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2416  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 20, 2011, 01:43:59 PM
Good luck!   Wink
2417  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).
2418  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.









2419  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
2420  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.

2421  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.
















2422  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.
2423  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.

2424  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?
2425  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.
2426  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.

2427  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.
2428  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67/8 Cowl Hoods, Factory? on: September 15, 2011, 09:39:17 PM
The hood came about because special raised hoods were in fashion at the time. They already had the cowl plenum underhood induction in '67 and '68 but in '69 obviously the cowl induction hood was used by the Penske team and others. After that, air induction was not supposed to be through the scooped hoods but instead drawn from under the stock hood. I'm not sure why SCCA bothered with that.
2429  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67/8 Cowl Hoods, Factory? on: September 15, 2011, 01:45:55 PM
I'm not questioning whether the car was missing the hood in subsequent years. I was simply replying to Dale's question about whether one of these hoods were optional on a '67 or '68. That's why this car deserved mentioning because it did in fact have the hood on it in the summer and fall of '68 and it was put there by GM. The hood did not truly become available to "the average Joe" until the '69 ZL-1 started being produced at the end of December '68. Of course, it could be said the '69 ZL-1 purchaser was not your "average Joe" either.  Wink
2430  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67/8 Cowl Hoods, Factory? on: September 15, 2011, 10:10:10 AM
Picture of car below with '68 Michigan plate on it shows Estes' car had the cowl hood on it. Whether that was removed at the time of "retail sale" at the end of December, who knows but it most definitely was on the car when owned by Pete Estes and when used to pace the Road America Can-Am. The window sticker that you have Bill is not what was originally issued by GM when the car was built.
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