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Old 02-02-2011, 12:47 AM   #251
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Tonight I stopped at a PepBoys on the way home from work and picked up the necessary quantities and types of Royal Purple gear oil for my transmission and rear differential. It requires 5 bottles of Synchromax and 2 bottles of Max Gear 75w/90 to do the job according to Royal Purple. The receipt for reference/cost is posted below. I will undertake that project this weekend.

I will also undertake exchanging the black shark fin for the new IOM shark fin. I am a big guy so getting in the back seat to remove the headliner to a workable position to access the fin is going to be interesting to say the least. We will give it the old college try! LOL
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:02 PM   #252
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Enjoyed the rocket pix you posted! I have privilege of seeing Space Shuttle Endeavor night-launch back in 95'.

BTW, got my new car today! Not a Camaro, my first choice, but got a great deal on a 10' Challenger SE in ABM-like blue. Price was right, a big thing right now....not quite a Camaro, but def better than driving that boring Impala I had.

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Enjoyed the rocket pix you posted! I have privilege of seeing Space Shuttle Endeavor night-launch back in 95'.

BTW, got my new car today! Not a Camaro, my first choice, but got a great deal on a 10' Challenger SE in ABM-like blue. Price was right, a big thing right now....not quite a Camaro, but def better than driving that boring Impala I had.

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HA!!! The Challenger is a fine automobile. If I had to do it over again I probably would have gotten an automatic trans as opposed to the 6 speed manual only because of all the things I am hearing and "feeling" in my trans. I will bet the trans fails within the warranty period but it isn't somethign I want to happen. In the meantime, I will drive the car and try and take more awesome launch photos. I didn't take the attached photo below but someone did at the last launch of the Delta Heavy. We have a Minotaur 1 launch on the early morning hours (4:26) of Superbowl Sunday and I am getting up to see it but won't take photos because I am a hundred miles from it at my location but I can still see it! Best of luck with that "Chally" and hope the winter thaw comes soon to "Mini-Sota".

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It definately has the "notchiness" which is bearable, but certainly does not make one feel confident in the strength or quality of the trans. I hear what sounds like a noisy main bearing in the front of the transmission where the input shaft comes out. I suspect it has to do with the described SHIMMING issue. I haven't seen an exploded view of the trans so I can only assume it has a bearing at the location I am describing and if the input shaft isn't shimmed then there will be play and noise. If not it is one heck of a noisy and loose trans. When I shift there is a tendancy of the trans to simply grind at any given speed or RPM, and the clutch pedal is not firm (such as in a mechanical clutch sans hydraulics).

I have driven many old Chevy's and Fords with stick (that is what I learned on). There is absolutely NO comparison to this transmission and that of the old school clutchs with mechanical linkage such as a M21 or M22 Muncie or Ford T10 toploader.

The transmission FEELS strong but the linkage and noise is intimidating because I don't want to jump on it in fear the thing will scatter in pieces or smoke the clutch due to the sloppy clutch pedal pressure.

Just simply backing into my driveway under very conservative low speed/rpm/torque I have smelled clutch odor and I drive a stick everyday...IT ISNT ME!

It is a weak clutch system tied into the brake reservoir! I shouldnt have to put in aftermarket parts to fix a STOCK car!!! My car has 2200 miles on it and the trans feels and sounds like it has 50,000 on it of hard driving!!! I have NEVER done a burnout in the car or raced it. I have gotten on the freeway onramp rather hard just to see if the clutch would slip. It did not. The notchiness is felt in 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd gear.

