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2986  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!
2987  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.
2988  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: May 31, 2011, 11:21:54 PM
Last ones from Robert...

2989  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: May 31, 2011, 05:11:22 PM
Two more...
2990  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: May 31, 2011, 05:10:18 PM
Three more photos...
2991  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.
2992  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 !"
2993  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.
2994  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?
2995  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Factory rear sway bar set-up, 1967 on: May 30, 2011, 12:02:53 AM
Bruce, thanks a bunch for posting that T/G rear sway bar. Very cool piece. I've seen some aluminum pillow blocks that have a brass or bronze insert for the sway bar to ride in and some that are just aluminum only. I don't see any noticeable wear on these pillow blocks of yours and they sure seem to be the 42 year old originals. Are there no problems with a steel sway bar riding by itself in an unlubricated bare aluminum pillow block?

Chad, thanks for the links to the L9 bolts. They appear to be an Australian manufacturer.
2996  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: May 28, 2011, 11:01:39 PM
This photo is of the Bud Turner '67 Camaro engine as seen in the "How to Hot Rod Small Block Chevys" book.
Notice the homemade cowl plenum air cleaner going the opposite direction of "normal". That's because this
car had a transmission cooler up in the top of the cowl on the passenger side so it was improvisation time.
Other items of interest are the Corvette radiator, the cut-down flex fan and the Z28 1x4 intake and valve covers.

This picture from "The Complete Chevrolet Book, No. 2" shows Bud Turner's '67 Camaro at the 1971 Riverside
Trans-Am, car #12. It changed from the white with black hood paint job of 1970 to a medium blue with yellow
nose stripe and yellow accents on the side of the roof and rear (but kept the black hood).
2997  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Goodyear Blue Streak Sports Car Special... Streaks on: May 28, 2011, 10:42:16 PM
Chad, I've got several Goodyears (and a Firestone) from that era and all have the single stripe between the two ridges. I honestly have never noticed that some of the Goodyears had a double stripe like that. First I've seen of it. It looks on my old Goodyears that a mask or template is used to spray on the stripe between the two ridges. In absence of the mask or template, if someone were to apply the paint with a tiny roller or something, it would yield the double stripe arrangement.
2998  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Moroso products on: May 28, 2011, 10:00:45 PM

2999  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Moroso products on: May 28, 2011, 09:57:22 PM
Here's the whole '73 catalog in its entirety...

3000  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1967 396 Camaro LOS built on: May 28, 2011, 07:29:49 PM
If you are meaning the partial VIN is upside down and facing toward the head, there is nothing bogus about that. It happened on many LOS cars. I've also seen partial VINs on LOS cars where they reversed the L and the 7, meaning instead of 7L123456 (for example), it would read L7123456. Numerous examples of that also exist.
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