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General Discussion / Re: 124379N580021
« on: December 17, 2016, 01:03:17 AM »
I just thought of something.....I never told everyone the original colors of my Camaro! Well, it was a quite rare combo of Glacier Blue with a Dover White painted roof. The interior was, and still is Blue standard. The car currently has a correct date-code 396 (not the original) dressed to appear as the original and an automatic trans. There is now a console and floor shifter although it was built with a Muncie 4-speed without a console. My plans are to reinstall a correct date-coded, restored Muncie that never had a VIN stamped into it and either a Hurst Super Shifter and/or (I have both) a Hurst Ram-Rod (both styles saw race time in the car during competition). Recently, I bought this trans and a thoroughly restored date-code correct 4346 Holley 780 from Jerry MacNeish. Also, after a year and a half of negotiating, I recently bought a date-code-correct (for the original race build) L72 427 that has a blank engine pad (as in never had a suffix code stamped, never had a VIN stamped) and that never been decked (milled). This is only the second 512 block I've ever encountered without some identifying codes. I was told that a racer, who also owned a race engine building shop bought all the necessary components to build his own L72 427 rather than buy a complete engine only to tear it down and blueprint it anyway. That's right....512 block, 840 heads, 163 intake, and two 6223 crankshafts (one used in the build and an extra NOS). All of these engine parts are dated from 12/28/68 through 1/18/69. The pertinent info on the data plate-trim tag is: build date 01B, color 5350, trim X22 assembled at Norwood. It also was built with the SS style hood. Bill Izykowski added the Cold Air hood and breather (at that time the term "Cowl Induction" had not yet been coined) and also installed the front and rear spoilers during his initial race build.
Again, please understand that this car is not a COPO, was not a COPO, and never will be a COPO, but my goal is to have two complete running power trains that would've been used in the classes in which the car saw competition.

General Discussion / Re: 124379N580021
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:30:17 PM »
It all sounds good to me! Yep! That is me with the Olds and the Camaro, too. I'll gladly post some pics when I teach myself how to as the tech stuff usually isn't my friend. I have a bunch of period race shots and will be documenting the transformation back to 1969 via photos. Still in the parts accumulation stage but starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Racing the Olds and buying parts for this project are both costly and time consuming, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks for all the nice comments!

General Discussion / Re: 124379N580021
« on: December 16, 2016, 11:07:08 AM »
Man, I'm making all kinds of mistakes: posting wrong, calling Ed another name, I need to get it together here! Normally, one run of a 1/4 drag strip takes a little over a mile, depending on where the team is set up in the pits. By the time the car is driven to the staging lanes, does a burn-out, goes down the 1/4 mile track, slows down after "hitting the stripes", and returns to their pit area, a pretty good amount of real estate has been covered. As for the speedo/odo cable, I never asked Bill, Barry Curran, or  Bob Moon if they had it connected, but I can only tell you that the one in my Oldsmobile was ALWAYS hooked up as it was still a "new" car in the dealership's inventory. I have copies of every title issued for the Camaro and the mileage indicated is chronologically correct and coded as "actual and accurate" on each one of those titles. I've spoken with several people who knew the car and they always referred to it as "the one with the real low miles".

