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ParkerB57 11-06-2012 10:57 AM

Parkers Turbo Blue build [COTW 11/12/12]
 
Hi, my name is Ben Parker I’ve read through many of these car journals and I’m finally getting around to doing mine. I wish I had more pictures of my build but I will add to the along the way.

I am a Staff Sergeant in the US Army. I am an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Platoon Sergeant.

I bought my 1SS Imperial Blue Metallic in June 2010 after my first tour in eastern Afghanistan. The only options I added were the RS package and the Boston Acoustic sound system. After the USAA discount I paid $31,500 before tax, title ect.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/bombsuit.jpg

Myself preparing to walk down and render safe an IED

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/untitled.jpg

My new toy awaiting my arrival. Thank you American tax payers

My dad works as a salesman/manager at Columbia Chevrolet in Cincinnati Ohio. This was the first IBM Camaro they received and he hide the car way back in the service department for a month before I arrived. He said to many people were touching it on the show room floor for his comfort.

The first Mod that I did to the car was add the steering wheel mounted audio controls, thank you Camaro5 for that easy how too.

My then girl friend and my dad drove my truck plus trailer and the Camaro from Cincinnati Ohio to Ft Irwin California. On the road trip I mostly drove the truck with my dad cruising in the Camaro. He is a magician because following me averaging 75mph cross country he got 25.5 MPG. How a man can drive 31 hours not using the cruise control is a wonder to me. I never got more then 24 after that.

My next mod was a MGW short throw shifter. I installed the shifter myself and following the videos it was extremely easy. If anyone is looking for a short shifter the $350 cost is very attractive seeing how it replaces the entire shifter assembly not just the shifter lever. http://www.mgwltd.com/camaro2010_short_throw_shifter.shtml

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the MWG shifter install or the cross country road trip.

Next mod was an ARK performance DT-S cat back exhaust system. ARK was doing a special where for 500 dollars you could help them finish their production version of the exhaust. So after a brief PM to ARK the car was on its way. This exhaust is an absolute work of art. It made my car sound like no big displacement American V8 I’ve ever heard. The best way to describe the sound to you would be a large European V8 with an American twist. Absolutely awesome!! The best part, no drone on the highway.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...029_151312.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...029_151521.jpg

The car stayed in this configuration for about a year after this. In Febuary of 2011 I volenteered to return to Afghanistan. This tour would take me to southern Afghanistan.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC05521.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/CIMG0756.jpg

During the tour I knew that it was time to really put the Camaro on track for what I had been wanting to do since I bought the car. BOOST IT

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...youlaid9qe.png

Turbos are the standard. When I was in high school me and my buddies turned my 02 Sentra SE-R Spec V into a turbo monster (in our eyes) making 265whp and 270Wtq

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...ecv57/car1.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00035.jpg

So when I discovered Turbonetics made a single turbo 50 state legal kit I was sold. Now throughout the year I was overseas I contacted several venders. This build is what I focused on when things got really tough over there. It kept me sane in other wise chaotic times.

I want to thank those venders for taking the time to talk to me. Most noteably Steve at RDP Motorsports in northern Ohio. I must have talked to steve a helf dozen times about his car and all the options that I could do.

Due to a variety of reasons I ended up purchasing the kit directly from Turbonetics. Reggie took great care of me and just like Steve didnt mind my frequent calls and PMs.

So I have the kit purchased; now it’s time for supporting mods. I knew I wanted to take the car on the road course so I began researching suspension companies. I narrowed it to PFADT, BMR, and Pedders. The BMR stage 3 kit seemed most cost effective. When I called BMR and PFADT they were very helpful and answered my questions.

When I called Pedders it was a different story. A guy named Pete answered the phone and I stated that I was looking for a suspension setup for my Camaro. Pete and I then launched into a 20 min conversation about what my power goals were and how I was hoping to drive the car. It was very important he said that I knew the required differences between a street setup, drag setup and road race setup. He explained all of these setups to me and helped me decide what I really wanted to do, and EXPECTED out of the car. Pete then asked what I did for a living; I explained I was Army EOD currently in Afghanistan, that then launched into another 20 min conversation of Pete and I just getting to know each other. So Pete advised that I go with the ZL1 pace car package. He stated that it was more than I wanted to spend but for my desired goals it would be perfect and wouldn’t require upgrading for some time.

