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Aequitas & Veritas 06-11-2011 07:37 PM

Abigail Begins Her Makeover Updated 5/15/14
 
I've had my Camaro for almost two years. Her name is Abigail. I chose that name mainly because I can call her Abs for short and the abs in the body are one of the strongest arreas and only get stronger as you work with them so it seemed right with a car that will only get more and more mods.

This summer I have a lot of parts coming in and wanted to start my build thread. I've finally hav enough money to change a lot of things at once.

Here is how she looks currently

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/...Racing/036.jpg

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/...garage1004.jpg

And this is the only mod that I have done so far which is an MRT V2 exhaust. I put this on a little over a year ago and I've loved it ever since. I love being stealthy when I have too and I love being loud when I floor it.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/...-16_141733.jpg

Today I was going to post this thread which would have just given that back story of my car and what I plan on doing but today had other plans for me instead.

I'll start with the other day as I installed my SRP racing pedals (grid black and anodized) which i love the new look and I can feel the grip difference too. The added piece on the gas pedal took a little getting used to while breaking but I got it down rather quickly.

So today is the last day I'll be with my Camaro for two weeks as I am going on vacation with my parents to visit my grandfather who has been in and out of the hospital a lot lately.

I decide to take my baby out for one last drive so I might miss her a little less while I'm away but I know this won't come to pass.

I was driving for about 30 minutes when I decide to go on my favorite road, which is a county road with a great view and lots of turns but very narrow. This one trip however would not be a good one.

I hit the speed limit (45 mph) and was starting to break to go into a bending curve which I've done many times before and my right front tire blew out. The entire car went to the right and I tried as hard as I could to keep her on the road. I smashed into the curb and grinded along that for about 50ft I did manage to not hit the sign posts or go deeper into the ditch.

My right front tire is shredded and my left front tire is almost shredded from biting down onto the road when the car was slidding towards and along the curb. Both wheels on the right side have a lot of curb rash on them. I did not mess up the exterior body work at all though.

However it does get worse... When the wheel hit the curb and road it my front right suspension was torn to shreds. When we put it on the tow truck while the front left tire was straight the right front was doing its own thing. It was hard getting it onto the truck as I had to fight the power steering to straighten her out.

The worst thought I have of this is that we leave for Ohio tomorrow and the dealership that we had to drop her off at was already closed and no one will look at her until Monday morning...

That wait worries me like no other and I already feel terrible but I did everything I could.

Here are some of the photos of what Abigail looks like now

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/...ghttire018.jpg

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/...ghttire027.jpg

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I hope that my insurance covers everything and she gets taken care of while I'm away but looking ahead these are the things I am going to add or change.

1. ACS T3 Bumper (from Gary)
2. GM GFX Front Splitter
3. Havoc Side Skirts (from Gary)
4. Havoc Rear Diffuser (from Gary)
5. Eibach Lowering Springs

Hopefully I get good news on Monday. I'll update when I know more.

Thanks for lookin,

Geoff

Merc 06-11-2011 07:48 PM

That suck's. Hope it works out for you.

:thumbsup:

Aequitas & Veritas 07-01-2011 10:28 AM

Insurance dragged there feet for a few weeks but I finally have my Camaro back. Everything looks good minus the right rear wheel that still has some curb rash as insurance didn't do that.

So sometime soon I will be installing my new items when they arrive! And I'll post plenty of photos.

Oh and does anyone want to buy a new front stock pirelli pzero? Insurance covered a new tire and I don't need it since I'll be using my 20's for the winter. It has 10 miles on it (dealer to car wash to my house). Let me know if anyone wants it.

*Parts on the way
ACS T3 Bumper (from Gary), GM GFX Front Splitter, Havoc Side Skirts (from Gary), Havoc Rear Diffuser (from Gary), Eibach Lowering Springs, Injen Long Tube CAI

thespymaster 07-01-2011 10:42 AM

Looking foward to seeing the mods done............

I too had a battle with with USAA on almost $22,000 in damages, they only paid $12,000

Aequitas & Veritas 07-01-2011 07:09 PM

So am I, cannot wait to start having boxes show up!

