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Old 10-16-2010, 12:05 AM   #1
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The birth of Orange Krate...

CUT TO THE CHASE---> ORANGE KRATE MODS RUNNING LIST TO DATE:

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The Birth of Orange Krate

Greetings to all Camaro5.com members, readers, family and friends!
Special Greetings to the SoCal Camaro 5 Family!


THANKS to our special friends at the OSHAWA, CANADA Production Facility and the fantastic CAMARO DESIGN TEAM!

I have decided to use this space to unwind, tell you a bit about myself, my obsession (midlife crisis lol) and some of the more important things in my life.

I don't have a MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in account or do any social networking online because candidly, I just don't have time for it with my daily commute to Los Angeles. The time I spend on this will be enough... more than enough, to fill my social networking needs online. Of course I always answer emails as quickly as I get them and I will respond to posts here.



The rules for my blog are simple.
1. Treat others with respect, like the way you want to be treated.
2. Be honest.
3. Please share constructive criticism.
4. MOST IMPORTANTLY... Have a sense of humor and "lighten up Francis"! (quote from Stripes).


Thanks for stopping in as I build out my car and follow along in this blog.


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Old 10-16-2010, 12:24 AM   #2
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About me... Married over 25 years, older kids, dogs, middle class, Southern California native. Work in health care... been a paramedic since Christ was a small child.

Why am I here? It is about the cars and people. I find this to be a very fascinating website and I find the 5th generation Camaro to be a very intriguing social tool to bring good people together for fun events and I hope some charitable times too.

What is my motivation? Short story... In 1976 bought my brothers 1969 SS 396 Camaro from him after we did an engine swap in it and he discovered he didn't like how much horsepower it had in it! My gain, his safety!

In 1978 I decided to try and become a firefighter and went to a local fire station and applied as a reserve firefighter. Being 22 years of age the "sage" old fire guys told me I needed to sell my Camaro so that my driving record would remain clean otherwise I wouldn't be able to get hired. At the time that sounded like the mature thing to do. WHAT WAS I THINKING??? I sold my Camaro for $1600 and bought a VEGA!!! Again...WHAT WAS I THINKING! The minute I sold the Camaro I was sick and swore that someday I would buy another one. I have owned a lot of cars since that time. So now after 32 years in emergency services the time has come to buy that Camaro I always promised myself. Some folks around me are probably saying... "What is he thinking?" My answer... I believe the Gen 5 Camaro is one of the finest new cars GM has built since 1969!

Here is a photo of me and my Hugger Orange 1969 Camaro in 1978 giving her a bath. Oh to be young, skinny and dark haired again!

And...33 years later...the new Orange Krate and Me!

By the way, those photos were taken at the exact same location in Thousand Oaks, CA. (My parents house)
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:27 AM   #3
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Now that I have a start on my blog...

I am pleased to announce that FINALLY after waiting 5 years reading, wishing, working...working...and working more, my wife and I went down to the local Chevy dealership today, plopped down some cash and submitted our specs for the new baby! Orange Krate's order should be submitted tomorrow morning by the dealer! As I texted to my peeps... "I AM STOKED!!!!"

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will be a 2011 (obviously) SS/RS, LS3, HUD, IOM/IO interior, Hurst, Orange Engine Cover, Ground Effects, 20" polished wheels... pretty much all the gingerbread, sans the sun roof, as I am well over 6 feet and need the head room. We loved our test drive! I was really surprised at the power of this beastie.

Oh BTW... did I tell you I am friggin' STOKED!!!! Now the countdown begins and I will be restless until my baby comes home.

As part of this blog I thought I would give a few comments about our experience and perhaps help someone out that hasn't bought a new car yet. This is the first one we have ever ordered from the factory. We have bought new vehicles off the lot but never ordered one.

Many people are impulse buyers. I am! I had to restrain myself and with my wife's help we decided to just order what I want and quit looking for the elusive IOM with specific attributes.

First...visit the Chevrolet website http://www.chevrolet.com and build your car online (several dozen times like I did) and memorize it until you know the cars options inside and out.

Then visit as many dealers as you can and if you are a frequent visitor/member of this website, print out some of those neat wallet cards and talk to sales people and tell them about the site and how awesome the info is here for new car owners and would be buyers. I think I have been to about 12 dealerships between Sacramento and Carlsbad, California. I tried not to be a pest (accept for Dave Perry who put up with me).

When order day comes printout your cars build sheet from the chevrolet.com website and take it with you to the dealer you have decided to do business with and talk in depth with them about your choices. They should know the cars options by now since we are in the second year of production. If they haven't sold many Camaros you may have a chance to tell them some stuff they don't even know about the car! I LOVE CAMARO5.COM!!! Refer to the Reference Section for RPO numbers etc. YOU FOLKS ARE GREAT!

