The Stig's Phantom Black Metallic SS [COTW 1/16/12]
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I picked Kaylee up from the dealer October 9, 2010. Great day really, one day after my birthday too. So what kind of present did I get myself? A great one.
How Kaylee got her name
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Kaylee is the second of my two girls, but we're not their yet. In order to tell you about her I have to tell you how I met Eleanor. Let's jump back to August 8th 2009. I had just finished up my first well paying summer job and at 20 wanted to spend my money on a car (this included my savings account before my job). Aside from Eleanor, I had never really bought anything worth more than a few hundred dollars. I didn't go into the dealership thinking I was getting a new camaro, I actually went in there looking for a used wrangler. Big difference, I know. There was Eleanor a 2SS A6 IOM just sitting in the lot. I was in love, and wasn't leaving the lot without her. Sat down with the salesrep and we got the financing and made it work. I took her home that day.
Before I go on and on about Eleanor, I need to recognize someone who's been with me since day one (literally). My dad. He's the one that got me into cars when I was younger and he's the one I can thank for being who I am today. Not only that, he cosigned for me without even hesitating (19 years old and no line of credit, hence the need for a cosigner). Basically what I'm getting at is this: my dad is awesome and I love him. I'd say that the end of the story but it's not. My dad is basically the only person in my family who actually gets the whole "modding" thing. Everybody else just thinks it's a big waste of money (don't get me wrong here though, modding is an endless money pit). So dad if you ever do read this (or learn how to use the internet in general): thank you, thank you for everything and for always being there.
Eleanor - 8/8/2009
I modded Eleanor a bit (no where near to the extent of Kaylee), but unfortunately I didn't really think to do a Journal when I was doing them.
She ran like a charm up until January, and then the brakes just started to not work as well, squeak, pedal would have no pressure on it, etc. I started calling dealers, mechanics, Chevrolet; everybody trying to figure out what is going on with her. Eventually, some 7 months later, Chevrolet calls me and tells me that for everything I've been through and my brakes not being up to warranty they want to replace my camaro. Left work early and drove to the dealership that afternoon.
That being said; what I went through wasn't a walk in the park, nor was it enjoyable. At the 5 month point I contacted the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and filed an official complaint. Man did that get the wheels turning. I should have done that from the start. The BBB asked me to fax over everything (*chuckle*) I had regarding my complaint, etc, etc. I kid you not here; I faxed them a total of 47 pages. Most of which was print outs of my email exchanges between Chevrolet and myself. Some of it was work orders and other stuff like that. All I can say is DOCUMENT & KEEP EVERYTHING! I honestly believe that's the only reason I won my case.
Adrenaline just pumped through me, and the reality that I had to let Eleanor go sunk in. But, every cloud has a silver lining so I stayed on the positive and started getting things ready for Kaylee. I had always wished Eleanor was a manual, not that I didn't like her being faster, I just feel more one with Kaylee when I'm the one changing her gears. Turn that into an innuendo if you want to, because driving Kaylee is a pretty dirty activity.
I ordered Kaylee on July 20th, and with a TPW of 8/23 it's a pretty nice turn around time, she's a 2SS RS (go big or go home right) black on black and she is sexy. Unfortunatly not all dealer's are like Becky, and mine definetly falls into the "not" category. Completely useless when it came to updating me with information. So I went to Becky, and I harrassed her at least every other day about my order status. In the end it all payed off. I hit 3000 and got my TPW.
And so the waiting game begins.
Eleanor didn't have a single mod on, well aside from some vinyl bow ties. I'm still a student and can only work part time during the year so money is a tiny bit tight and mods aren't the number one priority. So now that I've paid my 50 hour a week dues and side jobs on the weekend I finally get to have some fun. The mod buying begins.
