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2656  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds on: July 31, 2011, 01:22:57 AM
Steve, thanks for the further details on Norm Beechey's Monaro. It does sound like a trick, well-engineered car and it is nice to be able to know a little more about it. As for The Roaring Season, three months is not a long time for a website to be in existence and the quantity and quality of the articles is already very good. I'm sure it will continue to grow as more people hear about it and check out the content.
2657  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.



2658  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: July 31, 2011, 12:07:56 AM

Car Life Magazine
2659  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.
2660  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
2661  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
2662  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.

2663  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.
2664  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!




2665  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?
2666  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!
2667  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 69 Penske vinyl roof on: July 29, 2011, 12:35:22 PM
Shoulda, woulda, coulda, Ron.  Cheesy
2668  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.
2669  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.
2670  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...
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