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  • [Project] '00 Convertible M6 SS #1414

    [under construction]

    This thread will document my ongoing project for my 2000 Camaro M6 Convertible, SS #1414. I'm sure it's one of those projects that will never be done, but wanted to start a timeline/build thread to document what and when I tweaked on the car to make it more "mine".

    Table of Contents:

    BUILD INFO & HISTORY- General info on SS#1414 and where it's been (Pre-June 2012)
    THE PURCHASE - Got my SS! (June 2012)
    BASELINE - What I started with (June/July 2012)
    THE WRECK - Someone didn't like the SS's rear end, so she tweaked it a bit (August 2012)
    PRE-REPAIR - At Autometric, ready for the experts (August 2012)
    REPAIRED - Looks better than new! (September 2012)
    DELETES - !AIR, !EGR, !DRL, !Auto Headlights (November 2012 - January 2013)
    LED INTERIOR LIGHTING - Updated the gauge cluster, switches, and HVAC unit to white LED lighting (January - April 2013)
    FRONT LIGHTING - Updated the front to HID projectors and LED turn signals (February - April 2013)
    SUSPENSION - New Bilsteins and cut the stock springs while modifying the front upper mount (April - May 2013)
    MAINTENANCE/CLEANUP - All new fluids, brakes, couple visual mods. (April 2013)
    POWER STEERING COOLER - Removed the stock PS cooler, replaced with a Derale unit mounted on the radiator fan shroud (April 2013)
    CLUTCH - Original hydraulics crapped out, so all hydraulics and clutch were replaced (May 2013)
    ST IGNACE 2013 - Pics with Linda Vaughn and Courtney Hansen (June 2013)
    JVC HEADUNIT - Replaced the outdated Pioneer 1.5DIN with a 7" JVC touchscreen 2DIN (February 2014)
    WINDOW MOTORS & XPRESS DOWN - Replaced both window motors and wired in an OE express down module on the passenger side (May 2015)
    SOUND INSULATION - Added CLD tiles, CCF, and MLV to the doors and trunk (May-June 2015)
    TIRES - Finally got rid of the BFG KDW's and went with some Continental ExtremeContactDWs (June 2015)
    Last edited by Atrus; November 3rd, 2015, 08:50 AM.
    2000 SS Convertible #1414 - Light Pewter 6 Speed

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    BUILD INFO & HISTORY




    I found the following build info over at www.compnine.com:




