[COTW 3/21/11]: "MAC"
During my 2009 deployment to Iraq my lovely wife said she would like a 2010 Camaro. I promised to see what we could do upon my return. Shortly after I got back I found out I was 6 months away from ANOTHER deployment. We decided we'd sell her 1 year old Mazda CX-7 right before I left and she could drive my 2007 Avalanche LTZ until we got her 2011 Camaro after that deployment.
I negotiated completely by email while deployed (boy was that a pain in the....). We made our deal and ordered September 7th for delivery just before my return. Well, they were much quicker than we expected. We had a production week of 10/18/10 and it arrived November 5th. It took them a couple of weeks for the dealer installed mods and she picked it up November 20th. I returned on December 10th with my beautiful wife picking me up in an awesome car. What a great return!
And then this started-
LIST OF MODS:
STAINLESS WORKS 1 7/8 LONG TUBE HEADERS -APEX MOTORSPORTS-
BORLA ATACK CATBAK EXHAUST -APEX MOTORSPORTS-
CAI INDUSTRIES COLD AIR INTAKE -APEX MOTORSPORTS-
VMAX PORTED THROTTLE BODY IOM -APEX MOTORSPORTS-
BMR 1" DROP SPRINGS -APEX MOTORSPORTS-
DYNO TUNE -RENEGADE PERFORMANCE-
VENTED FRONT FENDERS 2" -GARY'S CUSTOMZ-
VENTED QUARTER PANELS 5" -SINFUL ENHANCEMENTS-
CARBON FLASH METALLIC ROOF -COASTAL BODY WORKS-
IOM PAINTED BRAKE CALIPERS -SINFUL ENHANCEMENTS-
VIS RACING AMS CARBON FIBER HOOD -ULTIMATE MOTORX-
T3 FRONT BUMPER PORTS -ACS-
CUSTOM PAINTED CENTER CONSOLE -RIVER CITY CREATIONS-
CUSTOM PAINTED SHIFTER BEZEL -RIVER CITY CREATIONS-
CUSTOM PAINTED SHIFTER KNOB -RIVER CITY CREATIONS-
KENWOOD DNX9990 HEAD UNIT -DOUBLE D MODS-
SCOSCHE KIT (PAINTED TO MATCH IOM) -DOUBLE D MODS-
JL XD400/4 AMP -AMAZON-
CARBON FIBER TAIL BEZELS -RPI DESIGNS-
ORANGE SPARK PLUG WIRES -MTI RACING-
GROUND EFFECTS (PAINTED IOM) -GM-
HERITAGE GRILL (PAINTED IOM) -GM-
CARBON FIBER DIPPED ENGINE COVER -DG CUSTOM AUTO ACCESSORIES-
WINDOW TINT -HOT SPOT TINT-
SLP WHEELS -SLP-
MPD1 SPOILER -MPD1- (replaced by RK Sport trunk)
SEQUENTIAL LED / AFTERBURNER TAIL LIGHTS -APEX MOTORSPORTS-
CARID CARBON FIBER DASH KIT -CARID.COM-
CARID CARBON FIBER OVERHEAD CONSOLE KIT -CARID.COM-
GAUGE CLUSTER SURROUND (PAINTED IOM) -SRP MOTORSPORTS-
LED LIGHTED DOOR SILLS / ORANGE -APEX MOTORSPORTS-
IOM PAINTED CONSOLE -RPI DESIGN-
IOM PAINTED STEERING WHEEL TRIM -RPI DESIGN-
IOM PAINTED CUP HOLDER TRIM -RPI DESIGN-
LLOYDS CUSTOM MATTS -CARID.COM-
LLOYDS CUSTOM CARGO MATT -CARID.COM-
DRL HARNESS -FIELDGOAL-
LED STRIP LIGHTING FOR T3 PORTS -ACS-
LED DOME LIGHT (AMBER) -XXX LIGHTING-
LED TRUNK LIGHT (AMBER) -XXX LIGHTING-
LED IOM PAINTED SIDE MARKERS -XXX LIGHTING-
LED LICENSE PLATE LIGHT UPGRADE -XXX LIGHTING-
CHROME SIDE GILL INSERTS -EMBLEMPROS.COM-
CHROME "C A M A R O" REAR BADGE -EMBLEMPROS.COM- (replaced by RK Sport trunk)
SRP RACE PEDALS -CARID-
CUSTOM UNDERHOOD BOWTIE -EMBLEMPROS.COM-
"SS" ENGINE BADGE -EMBLEMPROS.COM-
"SS" VISOR AIRBAG WARNING COVER UPS -EBAY-
GHOST ARMOR -GHOST ARMOR-
