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VR Baron 10-29-2011 10:10 PM

Blackbee's Big Brother, The Red Baron
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Short story first to set the scene.For those who don't know I traded Blackbee, my 2010 2LTRS A6, for a 2012 VR 2SS RS LS3. I had been thinking on it more and more the past year and alot while on vacation in Kauai and said screw it thats it. My wife, not to keen on the idea at first said just get it or it will keep on nagging at you. Blackbee was a great car and was flawless, no problems at all and did well for a modded v6, but Could never close the power gap enough to overcome the 3800 lbs it had to get moving, especially a low torque high revving v6 which really belongs in a much lighter car.You had to floor it to really go, which it did, But it always felt as if it was giving all it had and nothing left in reserve, no V8 torque!! It is what it is and thats o.k., just not enough for me and my past history.

Being a Camaro guy for 28 years and 450,000 miles in manuals and all v8's, the v6 and auto was fine for two years, but my true calling back to "The Dark Side" took over and as I liked the V6, I only liked it, great looking after the mods, but the power was lacking. My daily commute is still only 16 miles round trip in traffic, so back to the manual trans and I will deal with it long term as I have done so in the past.

Anyway, talked to my person where I bought Blackbee and said this time I needed a manual 2SS with or without sunroof.Well I had two choices in all of Southern Califronia and Airzona! All th rest were A6's! One car was a SIM no sunroof and the other was a VR with a sunroof. Well my wife loves the sunroof and Blackbee had one so the VR got the nod. Price was finalized and the trade in value for Blackbee also. They loved blackbee and I got top trade in $ for it, and I stripped all the mods I could and those are almost all sold already so that helps out also. On October 15th since I had a B-day party here for a grand daughter we finished up details on the phone, they picked up the car and another dealer, cleaned prepped and then at 7:45 pm delivered the car to my house. Later in the week after stripping Blackbee they picked it up as well, pretty cool!

So without furthur ado, Here is "The Red Baron" and the initial details:

2012 Victory red 2SS RS M6 with Hurst shifter and sunroof
# 27751 of the 2012 moder year
Build date of 9/27/2011
Took delivery on 10/15/2011, mileage when located 10 miles, my dealer put on 27 more to pickup and deliver to my house
As of 10/29/2011, mileage stands at 486
MPG first two tanks at about 17(but who cares:D) I mention it as the v6 did only about 18.3 in the same conditions. On a short freeway test run on 10/28 it was doing 27 mpg, only 2 off the v6 when it was new on the same test area. And of course the power is:headbang::thumbup:

Known mods Done:
Black Rally stripes, Done 11/5
Heritage grill done 11/5
SLP Black gill "fades" Done 11/24
SLP Vinyl Blackout Panel done 12/23
SS emblems below the "camaro" name done 11/5
Camaro SS polished licence frame to replace the RS one I now have. Done 12/25
Black vinyl Bowties done 12/28.
Transfered from the old car already: wheel locks and black/camaro lettering seat belt shoulder protector pads.
and RX Catch Can installed 11/12
Loyld's Floor mats with red Camaro SS logo done 1/06/12
Flowmaster Oulaw Axelback done 1/11/12
Black Vinyl bowties on wheel center caps 1/11/12, Removed 5/1/12 and replaced with red bowties and a black surround on the center wheeel cap
Magnaflow resonated X Pipe 1/19/12. Removed 4/13/12. Stock H pipe re installed.
J Pipes to kill drone(and did!) 2/2/12
Stock resonators deleted 2/27/12,
Stock resonators reinstalled 4/14/12
Halltech CAI 3/14/12
Scoop and Relocated Washer Bottle from Apex, 3/22/12
G.M. Strut Tower Brace, 5/2/12
New(used) Stock polished rims replacing the painted Midnight Silver ones, 5/26/12
Painted Engine cover red/black
Painted Fuse box cover red/black and painted the symbols on it
Painted the CAI air box red and the air tube black
Painted the Battery post cover red, symbol in black
Painted the Brake fluid container red and black
Added "chevrolet" and "v8" light silver vinyl lettering to engine cover
Front Bowtie delete
RX Performace V Max ported throttle body 7/10/2012
Painted the T/B red
Drake billet caps, cap covers, Strut tower covers and dipstick handle 7/3/12
Stillen Black powdercoated billet lower Grill 8/18/12
Front and rear Retro SS emblems from 69 Camaro, 8/18/12
Billet backup light reverse bezels 8/31/2012
G.M. blade spoiler 9/8/12
Billet Customs polished Hood Strut cover,Battery Post cover and A/C caps 10/06/12
Billet Race Pedals 10/14/12
Classic Ind. Polished Wire Harness covers 10/20/12
Billet Customs Polished ABS,Brake and trunk lid strut covers, 11/2/12
Pfadt 2012-13 ZL1 Spec sway bars and front endlinks 11/7/2012
Hotchkis lowering springs, Performance alignment and time the bush's 12/8/12
DRL Harness and P13W 5000K bulbs to match Halos, 02/02/13
SLP Splitter 03/03/13
TSW Nurburgring wheels, Machined face, Graphite Grey lip, barrel and spoke sides. Sizes 20x9 front and 20x10 rear, both 35 offset. 3/29/13
Pedders Radius Arm Inserts, 4/2/13
Nitto Invos, 275/40/20 and 315/35/20, 5/25/13. Installed 10/8/13
JBA Shorty headers, High flowcats, custom tune, NGK Iridium plugs,seperate clutch resovoir and A6 brake master. All on 6/20-21/13
Door Speaker and gauge pack polished trim rings and gauges painted black. 8/4/13
Upper door brushed stainless trim. 8/24/13
Magnaflow resonated X pipe re installed. 8/29/12
Replaced the Pfadt Front say bar Endlinks with G.M. ZL1 Endlinks as the Pfadt Hiemjoints loosened up and made noise. 10/18/13
Pedders Super Car Coil over shocks, 27/32MM ZL1 Sway bars, Whiteline Craddle incerts and Rear Upper Control, Arm Bushings, Auto X Alignment. 11/14/13
Replaced Old school SS emblems with new style stock ones, added back rear bowtie but with carbon fiber, no front bowtie. 5/01/2014
Brake cailper painted red and new decals added. 5/31/2014
Now pic's of the car the day after I got it.