    Vehicle: CAMARO CONVERTIBLE
    Year: 2000
    Build Date: 1999-09-28




    UA6 THEFT DETERRENT SYSTEM ANTI-THEFT(UA6)
    UB3 CLUSTER,INSTRUMENT(OIL,COOLANT TEMPERATURE,VOLTMETER,TACHOMETER,TRIP ODOMETER) GA(UB3)
    UK3 ELECTRONIC SYSTEM,ACCESSORY CONTROL ELEK ACSRY CONT SYS(UK3)
    UL0 RADIO AM/FM STEREO, SEEK/SCAN, AUTO REV MUSIC SEARCH CASS, AUTO TONE, CLOCK, ETR. STEREO,AM/FM W/AUTO REV CASSETTE,AUTO TONE(UL0)
    U59 SPEAKER SYSTEM 8, QUAD FRT DR MTD, QUAD SAIL PNL, AMPLIFIER 8 SPKR AMPLIFIER(U59)
    U73 ANTENNA,FIXED FIXED ANT(U73)
    VK3 LICENSE PLATE,FRONT MOUNTING PACKAGE FRT LIC PLT MTG PKG(VK3)
    VM3 LABEL INFORMATION CONSUMER, CONTAINS BPR IMP STANDARD FOR FRT 5 MPH & RR 5 MPH 5 MPH BUMPER INFO LABEL(VM3)
    V12 COOLING SYSTEM,POWER STEERING FLUID P/S CLG SYS(V12)
    V73 VEHICLE STATEMENT - US/CANADA US/CANADA VEHICLE STATEMENT(V73)
    WU8 SALES PACKAGE CAMARO SS APPEARANCE AND PERFORMANCE CAMARO SS APPEARANCE & PERFORMANCE PKG(WU8)
    Z28 PERFORMANCE PACKAGE,SPECIAL PERF PKG(Z28)
    SPECIAL PERFORMANCE PACKAGE,(MERCHANDISING OPTION) SPECIAL PERFORMANCE PKG(Z28)
    1SB PACKAGE-OPTION 02 (1SB)
    1SZ PACKAGE OPTION- (1SZ)
    11Q MOLDING COLOR,PEWTER (11Q)
    11U EXTERIOR COLOR,PEWTER MET (11U)
    EXTERIOR COLOR,PRIMARY (11U)
    19I INTERIOR TRIM COLOR (19I)
    INTERIOR TRIM,BLACK (19I)
    INTERIOR TRIM,EBONY (19I)
    192 TRIM COMBINATION,BLACK LEATHER (192)
    41T VINYL TOP COLOR,BLACK (41T)
    6ZM COMPONENT FRT LH COMPUTER SEL SUSP (6ZM) SUSP(6ZM)
    7ZM COMPONENT FRT RH COMPUTER SEL SUSP (7ZM) SUSP(7ZM)
    8TJ COMPONENT RR LH COMPUTER SEL SUSP (8TJ) SUSP(8TJ)
    9TJ COMPONENT RR RH COMPUTER SEL SUSP (9TJ) SUSP(9TJ)
    AG1 ADJUSTER FRT ST POWER, MULTI-DIRECTIONAL, DRIVER MULTI-DIRECTIONAL PWR D/SEAT ADJR(AG1)
    AK5 RESTRAINT SYSTEM,FRONT SEAT,INFLATABLE PASS SI INFL RST SYS(AK5)
    RESTRAINT SYSTEM,FRONT SEAT,INFLATABLE,DRIVER AND PASSENGER DRIVER & PASS F/SEAT INFL RST SYS(AK5)
    AR9 SEAT,FRONT BUCKET,DRIVER,PASSENGER,MANUAL RECLINING(EUROPEAN STYLE) MAN RECL FRT BKT ST,DELUXE(AR9)
    AU0 LOCK CONTROL,REMOTE ENTRY(KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM) REMOTE ENTRY LK CONT(AU0)
    AU3 LOCK,SIDE DOOR,ELECTRIC ELEC S/D LK(AU3)
    A31 WINDOW,ELECTRIC OPERATED,SIDE ELEC SI WDO(A31)
    WINDOW,POWER OPERATED,ALL DOORS PWR WINDOWS(A31)
    BBS KNOB SHIFTER HURST HURST SHIFTER(BBS)
    B35 COVERING,FLOOR MATS,REAR,CARPETED INSERT(COLOR COORDINATED) RR CPT INS FLR MATS(B35)
    B84 ORNAMENTATION,EXTERIOR,BODY SIDE MOLDING BODY SI MLDG(B84)
    CAE HANDLING CHARGE - GM ST THERESE TO SLP LASALLE QUEBEC FOR UPFITTER CONVERSION (VTIMS)
    C60 AIR CONDITIONER,FRONT,MANUAL CONTROLS A/C MAN CONT(C60)
    DG7 MIRROR,OUTSIDE,RH & LH REMOTE CONTROL,ELECTRIC(PAINTED) O/S ELEC R/CON PAINTED MIR(DG7)
    DL5 DECAL ROADSIDE SERVICE INFORMATION ROADSIDE SERVICE INFO DECAL(DL5)
    FE4 SUSPENSION SYSTEM SPECIAL RIDE & HANDLING SPECIAL SUSP(FE4)
    FE9 FEDERAL EMISSION CERTIFICATION FED EMIS(FE9)
    GU6 AXLE,REAR,3.42 RATIO 3.42R(GU6)
    G80 AXLE,REAR,POSITRACTION,LIMITED SLIP POSITRACTION L/SLIP R/AXL(G80)
    IP2 TRIM,INTERIOR DESIGN (IP2)
    J65 BRAKE SYSTEM,POWER,FRONT AND REAR DISC 4-WHL DISC BRK(J65)
    K34 CRUISE CONTROL,AUTOMATIC,ELECTRONIC CRCONT(K34)
    K43 GENERATOR 102 AMP 102 AMP(K43)
    LS1 ENGINE GAS, 8 CYL, 5.7L, SFI, ALUMINUM ENGINE 5.7G(LS1)
    MM6 TRANSMISSION MAN 6 SPD, BORG WARNER, 85MM, 1ST 2.66, 6TH 0.50, O/D 6-SPD M/TRANS(MM6)
    MN6 TRANSMISSION,MANUAL 6-SPEED PROVISIONS(MERCHANDISING OPTION) 6-SPD M/TRANS PROVISIONS(MN6)
    NF2 EMISSION SYSTEM,FEDERAL,TIER 1 FED EMIS SYS(NF2)
    NP5 STEERING WHEEL,LEATHER WRAPPED LEATHER WRAPPED STRG WHL(NP5)
    NW9 TRACTION CONTROL ELECTRONIC ELEC TRACTION CONT(NW9)
    N73 WHEEL,CUSTOM SPORT MAGNESIUM WHL(N73)
    WHEEL,CUSTOM SPORT PAINTED AL WHL(N73)
    PBT TEMPORARY HOOD FOR UPFITTER DELIVERY
    QFK TIRE ALL P275/40ZR17 93W BW R/PE ST TL HW4 TIRE(QFK)
    STE PLANT CODE- ST THERESE, PQ, GM OF CANADA ST THERESE,GM OF CANADA PLANT CODE(STE)
    T82 HEADLAMPS,AUTOMATIC ON/OFF CONTROL AUTO HDLP CONT(T82)
    T96 LAMP,FRONT FOG FRT FOG LP(T96)
    LAMP,FRONT FOG(USED WITH TOURING YP6) FRT FOG LP(T96)
    CarFax Info:

