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efpardo 08-17-2010 10:15 PM

Erick’s Mistress – 2010 Camaro # 8212 | 2LT | RS | CGM
I’ve loved Camaros all my life and my first was a 77’ Type LT. I got it used in 92’ and spent a lot of time and money on it over the years. In 2007 I finally sold the car due to not being able to keep up on maintenance and care.

It was actually purchased by a couple from Mexico who came up with a new Tahoe and flatbed. It was a pretty sad day for me to see my car being taken away. I had a lot of great memories of it with my family. I was in the Navy and drove it across the US a couple of times. I remember working on it with my son. With my daughter, I remember the time we "drove the gut" in Lansing. She was not happy when I reved the engine for the crowd. When she heard the crown cheer, she got excited and gave me the approving smile to rev it again.

In May of last year I got a call from a sales person at a local Chevy dealer. He knew my story and called to ask if I was still interested in the Camaro. I had looked at a 35th Anniversary edition model a while ago, but things just didn’t work out. I wasn’t really thinking about it but had heard about the comeback of the Camaro, so I decided to go into the dealership to talk. After my visit and doing some checking on-line, I was hooked. This time, things were all in alignment. I had just come into some extra cash and was in the process of selling a vehicle that was nothing but trouble.

It took a while to make my final decision. All the colors are beautiful. I tried a lot of colors and combinations. I wasn’t sure about the V6 until I saw the performance numbers—304 hp and 273 tq—Wow. The 77’ had 170 hp and 270 tq. And yeah the new V8 now has over 400 hp, but I wasn’t planning on racing. So the deal was sealed in mid April. In the mean time I sold my then current vehicle and my mom was nice enough to let me borrow her Impala. Another nice ride from Oshawa by the way.

I must have called my salesperson a hundred times :mad0259: to get a status on delivery.

So I waited until May 28th 2009 to take delivery. I was so excited—I felt like a little kid.

Erick’s Mistress – 2010 Camaro # 8212 | 2LT | RS | CGM | Litho #165 |
Current Mods:
[X] 30% Window Tint - 07/2009
[X] Camaro RS wheel lettering - 09/2009
[X] Camaro RS dash lettering
[X] Painted Engine Cover w/Chevrolet lettering -
[X] Red Ambient Dash Lighting - 08/2010
[X] Roto-Fab CAI - 08/2010
[X] Solo Mach XLT w/J-Pipes - 08/2010
[X] Solo High-Flow Cats
[X] AAC Style LED Fog Lamps - 08/2010
[X] AAC Style Tinted LED Side Marker Lights - 08/2010
[X] Sinister Ram Air Hood CF - 04/2011
[X] Sinister Spoiler - 04/2011
[X] GM Satin Nickel Fuel Door
[X] LED Lighted Scoop - 05/2011
[X] LED Lighted Trunk Space - 05/2011
[X] Eibach Lowering Springs - 09/2011
[X] Eibach Sway Bar - 09/2011
[X] VMAX Ported Throttle Body - 11/2011
[X] Chrome Cap Covers Under the Hood - 01/2012
[X] Stealth Splash Guards - 01/2012
[X] Fade to Black Gill Accents - 02/2012
[X] ACS T2 Bumper Ports - 06/2012
[X] LED Engine Cover Mod - 08/2012
[X] Cyber Gray Painted Wheel Lug Inserts - 01/2013
[X] Forced Air - RX Supercharged - 06/2013

Wish List:
[ ] Headlight Armour
[ ] Ground FX
[ ] Cup Holder lighting
[ ] RS Embroidered Headrest
[ ] BBK Shorty Headers
[ ] Barton Shifter
[ ] Lottery Win to Buy back the Mistress

On May 30th I went to the Michigan F-Body Meet and Greet and won 2nd place in the 5th Generation category—beaten by a V8. Of course.

I also had a chance to meet Oppenheiser, who signed my car! I had never shown a car but I’ve been showing off ever since.

To this day I get excited every time I get into my car.

