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Old 06-02-2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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JMS-White 2014 2SS/RS Vert

Day 1:
Late April. A boring Sunday. For some unknown reason I decided to look at new cars on Auto Trader website. I really had no plans on buying a new car. Already had two.

Anyway, stumbled across this white convertible. I was surprised it did not have to oh so common black top. Loved the color combo. Then I read the price. Sounded low to me. Checked a number of sites, all indications was that the price was about $4500 below MSRP.

At this point I figured it was likely one of those bait ads. You know, only one and when you get there it is already sold. Logged off my computer. Hour later looked it up again to find what dealership it was out. Dealership was only like 15 minutes from my house so off I went.

Drove through there lot. Did not see the car in the ad. Parked and went in anyway. Turns out it was a another lot. Hour later and they had washed it and brought it to the dealership.

After discussion of trading in my current two vehicles and getting financing approval the dreaded reams of paper work began. Had to wait on them working with financing company on one of my trade ins. Picked the Camaro up Monday afternoon.

First two weeks I made excuses to go for a drive. Did not really matter where. Also after the first week started looking at mods. Still am to this day. Have a feeling I will be till I finally part with it.

Found Camaro 5 website. Good and bad. Good for all the great information. Bad because it just keeps adding ideas for improvements. Where to start, looks, interior or exterior first. Performance improvements. Going to need a couple of more jobs..... Should I become a pizza delivery driver... at least then I would still get to drive it while I am working.

Nope just have to do my changes in steps. Love my car but I also enjoy my free time.

OK so I first started on what seems like something simple. Painting various engine parts. Simple in theory, little more difficult when you have never done it. Do not have the tools or a proper location to do it. Still I managed. Made some mistakes. Pretty sure I can fix them though.

Really wanted something that would make an instant impact though and I wanted it know .

So today I bit the bullet. Bought a set of White Motegi MR126's. Arrrgh... of course I have to wait 5 to 7 days for them to make there way from CA.

Next post will be after I get them installed and snap some pics to post.


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Old 06-02-2014, 06:31 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new ride, looking forward to seeing the new pics
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:17 AM   #3
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Congrats on the new ride, looking forward to seeing the new pics
Thanks ! Yours looks pretty nice.
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:04 AM   #4
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Oh what a difference!!!
No performance mods as of yet. However, friend of mine is learning to use HP Tuning software. He has tuned his Chevy truck and his bosses Corvette.

So I let him have a go on my car (only costing me the $100 for the credits needed, 6 pack of beer for future tunes). Huge improvement in acceleration, sharper, quicker shifts, more appropriate shift points for over 50% throttle. One bug to work out still. Car nose dives for a long second when doing 1>2 shift in full auto at WOT.

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Old 06-03-2014, 07:22 AM   #5
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Nice find , congrats.
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Old 06-03-2014, 09:18 AM   #6
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One bug to work out still. Car nose dives for a long second when doing 1>2 shift in full auto at WOT.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:54 AM   #7
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Tune corrected. Torque converter tables were off.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:22 AM   #8
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good,Car nose dives for a long second when doing 1>2 shift in full auto at WOT.thanks
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:12 PM   #9
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Nice Sw Vert!!!

Congrats
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:26 PM   #10
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Nice Sw Vert!!!

Congrats
Thank You.

I think it just got a bit nicer myself. Wheels installed today.
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:52 PM   #11
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Yeah, I think it's nice!!
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:32 PM   #12
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Yeah, I think it's nice!!
TY ! Topless is always a good look
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