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A few more of the critical parts for my GTO to Monaro conversion came in. I originally ordered the VZ Monaro front bumper kit from JHP in Australia. They were really great to deal with - professional, friendly, and really helpful when I ran into some basic issues. The only downside to using JHP was that I had to pay a 3% conversion fee with my credit card company since the charge was in Australian Dollars and my credit card company is American Express and thus uses US Dollars.

I decided I would try to find a US based company to purchase the rest of my Monaro parts. I did a little research and found TopShelfPerformance. I ordered my badge kit and side-marker repeater light kit from them. It look a really long time to get the parts from TopShelfPerformance and it's a pain in the ass to try to get a hold of them as they never answer their phone calls, so I called up JHP and ordered my rear bumper insert from them even though they were $20 more expensive. Once I called them and placed the order, it turned out they were actually $50 cheaper at JHP than TopShelfPerformance (I guess the AUD:USD conversion swung in my favor).

The moral of the story is JHP is great and if you are looking at ordering from G8 to Commodore or GTO to Monaro conversion parts, I would highly recommend you order from them.

You can see the pictures of my GTO to Monaro conversion in progress at the following URL: GTO to Monaro 

I haven't had the chance to make it to the Texas State Fair yet this year, but my brother did. He sent me a shot of this 2009 Camaro called "bumblebee" that starred in the movie Transformers. I'd trade my GTO in for one of these when they come out, but they will probably be way overpriced.  I guess I'll just have to settle for a Vette.

TxStateFair_Camaro

Click the image above for a larger version. 

Here's a quick write-up of my electric exhaust cutout installation.  I did the installation at my parents house in Georgetown with my dad.  When I say "I did" I probably really mean "we did" it - or better yet, he did it. I got the cutouts from Dave Hacker at DMH Performance .

Here's a picture of where I installed the button.  It's the round button right above the T/C button  (which is right above the center console  compartment).  It looks factory, so it's kinda hard to see unless you know what you are looking for.

Finished Cutout Button

 

I ran the wires through the rubber shift boot, looking up from under the car - it's the white rubber part on top of the transmission. I did the whole installation without taking the cover for the shifter off, but I bet it would have been a hell of a lot easier if I took it off.  I just put my hand up the side of the console to feed the wires and make the hole in the shift boot. I put my hand in the side of the console where you can see the wire hanging out in some of the pictures. I centered the switch above the T/C button and had to cut out part of the plastic so it would fit through. I  took the top level plastic off, drilled a pilot hole, then used a 3/4" bit to make the hole for the switch.Electric Cutout Photo Gallery

The default length of wire that comes is extra long, so I just coiled it up under the center console. I had to extend the red power wire because I installed the switch right above the traction control (T/C) button and I wanted to pull power directly from the fuse box. I fed the power wire under the center console and up into the fuse box to a 20 amp fuse.  

For the time being, I wired the black ground wire onto the bolt on the passenger seat closest to the console.  There may be a good place to ground it under the console, but like I said I didn't take the console all the way apart.

There are many more pictures in the photo gallery eCutout album

Camaro For Sale Sold!

Sadly, I must sell my car. Normal maintenance and maintenance specific to the camaro has been completed on a regular basis.

The car sometimes takes a second to crank over, but it's been like that for a while (nearly 5 years) and it doesn't affect the car when running.  The motor was replaced at 62,000 miles by GM and the odometer reads 172k, which is why the car was listed at 110k.

  • On that note, I have a file full of dealership receipts and various paperwork that will come with the car.
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Name: Joshua Lyon
Birthday: August 8, 1985
Location: Valley Ranch (Irving), TX
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