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Old 03-17-2015, 01:55 PM   #1
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Blackbird

Project Blackbird

Overall goal: Show car with some track and drift time



Hello,

I started looking at other great builds here and decided to try my own. Blackbird is a 45th anniversary edition Camaro. I had been stalking the Camaro since it came out in 2010 and finally was able to pull the trigger late 2011 to buy mine. I picked the 45th because of the color and shortly afterwards named it the Blackbird.

Thanks for looking at my build!

Exterior:
  • Vertical Doors Inc hinges
  • APR Carbon Fiber Splitter
  • APR Carbon Fiber GTC-200 Wing
  • Herritage Grille painted red
  • Carbon Fiber rear splitter
  • Two-tone power coated 45th rims
  • Xenon side vents painted red/carbon flash
  • Bowties painted red/carbon flash
  • Replaced "CAMARO" with "BLACKBIRD" fender badges
  • Carbon Fiber license plate
  • Limo tint
  • Plasti-dip tail and fog bezels

Interior:
  • Ice Blue dome light
  • Ice Blue ABL dash kit
  • Custom designed ebrake solution for drifting

Suspension:
  • Hotchkis lowering springs
  • BMR front and rear sway bars

Performance:
  • Roto-Fab CAI
  • Texas Speed 2" long tube headers
  • Manganflow x-pipe
  • Muffler delete
  • Taylor 10.4 ThunderVolt inigion wires
  • Lingenfelter 160 t-stat
  • Custom Tune by J&R Performance in Phoenix, AZ
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Old 03-17-2015, 01:56 PM   #2
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Day I brought it home:


First mod was to get painted bowties from River City Creations.


Muffler delete was my first "performance" mod. Although it didn't add any performance it improved the sound dramatically.


After that I got a carbon fiber license plate cover as well as a custom carbon fiber rear diffuser


I loved the 45th rims as well, but wanted them to match my theme. So, for Fathers Day, my wife and kids picked this mod based on an early drawing I did of my "final" Camaro. They are two-toned powder coated red/black.


My kids love the Camaro so much I decided to create their own Mini-Blackbird.


After rims I wanted to open up more power on the v8. I installed the Roto-Fab CAI. Then took the Camaro to J&R Performance in Phoenix to install the Texas Speed headers, x-pipe and a few other mods. Followed by a custom tune.


I've always loved APR products and have used them on my previous rides. So I'd been waiting for years for them to come out with a wing for the Camaro. Once they had, I jumped on it and their splitter and the products are amazing.



After a day at the track I decided it was time to do some work with the suspension. I had already lowered it with Hotchkis lowering springs so my next mod was BMR sway bars.



I finally decided to re-badge the Camaro to Blackbird. These were custom made by Emblem Pros in the same font and came out great!


I also did the ABL dash kit, eventually I'm going to change the ABL to red but for now I matched the 45th ice blue. Great kit by gen5diy.


My latest mod was a red Herritage Grille.

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Another day at the track I finally got the Blackbird dyno'd. Numbers turned out pretty decent. I have a few other exterior mods to do as well as some suspension, then will get back to power.

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Old 03-17-2015, 01:57 PM   #3
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Had some rare snow in the desert, so snagged dome photos of it with the Camaro.









Installed vertical doors this weekend. Really like how they turned out! I've been wanting this mod for a long time on previous cars so was excited to finally get it.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:01 PM   #4
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Did a little photoshoot this past weekend with the Blackbird clean. Here are a few of the pics, hope you enjoy them! =)







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Old 04-08-2015, 11:45 PM   #5
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I have to say...your ride is very unique. While it would not be the route I would go...your mods are tastefully done. Sometimes when I see mods like yours I cringe a little, but I found myself thinking "not bad" when I saw your pics. Keep it up!
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Old 04-09-2015, 09:08 AM   #6
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Thank you! I appreciate the comment.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:43 AM   #7
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Good job brotha!!
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Old 04-10-2015, 08:51 AM   #8
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Good job brotha!!
Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:00 PM   #9
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Except for the rear spoiler :-( !
Nice personal tuning :-)


