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« on: January 23, 2012, 04:44:30 PM »

From my personal collection, this is an interview with Payton Cramer and also Dick Guldstrand. These were
printed in the August 67 issue of Raceway magazine, which was connected with Riverside Raceway.









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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 04:52:22 PM »


Copyrighted photo courtesy of Tim Lopata


Photo: Tomy Drissi Collection

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 05:24:32 PM »


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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 05:45:45 PM »

For sale ad in Aug 5, 1967 issue of Competition Press & Autoweek.

Courtesy of Ron Lathrop
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2012, 10:12:23 PM »

Red arrow in "Late News" section of Competition Press & Autoweek shown below points out that Dick Guldstrand and Dana Chevrolet
have parted ways. This is as of October 28, 1967. Guldstrand went on to open his own shop down in Culver City, CA.
Click here to see some pics of Guldstrand's shop preparing James Garner's L88 Corvettes for the February '68 Daytona 24-Hour race.

Courtesy of Ron Lathrop
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2012, 01:52:39 PM »

The above noted Dana Chevrolet Camaro can also be seen here in a support race during the 1967 Laguna Seca USRRC weekend.  Photo from the Dave Friedman collection, with the full set of the Laguna Seca weekend found here.  Many more A-Sedan cars to be found within this set.

And here is this Dana Chevrolet Camaro in a support race from the 1967 Riverside USRRC weekend.  Photo from the Dave Friedman collection, with the full set of the Riverside weekend found here.  Also many more A-Sedan cars to be found within this set from the weekend.
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2012, 06:33:15 PM »

Terrific links, Chad. Thanks for posting those. Very exciting to see those photos posted for all to enjoy.
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2012, 12:11:23 AM »

January 1967 ad for Dana Chevrolet as seen in the Motor Trend/Riverside 500 program.

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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 04:22:02 PM »

Another ad for Dana Chevrolet featuring the new Camaro for 1967.

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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2012, 10:23:32 PM »

Dana Hi-Performance brochure for 1967.
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2012, 10:24:37 PM »

More from the brochure...
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2012, 10:25:34 PM »

Last pages.
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« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2012, 12:32:59 AM »

Though I like all the DANA Camaro detail, it's also great to see their tube-frame McLarens.  The small block Chevy with the side-draft Webers, bolted to a Hewland LG-500 transaxle, which is sitting on top of a wooden shipping container labeled ELVA (who produced the "customer" McLarens), is pretty cool too.

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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2012, 12:02:14 PM »

Photo taken on the streets of London, April 1967. This is the "sister car" to the Dana Camaro
driven by Dick Guldstrand. It was built at the same time by Bobby Joe McDonald at Dana Chevrolet
and it was driven by car owner and driver Thomas F. Lynch. It ran as car #28 at Sebring and then
left immediately afterward to race in England and Europe over the summer and then returned
Stateside to race in the Las Vegas 350 Trans-Am in the fall of '67. Raced by Tom in Trans-Am thru 1969.


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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2012, 07:03:43 AM »

Jon, great stuff

Dana really had a full plate in 1967 with the Z/28 Trans Am car, the 427 Camaro drag car, the 427 street cars, the ELVA, the L88 Corvette LeMans race car, and running the dealership.

maybe was too much, as they seemed to taper down in 1968

the L88 at LeMans
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« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2012, 11:16:58 PM »

This was a picture taken at Silverstone in 1967 , shortly after the picture of the car on the London streets. Notice how the Dana Chevrolet was removed, as I believe none of the cars ran logos or sponsorships.
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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2012, 11:27:17 PM »

1967 Silverstone with Thomas Lynch driving his Dana Camaro.
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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2012, 01:03:25 PM »

Ron Tonkin Chevrolet in Portland, Oregon sent two 1967 Z-28s to Dana Chevrolet
so that Dana could prepare them for competition in Trans-Am and A/Sedan events.
Below is a photo of Bob Erickson driving one of the Tonkin cars that was prepped
by Dana Chevrolet. This photo is from a support race at a USRRC event at Pacific
Raceways in Kent, Washington in July '67. In August '67, the two Tonkin Z's were
involved in a trailering accident on the way to the Continental Divide Trans-Am and
they never made it to the race. They were sold in 1968 and it's unknown whatever
became of them.
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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2012, 07:50:10 AM »


Bob Sanders Collection, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk
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« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2012, 12:27:19 PM »

In February 1968, Pierre Phillips advertised the two Tonkin cars for sale in Competition Press.
When I spoke to Pierre a couple of years ago, he didn't remember actually selling either car
but he did remember being there when Guldstrand brought them up to the Portland race
track for testing and delivery. Pierre did get to take some hotlaps in at least one of the cars.


Later in '68, August or September, Ron Tonkin placed an ad in Competition Press himself.
It appears he is only selling one car here so I assume the other one was sold by then. As I
stated earlier, it is currently unknown who got these cars after Tonkin's ownership. If any-
body has some knowledge of who got them afterward, please let us know.
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« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2012, 05:13:47 PM »

Dana also ran a drag program for a Camaro in '67 and also in '68. Here's Dale Armstrong in the orange
'68 396 aluminum head (L89) drag car. Dale was from Canada, hence the name "The Canuck" on the car.

Photo courtesy of Ron Ogilvie


Photo below courtesy of Tim Lopata.
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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2012, 01:23:32 AM »

Here's a fresh Traco engine ready to go into Dick Guldstrand's Camaro back in '67. Notice the RC cast steel bellhousing,
the Bill Thomas headers and the Impala or Chevelle shifter, plus other little details. From Popular Hot Rodding, March 1968.


