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1  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: General talk about Trans-Am cars, parts, whatever... on: March 11, 2014, 09:02:29 AM
Just thought I’d update on my earlier post about the Edelbrock/AMC re-introduction cross-ram.
IT’S HERE!

The current Owner of Pete’s Patriot, one of the original SS AMX’s, has a business, “Patriot Racing Products”. He worked with Edelbrock to re-introduce the STR-11 cross-ram with only a limited number available. I think it’s remarkable that Edelbrock was able to work with a small company to re-tool for a short run of a product like this. There are some changes to the new STR-11 in order to differentiate this from the desirable and valuable originals.
2  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 06, 2014, 11:01:36 AM
I remembered seeing this attached info elsewhere on THIS forum. There is so much information here on misc. TA cars and related engine technology it's incredible.
Note the picture on the upper-left, you can see where they are testing different carb configurations.
3  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 04, 2014, 06:16:32 PM
pics 303 SCCA engine,tunnel port intake,303 stroker on dyno Xram 2.4 intake
Wow, what a rare piece! Can you give some information on the power output and characteristics?
Always curious to hear a "real" information on some of these engines that have lots of rumors and hearsay surrounding them. The way those heads look, they would flow to 9,000 rpm or more!, What was the high RPM limit of the block and/or valve train in road racing configuration?
4  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rest in Peace Ronnie Kaplan on: March 03, 2014, 01:37:32 PM
There are a few nice obituaries out there. Having a TA-inspired '69 Javelin I've learned a lot about that chapter in racing, He did a ton with little resources.

Ed Justice Jr wrote,"Ronnie Kaplan was a great guy and the real deal. He's featured in the new book we just published on George Follmer www.follmerbook.com. Here's a quote from the book about Ronnie.

"Ronnie Kaplan was larger than life. He was a car owner, but he was also an honest to god car builder/mechanic and crew chief. He did it all and knew every nut and bolt on the car. Remember, AMC didn't even have a research and development program. they just wanted to race against Ford and Ronnie had to build everything from the ground up."
-George Follmer
"

Godspeed Mr. Kaplan
http://www.racer.com/index.php/scca/item/101559-trans-am-pioneer-ronnie-kaplan-dies-at-87

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2014/03/03/ronnie-kaplan-a-driving-force-behind-amcs-trans-am-efforts-dead-at-age-87/

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=ronnie-kaplan&pid=169938298&fhid=16216
5  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: December 11, 2013, 10:39:27 PM
I'd like to know a bit more about this car! It has all the traits of an RKE javelin?
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3177576/1969-amc-javelin/
6  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: November 24, 2013, 09:33:56 PM
Yes, someone did and published it in a book. Ronnie Kaplan has written it out pretty clearly in the new book "The Cars of Trans-Am Racing" on page 105 Wink
The book is very good, I think anyone marginally interested in this part of the CRG site should just buy this book as a basic text book we can all refer to from time to time:)
7  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: October 08, 2013, 08:26:25 AM
This AMX was for sale some years ago, It may be the first one posted??
It has a very interesting rear suspension.
8  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: October 08, 2013, 08:17:47 AM
I believe this is the one you are talking about.
9  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: October 05, 2013, 07:27:16 AM
Here is an AMX on the east coast that is currently under restoration.


From the http://theamcforum.com/forum/1970-amx-scca-b-productiOn_topic42680_page1.html.
In 1975 when I graduated High School I bought a 70 AMX. it was a 390 4 speed a/c car.  None of the people knew how to mod an AMC so i called up AMC located in Elmsford, NY ask asked for some info. I was bounced around and finally got on with a guy named Frank Lipare. Frank was a Senior Management type. He told me the he and a fellow AMC manager scooped the car off the assembly line in 1970 and transformed it into an SCCA car. A lot of the work to the body was done at a boat shop in Long island, the fiberglass front and rear flares. The motor was done by the famous Jocko Maggicomo and Speedwin Automotive , Long island.  the car raced at Bridgehampton and Lime Rock. It was raced until 1974 when it became illegal due to the cubic inch restriction. they decided not to destroke it so it was parked until like 1975 when Frank began to club race it, again on Bridgehapton Long Island and Lime Rock Conn. Frank did hel me with technical infor and parts. I first saw the car at his home in Manhassett, Long Island in 1976 or so. I even went a few times with him to Lime Rock and Bridgehampton to help out on track day.  I bought the car in 1981 and street raced it in NJ almost exactly how it was set up for road racing. Smoked a lot of people. Sold it in 1985 and got it back in 2002 where it has been sitting since.. Frank passed away in 1988 and so did the document history of this car.  I will completely go through it and bring it back to the almost exact condition it was when raced with a few modern upgrades..
 
