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Here is a partial pic, it also corrects my memory on the oil flow bungs. The cooler it attached directly to the Traco remote filter mount at the very lower part of the pic.. Pic courtesy Car Craft.

Hopefully someone will have a pic of the oil cooler in the Edelbrock owned ex Yunick Camaro. It has Harrison oil cooler with a detachable top plate that has the threaded bungs in it. The top plate has a Holman Moody casting mark. There was also a factory plane top available, and the same style of cooler was also used in aircraft engines bolted straight to the block.


Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:08:43 PM »
I have a pair of Traco stamped heads, (angle plug) that also have "Slover Porting SV". I rang Charlie Slover a few years back and he told me that he supplied some heads to Traco when there was a supply shortage. Slovers did the heads for the Chaparral cars. maybe Jim Hall had a better parts line than some others.


Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans
« on: May 12, 2012, 11:09:18 AM »
I got my copy of the Gordon Chance book yesterday. It looks like it will be a very neat book. A good history lesson for the hot rod industry in So Cal in the 50's 60's and 70's.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« on: March 09, 2012, 04:07:05 AM »
Quote Octard;
"I must say, even if I were fortunate enough to own a '70 T-G Firebird, I don't think I could run that shifter handle."

That pic with the strange shifter is marked, and certainly looks like a '69 interior. If I read correctly, this was the 69 car set up with the 70 changes before the new bodies turned up.


Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars
« on: January 25, 2012, 08:23:52 AM »
Stunning photos. Thanks again Jon and Jerry Melton,


You are incredible. The level of detail is astounding, I would be very happy with a model half as good as you intend, but that is more a reflection of my standards I guess.

The 70 1/2 Titus cars were sometimes ugly, sometimes very good looking, but they deserve their place in the history of the series. I have an Ertle 1/18 that has been begging for the Titus treatment for a very long time.
I can't wait to see your progress, but please keep the momentum going on the 68 ized 69 T/G car.


Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos
« on: November 10, 2011, 09:03:01 AM »
Fantastic new shots, Thanks for posting them, and to Jerry for taking and allowing them to be shared.


Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Old Bits That Still Work - Muncie Transmissions
« on: October 22, 2011, 02:09:09 AM »
That is a great way to get around the Muncie case issues with big torque engines (I wonder how many torques it had ?) Using steel end/spacer plates usually goes a long way to strengthening the transmission. I believe the issue is the primary shaft and main shaft trying to move away from each other. The straighter cut gears addressed the problem for production cars.

Chad, if the car came from the factory and was pronounced Zee twenty eight, then that's good enough for me. Please do me the courtesy of establishing the origin of any light metal or alloy, It could well be aluminium.


Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« on: October 22, 2011, 02:02:06 AM »
Thank you Mike, it is a very nice photo, the car looks very good in that stance. From what I can gather Craig was the only person to run the factory '69 Trans Am body work combined with the Pontiac engine in the T/A series.

Indeed Craig ran that car in the early part of 1970, at least once the entrant was Godsall Racing, later it was entered by Craig himself, and also Todco were listed at entrants. Sadly it did not have a good finishing record, I think that it was Pontiac  303 powered and the engines just weren't up to the task.

Craig did the second half of the season in a Todco Camaro, but it was not this car converted. This car may have gone back to T/G (Titus/Godsall) 

Bruce, I remember that races at Mid-Ohio were usually well attended.  The track has several small "knolls" that spectators usually congregated at. That was either a practise day or just not a good viewing area.

Mid-Ohio was a favoutite track of mine to go racing at.

When are you going to bring that car over and do some of the tracks that we raced at?  I will make sure to attend!

Robert Barg

Damn straight you'll attend Robert, I'll need you in the pits. But a few fiscal matters need attending to. oh and I hope my car is eligible.


That is a very neat shot Jon, it looks quite sparsely populated, is this during practice ?


Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« on: September 20, 2011, 06:17:14 AM »
Indeed it was a very 'good' day and even better, it wasn't expensive.

Now if I could find a Ram Air V (303) engine in the same wood pile.


Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« on: September 18, 2011, 09:34:56 AM »
It certainly was a crazy set of circumstances that saw me re unite the car and axle. the guys that had it only knew it was a Pontiac, and it looked like a 10 bolt. No body wants them, ever.

As soon as I saw that rear cover I knew it was THE piece I had to have.   


Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles
« on: September 18, 2011, 09:29:40 AM »
That is a great article Jon, thanks. It was no doubt articles like this that fueled the interest in the series, and confirmed what everyone was thinking.
The Trans Am was the hot series.


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