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Old 05-06-2012, 09:34 AM   #26
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Pretty cool!
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:45 PM   #27
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:49 PM   #28
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My latest project, moving LED ABL lighting!!! No longer ambient anymore :-0

So the obsession continues... I've seen what everyone else was doing with the ABL in our Camaro's. I liked the ideas, but I knew I could do better. No longer ambient, but more of a show!!! I got the idea working on a buddy's car. I wanted something a little more unique.

I researched Dream Color moving LED's for a week! All from China, but I wanted a local distributor. Got the right ones without separate power and all 12V!!! However they do need 12V regulated so the car's system wasn't gonna cut it at over 15V sometimes. Ended up using a AC inverter back into the DC power supply for exactly 12V all the time. Wired it all up inside the center console and mounted the power brick up under the gauge pack. Ran wiring through the factory hoses and modified the plugs to get the controller wires into the doors.

Next I sanded the paint of the top strip of all four pieces to allow the light to shine through. I cut up the strips and wired everything up. You can see my test panel below and the wires laid out connected directly together. Used short wires inside the car to get them all together and working in unison. The wiring was easy, it was the sanding, fitting and making everything look the best I could.

All this is on or off with a switch or controlled with a RF remote that works farther than you can see the car Visible day or night, but yes, to bright at night for driving. When off you can barely tell they are there, just a small white strip at the top of the panels. Please tell me thoughts, and be kind, probably got thirty hours in this project.

Check out pics below, but first the video!!!

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Old 05-26-2012, 12:52 AM   #29
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Nice build thread Nick... The videos are cool, but getting to see all your lights at the track was way better.
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:44 AM   #30
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Woooow I love LEDs , I really dig what you've done with the trunk.
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:36 PM   #31
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Thanks Aaron and Pierre! My Mom asked me what I was gonna do next to top myself... I don't have anything yet
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:37 PM   #32
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New Video!!!

Raw footage taken for our Club video. Check it out, and ignore the audio. Funny hearing us getting kicked out in the beginning Last forty seconds are awesome getting to see the wheels moving on Las Vegas Blvd passing the LV sign

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Old 06-03-2012, 12:54 PM   #33
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New Photos!!!

Yeah, I'm a dork. Took some new photos in the dark to show off the lights. I think they look pretty cool
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:07 AM   #34
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New project, make it all orange!!!

So I got a buddy Stephen Strong with a 2011 RS/SS that did a great job painting all the grey plastic orange inside his car. He had a stick, so it was a little easier I figured I could add my own flare and painted behind the door pulls too

I recently installed a set of AAC side markers for a club member, hotrodsally, and it got me thinking. I also saw what everybody else was doing blacking them out, or adding their own LED strip mimicking the AAC ones. I knew I could do better, I made them disappear!!! I painted and cleared them to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the car. I changed out the bulbs to, you guessed it, LED's!!! lol, but just little bulbs. I could have done two strips inside, and may still some day, but I am really happy with the results. They look awesome!!!

<<<<<<<<<<<<<Just added last three pics>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Did the color matched marker lights for club pres Alex. He drives a 45th Anniv in carbon flash metallic. I told him light wouldn't go through black, and it didn't!!! lol See last three pic's of finished product. They actually match paint perfect, but have less orange peel than factory paint!!! Who needs marker lights anyway!!!! ha, ha

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Old 06-10-2012, 03:11 PM   #35
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Dash Dream Color 2.0!!!

So I been painting all week and I was like, I can fix the dream color!!! Originally I just sanded the entire top of the strip off to let the LED's show directly through. It worked, but the entire LED strip was exposed. Only the LED which is about a 1/4" needs to show so I was gonna mask off that bit and paint the rest.

Man was I in for some work. I pulled the strips and re-sanded with 320, 600 and 2000 all wet than buffed to crystal clear. Than I masked everything, roughed up what was to be painted, hit with adhesion promoter and like 5 coats of paint!!! No clear needed, the panel is 1/8" of clear!!!

That was the easy part. My first strip failed once I finally had it all back together. Luckily I had a long spare I trimmed off a couple sections. All wasn't perfect yet. I super glue my wiring ends on and apparently the glue interferes with the circuitry, ugh!!! I scraped the glue off the resistor and it works!!! Tested for 5 minutes and no failure, hopefully it stays that way. I still want to do someone's car with Dream Color, but non-exposed LED's. I just wanna sand a small 1/16 or maybe 1/8th strip to let the glow through and face the LED's backwards. Imagine how cool that would look, and more subtle

Check out this new HD day time video. They are sooo bright!!! lol

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Old 06-18-2012, 11:14 AM   #36
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New pic's from Father's Day Car Show at Anthem Country Club

I am a member of Sin City Camaro Club. We have around 30 members at any given time. This week we were invited to the Father's Day Car Show at Anthem Country Club. We had 20 cars in the show or double any other club. I took pic's for everybody, but here are some nice ones of my car. You can really see how nice the new sidemakers and shark fin look
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:04 AM   #37
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Finishing project Orange Attack!!!

