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Yes, that's a Sabbath reference.

Here's one change I made just 15 minutes ago. HD Radio is the shit.

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The Hurst T-handle shift knob also improved the throw of the shifter over that pathetic leather-covered billard ball.

Sorry for the low-res pic. My iPhone is only a 3GS (still better than the 4 IMHO).

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Now change the intake gasket.

One step at a time. I'm gradually building up my confidence on working on this car. I may also get a hand in doing that job as well. The next few weeks will hold more on the progress of this.

My next project is going to be ditching the dingy old cloth seats for some nice leather ones and swapping the taillights out for a set of '93 - '96 style ones.

Also not to be forgotten:

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More on this as progress develops. :AH-HA:

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Small changes like DF did with his car really add up....DF has inspired me to keep the Miata and do some things with it....

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Small changes like DF did with his car really add up....DF has inspired me to keep the Miata and do some things with it....

Agreed.

I had some plans for this car when I bought it, so why not act on them?

Things are slowly making a turnaround for me personally. I'm making excellent grades in class, I've managed to dig up some extra cash to spend automotive-wise, and in other news I found a solution for my home recording problems (maybe now I can make some serious tunes that people will actually, you know, listen to lol).

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One step at a time. I'm gradually building up my confidence on working on this car. I may also get a hand in doing that job as well. The next few weeks will hold more on the progress of this.

Well, you're moving in the right direction... but I hope the intake gasket waits for you... because a few weeks is a long time when you are driving around with milkshake in the crankcase.

Have you changed the oil lately? At least doing that will remove some of the possible contamination. I imagine changing the oil daily would delay your need to change the intake gasket indefinitely.

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The mod bug: it's contagious. :P

It makes it more than just a car, it makes it your car.

Oh yes. :P

And everything I want to do is right within my reach, provided the yard I get my new seats from lets me make a swap (because what else am I going to do with the current interior after I swap everything out?) and maybe pay a slight difference between cloth and leather with some change.

I'll be stuck with this car for a few years to come, might as well make it special.

I'm also going to just work my way from the inside out and (maybe) back inside with this car. Knock the interior out, dress the exterior up, and tend to what the engine may need.

I don't think I'll go for a set of YearOne's 18" Z/28 reissues. Instead, I think a set of chrome Z06 wheels and tires would look excellent and I could snag a set for under $400 bucks including rubber.

Well, you're moving in the right direction... but I hope the intake gasket waits for you... because a few weeks is a long time when you are driving around with milkshake in the crankcase.

Have you changed the oil lately? At least doing that will remove some of the possible contamination. I imagine changing the oil daily would delay your need to change the intake gasket indefinitely.

I changed the oil a few days ago and the old oil was starting to finally look like dirty engine oil. I didn't really see any of the previous milkiness anymore. Honestly, I really don't know what's going on here. When I brought it home from Jack Burford, oil pressure was sporadically all over the gauge and the engine temprature would reach 210 to 220. Now the oil pressure hangs around 60 and I don't see the temp gauge moving beyond 180.

I mentioned that I might be getting a hand in all of this, well, someone in the family knows a guy who is a hell of a body man and mechanic. He'll be assessing the level of damage done to the Cutty's bad paint job and let me know if wet-sanding, buffing, and actually clear coating the car will correct anything. I'll also have him give me a final opinion on the Camaro as well.

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The 1998 Big Old Black (Less Of A) POS That I Overpaid For.

It's a Camaro. :P

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It could really stand a good hand-washing before the weather gets too cold. I'll give it a complete clean up when I switch the seats and door panels out.

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To illustrate the difference that the earlier style taillights make:

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Now, I've already sorted out how I'll get my new rims for basically nothing. I have a spare TH350R laying around that came out of my Regal. I'm going to load it up and take it here on the last weekend of The Cruise: http://www.somernitescruise.com/october.html

I can always find something awesome at the swap meets there. I also need front lap buckles for the Olds, so I'm going to try to knock-out two birds with one stone here. I did go one weekend previously (no photos, sorry ... and Ben Jones was there too, for those of you who might would have wanted to know; maybe I'll snap a few pics do this time) and found a set of basic C5 'Vette rims for $275, so ...

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To illustrate the difference that the earlier style taillights make:

I really never cared for either set of Camaro lights. I guess I prefer the newer ones... but I would need to 'red out' the ambers. I hate amber signals... I'd like to red out the Bonneville's ambers.

_IF_ I had a 4th gen Camaro, I would look at an aftermarket LED set, darkish tint or some creative painting. Keep in mind, I usually prefer taillights as GM intended (I guess that's why I prefer Firebirds) .

The early Camaro lights just have a reverse bulb in the white part, right? Or is there a amber turn signal bulb hiding in there?

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I really never cared for either set of Camaro lights. I guess I prefer the newer ones... but I would need to 'red out' the ambers. I hate amber signals... I'd like to red out the Bonneville's ambers.

I don't care for amber lenses on a car either.

The '97 and up taillights were a real step backward from the '93 - '96 ones. The earlier 4th gen tails looked cleaner and had better flow with the rear cutlines. Adding the amber section for '97 and on just screwed things up.

_IF_ I had a 4th gen Camaro, I would look at an aftermarket LED set, darkish tint or some creative painting. Keep in mind, I usually prefer taillights as GM intended (I guess that's why I prefer Firebirds).

