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Old 02-10-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Arrow Simba's Build [COTW 5/13/13]

It has been my dream to have a muscle car. So I figured after 29 years in the United States Army. I deserve to by this car as my retirement present to self. I have only had a few older cars that you might consider a Hot rod. But nothing like this. Now that I am 50 I can appreciate the power and styling of the Muscle car and not go out and destroy it on the first drive. I worked with John Fitzpatrick and Al Oppenheiser to ensure that I was able to get an allocation and they really helped out. They even drove 80 miles to come and sign my car for me.
So now that I have my Dream car time to start making it better.
I just retired from the U.S. Army in Aug of 2012. After I took delivery in June 2012 then shipped her to Germany where I am currently living. I hopefully will be staying in Germany for another 4 years before returning to the USA.
I just wanted to have 600 RWHP. So I did some research and made my list. Here is what I come up with and the pictures of the build
Here is SIMBA Named in memory of our departed Siamese Cat.
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2012 Camaro ZL1 #151, GCN, Dyno results 701 RWHP
Mods; 2.55 Pulley, CAI, LG Cam Package Ti Springs and 9G2X Cam, RX Can, KDI Heat exchanger, Hurst shifter, Orcale Ghosted marker lights, Kooks Long tube headers with Cats deletes and Tuned by Kraftwerks, Pedders 1 inch lowering Springs, Front and rear sway bars, Rear cradle bushing, BMR Trailing arms and toe rods.

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Old 02-10-2013, 09:14 AM   #2
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Now for the updates
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Mods; 2.55 Pulley, CAI, LG Cam Package Ti Springs and 9G2X Cam, RX Can, KDI Heat exchanger, Hurst shifter, Orcale Ghosted marker lights, Kooks Long tube headers with Cats deletes and Tuned by Kraftwerks, Pedders 1 inch lowering Springs, Front and rear sway bars, Rear cradle bushing, BMR Trailing arms and toe rods.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:25 AM   #3
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Now after I got my 620 RWHP, time to make Simba look better under the hood and in the cabin.
So I removed the Engine brace, engine cover, fuse box cover and got brake reservoir cover and had them painted to match the car.
Removed the Silver steering wheel parts, Speedometer Bezel, Center vent and silver console took them to the paint shop.
I am still waiting on the Console and the Vent to come back from the paint shop.
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Mods; 2.55 Pulley, CAI, LG Cam Package Ti Springs and 9G2X Cam, RX Can, KDI Heat exchanger, Hurst shifter, Orcale Ghosted marker lights, Kooks Long tube headers with Cats deletes and Tuned by Kraftwerks, Pedders 1 inch lowering Springs, Front and rear sway bars, Rear cradle bushing, BMR Trailing arms and toe rods.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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Happy retirement. Car looks good!
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:31 AM   #5
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Next mods,

Kook's Long tube header
Hurst shifter.
Painted Bow Ties front and rear.
Shock tower covers.
Painter Vents for driver and passenger.
Nano polish.
That should do it for now

I am looking at taking Simba to the Hockenhiem Ring and Bitburg Drag race this up coming year.

Pkus a few car shows
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Mods; 2.55 Pulley, CAI, LG Cam Package Ti Springs and 9G2X Cam, RX Can, KDI Heat exchanger, Hurst shifter, Orcale Ghosted marker lights, Kooks Long tube headers with Cats deletes and Tuned by Kraftwerks, Pedders 1 inch lowering Springs, Front and rear sway bars, Rear cradle bushing, BMR Trailing arms and toe rods.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:28 AM   #6
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Here are the lastest parts. Just need to get them instatlled now.
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Mods; 2.55 Pulley, CAI, LG Cam Package Ti Springs and 9G2X Cam, RX Can, KDI Heat exchanger, Hurst shifter, Orcale Ghosted marker lights, Kooks Long tube headers with Cats deletes and Tuned by Kraftwerks, Pedders 1 inch lowering Springs, Front and rear sway bars, Rear cradle bushing, BMR Trailing arms and toe rods.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:46 PM   #7
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Did you order that center console or have it custom painted
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:21 AM   #8
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Loved the red paintings!!
Keep up the good work.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #9
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I removed it and took it to the good paint shop. Cost me 100 Euro's about 130 dollars to paint the Steering wheel, Console, vent and Speedo ring.
Here they are installed.

Next up are the bowtie's and the round vents by the door. And I got a model car that I am going to have him paint to match my Z
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Mods; 2.55 Pulley, CAI, LG Cam Package Ti Springs and 9G2X Cam, RX Can, KDI Heat exchanger, Hurst shifter, Orcale Ghosted marker lights, Kooks Long tube headers with Cats deletes and Tuned by Kraftwerks, Pedders 1 inch lowering Springs, Front and rear sway bars, Rear cradle bushing, BMR Trailing arms and toe rods.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:14 PM   #10
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:49 PM   #11
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Just got these and installed them. The easiest install to date.
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Mods; 2.55 Pulley, CAI, LG Cam Package Ti Springs and 9G2X Cam, RX Can, KDI Heat exchanger, Hurst shifter, Orcale Ghosted marker lights, Kooks Long tube headers with Cats deletes and Tuned by Kraftwerks, Pedders 1 inch lowering Springs, Front and rear sway bars, Rear cradle bushing, BMR Trailing arms and toe rods.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:07 AM   #12
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looks great!
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:49 AM   #13
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:39 AM   #14
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honor and valor badge

i saw the badge on your car and wanted to say i have the same one on all of my cars plus the lic.plate.and send to my son all daughter too.good looking car you got.lol
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:24 AM   #15
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Very nice car.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:12 AM   #16
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Yea I had them Installed by the dealer for free. That was the best part.


Ok so today I decided that it was time to install the Hurst shifter that I had for about two months now. I read the instruction and watch the Hurst install video about three times. I am ready to do this.



I drive to the Auto Craft shop and remove the Console and then the four screws that hold the shift boot in place. Next is says to pull hard and not hit yourself in the face when it come off. I did this for an hour of trying this with no movement. I even found the biggest guy in the shop to try. No luck. So I think that there must be something holding it on. So I start peeling (breaking the Plastic base that holds the boot on. Finally I see a torx bolt. I remove that bolt and with my pinky remove the shifter knob and boot.
This was an easy install after figuring out that bold. It made a huge difference in the shifting distance.

Install of the header is next.

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Old 04-04-2013, 05:42 AM   #17
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great lookinn ride good work .
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