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Old 08-28-2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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Engineering Capstone Project. What would you like engineered for Camaro?

So I have to do a capstone project for Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU - That one flight school). I'm in the general mechanical engineering and CNC Program. Last year was a course on alternate generators and mechanical transfer through means other than Fossil Fuels or EFI/Carb Engines. Same Teacher. Well, Last year, I built a Cold Nuclear Fusion Reactor...and scored an 84% Which is pretty lame considering a made a sun. ANYWAYS, this year is about engine components, and I figured out this dude is a huge camaro nut he said if I can come up with something awesome for the camaro, that camaro enthusiasts all would like, I can actaully get an A this time (BTW, an A on a Capstone project at ERAU is instant transfer into mechanical engineering program basically, I'm still in HS and taking this as an extra course.)
So. My question to Camaro 5, which is the biggest butt-load of Camaro Enthusiests I can think of, is...
What would you like engineered for your car MECHANICAL WISE... A Dove/Duck Tail Spoiler is NOT an answer I'm looking for
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:39 PM   #2
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:55 PM   #3
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Forrest,

You have obviously done some reading here if you know the hot-topic is the Dove-Tail Spoiler - - but my wish list includes...

1. Multi-directional seat actuators (vertical up/down, lean/tilt)
2. Hidden-Sunroof (factory extracts to the outside of the roof)
3. Completely redesign the center console arrangement
a. The hand-brake should be on the left side
b. The Short-Throw shifter should be a tad-bit laid back for longer legs
c. Relocate the 4-Pack Gauges (transform them to all digital reads, and place the new bezel arrangements above the center two Air-vents.



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Old 08-28-2009, 09:57 PM   #4
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Flux capacitor aside, how about a passenger seat that with easy adjustment for access to the rear seats.

Previous incarnations on the old 2 door Blazer/Jimmy had a cable release that allowed the seat to slide forward when you folded the seat forward.

The GTO had a power seat switch up high on the side of the seat but took like 5 minutes to move the seat forward.

So how about something clever that adjusts the passenger seat forward for easy access to the back seat for passengers or throwing a brief case in the back.

Or a flux capacitor.................that might be the A+
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:05 PM   #5
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The 3.6 liter V-6 with a turbo with enough power so that when the V-8 has been eliminated due to CAFE gas mileage requirements, no one will miss it. I truly think this V-6 DI could be good for 500+ horsepower and very respectable gas mileage. Good Luck!
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:07 PM   #6
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1.Digital display instead of analog across the front.
2. Built in nav system.
3. an option to keep the v-8 a v-8 and not have it go down to v-4 or v-6 unless desired.
4. a hard top vert. for thoes who like them (not me).
thats all i got.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:15 PM   #7
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A recent development in structural glas allows the shade of the glass to change when an electrical current is applied or removed. Migrate this into auto glass and we have adjustable window tint. You could hide the controls in the center console.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:24 PM   #8
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A recent development in structural glas allows the shade of the glass to change when an electrical current is applied or removed. Migrate this into auto glass and we have adjustable window tint. You could hide the controls in the center console.
... and have a HUD with speed, and rpm indications.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:25 PM   #9
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A recent development in structural glas allows the shade of the glass to change when an electrical current is applied or removed. Migrate this into auto glass and we have adjustable window tint. You could hide the controls in the center console.
EW. It doesn't work. It just goes opaque. They have it in bentlys or something. I came up with something much better, that UCF Pattented (Bast#&^s) when I did some work for them. Oh, and did I mention that we Beat Safelite's engineers to the punch that had been working on it for 5 years xD
http://mainland.cctt.org/istf2007/product.asp

The probelm with adjustable window tint is that the liquid crystals have a helicular solidification pattern, allowing them to polarize upon contact with electrical current, different currents porduce different colors, but there is no inbetween on and off. Which is the reason you can't see behind your LCD monitor your reading off right now
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:31 PM   #10
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I knew someone would do it.
My cold fusion reactor produced enough power to run the ERAU electrical wing for 7 hours, with a ball of plasma reaching over 12,000°F

Similar to color in that

And looked pretty close to this, cept mine had a lot more tubing and venting due to my increase in head. Did I mention the magnetic field?
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:34 PM   #11
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... and have a HUD with speed, and rpm indications.
HUDs aren't new : /
And as much as I love them on my Grand Prix, the mounting consol would take up a lot of the space left, dropping the vision range for the DMV standards and possibly making it a hazard, and convinceing Guardian, Safeglass, or AutoLite to create a HUD windsheild for Camaro Specifications, would mean making a batch of ~250,00 to 500,000 windsheilds to make a profit out of engineering and production of the molds.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:36 PM   #12
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The 3.6 liter V-6 with a turbo with enough power so that when the V-8 has been eliminated due to CAFE gas mileage requirements, no one will miss it. I truly think this V-6 DI could be good for 500+ horsepower and very respectable gas mileage. Good Luck!
I go to ERAU
This is the way to go IMO
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:41 PM   #13
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Forrest,

You have obviously done some reading here if you know the hot-topic is the Dove-Tail Spoiler - - but my wish list includes...

1. Multi-directional seat actuators (vertical up/down, lean/tilt)
2. Hidden-Sunroof (factory extracts to the outside of the roof)
3. Completely redesign the center console arrangement
a. The hand-brake should be on the left side
b. The Short-Throw shifter should be a tad-bit laid back for longer legs
c. Relocate the 4-Pack Gauges (transform them to all digital reads, and place the new bezel arrangements above the center two Air-vents.



Good luck in School - stay focused.
I had a 2SS for a while, took it to get painted, Arsonist flamed the palce with my car inside, due to them also being an AmeriGas distributor....
My IOM 2SS that was getting a secret paint job to it got owned...hard...
Allstate (Bless them) Said they're buying me a new car So whenever my mom lets me RE-order it (She NOW thinks i need to save for college) They will pay for it, or re-imburse me.
So 2 is out of the question, considering mine is roasted and gone.
As far as one goes...dont the 2ss and 2LT have those ? Oo
I only drove my car for 15 minutes so I really dont remember
OMFG TOTALLY AGREE WITH A - That really pissed me off -_-
as far as C goes...that would prove to be very interesting...

Thanks for the ideas all.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:43 PM   #14
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MAybe a working ABL CF door insert considering DSVcustoms is having a hard time
KIDDING so much by the way.
I love your guy's stuff
And when I get my car again you guys will have a lot of business from me considering The dealer Allstate looked at was 5k over MSRP, and i got mine for invoice, so I ahve 7k to play with xD
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