: Bought a new Camaro!!!



Aron9000
03-08-10, 01:04 AM
Well its new to me at least:D

Its a 1998 Z28 convertible, six speed manual, LS1 V8. White on grey leather. Got a great deal on it, and its exactly what I wanted. I had to get a white Z28 or SS with the LS1/T-56 combo, because white is the most pimp color on a 4th gen Camaro.:cool::cool:

I wasn't even looking for a convertible but it just kind of ended up that way. Garage kept its whole life, owned by two old fogies who babied it.

Had to fly into New Haven Conneticuit today to pick it up. After getting off of work at 11:00pm on Saturday, going to bed at 2:00am, getting up at 4:00am to catch a 6:00am flight(first of three flights), then driving 250 miles to my motel room in Harrisburg PA, I am exhausted.

I'll post some pics of the car and the road trip through West Virginia/Kentucky tomorrow.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-08-10, 01:09 AM
Nice! I don't see a lot of white 4th gens. Most are black or red.

V-Eight
03-08-10, 02:59 PM
Yeah, I don't think I've EVER seen a white 4 gen. I see them in either black, red, green, or that gold-ish colour.

Kick94sts
03-08-10, 03:14 PM
Very nice! Not a fan of convertibles but I bet it's fast!

orconn
03-08-10, 03:24 PM
I admire a man who knows what he wants and is willing to fly and drive to bring it home. I bought my 1995 Seville STS with 48,000 miles on it in a Miami suburb six years ago, flew down from Virginia picked it up and drove it home. I am still driving it and am still very happy with it. I hope your purchase makes you every bit as happy!

Stingroo
03-08-10, 05:30 PM
I see white Firebirds, but very rarely white Camaros.

:postpics:!!

billc83
03-08-10, 06:30 PM
I'll post some pics of the car and the road trip through West Virginia/Kentucky tomorrow.


I see white Firebirds, but very rarely white Camaros.
:postpics:!!

Reading comprehension, FTL!

Stingroo
03-08-10, 06:58 PM
No, I saw, but I'm reaffirming the fact that as a whole, without photographs the thread is still worthless.

Smiley comprehension FTL. :)

billc83
03-08-10, 07:07 PM
Sorry, I couldn't pass that one up...

Congrats on the purchase, Aron!

LS1Mike
03-08-10, 09:05 PM
Congrats man! I love white, easy to maintain. Glad it was worth your trip. I hated not having one after I sold my 2001.

Here to hold you guys over...
My old 2001 Z28, this pass was a 12.19 at 115.06 mph.

http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/8098/camarol.jpg

ben.gators
03-09-10, 03:39 AM
Congrats man! 4th genes has its own beauties, and it is more "Camaro" than 5th genes! 5th generation is gorgeous and sexy, but it does not look like to the picture that we remember from old generations of Camaro. Waiting to see your pics :D

Aron9000
03-10-10, 03:02 PM
An update as promised. Sorry I'm not a shutterbug, so I didn't take that many photos. This won't be on the same level as a Night Wolf thread:rolleyes:

So getting there was half the fun. It took three flights, and included an hour long voyage in the Philly airport for the perfect pizza. If you are there, Famous Pizza on concourse D had some of the best pizza I've ever had.

Also don't fly an US Airways commuter plane. The old de Havilland Canada Dash 8 turboprop was a pretty sad little plane. It smelled like a dirty taxi, the interior was worn out, the heat didn't work, and it had some bad vibrations. It just felt dangerous, made you wonder how rigorous they were on the maintenance.

Anyways, John, the owner of the car picked me up at the Tweed New Haven airport. The car was as he promised, very nice and clean. I still can't get over how tight the build quality and feel is on this car. Not a single sqeak or rattle, and this is a convertible with 93,000 miles. It feels a lot nicer than my old 1999 Z28 with the t-tops.

After a quick test drive(he drove it first and about scared me to death getting it sideways on the 1-2 shift), I gave him the $$$ and was on my way.

My hotel and the sandman were still 250 miles away in Harrisburg PA. Downed one of those 5 hour energy drinks,the ones in the little bottle by the gas station checkout, those little buggers really work. I had to use all my cash to gas the car up because dude's credit card machine was on the fritz.

Overcaffinated, I proceeded to drive 20 miles and sit in traffic for 45 minutes right at the NY/CT border going into the city. Crossed the George Washington bridge and proceeded onto the Jersey Turnpike. When I got to the toll booth, I realized I only had about $1.00 in change, no cash:helpless:
I'm from Tennessee and was like WTF is this toll booth thing:Poke: So I proceeded to piss off about 5 people behind me while this guy filled out little form for me to mail them the $2 toll, he took forever.

