F40 replica pics
Topic started by: ferrobi, Date: 01-12-2006 03:34 PM
Original thread: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum3/HTML/000034.html


ferrobi MSG #1, 01-12-2006 03:34 PM
      First time posting pics of my car -

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ferrobi MSG #2, 01-12-2006 03:43 PM
     





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3.8T (eurasian1@rogers.com) MSG #3, 01-12-2006 03:51 PM
      not bad, not bad at all...

how much?

rogergarrison (fastandred@hotmail.com) MSG #4, 01-12-2006 03:52 PM
      Very nice and welcome. Judging by the green grass your either on west coast or in the south. Have fun with it and be prepared for long conversations at gas stations...........lol.

RTNmsds (bob.schuette@milliken.com) MSG #5, 01-12-2006 04:08 PM
      Hang around here long & I forsee an engine swap in your future. Congrads on the purchase.

ferrobi MSG #6, 01-12-2006 04:54 PM
      About the car -
'87 se with 21,000 miles
American Fiberbodies Int. kit bought in '94
Got 30K + into it so far
Would like a lt5 or ls7 in future done by Archie


Phranc (neotech1@comcast.net) MSG #7, 01-12-2006 05:01 PM
      realy nice kit. better then some ive seen

Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #8, 01-12-2006 08:36 PM
      Hey, looking pretty good Bob, Welcome to the Forum.

Archie

djbushman (djbushman@yahoo.com) MSG #9, 01-12-2006 08:43 PM
      MOVE OVER! Wow.

Awesome car dude, real head turner.

-db.

ferrobi MSG #10, 01-13-2006 01:54 PM
      Took a few more pics - here you go


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ferrobi MSG #11, 01-15-2006 02:48 PM
      A note of thank's to:

GM for the fiero
Pininfarina for their great design
Norm's Fiberglass for the front spoiler - that thing is awesome
Rodney Dickman for various items including Euro short shifter
Skybax for the Euro shift plate
Ebay for so many things including real side fender shields for 40.00
Compomotive for those TS rims

and everyone who replied about pics

Thank's Rob

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #12, 01-15-2006 03:12 PM
      Any pics of the top of the seats? I like to see just how much clearance you have near the inside roof using those seats.

Thanks.


Madcurl



ferrobi MSG #13, 01-15-2006 04:02 PM
      2 more people to thank -

Archie for the assembly which is top notch - AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can't wait for a V8

Cliff for his forum

Thank's Rob



ferrobi MSG #14, 01-15-2006 04:33 PM
      Madcurl their is 2.5" to the headliner



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #15, 01-15-2006 05:11 PM
      Very nice...Your car looks familiar. Have you posted pics of it before, possibly at Ari's? If not, welcome to Pennock's, and please join us at Ari's, too. www.kitcar.ca

Bob

Edit*** Just noticed I spelled the link wrong...DOH!!!

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ferrobi MSG #16, 01-15-2006 08:42 PM
      Bob, I have not posted pic's before and will try get to Ari's forum


Rob


FieroWannaBe (patond@alumni.msoe.edu) MSG #17, 01-15-2006 08:53 PM
      Nice, 2 items of criticism for you, I think the car would be much more convincing if the wheels where spaced out so they are nearly flush with the body, 7mm or more it looks like, maybe less.
And does the wing have F40 embossed in it like the real thig? if not i would get a decal of it like this

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #18, 01-15-2006 09:09 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

Madcurl their is 2.5" to the headliner


Thanks. Hmm. I might have room for the chop?

Who did your carbon door/latch/bezel surround?

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ferrobi MSG #19, 01-15-2006 10:23 PM
      Madcurl - The seats might be lowered a bit if you used a different kind of track. I used the fiero track bolted to another piece of steel stock with holes drilled in that to match the momo seats hole pattern. That probably added about 3/4" or 1". I'll check it out and post pics of tracks if you want. The carbon fiber dash pieces were bought off of ebay - they are real CF and if you want i can get you the guy's name that i bought it from. I installed them myself - pretty easy.

Rob

FieroWannaBe (patond@alumni.msoe.edu) MSG #20, 01-15-2006 11:25 PM
      Care for a sig?
let me now if you want it or not, or want cahnges made.


Emc209i (emc209i@yahoo.com) MSG #21, 01-16-2006 12:38 AM
      First of all it's too tall. Needs to be thinner, less than less than

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #22, 01-16-2006 02:14 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

Madcurl - The seats might be lowered a bit if you used a different kind of track. I used the fiero track bolted to another piece of steel stock with holes drilled in that to match the momo seats hole pattern. That probably added about 3/4" or 1". I'll check it out and post pics of tracks if you want. The carbon fiber dash pieces were bought off of ebay - they are real CF and if you want i can get you the guy's name that i bought it from. I installed them myself - pretty easy.

Rob


Hmm. I know that Archie flattens the stock seat rails. I don't know if it'll fit with additional hardware?


Fastback 86 MSG #23, 01-16-2006 02:25 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by madcurl:

Hmm. I know that Archie flattens the stock seat rails. I don't know if it'll fit with additional hardware?

My Corbeaus came from a forum member, but the rails came with the seats originally and were meant to fit the Fiero, according to the label on them. They sit so low to the floor that I can't get my hand under the rail at any side to retrieve CD case, pens, change, etc. I have to floor it so they slide out the back Anyway, I don't know exactly how far it is from the top of the seat to the roof, but I can find out if you like. Also depends on how you adjust the seat. If you slide it forward and lean it back, you can get it pretty low, but it depends on how tall you are. One big piece of advice: Don't get racing seats unless you have a tilt steering wheel. I tilt mine up every time I want in or out, its ridiculously hard otherwise.

FieroWannaBe (patond@alumni.msoe.edu) MSG #24, 01-16-2006 08:05 AM
      k, smaller


FieroRumor (thedigitalalchemist@nyc.rr.com) MSG #25, 01-16-2006 01:05 PM
      Nice car.

Welcome aboard!


-FieroRumor



ferrobi MSG #26, 01-19-2006 07:09 PM
      Bump for SEGT-86

ferrobi MSG #27, 02-18-2006 05:02 PM
      I have some stuff for sale in the mall -

F40 replica rear window -

(2) 16x11 Compomotive TS rear rims for F40

Carpet, steering wheel, and seats out of '87 se with 11,000 miles

Skratch (mskrastins@mac.com) MSG #28, 02-18-2006 06:09 PM
      That is just beautiful!

Now I see Ohio plates on there, where are you at so I can come drool on your ride.

netpro55 (rcromantic@comcast.net) MSG #29, 02-18-2006 06:28 PM
      I love the car, but you should definatley install a V8 Turbo or s/c and chop the top so the rebody looks right. That roof is just too high. but overall nice car.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #30, 02-18-2006 08:28 PM
      Any pics of the rear hatch opened?

Thanks.

Curley.

ferrobi MSG #31, 02-18-2006 09:22 PM
      Netpro55 - chop would be hard - rear hatch+glass window would have to somehow be redone to meet new roofline. Lots of $$ i'm assuming

Madcurl - i'll open her up tomorrow

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sonic50 (scottdiphone@yahoo.com) MSG #32, 02-18-2006 11:43 PM
      LOOKS GOOD!

keep up the good work!



PaulJK MSG #33, 02-19-2006 02:04 AM
      Very Nice Work , especially the headlights ... easy to believe $30k .

I have a pair of Euro door panels (the interior door panels from the PISA Euro interior) if you wanna depart from the fiero look on the interior. PM me if your interested ....

aa2uk (b.lentz@certifiedinstallationassociates.com) MSG #34, 02-19-2006 03:36 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by djbushman:

MOVE OVER! Wow.

Awesome car dude, real head turner.

I have to agree one great looking replica. I am having one built now and hope it looks like yours when it's finished. Your going to have to put a real motor in it because you'll probabaly be challenged at every light! Take care. Bill



ferrobi MSG #35, 02-19-2006 10:14 PM
      Madcurl - hatch pics



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ferrobi MSG #36, 02-19-2006 10:17 PM
      Engine pics too - 2.8L V6


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jb1 (james.brown.20107@gmail.com) MSG #37, 02-20-2006 02:46 AM
      Man i love the f40 kit , I wish my rear clip was like that, i like how it seperates beind the window instead of being 1 peice like mine.



Formula MSG #38, 02-20-2006 10:01 AM
      thats nice!

did you ever think of tinting the front light buckets like this: http://www.subzeuz.nl/3d/F40/F40-68.jpg

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normsf (normvandermee@sbcglobal.net) MSG #39, 02-20-2006 11:13 AM
      Hello Nice picture, but Im sure they are not tinted its that the bucket is semi gloss black underneath and so the glass looks tinted. Thanks Norm



Formula MSG #40, 02-20-2006 11:32 AM
      [QUOTE]Originally posted by normsf:

Hello Nice picture, but Im sure they are not tinted its that the bucket is semi gloss black underneath and so the glass looks tinted. Thanks Norm

that makes sense

looking at that pic again, I cant tell if its real or a drawing.

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ferrobi MSG #41, 02-20-2006 10:27 PM
      I never got the whole thing with tint over lights. Just seems to me to negate the whole pupose of the light. If i'm making a turn or braking i want people to see every bit of my indicators.



goyal99 MSG #42, 02-21-2006 11:11 PM
      Bob

As a side question, what are you planing to fix on the 308 replica? DO you actually have an authentic looking front clip (not the MERA rebody) for your 308?? if so, let me know and take you please post some photos of the 308 here or email me directly (GOYAL99@yahoo.com) - Thanks

VK

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ferrobi MSG #43, 02-22-2006 06:51 PM
      Goyal99 -

The front clip was messed up from an accident when i bought the car so i bought a new one from CustomCoachCraft in Texas before he sold his operation to Pat Kalsmith. Mera type front clip. I also bought a new front bumber from Rodney Dickman and a set of used 5 star rims that where made in Australia. I just want to fix her up and sell it when done. I might start a seperate thread on this as i have many questions -

1 being that the front is a little crooked 1" higher on left side where accident happened

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goyal99 MSG #44, 02-25-2006 09:30 PM
      Thanks for the update...

I was actually looking for an authentic copy of a 308/328 front clip, not the distorted Mera copy....I also send you a PM aquiring about the wheels and F40 engine plexy you had (still have?) for sale...Let me know if you still have them.

Regards - Vasilis

ferrobi MSG #45, 03-15-2006 11:51 PM
      I have been working on a little detail project on pop up lights. The inner 1/4 inch edges of lights where not finish painted so here goes.
Before

After


and bolt i found that is rubbing


ferrobi MSG #46, 04-27-2006 09:50 PM
      Can't make Carlisle this year. Maybe in '07

I am thinking of putting in a V8 and would like some ideas / pics from you guys.

Since the engine can be seen through lexan cover I want something that looks good too.

I like the intake on the LT5 but that thing is heavy and rare.

