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2956  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 08, 2011, 06:05:52 PM
Daytona, February 1968.
L-R: Roger Penske, Mark Donohue, Bob Johnson, Craig Fisher. Standing: Jerry Kroninger, from Sun Oil.
Thank you to Pat Ryan for forwarding this to me so I could post it.


Jerry Kroninger Collection
2957  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 07, 2011, 03:27:00 PM
The dash in the car looks very similar in layout to the one seen below (from Pat Ryan's Penske Camaro). Some differences are...
1) yours should be painted black.
2) yours should not have the protruding light in the 10 o'clock position relative to the tach.
3) your tach should have single digits (read in thousands) rather than double-digits (read in hundreds).
4) the tach needle should be at rest around the 5 o'clock position rather than the 4 o'clock seen below.
5) there is just one switch on the left side, slightly lower than the top one seen below.
6) the stock switches should still be present in the dash
7) disregard the center dash area in the photo below. Your model is different than that.


Photo by Jon Mello
2958  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 07, 2011, 03:05:11 PM
Regarding the notch in the air cleaner housing, these two photos should give you a fair idea of what it needs to look like. I thought I had something better in my files but can't locate them as of yet.



2959  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 07, 2011, 11:38:49 AM
Ron Bucknum, driver of the #9 Penske Camaro for the 1969 season.


Frank Dihartce Collection


Frank Dihartce Collection


Frank Dihartce Collection
2960  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!
2961  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
2962  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
2963  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
2964  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.


Frank Dihartce Collection
2965  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
2966  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.

2967  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...

2968  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).
2969  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."
2970  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.
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