Happy July 4th! If you have speakers plugged into your computer, turn it up. Hopefully you have a subwoofer, too! This footage is me walking through Vic Edelbrock's collection of vintage Trans-Am racecars as they're being prepared for the Group 7A races and enjoying the sights and sounds...
The Trans-Am Series is an automobile racing series which was created in 1966 by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). This was the proving ground for all American manufacturers to compete with race-modified production cars. It ran until 1972 when at the height of Richard Nixon's incompetence dealing with OPEC, we had a gas shortage which was compounded by an embargo levied against us. Syria, Egypt and Tunisia didn't really like Nixon re-feuling their arch-enemy, Israel. Rather than address the shortage, the auto industry was heavily regulated to curb consumption. Further restrictions placed on the oil industry by an other rocket surgeon, Jimmy Carter, left us unable to further develop our own oil supplies which cemented these changes to the auto industry. These events changed muscle cars as we knew them into complete turds for over a decade while US auto makers struggled with the regulations and re-learned how to produce decent cars again... but for the "pony cars", it was the beginning of the end. The oil embargo of 1973 changed the shape of not only the auto industry, but all forms of auto racing to follow.
You used to be able to afford these cars. I remember when... back when I was in high school...
But it's 2010 now. This race celebrates all the classic cars you've dreamed of owning or being seen in. These things auction in the 6+ figures now (because of their race history). Enjoy this parade of '60's and early '70's model Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros, Plymouth Barracudas, Mercury Cougars, AMC Javelins, Pontiac Firebirds, and Dodge Challengers. This event required that they be in their original race condition in order to run with the Group 7A cars, so the contest to follow is all about how much compression these 40+ year old cars have left, and who's driving it. These beauties have been meticulously preserved by the best collectors, engineers and mechanics in the industry. I hope you guys can appreciate it because this is off my normal subject material.
I just wanted to change things up and post something American on Independence day. This one's for the Veterans.
Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion August 13, 2011
Todd Westbrook shoots some footage at the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion
at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday August 13, 2011
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"An Auto Enthusiasts Life"
1988 Trans-Am Lime Rock Park
Coverage of the SCCA Escort Trans-Am race run on 8/6/88 by Steve and Brock
on the good old American Sports Calavcade. Man I loved this show back then.
1969 Penske Trans-Am Camaro
The 1969 Sunoco Camaro
championship winning car. Driven by Mark Donohue the entire 1969 Trans-Am
Season. It won six races and finished second in another two. The sister
car, driven by Ronnie Bucknum finished 3rd in the Championship, and was
later destroyed by an earthquake in Mexico.
Hyundai Assembly 6 - Manifolds & Turbo
I love music videos. They're so much easier to narrate. I don't want to
upset anyone by not providing commentary about what I'm doing or where this
build is going... and this is the video where all that stuff comes
together. Quite frankly, I missed you. I really enjoy these little talks
In this video is a little fabrication, maintenance, comparison and
assembly. Un-boxings, cleanup, break-fix... Variety! You know... The
stuff that keeps happening as you wrap up any build. It's not a longblock
until it has manifolds, and a turbo
build has a few more things than just that in order to make it complete.
My attention has now turned towards preparing the chassis and accessories
for installation and I promise there will be more involved videos following
this one for the hardcore auto techs. Whether you're watching or wrenching
on this one, all this stage does is create anxiety for wanting to hurry up
and finish the install, but don't rush. Do it right!
These are the non-reusable parts for the turbo install. ALL of the other part numbers in
the video were shown:
MF241255 x2 Oil Drain Bolts (upper)
MF101229 x2 Oil Drain Bolts (lower)
MF660031 x2 Oil Drain Gasket (washer)
MR258477 x2 Oil Drain Gasket (flange)
MF660064 x2 Oil Feed Crush Washer (turbo)
MF660063 x2 Oil Feed Crush Washer (head)
MF660065 x4 Coolant Crush Washer (turbo)
MD132656 x4 turbo Bolt (M10 x 80 x
MD132933 x8 turbo Spring Washers
Thank you all for keeping up with this build. Thanks especially for the
kind comments and interest in this project! You guys are the best!
Hyundai Assembly 5 - Fighting The Valve Clearance
In previous videos I showed the 2 factors that really need to be
scrutinized. Valve clearance and how you degree your camshafts. Of course
we got sidetracked with plenty of other tips and tricks but I wanted to
upload this video to illustrate that the process really isn't as easy as
the animations, demonstrations and explanations make it look. The
reasoning is sound, but the work to execute it can be very tedious.
Setting up the valvetrain on this engine was very tedious. I say "was"
because following this video, we can put that whole topic to bed. This is
what it took. Not many people have the patience to deal with this, and I
wanted to showcase here for those who are at the peak of their frustration
with their builds. This kind of stuff can happen to anyone. Let my pain
and suffering help you not feel so all alone.
My apologies for the lack of new groundbreaking technical info. It's not a
complicated task to install ARP head studs, and that was my plot twist.