Rob


FieroWannaBe (patond@alumni.msoe.edu) MSG #47, 04-27-2006 10:21 PM
      I think a Northstar or LS1 might look the best in there, an LT1 looks cool, but really are too common and known to help pass the Ferrari image. Deffenantly dont do a carbuerator if your looking to impress people through the lexan since that look is a bit dated, and they dont looked centered in the fiero bay.

FieroWannaBe (patond@alumni.msoe.edu) MSG #48, 04-27-2006 11:09 PM
      northstar engine
LS1
This images is larger than 100K. Click to view. LT1 swap
TPI 350

A DOHC LQ1 would really fill up the engine bay, but would behave very differently than the V8, less power but a much longer rev range, no hot rod thrump sound but a porsche-like whine.


ferrobi MSG #49, 04-28-2006 08:00 PM
      Thank's FieroWannaBe, anybody else with ideas / pics ?

proff (fiero128@gmail.com) MSG #50, 04-29-2006 02:38 AM
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This has a fuel injected 5.9 litre V8



proff (fiero128@gmail.com) MSG #51, 04-29-2006 02:51 AM
      This images is larger than 100K. Click to view.
here in Australia.
Not my F40
wish it was with the 5.9 full worked V8


Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #52, 04-29-2006 11:33 AM
      I wonder why he went with 6 exhaust pipes. Especially with a v8, lil confused. I think it looks better with the traditional center exhaust pipes

ferrobi MSG #53, 04-29-2006 02:51 PM
      thank's Proff - that 5.9 is pretty cool looking - any pics of it with rear hatch open?

aa2uk (b.lentz@certifiedinstallationassociates.com) MSG #54, 04-30-2006 12:12 AM
      I am in the process of having a Northstar put in my F40. I will post pictures when done. Take care. Bill

ferrobi MSG #55, 04-30-2006 04:55 PM
      Thank's Bill - look forward to pics. I have though decided that I'm not going to use a Northstar transplant.

Rob

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FieroWannaBe (patond@alumni.msoe.edu) MSG #56, 04-30-2006 05:29 PM
      Why have you decided against a Northstar?
Just felt like saying a SBC isn't going to be cheap, neither will a Northstar. The northstar revs higher, and doesn't require a adapter plate. But the SBC has aftermarket support up the whazzo.

Personally I think a high-reving motor would be the best for a this car, It will help support the spirit of the F40, which has a twin turbo V8 redlining at around 8,000rpms. Thats is why I think a northstar is the closest thing GM has that everyone knows can go in a Fiero.

Another neat looking swap is the Allante 4.5/4.9, Id expect the slightly lower performance than the 3.4 DOHC, but with v8 roar more torque and much less revs. the intakes on the allante and 3.4DOHC really help fill up the bay, and with the rear hatch window a full engine bay would really spice things up.



FieroWannaBe (patond@alumni.msoe.edu) MSG #57, 04-30-2006 05:49 PM
      http://www.rogerscorvette.com/spots/jul05/lt5-2.jpg]http://www.rogerscorvette.com/spots/jul05/lt5-2.jpg
Yea the LT5 is heavy, rare, and I hear unreliable, not to mention huge. Would it even fit in the engine bay? No one has doen it yet that I know of.
Most twin cam v8's and v6's tend to be on the heavy side however. but the amount of revs that can be pulled out of them is the fun part.

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ferrobi MSG #58, 04-30-2006 08:31 PM
      FieroWannabe - No particular reason but I have decided that the Northstar isn't what I want. And if things turn out the way I plan I'm going to have a engine cover replicated from a Ferrari that will cover any signs of whats underneath.

Rob


ferrobi MSG #59, 08-05-2006 02:43 PM
      Got some new decals today







topher_time (lost_caffeine@yahoo.com) MSG #60, 08-05-2006 03:13 PM
      "Who ever said green is the color of envy has never seen a red F40"

Can't believe I missed this thread. I absolutely love the car, nice. One of my favorites.


ferrobi MSG #61, 08-05-2006 06:02 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by topher_time:

"Who ever said green is the color of envy has never seen a red F40"

Can't believe I missed this thread. I absolutely love the car, nice. One of my favorites.


Thank's topher time that sure means alot to me

Rob


Newbfiero (bobby_0958@hotmail.com) MSG #62, 08-05-2006 06:15 PM
      Nice awsome job welcome and thx for the great pics
Rob


ferrobi MSG #63, 08-07-2006 08:46 PM
      Archie - got any ideas for engine transplants ?

Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #64, 08-07-2006 10:24 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

Archie - got any ideas for engine transplants ?


How about a nice all chromed out LS1 W/CF coil covers to put under that big back window?

Archie


ferrobi MSG #65, 08-08-2006 08:13 PM
      Hey now that sounds good - maybe winter ' 07 i should do the swap.

Have never seen CF coil covers - got any pics?

Rob


ferrobi MSG #66, 09-20-2006 06:20 PM
      New Floor mats arrived today - bit pricey but so nice









ferrobi MSG #67, 12-08-2006 03:16 PM
      Thought this was a neat pic also



ferrobi MSG #68, 01-10-2007 09:03 PM
      I am curious as to how many other people have a F40 replica and if so would you post some pics

PaulJK MSG #69, 01-10-2007 09:14 PM
      You have such a ncie car, how come you're using a rod to hold the rear deck up/open ? Isn't it made to accomodate struts of some kind ?

ferrobi MSG #70, 01-10-2007 11:08 PM
      I am trying to keep everything like the original car had which was a 2 piece metal rod. Plus I am not to sure about gas struts pushing on fiberglass all the time when closed.

Rob


PaulJK MSG #71, 01-11-2007 07:50 AM
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ferrobi MSG #72, 01-11-2007 09:37 AM
      The struts would also make access to engine even more difficult. I like to come in on the sides.

Rob


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #73, 01-11-2007 03:41 PM
      Awesome looking!

Usually Ferrari kits looks odd with the tires, with odd wheel base, but yours look great to me! An Archie V8 would certainly make a huge difference. Hope you get to make that mod soon.

If you could offset the tires a little I think that would add to the original look - but now I'm just being finicky. Someone else pointed this out on the firs page of the thread.

Are you going to be at D7? Would really enjoy a close look then, if possible.

Dave



ferrobi MSG #74, 01-11-2007 04:30 PM
      I am starting to think about wheel spacers. Couple things though - first the added stress on bearings not huge deal but what about the front. If I put spacers on front it will rub more than it does now when you make a tight turn. We'll see maybe in future. Total suspension upgrade is what i'd like to do some day - coilovers, konis, wide track, new rims with diff offsets - u know big bucks

What's D7

Rob


ferrobi MSG #75, 02-24-2007 05:49 PM
      I want to do a euro dash in the future and have a couple of questions about which one is better or are they the same.

Pisa or John Rudl from Kitcaraccesories.

Rob


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #76, 02-24-2007 09:44 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

I want to do a euro dash in the future and have a couple of questions about which one is better or are they the same.

Pisa or John Rudl from Kitcaraccesories.

Rob



The one that Troyboy has is a really, really nice one but,.... it isn't Ferrari yeah know.


ferrobi MSG #77, 02-24-2007 10:04 PM
      I'm only looking for a euro dash because it is similiar to real F40

Here are the link's to both dashes - does anybody know differences between them?

Pisa
http://pisafierohq.com/interiors/fiero_3-08/

John Rudl - Kitcaraccesories
http://www.kitcar.com/CR/CRInterior.html


Rob


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #78, 02-24-2007 10:43 PM
     



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ferrobi MSG #79, 02-24-2007 11:06 PM
      Yep that's what they both look like. I sent e-mail to John Rudl to see what is different from his and Pisa's.

ferrobi MSG #80, 02-24-2007 11:28 PM
      Here is a real F40 dash



ferrobi MSG #81, 02-25-2007 06:06 PM
      Spent part of the day shining up extra rear Compomtive rims





ferrobi MSG #82, 03-01-2007 06:50 PM
      Some old pics but what a great day it was - Delivery man and my first time in seat.





Also car during build - Who's that guy?



FieroWannaBe (patond@alumni.msoe.edu) MSG #83, 03-01-2007 07:11 PM
      http://www.kingdomcustoms.com/products/ka004.shtml
this look like th best interior I've seen.


CoryFiero MSG #84, 03-01-2007 07:26 PM
      Very nice, what part of Ohio are you from?

ferrobi MSG #85, 03-01-2007 09:09 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by CoryFiero:

Very nice, what part of Ohio are you from?


Thank's

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Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #86, 03-01-2007 09:46 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

Also car during build - Who's that guy?



Let me guess

Archie


ferrobi MSG #87, 03-01-2007 10:01 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Archie:


Let me guess

Archie


Right and I am saving for that V8 swap. Little unsure about Getrag handling the power of a LS1 though.


Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #88, 03-01-2007 10:20 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:


Right and I am saving for that V8 swap. Little unsure about Getrag handling the power of a LS1 though.


Have faith. You have a very low mileage car & Getrag there, I think it'll hold up just fine.

Archie


ferrobi MSG #89, 03-03-2007 09:49 PM
      What about an LS2 - will Getrag handle that?

Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #90, 03-03-2007 11:13 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

What about an LS2 - will Getrag handle that?


I think it will. Your car has what maybe 20K miles by now? That transmission is like new yet.

If you drive it like an adult it should hold up just fine. If you turn it over to some 16 year old on Prom night, he'll tear it up.

Archie


Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #91, 03-04-2007 02:41 AM
      This is another interior I really like, it's not as authentic as the PISA or similar (which would probably work better on an F40, since the real car is pretty spartan with CF and seams everywhere), but it's a really nice looking interior:

http://www.fiero.nl/cgi-bin...rior/cool_dash-4.jpg
http://www.fiero.nl/cgi-bin...rior/cool_dash-6.jpg
http://www.fiero.nl/cgi-bin...r/cool_dash-door.jpg

(I found this in the Pennocks gallery)

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ferrobi MSG #92, 03-06-2007 11:42 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Archie:


I think it will. Your car has what maybe 20K miles by now? That transmission is like new yet.

If you drive it like an adult it should hold up just fine. If you turn it over to some 16 year old on Prom night, he'll tear it up.

Archie


OK let me get this straight - with an ls1 or ls2 their Torque is higher than what Getrag is rated for. So if i mash the pedal with either of these engines their is the possibility that i will destroy Getrag. So to be safe i should not try to beat anyone who pulls up next to me at a stoplight.



Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #93, 03-07-2007 12:33 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:


OK let me get this straight - with an ls1 or ls2 their Torque is higher than what Getrag is rated for. So if i mash the pedal with either of these engines their is the possibility that i will destroy Getrag. So to be safe i should not try to beat anyone who pulls up next to me at a stoplight.


Nope......... what I'm saying is that, as you're setting there waiting for the light to change, you shouldn't rev it up to 5 grand & then sidestep the clutch when the light turns green. I would feel safe to bring it up to like 2000 to 2500rpm & then let the clutch out as fast as you can while keeping your foot on the pedal & pushing down the throttle. Then the next thing you'll have to do is let up on the gas a bit to get the tires to stop spinning.

I know it sounds a bit complicated but it will come naturally after you've done it a few times.

