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Old 04-24-2011, 04:15 PM   #151
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I'm getting nervous though...I'm almost out of mods to do! What will I do next?? LOL
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Old 04-24-2011, 04:39 PM   #152
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It's the attention to details of stuff like this that really sets Blue Angel apart. Subtle and clean.

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Old 04-27-2011, 02:31 AM   #153
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Car looks awesome!

I love all your weight savings! I took 700 lbs out of my 98 SS back in the day. Had it down to about 2,800 lbs but that was doing a lot of things I would NEVER do to this car.
My first goal will be to get my car to under 4,000 lbs sans driver with a full tank. Completely stock it weighed in at 4,320 lbs with a half a tank of gas and me in it, so that would put it at about 4,160 lbs with a no driver and a full tank.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:04 AM   #154
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how do you like the new pedals?
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:02 AM   #155
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It's the attention to details of stuff like this that really sets Blue Angel apart. Subtle and clean.

Thank you Bruce. Considering the legendary build you're working on, praise from you is praise indeed!

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Car looks awesome!

I love all your weight savings! I took 700 lbs out of my 98 SS back in the day. Had it down to about 2,800 lbs but that was doing a lot of things I would NEVER do to this car.
My first goal will be to get my car to under 4,000 lbs sans driver with a full tank. Completely stock it weighed in at 4,320 lbs with a half a tank of gas and me in it, so that would put it at about 4,160 lbs with a no driver and a full tank.
When I ordered mine in May of 2009 it was sight-unseen. I hadn't seen one been in one or even seen the color. When it arrived it was MUCH nicer a car than I was expecting. All the things I had been planning to do to it went out the window and I decided to take my time and carefully plan a build. I wanted to customize it but not ruin how nice it was. I think I've managed to accomplish my goal with the exception of the sound; a bit too loud with too much resonance. I'm going to explore the Helmholtz mod to get the resonance under control and then this car will be golden.

Reducing weight is a bit of a challenge but focusing on reducing unsprung rotational weight really makes a difference you can feel. Hopefully some of the info in my thread can help you towards your goal.

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how do you like the new pedals?
Got the gas and brake pedal installed then my drill bit was toast. The steel on the brake and clutch pedal is hard. I have to run out to Lowe's and get a new drill bit. Haven't driven it yet because the clutch pedal is taped and marked and ready to drill. I'm off tomorrow so I'll finish it then. I'm thinking I'll pass on the dead pedal; the stock one is fine.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:56 PM   #156
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Got the billet aluminum pedal covers installed. They look nice and work well. They grip so well I may take a bit of sandpaper and smooth down the very top surface so they don't chew up the bottom of my shoes.

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Old 04-29-2011, 07:54 AM   #157
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I'm getting nervous though...I'm almost out of mods to do! What will I do next?? LOL
You will sit back with a glass of iced tea and breathe a sigh of contented happiness that the Angel is done. Then you'll go enjoy it.
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:28 AM   #158
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You will sit back with a glass of iced tea and breathe a sigh of contented happiness that the Angel is done. Then you'll go enjoy it.
Pretty darned close girl...pretty darned close. (I'll probably find myself still scouring the internet from time to time looking for possible upgrades though..hehe).
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:44 AM   #159
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man, i wish you could've been at our Vettes & Jets show here on base a couple weeks ago... the Naval Aviation Museum set up one of the old Angel F18s for us out back :(

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Old 04-29-2011, 10:34 AM   #160
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man, i wish you could've been at our Vettes & Jets show here on base a couple weeks ago... the Naval Aviation Museum set up one of the old Angel F18s for us out back :(

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Oh man I would LOVE to be that close to one of the Angel planes! And to have my car next to one for photos?? Wow that would be too cool.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:40 AM   #161
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They would probably take you on some kind of tour (maybe even in the plane! maybe even FLYING in the plane!) if they saw your car!
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:42 AM   #162
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They would probably take you on some kind of tour (maybe even in the plane! maybe even FLYING in the plane!) if they saw your car!
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:07 AM   #163
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They would probably take you on some kind of tour (maybe even in the plane! maybe even FLYING in the plane!) if they saw your car!
Haha that would be awesome. . And I'd let them drive my car. That would be some great pics to have of the team in and around my car.
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:58 PM   #164
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Oh man I would LOVE to be that close to one of the Angel planes! And to have my car next to one for photos?? Wow that would be too cool.
there's another one in front of the O-club with tail #1. it looks more like a permanent static display (because it is), but could still make some nice pics. if you're ever in pensacola, hit me up (at least within the next year, anyway)

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Haha that would be awesome. . And I'd let them drive my car. That would be some great pics to have of the team in and around my car.
they do give incentive rides to special people...
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:21 PM   #165
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I'm getting nervous though...I'm almost out of mods to do! What will I do next?? LOL
I will be taking the same kind of route (though may end up forced induction anyway).

