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Old 02-02-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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PROJECT SLOMARO

Ok, so I am finally at a point where I would consider phase 1 of my personal mod goals to be complete....visually and power level. So far I am an all bolt-on car.
Background info about myself:
I am an ex-Ford guy turned Chevy when I started selling Chevys in 08/2006. My last Ford was an 07 Shelby GT. I missed the 60s and wanted to own a Shelby while the man was still alive. I thought I would keep the Shelby long enough to trade it on my 5th Gen but the economy totally took a dump on itself and selling Chevys got real hard. It still is and I am so blessed to be in the service dept now which is a lot more steady. I only sell by appointment to several loyal previous customers...and neighbors and family.

Anyway I actually bought the car 2 months prior to moving to the service dept after the General Manager of the dealership told me about the transfer and income bump

Now on with the build!

Day 1. First mod was badge delete and was done in the best make-ready (detail dept) I have seen in all my years in the car biz.(worked at 4 dealerships total)









Car was born 10/03/2011 @ 4:26 PM according to the front frame stamp. I took delivery 10/19/2011
It is a Summit White 1SS/RS manual car with Black cloth and..
Backup Camera and Sensors, Boston Acoustics, Hurst shifter, USB&Bluetooth.
Mod #1 was purchased for me and painted by my neighbors. I sold both of them 5th gen SSs

Then Eibach springs....

Next was some white GM interior panels. I love GM factory mods because 1 I work for a dealership and 2 they are so clean and subtle...It looks like the car was built that way.

Up next heritage grill unpainted

I needed rims because it changes the look of the whole car. I wanted a lightweight high quality rim. I went with O.Z. racing for a couple of reasons. 1 we are a Callaway dealership and Callaway uses them on their corvettes. 2 I have never seen them on any other 5th gen SS

K&N intake and Vmax throttle body were done around the same time...

Is this a mod? It was as expensive as one...7digit personalized plates are only offered for 1 week outta the year

ZL1 pedals feel better than the spongy rubber SS pedals

when I wanted Long tubes I went with American racing because of their reputation. They are used on the COPO and 100% USA


the 2013 Shift knob just feels so right

the 1LE front splitter completed the front of the car looks wise

NPP completed the look and sound of the car from the back


Phase 1 complete!!! Now time to pay off some credit card debt and plan phase 2.

Here are the good shots taken and edited today 2.2.2013
car has 9K miles










now for a small shoutout...sponsored dealer Parkway Chevrolet. sponsored hot rod shop 510 Race Engineering
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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Car looks great. Needs a spoiler though and maybe even black out the back.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:23 PM   #3
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I agree car looks awesome, great work!@
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:33 PM   #4
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Love summit white it looks so clean keep up the great work man it looks awesome
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:51 PM   #5
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Nice ride...its coming along nicely...keep it up!!!
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:48 AM   #6
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looking great so far !
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:56 AM   #7
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Nice build ! If I worked at a dealership, especially in the service dept I would be broke all year long. A lot of my new friends would be mechanics and body shop guys, not a bad place to work.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:58 AM   #8
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Nice build ! If I worked at a dealership, especially in the service dept I would be broke all year long. A lot of my new friends would be mechanics and body shop guys, not a bad place to work.
+1, my wallet would be hurting lol
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:11 AM   #9
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Nice build ! If I worked at a dealership, especially in the service dept I would be broke all year long. A lot of my new friends would be mechanics and body shop guys, not a bad place to work.
I am broke....My Paycheck goes right back to the parts dept. Factory GM parts are damn expensive...I mean I get decent discounts but still. The latest big ticket items were the 1LE front splitter, rear diffuser for NPP and the actual catback. Those 3 things were over 2K with employee pricing

The guys at 510 always give me crap saying I could already have a cam by now...

Thanks for all the kind words...
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:32 AM   #10
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I really like your ride. All the mods are in great taste....the wheels look outstanding as well....

Keep up the nice work....

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Old 02-03-2013, 08:00 AM   #11
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I really like your ride. All the mods are in great taste....the wheels look outstanding as well....

Keep up the nice work....

Kurt ABL99...
THANKS! I love your ABM. My NEXT 5th Gen will be a lighter blue (maybe Hot wheels blue)
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THANKS! I love your ABM. My NEXT 5th Gen will be a lighter blue (maybe Hot wheels blue)
Thank-you!! Yeah...how sweet is the Hot Wheels version. My grandson thinks we will be buying one of those for him next...

Again...nice touches on the Camaro...

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Old 02-03-2013, 08:50 AM   #13
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Looks Great!!


I will echo this: Needs a spoiler...

Why did it not come with a factory spoiler? SS/RS right?
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:37 AM   #14
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Sooooo clean. Love the exhaust obviously, and you guys make me think hard about debadging the "camaro" on the fender. Great pics! Are those tips 4" or 3.75"? They look big
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:43 AM   #15
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Badass !!u wouldn't have a part number to that front splitter would u ?
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:10 AM   #16
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I like the GM factory upgrades. Very thoughtful and tasteful mods.

I prefer the Heritage grille unpainted and your car is probably the reason why.

I think I might end up getting the same wheels since the ZL1 replicas failed to be made. The O.Z. Racing are lightweight and have a similar ZL1-ish look. I have your pictures saved somewhere.

