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Old 08-12-2011, 02:41 PM   #1
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Post BACH's "Mistress"

"The Mistress" - Named so by the wife because she was jealous of the time I was spending with the car the first week (... or more).

I'll update this first post with the information in chronological order.
I'll keep the second post for the list of current mods and a recent photo.


The story:
I'm a car guy, no particular brand since I grew up, but I love the '60s muscle cars. My second car was a '65 Mustang Coupe I got as a junior in high school; 289, 4 bbl Holley, high rise intake, dual exhaust, 4 speed Hurst. I loved that car, but having started a family then college it had to be sold to pay the bills.

In early 2009, I was planning for a move from Evanston, Wyoming to Houston, Texas (for work). Since snowmobiles (see pic and link below) don't work so well in the south, I had to get a new toy. Being a car guy and moving to the Hub City, the type of toy was easy - but which one. I really wanted another old school American muscle car, but the time and money to find a clean car and make it a retro-rod was not working in my favor then. Well the new Challenger with the retro had just come to the market and I started searching for one, and of course I had to get the big dog. Let's just say that there isn't quite the volume of "rear wheel drive sports cars" flowing through the midwest as there is in the bigger cities. I couldn't find a 6-speed SRT8 to save my life, let alone any that the dealers didn't have the price marked up more than a base 'vette.

This photo is not edited, just taken with a cruddy cell phone and a lot of white powder on top of a mountain overlooking Bear Lake in northern Utah.

video of me and some friends sledding in Wyoming


Then the sun shone through the clouds and the halos appeared - the halo headlights on the new Camaro that is. Ok so that wasn't all good luck at first either. Remember I said I was moving from Wyoming? Well I ordered a new Camaro at my local Evanston Chevy dealer in March 2009. I was given a 12 week lead time for delivery. The next thing you know it's September and I'm moving to Texas - without a car! Come to find out hte dealership lost their franchise license in the whole recession and bailout movement, but they still claimed that they had allocations and would get me my car. Needless to say without them able to give me a date, I cancelled my order and plavced a new order with Lone Star Chevrolet in Houston. I know this dealership has had mixed reviews, but I've bought another vehicle from them since and the sales guys I worked with were great. As long as they treat me fair that's all I ask. But let's just say I don't have high expectations from almost any dealer after you've signed on the line. Anyway 2 months later I had my car.


Newborn: built 10-22-09
2010 CGM 2SS/RS M6 - every option but the sunroof

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Dealer Mods:
  • factory ground effects painted CGM
  • tinted windows
  • factory optional 21" black wheels with polished lip
  • flat black stripes

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To Be Continued......
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:41 PM   #2
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current mod list and photo
  • 2010 CGM 2SS/RS
  • flat black ralley stripes
  • CGM GFX & exhaust bezels
  • Roto-Fab CAI
  • ADM race scoop
  • ARH headers, cats, and x-pipe
  • stock mufflers painted black
  • MBRP square exhaust tips
  • LMR tune
  • tinted tail, reverse, and front signal lights
  • black CAMARO fender letter vinyl on face of emblem letters
  • AAC painted side markers
  • black gill vinyls
  • stock 20's powdercoated black
  • black bowtie wheel centers
  • BMR 1" lowering springs
  • BMR trailing arms w/ poly bushings
  • VMax ported throttle body
  • Apex windshield washer relocation kit
  • Hotchkis Strut Brace
  • Pfadt front and rear "sport" sway bars
  • SLP 25% underdrive pulley
  • Emblem Pros Custom Dash Plaque
  • JL Audio 10"W3 and 250/1 amp with custom box

parts on the way soon to be installed:
  • GTO clutch fluid reservoir
  • heater hose relocation kit
  • LPE 3.91 gears


412 RWHP .... last I checked

my baby in her spot


NEED TO UPDATE PHOTO
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:20 AM   #3
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At about 400 miles she met the wrenches...

I had of course been surfing the web looking for a shop to deal with for my mods. I made a trip to Fastlane, talked to GForce at one of the Chevy shows at the GRB Convention Center, and got a quote from LMR. Having just moved to the Houston area, I wanted a shop that I could just drop in and bounce ideas off of, some down to earth guys that didn't make me feel like I was bothering them with all my questions and taking money from them because I wanted to install the bolt-ons myself.

