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Old 10-27-2009, 10:14 AM   #35
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That car looks terrific, and is an excellent tribute!
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:56 AM   #36
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Doc, Blue Angel really stood out in the photos from your meet this weekend. Your car is very sharp and I can't wait to see pictures once you've lowered it!
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:03 AM   #37
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I like that hurst shifter...
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:12 AM   #38
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The photoshop looks really good!

Have you thought about having the blue angel script custom cut (as in metal emblems) and then powder coated the gold? I think emblems like that would look really good in place of the normal camaro fender badge.
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Interesting idea; I'll have to look into that although I was thinking to have it painted on the side like the Blue Angel planes.

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That car looks terrific, and is an excellent tribute!
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Doc, Blue Angel really stood out in the photos from your meet this weekend. Your car is very sharp and I can't wait to see pictures once you've lowered it!
I can't wait either and thank you very much your Abyness; nothing like praise from the legendary Abygale to brighten up a guy's day

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Me too... the more I drive with it the more I like it.

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Old 10-27-2009, 11:53 AM   #39
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Doc it was nice to meet you at hurst on Saturday, That car dos look good you you have don a good job on it hope you think on adding the same color on the 3 louvers on the side hope to see you soon.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:04 PM   #40
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If you get the Blue Angels scritpt painted on, you should also have your name painted above the door or below the script like the pilots and crew chiefs do. BTW, I was kinda taken aback when I first saw that color combination, but it has really grown on me. That's a beautiful machine...
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:16 PM   #41
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Doc it was nice to meet you at hurst on Saturday, That car dos look good you you have don a good job on it hope you think on adding the same color on the 3 louvers on the side hope to see you soon.
Nice meeting you too! I'm looking at that idea and a few others; thank god for photoshop so I can try it before I buy it hehe.

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If you get the Blue Angels scritpt painted on, you should also have your name painted above the door or below the script like the pilots and crew chiefs do. BTW, I was kinda taken aback when I first saw that color combination, but it has really grown on me. That's a beautiful machine...
Thanks! Once all the complimentary details are added the wheels will fit the overall look. Hopefully when I'm done it will be something the Blue Angels team would like and appreciate. It would be cool to actually get them to sign the car if I ever get the chance to meet them. You never know!
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:43 AM   #42
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Latest change:

At the 1700 mile mark I replaced the engine oil and filter with Royal Purple 5w30 and one of their high performance filters. Changed the transmission and differential fluids with Royal Purple Max Gear 75w90 gear oil. The oil that came out of the differential looked like mud and smelled horrible, like the nastiest oil refinery smell you can think of. Glad I changed it!

The effects were immediate. The engine idles smoother and it's noticeably quieter inside the car; the mechanical drive-train noise is virtually gone now. I can feel how much smoother the car drives; it feels like it glides down the road now.

If anyone wants to make a nice improvement in the way their car rides and sounds, I highly recommend this upgrade. You can get the oils and filter at either Pep Boys or Autozone. If you have a manual trans SS (which is what I have) then it takes 8 qts of 5w30 motor oil, 4.2 qts of Max Gear 75w90 oil for the trans, and 1 qt Max Gear 75w90 for the differential. The 5w30 motor oil was $8.99 a qt, the filter Royal Purple #10-48 was $14.99, the Max Gear 75w90 was $15.99 a qt. So depending on what your sales tax is, somewhere around $175 for everything. If you have someplace do the labor for you, you can add that to the cost.

The trans and differential won't need changing again for at least 50,000 miles...probably closer to 100,000 the way these new cars are made. The engine oil with an oil like this will probably last 7,500 miles easily. Royal Purple is great stuff; I've used it for years and it does work as advertised!

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I emailed Royal Purple to get a clarification on the trans oil and received a reply which states that Max Gear 75w90 is NOT recommended for the manual trans in an SS; it's Synchromax. Here's the reply:


The Tremec TR6060 manual 6 speed comes from the factory with an atf - we recommend our RP Synchromax part # 01512 as a first choice with our RP maxi part # 01320 as a secondary choice.

Using an EP gear oil is not recommended in this T-56 derived transmission - so the RP MaxGear 75W90 is not recommended.

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Old 11-01-2009, 10:24 AM   #43
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thats going to be an awesome car are you going to put on one of these symbols are something simular? i just figured out that the blue angels are navy not air force but i still think one of these symbols would look good on your car !!
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:33 AM   #44
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thats going to be an awesome car are you going to put on one of these symbols are something simular? i just figured out that the blue angels are navy not air force but i still think one of these symbols would look good on your car !!
If I was actually a member of the Blue Angels team, or in the Navy I'd consider something like that but since I'm not somehow I just don't feel it would be right to make the car appear as though it's a military car, or a team car. I'm old school; I feel there are certain emblems, badges of honor, etc. that should only be worn by those who earned them. I want my car to be a respectful tribute but not a wannabe if you understand what I'm saying.

I could make it look like one of the planes; down to the emblems and "pilot's" name under the window on the door but somehow that just seems too much. If this were a show car, sure under those circumstances it would work. But as a regular street car? It would be like I was pretending to be a representative or spokesman in some way and that's just not something I want to do.

