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Old 01-31-2011, 10:56 PM   #101
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On the flipside, you have yourself a Camaro...and one of the greatest Camaros out there RIGHT NOW. Dude...that 02Z28 you have??? I HAD THE SAME YEAR and color. BEAUTIFUL! I had mine with the T-tops and Hurst...and think that was about it. I loved every minute of it. I put on an SLP air lid and loudmouth exhaust. I got so many compliments on it. Take care of her and keep her pristine....those are GREAT cars@!!!!!!!!


Thanks. I think I remeber seeing some pictures of your's in the 4th Gen section before and it was beautiful. I just put on a Volant cold air intake on it and it already had the SLP Loudmouth with quad tips when I bought it.

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Old 01-31-2011, 10:56 PM   #102
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Very Cool story! I still smile every time I open the hood of Pumpkin.

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Old 01-31-2011, 11:00 PM   #103
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Did the dealer tell you about the DEER LOL
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:04 PM   #104
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* Scott Settlemire, the Fbodfather, will join us at the event.

I must be one of the lucky one's. I've had these great people sign my car.
An everytime someone asks," Whats with the Signed car", I just say it was Big Dog's of GM.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:07 PM   #105
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Awesome Story / connection..My car has an Fbodfather tattoo too! Scott S is AWESOME!!


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Old 01-31-2011, 11:08 PM   #106
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LoL, I go to College in Hanover, IN at Hanover College! (Hanover, PA was mentioned in the letter.)
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:18 PM   #107
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What an AWESOME story!!
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:15 AM   #108
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What are the odds?Of him finding his car and the car getting a good owner.New owner then uses Camaro5 to find out details about the car(both owners), Love this story.When is the movie coming out?
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:20 AM   #109
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That's good to hear. My next mod to her was probably going to be window tint. For the signature (which was something else I was planning on doing) there is some clear vinyl that you can get. Just get some of that and cut to size and stick it over top of the signature. Like somebody else mentioned, don't clear coat it. I asked about that when she was in the body shop and they said it would cause the signature to smudge.


OK --------------this thread continues to get more and more interesting.........

SOMEWHERE -- I have a copy of the build docs for your 2002 -- you see, I decided that I was going to print off the last 100 or so........

Now - I'm headed for San Francisco (NADA convention) early this morning - and I'll be gone a week. When I get back - I'll go into my records in the basement - (they're next to Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Erhardt's flight helmet...)

.........and see if I can't find them.....and if I do - I'll need your mailing addy so that I can send you a copy.............


I just feel so bad that you lost your pride and joy - I very much remember talking with you and I could see the pride and enthusiasm you had for your new Camaro. You have a great 2002 - and I just hope that as you get older, you'll be able to get yourself a new Camaro every couple of years.

Not sure what would possess your father to do what he did - but I also know that there is a reason for everything............

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Old 02-01-2011, 12:23 AM   #110
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:33 AM   #111
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OK --------------this thread continues to get more and more interesting.........

SOMEWHERE -- I have a copy of the build docs for your 2002 -- you see, I decided that I was going to print off the last 100 or so........

Now - I'm headed for San Francisco (NADA convention) early this morning - and I'll be gone a week. When I get back - I'll go into my records in the basement - (they're next to Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Erhardt's flight helmet...)

.........and see if I can't find them.....and if I do - I'll need your mailing addy so that I can send you a copy.............


I just feel so bad that you lost your pride and joy - I very much remember talking with you and I could see the pride and enthusiasm you had for your new Camaro. You have a great 2002 - and I just hope that as you get older, you'll be able to get yourself a new Camaro every couple of years.

Not sure what would possess your father to do what he did - but I also know that there is a reason for everything............

Thank You again Scott! Check your PM's
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:43 AM   #112
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Great story, enjoy the car!
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:45 AM   #113
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WOW, this is an amazing story for sure!
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:51 AM   #114
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Wow as amazing as this story is, it really breaks my heart at the same time.
Glad atleast the Camaro is in good hands, and hey who knows, maybe you can buy that camaro back from her one day later. It was built on your birthday...things have a way of coming back to you in the end
To the new owner, Congrats on your camaro, shes one hell of a star with a great history behind her. Shes been taken care of really well.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:24 AM   #115
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Wow, that's one hell of a story. Very heartfelt... oh man I can't even imagine losing my 5th gen
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:01 AM   #116
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Wonderful read. What a great community we're all lucky to be a part of.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:06 AM   #117
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first off, AWESOME THREAD!

second, Congrats to dsirmans on her new car



Dan, congrats on the 2002 Z28... I'm a little biased, though, and here's why








dont ever let anyone tell you that pewter isn't a cool color like black or SOM... we've got one of both of the "cool" colors, and my 2002 is still the fastest one in our stable
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:00 AM   #118
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first off, AWESOME THREAD!

second, Congrats to dsirmans on her new car



Dan, congrats on the 2002 Z28... I'm a little biased, though, and here's why

dont ever let anyone tell you that pewter isn't a cool color like black or SOM... we've got one of both of the "cool" colors, and my 2002 is still the fastest one in our stable
Very nice Z28 and C5 Vette! That Z28 looks strangly familiar What wheels are they?

