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45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« on: December 29, 2011, 11:38:52 PM »
According to a letter between Vince Piggins and Joe Pike in early January 1967, the first Z-28 rolled down the assembly line on December 29th, 1966.
Since today marks the 45th anniversary of that event, here are some photos of the car as it is undergoing restoration back to when it Trans-Am raced.


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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011, 12:56:03 AM »
Happy Birthday AND Beautiful

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011, 04:04:49 AM »
The first Z/28 is looking great, Jon.  Thanks for the photo update. 

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011, 06:27:01 AM »
Thanks guys

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011, 03:33:09 PM »
Great photos. Thanks for sharing. Is that your car?

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011, 04:33:54 PM »
Yes, it is.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2011, 05:44:18 PM »
Very nice! I can only imagine what it will look like when it is done.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2011, 06:02:09 PM »
Jon,
  That Camaro is beautiful!  I've always liked that color combo and the race trim.  Can't wait to see it finished.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2011, 03:18:30 PM »
Jon;
 Interesting original safety cage configuration, are you going to vintage race the car or just restore to period correctness, tell us more about the build..pics..pics, Love to see the first Z come back to life!

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2011, 06:53:17 PM »
Thanks again. The original roll bar was a bolt-in affair. Obviously there is not one bolted in the car at the moment. More stuff will get posted in due time. This was just meant to show the current state of the car and be a quasi-celebration of its 45th "birthday".

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2012, 03:05:09 AM »
Very nice Jon; thanks for sharing. I'll have to remember to celebrate mine on June 12th.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2012, 05:16:51 PM »
looks great

Happy 45th to the Z and Happy New Year to everyone

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2012, 06:15:57 PM »
Thanks Fred and Joe. Happy New Year to everyone!

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2012, 03:12:44 AM »
Not a T/A race car...but ordering it was inspired by them.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2012, 04:04:31 AM »
Happy birthday to your car, Fred!  :)

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2012, 02:35:15 AM »
Thanks Jon!

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2013, 11:13:04 PM »


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Is the Gold/blk Vroof 67 in front of your car a known car?
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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2013, 04:06:12 AM »
James, the whereabouts of that car is unknown. It was owned by Fred Baker and driven by Charlie Kolb. The car did not
have a vinyl top, the roof was painted black. The stripe color changed to gold on the black roof. I would love to see this
car get found and accounted for but I'm not sure if it ever will be. The car had sponsorship by Hurst shifters and that has
something to do with the chosen color scheme.


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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2014, 08:44:18 PM »
Hey Jon any recent pics of your car? (Happy new year!)
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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2014, 11:52:46 PM »
Here you go.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2014, 05:36:59 AM »
I assume the original 302 was long gone, but what other original components did you get with the car?

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2014, 12:45:02 AM »
The original drivetrain went into the yellow '68 that replaced this car on the track. I know the VIN of that car but have so far been unable to track it down.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2014, 03:15:12 AM »
Wow Jon, that is just beautiful, a real credit to you! And what a hugely significant car. I believe it was one of only 3 or 4 Camaros entered in the first Trans-Am race of the 1967 season?

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2014, 04:37:45 AM »
Thanks, Steve. Much appreciated. It was one of four Camaros at the first race of the '67 season. The others were driven by Mark Donohue, Craig Fisher, and Joie Chitwood.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2014, 05:46:05 AM »
Jon, what is the race history of this car? I see Johnny Moore ran selected Trans-Am rounds following Daytona and Sebring in 1967, and then he also entered Daytona and Sebring again in 1968 in a Camaro. Were the 1968 events in this car?

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2014, 07:22:36 AM »
that is some good info I hope you are able to locate that other car and the motor. How many of the 4 survived?

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #26 on: January 04, 2014, 12:41:24 AM »
My car ran the Daytona 300 Trans-Am, Sebring 4-Hr Trans-Am, won the Cumberland SCCA A-Sedan event, ran the Mid-Ohio Trans-Am, the Paul Revere 250, the Bryar 250 Trans-Am, the Marlboro 300 Trans-Am and, as its finale, it ran in the '68 Daytona 24-hr. It was put back to a street car after that and the yellow '68 that the team purchased replaced my car on the track.

My car and the Craig Fisher car still exist. The Donohue car went to Europe and the trail goes cold after about 1970. No idea whether it survives or not. The Chitwood car may still survive. I still have some homework to do on that one.


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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2014, 05:52:04 AM »
Congrats Jon!  Doing a fine job with the car and history.
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Re: 47th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2014, 05:25:40 PM »
Thanks for the compliment, Mike.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #29 on: February 18, 2014, 03:28:24 AM »
Hey Jon,

Question I noticed your in your vintage pics your car has the spoiler and the gold hurst car did not. When did this option become available? if it was beneficial it seems like both cars would have run it right?

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #30 on: March 10, 2014, 08:12:50 PM »
Do you know the date  that pic was taken?

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #31 on: March 11, 2014, 01:33:03 PM »
The picture was taken March 31, 1967. The spoiler was not really available in '67 but there may have been a few made by GM that were given to a few select racers. In some instances, some racers made their own. Bob Tucker, who built Joie Chitwood's Camaro, told me he was supplied with a blueprint for the spoiler prior to Daytona (late January '67) and he built it out of wood using the blueprint as a guide for the dimensions.

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« Reply #32 on: March 11, 2014, 02:54:29 PM »
thats a cool story. So there might be a wood one out there somewhere still? I am somewhat surprised with all the custom work the hot rodders were doing back then that he wouldn't of choose fiberglass. So it sounds like a spoiler on a 67, in 67 isn't unheard of, it just wouldn't have left the factory with one?