I do agree the Firebird had a better ass than the Camaro, but anyway the key here is to make effective modifications without spending a whole lot of cash. Plus, this mod I want to do is subtle, simple, and it should be cheap which is why I really like the idea. If I can't find a decent set of early 4th gen tails tomorrow, or if prices are just way too high, I might see what other options are out there and hold off for a bit.

The early Camaro lights just have a reverse bulb in the white part, right? Or is there a amber turn signal bulb hiding in there?

There's a turn signal bulb hiding in there somewhere in the clear section, I'm sure. I do know the sockets on the earlier taillight lenses do require very light modification to fit the later style bulbs.

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There's a turn signal bulb hiding in there somewhere in the clear section, I'm sure. I do know the sockets on the earlier taillight lenses do require very light modification to fit the later style bulbs.

Thats always nice... then you can just swap out the 2057A for 2057Rs...

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NOS-ify that bitch. :P

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Well, I know I'm not buying those headlights or that grille now. :P

Seriously though, opening up the bottom-breather grille is something I need to do as long as I keep the 3.8 in this car. The stock fascia/grille insert really chokes off some of the cool airflow to the engine (and 3.8 cars need all of the cool air they can get, especially near the back of the engine where the coil packs are).

I really like the Tom Henry SS grille insert. It's a variation on the billet grille theme, yes, but it's black:

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If you'll notice, the front bumper still reads "Camaro" behind whatever fascia insert you have. I really think GM started to release the car without that dorky stock plastic insert but changed their mind at the last minute.

I'm also a fan of what SLP makes:

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I think you'll get slightly less airflow here, but even still it'll be more versus the stock one.

Regarding headlights, I seriously do not like those headlights NOS had on his car. Not because he had them, no. :P

My main beef here is that they are a three-element design that looks, well, awkward. I personally think this set will be the way I'll go:

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It's a clean, two-element design with outboard LEDs that really works with the shape of the headlamps. For this set, I'll have to modify some wiring, so I'm not too sure about buying these particular examples. But whatever replaces the yellow, dull stock lamps will be a black, two-element design.

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I really never cared for either set of Camaro lights. I guess I prefer the newer ones... but I would need to 'red out' the ambers. I hate amber signals... I'd like to red out the Bonneville's ambers.

_IF_ I had a 4th gen Camaro, I would look at an aftermarket LED set, darkish tint or some creative painting. Keep in mind, I usually prefer taillights as GM intended (I guess that's why I prefer Firebirds) .

The early Camaro lights just have a reverse bulb in the white part, right? Or is there a amber turn signal bulb hiding in there?

Yes, the early Camaros only have a reverse bulb behind the white lens. However, a few companies make LED conversions for them that double as n amber turn signal. I've actually thought about putting a conversion on my '68. I like amber turn signals in the rear and I've invested a lot of time and money into my car, so making it safer and less accident prone sounds good to me. Plus the conversions are the best of both worlds; they look completely stock until somone flips the turn signal on an they light up amber.

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I don't care for amber lenses on a car either.

The '97 and up taillights were a real step backward from the '93 - '96 ones. The earlier 4th gen tails looked cleaner and had better flow with the rear cutlines. Adding the amber section for '97 and on just screwed things up.

I do agree the Firebird had a better ass than the Camaro, but anyway the key here is to make effective modifications without spending a whole lot of cash. Plus, this mod I want to do is subtle, simple, and it should be cheap which is why I really like the idea. If I can't find a decent set of early 4th gen tails tomorrow, or if prices are just way too high, I might see what other options are out there and hold off for a bit.

There's a turn signal bulb hiding in there somewhere in the clear section, I'm sure. I do know the sockets on the earlier taillight lenses do require very light modification to fit the later style bulbs.

I too am a fan of subtle mods that make a big difference. IMO, a good mod should look stock in finish and execution as if the part came from the factory all along.

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oh dear... not another angel eyes conversion....

I know, I know. That's all that's really out there for the F4 Camaro, though. Even the ones on NOS's car have a halo/angel eye ring around the middle element.

I wonder if I can get angel eyes for my '81 Toronado

You shouldn't have asked. No, really. You shouldn't have.

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They're $20 for a set of 2.

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I told you you shouldn't have asked. :smilewide:

I also found something out about my car earlier. It is equipped with ASR (Camarospeak for "traction control"), but no ASR off switch oddly enough. As it turns out, my car already has the module that plugs into the off switch in it (noticed it yesterday when I pulled off the IP bezel) behind a plastic switch delete blank next to the fog light switch. I'd like to be able to turn it off should I want to and it's a simple modification that will take 10 minutes to do.

Yes, the early Camaros only have a reverse bulb behind the white lens.

Are we talking F1 or F4 here? The early F4 taillights do have a turn signal bulb in them (not amber), however it isn't in the clear section like I thought.

I started looking at aftermarket options for the F4 and they all pretty much, well, suck. You have a choice between cliche ricerboy Alteeza-style asslamps or poorly executed, hack up your wiring harness LED ones. I think the '93 to '96 ones are really my best option here.

However, a few companies make LED conversions for them that double as n amber turn signal. I've actually thought about putting a conversion on my '68. I like amber turn signals in the rear and I've invested a lot of time and money into my car, so making it safer and less accident prone sounds good to me. Plus the conversions are the best of both worlds; they look completely stock until somone flips the turn signal on an they light up amber.

Like you said, a good mod should look it might have came factory on the car. I like the sound of that mod for your F1.

I'd like to go with a Hurst-style theme for my car ... hmmmm ...

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