BTW..pewter definitely is a "cool" color. For some reason I hate it on any other car except for the Camaro and Corvette. But on the Camaro and Vette it's my second favorite color after red of course
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:21 AM   #119
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This is a great thread! dtm4192, I think I remember reading the thread about your Dad. It made me think about "what if" I was in your position. Atleast you have a sweet Z28 now and hopefully in the future you can get another 5thgen. Hey, where did you stash that letter? Thats also very cool

OP, gratz on your new Camaro! I bet your sons want to drive it? hhahahaha
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:50 AM   #120
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This is a great thread! dtm4192, I think I remember reading the thread about your Dad. It made me think about "what if" I was in your position. Atleast you have a sweet Z28 now and hopefully in the future you can get another 5thgen. Hey, where did you stash that letter? Thats also very cool

OP, gratz on your new Camaro! I bet your sons want to drive it? hhahahaha
I hid the note under the bracket that holds that battery in. And thanks for the compliments on the Z28!
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:25 AM   #121
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I just got my car, bought it used, but it is practically new. She only has 13,000 miles. Under the hood there is a signature. We cant make anything out, except the date 6-6-10. The car does have mods. Enjen cold air intake and flowmasters. Would this poss be the the person that installed these? Or could this be something else?

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I am a 35 year old mother of three teenage sons, 14,17, and 19. For the past three years I have drove a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. When it was time for me to get a new car I was going to get a new jeep. On day in early 2010 we were driving around town, I saw my first Camaro. OMG, I almost broke my neck. I had to have one. I had then become obsessed with Camaros. At first my husband told me "no, its not a good family car".

As the months pasted I had become more and more obsessed, my facebook picture was a Camaro, my wallpaper was a Camaro, I started buying toy Camaros. We even started playing slug bug with Camaros. It took a year and finally talked my husband into letting me have one, the one compromise was RED! And I had to wait till the truck was paid off, in March 2011.

I knew exactly what I wanted, at least a 1LT, but the RS and connection package was a must. I searched the internet from time to time, and saw a few I liked, and of course the truck was not paid off. I was just dreaming. My pour little jeep was falling apart piece by piece. I dreamed some more and jumped on Craigslist. There it was, the one I had to have.

I called the guy that listed it, to find out more details, he gave me this website to see more photos. http://www.holtcertifiedcars.com/inventory/view/780801
I showed my husband, and told him it was too great a deal to pass up. I called Tony Jr. back to set up a test drive on 1/21/11. I was not going home without that car. We saw the signature in the internet photos. When we got to the dealership I ask about the signature, he told me he knew nothing about what it was. He had plenty of other stories. This one guy wanted it, gave them a $1000 check, and was going to bring his own financing back. He took it for a week and put 1000 miles on her, and his financing fell through. Everyone wanted this car, but they couldn’t get anyone financed. It was like it was meant to be. And no the truck still isn’t paid off. I took her home that night and came back on the 22nd to sign the papers, She was all mine!!!! 13,233 miles, still like brand new.

I have had her a week, and the signature was still on my mind. I knew she was a long way from home, and didn’t know how to go about finding out what it was. I was just thinking maybe the person that added the mods, signed it the day it was added. But I guess deep down, I knew it wasn’t right. So I found myself here. And wow all the things I have learned.

I started a new thread "what is this signature under the hood". I had my first response, Scott Settlemire aka “FbodFather”. KetelOne posted some pictures of the Camaro show in Delaware. There were pictures of the car. I did some more research, and sent Scott an email. To my surprise on a Sunday afternoon he replied, he said it was indeed his signature. KetelOne said "Wow, this is quite a story developing. I wonder if they were a C5 member as well". I then made a joke saying we should find him, because I was missing a key. Then camaro2lt posted, it was his friend’s (member dtm4192's) car, and he had been searching for her. He told me to look at the battery as Dan had left a note for the next owner. I immediately ran out to the car to find the letter. My joy had turned to a kind of sorrow. The letter was so full of meaning, he loved that car. I have since chatted back and forth with Dan, he posted a picture of Scott signing the car and also had documented it in his letter. It is really amazing what a small world we live in. I would have never thought I would ever meet up with her original owner, or that she was so meaningful.

I would like to thank you and all Camaro5 members for your help and support.



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This is a great story. thank you for taking the time to post this and keeping us all updated!
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:43 AM   #122
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I love my Signature car but, it is stories like this that make me incredibly proud to be a part of the "Camaro Family" Simply Amazing!!!!! Scott's enthusiasm and passion is unsurpassed. It is mind boggling how he finds the time to do the things that he does. I always love that he is such a huge supporter of our military too. He always takes time to thank us for our service and makes me proud to serve. This is by far my favorite thread on C5 so far!
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:58 AM   #123
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This thread just pulled back into C5 again!! I seem to slip away from the forum family every few months when work and life get in the way of the car world, but it's threads and stories and responses like these that remind me of why I bought "Natalie", why I got on C5, and why I'm proud to be a part of this family. Congrats to the new owner, and good luck Dan.. Looks like you made the best of the situation!

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Did the dealer tell you about the DEER LOL
No, I found that out when I read the letter. And it didnt even phase me. They did one hell of a job fixing her. Normally I can tell a difference in the paint. And trust me I looked her up and down, back and forth. She has one little ding on the rear right fender. If had had known that before hand, I probably would have been a little hesitant. I did run the VIN before I went to test drive and the title was clean. All the dealer knew, was they bought a camaro at auction. It almost makes me want to send them this story to rub in thier face!!!!

And no the boy's will not drive her. I barely let them ride.
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great story,sad to see the original owner no longer has her but great to see another member get it,have fun,....to the 17 yr. old that had her,good luck,you will have another one day,once a camaro owner-always a camaro owner.....i am 49 and on my third one,
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