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Old 06-21-2012, 04:05 PM   #1
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AUGrad's SS Upgrades

After ordering the parts back on the first week of April I was finally able to get my SS in to the shop on Tuesday.

Currently I have the CAI cold air intake below is what is being installed by Street Custom and Paint in Mooresville. The goal is ~450 RWHP.
Pfadt Stage 2 suspension package, plus end-links:
1.25"drop springs
Sport sway bars
Quiet adjustable end-links
Comp custom grind blower cam package with street tune:
Custom ground comp 3 bolt blower cam
Comp hardened push rods
Comp valve spring kit
Comp Rocker trunion upgrade
GM 3 bolt cam gear
GM chain damper
B&B Headers and full exhaust:
1 7/8" Long tube Stainless headers w/3" collector
3" Stainless high flow cat pipes
3" Stainless sport or classic cat-back exhaust
Elite engineering catch can
Upgrade to “strong” MAF
Custom Tune
RS Wheels painted flat black
Painted flat black stripes
New cam going in:


New Pfadt springs:


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New Billy Boat exhaust
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:55 AM   #2
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Updated with pics.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:19 AM   #3
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Stripes

Stripes going on today. Crappy paint rendering attached, they will continue on the trunk lid and over the spoiler. Car is black stripes will be flat black.

Hope to pick up by the end of the week!
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:35 AM   #4
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That's going to be a awesome car!!!!
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:05 PM   #5
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Post some pictures as soon as you get it back!
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:53 AM   #6
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Stripes Update

Here are the first pics of the stripes going on!
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:11 AM   #7
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it's awesome that you get to be there for the painting.
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:51 PM   #8
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Wheel and back stripe pics:
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:06 PM   #9
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Steve did an awesome job on those stripes! Almost time for some new tires? lol

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Old 07-01-2012, 07:36 PM   #10
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Love the matte black on black. Nicely done!!!
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:39 PM   #11
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Steve did an awesome job on those stripes! Almost time for some new tires? lol

-Kyle
Stripes and wheels are awesome! You did a pretty nice job with the cam etc too! Tires wont be far behind!
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:49 PM   #12
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Finaly got to wash her.

Out of tire black. Pics do not do the stripes and wheels justice.

Should be pushing ~450 to the rear wheels. The new stance, about 1.5 inches lower is very aggressive. Steering seems to also be greatly improved, have not have much time to push it yet! :(

I can't recommend Kyle, NC-V, Jimmy and the entire staff at http://www.streetcustomandpaint.com/ enough. If you are in NC you need to look them up.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:47 AM   #13
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So what is a build thread without a little drama? Well here is mine.

Picked the car up on June 29th and everything was perfect. Hardest part was not burning the tires off trying to push them just a little longer until tax free weekend. Well they lasted but no tires


Driving to work on August 1st when pulling on the interstate the car stumbles, like it was going to stall, then took off but now a terrifying clicking sound from the engine. The not even novice mechanic in me fears the worse.

So I take the car home and send a quick e-mail to Kyle, NC-V, who did the CAM, headers exhaust work. He suspects a misfire and has me check the plugs wires etc. Could be a valve spring but new Comp springs were installed with the CAM so that is unlikely. At this time there was no check engine light on.

Here is the noise:



I check the plugs etc. and no improvement, but the check engine light is now on so time to hit the on star button. Connect and they run diagnostics, come right back and say that I need to be transferred to level 2 support, this can’t be good! Fist question Mr. Anderson do you have any power adders to your car, intake exhaust ect., well $hit. Hope they don't hang up on me! Yes I do. Well we are showing too much air you need to check your intake and make sure there are not leaks. OK check intake and everything is tight.

Another e-mail to Kyle and he suggest to check the header bolts. OK no problem, of course both of us are going out of town for the next week. So now on vacation thinking of nothing but header bolts, oh wait there is beer!


More mystery to follow!
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:31 AM   #14
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OK back from vacation and borrow a torque wrench to check the bolts. Should be straight forward right. Engine cover off check. See the blots should looks easy enough, drive side done not too bad! On to the passenger side. OK so who in the blue hell decided to put all these wires and hoses over here?!?! OK work around them not too bad, wait are there 2 blots BEHIND the dip stick. OK time for a beer and try to just move the dip stick out of the way without removing it completely. OK everything has been retourqed and still ticking.

One more e-mail to Kyle, I am sure he loved me by now. He now wonders if the exhaust gasket could have blown out, and offers to come to my house to check it out. Now I live 1 hour from the shop and he is coming after work to check everything out because it must be something simple right…

So after 3 hours of spark plugs, wires, headers, valve springs, fuses, data logging, it appears to only be firing on 4 cylinders. Kyle thinks it must be a vacuum leak, so we check for one, nothing. Only thing not checked was the intake gasket. Kyle dose some research and it seems that a there have been a few issues with the #8 intake port, hey that is the one giving us problems! He will come back down Saturday to check the gasket; if that is not the problem he will replace the intake.

So one more trip to my house everything seems ok with the manifold, so he replaces with a new one (with injectors, Map sensor, hoses and gaskets) no change. So now it’s time to get it to the shop for to check compression and do a leak down test to make sure the valves are seating correctly. Now he is suspecting part failure.

Up next a call to AAA and a pink tow truck!
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:07 PM   #15
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So a quick call to AAA, ok not a call requested service using the iPhone app, and this arrives!



And off to Street Customs and Kyle she goes. So after 2 trips to my house and no telling how many hours of trouble shooting, the problem is found very quickly broken #8 valve spring.

Here are the details of the failure:

I got the car in the shop and removed the valve covers like at your place when you were there, but then removed the rocker arms on the pass side head also and that is when I was able to see the coil wrapped around itself on the #8 exhaust valve. I removed the spring (both pieces) and put a stock valve spring in there for now just to hold the valve up. Everything else looks good, the spring was actually still doing its job (for the most part), just didn't seat the valve as well which caused our low compression on that cylinder.

We decided to go with some springs from Texas Speed and we use the PRC springs on all of the motors I spec out for the RCR Camaros, so I know they won't have an issue. We spec'ed the Comp springs on your car because they are what we have used in the past with the same cam setup without issue. The new springs are a double spring (safety/helper spring on inside) rated for .650" lift so they will be more than sufficient.

The culprit:


New Shiny


So now the car is back together, new springs along with Intake manifold, Booster hose, Fuel injectors, Fuel rail, Map sensor, Intake gaskets, and header gaskets (brand new). The car should be home on Saturday morning!

I can't say enough about Kyle, NC-V, and everyone at Street Customs for all of the help and getting me back up and running!

One more day!
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:18 AM   #16
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Great build........keep the mods coming!
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:25 PM   #17
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The car was delivered back Saturday morning and all I can say is WOW. I took it for a quick spin and it drove SO much better than even before! Drove to work on Monday and felt like a totally different car, easy to drive even at low RPMs, didn't have to romp on it in 1st etc. I thought it was just in my head so I let my wife drive it to work yesterday and she asked what else they did to the car because it was so much easier to drive. OK so I guess it wasn't just in my head.

My guess is that things may have been going south for a while before the spring finally gave up.

Once again I can’t think Kyle and everyone at Street Customs enough for getting me back up and running! If you are in the NC and looking to have some work done I cannot recommend these guys enough!

Now what to mod next?
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