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31  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Fans of Al Bartz on: May 25, 2012, 01:32:57 PM
Phil Henny's new book, Al Bartz Engine Man is now available.  Phil was employed by Bartz, working on his classic cars... And Bartz even used many of Henny's dry sump oil pans.

Phil has listed the book here on eBay for the next 5 days.  He will suspend the eBay auction for a few weeks while he's on the road to Watkins Glen for a Shelby reunion.

By June 25, 2012, the book will be back on eBay and Amazon.



32  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans on: May 23, 2012, 09:53:59 PM
Fantastic details, Pigpen.  Thanks for sharing all of this with the forum.

-Chad
33  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Gary Morgan, Trans-Am racer on: May 21, 2012, 11:28:56 PM
I hope we'll see this car out on a track now, instead of the various auction corrals...

2006 Barrett-Jackson (Palm Beach): $324k
2007 RM (Monterey): No sale at $160k
2012, Mecum (Indianapolis): $160k
34  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans on: May 17, 2012, 08:40:28 PM
Thanks, Pigpen.  I appreciate the feedback, and the name of the pattern company used for at least some of the TRACO castings.

-Chad
 
35  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans on: May 17, 2012, 07:55:53 PM
Hello Pigpen,

Would it be safe to assume that your TRACO remote oil filter mount and block mount adapters were also made by the folks who made your intake bits? 

Though perhaps varying a bit from the period TRACO pieces, these cast pieces from AVIAID are at least helpful to explain the bits I speak of.

If you do remember the vendor, I'd enjoy hearing their name.  I have another old race car that was built in the area, with some one-off castings.  Knowing who you folks used might be helpful in sparking the memory of some of the folks in my car's past.

Thanks again for sharing your insight and knowledge of TRACO.  I know that many on this forum, myself included, are very big fans of all that you folks produced and built.

-Chad
36  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans on: May 15, 2012, 04:03:38 PM
Outstanding feedback, Pigpen!  More detail than I could have expected... And it's neat to hear that you had enough faith in the factory part to begin with.

-Chad

37  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans on: May 14, 2012, 10:53:54 PM
Hello Pigpen,

Thanks so much for joining and contributing to this forum.

Can you tell us how TRACO made or otherwise sourced the degreed harmonic/torsional balancers like this Spring 1973 issue of Super Chevy shows?



All the best.

-Chad

38  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: YouTube (or other) videos of early Trans-Am racing on: May 02, 2012, 11:40:35 AM
Super 8 footage of both the 1972 and 1970 Lime Rock Trans-Am events (even though the YouTube video title says only 1970).

http://youtu.be/iYnGb4fcn9w
39  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds on: April 25, 2012, 01:14:11 PM
Folks interested in this subject and forum may appreciate a thread that Bruce Thompson (BRUCE302), has been updating recently on The Roaring Season.  This car has some of the coolest one-off parts for early F-bodies. 

The thread can be seen here.




40  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Dana Chevrolet on: April 06, 2012, 12:32:59 AM
Though I like all the DANA Camaro detail, it's also great to see their tube-frame McLarens.  The small block Chevy with the side-draft Webers, bolted to a Hewland LG-500 transaxle, which is sitting on top of a wooden shipping container labeled ELVA (who produced the "customer" McLarens), is pretty cool too.

Great stuff.  Thanks.

-Chad
41  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Roy Woods Racing, California Trans-Am racers on: March 20, 2012, 09:12:13 PM
For the '70 season the ARA racing team had two '69 Camaros.  One was ex-Penske and the other was their own creation.

-Chad

42  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Roy Woods Racing, California Trans-Am racers on: March 20, 2012, 07:09:53 PM
Great period article on this 1970 season, '69 ARA Camaro.  Thanks for posting this, Jon.

Though many corrections could be made to the text, one that I think really deserves straightening out is where the article states:

  "Similar to the Penske-Donohue Camaro, ARA has installed a Watts Linkage aft of the rear end housing."

The Penske Camaros used a Panhard bar, not a Watts Link. 

This ARA Camaro is awfully similar to a 1969 Titus-Godsall Firebird in it's construction, given that Jerry Schwarz put his hands on both.

Really fantastic detail photos in this article, even if they're reproduced on newsprint style paper.

-Chad
43  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: March 19, 2012, 11:02:42 PM
Jon, thanks for posting that article from 1001 Custom and Rod Ideas on Konis.  The details within are helpful to a very broad spectrum of racing enthusiasts.

-Chad
44  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 08, 2012, 11:54:05 PM
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.

This is hard to say, but you're probably right, Bruce. 
45  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 08, 2012, 05:00:16 PM
The shifter handle comment was said in jest.  I guess I should have put a smiley face after the sentence. 

It surely couldn't have been at that angle... though an era-correct 427 Cobra shifter handle is arguably just as goofy.

-Chad


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