One thing on my list that I haven't seen on yours is an electric water pump. (Link below)... Just be careful with your lower capacity battery the amperage draw may be too much.

The way I see it the less drag on the engine the more power to the wheels!

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It was a pleasure to see your ride and meet you (however briefly) at camarofest2.
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:03 AM   #166
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I will be taking the same kind of route (though may end up forced induction anyway).

One thing on my list that I haven't seen on yours is an electric water pump. (Link below)... Just be careful with your lower capacity battery the amperage draw may be too much.

The way I see it the less drag on the engine the more power to the wheels!

Meziere Camaro LS3/L99 Electric Water Pump

It was a pleasure to see your ride and meet you (however briefly) at camarofest2.
I already have the Meziere pump on my "to do" list but if Eric can truly tune it to 480 rwhp, I don't know how much of a difference I'd actually feel with the electric water pump. I'm still thinking about it though along with a few other possible goodies.

At this point the car is so good I really just want to start running track events....spend my money on tires and brake pads cause I'm out having fun. It was a pleasure meeting you too.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:03 AM   #167
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Just a follow-up on previous issues. As some of you know, I had a problem at C5FII with the CF driveshaft which Frank at DSS has been first-class helping get sorted out. He sent a replacement aluminum shaft for me to use in the meantime so I weighed it and had it dynoed for comparison.

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As you can see the CF shaft is only 2 lbs lighter. I'm working with Frank on some ideas to reduce some more weight on the CF shaft. Hopefully they'll work and we can pull another few pounds off.

Functionally I can't tell any difference between the two; the aluminum is just as quiet as the CF. Putting it on the dyno there was only a 4 hp difference compared to the CF which, considering this dyno run is almost a month after the previous one with the CF shaft, the results are certainly within the margin of normal variance so basically the aluminum shaft is performing the same as the CF. This means it's the improved efficiency of the 1-piece versus the factory 2-piece that's making the difference. The 2 lbs less weight on the CF shaft doesn't appear to make any appreciable difference. If we can remove another 3-6 lbs though, that may change things. Right now I'd recommend anyone considering one of these shafts to go with the aluminum one; it's $500 cheaper than the CF shaft and is definitely worthwhile.

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The other thing that's apparent is the gains shown in the previous dyno are for real. The Bassani LT headers with high-flow cats and a tune really do make the power. This car just flat-out gets up and moves when you push the pedal.
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:33 AM   #168
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Nice looking ride, I love the two colors you went with.
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:36 AM   #169
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great build and journal, your car is definitely one to be admired . Thanks for all the detailed info and description, very helpful
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:28 PM   #170
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Lookin' good Doc. Hope you get all of the driveshaft stuff sorted out. I didn't realize the CF and aluminum driveshafts were only about 2 lbs apart. We stuck a 4" aluminum in the SST because a few of the turbo cars shredded CFs at the connectors.

You are always a wealth of "Weight Watchers" info...
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:46 PM   #171
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Your car looks great on track! Glad to see you've caught the track day bug!
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:52 PM   #172
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Thanks one and all!

Here's a couple of pics courtesy of MTI Racing of Angel and I out on the track at the Pfadt Track Attack at Firebird.
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Looking forward to doing more events.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:17 AM   #173
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:52 PM   #174
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I'm not into 1/4 mile; I prefer road course but I may go to a drag night at the local track just to see what the car can do.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:06 PM   #175
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I've had some inquiries about my list of "to do" items so here's the list I've been working on for a year and a half.

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Items in red I have here but haven't gotten installed yet. As you can see I'm almost done with my list, but I keep looking for things to upgrade as they become available. Modding is like an addiction; you can't just stop lol.
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