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Old 03-17-2015, 01:55 PM   #1
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Drives: 2012 2SS, 2014 Jeep Rubicon
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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 2012 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:
  • APR Carbon Fiber Splitter
  • APR Carbon Fiber GTC-200 Wing
  • Herritage Grille painted red
  • Carbon Fiber rear splitter
  • Two-tone power coated 45th rims
  • Bowties painted red/carbon flash
  • Replaced "CAMARO" with "BLACKBIRD" fender badges
  • Carbon Fiber license plate
  • Limo tint
  • Plasti-dip tail and fog bezels
  • Red vinyl gills

Interior:
  • Ice Blue dome light
  • Ice Blue ABL dash kit

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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