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Lycanine 01-08-2011 12:39 PM

My Dearest Mina (IBM 2SS/RS)
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Dad's Camaro
Coming home :)
Chaperoning Prom: Post #81
Winning Becky D's Guess last model year number of 2012 ZL1! Post #97

Current mods: $3616.25 Spent :facepalm: (Although that's really not that bad...)
White vinyl bowties (Hobby Lobby $1.25! lol) Post #13
Whiteout rear panel-$26 Post #22
Window tint-Mr. Cool (Orange Park, FL)-$120
Summit White Heritage Grill-$359 Gary's Custom-Thanks Gary! Post #28
Summit White painted bowtie (might as well make 'em match since my white vinyl on the front is messed up)-$58-Gary's Custom-Thanks Gary!Post #28
Painted Engine Cover Post # 31
Custom XM Antenna-$130 shipped-overhaulengines-Thanks Lupe! Post # 51
Zaino Total Show Car Protection & Z Bucket w/ Grit Guard-$129 Post #68, Results: Post # 72
Adam's PC Basic Kit-$223 Delivered: Post # 102
Results: Post #104
AAC ghosted IBM sidemarkers-$250 (thanks Aubrey!) Post #106
Red Calipers with white Brembo stickers: G2 Kit-$35 + Stickers-$16-In Progress

Custom painted interior trim-Supply cost-$60 Dash: Post #110, Post #117 Doors: In progress

Muffler delete-$200 Post #16, Post #17
Vararam-$295 from another forum member :) Thanks Dan! Post #34
Diablosport Pred-$135 from another forum member! Thanks zr1gary!
SLP 160* Thermostat-$29-Thanks Ivan @ Southwest Speed!
Doug Thorley 1 7/8" Tri-Y Headers with cat-less pipes-$639-Thanks Ivan at Southwest Speed! Delivered: Post #73 Installed: Post #87
RX IBM Catch Can and Summit White Breather - $178-Thanks Ivan at Southwest Speed! Post # 91
RX Ported Throttle Body painted Summit White- $415-$200 for core charge-$215 after! -Thanks Ivan at Southwest Speed! Post # 91

Planned mods:
ECS Supercharger?

Mods that didn't make the cut:
White gill stripes Post #22
White Plasti-dip side stripes Post # 49

Here's a little about Mina and I leading up to when I got her in February of harm done if you just skip around and check out my other posts :)

While I haven't posted in our forums everyday, I have been a very dedicated fan of our true love the Camaro, and of course It's my homepage on every computer (home AND work lol).
My Dad had a '68 SS he used to drag race back when Jacksonville had lanes and while I was too young to remember the car, all I ever heard from older cousins was that it was a monster. My Dad taught me to be a Chevy guy through and through and although I couldn't afford to get his old car back, I told myself I one one day. Here's the only picture left of it in our driveway
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Then, the Camaro debuted my last year in college--the timing seemed perfect--and I was positive that I could convince my parents to wait on a graduation gift and help me with a down payment instead...contingent of course on finding a job after school. But hey! I was 21, it wouldn't be impossible to find a job as an English major, right? right?

Before I even got my diploma I was job hunting, newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies...I looked and looked and looked...but all I managed to find was an unpaid internship with an advertising company here in Jacksonville, Florida. So the Camaro went on the backburner, and I continued to drool over our member's Camaros instead.
Then I got a call from my friend. He asked if I ever thought about teaching, and started to list off the benefits...
After three months of working unpaid, I was hired full-time at an inner city high school (yikes! but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do right?) and realized that this was indeed my calling.

So, I saved my money, put away a nice hunk to make my own down payment, and waited for the start of the next school year.

But my family had some problems. My Dad had a stroke in August of 2010, a week after his 56th birthday, and our family business was getting less and less business.

