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3061  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Cross Ram Hood - Fiberglass - on: May 17, 2011, 10:02:10 AM
More underneath detail shots of Frank DiHartce's fiberglass GM hood.


























All 13 photos above courtesy of Frank DiHartce
3062  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Cross Ram Hood - Steel - on: May 17, 2011, 09:49:04 AM
Many thanks to Frank DiHartce for sending these photos to me of his original GM steel cross ram 2x4 hood so that they could be posted for
all of us to enjoy here on the Camaro Trans-Am forum. You can get a reproduction of this hood or even just the 2x4 insert in steel if you
look in some of the Camaro part vendors catalogs but this is a true authentic GM piece made back in the '60s. Once again, thank you Frank!














All 7 photos above courtesy of Frank DiHartce
3063  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Cross Ram Hood - Fiberglass - on: May 17, 2011, 09:30:00 AM
Many thanks to Frank DiHartce for sending me these photos of his original GM fiberglass hood to post here on our
Camaro Trans-Am forum. This is an authentic hood from the late '60s, not anything reproduced years or decades later.












All 6 photos above courtesy of Frank DiHartce
3064  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: '67-'68 Penske Camaro Sunoco Blue on: May 16, 2011, 11:25:33 PM
I remember Tom McIntyre and Pat Ryan discussing this subject a couple of years ago. I'll ask and let you know.
3065  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Cross Ram Hood - Fiberglass - on: May 16, 2011, 02:58:43 PM
Thanks for that info, James. It doesn't ring a bell to me. I guess I must have missed it when it came through at auction. Did you (or anybody else reading this) happen to save any photos of the car?
3066  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67' to add to data base on: May 15, 2011, 11:14:15 PM
You're welcome, Al. Just take it a little at a time and keep making progress the best that you can. Someday, you'll get that reward of taking it out for that first drive, all done and looking good.
3067  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Atta Boy" Robert, Guldstrand Camaro on: May 15, 2011, 11:05:24 PM
Nice to see Robert and the car get some attention, that's for sure!
3068  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Cross Ram Hood - Fiberglass - on: May 15, 2011, 10:43:02 PM
James... Really great of you to post that here. Thanks a lot. Any idea who the seller was, how much it may have sold for, what year the auction was, etc?
3069  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Steering relay rods --- a.k.a. "drag links" on: May 15, 2011, 10:39:17 PM
I agree, Chad. Bruce has some of the coolest factory steering and suspension pieces I have ever seen on a 1st-Gen car. I'd love to see him post it here, if he is willing.
3070  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: YouTube (or other) videos of early Trans-Am racing on: May 15, 2011, 10:36:01 PM
Bruce302 pointed this one out to me...

http://www.streetfire.net/video/1973-transam-sanair_196121.htm

3071  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Atta Boy" Jon, Guldstrand Camaro on: May 15, 2011, 01:12:10 AM
This is the only color shot I have of the car. Maybe Robert's got something else he cares to share?
The car was originally a Daytona yellow Z/28 but Gregory Racing repainted it a silver with red-orange
and black accents (the sides are mostly silver). It's a very nice looking car, in my opinion.

3072  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Steering relay rods --- a.k.a. "drag links" on: May 15, 2011, 12:53:51 AM
In '67, all Camaros utilized a standard size drag link regardless of the model (L6, 327, SS, etc). The size was around .945" diameter or 15/16".
For Trans-Am racing, it was found fairly quickly that this drag link would bend under the constant pounding of a long race on a rough track
such as Sebring. This would, of course, adversely affect the handling of the car. I know for a fact that Mustangs also had the same problems.
What many teams did was beef up these drag links, such as welding angle iron to them. For Camaro, this was addressed in 1968 by offering
a larger diameter drag link with "special surface treatment", which meant it was shot peened and possibly tufftrided. This larger diameter drag
link was not a production piece, It was only available through the parts department and, as such, it is extremely rare. In '69, a larger diameter
drag link was made available on production line Camaros with air conditioning and/or power steering. Like the special '68 piece, it measured
over an inch, about 1.125" or 1 1/16" but it did not have the special surface treatment. If you're building a Camaro from scratch, you want to
start with one of these larger drag links but back in '67 you had to work with what you had and that meant beefing up the existing small one.

Comparison of smaller Camaro drag link to larger power steering one, which became available in '69.


"Special surface treatment" drag link on Chad's Trans-Am Camaro.


"Special surface treatment" drag link on Chad's Trans-Am Camaro. Note the tall ridge at the end which helps to ID it.


Original '67 drag link with angle iron welded to it (front view)


Original '67 drag link with angle iron welded to it (rear view)




Small diameter original drag link: p/n 3888637, superceded by p/n 3923587
"Special surface treatment" drag link: p/n 3923589 (racer part, very hard to find)
Larger diameter '69 drag link: p/n 3953221 (factory upgrade, not hard to come by)
3073  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: OEM style full quarter panels '67 convert on: May 15, 2011, 12:11:47 AM
I don't believe anybody reproduces a quarter with that style of door jamb. If you want to save that look, you need to trim the quarter just about a 1/4" or so in from the edge of the jamb and do the same with the new replacement quarter. Then do a butt weld to join the new quarter to the original jamb. A good body person can make it undetectable.
3074  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67' to add to data base on: May 14, 2011, 11:44:57 PM
Cool. I love seeing another '67 getting saved. Best of luck with the resto.
3075  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Atta Boy" Jon, Guldstrand Camaro on: May 14, 2011, 09:30:58 PM
Below is a photo of Robert's car down in Mexico, blue #7. Not what you meant but I'll see what else I can dig up. Thank goodness
it wasn't the #3 in front of it.

The photo of the car and Robert in the Hot Rod article was taken when we took the car down to Guldstrand's shop a year or two
ago to show it to him.

Congratulations to Robert for getting a little public recognition and for owning a car he coveted after first reading about it in
Sports Car Graphic magazine a measly few decades ago. Little did he know the car was still "out there".

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