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Disturbed1LE 11-23-2013 10:43 PM

The SickneSS [COTW 12/2/13]
 
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This is the story of my 1LE and me:Pic heavy… I love pics…

So as far back as I can remember, I have had a love for Camaros. I grew up loving good ol' American muscle. I remember when I was in high school, I got my first Camaro. It was a '77. I didn't know then what I know now or I would have figured out a way to keep it. I loved that car even though it needed a ton of work. The interior was shot. The radio never worked, but the body was straight and it didn't have any rust. Being young and having limited money, I gave up what I wanted for something a little better right then.

Well, I grew up, got married and had kids. I decided that one day, like so many others, would get a first gen and do a full restore. Time kept passing and the opportunity never seemed to happen. Not enough money, not enough room, not enough time…

When the concept was announced, I started rethinking the idea of getting a first gen. If Chevrolet followed through anywhere close to their designs, it would be an amazing vehicle. I decided at that point, I would have one. Hands down, it would be black and a SS.

This started another long Camaro-less time in my life. You have to be responsible right? I now have kids and a wife. Everyone tells you how a muscle car is not the responsible choice. So I bought a Tahoe.
I drive a lot with my work and would always see these beautiful Camaros on the road. They would tease me in all colors and options. Until one day, I had enough. I was at work and sent my wife a text. Since we have your car for the family, I want my Camaro. She got excited, so I went to work.

This is what I came up with:
In October of 2012, I found what I thought was my dream car. Only time would change that…
2011 Black 2SS/RS. It had a sunroof and a GM dovetail spoiler. I tinted the windows and started researching my mods.

Disturbed1LE 11-23-2013 11:08 PM

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The more I researched, the more options I found. The biggest problem I personally had was… wheels. I wanted to make sure that whatever wheels I chose had that Camaro look. The more I looked, the more confused I was. Surely there was a wheel out there that would fit my taste.
I finally stumbled across the 10 spoke, black ZL1 wheels… heaven.

Personally, I haven't seen a better looking wheel. I started looking for a set, but again, my personal taste got in the way. I respect the look of black on black. I know they are very popular, but it is not for me. Not on my Camaro. I started looking again, but kept trying to figure out how to make the ZL1 wheels work for me. One day, I stumbled across a 1LE video review. I was immediately sold on it. I could do all of this to my car, but I would still have black on black.

I sat down with my wife one day and we start talking about all of this and she says, "Well why don't you just get one of those?"

Game on!

I start researching options, colors, watching videos, reading reviews. I try to make sure if I order this car, it will be built the way I want it and it will be worth the trade. I finally decide to move forward.
I was going back and forth and back and forth to go ahead and order the 1LE. Then the 2014's were revealed. I'm not a fan of the rear end. So I went to my dealer and sat down with them and ordered my '13 1LE.

2013 Camaro AGM 2SS/RS
NPP exhaust
Sunroof
Navigation

My wife's one demand… err request. Well no, she said this is what had to happen. I had to replace the spoiler. After the GM dovetail spoiler on my black one, we both felt the smaller spoiler left an unfinished look.
So of course, I told her ok :thumb up:

Then began the wait.

Almost seven weeks later to the day, she showed up at the dealership. I knew before my salesman did. It was pouring rain during the delivery. He found her on the back lot and brought her up to send me this pic.

Disturbed1LE 11-23-2013 11:16 PM

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I had to get up there to see it. This would be my first new car ever. And to think, it was built for me! Needless to say, I was very excited. My wife decided to meet me up there. Here was my initial walkthrough, even before it hit makeready.

Disturbed1LE 11-23-2013 11:29 PM

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I spoke with my salesman and made sure it would NOT go through the automatic car wash and that the front license plate bracket would not be installed. I think I pissed off the make ready department the next morning when I personally called them to reissue my requests. Oh well, my wheels and tires are not jacked up and there are no holes in my bumper :thumbsup:

I had one of those days at work and there was no way I would make it in time to pick up the 1LE. I was miserable. I waited all this time and now, one more day. My salesman called me up and gave me some great news. The finance people along with the tech walkthrough person had agreed to stay open late to help me out. FREAKING AWESOME!

My salesman told me that while they had it sitting there waiting for me, most of the salespeople up there were all checking it out as well as several customers. They had at least four people interested in taking it home(so he says). I know the '13 1LEs were pretty rare so I can see why it generated the interest. Most of the people up there didn't even know what it was.

My finance guy was great. He even introduced me to Cars and Coffee in Dallas. Everyone was very helpful. My daughter nabbed a few pics during the walkthrough.

Disturbed1LE 11-23-2013 11:40 PM

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The first night I put over 80 miles on her. Maybe not that impressive, but with my time constraints, it was all I could squeeze out. When I got home the next day, I decided I needed some real pics. These phone pics just don't do this color justice.

I had my first mod done: tint all around.

First photo shoot at home.
I just began to learn what a pain AGM is to show off its true color and potential. Such a beautiful color.

Disturbed1LE 11-23-2013 11:54 PM

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After the tint, I decided to plastidip my bow ties as well as my tail light bezels.

Disturbed1LE 11-24-2013 12:21 AM

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I added an Elite Engineering catch can from Apex. I also added flat black hash marks to the driver's side and tint on all of the lights thanks to Big Worm Graphix in Fort Worth.