There are a couple of hurdles you may encounter depending on the production
year of your engine, but they're well illustrated in this video. I'm not
sure if their installation warrants a video all unto itself, but if you
feel it does, speak up because I have 3 more engines to build. I can still
I just wanted to demonstrate that progress is being made on this, and
despite the long breaks between uploads, a LOT is going on behind the
scenes. This was 20 hours of repetitive work and I hope it's at least
mildly entertaining. For me, this was the most boring video I've ever
edited here because I had to re-live the same steps so many times, over and
over again. I could very easily have inserted an hour of it in the wrong
place and nobody would ever have known because it all looks the same. The
text overlays are there only so you can be aware of what's different. A
voiceover would have been pointless because the techniques illustrated are
discussed ad-nauseum in the Cylinder Head 205 and 206 videos. The valve
cover gasket installation process was covered in "Valve Cover Modification
and Polishing", and the discussion about compression ratios is explained in
"Calculate Your Compression Ratio". If you like the job the parts washer
did, check out my DIY parts washer video. ;)
Cylinder Head 205
Cylinder Head 206
Valve Cover Modification and Polishing
Calculate Your Compression Ratio
Trans-Am Group 7A Race at Laguna Seca
Pardon the shakes. I traveled 3200 miles to see this and I don't carry a
tripod on this trek. I've cut out some of the panning, but how often do
you get to see these kinds of cars actually racing the way they were
intended to be raced?
Enjoy the thoroughbreds!
2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Final standings...
1 77 Ken Epsman Saratoga, CA 1970 Dodge Challenger 5000cc 8 01:40.792 4
2 2 Jim Hague Saratoga, CA 1971 AMC Javelin 5000cc 8 01:41.757 3
3 64 Chad Raynal San Jose, CA 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 5000cc 7 01:42.643 7
4 102 2-Bruce Canepa Scotts Valley, CA 1969 Ford Mustang 4949cc 5 01:42.888 5
5 22 Gary Goeringer Nipomo, CA 1968 Ford Mustang 5000cc 7 01:43.398 2
6 113 13-Tomy Drissi Los Angeles, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 4998cc 7 01:43.527 6
7 28 Gregory Weirick Malibu, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:44.253 6
8 57 Forrest Straight Mountain View, CA 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 6 01:44.370 2
9 42 Andy Boone Laguna Beach, CA 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 4983cc 7 01:44.447
10 201 1-Dan Walters Morgan Hill, CA 1972 AMC Javelin 5000cc 6 01:44.664 5
11 5 Michael Eisenberg Northridge, CA 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint 4737cc 7
12 45 Ken Adams Gilroy, CA 1969 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 4949cc 7 01:45.106 3
13 48 Craig H. Jackson Scottsdale, AZ 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 5000cc 7
14 71 Jeffrey H. Stout Manhattan Beach, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:45.121 5
15 1 Jim Click Tucson, AZ 1969 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 4998cc 5 01:45.172 3
16 30 Arthur Miller Santa Barbara, CA 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:45.181 5
17 128 28-Nick DeVitis Sammamish, WA 1968 Ford Mustang 4949cc 7 01:45.766 3
18 15 Patrick S. Ryan Asheville, NC 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:45.793 5
19 11 Stephen Sorenson Morgan Hill, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:46.401 6
20 215 15-Daniel Lipetz Vancouver, BC 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 4950cc 6 01:47.353 3
21 41 Robert Canepa Diablo, CA 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 6 01:47.380 4
22 115 15-Brian Ferrin Sonoma, CA 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 7 01:47.946 5
23 89 Allen Denson Orange, CA 1966 Ford Mustang 4736cc 7 01:48.282 5
24 25 Craig Conley Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 7 01:48.617 6
25 72 John Kiland Henderson, NV 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:48.672 7
26 13 Christi Edelbrock Torrance, CA 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:48.882 6
27 83 Gordon Gimbel Roseville, CA 1969 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 7 01:49.262 5
28 67 John Linfesty Santa Monica, CA 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 4998cc 7 01:49.349 7
29 116 16-Donald Lee Portola Valley, CA 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:49.566 6
30 16 Vic Edlebrock Torrance, CA 1969 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 5 01:50.138 3
31 7 Tony Hart Moorpark, CA 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 5000cc 7 01:50.415 6
32 96 Ron Tribble Roseburg, OR 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 5000cc 7 01:51.430 7
33 248 48-Roger Williams San Diego, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 3 01:53.671 2
34 101 1-Jimmy Castle, Jr. Monterey, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 5 01:53.859 3
35 216 16-A. Ross Myers Boyertown, PA 1970 Ford Mustang 4998cc 7 01:55.118 7
36 202 2-William L. Ockerlu Holland, MI 1968 Ford Mustang 5000cc 7 01:55.545 3
37 78 Michael S. Martin San Juan Capistrano, C1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 4949cc 6 01:58.237 5
38 6 Tom McIntyre Burbank, CA 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc
39 31 Walt Boeninger Saratoga, CA 1967 Shelby Trans Am 4998cc
40 56 Tomy Drissi Northridge, CA 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc
41 98 Chris Liebenberg Boyertown, PA 1967 Mercury Cougar 4998cc
42 111 11-Norman Daniels Vancouver, WA 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc
43 148 48-Lance Smith San Diego, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc
RARE! 1981 PONTIAC TRANS AM SE! RUN BANDIT RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why was Smokey so useless? The Trans Am clearly spoke for itself in that
matter ;) Want your very own piece of history underneath you? Please check
out my website http://MMBrokers.com for full photos and details on this one
of a kind Trans Am.
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