I started out small with the SLP skip shift eliminator. I've read enough here on C5 to know that the skip shift will annoy the hell out of me pretty quickly. That was taken care of and the pile of soon-to-be-installed car parts started. The skip shift eliminator was quickly followed by some Lloyd matts. I mean come on, after CAI I think lloyd matts are the first mod that everyone does. I can see why, when I opened them out of the box I could easily see the difference in quality between them and OEM. The girlfriend thinks I'm crazy for buying all these things before I even have the keys to Kaylee, but I like to prep for stuff.
Specifically I'm prepping for an entire weekend where Kaylee is up on jacks and I don't leave the garage except to eat, or sleep. Ever so slowly the pile of mods is growing.
- GM installed Hurst short throw shifter
- Lloyd's mats
- black chrome bowties, speedo/tach bezel, steering wheel bezel courtesy of 6liter
- Injen cold air intake from ECSMotorsports
- Billet prototypes oil catch can
- cables to do a hard install of my V1
- blue footwell lighting from AAC
It's just a waiting game at this point. I'm a little kid at Christmas and I don't care who knows it.
7/20/10 (1100) Order placed
9/20/10 (5000) Delivered to dealership
10/9/10 (6000) Drove her home :burnrubber:
The Stig's Phantom Black Metallic SS [COTW 1/16/12]
A lot has gone into making Kaylee who she is today. Yes, she is a she - she will not be referred to as an "it" or a "what". This is a list of vendors that have gone above and beyond in helping her become who she is today.
Advanced Automotive Concepts
- Apex Chase
Back Street Performance
Gen 5 DIY
Grabiak Performance Center
Jannetty Racing Enterprises
T and T Performance
Technical Painting of Jacksonville
so when do u get kaylee?
Holy cow, you don't hear that everyday. At least someone owned up to the car having issues and is replacing it. Sorry about your Eleanor though.
Tell us more about Kaylee.. Is she also IOM, is it a special order. please we need more details...
Sorry and Congratulations.. :wub: That's kinda weird. Lori
According to my "not-that-much-like-Becky" dealer her build week is 8/23 which translates into me getting her VIN sometime around September 3rd and then the delivery process takes 4 -6 weeks. Honestly.... I call BS on my dealer and that he is just over shooting the times to play it safe. Well I hope so anyway. It gets harder and harder to look at all the shiny mods that don't have a car to go in.
Yea it is kind of a crazy story that doesn't happen everyday, but it's my story. As corny as it sounds I'm the tiniest bit proud that I stuck with it and didn't give in to my dealer that "nothing was wrong" with her. That said I hate that something was wrong with Eleanor, but if your kid is sick you take them to the doctor right? You don't just let them suffer. In the end I think I've had quite an adventure in my first new car purchase. Definetly will be something that I tell to the kids down the road when teaching them about why working and paying for something yourself feels so much better than mommy and daddy buying it for you.
So..can we maybe get to see a full pic of your signature?
Ha no unfortunatly not sorry. But I can post pics of Kaylee, well I intend to post pics of Kaylee the second I can. Then I'll be doing a massive photo DIY for all of her mods.
I know the move from 3000 to 3300 isn't that big in the whole scheme of things, but it made me happy. These next few weeks are going to take forever to get by, and no matter how impatient I get or bitch and moan she won't get here any sooner. Definitely a lesson to be learned somewhere in there right? Found out from the dealer when I got the 3300 update that if I hadn't had the KAE shifter on my order list then she would have been in the 8/9 TPW week instead of 8/23. That hurt quite a bit, but just kept telling myself it's only an extra two weeks you'll make it. Needless to say I'll be picking Kaylee up Friday night after work on whatever week she gets here. Then spend the next 60 ish hours (yes I'll be working on her Friday night) until I have to go back to work Monday at 8.
The goal for that whole weekend is to accomplish my entire list of planned mods. I know it's a lot and probably won't get there but that's the goal. Saying I learned a long while ago "You've got to risk it to get the biscuit," and that's exactly what I'm going to do.
