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2701  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: June 16, 2011, 01:17:44 PM
A couple of shots of the aftermarket 1" sway bar with its custom-made aluminum bushing. It is unusually
made with an off-center hole through the two separate aluminum blocks. This item came off a legitimate
'67 Z-28 which, when found by Robert, had been abused as a circle track car. Robert thinks that the car
had road racing history prior to that.
2702  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: June 16, 2011, 01:09:27 PM
Beginning some time in 1969, some Camaro (F-body) and Nova (X-body) car got these extra bends incorporated
into the design of their sway bars. These bends served to restrict any potential side-to-side movement of the
sway bar. Prior to these bends being designed into the bar, limiting bushings were clamped in place to serve the
same purpose. It is thought this was done only on early '69 cars or on sway bar sizes (diameters) that had not
yet had the extra bends designed in (some early '70s cars).
2703  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: June 16, 2011, 12:51:16 PM
Another view showing the ends of the sway bars. GM sway bar ends have a very identifiable style, much different than aftermarket bars.
Robert feels this aftermarket bar (at far right in this photo) is probably an Addco piece.
2704  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: June 16, 2011, 12:43:40 PM
More front sway bars from Robert Lodewyk, 4 GM pieces and an aftermarket piece. His notes...

"The bottom two are 13/16. Note the one must be a pre '69 version since it does
not have the limiting couplings (bushings) on it. The other one with the bent bolt
on the end came off a wounded 1969/70 L78 Nova. The middle one is 7/8. The
other two are both 1-inch. The one with the aluminum blocks is one that came off
an old '67 Camaro race car I had. There are not any numbers on the aluminum blocks."
2705  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: June 16, 2011, 10:25:57 AM
Here's a Minilite I saw on a '69 Javelin Trans-Am car up at the Sonoma Historics. Does anyone know what the stamped numbers on the circular pad mean?

2706  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 16, 2011, 07:48:25 AM
Many thanks, Mike K, for posting those items. We've really got some neat and interesting things to see in this thread. I believe I still have that '67 Mid-Ohio rendering from R&T from when I was a kid. All boxed up though, not on display.
2707  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.
2708  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.
2709  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.
2710  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?

2711  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.
2712  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
2713  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.
2714  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.

2715  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: June 12, 2011, 05:44:26 PM
1969 Koni ad and decal
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