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Old 06-26-2014, 08:56 AM   #1
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It begins today! My '14 Spring Edition SS journal

Beginning pics here

Tinting installation this afternoon! Lots of custom painted goodies being ordered to go under the hood next:

  • Custom engine cover, fuse box cover & wiring cover
  • CAI cold air intake custom painted
  • Apex catch can custom painted
  • Stainless Steel hoses for catch can & radiator
  • Custom painted Strut Brace
  • Painted Strut caps
  • White brake caliper covers

Also coming soon, I plan on taking it in to a high-end detail shop for a full exterior detail & any necessary paint correction and add some pin striping. Depending on the options I will most likely put a Gtechniq or Modesta treatment on her.


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Old 06-26-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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Awaiting pics! (in the thread)

because........................................... ............................................


(someone was bound to do it, might as well be me, LOL) But still......
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:28 PM   #3
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Awaiting pics! (in the thread)
Yes ma'am! Nothing really special...yet! Only tinting. The good stuff is coming in about 3 weeks or so!








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Old 06-26-2014, 11:36 PM   #4
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Very sleek SS right there!
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:38 PM   #5
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New update! S.L. Customs has begun painting all my parts! Here's the engine cover, strut brace, wiring cover, fuse box cover & caliper covers!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

The CAI should be in and painted by early next week, and I have an appointment for Friday do go down and have everything installed. The week after, I will turn her over to The Shine Shop in Greensboro for a complete exterior detail and Modesta coating.

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Old 07-18-2014, 05:06 PM   #6
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New bling installed under the hood today! All custom painted parts done by S. L. Customs in Mooresville, NC in Summit White and Blue Ray Metallic to match my 2014 Spring Edition colors. CAI Intake, Apex Catch can, Engine Cover, Strut Brace, Strut Caps, Fuse Box Cover, Wiring Cover and Dipstick cover.







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Old 07-18-2014, 05:15 PM   #7
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:49 AM   #8
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yeah,yet! Only tinting. The good stuff is coming in about 3 weeks or so!thanks
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:41 AM   #9
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Just a quick update with what's going on and some good/bad news depending on how you look at it. I'm making the choice to look at it as good other than a little time and cash I'll be out of, lol.

A couple of weeks ago in a totally spontaneous moment I decided to go back to VIR to run the track during the Saturday session with Track Daze. I couldn't force myself to go to sleep Friday night so only got about 3 hours of sleep heading into Saturday morning. So after driving nearly 2 hours to the track, unpacking my gear, driving the event, packing back up and driving home I was completely exhausted.

This fatigue lingered into Sunday which was my "clean-up" day for my car to get all the track gunk and rubber off of her. That lingering exhaustion combined with one of the hottest days of the year so far led to my doing one of the stupidest things I've done! I had washed and dried the whole car and finished up with the windows and decided to wipe down everything under the hood. Like I said, I was still totally exhausted and forgot the wiper arms were still in the raised position and tried to raise the hood! All I heard was a scrape and I knew immediately what had happened.

Yep, sure enough they did a number on the edge of the hood that faced the window. I did as good as I could of a touch up job but to fix it properly the whole hood will have to be painted. But, this isn't as bad as you might imagine because I've actually been thinking about having it done anyway because I don't really like the vinyl and would rather have the rally stripes in real paint like the air vent. While it's at the shop I'm also going to have Kyle do the trunk and spoiler too. So when it's all done, all the vinyl will be gone and the stripes will be replaced with real paint. That vinyl just doesn't look as good as paint does and the difference is stark when you look at the painted air vent versus the vinyl surrounding it on the hood. This also means that the Modesta coating will have to be postponed for a couple of months to allow the new paint to cure. My detail shop is going to be pissed, but that's life. So it's back to SL Customs in a week or so for me!

Also, here is a pic of the new lettering I added on the back of the car where I removed the gaudy bowtie. This turned out so well that I've ordered new letters for the fenders and will have them painted Blue Ray Metallic as well. I REALLY like how this turned out! I also ordered dark navy blue inserts to go inside the red SS badge since there's not a speck of red on this car other than the lights of course, lol.



I had to take a picture of my VIR sticker too!


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Old 07-20-2014, 09:06 AM   #10
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Boy I really like these Spring Additions. Yours is looking sharp!
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:15 AM   #11
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Nice car!

Why didn't you get the NPP exhaust? Looks like your diffuser is designed for quad tips.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:20 AM   #12
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Man that engine compartment is looking very familiar..........


Do want to know where you ordered the wiring cover from. Looks nice and is what I need for mine since I have a bit of extra stuff over there(Wifi Led controller, led light strip wiring etc). Mostly have all the extra stuff nicely tied up and hidden as much as possible but would like that cover there.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:35 AM   #13
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Man that engine compartment is looking very familiar.......... Do want to know where you ordered the wiring cover from.
LOL, yeah I saw a pic of yours the other day and thought, "man that dude's gonna think I totally ripped off his design ideas", lol. But I've actually had this in the works for a couple months now. I guess great minds think alike and all that, lol.

Anyway, I think there's a guy here in NC that makes them, but I don't know how to get in touch with him. But if you call Kyle at SL Customs he can either tell you how to get up with the guy, or probably just get you one and paint and ship it to you.

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Old 07-20-2014, 09:43 AM   #14
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:00 AM   #15
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LOL, yeah I saw a pic of yours the other day and thought, "man that dude's gonna think I totally ripped off his design ideas", lol. But I've actually had this in the works for a couple months now. I guess great minds think alike and all that, lol.

Anyway, I think there's a guy here in NC that makes them, but I don't know how to get in touch with him. But if you call Kyle at SL Customs he can either tell you how to get up with the guy, or probably just get you one and paint and ship it to you.

