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2821  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.

2822  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...

2823  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).
2824  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."
2825  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.
2826  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.
2827  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!
2828  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.
2829  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: May 31, 2011, 11:21:54 PM
Last ones from Robert...



2830  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: May 31, 2011, 05:11:22 PM
Two more...
2831  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: May 31, 2011, 05:10:18 PM
Three more photos...
2832  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Front sway bars on: May 31, 2011, 05:08:54 PM
These photos are courtesy of Robert Lodewyk. They show the unrestored, "as-found" state of his original front sway bar and associated hardware. These pieces are on his ex-Gerry Gregory Trans-Am Camaro. This car was built by Dick Guldstrand's shop and the car was campaigned in the four West Coast Trans-Am events during the '69 season. Thank you Robert for sharing these photos with us.
2833  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Moroso products on: May 30, 2011, 04:15:53 PM
Thanks for posting those photos, Joe. Seeing that first page of yours reminded me of the following story I saw on the C1 and C2 Corvette forum posted by GCD1962...

"After Dick left Stahl (leaving in the middle of the night with help by a friend) he opened up shop in a 1,500 sq ft store in Greenwich, Ct. I had just finished basic training for Navy Reserves and worked the "night shift" at the store. I was the first employee for Moroso Performance. Around this time Dick knew there was a market to mail order performance parts so he created the first catalog. I remember when it came back from the printer as we lined up all the pages (around 16 I think), assembled them and stapled them. That first catalog raised a few eyebrows as Dick used a model that was a friend of a guy named Seymour Balz. His real name was Pat Cunningham. Pat and Phil Engledrum put out a car magazine named something like Super Stock Illustrated and other car mags. Seymour got this bimbo to pose for the catalog and in one of the photos , the girl is clearly pointed at the oil pan with her middle finger which many people quickly noticed. with a number of "moms" objecting. The magazines published by Phil and Pat also were very suggestive at the time (today would be nothing), and when a mother would complain of her son reading such "trash" Seymour and Phil would respond by sending a photo copy of a hand with the middle finger well extended !"
2834  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: May 30, 2011, 04:05:03 PM
I'm loving that. A few things I have seen in original photos, the oil filler tube and cap were chrome, the thermostat housing was gray, the fuel line crossed the passenger side valve cover in the middle aimed at the center of the carburetor and then teed off with arched Aeroquip fuel lines to the front and rear float bowls. The fuel pump boss had a bare aluminum plate covering it and the top two bolts were safety wired, likewise for the bottom two bolts. The same safety wire does not run through all four bolts. For some reason, this car used a big block cowl plenum air cleaner with a subtle notch on the driver's side of the air cleaner housing. They had to shorten the metal extension that went toward the plastic duct on the firewall and when restapling the rubber sleeve to the air cleaner housing, the taped up seam of the rubber was now on top rather than being hidden underneath. What are your plans for the trunk lid? The opening for the fuel filler is for the '68 and '69 style and the trunk pins are not appropriate where they placed them.
2835  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Goodyear Blue Streak Sports Car Special... Streaks on: May 30, 2011, 03:03:48 PM
Chad, I asked a friend about this who I thought might have some insight but his input was...

"That is very interesting, and I must say that I have never seen the dual blue stripes, even though I thought of myself as a "Goodyear Bluestreak afficianado". I have 4 NOS 7.00 X 15 Bluestreaks from Carroll Shelby vintage 1963 - 64 and they still have the stickers on them. My tires have the single blue stripe. Sorry I couldn't be more help."

I'll continue to ask around. Have you tried asking about this on the TNF website?
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