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Old 02-06-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
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The Evolution of The Shark by Ryan Goll

The Evolution of The Shark
By Ryan Goll

The story of my 2012 1LT/RS Chevy Camaro


Sit back and enjoy the ride...

"Start a build thread," they said. "It'll be fun,” they said. I think it would have been really fun if I started from the day I first started modding my car, but instead I waited. I waited and waited. Now, 2 years since purchasing the car, NOW I decide to create a build thread. This will definitely be a work in progress...


It all started back on a cold winter day in Midwest City, Oklahoma. My wife and I were at a dealership looking at SUV’s. Actually, it goes back a little before that. I was always a fan of American Muscle, the ’69 Camaro being my favorite, but I think my interest peaked in the Camaro when I first saw the 5th Gen Concept in the movie The Transformers. Now, I’m sure there are plenty of Camaro owners that loved the car before then, but I was a late bloomer. I didn’t know much about cars, and never had much of an interest in them. Where was I? Oh right, so needless to say, I was definitely in love with the Camaro when it hit dealerships. I was still cruising around in my 4-Cylinder Chevy Cobalt, just a car I had to get from A to B. But after 6 years, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Not just an upgrade, I decided it was time that I owned a nice car. A car I was really proud of. A car I could show off. A Camaro was the answer.

As the story goes, we drove around the dealership with an awesome salesman, and my wife spotted this Summit White beauty in the back of the lot. Salesman informed us that it was a custom order by someone who backed out at the last minute. Sure would like to meet that person today and thank them. After me walking around it with my jaw on the floor, I hear my wife say, “Test drive it”. That’s all it took. The odometer went from 19 miles to 20 miles and I was sold. An instant Camaro enthusiast. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I would take that car home that night.

And I did.

I named it The Great White Shark that night. Not sure why. Maybe it was the gills. Maybe it was the fin. Maybe it was my love for sharks. It was probably all three. I later dropped the “Great White” part. Wanted to keep it simple. And I did, for awhile…

Below are a few photos from the night I purchased it, and the next day in my driveway.

I had no interest in modding The Shark. I wanted to tint the windows and that was it. I decided a few weeks later to debadge it completely, because I felt it made it look cleaner.

And that was it. It wasn’t until months later when I met Anthony Miles and he introduced me to the Oklahoma Camaro Club. He told me to come to a show to check it out. And I did. Had a great time and met some good people. It was also around this time that I started seeing the endless possibilities of modding a Camaro and making it your own. I decided to pick up some Retro RS 1st Gen Tribute Hideaway Headlight Covers as a tribute to one of my favorite cars, the ’69 Camaro RS. I liked that not a lot of people had them, and that they made my car really stand out. I entered a second show with them on and took home a trophy.

The obsession begins……..
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:08 PM   #2
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The First Show

Windows tinted. Completely Debadged. Here are some photos from the first show The Shark ever entered.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:15 PM   #3
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Ryan, What a nice looking ride! Tint was just what it needed....

Congrats on your trophy...It is always nice to win, but just as nice to see someone new win...as was your case....

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Old 02-06-2014, 06:18 PM   #4
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The First Trophy

Around November of 2012, The Shark entered its second show.

The mod list was simple: Windows tinted, lights tinted all around, black gill inserts. I forgot until just now that I decided to paint the engine cover and fuse box cover white. Luckily, I've taken plenty of pics to refresh my memory. Below are some photos of my early mods, along with my very first car show trophy. I think that trophy is where the obsession began...
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:25 PM   #5
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Let the Modding Begin!

In December of 2012, I had modding on the brain. I had seen what was possible, and I was determined to make The Shark famous! Ok, maybe I wasn't that crazy at first, but it definitely started then. First, it was the strut bar. Then the Roto-Fab Cold Air Intake. Then the ghosted side-markers. Then the smooth lock. The Shark was slowly evolving before my eyes and was becoming more and more unique by the day. Its funny now looking back and seeing how unique it was, yet looks nowhere near the same now. Below are some more early mods...
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:26 PM   #6
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congrats on the new ride, can't go wrong with that beautiful white
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:21 PM   #7
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Starting Off 2013 Right!

