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Old 04-08-2011, 10:41 PM   #26
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Thanks Sven86 & Tim. Pics to follow as soon as s/he's born, I promise! In the meantine, the champagne is chillin':

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Old 04-10-2011, 08:13 PM   #27
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:13 PM   #28
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Thanks DerbyChamp06, I promise to post them! In the meantime, here are details of my order from www.camarotracking.com:

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:17 PM   #29
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4/19 Update - Is it just me?

Yesterday on 4/18/2011, OrangeVert reached 3300 status: Order scheduled for production and scheduled into the plant build cycle!

Today I spent most of the day in the hospital for a heart (EP) study. Good news is I will be fine, amazing doc found the problem and it's treatable with meds.

But what a coincidence - to get to the heart lab, we had to take "Orange Elevator B" (IOM? ):

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And at the end of the day, I noticed my patient transceiver was labeled "2SS." I swear I'm not making this up!:

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Also this past weekend I went to visit my parents - dad who's 83 and mom who's 82. Both of them loved pics of what OrangeVert will look like! My dad thinks it's a great deal, especially when I told him what equipment (LS3, 6-Speed manual, 20" wheels) is in it. He said it reminds him of our neighbor's '71 Chevelle (307, auto, non-SS, 130 net HP) that I bought in college. Well kind of, dad - but with about 300 more HP and all brand new parts! Plus no storage, tax & tag, or maintenance expenses for the last 40 years!

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:22 PM   #30
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CamFest II with Becky D!!!! Yipppeeeeeee!

Wow Paul so much has happened since last time I visited your thread! You are well on the way and sweet sweet Becky was anxious for you when she met us Saturday at CamFest II!!! Now that is CUSTOMER SERVICE! She is all over it!!!

What a great time my wife and I had at the Fest for the short amount of time we had. Orange Krate got a very EXCLUSIVE signature!!! But I will save the surprise for my Orange Krate update later. I have to head off to bed because of my rise time with the cows! I am so excited for ya'll! The crescendo just keeps getting louder as the build on your OrangeVert progresses. Orange Krate looks forward to another brother or sister of the same flavor!!!

Here is a photo of my wife, Erica, myself and Becky D!!! She found me easily with my shirt...which is what I was hoping for. HA HA
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:44 AM   #31
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Thanks O.K. for your note and sharing the great pic of you, Erica and Becky! Hope you, Erica, and OrangeKrate are enjoying the beautiful SoCal spring weather!! Looks like you all had a great time at CamFest II! Triple Digits are cool, why am I not surprised? Your boy was probably saying "Thank you Jim, THIS is what I was made for!!!" Hope CamFest III is held closer to New England, I'm going to request vacation to attend. My wife Geri might even come along, she's admittedly not "into cars" in general but she loves the Camaro - funny how it has that effect!

Had a dreaded hospital test (EP study) earlier this week, but all is well. Looking forward to the arrival of OrangeVert! Today is Easter, maybe next year I'll put a green cover on the fin antenna, dress up in the bunny suit I was given a few years ago (long story), and give friends & family rides in my giant 426 HP carrot!

Yes, Becky is so awesome and OrangeVert's tpw is almost here!! (5/2) Already scoped out many places to drive now that the good weather is almost here too, so exciting! Stocking up on lots of batteries for the to follow ...
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:23 PM   #32
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OrangeVert lives!! Born in Oshawa on 5/10/11, waiting for transport (no stripes). I just realized, OrangeVert is Canadian! But then again, so am I! (1/4) Thanks to Team Oshawa, Becky, and everyone here at Camaro5!! The best is about to be ...

More to follow... (really busy at work this week! Work - work - work - work - payin' for this baby!)

OrangeVert is not an Indy car, but that's the pic GM used to let me know s/he was born. So be it!

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Old 05-11-2011, 10:20 PM   #33
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CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS DAD!!!!

Paul here is a template you can download to create a Canadian Birth Certificate (just like Hawaii!) for OrangeVert! Download and if you want I will delete this post to keep your thread clean. Jim
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:06 PM   #34
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Countdown to Permagrin

Jim,

Hope You, Erica, and OrangeKrate are well! Thank you for the birth certificate image and post!

How cool is that?! Last week was really busy with the Chicago trip, I looked down from the airplane flying back Friday night and pointed to my baby in Oshawa, ready for its early morning journey to Fort Erie, Ontario!

