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Old 05-29-2012, 02:22 PM   #1
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I took ownership of my 2011 IBM 2SS/RS A6 (L99) in July of 2011. I saw on here that the IBM was going to be discontinued, so I decided now was the time to buy if I wanted a Blue Camaro. There was only two IBM left in the whole Phoenix area and I didn't want to have one built, so I went down to Henry Brown Chevrolet in Casa Grande. Here's a picture on "D" Day:



After owning the car for two months, I purchased the American Thunder Flowmaster Catback. I do not have a sound clip with the stock manifolds.

I added some Chrome Grills too:


In October 2011, as a birthday present to myself, I purchased Kooks Long Tube Step Headers and a CAI/CAI( with Scoop) with a SCT Tuner/JRE Tune. I didn't get a chance to put it on until January of 2012 because of some delays with shipping of the headers and the holiday season.

Here's a picture of the headers:



Here's a pic of the CAI:


Headers Installed:



For Christmas 2011 my Dad bought me a GM Strut Tower Brace (I also removed the engine cover...its so ugly):



In Febuary 2012 I did a dyno tune and I ran her at the track (I need to upload my time slips and dyno sheet).

Later that month, the Mod bug bit... HARD...



I bought an Edelbrock E-force Kit with a 3.5 Pulley, ZL1 Fuel Pump, ZL1 Spark Plugs, and a Roto-Fab Cold Air Intake.

Later that week, I had the ZL1 Fuel Pump installed, and why they were doing that I added the Pfadt Drag 1 Suspension Kit+ Front Sway. ( I still need to do the engine mounts).





I ran a 13.1 with the stock Contis, so I figured in order to dip into the 12's I should buy some Drag Radials.

But that didn't happen... Best Run was 13.4.






GM Replica's
Nitto NTO5R Drag Radials.




While I waited for the E-Force to be shipped, in April 2012, I decided to purchase the L99 to LS3 (LS9?) Conversion.









In May 2012 I bought the updated valve cover for the L99 and a Rx Catch Can.

I also just purchased a set of 60# injectors for the E-Force.

I am planning on starting my project this weekend. I will post pictures throughout the process. I am going to try and fabricate a combination between the Rotofab and the CAI intakes. I am going to have it dyno tuned by Extreme Motorsports in Tempe.

Mods to date Performance:
For Looks:
  • GM Strut Tower Brace
  • Chrome Gills
  • Heritage Grill
Last Video before the big build!



Updated 7/20/2012: Here are some pics of the install process.




And here's how it would have come in '69




More Updated Install Pics from 7/28/2012: Heads off. Cam's Out.






New Springs 8/18/2012:



9/18/2012: I can't believe it's been almost a whole month since I've updated. Although, not much progress. I flew back to Detroit for Woodward, which knocked out two weekends. And then I took a week and a half off work to fly back to Maine for my cousins wedding. I finally got some wrenching time in on Saturday and I plan to get some more in this Saturday.

New Engine Mounts are in. Cam is in. Heads are on (just need to be torqued). Intercooler is in. Taking a lot longer than I projected, but I'm also saving a huge cost by My dad and I doing it..soo It's worth it. (plus the father/son time).







9/22/2012-9/29/2012

Heads are torqued down (took a lot longer than expected with the head studs). Rocker Arms/pushrods on/in. Timing cover on. Valve Covers on. Harmonic Balancer on. We're getting close... Maybe a few more good Saturday's. The Valley Cover is not torqued down yet... just using it for protection in this picture.

10/6/2012-10/20/2012

Well, it's getting close. We finished up the radiator, fans, intercooler, etc. We got a majority of the coolant system in place as well. Not much left but to put the headers on and get the wiring done. The catch can and fuel system needs to go still as well. Maybe two more good Saturdays. I can't wait... We've even decided to put a few week nights in. I think that's more because my dad just bought a new 400 block for his 63' Nova and wants to get started on that :-P. We place the super charger on, but it's not torqued down yet.











11/3/2012- START UP!

Finished everything up, changed the fluids and got it fired up. Started up just fine with the Stock Edelbrock Eforce tune. I also painted the Strut Tower bar with a flat black wrinkle. Ran rich in banks 1 and 2 and the map sensor threw a CEL. Here are some pics and a video of the start up. Left off the supercharged flanges because I went with the breather. In the end we went with 60lb injectors and stock thermostat.
















11/7/2012: DYNO TUNE

I went to Xtreme Motorsports in Tempe, AZ. 523HP/495TQ.






And here's a picture of my camaro and my dad's 'other' toy, a 1963 Pro-Street Nova.


July 2014: Some Quarter Mile Times and Updated Pics


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Old 05-29-2012, 02:42 PM   #2
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Sounds like it's going to be a great build ,looks like your at the right track and know what you want ,I think you should get that strut brace to lupe overhaulengines to get it painted and written on ,I painted the sides and wrapped the center part with carbon fiber vinyl you can check it out in my build, good luck with the build .
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:22 AM   #3
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Good luck with your stock axles. You might need some 1000 HP units if those Drag Radials really hook up. Looks like a lot of fun.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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Good luck with your stock axles. You might need some 1000 HP units if those Drag Radials really hook up. Looks like a lot of fun.
Thanks! I actually already looked into doing a full conversion through Lingenfelter. Do the 3.73 Gears and the 1400hp axles. My differential has a lot of play in it, so I think that is going to go first...