Well I had seen this burly guy in a big Ford truck rolling through my neghborhood several times with an LMR sticker covering the back windshield. Who knew it was Josh - one of the owners? Now of course I didn't get any special discuont out of that, but hey, my thoughts were that he couldn't hide if something went wrong right.

Well I tell you what, these guys are so down to earth and personable. They just frickin' love what they do. And it doesn't hurt that they are some of the best at what they do. I haven't spent a lot of money with these guys but they have always been easy to talk to. (It's not that I don't want to spend money, I just have big eyes and a little wallet.) LMR ROCKS! http://www.latemodelracecraft.com/

back to the mods...

LMR CAI NOT CURRENT CAI - CHANGED TO ROTO-FAB TO INSTALL WINDSHIELD WASHER RELOCATE
The CAI was of course the first mod, and I was surprised that you could hear the difference of the engine sucking in a whole lot more air. The LMR CAI was simple and easy - and plastic so it kept my worries about heat transfer down. no tune for now.


ARH Headers, Cats, and X-Pipe
Dec. '09 with 400 miles and a few big boxes from LMR - I love Christmas!!
The car goes up on jack stands in my garage with some help from my son and dad (I waited until my dad was there so we could do all do it together), and after a few more questions to ARH and LMR we had the headers, cats and exhaust on the car and sounding AWESOME. I put on the system that stops at the rear axle. I figured most of my gains would be in the headers and cats, and I didn't see the need to change out the mufflers yet since I wasn't going FI - and besides I could always do that anytime. I have a sound clip but it sounds bad because it overranges my video camera. I wish I had a picture of my face with that ear-to-ear smile. My dad and I took her for a spin and holy moly!!! me likely!

the throttle response.....
the power.....
the sound.....

and then LMR got another 11 HP from tuning it for the new parts. I'll try to find the dyno sheet and post it up. 412 rwhp.

the bugs...I couldn't quite get the exhaust system to bolt up and quit rattling on the tunnel brace or the aluminum shield. One of the cats was quite difficult to get onto the header - silly me I was worried that I could pry to hard and break something on the header. So the great guys at LMR pu the girl on the lift and took a look with me. Come to find out, I had the x-pipe on upside down. Now during installation, I had put this thing on both ways, and called ARH and I swore I put it on the way they said to. But after taking the car back home and turning it over, everything was great. The exhaust needs cycle hot/cold a few times and get up to temperature to find the sweet spot in where it will end up. After that, the exhaust has been great.

First Event - Cars and Coffee
My first event was a Cars and Coffee in Uptown Park (Houston) where I met the guys from H-Town Camaro club. I've never been in a car club before, but these guys are first class - easy going and firendly, and they'll quickly accept you as one of their own. Everyone loved the exhaust. Turns out, my car is louder than the one of the guys with Kooks headers and SLP loudmouth exhaust!

Second Event - Cars and Coffee; Cruising in with the LMR gang
I only post this because of its significance - it lead to my second mod of mounting the fire extinguisher.
Let's just say that I was the slowest car there. We met at the LMR shop and cruised in 290 to 610 to Upstown park - It didn't take long.
Well OK it took me a little longer. As we were getting onto the 610 loop, this black Charger SRT8 starts falling back (I'm bringing up the rear of course). I pull up next to him and he throws his hands up like "I don't know what's wrong". So we pull over and his car starts smoking from under the hood - UH-OH!! Open the hood and instant flames. I see that it's near the intake so I try to smother with my leather jacket. Of course neither of us had a fire extinguisher and frickin no body would stop to help!!! Then the guys yells like Dom from the Fast and Furious... NOS!!! We grab the race gas and the NOS bottle and put them in my car. And there's nothing we can do but watch it burn...
sorry for the bad cell phone pics... but I'm not a photographer as you can tell by my other photos



and that led to......

fire extinguisher mod
Safety first boys and girls... because accidents last.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:36 AM   #4
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About freaking time you added your journal !!



Looking good mate - you need some LED's installing though
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:52 AM   #6
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next mods - appearance: blackout

Blackout bowties:
I bought the bowtie vinyl and light tints from Big Worm Graphix http://www.bigwormgraphix.net/camaro.htm. Great to deal with. I even ordered some pink vinyl for my wife's Traverse. I did the wheel centers, the front and rear emblems, and even the bowtie on the steering wheel. And yes I still drive it.

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Then blackout side markers, tail lights, reverse lights:


powder coated stock wheels gloss black with black vinyl bowtie:
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I sold the factory optional 21" wheels when I did this. No sense having two sets of black wheels, and it funded a few more mods.