It was tough for awhile but this past Christmas I ran into one of my cousins at Garber Chevrolet (Green Cove Springs, FL) and started talking to him about my dream car. He was impressed that I knew all the codes, could tell him the performance numbers off the top of my head, and had the latest prices memorized for the 2011 coupe. (Thanks to you guys of course :thumbsup:) He promised me the GM College Discount and showed me how I could afford the car on my teacher salary! (If you recently graduated or if you're still in college check it out!)

So I ordered the car on January 2nd, 2011 and it entered the 2000 status on 1/07/2011. I was beyond excited and prayed my Cobalt would hold together until I got it!
Mina (Got hooked on the name thanks to Dracula) is an Imperial Blue Metallic 2SS/RS Camaro, L99.
I think it's safe to say she is the envy of the schoolyard :happyanim:

Ok, so my car is now sitting at 3000 and my Camaro fever has hit an all-time high! It's one thing to look through the scores of beautiful Camaros on here (1st and 5th gen being my favorite), but man it stings when you know it'll be yours within the next 30-40 days! And yes I know that's still awhile but compared to the "Never" timeline I was running on before, it feels like it's tomorrow :)

So, I suck at photoshop and wasn't quite sure my vision would translate over if I had someone else do it--so I got out my old colored pencils and made my own rendering!
And before you nit-pick, I just wanted to get a general idea for what the custom interior trim pieces would look like in my car so I didn't try to do the full detail. Same goes for the grill and rear bumper.

Bluestreak pointed out TCFS (The Carbon Fiber Specialists) to me after I told him his interior was amazing, and browsing through their stuff I found a two-tone door panel that they would paint any color.
From the start I wanted to do IBM with white Transformers stripes (go past the mail slot and over the rear bumper)...I love the contrast between the two colors. As of right now, I don't know if I will (I saw a member on here with it but I can't find your picture again! So if you have it and can show me it'd be a great help!) BUT I do want to carry those two colors inside the car.
So, my plan is do the dash piece in summit white, have that wrap around to the door panel in the same skinny trim, and then have the rest of the door panel in Imperial Blue. And to make it a lil more exciting I came up with the idea of having the bowtie on the dash trim in IBM with pinstripes reaching across (but not touching the end) in both directions. On the white part of the door panel, I'm going to put the SS emblem in IBM. Just in case a passenger forgets ;)
My other for sure mod will be whiting out the bowties and the SS emblems. I did it in black on my Cobalt so it won't be too tough, plus you can't beat a decal that only costs a $1.50!

I want to do the Heritage grill in Summit White. Not the whole thing, just the part that's usually painted (aka not the grill part).
And I also want to white out the rear panel like I've seen people black it out.

Update! :happyanim:
Car sits at 3300 as of 1/15 and her TPW is 1/24! (Thanks to Becky at Rodgers Chevrolet for finding out :thumbsup: ) I keep sketching my dream car, but if someone proficient in Photoshop happens to read this I'd love a rendering done!
IBM SS with White Bumblebee stripes (go past mail slot and wrap around the spoiler), a Summit white heritage grill, white bowties, and a whited out rear panel.
And I'd love to hear what people think of my interior dash and door panel design! Open to any and all suggestions :help:

Mina is quite the beast ;) I'd love to make her more so, but until I get a different daily driver, she's hit her performance limit for now. Unless I get an amazing deal on twin turbos...then who knows what I might do :biggrin:

rb 01-26-2011 10:57 PM

Hey, that really does look good!

Lycanine 01-27-2011 01:38 PM

Lol like said it'll look much better when I get it :) only one more week!

gatorlover 01-27-2011 02:41 PM

:headbang:I think it's really cool man. Nothing better than personalizing your ride!

Your almost there!!!!! Soon you'll be :rolling5thgen: around J-Ville in style!!!:w00t:

Lycanine 01-28-2011 03:32 PM

Thanks rb and gatorlover! It should be here next week!!! (First week of Feb) so I'm getting realllllllllllllly excited :) I'll post pictures soon!

