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Old 05-24-2012, 09:54 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I don't think I ever create a thread on here about my car.

I've owned this 84 Camaro since around 92 or so, it's was a basic V6 pretty much no option car.

I drove this car to work every day for quite a few years, and the V6 finally gave out. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the car, and it sat in my garage for about a year. I finally decided that I was going to restore, it and make it better than it was to start with. I bought a 92Z and used that as my donor car. I then proceeded to swap almost everything over to my car, pulled the motor/tranny, added the GFX, replaced the dash etc.

It took about 5 years to get the car where it is today, but I think it turned out pretty good.

How she looked originally:



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Right after removing the V6


All of the 92 wiring in place






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I love LEDs, and these tail lights were for sure getting a retro


Same with the dash, here is the 92 Cluster lit up with LED strips


I hated the dim stock headlights, so I installed HID projectors. You can also see my LED front turn signals, I custom made these.

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For comparison of the headlights

Here are the stock lights going down my driveway, just terrible


Now here are the HIDs, notice the cutoff. No blinding other drivers at all
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If you guys like how the car turned out, I would really appreciate it if you click the link in my sig and then 'Like' my car on that site. I have a long ways to go to get to first place, so I'm hoping all you third gen owners will help me beat the 5th gen.

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I like the LED's, how did you put them in the taillights? Also, Where did you get the projectors?
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I like the LED's, how did you put them in the taillights? Also, Where did you get the projectors?
The projectors I got from the retrofitsource, they normally don't sell already assembled systems. But one of their guys was doing a side project for someone else, and when I emailed them asking some questions about retrofitting. The guy he was making them for backed out, so I just snatched them up

For the LEDs, check out this build thread. I pretty much show the process from start to finish.
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Oh I'm up to 79 Likes now, thank you to all of you that have voted for me. I think I secured second place. Would love to get a ton more and steal first away from that 5th gen. So please like me if you haven't already
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i honestlty like the way it looked before, but damn you did one hell of a good make over
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I like how ur car turned out, i reciently added ground effects to my 84 sport coupe as well
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:20 PM
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Took the car to a drive-in movie on Saturday, haven't been to one of those in years.
Got a couple pics while we were there.



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that turned our amazing.....
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:06 PM
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that turned our amazing.....
Thanks!
It was a long project, but I really liked how it turned out. The car is actually fun to drive now.
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I have 3 more days to catch up to 1st place, please before May 31st
click on the link in my signature and then 'like' my car. I think I've secured second place! Thank You everyone who already voted.

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hmm...... i cant see any of your pictures o.0
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there showing up now, killer job on those lights
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Since it's going to be awhile before I get new wheels, I thought I would try and fix my current ones up a bit.

So I decided to try out the whole plasta-dip thing I've been reading everywhere. To my surprised they really turned out good!! My wheels had a lot of discoloration, and some curb rash, the plasta-dip hides almost all of it. It looks like I got new wheels.

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What I love the most about this stuff, when I get tired of it. I can just peal it off!
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Love the headlights, where'd you get them?

Sorry if this was asked before, i'm not sure.

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Love the headlights, where'd you get them?
I got them from www.retrofitsource.com

They normally don't sell completed retros, but one of the guys was doing a set on the side for someone else. I had emailed them with some questions about how to retrofit into a 4x6 and he told me he had some that a guy just backed out on. So I snatched them up. Saved me from having to trial/error in the retrofit.

I bet if you email them, you can find someone wanting to do a set for you.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:52 PM
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So this weekend I decided to add some exhaust tips.
I looked everywhere online for some that would our exhaust, and not having them cost $50+ for each one.

Well just by chance, I found these on Walmart's website for $12.99. I think they look pretty good and they should last until I upgrade the entire exhaust system.



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lol i wana see an engine pic, but the car is sweeet, i have an 85 iroc and im buyin an 87 sport coupe tomorow i wana make it an RS look-a-like lol
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:01 AM
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Here is a pic of the engine bay, it's a 5.7 out of a 92 Z28
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Looks great man! I especially like all the LED additions.

How did you go about the taillights?
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Sorry, where do I go to like your car?
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Sorry, where do I go to like your car?
Thanks, but the contest is over. I think I got 3rd.
A 5th Gen beat me.
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I thought I would add some pictures of the start of the audio system.

I built a custom fiberglass box, to hold 2 12 IDQV4's being run off a MMATS 1400.1

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Old 01-10-2014, 08:56 AM
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Hey Guys,
Check it out, I got car of the week on driiive
https://driiive.com/caroftheweek/

I'm week #27

Check out my timeline to see some of the work I've done over the years too.
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Great looking car bro!!!
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Really nice job. Beautiful car. I see you have the "1988"Sport Coupe "short wing" I also have one on my IROC-Z. I think they look great.
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Great looking car bro!!!
Thanks!!