You could take it out with your 12" wide tires and rev it up to 6K & dump the clutch 20 or 30 or 40 or 100 times without the driveline shock breaking it. BUT just like any other car, it'll break sooner or later.

Now there's going to be 20 people who jump into this thread now & claim the thing will break the 1st time out but they don't have one & likely have never driven one.

You remember when you were at my shop. I showed you a set of 345-40-17" that I had once had on the back of my F-40. You'll remember that those carcasses were bald. You'll also remember that I told you that, in the mid '90's, I took those tires from brand new to bald in 5 weeks with a SBC & an Isuzu 5 speed. That was back in the day when the Isuzu was 10 years newer than it is now & a 100000 miles less used than they are now. Your car has a Getrag 5 speed & if I recall correctly you had either 6000 or 8000 miles on the donor car when we put the body on it. The way you love that car & treat it so kindly, I doubt that you have any more than 16K on it now. 16K is notihing on a Getrag, you'll be just fine.

Archie


ferrobi MSG #94, 03-07-2007 11:34 AM
      Thank's Archie - that explains things better.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #95, 03-07-2007 12:11 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

Here is a real F40 dash



The F40 dash looks pretty simple in design that you could probably build your own without too much trouble. BTW, Your car looks great!



ferrobi MSG #96, 03-07-2007 08:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


The F40 dash looks pretty simple in design that you could probably build your own without too much trouble. BTW, Your car looks great!


I would rather not try and build myself - I don't like fiberglass fumes and it is way out of my skill level.

But I've heard you make interiors for replicas and have mated your console to the Euro dash.
If so i may be interested in your console in the future.


FieroWannaBe (patond@alumni.msoe.edu) MSG #97, 03-07-2007 08:43 PM
      have you read this thread on interiors?

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/060036.html


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #98, 03-08-2007 11:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


I would rather not try and build myself - I don't like fiberglass fumes and it is way out of my skill level.

But I've heard you make interiors for replicas and have mated your console to the Euro dash.
If so i may be interested in your console in the future.


Yes, The owner of this Mera has a PISA dash & made the mods needed to fit my console; he did a good job. The issue is that the radio in the Pisa dash is a little too close to the tunnel leaving very little space beneath. Here's his link:

http://www.ironmanarmory.co...rrari/merarrari.html

The F40 dash looks similar to the 308 but without the radio section. What do you have planned for the doors? Carbon fiber cards?

Rob


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #99, 03-08-2007 12:37 PM
      Hey Ferrobi, what type of material is the front bumbers' black air defuser made of? Plastic or figerglass? I know Norm makes the part so I'm guessing that it's made of figerglass? Enquiring minds would like to know, hehe.




Also: Does your car have this equipment on the front suspension?

http://www.naerc.com/html/c...nsion_kits/index.cfm

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zetabird (bandgeek_hotrodder@yahoo.com) MSG #100, 03-08-2007 03:40 PM
      nice ive always liked tha f-40 fieros maby il have to stop by norms shop sometime and check out the one he has if he still has it. hes not to far from me

ferrobi MSG #101, 03-08-2007 04:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


The F40 dash looks similar to the 308 but without the radio section. What do you have planned for the doors? Carbon fiber cards?

Rob


I was going to use the door panels that come with the euro dash but they aren't my favorite so i'm open to suggestions. Something along the lines of carbon fiber would be great because that is what the later F40's had.


ferrobi MSG #102, 03-08-2007 05:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hey Ferrobi, what type of material is the front bumbers' black air defuser made of? Plastic or figerglass? I know Norm makes the part so I'm guessing that it's made of figerglass? Enquiring minds would like to know, hehe.

Also: Does your car have this equipment on the front suspension?

http://www.naerc.com/html/c...nsion_kits/index.cfm



Front air diffuser is fiberglass
Suspension is stock and sucks compared to my 88 Formula. I want to do suspension/brakes when I swap engine for LS2. I have looked at HT Motorports stuff and until you mentioned it I had forgot about NAERC.

Rob


ferrobi MSG #103, 03-17-2007 11:17 AM
      Was out to see car today - its being stored out of my garage to give me 308 replica rebuild space.

Lonely winter storage.


Some more pics with little more detail











ferrobi MSG #104, 03-17-2007 06:47 PM
      My niece practicing for her license.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #105, 03-17-2007 06:58 PM
      Ya know Ferrabi you could probably build this dash without using fiberglass, and instead use acrylic plastic, plywood, balsa, & bondo. I sketched the dash using photos from my Ferrari V8 book. The good thing about this dash is that it is not very complex in shape & detail. Foam is easy to carve but you would have to follow it up with a skin of glass & resin. Rob





ferrobi MSG #106, 03-17-2007 07:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Ya know Ferrabi you could probably build this dash without using fiberglass, and instead use acrylic plastic, plywood, balsa, & bondo. I sketched the dash using photos from my Ferrari V8 book. The good thing about this dash is that it is not very complex in shape & detail. Foam is easy to carve but you would have to follow it up with a skin of glass & resin. Rob



My list of projects is HUGE - Home stuff, 308 re-build, business to run. So I'm just going to have to shell out some money for the Pisa dash.

Rob


Doc John MSG #107, 03-17-2007 07:25 PM
      You'll be happy with it - I installed their kit along with door panels in my 328. Not too tough to install, but definitely more than a simple one-afternoon job. Allow about 10 hours, give or take.

ferrobi MSG #108, 03-17-2007 08:02 PM
      Amida - how about some custom carbon fiber door panels like this VERY exact F40 Replica. Do you do anything like this.


And the rest of Wolfgang Shultz's car at Carlisle '95




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #109, 03-17-2007 09:44 PM
      Real nice. Did he make his own interior? How many different door styles does the F40 have? This one is different from the one above. It appears to be screwed onto the door frame along the edges which will make things simpler.





ferrobi MSG #110, 03-17-2007 10:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Real nice. Did he make his own interior? How many different door styles does the F40 have? This one is different from the one above. It appears to be screwed onto the door frame along the edges which will make things simpler.



His is a custom door panel on a fiero - good but not great. Your pic is of real F40 door like this one

Above is what i would like to try and do or have someone do.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #111, 03-17-2007 10:34 PM
      Funny, that rudimentary pull cable reminds me of when I used to take the bus to college. Do you have a few more pics of the door? I wonder if the door card is one whole piece. I've been studying a little on CF techniques, pretty high tech stuff that these racers & aerospace companies use.



AquaHusky (david.t.cisneros@gmail.com) MSG #112, 03-17-2007 10:54 PM
      Is it me, or is that front overhang really long?

Edit: I seem to be doing this a lot lately.. But, you said Compomotive makes those wheels? They are one of the best designs I've seen since the Torque Thrust Ds.

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ferrobi MSG #113, 03-18-2007 09:42 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Do you have a few more pics of the door? I wonder if the door card is one whole piece. I've been studying a little on CF techniques, pretty high tech stuff that these racers & aerospace companies use.


I don't have more pictures and I think the door card is one piece. Since the real one has a hollow door - not much inside it - it has the cut out and access to door pull. Now a fiero has all sorts of stuff behind door panels so i'm thinking of making a mold of fiero door skin and then lay one up with carbon fiber. Now i have to clarify that i think the real one is Kevlar material but carbon fiber is fine too. It doesn't have to look just like the real one but a flat piece of CF and interior door handle area (pull + locks) would be nice. Maybe eliminate armrest also.

Rob


FieroWannaBe (patond@alumni.msoe.edu) MSG #114, 03-18-2007 09:43 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Amida - how about some custom carbon fiber door panels like this VERY exact F40 Replica. Do you do anything like this.


And the rest of Wolfgang Shultz's car at Carlisle '95




who makes that kit, that is the best F40 ive seen yet

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ferrobi MSG #115, 03-18-2007 09:46 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by FieroWannaBe:


who makes that kit, that is the best F40 ive seen yet


Yep its exact, but with only 3 built i don't see anyone getting their hands on one.


normsf (normvandermee@sbcglobal.net) MSG #116, 03-18-2007 09:54 AM
      Hello as said before its Wolfgangs car. Its not built to fit on a stock fiero chassis as its lenghten and cut down in the back window area. As far as I know hes out of business nor do I know where the molds are just that he owes me for three rear louvered windows but that was a long time ago. Thanks Norm



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #117, 03-20-2007 03:41 PM
      I've been working with 355 type door panels and it seems that the open panel look of the F40 can be achieved without hollowing out the door. The Fiero door card is normally about 5/8" thick, so if you space it out a little along with adding a slight bow in the card you can create an opening with some visual depth. Lining the inside with a darker CF cloth can also create more visual depth. F40 panels are fastened with external screws so mounting would be simple enough.

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ferrobi MSG #118, 03-21-2007 12:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I've been working with 355 type door panels and it seems that the open panel look of the F40 can be achieved without hollowing out the door. The Fiero door card is normally about 5/8" thick, so if you space it out a little along with adding a slight bow in the card you can create an opening with some visual depth. Lining the inside with a darker CF cloth can also create more visual depth. F40 panels are fastened with external screws so mounting would be simple enough.




Looks good - nice ideas. I suggest you practice on your CF skills so you can make me some.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #119, 03-21-2007 02:42 PM
      I was planning on experimenting with CF. Very expensive stuff. My local supplier had a segment on clearance at $30/yard, but I think I have to buy the whole segment; maybe a few yards. Since the lay of the fabric is so important in clear coated CF parts that I can already tell it'll be tricky working in corners. Most likely will have to use a vacuum bagging system. Hi-tech prepregs actually stick to the moulds which helps lay-up but one thing that I don't have access to is a hi-temp autoclave for curing. Good thing about interior parts is that they're not structural, so epoxy systems are not really necessary. I'll look more into it.

How about a map pocket? Too out of line maybe.




ferrobi MSG #120, 03-21-2007 02:55 PM
      "How about a map pocket? Too out of line maybe."

I think keeping it as simple is possible would be better. I'm starting to think on getting a flat sheet of carbon fiber already finished just like the interior pieces you buy to go around the dash like i have and trimming that to the door dimensions. Tricky part will be top - rest of it really could be just flat. I think - maybe. I gotta see who sells carbon fiber in pre-finished large sheets.

Where there is a will there is a way.

Rob


fourpoint9 (stevenmsimpson@comcast.net) MSG #121, 03-24-2007 11:01 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


Yep its exact, but with only 3 built i don't see anyone getting their hands on one.


Looks like one of them is rotting away in the UAE
http://www.priceofhistoys.c...errari-f40-in-dubai/




Fiero1Fan (fiero1fan@fieros.eu) MSG #122, 03-24-2007 03:13 PM
      I have a question for you. The two hinges at the top of the rear clip that it rotates upward on. Are those bolts with nuts on the end or just pins that inserted. I need to remove the rear clip on one.

ferrobi MSG #123, 03-24-2007 03:54 PM
      Sorry I don't understand you question but unless you have a kit with extended roof like mine you have hinges that are different. Mine are on a roll bar that sits back from rear window.