Lycanine 01-31-2011 04:28 PM

No problem! Never would have driven anything besides a Chevy so I was pretty happy to hear about the program :)

Lycanine 02-01-2011 03:20 PM

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Thanks to I've been tracking my Camaro through every step of its build :)
Yesterday, I got the great news that it had arrived in Jacksonville, FL and would be departing by truck to my dealer in Green Cove Springs (Garber Automall!)
Since the only code I had was 4800, I wasn't sure if it had gone on the truck yet or not...
My salesman told me to give him a call today just to check in, and first thing he asked was if I had looked at my e-mails yet. I said of course, I saw the update (4800) from gmconnects...and he said no, no, no...did you see MY email? I FREAKED OUT!
I log on and see these beautiful pictures staring back at me :)
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Big shout out to Richard Tackett for keeping me updated and helping me through this! I'm picking Mina up tomorrow :headbang:

Lycanine 02-03-2011 06:26 PM

Got it yesterday! I'm so happy I can barely contain myself! It was the greatest feeling walking out this morning and see my baby on the driveway :D
It's only my 2nd day and I already put 178 miles on it...I know! I know! It has a break in period, and I'm taking care of it, but man...HAVE YOU FELT THAT POWER??? :bellyroll:
Unfortunately, it's been quite rainy in Jacksonville the past two days so I only have blurry pictures to share, but I promise good ones this weekend!
And big shout out to Richard Tackett (343-6266) and Todd Brandt at Garber Chevrolet! These guys got me in my car in 26 days!
Post new pictures soon!

thespymaster 02-03-2011 06:28 PM

Welcome to the club and and let mods begin..............

Lycanine 02-03-2011 06:37 PM


Originally Posted by thespymaster (Post 2800527)
Welcome to the club and and let mods begin..............

Thanks! You're in the Jacksonville Camaro Club right? Do you guys meet up regularly or?

10spokess 02-03-2011 07:52 PM

Whens the pictures of the moddifications gonna start

Lycanine 02-03-2011 10:03 PM


Originally Posted by 10spokess (Post 2800910)
Whens the pictures of the moddifications gonna start

lol soon! I just got it yesterday sheesh! But the small stuff are my weekend plans (white bowties, painted engine cover) the stripes will probably be within a month or two, and the muffler delete is pending my finding a good shop :)
Love the red hash marks on your car! I'm more of a rally guy, but I think the hashes look classy too.

Lycanine 02-10-2011 10:11 PM

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White bowties! The front needs to be redone, but I love the look overall :)

guiLT 02-11-2011 03:40 PM

Nice SS!

Lycanine 02-11-2011 06:52 PM


Originally Posted by guiLT (Post 2829337)
Nice SS!

Thanks! Mods are coming slow lol...teachers salary isn't too glamorous ;)

Lycanine 02-19-2011 12:22 PM

Muffler delete done today :) i'll post video soon...

I'll get a better one up tomorrow guys, but you can tell that the start-up and idle sounds absolutely amazing from this video. Really should have edited out the last couple seconds though :facepalm:

Lycanine 02-19-2011 12:26 PM

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Looks so much better :)

Orange Krate 02-24-2011 10:28 PM

I love the blue and white combo on your Camaro. My buddy had a 69 El Camino with the blue and white paint scheme. He also had some gold pinstriping in the mix but I can't recall exactly how he did it. I believe he had his car's name on the tailgate and the fine pinstiping along the sides and around the edges of the white panels.

You have a good start and a good heart! Keep it up. BTW... I was 22 years old when I SOLD my 1969 Camaro SS 396... in 1978. DOH!!!! The time flies by quick. Enjoy EVERY minute!

Thanks for stopping by my thread too.

