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Old 05-02-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Goldknight's Build Journal

Got my dream car last weekend and I wanted to start a build journal on here because I have a blast looking at everyone else's. It's a 2011 2SS/RS LS3 with a Magnaflow exhaust.

Exterior Mods:
Gill decals
Tint
Hood spears
SS Scoop
Front grill blackout
Side badge blackout
Bowtie blackout
Tail light bezel blackout
Plastidipped wheels - 06/09/13
SS License Plate Holder - 06/16/13
DIY Afterburner tail lights - 06/16/13

Under the Hood:
Elite Oil Catch Can - 05/12/13
Magnaflow exhaust

Wish List:
CAI Cold Air Intake
Paint Engine Cover
Heritage Grill
IOM paint calipers
Rear Subframe bushings
Front Arm Bushings
Lowering springs
Upper Rear Control Arm Bushings
Inner Rear Control Arm Bushings
Toe Link, Trailing Arm, and Knuckle Bushes
Front and rear footwell lighting
Cup Holder lighting
Foglight halo kit
White Halo kit
Daytime Running light harness

Pics from the first weekend I brought her home:
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:33 PM   #2
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Looks good! Enjoy the modding!
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:38 PM   #3
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Nice looking IOM....congrats on joining the club. My friend has a nice IOM that I had the pleasure to photograph in our build thread...

Kurt ABL99...
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:22 PM   #4
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Congrats on the new ride! and great color choice too
Looking forward to seeing your build progress
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:52 AM   #5
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Looks great! I'm looking forward to seeing what you have planned
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:17 AM   #6
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looking good brotha congrats.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:04 AM   #7
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Badass Camaro!! Congrats.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:03 AM   #8
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Congrats.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:19 AM   #9
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Congrats & welcome to the permagrin family & the build threads. Lookin' good!
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:17 PM   #10
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Installed my Elite Oil Catch Can today! Hood spears, SS Scoop blackout, front bumper blackout, and gills go on Tuesday!
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:20 PM   #11
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Congrats! Enjoy...and keep the pics coming!
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:15 PM   #12
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must see pics of hood spears!
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:37 PM   #13
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must see pics of hood spears!
I'll definitely post them tomorrow. I'm really excited to get them put on. I think it'll make the car look even more bada$$.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:15 PM   #14
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Got the gills, hood spears, ss scoop, and front grill blackout installed today and I'm very happy with the results!

Next I want to wrap the rear bezels and vinyl the front and rear bowties. Are there any places that sell kits for that, or would it be worth it to take them off and paint them?
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:11 PM   #15
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Gave her a nice was and wax tonight. Much better picture of the car with all of the vinyl so far.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:25 AM   #16
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Blacked out my bezels last night. Did the side badges too, but I didn't get any pics of that. Going to do my bowties and SS emblems tonight, so I'll get good pictures of everything and post them.

Had a little difficult time getting the bezels out until I went and got some plastic trim tools. Put a little chip in the paint, so I'll have to touch that up. I did take the front bowtie off. Man is that thing on there good.

Plastidip is awesome.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:32 AM   #17
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Got the bowties plastidipped last night. I like how they turned out.


Here's a little of my prep work.



I really wanted to make the chrome outline on the SS black so I taped it off to see what would happen. Not the cleanest job, but I've never done this type of thing before. Plus it's plastidip so I can just peel it away!


Right before I took off the plastidip. I did 4 coats on everything.




Unfortunately the SS attempt really didn't work. When I peeled it off all of the plastidip came with it. Not sure if anyone else has tried this, but if you have any tips I'd appreciate them!

Here are the finished pictures.




And the side badging I did the day before. I'll get some closer up pictures when I can.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:26 PM   #18
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Plastidipped the wheels this weekend, and I really love how they turned out. Outside of the car is nearly where I want it (for now.)

Put five coats on, but I still need to do a little touch up on them. It also needs a proper wash, and if it would stop raining I could do just that.

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Old 06-11-2013, 09:31 AM   #19
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Washed my bike last night and I took some pictures of it and the Camaro together. I love my vehicles.




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Old 06-16-2013, 10:03 PM   #20
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Got a license plate holder. Looks much better than not having one I think.

Also tackled the DIY Afterburners today. They look awesome at night. Can't see them too much in the daylight, but I'm okay with that because these cost me about $15 in parts. Saving money ftw!

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Old 06-16-2013, 10:20 PM   #21
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Awesome, but somebody spray painted your tag!
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:33 AM   #22
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Awesome, but somebody spray painted your tag!
I'm not sure why I decided to do it seeing as how you can see my plate in other pictures and I don't really care if people know my license plate number or not. Lol.
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:05 PM   #23
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Well I got all moved to South Carolina, and while I was looking for a job I thought I'd get myself a Griot's Garage polisher and shine my baby up. When I bought it there were swirl marks all over. Seriously looked like somebody went at it with a polisher that had no idea what to do. Also while the polisher was in the mail I got an interview and was offered and accepted a job!

Here is a shot of the hood with swirl marks. They actually looked a lot worse in person, but you get the idea. The whole car was covered with these.



Here are a couple of after shots. It's the first time I've ever done anything like this, and there definitely was a learning curve, but I'm very pleased with the results. I'd say I got about 90-95% correction.



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Old 10-03-2013, 04:32 PM   #24
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Great job on the polishing man!
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:51 AM   #25
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Car is looking great, and awesome job on the polishing! I still have some areas i need to revisit on mine but its very minimal.
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