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Old 07-25-2014, 03:03 PM   #1
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Seven Years in the Making

I never followed cars as a kid. While growing up, my best friend's parents had two 2nd Gen Camaros in the driveway, matching his and hers green. I had no idea what they were, just cars.

Later, my first car was a Mustang. Loved it and owned it for years. It was rock solid and I loved Mustangs. Fast forward....

Seven years ago I'm in a school for the Army. Browsing around the internet I happened upon Chevy's announcement of the new concept Camaro. I still remember looking at it on the screen thinking it was the most gorgeous car I'd ever seen in my life. I knew at that point I was going to drive one, one day. I just didn't think it's be this long. So I followed the new Camaros online. In 2010 I started building them online at the Chevrolet web site. I built them online at the USAA site to see if I could get a deal. 2010, no Camaro. Life gets in the way, the wife needs a new car more than I do, etc...

2011, more build sheets with the new options.
2012, more build sheets with the new options.
2013, more build sheets with the new options.
2014, more build sheets with the new options.

In the meanwhile, life goes on and continues to keep in the way. I retire from the Army, daughter goes into high school, life stays in the way. I pick up work overseas as a contractor teaching in Afghanistan. Good pay, but tough place to buy a car. Eventually I pick up a new position back home, enough bills are paid off and my wife insists that life can't get in the way anymore; it's time to find one. But I'm still in Afghanistan.

So, I start the web search. I a perfect world I'd pick up a Blue Ray Metallic 222 1LE with all the bells and whistles, but this isn't a perfect world. Searching the web I find exactly ONE in the entire country that meets my specification, in Delaware. I live in Washington. But it's going to be a daily driver, at least if I'm not on my bike, so I "downsize" a little bit. But not too much. Looking a little harder I manage to fins a 2014 2SS/RS with sunroof and a few bells and whistles, much closer, and at a much more reasonable price.

Light's not great and she needs a bath, but I know I've found my baby.

Now all my wife has to do is go arrange for to really be mine. But, my coming home will be a surprise for our daughter so she can't bring it home as that'd be a pretty dead giveaway. So, July 20th, Moon Landing Anniversary Day (yes, it's just that big a day for me) she buys my new baby to have it shipped north.

Two days later she swings by the dealer to snap a quick photo. Yes, it's raining (go figure), but there she is, mine. And here I sit in Afghanistan :(

Soon....
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:06 PM   #2
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Hmmm, looks like if I want to embed the photos inline with the text I need to have them online already, so...
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:06 PM   #3
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Sweet machine! Congrats and enjoy the beast! The blue ray metallic is sweet in the sun! I had one. It's crazy how 5 years later these cars are still stunning and has that wow factor! Nothing like them!
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:10 PM   #4
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Thanks! The only other color I considered was the Red Jewel Tintcoat, but they don't seem to make it anymore. Blue is tough to find!
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:42 PM   #5
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I never followed cars as a kid. While growing up, my best friend's parents had two 2nd Gen Camaros in the driveway, matching his and hers green. I had no idea what they were, just cars.

Later, my first car was a Mustang. Loved it and owned it for years. It was rock solid and I loved Mustangs. Fast forward....

Seven years ago I'm in a school for the Army. Browsing around the internet I happened upon Chevy's announcement of the new concept Camaro. I still remember looking at it on the screen thinking it was the most gorgeous car I'd ever seen in my life. I knew at that point I was going to drive one, one day. I just didn't think it's be this long. So I followed the new Camaros online. In 2010 I started building them online at the Chevrolet web site. I built them online at the USAA site to see if I could get a deal. 2010, no Camaro. Life gets in the way, the wife needs a new car more than I do, etc...

2011, more build sheets with the new options.
2012, more build sheets with the new options.
2013, more build sheets with the new options.
2014, more build sheets with the new options.

In the meanwhile, life goes on and continues to keep in the way. I retire from the Army, daughter goes into high school, life stays in the way. I pick up work overseas as a contractor teaching in Afghanistan. Good pay, but tough place to buy a car. Eventually I pick up a new position back home, enough bills are paid off and my wife insists that life can't get in the way anymore; it's time to find one. But I'm still in Afghanistan.

So, I start the web search. I a perfect world I'd pick up a Blue Ray Metallic 222 1LE with all the bells and whistles, but this isn't a perfect world. Searching the web I find exactly ONE in the entire country that meets my specification, in Delaware. I live in Washington. But it's going to be a daily driver, at least if I'm not on my bike, so I "downsize" a little bit. But not too much. Looking a little harder I manage to fins a 2014 2SS/RS with sunroof and a few bells and whistles, much closer, and at a much more reasonable price.

Light's not great and she needs a bath, but I know I've found my baby.

Now all my wife has to do is go arrange for to really be mine. But, my coming home will be a surprise for our daughter so she can't bring it home as that'd be a pretty dead giveaway. So, July 20th, Moon Landing Anniversary Day (yes, it's just that big a day for me) she buys my new baby to have it shipped north.

Two days later she swings by the dealer to snap a quick photo. Yes, it's raining (go figure), but there she is, mine. And here I sit in Afghanistan :(

Soon....
Congrats on the Camaro! I also appreciate your service too. Next time your in Chicago, I'm, sure we can arrange a burger and beer for you!
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:07 PM   #6
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Indeed, thank you for your service!!

Love the write up, great story there. Congrats on the beautiful car and for having a wonderful wife too.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:51 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone and welcome to my thread!