General Discussion / Re: 124379N580021
« on: December 16, 2016, 12:55:08 AM »
Thanks Bert for posting the article. The original 396/350 and Muncie are (I'm guessing) long gone, but I've always said "you just never know". Bill Izykowski (original owner/driver) told me "hurt" the original engine (which by the way, was done at Duffy"s Performance immediately after getting home from Reedman Chevrolet) so they bolted in another as they were in the NHRA points chase. You/We have to remember that the only "matching numbers" racers cared about were the ones the NHRA tech crew scrutinized. Same for the original Muncie (also worked internally with the only street miles from driving back to New Jersey). Spares were always ready and were changed quickly and often. Bill I. was no stranger to the hectic drag racing lifestyle as he campaigned a few 427 Biscaynes (and won class at the Winternationals among others), his last being called "Paranoia", hence the name for the new Camaro Super Stock...."Super Paranoia". I asked him (Bill) why he didn't want to run a COPO with a 427 as he was so used to them (427s).......quickly he told me to "stay away from Jenkins......we were all buddies and we didn't want to face each other". I asked why he chose the 396/350 combo. and he said " the 350 horse and the 325 horse both fell into H (SS/H) so I had a 25 horsepower headstart". He also told me "We went over Jenkins' and studied his car (the '69) and set this one up with a lot of the same stuff".  I asked why he sold the car after only one season and he explained to me that rarely did he keep a car too long and he was going to be driving for Joe (Scotto). Bill and I have become good friends and he is a walking wealth of drag racing knowledge, a true gentleman, and a fine human being. I'm honored to call him a friend. Another good one...."We were selling the car and kind of had it sold to a guy from down around Maple Grove (Barry Curran), and we both agreed that he'd take the car if he could see it run and compete. So we go down to Reading for one of Darwin's Stock/Super Stock shows (Darwin Doll ex NHRA Division 1 Tech Director ran his own series of races independent of NHRA points) and the guy is there watching us do real good, REAL GOOD, I won the darn thing and had second thoughts about selling it, but I told Joe I'd drive for him so I went ahead and sold it. That was a real good car, and the guy put a 427 in it and changed class".

I hope I'm not boring all of you with the stories of the car with Bill and his antics, but I'm pretty involved with the nostalgia stuff (I also own a '69 Olds that was an original dealer-sponsored F/S) and frankly, I'm addicted to it! Gotta run for now, but I'll connect some more of the dots if anyone is interested.

General Discussion / Re: 124379N580021 Ex-NHRA Super Stocker
« on: December 15, 2016, 10:07:08 PM »
I guess I should explain more about my car. Started life as a 396/350 stick and raced as "Super Paranoia" in SS/H by Bill Izykowski the summer of 1969. After that season, Bill sold the car and it was campaigned as "Shangri-La" for a few years in B/S and SS/D by Barry Curran and Bob Moon. I'm searching for anything pertaining to this car as my plans are to return it to as-raced condition. I found the car "hiding in plain sight" after chasing it for a number of years. Currently, the miles are 978. It was featured in the "Hidden Gems" of the Nov. 2015 issue of Muscle Car Review.

General Discussion / Re: 124379N580021
« on: December 15, 2016, 11:12:08 AM »
Yep! Got your email about the mishap. 😐

General Discussion / 124379N580021
« on: December 15, 2016, 12:54:22 AM »
Looking for anything related to:

Kinda funny how things escalate incorrectly. How many times have you seen chalk marks and such that are totally bogus and incorrect? My theory is someone had a car at a show that had a nice presentation albeit technically "wrong". Then, onlookers gawk at the car, go home and make/change their car to appear like the one at the previous show....and then another group sees THAT car at cruise night and the snowball effect gets started. Who was the first person to INCORRECTLY install the dreaded FORD fan sticker on a CHEVY fan shroud? See what I am getting at here?????

General Discussion / Re: '69 LOS Pace Car opinions
« on: August 29, 2015, 11:49:32 AM »
I noticed several "fixable mistakes" in the first glances at the photos that weren't mentioned yet. Not beating the car down as I have no interest in owning it, merely an observation. I wonder how many '69 Pace Cars Mario sat in and/or signed that day...maybe just WITH the correct side stripes, and one WITHOUT. Seems to be a fairly early car as far as Pace Cars go, did I see O3B? ...520 something VIN? Still not a bad car to own and address the issues and take it to the next level.

General Discussion / Re: Looking for a car I had......
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:28:01 PM »
Mark, the car sounds like what your signature describes. 350/300 Z11

General Discussion / Re: Looking for a car I had......
« on: December 15, 2013, 01:30:08 PM »
Great info. Thanks for the tip.

General Discussion / Re: Looking for a car I had......
« on: December 15, 2013, 12:21:08 AM »
Thanks for the info . and where do I find this "clearing house"?

General Discussion / Looking for a car I had......
« on: December 14, 2013, 10:28:42 PM »
Anyone know of a. '69 Camaro Indy Oace Car VIN 124679N641157? Small block, stick, was in Maryland in the 80s and 90s.

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