I also get excited seeing other new 5th generation Camaros on the road.
On the road to Camaro Fest 2010

GM did a great job in the design and styling. As for the build quality, all I can say is thank you! What a quality vehicle. I am so very proud of my car and I think All the folks that brought this vehicle from concept to delivery should also be proud for their part in this Icon of a car. I might have said “American Icon” but I know there are a lot of countries and talents involved.


efpardo 08-17-2010 11:18 PM

Solo Mach XLT Install

2010 SSRS 08-17-2010 11:21 PM


AMPM1678 08-17-2010 11:27 PM

in that 6th pic was that takin during a cruise cuz I see 2 other 5th gens behind the RGT one.

efpardo 08-17-2010 11:28 PM

ABL Dash Installed
With some help from Camaro5 member Skuttduck, I installed red ambient lighting in the dash:

efpardo 08-17-2010 11:31 PM


Originally Posted by AMPM1678 (Post 2231049)
in that 6th pic was that takin during a cruise cuz I see 2 other 5th gens behind the RGT one.

That was on the way to Valdosta for Camaro Fest

efpardo 08-17-2010 11:37 PM

My Roto-Fab Installation
08/12/2010 - So last Thursday when I went home for lunch and found that my order was delivered!

I went right to work on the installation. I don't have all my tools but with a little help from my friends, I got it all installed in under an hour.

I took some video and pictures. The video was from my phone so may not be very good.

The heat shield creates a large breathing space for the big mouth air filter.
Looking straight down from the top, you can see down to the concrete through gaps in the fender and behind the washer bottle.

I've got video on Facebook but can't figure out how to post it. If anyone can help, thanks.

Comments: Note: I'm not a mechanic but have worked on a few cars in my day.
The installation was just short of a breeze. The heat of the day had me frustrated. So the light Breeze did help.

One of holes on the heat shield was a little tight, but finally went in. The opening for the MAF seemed a bit rough and I was actually afraid of pushing too hard, and damaging the O-ring but that worked out too.
The PCV tube seemed about 1/4" short for my liking but no big deal. I got some extra stickers which was nice, but I got SS stickers vs the RS stickers.:iono: Everything else went in perfectly.

Once installed, I started the engine to make sure there were no rattles. Right off the bat, I noticed the difference in sound--Very Impressive. On my way back to the office I noticed the sound from the cabin was...Beefyer? Hard to describe, but definitely better. As for performance, It's hard to say officially, but the response seems less labored and the engine seems to be more responsive.

I was at the track in Lapeer MI last November and again yesterday.
I don't recall the air temp from November but yesterday it was around 80-85and humid.
My best times for both dates:
---- Date --- 60 ft -- 594 ft - 1/8 ET - 1/8 MPH - 1/4 ET - 1/4 MPH
11/07/2009 - 2.175 - 9.069 -- 9.644 - - 78.13 - - 14.918 -- 82.36 - Cooler Pre-Roto-Fab
08/14/2010 - 2.205 - 9.073 -- 9.678 - - 74.31 - - 14.843 -- 94.09 - Hot and Muggy Post-Roto-Fab
11/06/2010 - 2.009 - 8.560 -- 9.145 - - 76.98 - - 14.104 -- 97.95 - 37*, 30.35 inches/HG, 50% humidity - DA -900

My overall experience--Excellent
From my initial correspondence and information gathering to ordering, delivery, instructions, installation and performance. I'm very Satisfied.

Thanks Mike and the Roto-Fab team.

efpardo 08-17-2010 11:41 PM

19,000 Miles today! Maybe I should back off... Naaaw! I was born to drive and my car was built to be driven!

efpardo 08-18-2010 12:04 AM

LED Side Marker Lights and Fog Lights
Ordered from AACstyle - I got a dud left rear light and fog lamp.
I ordered replacements and they are replacing them.

