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Old 05-04-2011, 12:51 AM   #76
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:59 AM   #77
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Nicest Vert I've Ever Seen!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:59 AM   #78
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:57 PM   #79
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Congratulations on COTW friend!!

Still waiting for pics of the completed paint job! Great work so far!
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:02 PM   #80
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Congratulations on COTW friend!!

Still waiting for pics of the completed paint job! Great work so far!
Thanks! Hope you are enjoying your new ride.

Going on 5 weeks in the shop...so I'm ready for some pics too...OF ME DRIVING IT!!!

I'm still being told it will be ready to pick up tomorrow. Hope that means all put back together and not in boxes.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:14 PM   #81
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Thanks! Hope you are enjoying your new ride.

Going on 5 weeks in the shop...so I'm ready for some pics too...OF ME DRIVING IT!!!

I'm still being told it will be ready to pick up tomorrow. Hope that means all put back together and not in boxes.

I definitely am enjoying my 1SS! I had a muffler delete done last week and I'm adding a magnaflow resonated x-pipe in the next few weeks. Wanted to do a legit catback but this way I can get a better sound as well as a CAI before summer is over

Hope to see those pics really soon!
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Old 05-05-2011, 05:05 PM   #82
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Congrats on COTW.....Again!!!!

Looking forward to the pics!
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:23 AM   #83
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I'm very excited to see what this is going to look like! I absolutely love summit white, and convertibles, so the two combined and customized is even better!

Also congrats on COTW!
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:59 AM   #84
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Thanks everyone!

Today should be the day that I pick it up. Talked with 4RD H8R last night, and he said that they will be finishing up on Friday, and should be able to pick it up late in the day.

I'm going to try HARD to get it in time to take some good photos. STAY TUNED!
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:45 AM   #85
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Amazing work - I'm looking forward to the reveal.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:41 PM   #86
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Well,
Long story short...the car was not finished today. The car was put together, but more buffing, detailing, and a few odds and ends are still left to do. No sense in rushing it now.

The tail lights and bezels looked absolutely amazing. I'm also going to love the black. I've never had a black car, but this is one that I'll love keeping clean and swirl-free.

I'm going to hold back any new pictures until the unveiling. When I looked at the car tonight, it was inside a spray booth, and was also still covered in plastic. I took some pics, but they didn't turn out too well anyways.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:13 PM   #87
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Cannot WAIT to see this thing at our next meet.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:55 PM   #88
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:59 PM   #89
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I picked up the car today...and WOW!

Please check out the first post of this thread to see the pics. Let me know what you think.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:07 PM   #90
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:30 PM   #91
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Can the same car be COTW twice?

WOW man. Just wowwww.

Love it! Hard to believe that just two months ago we were in our TPW thread anxiously awaiting these cars, and now you've built a beauty!

Very well done
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:41 PM   #92
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I picked up the car today...and WOW!

Please check out the first post of this thread to see the pics. Let me know what you think.
Looks great with the fresh paint
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:45 PM   #93
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WOW!!!!!

Not sure what else to say....
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:46 PM   #94
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Perfection!!

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Old 05-11-2011, 08:18 PM   #95
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wow is right, it's an amazing transformation, can't wait to see it up close.
great job
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:38 AM   #96
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Very Nice!!!! I knew I was gonna love this car when it was done. You Def deserve COTW again!!! Congrats
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:32 PM   #97
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AWESOME design and execution! The details are fantastic, the red trim theme was carried out perfectly.

Well played sir, well played!
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:51 PM   #98
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Wheel Fiasco

I'll try to make a long story short.

Before the convertible even arrived, I ordered wheels from a camaro5 sponsor (speeddepot). He offered to have them powder coated (matte black) and pinstriped. The wheels did not come in black. Only dark gray. I loved the wheels, and for the price, they seemed to be the hottest things around. TSW Nurburgring. He charged me $460 for the powder coat and pinstripe. A little expensive, but not too bad.

I received the wheels from Fedex. Shipping was included in the price of the wheels. Boxes were in excellent shape. I opened up the boxes and all 4 wheels had polka-dots all over them. They used bubble-wrap to protect the wheels, and then covered them with the nice factory cloth cover. The bubble-wrap polished the wheel (since they were matte black). I called Alex at speeddepot. He talked with his powder coater, and ended up suggesting I use sandpaper to get the dots off. Fine. I'm pretty handy. They came off. I didn't want to ship them back for something I could fix.

The first week, I took the wheels to get installed. They took very good care of them, and didn't scratch them at all.

Then the car went to the body shop for the paint job. I was nervous to give the shop my wheel lock key. They said that they needed to remove the wheels to get the fenders off. They promised to be very careful. I had seen someone else's wheels get scratched by a grease monkey with an impact wrench.

When I picked up the car from the body shop, every wheel was scratched! They must have used an impact wrench. They promised me it would be fixed. I didn't want touch-up paint to my powder-coated wheels. They agreed to have them re-powder-coated.

I took the car back to them to have a few things fixed, including the wheels. They sent the wheels off to the powder coater. Then I get a call. The powder coat was applied right over the top of the clearcoat, and was scratching off with just a fingernail. See below for the video.

Now I contact Alex at speeddepot and explain the situation. He tells me to send him back the wheels, and he would get them fixed and return them. My car is sitting on jack stands at the body shop, and now the wheels are at a very competent powder coater. He wants me to ship him the wheels? It would cost me over $200 to ship them both directions, and the car would be sitting at the body shop for way over a week. He wouldn't offer me a penny to get the wheels fixed locally. I gave him $460 to powder coat the wheels and add a pinstripe, and the wheels were not prepped properly in the first place. All of that work is gone now.

Even though the wheels weren't prepped properly, the body shop was the ones that messed them up. They were on the car without any scratches, and were warned to be very careful. They probably wouldn't have scratched that easily, but nonetheless, they weren't careful.

I now have the wheels back. They are more beautiful than ever. 4RD H8R spent a lot of his own time to make sure they were done right. They are more satin or semi-gloss now. The matte black was just too finicky. I had to be careful with them or they would end up with some polished spots. They should be easy to take care of now.

Moral of the story: don't mail-order wheels!!! If you have any issues, you'll be responsible for unmounting the tires, shipping your wheels, remounting the tires, and balancing them. And your car sits while all of this is getting done. Get the wheels locally, so that if you have any issues, they can resolve them right there.


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Old 06-10-2011, 12:44 PM   #99
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Awesome!!! We need to get together to photograph your car.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:22 PM   #100
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I feel for you, brother! I too, don't mind springing for goodies... but want a good product.

Thanks for the warning on mail order wheels, we were just shopping on line this week. Whew!... that was close!
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