Fiero1Fan (fiero1fan@fieros.eu) MSG #124, 03-26-2007 04:26 PM
      Thanks any way. This one has 2 hinges with what looks like bolts. I'm just not sure if they are really bolts or just pins that will slide out.

ferrobi MSG #125, 03-27-2007 02:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Doc John:

You'll be happy with it - I installed their kit along with door panels in my 328. Not too tough to install, but definitely more than a simple one-afternoon job. Allow about 10 hours, give or take.


Thank's John for the Pisa stuff you sent me. Looks good and I am going to call them and talk about getting dash.


ferrobi MSG #126, 04-07-2007 12:23 AM
      Getting close to purchasing Pisa Euro Dash but i have a question. The VDO guages that Pisa sells are the Cockpit International Series and the speedometer reads 160mph. Does anybody know if VDO sells a 200 or 220 mph speedo that would also work.





Thank's Rob


Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #127, 04-07-2007 04:43 AM
      I remember there were a couple of Kitcar websites that went over the speedo coversion on Fieros. Look in the Lamborghini section. They even have a step by step to make your own overlays to (in their case) look like Lambo gauges. If I can find the link again I'll post it.

-M


ferrobi MSG #128, 04-07-2007 01:04 PM
      Did some searching and found this. Don't know if its compatible though and who sell this in US.

VDO Vision 100 mm, range: 0-220 mph/330 km/h Part no.: 437-015-009G

VDO Vision speedometers are electronic and fully programmable to match all vehicle setups. Compatible with the vast majority of OEM and aftermarket speed sensors, these speedometers are easy to install and program to suit. The LCD odometer shows Total recorded distance and, by pressing the front mounted rubber button, Trip distance. The Trip odometer counts up 999.9 (miles or kilometres depending on speedometer main unit of scale) and is resetable. The Total odometer can not be reset and will store recorded mileage without the need for a constant voltage supply.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #129, 04-07-2007 03:28 PM
      Rob, I have VDO Vision in my car; 120mph speedo. The pointers illuminate .





Rob
FieroInteriors@juno.com


ferrobi MSG #130, 04-08-2007 03:51 PM
      Speedo-update - seems that the 220mph VDO Vision is only sold in Europe. Now to reasearch who in Europe to get one from.

ferrobi MSG #131, 04-15-2007 10:30 PM
      Playing around with some VDO speedo and tach gauge inlays - Quick first try - I'm going to try other Ferrari fonts and horse colors.

Rob





ferrobi MSG #132, 04-16-2007 06:46 PM
      2nd set of inlays -



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ferrobi MSG #133, 04-19-2007 01:18 AM
      VDO part 3



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Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #134, 04-19-2007 03:15 AM
      Ferrobi, great job on those gauges!!
I'm curious, what software do you use to make those gauge printouts? Photoshop, or Illustrator, or a different one? I would love to redo the gauges for the regular Fiero cluster.



ferrobi MSG #135, 04-19-2007 01:29 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Austrian Import:

Ferrobi, great job on those gauges!!
I'm curious, what software do you use to make those gauge printouts? Photoshop, or Illustrator, or a different one? I would love to redo the gauges for the regular Fiero cluster.


Thank's and I used Microsoft (Paint) version 5.1

Rob


Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #136, 04-20-2007 01:16 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


Thank's and I used Microsoft (Paint) version 5.1

Rob


Cool, that's what I use most of the time. Easy and fast :P

I just can't get smooth circles with paint and Anti-Aliasing.

-M


ferrobi MSG #137, 05-21-2007 11:40 PM
      Having custom dash made - here is some progress to date on it














CoolBlue87GT (coolblue87gt@comcast.net) MSG #138, 05-22-2007 07:59 AM
      This F40 / Fiero was in the 2002 Punta Gorda show






redwhiteandnew (justin.meccia@gmail.com) MSG #139, 05-22-2007 02:08 PM
      Where did you get the slot (gated) shifter? Was that part of the kit or was it separate?

Btw, great job!!


ferrobi MSG #140, 05-22-2007 03:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by redwhiteandnew:

Where did you get the slot (gated) shifter? Was that part of the kit or was it separate?

Btw, great job!!


Got shift plate here http://www.fiero.nl/forum/A...060811-1-048397.html and bought extra's - last 2 are for sale $ 25.00 plus shipping

Rob

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ferrobi MSG #141, 05-22-2007 11:47 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by CoolBlue87GT:

This F40 / Fiero was in the 2002 Punta Gorda show


Saw that one at home depot in Florida 2 years ago - kinda cheesy but if i remember correctly it had a Northstar in it which is nice.

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PaulJK MSG #142, 05-23-2007 03:05 AM
      He even painted the small knob for the driver's mirror adjuster red and white circles on the tail-lights !? I wonder if he has a little dog inside with a bobbing head and eyes that blink with the turn signals . That's a REALLY whacked trim job ......

ferrobi MSG #143, 06-01-2007 07:35 PM
      Here is some pics of instrument panel update - It is looking better then I ever thought it would.







Doc John MSG #144, 06-01-2007 09:44 PM
      That looks great! Can't wait to see the rest of your dash project!



ferrobi MSG #145, 06-01-2007 10:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Doc John:

That looks great! Can't wait to see the rest of your dash project!


Thank's Doc - I will update this every step of the way - By the way how's that LS2 swap treating you?

Rob


Doc John MSG #146, 06-01-2007 11:00 PM
      "Stupid fast." I've driven a lot of cars in my life, including '60's muscle cars - this is the fastest one yet. Right now I'm in the middle of finishing installing aftermarket A/C. About as much fun as a trip to the dentist - except with the dentist you know you're done in about an hour. Two more weeks, minimum........

ferrobi MSG #147, 06-02-2007 05:25 PM
      Second instrument panel configuration - I think I like it a little better - what do you guys think?



wftb (danjesso@bmts.com) MSG #148, 06-02-2007 06:32 PM
      the clusters look great .where did you get the indicator lights ? i could use those to dress up my cluster .all i could get locally are round unmarked ones .

ferrobi MSG #149, 06-02-2007 06:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by wftb:

the clusters look great .where did you get the indicator lights ? i could use those to dress up my cluster .all i could get locally are round unmarked ones .


I am not the one building the dash but i will try to get the designer to post to this thread.

Rob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #150, 06-03-2007 11:57 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by wftb:

the clusters look great .where did you get the indicator lights ? i could use those to dress up my cluster .all i could get locally are round unmarked ones .



Which ones do you need? The indicators are made in my shop. Fits standard 1/2" hole. They are $10 usd/ each.

I have 12 types:

Graphics:

OIL
TEMP
HIGH BEAM
BATTERY
LEFT TURN
RIGHT TURN
FOG LIGHT
SEAT BELT

Text:

DOOR AJAR
AUX
ENGINE
BRAKE


Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA




PaulJK MSG #151, 06-11-2007 06:04 AM
      ferrobi; Wow your gauge layout looks nice. is it for the PISA eurodash ? Would you send me a tracing of the flat panel piece the instruments mount in showing circles where the instruments and indicator lights fit ?

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ferrobi MSG #152, 06-11-2007 08:58 AM
      I am not the one building the dash.


This builder is AMIDA :
Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA


CETICARS MSG #153, 06-11-2007 12:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Amida - how about some custom carbon fiber door panels like this VERY exact F40 Replica. Do you do anything like this.


And the rest of Wolfgang Shultz's car at Carlisle '95




are these F-40 molds laying around Fl. somewhere or is it a one of modified from one of the other kits an who own it now
where can i buy both side skirts rockers with vent quarters (around the doors ) both sides price please

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ferrobi MSG #154, 06-11-2007 05:14 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by CETICARS:


are these F-40 molds laying around Fl. somewhere or is it a one of modified from one of the other kits an who own it now
where can i buy both side skirts rockers with vent quarters (around the doors ) both sides price please



Sorry, but i don't think your going to be able to locate anyone selling the kits anymore.


ferrobi MSG #155, 06-11-2007 08:39 PM
      Thinking of changing my current Momo seats for these Momo Corse seats. Good idea?



PaulJK MSG #156, 06-12-2007 02:18 AM
      Off-hand I'd say "bad idea" only 'cause they aren't adjustable (but they look REALLY cool)

ferrobi MSG #157, 06-12-2007 02:21 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

Off-hand I'd say "bad idea" only 'cause they aren't adjustable (but they look REALLY cool)


My current ones aren't adjustable either. So don't know if that really matters as ones i have now never bothered me.


PaulJK MSG #158, 06-12-2007 05:49 AM
      Then I'd go for it - those seats REALLY look nice

ferrobi MSG #159, 06-12-2007 09:13 PM
      And oooooo the side shot



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #160, 06-12-2007 09:21 PM
      I sat in few MOMO seats last month. Boy-o-boy did my rear ever felt so good in them.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #161, 06-13-2007 12:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Thinking of changing my current Momo seats for these Momo Corse seats. Good idea?




I saw those MOMO seats (several) at a shop in CA. In my case (choptop and on the chunky side) I'm passing on them but maybe you'll like these?





ferrobi MSG #162, 06-13-2007 06:51 PM
      Madcurl - those are nice but I am trying to get as close as possible to real F40 seat look - Gotta be red.





madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #163, 06-13-2007 06:57 PM
      Oh, I see your dilemma. Yeah, the ones I were sitting in are different but they do come in custom one colored styles and the backside are real carbon at $1300 a seat! The chrome plated hareware is the complet package.

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ferrobi MSG #164, 06-13-2007 09:49 PM
      From Amida "Dash making Perfectionist"

I've been working on the switch design prototype for the dash. Attached a couple pics. The original Ferrari switch is on the left. The round recessed area on the prototype is where the new graphics will be placed. I think it should work fine. I'll still need to build a mould & pop out a few copies before I can design the switch panel for it.

Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA








ferrobi MSG #165, 06-22-2007 10:37 PM
      Got Momo Corse's delivered today - I like them a lot. Much better than my current Momo's. Can't gain any weight though as they are a very snug fit. Anyone interested in my other Momo's let me know - $300.00 for both plus shipping.

Rob



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PaulJK MSG #166, 06-22-2007 10:51 PM
      ..

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ferrobi MSG #167, 06-23-2007 12:15 PM
      Me making $ for car.



Erik (hardkandiboi@hotmail.com) MSG #168, 06-23-2007 03:50 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Me making $ for car.

This images is larger than 102400 bytes. Click to view.


dude, buy a scaffold first!


ferrobi MSG #169, 06-23-2007 04:49 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Erik:


dude, buy a scaffold first!


Scaffold? Can't work as fast as i can with setup and takedown of scaffolding. Used them years ago and found i can save more time than you can imagine and make lot more money leaving the scaffold at home.
To keep a wet edge I have no time to mess around with scaffooling.

Rob

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Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #170, 06-23-2007 06:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

To keep a wet edge


Dude, you're gonna wet yourself on the way down.


ferrobi MSG #171, 06-24-2007 02:07 PM
      I know some of you might think that pic of me spraying on the ladders looks dangerous. But in the picture I'm just moving from one ladder to the next one and I have been doing this for so long I don't go down and back up anymore - I just hop to the next one and have one of my employees on the ground move ladders ahead of me. Now about getting wet - The only one that needs to get wet is my friend Ted Batchelor whom I bought my painting company from. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest full-body burn without oxygen. 2 minutes 38 seconds - July 17, 2004

Ted all wrapped up before burn and me the timer.

