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1  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2013 Monterey motorsports reunion: Who's going? on: August 19, 2013, 07:46:19 PM
I had the chance to spend some time underneath the 69' Donohue Camaro.  Very cool.  It worked very well this weekend too!  I have to say that while watching the Walter Parkin's Camaro run there is something wrong with the front end geometry.  I hope they check it out.  The Green Camaro of Karman Cusak was impressive.  Looked great and ran well too.

Camicia
2  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: John Ware Trans-Am Camaro on: July 23, 2013, 10:50:25 AM
Wow!


Camicia
3  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: John Ware Trans-Am Camaro on: July 13, 2013, 10:21:18 PM
Fenders are coming along nicely.  I was talking to the Cobra Automotive folks about your car last week at Fontana! Looking forward to see it at Monterey.

Camicia
4  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: May 21, 2013, 07:58:42 PM
In Gary Wheeler's defense the numbers are transposed.  He meant 450hp.  We had this very same conversation when I interviewed him years ago.

Camicia
5  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sonoma Historics, May 2013 on: May 20, 2013, 09:22:28 AM
John,
It's my understanding this is not Ron Treadway's car but is the Hildebrand car.  Might double check with Chad on this.  The last time I saw Ron's car it was far from done.

Camicia
6  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: February 16, 2013, 12:34:12 PM
Nice job Mike,
But I agree with Jon, the wheel spokes look right when they are black.
7  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Are these ex-Trans Am Camaros racing at multiple Daytona 24 hour races? on: January 14, 2013, 09:11:56 PM
Group 7,
I believe you are correct on both remaining Hall Camaros

Mike
8  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Are these ex-Trans Am Camaros racing at multiple Daytona 24 hour races? on: January 14, 2013, 06:54:46 PM
Hey, finding a bunch of old photos is the easy part.  Trying to track down car numbers, figuring out which event, which driver and tracing the history takes talent and lots of time. Try it some time.
9  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us on: January 09, 2013, 10:04:07 AM
This last link has a bunch of Trans Am stuff spread throughout the pages and in no particular order so you need to look closely.  Some 71' TA shots, Warren Tope, the Hoselton Hugger , Hall Camaro with the data transmission equip, etc.  Thanks for the link
Mike
10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Street T/A on: December 22, 2012, 01:37:11 PM
THAT is a nice car! 
Camicia
11  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Street T/A on: November 29, 2012, 07:57:15 PM
Thanks John,
We're working on a 55' Ford truck that will look like the So-cal Speed shop push truck when done.  Even I'm excited about that one.  We are also fixing up a single axle trailer to pull our Model T Ford racer behind it! The kids really take an interest when we build something special so that's what we do.  I need to find time to update the website.  Are you still going to sell your Camaro?

Mike
12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Street T/A on: November 22, 2012, 11:17:52 AM
Thanks guys,
Most people build model car replicas, I build the full size version.  I've been close up to most of the real ones over the years and have taken lots of photos.
These cars are mine (I put the kids to work building them)  I'm just there for guidance.  They do the welding and all the work.  While these look pretty cool we've made mistakes too, so undoing the mistakes is part of the learning process.  I love the Trans Am cars so that is my focus.  I'm introducing a whole new generation to these cars and their history, the folks behind the history, the great rules interpretations and deviations, etc.  Auto shop is more than just working on cars, you know.  About the only thing I can't do here is paint them.

We have some autocross cars and my wife and I take kids with us and teach them to drive.  We have open track cars too.  Kids don't get to drive those but we've taken a bunch around Sears Point, Laguna Seca, and Thunderhill Raceway.

Jon, I haven't got any low resolution photos of the Bud Moore Cougar project, but the www.GunnAutotech.com web page has my advanced class posed around it so you can get an idea of what's coming.  We just finished mounting the oil cooler up front just like the real deal. 

I'm hoping to retire with all of my toys in a few years if I can keep this program running.  Computer classes are all the rage these days and most shop classes have been dropped.  Hands on classes are rare.  These kids can't even operate a broom when I start with them.  Now I've got former students who work on top secret aircraft, have gone on to compete at the SCCA runoffs, and have been featured in Road and Track magazine! This sure beats working at the Dealership!

I have another 68' Mustang project to complete that we've just started working on.  I may add the side vents and convert it to a 67' to make a yellow Titus tribute,
I don't have a Camaro or a Dodge Challenger.  The prices are just insane for even the most rusted out body shells for these.  I probably have enough parts laying around to tackle them both should a decent donor car find a home here.  By the way, my wife and I  fund these projects ourselves. There is no money for shop classes in California.

Mike Camicia
13  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Street T/A on: November 21, 2012, 01:24:24 PM
High School Autoshop project cars:
 www.gunnautotech.com
14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Street T/A on: November 21, 2012, 10:26:41 AM
and this
15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Street T/A on: November 21, 2012, 10:17:06 AM
I've got these.
Camicia
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