In January of 2013, I decided on a few unique mods to The Shark. I wanted to do things that set it apart from the rest. Things that made it stand out. I had hundreds of ideas in my head, but I wanted to make sure they were right. I decided to go out on a limb, and paint the lower grille and fog light bezels. It was something I hadn't seen before, and thought it would look really good on a white car. I've had nothing but compliments since, so I'd say I was right. Besides the painting, I also added a white aluminum Chevy logo under the hood that was made by a friend named Jeff in the OK Camaro Club. And finally, the tag... Yes, The Shark is unique and special. And my tag is a simple reminder of who it belongs to. I went with "MYSHARK"....
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:35 PM   #8
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Well, Halo There...

In late January 2013, I decided to pull the trigger on a set of red halo's that were for sale in the OK Camaro Club. They were the dual Red/White Halos and red fog light halos. This was one mod I knew I would need help with right away. Luckily, the OK Camaro Club was there to help once again. A friend named Kevin, who seems to be an expert when it comes to LED's and wiring (and Hot Wheels), offered to help me with the mod. I was more than thrilled to have such an awesome favor done. The weekend project gave The Shark a meaner look and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. The Shark was all white and black until that mod.

That's when the red came in...
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:01 PM   #9
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Oh, Wait! The Interior!

After putting in the red halos (Well, after supervising Kevin on the install), I realized that there was one area of The Shark that was still stock: The Interior! Again, in just a short weekend, the interior was transformed. Kevin came to the rescue again and installed red footwell lighting, and I finished it off with the red led overhead light. Finally, I decided to take a risk and test out my painting skills once more. I felt I was decent enough after how the engine cover, fuse box cover and aluminum Chevy logo turned out. Once again, I put my own flavor adding white to certain parts of the interior...
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:17 PM   #10
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White Wheels... The Shark has White Wheels!

Some time in the March-April time frame of 2013, I did something huge. After thinking long and hard, I decided to go with the biggest change to The Shark to date.

White wheels.

From the beginning, I wanted to make The Shark my own, as well as make it unique. What would make it stand out more than white wheels? Powder coating the wheels white was one of the best mods I've done on this car. Its something that is so uncommon and rarely seen, that it turns heads daily.

Oh, and while they were off getting powder coated, I decided to paint the calipers black. Tada!
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:35 PM   #11
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Nice car, the shark tag made me think of this....
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:39 PM   #12
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^ I was hoping it had it looks good though!
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:04 PM   #13
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Let's Add Some Black!

With the white wheels and black calipers, I decided to continue with that theme. White and black looks so good together, why not add a little more? I figured a great way to start would be to make the spoiler black. I liked how it broke up the back end and added a real nice touch. Then I decided to take it a step further. A friend of mine named Tony whom I also met in the OK Camaro Club, mentioned to me that he could do a black pinstripe for me. It turned out wonderfully, and wouldn't be the last time Tony used his skills on The Shark.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:06 PM   #14
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Still not sure if I'd like those on my car, and I just can't find a reason to spend $400 on them.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:16 PM   #15
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Mods, Mods, Mods...

By May of 2013, The Shark was in full makeover mode. One thing after another to set it apart from the rest. Although I can't find any pics, I think it was around this time that I installed the catch can. Easy mod and worth the money from what I know. Moving on... The next thing I had my eye on were Splash Guards. Or as I call them, "The Poor Man's Ground Effects". I liked the look that it gave the Camaro. It made it stand out just a little bit more, and I loved how the ass end looked with them. At this time, I also made another risky decision and went with the muffler delete. Definitely won't forget the first time I started it up after that. AMAZING!!!
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:29 PM   #16
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More Black with a Dash of Red

So many changes happened between April and August of 2013, that its hard for me to even remember what mod happened next. After going through dozens of photos, I've narrowed it down a bit. This is when The Shark started getting some serious color added. It started with some black hood spears that Tony helped me out with. When I got home, I pinstriped them red to make them a little more unique and different. I loved how the red and black looked together, which may have been the drive behind adding more red later on. With the hood spears on, I felt that I should tie the back end in somehow. So, I added the rear blackout panel (3-piece) and guess what? I pinstriped that red, too! The black and red really came together on the white canvas, and I ran with it. It was around this time that I was rolling around with another favorite mod: The ACS T5 Splitter. By far one of my favorites, mainly because it gives the front end a whole new look.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:41 PM   #17
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The Secret Mods

From September to December of 2013, The Shark had some mods that were kept secret for awhile. I wanted to reveal it when they were all complete. The only teaser I recall was revealing that the T5 Splitter was now red. Definitely got mixed reviews on that decision, and still do. But at the end of the day, its different and it stands out. And its what I want. I'll admit I've thought about going back to black once or twice, but it still remains red.

