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Old 10-08-2011, 04:36 PM   #51
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:40 PM   #52
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Had a chance to tinker under the hood a bit. Relocated the heater hoses and re-routed some wiring as well as worked on the mail slot scoop and filter housing a bit. Next I will do something with the fuel rails/ lines as well as continuing with the filter housing. I am waiting on headers then I will finish up some wiring . I also came up with some ideas on a few misc. items for under the hood. Here are a few photos on the engine compartment, it's starting to clean upp nicely.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:52 PM   #53
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Had a chance to play with my car a bit. I swapped the fuel rails around. Because my coil mounts reposition the coils away from the valve covers and lower on them there is room to put the injector harness undrneath rather than on top of the rails. I still need to play with the other fuel line, wiring and the heater hoses but am waiting on headers to check for clearences. I also had a chance to clean up the mail slot openning to it's final size and finished the filler on the radiator support. Here are a few pics.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:13 PM   #54
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DT long tubes have been installed. I didn't have room in my shop to do it so I had a buddy do it, he does quite a bit of hp work and reported that the headers went in real easy. The only problem is it's to friggin' loud. The car sounded great with the solo hf cats and mack xl exhaust but the mach xl and headers together with no cats are crazy loud, I'm hoping adding the hf cats will help some.
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:22 PM   #55
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Had JRE update my tune after the header install including firming up the shifts a bit more, the car is really running good but still waiting on the cats.

Came up with a couple of ideas on the heater hose location. The hoses were fine with the stock manifolds but to close to the headers so I moved them temporarily while I work on my new idea.

Also started on the trim piece for the mailslot scoop. If I have time I will finish forming it on a mini anvil and then weld in the last piece. Once this is finished I can permanently mount the mailslot scoop and get it connected to the filter housing. I'll post a couple of pics of it a bit later.
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:43 PM   #56
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I was getting ready to snap a picture of the trim piece and then it hit me. the piece pictured is three pieces welded together, now that I have it I can make a template and cut it out of one piece and then form it. This wal it will eliminate so much time and extra fabrication. If it works out I could even program the piece to be able to duplicate it with minimal time spent. Yes, I'm expecting to screw this one up at some point. LOL

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Old 11-05-2011, 06:31 PM   #57
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It's been a crazy week around here due to a freak snow storm so I didn't get as much done as I planned. The high flow cat's have not been installed but should get to it next week.

I did have a chance to tack the last piece for the mailslot trim in place. Now I can scribe it, trim it down, clean it up and install it with the cold air ducts in place as well.

After that I will finish the smoked flush mount lenses for the DRLs and install the new lower grille/plate mount and the fabrication on the facia will be finished and it will be time for prep and paint.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:52 PM   #58
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High flow cats have been paired up to the Doug Thorley long tubes and I'm very happy with the sound and performance.

Also installed the 2012 heater hose assembly. I had a little trouble installing them but was probably more me than anything, must have had one of those days.

I also worked on the mail slot scoop trim but as expected I screwed it up along with three more. I'm working on another one this weekend and hope to have it finished and installed soon. It is coming out great and actually is a large openning adding extra air both to the radiator and CAI. The trim pice is being a real pain as bending and contouring it to fit perfectly is a ton of work but before I destroyed the one pictured above I mounted it temporarily with the grill in place (same as used on my lower scoops) and I think it looks great.
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:33 PM   #59
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Finally have a chance to work on my car a bit. Tore it down to install a Texaspeed VVT-3 cam and needed valve train upgrades as well. Figured I may as well pull off the facia and try to finish my mail slot scoop, install the final plate mount and get some paint on it. While the heads are off I am also doing some port work and will finish it off with a multi-angle valve job. Convertor is soon to follow.

