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46  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: March 23, 2014, 08:58:50 PM
John a very astute observation on your part, but actually we are just fitting those Hi compression pistons in the blocK LOL .....Besides a very wise man once told me there is no substitutes for cubic inches.......... especially if you are running unleaded fuel.
47  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: March 23, 2014, 11:02:15 AM
Hi Jon,
     We did our own head work, nothing fancy just a good  3 angle valve job and mild port and polish. The early heads were prone to cracking but GM came up with the angle port heads in 1970 and that seemed to cure the cracking problems. I had a good relationship with Mark Schwein Rusty Jowetts crew chief and he was a great source of information for us. As you probably know they were pretty tight with Penske so he had the inside track on all the latest set up information.
 The hot set up for heads in the day came from Valley Head Service in LA, I used them on some customer engines and they worked very well but unfortunately my budget would not allow me to use them myself.
 We started out with the factory cam and later we switched over to an aftermarket cam from Engle .........Surprisingly we didn't notice a dramatic improvement in power over the factory cam which was a bit of a surprise . For me the biggest increase in power cam when installed the cross ram manifold in 1970.
  When we were out west for the Riverside race I can remember Mark having one of his engines dyno tested at Traco and  surprisingly they put out nearly as much power as the engines that they were building for team Penske .
  I am pretty sure our headers were Hooker but I think the hot set up would Stahl Headers but again a little to pricey for me.
 
I will attach a couple of pictures of my 69 restoration project .......... I have had the car in storage for over 30 years, hopefully we will get around to finishing it off soon........Cheers
48  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69' restoration on: March 22, 2014, 07:45:34 PM
Hi Eric,
   It looks like you have your work cut out for you and I think the first thing I would do is try and turn the engine over because if it doesn't there is no point in proceeding any further till you get that sorted out. Assuming it does turn I would test the compression make sure its OK then you can change the fluids and give it a tune up.
By the way I am in the process of restoring my 69  I will post some picks to hopefully give you some encouragement.

Cheers,
         AL   

49  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: March 22, 2014, 09:25:09 AM
               If my memory served me correctly the Mustangs were running America Mags in 69 and that probably ended up costing Ford the championship when George Follmer broke a wheel  and hit the wall in at the final race at Riverside. We were working with Ford in that race and I can still remember Fumbler (as Penske used to call him) came storming back to the pits and reamed out the Ford brass for making him use those #### wheels

AL
50  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: March 22, 2014, 09:06:02 AM
    Nice work on your rear axle Jon ............... We started out with the factory sintered metalic rear brakes in 69 then Dick was able to find us a set of rotors and calipers from a wrecked Corvette which were a direct bolt on to our 12 bolt rear end. The set up worked well but we were having issues with air in the brake system due to excessive piston clearance in the used calipers. We installed stainless sleeves and that cured our problems.
  We always ran a wet sump with an oil cooler and dual Fram oil filters. As per GM instructions we ran 1 quart over full...... I am firm believer in the old saying if it aint broke don't fix it. I think we ended up buying a set of nice shiny Minolite wheels instead.

Cheers
51  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: March 21, 2014, 02:41:11 PM
Hi Robert.............Where do I start ?? OK engine 302 I presume good rods nitride crank with celvite bearings,forged piston of course the stock ones are fine 427 oil pump baffle oil pan with windage tray......... We used the factory racing cam but they have a lot better now.......... The big weak spots are the cylinder heads they are prone to cracking.

  The front suspension is too easy today ........ http://www.detroitspeed.com/index.html and whatever your budget will allow but shocks springs and solid bushings are a must for optimum handling and buy the biggest sway bar you can find.

The Muncie tranny is pretty bullet proof the only weak spots for us were the transmission ears prone to cracking.

   For the rear again Detroit Speed ............Things to look for are rear springs, possibly a rear sway bar, beefy shackles with solid bushings and Koni shocks........ The weak spot for us was Axel shafts from GM I think they had an issue with the heat treating I hope this helps.

Good luck with your project,

AL   
52  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: March 21, 2014, 02:03:11 PM
Darrell........... The video is a work in progress will keep you posred but here is a link to a small photo album from Sebring.
http://satman.typepad.com/photos/the_transam_series/index.html
53  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: March 21, 2014, 09:44:12 AM
Jon,
 Thank you very much for your kind comments............It was too bad the interview was cut short because I really wanted to acknowledge what a great job Robert Barg and the other members of our team did on being  able to do so much on a very meager budget.......... On a quick aside you certainly need to be congratulated on doing such a magnificent job with this site and providing a forum to help preserve a very important part of our racing history.
54  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: March 20, 2014, 12:04:01 PM
Here is a link to a podcast interview that I recently did with Robert Kibbe of The Muscle Car Place .....

AL


http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcp-206-al-richards-the-inside-story-of-campaigning-his-independent-67-camaro-in-the-trans-am-series
55  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 19, 2014, 11:53:07 AM
I worked for a Canadian GM dealership back in the sixties and trust me there never was a factory built Firebird with a Chev engine but I guess the overworked tech staff decided to let it slide. In my opinion the Firebirds were not that well prepared and needed all the help they could get.

Al Richards
56  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: March 18, 2014, 07:26:59 PM
We ran our 1967 Camaro at Sebring and in the Trans-Am ............... As far as I know all the competitors ran stock A arms with solid bushings and we had an 1 1/4 " stock sway bar Corvette aluminum rad and aftermarket oiling system
http://satman.typepad.com/photos/the_transam_series/001.html
Al Richards
57  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Cross Ram Z in action - sorta - check er out on: March 18, 2014, 06:16:26 PM
After 1972 Trans-Am series was winding down so we sold the car to some local stock car racers, in hindsight not one of my sharpest moves................. Probably almost as bad a move was trading the intake manifold for an oil burner, I think they go for around $25,000 today, the manifold that is not the oil burner.
The good news gas was cheap in those days and the other thing that helped was the track supplied us with free Sunoco racing fuel so some of that usually found its way into our Nascar refueling cans for the trip home.

Al
58  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Cross Ram Z in action - sorta - check er out on: March 18, 2014, 01:01:43 PM
Just a quick response from a newby ..............I would have to disagree with Johns comments about the performance of Cross Ram manifold. We ran the manifold on our 67 Camaro in the Trans-Am series and although we didn't have a dyno we found the manifold to give us a real power boost probably at least 50 H.P.
Here is a link to my partner Dennis and I putting the finishing touches on our 302 race engine that we ran circa 1969.
By the way the complete set up with carbs cost us around $500 back in the day

http://satman.typepad.com/photos/the_transam_series/oie_jpg.html
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