Prime should have always had the red seatbelts but GM did not allow them on blue cars so we corrected that ourselves!! Very complicated project and always scary to totally disassemble almost the entire interior of your brand new car but so worth it!!
Today we met our newest family member! It was just over 2 years ago when we were attending the unveiling of the 6th generation Camaro that I told Tom Henry we wanted to be number 1 on his list for whatever kind of 2017 we could get. We weren't sure if there was going to be a ZL1 or if it would be a 50th anniversary edition but we knew we wanted one and we wanted another number 1 to go with our 2012. Then the ZL1 was announced for 2017 and we knew that's what we wanted, even better it was coming in a convertible!! So we pestered Tom endlessly and Prime rolled off the line in March. Andy and Tom worked very hard together to design his "look" and we couldn't be happier!
I try to make the majority of my posts upbeat, happy, positive....this one I can't really spin that way. On October 8th of this year while on the way to a show at Gilmore Car Museum Red was in a terrible accident. Unfortunately he has been declared a total loss and we have had to accept that he will not be seeing the road again. Red was out and about at many shows this year and for that we are grateful. He kept his passengers safe and none of us had injuries beyond aches and pains. We are so terribly sad to lose such a precious member of our family. Andy purchased Red brand new and did all of the work to him so he meant quite a lot to us. We have purchased him back from the insurance company so now he sits broken in our garage. Now for some positive spin, we have purchased a 2001 SS convertible in red that is virtually a twin with just over 16,000 miles. We are waiting for him to be delivered from Florida as I write this. Our plan is to rebuild Red on this twin car, Red 2.0 if you will. Every part we can salvage will be saved and hopefully Red will live on, this time with all of our love being fed into the build. It is hard but we have hope and look forward to unveiling Red 2.0 soon!!
We have added a webpage to the site to follow along with the restore process we are doing on the 1992 Heritage Edition in advance of bringing it to Camaro Nationals in Maryland. Feel free to follow along and see all the changes and improvements we have made to the car!!
We knew when we saw how original Marco was that we wanted to get back into showing with him after taking a few years off. We have added Camaro Nationals in Maryland in as one of our regular annual shows and after bringing Marco home we were invited to enter him in Bow Tie class at next year's show. Bow Tie class is judging based on stock originality of the car and is a point based award rather than competition. While cleanliness is important the big emphasis is on duplicating how the car would have been as it rolled off the showroom floor. They only allow 5 3rd gens to judge each year so we are taking this show very seriously and putting a ton of work into doing the best we can. Obviously the cleaning comes first, that is a work in progress. We've worked hard polishing the paint and have restored it beautifully. Roughly half of the undercarriage has been scrubbed, interior is most of the way there. We have removed rear tail lights and cleaned behind them. All old window tint has been removed. Delivery men have been busy bringing parts that we may need. Very little of the car has been touched so that makes the process a little bit easier but there are a few small things that need to be addressed to bring it back to 100% original. Water pump and hoses & clamps were replaced with non OEM parts, we have sourced these parts to bring all of that back as it should be. I have started a photo album that shows progress of the work we are doing on the car from start to finish, hopefully we finish everything in time for the show!!
We are super excited to have finally brought home our elusive Heritage Edition. We were looking forever for it! We finally found it in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at a dealership. A friend came across it and kept it safe until we could get there and bring it home. Polo Green with Gold stripes was a color option only available in a Heritage Edition as an RS. Based on our research it seems only 498 Polo Green Heritage Editions were made. Purchased with just under 17,000 miles, it's a one owner car sitting with almost all of it's original parts including tires and exhaust!! We spent all day Sunday cleaning and polishing, we have a few minor fixes/tweaks to make and he'll be all set. We plan to preserve and show him as a true survivor car. Very exciting edition to our clan!!
We spent a year planning Helios's brake upgrades and now they are complete!
First the calipers were sanded down to make visible parts smooth of factory molding lines, then primed and painted. Base coat of silver then an overlay of transparent metallic blue paint. We reapplied decals to match the Chevrolet and Brembo that were on the original caliper. Then upgrades to Hawk Ceramic brake pads, Goodridge stainless steel brake lines, and Baer drilled & slotted rotors. The hats of the rotors were also spray painted silver to help prevent corrosion over time. Amazing difference in the overall appearance of the car and really sets off his beautiful wheels!! I guess it's clear that Helios has a white/blue theme, now to see how much further we are going to take that!!
We love to put custom wheels on the Camaros so we knew it had to be done soon once we brought Helios home. So after a month wait to have them made he finally has new shoes!! We increased the width to give him a more aggressive look and went with a little more modern design. We decided to go with Forgeline 3 Piece GZ3 Transparent Smoke with Polished Lip Wheels: 20" x 9.5" Front, 20" x 11" Rear and we stuck with Pirelli P-Zero tires 275/40ZR20 Front, 305/35ZR20 Rear as we still wanted that stock tread look. Once the drilled and slotted rotors are installed and calipers painted I think we will have a very cool look!!