In the old days guys would put sawdust and oil into a transmission to quiet it up and make it feel better even though it really didnt help. But that is what this trans feels like it needs to make its tolerances a bit tighter and crisper. If the Tremec builders really did put the synchros in backwards as has been reported, then SHAME on them and Chevrolet for not getting to the bottom of this and FIXING it post haste. The Camaro is helping Chevrolet get back on its feet. It would be terrible to see a transmission issue like this tear Chevy down. Especially if they know about it and are not talking. As they say...Get Er Done!!!
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HA!!! The Challenger is a fine automobile. If I had to do it over again I probably would have gotten an automatic trans as opposed to the 6 speed manual only because of all the things I am hearing and "feeling" in my trans. I will bet the trans fails within the warranty period but it isn't somethign I want to happen. In the meantime, I will drive the car and try and take more awesome launch photos. I didn't take the attached photo below but someone did at the last launch of the Delta Heavy. We have a Minotaur 1 launch on the early morning hours (4:26) of Superbowl Sunday and I am getting up to see it but won't take photos because I am a hundred miles from it at my location but I can still see it! Best of luck with that "Chally" and hope the winter thaw comes soon to "Mini-Sota".

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Thanks Jim! Yep, hoping for an early spring here, for sure! Not the best time to buy a new car here....roads are filthy, and salt everywhere. But I feared the Impala was about to really give me problems, so decided to unload it before facing major repair bills.

Sorry to hear about the issues with your trans. Hopefully after some more break-in period, it'll improve, or GM will come out with a solution. I don't blame you for wanting the manual, particularly if its not your daily-driver...Nothing like shifting gears with all that power. True muscle cars have sticks, right?

(funny, I had a 78' Type LT Camaro with weak inline 6, but it had 3-on-the-floor with Hurst T-Handle..lol)

Did you ever get into the Estes Rocket hobby? After seeing the movie, "October Skies" a friend and I bought one that had a built in camera.....and immediately wrecked it after the chute failed and it hit aspalt

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Thanks Jim! Yep, hoping for an early spring here, for sure! Not the best time to buy a new car here....roads are filthy, and salt everywhere. But I feared the Impala was about to really give me problems, so decided to unload it before facing major repair bills.

Sorry to hear about the issues with your trans. Hopefully after some more break-in period, it'll improve, or GM will come out with a solution. I don't blame you for wanting the manual, particularly if its not your daily-driver...Nothing like shifting gears with all that power. True muscle cars have sticks, right?

(funny, I had a 78' Type LT Camaro with weak inline 6, but it had 3-on-the-floor with Hurst T-Handle..lol)

Did you ever get into the Estes Rocket hobby? After seeing the movie, "October Skies" a friend and I bought one that had a built in camera.....and immediately wrecked it after the chute failed and it hit aspalt

Hope the transmission issues get resolved for you soon!
I am keeping my fingers crossed for the transmission. My gut feeling is the trans needs some serious intervention to make it really correct. It just doesn't feel the way a transmission backed up to 426 horses should feel. Rule of thumb for car design is making all the driveline pieces relatively bulletproof to the maximum horsepower and torque delivered by the blueprinted engine. I have patience so I will be watching and talking until they make things right.

As for Estes Rockets... heck yeah! In 1970 we started messing with Estes Rockets in High School. One of the most painful but funny things that ever happened when I was in school was one of my buddies put an Estes "D" motor on a stand without a rocket and he hooked up the electronic igniter while I was positioning it and he hit the launch switch as I was holding it (dumb ass!) and I got my fingers fried as the rocket launched sideways and went ape all over his backyard!!! LOL Almost burned down his backyard! HA HA Life was good back then. T-minus 10-9-8... fire in the hole. DOH!!!
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Exclamation "SOPHIE RUN" A HUGE SUCCESS!

Tonight was an incredible first experience for Orange Krate and the family as we joined other So Cal Camaro Family members and helped out a really fragile young girl in need. Please read the link to follow the story. This is one of those heart wrenching stories that makes you realize how well off you have it! This poor little angel is our next door neighbor. Tonight wasn't the final chapter of the story but it was a good chapter with a happy ending.

Thanks to all the nice gents who brought out there Camaros on a nasty windy cold evening! You guys are great.


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I am keeping my fingers crossed for the transmission. My gut feeling is the trans needs some serious intervention to make it really correct. It just doesn't feel the way a transmission backed up to 426 horses should feel. Rule of thumb for car design is making all the driveline pieces relatively bulletproof to the maximum horsepower and torque delivered by the blueprinted engine. I have patience so I will be watching and talking until they make things right.