Your birth certificate arrived in the nick of time to get his/her Canadian passport, as today on 5/15/11 she made her entry into the US into Buffalo, NY - bright and early before 01:40am!!

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Here's the railcar log so far heading for East Brookfield, MA and then transfer to truck:



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  • Arrived at Fort Erie, Ont on CN - May 14 11:21 am
  • Load received in interchange Buffalo, NY from CN - May 15 01:40 am
Saw a black gen5 SS with red bowtie tonight on Buford Highway here in Atlanta. You could tell it meant business, even from behind!

Really exciting week ahead - Countdown to Permagrin initiated!!

Btw, feel like a kid again. It's amazing what all these cars can do, and I don't just mean 0 to 60.
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:26 AM   #35
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Jim,

Hope You, Erica, and OrangeKrate are well! Thank you for the birth certificate image and post!

How cool is that?! Last week was really busy with the Chicago trip, I looked down from the airplane flying back Friday night and pointed to my baby in Oshawa, ready for its early morning journey to Fort Erie, Ontario!

Your birth certificate arrived in the nick of time to get his/her Canadian passport, as today on 5/15/11 she made her entry into the US into Buffalo, NY - bright and early before 01:40am!!


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Car ETTX 802523
  • Arrived at Fort Erie, Ont on CN - May 14 11:21 am
  • Load received in interchange Buffalo, NY from CN - May 15 01:40 am
Saw a black gen5 SS with red bowtie tonight on Buford Highway here in Atlanta. You could tell it meant business, even from behind!

Really exciting week ahead - Countdown to Permagrin initiated!!

Btw, feel like a kid again. It's amazing what all these cars can do, and I don't just mean 0 to 60.
Looks like your on a great pace....Your car arrived in Buffalo the same time frame mine did....just an FYI...mine sat in buffalo for 48 hours then stopped in Selkirk NY...then final in East Brookfield......sooo if yours does the same...my calculations put your car in east brookfield on 5-21 and most likely at the dealer on the 27th or 28th...Thats my prediction...so Looks like you could get it around the 30th or 31st
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:07 PM   #36
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Thanks, Tim! Like your beautiful ride, OrangeVert is arriving faster than I thought! I may not even get back from Atlanta in time, because according to the CSX status line, s/he is now in E. Brookfield, MA!


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I'll be home on Friday, so may stop into the dealer to see our new baby! No way prep and paperwork will be ready by then though, even if s/he does arrive early. And wouldn't you know, I have a work trip to Missouri scheduled for all of next week.
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Thanks, Tim! Like your beautiful ride, OrangeVert is arriving faster than I thought! I may not even get back from Atlanta in time, because according to the CSX status line, s/he is now in E. Brookfield, MA!


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I'll be home on Friday, so may stop into the dealer to see our new baby! No way prep and paperwork will be ready by then though, even if s/he does arrive early. And wouldn't you know, I have a work trip to Missouri scheduled for all of next week.
Nice....it will most likely sit in the rail yard for a few days...also it will take 3 days to do the paperwork with becky...she overnights you the paperwork, you sign all the stuff then place your check in the envelope then overnight it back..she gets it the next day and then over nights the dealer there paperwork they get it the day after that!!..then car can be released!! Youll be in it next week Bud...just in time for all the rain here to be gone
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:41 PM   #38
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Thanks, Tim! I'll bet you love having your new car!! Even with the rain. No rain here in ATL, but I'm 1,000 miles away from what will be my car!

That heritage grille really looks sweet, nice way to honor the gen1's and give your gen5 added style! Can't wait to see it in person!!!

I'm hoping to get to RICOA on June 26th, wife included! Says she wants to go!
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Thanks, Tim! I'll bet you love having your new car!! Even with the rain. No rain here in ATL, but I'm 1,000 miles away from what will be my car!

That heritage grille really looks sweet, nice way to honor the gen1's and give your gen5 added style! Can't wait to see it in person!!!

I'm hoping to get to RICOA on June 26th, wife included! Says she wants to go!
Awsome...im gonna drag my wife along too....Also we should get a group together this summer and climb MT Washington and get some photos from the top that would be insane

The rain is horrible, my car hasnt moved since saturday afternoon..just been stairing at it in the garage

But a few more mods came in today, Got my Chrome SS emblems for the side fenders, got my Full SW 3" Retro Catback with solo high flows, and my new Retro SS emblem to replace the bowtie in the back...another mod weekend comingup
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Wow, Tim! yeah a pic of our Camaros on top of Mt Washington would be awesome!!