That sucks. USAA has lost a little respect from me after this incident, but what can ya do about it.

Everything else is on schedule

73vette 07-12-2011 10:30 AM

Can't wait to see the new mods getting added on. I wish mine was IOM!!!! I'd throw flat black stripes on with a Sinister hood.

Aequitas & Veritas 07-12-2011 11:10 AM

Yeah, I'm excited too! I like the way the white pops, going to have my wheels powdercoated white to match the stripes. It's something different and many will probably not like it but I think I will.

My Injen came in on Friday but didn't post photos. So here is one

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...o/parts077.jpg


Should get my springs today too! Then just gotta wait for my stuff from Gary :popcorn:

hardestysa 07-12-2011 11:56 AM

are you going to paint the gfx or keep them stock?

Aequitas & Veritas 07-12-2011 12:26 PM

Thanks for commenting I love your build!

But anyways lol, yeah I'm going to have it all painted IOM, I had Gary paint the skirts, and diffuser.

I called my dealer and they said it'd be cheaper to paint it and install everything at the same time. So I'm still playing the waiting game before I can do anything productive really.

hardestysa 07-12-2011 12:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aequitas & Veritas (Post 3456358)
Thanks for commenting I love your build!

But anyways lol, yeah I'm going to have it all painted IOM, I had Gary paint the skirts, and diffuser.

I called my dealer and they said it'd be cheaper to paint it and install everything at the same time. So I'm still playing the waiting game before I can do anything productive really.


Well I think your talking about me when you say... you love my build. so thank you.. if you meant someone else then all I can say is "AWKWARD".. :laugh: but yes, waiting is such the hardest part.

I wish that god would grant me patience.. RIGHT NOW!!!!

Aequitas & Veritas 07-12-2011 01:11 PM

Haha yes I was talking to you hardestysa, so no awkwardness :sm0:

My Eibach Springs just arrived!

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...712_130050.jpg

Aequitas & Veritas 07-13-2011 09:09 PM

Changed some things about my build list and put some things into my future mods

1. ACS T3 Bumper (from Gary) -- in the mail
2. --------
3. Havoc Side Skirts (from Gary) -- in the mail
4. Havoc Rear Diffuser (from Gary) -- in the mail
5. Eibach Lowering Springs -- waiting to install
6. Injen CAI -- waiting to install
7. General G-Max AS-03 all seasons going to go on my MS 20" -- should ship out soon
8. Street Scene Lower Grill Ducts -- should ship out soon (will be painting IOM)

As for future mods that I have my eye on

- Painted IOM Antenna
- Painted IOM Main Gauge Cluster
- Painted IOM Tail Light Bezels

Buying mods is a problem...but I cannot stop myself. I think I have a problem...

Aequitas & Veritas 07-21-2011 04:01 PM

1. ACS T3 Bumper (from Gary) -- waiting to install
2. ------
3. Havoc Side Skirts (from Gary) -- waiting to install
4. Havoc Rear Diffuser (from Gary) -- waiting to install
5. Eibach Lowering Springs -- waiting to install
6. Injen CAI -- waiting to install
7. General G-Max AS-03 all seasons going to go on my MS 20" -- waiting to install
8. Street Scene Lower Grill Ducts -- should ship out soon (will be painting IOM)
9. Had to go with the normal SS Brembos instead of the CTS-V's -- should ship out monday
10. Powerslot/Stoptech Slotted Front and Rear Rotors -- should ship out today
11. Hawk HPS Pads -- shipping out Monday
12. Stainless Steel Lines -- shipping out Monday

Here are my photos of all my parts. Waiting on my brake set up and then I'll be on my way to having them installed. I wish I had the tools to do it myself, but it should be by late next week! :happyanim:

Stack of tires
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...roParts001.jpg

Injen intake and Eibach springs
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...roParts002.jpg

Lip and tires
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...roParts003.jpg

I wonder what's in this box?
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...roParts010.jpg

Three beautifully painted things from Gary (ACS Bumper, Heritage Grill, Havoc Diffuser)
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...roParts006.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...roParts008.jpg

*not pictured are my Havoc Side Skirts that Gary also painted. I would have taken photos of those but I opened those in the house and my cat wouldn't leave them alone...He knows good things when he sees them.

