Reader’s Rides: October 2014 Edition

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Trevor Flora’s 2002 Camaro SS

Hailing from the Indiana, Trevor Flora’s 2002 Camaro SS is 1-of-232 built that year. Unlike most F-body owners these days, Trevor’s car, though modified, is “conservative” by comparison. With just only 16,000 miles on the clock after almost 13 years, it’s well-kept, and very clean, too!

Under the hood, you’ll find an SLP air lid and smooth bellows feeding oxygen into the stock throttle body, while an SLP Loudmouth-1 catback exhaust expels the spent fumes. Other than a Hypertech Power Programmer, that’s essentially it for power-increasing performance mods.

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However, Trevor does rely on a UMI Performance  adjustable Panhard bar and strut tower brace, along with a quadrant of Eibach Pro-Kit springs to keep the 350-ish horsepower to the pavement. A set of classic American Racing Torque Thrust II wheels in 17×9.5-inch diameter help, too!

Other subtle details, like a Hurst Billet Plus shifter with a Core Shifters knob, 6LEDesigns Whistler headlights, Afterthoughts Auto gloss black hood decal, and a custom-painted factory grille wrap up this beautiful Arctic White SS. Keep her looking good, Trevor!

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Colton Waggoner’s 1995 Impala SS

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It’s not everyday you hear about a high school kid who’s fond of his B-body Impala SS, but that’s exactly what we have here!  Having purchased this car as a high school sophomore two years ago, Colton, another Indiana native, said it already had 242,000 miles on the original LT1. It also had a set of aftermarket 20-inch IROC wheels for rollers when he purchased it.image1

Immediately wanting a more musclecar look, the IROC wheels were sold off and in their place went a set of 18×8 Ridler 695s.

After a few months of winter hiatus, Colton upped the Impala’s game substantially, freeing up the intake and exhaust passages while dropping a few pounds in the process; deleting the cats, smog pump, home plate/home base air intake restrictors, EGR, and exhaust baffles.

Further improving airflow and power numbers, is a “do-it-yourself” cold-air induction kit, Flowtech Afterburner headers, and a combination of Dynomax and Pypes pieces help increase horsepower and torque output.

FullSizeRenderEibach 1.5-inch lowering springs and Monroe SS shocks in the front help give the stance (no, not that kind) that Colton was looking for from his ride. The car also features tons of cosmetic details, including halo/HID projector headlights and subtle Chevy/Impala/LT1 badging found in various locations around the body. Future plans call for an LQ9 and T-56 swap in the coming year.

Francisco Mercado’s 2010 Camaro 2LT

No, that’s not a typo. Fransisco’s “BumbleBee Camaro” is indeed an early 5th-Gen, purchased brand new in August 2009. Having been inspired by the Transformers character of the same name, Francisco took his 2010 2LT V6 Camaro to a whole ‘nother level; having transformed the car, literally, several times over the course of the last five years. It currently sports a 2014 updated body.

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Being equipped with performance goodies like a set of American Racing headers, NOS nitrous, Solo Performance exhaust, BMR suspension components, an Injen CAI, a SJM line lock, and Moroso subframe connectors, this Camaro is not your typical 304 hp V6 car.IMG_6824

Custom upgrade items also include Katzkin leather upholstery, Vitesse Motorsports paddle shifters, an ACE Custom steering wheel, and other goodies from Retro-Fit SourceDEI NyTrex Systems, STW Graphics, Kraft Werks Customs, XTreme LEDSGroup A Wheels, and Alchemy Studio 320.

Cisco is also proud of his accomplishments with his daily-driven (112k-mile) V6 Camaro, as it has ran a best of 13.0 with the help of the 100-shot of nitrous engaged, and has also been featured at the North American International Auto Show for the last two years. He credits his wife, Cathy, for inspiring him to turn his standard Rally Yellow six-shooter into something truly special.

Resized pass sideMichael Fetkco’s 1994 Caprice 9C1

Speaking of transformations, Michael Fetcko’s former Indiana State Trooper car has come a long, long way from when he first purchased from a friend in Michigan for $750. Still rocking the LT1, Michael decided to focus most of his attention on the cosmetics, drivetrain, suspension, brakes, and the wheels and tires.Caprice SS-2.jpg

After blowing out a coolant line on the way home from work one day, he decided to ditch the 4L60E in the process for something much more inciting; a T-56 manual! Speaking of manual, Michael actually wrote a book on how to swap a 6-speed into a B-body, and it’s downloadable here.

That’s when things started to get serious; craving the sinister style of a real Impala SS, Michael decided that he want to give his car a complete makeover; one that would take his ’94 Caprice up to ‘much more modern standards. Installing an SS grille, ’94-96 C-pillar seals and quarter windows, relocating the door-mounted side view mirrors to the corner, a la’ ’95-96 B-body, and fixing every dent, ding, and spec of rust on the car, Michael’s Caprice turned from sad to rad in a hurry! The killer two-tone paint scheme helps lots, too!

Caprice SSNot satisfied with the stock suspension, Hotchkis was called upon to set the new standard. Impala SS wheels hung on the car for a few minutes, the rear rollers being widened, but Michael quickly became bored of those and installed a set of 2009 C6 Z06 rollers. Hiding inside the wheels, you’ll find C6 Grand Sport 6-piston brake calipers up front, 4-piston in the rear and a set of 4.10 gears out back.

We can go on and on about this car, and all of the custom features it has, but then we would have to write a full feature article on it. In the meantime, you can learn more about Michael’s Caprice in the official build thread on the Impala SS forum, here.

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*If you want your car featured in Reader’s Rides, send Editor Rick Seitz an email at rick.seitz@gm-efi.com for more details!

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