Jim aka Orange Krate's Dad

Lycanine 02-24-2011 10:41 PM


Originally Posted by Orange Krate (Post 2885402)
I love the blue and white combo on your Camaro. My buddy had a 69 El Camino with the blue and white paint scheme. He also had some gold pinstriping in the mix but I can't recall exactly how he did it. I believe he had his car's name on the tailgate and the fine pinstiping along the sides and around the edges of the white panels.

You have a good start and a good heart! Keep it up. BTW... I was 22 years old when I SOLD my 1969 Camaro SS 396... in 1978. DOH!!!! The time flies by quick. Enjoy EVERY minute!

Thanks for stopping by my thread too.

Jim aka Orange Krate's Dad

Pinstriping sounds like an awesome idea! I hadn't even thought of that yet! Guess that's another thing to add to the list:D I think I need another job :facepalm:
Hope Orange Krate is being good to you! Thanks for stopping by!

Lycanine 03-01-2011 05:16 PM

Following in her siblings footsteps, Mina will be adorned with Camaro5 stickers soon :) Placed my order this weekend and I can't wait to share our community with others...
And on that note, I had an awesome experience driving down JTB this past Saturday...I saw a RJT Camaro a few cars ahead of me. Usually, I flash my lights at fellow owners or give a wave and a thumbs up, but I knew I had to give this guy more.
In his backseat it looked like one of his kids was glued to the back window looking at my car. When I got closer I could see that they had a LT (not hating on v6's!) and the guy's son recognized the mail slot :) So I pulled up beside them and gave them my usual thumbs up :D
I could see their son was still drooling, so I showed them what a V8 with a muffler delete sounds like and sped off lol. I slowed down before I got off on my exit and waved again to the family as they went by.
My only wish is that I had the window stickers on so the owner might have seen and checked us out!
Just wanted to share the brief story, and say once again that I LOVE this forum. I look forward to reading these posts everyday and hopefully meeting more of you as the years go on...

Here's to Chevrolet and the Camaros we adore :thumbsup: :chevy:

Lycanine 03-04-2011 11:16 PM

Posting pictures next week of Mina's "make-up" lol...I'm slowly starting the "whiteout" process :D
White gill vinyls on eBay
White rear panel-eBay
The guy doing my window tint will be putting these on at the same time :D !
All that's left (haha yeah right, we all say that at one point right?) is my Summit White heritage grill from Tonkin Chevrolet!
Oh and a Vararam...
And a...:facepalm:

Lycanine 03-07-2011 09:11 PM

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So today almost felt like my birthday:D
I got home from teaching and found a few surprises waiting on me...
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After all this website did for me I figured the least Mina and I could do was show a little support back. So, I ordered myself a shirt and Mina some body art...
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I also ordered a car cover (Poor Mina is literally yellow with all our pollen), a "whiteout" rear panel vinyl, and white thin gill vinyls.
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I did the rear panel first. It required A LOT of patience, but in the end and with a little help from a heat gun I managed to get it on neatly. Unfortunately the day was gone by the time I was done, so my only pic for now is blurry...
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Now onto the most frustrating and difficult piece I put on (for now lol)...the thin gill vinyls. First, I'd like to say I know I should have waited and had them put on professionally. And yes, I also know that you get what you paid for ($14.95). But even using the wet application method these lil' pieces of white tape were the biggest p.i.t.a! I ended up stretching one out, could not get any of them to follow the curve of the gill, and all they convinced me of doing is going ahead and having them painted in.
So, it's safe to say I'll be pulling these off after I visit a paint shop and let them "guess" at what I was attempting to do :facepalm:
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But it's all a learning process, and it's always nice to spend a sunny FL afternoon with the one you love hahahahaha...
Happy Modding!

2010 SSRS 03-07-2011 09:14 PM

congrats, looks great

Lycanine 03-07-2011 09:33 PM


Originally Posted by 2010 SSRS (Post 2931462)
congrats, looks great

Thanks! I'll post better pictures tomorrow :D

25thanniversary 03-07-2011 09:37 PM

looks good:thumbsup:

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