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Old 02-24-2010, 10:38 PM   #1
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Project: Snake-Eyes

NOTE: This car has been traded in as is, at this point, follow the link in my signature to the SS Build thread

Story:

My obsession with the Camaro started when I first saw a first gen on the street driving in my hometown of Souderton, PA. That summer my Dad took me to the first classic car show, and I was hooked. The 68 was my favorite, I dunno why, it just was. I loved the style and the sound. I had no idea on specific engines, 426 or 396 back then, but I love the sound and power of the engines. I know more now, but not that much more, I know enough about the car I just bought

My parents are big car fans. My Dad loves muscle and my mom loves the styling of the 1st gens. They moved here in 1981 from India and worked their butt off holding down 2-3 jobs to support me. My mom worked 2 jobs while pregnant with me and my dad did 3. People say, making your parents happy shouldn't be a top priority, but nothing makes me happy more to see a smile on their faces. They live their lives through me, they get to hear and see me do things they wish they coulda done, and nothing makes them happy more.

Last year and this year has been rough. I didn't have my best year at work, but this one is already better, but I knew I could still have the car, financially I was ok. But in January, my father lost his job. Being the only breadwinner and them being 500 miles from me, really started to freak me out. To his and mom's credit, they dealt with it better than I did, I guess its because they have gone through worse. But they both were looking forward to the Camaro, and didn't want me to nix that deal.

I picked up the car 2/24/2010 from Diver Chevrolet. They have a stand up crew working for them. I was in constant communcation with Steve Chizik, one of their Sales Manager and he helped me every step of the way. If I had a question, I was given an honest answer, no reading between the lines. When I went in for pickup I signed the papers with Joe. He was able to beat my ridiculously low rate from my credit union and really finish the process smooth and easy. I also met Leslie, the other sales manager and Matt my sales rep. Matt had setup the car for me perfectly and even showed me how to setup the on-star service and bluetooth for my phone. I still screwed it up, so I ended up calling the next day and Clay set me straight. Great job Diver and THANK YOU!

I left for Charlotte the next day and the ride was amazing. It was winter conditions in SE PA and DE, but the car handled it amazingly well on Pirelli's no less. Once I hit dry pavement, I laid down on the gas and realized how powerful of a car I just bought, when they say "With great power comes great responsibility" they weren't kidding. I was getting stares from everyone on the road and immense respect. Even the cops were doing "Drive Bys" to take a look at the ride. At night, the HIDs did their magic, I call them Snake Eyes. People were terrified when I came up behind them and moved out of the way. Today, I have already giving my ex-PM a ride to pick up his car from an oil change and am about to give 8 more people rides in a shifts during lunch...LOL

I want to thank the community here, Diver Chevrolet and GM for helping me make my choice, setup my options and come with a wise financial plan for this car.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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Cosmetics:
Exterior
1) Window Tint - Completed 3/4/2010 - Speed Styles, Indian Trail, NC - speedstyles.com
2) Clear Bra for front fascia and fenders - Completed 4/2/2010 - Clear Water Auto Spa
3) High Intensity Fog Lamps
4) Heritage Grill (no paint)

Interior
1) A6 Pistol Grip Shifter - Barton Shifter installed 6/10/2010

Performance
1) MRT V2.0 Exhaust - Completed 4/9/2010 - Draco Performance
2) ARH Longtube Headers w/High Flow CATS and X-pipe - Completed 4/9/2010 - Draco Performance
3) CAI Intake - Injen CAI - 5/29/2010
4) RX Catch Can
5) Mace IM Insulator and Plenum Spacer

Suspension
1) Detroit Speed Kit 1 - Completed 2/25/2011 - City Chevrolet

Here's Snake-Eyes at her day of delivery...
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Old 02-25-2010, 01:06 AM   #2
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So, when do you get started?
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Old 02-25-2010, 03:51 AM   #3
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Very nice, glad you finally got her. Have a safe trip back, I hope you make it to our Meet & Greet.
You need to add 1 more thing to your mods list (snow tires)
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:08 AM   #4
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Thanks guys!



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So, when do you get started?