I've got about $5k Set aside for either a new differential or a new bottom end...which ever goes first.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:43 PM   #5
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I think the "play" you're referring to is the standard issue Driveline Clunk that comes on almost all M6 Camaros. Supposedly, the clunk is designed in by GM. Why, I'll never know. If the clunk is considered "normal" then it must have been intentionally designed into the car. That means someone must know exactly what it is that causes the clunk, but they aren't telling us for some reason. I suspect it's a combination of too much backlash in the ring and pinion spec, or the tolerance in the spider gears and the axles, or both. I wonder if the noise persists even if you put in a 9" differential.
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:51 PM   #6
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I think the "play" you're referring to is the standard issue Driveline Clunk that comes on almost all M6 Camaros. Supposedly, the clunk is designed in by GM. Why, I'll never know. If the clunk is considered "normal" then it must have been intentionally designed into the car. That means someone must know exactly what it is that causes the clunk, but they aren't telling us for some reason. I suspect it's a combination of too much backlash in the ring and pinion spec, or the tolerance in the spider gears and the axles, or both. I wonder if the noise persists even if you put in a 9" differential.
I have an Auto, but it was awfully alarming. My 79 has about as much play as my 2011, and you'd think the 2011 should be tight... I can move the wheel about an 1in in each direction. I am going to change the fluid this weekend and I should be able to get a good feel to see what kinda wear and tear is going on once I take the magnets out. Glad to know I'm not the only one, though...
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:05 PM   #7
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Bumped. Added Some install pics. We are making some progress. So far the Heads are off. Cam is out. All the AFM/VVT crap is off. We still need to change the motor mounts and install the intercooler before she starts going back together. Problem is that shes only getting attention on Saturdays. Seems like its taking months to do.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:25 PM   #8
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Love the build! Glad to know there is someone out there building a camaro that is super powerful yet still street friendly.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:49 AM   #9
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When I come home, (Mesa, Az) in February-ish, maybe we can meet up. Id like to see your car. Ive never been in a blown one!!
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:17 AM   #10
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When I come home, (Mesa, Az) in February-ish, maybe we can meet up. Id like to see your car. Ive never been in a blown one!!
Absolutely. Let me know... I will prob be at the Pavs or out at Firebird with it almost every weekend until the heat rears it's ugly head.

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Old 10-24-2012, 06:16 PM   #11
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Bump. Updated pics.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:52 PM   #12
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After months of waiting, we are finally complete!!!! Updated with Dyno Vids and Start up vids.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:32 AM   #13
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Hey man,
When you took the heads off, did you take them down to be mic'd or did you just put them back on? I was always told with aluminium heads they had to be worked before reinstalling to make sure they are not warped. I need to change out my lifters but have been waiting for when I do my 418ci, but they took away our overtime so all thats on the backburner now. Still wanna check out your car, (I posted above) Are you going to Pavs this Saturday? Its Camaro night.

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Old 10-11-2013, 10:05 AM   #14
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Hey man,
When you took the heads off, did you take them down to be mic'd or did you just put them back on? I was always told with aluminium heads they had to be worked before reinstalling to make sure they are not warped. I need to change out my lifters but have been waiting for when I do my 418ci, but they took away our overtime so all thats on the backburner now. Still wanna check out your car, (I posted above) Are you going to Pavs this Saturday? Its Camaro night.

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Hey Adam,

I didn't have the heads mic'd. The only changes that I made were the springs, so I scrubbed off the glue from the bottom of them from the old gasket and cleaned them out really well with brake/carb cleaner. I didn't change the valves and I used the LS9 Cam, so the lift wasn't high enough to worry about. If I would have had the heads machined, I probably would have gotten them ported and went with a different set of valves. I guess it's kind of the cheap way of going around it... I'd recommend the ARP head studs, instead of the TTY bolts and the LS9 head gasket (9 layer) if you go blown.

Not sure if I am heading up to the Pavs... I usually go with my Dad or one of my friends who has a Shelby, and the guy with the Shelby hates Camaro night. LOL I will see if they are interested.

I am dying to do a 418 build. If my comission hadn't sucked this year, I probably would have done it.

I will let you know if I go, though.

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Old 10-11-2013, 08:55 PM   #15
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Cool man! Thanks for the response! Im not 100% on going to Pavs even though Im supposed to meet someone there to sell a part. I just typically go up to Kmart with my dad and his 69 Z. I havent talked to him in a couple days so Im not sure of his plans yet. I like Kmart because its a whole lot closer and you dont have arrogant assholes revving there engines to try and prove a point. Definitely let me know if youre gonna make one of those cruise ins. Id like to check out your car.

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Old 07-10-2014, 07:33 PM   #16
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