IOM MASTER CYLINDER COVER -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM MASTER CYLINDER CAP -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM DIPSTICK COVER -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM FUSE BOX COVER -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM OIL CAP -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM RADIATOR CAP -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM OVERFLOW CAP -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM TRUNK LATCH SURROUND -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM POWER STEERING CAP -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM ABS BRAKE COVER -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM DOOR KICK PLATES -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM FRONT HOOD SHOCK ROD COVER -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM BATTERY TERMINAL COVER -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM RELAY BOX COVER -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM HEAT SINK COVER -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM TRUNK DECK PANELS -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM STRUT TOWER COVERS -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM
IOM HEAT SINK COVER -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM UNDER HOOD BOLT CAPS -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM RADIATOR DECK COVER BILLET -UPR PRODUCTS-
IOM RADIATOR COVER -ROTO-FAB-
IOM RADIATOR DECK COVERING -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT-
IOM OIL CATCH CAN -RX PERFORMANCE-
IOM BILLET DOOR LOCK PIN & BEZELS -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
IOM BILLET IDLER PULLEY -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
LED DAYLINER HOOD TRIM STRIP BY PUTCO -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT-
CHROME WINDSHIELD WASH CAP -UNIQUEAUTODEPOT.COM-
CUSTOM DECAL "CUSTOM BUILT FOR GB....." -EBAY-
CARGO NET -GM-
DECAL "TO PUNISH AND ENSLAVE" -EBAY-
ORANGE CENETERCAP INSERT -EBAY-
"OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE LOSING" DECAL -EBAY'
CAMARO OUTLINE DECAL FOR CAI WINDOW -EBAY-
"CAMARO" WINDSHIELD BANNER -EBAY-
"BEE-OTCH" AIR FRESHENER -EBAY-
REAR BOWTIE DELETE (TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE C A M A R O BADGE)
CUSTOM SHOWSTAND PAINTED TO MATCH -CARSHOWDISPLAY.COM-
CUSTOM SHOWBOARD -CARSHOWDISPLAY.COM-
RK SPORT CARBON FIBER TRUNK W/INTEGRATED SPOILER -DOUBLE D MODS-
IOM PAINTED STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS -RPI DESIGNS-
IOM PAINTED ALUMINUM PADDLE SHIFTERS -RIVER CITY CREATIONS-
CARBON FIBER TRUNK DRAIN COVERS -G3 CONCEPTS-
HEADLIGHT COVERS IOM -OHIO SPEED-
TAIL LIGHT BLACKOUT KIT -RPI DESIGNS-
LICENSCE PLATE FRAME PAINTED IOM -RPI DESIGNS-
*CAMARO5 CAMARO OF THE WEEK 3/21/11*
*1ST PLACE - NAVAL STATION SAN DIEGO CAR SHOW 4/17/11*
*PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD - SAN DIEGO FREEDOM FESTIVAL CAR SHOW 7/4/11*
*TROPHY RECIPIENT - GREATEST SHOW ON TURF 9/11/11*
*1ST PLACE MODERN MUSCLE - CORONADO SPEED FESTIVAL 9/23/11*
*AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - GOOD GUYS DEL MAR FALL NATIONALS 11/27/11*
*1ST PLACE - CAMARO/FIREBIRD FT. WALTON BEACH FIREFIGHTERS CAR SHOW 2/16/13*
*SPONSOR'S CHOICE - PORT CITY CORVETTE CLUB CAR SHOW 3/2/13*
*TOP 20 - FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD CAR SHOW 3/27/13*
*WINNER - NAVY EXCHANGE "SHOW US YOUR RIDE" CONTEST APRIL 2013*
*1ST IN CLASS - MUSCLE CARS - 2ND ANNUAL CORRY STATION CPO CAR SHOW 7/27/2013*
FOR BETTER PICS OF WORK ON THE FRONT AND REAR VENTED FENDERS, T3 PORTS AND PAINTED CALIPERS:
Good story. Congrats on the purchase for your wife!