Getting Hot

Full Burn


ferrobi MSG #172, 07-19-2007 05:04 PM
      Dash update -

Upper dash surface created off of 355 dash mold.


Switches with graphics applied. Very accurate to original F40 switches.


Rob


ferrobi MSG #173, 07-19-2007 09:33 PM
      And instrument cluster lights





PaulJK MSG #174, 07-19-2007 09:57 PM
      Lookin VERY good. I know where you got the instrument lights , but where did you get the switches ? Did you apply the graphics yourself - how ?

ferrobi MSG #175, 07-19-2007 10:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

Lookin VERY good. I know where you got the instrument lights , but where did you get the switches ? Did you apply the graphics yourself - how ?


All the dash update pics are from Amida

Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA


PaulJK MSG #176, 07-19-2007 11:18 PM
      That explains it . He does terrific work ...

RandomTask (jguer003@odu.edu) MSG #177, 07-20-2007 11:05 AM
     
 
quote
Hello as said before its Wolfgangs car. Its not built to fit on a stock fiero chassis as its lenghten and cut down in the back window area. As far as I know hes out of business nor do I know where the molds are just that he owes me for three rear louvered windows but that was a long time ago. Thanks Norm


From what I understand, Wolfgang made molds for the F40 and the 308. His molds were so close that Ferrari themselves had their lawyers go after him. In a deal of some sort, they had to crush the molds.


ferrobi MSG #178, 07-22-2007 09:01 PM
      Here is a different F40 replica



InTheLead MSG #179, 07-23-2007 02:18 AM
      It's the ones who get careless who end up in wheel chairs

J/K

I love your work I put this on my favs can't believe I missed this thread before.


JoshF-40 (joshuah@wavonline.com) MSG #180, 07-23-2007 11:18 AM
      First and foremost Bob, great job on the build, the F-40 replica looks very convincing. I am in year 2 of my build and have reached a financial restriction forcing me to sell. I stumbled upon your build a week or so ago in my never ending search for others like myself. I have done many custom modifications that really add to the authentic look of the F-40. I have removed the rear trunk area re-welding with sheets of steel to recreate an authentic rear end also installing a custom rear strut tower bar that looks like the one on the real F-40. Also I have created rear windows instead of the side sills that are painted black to give the appearance of a tinted window. All panels are installed with the exception of the rear bumper which I can install if needed. The car is based off of a 1986 Fiero V-6 chassis. I have many upgrades which include: 1992 corvette motor, V-8 Archie install kit with many of the upgrades, electric water pump, upgraded starter, oil relocation kit, urethane cradle mounts, new wiring harness, urethane transmission mounts, upgraded high flow fuel pump, Archie 4 core radiator, headers, MSG ignition cables, new NGK plugs, and shifter cables. The engine, transmission, cradle, and engine bay have been painted in black 3+ coats; with the valve covers in red. The motor is installed on cradle and is in the car ready to run. The suspension has been upgraded to koni shocks & struts, lowered front end and adjustable coilovers in rear. The wheels are manufactured by Compomitive which measure rear 17x13 rear and 17x8 in front which is true to the real F-40. The rubber that surrounds the wheels is the Michelin MXX series which was included on the original F-40s 235x45x17 front and 335x35x17 in the rear. Additionally I have in the interior a replica fiberglass dashboard and a Momo leather steering wheel with OEM Ferrari horn button and two Sablet 3inch 5 point harnesses. I also have many OEM Ferrari parts that I can include in the purchase. I have the OEM F-40 muffler, OEM F-40 clutch and brake pedals, OEM rear tail lights (red and the amber), OEM emblems for noise, rear script, and the "designed by". Also I have the replica metal shields, and carbon fiber F-1 mirrors. I think that about sums this up. If you guys are interested please email me or call me for pricing, Pictures, and additional details. JHover83@yahoo.com - (630) 802-1313.
~Joshua Hover

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PaulJK MSG #181, 07-23-2007 11:30 AM
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ferrobi MSG #182, 07-25-2007 04:15 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by JoshF-40:

If you guys are interested please email me or call me for pricing, Pictures, and additional details. JHover83@yahoo.com - (630) 802-1313.
~Joshua Hover











Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #183, 08-04-2007 11:26 PM
      Do you live in like Montgomery? Near Camaro Cadillac(ish)

ferrobi MSG #184, 08-05-2007 07:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Mr.PBody:

Do you live in like Montgomery? Near Camaro Cadillac(ish)


Huh - Near Camaro Cadillac(ish) ?


ferrobi MSG #185, 08-09-2007 08:39 PM
      Dash is now being mocked up.

Some pics of Rob's progress



Rob


ferrobi MSG #186, 08-10-2007 07:22 PM
      I was so glad to come home today and see my two new rear tires. I tried a different tire company (TireSavings.com). I used to always use Tirerack but was able to get these about $ 25.00 cheaper per tire as compared to Tirerack. They are also different from my old rear Michelin Pilot Sports. These are Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's 335/35/17 that are supposed to be a little better on wear and little less road noise. Here are some pics - Gotta love the width.

Rob






Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #187, 08-10-2007 10:07 PM
      I meant kind of in that general direction. Do you even live Cincy? I just ask because near montgomery road there is a red F40 that looks alot like yours.

ferrobi MSG #188, 08-10-2007 11:07 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Mr.PBody:

I meant kind of in that general direction. Do you even live Cincy? I just ask because near montgomery road there is a red F40 that looks alot like yours.


That must be another F40 replica.


ferrobi MSG #189, 08-13-2007 05:14 PM
      More dash progress pics.





ferrobi MSG #190, 08-13-2007 09:15 PM
      Real F40 Dash for some comparison


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ferrobi MSG #191, 09-04-2007 05:09 PM
      More dash mockup pics -





HTXtremes (hybridtheoryxtremes@yahoo.com) MSG #192, 10-01-2007 05:17 PM
      Lookin great keep up the good work!! How much you want for a blank shell of your dash? LOL

Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #193, 10-01-2007 08:06 PM
      Pfieffer (sp?) Road is what I meant. You mentioned you are a painter and I see a painters van there often (yeah I am stalking you lol), but there is also a Testarossa replica there, and you never mentioned you had one. Good work on the dash, it looks dead on.

ferrobi MSG #194, 10-01-2007 08:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HTXtremes:

How much you want for a blank shell of your dash? LOL


Rob is dash maker - fierointeriors@juno.com is who you should contact.


ferrobi MSG #195, 10-01-2007 09:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Mr.PBody:

Pfieffer (sp?) Road is what I meant. You mentioned you are a painter and I see a painters van there often (yeah I am stalking you lol), but there is also a Testarossa replica there, and you never mentioned you had one. Good work on the dash, it looks dead on.


Sorry I don't live in Cincinnatti


whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #196, 10-02-2007 07:42 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


Rob is dash maker - fierointeriors@juno.com is who you should contact.


Yes, yes. To Rob you go to. Powerful dashmaker is he. Powerful dashmaker. I have his 355 dash sitting at home right now awaiting installation once I finish everything else on the car. I've never seen it's equal.



HTXtremes (hybridtheoryxtremes@yahoo.com) MSG #197, 10-04-2007 07:19 PM
      bump for updates!



ferrobi MSG #198, 10-17-2007 08:05 PM
      No updates till this weekend on dash - But took her out tonight and decided to take some pics of parking lights in dark





HTXtremes (hybridtheoryxtremes@yahoo.com) MSG #199, 10-21-2007 11:29 PM
      What are you using for driving lights on your car?



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #200, 10-21-2007 11:37 PM
      Went to a car show today and saw a pair of real F40s.

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/067545.html

Man were they sweet ! Talked to one of the owners for a good bit and he told me the think drives like it is on rails !

The massive 13" wide wheels were really impressive.

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ferrobi MSG #201, 10-22-2007 06:14 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HTXtremes:

What are you using for driving lights on your car?



Which lights are you talking about - Pop up driving lights or fog lights or parking lights?


ferrobi MSG #202, 10-22-2007 06:17 PM
      Rob sent me an update - "Over the weekend I was able to smooth out the top surface and start shaping the pocket for the instrument panel. The pocket also doubles as the center steering column mount where the old Fiero cluster used to attach. During the trimming process the fiberglass will be cut away to allow access to wiring & windshield mounts. I wish that I could use a DA for sanding but my 30 gallon compressor doesn't have the air capacity to run it so I'm using alot of elbow grease"



HTXtremes (hybridtheoryxtremes@yahoo.com) MSG #203, 10-22-2007 09:52 PM
      I was talking about the fog lights and turn signals. They look really good!



ferrobi MSG #204, 10-22-2007 11:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HTXtremes:

I was talking about the fog lights and turn signals. They look really good!



Turn signals are modified (Cut) fiero turn signals and I don't remember what fog lights are but I will check. They are modified from the original installation from Archie - I took off clear glass lens covers and mounted them on the inside of the driving light buckets. The light and housing is then on the outside of the rear of bucket and is adjustable for direction.


ferrobi MSG #205, 10-29-2007 05:32 PM
      More dash update pics -




Doc John MSG #206, 10-29-2007 06:22 PM
      Is Rob going to upholster the dash for you?

Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #207, 10-29-2007 06:26 PM
      Alright I am going to ask the dumb question... Are you re-doing the already done V6 F40, or is this interior for the primer V8 F40? I got mixed up/didn't read all 6 pages.

ferrobi MSG #208, 10-29-2007 06:54 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Doc John:

Is Rob going to upholster the dash for you?


Yes I am going to have him upholster it for me also - We still haven't decided if it will be the grayish floc stuff like the original or something smoother like leather or vinyl. I'm leaning towards leather or vinyl in black - much easier to clean. It is going to be mated to his super nice 355 center console and Riceburner's replica HVAC control panel.


ferrobi MSG #209, 10-29-2007 07:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Mr.PBody:

Alright I am going to ask the dumb question... Are you re-doing the already done V6 F40, or is this interior for the primer V8 F40? I got mixed up/didn't read all 6 pages.


Re-doing the already done V6 F40 - the other F40 in primer is not mine.


ferrobi MSG #210, 12-01-2007 01:38 PM
      Here's a few shots of the instrument pod model before tooling.





madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #211, 12-01-2007 01:54 PM
      Nice.

PaulJK MSG #212, 12-02-2007 02:11 AM
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ferrobi MSG #213, 12-02-2007 11:40 AM
      Rob and I have not discussed what we are going to cover dash with yet but that pod is not covered yet - we might do a pod in carbon fiber and rest of dash upholstered. Not to worried about reflections of pod cover if he does one in carbon fiber.

Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #214, 12-02-2007 11:54 AM
      Very nice job, can't wait to see it finished.

Archie


ferrobi MSG #215, 12-03-2007 09:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:

Very nice job, can't wait to see it finished.