Apache1 08-18-2010 02:25 AM

The Mighty 77
I had the same problem but different reasons. The 77 gen is the one least talked about. I had to give my 77 rs 350 up when I got married, this was my first car. And get this my father and I went looking for a camaro and just happend to pass Russell & Smith Ford in Houston,tx. He said oh look over there its a pretty black one on the lott, mind you my best friend had a brand new black Z28 with flames and it was the bomb in 77. So after looking and hagaling this pretty black with half red vynal top picked me. It only had 3000 miles on it,some crazy fool had traded it in,and the rest is history. I eventually rebuilt it form top to bottom when i got older. Mind you all of my best friends had camaro's back then and this was a special order but the guy just didnt want it. It was real racer. Fast cars and fast broads was how we lived. This gen never got the respect that it deserved. Back then we were like we are now the S!!! This camaro makes a 50 plus man remember the goods times of the past and the good times of the present. Please forgive the rant, but we are all lucky to have such a fine machine.:happyanim::happyanim::chevy::chevy:

efpardo 08-18-2010 09:41 AM

You Said It Brother!

efpardo 08-18-2010 11:17 PM

Camaro Fest 2010

My babies


T_MECO 08-21-2010 12:09 AM

Whoa they are a little close to the paint job ;)

Overflow 08-24-2010 04:50 PM

Nice CGM. :) It looks just like the SS in my avatar. :D

efpardo 08-25-2010 11:33 PM

2010 Michigan Fbody Meet and Greet

Al Oppenheiser presents me with the 2009 award for 2nd place in the 5th Gen category.

My $90K neighbor with 800+ hp

The Lansing Line up

My favorite 1st Gen - 1967

efpardo 08-26-2010 10:33 PM

2010 Camaro Buyers and Builders Meet and Greet

Dan Hermer, the plant manager signs my car

Martinrea Assembly Plant

Crashed the Ontario Cobalt Club meeting
They were so cute. What a weekend

efpardo 08-29-2010 06:07 PM

28th St. Cruise Grand Rapids

efpardo 09-04-2010 11:45 AM

Mach XLT - J-Pipe Upgrade
I've been happy with my Solo Mach XLT exhaust except for a bit of highway drone.

I was glad to read about the J-Pipe upgrade, so I took the day of yesterday and drove from Lansing to Mississauga. Plenty of time, 5hrs, to think pay attention on what the difference might be on the way back.
Well, I ended up not only with J-Pipes but the Hi-Flo Cats as well.
The exhaust turn out just right!
Hi-Flo Cats

The highway Drone is gone! When I give it the gas, it wakes up and let's you know it's there. City driving is nice too without being obnoxious. Don't get me wrong - I love obnoxios but not every day.

They really did a nice job with getting everything lined up too. Overall I think they do a great job. Tuning an exhaust is not an easy thing to do.

Can't comment much on the Cats yet but I'm optimistic. Perhaps a bit better response. The track will tell more.

When I got back I did notice that there was hardly any exhaust soot on the exhaust tips. I have always had soot build up pretty quickly. Not sure what that means. If anybody has any ideas, let me know.

Thanks Team Solo
Steve, Jeff, Ray, and Jack

efpardo 09-09-2010 11:28 PM

Mach XLT Exhaust and High Flow Cats Video
Here's some video of my Mach XLT exhaust with high flow cats:
2010 Camaro start up with Mach XLT exhaust and high flow cats

I :wub: the sound now. It's loud when I want it Not when I don't:)

papabearcamaro 09-10-2010 02:28 AM

Great thread! Love all the pics with details.
Thanks for sharing.

efpardo 10-18-2010 01:52 AM

Mid Michigan Motorplex today! I was hoping to see some other 5th Gens, but it was just me and my 6 Gun. And my Mom.
Up against a Porsche - I won but you can see his wheels peek in on the right before I take the lead for the win.:thumbup:
My best time was 14.666. My worst was 19++. I guess I accidentally taped the shift paddle. I laid some 50 feet of rubber and made a mess of my right rear quarter panel.

I had a lot of fun and next time, I hope I'll see another 5th Gen.

efpardo 11-03-2010 09:32 PM

Gas Cap Mod
I had a big problem with the gas cap lanyard falling off the hook on the gas cap door and rubbing on the paint. I used Velcro to fix the problem:

efpardo 11-06-2010 09:29 PM

Children of the Corn Drag Race at Lapeer MI
Another day at the track!
I got there as scrming finished a 13.787 in the 1/4. Nice!