Here's Guldstrand's chief mechanic and best friend Bobby Joe McDonald installing the motor in Dick's car down at the Dana dealership.
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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2012, 11:33:15 AM »

The emblem holes in that blue 67 would have me believing that was originally a SS. Also noticed the stock motor mount.
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« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2012, 12:13:19 PM »

That's correct. Both Guldstrand's and Lynch's cars were January-built SS350 cars taken off the Dana lot and converted into Z-28 style race cars.
This was told to me personally by Bobby Joe McDonald about 12 years ago. The earliest Z-28 built at the LOS plant that has been found was built
in late February. Dana needed to get started on preparing two cars for Sebring and could not wait around for an LOS-built Z-28 to be made.
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« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2012, 12:44:20 PM »

I thought the same thing looking at that picture. I wonder why Dana didn't get cars from NOR? Since four of the first eight Z's went to the west coast and their obvious connections it would seem logical. Any idea how they got around the homologation rules?
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« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2012, 01:01:08 PM »

I have no idea why Dana didn't get cars from Norwood, Ohio like Ron Tonkin Chevrolet and Alan Green Chevrolet did. Maybe it had something to do with them being in California that they couldn't ship in a 49-state car? It was not a problem in SCCA for you to race any model of Camaro as long as you ran it with the 302 engine and everything else about it was legal.
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« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2012, 07:25:36 AM »

Not a Dana Chevrolet article or ad but a short interview with Dick Guldstrand from a 1972 issue of Corvette News, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.



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« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2012, 07:14:18 AM »

here is a pic of the 67 Dana drag car
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« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2012, 11:39:13 AM »

Does the Orange 68 L89 drag car still exist?
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« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2012, 01:05:44 AM »

I honestly don't know if it still exists or not. If somebody else does, please let us know.
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« Reply #30 on: October 15, 2012, 07:21:52 PM »

Here's a shot of Dale Armstrong with the '68 Dana Camaro drag race car. It looks like the photo was taken in the esses at Riverside Raceway.
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« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2012, 12:35:43 AM »

February 21, 1968 issue of National Speed Sport News reports that Peyton Cramer has sold his half of
Dana Chevrolet and gone back to work for Shelby. I believe this left Paul Dombrowski with complete
ownership. (Jon Mello Collection)

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« Reply #32 on: March 06, 2013, 12:50:24 AM »

Here's a September '68 CARS magazine article on Dale Armstrong's '68 Dana drag car. (Jon Mello Collection)













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« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2013, 02:35:02 PM »

This is why I love this site...Great stuff!
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« Reply #34 on: March 07, 2013, 12:59:26 AM »

Thanks! I thought I might get some flak for an article on a big block drag car.
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« Reply #35 on: April 29, 2014, 09:07:14 PM »

Not a Dana car but neat photo nonetheless. Dick Guldstrand piloting a Nascar Chevy at Riverside.
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« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2014, 10:57:39 AM »

Dale Armstrong was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Here's a road test of a 1967 Dana 427 Camaro as found in "Camaro", a one-off special edition magazine
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« Reply #38 on: June 05, 2014, 10:10:12 AM »

Here's a September '68 CARS magazine article on Dale Armstrong's '68 Dana drag car. (Jon Mello Collection)















Is this car still around?
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« Reply #39 on: June 05, 2014, 11:02:17 AM »

If it is, I don't know about it.
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« Reply #40 on: June 05, 2014, 11:03:13 AM »

Wow! Jon Mello posting big block tech?...I love it! Thanks, Jon...and anything from BITD is OK with me. Maybe I'll try those pipe cleaners in the P. rods?!
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Up to five pipe cleaners in a pushrod?   ... *S*   I don't recall hearing that one before...   It was interesting reading about the engine mods.. and use of the CrankShaft Co.  I had a '67 302 build by Hank the Crank and the CSC..  using the DynaRev crankshaft (probably similarly prepped to the 'Thermo-Rev BB crank mentioned in the article,  and also the 'step lock' top rings.. in fact, I  have a brand new set of those 'Step Lock' rings in the Crankshaft Co box (never used since I got them in '71)...   for a 30 over 302 (4.030 block)...   Is anyone interested in them?   They are great for an all out high rpm race engine... Smiley
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« Reply #42 on: June 05, 2014, 02:16:56 PM »

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« Reply #43 on: June 05, 2014, 03:17:43 PM »

I noticed the half size battery in the engine compartment, was it allowed/when did guys start relocating the battery to the trunk for weight transfer?

Also the impala NASCAR pic was intriguing, i was surprised that a Chevelle body wouldn't have been preferred, a little lighter, and more race oriented I thought back then?
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« Reply #44 on: June 05, 2014, 08:44:47 PM »

You're welcome, VT. I hope you enjoy it.

That pipe cleaner idea is a strange one. Has to be hard enough putting one in there, let alone five!

It indicates sometimes Dale runs with a full trunk including a spare tire, jack and a battery so it must have been legal. As such, I wonder why it wasn't in the back under all circumstances.
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« Reply #45 on: June 05, 2014, 09:25:44 PM »

I suspect the battery location was an issue with the rules of whatever organization you were running in.   I recall folks relocating their batteries to the trunk about as far back as I can remember...   but the first time I personally did it was in '71 with a Henry J I had..  I ran '000' welding cable from front to rear...  didn't want to lose any juice..  Smiley
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« Reply #46 on: June 08, 2014, 12:00:49 PM »

Another Dana 427 road test, this one from Motor Trend. (Jon Mello Collection)





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