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196  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: could it be? on: December 26, 2012, 09:43:49 PM
Do the car right, and it won't make any difference.
197  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 26, 2012, 12:48:57 AM
Thanks James...that certainly makes sense.
198  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 25, 2012, 03:06:34 PM
The duration of Christmas shutdown varied with the casting demand.  The foundry was pretty maintenance intensive, so we tried to schedule a week shutdown in melt/mold to accommodate big projects.  The finishing/inspection area would generally work a limited crew through shutdown to catch up on casting repairs & rough casting backlog.  Also, personnel would be available to ship castings out of inventory to the motor plant.  Ugh - that's a real flashback - digging pallets of blocks out of snow/ice!  Under normal production though - the castings flowed pretty quickly to the motor plant (which is the topic of this thread).

Thanks...that's kind of what I thought. I couldn't see that they would completely shutdown plants.
199  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans-Am Season Review on: December 25, 2012, 01:24:14 PM
Jon,

Great shot of your car loaded up and ready to go!

What's with the Yunick entry; Quito, Ecuador?
200  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 25, 2012, 12:57:22 PM
The best time possible at Tonawanda = 30 minutes on the pouring loop to shake out on lines 1 & 2 (block lines) + 4 hours in the cooling court + 20 minutes through blast, grind, chip & inspect.  The door to the Tonawanda Motor Plant was only about a 50 foot fork truck ride from the end of both block finishing lines.  Sometimes the blocks were pretty warm when they arrived at the motor plant.  At that point, the block could go right to the motor plant machining line.  So...it's clearly possible for a casting to be produced and assembled the same day.  We weren't "just in time" in those days though.  Most casting waited on pallets in inventory que.  If a block fell off of the conveyor in the cooling court it would sit up there until Christmas or Summer shut down.  So a casting date could be many months before build date.  The Flint motors would be pretty difficult to be cast & machined the same day due to the trucking required between Saginaw & Flint.

I didn't realize there was a Christmas shutdown. Was it more than just that day and Christmas Eve? What about the New Year's holiday?
201  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: could it be? on: December 25, 2012, 12:43:51 PM
I doubt that would even convince you.
202  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 21, 2012, 10:27:23 PM
That was fun!!
203  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 13, 2012, 10:40:20 PM
Thanks for posting the AMX-R links and information. I haven't seen anything about that car in years. I'm glad to see it is still around.
204  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: December 13, 2012, 10:31:32 PM
Great research, posts and links SMKZ28. I'm glad that my observation helped you. That's a neat picture of the AMX-R. I have always liked that car.
205  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 12, 2012, 10:09:36 PM
I like the AMX rumble seat Pacecar.
206  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Street T/A on: December 06, 2012, 10:35:55 PM
I probably should also have mentioned that the car I see in Coronado is a 69 T/A clone.
207  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Street T/A on: December 06, 2012, 10:32:31 PM
Ironic...
208  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Vinyl or Not? on: December 06, 2012, 09:21:44 PM
I wish my car had a vinyl top! I especially like the look of the 69's; like they're floating.
209  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 67 8 track under dash parts on: December 06, 2012, 09:18:36 PM
I heard basically the same story from Erik Brann...but it wasn't wine!
210  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Street T/A on: December 03, 2012, 11:02:59 PM
Great pictures Jon... Mountain Green is one of my favorite colors for 67. I'm torn between that and Madeira Maroon.  As for a Donohue T/A street clone, there is one that I see every year at the Coronado Historic races that is painted like it. Never took a picture of it though. It's always in the car corral.
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