Pete then blew me away even more when he added the EOD wounded memorial to his signature block at the bottom of his user name. When I first started talking to Pete I had no idea I was talking to the owner of the company. You are a great man my friend, and I’m proud to be able to call you my friend. Pete and I kept up through the rest of my tour.

I then sourced a CTS-V brake upgrade from Jordan at JDP motorsports. Jordan and I had several great talks about the setup and I ordered several more part threw them.

To monitor everything I ordered PLX devices DM-100 OBDII gauge with A/F module and a DM-6 gauge with Vac/Boost module now all the vital signals from the engine can be read on two gauges.

The final piece to the puzzle was wheels and tires. Once again I started contacting several venders about wheel and tire setups. I quickly decided on the TSW Nurburgring matted bronze finish. The tires and vender to purchase from was the tough choice. After talking to several great and very helpful people I came across Jon at www.bestwheeldeals.com. After talking to Jon he set me up with Nitto NT-05 275 fronts with NT-05 315 rears. With the lowered profile the wheels and tires fit the wheel wells perfectly and it’s a mean as hell setup.

Heres a list of additional parts I ordered.

Hurst Line Lock
Greddy Turbo Timer
BMR Tunnel Brace


Ok so enough talking lets get to pics of the build.

Everything laid out in my uncles garage

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00661.jpg

Last 15 feet driven NA

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00663.jpg

Hood pulled off, car jacked up. I not sure how many of you know this but the stock hood weights nothing. I can one finger lift it. When my uncle and I had it unbolted it from the car and were ready to lift it up we did a three count. After three we dammed near threw it through the ceiling because we weren’t expecting it to be that light.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00665.jpg

Front bumper pulled off, all the parts that need to come off are, now to start adding stuff

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00666.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00667.jpg

Hole in oil pan drilled, oil return line run, parts an pieces heat wrapped and up pipe beging to take shape.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00668.jpg

Turbo mounted

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00669.jpg

Turbo mounted, up pipe and down pipe mounted, water lines spliced and run to the turbo, oil feed line ran to the turbo, more items heat wrapped

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00670.jpg

setting up the waste gates before bolting up the under car plumbing

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00671.jpg

Up loading the Turbonetics tune, car turned right over and settled down to a nice idel right away.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00672.jpg

Finished engine bay, topping off the coolent as the engine cycles through the radiator

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00673.jpg

View from font of car, check out that small intercooler

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00674.jpg

My uncle and I, thanks uncle Ed for the help and tools

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00676.jpg

CTS-V front brakes going on, this was a simple job. It took me under and hour to install the JDP kit. Only issue I had was forgetting that there were two bleeders on the brakes.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00678.jpg


Wiring up the PITA PLX gauges

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00679.jpg

The end all result of the turbo install

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...-03-17_163.jpg

And helping the other side out. This is the only current pic I have of the HEX vents. I went with the Carbon Fiber dipped vents and they are beautiful. Steve is an amazing man who did the install at the Camaro fest.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...-16-18_252.jpg


This is what the car looks like with the Nurburgring. I have taken them off the car for the winter so no updated pics until the spring.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...TTEBRZ_IBM.jpg

Well guys and gals that’s it for now. I need to take alot more pics to show you guys the car with Pedders suspension and the TSW wheels. Life’s crazy right now going through a divorce and some medical issues. But I’m still breathing, I have all my fingers and toes, there were several times over there that I came out of situations unscathed when really I shouldn’t even be here typing this now. Remember the fallen who didn’t come home, who paid for our everyday freedoms.

We have one life to live and you can’t waste it. Life is too short to live in fear, go out and face life, own it, and you will be as happy as I am today.

