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2671  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 15, 2011, 01:23:07 PM
The Penske Camaro on pit road prior to the start of the 1968 Daytona 24-hour race. This is the only year when the Daytona 24-hour was part of the Trans-Am schedule. Roger Penske is leaning in giving Mark last minute instructions while chief mechanic Roy Gane listens in.
2672  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Finish on Clutch Shaft Bracket & Clutch Shaft on: June 14, 2011, 10:57:31 PM
I agree with Jerry on the color/plating. Also, I have not seen a more accurate reproduction. I always try and acquire originals.
2673  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: June 14, 2011, 12:42:41 PM
Your welcome Chad, and thanks for posting a current photo of that same engine compartment. I'm not aware of which engine builder Craig Murray may have used but the engine appears to be Traco gray and Al Bartz painted his engines blue, from what I have been told.

It seems like the dimpling on the aluminum cowl plenum air cleaner duct is a direct result of Murray's usage of the different valve cover with the fill cap instead of the earlier one with the quick disconnect. I'm assuming he was using an oil cap and spout and the can needed more clearance.
2674  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Websites that might be of interest to us on: June 14, 2011, 12:35:35 PM
I'm not on Facebook and have not seen the website however Tom McIntyre told me about this so I'm sharing it here for the benefit of those who are facebook users.!/historictransamracing

Anyone know of other websites that might be of interest to the Historic Trans-Am enthusiast?

2675  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 14, 2011, 12:22:19 PM
Mike, I have to confess I was not aware of the subtle differences between a '60s Minilite and the '70-later version. It is a little hard to see on the small wheels shown in your photos. I'll see if I might have some photos that make this more readily apparent. Once again though, impressive work and thanks for sharing it with us.
2676  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 14, 2011, 12:12:04 PM
Interesting item from a historical perspective but downright silly looking. Maybe that's why Ronnie Kaplan wore his "fishing hat" so he wouldn't have to wear one of those!  Smiley
2677  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: June 14, 2011, 12:07:51 PM
Bruce, the first race of the '69 season Milt Minter had a T/G Firebird with the '68 style grille and also it had a different paint scheme than the usual white with blue stripes. As you say, I don't think a Firebird raced with the '69 grille until the Craig Fisher car in the 1970 season. This car above, since it had a number on the side, threw me for a little loop since it seems like it may be "race ready" but I don't recall seeing any photos of it on the track.
2678  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: June 14, 2011, 10:23:38 AM
From the 1969 Kent 300 Trans-Am program.

2679  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: June 12, 2011, 05:44:26 PM
1969 Koni ad and decal
2680  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: June 12, 2011, 02:48:07 PM
In the How to Hotrod Small-block Chevys book, there is this photo with a caption that says:

Penske/Traco 1968 Camaro with 2 x 4
bbl. carburetion draws air from fabricated
cowl vent. A close look at the photo re-
veals a lot. Safety wire on headers, nylon-
strapped plug cables, liberal use of steel-
braided-covered lines, senders for oil pressure
and water temperature. This is the type
of engine that was used in SCCA Trans Am

While it does appear to be the same engine as in the previous post, it doesn't have
the 2 x 4 carburetion. I believe this is the same car but from 1970 when driven by
Craig Murray in the Laguna Seca Trans-Am.
2681  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firestone racing tires --- new reproduction on: June 11, 2011, 11:28:04 PM
Example photo
2682  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: June 11, 2011, 04:44:24 PM
Hey Bruce, I'm not sure whose Firebird this might be. Can you fill me in?

2683  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: June 11, 2011, 03:08:56 PM
Engine pictures of the Mark Donohue '68 Sunoco Camaro. This car has been owned for the last 25 years or so by Tom McIntyre.

Photo by Karl Ludvigsen

Photo by Karl Ludvigsen

2684  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Gary Morgan, Trans-Am racer on: June 11, 2011, 12:45:51 PM
2685  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Firestone racing tires --- new reproduction on: June 11, 2011, 01:12:17 AM
I heard very recently about Coker Tire doing reproductions of the old Firestone "Super Sports Indy" racing tires that were used on Trans-Am cars back in the classic '66-'72 era. I see they list a couple of sizes, one is a 9.20-15 and the other is a 12.00-15. It would be nice to have a few other size choices and they are pretty expensive but it's great to see them offered.
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