I am gonna start with the tint job next weekend. Thinking of gettin that 3M Crystalline tint, pricey but it resists 98% of the heat and lasts forever.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:40 AM   #5
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:22 AM   #6
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Cool! Keep the pictures updated & Good luck!
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:25 AM   #7
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Bump.......updated my story.

I am also adding more pics tonight from the pick up
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:32 PM   #8
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Looks good, tell me where you end up getting the pistol grip shifter. I'd like to get one as well.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:53 PM   #9
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Some more pictures from day of delivery and with my parents....

The first three are with yours truly at the dealership. The next 2 are of my parents. The last 2 are of the car getting her first taste of snow!!
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:56 PM   #10
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Man, that CGM looks great in every light.
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:08 PM   #11
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we are happy for you. Nice color.
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:39 PM   #12
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Windows Tinted tonight......will have pictures tomorrow. Stay tuned....
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:54 AM   #13
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Here is a waaaaaay better picture of the car post tint.
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:20 AM   #14
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Badass! jealous.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:37 AM   #15
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Ok....I am working getting some more power out of this ride.

I have selected to go with ARH's Longtubes w/ CATS and MRT V2.0 mufflers. Hoping that I get some kickass results combining this with a tune. The parts are still being shipped yet, so I should have them installed by the end of the month. I can't wait. Pics and vids as soon as I install them!
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:44 AM   #16
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:15 AM   #17
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nice man! i think just a tint job makes the car meaner! so hope to see you again at the c5fest if your going
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:06 PM   #18
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nice man! i think just a tint job makes the car meaner! so hope to see you again at the c5fest if your going
I am coming for sure man. The tint job was incredible. The more it cured the better it looked too. Incredible work done by Speed Styles.
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:29 AM   #19
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Ok........I am starting to get really frustrated by the process now.

I ordered my MRT V2.0 Exhaust set 3 weeks ago, even though they charged me, they haven't shipped it still!! All this time I am emailing and calling for the tracking number and now they tell me, they weren't shipped. If they don't have em in stock by Monday, I am telling them to return my goddamn money, and I am going to start my exhaust search all over again.

Good news is that the Longtube system by ARH will definitely be shipped Tuesday.

I really want to get these mods in by Camaro5fest, but if I don't I will be very dissapointed....
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:21 PM   #20
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:31 PM   #21
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Thanks guys! Just waiting on parts now......seems like forever.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:50 PM   #22
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WOoohoooo MRT v2.0 exhaust is finally on the truck. The headers are supposed to leave tomorrow!
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:31 PM   #23
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WOoohoooo MRT v2.0 exhaust is finally on the truck. The headers are supposed to leave tomorrow!
ALRIGHT!! We are rocking now! Everything is at UPS now! My exhaust, headers and the tune I can't wait till this Friday.

I also just dropped in a K&N filter, lets see how much of a difference it makes. Supposed to help some, not a lot. But it will do until I decide on an intake.
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:31 PM   #24
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Ok so I had the Longtubes installed last night. First off this upgrade is amazon, the car is so much more responsive than before, and the power can be felt at any RPM range. Soundwise, the engine just sounds so much deeper and more powerful.

Now the problem, the Longtube piping is 2.5 inches so the MRT exhaust will not fit. The exhaust is made to fit the v6 stock system, which is 2.25" I got lucky here since the shop I was getting this installed at, Draco Performance had already replaced an SS system, and had the stock SS system on hand. So we were able to install those mufflers for now.

That setup works for now, the sound is great at high speed, but the drone from the SS stock mufflers is ridiculous.

I am going back to the shop later this week, because there may still be a way to make the MRT V6 exhaust work with the 2.5" piping.
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Ok guys........here is the incomplete exhaust setup. I have the ARH Longtubes, with CATs and x-pipe, but had to hook it all up to stock SS mufflers for now because the MRT are made to fit the 2.25" stock pipes on the V6 but the ARH setup is 2.5" We will be installing the MRT system tomorrow morning. But I wanted to get a recording of what the exhaust sounds like now.....its crazy outstanding almost track car like.

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