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2701  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Jones cable drive Tachometer on: June 07, 2011, 11:33:28 AM
Mike, it was a real pleasure to meet you and your god son at the track over the weekend. I also had the pleasure of meeting Dale Mathers (kiwiboss) who flew in from New Zealand. In spite of the rain, I still had a great time. That's a nice score on the tach. Last week of school... lucky you!
2702  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: June 07, 2011, 11:16:38 AM
That's Ron Bucknum, driver of the #9 Penske Camaro. I think this is from the '69 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am race.


Frank Dihartce Collection
2703  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: June 07, 2011, 10:51:52 AM
Bruce,

That is the engine compartment of the first '67 Penske Camaro (the car that Mark drove through the first 8 races of the '67 season) but it is after the car went to Europe. I believe the photo may be from 1969. I received that photo from Jeff Barley in England. I'm not sure if you received it from the same source or if I may have forwarded it to you.

-Jon
2704  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 07, 2011, 10:38:49 AM
1967 Modesto Trans-Am bumper sticker.


Frank Dihartce Collection
2705  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 06, 2011, 11:06:35 PM
Mark Donohue's Camaro. This is believed to be at Mid-Ohio in June '69.


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2706  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 06, 2011, 11:02:23 PM
A photo of the '69 Penske Camaro dash and interior. This is early in the '69 season due to the presence of the vinyl top.


Frank Dihartce Collection
2707  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 06, 2011, 10:58:48 PM
An social invitation given to Robert Barg for the weekend of the '71 Lime Rock Trans-Am race.

2708  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 06, 2011, 10:54:18 PM
From Robert Barg's collection...

2709  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: June 02, 2011, 05:09:35 PM
Further information, the front sway bar diameter on this car is 7/8". To make the sway bar act like a thicker, stiffer bar you would move the end link forward (away from the end and toward where the sway bar crosses the frame).
2710  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Stewart-Warner oil pressure sender on: June 02, 2011, 09:09:26 AM
I had a recent conversation with Bill Howell who worked for Vince Piggins' group and was directly involved as the Chevy liason with Trans-Am from 1968-70. Part of our conversation touched on the subject of brakes and here is some of what he said...

"Penske ran 2 cars in the 68 Sebring, both with 2X4's. We won the Trans-am part of [the 1968 Sebring race] after getting tromped by the Fords at the 24 hr of Daytona.  We beat them mainly with a brake pad change trick I developed between Daytona and Sebring.  It took a year or more for Ford to figure out what it was.  It was a simple idea where we applied vacuum to the master cylinder to draw the disc brake pistons back into the calipers, releasing the pressure on the pads.  We took the vacuum off the brake booster.  We tapped off the brake booster thru a vacuum switch (same as used on the old Corvette headlight doors), controlled by a switch on the dash, then to the cover over the master cylinder.  [Coming into the pits] they did need to blip the motor to get vacuum into the booster.  Only the Penske cars were equipped this way, as I took the hardware with me when I went to Sebring before the race weekend to keep it secret. The system was mentioned in Van Valkenburg's book.  The reason it took Ford so long to figure it out was it was so simple, and most people thought that if you put a vacuum on the brake calipers, it would suck air past the seals and into the fluid."
2711  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 02, 2011, 08:38:33 AM
This car was a body-in-white and was not a completed car, just a body. From there they built it into a completed race car after first acid-dipping it to reduce weight. They painted the car blue and put a red interior in it apparently because they liked the combination. I have seen a photo later in the season where Donohue's car has blue interior panels.
2712  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sonoma Historics (Formerly Wine Country Classic) on: June 01, 2011, 05:01:55 PM
It looks like some potential wet weather up there this weekend.
2713  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 01, 2011, 12:40:34 PM
Hello Mike, fun to hear more details and see another photo. The filler and cap was indeed chrome. Other photos have erased all doubt. I do agree the one from Marlboro would be nicer if it was a sharper image. I'll look for some photos of original cowl plenum air cleaners with the notch I was talking about. I know I have some. The fabricated Penske instrument cluster is patterned after the '69 and is not right for the '67. It's too wide toward the passenger side. Just a tach in the center and two smaller guages, one above the other on either side of the tach. Yes, the cluster was painted black. The middle of the steering wheel also had the word "Think" on it. Best of luck with that litte detail touch!
2714  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: June 01, 2011, 10:36:44 AM
Thanks very much for posting that photo. I don't own that particular publication so it's a new one to me. Based on some things such as the chrome valve covers, the stock fuel line, the fan and fan shroud, and a lift off hood, I am confident that it is not the Penske/Donohue car. Just whose car it is though, I'm not sure. The air cleaner to the firewall was a General Motors part available to anybody and not something custom-made by the Penske team. If you are able to find the yearbook again, a higher resolution image posted here would be very appreciated.
2715  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: May 31, 2011, 11:21:54 PM
Last ones from Robert...



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