Ben


dynosteve 11-06-2012 11:46 AM

thats awesome mate so happy its all coming together for you:)

Mindz 11-06-2012 11:50 AM

Nice first post of your build thread. Thank you for serving and protecting this country. Props for installing the turbo at home. They make a great kit and you even picked the best color! :thumbsup:

ParkerB57 11-06-2012 12:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dynosteve (Post 5779465)
thats awesome mate so happy its all coming together for you:)

Thanks again for your help and advice

Ben

ARK Performance 11-06-2012 12:17 PM

Nice build and great looking Camaro! It's always nice to see builds done in your own garage. Hopefully we can see some videos in the spring time!

ParkerB57 11-06-2012 01:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ARKperformance (Post 5779578)
Nice build and great looking Camaro! It's always nice to see builds done in your own garage. Hopefully we can see some videos in the spring time!


I posted a video to you facebook page

ParkerB57 11-06-2012 01:13 PM

Pueblo Motorsports park track day, ARK DT-S mufflers with Turbonetics turbo kit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVJ4LyF8SEM

Camaro21 11-06-2012 01:16 PM

Great Story and Build and Thank You for your Service to our Great Country!!

ParkerB57 11-06-2012 01:30 PM

Well thanks to ARK Performance you reminded me that I had sent you guys pictures after the race weekend. So I went threw my emails and found the pics.

Here is the finished product:

ARK Performance DT-S mufflers

Raymonds Performance Engine Cover

Pedders ZL1 Pace Car Kit

Turbonetics Turbo Kit

TSW Nurburgring 8.5x20fronts with 275 NT-05 10x20 rears with 315 NT-05

HEX Vents Hood Vents

CTS-V front brakes

PLX Device gauges

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00696.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00697.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00698.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00699.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00700.jpg

Ivan @ Southwest Speed 11-06-2012 02:35 PM

Hooyah EOD!

Ivan ;)

GaBoy25 11-06-2012 04:01 PM

Bad to the azz!

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

ParkerB57 11-06-2012 10:58 PM

thanks everyone

Jeffay 11-11-2012 01:05 PM

Thanks for what you do overseas man. Love the single turbo build. Been contemplating that or supercharger, now I know my route.

pyr0b0y 11-11-2012 01:18 PM

Great build! You made a great decision going turbo! IMO turbos make a bigger permagrin than superchargers when the boost hits! Been eyeing those ZL1 brakes myself.

Any pics of where you installed the PLX gauges? Mine are on my a-pillar.

FINALLYSATISFIED 11-12-2012 06:30 PM

NICE! Congrats and well deserved.

laditee 11-12-2012 07:47 PM

Congrats on COTW.....very nice ride...thanks for serving our country...:thumbsup:

camoman 11-12-2012 08:52 PM

Old pic !
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ParkerB57 (Post 5779312)
Hi, my name is Ben Parker Iíve read through many of these car journals and Iím finally getting around to doing mine. I wish I had more pictures of my build but I will add to the along the way.

I am a Staff Sergeant in the US Army. I am an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Platoon Sergeant.

I bought my 1SS Imperial Blue Metallic in June 2010 after my first tour in eastern Afghanistan. The only options I added were the RS package and the Boston Acoustic sound system. After the USAA discount I paid $31,500 before tax, title ect.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/bombsuit.jpg

Myself preparing to walk down and render safe an IED

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/untitled.jpg

My new toy awaiting my arrival. Thank you American tax payers

My dad works as a salesman/manager at Columbia Chevrolet in Cincinnati Ohio. This was the first IBM Camaro they received and he hide the car way back in the service department for a month before I arrived. He said to many people were touching it on the show room floor for his comfort.

The first Mod that I did to the car was add the steering wheel mounted audio controls, thank you Camaro5 for that easy how too.

My then girl friend and my dad drove my truck plus trailer and the Camaro from Cincinnati Ohio to Ft Irwin California. On the road trip I mostly drove the truck with my dad cruising in the Camaro. He is a magician because following me averaging 75mph cross country he got 25.5 MPG. How a man can drive 31 hours not using the cruise control is a wonder to me. I never got more then 24 after that.