I cannot thank Gary enough for being awesome!

Aequitas & Veritas 08-15-2011 06:47 PM

Here are my Slotted Rotors

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...aro/car007.jpg

Picture of my Brake Pads (I know very exciting!)

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...729_142636.jpg

Here are the calipers before I painted them. I just don’t like that nasty color they are. No idea what color it is called either. Plus having the word Chevrolet and Brembo seems a little much so I did away with both.

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...729_095744.jpg

Here is after I painted them with 900 degree caliper paint. Took forever to mask off and get the brake lines off but it was worth it and I think they turned out pretty good. (The rest look the same this was just the best photo of them off the car at the moment)

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...1_090608-1.jpg

Just dropped her off at the shop

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...810_074053.jpg

Some boxes that were left with her

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...810_074709.jpg


And here is my sad goodbye, but when I see her again she’ll be so much better

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...810_074734.jpg





While she was at my shop I was passing my time by watching Top Gear (both the UK and US versions) and trying to sort out more upgrades.

Here is one that I wanted to do because I personally hate chrome on cars. I just don’t like the look on mine, some cars it looks good but not if I own it. This is what my license plate looked like before

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...810_190451.jpg

And here it is after

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_163353.jpg

Here are the pieces I used

-Automotive TouchUP Adhesion Promoter
-Automotive TouchUp IOM Basecoat
-Automotive TouchUp Clearcoat
-Automotive TouchUp White Paint Pen

I'll probably paint a few more things too. I’m thinking of painting the black cover pieces under the boot that are right above the taillight bezels. And I am going to paint my bezels, just wouldn’t be able to do all four with the paint I have left over.

Photos of her completed!! (sorry it’s been raining all day, will have way better photos when I get back to campus)

Her at the lot at my body shop

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_105411.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_162429.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_162418.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_162547.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_162440.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_163348.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_162528.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_162454.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_162536.jpg

Installed after I took the photos lol

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_180653.jpg

Well the summer has come to a close and so have my upgrades. I hope you enjoyed the journey from the top of the page to the bottom, if you’ve read all of the captions that is! But the mod bug has hit me too hard and I know I have a problem but I want to make my car mine so I’m almost there…Sort of, so stay tuned.

Like always comments are welcomed and some things might not agree with everyone but it’s the internet, hater’s are going to hate.

~Two Worlds Racing

Aequitas & Veritas 08-16-2011 02:54 PM

Here are some Newer/Nicer photos. It was sunny out today, so I took her for a drive. Have to get used to all the different pieces. So ended the afternoon with a photo shoot. Love the new sound, so much more aggressive!

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...ewshoot001.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...ewshoot019.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...ewshoot005.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...ewshoot006.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...ewshoot007.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...ewshoot010.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...ewshoot011.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...ewshoot017.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...ewshoot014.jpg

Enjoy!

Aequitas & Veritas 11-02-2013 08:30 PM

Wow.. I have not updated this in forever. I posted it all on the v6 site though. Transferring it all right now. It has changed from above and I plan on changing her again in the coming months.

August 2011

Here are some night shots. I only was able to get a few good ones before a drunk guy flipped his truck near the parking lot I was shooting in. No one was hurt, but we had to shut down the photoshoot to be witnesses, and he went to jail.

This is with my roommates car

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...kDriver032.jpg

My roommate wanted a back shot, and I wasn't too sure how it would turn out but it came out pretty good

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...kDriver037.jpg

I just liked the clean look of this fender shot and the color actually popped pretty well in the low light

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...kDriver067.jpg

This one was my favorite of the night, my roommate was moving his car into position when the guy flipped so we stopped shooting and ran to help

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...kDriver063.jpg

Enjoy :wave:

Aequitas & Veritas 11-02-2013 08:30 PM

More August 2011

Finally got a decent night shoot in :woot:

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...8-27-11064.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...8-27-11070.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...8-27-11072.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...8-27-11077.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...8-27-11139.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...8-27-11140.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...8-27-11156.jpg

And my favorite of the night

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...8-27-11162.jpg

Aequitas & Veritas 11-02-2013 08:31 PM

September 2011

Forgot to mention that I got a little painting done too.

