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3121  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: March 09, 2011, 11:20:42 PM
Sam Posey's '68 Penske Camaro. Sam was Mark's teammate for the middle part of the '68 season.
This is the same car that Donohue drove at Daytona earlier that year. Currently owned by Don Lee.

3122  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: March 09, 2011, 11:04:59 PM
Daytona 300 Trans-Am, February 3, 1967. Mark Donohue's first race in a Camaro.


Photo by Craig Fisher
3123  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: March 09, 2011, 06:00:06 PM
Mike,

Here's a couple of pictures of the double horizontal shocks on a car that Dick Guldstrand built for Gerry Gregory for the '69 Trans-Am season. These are obviously in an unrestored state, as-found condition. They are the Hi-Tork shocks, so maybe Gary Wheeler had some direct involvement with Dick Guldstrand on this.

Have any of you out there seen another Trans-Am Camaro with a shock set-up like this? I haven't. It would be nice to know if there were any others.



3124  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Harrison Oil Coolers Used on Early Trans-Am Camaros on: March 09, 2011, 02:11:13 PM
Chad,

I have seen several of these 3157804 Harrisons that went in one end and out the other but I had assumed they had been modified by an owner. Like you, I had read the comment in "How to Hot Rod..." about how these were not adequate without making them a cross-flow design but my race car ran in Trans-Am with the 3157804 with the inlet and outlet on the same end and they never had a problem. I have seen a picture of the Bud Moore Cougars with these same Harrisons mounted in them. It would be interesting if we could figure out if Harrison did make a factory modification to them.
3125  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 08, 2011, 11:13:47 PM
As Bruce said, in '68 they used the Chevy engine in the Firebird because of the Canadian loophole, but in '69 things took an even stranger turn. Even though Pontiac had worked up a 303 to fit within the rules, Titus used the '68 grille, hood and side gills on the '69 body to have a sort of hybrid that would allow him to keep using the Chevy in case the 303 did not work and/or was uncompetitive. It didn't work out initially and so he stuck with the Chevy engine and the mutated body style. For 1970, SCCA told them that they had enough of the phony baloney and they needed to run a Pontiac mill in the Pontiac body so that's what they did. They did not have a successful season and in fact Jerry Titus lost his life in a crash at Road America in the middle of the year. His team was working so many long hours trying to make the car competitive that it is believed a part in the steering was not tightened properly and Titus crashed straight into a bridge abutment (which led spectators to the inside of the track). I remember seeing the long skid marks on the track from his crash until 1974, after which we moved out to California.

Pontiac engines have large main bearing diameters which made bearing speeds higher than other engines they had to compete against. I think this was a big problem for them but when SCCA allowed dry sump oiling for the 1971 season, that help Pontiac a lot. Roger Penske was the one who lobbied hard for the dry sump because the AMC engines he was running were also having oiling issues. Roger wisely claimed it was a safety issue, which it technically was if an engine blew and dumped oil in front of a pack of cars come up from behind.

Jerry Titus at the 1969 Riverside Trans-Am

Car Craft magazine photo
3126  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 08, 2011, 04:28:28 PM
Kurt,

I'm going to see if Bruce (Bruce302) will answer this for you. He's extremely well versed on the subject. His race car started life as a '68 Camaro but was converted by Jerry Titus and T/G Racing into a Firebird. It has a lot of very unique and special pieces on it. There were several "Firebirds" in Trans-Am that started life as Camaros. I'll let him know about your post.
3127  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: March 07, 2011, 04:42:03 PM
Another good one... but get the other two first.

3128  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: March 07, 2011, 04:36:46 PM
This one is another "must-have" as far as I'm concerned. Available at
www.pvanvalkenburgh.com now that he has had it republished. Great
stuff on Camaro in here & also for all Chevy racing activities from the
1957 racing ban up to 1972.

3129  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: March 07, 2011, 04:33:53 PM
Driver wristbands given to me by Craig Fisher. He didn't recall which race these came from.

3130  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: March 07, 2011, 04:32:04 PM
Official dash plaques from the 1967 & 1968 Riverside Trans-Am races.

3131  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: March 07, 2011, 04:30:48 PM
1968 Sebring. The pony cars were part of the 12-hour race this year unlike
1966 & 1967 when the Trans-Am race was it's own separate event. To clarify,
the 1968 Sebring race was an official part of the Trans-Am but the T/A cars
had their own class within that race. The cars carried "T+" stickers affixed
to their sides.



3132  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.

-Jon
3133  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...

http://public.fotki.com/gwadagone/trans-am-racing1966/
3134  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.
3135  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.

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