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1  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds on: September 11, 2014, 08:06:31 PM
Nice work Steve I am really impressed with the build quality the cars and one can only imagine what a nightmare it must be acquiring parts from the other side world to keep them running.

AL
2  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Breaking-in of Race engines? on: August 25, 2014, 09:55:51 PM
In my opinion the single most important thing you can do when building a race engine is find yourself the best machine shop that you possibly can and preferably one that specializes race engines only........... Have them line bore your block, mill the deck then hone the block with a torque plate attached ........The other important item in your build is the crankshaft we had ours custom ground to assure we had the correct  clearance for our Clevite bearings then we would send the crank out for nitride treatment. For our engines camshafts wear was not a big issue so we used a heavy weight oil on the journals and lobes but the one thing we always always did was to prime the oil pump with a drill before we fired it up.

  AL
3  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front Hub Grease Caps on: July 15, 2014, 07:18:06 PM
If my memory serves me correctly from my dealership days the brass inserts were installed on radio equipped cars to prevent interference from static electricity....... Back in the day many radios were installed by the dealership and I seem to remember the inserts being part of the radio package.

AL
4  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Gorries Black Panther Camaro on: July 03, 2014, 06:43:21 PM
Gorries was a very cool dealership by Canadian standards .......... As teenager I remember visiting their used car lot and drooling over a large collection quality used Corvettes.

AL
5  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: May 08, 2014, 09:58:02 PM
Open the image right click on it then click save ............

AL
6  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Tony Settember on: May 08, 2014, 09:52:29 PM

Bob,

         You old Trans-Am drivers should be put on the endangered species list.

     AL
7  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sam Posey ..... Racing Legened or unsung Hero ?? on: May 08, 2014, 09:48:04 PM
Bob,

       We were probably repairing damage from one of your off track excursions !!!

 AL
8  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: May 07, 2014, 10:30:56 PM
          Here is picture a of my partner Dennis and I putting the finishing touches on our race motor....... The cross-ram manifold that had just been released at the time was an easy bolt on for at least 50 hp. Not show in the picture was our crankshaft belt drive pulley that was reinforced due to cracking issues with the stock unit. In hindsight I think that the alternator location way up on the left header was poor as it necessitated the use of a extremely long fan belt, not the ideal scenario .
9  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sam Posey ..... Racing Legened or unsung Hero ?? on: May 07, 2014, 07:46:22 PM
Yes Jon Sam was a very versatile driver I think if it had wheels Sam could probably drive it ......... One of my favorite Posey episodes was at Indy in 1972 when he got caught trying fake a car switch and re-qualify a car that had already failed to qualify.  http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1298&dat=19730522&id=pwBOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7IsDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5137,2914330
Apparently his parties were quite legendary, unfortunately Bob would make me stay and work on the race car so I never got to go.... 
10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sam Posey ..... Racing Legened or unsung Hero ?? on: May 05, 2014, 09:04:12 PM
 Mike great summary.
        
                Glad to see that I am not the only person on this forum who is a big fan of Sam Posey ......... Back in the day I too enjoyed reading Sam's articles in the Automotive publications. I always enjoyed his articulate eloquent writing style.  One of my favorite Posey articles revolved around his close relationship with his mother and how whenever she attended one of his races he would he would station her on the slowest possible corner so she wouldn't get too stressed out.
   
AL
  
11  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Sam Posey ..... Racing Legened or unsung Hero ?? on: May 04, 2014, 08:18:24 PM
Sam Posey has to be one of the most interesting characters to ever climb behind the wheel of a Trans-Am car....... Not only was he a talented driver but he later went on to become a sports broadcaster and journalist. Sam has a very eloquent way with words and he really knows how to tell a story.
Unfortunately Sam now suffers from Parkinson's Disease but he seems to be coping with his condition and hopefully he will for a long time to come.

AL
12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am cheating fact or fiction ??? on: May 04, 2014, 07:13:45 PM
We never made it to post race inspection but I am fairly sure spare tires would not have been part of the process.

AL
13  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am cheating fact or fiction ??? on: May 03, 2014, 09:10:09 PM
Trans-Am cars did not run with spare tires but rumor has it that some teams would change to tires that were filled with water for post race inspection and apparently George Follmer had a helmet full of lead that a crewman would substitute for the real one at the end of the race ...

AL
14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Roy Woods Racing, California Trans-Am racers on: April 18, 2014, 09:13:45 PM
Great stuff Jon,
 RWR was quite an operation I wonder what their source of funding was?? Somebody must have had some pretty deep pockets........... I especially liked their double deck transporter, that was one cool unit.

AL
15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Favorite Independent Trans-Am Driver ??? on: April 15, 2014, 07:43:02 PM
I like your pick Milt was an awesome driver .......

AL
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