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Old 10-27-2010, 08:23 AM   #18
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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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Old 10-29-2010, 02:49 AM   #19
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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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Old 10-29-2010, 01:38 PM   #20
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Exclamation BREAKING NEWS...



Orange Krate has a TPW... The week of November 15th!
(Target Production Week) or projected birthdate.


Looks like Thanksgiving will hold even more special meaning! The tension and excitement builds.
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:24 AM   #21
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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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Old 10-31-2010, 11:50 AM   #22
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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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Old 11-01-2010, 03:31 PM   #23
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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, 02:03 AM   #24
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Orange Krate's Personalized ID

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, 10:01 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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Old 11-10-2010, 10:15 AM   #26
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Congrats Orange Krate - that beauty will be a reality soon
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Old 11-15-2010, 03:47 AM   #27
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So close...I can't friggin sleep and my mind won't shut off. The clock is going tick tick tick and my mind is going click click click. 4 AM is just a few hours away. DOH!!!! ORANGE KRATE is calling me from Canada!!

I am getting ready for one of these.

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Old 11-15-2010, 04:01 AM   #28
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Why I like IOM...

So as I see here sleepless and think about Orange Krate and the impending birth, I also think about one of the reasons I love the color. Besides having owned a 69 SS Camaro that was hugger orange, I also took a picture about a year ago that I like because it looked like the sky was on fire with inferno orange and that locked it in for me when I saw a new IOM Camaro in person. Below is a small version of that photo. I have it on my fireplace mantle blown up to 16 x 20. I hope to one day capture a sunset like this with Orange Krate proudly displayed up close and personal.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:59 PM   #29
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UGH! Stuck on 3400... this is a hurdle.

For some reason I think being at 3400 is one of the toughest codes because you have NO clue where you are at in the factory process. You know the car is either waiting for metal stamping to begin or it is going through the final car wash and tire alignment checks. But during that time there is zero feedback in that 18 hour build. Wouldn't it be nice if you could watch your car on webcam being built! Skype for Camaros! Now that would be fun and progressive. It would be cool to be able to record your car's build onto DVD as well. Even still photos would be great. I volunteer to go to Oshawa and be the photographer! LOL

In the meantime... COME ON 3800 and VIN. Oh that elusive VIN.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:11 AM   #30
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So why the name Orange Krate?

Orange Krate was the name of a Schwinn bicycle in the mid 1960s. I had one of the first Orange Krate style bicycles and it was on that bike that I started my first business as a newpaper carrier at the age of 12. I loved that bike but outgrew it with the expansion of my paper route from 1 to 3 different routes at the same time. (I guess I understood "growth" as a business even at that young age)

There have been several cars over the years that have shared names with those famous Schwinn bikes: Orange Krate, Apple Krate, Lemon Peeler Stingray etc. My bicycle was an essential part of my life as a kid growing up, until I got a driver's license (direct correlation with weight gain!!!). I want to do my old bike honor by naming our new baby Orange Krate. Still don't know if it will be a boy or a girl and will only know after it is delivered. My hunch is a girl. Orange Krate is a unisex name so I guess it doesn't matter. LOL

Below are photos of the infamous bike. Hey check out the front sprocket! It almost looks like a Camaro wheel on the Gen 5! I thought about doing stripes like the Orange Krate bike and building a custom shifter handle like the original bike shifter. But since I got a Hurst coming I will leave it like that. Could buy a bicycle rack and throw an Orange Krate bike on there for car show and shines! Now there is an idea!

Cheers to Orange Krate and you!
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:18 AM   #31
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I have an Orange Krate reproduction as a collector bike, but I ride it all the time, and is so much fun to ride. I get nothing but looks and people always comment on how nice it is. It is a real investment, and is worth some money, and the bike shop that I got it from even wants to buy it back now! NO WAY!!!

Congrats on the Camaro, and I think the name fits perfectly!
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Orange Krate was the name of a Schwinn bicycle in the mid 1960s. I had one of the first Orange Krate style bicycles and it was on that bike that I started my first business as a newpaper carrier at the age of 12. I loved that bike but outgrew it with the expansion of my paper route from 1 to 3 different routes at the same time. (I guess I understood "growth" as a business even at that young age)
Without a doubt, one of the coolest backgrounds of a car name ever.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:02 AM   #34
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Announcement taken from the thread "TPW Week of 11/15"

ORANGE KRATE LIVES!!!!
The journey home to Mom and Dad is soon to begin. Dreams can come true it can happen to you...if your young at heart. Drinks on the house. Cigars anyone? Birth announcements pending. Next to my kids being born and marrying my wonderful wife...this is one of the happiest days of my life. Long live Chevrolet. Long live the King!


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