Big Spring Rod Run Labor day 2010 - TX oldest continuous rod run
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Dad's '49 Ford F-1 Truck and my Camaro


Apache at Veteran's Memorial

our old gas pump restored - yes the pump works

I know the sign and globe don't match, but don't tell my dad.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:57 AM   #7
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Looking good mate - you need some LED's installing though
Thanks. I'm trying to go in chronological order, and I'm slow.

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Thanks. read your thread some time back about the first car and brake issues. Glad it all worked out.
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:45 PM   #8
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I am loving your ride a lot! Something about CGM just makes it look like a beast....
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:29 PM   #10
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Nice CGM!
Thanks guys. I didn't originally plan to do the CGM/Black combo, but the more I did the better I thought it looked. I have left a few places chromed for now. We'll see where it all ends up.
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Old 08-18-2011, 02:13 PM   #12
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Lowering Springs and trailing arms

Nothing like a great deal to spur a buying impulse...
BMR offered a package deal on lowering springs and trailing arms and the car jumped on the jack stands once again. Now this took me a few trips to the parts and tool stores because I didn't have the right tools needed to get those stingy bushings out, so it took me a while but the finished product of course looks great!
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Before:
at the Camaro Nationals at Lonestar Motorsports Park (Hennessey)

I'll try to find my time slip from my first ever night of drag racing and post it here. Let's just say it was a learning experience, I couldn't get the car to hook up off the line. OK once I did but then I missed 3rd gear (CRAP!). And I stalled it off the line once, too. I couldn't find the sweet spot to launch and figure out what to do with the clutch. But it was a blast. The H-Town club puts on a good show.

After:
at Texas world Speedway for an H-Town club tour and parade lap (haha - let's just say it wasn't at parade speeds)


Here's the wifey showing me the directions I should be reading:

(PS - I read the directions but I wasn't going to tell her that.)
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:09 AM   #14
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Where is that fire extinguisher mounted btw?
I put it in the trunk under the rear dash. I didn't want it cluttering the cabin. It's easy to unsnap and get with one hand.
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Exhaust Details

MBRP Square Exhaust Tips
GFX Exhaust Bezels painted CGM
stock mufflers painted black


These weren't all done at once, but fairly close together. The size and shape of the MBRP tips are perfect for the GFX exhaust openings, but I didn't like the brushed aluminum look on the bezels. I don't mind a little chrome on the car, but this wasn't chrome or paint - it just didn't match. And of course those huge stock mufflers had to be painted so they weren't so visible (albeit with the ground effects and such they can't be seen very easily anyway).

I chose to stay with the stock mufflers for a few reasons:
1. I couldn't decide what aftermarket ones I wanted;
2. they are essentially straight flow-thru, with the pipe wall perforated for sound dampening. Finding an aftermarket like this isn't impossible, but this didn't help with my indecisiveness.

black cans: cheap hi-temp spray paint flat black
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CGM GFX Exhaust Bezels
I really like how these turned out. I had my dealer paint them since he did the GFX for me (and there were a few of the tabs holding the bezels on that were broken).


MBRP Square Tips to tie it all together
I got the tips from Ivan@Southwest Speed http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118917

pic is during alignment before the welds
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Suck on this...

V-Max ported throttle body:
no pics since this took all of 5 mins to remove and replace.
I bought the ported TB from Mike Norris, great to deal with.

ADM air intake scoop:
OK so its obvious that the stock air box has a restriction mainly due to the intake opening. Put on an aftermarket CAI and everyone notices a big improvement. The biggest part of installing the ADM scoop is cutting the plastic air dam behind the lower grill - if you do that, you don't really need the scoop. But it looks cool and directs the flow so what the heck. Turns out I need it for a later mod (don't cheat and read ahead). Don't mind the hose across the frame rail, I hadn't routed it yet.

