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mikeyg36 12-24-2013 12:47 AM

mikeyg36's AGM 2012 2SS/RS "The Phantom"
 
I'm coming up on a year with my car so I figured it's time to start (a very half-assed and poorly written) build journal.

"The Phantom"
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-2012 2SS LS3
-Ashen Gray Metallic
-Black Interior
-RS Package
-Polished Chrome Rims
-Hurst Short Throw Shifter

I've been following this car since the concept was revealed. I was there when the first cars rolled into the show rooms and I'd always stop in the dealer whenever I could to look at their inventory.


Fast forward a couple of years and I'm looking at getting a Jeep Wrangler or a Grand Cherokee since a new 2013 SS was just too expensive for me, and I'm not a huge fan of used cars. While on the Jeep lot I see a 2010 SS and it really got me thinking about the Camaro again. I went home and searched endlessly at cars online, I found a new 2012 that had been sitting on the dealer lot for almost 6 months and I figured I would be able to work them down below 35k. Needless to say I found out why the car was sitting for so long; that scumbag dealer wouldn't let it go for anything under sticker.

I waited until after Christmas to start looking again and that's when I found my car sitting on the used lot for almost 32k. I figured I would go check it out and see how I liked it. The car had 1 owner who bought it at that dealer, and decided to trade it for a ZL1. I took it for a test drive, and drove it off the lot with it 6 hours later.

First night home:
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The next day:
http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...ps319ce6dd.jpg

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...ps16bd34b9.jpg

Performance Modifications

-Cold Air Inductions cold air intake in polished aluminum purchased from Apex Chase

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...pspsyhcec8.JPG

-American Racing Headers with Catless Midpipes Purchased from FSP


http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...pspoxsu0yb.jpg
http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...pse9411764.jpg
http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...ps310a5000.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adNcjuyOVgk
-Remote tuned by Matt@FSP

-BF Goodrich Sport Comp 2 Tires


Cosmetic Modifications

-Speed Dawg Custom Shift Knob

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...psj0wivvyb.JPG

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...pse971d988.jpg

-Husky Weather Beater Custom Floor Liners
http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...psd7ouoioo.jpg

-Detailed With Adam's Products

Future Modifications

-SW Retro Chambered Cat Back or Borla ATAK or NPP
-GM 3.91 Gears
-Night Fury Cam :rolleyes:
-2.9L Whipple :help:
-Pfadt Coil Overs
-Other various Pfadt suspension parts
-ZL1 Replica Rims
-Halo DRL Harness
-Night Owl Halos
-Plastidipped Tail Lamp Rings
-Taillight Tint
-Window Tint
-AAC Afterburner Taillights
-Fuzzy Dice

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...pstxhzrqvl.jpg

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...psk09ghlie.jpg

Next to the cousin's Muffstain:
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The Meaning Behind "The Phantom"

My uncle Eddie was the reason why I am so into cars today. I loved working with him in the garage and going for rides in his ridiculously modified cars and trucks. In 1999 he decided to build a Cobra kit car. Once everything finally arrived he was unfortunately diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. It was difficult for him, but he pushed through it and after a couple of years he finally finished the car and was able to take it to track and to shows. The treatments took a real toll on him and he passed away in August of 2006.

"The Phantom" was a game that he and his car buddies used to play when they worked at the same supermarket together. They would go around drawing "The Phantom" on random merchandise hoping that they could get one another to pick it up and see it. As one final joke they had The Phantom etched into the back of his headstone. As a remembrance of him I decided to name my car "The Phantom" and I had window decals made thanks to Chris (XxVengeance28xX) and his amazing art skills.
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Thanks for reading my build journal; I hope you enjoyed it :thanks:.

mikeyg36 12-24-2013 12:47 AM

Reserved

mikeyg36 12-24-2013 12:47 AM

R3served

Lil' Nasty 12-24-2013 01:38 AM

Looking good so far Mikey:thumb:

Also nice story about your uncle :) it's interesting to hear how people get into cars one way or another.

CHMSC 12-24-2013 01:42 AM

Were you drunk when you took some of the pics? :yikes: :smiling1: :confused0068:

Looks good so far man wish I could do more mods but I have a few things holding me back right now.

mikeyg36 12-24-2013 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CHMSC (Post 7282566)
Were you drunk when you took some of the pics? :yikes: :smiling1: :confused0068:

Looks good so far man wish I could do more mods but I have a few things holding me back right now.

Yep! I know some are really shitty, but I just need to get around and take some more. I should be cleaning it today...

mikeyg36 12-24-2013 12:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lil' Nasty (Post 7282564)
Looking good so far Mikey:thumb:

Also nice story about your uncle :) it's interesting to hear how people get into cars one way or another.