Before

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...815_163348.jpg

And After

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...828_135147.jpg

And here are the close ups

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...828_135024.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...828_135021.jpg

Aequitas & Veritas 11-02-2013 08:31 PM

September 2011

Abs turned two over the weekend. So I celebrated with driving her lots, washing and waxing her, detailing her inside and out. And adding a sticker (thought I would never do this) Photos are a little red due to me using my phone. I got excited and couldn't wait to run inside to get the better camera :rolrun:

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...905_145720.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...905_145626.jpg

Aequitas & Veritas 11-02-2013 08:31 PM

More September 2011

Today was a very productive day. Figured out that I cannot reach my jack points since my side skirts along with my lowering springs make it too low so my jack doesn't have the clearance, cannot clear the underside of the front bumper either. So had to go get some 2x4's to roll onto and then barely had enough room for the jack.

Here are some pic's with her shoes off. I finished all four wheels but it was too dark for photos so I'll post completed ones tomorrow.
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...910_142456.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...910_160356.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...910_154629.jpg

Aequitas & Veritas 11-02-2013 08:31 PM

Got three compliments when I only had the front two wheels done. So that made me smile. The rear took me awhile to jack up but I got it and finished. Not going to drive her today but here are some more photos. Enjoy :wave:

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...910_154637.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...910_173954.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...Camaro/003.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...Camaro/005.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...Camaro/006.jpg

Aequitas & Veritas 11-02-2013 08:33 PM

Did a rolling shoot today with the white wheels. I really really like the last shot, just wanted to show the others too. Enjoy

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...Camaro/014.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...Camaro/017.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...o/048-Copy.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...o/049-Copy.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...o/050-Copy.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...o/051-Copy.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...o/052-Copy.jpg

Aequitas & Veritas 11-02-2013 08:34 PM

Update 8

Aequitas & Veritas 11-02-2013 08:34 PM

December 2011

Here is a teaser photo! Waiting on one more thing before I can install everything! Gotta see if it has shipped yet, so excited!

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...230_132107.jpg

Aequitas & Veritas 11-02-2013 08:35 PM

January 2012

First up is the battery - just wanted to include this since it was the first real time I've messed with it

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...115_151844.jpg

The steering wheel trim scared me because I had to take the airbag off and the idea of it popping in my face was in my head lol but it was really easy to take off

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...5360565117.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...5361429481.jpg

Here is the first group of painting I did (it looks red and bad quality because all I had was my phone, I'll take orange photos tomorrow with my DSLR)

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...0_132114-1.jpg

Here is the gauge trim, once I had it apart more ideas came to me :D

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_094525.jpg

The next two just document the process of seperating and taping and painting

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...115_151806.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_094547.jpg

And now to installed pics, first up is the right side open door looking into the cabin and then just of the right door to show off the kick plate

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125433.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125512.jpg

Now it looks IOM! :)

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125443.jpg

A littler closer but now it looks red, but it is IOM lol

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125449.jpg

This was my best part I think, I love the new paddles and I never have seen anyone paint them before and like the rest of my interior I wanted them orange! 8-)

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125456.jpg

This is the Fesler shift boot, I love it minus one small problem that I will describe in a later post

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125507.jpg

A close up of the back of the shifter so that you can see it matches the main guage cluster

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125609.jpg

Here shows the little touch of white I added to the guages instead of leaving it black, it pops much better now!

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125545.jpg

This is my favorite picture out of all of them, I know it's tilted but that's why I think I like it. Shows a lot of the interior and it's a different angle

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125538.jpg

And these last two show the IOM back piece of the center console

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125518.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...116_125557.jpg

Enjoy!


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