I decided that the red splitter looked great with the red pinstripe on the body and wheels that Tony did for me, but that something was missing. I then decided to go with the red body accent stripe on the lower door. I had the spoiler painted red to match it all, but after some time, I started to dislike it more and more. I removed the spoiler completely and realized that I really like the look of the Camaro without one. So for the time being, that's how The Shark will be.

Next, I had some help from another club member named James. I had my eye on the rear body side vents for some time, and when I saw them on his car, I was sold. He also helped me put them on. Again, one of my favorite mods by far because of the look they give and how uncommon they are.

Finally, I finished the look with the window covers. I figured, those tiny windows are useless anyway, lets cover them up!

Anyway, here's some photos from when it all came together in December of 2013.
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Old 02-06-2014, 11:06 PM   #18
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She's look good Ryan! Keep up the great work on it!
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Old 02-06-2014, 11:13 PM   #19
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My Favorite Photos of The Shark

Well, I finally put together a build thread. Took me 2 years, but I'd say it was worth it. The Shark sure has come a long way. A lot has happened in the 23,000 miles that I've put on it. Some great things happened at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. The Chevrolet Camaro Facebook page featured The Shark as "Fan Power" which I thought was amazing. On top of that, The Shark got a full page in the most recent issue of AFX Magazine. Hopefully these two great accomplishments will open more doors for The Shark in the future. As for now, let me leave you with some of my favorite photos!

Enjoy!
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:08 AM   #20
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OH YEAH! THE MOD LIST!

Under the Hood:

Roto-Fab Cold Air Intake
Elite Engineering Oil Catch Can
GM Camaro Strut Tower Brace – Painted Summit White
Custom Painted Summit White Fuse Box cover and Engine Cover (Engine Bay)
Summit White Chevy Bowtie in Hoodliner

Interior:

Red LED footwell lighting
Red LED Overhead light
Red LED Trunk Lighting
Custom Painted White Dash Trim, Dash Bezels, Center console and center trim

Exterior:

Powder Coated Wheels - White
Custom Painted Black brake calipers by owner
Gorilla Wheel Lock System - Black
Custom painted black spoiler, tail light bezels and reverse surrounds by owner
Red LED exhaust tip lighting
Phastek Dual-Color HALO Headlight Kit by Oracle - Red/White

Phastek Fog Light Halo Kit by Oracle – Red
AAC Concept SMD Sidemarkers – Ghosted Summit White
Retro RS 1st Gen Tribute Hideaway Headlight Covers



Fog Light LED bulbs
Custom Red Pin Striping on Body/Wheels
Heritage Grille
Summit White Painted Fog Light Bezels and lower grille by owner
Summit White Smooth Lock
Front & Rear SW Splash Guards by Chevrolet
Black Vinyl Hood Spears
Black Vinly Rear Blackout Panel
Red Vinyl Body Accent Stripes
Phastek Xenon Rear Vents
Summit White Window Covers

Camaro Details:
2012 Chevy Camaro 1LT RS

Engine 3.6L, SIDI LFX V6 – 323 HP

Remote Vehicle Start

Leather wrap steering wheel, leather trimmed shift knob

RS Package w/ high intensity headlights with led halo ring, 20” aluminum wheels (Powder coated white) 6 Speed automatic with tap shift and sport mode, Summit White Antenna and roof moldings
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:07 AM   #21
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that's great job

u can also paint the wheels caps bowtie red and fog lights bezels red , not all just the lines around..
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:50 PM   #22
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your car looks great! keep up the work!
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:59 PM   #23
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Thanks!

Thank you!
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:53 PM   #24
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Great job! I really enjoyed reading your build thread!
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:38 PM   #25
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Thanks!

Thanks! I'll be posting a few new things soon!
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