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Old 01-30-2013, 01:43 AM   #1
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SSmokinSS 2011 SW 1SS/RS

This is ME!

Those feet were made for smashing pedals..


Here is how I got back into the Camaro world.

My dad was huge into Camaros. He owned one as long as I can remember.
This is my first pic next to a Camaro. Can you guess what kind?

Here is my dad and me around the same age. Both next to our favorite!

I lost my Dad in 1999. He was only 43 years old. He never got the chance to appreciate the 5th Gens. I'm sure he would have LOVED them.

My first Camaro was a 1976 Black Z28. It was a former drag car, and ran like a well used drag car should. Horrible! The wipers didn't work, it got around 1/4mile per gallon....I loved it!
Fast forward a few years, kids, and a few dozon Camaros.
My last F-body was a 1997 Camaro Z28. Awesome car!
I had to trade it in when I got out of the Air Force.
I tried to get an '02 SS before they discontinued my favorite car, but was unable to....

One day in the summer of 2011, my awesome wife told me "shut up and go buy a camaro"
I was set on a 1LS in IOM.....until I saw this!

Drove it, loved it, had to have it.
I bought the car. 2011 1SS. No options but the stripes.
I had the car for a few days, until the dealer called and wanted to change the terms on the loan. Later that day, I dropped the car off and walked away.
After 10 more years of searching, (actually about 4 hours) I found the ONE!
It was exactly what I wanted. 2011 Summit White 1SS/RS LS3 with Hurst Shifter and Polished wheels. The dealer was a few hours away, but they already had the windows tinted, and could deliver it in the morning! SOLD!

Above was the only thing I had to see.
It was in my driveway the next morning.


more to come....
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:41 AM   #2
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I was excited to get started!

I painted the engine cover and added some SS hardware.

I hit the bowties with some bright red rustoleum.

Throw on some plastidip, and we are looking good!

Don't forget the back.

Next up....Interior!
First I covered the panels with red fabric. It looked great, but started to sag. I tried again with red plastic paint. Done!


For the next year, it went through a few changes on the outside. Nothing permanant.



Installing scanner and painting the grille white.

Adding red pinstripe

letting my daughters play with the plastidip!

Ragtop?



Bored?
Take a trip to Vegas!


Ok, back to the "changing".
After owning the car for about a year and a half, I got a wild hair and traded it off for......a 13 Sonic Turbo. Awesome, huh?

This was the last time I though I would drive the SS..trading it in day.


After a few weeks of driving the Sonic, I thought I could make this as cool as the Camaro. There are tunes, and add ons around, but it's still a 1.4L. Quick is relative to what is around you. It was a decent car, and looked pretty spiffy. Did it turn heads at gas stations? Sure! Usually to ask me why I was driving something like that. I guess I look like a muscle car kinda guy? Anyone that knew me always asked. "What happened to that sweet Camaro?"
Me - "I traded it in"
"For THAT!"
Me - [Looking down]

I missed my car.

I figured in a year or so, I could trade out. Or maybe I could take a hit, and trade the Sonic for an LS, or maybe an LT!

Driving to work one morning, I got off the freeway one exit early, just to take a peek at the Chevy dealer.
Guess what was on the corner, spinning around like it was looking for something?

It was all cleaned up, with a new set of BFG's and some nice hood spears.
I had to have it!
Went back and traded in the Sonic. Hadn't even made a payment or put the plates on it yet.
Insurance company, Bank, neighbors, friends, could not figure out what happened. Did I loan it someone, Did I wreck it? Why was it gone, and now it is not?
Why would you finance another car with the same VIN? Lost of odd questions getting this hammered out.

Back in my possession.
I chopped the mufflers off and started planning again.

Then it got cold again....I don't like snow.

Adding my fender stripes back on. Driver's side this time.
I'll be adding to this all the mods I have done, and hopefully continuing on for a long time.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:18 AM   #3
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Oh I like what I see now! Just when I was about to hit you up with "hey bro, when you gonna start a build thread...." BAM!!