Just a real quick post to make sure I know how to embed photos inline with the text. I figure I'll need to know how to do that if I expect to post any mod photos (come on, who am I kidding; of course there will be )

And that looks like it does it. Stick around, but there won't be many updates until I get home
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:28 PM   #8
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Congrats! She's a beauty! Thank you for your service to our Country!!!

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Old 07-25-2014, 06:49 PM   #9
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All my very best for you and your family. And the Camaro! What an inspiring story. Thanks for all you have done, working over there must have been impossible. Congrats on the car. Let any of us at C5 know if there is anything you need or any questions you may have.
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:40 PM   #10
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Question for the group out there as I pull together my "wish list."

Looking at the body color grille for the 2014s, it's a hex shaped vertically flattened mesh. Has anyone seen a lower grille using the same or similar mesh? Has anyone seen aftermarket mesh fitting the same pattern?
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:37 PM   #11
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Still deciding what to do when I get home. First is just to drive a bit and get used to her. She needs a name but needs to be driven first; all my cars have been named, but they earn them, like nicknames.

After that, I'm fairly certain I'll start with blacking out, chrome and lights all around. Mats and such to keep her clean. CAI and/or new exhaust fairly early. I'm toying with black paint but need to see her in person to decide if my idea will work well. Any ground effects will need to be done before painting. Might involve the wheels as well, but we'll see. Couple of ideas for the interior as well but want to keep it understated, tasteful if you will. There have been a lot of over the top interior schemes that look really good, particularly in brighter colors, but a more understated exterior color deserves a more muted interior treatment.

I've been looking at ideas for the last three years, now it's time to execute.
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Still deciding what to do when I get home. First is just to drive a bit and get used to her. She needs a name but needs to be driven first; all my cars have been named, but they earn them, like nicknames.

After that, I'm fairly certain I'll start with blacking out, chrome and lights all around. Mats and such to keep her clean. CAI and/or new exhaust fairly early. I'm toying with black paint but need to see her in person to decide if my idea will work well. Any ground effects will need to be done before painting. Might involve the wheels as well, but we'll see. Couple of ideas for the interior as well but want to keep it understated, tasteful if you will. There have been a lot of over the top interior schemes that look really good, particularly in brighter colors, but a more understated exterior color deserves a more muted interior treatment.

I've been looking at ideas for the last three years, now it's time to execute.
Start small! It can get over whelming and pricey fast. Decide what is most important to you and start there whether it be cosmetic, performance, or other.
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:19 AM   #13
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Talking

My wife signed the registration and scheduled the dealer prep/detailing last night. I'm now the official owner of a new Camaro!

My trip home is all scheduled so I'll be picking her up soon!
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:26 AM   #14
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From one Retiree to another, I salute you. Thank you for your service. Welcome aboard and enjoy your ride.
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:37 AM   #15
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Thank you. And thank you for your service also.
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:46 AM   #16
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Just checked photos of the car...

No front tag holder means no holes in the bumper Now lets see if I can keep it that way from 12,000 miles away while the dealer preps her.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:49 PM   #17
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Just ordered a catch can from Apex. Dimple magnetic drain plugs are next. As long as I'm going to start changing things, might as well change things to extend the life...

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Old 08-06-2014, 03:34 PM   #18
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Magnetic drain plugs (drain pan, transmission and differential) and oil filter magnet are all ordered and on the way. Counting down now. I'll see my family again in 13 days and my new baby in 14.
I think we've still managed to keep my coming home a secret from my daughter. We've managed to do it every time I'll gone off somewhere, you'd think shed catch on by now. But, she doesn't appear to have a clue I'm coming home. I haven't been able to tell any family or friends that I have a new job and get to come now so it's been a little easier keeping this time a secret. But still, it'd be nice to be able to spread the good news.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:56 PM   #19
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Baby Zoe has come home!

Meet Zoe, the newest member of the family!



She was born on 9 Aug 13 at 1:53 in the morning and adopted to come home 20 Aug 14. She weighs 4120 pounds and 190 inches.

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Old 09-03-2014, 12:10 AM   #20
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Here are a few more pics showing off the Blue Ray Metallic:


This show off the blue really well.


Here you can almost see the purple, almost brown, that appears when the light is just right.

Last year for this color which is sad. The new blue is much brighter and in general I like brighter blues, but it's hard not to love the BRM. I guess they'll just be that much rarer.

Magnetic plugs and an oil filter magnet go in this coming weekend followed by a catch can. New mats are on the way. I still have a lot of cosmetic ideas but with Zoe in hand I'm suddenly paused as I have second thoughts ... how can you improve on this?
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:11 AM   #21
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Just wondering how anyone has had an accident driving a Camaro when everyone on the roads is already watching you?
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:32 PM   #22
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Congrats on the New SS sir, Love the write up, just shows as hard work pays off goals can be accomplished. What you do for a living was no easy task and i would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Good luck on your build we are all anxiously waiting
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:26 AM   #23
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Great story, you'll be home soon to enjoy that badboy! Congrats, and thank you for your service!
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:14 PM   #25
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Okay, not much but I had a Goldplug magnetic drain plug and magnets placed on the oil filter on Saturday. I let the service department do it because they weren't going to charge labor and I got a free oil change in the deal. 750mi. I have the differential and transmission plugs still as they didn't have their 'first team' on duty on Saturday and the mechanic said the exhaust was in the way somehow. All in all I'd rather they stop if they're not sure rather than plow ahead and damage something.

So, still have those plugs to install. I'll try to get to the catch can this weekend but I've only been back in the 'States for three weeks and driving her for two; I'm still busy like crazy.

After two weeks...hand down the best car I've ever owned.
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