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3106  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Tinted Glass Scratches on: March 06, 2011, 06:02:18 PM
Well, I got my glass back and I was pleased with the results. The scratches that were worn into the back part of the '67 door glass were completely removed. Unfortunately, my before pictures did not come out good enough so that you can see what they used to look like. Anyway, the glass is much better than it was. Like I said before, he can't fix scratches that are on the inside of the glass. This is because the disc that he uses to get the scratches out is flat and while you can polish an outside curve with something flat, it is not practical for use on the inside. I really wanted to keep the original glass and I feel comfortable doing that now. Would I recommend it for somebody who was wanting to get their car judged? I don't think so as there are always little blemishes that show up. You fix one area and then you start noticing other little things you hadn't seen because of the magnitude of the previous blemishes.

3107  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: March 06, 2011, 05:18:29 PM
Lots of old Trans-Am racing photos from the classic late '60s and early '70s at the following link...
3108  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: March 05, 2011, 11:12:21 PM
Cool information, Mike. Thanks for that. Was the name in reference to two horizontal shocks "per side" or just for two horizontal shocks, or what? I ask because a friend has a '69 Camaro with two horizontal shocks "per side" (total of four) and that was something I had never seen done before. Would love to see a photo of the Gurney 'Cuda rear suspension if you have one.
3109  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: March 05, 2011, 03:37:42 PM
Used double adjustable rear shocks, also from the same '69 Camaro. Part # is 8210J-1021
and they are identified (stamped) as to being either left or right. Diameter of shock body
is also 2 - 5/32". Left one is on the top, right one on the bottom. These are dated 8-68.
I believe Koni did not begin using the double-adjustable design until the 1968 racing
season and that all Camaros raced during the '67 season used the type as shown at the
top of the page. If someone has different information, please chime in. Double-adjustable
shocks were available for the '67 body and were part #8210J-1017.

3110  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: March 05, 2011, 03:34:18 PM
Used front double-adjustable shocks taken off a '69 Camaro Trans-Am car. Part number is 8210J-1016.
Main body diameter is 2 - 5/32". I have seen some of these shocks with red plastic knobs on the side
and others with black plastic knobs. I've got no idea why there were two different colors.

Close-up of the part number and date.

When installing these larger diameter double-adjustable shocks on an early Camaro, the
hole up in the spring pocket should be enlarged to accommodate the larger diameter of
the shock. You don't want to have any potential for bind going on.
3111  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: March 05, 2011, 03:07:49 PM
NOS rear Koni shocks for '67 Camaro, part number 80-1915. Koni "winged" decal is the correct one used on
these shocks during that '67-'72 era. Diameter of the shock body (the left half in the photo) is  1 - 11/16".
Larger upper part of shock assy is 2" in diameter. Stud at top mounts into factory reinforcement in trunk floor.
Bolt runs through lower eyelet hole to mount shock to lower shock plate under axle/leaf spring.

Here are an NOS pair of rear shocks for '68-'69. They are part number 80E-1953.

3112  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: March 05, 2011, 03:03:39 PM
Front Koni shocks for Camaro will be inserted here shortly. Part # is 80-1914.
3113  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 302 Chevy engine building articles [late '60 - early '70s] on: March 05, 2011, 01:52:15 PM

An article from early 1969 with Al Bartz in it.

3114  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: YouTube (or other) videos of early Trans-Am racing on: March 05, 2011, 02:27:55 AM
Here's a video from the Donnybrooke Trans-Am race in 1969.
3115  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: March 05, 2011, 02:01:53 AM
Joie Chitwood, Jr pours some brake fluid into the master cylinder as they are doing a brake bleeding job
prior to the '67 Sebring 4-hour Trans-Am. Blue Chevy truck behind Joie has a Dana Chevrolet license
plate frame on it. Probably towed the Dick Guldstrand car out to Florida from California.

Photo by Craig Fisher
3116  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: March 05, 2011, 01:46:57 AM
Joe, thanks for posting the picture. Of note about that particular car, it was not a real Z-28 but was a 6-cylinder car that Don Yenko bought
at a dealer auction. Jerry Thompson and his partners at RST Engineering in Clawson, MI prepared that car for Don to race. It was not race
prepared by Yenko. This was told to me personally by Jerry Thompson himself. You will notice that it is a Marina blue car but has black stripes.
The black stripes were not available with Marina blue unless you got a black vinyl top. You can see that the stripes on the back of Yenko's car
go pretty much right up to the bottom of the rear window. If you look at the Johnny Moore car below (photo taken at the '67 Sebring Trans-Am)
you see original Z stripes didn't go that far up. Might have been an opening for debate there had I not spoken with Jerry Thompson and gotten
the inside story. Thompson was the original driver for the blue car while Yenko was serving a 6 month suspension for ignoring a black flag.

Photo: Petersen Publishing
3117  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Gary Morgan Camaro on: March 05, 2011, 12:37:09 AM
Thanks, Bruce. I really enjoyed doing both of those interviews and felt they needed to be shared with others who have a passion for the original Trans-Am series. Both Gary and Dave are great guys with some neat stories to tell. I have more of these interviews in the works and will be posting them when I have them completed.

Gary's car was raced by others well into the '70s. It was restored by a Canadian named Don Wattie who showed it for several years and sold it. I believe it was the next owner who sold it at a Barrett-Jackson auction in 2006 for over $300K. The purchaser was the Texas Motor Speedway Museum. I believe they put it up for sale a year or two ago and it didn't sell. It has never been vintage raced since Wattie restored it.

3118  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Intent of the 1st-Gen Trans-Am Camaro Forum on: March 04, 2011, 11:56:01 AM
Thanks to all of you for the compliments. I'm happy to see this start out well and yes, I'm even happy to welcome the Ford, Mopar and AMC guys. Wink

3119  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Racing shock absorbers on: March 03, 2011, 10:41:01 PM
We'll start out with horizontal shocks for the rear suspension. Not everybody used these shocks back then but some did so let's have a look.

First is an NOS set of Koni shocks, part # 76E-1256. These happen to be dated 9-67. Koni called these "axle dampers".

As you can see by the little yellow decal, the poofed-out part of the shock body would face up.

Koni also made these for Mustangs but as you can see, the part that goes forward has a longer extension, probably
to hook up with the factory bracket on a Shelby up inside the car's interior. Koni listed these as part # 76E-1225.

Here's a set of horizontal rear shocks as installed on the '67 Chaffey College Camaro.

Below is an advertisement from Competition Press/Autoweek from the 1969 era. It shows Hi-Tork as a brand of
horizontal racing shock. Note the fancy terminology "hydraulic traction bar". Well, that's pretty much what it is.

Another view of a Hi-Tork horizontal shock mounted on a car.

Yet another angle showing the installation of a Hi-Tork horizontal shock.

Below is a page from the late '67 Koni catalog showing part numbers for Camaro shocks including the horizontal version.
Check out the price of $22. Try finding any Koni shock for $22 now, let alone a pair of these rare horizontal ones!

                Make                        Description                              Year          Front P/N     Price             Rear P/N       Price
3120  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: March 03, 2011, 04:35:04 PM
Bob Brown in the maroon #5 Camaro and Craig Fisher in the #3. On the grid for the
start of the '67 Sebring 4-Hour Trans-Am race. Brown's car was built with the help
of "Murph" Mayberry, same guy who built Mark Donohue's first Z-28. Fisher's car was
built by the legendary Doug Duncan, who resides in the Canadian Motorsports Hall
of Fame. By the way, Craig Fisher is in CMHOF also, both deservedly so.

Photo by Ken Graham
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