Here is where I am at as of now.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:57 PM   #60
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Been busy at the shop with customer work and shifters but have been picking away at it. The VVT-3 cam is in and I finished up the heads this afternoon. If everything goes right I am hoping to put the motor back together this weekend. I am already sick of driving my truck so I hope I can hold out long enough to finish up the mail slot scoop and paint the facia, it's only been about a year and a half since I started all the mods to the facia so if I don't finish it I am used to it the way it is LOL. You know what they say, the cobblers kids have no shoes.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:50 PM   #61
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Should be getting my PCM back from Texas Speed in the morning, I am dying to fire it up but will only be able to sneak it out for a short test ride as the facia is still off. I had been working on the mailslot scoop with the facia on the car and my sticking point has been attaching it with no visable hardware, as it turns out with the facia off there is a chanel above the mailslot that will hold the upper portion in place, I am thinking that I will weld a similar chanel to hold the lower portion in place as well. If it works I may leave off the aluminum trim piece I made as I think it's cleaner without it, anyhow without using the trim to fasten the scoop it can easily be installed and removed if I decide to use it.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:19 AM   #62
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Got my PCM back today. I had a chance to fire it up but didn't have a chance to take it for a ride. The cam sounds great and I'm hoping it runs as good as it sounds. Perhaps tomorrow. I finished welding up the mail slot scoop and am determined to finish it before I put the facia back on, hopefully by the weekend. I lit a match under my painters ass to finish up some paint he's doing on a couple of bikes to make room for the facia, you would think by now he would know the bosses stuff comes first LOL
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:29 PM   #63
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Loving the scoop idea! Many hate the idea of hacking it up for no gain. But why not make it real and get better air flow to the radiator and to the CAI with some piping. So what if the gain is of one HP, at least when people ask you can say it's real unlike the rest of the Camaro's.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:47 PM   #64
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:51 PM   #65
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Loving the scoop idea! Many hate the idea of hacking it up for no gain. But why not make it real and get better air flow to the radiator and to the CAI with some piping. So what if the gain is of one HP, at least when people ask you can say it's real unlike the rest of the Camaro's.
Thanks. I thought it was a coll idea as well but it has been a pain in the arse. Most of the fabrication has been done with the facia on the car and fastening it in a clean manner has been the sticking point. The trim piece was to enable screws to hold it in place but I was not liking it that much. Now that the facia is off again I notice a chanel that the top slides into, I am planning on welding a similar chanel on the facia to hold the bottom then I can eliminate the trim piece. I hope it works out because the cam install is done and I am wanting to put the facia back on so I can drive it.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:42 PM   #66
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The trim piece was to enable screws to hold it in place but I was not liking it that much. Now that the facia is off again I notice a chanel that the top slides into, I am planning on welding a similar chanel on the facia to hold the bottom then I can eliminate the trim piece.
For mounting you could try some two part epoxy for plastic, orange10s.c. said he did that to mount a real mesh grill in his mail slot just for the real look.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:52 PM   #67
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For mounting you could try some two part epoxy for plastic, orange10s.c. said he did that to mount a real mesh grill in his mail slot just for the real look.
That's the easy way lol. I was going to do that with some flexable adhesive designed for repairing facias but I wanted to make it something I could easily remove if I decided to. The mounting system I am planning on now should be no problem. These facias are easy to weld and it will make it removeable and still allow for it to float so it won't affect the facias abillity to flex. I should have it done this weekend so I can have my painter start on it. I will post a couple of pics when it's mounted.
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Sounds great, it's a mod I want to do along with the ADM scoop in the lower grille.
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Sounds great, it's a mod I want to do along with the ADM scoop in the lower grille.
I will take some detailed pics and post them, perhaps it will give you some direction.
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I did finish up the scoop and finished fitting it to the facia although I didn't weld in the channel yet. I got a donor facia from a local body shop to make the pieces out of but when I did a test weld it wasn't very strong. Reason being the Camaro's facia is made of TEO, the one I got was PP. PP is the worst for welding or use of adhesives as it has an oily content to it, when trying to weld it the oils come out and contaminate the weld. I am going to scavenge through their pile of facias tomorrow and see if I can find one of TEO.

I had a chance to take the car out for a small ride to my buddies shop to put it on the rack and make sure there were no leaks, driveability was a bit poor but that was expected as I haven't changed the converter yet but the car feels real strong and sounds great. I was a bit bummed because I went through my first set of P-Zeros at 27,000 miles, I am now at 42,000 and when I had it up I noticed my rears are history, they actually are so wiped out they look like slicks and I've been taking it easy with the hole shots. Drag radials are in order.
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I will take some detailed pics and post them, perhaps it will give you some direction.
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I did finish up the scoop and finished fitting it to the facia although I didn't weld in the channel yet. I got a donor facia from a local body shop to make the pieces out of but when I did a test weld it wasn't very strong. Reason being the Camaro's facia is made of TEO, the one I got was PP. PP is the worst for welding or use of adhesives as it has an oily content to it, when trying to weld it the oils come out and contaminate the weld. I am going to scavenge through their pile of facias tomorrow and see if I can find one of TEO.
I had no idea you could weld onto the facia.. Learning something new everyday on here! Such a great forum
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I had no idea you could weld onto the facia.. Learning something new everyday on here! Such a great forum
Most peole don't know you can weld plastics. If you take a look on pg1 about half way down you will see an example of plastic welding I did on my plate mount.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:27 AM   #73
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:45 PM   #74
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I was finishing up some wiring on a custom bike I built. I sometimes use clips that fasten with double sided tape to hold wiring harnesses in place where there is no provisions for them and then it hit me. Rather than glue or weld something in place I could use the clips to hold the scoop up and make it easily removeable, it works like a charm, they hold like crazy and the scoop snaps right in place. I took a few pictures and have started the body work, now I can move on to the drl lenses and get the facia painted once and for all.
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