Building the Z-28 from AMT right now. It's the one that got away. Will be Dark green. Any surprises when building the kit. I followed one of the builds in one of the mags. He said the dash needed to be shortened. What are your thoughts. I've got all my parts painted starting the assembly process.
I bought one a couple of weeks ago an like you was surprised about the content. I do wish it had a scoop and front bench seat. hopwfully mine is going to be white exterior with red interior. i'll be watching your build.
If you look at the last picture, which is really a good one for info, you can just see the top of the bucket seat poking it's top out over the dash. I noticed in the clone it has a bench seat. I remember a few year back seeing an interview with RP. He stated in the interview that the Daytona car had a bench seat with the back removed. This picture proves that's not so. I think sometimes we've got to remember these guys, remembering things, are gettin old. I'm 66 and can't remember nothing. The one thing that bugs me about clones is someday some guy will come up with the cash to purchase the 64 Clone and sware up and down that the Petty's told him the car was the Daytona 500 winner and he'll have something signed by them stating it is. Don't get me wrong it's a beautiful car and the workmanship is top notch but I doubt Richard ever drove that car in a race. I wish, when clones are built, the guys building them would pay a little more attention to what they really were and had. I guess if they did it would be harder to tell a fake. LOL If you're building a Petty race car specially the 64 there is tons of info on the net and you can't go wrong with the info you find on Randy Ayers board. When it come to the older cars these guys know just about everything and are not afraid to let anyone in on the info. And they build some pretty nice models too.
That a restored car and may be how the car looked later in the year. The car RP ran at Daytona was a little different. The car came to the Petty shop painted a really light blue. The exterior was repainted Petty blue at the shop but the underside was left the light blue. There are a couple of pic out there that show verly clearly the light color under the hood. Looks white but it is a very light blue. The interior was a vinyl metallic blue sorta medium blue, dash, seat and probably the interior door panels. The engine color was probably hemi orange, The valve covers were not painted at Daytona.The Pettys usually painted their engines a blue but remember these engines arrived at Daytona stright from the factory and were probably a shade of orange. Later pics of the Pettys installing an engine at Darlington show it being painted a light blue. I have a 64 Racing pictorial that show the Plymouths and Dodges at Daytona and you can see clearly the the Dodges have interior panels that are a factory color. I figure the Pettys went the same route. I'm not a Petty expert and thing changed as the year went by but I'm pretty sure about the Daytona deal.
Scott is correct about the 67 Camaro. I don't think Minilites came into play for any team until sometime in the 68 season. Ford didn't run Minilites until 70. I did confirm last night that the Penske Camaro only use the roll hoop with two down bars, a least for most of 67. I know of two "69 Z-28's" in my area that started life as something else. One was a big block 396. It's been tubed and may still have the 396 in it. But it has all the badging and strips of a "Z". It's silver and is a beautiful car but not a "Z". The other one is yellow with black strips. I'm told it was once a six but don't know for sure. It's also very attractive. At least the guy with the Silver car doesn't try to pass it off as an original Z.
Thanks Deuces. I knew it was less than 700 and more than 600 but didn't have my source in front of me at the time. A couple articles in SA, can I say that here, really got me interested in early Trans Am racing again. I bought a book called "The Cars of Trans Am Racing" which has a lot of info regarding the series and some really nice pictures although you do need to be careful because a lot of the pics are of restored cars. If you're interested you ought to pic up the book. Thanks for setting me straight.
While there are some things wrong with the racing version. It's closer, body wise, to what was raced in 67 than you might think. The hood may need to be changed, The actual roll hoop is pretty accurate. Even the Penske team raced a roll hoop with only down bars early in 67. It was only after Bud Moore and his Cougars showed up with a full NASCAR style rollcages that the high dollar teams started putting them in their cars. Even the Mustang Factory team started out the year with only a hoop and down bars. Moore had to prove how much chassie flex there was in the cars before Ford engineers would go along with rollcages. Also fender flairs were not allowed. If the minilite wheels are to small that would be a shame. As an aside the Camaro Z-28 was not really eligible for the 67 season but was still allowed to race. You were suppose to have a thousand units built to be homolagated for Trans Am Racing, I'm pretty sure that's not spelled correctly. Any way only around 700 Z-28's were built in 67. The engine, by the way, was a 327 block with a 283 crank. Ford raced the 289. At that time, 1967 no American Manufacture made a 302.
The PPP wheels are really nice. They are molded between 1/24-1/25 scale so they work well for both scales. They come with decals for the call out either Goodyear/Firestone. I haven't tried their newer dirt, square treaded tires which would probably go nice with the any of the stocker kits. I think they may come with hoosier decals but not sure. Most of the major after market model suppliers have them listed as in stock. They are good stuff.