Well it kinda sounds like you want this site to be just like other forums you visit. There is nothing wrong with any of the ideas, I'll comment in a sec... As for taking back the site, you can't buy something that is not for sale and any kind of takeover would be illegal as the site belongs to it's owners. Starting it over it has been done, about a year ago 3 brand new forums sprang forth, some out of discontent others just for the sake of change... If you were to visit any of the 3 you won't find a dozen folks logged in at any given time and that's not a bad reflection on the folks that run the sites. Something makes this place work and none of the 3 others really hit the mark!
Now let's address your list...
Separate Forum For "Build" Threads
- Al the former owner gave the folks here their own personal Blog space and there are also personal photo albums... What better place to post a build, went over like a lead baloon!
Separate forum for "Repro Parts"
- Ever see the sites parts review area? https://www.camaros.net/reviews/
- addressed in my first reply
Snow Flakes on the Forum
- nice winter touch and I miss the "holiday" banner logo's but that was an Al thing, not sure it's something that needs to be carried over since he is gone (just me).
Forum dedicated to best of best suppliers
- did you miss all the supporting vendor forums? Also let me bring up the review area again... https://www.camaros.net/reviews/
Do It Yourself "DIY" Section added to Camaros.net forum?
isn't that what all the tech forums are really all about? Exchanging info to help each other resolve issues... There is also the blog area where you can post how you did something if that was more what you wanted... here's an example;
How about an 'In Memorium' forum like at the Corvette Forum.
- Nice touch but why copy their idea? We have "Bench Racing" and folks post of others passing, sick etc in there quite often.
No idea or suggestion is a bad one but often it's only 1 or 2 of the hundreds here that really want something. That has to be concidered in the over all equation here as well... This site's core audience / membership is 40 and older based on the many threads about age that have been started in the past. Bling and fluff are not everyones preference so the site webmaster has to look at what's good for the whole not just one or two...
Don't forget the corporate ownership thing I touched on earlier. There are protocols to be followed in the corporate environment and when there is a change to be made it takes months before it will be handled...
I think we all get your frustration to some degree, it's just this site is no longer run by someone that has a Camaro in the garage and comes home from a day of work, kisses his wife, cracks open a cold one and logs on to see what's up and what he can do to make the site better!