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2791  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.
2792  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.









2793  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: June 12, 2011, 05:44:26 PM
1969 Koni ad and decal
2794  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
competition.



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.
2795  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firestone racing tires --- new reproduction on: June 11, 2011, 11:28:04 PM
Example photo
2796  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?

2797  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

2798  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Gary Morgan, Trans-Am racer on: June 11, 2011, 12:45:51 PM
2799  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.
2800  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 11, 2011, 12:57:48 AM
Another item from Robert Barg. I believe it's from Le Circuit Mt. Tremblant (St. Jovite, Canada)
2801  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 10, 2011, 10:51:43 AM
I don't know why they used those hoods, Joe. Later in the season they went back to flat hoods. Both '68 cars began life as bodies-in-white, not as complete "showroom" models.
2802  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Gauge Question on: June 10, 2011, 10:45:46 AM
Joe, I think the best way to determine that is to check out the date codes which are usually ink stamped onto the case of the gauge after the part number. You can see the Stewart-Warner date codes here. You might find a gauge that would read 359M-L3. The first numbers would be the gauge part number and the L3 would translate to March 1967.
2803  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 10, 2011, 10:33:01 AM
Great items, Chad. Thanks for posting them. Can you enlighten me about the Monsanto "Durette" uniform vs the "Fypro"? Seems like Fypro quickly replaced the Durette as the top of the line suit.
2804  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 10, 2011, 09:55:44 AM
Nice work on the new casting for ther cowl plenum assembly. Very impressive, especially for an unfinished piece. Regarding the dash, the factory delete plates were removed. The metal bezel/trim for that center area was kept but all black (no more chrome edge). In the upper area where the heater controls would be on a normal Camaro, there were 12 vertically mounted fuses. These were on a plate that was at the same angle as the dash but sunk in maybe 1/4". In the radio hole, there were at least two but probably three toggle switches mounted on a plate that did not follow the angle of the dash. The plate was vertical (perpendicular to the ground) so that the effect was the top appeared to be more sunken in than the bottom. Underneath that center dash area were two gauges. A small 2 1/16" gauge similar to the ones in the dash pad and to its right, a larger 2 5/8" gauge which I think is for fuel pressure. Both are angled slightly toward the driver and appear to be in separate mounting brackets. The stock shift boot is used and the metal ring to hold it down is black. As for the pad, it was not used earlier in the season. I know it appears to be in there for the race following Marlboro but when it was added, I don't know. The floor itself is blacked out. I hope this is useful.
2805  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Gauge Question on: June 09, 2011, 11:16:31 AM
Chad, I've got a '66 Stewart Warner catalog and I don't recall any black bezel gauges being in there although I'll look again to make sure. I do recall some marine usage gauges where there ring was not chrome but I don't remember it being black.
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