    Mileage Date Reported
    61 02/07/2000
    27,180 06/11/2003
    27,180 06/18/2003
    27,535 09/19/2003
    35,000 03/04/2004
    63,000 05/03/2006
    66,218 10/17/2011

    12/27/1999 LAKE BLUFF, IL Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL (Leased Vehicle)
    02/07/2000 ORLAND PARK, IL 61 Motor Vehicle Dept. TITLE (Title #:T0038358018) (Leased Vehicle) (Lien Reported)
    04/25/2000 LAKE FOREST, IL Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL (Leased Vehicle)
    12/11/2000 LAKE FOREST, IL Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL (Leased Vehicle)
    01/03/2002 LAKE FOREST, IL Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL (Leased Vehicle)
    06/11/2003 CENTRAL REGION 27,180 Auto Auction REPORTED AT AUTO AUCTION
    06/18/2003 MIDWEST REGION 27,180 Auto Auction REPORTED AT AUTO AUCTION AS DEALER VEHICLE
    09/09/2003 LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL
    09/19/2003 LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL 27,535 Motor Vehicle Dept. TITLE (Title #:T3262655248) (Lien Reported)
    03/04/2004 CRYSTAL LAKE, IL 35,000 Independent Emission Source PASSED EMISSION INSPECTION
    12/08/2004 LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL
    07/12/2005 LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL
    05/03/2006 CRYSTAL LAKE, IL 63,000 Independent Emission Source PASSED EMISSION INSPECTION
    07/11/2006 LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL
    07/28/2007 HUNTLEY, IL Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL
    10/17/2011 IL 66,218 Auto Auction REPORTED AT AUTO AUCTION AS DEALER VEHICLE
    Last edited by Atrus; June 11th, 2015, 09:33 AM.
    2000 SS Convertible #1414 - Light Pewter 6 Speed

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      THE PURCHASE

      On June 20, 2012 I picked up 2000 Camaro SS #1414, which is a light pewter 6 speed convertible with base SLP options. The car looks to be very stock - I am the third owner. A previous owner cut out the muffler (stock exhaust otherwise - welded in pipes to maintain stock chrome dual tips), did the free ram air mod, and ground out (hacked, really) the MAF bridge. They also upgraded the headunit, added a sub, and I believe replaced the stock speakers. Otherwise, I don't see any changes, all the way down to the orange OEM shocks.

      Pretty cool story on how I came across it. I've been eyeing the car since late April/early May. It was in IL, a little southwest of Chicago. I really wanted a "toy", and wanted something reliable that I could work on/tweak only when I wanted to. I am married and have an almost 12 month old, and we plan on having another. Therefore, needed something with at least 4 seats. I really wanted a V8, manual, convertible - the Camaro fit the bill. Oh, and - I work as an accountant at GM, so being a GM product was a high priority. I had been going back and forth debating with myself on whether or not I wanted to actually spend the money on a toy, asked myself I was being irresponsible. My wife gave her blessing and told me if it makes me happy, I should do it. I absolutely loved the 5th gen SS convertible manual I snagged from work for a week, so I was fairly certain I'd like a 4th Gen. Oh, and - my first car was a '86 Firebird 2.8L.