As for Estes Rockets... heck yeah! In 1970 we started messing with Estes Rockets in High School. One of the most painful but funny things that ever happened when I was in school was one of my buddies put an Estes "D" motor on a stand without a rocket and he hooked up the electronic igniter while I was positioning it and he hit the launch switch as I was holding it (dumb ass!) and I got my fingers fried as the rocket launched sideways and went ape all over his backyard!!! LOL Almost burned down his backyard! HA HA Life was good back then. T-minus 10-9-8... fire in the hole. DOH!!!
Over-engineered is always preferrable, isn't it? I knew a guy that was a big Porsche 928 fan, and said it was the most over-engineered sportscar ever made....bulletproof. Too bad GM hasn't stepped up in this regard. I suppose there are after-market solutions, but you shouldn't have to spend more for something that should be right from the get-go.

Too funny about your Estes Escapade....I can just see it now
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Tonight was an incredible first experience for Orange Krate and the family as we joined other So Cal Camaro Family members and helped out a really fragile young girl in need. Please read the link to follow the story. This is one of those heart wrenching stories that makes you realize how well off you have it! This poor little angel is our next door neighbor. Tonight wasn't the final chapter of the story but it was a good chapter with a happy ending.

Thanks to all the nice gents who brought out there Camaros on a nasty windy cold evening! You guys are great.


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We all have (or should) have friends. But, I hope all of you have at least one friend like I do. I met him quite simply by going to a local Wienerschnitzel! He has worked there for many years as a manager. His name is Nestor. He runs a number one operation and for a fast food joint it is impeccably clean and efficient. I tell him all the time he should own his own business but working at that job probably doesn't give him the kind of investment capital he would need to open his own place. His employees love him as do his customers. I have adopted him as my best friend, little brother and friend to the masses. He is extremely charitable and I wish I could do more for him. He asks nothing of no one other than for his employees to work hard and provide great service. I kid him about my IOM Camaro being the official car of Wienerschnitzel because it shares similar color themes. Today I parked Orange Krate in front of his sign and snapped off a photo. He asked me if I was going to put it on my blog and I said yes. So... Cheers to you Nestor and may you find that pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow!
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Exclamation Litho #182 - "SUPER 60" SURPRISE FROM OSHAWA!

OK I am going to have a tough time typing this one out because I am still in shock after my arrival at home this evening. The last couple of days at work have been somewhat stressful. I won't go into the details but lets just say it has been tough. So, today when I arrive home there is nobody here and it is so quiet you can hear a pin drop.

I walk into the kitchen and see a large manilla colored merchandise mailer on the counter and I am thinking to myself..."what did the wife buy"? Then it donned on me that I bought some Camaro5.Com window stickers. But I figured that wasnt it because the package was too large.

I walk over and pick up the envelope and read it. I see it is addressed to me. I notice it has special shipping instructions and a postmark from Canada. Whitby, Canada to be precise. I am scratching my head trying to remember someone in Whitby... then I notice a familiar name... "M. Judge" on the return address.

I have exchanged some PMs with Mr. Mike Judge (aka Super 60) on this site. From those I realized what a neat guy he is. For those that don't know him, he is a supervisor at the Oshawa production facility. That really makes this package even more intriquing.

I feel myself starting to get sweaty palms. I gingerly open the package and look in to find one of the now famous 11" x 14" hand signed (by the crew that built Orange Krate and all his relatives!) and individually numbered (#182) lithographs that Mike has become known for giving to selected Camaro5 members. I was absolutely stunned to receive this. And it couldn't have come at a better time.

I became a bit flushed and teary eyed (I thought I was macho...don't tell anyone!!!) as this is one of the nicest treasures I have ever received. I just stood there staring and saying... "YES" "YES" "YES". I couldn't wait for Erica to come home and show her. Accompanying the lithograph were two short but very meaningful documents. One explains the litho and the other a personal note from Mr. Mike Judge.

