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Old 11-29-2011, 02:33 PM   #101
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November 2011 - HTCC November Club Meeting

Love this photo take at our recent HTCC meeting and wanted to share.

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Old 01-22-2012, 05:37 PM   #102
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So, where do you suggest taking some MS stock wheels to be painted black? What'd that set you back?

I'd love to do virtually every single mod you've done - great taste - I've seen these mods (most) done but not all to the same car. Nice work and am anxious to see more.

Thanks for sharing all of this with us. I know it's not easy to compile all of this info.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:39 PM   #103
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:29 PM   #104
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So, where do you suggest taking some MS stock wheels to be painted black? What'd that set you back?

I'd love to do virtually every single mod you've done - great taste - I've seen these mods (most) done but not all to the same car. Nice work and am anxious to see more.

Thanks for sharing all of this with us. I know it's not easy to compile all of this info.
I bought them from a fellow H-Town Camaro club member - I paid ~$900 but sold mine for $500. On my next car (yes, I have plans to upgrade to the SS in the near future ) I will get them powder coated black instead of paint (it's more durable). There is a place close to where I work that does them for around $150 / wheel.

Thanks for the compliments, I am really happy with the way she turned out and get alot of compliments. I took her to my Chevy Dealer on Friday for a service and the Service guy thought I was driving an SS (it doesn't sound like a V8 but it is pretty loud and mean sounding all the same). The chevy mechanic also said it was the best RS he had ever seen , from a Chevy dealer mechanic, I thought that was the ultimate compliment - they never get old either
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:31 PM   #105
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what is your current ETA?
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:00 PM   #106
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Great looking car man! Love the all black look
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:29 PM   #107
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Clutch Sticking Issues...........

January 2012 - Blown Clutch & Busted Pressure Plate & Fly Wheel

I've read alot of stories about the V6 clutches sticking and had experienced it a couple of times but nothing too serious......until tonight.

Driving home I hammered it from 3rd to 4th and although the gears engaged the clutch had stuck to the floor and I was accelerating heavy with the clutch in, it eventually released and my back wheels spun (thankfully had my nannies on so I didn't lose the back end. Anyway I eventually got to the point that I needed to slow down to a stop and then had a bit of trouble engaging first and then the car was shaking as I pulled off, moving to 2nd and the other gears was ok (no problem with engaging or shaking) but clutch feels pretty soft now.

Any ideas?

I have booked it in for a service first thing tomorrow and it is still covered under warranty - Will I be ok to drive it there or should I get it towed?

Any input/advice would be appreciated.



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Update: Sounds like it may be the clutch pressure plate bolt being loose. There was no burning clutch smell when it happened and I am still able to change gears. The clutch feels softer though and the car vibrates at slow speed in reverse or first gear (maybe the clutch isn't engaging correctly??) - hopefully the reason. Will find out tomorrow though when I head to the dealers.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:37 PM   #108
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I haven't had any problems with the clutch/trans yet. I'm curious to see what you find out.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:14 PM   #109
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Dealer couldn't get to it yesterday as they were too busy but got a call today.............

I trashed the clutch, fly wheel and pressure plate - they all need replacing.

Good news is they will cover it - he seemed to lay it on saying that they'd cover it this time but if I had a similar issue in the future they wouldn't be able to.

I'm guessing the pressure plate not being torqued correctly in the first place could be argued as being the cause this time so they will correct it now meaning that argument could not be used next time around?

Anyway good news and just reconfirms to me that I need to upgrade to an SS auto sooner rather than later......
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:28 PM   #110
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Well, at least they are covering it under warranty. That could have been an expensive repair if you got stuck with the bill.

I'm sure Jerry can hook you up with a nice upgrade...how about jumping right over the SS and going to a ZL1?
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:32 PM   #111
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i hate full body stripes but your car makes them look very nice great job
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:41 PM   #112
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So the dealer didn't care about the headers or the tune?
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:59 PM   #113
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They never mentioned them but those shouldn't have any impact on the transmission anyway. Unless they'd tried to argue the extra power was too much for it, though I'd have thought that was really stretching it.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:28 PM   #114
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Hey Paul... did you get your calendar yet? ...with the pic of your sweet ride in it...
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:46 PM   #115
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Well, at least they are covering it under warranty. That could have been an expensive repair if you got stuck with the bill.

I'm sure Jerry can hook you up with a nice upgrade...how about jumping right over the SS and going to a ZL1?
now that would be sweet! though I'd be more than happy with the SS


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Hey Paul... did you get your calendar yet? ...with the pic of your sweet ride in it...
Not yet Mike, I was hoping to make the Feb club meeting and get it then. If not then I'll pay my $3 and get it mailed - or just a thought.......Chevron internal mail
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:08 AM   #116
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Got her back last night, clutch feels great

Oh and zero charge
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Got her back last night, clutch feels great

Oh and zero charge
Great news!
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:07 PM   #118
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Which wire?

Which wire did you tap into for ambient light?



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Just finishing hooking up a SPDT switch so I can control my footwell lighting from 2 different power sources and an off option.

Switch Installed:



LEDs powered from the Dome lights (normal light intensity) -(this way for car shows and stuff I can switch the dome light into the Constant on position and have the footwells on also):



LEDs powered from the Ambient Lights and using the ABL dimmer to lower the intensity to the minimum (this way I can drive with the footwell lights on and not have to have the dome light on - I can also change the intensity so it isn't too much of a distraction when driving in the dark)
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:30 PM   #119
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Which wire did you tap into for ambient light?
I used the yellow wire on the harness that connects to the gauge pack.

Peel back some of the black sheaving on the harness at the end that plugs into the gauge pack, this will reveal the gauge pack wires, find the yellow one and gently work it so you have enough showing so you can t-tap into it. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:36 PM   #120
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Kind of having second thoughts about trading up to the SS. Still owe more on the car than it is currently worth anyway so I'll be holding on to her for another year at least, but I am kind of attached to her anyway and may just get her paid off first...

In the meantime I have a few mods added to my list for the near future:

Stage 3 ported Intake Manifold
25mm Manifold Insulator
Plenum Spacer
Ported Throttle body
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The more mods you add the harder it gets to let go and trade up...

Looking good...
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Absolutely nothing wrong with hanging on to that car. As long as your transmission is holding up, the V6 is awesome! (I miss mine every so often - especially when it passed me once going the other way on 288 - ).
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Absolutely nothing wrong with hanging on to that car. As long as your transmission is holding up, the V6 is awesome! (I miss mine every so often - especially when it passed me once going the other way on 288 - ).
LOL... boy am I glad mine went out of town...
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:33 PM   #124
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I ordered a used stock manifold today with only 10 miles on it and as soon as it comes in I'll be sending it to Jay of MACE for porting !

Also going to get the 25mm insulator and the plenum spacer - can't wait to feel the results.

I may have to mod my Vararam but to be honest it was one of the first ones produced and it has always had a tendency to point a little upwards due to the radiator, I suspect with the insulator installed and sitting a bit higher it may solve the problem and sit better on the radiator; hopefully I won't have to do any modding at all......
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:32 PM   #125
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June 2012 - Spare Stock Intake Manifold

Ok so took delivery of my spare intake manifold - cost me $160 from Linders auto parts and it only has 10 miles on it (it's from a 2009 Cadilac CTS which also has the LLT engine).

I'll be shipping it for porting tomorrow and can't wait to get it back so I can get it installed together with the 25mm Manifold insulator and the plenum spacer.

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