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2836  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: May 03, 2011, 08:10:23 AM
Dan Lipetz of the Historic Trans-Am race group tells me his new book about the Trans-Am series is due to come out this fall, possibly as early as late August. More good reading to look forward to.
2837  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Early Traco Water Pump Pulley on: May 02, 2011, 06:02:13 PM
Wow, Chad. That is a seriously cool piece with several details that most people would never catch. Thanks a lot for posting it.
2838  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Rear axle on: May 02, 2011, 02:43:21 PM
Here's an article from 1968 showing one method of how they beefed up rear spring perches on the axle back then.
No matter if you're road racing or drag racing, this is a wise thing to do because the factory welds in this area are
only suitable for going back and forth to the grocery store.

2839  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Engine photos on: May 02, 2011, 02:36:35 PM
Anybody have some good Trans-Am engine compartment photos they would like to post?

Here's one of the Dick Guldstrand Dana-sponsored Camaro. Notice the spacers under the
thermostat housing, possibly to elevate the upper radiator hose away from the fan belt.
Click here for comments about the water pump pulley.

2840  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: May 02, 2011, 12:30:46 PM
Thanks, Mike.

Here's a photo of the John Putnam Camaro in the '70-'71 paint scheme. John was in the San Francisco Region
of the SCCA at this time but the car ran in the '71 Riverside Trans-Am, the '72 Bryar Trans-Am and the '72 Road
America Trans-Am, as well as numerous IMSA and A-Sedan races before John sold it at the end of 1973.

Photo: Dave Doyal Collection
2841  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Cars we haven't seen much of on: April 30, 2011, 06:23:21 PM
I think that sounds right about the UoP Camaro, that John Miller of Indiana may currently own it. There was a John Miller who was part of the original crew for that car and I think it is he who owns it now.

I am curious about this car that Harry Lipetz used to race (the ex-Lance Pruyn car). It was sold to a new owner (I don't recall the name) who spent a fair amount of $$$ to rerestore it and then I think it was only raced one time maybe 4 years ago. Anybody know what's going on with it?

2842  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 29, 2011, 10:33:15 PM
Mike, what was done with the taillights on this car? They look different than stock.
2843  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 29, 2011, 05:36:48 PM
Here you go, Mike.  Was this the same car that was sold to Allen Hewitt, Jr
and was raced by him in Trans-Am starting around 1970?

2844  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: April 29, 2011, 12:56:54 PM
Quote from: wolfmin
I seem to recall a lot of photo mistakes in this book, but I still refer to it a lot.

You are right, there are some mistakes, but I'm not sure a book was ever written that didn't have mistakes in it. I always try and read multiple sources, which helps if you are really searching for facts.

Here's another book, more of a picture book than a novel, and one which also has some mistakes in the captions but which is a great source for many very nice "period" photos of the Trans-Am cars in action. It should be on the bookshelf of any true Trans-Am fan. Many comments throughout the book are provided by drivers who raced back then.

Dave Friedman's "Trans-Am: The Pony Car Wars 1966-1972"
2845  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 28, 2011, 02:40:14 PM
Chad, The photos of the cars on the track are fun to look at but these shots that allow us to see more of the details of the cars are the ones I really enjoy. The '67 rule book does not discuss spindles but the '68 rule books says the spindles can be modified or changed as long as there are no changes to the track or wheelbase. I'm not sure if the Corvette spindle would do any of that. I guess that needs some research. I think it's pretty clear the car did not run that way in '67 but as for '68, I don't have an answer for that at this time. I don't recall another Camaro running with the caliper on the leading side of the axle centerline back in the old days. Anybody else aware of an example?
2846  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: April 28, 2011, 02:33:14 PM
Chad, Thanks for taking the initiative and finding out more history on that 5 on 5" wheel. You found out some great information that I hadn't previously known and now thanks to this forum others are being educated as well. Great job!
2847  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Gary Morgan, Trans-Am racer on: April 27, 2011, 10:07:46 AM
The memo to Barney Krass of GM to help grease the skids for a new 302 short block.

2848  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 27, 2011, 09:59:17 AM
Dick Guldstrand's Dana Camaro at the '67 Riverside Trans-Am.

2849  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Headers on: April 26, 2011, 10:22:47 AM
Michigan-based Kustom Headers became the supplier of Z28 headers to GM starting in 1968.
I don't know if it was based strictly on cost but certainly that probably factored into the
equation. The most high-profile team to use Kustom Headers were the "Chaparral" Camaros
of Jim Hall.

Close-up view of a GM part number on the header flange. For some reason there are a few
different GM part numbers for these Kustom-built headers. These were also available direct
from Kustom and those are stamped KH-37 on the flange.

Some Kustom header flanges are squared-off on the ends and some are pointed.
There does not appear to be any clear reason why. Note the 4-bolt collector flanges.

Info provided in the '68 Z28 brochure. Note the different part number(s).

From the 1974 Kustom Headers catalog...

Here's Gene Harrington's '69 T/A camaro sporting a Kustom Headers decal
on the front fender, behind the front tire.

Photo: Mike Jarchow Collection
2850  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Under Cowl Panel Paint on: April 25, 2011, 10:59:49 PM
It was a factory job. My '67 NOR Z-28 was done pretty much identically.
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