Purchased the ADM scoop from Janetty Racing (JRE).
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Roto-Fab Intake:
Roto-Fab Windshield Washer Reservoir Relocation Kit:
I installed the Roto-Fab intake at the same time I installed the ADM scoop and the Roto-Fab windshield washer reservoir. Actually the only reason I swapped from the LMR CAI to the Roto-Fab CAI was because the LMR wouldn't fit with the WW reservoir kit (The LMR CAI is too wide, and the original WW reservoir had to go since it interfered with the ADM scoop). This Roto-Fab CAI is a very well designed part. The fit and finish are amazing. no corners cut here. This is the best looking WW reservoir relocation kit on the market, bar none. It appears OEM.
I just wish there was a way to put the pump in the reservoir - or at least near it.

purchased the Roto-Fab CAI and WW kit from Juiced Motorsports http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=149119. I think this is a small company just starting out, but they had great customer service and a good price so I was all for giving them a try.
[insert blurry pic disclaimer here]
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fast forward.........
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Apex Windshield Washer Reservoir Relocation Kit:
I found a great deal on a slightly used Hotchkis strut brace, but I didn't do my homework first and during the test fit I found that the Roto-Fab WW reservoir interfered with the strut brace (see photo).



I haven't installed the Apex WW kit or the Hotchkis brace yet. I'm waiting on the temp to go below 400 degrees outside!!!
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Gill Vinyls:
So I had these for about a year before I put them on - got them from Big Worm Graphix the same time I got the blackout tints for the side and tail lights. I couldn't decide if I would like it or not. But after looking at it, they are almost unnoticeable with the CGM and more than anything just accent the gill shapes.



AAC Painted LED Side Markers:
I won these at the 2011 Kemah Camaro show put on by H-town. Actually I won a clear set and paid the difference for the painted ones - easy since AAC had a booth onsite for the show.
I saved a lot (squeeeeeaaak).
The back ones were a bit tricky, carefully popping the bumper off at the seam just barely enough to stick a screwdriver in and suppress the tab to pop the light housing out. But they look amazing, and REALLY BRIGHT.
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OK so last night I go the Apex windshield washer kit on. The pump sits perfectly in the slot on the side of the reservoir. It 'clicks' in solidly and gives you confidence that it's held there. That's one of the very minor things I didn't like as much about the Roto-Fab unit, the mounting of the pump - more of a . But that said, it did the job well and worked just fine. And no one can deny the Roto-Fab quality and good looks! It looked like it belonged under the hood from the factory.

Of course I had to take the ADM scoop off to drill the reservoir mounting holes. I put masking tape on the scoop so I could mark it up and keep the pilot bit in one spot (I don't have a center punch). This worked great, and the tape helped keep the hole edges smooth.

I didn't mount the remote filler and hose for the Apex ww reservoir kit. I put the remote fill cap on the reservoir and plugged the tube inlet (5/8" port) with a perfect rubber cap I had left over from something else. I figure I'll get a long skinny funnel to fill the reservoir. I hardly ever use the windshield washer anyway, I don't think I've refilled it but maybe once if at all.

I didn't take any photos since it was late in my garage, but I'll take one from the top looking down and post it up.
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can't wait to get home and back to tinkering with the car in the garage. I'm soooo going to enjoy days off.

My wife got me a SLP underdrive pulley for Christmas, so I plan to put that and the strut brace on during March. we'll see how much time I have after all the other honey-do's
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:05 AM   #21
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I like CGM! It looks mean no matter what is done...nice build. Keep up the stories..
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:47 PM   #22
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underdrive pulley - check!

OK so thanks to Nine Ball for posting the great write-up on the DIY for the underdrive pulley.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...erdrive+pulley

Here's a photo of the size difference between the pulleys. This is a great mod to do. I'm not sure why so many people are worried about belt driven accessory performance. Design safety factor people.,



The stinking pulley install kit from the local convenient auto parts store wasnt'e long enough for this job, and it took me 2 days of searching every hardware store and specialty bolt place in northwest Houston before I finally found the threaded rod. But alas, I finally found a place that had the rod and even cut it for me.

Just for anyone doing this, the rod needs to be about 7-8", any longer and you need a LOT of washers to keep the nut where the deep socket would go. I had to do some trig to find the angle and mark it - can't believe I remembered anything from college since it was sooo long ago.

anyway, if anyone needs one, I have a few rods and nuts/washers left. Just PM me and we'll work out a deal. I don't want to make any money, just a few bucks for parts and shipping as long as it helps someone else out of the same jam I found myself in.

one of these days I'll get back to the shop for a dyno run to see if all these little things have helped any...
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:37 AM   #23
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Dash Plaque from Emblem Pros

Finally got around to installing the personalized dash emblem.

Big Thanks to Roger Neace at Emblem Pros for the great customer service.
http://www.emblempros.com/



The weather has been crap the last few days, and more to come.....keeping me from getting that strut brace installed.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:37 AM   #24
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