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3151  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: April 08, 2011, 08:38:09 AM
Below are two 15x7" aluminum '60s era "D-spoke" mags. The wheel lips are different. The top one is definitely an American Racing
wheel as it says so on the back side. Who was the manufacturer of the one on the bottom? Were magnesium versions made in
both styles? Chad, from looking at the photos of your wheels, it looks like the 15x7" front wheels have the lip like what I have in
the bottom photo and the cheater 15x9" wheels have the true American-style lip. I don't think I had previously seen that on a real
magnesium D-spoke. I guess I'm wondering if somebody besides American Racing was making a magnesium D-spoke wheel. I have
heard no magnesium wheel has the American Racing script on the back side.


3152  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 CAMARO Z/28 FIA Recognition Form 5293 on: April 07, 2011, 09:34:06 AM
Chad, I was not aware of these and had not seen them before. Thanks a lot for posting them.
3153  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing seats on: April 07, 2011, 09:32:52 AM
Thanks for posting that, Chad. Would you mind posting some photos of your aluminum replica GM seat that Steve Sunshine did for you and me a few years ago. I was pleased with how those turned out. They are a nice option for someone who can't located an original GM/Berry seat or who prefers the durabilty of the aluminum unit.
3154  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 07, 2011, 09:25:04 AM
Maybe Phil will make you another one out of that model you have?  It'd look great in the '69 blue paint scheme.
3155  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: April 07, 2011, 09:22:42 AM
Chad, really great photos and info. Thank you for taking the time and posting that. Does the total height (diameter) of the tire change much between the 7" and 9" wheel?

I saw a race report for the '67 Las Vegas Trans-Am which was very late in the racing season and the Bud Moore Cougars were shredding their tires on the leaf springs and having to make multiple pit stops. They said it was due to running larger rear tires than everybody else but it may have been due to thte usage of these wheels instead or a combination of both.

Steve, I have not heard of Penske doing that but have heard of Bud Moore putting water filled tires on his car for post race inspection. Something about a cement or lead filled helmet tossed in at the last second also.

Robert, the 15 x 8.5" American mags are not hard to find in the aluminum "straight spoke" design. In magnesium or with the original "D-spoke" design, I don't think I have seen or heard of one in that width. I'd love to see you with a replica of your old car someday.
3156  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 06, 2011, 05:45:47 PM
The Penske Camaro at Mid-Ohio in June, 1967. George Follmer was driving this weekend,
substituting for Mark Donohue who was at Le Mans driving a Ford MkIV teamed up with
Bruce McLaren as his co-driver. This was George's first ever Trans-Am race. He finished 3rd.


Photo: Jon Mello Collection
3157  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing seats on: April 06, 2011, 03:32:01 PM
I've got one of the Yenko or Nickey style seats that I got out of an IMSA RS Gremlin. If someone is looking for one of these seats, it pays to look around at various old race cars for sale on ebay or other sites as sometimes the seller will do a trade or sell the seat by itself. That's what happened with the seat I got. As for a Racemark "Donohue" seat, I don't have any photos of one handy. If somebody else does, please go ahead and post it. To me, they really look out of place in these cars but they were in fact used in a few old Trans-Am cars starting in 1970.
3158  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing seats on: April 05, 2011, 12:09:37 AM
Early on, some guys such as Craig Fisher just fabricated side bolsters to fit around the stock seat.
Of note, in '67 all Trans-Am cars needed to retain a passenger seat. For the '68 season (and after)
the passenger seat no longer needed to be installed.

3159  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing seats on: April 04, 2011, 11:17:56 PM
Here's an interesting 1970 ad from Auto World showing a seat for Trans-Am cars.
Notice the upholstery is the same style as the NOS factory seat at the top of this thread.



Here's another ad from 1970 showing that Auto World was selling the Berry seat
and this ad uses the same Berry photo with the different upholstery pattern.

3160  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing seats on: April 04, 2011, 08:06:19 PM
Yenko sold a seat that had higher side supports but which was not as tall.





Nickey/Bill Thomas sold either the same seat or one very similar.

3161  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing seats on: April 04, 2011, 07:56:51 PM
I'm assuming it was Berry Plastiglas, same as Berry Mini-T shown below.



This optional seat cover looks similar to the Berry seat below.
Maybe just another variation due to different calendar year?
The Berry ad mentions an aluminum seat frame but the frame
on the factory seat is steel.

3162  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing seats on: April 04, 2011, 11:11:13 AM
The original seat from Tom McIntyre's '68 Penske Camaro.

3163  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 04, 2011, 10:45:26 AM
The Camaro of Johnny Moore and Jim Murphy at the '68 Daytona 24-Hour race.


Photo: Hugh Heishman Collection
3164  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Racing seats on: April 04, 2011, 01:39:40 AM
Chevrolet homologated a fiberglass racing seat for the Camaro under part # 3931548.
Below is an NOS example...





3165  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Scattershields on: April 03, 2011, 10:49:00 PM
Has anybody seen a real live one of these Wedge scattershields that said DANA on it?

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