Stieger's Build Thread
So I requested to have my build thread combined with Kaylee's journal from this past summer. Thank you to Milk for helping me with that :) This doesn't really add anything new to my build thread, but it gives you the back story to Kaylee and my time with Eleanor. Hope you enjoy :)
With the telling of any good story come pictures: So here we go.
Now that I've at least started her build thread, it's going to be one hell of a fun ride the rest of the way. I'll most likely be updating and playing catch up with her build over the next few days. So if I'm lucky enough to have any readers, just bear with me for a little bit.
Looking great like all the black chrome and hydro carbon together on the car.
Yesterday and today I have been on the phone quite a bit with GM customer service in regards to the paint chip spoiler problem. Kaylee has quite a few nasty chips all around the edges of the spoiler and around the screw holes the paint is almost completely gone. These chips occurred while I had the OEM spoiler on (just to clarify). Well I currently have (or rather had now) the street scene spoiler on. I just spent the past hour taking it off and putting the OEM spoiler back on. My dealer would not repair the trunk lid because they are saying that the damage was done by the aftermarket spoiler. Which isn't possible as the street scene spoiler is installed via 3M tape.
So, the plan now is that I am taking her into the dealer tomorrow at 1 o'clock. They are going to look at the damage and inform me of what the game plan is going to be. Hopefully they will admit that the damage is from the OEM spoiler and repaint the trunk lid. I will be updating tomorrow once I hear from them, on the upside they do have a pretty nice waiting room.
This is one nice Black Camaro.
*Merged this post from another thread so I would pictures and documents, blah blah I'm really sentimental about Kaylee don't judge. Original post is HERE*
I did this yesterday afternoon. I'm pretty meticulous so took about 2 hours and change.
I've been getting parts from AAC for some time now and have always been amazed by the quality of their work and the great customer service. I recently purchased a set used, and remember that for later, of CCFL afterburners from member x7productions. Who by the way was great to work with, I bought my spoiler from too.
Very nice!!! I love the carbon fiber under the hood :D
So the dealer was helpful but at the same time really. They were nice enough to realign my exhaust tips, but the body shop was too backed up to look at my spoiler. :( what are you going to do right?
On the upside I have planned out my week off. From the 19-26 I have ZERO responsibilities. The girlfriend will be gone and no classes nor work. During this week I will be installing one of fieldgoal00's wireless DRL harnesses, adding a diffuser to my halos to get rid of the LED look, painting my wheels gloss black, and my calipers cobalt blue. It'll be a busy week but I am so excited, and don't worry I'll be taking pictures.
Picked up a couple packages today. One was my replacement tail light from AAC. My far right tail light has water inside of it. So Jonathan thinks that most likely it was not sealed correctly. He was really helpful in the situation, as AAC does not normally send you a part under warranty until after you have sent it in first. But it being a tail light I couldn't really do that.
Pic of my tail light
My other package was fieldgoal's wireless DRL harness. I have been using AAC's harness but wanted to be able to switch between only DRLs, halos as DRLs, both on, etc. Instructions are really easy as well so shouldn't take more than a half hour.
Only 2 more days until mod weekend. I honestly can't decide what I'm going to do first. I have some commitments Saturday morning, so starting late morning. I'm really leaning towards painting my door panels and dash trim first. Going for a nice gloss black. I wanted to do carbon fiber but I'd lose the ABL and not ready to give that up just yet.
looks really good
1-are you painting your wheels yourself? If so, how? I've been looking for a DIY on here and can't seem to find it. If not, how much does it cost?
2-Did you install the CCFL afterburners or did AAC do it for you? If you did, what's the install like?
2) no I did not install the afterburners. AAC has an exchange program where you buy a set of afterburners (CCFL or SMD) and put a deposit down. Then once you send them back your tail lights they refund your deposit. You can shoot Jonathan an email/PM at Jonathan@aacstyle.com
Any chance you have a link to the DIY? I must not be labeling my search correctly b/c I just keep getting results showing how guys wheels turned out. Not the actual process. :iono:
Edit: disregard. I stumbled across a couple of DIY's. Thanks for the info!
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