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Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« on: April 06, 2013, 05:46:11 AM »
Here are some current day photos of Jerry Lagod's Trans-Am Camaro. Jerry bought the car new and it was a butternut yellow '68 Z/28 that
was never driven on the street and got turned into a race car right from day one. The car was damaged at Meadowdale in 1970. It was raining
during the race and the car left the track and damaged the frame and the bodywork. The car got repaired but was reskinned as a '69 model
and painted white. It raced in 11 Trans-Am races in the '72 and earlier era and went on to race in SCCA GT-1 before getting retired in 1986.



















More pics to come...
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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2013, 04:09:31 PM »
Engine compartment photos. The front subframe is still able to be unbolted for removal, if necessary.
I've been told that the engine currently in the car is using the original 302 block that came in it when new.











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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2013, 04:17:46 PM »
that engine compartment looks a lot 'newer' than 1988 fresh....?   Looks like it would be a good car to take 'vintage racing'..  :) ..  for some fun!
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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2013, 05:58:52 PM »
It does generally appear fresher than 25 years old but I'm just passing along what I've been told second-hand. Here are more photos...

























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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2013, 06:21:16 PM »
Cool car, Jon.  Do you know if the hood louvers are functional?

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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2013, 07:32:21 PM »
It sure looks like they are functional to me, Paul.
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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2013, 08:54:57 PM »
that engine compartment looks a lot 'newer' than 1988 fresh....?   Looks like it would be a good car to take 'vintage racing'..  :) ..  for some fun!

This is a car that was immaculately prepared for every race throughout its history and was always keep in a clean environment.

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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2013, 04:34:32 AM »
Rocker panel and fenderwell details














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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2013, 05:00:46 AM »
I am supprised at the lack of roll bar padding. Not so sure about that horizontal bar running to the right of the driver. I just picture hitting it in an accident.   What kind of ignition system is in it? Not familliar with the boxes mounted under the dash.

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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2013, 05:37:35 AM »
The silver box is a GM Delco-Remy transistorized voltage regulator. The two boxes to the right of that are the GM Delco-Remy transistorized ignition boxes. One is a spare.
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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2013, 04:03:16 PM »
Here are some undercarriage shots. Of note are the Koni double-adjustable shocks, the fully welded seams on the subframe,
the extra welded plates in the a-arm pivot locations and at the jacking point under the engine, the over-the-topside mounting
of the front sway bar, the early-style Lakewood scattershield with the removable inspection cover, and numerous other details.















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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2013, 04:17:28 PM »
That car sure looks like a well built car to me.. and probably a good value at the asking price, given what I see others offered at..?
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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2013, 06:04:21 PM »
This would be a great car for a few guys to team up on.  Don't over-restore it - perhaps back to original colours?

Jerry and I did  Mid-Ohio, WG, and Michigan in 71.  Look at the Q times on ultimateracinghistory and you can see we were about at the same
performance level.  At Mid-Ohio we finished on the same lap and near the end I could see him and the 2 other guys - Perez and Wiseman, just
ahead of me.  Had no clue as to what position we were in so I elected to stay in "cruise mode" (should have gone for it!!}

I don't remember that we even had roll-bar padding in those days?

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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2013, 11:45:20 PM »
Here are some shots of the rear suspension showing the Watts-link, double-adjustable Konis, J56 brake caliper, rear sway bar, etc...

















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Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2013, 01:04:51 AM »
Looking at those photos reminds me how much I hated changing the gear ratio's in those rear ends... About the only task I disliked.  And about the only race car smell I disliked was rear end grease.  I was probably 13 or 14 when I inherited the task.  I could hardly lift the center section in the beginning.   I always picked up a few cuts on the fingers. Torquing the ring gear and tightening the pinion nut...   And usually finished up with a stiff neck!  We raced a '69 Camaro from 1973 to 1984, about 8 - 10 races a year.  We had 5 or 6 different gear ratio's we worked with.  Can't imagine how many times I crawled under there for that task