Nice work and Subscriiiiiiibed! Keep up the awesomeness!
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:59 AM   #4
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Haha welcome back, these cars sure seem to call you back once you leave them hahaha, once i sold mine and bought a range rover sport every camaro that drove by I kicked myself haha so i did what any of us would have done including you, Went and got another one hahahha
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:51 AM   #5
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Awesome man glad to see a build thread..
I like the dog. Lmao

I never seen this look you had. I like it..
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:36 PM   #6
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Hell yeah nice start to your build thread man ! Looking forward to whats next
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:33 PM   #7
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Next up on the interior is the lighting control

I installed 3 of the led lighted ring switches in the overhead console today. Also a master switch with the Power symbol in the center.
The main switch on the right is always lighted. When it is pushed, the other three light up in the off position. They can then power my other add ons. Scanner, footwell lights, and I have a spare for future options.



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Old 01-30-2013, 07:34 PM   #8
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:37 PM   #9
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I installed an onstar box with bluetooth on my 2011 1SS. I have been searching the forums for the right parts number, and found 20842731 from a salvage yard on car-parts.com. $50 plus $20 shipping. Had it in 3 days!

This part is from a 2010 Buick/camaro, etc.

It paired up instantly to my android.

A couple notes...

My onstar is disabled. I do not plan on reactivating it.
I have my old box if I need to put it back to stock.

My car is still in the garage since the install, so these issues may change when I drive to work. I will update if so.

NO lights on the mirror (onstar)
two dashes where the compass used to be on the dic.

I also installed steering wheel controls and the PDIM tonight. I will be programming them at the dealer this week. If i make a call on the phone, it plays through the cars speakers. Using the buttons on the mirror don't work, other than the onstar phone. havent tried the radio controls yet.

Update: steering wheel controls and PDIM are working perfectly after the dealer programmed them.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:56 PM   #10
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Whoa whoa whoa. I like these overhead buttons! I want some in blue. I had been thinking of getting the n2o switches there.

How much was the PDIM ? I need to stop slacking on that
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:44 PM   #11
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Here you go!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/USA-shipd-12...item2578aa3e00

I have a few spare RED switches that I haven't found a home for yet.

The PDIM was from GMpartsdirect. I paid $155 plus shipping.
part number 92244580
EASY install.
Programmed by the dealer. It adds the USB, but then you will want the steering wheel controls also. They are around $60 with the harness. Also easy to install.
Depending on the dealer, it can cost between $50 and $???.
I might be able to hook that up for you.
Might as well add the Bluetooth for an extra $50! No programming required.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:07 PM   #12
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Couple of other small touches.
I removed the CAMARO letters from the fenders and the rear bowtie. Then plastidipped the letters and attched them to the rear truck lid. I also dipped the chrome bezels around the tail lights.
Also, you can see I have NO exhaust tips! You have to have exhaust pipes for the tips to attach to!
The pipes are cut right after the center hangers.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:16 PM   #13
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Lost in an ocean of blue ovals!




I think they were all hoping some horsepower would rub off on them if they got close enough to the General.

BTW, I was the first one to park.....the rest followed, as usual. (They had never seen the front end of a chevy, just the rear)
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:24 AM   #14
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What's up guys? Can I help?
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What's up guys? Can I help?
Nice build and stories....and I have to say, "What a cutie"....

Kurt ABL99...
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:22 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the compliments!

More mods on order today! Update soon.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #18
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LOL...Great pic Phil. Can't wait to see what you two do next!

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Old 02-09-2013, 08:44 PM   #19
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Time for an update.
Installed my very first cat-back system today.

It's a Doug Thorley setup, and was way too easy.
I already removed the mufflers earlier, so taking off the rest took about 10 minutes with nothing more than a 15mm wrench and a floor jack.








This system is very quiet compared to the muffler delete. It grunts a little lower without the rasp. All the decel popping is gone (kinda miss that). I'll open it up in the morning and see how it does warmed up and at some decent RPM's.

I also started adding my lower door decals.
I still have a few more to add, but I think it has the look I am after.

(Shameless plug for Ivan and crew until he gets me an authentic decal!)
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:29 PM   #20
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Dumb question, but is the white SS you currently have the first white SS you had before the sonic? That's how I read it as, awesome if you got the same car back! I can't wait to get an SS someday.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:09 AM   #21
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Yes, I bought my original SS back that I bought new in 2011.
I am the first and the third owner! (if you count the dealer as the second)
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:49 AM   #22
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That is just way too cool! Congrats on the car, it looks great!
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #23
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Updated first post. Added a few old pics.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:06 PM   #24
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Adding to my rocker panels.


needs a bath as soon as the weather improves!
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:29 PM   #25
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I like the decals; whered you get them all?
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