Made it to the Wyndham garden inn in Harrisburg no problem. Suprsingly awesome for $50, really comfy bed. Of course any hotel for $50 and the bed doesn't vibrate is pretty win. Will definetly use priceline again, this was nicer than the Marriott in downtown Altanta I stayed at.

Comfy ass bed:
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309557.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309557)

Fancy flat TV:
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309558.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309558)

The greasy diner across the street, had the best grilled chicken sandwich ever. The town drunk was in there, he was quite fun to talk to. Although he might have been the town stoner considering he ordered a whole big breakfast then a philly cheese steak to go.
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309556.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309556)

Aron9000
03-10-10, 03:03 PM
So I put in for a 8:00am wakeup call. Phone rings, I hang it up, and sleep until 10:00am. Grabbed a bagel and went out to the parking lot for a quick radio change.

This cassette player will not do . . .
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309559.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309559)

Luckily the owner had bought a radio from a Chevy truck with a CD player. He had not put it in yet, but there was no way I was riding 700 miles listening to FM radio . . . Took about 20 minutes in the hotel parking lot to swap them out. The plug on the back of the radio was exactly the same for both units, although I did have to break off the mounting tabs on the new truck radio because they wouldn't work. Its still just sitting in there loosely, but it works for now.

http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309560.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309560)

Finally got on the road around 11:30am. Western Maryland was very mountainous and beautiful, still had snow everywhere, but the roads were clear with no salt or water. Had the top down for a little bit, but it got colder the higher up in elevation I drove.

At the welcome center on the West Virginia/Maryland line
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309564.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309564)

Finally a car picture!!!! Note the piles of snow.
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309563.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309563)

Nice Riveria in the background:
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309565.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309565)

My favorite part of the interior. No nonsense gauges, simple, easy to read, full instrumentation. 6th gear in this car is really tall, I averaged 26mpg for the trip. I usually had the cruise set on 75mph, but I did rip through the gears every time I merged.
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309562.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309562)

Filling up in the backwoods of WV. Kind of funny, there was just one gas station at this exit, which was just a wide spot in the road between these two ridges. Place was packed, and I was the only person without a 4x4 pickup, carharts, and work boots.
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309566.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309566)

Polished aluminum wheels need some work with the buffer. I might go with something else depending on how much of a PITA they are to keep clean. Gotta replace the rusty lug nuts as well, since that is the only rust on the whole car.
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/32454309567.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=309567)

Rest of the trip was pretty uneventful, except for my failure to find hamburger nirvana. I knew I should've stopped at the Hardee's in Lexington KY:( Got back into Nashville around midnight, after sitting in a traffic jam right outside of town for an hour. Looks like somebody cut off a semi and offed themselves into the ditch. Hopefully nobody was killed, but it looked bad.

I'll post up a test drive review later. And wow, that was ALMOST as long winded as Night Wolf:hide:

Kick94sts
03-10-10, 03:23 PM
WOW! That is a super clean car!!!!! One of the convertibles I REALLY like!!! Great find!

Pretty funny that you swapped out the radio for the return trip too, lol.

Rodya234
03-10-10, 03:32 PM
And wow, that was ALMOST as long winded as Night Wolf:hide:

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, you're still about 2000 words short :lol:

itschrome
03-10-10, 03:33 PM
:thumbsup: Very nice. Not a huge convertible fan my self, but she looks very sharp and clean. nice grab. and i agree you should change up them wheels.

V-Eight
03-10-10, 03:54 PM
Wow, that car is CLEAN, nice find!

Stingroo
03-10-10, 03:55 PM
Keep those wheels, those look really good.

Ditch the rusty lugs, get some nice new ones, polish 'em up and ride away.

I am a fan.

stoveguyy
03-10-10, 06:08 PM
will a buffer burn up the clearcoat on most newer rims? not sure how aggressive you want to get with cleaning rims.

Stingroo
03-10-10, 06:13 PM
Aluminum rims can look really good even with the clearcoat gone. In my opinion they look even better if polished right.

Plus, if I recall correctly, Aron is (or used to be?) a professional auto detailer. I'm sure his rims are going to outshine anything we can think of. :D

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-10-10, 07:05 PM
Looks nice, but I'd go with the standard Camaro SS 5 spoke wheel myself. OEM FTW!

Does that thing have a heated driver's seat?

notld67
03-10-10, 07:42 PM
Awesome! About 6 years ago I had a red 2001 conv v6 camaro. I loved that car, won some awards with it...It got stolen though. :(

LS1Mike
03-10-10, 08:49 PM
Looks really nice! Is it still on the stock clutch? Mods?
Keep the rims, clean them up. Those are my favorite on an F-body.

