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Old 04-09-2012, 08:53 PM   #171
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Just got a PM from Gary @ Gary's Customz..........One ZL1 bumper with my name on it will be getting started on Friday

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Old 04-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #172
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Holy shyt bro, that thing is looking amazing! Congrtas, that thing really is a work of art!
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:22 PM   #173
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Holy shyt bro, that thing is looking amazing! Congrtas, that thing really is a work of art!
Thanks T, I appreciate the kind words!! It's really become a labor of love now....BTW I notice you have the Metra kit, how do you like it? I'm going that route also, would love to hear your feedback.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:14 PM   #174
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Well, the kit is decent enough. It does what its supposed to. You can add double din decks, its handles hvac controls, it even keeps on star function and steering wheel controls.

My gripes, it isn't the nicest looking thing, and it took a lot of fiddling to get the fitment just right. I plan to take it out and try some painting and more fiddling to see if I can improve it more.

But it does everything its supposed to to and I have no problems with it.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:47 PM   #175
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Well, the kit is decent enough. It does what its supposed to. You can add double din decks, its handles hvac controls, it even keeps on star function and steering wheel controls.

My gripes, it isn't the nicest looking thing, and it took a lot of fiddling to get the fitment just right. I plan to take it out and try some painting and more fiddling to see if I can improve it more.

But it does everything its supposed to to and I have no problems with it.
Thank for the info T, appreciate it!

I definitely want to replace the stock head unit & I like the idea how the HVAC controls are integrated into the Metra. I'd also either get it painted or Hydro-coated, but it's a plus to have a nice touchscreen instead of the stock stuff.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:29 PM   #176
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Strut Tower Brace by Lupe @ River City Creations installed, sorry for the crappy pics, as they do Lupe's work no justice!
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Looks awesome. I should have ordered mine through them.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:10 PM   #178
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Looks awesome. I should have ordered mine through them.
Thanks Luke! I've ordered quite a few pieces from Lupe @ River City Creations and I've never been disappointed with his quality or prices!
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:02 PM   #179
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That engine bay looks so sexy John, love the strut brace only problem it's covering the slp engine covers,now you need strut tower cover caps to go with your other caps ,but overall your engine bay looks sick bro
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:41 PM   #180
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That engine bay looks so sexy John, love the strut brace only problem it's covering the slp engine covers,now you need strut tower cover caps to go with your other caps ,but overall your engine bay looks sick bro
Thanks Pierre, and that engine bay hasn't been cleaned in the 2+ months it's been in the shop. I do have black billet with rivet caps for the towers, but what I'm going to do since I have the MPD1 Z-Force hood is cut a 2" circle right above where the Pedder's Adjustment knob was. The hood is actually 2 sheets of fiberglass with the bottom sheet being 1/8" thick then there's a little over an 1/8" gap to the top layer of hood. So once I cut the holes in the bottom piece, I'll be able to put the Pedders knobs back on with fear of rubbing. When I pop the hood I want people to know there's Pedders coilovers there! They cost too much to be hidden

Got quite a few more things in the works right now that are going to blow some minds
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:15 PM   #181
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Thanks Pierre, and that engine bay hasn't been cleaned in the 2+ months it's been in the shop. I do have black billet with rivet caps for the towers, but what I'm going to do since I have the MPD1 Z-Force hood is cut a 2" circle right above where the Pedder's Adjustment knob was. The hood is actually 2 sheets of fiberglass with the bottom sheet being 1/8" thick then there's a little over an 1/8" gap to the top layer of hood. So once I cut the holes in the bottom piece, I'll be able to put the Pedders knobs back on with fear of rubbing. When I pop the hood I want people to know there's Pedders coilovers there! They cost too much to be hidden

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John,

I have a hole saw that would make a very clean cut of that. Stop by sometime and we can do it at my house. Then put a black grommet in the hole to give it a finished look. Oh and when you are ready to change out your head unit to Metra or Scoshe or Alpine let me know. I am doing the same thing and we can learn from each other.....maybe.
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you always got something in your pocket john when will we stop spending or stop modifying ?
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I have a hole saw that would make a very clean cut of that. Stop by sometime and we can do it at my house. Then put a black grommet in the hole to give it a finished look. Oh and when you are ready to change out your head unit to Metra or Scoshe or Alpine let me know. I am doing the same thing and we can learn from each other.....maybe.
Tom that sounds like an awesome idea about the stereo install, I know you know your stuff and by the time I do the stereo we should be practically neighbors! We were hoping to do the hole this week while we're finishing up the Pedders alignment kit, and the final Pfadt parts to finish up the alignment, so I can join you guys at Paridise car show! The lead tech at the shop had to fly back to AZ due to family issue, so it's just been Ray & I ...needless to say things haven't been moving too quick but Friday is the goal!