      Anyway, I haggled with the dealer and we were not agreeing on a couple hundred dollar difference...I decided to play hardball and let him stew for a few days. I finally e-mailed him back on Friday, 6/15 with a final offer - he replied telling me the car sold a few days earlier. I was pretty bummed, but tried to hide it.

      Sunday, my wife takes me out to Vinsetta Garage on Woodward for my first Father's Day and finally tells me that SHE is the one who bought the car. She had the dealer tell me it was sold. She arranged financing, plane tickets to O-Hare, transportation to the dealer, and insurance on the car! We headed out the morning of Wed, June 20th and flew out to Chicago. The dealer met us and took us to the dealership, and after an inspection and some paperwork we were on our way back to MI in it!

      The car is really clean - I rolled 67k miles on the way home. Has a few scuffs and rock chips, but the interior is really clean and the leather looks like a 10k mile car.

      This is outside Giordano's in Carol Stream, IL - first place we went after signing on the dotted line!





      Here's a few more, taken on 6/28 in St Ignace.



      Last edited by Atrus; May 18th, 2015, 07:10 AM.
      2000 SS Convertible #1414 - Light Pewter 6 Speed

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      • #4
        BASELINE

        So, here's some of what I started with from the previous owner:

        MAF mod - not terrible, but definitely didn't really clean it up. I already picked up another completely stock unmolested MAF to replace this one:





        On the positive side, I have an older pioneer din-and-a half stereo that's decent (just old, no bluetooth/aux input), and someone before me put a nice amp and sub in it - Memphis Belle 5 channel amp along with a Memphis 12" M-Class Sub:







        I also had this atrocity on it. Luckily, I found a stock catback in awesome shape on craigslist for $20. It was cut into three section, so I just chopped out this embarrassment where it crosses over the axle, and paid another $20 to have the craigslist catback cut and the pipe expanded. I clamped it on as a temporary system until I get get the aftermarket catback I really want:





        And, you can tell the craigslist catback had been sitting a while - I think a buddy had made a home in there at one point. Look what happened when I fired it up:

        Last edited by Atrus; May 18th, 2015, 07:18 AM.
        2000 SS Convertible #1414 - Light Pewter 6 Speed

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        • #5
          THE WRECK

          On August 7, 2012 I was on M59 westbound, coming up to M53 heading to work. Right in front of Champ's, traffic comes to an abrupt halt. I jam on the brakes and the ABS chirps the tires twice. I stop about 12" from the Vue in front of me. I look in the rearview mirror and see a black Nitro barreling at me. At the last second she tries to swerve and tags my bumper dead smack where the passenger tail light is. I am tossed forward (foot was on the brake still) and my front fascia kisses the Vue in front of me.

          12 years, 69,010 miles, and it HAD a clean report!










          The Nitro that hit me, and the Vue I was thrown into:





          Back at home - I threw the bumper in the back seat and drove it home:



          Last edited by Atrus; May 18th, 2015, 07:22 AM.
          2000 SS Convertible #1414 - Light Pewter 6 Speed

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          • #6
            PRE-REPAIR

            I opted to take it to Autometric in Centerline. I want to say right off the bat, the whole process sucked (what accident doesn't?) but these guys were awesome. They really did an amazing job on the car and I am very pleased with the results. A lot of the pain came from the fact that 'vert quarter panels are really tough to find. We searched and none were found locally. I almost took the chance and purchased one out of state, but at the last minute Autometric found one in Pontiac. I went up there to check it out, and it was a great panel, just had a few minor dings in it. The donor was a 2002 Camaro Z-28 that was a theft recovery - someone stole the vehicle, yanked the drivetrain out, and left the rest.

            I took the opportunity to have a little extra work done. As Autometric was already spraying the front and rear of the car, I paid the incremental cost to have the entire car - mirrors and all - resprayed. I always hated the look of the antenna - looked like a toy R/C car to me - and there was a short or something as it was basically useless anyway. I had them shave that antenna. I also asked that they leave the side moldings off, and ordered a new custom nose badge. All in all, for a little under $1k out of pocket, the exterior of the car now looks basically showroom new!

            Anyway, the end result was $6,194.73 worth of damage (that's the damage, not including the extra $1k I paid!)