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Ah thanks, it is funny because when I was thinking on how i was going to have that strut brace painted, I originally thought i would do it exactly the way yours is, with the ends blue instead of white and then I decided since the strut towers were white I would do the ends of the brace white also. I just got some white tower covers yesterday and after I got home from work I put SS in the middle of them. I will install them this evening when I get home and snap a photo with them installed and post it.
I like how you removed the bowtie from the back, looks nice. I dark navy blued mine out instead of removing it. there are some more pics here in my build thread.
I will give SL customs a call and see what they can do for me.
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:43 AM   #16
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your car is beautiful!
your engine compartment is awesome.

After doing the vinyl stripes on my Summit White SS, i had them deleted and will be painting then on next month.
So yeah, Silver Linings, right?
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:25 PM   #17
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Nice car!

Why didn't you get the NPP exhaust? Looks like your diffuser is designed for quad tips.
I don't know that I'll get an NPP system, but possibly. Does it add a little HP when open to the straight side?

Also, and maybe I'm not understanding something, but I really don't see the need for the whole valve opening and closing bit. Maybe I'm old school, but I'd probably have the thing open to the straight pipe all the time anyway, lol. What's the point of being able to open and close it with the Mild2Wild gizmo?

But, yeah, I was telling Kyle at SL that it's a damn 400 HP muscle car, but doesn't sound like one because its so quiet! If stock is a 1 on the obnoxious scale, and a 10 is stupid loud, I'd like to have a 4 or 5. It's just too tame sounding now, so I definitely feel you.

But, it's one thing at a time for me, baby steps. The day I bought the car you probably would have never convinced me I'd have done to it what I've done so far, lol!

I'm trying to figure out a way to mod some guides into my seats and add the bars I need for a 5-point harness for when I track it, lol. Dedicated track tires and wheels, trailer and hitch to haul them to the track are also on my list. Lot's to do!
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:20 PM   #18
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Just a quick update. I scheduled with Kyle at SL Customs to drop my baby off this Sunday and he will have her all next week. It's going to feel very strange being apart for an entire week, but I know she will be in good hands and get a lot of TLC while away. We have a 5th Gen Camaro Club of NC meet at VIR this Saturday and she gets to turn a few laps again, even if not at a full pace. So that will be like a little present for her before she goes to the shop. I know I'm probably weird thinking about my car in these terms, but I'd bet I'm not alone! Anyway, here's the list for next week:

- Remove all vinyl and replace the stripes with Blue Ray Metallic painted stripes and paint the trunk, spoiler and hood. I'm going to have them wrap the stripe all the way around the spoiler instead of stopping it at the top so you'll be able to see it from behind. I think that will look sweet!

- Replace the metal Camaro lettering on the fenders with new Blue Ray lettering.

- Paint the throttle body. Haven't decided on white or blue yet.

- Powder coat calipers white.

- Clean up the strut tower area where it is discolored. Don't know why this is like that but he said he thought it was cheap clear coat they use for the engine bay. But it very annoying.

That's all for now!
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:00 PM   #19
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Just talked to Kyle at SL Customs, and the stripes are done and everything is put back together except the powder coated calipers whick will be done tomorrow, so she will be ready to pick up Saturday.

In the mean time I just ordered a set of 19x11 Forgestar CF5V's and a set of BC Racing Coilovers! I'm going to mount Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R's in a square 305 setup for when I go to the track! The wheels will probably take 8 weeks to make and ship so I'll be pacing the floor until they arrive!
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Picked her back up today. Here's a couple of pics from SL Customs Facebook page. Waiting for a sunny day for more pics as it's been raining cats and dogs for 3 days here.

- Vinyl removed and all stripes painted and clear coated
- Stripe wrapped around spoiler
- Blue Ray Camaro lettering on fenders
- Calipers powder coated white
- Throttle body painted white to match the rest of the engine area (not pictured)

Coming soon: new Forgestar CF5V wheels and new tires Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R's for the track, BC Racing BR Coilovers with Camber plates and new sway bars! I hate waiting 8 WEEKS for those wheels to be made. What will I do for 8 weeks?!?!?

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day-um!!!!

that is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:12 PM   #22
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day-um!!!!

that is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Thanks, yeah I'm stoked. You wouldn't believe how much of a difference that wrapping that stripe around the spoiler makes the rear look from the back. I hope it's not raining tomorrow, I'll put up some more pics.
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:22 PM   #23
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Man, that looks great. Since ours are almost twins any way, I may have to make a trip there to have mine done as well. Love the wrap around and really in the long run those stripes are going to have to be painted because the vinyl will fade and/or crack/peel.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:08 PM   #24
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Look what came today! Now, I'm (im)patiently waiting for Forgestar to get my wheels made and going to order my track tires in a couple of weeks. To add to all of it, I'm buying a new house and close on the 12th of September, lol. But the good news is the new house has a garage under it and a full basement so I will have a place to get her out of the elements and can build my kick-ass man cave/poker room! Too many irons in the fire these days! I'm going to need a vacation soon, lol.

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I think this is the last of my exterior mods, not that this is really a mod, more like icing on the cake. But I dropped her off at The Shine Shop in Greensboro earlier this week for a full exterior detail and Modesta BC-05 Glass coating. You wouldn't believe the depth in the paint now and how much detail you can see of stuff in the reflections. These pictures in no way do it justice!

The coating is very expensive, but in my mind it's an investment and over the life of the treatment it's not really that expensive when you figure you don't have to clay, polish or wax the car for several years. I love a clean car but to be honest I despise having to wash and detail one. It takes me all day and I still do a hack job on it, and don't even think about putting a buffer in my hands. Now, all I have to do is a gentle wash and dry and it's just like it left the detail shop - very low maintenance! So I think it's money well spent!






















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