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1  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1971 FOMOCO Trans Am Prototype Mustang on: March 02, 2015, 03:25:13 PM
That was the rumor I remember being talked about-   going to the "smaller package",    Thanks,  Ken
2  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1971 FOMOCO Trans Am Prototype Mustang on: February 27, 2015, 02:41:57 PM
Speaking of '71......  I thought there was a rumor of possible Boss powered Mavericks for '71?   I probably need to ask the Ford guys on
3  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Watts Linkage And Other Locating Devices on: February 10, 2015, 04:01:17 PM
Anybody have the pic of Donohue sitting in a Javelin, can't remember which year, but there's a red Koni or something in the pic behind him,  mounted just above the driveshaft tunnel.   Ken
4  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Bud Moore Cougars on: February 09, 2015, 09:50:20 PM
from the " Strictly rumor mill"    I vaguely recall a story of a Cougar body being buried so as to "never surface again" Huh  minus some parts??   anyone?
5  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Camaro 1969 SCCA homologation sheet on: February 09, 2015, 09:26:32 PM
Ford was T/A champ in '70.... AMC was second, then won in '71 and '72...... JL8 brakes are no different, except J56 calipers have insulated pucks and a "dual-pin" pad reta iner; this was required for the "curved or bent over" J56 pad. This lip on the pad backing plate resisted warping from the heat.  It's a simple mod that can be done do any Corvette {JL8) caliper.    Some pics I've seen of '70 Penske Javelin looks like '69 Ford/Lincoln Boss stuff. Donohue often refers to running Girlings, and may have, I just have never seen a good pic. His booster/proportioning system was Girling.   Boss stuff (maybe just late in the season) was super-rare Kelsey Hayes floating caliper, dual piston stuff much like many modern setups today, complete with directional rotors.. ( search on   Titus' T/A and Posey's Challenger ran the huge cast one-piece Hurst/Airhearts..    Ken
6  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Power steering on TA Camaro on: January 22, 2015, 01:37:08 PM
just my opinion- too quick makes it way too easy to "shock" or overdrive the steering response of the soggy bias ply's.... I would say 2.5 to 3 would be plenty fast.  Autocrossing on ultra-modern low aspect ratio stickies would be a different story....  my .02 cents    Ken
7  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Power steering on TA Camaro on: January 22, 2015, 11:59:40 AM
I remember reading an interview with Vic Elford somewhere, comparing the '70 Chaparral Camaro to the '71 ARA Javelin...... The Camaro being MUCH easier to drive with power steering and manual brakes; opposite of how the Javelin was set up. Remember, Roy Woods '71 cars were actually re-skinned Penske '70 models. Roy and Mark were fairly tight, and not a lot was changed engineering wise. Mark ran the Girling 'boosted' front brakes.  I have a picture underhood of the Chaparral, and it does have a brake booster.... so maybe the Hall cars evolved through the season?     I can say from first hand experience, with a good amount of caster, manual steering, and a slightly too small of steering wheel just due to rollcage and such, 30 minute vintage races in the Texas heat are tough- one hour enduro..... ? almost need medical help! Smiley  Nomex underwear, 2 layer suit, hood, enclosed helmet= oven...     Ken
8  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Bill Thomas /race cars on: November 24, 2014, 03:34:30 PM
again, VERY COOL!!  The M/T's in the ad are stud mount though......  I might be trying the Thomas ones for my Camaro if I was keeping it.... Smiley    Happy Thanksgiving everybody!    Ken
9  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Bill Thomas /race cars on: November 24, 2014, 01:19:33 PM
Very cool!! - Does anybody have a set of the Mickey Thompsen rockers, aluminum or magnesium, ?   Ever seen a set?   The AMC Group 19 catalogue lists with a picture those rockers with no reference as to who might have supplied them.  Kaplan and M/T were both old salt and Indy rats....  Any pics of real ones?  Thanks!  Ken
10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: May 08, 2014, 09:05:33 AM
Can someone more tech saavy than me post some of these engine pics?      Of most interest, of course, is the dual IR Dominator AMC.... with the spacer plates for a standard deck block.. Remember, this is Donnybrooke, not Michigan..   LOTS of details can be found if you go to the trouble of zooming in...   expand icon, thumb, zoom, "+"....    First picture I've also seen of a dual throttle cable Boss....  Ford guys say this setup was to blame for the Kwech crash at Michigan. Shelby mechanic Don Araki then came up with a mechanical set up; Bud Moore continued with the cables...consensus is that the dual cables never work right do to synchronization problems, (varying cable stretch.. )........ Don't waste DAYS on this site like me, literally thousands of photos!   Enjoy!  Ken
11  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Stanford University Library on: April 02, 2014, 10:03:53 AM
anybody else having trouble getting into the Revs Library pics?
12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: April 01, 2014, 08:47:25 AM
as for  "aluminium" radiators-  Penske's Camaros (and Javelins) used the Corvette Harrison aluminum radiator and tank.... I love to hear my wife say 'aluminium'...  Smiley   Ken
13  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am cheating fact or fiction ??? on: March 26, 2014, 04:03:20 PM
I too still want to hear from the racers who were there.....  That's the important thing!!
14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am cheating fact or fiction ??? on: March 26, 2014, 03:45:51 PM
Please don't get me wrong- they most certainly did the best they could, were volunteers, different divisions, different interpretations..... and on and on... I volunteered to help bring racers closer to what I was told ( and believed) what our vintage club wanted..... I'll never do it again, and I'm sure it damaged a couple of friendships.. I hate that it went that way.   But T/A was a professional series, big money, careers, and car sales at stake.... Every good racer looks for an advantage, hopefully a legal one.... but, when a rulebook says, " unless this book specifically says you can change/modify or remove- you CANNOT.."  I would whisper,  "cheater" very quietly under my breath, and walk away....  Wink
15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am cheating fact or fiction ??? on: March 26, 2014, 11:32:52 AM
My opinion (very strong, I might add- but, it's just an opinion..) is that, YES, done probably by all of the factories or front-runners. Often tried and never caught or it didn't matter on back markers...  2. some was "uintentional".... case in point; ( Car Life, Wagging the Dog article)....  " Ford had only produced about 700 Boss 302's at the start of the season... considering the SCCA could not find a single Tunnel Port Mustang the year before.... obviously, Ford never intended to sell TP's, but sold Boss cars quite rapidly..... parts homologation/production is another story.... then we get into tech, specs, weights, etc by individuals......   My opinion? Sure, a ton of these stories are part of the fascination and lore of the times,cars,and people we idolize..... the "good 'ole days"....... Let me pose this question to the few who actually competed at the time; At that time, did it make you really mad when "they can't do that?" .. " I can't buy that!"..... "You can see as plain as day that's not right!" came out of your mouth?   I can tell you as a current vintage racer, it's probably more prevalent, and USED to get me very upset..... I build and race my car LEGAL and CORRECT, even if no one else does..... Would the racing been better had no one 'cheated'?? probably not- just a tad slower, with a few slightly different results in a few instances.... but again... just my opinion..   Ken
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