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Old 02-25-2013, 05:44 PM   #276
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Just get stock seat re upholstered
So, I'm leaning more to going this route (stock seats reupholstered). Not only will it cost much less but since I track the car just a few times a year via HPDEs I'm going to try the Angel Pads and a CG lock and see how that goes. This way I retain factory side airbags and have a good blend of show and go. If this were a dedicated track car I'd go seats and beyond.

Now, I just need to figure out which combo, color, and material for the reupholster. Most likely will go Katzkin.

It's funny how the seats have become the toughest decision in my build decisions.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:04 PM   #277
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The below picture is now my build thread opening picture. This came out really great, thanks Chris for your help! This is a large high res one to for those that may want a wallpaper.

My new desktop wallpaper! Looks so good that now I'm every time I look my PC!
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:49 PM   #278
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I'm surprised that SLP would allow you to have your car Transformed into a full blown ZL770 with the way they seem overly concerned with the collector/Numbers built stuff. Look forward to seeing some finished pics, should be pretty awesome!
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:04 AM   #280
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I'm surprised that SLP would allow you to have your car Transformed into a full blown ZL770 with the way they seem overly concerned with the collector/Numbers built stuff. Look forward to seeing some finished pics, should be pretty awesome!
I hear you, it has actually taken some long discussion and a ton of back and forth. Especially since a ZL770 isn't part of their normal production line. They go up to a ZL700 now.

They are very strict on collectors numbers and their specialty cars which is great for ZL owners. Knowing that we do hold on to several things and full builds that are very unique. I can see how it gets frustrating sometimes to folks wanting to buy misc parts like the hood and diffuser.

The sequential numbering is by build year and happens in the order of production not the order of ZL. For instance my number is 17, the next person that ordered a ZL of any kind 427/585/600 etc would be 18. They cap it annually at 250 or less. Depending on how many orders they receive.

Their initial 5th gen Pilot car was a 770 build that hit the standing mile record. After many long talks, emails, etc. I decided to go the ZL770 route. SLP and AltAuto worked on building the first ZL770 for their Dream Car Giveaway. It was gorgeous and beastly. So I talked with both my SLP rep and Altauto about doing a Tribute edition with mine and making it the 2nd ZL770. I'm pretty excited about this and I've been extremely involved in all the particulars for the build. I look forward to this being completed.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:23 PM   #281
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It has begun...

As promised, here are some pictures of the car disassembled, getting ready for paint.












Some shots of the current Engine/Tranny build






And shelves and work tables filled with all my parts old and new.

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:16 PM   #282
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And all I asked them to do was find an annoying rattle I had...

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Old 03-01-2013, 02:41 PM   #283
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And all I asked them to do was find an annoying rattle I had...

hopefully they found it! cant wait to see this monster finished!
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:13 PM   #284
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hopefully they found it! cant wait to see this monster finished!
It ended up being a coin left in the middle console. DOH!

I'm really looking forward to it as well! I just had a long discussion with them, and there are some adjustments being done. Will have some updates soon...
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:59 PM   #285
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My custom illuminating door sills (Orange Lighting) arrived today from Emblempros (thanks Roger!) Looks good, can't wait to see them installed and lit up. Should be good.

Not the best pic, will have more when they are on the car.

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Old 03-01-2013, 04:19 PM   #286
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Omg the striped down your whole car , how long will this transformation take?
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:26 PM   #287
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:33 PM   #288
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Omg the striped down your whole car , how long will this transformation take?
Yep, almost a complete tear down. This is a true paint conversion. With everything that is being done, it probably won't be complete until early May I think. It's going to seem like a lot longer. But it's being done right and with care, so I prefer quality or quickness in this case. They are going to be sending pics along the way which will be really neat to see the whole process.