What happened to the RS spoiler? I know this has been said and done before but ZL1 side rockers and spoiler (or convertible spoiler) would be nice for phase 2.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:31 AM   #17
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The spoiler is a long story...The inventory manager ordered the exact car I wanted as a tease. I got word of the promotion and then decided to buy one. He ordered it exactly how I wanted it....but knew I would be snooping at the order through GM workbench. 1 week before the order was going to be picked up as "accepted by production control" He added the blade spoiler as an LPO option. I confronted him the next day and was like WTF...I don't want a blade spoiler...he said I know I was just messing with you. He said I'll take it off Monday before the order gets picked up Tues evening. Wednesday I got into work and was like so you took the spoiler off right? He looked shocked and I thought he was messing with me. The order got accepted with the Blade spoiler which I don't care for...it's not bad...but not great either. The blade spoiler is a dealer installed option and I made sure the PDI guys at work didn't put it on.

It does not have a spoiler on it now because I can't decide which one I want....it's also kinda sleeper looking and looks like an LS with black wheels and no spoiler. I have gotten compliments saying it looks better without....and also people saying I should do the convert spoiler (like the Dusk) or the Zl1.

I am having a super hard time deciding because both of those are different bolt and drill patterns. Whichever I chose will be very permanent.


WHAT TO DO???
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:58 PM   #18
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I still can't believe how similar our cars look. If you added a black hood and a black spoiler, they would be nearly identical. And the really weird part is that I also did a photoshoot on 2.2.13. Here is the link: 1LE Photo Shoot

About the spoiler issue... I really like the clean look. And having no spoiler really helps that. But from certain angles the back looks a little weird, and other angles it looks amazing. I see why you are on the fence about it. Might I suggest a spoiler similar to mine: Stock black 1le spoiler. It looks damn good IMO. However, if you were ever planning on do a black out on the rear of the trunk, then the black spoiler would make it too busy. It's up to you. You can see pics of my car if it helps.

Finally, your car looks very good! Love seeing Camaros with that simple clean look!
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:08 PM   #19
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:51 AM   #20
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I still can't believe how similar our cars look. If you added a black hood and a black spoiler, they would be nearly identical. And the really weird part is that I also did a photoshoot on 2.2.13. Here is the link: 1LE Photo Shoot

About the spoiler issue... I really like the clean look. And having no spoiler really helps that. But from certain angles the back looks a little weird, and other angles it looks amazing. I see why you are on the fence about it. Might I suggest a spoiler similar to mine: Stock black 1le spoiler. It looks damn good IMO. However, if you were ever planning on do a black out on the rear of the trunk, then the black spoiler would make it too busy. It's up to you. You can see pics of my car if it helps.

Finally, your car looks very good! Love seeing Camaros with that simple clean look!
Thanks....and I did see that photoshoot. It stinks because I was already setting up my car to be a like a 1LE way before chevy announced it( bought the car in OCT '11). I called it the drop top strut bar...and had it installed before they released details that the 1LE would have the bar in coupe form. I already had my black wheels on when Chevy decided to do Black wheels on the 1LE. I did, however, straight up jack the front splitter and rear diffuser. I knew I wanted the then (zl1 only) catback...but too much fab work was going to be required to do the rear bumper conversion so I waited for the 1LE rear section to become available(after I saw the press release photos).

I agree with you 100% it looks funny without a spoiler from certain angles and others fine. I like all 3 factory spoilers (not the accessory optional ones). The drop top spoiler is on the dusk edition coupes and looks good. The Zl1 spoiler I have seen on an SS coupe without the rest of the body kit and it looks good. And the standard SS one looks good. but like I said...drilling is very permanent...and it's also real unique without one at all.I just can't make a decision
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:18 AM   #21
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Thanks....and I did see that photoshoot. It stinks because I was already setting up my car to be a like a 1LE way before chevy announced it( bought the car in OCT '11). I called it the drop top strut bar...and had it installed before they released details that the 1LE would have the bar in coupe form. I already had my black wheels on when Chevy decided to do Black wheels on the 1LE. I did, however, straight up jack the front splitter and rear diffuser. I knew I wanted the then (zl1 only) catback...but too much fab work was going to be required to do the rear bumper conversion so I waited for the 1LE rear section to become available(after I saw the press release photos).

I agree with you 100% it looks funny without a spoiler from certain angles and others fine. I like all 3 factory spoilers (not the accessory optional ones). The drop top spoiler is on the dusk edition coupes and looks good. The Zl1 spoiler I have seen on an SS coupe without the rest of the body kit and it looks good. And the standard SS one looks good. but like I said...drilling is very permanent...and it's also real unique without one at all.I just can't make a decision
I know what you mean when you want a unique Camaro. At least, it is certainly my goal. We just so happened to cross paths and have two similar cars. If you aren't going to do anything else to the car, I would leave the spoiler out of the equation. It looks cleaner without another line and color right there, and like you said, very unique.

On another note, I am glad I found you and your car because you are able to show me what my car would look like without a black hood. I've been meaning to take off the vinyl wrap for sometime now, but just couldn't seem to get enough courage to start peeling. And if I took it off, I would have to decide between a white or black hood. It seems that we are both in a good pickle!
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:36 AM   #22
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Sooooo clean. Love the exhaust obviously, and you guys make me think hard about debadging the "camaro" on the fender. Great pics! Are those tips 4" or 3.75"? They look big
Factory ZL1/NPP catback. So whatever size those are.

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Badass !!u wouldn't have a part number to that front splitter would u ?
You have a PM with the number. I don't have it right in front of me now.
I actually forgot about what kind of sh*t I stirred up with corporate GM when I posted the thread showing I had the front splitter on my car. I had it installed in Sept and none of the 1LEs were on the ground. They actually sent my service manager an e-mail asking where I got the part. I ordered the part out of the parts catalog the day it became available. It was a "ship direct from the supplier" part at that time and the only other people requesting that part was Oshawa.

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Old 02-05-2013, 11:15 AM   #23
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I just ordered a new rear spoiler and the ZL1 side skirts, just wondering if your dealership has paint shop?
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:30 AM   #24
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:48 PM   #25
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nice build
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