I appreciate the suggestion though!! And there's no question a fully-done Blue Angels team car would be fantastic looking.
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:12 PM   #45
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Hey Doc, Thanks for the info, i have been on the fence about using Mobile1 or Royal Purple
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:48 PM   #46
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Love how you put Blue Angel in that color on the Camaro and the wheels look awesome. Good colors

Good thinking Doc, actually it offends a lot of servicemen/women when people who haven't earned something in the military put it on something or are not part of that "team."
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:16 PM   #47
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If I was actually a member of the Blue Angels team, or in the Navy I'd consider something like that but since I'm not somehow I just don't feel it would be right to make the car appear as though it's a military car, or a team car. I'm old school; I feel there are certain emblems, badges of honor, etc. that should only be worn by those who earned them. I want my car to be a respectful tribute but not a wannabe if you understand what I'm saying.

I could make it look like one of the planes; down to the emblems and "pilot's" name under the window on the door but somehow that just seems too much. If this were a show car, sure under those circumstances it would work. But as a regular street car? It would be like I was pretending to be a representative or spokesman in some way and that's just not something I want to do.

I appreciate the suggestion though!! And there's no question a fully-done Blue Angels team car would be fantastic looking.
your right i was not thinking about that i fully understand but its still gonna be awesome good job.
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:44 AM   #48
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Haven't updated this in awhile. Been waiting for stuff to be made and shipped. I did get the Cold Air Inductions CAI and got that installed; looks great, works as advertised. I'll get some pics of that here pretty soon.

My latest upgrade which I've been waiting on for months because we pulled together a group buy to convince them to make them, are 2-piece brake rotors from Racing Brake. They only have the fronts in production at the moment but are tooling up for the rear rotors too because we got enough people on a group buy for them to do it. These rotors look fantastic and weigh 6 lbs less than the stock rotors.

Here are some pics:

The first shows how they are packaged; compared to the stock rotors these are a work of art. These rotors are downright beautiful. Next shows the stock rotor on the hub, then the Racing Brake rotor. Then some comparison shots of the stock rotor behind my front wheel and the RB rotor.

When I picked up my rotors from RB, Mike went with me to a local place called GT Pro who does work for them and they installed my rotors and stainless braided brake lines. They did a fantastic job and lots of pictures were taken for PR purposes. These were some I took with my iPhone but hopefully I'll be able to get some of the ones the photographer was taking.

The RB rotors are 6 lbs lighter each compared to the stock rotors. 6 lbs doesn't sound like a lot until you're picking up the pair in a box. I put the stock rotors in the RB box after the job was done and I could definitely feel how much heavier the stock rotors were with the extra 12 lbs compared to how it felt with the RB rotors in it.

The braking performance is much nicer now; very linear and predictable. The stock brakes had a grabby effect where it would start out easy and then grab hard all of a sudden. These don't do that. The grab is in direct and smooth proportion to how hard you're pressing on the pedal; it feels much more precise now.

I used RB's ET500 brake pads and they have a good feel when braking; solid, not spongy at all. I had them put Super Blue racing brake fluid in it and I couldn't be happier with the whole setup; can't wait to get the rear rotors now! The car feels just a bit lighter on it's feet when accelerating; it could be my imagination but it seems to accelerate slightly quicker now.

Here's a link on Racing Brake's forum for the group buy we had going:

http://www.racingbrake.com/CAMARO_SS...138-381-01.htm

I can't say enough good about Mike and the people at Racing Brake for working with us to put this deal together. We got the first batch of these they've ever made! And they're tooling up for the rear rotors because of our support so I hope others on the forum take advantage of these great rotors and at least get the fronts; you won't regret it. This is a very worthwhile upgrade; especially for those who've increased their horsepower... the more power you have the better braking you need to slow down!

Next is the Pedder's Extreme Street package which I've had on order for months as well; waiting for the parts to get made and shipped from Australia. Then after that, a 1-piece carbon fiber driveshaft which I've got a line on and hopefully will have some info soon. I've already asked and they're agreeable to a group buy so I'll be putting something together along the lines of the RB rotor deal as soon as I have the info to do it.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:24 AM   #49
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Damn, I can't believe this is the first time I saw this thread!!! You've got a heck of a Camaro there, Doc!!!
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Looking good doc hope to see you soon.
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New Addition:

I got the Pedder's Extreme Street suspension system on the car yesterday and had it installed by Mike Haddad at Haddad Motorsports in Los Angeles. He and his crew did a great job including a full chassis alignment and lowering the car.

My first impressions are "wow". What a difference. All the sponginess and squirm of the suspension feels gone. When accelerating you can feel the difference in the back of the car; it seems to accelerate quicker now. Handling and steering are precise, crisp and a joy. The car rides very well and you especially notice it over rough or uneven pavement where before it would squirm and "walk" around with bushing and suspension flex. Now it's solid; the suspension tracks the changes in the surface smoothly, precisely and there's no drama in the handling...at all.

The first two pics I apologize for; I took them with my iPhone under bad lighting but they show the Pedder's coilovers in the front and rear.

The next set of pics show the car right after I washed it today as it sits now, properly lowered.
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