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16  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: January 25, 2012, 03:23:52 AM
Stunning photos. Thanks again Jon and Jerry Melton,
17  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: November 12, 2011, 07:19:46 PM
Mike,

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.

Bruce.
18  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: November 10, 2011, 04:03:01 AM
Fantastic new shots, Thanks for posting them, and to Jerry for taking and allowing them to be shared.

Bruce.
19  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Old Bits That Still Work - Muncie Transmissions on: October 21, 2011, 09:09:09 PM
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.

Bruce. 
20  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: October 21, 2011, 09:02:06 PM
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) 
21  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: October 08, 2011, 03:25:33 PM
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.

Bruce.
22  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: October 04, 2011, 03:12:00 AM
That is a very neat shot Jon, it looks quite sparsely populated, is this during practice ?

Bruce.
23  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 20, 2011, 01:17:14 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.

Bruce.
24  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 18, 2011, 04:34:56 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.   

Bruce.
25  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: September 18, 2011, 04:29:40 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.

Bruce.

26  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 17, 2011, 03:10:41 PM
The best part for me Jon is that this unique rear axle was separated from the car for 25 years. It was found and re united with the car.

Bruce.
27  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 15, 2011, 03:34:30 AM
OK, I had a quick measure, The distance between the upper and lower bolts of the caliper mount, bearing retainer is 2.5" and without checking i assume they are the same all around.

The 'ears' on the upper side of the centre section where the bushes for the 4 link mount, have been milled off. I hav a pic of that some where.
There was zero co-operation between Chevrolet and Pontiac during the time these cars were built. Being part of GM meant absolutely nothing when it came to market share and sales. My good friend Rob Irvine was in Chevrolet parts (dealership) and did get some good pieces for the Pontiac racers (T/G) but when asked who was ordering he named a local Camaro racer so he wouldn't be considered a traitor.

The axles would have used only Pontiac parts, or parts made specifically for the T/G team.
Bruce.
28  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 14, 2011, 01:05:22 AM
Outside of what we've seen, do any other images exist that might capture the appearance of the Watts link center pivot structure built and situated between the rear subframe rails aft of the axle assembly?

Mike ,  Here is a shot of the underside. It shows the frame work for the Watts centre pivot. The fuel cell is right up against the rearmost part of the frame (closest to the camera) The front (away from camera) and underside are panelled with aluminum.



Bruce.
29  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 14, 2011, 12:41:50 AM
Best way to answer that is show you the pic, looking down on the right hand axle tube and flange.



Bruce.
30  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 13, 2011, 01:32:38 PM
Mike,  The centre pivot mount is made from square tube that runs between the rear frame rails, and it is covered with aluminum sheet.
I may have a photo somewhere of the frame work without the covers on.

One of the key fabricators of the T/G Firebirds was Jerry Schwartz, he was with Shelby prior to that so it is very possible that shared Mustang build features could cross over from KK and be used later and be very similar.

Bruce.
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