Aron9000
03-10-10, 09:58 PM
Looks really nice! Is it still on the stock clutch? Mods?
Keep the rims, clean them up. Those are my favorite on an F-body.

Aftermarket RAM clutch, its pretty stiff. Still getting used to it, its not easy to get a smooth takeoff on it.

Mods, all done by the 2nd owner:

1. Wheels/tires-they're polished aluminium, so no clear coat on them. You just perpetually polish them to keep them looking right.

2. SLP airlid, aftermarket MAF sensor

3. Aftermarket shifter, not sure of the brand. Shifts nicely, you have to be deliberate and use some muscle, its not like a Honda shifter

4. Cat-back exhaust. He forgot what brand, but it sounds nice and isn't too obnoxious. You can have a quiet conversation with the top up on the interstate.

LS1Mike
03-10-10, 11:07 PM
I have a Mcleod twin disk, it is similar. You will never be able to go back to a stock clutch after that.
See if you can find a stock MAF. Not really needed for the amount of mods done to the car.
I never really liked the one I had on my 01.
Nice tasteful mods, the car looks sweet. I bet it feels good!

ben.gators
03-11-10, 12:03 AM
Very nice car!
Always by observing a convertible car with soft top I ask myself can that soft top keep inside warm, dry, and safe? How was you experience with that soft top in the cold whether?

Aron9000
03-11-10, 12:17 AM
Very nice car!
Always by observing a convertible car with soft top I ask myself can that soft top keep inside warm, dry, and safe? How was you experience with that soft top in the cold whether?

Hasn't been very cold since I bought it, hard to say. It is a really nice top, glass window, insulated with a nice headliner, seals up real well. Didn't leak in the rain at all, but it did leak a little at the windshield on the pass side when I washed it today. Just a few drops. On the highway there is ZERO wind noise, wish I could say the same about my 91 Brougham with the sunroof.

ben.gators
03-11-10, 02:50 AM
Hasn't been very cold since I bought it, hard to say. It is a really nice top, glass window, insulated with a nice headliner, seals up real well. Didn't leak in the rain at all, but it did leak a little at the windshield on the pass side when I washed it today. Just a few drops. On the highway there is ZERO wind noise, wish I could say the same about my 91 Brougham with the sunroof.

Glad to hear that it is working good for you.
Driving a convertible car in a nice sunny day, with top down, and a good music playing, and a hot chick sitting in front seat, is the extreme point of joy and luxury! :D But except this condition it can be source of problem some times. Hope it continues serving you well.

RightTurn
03-11-10, 11:41 AM
Very nice!! :highfive: Congrats.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-11-10, 09:16 PM
The most fun I ever had behind the wheel was when I test drove a '96 Z28. I knew it was gonna be REALLY fast, but I didn't think it would handle as nicely as it did, and it being a sunny warm day with the t-tops off, it was nirvana. All I needed was a hot babe riding shotgun and I'd be set for life.

ben.gators
03-12-10, 12:48 AM
The most fun I ever had behind the wheel was when I test drove a '96 Z28. I knew it was gonna be REALLY fast, but I didn't think it would handle as nicely as it did, and it being a sunny warm day with the t-tops off, it was nirvana. All I needed was a hot babe riding shotgun and I'd be set for life.

If you don't hold it against me, I never have driven a Camaro! :crying2: but it really sounds interesting... I am not kinda people that go to dealerships just to test drive cars. Also my friends are all a bunch of graduate college students that the most strong, fast, and fun car that they own is a Nissan Altima 2003! So I don't have the opportunity of swapping my STS with other fun cars too.
For my next car shopping (May be in two years!:hmm:), Camaro is one of the cars in my list to test drive to see how is it! :D

Kick94sts
03-12-10, 05:44 PM
I remember I rode in my friends LS1 camaro in high school down to the football fields once. It scared the poo out of me when he dumped the clutch!!!!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-12-10, 07:24 PM
If you don't hold it against me, I never have driven a Camaro! :crying2: but it really sounds interesting... I am not kinda people that go to dealerships just to test drive cars.

You've gotta drive a V8 Camaro or Trans Am....pure, unadulterated masculine fun. It's like a titty bar on wheels!

BTW, that wasn't a car for sale......that Z28 I drove was a customers'! :cool2: :D

96Fleetwood
03-14-10, 10:39 AM
Congrats and welcome back to the F-body fold! It is addictive! Keep those wheels, just polish them up and add some fat meat in the back.

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/IMG_0422.jpg

I am hoping to take mine out of storage in the next 2 weeks! :highfive: