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61  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: March 22, 2014, 10:12:29 PM
Good info. Thanks, Al.  How about engine pieces? Do you recall which cam you used? Did you guys port and polish your own heads or buy them from somebody like Crane Cams? Do you recall what brand of headers you used?
62  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: March 22, 2014, 12:24:15 AM
Jon,
 Thank you very much for your kind comments............It was too bad the interview was cut short because I really wanted to acknowledge what a great job Robert Barg and the other members of our team did on being  able to do so much on a very meager budget.......... On a quick aside you certainly need to be congratulated on doing such a magnificent job with this site and providing a forum to help preserve a very important part of our racing history.

Thank you, Al. I appreciate your kind words as well. The subject of dry sump engines came up in another thread. Did you guys convert the engine to a dry sump when it started being allowed in Trans-Am in '71 or did you soldier on without it?

I thought I'd include this photo below so the forum members could see you and some of the other guys from your race team...


1971 Lime Rock Trans-Am, L-R Al Richards, Dennis Marks, Robert Barg, & Roy Bean                                    Photo: Robert Barg Collection
63  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: March 22, 2014, 12:08:51 AM
Gary, it says they are 15 x 8 in Chevy bolt pattern. Those are some good looking wheels.
64  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 22, 2014, 12:07:03 AM
I agree. That's not a look that does anything for me.
65  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 21, 2014, 08:41:11 AM
Here's another picture of a '67 Firebird at the Mosport circuit, courtesy of Mike Scott (group/7). This shot was taken at the
1000K enduro in August 1984. No other known details about it. I don't recall another car trying to take aerodynamics to
that extreme on that style of body back in that era.

66  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: March 20, 2014, 11:00:13 PM
Thanks for posting that article. It saves me from having to dig it out. I had recalled it had a picture of the engine and I thought it had a dry sump but you're right that the text gives no mention of it. There is something at the front LH side of the engine where you would expect a dry sump pump but it appears to be for power steering instead. I guess we'll have to keep digging.
67  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: March 20, 2014, 10:46:51 PM
Al,

Many thanks for posting that link to the podcast. It was great to hear the story of how you got involved in Trans-Am racing. A big part of why I got this forum started was not just to learn about the cars but to hear stories about the people involved. Your first-hand account from that era is a great addition here. Thanks for your contribution and involvement.
68  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 20, 2014, 08:42:20 AM
Al, there was a Firebird made within Pontiac somewhere that did have a Chevy engine installed in it and it was taken up to Terry Godsall's dealership in Canada as a ploy to convince the SCCA people that some Firebirds were equipped with Chevy engines north of the border. I do not think the Chevy engine was installed on the assembly line but I do think some paperwork was created to make the car appear legit. I don't think any of it was truly necessary as SCCA was willing to look the other way just to get Pontiac's involvement.
69  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: March 20, 2014, 08:35:58 AM
No, that's not what I said or intended to say. Some 1st and 2nd gen road race Camaros used a dry sump beginning in 1971 and some did not, because of the expense or belief that it was not 100% necessary.

What I don't understand is why this European sanctioning body for vintage racing doesn't have a copy of the FIA rules used back in the day and why they are telling people they have to provide a photo of something from that period to show it as being acceptable. That sounds pretty pathetic on their part. Are you the only 1st gen Camaro owner that has tried to join this group?
70  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: March 19, 2014, 04:28:28 PM
Eric,

No, not every team could afford to go to a dry sump oiling system when it started being allowed in 1971. The Chevy wet sump oiling was not near the problem it was with engines like the Pontiac or AMC.
71  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: March 19, 2014, 11:58:32 AM
Here's the engine from McNamara Racing's '67 Camaro driven by Helmut Marko with KLM sponsorship in '69. This is the first '67 Penske Camaro that ended up going to Europe in '68 with Peter Reinhart.


72  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: March 19, 2014, 08:43:11 AM
I have an article on Frank Gardner's '67 SCA Freight Camaro that shows a small block with 4 Weber carbs and it might also show a dry sump system. I'll have to see if I can dig that out.
73  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 19, 2014, 08:34:02 AM
I feel like I should be wearing a helmet and cape while posting these. Here are a couple of photos from Mike Scott, aka group/7. They are of a spectator's car in the parking lot at the 1970 Mosport Can-Am. I thought those trunk lid rear wings only came around as a result of the Fast & Furious films but here is the grand daddy of them all. Firebird GT47 rulesGrin
74  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: March 18, 2014, 11:26:29 PM
Thanks for posting. We'd enjoy learning more about the car you have, who drove it originally, if you plan to restore it as it was back then or if you are doing it in your own livery, etc.

I'm not sure that I have photos of a dry sump on a Camaro engine from back then. I'll have to do some looking around when I have time. You might try looking online at Dave Friedman's photos at the Henry Ford Arte House.

Transmission oil coolers and differential coolers were used in that era by some teams but certainly not all. It is hard to find pictures of components like these but if you look in the SCCA rules I have posted, you will see that they were allowed. I will try and look for some articles on European raced Camaros to see if they show some details. They might.

The Corvette aluminum radiator would typically be the one a Camaro team used.
75  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1967 12-bolt on: March 18, 2014, 05:40:59 PM
QL is the standard code used for the L48 cars. 99.9% odds that's what it came out of. Probably has the single bolt hole in the traction bar bracket on the axle, correct?
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