VR Baron 10-29-2011 10:15 PM

Pics from today 10/29
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Pics from today after more breakin miles:D A friend asked how annoying the skip shift was and I, jokingly replied, "the what?":D

Dznts 10-29-2011 10:55 PM

congrats on a great car

2010 SSRS 10-29-2011 10:59 PM


VR Baron 11-05-2011 10:49 PM

Black Rally's put on
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Today the dealer intalled the Black Rally's and made the car more complete. Also picked up the build sheet they printed out for me.

VR Baron 11-05-2011 10:52 PM

Today a early delivery
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Today while cleaning up the car after the rally's were put on the Fed Ex man brought some early presents. These went on also but didnt finish til 7pm so Pics later

MARINE1991 11-05-2011 11:05 PM

Nice... :thumbup: :w00t: :chevy::coolpics:

VR Baron 11-05-2011 11:13 PM


Originally Posted by MARINE1991 (Post 3975800)
Nice... :thumbup: :w00t: :chevy::coolpics:

Thanks David !

ZoMBiE_KMF 11-06-2011 01:12 AM

Awesome. :w00t:
The thought of upgrading to an SS has been bugging me for some time now, but I have a hard time letting mine go.

bajamoon 11-06-2011 04:44 PM

Nice Rick. Congrat's :thumbup:

VR Baron 11-06-2011 06:01 PM

Heritage grill and SS Fender emblems
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Installed last night. The SS fender emblems blend into the red paint a bit but it is a subtle look. Kind of there and not there.

RSokie 11-07-2011 10:54 AM

That is looking sweet brother!....I like what you are doing so far very clean!:thumbsup:

VR Baron 11-08-2011 09:36 PM


Originally Posted by RSokie (Post 3981107)
That is looking sweet brother!....I like what you are doing so far very clean!:thumbsup:

Thanks! .SLP fades and blackout panel vinyls showed up today This weekend should go on

VR Baron 11-12-2011 01:22 PM

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Installed my RX Catch Can and breather from Blackbee today. Very easy do. This is the install for the LS3.

rolnslo 11-12-2011 08:57 PM

Looking good! :thumbsup:

VR Baron 11-12-2011 10:48 PM


Originally Posted by rolnslo (Post 4007089)
Looking good! :thumbsup:


bajamoon 11-14-2011 09:52 AM

The catch can looks awesome. that is on my long list of things to get

comm17 11-14-2011 10:23 AM

Looking good Rick!!!!

mmarx82 11-14-2011 12:08 PM

On the Heritage Grill does that Bowtie come with it standard and if so can it come off? Looking good so far, stripes made a big difference!

VR Baron 11-14-2011 02:54 PM


Originally Posted by comm17 (Post 4013213)
Looking good Rick!!!!

Thanks Trish !

VR Baron 11-14-2011 02:56 PM


Originally Posted by mmarx82 (Post 4013777)
On the Heritage Grill does that Bowtie come with it standard and if so can it come off? Looking good so far, stripes made a big difference!

Thanks and yes it comes with the painted version and it can come off.I am assuming the grill work still looks the same behind the mount pad as I didnt check it closely

VR Baron 11-25-2011 07:40 PM

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Turkey day morning put on the SLP fade gills and today repositioned the SS fender emblems. Gills are alright, my basic so so view to all gill stickers and even the overpriced polished aluminum stuff.These are the matte black ones, though the gloss may stand out better, wouldnt be to realistic as I have never seen a glossy shadow area, is what it is. Sorry these pics arent better but the sun is right on the car and the other side is in shadow. My wife being more artistic likes them better then a solid gill and they do look realistic in the right light and angle of the sun. Not bad at 5 feet and further.

As to the SS emlems I goofed(in my view anyway) as to the position and being overly detailed as I can be I took them off, cleaned off the adhesive, cut pieces of 3m tape and put them back on 1/2" below the Camaro name. This is somewhat close to where the emblems are on the 69's that the car is patterned after and what I am doing to it looks wise.
I had them to low, like a 68 or the new 45th edition's emblem.

A tip I use from another member to make it easy to position these is use a paint stiring stick.My version is to mark and cut it to 1/2" wide using a razer knife. You then put it right below the camaro name, tape it to the name to hold it. Then put the emblem right up against the bottom edge of the "spacer", center it where you want and attach, then pull the spacer away, presto perfect alignment, and angle matching the name.

RED DEMON SS 11-25-2011 07:49 PM

Looking Good Baron!:thumbsup:

bajamoon 11-25-2011 07:59 PM

Looks good Rick, I agree with the gills. I always like the way they look in pics but didn't care for them when I put them on. You would think a few stickers would cost lest than $50

MARINE1991 11-25-2011 08:02 PM

Good job Snoopy.... :w00t: :thumbup: :happyanim: :headbang:

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