OrangeVert has been sitting at the dealer for five days now, I've been flying form one work assignment to another, this week in Missouri. Am getting back in Friday night and will take pics of OrangeVert on Saturday!

Can't wait to pick him/her up until next Weds! It may be time to change my avatar as well.

Here's the final schedule for others who may be trying to estimate build and delivery times. Can't say enough about how helpful Becky Doyle was throughout the process!!

Complete History

Event Date Event Status
03/29/2011 (1100) Order placed at dealership. Order passed GM edit tables but dealer has not received allocation to place order.
03/29/2011 (1102) Order entered via web.
04/07/2011 (2000) Order accepted by GM. Dealer used allocation to place order into production.
04/12/2011 (2500) Order preferenced. Order pulled to the production system.
04/12/2011 (3000) Order accepted by production control. Parts being ordered and production process is underway.
04/18/2011 (3100) Order available to sequence.
04/18/2011 (3300) Order scheduled for production. Order is scheduled into the plant build cycle.
04/20/2011 (3000) Order accepted by production control. Parts being ordered and production process is underway.
04/28/2011 (3100) Order available to sequence.
04/28/2011 (3300) Order scheduled for production. Order is scheduled into the plant build cycle.
05/04/2011 (3400) Order Broadcast (internal plant paperwork order produced). Order is sent to various build & supplier areas to bring order together.
05/10/2011 (3800) Order produced and vehicle is being prepared for shipping. For Cadillac, GMC and Buick customers, please contact your dealer or customer service for further updates as no further updates available at this time.
05/10/2011 (4000) Vehicle available to ship.
05/10/2011 (4150) Invoiced (order is invoiced to the dealer).
05/10/2011 (4B00) Your car is bayed and is waiting for transportation by truck, rail or transfer to vendor.
05/12/2011 (4200) Shipped (vehicle is shipped to the dealer or interim point of delivery).
05/17/2011 (4B00) Your car is bayed and is waiting for transportation by truck, rail or transfer to vendor.
05/17/2011 (4800) Rail ramp unload. Vehicle has been unloaded from train.
05/20/2011 (5000) Vehicle has been delivered to dealer.
05/20/2011 (4200) Shipped (vehicle is shipped to the dealer or interim point of delivery).
05/24/2011 (6000) Vehicle delivered to customer or dealer has completed customer paperwork.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:41 AM   #41
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Today was the day we brought OrangeVert home from the hospital! We picked her up at 7:07am this morning at Quirk Chevrolet in in Manchester, NH.

Here is OrangeVert when I first laid eyes on her. Turned the corner and Bam! - there she was!

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And the first walk around:

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Permagrin for me:

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And for my wife Geri!

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40 years ago I dreamed about driving an SS Camaro, Chevelle, or Monte Carlo. Today was the day! Each one of the delaership people arriving for work had somethng nice to say about the car. One said he wanted to drive it - but sorry, he can order another!

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The first fill-up across the street was with Sunoco 93 octane. Thunderstorms then moved in quickly, this can't be good - lightning struck down the street while filling the tank!! Crack!! Boom!! Waited 10 minutes before I left & the rain stopped. A guy asked what the paint color was called, said he had a '69 Camaro in hugger orange.

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Here's the route OrangeVert took from Oshawa, I did the last 17 miles from Manchester to Nashua this morning (barely visible in yellow) before work, dodging thunderstorms all the way. Took it real easy, top speed was maybe 60 MPH. The toll booth operator said it looked like a great paint job! Got home and I could smell hot metal in the garage - all the pieces of the engine, tranny, rear end, & exhaust "baking in". She now has a whopping 23 miles on her! I think OrangeVert's human name is Catherine, for the St. Catherines GM plant where her LS3 drivetrain is made.

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And thanks to Orange Krate, who provided the following "birth certificate":

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Thanks for reading. Stay "tuned" - more to follow!!
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Paul and Geri,
I am sure you will be the "talk o' the town" with that beautiful IOM OrangeVert Camaro. It is a true classic. It is quite obvious you both have a very contagious case of Permagrin that comes issued with the DNA of the car. May you both enjoy and be safe for many years to come. I know Becky is pleased to see your satisfaction and don't forget to help her and Chevrolet out by completing the survey when it arrives. Enjoy the heck out your new vehicle and try the Elvis Channel on that XM radio! But you can leave the blue suede shoes at home. HA HA

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I am sure you will be the "talk o' the town" with that beautiful IOM OrangeVert Camaro. It is a true classic. It is quite obvious you both have a very contagious case of Permagrin that comes issued with the DNA of the car. May you both enjoy and be safe for many years to come. I know Becky is pleased to see your satisfaction and don't forget to help her and Chevrolet out by completing the survey when it arrives. Enjoy the heck out your new vehicle and try the Elvis Channel on that XM radio! But you can leave the blue suede shoes at home. HA HA

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Hi Orange Krate,

Right - couldn't get out of the way looking through the view finder!