My next mod was a MGW short throw shifter. I installed the shifter myself and following the videos it was extremely easy. If anyone is looking for a short shifter the $350 cost is very attractive seeing how it replaces the entire shifter assembly not just the shifter lever. http://www.mgwltd.com/camaro2010_short_throw_shifter.shtml

Unfortunately I donít have any pictures of the MWG shifter install or the cross country road trip.

Next mod was an ARK performance DT-S cat back exhaust system. ARK was doing a special where for 500 dollars you could help them finish their production version of the exhaust. So after a brief PM to ARK the car was on its way. This exhaust is an absolute work of art. It made my car sound like no big displacement American V8 Iíve ever heard. The best way to describe the sound to you would be a large European V8 with an American twist. Absolutely awesome!! The best part, no drone on the highway.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...029_151312.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...029_151521.jpg

The car stayed in this configuration for about a year after this. In Febuary of 2011 I volenteered to return to Afghanistan. This tour would take me to southern Afghanistan.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC05521.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/CIMG0756.jpg

During the tour I knew that it was time to really put the Camaro on track for what I had been wanting to do since I bought the car. BOOST IT

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...youlaid9qe.png

Turbos are the standard. When I was in high school me and my buddies turned my 02 Sentra SE-R Spec V into a turbo monster (in our eyes) making 265whp and 270Wtq

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...ecv57/car1.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00035.jpg

So when I discovered Turbonetics made a single turbo 50 state legal kit I was sold. Now throughout the year I was overseas I contacted several venders. This build is what I focused on when things got really tough over there. It kept me sane in other wise chaotic times.

I want to thank those venders for taking the time to talk to me. Most noteably Steve at RDP Motorsports in northern Ohio. I must have talked to steve a helf dozen times about his car and all the options that I could do.

Due to a variety of reasons I ended up purchasing the kit directly from Turbonetics. Reggie took great care of me and just like Steve didnt mind my frequent calls and PMs.

So I have the kit purchased; now itís time for supporting mods. I knew I wanted to take the car on the road course so I began researching suspension companies. I narrowed it to PFADT, BMR, and Pedders. The BMR stage 3 kit seemed most cost effective. When I called BMR and PFADT they were very helpful and answered my questions.

When I called Pedders it was a different story. A guy named Pete answered the phone and I stated that I was looking for a suspension setup for my Camaro. Pete and I then launched into a 20 min conversation about what my power goals were and how I was hoping to drive the car. It was very important he said that I knew the required differences between a street setup, drag setup and road race setup. He explained all of these setups to me and helped me decide what I really wanted to do, and EXPECTED out of the car. Pete then asked what I did for a living; I explained I was Army EOD currently in Afghanistan, that then launched into another 20 min conversation of Pete and I just getting to know each other. So Pete advised that I go with the ZL1 pace car package. He stated that it was more than I wanted to spend but for my desired goals it would be perfect and wouldnít require upgrading for some time.

Pete then blew me away even more when he added the EOD wounded memorial to his signature block at the bottom of his user name. When I first started talking to Pete I had no idea I was talking to the owner of the company. You are a great man my friend, and Iím proud to be able to call you my friend. Pete and I kept up through the rest of my tour.

I then sourced a CTS-V brake upgrade from Jordan at JDP motorsports. Jordan and I had several great talks about the setup and I ordered several more part threw them.

To monitor everything I ordered PLX devices DM-100 OBDII gauge with A/F module and a DM-6 gauge with Vac/Boost module now all the vital signals from the engine can be read on two gauges.

The final piece to the puzzle was wheels and tires. Once again I started contacting several venders about wheel and tire setups. I quickly decided on the TSW Nurburgring matted bronze finish. The tires and vender to purchase from was the tough choice. After talking to several great and very helpful people I came across Jon at www.bestwheeldeals.com. After talking to Jon he set me up with Nitto NT-05 275 fronts with NT-05 315 rears. With the lowered profile the wheels and tires fit the wheel wells perfectly and itís a mean as hell setup.

