  It was a very tight contest.  My fuzzy memory has it that Barnes won... but maybe not.
Shelby American members will surely have the answer."

A jovial Carroll Shelby, at right, talks with bundled up spectators prior to the race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

A closer shot of Carroll.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The new GT350 at speed out on the track. In 1965, the direction of the course was clockwise.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's racing great Ken Miles powering out of the 180 degree turn and starting down the long drag race straight.

Photo by Jerry Melton

A dramatic shot here. Down toward the end of the long straight is a hump which clearly got all four of the Shelby's tires off the ground.


Here's Ken Miles on the inside line coming out of the 180 and battling with Charlie Barnes' Merlyn sports racer.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2406  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 24, 2011, 04:31:32 PM
A map of the Green Valley Raceway circuit. The map says one lap is 2.1 miles but elsewhere I have seen it
listed as a 1.58 mile track. This would make more sense based on the lap times and speeds.


Courtesy of Jerry Melton
2407  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: December 24, 2011, 03:36:15 PM
Thanks for posting that, Robert.

Clicking here will take you directly to the auction.

Here are some vintage photos of the Jerry Petersen car...


Lance Smith Collection


Lance Smith Collection


Lance Smith Collection


Lance Smith Collection

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UPDATE: LOOKS LIKE IT SOLD FOR $110K
2408  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 24, 2011, 02:38:04 AM
Jerry Melton went through his files today and with luck was able to come up with a race report covering from the February 12-13 "Polar Prix" at Green Valley and a few more pictures from the event.













Here is international racing star Pedro Rodriguez putting in some practice laps in one of the Purple People Eater Mini Coopers
prior to the actual race, when he switched over to run one of the Shelby GT350 Mustangs.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here is Bill Steele in the GT350 that Pedro would take over.

Photo by Jerry Melton

This is Jerry Titus behind the wheel of the Shelby team's GT350.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Another shot of Titus in the GT350, this from the negative rather than the print.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's Pedro in the Shelby after Bill Steele backed out.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2409  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 23, 2011, 07:59:23 PM
Green Valley Trans-Am race report from the June '67 issue of SCCA Sports Car magazine.


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection
2410  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67 Metallic brakes on: December 23, 2011, 01:31:54 AM
Bill,

I remember hearing that story about your calipers, probably from Jerry. When Fred Hucke and I had J56 calipers done by Lonestar about a year ago they recounted that they had only seen 1 set of these before and I immediately knew whose calipers they were talking about.
2411  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 22, 2011, 04:24:21 PM
Green Valley Trans-Am race report from Sports Car Graphic magazine, July 1967.


Jon Mello Collection



Jon Mello Collection



Jon Mello Collection



Jon Mello Collection



Jon Mello Collection
2412  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 22, 2011, 04:19:28 PM
This tongue-in-cheek ad in Sports Car Graphic shows how badly damaged Jerry Titus' Mustang was after his rollover
accident during practice before the Trans-Am. Amazingly, the car was repaired overnight and it made the race.

Jon Mello Collection
2413  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1967 upper control arm shaft. on: December 22, 2011, 01:12:48 AM
Thanks for the input, Mike. Being a West Coast guy, I have not seen the same amount of NOR cars as I have of the LOS cars. If there are truly '67 NOR cars that did use the second style such as the one shown in my NOS part photo, then I will have to stand corrected on that. Maybe it is one more thing to add to the CRG topics of research. The threaded shafts with the nuts on the end are not an original style part for a 1st-gen Camaro however.

P.S. To clarify, a '67 LOS car does not have to have two different styles of a-arm cross shafts. They can both be the same style side-to-side or they can be mismatched. It just depended what was there in the bin at the time the car was being built.
2414  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1967 upper control arm shaft. on: December 21, 2011, 06:35:49 PM
NOS Camaro a-arm cross shafts offered as service replacement pieces. OK to use as original style on a '67 LOS car but not the style used on a '67 NOR car.
2415  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1967 upper control arm shaft. on: December 21, 2011, 06:33:23 PM
Original shafts on a 12C-built LOS car.
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