Finally, GUTS! Put the money where the heart is and go for it. This economy is scary for everyone but this is one purchase I can say I will not have buyer's remorse over, even if I only owned the car for one day! Heaven forbid! It is better to have had a Gen 5 and lost it than not had it at all. After giving up my 1969, they are going to have to pry the Hurst shifter out of my cold dead hand to get my Gen 5 away from me!

Then after making your deposit and securing an order make sure you read the section on tracking your order! I am looking forward to this part of the transaction, build out and delivery.

Owning a quality car, keeping it up, driving it, enjoying it, documenting everything is what makes a car a classic keeper! It may not make it a collectible but lightning can strike twice and although I have heard debate in the Forum over people saying these are the next Yenko's and such... there are ways to protect your investment and make it retain maximum value. Even if it were a Yugo! Hey... just being a Camaro is value added right?

The photo below is a photo of the two gentlemen who assisted us in the new baby order. I want to give a special thanks and shout out to Mr. Dave Perry, Customer Relations Manager (dressed in black) at William L. Morris Chevrolet in Simi Valley. He literally spent hours, on several days, over several months, talking with me and introducing me to the people behind the scenes at the dealership. The other gent is Mr. Chris Caumartin who took my deposit and drafted and submitted the Chevrolet Order Workbench. You can see additional info about this process, comments and photos in my photo section.

If you are in the So Cal area you might want to give them a jingle if you want to buy a vehicle or RV. They swear they won't be undersold. So far so good! The dealer agreed to let me document the purchasing and delivery process starting with me writing out a check for the deposit!

Also included below is a photo of the 2011 Camaro Sales Booklet that was given to me by the dealer.
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Old 10-16-2010, 04:08 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard. Glad to see you have fulfilled your dream and got your new passion ordered. Careful though the surfing Camaro 5 bug is catchy along with the Mods.

By the way nice color choice.
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Welcome! Hang on for a great ride. Many sleepless nights ahead, lol!
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Old 10-16-2010, 11:45 PM   #6
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Welcome aboard. Glad to see you have fulfilled your dream and got your new passion ordered. Careful though the surfing Camaro 5 bug is catchy along with the Mods. By the way nice color choice.
Thank you! I have to agree with you on color choice. Initially all I saw was IOMs and then they seemed to sort of disappear and now I hardly see them around compared to the "traditional" colors. My next decision is where to start. It is a great car just as delivered. I think some lightly tinted windows, CAI if I can find a legal one for California and an upgraded exhaust system. Also saw some killer rims, the likes of which I have never seen before! I plan on keeping it a stocker for the most part. But I have modified all my other cars so why change??? HA Be safe and thanks for the welcome.
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Welcome! Hang on for a great ride. Many sleepless nights ahead, lol!
This is night two! I have to work at the Long Beach Marathon in about 7 hours. I went to bed at midnight (last night) and got up at 4 AM and drove to Long Beach. I worked until 7:00 PM drove home, arrived at 8:30 and received word that I got the Order Number from the dealer... PGNB7H. Looks like the process has begun. Oh Happy Daze! LOL


Below is a sanitized version of the GM Order WORKBENCH which details the "CONCEPTION" of our new baby Orange Krate. You can bet I will be going to http://www.chevrolet.com to check up on order status as soon as the order is accepted into the production system.
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Congratulations O.K.

Probably feels pretty great finally realizing your dream to again have a Camaro is being fulfilled. An IOM SS is a beauty! As you already have been doing, enjoy this site. There is a ton of good information and a lot of great people that have a common interest in the Camaro and beyond. You should try to attend the Camaro 5 Fest 2 at Firebird Raceway next April if at all possible. It is an event you won't ever forget and it is definitely driving distance from Simi Valley.

Speaking of Simi Valley, that is a beautiful area. I am out there many times a year to meet customers and that is also where the SST Camaro is right now.

So as you go along on your Camaro journey, if there is anything I can help you with your new ride, just yell.
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Congratulations and welcome to the CULT.You haven't seen anything yet.Just wait until it is in your possession.Oh boy.You will see.
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:52 PM   #10
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You are not kidding about this being a cult. I haven't seen so much activity since I almost got run over by a gaggle of Miatas doing a road race on a country road in Solvang, CA!

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Congratulations O.K. Probably feels pretty great finally realizing your dream to again have a Camaro is being fulfilled. An IOM SS is a beauty! As you already have been doing, enjoy this site. There is a ton of good information and a lot of great people that have a common interest in the Camaro and beyond. You should try to attend the Camaro 5 Fest 2 at Firebird Raceway next April if at all possible. It is an event you won't ever forget and it is definitely driving distance from Simi Valley.

