I thought I would create a topic to introduce myself, an easy way to get a hang onto who I am and who's who in here
My name's Anthony, I'm 26 currently, french, living in Germany (Frankfurt to be precise) but might move in the near future for a new job. I'm a car designer, been one for the best of three years now and quite loving it. I was working for GM for the past 2 years, mostly Opel vehicles.
Car history :
being french, I currently drive a Renault Twingo RS (my avatar picture) which is a very fun car to push to the limits on the track, especially the Nürburgring
Before that I had the first gen Twingo, much less fun to drive, but cheap so a good first car for a student.
And in between I've owned briefly a 1982 Camaro Z28 350ci, looked good but ran like crap because of the fuel injection system
I had to sell when i changed of job, and moved out of UK. I would have loved to have the time and money to bring it back to proper running condition especially as it had all the good options with a nice white interior with buckets, Cragar chromed wheels, wide mean looking rubbers and power discs and all.
Here are a couple pics of the main two cars (I won't show the first gen Twingo, as honestly I don't think anybody cares much about it here
On the more recent news, i mostly registered here to gather informations and advices for a 1968 Camaro project. Being outside of USA, it's not very easy to get infos and feedback on the cars and the upgrades, so it's always good to go ask the guys who live where the action happens
With a friend, we start this year an oldtimer racecar project. The intention is to get our hands on a sheel of a 68 Camaro coupe and restore / upgrade it to race it. I've already been extensively through the Trans Am section of the forum and gathered quite a nice amount of useful data.
We are currently investigating what will be the mods that we will do to the base car to follow either the era Trans Am specs or follow what the germans are asking for oldtimer races (rules are a bit different on the two continents).
As of now, the plan is to get a shell, sandblast it, see what body work needs to be done, and learn as we go. It will be fitted with a carburator 350ci engine, 4 disc brakes with 4 pot calipers (but I saw on some of the Sunoco cars pictured online that they had 6 pistons in the front, though I can't find any info on these anywhere
), full race cage, modern fuel cell for FIA regulations, very possibly Kirkey race buckets to keep the look of the Trans Am bucket seats from late 60's early 70's, 12 bolt rear diff and the transmission has to be decided according to regulations (and also because I'm not sure about what they were using, I haven't put my nose too much into the transmissions yet). Muncie or Jerico 4 speed, don't know which way we'll go yet, and I don't know exactly what are the differences either, so it requires more research.
Wheels and tires will be determined by the german oldtimer championship rules, no other way with that.
The shocks will probably be Konis as it's what was apparently fitted at the time on the race cars.
Then up to the actual main questions : the size of the wheels used in Trans AM cars (15"x8"?), where do the 6 pot calipers come from on the Sunoco cars, how low can the car be dropped (i've seen mostly 2" inch drop kits, don't know if it gets close to the race cars setup or not), and last but not least, the race cars seem to have widened fenders to accomodate the big slicks, i guess this was done manually from stock fenders?
I had a bit of fun a week ago modelling quickly a Camaro overnight and giving it what could be our paintjob. Keeps the motiviation up and gives us a goal!