Archie


I will post progress as usual here but you'll also see it first hand when it's in your shop for the LS2 swap.


Doc John MSG #216, 12-03-2007 09:35 PM
      Rumor has it that the LS2 is a pretty good engine in a Fiero/Ferrari.

ferrobi MSG #217, 12-03-2007 09:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Doc John:

Rumor has it that the LS2 is a pretty good engine in a Fiero/Ferrari.


How's that going for you Doc?


Doc John MSG #218, 12-03-2007 09:42 PM
      Love it. Be prepared for your car to have a whole new personality after the swap. Are you getting the 6 speed too?


ferrobi MSG #219, 12-03-2007 09:44 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Doc John:

Are you getting the 6 speed too?


If I find another $ 5,000 in my wallet I would like to.


Doc John MSG #220, 12-03-2007 09:57 PM
      Heck, with this motor you only need about three gears anyway.

ferrobi MSG #221, 12-05-2007 09:53 PM
      Here's some shots today of the tooling being moulded onto the instrument pod.

Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA





This is going to be one nice dash - Rob at Fiero Interior Conversions is AMAZING

Rob


PaulJK MSG #222, 12-06-2007 01:10 AM
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ferrobi MSG #223, 12-06-2007 08:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

You are FAR better off letting Rob do the upholstery work too.


You know it! His work is as good or better than many automotive companies.

To see a multi page thread on his work over at Kitcarsforum click below - you might have to register to see pictures

http://www.kitcarsforum.com...version-t7546.0.html




PaulJK MSG #224, 12-08-2007 03:35 AM
      Lookin good . Is Amida gonna be oferring the F40 dashes in addition to the F355 interior ?

Also, is Amida fabricating door panels and console to match the F40 dash ?


ferrobi MSG #225, 12-08-2007 07:20 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

Lookin good . Is Amida gonna be oferring the F40 dashes in addition to the F355 interior ?

Also, is Amida fabricating door panels and console to match the F40 dash ?


I can't speak for him but I will ask him to post here. I'm going to use his F355 console with Riceburner's HVAC

Door panels are still in debate.

Rob


PaulJK MSG #226, 12-08-2007 02:35 PM
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #227, 12-10-2007 11:55 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

Lookin good . Is Amida gonna be oferring the F40 dashes in addition to the F355 interior ?

Also, is Amida fabricating door panels and console to match the F40 dash ?


Once I get the tooling completed I can fab dashes for other projects as well. Also I could modify my existing 355 door base panels for th F40; the design looks pretty simple .
x




PaulJK MSG #228, 12-10-2007 09:25 PM
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PaulJK MSG #229, 12-10-2007 09:42 PM
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Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #230, 12-11-2007 02:11 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

Volvo



Love that interior. Have to say that I thought about adapting it to a Fiero. Love the "floating" dash.
Love the color scheme too..

-M


ferrobi MSG #231, 12-11-2007 10:09 PM
      I just pulled a demo piece out of the new pod mould. It came out pretty nice. Later it will be bonded to the inner surface that has the mounting tabs for the instrument panel. I think I'll cover it with some black leather .

Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA







ferrobi MSG #232, 12-17-2007 11:55 AM
      Working out upholstery pattern & proceedures on this new demo pod with some scrap leather that I had laying around. I think I got it figured out.






Torch-Red87 (mesias2000@hotmail.de) MSG #233, 12-17-2007 03:59 PM
      GREAT JOB !!!!!!!. Even Enzo did it not better ......

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #234, 12-17-2007 04:53 PM
      Very nice work.

Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #235, 12-17-2007 04:56 PM
      Amida is amazing

ferrobi MSG #236, 12-18-2007 08:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Torch-Red87:

GREAT JOB !!!!!!!. Even Enzo did it not better ......


 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Very nice work.


 
quote
Originally posted by Mr.PBody:

Amida is amazing


Thank's for the comments - Rob "Amida" is truly gifted. I have seen his other upholstery and it is amazing.
I think the red stiching will be black though. Any comments ?

More to come - Rob


fourpoint9 (stevenmsimpson@comcast.net) MSG #237, 12-18-2007 09:29 PM
      You should make it look like the real thing. What do you think it's covered with?


ferrobi MSG #238, 12-18-2007 10:11 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fourpoint9:

You should make it look like the real thing. What do you think it's covered with?


Amida found original material and it is Very expensive. I like the look of leather a little better than original dash felt stuff but I might change my mind and go the original route. It would be nice to find some material similar to original stuff but without the big $$$.

Rob


Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #239, 12-18-2007 10:37 PM
      Lets be honest though, how many people will go "uhm excuse you this is not original style fabric" let alone how many people will actually know what the real car looks like inside.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #240, 01-03-2008 11:43 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fourpoint9:

You should make it look like the real thing. What do you think it's covered with?


I once wore a grey suit made from wool that looked like that. Maybe that dash was covered by Armani .



ferrobi MSG #241, 01-06-2008 12:02 PM
      Hi Rob,

HappyNewyear! Did some 355 work for a few days, now I'm back on the F40. Mocked up the gauge trio & stereo with some scrap upholstery to see how it looks. I think I'll space out the gauges another 1/8" & make the holes a little smaller. Get your new seats fitted?

Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA



Haven't fitted new seats yet. Passengers with hips (girlfriend Christina) will be a very snug fit. ????
They fit me tight and I am going to see if I can bend out sides on passenger seat a little.



Doc John MSG #242, 01-06-2008 12:35 PM
      I like how the gauges are slightly angled towards the driver. Think you'll have it done in time for Carlisle?



Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #243, 01-06-2008 12:50 PM
      Are you going to turbo this V6 or is that guage static?

Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #244, 01-06-2008 03:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


Amida found original material and it is Very expensive. I like the look of leather a little better than original dash felt stuff but I might change my mind and go the original route. It would be nice to find some material similar to original stuff but without the big $$$.

Rob


How about Alcantara/Ultrasuede/Microsuede?

Softer than the felt, looks very similiar, and looks very classy. Not to mention most modern limited edition exotics use it. Alcantara Suede is very much in style now (i.e.: Lambo Reventon, Lambo Gallardo Ultraleggera, I think the Aston Martin DBS and Ferrari FFX, too, not sure about the last two) (even the real cars use Alcantara (or various brand names of it), as real Suede wears too easy.)

Btw. Amida.. This looks absolutely awesome!!!!
So jealous.

If I could afford it, I'd love to commission a Lambo Reventon, or Lambo Gallardo Ultraleggera, or Aston Martin DBS interior.
Those cars are just to die for.

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ferrobi MSG #245, 01-06-2008 05:26 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Doc John:

Think you'll have it done in time for Carlisle?


That depends on when it gets done and if I get it installed in time and weather I can find a way to transport it there.



ferrobi MSG #246, 01-07-2008 03:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Mr.PBody:

Are you going to turbo this V6 or is that guage static?


Just for show - we haven't talked about the guages I will get and their placement but I won't have a turbo.

Rob

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PaulJK MSG #247, 01-08-2008 09:55 PM
      just a small note to draw your attention to the guage face I have on eBay that you might be interested in

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymot...em&item=150203902042

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #248, 01-09-2008 08:45 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Austrian Import:


How about Alcantara/Ultrasuede/Microsuede?

Softer than the felt, looks very similiar, and looks very classy. Not to mention most modern limited edition exotics use it. Alcantara Suede is very much in style now (i.e.: Lambo Reventon, Lambo Gallardo Ultraleggera, I think the Aston Martin DBS and Ferrari FFX, too, not sure about the last two) (even the real cars use Alcantara (or various brand names of it), as real Suede wears too easy.)

Btw. Amida.. This looks absolutely awesome!!!!
So jealous.

If I could afford it, I'd love to commission a Lambo Reventon, or Lambo Gallardo Ultraleggera, or Aston Martin DBS interior.
Those cars are just to die for.



Yes, I thought I'd try charcoal suede on the first test piece after I get the tooling made which it won't be long now. Thanks.



Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #249, 01-09-2008 02:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


Yes, I thought I'd try charcoal suede on the first test piece after I get the tooling made which it won't be long now. Thanks.


Alcantara/Micro-suede, or real cow hide? Can't wait to see pictures in either case.

-M


ferrobi MSG #250, 01-17-2008 09:07 AM
      Here are shots of the final mockup before tooling. Reduced the hole size for the gauge trio & some edges have been radiused. The height of the fuel tunnel makes it a little tight under the dash for the heater vents. The console can either be cut shorter/ angled down at a steeper angle, or the vents can be tucked under the dash slightly.





ferrobi MSG #251, 02-02-2008 06:48 PM
      Hi Rob,

Here's a couple of shots of your instrument pod that I fabricated using a layer of carbon fiber & clear gelcoat.

My first impression is that the gelcoat is not as clear as I thought it would be. It is slightly milky , and even though I vacuum bagged it during curing there are still small air bubbles underneath the gelcoat. This one should be upholstered. With one layer of carbon & glass it's a very stiff piece, however. I wish I had the facility & equipment to do dry carbon work.

Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA





Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #252, 02-02-2008 09:16 PM
      Screw quality, that looks awesome, put it on!

ferrobi MSG #253, 02-07-2008 04:14 PM
      Amida doesn't give up - I am amazed at what he can do - AWESOME

" Attached photos of a new pod that I did in carbon but without the gelcoat. I sprayed it with alcohol to hide the dust from sanding. I think it looks alot better, but will need to be sprayed with a clearcoat paint later. We can use this for your dash if you want the CF look in place of the upholstery."

Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA







ferrobi MSG #254, 02-07-2008 11:11 PM
      Found VDO 220 MPH speedo here in states.

http://store.summitracing.c...arch&DDS=1&N=700+115



Inlays for speedo and tach





ferrobi MSG #255, 02-14-2008 04:15 PM
      New pics -






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Torch-Red87 (mesias2000@hotmail.de) MSG #256, 02-14-2008 05:13 PM
      Enzo would be getting red if he could still life for this gigantick work quality thats far out !!!!!!!!

ferrobi MSG #257, 02-14-2008 06:09 PM
      More






HTXtremes (hybridtheoryxtremes@yahoo.com) MSG #258, 02-21-2008 10:23 PM
      Lookin great! Wish mine was half that far along.



ferrobi MSG #259, 02-21-2008 10:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HTXtremes:

Lookin great! Wish mine was half that far along.



Thank's - yours looks like it's coming along nicely. Like the stretch. I can't wait till my replica dash is done.



Erik (hardkandiboi@hotmail.com) MSG #260, 02-22-2008 02:36 AM
      wow .........

Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #261, 03-20-2008 03:38 PM
      Wow!!!

Also, great job Amida!! that CF looks awesome. (and it's not the easiest material to work with.)


ferrobi MSG #262, 03-31-2008 06:48 PM
      Great to hear that Rob has completed his new bumper design and will start back on some interior work.

From Amida (Rob) -

"Designwork on this project is now complete. I didn't plan for it to take this long, but it's done now & I'm switching mental gears back to interior work including your F40. I think I understand now why John at AD doesn't do 360 bumpers; it's ALOT of work."