Heres a list of additional parts I ordered.

Hurst Line Lock
Greddy Turbo Timer
BMR Tunnel Brace


Ok so enough talking lets get to pics of the build.

Everything laid out in my uncles garage

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00661.jpg

Last 15 feet driven NA

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00663.jpg

Hood pulled off, car jacked up. I not sure how many of you know this but the stock hood weights nothing. I can one finger lift it. When my uncle and I had it unbolted it from the car and were ready to lift it up we did a three count. After three we dammed near threw it through the ceiling because we werenít expecting it to be that light.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00665.jpg

Front bumper pulled off, all the parts that need to come off are, now to start adding stuff

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00666.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00667.jpg

Hole in oil pan drilled, oil return line run, parts an pieces heat wrapped and up pipe beging to take shape.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00668.jpg

Turbo mounted

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00669.jpg

Turbo mounted, up pipe and down pipe mounted, water lines spliced and run to the turbo, oil feed line ran to the turbo, more items heat wrapped

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00670.jpg

setting up the waste gates before bolting up the under car plumbing

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00671.jpg

Up loading the Turbonetics tune, car turned right over and settled down to a nice idel right away.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00672.jpg

Finished engine bay, topping off the coolent as the engine cycles through the radiator

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00673.jpg

View from font of car, check out that small intercooler

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00674.jpg

My uncle and I, thanks uncle Ed for the help and tools

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00676.jpg

CTS-V front brakes going on, this was a simple job. It took me under and hour to install the JDP kit. Only issue I had was forgetting that there were two bleeders on the brakes.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00678.jpg


Wiring up the PITA PLX gauges

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...7/DSC00679.jpg

The end all result of the turbo install

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...-03-17_163.jpg

And helping the other side out. This is the only current pic I have of the HEX vents. I went with the Carbon Fiber dipped vents and they are beautiful. Steve is an amazing man who did the install at the Camaro fest.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...-16-18_252.jpg


This is what the car looks like with the Nurburgring. I have taken them off the car for the winter so no updated pics until the spring.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y22...TTEBRZ_IBM.jpg

Well guys and gals thatís it for now. I need to take alot more pics to show you guys the car with Pedders suspension and the TSW wheels. Lifeís crazy right now going through a divorce and some medical issues. But Iím still breathing, I have all my fingers and toes, there were several times over there that I came out of situations unscathed when really I shouldnít even be here typing this now. Remember the fallen who didnít come home, who paid for our everyday freedoms.

We have one life to live and you canít waste it. Life is too short to live in fear, go out and face life, own it, and you will be as happy as I am today.

Ben


That's a old pic with photo shoped wheels:confused0068:

camaro_RS 11-12-2012 09:58 PM

Awesome build! Thanks for sharing your story. Very inspirational. Congrats on the build and COTW.

RTRO 2SS 11-13-2012 12:19 AM

Thank you for serving. I imagine anybody that makes it through a tour and volunteers for another has got to be a special but then all the guys and gals putting their lives on the line for us here at home are special. Nice build and I must say you chose the best color. Thanks for sharing it with us. May you have many miles of enjoyment in your bitchen Camaro. God bless you, Chevrolet and fossil Fuel

pierre777 11-13-2012 01:42 AM

CONGRATS for COTW great looking car and i like the build pics ,good work.

GEEo 11-13-2012 07:55 AM

Congrats on COTW bro!!

stand-al0ne 11-13-2012 08:43 AM

Great Build - congrats on COTW

Thanks for all you do overseas.
I enjoyed reading what you had to say this AM - I'm going to make it a good day!

billd579 11-13-2012 09:49 AM

Congrats on COTW

Ivan @ Southwest Speed 11-13-2012 10:18 AM

Right on! Congrats on your COTW!!

Keep it up!
Ivan

Trav2SS 11-13-2012 10:20 AM

Beautiful car and setup man, and God Bless!


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