I hadn't seen it done, but I knew from the beginning that my gray radio would have to turn orange just like the rest of the gray interior bits. My thought is the black parts blend and don't need to change, but that gray had to go!

Like most things it was a lot of work, but I am happy with the finished product. It really ties the center of the car together. I will be writing my first DIY about it, in case anyone else wants to do it see, http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=232494

Pictures show the beginning, pre-assembly and installed in the car.

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Old 06-26-2012, 12:04 AM   #38
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See, I can do subtle :P

Got some flack for doing my ambient lighting so bright and flashy. Yes, totally useless day to day... Well, nothing gets more attention day or night.

Back to subtle. I decided the factory dome light wasn't cutting it anymore. I needed more light... I bought one 5m 300 LED RGB strip and cheap $5 controller. I installed 11 individual strips throughout the interior. Two strips in the dome light, one long one in the rear window, both footwells, under the seats front and rear and finally both sill plates lighting up the Transformers Plates.

Total there are 294 RGB 5050 LED's. It took 140 feet of wire, 40 butt splice connectors and around 20 zip ties, not to mention the connectors I put on and hot glued in place. It is spliced into the factory dome light circuit and comes on with the switch or opening the doors. It will do all colors of the spectrum including any shade. It will light up the same every time you open the door. It does 7 color fades, flashes, white strobe, etc. Also dim able for total control!!! I even have a switch to turn off the dome and rear light so only the lower lights are on. I mounted the IR receiver inside the drivers vent for the remote.

Here's the vid, now in HD!!!

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Old 06-26-2012, 09:09 AM   #39
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:09 PM   #40
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totally agree

I totally agree. We all have our own tastes. Some people don't realize with the lights off my car looks like a factory IOM Transformers edition Camaro.


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Old 06-26-2012, 03:42 PM   #41
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I may have missed a pic of it, but where are the switches? Or are they remote? Curious to see where you located the switches if you have pictures.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:12 AM   #42
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I just found this thread and I've got to say you are amazing! The Bumblebee picture with the LED eyes is so sick! Major, major props to you.
I really want to do something like your center console too if you don't mind a copycat (it wouldn't be transformers at least!)
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:53 PM   #43
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I get a lot of my ideas from C5 too! Post pic's on here or PM when you get done, I gotta see what u come up with.

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I just found this thread and I've got to say you are amazing! The Bumblebee picture with the LED eyes is so sick! Major, major props to you.
I really want to do something like your center console too if you don't mind a copycat (it wouldn't be transformers at least!)
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:02 PM   #44
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I know a lot of my stuff seems out there, but I try and maintain a factory and stealthy appearance. The ABL is kinda visible, but the rest is mostly hidden or in the trunk.

For the switches I have one, the red one below, to operate all the exterior lights. One RGB music controller does all them, seen left side of pic. It is IR so has to be visible, but I tucked as far under as a I could. Knight Rider is on same switch. The other little black switch is to power the external amp and four speakers in the grille and wheel wells. The Dream color is powered by a 12V to AC inverter in center console. Open and turn it on, and the lights come on.

Otherwise the last shot is of all the remoters... The dream color is on auto play through 93 patterns, so don't need remote. The tall one is for interior lights, leave and forget. The external always needs changed to what I want.

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Old 06-28-2012, 02:26 PM   #45
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My baby is famous

A local russian dancer in Vegas wanted to make a music video. He liked the new Camaro's look and contacted our car club. Being Vegas nobody but me showed and he used my car for a night video shoot and a car wash scene. Here's a couple of the vids combined together. Shows off the lights great at night!!! Yes, rolling on LV BLVD with only the white lights on.


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How I get my car washed!!!

None of these photos are too dirty, in fact they are super clean!!! Taken during the car wash video scene. 3 models and one hot car! I can't tell you how hard it was to get all the water spots off after 2 hours of washing in direct sunlight... The things we do for fun Used soap and vinegar and waxed the next day. Total took about 5 hours to clean, but it was worth it.

Fiinal pay off, the video!!! Click on link and it will open in youtube:
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:38 PM   #47
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Your car is amazing.... I love all the lights you've done and your trunk is so bad ass!!
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:20 PM   #48
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Thank you!!! I am obsessed with the lights and the Transformer theme. I just wish the trunk wasn't so bright!!! They are Headlight Halo's and way to bright... lol

I do all the work so thank you for the kind words.

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Old 07-14-2012, 09:08 PM   #49
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Glove box light!!!

So my girlfriend Rita complained that she couldn't see in the glove box at night... Really? The light guy's GF needs light? So I think I pulled it off. I had extra dream color strips, pieces, lying around so I used 36 LED's total. If you just hook up power and ground positions 1 and 4 on the strips they light up bright white, for the most part. The bedroom pic is the panel in a totally dark room. Yup, it's bright. I was going for Indiana Jones Arc of the Covenant bright. Nailed it Used a tiny Radioshack normally closed momentary switch on one of the bump stops. Total cost was a $1 for one switch, and I had the lights

Pic's are in the bedroom, the final product, what I was going for and peoples faces after they see it :P lol
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:19 PM   #50
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I have the same color changing beats to the music in my footwells
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