Thanks for your service also.
Since no one has pickedup on this yet. :needpics:
Kind of partial to IOM.:thumbsup:
BOWTIE DELETE / C A M A R O BADGE
Here is my removal of the rear bowtie and adding the C A M A R O badge from EMBLEMPROS
ORANGE BOWTIE ON CENTERCAPS
OK... this was an easy one.
CARBON FIBER DASH KIT
CARID carbon fiber dash kit
before and after.
**** EDIT MARCH 2011 *****
The below carbon fiber dash kit has now been replaced with Orange/Black carbon fiber... see later post dated March 4, 2011.
IOM PAINTED GAUGE CLUSTER SURROUND
BEFORE AND AFTER
before and after
SIDE GILL INSERTS
My "car journal" would not be complete without my sales experience purchasing "Mac".
Here is part 1 of that experience.... visiting Ron Baker Chevy.... below is my "review" I've posted to dealer ratings . com
I first visited Ron Baker Chevrolet in January 2007 to purchase a Chevy Avalanche LTZ. The Sales lady was not very helpful. She had the "take it or leave it" type of attitude. "I would have to work this Saturday to get the vehicle you want so I really can't budge much on the price." (She actually said that to my face... out loud!) I found the Avalanche she would have had to take an hour out of her day to retrieve, I drove to THAT dealership, and bought it.
During my time owning this truck I had it serviced at Ron Baker and Mike Atkins always was extremely helpful and was the very reason I decided to give the Ron Baker sales staff another shot when I was ready to purchase a 2011 Camaro 2SS/RS. I let the sales staff know I am eligible for the GM Military discount. Then David M. in sales came back with "After talking to all the Managers, What they want me to do is to charge MSRP for the Camaro." (that is a cut-paste from the email, not my words, HIS!) I contacted GM about why I wasn't offered the Military discount I qualify for, they contacted Ron Baker Chevy and I was told to try again because they changed their mind about offering me the discount. I then got another quote from them which still did not come close to the price I had negotiated with another local dealer. (almost a $1,000 difference.)
I have since spoke with another local military member that qualified for the GM Military discount. He purchased a 2011 Camaro at Ron Baker. I asked him if he received the discount. He said yes, but they marked up the car about $3,000 over MSRP THEN took off the "discount". (I got the same car he did for $2,500 UNDER MSRP at another dealer.)
Ron Baker Chevrolet had a chance to sell me 2 vehicles in 3 years, valued at almost $90,000 and missed out due to sales staff that must think they are the only dealers in town. I don't think I was asking too much in my negotiations since I found other local dealers to sell to me at the price I thought was fair.
I don't know if Ron Baker is competative if you do not qualify for some sort of preffered pricing but if you are a member of the military, you'd be making a huge financial error in judgement to shop at Ron Baker.
ABS brake cover:
SICK!!!! I absolutely love it!! :thumbup::thumbup:
She's a beauty!
NASNI to San Diego
Parked on Naval Air Station North Island looking over San Diego Bay.
Holy Cow, that is one heck of a list of appearance mods. Good for you - I am so jealous..
First, thank you for serving for our country, you are appreciated. Second, your wife is one very fortunate lady!!! Yes, I'm jealous.
What do you have in mind for an exhaust? Great looking car - welcome to our C5 family, glad to have you and your wife aboard. Lori
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