For the week of August 17, 2015
My name is Thomas A. Thomas and I am 61 years old and married with twin 21 year old daughters who both play college lacrosse. I am a University of Florida graduate and I currently live in Winter Park, Florida where I am the senior partner of a C.P.A. firm. I also co-founded the national trade association, The Association of Independent Doctors.
I first learned about Cool Rides Online when I came across the website while surfing the internet. My Cool Ride is a 1969 Camaro SS.
The Camaro has been completely redone: GM LS3 factory crate engine that dyno’ed at 505 hp, Tremec T56 Magnum 6 speed close ratio transmission with Twist Machine shifter, Ford Motorsports 8.8 housing with Torino ends, 3.27 gears, TractionLoc differential, 1350 yoke, 31 spline axles with heavy-duty Set20 wheel bearings, Detroit Speed and Engineering Quadra-Link rear suspension with rear sway bar using RideTech adjustable coilovers, Speedtech front control arms and sway bar with ATS AFX aluminum uprights, C6 hubs, and RideTech adjustable coilovers, along with DSE body bushings and subframe connectors, DSE power steering box, Ididit steering column, Earl’s power steering fluid cooler, R&R power steering pump(Z06 pump), Forgeline GZ3 3 piece wheels, silver powder coat centers and polished hoops, 18X8 fronts, 18X9.5 backs, Michelin Pilot Sport run-flat tires with tire pressure monitoring system, Baer disc brakes, 14” front rotors, 13” rear rotors, late model vacuum boost and master cylinder, with custom bent brake hard line and braided SS flex line, E-stopp emergency braking system, Rick’s Tanks stainless fuel tax with VaporWorx single line fuel module option, integrated with the GM ECM, custom aluminum fuel hardline and Pegasus Racing PTFE flex hose and AN fittings, II Much Fabrication fuel vent, American Auto Wire Classic Update wiring harness, Auto Meter American Muscle gauges, InfinityBox 2 ignition and auto-lock security system, Stack battery-less TPMS (tire pressure monitor system), Modo Innovations power locks and trunk release, Nu-Relics power windows with backlit console-mounted switches, Sony Digital Media Receiver with Bluetooth and speakers, GM OBD-II connector, Daniel Stern relay-driven halogen headlights and driving lights, with custom stalk-mounted high beam switch, DSE intermittent wipers, Recaro leather seats, front and rear with Morris Classic 3 pt seat belts, Recaro leather covered package tray and kick panels, Recaro leather-covered MCI center console with storage space and custom shift boot, Billet Specialties leather covered steering wheel, Cut pile carpeting, Billet aluminum sill plates, DSE dash insert with LED indicator lights and Auto Meter dimming circuit, Footwell splash lighting, Vintage Air Gen IV with billet knob controls, Billet Specialties aluminum hood hinges, DSE Firewall fill plate and aluminum core support cover, Custom 304 stainless steel headers, MagnaFlow X-pipe and polished mufflers, new factory smoked glass, Eddie Motorsports machined truck hinges, and re-chromed smoothie bumpers.
The most difficult modification that I have done was definitely modifying the headers to fit. Up next, I am taking the Camaro to several car shows but I simply plan to drive and enjoy it. It is my dream car—we spent four years finding the one we wanted. To take care of it I keep it garaged and try not to drive it in the rain. I am planning on adding air conditioning to my garage to keep the humidity to a minimum.
My favorite memory with my Cool Ride is that this was a project that I did with my daughter Taylor. She loves cars so it was a great experience making all the decisions together. In addition, my car made the General Motors theBlock. Here’s the article…
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