Thanks! :thumbup:

mikeyg36 12-24-2013 12:55 PM

Okay Doug I updated some pics for you :smiling1:
I'll re-do them again when I remember to take my DSLR home.

CHMSC 12-24-2013 01:18 PM

Lmao looks good man!

mikeyg36 12-26-2013 11:11 PM

Exhaust Video Added
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adNcjuyOVgk

Scooter11 12-26-2013 11:37 PM

Liked the tribute to your Uncle Ed the best! The car is great and can't wait to see what else you'll do to it, but if it's one thing I learned the people in this hobby are where the fulfillment comes from...

Keep plugin' away on those mods :thumbsup:

mikeyg36 12-26-2013 11:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scooter11 (Post 7288719)
Liked the tribute to your Uncle Ed the best! The car is great and can't wait to see what else you'll do to it, but if it's one thing I learned the people in this hobby are where the fulfillment comes from...

Keep plugin' away on those mods :thumbsup:

Thanks bud!

mikeyg36 12-31-2013 07:25 PM

It's my car's 1 year adoption anniversary!
So far it has 18966 miles 6256 which are mine. Happy New Year everyone!

roderick2411 12-31-2013 07:37 PM

Amazed at how clean your car is. Again I live in the sticks. Gorgeous car though. My tint was done day after I bought car. I too had to buy used. Crazy to think you were going to buy Jeep Wrangler instead of SS. Am curious as to how it sounds. See you bought headers. I would love to change out the exhaust, we have had several Mustangs and they always are so cheap and easy to get sounding great. My 08 GT had x pipe and stock exhaust and sounded great. My old 97 SS I changed exhaust three times before I finally found the deep tone that wasn't ragged. I don't really want to drop a lot of money in to it. We also have mad emissions, had to put stock mufflers back on my Tundra before had inspected this last year, wasn't even thinking I had it straight piped from cats back didn't void warranty but NC didn't like it.

Ryanbabz71 12-31-2013 07:44 PM

Nice! Great color choice


Ryan

mikeyg36 12-31-2013 07:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by roderick2411 (Post 7299959)
Amazed at how clean your car is. Again I live in the sticks. Gorgeous car though. My tint was done day after I bought car. I too had to buy used. Crazy to think you were going to buy Jeep Wrangler instead of SS. Am curious as to how it sounds. See you bought headers. I would love to change out the exhaust, we have had several Mustangs and they always are so cheap and easy to get sounding great. My 08 GT had x pipe and stock exhaust and sounded great. My old 97 SS I changed exhaust three times before I finally found the deep tone that wasn't ragged. I don't really want to drop a lot of money in to it. We also have mad emissions, had to put stock mufflers back on my Tundra before had inspected this last year, wasn't even thinking I had it straight piped from cats back didn't void warranty but NC didn't like it.

Thanks! I put a video up in the above post.

mikeyg36 12-31-2013 07:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ryanbabz71 (Post 7299971)
Nice! Great color choice


Ryan

Thanks a lot!

nyrfan 12-31-2013 07:53 PM

mikeyg36's AGM 2012 2SS/RS "The Phantom"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ryanbabz71 (Post 7299971)
Nice! Great color choice


Ryan


What are you talking about, worse Camaro color yet. Lol


Sent from my AGM, 2SS/RS

mikeyg36 12-31-2013 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nyrfan (Post 7299994)
What are you talking about, worse Camaro color yet. Lol


Sent from my AGM, 2SS/RS

I know it's almost as hideous as yours :smiling1:

mikeyg36 01-10-2014 08:08 PM

Just had BF Goodrich Sport Comp 2s installed. Stock sizes with pics coming tomorrow. Couldn't really try them out yet since it was raining :frusty:

CHMSC 01-11-2014 12:18 AM

Those tires are not bad but the PSS are way better. For the street the BFG's are great especially for the price. If you plan on tracking it occasionally then get the PSS next.

mikeyg36 01-11-2014 05:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CHMSC (Post 7327380)
Those tires are not bad but the PSS are way better. For the street the BFG's are great especially for the price. If you plan on tracking it occasionally then get the PSS next.

It was $1600 vs $1000, and I couldn't justify the extra cash for the PSS.

mikeyg36 01-18-2014 05:21 PM

Tires have been really good so far. Now I can actually go WOT in 20* weather with out spinning the tires :lol:

Batmanntexas 01-21-2014 10:48 PM

Great story! Like the tasteful mods you have done so far. Keep it going!

mikeyg36 01-22-2014 11:14 AM

Thanks!


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