Not sure why I posted that pic here. Iirc, Jeff Morris was checking if I was included on the A/C recall and couldn't find my VIN, and I was not. Anyway, it makes a nice pic!
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Miles 220 to 220: Oshawa, Ontario (rented a Nissan Versa for the trip).

Had a great time at the Camaro homecoming! The factory tour was INCREDIBLE!! I got to meet some of the people who actually built OrangeVert! And GM Oshawa let us TAKE PICTURES!! OMG OMG OMG!! The next day (Sat) we went to Martinrea chassis assembly, and again - amazing! What good people & what serious work!

Three weeks later I still ask myself if it was a dream. It was better than being Charlie in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Spent all day there, the second time the Oshawa folks let me take my engine cover in and I had it signed by many of the workers - what GREAT people!!

People lining up for the tour:

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A really nice worker took my picture near the end of the line:

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The banquet was awesome! I got lost on my way over and arrived late but Linda & Gilles, Hylton, Dave, Scott, and Theresa let me sit at their table. And the next day I got to meet many of the GM reps from the US and Canada.

What a weekend, like I died and went to heaven - but better 'cause I'm still here!

Already looking forward to next year’s homecoming. I’ll probably stay at the host hotel, as driving 110 km to stay in Belleville was too far. Need to find out the dates ASAP so I can put in for vacation from work. Also hope to bring my wife Geri if she can get time away from school!
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Miles 318 to 480: Cumberland Rhode Island – Diamond Hill State Park & RICOA Show

This was our first car show, and what a great time! Geri and I met up with Tim, Nick, Nick, and others at the Hopkinton DD rally point, then headed for the open road and the Emerald Square Mall. This was Catharine’s first trip on the open road, and gosh did she run great. You can tell she was made to run! Also her big debut: first car show! Thanks for Tim for snapping this pic, and the video of our highway "parade"!

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We had no idea what was going on at the mall, since I had not looked at the New England pages in a few weeks. But after we parked where we were told and climbed up the parking garage, we got a big, and I mean big, surprise!

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The ride to the park was awesome – Tim, thanks for the escort! Almost 50 5th gen Camaros in a row – earning us the coveted participation award for our efforts and success!

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Tim it was great meeting you and seeing your beautiful orange ride. And oh, what a sound it makes!!!

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The after party at Havocs was great too! There were even enough brownies left for everyone, though Geri had been giving them away at the show! And you can’t outdo Mrs. Havoc’s pulled pork – delicious!! Thanks Havoc, and Mr. & Mrs. Havoc, for opening your home to us!

What a great time it was. We headed for home as the next day was Monday, and back to work. We’re really looking forward to more shows this year! Update: Found some orange and black folding chairs at Wally World that match you-know-who's interior! If you want to match your IOM interior, check them out!
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Out of hibernation for 2012!

Hi all, sorry for the long absence!

Long story short - lots of places to go, things to see, no time to post an update. Also changed employers to a job that will eliminate the headaches and off-hours worry. So more time to spend with Catharine!

Yes, a year after I placed her order (today I think), I'm just as glad I did it. That's coming from a real cheapskate Yankee who has issues parting with $1 USD, never mind $42,000+ of them. But no regrets - if you're considering an SS or ZL1 vert, I doubt you'll be disappointed!

I put Catharine into hibernation back in December, turned the collision insurance back on today and took her out for a spin - woot woot!

It was 75F+ in Nashua, NH today so I put the top down. Forgot how fast the SS was, Yikes! Didn't run stabilizer over the winter - just started every 3 to 4 weeks and ran to operating temp. Topped off the gas tank with 5 gallons today. Zoom zoom!

No apearance of the dreaded rub marks @ 1,988 miles. Will see what the summer brings, not expecting to put tons of miles on it except for a trip to BBOMG4 in August and the St. Catharine's engine plant.

Next maintenance item will be an oil & filter change.
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