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2641  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Jones cable drive Tachometer on: June 21, 2011, 10:51:56 AM
Great news that you were able to get an interior photo and get the appropriate tach. Definitely one of the benefits of networking with fellow like-minded enthusiasts.
2642  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: June 21, 2011, 10:48:41 AM
I'm not sure why I hadn't thought to suggest the issues of Competition Press & Autoweek (CP&A) and Stock Car Racing (SCR) magazine but I'm glad you did Mike. They are both great resources of information. I guess I just had books on the brain when this thread first got posted. I have collected many issues of both CP&A and SCR and am glad I did. Some issues of Riverside Raceway magazine are also very good but they don't come up too often and they don't always contain Trans-Am information. You have to be choosy. One other thing which I started to collect was National Speed Sport News as it seemed to be like CP&A but it is much more of a Nascar and circle track publication and Trans-Am pickings are very slim in there.
2643  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: June 21, 2011, 10:35:22 AM
Interesting, Robert. Did you see that in a vintage photo or on the car itself?
2644  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series on: June 20, 2011, 10:28:17 PM
Laguna Seca  near Monterey, CA has been famous for many years and especially for the Historic Race Festival that takes place there every August. Only two Trans-Am races were run there for the big-bore Pony cars in the '66-'72 timeframe. That would be the August 24, 1969 race won by Mark Donohue and the April 19, 1970 race won by Parnelli Jones. Interestingly, both drivers who won at Laguna Seca also won the championship for their manufacturer that year. This track is world famous for its challenging "corkscrew" turn 6 and 6A and it also has some interesting elevation changes. The layout of the track has been changed nowadays and this was done to lure the World Superbikes there. I think the original layout was not long enough to fit World Superbike criteria.



Here's a map showing the current layout of the track.



A fast lap around Laguna Seca with Mark Donohue (1970)






2645  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series on: June 20, 2011, 10:13:25 PM
Riverside Raceway  in Riverside, CA was a challenging course that was a home track for some of the most competitive drivers that raced in the Trans-Am series. Those names would include Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Jerry Titus and George Follmer. There was a Riverside Trans-Am every year until 1972 when it was cancelled due to George Follmer wrapping up the championship (for himself and for the AMC Javelin) just after midway through the year.









Riverside's turn 1
2646  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series on: June 20, 2011, 07:01:22 PM
Road America  in Elkhart Lake, WI began hosting Trans-Am events beginning with the 1970 season. I was in attendance at all the Trans-Am races at this track from 1970-1974 and it was one of the premier tracks in that series. Very picturesque setting and very challenging high-speed 4-mile track.









2647  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: June 20, 2011, 12:32:12 PM
Yes, I can imagine that would be a great benefit.

Here are some more factory front (anti) sway bars courtesy of Frank Dihartce. From top to bottom the diameters are 3/4", 13/16", 7/8", 15/16", 1" and 1 1/16". The bottom two are lightly used and the others are NOS.



Dia.          '67-'68 p/n      superceded 2/69 p/n
3/4"          3892735              3962795
13/16"       3955782        unchanged thru '75
7/8"          3895235              3962796
15/16"       3935783              3962797
1"             3948987              3961763
1 1/16"      3927505              3962799

The superceded p/n sway bars have extra bends toward the end of the bar to keep them from shifting side-to-side.

Below is a close-up showing the factory style sway bar ends.



Below is the front sway bar bushing clamp #3935743, 2 bolts #189327, 1 1/16" bushing # 3927506, and reinforcement plate # 3927944 which goes on the inside of the frame after you drill out the factory threaded holes.



Top view of the same piece...



Exploded view. The reinforcement plate is the same one used for the factory rear sway bar.

2648  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: June 20, 2011, 01:31:24 AM
Thank you both for your thoughts. Yes, the Javelin uses the 4.5" bolt circle.
2649  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 20, 2011, 01:25:51 AM
Mike, here's a photo of the steering wheel showing the word "THINK" on it. It was shown in the '67 Bryar Trans-Am program.
2650  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 20, 2011, 01:15:09 AM
Great that you have been able to find an alternative trunk lid. Here is a Craig Fisher photo of the rear of the car at Sebring in 1967. It shows how the rear stripes should be done, the screen replacing the white backup lenses, the wider red lenses than what is on the model and maybe a few other details for you to pick up on. The rear spoiler at Marlboro was taller than this stock one and the pinstripes were not done on the spoiler at Marlboro either. Also, that same filler cap as seen in this photo is used at Marlboro but it is much lower. Just above deck lid height. The hole is centered in the lid, both L-R and fore-to-aft (front edge of spoiler to front edge of trunk lid). There is maybe 3" of real-life clearance around that filler on the decklid and it has a bead of rubber to finish off the circumference of the hole.
2651  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Jones cable drive Tachometer on: June 20, 2011, 12:53:59 AM
Is that piece original to your Firebird, Bruce or something that you picked up later?
2652  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: June 20, 2011, 12:52:27 AM
Thanks for posting that photo, Bruce. I guess I assumed the T/G Firebirds had the sway bar over the top of the frame, such as the one seen on Robert Lodewyk's car. I see the chamfer on the aluminum blocks where the sway bar passes through. Is there a reinforcement plate inside the frame rail that the two bolts thread into? I think that taller spindle you have on your front suspension has something to do with the need for that fabricated snubber spacer.
2653  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: June 18, 2011, 11:24:57 PM
Another photo, possibly by Kanji Satoh, of an early T/G Firebird (prior to the 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am at Michigan Int'l Speedway)

2654  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 18, 2011, 11:14:33 PM
This was among some of the programs and other memorabilia that I purchased from Robert Barg at the races a couple of weeks ago.

2655  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 17, 2011, 12:01:12 PM
Mike, that air cleaner and duct are coming along nicely!
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