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post #1 of 110 Old 09-23-2011, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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Skuttduck's Cliffjumper "Cliffy"

I have my member car journal over on that other site. Since then, I've discovered , and Camaroz28.com.

I'm a recent Camaro enthusiast. I started liking the new Camaro back in 2009, and even though I was a transformers fan (Gen 1) and saw the new movie, it didn't hit me until after the movie. I kind of wanted another car that was cool. I thought of a 1967 - 69 Camaro, or a 1960 Corvette. There was no previous Camaro in my life, but my Aunt had a cool 1980 Trans Am. Since my wifes car lease on the 2007 Malibu was coming due, and my dad and father in law worked for GM, I thought what about the new Camaro.

I discovered that other site, by merely seeing if the GM discount would apply to the new Camaro. I then lurked in the background for months, and then waited until the dealer got one or more in to see what I wanted.

I wasn't going to order a new Camaro sight unseen and without a test drive. My dealer was on the good list, so I went with them.

I realized the demand for the new Camaro, so I asked my salesman how long it would be, and he said probably at this rate February. I remember ordering the car in May.

Another cool thing about the Camaro was I was getting a modern day classic with new technology.

What I didn't know was the douchebaggery that you get when it comes to getting a v6. People hear it is a v6 then just say things that are rather insulting. What most don't realize is it has 304HP, and gets 29MPG. But you will always get the person who will insist the V8 is better even if the v6 had twin turbo, was lighter, and could smoke them in the 1/4 mile.

I got the car to be a daily driver, and not a weekend warrior. I was prepared to garage keep it if needed, but I only did that a bit during the first year, as we had my 2000 Camry, and the 2007 Malibu to drive as well.
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post #2 of 110 Old 09-23-2011, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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In looking at the colors, I thought of either Aqua Blue or Red Jewel Tintcoat, and even Silver was an option.

Victory Red and Inferno Orange were out for me, as these colors got on my nerves as our overcast state makes it hard to tell the difference between them when it is cloudy.
Plus the Orange with Orange Interior hurts my eyes. Red is my color, and Red Jewel really got me.

What I didn't know about my car was this. It was unique when I ordered it.
Most people that ordered a 2LT RJT, did not order it with black interior, a sunroof, manual transmission, the body colored engine cover, and Black Rally stripes.

The black stripes make it nice and subtle, not so in your face like the white ones. I also ordered the splash guards.

Now was the waiting. I would call my dealer every month to see where it was at, and thanks to the network at the other site I was able to track once I had it. In fact my salesman encouraged me to use that site.

That other site started going downhill, when another site "Camarotracking.com" came up, and people asked other dealers about their order as it overwhelmed the one they asked. (this is all my understanding) It became an unwritten rule and taboo to mention the Camarotracking.com website, or if you PM'd another dealer asking about your order. Way to punish an enthusiast for inquiring about their car.

Back on subject. My car arrived at the dealership on September 17th. One day before my 34th birthday. My salesman had them leave the car outside, still dirty from the trip on the trailer so I could look it over.

I had ordered the magnetic trunk blackout, and I wanted to do gill stripes. The dealer had stripeman come in and do the stripes, and I also purchased the clear bra!

I named it cliffy after the transformer cliffjumper. Because bumblebee was sunrise gold, I figured Cliffjumper would be a higher quality red. Hence Red Jewel Tintcoat. In the cartoon, Cliffjumper was tougher, and faster than Bumblebee, and he was a Porsche. Hasbro made the Cliffjumper toy in 2007, as a red Camaro.


From the beginning I thought of putting the console lid and door sills on the cars but wasn't sure about the badges.

Here are the images I posted up on facebook on September 17th:






Love the lens flare. I never noticed my wife yawning in this pic until later.


Window Sticker. I also have another one of these that I saved!



Needless to say I didn't sleep well that night, knowing I was going to pick this up in the morning.

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I got it late in the evening on September 18th 2009. What a great birthday present! I drove it home, first time driving a stick in 10 years, and did really good, only stalled it once, and I even took my wife for a drive in it down Grand River Avenue in East Lansing.

We started getting the looks!

Here is the picture of me at the dealership.



I took these the next day in front of the house.





I tried to get the black gills in this pic, but they don't turn out. The black is subtle on the Red Jewel.

I took this one much later.







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The first mods I did to the Camaro was to work on the ambient light in the dash. I installed an LED behind each of the factory holes and tried this out.

It looked alright. It didn't match the factory light but was kind of cool.













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We took the Camaro, and the Camry down to Florida for a Caribbean Cruise at Cape Canaveral. My dad and I drove the Camaro mostly. My mom and wife in the Camry. The Camry had a Kenwood Navigation Unit so we got to try that out.

My mom and wife had people cutting them off in the Camry to take pictures of the Camaro!



What a great way to break the car in.

Average MPG was 27.5 and I noticed I could get the advertised 29mpg if I set the cruise to 60.
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When I got back from Florida it was time to start thinking about winter tires if I was going to drive it at all. My research led me to the Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow tires. It was confirmed by "Number 3" that they used them on the test fleet and they recommended them.

The cheapest option for me was to have the summers unmounted and winters mounted on the stock rims. So I went with that. I also took the car over to my uncles house and we painted my calipers before winter.


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Since the Camaro was still new and people were waiting on their cars. I was asked to show how to take off the engine cover. Not to mention this was one of the first images of the V6 engine.



Pull the oil cap off, and lift up.



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My next must need was the weathertech floormats for winter driving!



The video tape was put there so people could see how black, the black really was.


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great story. i agree with douchebaggery, my v6 has plenty of kick and when warrantee is done it will get plenty more. did you know chevt lied about the hp of the v6's so when ford come out with the mustang they made it 305hp but the camaro is actually 312hp
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At the end of November I met Deep6 (Erick). He came over and we did a little photo shoot. He also showed me the Solo Exhaust.

We took some pictures and I let him drive my car. He let me drive his as well.



My Favorite picture!










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