            So, my co-workers decided to have some fun with some matchbox cars I have at my desk - I came back from lunch to find this:




            And, here's the car at Autometric when I dropped it off on 8/8/12 - Didn't mention that at some point in late July, I put clear corners on the car as well!







            Last edited by Atrus; May 18th, 2015, 07:23 AM.
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            • #7
              REPAIRED

              I finally got my car back on 9/12/12. At this point, I had owned the car for 12 weeks, 5 of which it had been at Autometric! I do have to say, though, totally worth it. I told them to take their time, fix it properly, and they sure did. I really like the new nose badge, the shaved antenna and moldings, and the new paint didn't hurt the looks either:









              Last edited by Atrus; May 18th, 2015, 07:25 AM.
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              • #8
                They sure do some great work there, I have seen it first hand on Jon's malibu's. The car looks great I agree with the changes you made makes the car look much better. Nice work.

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                • #9
                  Thread has been fixed and I also instituted a maximum characters per post so threads can't break like this again
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                    Originally posted by meissen View Post
                    Thread has been fixed and I also instituted a maximum characters per post so threads can't break like this again
                    Awesome, thanks!!! I'll do my best to avoid breaking the forum again!!
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                    • #11
                      Looks great! Any plans for the car? What did you do with your body moldings? I need the right rear quarter panel one
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mcalus View Post
                        Looks great! Any plans for the car? What did you do with your body moldings? I need the right rear quarter panel one
                        I don't plan to go too wild with the car, being that it's a vert and all. Needs suspension (looking at SLP or Strano) and brakes this spring. I'll be putting a lid and 3 point SFC's on it this year. I want to put a catback on it, tune. Not really sure if I want to go LS6 intake/cam/headers. It'd be fun, but frankly, the car stock is enough to get me into trouble, and I am not out to race it being that it's a vert.

                        I just had them package the moldings up. I am sure they'll never make their way back onto the car, but I plan to hang onto them just in case. I want to keep most, if not all, of the stock parts. I'm weird that way.
                        2000 SS Convertible #1414 - Light Pewter 6 Speed

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                        • #13
                          Which autometric did u use?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Fish-man View Post
                            Which autometric did u use?
                            Centerline
                            The Original




                            Originally posted by 81DaytonaPaceCar


                            Can you argue that it's "revolutionary"? Perhaps. Just because it's "new" and "different" doesn't mean it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

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                            • #15
                              DELETES - AIR, EGR, DRL, AUTO HEADLIGHTS


                              This is a pretty boring update with no pictures, but I wanted to document what I did and what I used.

                              I had a forum member who was generous enough to help me out disable EGR and AIR in the PCM via tunercat in early November before I tucked the car away for the winter.

                              It took me basically two months, but I managed to get everything removed and the blockoff plates on. I used the following:

                              (1) Dorman Expansion Plug - 10230 (1 3/8", Summit Racing)
                              (1) Kooks EGR Block-Off Plate - 9125BO (Summit Racing)
                              (2) Kooks AIR Block-Off Plates - 9126BO (Summit Racing)
                              EGR and AIR Gaskets

                              One thing I didn't consider is that these plates are most likely for Kooks headers - the holes were too small in diameter for the OEM bolts. I opened them up on my drill press, I believe I used a 5/16 bit. There isn't a lot of meat around the EGR bolt holes now on the outside edge, but the bolts have a flange on them and it looks like they'll seal just fine and be sturdy.

                              Removing the EGR and AIR components was pretty straight forward - the only part I had a little issue with was the AIR solenoid on the back of the driver's side valve cover. I disconnected and capped the small vacuum line that runs to the rear of the manifold, and unclipped the wiring harness from the solenoid. I was trying to remove the bracket, but couldn't - there's a 10mm bolt near the valve cover, and a 15mm bolt on the rear of the head. I couldn't get to the 15mm bolt easily. It ends up that the solenoid and valve just "sit" on a tab on the bracket. Pull upwards towards the cowl and it'll come free. Sure, the bracket is still there, but it doesn't bother me much.

                              I also deleted the autoheadlights and DRL's - they irritate me and come on too "early" - they are far too sensitive IMO. I can't take credit for the method - I used the detailed instructions listed on the SS#670 Modifications site. Basically, remove the module (located behind the radio on the right side of the cavity) and open the case. Solder in a wire to bridge the A and B pins on the smaller blue C2 connector.
                              2000 SS Convertible #1414 - Light Pewter 6 Speed

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