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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #210 on: December 02, 2018, 01:03:17 AM »
Man that is a great shot of a great looking car. Kinda reminds me of the Todco 1969 Camaro that was also painted blue, with red wheels and a number 7. Odd right?
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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #211 on: December 02, 2018, 02:53:10 AM »
My understanding is the Camaro was reskinned to be a Firebird for 1970 so they could run the Pontiac engine.
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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #212 on: December 02, 2018, 04:22:30 AM »
Speaking of Todco, have you heard from Ken lately? I hope he's doing well.
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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #213 on: December 02, 2018, 03:04:38 PM »
No, I haven't but hope the same.
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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #214 on: January 07, 2019, 09:55:37 PM »
Greetings,

Follow the link to examine a history of the B.F. Goodrich 'Tirebird' effort as told by then-crew chief Doug Innes.  It's well done and worth your time survey in detail.  See:  https://bfgtirebird.com/t%2Fg-racing-program

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« Reply #215 on: January 08, 2019, 07:48:45 AM »
That is a fantastic read, looks like it came out quite a while back--surprising I haven't heard of it yet!

Pontiac has my heart, but they really were't tried and true like Chevy.
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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #216 on: January 11, 2019, 04:52:30 AM »
I understand this is rather off topic or random, but I found a nice portrait of Milt Minter from a 1972 Can Am race at Laguna Seca. There are some more photos of the race as well.

https://archive.petersen.org/pages/view.php?search=seca&k=&modal=&display=xlthumbs&order_by=relevance&offset=720&per_page=240&archive=&sort=DESC&restypes=1%2C3&recentdaylimit=&foredit=&ref=507990
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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #218 on: January 28, 2019, 02:47:31 PM »
With reference to post #211, this car was the 2nd car built for the 1969 season and driven by Craig Fisher through to end of 1969 season. It was born as a silver Z-28 and painted this beautiful color sometime before the 1969 west coast races. It was not re skinned but sold and raced by Don Duncan as a Camaro the following year. Don sold it to a street racer some time around 1971-72 and it has disappeared. This was my favorite Todco car.
The 1970 Firebird race car  was going to be re skinned as a Z-28 but as John McConnell owned the car and not John Todds, McConnell decided to give, or sell, the car to Tiny Lund and it was never seen again.

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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #219 on: January 29, 2019, 05:15:52 AM »
Thanks, Ken.  Your input is always greatly appreciated.
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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #220 on: February 01, 2019, 04:56:38 AM »
Yes, thanks Ken. Although I clearly was not involved with that car like you were, it too was my favorite Todco, and possibly one of my favorite Trans Am cars altogether. Spray can red or not, that car looked sharp.
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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #221 on: August 04, 2019, 10:37:17 PM »
Image courtesy of Frank Cornell showing the Jerry Titus Firebird in the pits at Lime Rock 1970.
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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #222 on: August 04, 2019, 10:39:38 PM »
More images of the Titus Firebird, these are from Mid-Ohio 1970.
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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #223 on: August 10, 2019, 06:17:28 PM »
Jon, great photos, thanks for posting. What was the reason for the rear exit exhaust, better flow, or some aero advantage ? I saw a photo of the restored car, and it has side exhaust.

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Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« Reply #224 on: August 11, 2019, 02:03:15 PM »
You're welcome, Mike.  I don't know why Titus did that but a guess might be to reduce fatigue from the noise when the exhaust exits out the side. I doubt it had to do with aero or performance.
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