Speaking of Simi Valley, that is a beautiful area. I am out there many times a year to meet customers and that is also where the SST Camaro is right now.

So as you go along on your Camaro journey, if there is anything I can help you with your new ride, just yell.

Thank you so much for the kind words. Is the SST Camaro being worked on out here? Would be happy to take some photos for you if you like. I do a bit of photography on the side and love to take photos for friends etc. NO CHARGE!

I grew up in this area and it truly is one of the best areas in the country. The only limiting factor is the States confounded smog laws as they exist now. Lot of politics for sure.

I appreciate your offer and may very well take you up. I love to hear what people do and and how they accomplished certain objectives and goals with their cars. For now I will just be happy to get one and then start tinkering (sooner) later.
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Thank you so much for the kind words. Is the SST Camaro being worked on out here? Would be happy to take some photos for you if you like. I do a bit of photography on the side and love to take photos for friends etc. NO CHARGE!

I grew up in this area and it truly is one of the best areas in the country. The only limiting factor is the States confounded smog laws as they exist now. Lot of politics for sure.

I appreciate your offer and may very well take you up. I love to hear what people do and and how they accomplished certain objectives and goals with their cars. For now I will just be happy to get one and then start tinkering (sooner) later.

Yes, the SST is out there right now. Very close to being completed. (I guess "close" needs to be explained - hopefully within a month. It will end up as 18 months of continuous modification.) Yeah, if you are around when I fly out, some pics would be cool ! Thanks.

Enjoy your new ride when it comes in. You will have a blast. Yell when you start 'tinkering'
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Great start Orange Krate. This will be an epic thread to chronicle the life and times of your IOM Camaro. Pass it along to future generations

You're in a great place to wait it out and I hope to see you from time to time on the tracking thread. Get that trip lined up to Firebird so we can all see the beauty in person.

Thanks for your participation here, you'll be a great addition to an already great group.
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Great start Orange Krate. This will be an epic thread to chronicle the life and times of your IOM Camaro. Pass it along to future generations

You're in a great place to wait it out and I hope to see you from time to time on the tracking thread. Get that trip lined up to Firebird so we can all see the beauty in person.

Thanks for your participation here, you'll be a great addition to an already great group.
Thank you Becky! I appreciate your encouragement and really appreciate the help, assistance, guidance and insight you provide to all of us here on Camaro 5! I was at my local Chevy dealer today and it amazing to walk in there knowing we have a baby that will soon be delivered there and actually sitting as a center piece in their showroom! It is so...
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HOW TO KILL TIME WHILE WAITING FOR BIRTH...



So the wait begins... hummm, heeee, hawwww.... yawn! I am dozing at my PC dreaming of the wife and I cruising the coast of California checking out the sights in our new Gen 5! :5thgenvert:

Oh the impatience. I am so thankful for this website. I would go crazy without it! Time to go to Youtube and watch the Greatest Factories: Camaro Plant in Oshawa (again!) and visualize my new wheels coming down the assemblyline!
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Does your dealer support your emotional needs??? LOL

OK so there isn't much one can do while they wait for the pregnancy to run its course and the new baby arrives on scene. In the case of our sales person "Dave", all I can say is what a supporter he is. He knows how long the wait seems for a new buyer and he has left me text messages of encouragement and phone messages saying "it won't be long", "you will soon have it", etc. This is very much appreciated by the wife and I.

I hope that anyone that might read this blog and is either contemplating the purchase or order of a new car can get the kind of salesperson that has an attitude and approach like Dave. There was never any pressure and he wants to make sure we are 100% satisfied with our investment and bundle of joy.

As Dave said today in one of his text messages... "Building the car is like putting all the pieces in the crockpot and having it turn into a beautiful soup. But in order to get to that point...you have to have patience and wait for it to go through the process and simmer and cook to perfection."

It is surely worth the wait and I can smell that new car smell, er uh, soup now!
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Here 2000...here 2000....looking for that elusive Code 2000 to pop up! BTW... We see an 1102 code (entered via web) at the CamaroTracking.Com site. What the heck is that? I hadn't seen that code on any other signature lines before.

Does that mean Orange Krate will get the GM internet bonus with a bump in horsepower and a loss in its fuel efficiency rating? Darn. Or is that a secret code that only GM knows that means Santa will be delivering Orange Krate for Christmas??? HA HA HA or should I say HO HO HO???
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Boy Oh Boy...Oh Boy...Oh Boy...