I spoke with Eric at MPD1 yesterday and told him our plan to use the hole saw but he was a little skeptical about that, as that was our original plan. He recommended using a 1/8" carbine bit on an angle drill or dremmel, making our circle and then doing the cut about 1/16" inside the lines and then smoothing it out to the line with a small drum sander attachment with dremmel. I love the black grommet idea!! Man, you're a wealth of knowledge, can't wait until I'm a short drive from you!


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Looks who's talking!! The king of Lebanon I've got to keep up with some of these guys on here Pierre!! Besides I look at this way, when I moved to Cali last year I sold my other toy....the Reel Therapy




A 31ft Fountain Tournament Edition with twin Mercury Optimax 250s with a 200 gallon gas tank.....Just filling her up was $1000 But doing 65mph in 2-3ft seas shooting out 60 miles to the canyons to catch 300+lb Bluefin Tuna made it all worth it!! So in actuality I'm saving money (at least that's what I tell my wife)
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That's one awesome looking boat John, looks like you used to have a lot of fun with it, well now you have your new toy ,but soon when your done with it you'll have to find something new to play with cz people like us don't know how to stay put and do nothing,thank you for the humble comment as i am the humble camaro tuner king of lebanon ,i also like you have another hobby to pay for and it's an expesive one ,a 200 gallon reef tank.

only problem i can't convince my wife that i'm saving money like you i'm blamed for spending a lot on my hobbies .
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:20 AM   #185
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Killer tank Pierre, I love salt water tanks!!! Awesome hobby & can get costly $$$$ when those fish start going belly up!


Final Pedders & Pfadt suspension parts installed today and we started the process of corner weighting again, should really be able to dial it close to 51/49% which is as close to perfect as you can get. The car will literally be on rails. Really want to make the Paradise Chevy Show on Sunday so pushing for the alignment tomorrow (Friday), so the rig can make it's first public showing & hook up with the boys from the 4C's!

Still waiting on more parts & decisions to make before my move south, so a lot could be done in the next month. My ZL1 bumper will be in on Monday (right Gary ), then the custom ZL1EATR will be that close to being done....Sorry ZL1 owners, truth sometimes hurts, but we can still be friends

I'll leave you with the latest renderings from our own xVengencex28, my Jersey Bro, Chris. Throw the man a bone and he'll blow you away with his skills!









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OMG those pics look amazing, great work from xvengencex28 car looks better than the GINN camaro imo ,i tried to decide which one i like most but i couldn't each pic is unique in its own way, keeepem cominnn bro.
p.s. i put the second one on my desktop.
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OMG those pics look amazing, great work from xvengencex28 car looks better than the GINN camaro imo ,i tried to decide which one i like most but i couldn't each pic is unique in its own way, keeepem cominnn bro.
p.s. i put the second one on my desktop.
Thanks Brother P, I can't take any credit though, I just supplied the car! Chris (xVengenencex28) does awesome work and he's such a nice guy...all of us Jersey boys are When you're done with your build definitely hit him up and let him work some magic for you! I still can't pick a favorite, they're all awesome & can't wait to get the ZL1 bumper on, so I told him to save the best for last!

Glad to help you earlier today bro, I just love talking these cars...can you tell? Good luck getting that Maggie in and let me know if you need anything.

Latest update on the SS is all suspension mods are complete & going to the alignment shop tomorrow for the Pedders aggressive street alignment. ZL1 bumper will be in Gary's hands on Monday & hopefully in the spray booth Tuesday....If GM happens to screw him again on his bumper orders, I do have a back up waiting in the wings. I should have the new AAC Oracle Ghosted Side Markers in early next week, that's such a cool looking mod I thought I loved the Oracle LEDs I have now, but those Ghosted ones are off the chain!! Already have my MTI Racing Billet Tensioner & smaller pulley ready to install next week as well. Once that's done, custom badging, sound system and a little interior fun...then heavy thoughts about doing the gears, axle shafts & rear end, but that's going to happen once I get to SoCal

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