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Old 03-01-2013, 11:43 PM   #289
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RPM Roll Bars

So we have decided that it would be a good time and a good idea to go ahead and install a 6 point roll bar. However since I would like to retain the weekend driving experience and rear seats I needed to find a setup that could allow for some removable bars. I've been working with Tim at RPM roll bars and he is making a set with the harness/shoulder bar removable as well as a removable cross bar for my track days. The door bars are swing out and are removable as part of his standard setup. These are going to be painted Hugger Orange to match.

Here are some pics from RPM of their build on a camaro.







Here is what it would look like with Sport seats, in this case Recaros.



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If it's done by May... Are you thinking on going to GM Nationals? That's a trophy winner for sure! And I can take a look in person before the Fest...
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He's going to be @ Camaro Nats in Frederick w/ the SLP booth. Wish SLP & him both would be up at the GM Nationals though.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:44 AM   #292
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He's going to be @ Camaro Nats in Frederick w/ the SLP booth. Wish SLP & him both would be up at the GM Nationals though.
Monchy - Phoenix is correct, I'll be at the Camaro Nationals this year. I'll be inside one of the buildings representing SLP in their booth. Another C5 member ZL600FK will be there as well with his IOM ZL600 with white stripes (sweet ride!).

I do want to make it up to the GM nationals one of these years as I've never been. I think from what I've heard, GM nationals obviously has a wider variety of cars and perhaps more events, where Camaro Nationals is of course just Camaros of all gens and more show like. I have to say I saw some of the most pristine Camaros there, especially the 1st gens.

If you somehow make it down to Frederick, definitely stop by and say hi. That goes for all C5ers!
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:29 PM   #293
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RPM is just a Hr & 1/2 from me I talked to him and looked at one of his cages at a show. They are very very nice you will love it. I would have one but my kids ride in the back all the time so that doesn't work.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:04 PM   #294
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RPM is just a Hr & 1/2 from me I talked to him and looked at one of his cages at a show. They are very very nice you will love it. I would have one but my kids ride in the back all the time so that doesn't work.
Always great to hear good things from folks here about products. Thanks for the note and added confidence!
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:10 PM   #295
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Since I'll be getting the RPM roll bars, I decided (finally) on the right seat for my setup. I'm going with STATUS Ring GTs. I'm getting them custom done in Black Leather Outer with Diamond Stitch Ultrasuede in the center. All with OEM matching Orange stitching. I will also be ordering additional materials so the upholster at AltAuto can match the rear seats to the front. Should turn out really nice. The diamond stitch is a nice throw back design.

I went back and forth for a while on seat brand, seat type, seat styling, and I ultimately decided on the fixed back to safely run a 6 point harness and since I have the roll bars I'll maintain track compliance with these seats. It's a plus that they are FIA compliant. From what I've researched people love these seats and even being fixed back are very comfortable for weekend drives and even long drives. Plus I really like that these are manufactured and assembled in the US.

Here is a pic of the render for my setup.

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Very nice! Going to my local Status dealer today to check them out and hopefully place an order. I have to thank you for the posting the question on the forum regarding seats! I had read no other serious inquiries about changing seats. Thanks for the "push" in confirming my decision to change seats.

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:43 PM   #298
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Very nice! Going to my local Status dealer today to check them out and hopefully place an order. I have to thank you for the posting the question on the forum regarding seats! I had read no other serious inquiries about changing seats. Thanks for the "push" in confirming my decision to change seats.

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Sure thing, anything I can do to help.

I've had all my discussions with Michael at STATUS since I don't have a local dealer. He has been really great to work with and the service level is top notch.

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Old 03-04-2013, 02:29 PM   #299
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Very nice! Going to my local Status dealer today to check them out and hopefully place an order. I have to thank you for the posting the question on the forum regarding seats! I had read no other serious inquiries about changing seats. Thanks for the "push" in confirming my decision to change seats.

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Hey Sharp ZL1 - I forgot to mention, that I am actually going with the GT-X for the narrower top from the Ring and the slightly larger bottom since I'm 6'0 and about 190lbs. I think that the fit will be more appropriate. Also, the narrower top will be helpful since I'm going to have the roll bars.
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