Originally Posted by Ron U.S.M.C. View Post
Really nice job. Beautiful car. I see you have the "1988"Sport Coupe "short wing" I also have one on my IROC-Z. I think they look great.
Ya, I've always like that wing. I know it was never very popular for some reason, but I think it looks great and gives the car a little bit more modern look. Plus I love that it has the brake light too, something the tall wing doesn't have.
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Does anyone know how to change the title of a thread?

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dude. wow. i love it when someone takes a no option sc and does it up the way they like it. any one can go out and buy a z already optioned out with tpi and such. but to take a car and make it what it is simply because its what you have and you love it. props
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Originally Posted by IROC-Z123 View Post
dude. wow. i love it when someone takes a no option sc and does it up the way they like it. any one can go out and buy a z already optioned out with tpi and such. but to take a car and make it what it is simply because its what you have and you love it. props
Thanks!
It was a fun project and getting everything working.
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3-21-14:
Small Updates since last time.
Been working on my LED retro of the foglights.

I had previously bought the plug/play type bulbs, but they weren't that bright and had a hotspot I didn't like.

So here is the comparison.

Plug/play on the left, my retro on the right. Still need to build the other side.



You can see more images here.
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Update: 5/14/14

Phase 2 of my audio build is done!
My new kickpods, and amp are installed.



These actually turned out to be pretty easy to build, if you've ever considered doing it yourself, I have written a tutorial to help guide you through it.
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Cleaned her up for the weekend

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How did you do the led strips for your gauges? I did LED bulbs and am pretty unhappy with the results. The brightness is not consistant like yours.
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How did you do the led strips for your gauges? I did LED bulbs and am pretty unhappy with the results. The brightness is not consistant like yours.
Sorry just saw this reply,
I bought some LED strips from superbrightLEDs, and also some empty 192 socket bases.

The strips can be cut to size, I think you can cut them down to only 3 LEDs if you need it.

So I cut the length of strips that I needed, then ran some wire from the strips to the empty bases, and then just plugged the bases into the OEM connectors.

You can kind of see it this pic, you can see the bases on the lower left and lower right
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Since I put in the HID projectors, light output has not been a problem.
But one thing that bothered me was the stock hi-beams. They just didn't look good next to the projectors.

I didn't really want to spend money on another set of real projectors, so I decided to just use those 'fake' projectors that I already had. Then instead of putting a real bulb in them, I used an LED one. Just for looks, and I think it looks much better than than the halogen type sealed beams that I had in there.

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9-21-14: Last drive of 2014
Summer is winding down, wanted to get one last cruise in before she gets packed away for the winter. This is Pt. Defiance park in Tacoma Wa.





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Anyone willing to nominate me for November Car of the Month?
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i think you're not allowed to ask, might be because you just asked now you cant be nominated this month, idk have to ask BADNBLK about the rules
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i think you're not allowed to ask, might be because you just asked now you cant be nominated this month, idk have to ask BADNBLK about the rules
Nevermind

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If you're serious, don't even bother.

Give me a break, I see the same cars getting nominated each month so I asked in my own build thread if you like my car please nominate me. Trying to get something new in there. So now you're going to report me?

Forget it, I've contributed a lot to this forum over the years and didn't think throwing it out there would be some reportable offense. If that's the case, I don't even want it.

Just go back to seeing the same cars getting nominated each month.
Who said anything about reporting anybody? He said he had to ask about the rules...?
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hi first time on this forum. i just have one question for you, my brother-in-law has a 1984 camaro berlinetta. now he cannot find parts for the car that he desperately needs, i was wondering if the car you used to build your camaro, could work for my brother? or better yet do you know of anyone that might have parts for that specific kind of car. thank you and have a nice day
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I'd be more than happy to nominate your car. Very nice job. I'm just getting back into reading threads on here and a bit of a greenhorn on using the site. I also have an '84 Camaro that I will be putting some TLC into over time.
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Awesome car. Mine looks like something out of a wrecking yard compared to yours. It's on jack stands right now getting some serious overhaul done. Turbo 400, Ford 9", some engine work, interior cleaning, etc. Gonna be in the garage a while, but as soon as I'm done I'd like to see yours in person. I'm not too far from you. Federal Way. Is that original paint? If not, where did you get it done?
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I have a 1984 Berlinetta and John in RI has helped me get some things.
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how exactly did you do your tails sir?
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