I picked up my personal best today too!

Tires used: Stock Pirellis P275/40ZR20 (Rear)
Performance Mods: Roto-Fab CAI, Solo Mach XLT w/J-Pipes & High-Flow Cats
Transmission: Auto
Category submitted for: Bolt-on
R/T.......... .504
330'........... --
660'........... 9.154
660’ mph... 76.98
1000'.......... --
1320'.......... 14.104
1320’ mph… 97.95
Name of the track: Lapeer Dragway
Date of pass: 11/6/2010
Weather conditions: 37*, 30.35 inches/HG, 50% humidity - DA -900

I left a lot or rbber on the rear quarter. Next time I won't forget the tape.

BackinBlackSS/RS 11-06-2010 09:31 PM

WOW!! Very cool. :wave: :cool: :w00t:

scrming 11-06-2010 09:39 PM

Nice job, Erick!

efpardo 11-06-2010 09:41 PM

There were only 3 5th gens. All V6s.
I was really hoping to see a V8.

scrming 11-06-2010 09:51 PM


Originally Posted by efpardo (Post 2522729)
There were only 3 5th gens. All V6s.
I was really hoping to see a V8.

Actually we had a total of 4... rditten (Rich) was there for a while... left before you arrived...

efpardo 11-07-2010 10:41 PM

Snow Tires on and Calipers Painted
Winter is coming and so after my last day at the track for the year it was time to put snow tires on the Mistress. The Pirelli Scorpion Ice And Snow tires really performed well for me last year. While the tires were off and the weather was nice, I decided to paint the calipers to match the paint.

245/50R-19 Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow XL on the 19x8 MSW Type 16 BLK RED ST rims.

GUNIT 11-08-2010 11:00 PM

Looks sharp! You've got some nice things going on with your car.
Nice time at the track also. (Just had one of our club guys out here hit a 14.02 V6 with just axle back and cai.)
Seems you all out there have a great group, we should all meet half way next year for a meet.?

efpardo 11-08-2010 11:23 PM


Originally Posted by GUNIT (Post 2529203)
Looks sharp! You've got some nice things going on with your car.
Nice time at the track also. (Just had one of our club guys out here hit a 14.02 V6 with just axle back and cai.)
Seems you all out there have a great group, we should all meet half way next year for a meet.?

I'm always up for a meet!

efpardo 11-10-2010 10:26 PM

My Best Time To Date

scrming 11-11-2010 06:03 AM


Originally Posted by efpardo (Post 2535602)

WOW... Didn't realize you had such a nice 60' on that run!!! Great job!!!

Roto-fab 1 11-11-2010 12:05 PM

You have alot of great pictures and some great track times. Thanks for using the Roto-fab CAI system and for sharing your results. It sure sounds like your Camaro is much more than "just a car" to you. That's awesome!:thumbup:

efpardo 11-11-2010 11:01 PM

Yes - Much more than "just a car" :wub:

efpardo 12-06-2010 08:19 PM

I Got My Litho Today - #165

Roto-fab 1 12-07-2010 08:39 AM


Originally Posted by efpardo (Post 2614132)

That's awesome!

efpardo 01-24-2011 10:25 PM

Oh Man it's cold out but in just a couple months it'll warm up and it'll be nice to check some car shows. First one on my list is:
What: 7th Annual Michigan FBody Spring Meet & Greet 2011
Date: June 4th, 2011
Time: 8am to 4pm
Location: Bakers of Milford, Milford, Michigan
Address: 2205 S. Milford Rd, Milford, Michigan

Register for the event here:

efpardo 02-20-2011 01:02 PM

My next project
I'm working out the details on a new hood with a functional hood scoop:

Sponsors Welcome!

efpardo 03-20-2011 08:06 PM

Sinister Hood and Spoiler Ordered
This week I ordered my new Sinister hood and spoiler:

efpardo 03-31-2011 12:19 PM

I Just Booked my Dale Jarretr Racing Adventure!
I Just Booked my Dale Jarretr Racing Adventure!
Sunday July 17th 2011: 10:30am
Thanks to my wifey!:wub:

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