Mike, I can't say thank you enough for this wonderful surprise and gift. I cherish this very much and needless to say it shall be maintained along with Orange Krate as long as I am on this planet. This is a true treasure and I am honored to receive it.

Along with Mike, the men and women of Oshawa who work so hard building these superb vehicles really put their heart and souls into these cars and you can feel that every time you turn over the ignition and hear these babies roar to life.

As soon as I can get to the store I will be buying an appropriate frame and hanging these in a most conspicuous place in my office... I mean after all the lithograph photo is of an IOM Camaro and that is the BEST color right? LOL

Thanks again Oshawa Crew and thanks again Mr. Mike Judge! You are without a doubt one fine gentleman, and please know many of us at this site, and in the Camaro family as a whole, really appreciate all you do for all of us.



PS - The framed documents are duplicates. The originals are in a secure place. I am going to have these custom framed soon but wanted to get them hanging ASAP.
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**Delete - Factory Air Filter**

I installed a K&N Air Filter today after I drove Orange Krate to work. I can't wait to see if there is any noticeable improvement in MPG and torque.

Late last night I was notified that 4 of our LA area firefighters were seriously injured in a huge house fire in the Hollywood Hills. One firefighter is fighting for his life. The incident reminded me once again that life is too short and we should take advantage of each day we are given, so I took advantage of a nice day and drove Orange Krate for that 120 mile round trip to work. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all our firefighters and their families during this critical time.

I spent the day with colleagues in a conference so it was nice to climb back in Orange Krate for a comfortable ride home with great tunes! Storm coming in tonight that will last a couple of days and drop perhaps up to 6 inches of rain. I am pulling my 5th wheel out of town tomorrow because my fantastic spouse wants to go camping in the rain! I have to drive back by myself early though because I work on Saturday so she will have the kids and dogs.

I am still in a cloud over receiving the lithograph yesterday and when I shared the story with a few close friends who are car buffs they were absolutely blown away. Good deeds do not go unrewarded so Mr. Mike Judge is overdue!
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Your very welcome for the Litho Best Regards from Canada and enjoy the ride .

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Today I went out to lunch in Santa Fe Springs, CA, at a nearby Chinese Restaurant. This was in the Heritage Park complex. As I am walking across the parking lot I see a brand spanking new 2011 SS/RS Black with IOM stripes come rolling in the parking lot. It has the paper plates on and sweet as can be. I couldn't help but stand up and introduce myself to the owner as he walked into the restaurant. Since I don't commute in my car I could only show him my Orange Krate cell phone photo. But the first thing I did was introduce him to the Camaro5.com website and told him to look me up and come make some friends. Unfortunately I didn't catch his name but I did tell him to look for Orange Krate and he would have a new connection. I hope he is reading this and leaves a message here with a new screen name.

I believe in karma. I also believe that by being a positive promoter of this website and our Gen 5 Camaros we will continue to grow friendships and a knowledge base about the car that is second to none. Last night my Camaro5.com decals arrived and the first thing I did was go to the garage and apply the rear window decal to Orange Krate and make him even more friendly! Make a friend, introduce yourself to other Camaro owners!

PS - Special thanks to Dana at the Camaro5 store for the quick turn around of the decals. I love the quality.
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OK I am going to have a tough time typing this one out because I am still in shock after my arrival at home this evening. The last couple of days at work have been somewhat stressful. I won't go into the details but lets just say it has been tough. So, today when I arrive home there is nobody here and it is so quiet you can hear a pin drop.

I walk into the kitchen and see a large manilla colored merchandise mailer on the counter and I am thinking to myself..."what did the wife buy"? Then it donned on me that I bought some Camaro5.Com window stickers. But I figured that wasnt it because the package was too large.

I walk over and pick up the envelope and read it. I see it is addressed to me. I notice it has special shipping instructions and a postmark from Canada. Whitby, Canada to be precise. I am scratching my head trying to remember someone in Whitby... then I notice a familiar name... "M. Judge" on the return address.

I have exchanged some PMs with Mr. Mike Judge (aka Super 60) on this site. From those I realized what a neat guy he is. For those that don't know him, he is a supervisor at the Oshawa production facility. That really makes this package even more intriquing.