It has a 390, Venolia 11.5 to 1 pistons, Ported 291 heads, cross ram, Reed roller can T-10 4 speed,4 wheel discs, ATL fuel cell.
10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: John Ware Trans-Am Camaro on: August 11, 2013, 08:07:14 PM
The historic TransAm group does there own thing to some degree. In other series like VSCDA it's a bit different.
I am restoring an old ex-IMSA RS car so I've been looking at what is used commonly, and basically there are good tires available for 15" and 13" rims.  

Vintage racing is popular enough now that the low-volume tire makers can support the hobby. Sizes however are somewhat limited, so you need to know this as you are building the car.
Hosier makes good 15's, and many of the small displacement cars at Road America Vintage races this year were on Toyo's. For example the Toyo Proxes RR comes in 2 15" rim sizes, 205/50 and 225/50, but that's it.

I hadn't paid much attention to what the TA guys were using, but they were burning them up like they are going out of style Cheesy

11  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wanted: Photos of 1971 Trans-am Camaro owned by Greenwood / Hoffman on: August 06, 2013, 02:28:06 PM
I love vintage races, and some guys have this now, but I wish ALL the cars all had a little poster near it that described its history if there is any, weather significant or not I think it’s interesting.
Whether it’s the low-buck racer that had been racing his ’70 Mustang, with his family for over 20 years, or the big dollar cars like the Greenwood Vette, I like the history.
Some cars are re-creations of vintage cars, which are also cool, but if it has a past I’d like to know a little without needing to research a few cars I find to be interesting.
12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: July 24, 2013, 03:18:38 PM
The following ebay auction was pointed out to me...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mark-Donohue-Jacket-AMC-Javelin-c-1970-71-Trans-Am-/290876951287?pt=Vintage_Sports_Memorabilia&hash=item43b99e0af7

The seller, jrtpip, makes the following statement about the jacket... "Mark Donohue's Racing Jacket- Associated with the 1970-71 AMC's Javelin, Matador -AMC Racing Team. This jacket is presently held privately in the collection of a Donohue family member. It is documented. I have listed this for the family member.  The jacket dates to the Penske years of Mark's career -innovations and 1971Trans-Am Championship . It is truely a part of racing history. It is a nylon parka style jacket, Silk screened Mark Donohue  on the front  and Javelin on the back, shows some wear, fleece in the body.  It was worn by Mark and has grease stains."

The seller is also offering another jacket from earlier in Mark's racing career when he was running an Elva Courier.
This Jacket didn't sell, at the time of the auction I decided not to pursue this; I've been regretting that of late Smiley
I just sent the seller an EBay message to see if it's still available, I know this is a complete shot in the dark, but I had to give it a try. If anyone knows anything on this…
13  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wanted: Photos of 1971 Trans-am Camaro owned by Greenwood / Hoffman on: July 23, 2013, 10:49:51 PM
Couple more...
14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wanted: Photos of 1971 Trans-am Camaro owned by Greenwood / Hoffman on: July 23, 2013, 10:42:52 PM
There is a 150KB limit for attachments, so I'll do the best I can, if anyone wants higher resolution let me know.
15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wanted: Photos of 1971 Trans-am Camaro owned by Greenwood / Hoffman on: July 23, 2013, 10:01:21 PM
I have some pictures of the Greenwood vette from last weekend, should I post 'em?
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