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Old 06-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #120
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can you do my trim and door panels next? . . . k thanx
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:45 AM   #121
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You've done an excellent job on Mina - very nice! Amazing what the proper polishing tools will do for IBM, hmm?
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:59 AM   #122
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can you do my trim and door panels next? . . . k thanx
lol I think you could handle it if you really wanted to...but yeah sure, send 'em over. It's summer, I ain't got nothing to do anyway

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You've done an excellent job on Mina - very nice! Amazing what the proper polishing tools will do for IBM, hmm?
Right?! I wish it would stop raining long enough that I could shine her up a bit and take her out for some sweet pictures like you always take. We don't have any mountains but the beach isn't half bad
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:06 PM   #123
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Jared,
Dash work is stunning...

You did good 'ma man'!...

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Old 06-23-2013, 06:23 PM   #124
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Dash work is stunning...

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Haha thanks Kurt! Door panels will be done soon
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:44 PM   #125
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Well the door panels took the back burner while I got re-certified to teach. So to itch the mod bug, I painted my calipers instead!
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I'll get back to my interior soon folks!
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:54 PM   #126
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I went back and added this in, but I realized I never said where my love for Camaros came from.
Like most guys, it starts with my Dad. He had a '68 SS that was an absolute monster. He turned it into a drag car that used to absolutely mop the floor with most cars here in Jacksonville in the 80s. It was a hobby that my oldest brother Chad and he spent a lot of time bonding over. I was too young to really remember the car, but I imagine it's where my love of loud exhausts comes from lol.
In 1990, Chad died in a hunting accident and my Dad lost all desire to work on the car. He sold it off quickly and as far as we know, it's somewhere in Georgia in someone's garage. Scouring through old family photos, there's only one I could find and my Dad keeps it in the garage on the outside freezer. He spends a lot of time out there just reminiscing over it.
When I started teaching, my first inclination was to find it and buy it back. Unfortunately, no amount of Craigslist and car ad searching turned it up. I held onto my Cobalt and just put it on the "To Do" list. In the meantime, I drooled over the new Camaros and I even remember test driving a LS3 IOM (much like Orange Crate ) one afternoon with my Dad. The car salesman let us drive it by ourselves, huge mistake, and I remember my Dad opening that poor thing up lol. We pulled into a parking lot and he let me get behind the wheel, but I was so afraid of grinding the gears and I had this fear of hurting such a beautiful car that I only took a lap around the parking lot before we drove it back to the dealer. Looking back, that was one heck of a missed opportunity lol
As I've shared before, my Dad suffered a major stroke in August 2010 and it left my Dad without the ability to truly convey what he is thinking. He hasn't really lost his cognitive thinking, he still fixes everything around our house and solves any electrical issue a neighbor or friend might have, but to figure out what he's saying takes a lot of patience and charade-like clues. After trading off nights at his side in the hospital with my Mom for a month, Dad got to come home and start rehabilitation at the house. Having quit my previous teaching job over the summer, and having plans fall through with Film School at FSU, it seemed like my entire world was collapsing in on itself. I had money saved up, so I wasn't worried about that, but it was a rough time for my entire family.
But God isn't just good, He's great.
In December, right before I took a 9-5 delivering medical supplies for a company here in town for slightly more than minimum wage, I got a teaching job with a private school. Life started to turn around.
My sister was getting ready to graduate high school that spring and I remember talking with our cousin at Garber Automall about getting her a car. It wasn't too long after that, that I tried lifting my Dad's spirit talking to him about cars. My Cobalt was an LS, nothing special, but I remember how my Dad always lit up when we talked about his old Camaro. I found myself back on these forums and showing him the cars different members had and how he'd smiled and get excited watching some of the burnout videos y'all would post.
With my new job, I started playing with the idea of getting a Camaro myself. I showed Dad the color I wanted, we went to Chevy dealers and looked at them in person, every time we'd see one, Dad would light up.
About a month after my sister got her car I talked to my cousin about ordering a Camaro. I literally walked in with every code for every feature I wanted, the discounts I knew I deserved, and told him to order it for that or let it be. Not too long after that Mina was mine, and well...I think you guys know the rest of the story
Here's the picture Dad keeps in his garage. It's old and exposed to the elements all day so it's a bit faded and falling apart, but he loves to show it off when people come over And while my car might never be the monster his was, Dad loves to help me put all of my mods on and watch my car slowly become my own. So here's to you Dad Thanks for making me who I am today.
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Jared,
What a nice story about THE one you love and have as Father! You both are so fortunate to have each other. And Dad's Camaro is "to die for". What a beautiful car and yes "a go getter". Sounds like he simply loves to be with his son and sharing in doing what makes you happy! Tell him for me that after reading this post, I could do nothing else but praise God for his grace on him. With a 68 Camaro like his...who could go wrong?