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PaulJK MSG #263, 04-01-2008 04:37 AM
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ferrobi MSG #264, 05-07-2008 10:51 PM
      Got update from Amida today - he sure is doing a great job - All I can say is WOW

"Hi Rob,

Here are some shots from today of the Fi40 dash model getting primed. If you can see it the dash is actually arched on both the top & front surfaces & even the bottom edge as well. I noticed that feature on the F40 at last season's car show.

Are you thinking of going with black vinyl or leather? Or something like Ultra suede?"

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA







ferrobi MSG #265, 05-10-2008 09:15 PM
      Progress





ferrobi MSG #266, 05-16-2008 09:53 PM
      Got some samples today for interior upholstery. I think the Granite Suede is pretty close to original look. But I don't know if I will like it against my black carpet. Should I just keep it all black and go with Black Leather?

Rob



fourpoint9 (stevenmsimpson@comcast.net) MSG #267, 05-16-2008 11:34 PM
      I think it would look good suede if the center console was the same material



ferrobi MSG #268, 05-29-2008 11:47 PM
      Decided to go with Granite suede color for dash and console - close to original dash material.

fierogt17 (chadandersen@hotmail.com) MSG #269, 06-01-2008 07:59 PM
      look who I spotted in grand theft auto san andreas


ferrobi MSG #270, 06-11-2008 09:22 PM
      Amida got the suede material in - I like it






HI-TECH (centralvalley606@yahoo.com) MSG #271, 06-11-2008 10:13 PM
      i envy you sir. i envy you to the point where i hate you... i hate you soo damn much.

ferrobi MSG #272, 06-12-2008 06:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HI-TECH:

i envy you sir. i envy you to the point where i hate you... i hate you soo damn much.


What?


avengador1 (avengador1@aol.com) MSG #273, 06-12-2008 07:13 PM
      Just give him the car and he will love you.

Fieromaineac (fieromaineac@aol.com) MSG #274, 06-17-2008 10:04 AM
      Rob,

I was searching for ideas for my F40 project and came across your's. I read you are looking for door panel ideas. If you are interested I have pictures of an F40 replica with very realistic functioning door panels. I also have photos to share of my engine compartment which has fooled a few (non F40) Ferrari owners. If interested send me an email using address in membership list.

Dana


ferrobi MSG #275, 06-18-2008 11:55 PM
      Amida's plugcoat and dash plug progress




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #276, 06-19-2008 10:55 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Got some samples today for interior upholstery. I think the Granite Suede is pretty close to original look. But I don't know if I will like it against my black carpet. Should I just keep it all black and go with Black Leather?

Rob



Black carpet will blend with anything. If it's old & showing wear It'll be a good idea to replace it.



ferrobi MSG #277, 06-19-2008 10:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


Black carpet will blend with anything. If it's old & showing wear It'll be a good idea to replace it.


Carpet is new aftermarket black and I think it is going to look great with the Granite Suede.



ferrobi MSG #278, 06-19-2008 11:20 PM
      I ordered the VDO Vision 220 mph speedo today and should have it by 7-12


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ferrobi MSG #279, 07-02-2008 04:53 PM
      Test fitting the dash -




ferrobi MSG #280, 07-15-2008 05:03 PM
      VDO 220 MPH Speedo arrived today - only took a month to get.


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ferrobi MSG #281, 07-20-2008 09:37 PM
      Amida had to add some core material to make dash more rigid.




ferrobi MSG #282, 09-10-2008 04:30 PM
      Working on the air duct tooling. The 355 duct doesn't fit too well with the new dash, so I'm re-shaping a new one that will connect better to the lower trio.

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA





ferrobi MSG #283, 09-10-2008 10:38 PM
      I'll be doing a prototype dash first to work out fitting & other issues that may pop up. Yours will be #002. The foam core really stiffened it up. I'll probably install the prototype in the Fiero & give it a road test.

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA



3.6lvvt6spdgt MSG #284, 09-30-2008 11:00 PM
      this is awsome any updates?
also who make the f40 kit? does any one still make it?


98Vette98 (bigsexy181971@aol.com) MSG #285, 10-01-2008 08:30 AM
      VERY NICE, I would love to get into something like that. I bet you don't get to just stop somewhere without having people want to know more about the car.

Great looking ride.


ferrobi MSG #286, 10-01-2008 04:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 3.6lvvt6spdgt:

this is awsome any updates?
also who make the f40 kit? does any one still make it?



Thank's - no updates yet on dash - don't know who makes F40 kits anymore but mine was made by American Fiberbodies Int. now out of business


ferrobi MSG #287, 10-01-2008 04:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 98Vette98:

VERY NICE, I would love to get into something like that. I bet you don't get to just stop somewhere without having people want to know more about the car.

Great looking ride.


Thank's - and yes it does draw some attention when I take her out.



ferrobi MSG #288, 10-01-2008 09:36 PM
      Just got an update from Rob,

Got the plugs made for the new heater duct. I ended up having to totally re-design the 355 duct to make it work in the new dash. It's probably over-doing it since I could have just made it out of tubes & hoses, but It'll probably save time in the long run, and it looks factory too.

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA



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ferrobi MSG #289, 10-02-2008 05:17 PM
      Been thinking about painting the F40 black some day - any thoughts?



Halcyon (halcyonnn@aol.com) MSG #290, 10-02-2008 06:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Been thinking about painting the F40 black some day - any thoughts?



I don't know. It would still look verry nice. And nothing shines like a perfect black paint job. The hesitation on my part is due to the fact that I dreamed of owning a red F40 as a kid. I have to believe many guys had that same dream. And seeing your awsome red F40 really brings back that feeling of amazement seeing these from my childhood. I don't think the black would convey those same feelings to all of the guys who get to live their child hood dream vicariously (sp?) through seeing your car.

LOL but it is your car. Go with what makes you feel good.


ferrobi MSG #291, 10-10-2008 03:52 AM
      Hi Rob,

Got the tooling done this week for the heater ducts. Will send another update tomorrow of your actual ductwork w/ a cool added feature.

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA



ferrobi MSG #292, 10-10-2008 05:13 PM
      Carbon Fiber!

This is your new heater duct. Pretty cool huh? Actually, I just needed some CF practice; it's not perfect, but good enought for a heater duct. It's very time consuming when doing vacuum bagging, so I will only offer it as an option.

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA





This guy needs some sort of AWARD !!!!!!!

Rob


3.6lvvt6spdgt MSG #293, 10-11-2008 10:36 PM
      i need help identifying this f40 please help
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/072998.html


steve308 MSG #294, 10-12-2008 09:43 AM
      Ferrari = RED

ferrobi MSG #295, 10-24-2008 12:43 PM
      Hi Rob,

Working on the model for the gauge trio cups. It was a little tricky getting the angles & depth set correctly; had to redo it about 3 or 4 times. The gauges not only have to point to the driver, but they're also aimed upward as well, and on top of that the cups are conical in shape. I think I'll go with the setting seen in the photos with the prototype dash, it's close enough.

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA






whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #296, 10-24-2008 12:56 PM
      where did you get the carbon fiber? I need some.

ferrobi MSG #297, 10-24-2008 01:07 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

where did you get the carbon fiber? I need some.


Rob (Amida) is making the dash

fierointeriors@juno.com



whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #298, 10-24-2008 01:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:
Rob (Amida) is making the dash

fierointeriors@juno.com


thanks! he does great work!


ferrobi MSG #299, 10-30-2008 10:19 PM
      More dash progress



ferrobi MSG #300, 11-06-2008 02:43 AM
      Rob,

Here's a couple shots of the gauge trio model which I'm nearly finished shaping. It's a small piece but very complex in shape. I haven't counted the hours but by the time the silicon mould is done for this I'll probably have at least 40 labor hours in it plus $150 in materials. I sure hope that I'll be making a few more Fi40 dashes to spread the R&D.

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA





vinny (jph15@msstate.edu) MSG #301, 11-06-2008 08:55 AM
      The taillights you have on the car. Are they real Ferrari or replica? Where can you purchase these if there replicas?

Vinny


Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #302, 11-06-2008 01:31 PM
      Please don´t paint your replica black.. it will look like the batmobile and i´m talking about the one from the sixties.. F40 = red



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #303, 11-07-2008 07:40 AM
      Ruby red.
.


ferrobi MSG #304, 11-07-2008 11:46 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by vinny:

The taillights you have on the car. Are they real Ferrari or replica? Where can you purchase these if there replicas?

Vinny


Mine are original but this guy makes nice replica ones. Though he does not list them on ebay he has on kitcarforum.

http://stores.ebay.com/EVMotorsports



vinny (jph15@msstate.edu) MSG #305, 11-07-2008 05:11 PM
      I looked in his store but he had none. I found a very nice F40 replica on the net (I will post a link to it if I can find it) using a longitudinal engine/trans combo. His lights were Fiat sourced and they looked very similar to yours. I dug around on Ebay and of course the only ones I could find cost more than most whole Fiata are worth LOL.

Vinny


ferrobi MSG #306, 11-07-2008 06:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by vinny:

I looked in his store but he had none. I found a very nice F40 replica on the net (I will post a link to it if I can find it) using a longitudinal engine/trans combo. His lights were Fiat sourced and they looked very similar to yours. I dug around on Ebay and of course the only ones I could find cost more than most whole Fiata are worth LOL.

Vinny


As I said he does not list them on ebay but ask him a question through one of his ebay products regarding the replica rear tail lights and i'm sure he will tell you more.



ferrobi MSG #307, 11-10-2008 10:35 PM
      Riceburner got my HVAC control panel done



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #308, 11-11-2008 01:56 PM
      2008 F1 red.



3.6lvvt6spdgt MSG #309, 12-13-2008 09:32 PM
      wow i love this build. my friend and i are working on his F40 here in oregon who did the dash for you? feel free to pm me

ferrobi MSG #310, 12-14-2008 12:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:
Rob (Amida) is making the dash

fierointeriors@juno.com




Erik (hardkandiboi@hotmail.com) MSG #311, 12-14-2008 04:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

2008 F1 red.



You need that engine it your car


ferrobi MSG #312, 12-31-2008 10:59 AM
      Hi Rob,

We're just thawing out from our worst winter storm in 40 years. It got so cold that my air tools would ice up after only 5 minutes of use. I was able to work on the upholstery patterns for the new dash over the weekend and start figuring out the assembly of the prototype. I covered the prototype with foam + suede headliner material. It's easy to use because it stretches, but it's a very thin fabric and a shade lighter than the material that I got for your dash. I lined the gauge trio cups like on the F40; I think it looks pretty good so far. I'm still working on the light switch bezel. Attached a few pics from today. I'll take a few more shots when I get the prototype mounted in the chassis.

Happy Holidays!

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA







PaulJK MSG #313, 01-01-2009 11:35 PM
      Nice.

