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Old 06-26-2017, 09:04 PM
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Long time Camaro/Firebird owner and driver here. Finally joined the ultra-exclusive Corvette club last summer and thought I'd start a thread here on it.

Previously I had a long thread on LS1tech featuring the last fourth gen I did any real work to here: https://ls1tech.com/forums/new-ls1-o...l-es-juan.html

I have since sold that car, bought and sold a 2000 Camaro SS, Foxbody, Tundra, taco pickup, you name it.. haha. But! I finally landed where I really wanted to with this 2005 Corvette. To make a long story short, I found the car on craigslist and more or less bought it sight unseen haha. It was a hell of a deal and I had a pile of money burning a hole in my pocket, so off to Springfield, MO my best friend and I went! It's about a 12 hour drive from where I live so it was a jump off the deep end to buy a car.

Couple of pics of what was in-between the black camaro and here....









A quick 3 hours of sleep in a $49/night hotel in a bad part of Kansas City was unnerving with a lot of cash but we survived and kept traveling the next day.




When we arrived it was exactly as described (shocker), maybe even nicer than I expected. SOLD!



After we exchanged cash and the title, my friend and I went East to St. Louis for the night to catch a Brewers and Cardinals game. Perfect weather, and staying at a hotel one block from the park that's way too nice for us really made the trip perfect.








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Old 06-26-2017, 10:48 PM
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First congrats on the purchase, nice fox body, nice F body and lastly nice journal of your trip. I once went to Chicago to get a Toyota pickup and stayed overnight at some dumpy motel in Ohio somewhere on the way back and thought what the hell was I doing but it ended up being fine and a great 10 hour trip home!

The C6 is a great car and leaps and bounds ahead of the C5. GM really did a great job with the car.
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:57 PM
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Congrats and welcome to C6 General!

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Guess it's actually not a myth about all foxbody headlights looking like cross eyed hookers. And don't let me forget about the SS catfish
Anyways congrats on owning the sweetest of them all. You'll never look back
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Congratulations.

Just keep in mind that Z51 is just the option package on the car, not the model.
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Congratulations on your purchase of a fine looking Vette!

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Originally Posted by Vette_DD View Post
Congratulations.

Just keep in mind that Z51 is just the option package on the car, not the model.
Guess that means you're not going to be sending him the fender badge, huh? Lmao
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Old 06-26-2017, 11:22 PM
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Beautiful! I have a Z51 optioned C6 myself and it's a fantastic car.

I came from an 01 Firebird myself where I frequented LS1Tech regularly. That Camaro SS you had was beautiful. Love the f-bodies. Welcome to the forums.
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Old 06-27-2017, 07:39 AM
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Nice, and if you want your owners manual on the web:

http://www.c6registry.com/Technical/manuals/2005OM.pdf
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:23 AM
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Congrats....a worthy upgrade.

Just remember as you use this forum:

1) It is Z51...no "dash"

2) Z51 is an option package and you might get comments on referring to yours as a "Z51" model (including comments like mine)

3) The GS guys have no issue with you calling your car a Narrow Body.

Have fun....from a fellow narrow body C6er
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:50 AM
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Welcome. Nice car, can't go wrong with a white vette.
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Congrats.
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Congrats...great looking Z51 optioned Corvette. For all of the option codes, look inside the glove compartment for a list. Then you can go here to see what they mean: http://www.corvette-web-central.com/...teRPOCode.html
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Congrats. I just got an 06 Z51 "optioned" vert in March. Still can't wipe the grin off my face. Nor have I taken the badges off the fenders. lol
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Welcome to the site! Enjoy that Corvette!
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Congrats. I just got an 06 Z51 "optioned" vert in March. Still can't wipe the grin off my face. Nor have I taken the badges off the fenders. lol
I'm adding badges on mine, I don't care what anybody thinks. Ha ha
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Old 06-27-2017, 05:35 PM
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I'm adding badges on mine, I don't care what anybody thinks. Ha ha
Same here. Originally I was going to take them off the front fenders but they started to grow on me. I may even replace my wheel center caps with Z51 centers. Afterall, the Grand Sport and Mighty ZRs are performance packages also. ZR1, Z15, Z06 and Z51 are all RPO performance packages. The fine folks at Chevrolet just figured out a marketing niche to sell a few more. Same as bringing back the Stingray label.

To each their own. I also plan on putting a retro type HP/Displacement tag on the dash by the shifter similar to what my C3 had too. As soon as I get it hydrocarbon dipped.
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Congrats on the purchase. It's a great looking car. I bought my 2006 Z51 optioned car back in 2009, also sight unseen, except a ton of pics from the dealer in St. Mary's OH. I flew in, and drove it back home. It was my first vette, and I could not get the smile off my face for the 22 hr drive home.

I looked at a White vette, but picked VY instead. I had a white 77 T/A new.

Enjoy the C6
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Old 06-27-2017, 06:18 PM
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Congrats & enjoy !
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Whoa, didn't expect a big response haha! Thanks for the kind words everyone. The car really is a dream come true after being a habitual third and fourth gen f body owner.

As far as the hyphen goes in the z51... Sorry bout it lol.... You can take the owner out of the camaro, but can't take the lifestyle out of the owner.

I will be posting more of the story when I get home this afternoon. More pictures and video to come!
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