Look at my last post and now I wake up extra early because I can't sleep and now I know why!!! My code quest was magically answered overnight!!! I went from the unknown 1102 all the way up to 3000 overnight! How stoked am I??? I will have a hard time driving my VW Beetle to work thinking about
Orange Krate's pending birth! Did I say...I am stoked? Holy moley!!!!!
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Thumbs up THURSDAY SURPRISE!

I had a heck of a week and a very hard Thursday at work. Took me 2.5 hours to commute into my office thru nasty LA Traffic! I had a meeting to attend that went OK. Afterwards "10-4" Magazine came to my office to interview my staff and take photos of our Class A trucks for an upcoming article in their magazine. That went OK although we had a couple of snags at the end of the photo shoot. So it was a 14 hour day and I am driving 2 hours home! More ugh traffic!! I log into http://www.camarotracking.com and see an order status change on our Orange Krate again! That was a quick change from yesterday and very promising! So now I am stoked again and all of the days BS is behind me! I love this car and I don't even have it yet. Nothing like an attitude adjustment from just reading an update on the baby's status. We are now at 3300!! Sweet! Before long Orange Krate is going to have a VIN!

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Orange Krate has a TPW... The week of November 15th!
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Looks like Thanksgiving will hold even more special meaning! The tension and excitement builds.
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With time to ponder while we await our beloved Orange Krate's birth, I reflect back upon days gone by when people use to worry about the day of the week and time of year a car was built. In the "old days" you didn't want one built on a Monday because assemblers came to work tired and hungover from the weekend. You didn't want a Friday car because assemblers were too excited to get home for the weekend to get hungover again so they would rush and make errors. You didn't want one painted on a cold day because the paint wouldn't cure correctly or if it was too humid the paint wouldn't cure correctly, or if someone had a hangover...you got it...the paint wouldnt cure correctly. Much of this was speculation and hype. The cars WERE good (look how long they lasted) but humans just made errors.

After watching the 6 part series on Youtube of the Camaro plant in Oshawa for the umpteenth time, and knowing there are 1000 robots doing the work within spec, that don't get tired, and the people who work there literally put their hard sweat and love into the job, that worry level is much much less for us as consumers.

The biggest concern we have as a consumer is bad weather and cars getting held up because of transportation issues (rail and truck), "X" amount of snow, rain or power failures on the grid.

I have confidence in the men and women of Oshawa who are about to build our new baby and know that the quality control will be there when it is needed.

We look forward to the day when we can go to Oshawa and meet and thank the folks personally, as many of the Camaro5 gang have already done. What a great way to show them how much we appreciate them for taking good care in building our babies.

CHEERS to OSHAWA and the FOLKS AT CHEVROLET who make these modern muscle cars so friggin' awesome!!!



P.S. - I went back to my dealer tonight and I just sat and took in that new car smell and looked under the hood, in the trunk, under the car, turned on the lights, put my wife in the front seat and demo'd more of the 2SS options to her. Next thing you know I will be selling Camaros! But hey...that is OK too!
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Planned Upgrades?

Advanced delivery plans for our new Orange Krate....there really isn't much we plan on doing to make the car better. Hard to improve on perfection. The smog laws in California make it nearly impossible to do anything other than adding a blower or turbo for performance increase. I personally don't want to do a thing that can be conceived as a modification that voids the warranty. I just want to drive the car with the wife and have some fun visiting places, friends and taking photos along the way.

Potential mods could be light tinting of rear windows, CARB approved CAI, CHIP, exhaust upgrade, and some additional lighting (footwells and afterburners). I prefer to just really keep her stock for now.

We will have stripes added as well as ground FX match painted to car. I would also like to take an orange colored billiard ball and machine it to fit the Hurst shifter. Of course there is always the obligatory "camaro5.com" window sticker!
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EVENT CODES - Thanks Camaro Scotty!

I captured the GM ORDER EVENT CODES from Camaro Scotty's Blog and placed them here so I could have a quick reference to ORANGE KRATE's status. Thanks Scotty for the helpful list and also the good info at your blog!
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:03 AM   #24
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So what are the chances of scoring this plate? Somehow I got lucky when I went to the CA DMV and reserved this. No one else had snagged it. I feel pretty fortunate and I hope Orange Krate likes it when s/he gets home from Canada. Hope s/he has his/her green card! BTW... the photo below of the plate is the one generated by the DMV site. It isnt actually the real plate yet. I have to wait for the car to get here and have proof of purchase and registration before they will release the custom plates to me.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:01 AM   #25
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Hit 3400 on 9 November 2010!!! Surprise. Orange Krate is almost a reality! The DNA is coming together rapidly. Birth imminent.
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