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« Reply #33 on: March 11, 2014, 02:57:27 PM »
Jon, I have been wanting to ask, are you putting that 1/4 mounted gas cap back on? Looks like you are creating the "as raced" look.
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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #34 on: March 12, 2014, 02:48:47 AM »
Correct, no factory installed spoilers in '67 on a regular production Camaro.

Yes, I plan on putting on the flip-top gas cap and it is being restored as it was when it raced.
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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2014, 12:38:39 AM »

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2014, 01:43:26 AM »
Yes, it is! Thanks for posting those links.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2014, 03:02:36 AM »
No problem, Jon.  Take a look at that website when you get time, because there are a few more photos of your car...

https://revslib.stanford.edu/catalog/rd348sr8929

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #38 on: March 28, 2014, 03:50:24 PM »
Here is a 67 Penkse car with a SS hood and 68 grille, is this one of the cars that went to Europe.

https://purl.stanford.edu/rq468vm2515


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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #39 on: March 28, 2014, 04:11:19 PM »
There are many cars in this collection I have not seen, or have not seen in the color configurations pictured.
Many 67 Camaro's some with 68 front ends.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #40 on: March 29, 2014, 03:10:54 PM »
Here is a 67 Penkse car with a SS hood and 68 grille, is this one of the cars that went to Europe.

https://purl.stanford.edu/rq468vm2515

That is the car that Donohue drove in the race as #15 so the photo must be taken during a practice session. This car went to Terry Godsall's team in Canada after this.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #41 on: July 04, 2014, 05:24:36 AM »
NCRS document showing the 12-29-66 production date and Aero Chevrolet. (Jon Mello Collection)

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #42 on: July 05, 2014, 03:16:32 AM »
Jon,

My official production date is 6/14/67. Doesn't exactly match my UOIT. No surprises otherwise.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #43 on: July 05, 2014, 04:40:15 AM »
That's pretty interesting, Fred. Maybe on the UOIT it was when it was started and on the NCRS docs, it's when it was finished.  ???

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« Reply #44 on: July 06, 2014, 05:43:12 PM »
Thant's what I was thinking.

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« Reply #45 on: December 29, 2014, 09:01:59 PM »
12-29-14 is the car's 48th anniversary of being built. I took a couple of pics earlier today.

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« Reply #46 on: December 29, 2014, 09:11:45 PM »
 I like the gold and black stripe combo. Looks like a new paint job?

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« Reply #47 on: December 29, 2014, 10:35:00 PM »
I really like your car Jon. Seeing as it was a race car, it really doesn't look that far from being done if you are going to return it to the race version it was back in the day. Have you had any more luck trying to locate any info on the original motor?

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #48 on: December 30, 2014, 12:44:14 AM »
Looks great.   Are they the new Coker repro tires?

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« Reply #49 on: December 30, 2014, 01:55:42 AM »
Thanks. Yes, it is a new lacquer paint job. I tried years ago to locate the car that got my original engine but did have not have any luck. Yes, the tires are the new Cokers. Same style as it raced on back in the day.
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« Reply #50 on: December 30, 2014, 04:33:14 AM »
Looking great Jon!! Thanks for posting the anniversary pics!!

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #51 on: December 30, 2014, 05:06:26 AM »
Thanks, Fred.  Glad you enjoyed the pics.

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« Reply #52 on: December 30, 2014, 02:27:59 PM »
Jon great looking car, are you keeping the rear spoiler on, looks like it's off in the last pictures.
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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #53 on: December 30, 2014, 04:03:24 PM »
Thanks, Vince. I am basically restoring the car to as it last raced so it will have the spoiler on it, although I personally like a '67 without spoilers. I may paint up an extra trunk lid without one.

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« Reply #54 on: December 30, 2014, 04:07:58 PM »
Stunning car, Jon....cant wait to see it in person.

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« Reply #55 on: December 31, 2014, 04:06:46 AM »
Thanks, Gary!

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« Reply #56 on: December 31, 2014, 06:22:13 AM »
Very nice. What size TTs are those?

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« Reply #57 on: December 31, 2014, 04:07:41 PM »
Thanks, Tony. They're 15x7s.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #58 on: January 01, 2015, 12:12:08 AM »
Wow Jon, outstanding effort! That looks absolutely beautiful! I know its been a hard slog, but you're getting close now.

Don't those Firestone Indy tires just finish it off perfectly. I know they're a bit more pricey, but to my mind they really complete the look.

Its a bit of a shame Goodyear Bluestreaks don't have the small writing and blue stripe on them. They were a great look tire too.

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« Reply #59 on: January 01, 2015, 02:14:44 AM »
Very cool Jon, I love that car!
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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #60 on: January 01, 2015, 06:59:35 AM »
Thanks, guys.  I do really like the looks of the Firestones with the original style gold lettering and stripes. They compliment the rest of the car very nicely. While my car used the Goodyear Bluestreaks for its first few races, it did switch over to Firestones for the later part of '67 and early '68 and that's the timeframe that I'm restoring it to.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #61 on: January 01, 2015, 01:46:35 PM »
Any plans to show it in AACA race car class, Jon? Hershey would be a good place, hint hint.
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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #62 on: January 01, 2015, 04:08:49 PM »
I haven't thought that far ahead, Doug.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #63 on: January 12, 2015, 03:29:47 PM »
Are you going to have it at the Monterey Historics this year? I am planning on attending this year.

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Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28
« Reply #64 on: January 13, 2015, 04:22:48 AM »
I plan on attending but doubt I will have the car there.