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2596  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 31, 2011, 12:14:12 AM
Another recap of the Wolverine Trans-Am, this one from Car Life Magazine.



2597  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: July 31, 2011, 12:07:56 AM

Car Life Magazine
2598  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: July 30, 2011, 02:27:07 PM
Andy's car had the standard flat hood. I had not caught that it had no air cleaner studs. The headers are not Stahls, they are Bill Thomas headers. I can tell be the routing of the tube coming out of port #6 (third back on pass side) which goes further out to allow cylinder #8 tube to curve forward behind it.

Looks like the fuel distribution block has a line for a fuel pressure gauge coming out of it. The PCV hose routs back to the wiper washer bottle on the firewall which is being used as a puke tank.
2599  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Opinons on tires and wheels for my Camaro on: July 30, 2011, 11:33:48 AM
How about a set of the reproduction Firestone race tires? http://store.cokertire.com/firestone-indy-920-15.html

You can mount them on some 5-spoke American D-spoke wheels from http://vintageeng.com/MagWheelsProduct.html
2600  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: July 30, 2011, 01:10:51 AM
The '68 Camaro engine compartment of Southern California's Andy Porterfield. These were taken around the time of the '69 Riverside Trans-Am.
Bill Thomas had a hand in building the engine for this car which was claimed to make 466hp at 7,400 rpm.




Petersen Publishing photos
2601  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rusty Jowett's 1967 Camaro Trans-Am Race Car on: July 30, 2011, 12:54:01 AM
Chad, that recollection by Bill Lange is very intriguing to me. My '67 Z race car was bought new through Aero Chevrolet in Alexandria, VA by Hugh Heishman, who had named his VW/Porsche dealership after his father Joe Heishman who had retired due to a health issue. Hugh had told me that he also bought a yellow '67 Z for himself as a street car but I was under the impression that he had owned it for a few years before selling it. Apparently, that is not the case. I don't know whether he knows if his yellow car went on to be Rusty's race car but I will have to give Hugh a call and see if this rings a bell with him. I really appreciate you posting this new information about Rusty's car. Thank you. The article below has a photo of Hugh Heishman and talks a little about his racing team.

2602  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rest in Peace, Chic Vandagriff on: July 30, 2011, 12:26:27 AM
Chad, that is a sad thing to hear and my condolences go out to the Vandagriff family. Chic certainly did a lot for the sport and was a good man. He will be missed.
2603  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Slot Cars on: July 29, 2011, 10:41:37 PM
A little silly but since we are talking slot cars, might as well post a few pictures of the slot car
set available back in the '60s from your local Chevy dealer. Thanks Robert L. for the photos!




2604  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: ZL1 CAMARO SCCA ? on: July 29, 2011, 10:25:34 PM
I was under the impression Bob Jane bought both cars and the engine in the drag car was a spare for the orange road racer. Not true?
2605  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: July 29, 2011, 01:05:40 PM
Frank Dihartce sent me another photo of the car to post. Thanks, Frank!
2606  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 69 Penske vinyl roof on: July 29, 2011, 12:35:22 PM
Shoulda, woulda, coulda, Ron.  Cheesy
2607  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rusty Jowett's 1967 Camaro Trans-Am Race Car on: July 29, 2011, 12:28:41 PM
A photo of Rusty's '67 in the yellow paint scheme can be seen here on Nick England's VIR History webpages. The photo was taken in April 1968. I know Mark Schwien was a very talented mechanic/fabricator that helped Rusty with this car. I'd love to hear from him or anybody else associated with Rusty Jowett and his Camaros.
2608  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: ZL1 CAMARO SCCA ? on: July 29, 2011, 11:51:34 AM
That is a really cool shot of the car, Chad. The restoration of Bob Jane's ZL1 can be seen here.
2609  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds on: July 29, 2011, 11:39:26 AM
Steve,

I do like the Monaros. They are an attractive car. I knew they had the availability of the Chevy V8 in them. To my understanding, they were only available with the 10-bolt rear axle although many racers put in a 12-bolt. I'm not certain about what 4-speed transmissions were factory available. Was a Muncie tranny available or did they rely on a Saginaw (or something else)?

For 10" wide wheels, those are really modest flares. Very tasteful. I like them. When the Trans-Am series here in the US went to the wider wheels sizes beginning in 1973, the flares started getting ridiculous and this was when cars really started getting cobbled up.

I am impressed with your www.theroaringseason.com website. Lots of work to put something like that together and you have done an extremely nice job with it. I wish you much continued success.

For Camaro and Chevy enthusiasts reading this, check out the above website for a neat article on the restoration of the Bob Jane ZL-1, the '70 Trans-Am season, the Bill Thomas Cheetah and much more...
2610  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us on: July 28, 2011, 10:37:25 AM
Thanks, Tim. Always great to see more interesting racing footage get posted on youtube. I just received this info below from Tom McIntyre.


Sports Car Magazine (SCCA publication) from 1944-1970 has been digitized and is completely searchable through optical character recognition (OCR).

This was done under a licensing agreement with SCCA.

The website is www.sportscarscan.com if anyone is interested in this resource

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