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Old 04-10-2015, 05:54 PM   #10
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Except for the rear spoiler :-( !
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Appreciate to comment! You either love big wings or you hate them. I've seen very few people in the middle. Haha.
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Old 04-10-2015, 08:20 PM   #11
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I think your car looks awesome. Great choice of mods. I like the way that you gave your car your own twist. I personally don't care much of what others have to say about my car because ultimately I am the one that drives it and sees it everyday. Obviously I won't turn down the good comments though.
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I think your car looks awesome. Great choice of mods. I like the way that you gave your car your own twist. I personally don't care much of what others have to say about my car because ultimately I am the one that drives it and sees it everyday. Obviously I won't turn down the good comments though.
Thanks! I really enjoy having a theme.
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:09 PM   #13
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Installed my painted Xenon vents today.







Also, last weekend I created a little mod that allows me to keep the button on the ebrake down so I can use it more easily to initiate drifts. This is only in when I'm drifting, otherwise the ebrake functions as normal and there is just a small hold on the side.

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Old 04-29-2015, 06:24 AM   #14
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Except for the rear spoiler :-( !
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Great looking Camaro. This wing comment irritates me a little, especially since I've considered getting one in the future. I'd bet I would hear alot of the same reactions from people that don't understand, it serves a purpose! It's functional and helps the car to handle. I like the fact that you have a big wing on your car and use it!
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Great looking Camaro. This wing comment irritates me a little, especially since I've considered getting one in the future. I'd bet I would hear alot of the same reactions from people that don't understand, it serves a purpose! It's functional and helps the car to handle. I like the fact that you have a big wing on your car and use it!
Yeah I always get a lot of flack for the wing, it's okay though, I'm used to it and my response is usually with a smile and some sarcasm. It's always going to be that way with polarizing mods. Thanks for the comment!
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Won my first car show trophy this past weekend. I don't typically show but I couldn't get ready in time for drifting so I decided to show while photographing others out on the track. It was a lot of fun and I might actually start showing more often now, haha.

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Old 06-24-2015, 01:29 PM   #17
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Very unique build! Never seen another one like it. I think the wing works on how you modded the car.

Is the front splitter APR also? Did you have a factory splitter also and this mounted to it, or is just under the bumper?

The Blackbird emblems are a hell of an idea. That is something most would have to look at the car twice to see.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:03 PM   #18
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Very unique build! Never seen another one like it. I think the wing works on how you modded the car.

Is the front splitter APR also? Did you have a factory splitter also and this mounted to it, or is just under the bumper?

The Blackbird emblems are a hell of an idea. That is something most would have to look at the car twice to see.
Thanks! The APR splitter is just attached to the bumper, although I actually plan to add the factory splitter as well at some point. The emblems actually get more comments than I expected for such a subtle mod.
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Subtle mods are fun. I have a couple of stickers under my hood that if you don't read them, you would never know they are there for fun. They look like factory style warning decals. LOL

I also have a couple fun subtle mods on the inside that only me and my passenger(s) ever see unless I am at a show with the windows cracked.

Sometimes subtle is more fun to see who finds it.
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Old 06-24-2015, 05:26 PM   #20
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Awesome progression you have made on the ride my man, it turned out looking really sweet.
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Awesome progression you have made on the ride my man, it turned out looking really sweet.
Thanks!
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Camaro looks sweet . Any vids while drifting?
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Camaro looks sweet . Any vids while drifting?
Thanks! I have a few internal videos but I smashed my GoPro to pieces a while back and haven't bought a new one. RIP GoPro...

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Thanks! I have a few internal videos but I smashed my GoPro to pieces a while back and haven't bought a new one. RIP GoPro...

Oh wow Sry to hear that . Didt it fall off the suction or summtin
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Yeah suction didn't hold it that time for some reason.
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