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    Hello my old friend! My 2000 SS Camaro returns home. Long read

    I wasn't sure where to put this but here it goes.


    So as some know about 5 years ago I sold my beloved 2000 SS Camaro. Well I'm happy to say I was able to purchase it back and it has arrived.

    Back in high school these 4th gen SS were released and I wanted one bad! After graduation and working a couple years I was able to purchase this black/black 6 speed Camaro SS. And like most I raced on the track and street and was always tinkering or modding. Shortly after I met my now wife and we continued racing and attending car shows.

    Shortly after purchasing







    One thing I had done was a full repaint with custom flames using Spies Hecker paint.







    Around 2008 we got married and moved down to Florida. We bought a house and started to get settled in all while getting involved in the car scene. Lucky for us we lived in Port St. Lucie just short drive to Autogeek headquarters!

    In fact I was in attendance at one of the earlier detailfest shows in 2012





    Shortly after this show our first born came into this world. And he immediately took a liking to the car. Once he was old enough he enjoyed going for rides and having fun.






    Some other shots of work and racing










    Unfortunately life gets in the way and has other plans and I was forced to sell the car. Ever since then I wanted it back. Thanks to social media I have been able to keep in touch with the gentleman who purchased it in Albuquerque NM. He raced it a bit but it mostly sat in his garage or shop collecting dust.

    Fast forward and now that business has been good and things keep getting better I decided to reach out to the gentleman to see about purchasing the car back. He agreed and a deal was struck. But there was one catch. The whole interior was out of the car as he had plans to install a serious cage and go racing but never got around to it. But he agreed to install the interior and send me the chromoly roll cage to go along with it.

    Well today was the day she came home and she is definitely in rough shape. But mechanically it's mint. I already have plans to have both bumpers painted and a new sail panel installed which it needed when I sold it.

    WARNING THESE PICTURES MAY BE GRAPHIC TO SOME!!!!!








    I immediately gave it a good wash and decon to remove over spray and other contaminates.











    I had to test out how this thing would come back to life. 1000 grit on the bad area, then 2k grit and 3k grit on the rest of the door. Rupes 21 Mark ll, BS eurowool, Fast correcting cream. Rupes 21 BS Yellow with 3D ONE and Hyper polish.












    Needless to say this car is going to take a bit of time and work to get back right but it will slowly get there!!!!
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    Re: Hello my old friend! My 2000 SS Camaro returns home. Long read

    Holy Moly! Damn, man. This is an incredible story.

    I am SO looking forward to the follow up on this, Justin!
    It is no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk.

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    Re: Hello my old friend! My 2000 SS Camaro returns home. Long read

    I think most of us here have a car from our youth that we either wish we had, or wish we had back. So many of us buy one of those later in life. It is amazing, however, that you were able to get THE car back. Very cool!

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    Re: Hello my old friend! My 2000 SS Camaro returns home. Long read

    Thanks guys. Yeah I'm definitely stoked about it!
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    Re: Hello my old friend! My 2000 SS Camaro returns home. Long read

    Congrats man!

    The Pontiac version is my favorite car of all time through those years.

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    Re: Hello my old friend! My 2000 SS Camaro returns home. Long read

    I agree with the others...great story with a happy ending!

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    Re: Hello my old friend! My 2000 SS Camaro returns home. Long read

    I am very happy for you. Not in the same league but I still miss my '72 Cutlass Supreme. Keep us in the loop as to your progress.
    Rick....now in North Texas

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    Re: Hello my old friend! My 2000 SS Camaro returns home. Long read

    Thanks for taking me thru your journey! As others stated we've all been thru this and were not near as lucky or dedicated.

    Keep us posted on it's story.

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    Re: Hello my old friend! My 2000 SS Camaro returns home. Long read

    Congrats on getting her back! Looking forward to the transformation back to how it 'should' look as well as any mechanical upgrades its going to get! Cool story Justin!
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    Re: Hello my old friend! My 2000 SS Camaro returns home. Long read

    Thanks guys. I'll be updating this thread during the process
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