My spoiler came in from Unrestricted Motorsports. I had it wrapped in matte black to match the hood. Speed Shield in Addison, TX wrapped the spoiler.
I went with the Urestricted Motorsports spoiler because I wanted a one piece look with no brake light in it. I really like their version.

Disturbed1LE 11-24-2013 12:35 AM

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One of the things I had done to my Black SS was install LED DRLs. This time I wanted the DRLs to come on with my headlights and halos. I installed plasma bulbs with harnesses while on a trip to my parent's house. The parts showed up right before I left for their house… had to get it done right?

Disturbed1LE 11-24-2013 12:56 AM

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My next addition was installing a CAI from ADM. I got it with the race scoop and relocated the wash reservoir. I also installed a set of DT shorty headers and did a fuse pull for my NPP exhaust. I have to say, I really like how it woke up. It has a nice healthy sound and great throttle response.

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Disturbed1LE 11-24-2013 01:26 AM

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After what has been listed above, I pretty much just drive her, wash her and photograph her.
One more item you may notice, if you look hard enough, is the backing bracket that is powder coated black on my lower grill for my eliminator bracket. Since Texas decided to start enforcing the front license plate law, I decided to be careful. Some people think it will never happen to them, but I don't have that kind of luck. Might as well be prepared.

Disturbed1LE 11-24-2013 01:30 AM

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CamaroLB 11-24-2013 03:25 AM

Black is king! lovely pics!

SGDM 11-24-2013 07:43 AM

Man...this a good lookin car, great pics.

Aequitas & Veritas 11-24-2013 07:50 AM

Love your photos. What camera/settings do you shoot with?

Post two photos 3 and 4 are awesome. I saved a few of the ones down further for backgrounds!

Disturbed1LE 11-24-2013 08:33 AM

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Originally Posted by CamaroLB (Post 7211778)
Black is king! lovely pics!

Thank you CamaroLB! Black used to hold that special place for me too, until I got my Ashen Gray… it does something for me :smoking:

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Originally Posted by SGDM (Post 7211884)
Man...this a good lookin car, great pics.

Thanks SGDM! So is yours!

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Originally Posted by Aequitas & Veritas (Post 7211896)
Love your photos. What camera/settings do you shoot with?

Post two photos 3 and 4 are awesome. I saved a few of the ones down further for backgrounds!

Thank you Aequitas & Veritas!
For my camera settings, I typically shoot in manual mode. Most of the pictures toward the end are HDRs. A lot of the look is attained in photoshop.

Aequitas & Veritas 11-24-2013 08:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Disturbed1LE (Post 7211962)
Thank you Aequitas & Veritas!
For my camera settings, I typically shoot in manual mode. Most of the pictures toward the end are HDRs. A lot of the look is attained in photoshop.

Yeah I really love the raw unphotoshoped look of the two I mentioned since my photoshop skills are lacking, I love the raw look of photos.

Ryanbabz71 11-24-2013 09:13 AM

Very nice! AGM is the best color (I might be a bit biased).


Ryan

Serge627 11-24-2013 09:57 AM

Awesome car for sure! Nice write up so far, I am interested to see what else you do in the future LOL

SUKXOST 11-24-2013 10:09 AM

Love the car, great pics too. Did you intentionally put the hash marks that far forward? Throws off the look of the front with em that far forward IMO. I'd prefer they'd be 3-4" further back as most are...but it's your car. Just wanted to know if there was a reason or whatever? Props if you just stepped out to be different.

Trex_47e 11-24-2013 11:12 AM

Great pics... good looking ride.

Disturbed1LE 11-24-2013 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Ryanbabz71 (Post 7212035)
Very nice! AGM is the best color (I might be a bit biased).


Ryan

Thanks Ryan. I love AGM. Also with as few of these '13 AGM 1LEs that were produced, I have yet to show up anywhere that I see another one.

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Originally Posted by Serge627 (Post 7212109)
Awesome car for sure! Nice write up so far, I am interested to see what else you do in the future LOL

Thank you Serge627! I have a baby boy that is due today so mods may be on hold for a bit, but I love taking pics so hopefully they will keep coming. That being said, I can't complain. This car is amazing as is. I am very thankful.

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Originally Posted by SUKXOST (Post 7212147)
Love the car, great pics too. Did you intentionally put the hash marks that far forward? Throws off the look of the front with em that far forward IMO. I'd prefer they'd be 3-4" further back as most are...but it's your car. Just wanted to know if there was a reason or whatever? Props if you just stepped out to be different.

Thanks SUKXOST. I took my car to Big Worm in Fort Worth, TX to get the hash marks done. When they went on, I thought the front one should have at least been where the back one is. Unfortunately, I needed to get to Addison through bad traffic to get my finished spoiler from Speed Shield. They were going to stay open late for me as it was so I just let it be. They really grew on me so I have left them. It's good to be different sometimes. Who knows, I may change it in the future ;)

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Originally Posted by Trex_47e (Post 7212290)
Great pics... good looking ride.

Thanks Trex_47e!


Sent from the voices in my head.

Jpb972 11-24-2013 04:02 PM

Awesome car! Great luck with it.

Disturbed1LE 11-24-2013 06:37 PM

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Disturbed1LE 11-24-2013 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Jpb972 (Post 7212824)
Awesome car! Great luck with it.

Thank you Jpb972!


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