I feel myself starting to get sweaty palms. I gingerly open the package and look in to find one of the now famous 11" x 14" hand signed (by the crew that built Orange Krate and all his relatives!) and individually numbered (#182) lithographs that Mike has become known for giving to selected Camaro5 members. I was absolutely stunned to receive this. And it couldn't have come at a better time.

I became a bit flushed and teary eyed (I thought I was macho...don't tell anyone!!!) as this is one of the nicest treasures I have ever received. I just stood there staring and saying... "YES" "YES" "YES". I couldn't wait for Erica to come home and show her. Accompanying the lithograph were two short but very meaningful documents. One explains the litho and the other a personal note from Mr. Mike Judge.

Mike, I can't say thank you enough for this wonderful surprise and gift. I cherish this very much and needless to say it shall be maintained along with Orange Krate as long as I am on this planet. This is a true treasure and I am honored to receive it.

Along with Mike, the men and women of Oshawa who work so hard building these superb vehicles really put their heart and souls into these cars and you can feel that every time you turn over the ignition and hear these babies roar to life.

As soon as I can get to the store I will be buying an appropriate frame and hanging these in a most conspicuous place in my office... I mean after all the lithograph photo is of an IOM Camaro and that is the BEST color right? LOL

Thanks again Oshawa Crew and thanks again Mr. Mike Judge! You are without a doubt one fine gentleman, and please know many of us at this site, and in the Camaro family as a whole, really appreciate all you do for all of us.

Bro, from the recipient of # 175, Congratulations. I truly understand the emotions you experienced, You are very deserving of this...
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Bro, from the recipient of # 175, Congratulations. I truly understand the emotions you experienced, You are very deserving of this...
Hey brother thanks so much for your vote of confidence. I just want to be worthy and live up to the standards set by so many of these good people on Camaro5. There are truly some outstanding individuals at this site, yourself included. I am looking forward to personally meeting so many members of this site that I have exchanged communication with. Take care and be safe!

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Orange Krate, you're an inspiration to this entire community! I found your thread awhile back and you gave me the spark to start my own Btw, nice find on the bubblegum cigars!
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Lycanine... thank you so much for your kind words. I have never really been into blogging, social networking etc. But...this site is different and it is one URL where almost everyone has the same core interest... our beloved Camaros!

Again, thanks for following my thread and thank you for your kind words. Not everyone is into my sort of thread. But honestly, I have owned the hot rods, done the drag racing etc. I still love the sport and all the trappings that go with it, but I also appreciate owning one fine automobile that is a legend in the making. As a stock car it is awesome looking, drives great and has appeal at all levels. Chevrolet hit a homerun with this car when they needed it the most.

Our friends in Canada are so awesome in the love and attention to detail they put into each of these works of art as they roll down the assembly line and out the door. I think about these hearty people when I watch the weather reports and how they still show up to work and keep on cranking out these beauties!

Cheers to you and our extended Camaro5 family!
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:02 AM   #272
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Jim,
I follow your thread as I am subscribed to it. As a fellow member of the Litho Club #24 I completely understand your thought and feeling. I was as stunned as anyone since I am just a simple guy from Alabama not some bigwig, but I guess that is what makes this car more than just a "Car"

I follow alot of threads and one common theme I usually see, especially here, is people who love this car, who are always willing to help and really just a great bunch of folks from every walk of life. So to me it really is more than a car, it's a story, a journey, a lifetime of fun and excitement.

Just like your first one has evolved to this wonderful ride. Mine is my first Camaro and oh what a blast I am having. My kids think I am crazy and have lost my mind, LOL but it will be times like that they remember later on in life.

I enjoy your thread and look forward to many more pages of joy.

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Old 02-25-2011, 02:31 PM   #273
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Jim,
I follow your thread as I am subscribed to it. As a fellow member of the Litho Club #24 I completely understand your thought and feeling. I was as stunned as anyone since I am just a simple guy from Alabama not some bigwig, but I guess that is what makes this car more than just a "Car"

I follow alot of threads and one common theme I usually see, especially here, is people who love this car, who are always willing to help and really just a great bunch of folks from every walk of life. So to me it really is more than a car, it's a story, a journey, a lifetime of fun and excitement.