Congrats on an uplifting story Jared. I am so proud of your taking the time to share your Dad's story with us.....

May God bless you both...again and again....

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Old 09-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #127
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1968 Camaro

Jared,
I had some time to do editing on your Dad's 1968 Camaro. Let him know that from one 68 Camaro owner to another, I am proud of his heritage and his loyalty to his sons....

This is a small tribute to him, you, your sister and memory of your brother Chad....Hope this somehow brings a smile to your faces. Know that you and your family are in our prayers....

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Old 09-21-2013, 08:27 AM   #128
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Jared,

Where are you?!?!?

You can run, but cannot hide........

Bump this thread to the top for a good reason...it deserves to be there!!!
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:30 AM   #129
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Jared,
I had some time to do editing on your Dad's 1968 Camaro. Let him know that from one 68 Camaro owner to another, I am proud of his heritage and his loyalty to his sons....

This is a small tribute to him, you, your sister and memory of your brother Chad....Hope this somehow brings a smile to your faces. Know that you and your family are in our prayers....

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Jared,

Where are you?!?!?

You can run, but cannot hide........

Bump this thread to the top for a good reason...it deserves to be there!!!
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Kurt you never cease to be an amazing friend! Thank you so much for the tribute, my Dad loved it I found some more pictures of the beast too so next time I'm near a scanner I'll throw them up here. I would die to have that car in my driveway now!
I started my new teaching job this week so it's been a lot of getting used to new routines but I'll hopefully have time next weekend to finish up my door panels and other little jobs for Mina.
Hope you're having a great weekend buddy and thank you again for taking the time to remember us
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:47 PM   #130
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Heartbreak city :(

Today, sitting in traffic, Mina got crunched by a reckless jeep wrangler. From her bumper being completed pushed in, the trunk bent, the quarter panels being slightly bent, and the metal being pushed in all around. She's a pitiful sight :(
Dad was almost as torn up about it as I was. So only after getting her bumpers fixed less than a year ago, I'm back in the same boat again. This time though, I'm going straight to my Chevy dealership and letting them fix it from start to finish.
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So, if anyone's had similar damage, let me know how it turned out for you.
Thanks in advance, and I hope Mina makes it back soon :/

Oh and if you're feeling extra generous, vote for Mina on the nationwide link: https://meetmybaby.nationwide.com/entry/3571/mina
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:54 PM   #131
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Today, sitting in traffic, Mina got crunched by a reckless jeep wrangler. From her bumper being completed pushed in, the trunk bent, the quarter panels being slightly bent, and the metal being pushed in all around. She's a pitiful sight :(
Dad was almost as torn up about it as I was. So only after getting her bumpers fixed less than a year ago, I'm back in the same boat again. This time though, I'm going straight to my Chevy dealership and letting them fix it from start to finish.
So, if anyone's had similar damage, let me know how it turned out for you.
Thanks in advance, and I hope Mina makes it back soon :/

Oh and if you're feeling extra generous, vote for Mina on the nationwide link: https://meetmybaby.nationwide.com/entry/3571/mina

Sorry to hear this. I hope you get her all fixed up soon. Most importantly, you are ok.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:59 PM   #132
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Sorry to hear this. I hope you get her all fixed up soon. Most importantly, you are ok.
Thanks man, I appreciate it. I'm a bit sore so unfortunately I'm not completely in the clear, but it all could have been much worse.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:38 PM   #133
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Thanks man, I appreciate it. I'm a bit sore so unfortunately I'm not completely in the clear, but it all could have been much worse.
Jared,
My heart is breaking for you and your Dad. I know how much you have worked to get Mina where she is today....I am so happy you decided to take her to your Chevy dealership for renewal....


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Old 10-28-2013, 09:41 PM   #134
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Jared,
My heart is breaking for you and your Dad. I know how much you have worked to get Mina where she is today....I am so happy you decided to take her to your Chevy dealership for renewal....


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Thanks Kurt. I guess it's just the risk I run when my car is a daily driver :/
I need to get a beater to drive lol! How are you doing these days sir?
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:49 PM   #135
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Playing around with my Dad's camera, I found some pics of Mina and my girlfriend's MINI. At least I got these pics before the wreck messed everything up.
Enjoy what I currently can't
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Hang in there man.How is it going with the repairs.
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