Just like your first one has evolved to this wonderful ride. Mine is my first Camaro and oh what a blast I am having. My kids think I am crazy and have lost my mind, LOL but it will be times like that they remember later on in life.

I enjoy your thread and look forward to many more pages of joy.

John
John,
Thank you for stopping in and for following the thread. My family isn't unlike yours! LOL They know the "ol pops" has taken leave of his senses with this car. But they also know it is my own little therapy too. I was hoping to take Orange Krate out this weekend but they are predicting rain and snow down to 1000' elevation here in So Cal!!!! Who would have thought? It is raining now and will get heavier this evening. I am going to use the indoor time to catch up on some office work at the house and collect up all my Camaro stuff and re-organize it.

On a separate note...I love Alabama! Spent some time down there in 1994 after Hurricane Ivan came through Holly-Navarre Beach area. We staged at Fort Rucker and then drove down to Florida and set up medical operations at a Winn Dixie Shopping Center right along the beach. While in Alabama, all the folks were extremely friendly, helpful and compassionate. It speaks well of the State. Perhaps that is why the band "Alabama" is one of my favorites of all time.

Cheers to you, your family and the great people of Alabama!
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:06 PM   #274
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**BREAKING NEWS... the "ROOF TURD" is GONE!!!**

Orange Krate finally got a little more love and attention today. It has been raining and sprinkling all day so I decided to work in the garage since I had some time. I tackled the changeout of the "shark fin" antenna! Going from the black "turd" as a friend of mine called it, and replacing it with a matching IOM antenna procured through Becky Doyle at Rodgers Chevrolet, was definately the way to go. I very carefully watched and re-watched the DIY video posted by site moderator "GTAHVIT". This was a godsend video and it allowed me to get the job done rather efficiently.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showpo...20&postcount=1

I am glad I didn't video tape my install though because the air turned "purple" a couple of times while trying to tighten the spring clip retainer that holds the antenna in place. This isn't the easiest mod to do but certainly not the hardest either. It takes some patience and a couple of fluid breaks! HA HA

Here are couple of photos of the installed IOM shark fin. I will take full shots of Orange Krate and post up as soon as the weather clears and I can get him to some decent areas for a photo shoot. I am feeling the Burbank Hooters in the offing soon! Very soon!

Special thanks to Becky Doyle and GTAHVIT for making this mod a fairly simple affair and great compliment to Orange Krate ! He seems to like the color change.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:52 PM   #275
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Talking **TIME CAPSULE**

Lets take a step back in time. The year is 1978. We have been through Vietnam, Watergate, horrendous gas shortages and gas lines. We are two years from seeing Ronald Reagan elected and the current President is Jimmy Carter.

I was starting out in my new found career and not having any idea where it would lead me. I was driving my 1969 Camaro SS-396 that was essentially stock accept for the heads, intake, carb, cam and valvetrain, headers and triple electric fuel pumps. I guesstimate the car was pushing about 450 horsepower based on other cars driven.

Due to a series of conversations with my new found bosses it was HIGHLY SUGGESTED by them that I sell my beloved Camaro so as not to incur a bad driving record and risk my career path. In retrospect, I think they were just jealous married old guys who wished the car was theirs! Are you hearing me out there young Camaro owners here? Don't sell your car if pressured! Hang on to it!

Needless to say, I bowed to the pressure and ended up buying a used 1976 Vega GT coupe from another young gentleman who needed the money. I drove this green machine for a couple of years while going to college and doing odd jobs until I could become gainfully employed full time. Life was never as good as it was when I had that old '69 bad ass Camaro.

For all you older guys who think life has passed you by... Buy a new Camaro!!!Lightning can strike twice, life is good and I have one bad ass IOM Camaro named Orange Krate sitting just a few feet from me and it just don't get any better than that.
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