Hey Rob, do you have a source for the alcantara material ? I'd like to get enough in black to do the top of my euro-dash but can't find any around here. Is it THAT much different from UV-treated suede ?


ferrobi MSG #314, 01-07-2009 05:15 PM
      Getting close



ferrobi MSG #315, 01-10-2009 05:48 PM
      Few more with carbon fiber hood






ferrobi MSG #316, 01-10-2009 05:57 PM
      Wow - I can't believe Rob started with this and has come so far and done such great work - truly the best IMO


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ferrobi MSG #317, 01-15-2009 02:29 PM
      Here's a couple shots of what I came up with for the defrosters. It's a clay model for the new defrost duct which feeds off of the stock fiero duct at the base of the windshield and re-directs the air flow to the two round top vents. It'll be another moulded fiberglass piece which will attach to the inside of the dash and then the heater duct, for the lower trio, will attach to it. The dash should install in one piece if I designed it right.

Rob

FieroInteriors@juno.com









ferrobi MSG #318, 01-19-2009 10:18 PM
      Nice!!!!!



ferrobi MSG #319, 01-25-2009 08:49 AM
      Saw this nice F40 replica on cragslist in Canada for sale a month or so ago - one of the most accurate i have seen yet. Think it sold for around 20K.

Rob






ferrobi MSG #320, 01-30-2009 11:51 PM
      I bought 2 aircraft fuel fillers (F-16's) that i will put on my car in the future
Rob


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Erik (hardkandiboi@hotmail.com) MSG #321, 01-31-2009 01:32 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

I bought 2 aircraft fuel fillers (F-16's) that i will put on my car in the future - they retail for $1,844.50 ea. If anyone is interested in getting some let me know - outside diameter is 5.5". Price $ 150.00 ea brand new

Rob




What is the diameter of the flange? Would it fit within the stock Fiero gas cap housing?


ferrobi MSG #322, 01-31-2009 07:19 AM
      I have not received them yet but when I do I will get dimensions and more pics. The inner (Red) cap is 4 inches in diameter. I am planning on cutting down filler neck and part of gas cap and mounting flush to my kits body. I will then remove cap and still have my fiero cap underneath. Possibly. It will require work to adapt it to a fiero.

ferrobi MSG #323, 01-31-2009 01:17 PM
      2 more - I will post more when I get it delivered.




ferrobi MSG #324, 02-05-2009 05:08 PM
      I got the 2 aircraft fuel fillers today - they are gonna be great - only thing that was bad was the plastic cord that goes from cap to filler was so dry it cracked and broke but i won't be using that cord anyways.








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ferrobi MSG #325, 02-07-2009 08:53 AM
      A black F40 still would be cool



PaulJK MSG #326, 02-13-2009 03:09 AM
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PaulJK MSG #327, 02-13-2009 03:15 AM
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ferrobi MSG #328, 02-14-2009 06:28 PM
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ferrobi MSG #329, 03-13-2009 02:54 PM
      Few console assembly shots - it is shortened 3 inches due to 3 vents under dash






ferrobi MSG #330, 03-14-2009 09:22 AM
      Test fitting -







couldahadaV8 MSG #331, 03-16-2009 06:57 PM
      I really like those toggle switches. Are they Ferrari OEM? And would you know where to buy them (other than a Ferrari dealer if they are original equipment)?

Rick


ferrobi MSG #332, 03-16-2009 07:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by couldahadaV8:

I really like those toggle switches. Are they Ferrari OEM? And would you know where to buy them (other than a Ferrari dealer if they are original equipment)?

Rick


Rob is the one to ask at

FieroInteriors@comcast.net


ferrobi MSG #333, 03-19-2009 05:47 PM
      Computer cover + door =





ferrobi MSG #334, 04-06-2009 09:21 PM
      Hi Rob,

Here are some upholstery shots of your console. The granite 'ultra' suede looks great.

Thanks,

Rob
FieroVation
FieroInteriors









No -THANK YOU Rob

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Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #335, 04-10-2009 12:35 AM
      Amida, this looks awesome!!!

Must be even better in person because microsuede/alcantara doesn't photograph well.

How soft is the material to the touch?


Erik (hardkandiboi@hotmail.com) MSG #336, 04-10-2009 03:02 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


FieroInteriors







Gotta love the melding of Fiero style with Ferrari style


SouthernGT (southernconfusion@yahoo.com) MSG #337, 04-18-2009 09:56 PM
      WOW!!!!!

I just found this thread, and I'm blown away. That's some AWESOME work going into this project. I can only dream of any of that being done to my ride. But, everyone has a dream, right? Does give me plenty of ideas, though, if and when the time comes.



Tony Kania MSG #338, 04-18-2009 10:12 PM
      The work going on here looks to be phenominal! I am just not digging the drivers seat cover at this time.



ferrobi MSG #339, 05-10-2009 08:31 PM
      Not alot to update on but dash is coming along (soon to be done), I spent weekend cleaning garage, washing Ferrobi, playing with new center caps, and put on my nice but pricey original F40 car cover from ebay.





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DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #340, 05-10-2009 08:54 PM
      I am digging the hammock!! I have always been a big fan of your garage.

IMSA GT (drumwzrd@comcast.net) MSG #341, 05-10-2009 10:06 PM
      It goes to show how accurate your replica is. The car cover fits perfectly.

ferrobi MSG #342, 05-11-2009 07:02 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by IMSA GT:

It goes to show how accurate your replica is. The car cover fits perfectly.


Well not exactly - the front is longer so it will not go over front lip and chin spoiler

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #343, 05-11-2009 04:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

I bought 2 aircraft fuel fillers (F-16's) that i will put on my car in the future
Rob







Where did you get the fuel cap from an F16? I want one!
how much are they?


very nice build I love what you have done so far
D.



ferrobi MSG #344, 05-11-2009 04:35 PM
      It is used on F16's and other aircraft. I bought them from a guy in Florida and have more if you want one - they are 150.00 shipped in US. PM me if interested

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ferrobi MSG #345, 05-11-2009 04:36 PM
      Glove box door progress




whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #346, 05-12-2009 07:48 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

It is used on F16's and other aircraft. I bought them from a guy in Florida and have extra's if you want one - they are 150.00 shipped in US. PM me if interested



PM sent!



ferrobi MSG #347, 05-22-2009 05:55 PM
      Well I got some wheel adapters today for the front - hubcentric and wheel centric 1.5". The front wheels have always been way too tucked in and I wanted to get them more true to the body line. This will be temporary as I will be getting the Wide Track Slalom Front Suspension from HT.

Before




After





And the rubbing on the inner wheel well that I knew would happen. I am going to rework and move it back this weekend.

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DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #348, 05-23-2009 07:15 PM
      Looks great!! I am running spacers on mine as well.

I like your attention to detail.


ferrobi MSG #349, 05-23-2009 07:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DeLorean00:

Looks great!! I am running spacers on mine as well.

I like your attention to detail.



It's ALL in the detail


Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #350, 06-02-2009 02:29 PM
      Looking great Ferrobi.. keep up the great work..



ferrobi MSG #351, 06-02-2009 04:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Swedish Fiero:

Looking great Ferrobi.. keep up the great work..



Thank's very much. Dash should be done soon -

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ferrobi MSG #352, 06-13-2009 12:13 PM
      Well I will be getting the dash soon and just got a nice piece of bling for it.




f40fiero (rc51racing@yahoo.com) MSG #353, 06-14-2009 12:13 AM
      I have been working on my f40 for the last few months and see that you have some parts that I am interested in knowing how to get a hold of them. I am doing a 2003 northstar and G50 setup and did all my body parts as close as to ferarri's and did my own thing as well to help performance. I did a 10in extension on the chasis and did alot of upgrades on the chasis alone. Can you tell me where to get a dash at, instrument cluster and more interior parts that you have done?

ferrobi MSG #354, 06-14-2009 02:00 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by f40fiero:

I have been working on my f40 for the last few months and see that you have some parts that I am interested in knowing how to get a hold of them. I am doing a 2003 northstar and G50 setup and did all my body parts as close as to ferarri's and did my own thing as well to help performance. I did a 10in extension on the chasis and did alot of upgrades on the chasis alone. Can you tell me where to get a dash at, instrument cluster and more interior parts that you have done?


10" extension on a fiero for a F40 replica - uh what? think you only need 3" to get it to f40 wheel base. Amida does dash


Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #355, 06-14-2009 11:36 AM
      Have to show you this.. http://www.garaget.org/?car=79578&image=1267573

This guy on the Swedish car comunity garaget.org is building his own F40 from scratch, he has even made the rims himself out of a solid piece of aluminum !!!

SICK !!!!!



topher_time (lost_caffeine@yahoo.com) MSG #356, 06-14-2009 07:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Swedish Fiero:

Have to show you this.. http://www.garaget.org/?car=79578&image=1267573

This guy on the Swedish car comunity garaget.org is building his own F40 from scratch, he has even made the rims himself out of a solid piece of aluminum !!!

SICK !!!!!



It still amazes me at the talent that some people have. WOW.


ferrobi MSG #357, 06-14-2009 09:31 PM
      Rob,

Here are some shots of your instrument pod after clear coating. It's the 5th & only one that I did in carbon which turned out satisfactory. Getting the weave pattern to set correctly without snags is the trickiest part.The carbon fiber fabric makes for a very dimpled surface for painting, even after 4 coats of clear. I polished it down as far as I could without sanding through the finish which smoothed out most of the surface, but there are a few low dimples remaining. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a real nice looking piece. This option is very time consuming & will cost the next guy $450/$800 uncoated/coated.

Thanks,

Rob
FieroVation
FieroInteriors
Seattle, WA. USA

All I can say is WOW - Great job Rob







Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #358, 06-17-2009 12:47 AM
      Fi40 dash #02 will be ready for shipping very soon. I should also add that Fi40 pod #05 is made with epoxy resin & 9.5oz 2x2 twill carbon fiber + 2 layers of cloth. Vacuum bagged in 2 pieces, subsequently bonded together then urethane clear coated & polished. A very nice piece.



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #359, 06-17-2009 07:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Fi40 dash #02 will be ready for shipping very soon. I should also add that Fi40 pod #05 is made with epoxy resin & 9.5oz 2x2 twill carbon fiber + 2 layers of cloth. Vacuum bagged in 2 pieces, subsequently bonded together then urethane clear coated & polished. A very nice piece.


ah...Rob???.....

THAT'S FRICKEN AWESOME!!!!

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #360, 06-18-2009 09:17 AM
      The polishing wasn't finished yet, but yes it came out real nice. Thanks.

ferrobi MSG #361, 06-18-2009 04:57 PM
      Unbelievable










Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #362, 06-22-2009 06:23 PM
      The original concept sketch from a few months back. Dash internals ended up being more complex.

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Grumpy0868 MSG #363, 06-23-2009 09:52 PM
      Ouch 20k, here is one for sale here i NC. Not as nice as the one in Canada, but it has potential.

http://charlotte.craigslist.../cto/1196738823.html


 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Saw this nice F40 replica on cragslist in Canada for sale a month or so ago - one of the most accurate i have seen yet. Think it sold for around 20K.

Rob








ferrobi MSG #364, 06-23-2009 09:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Grumpy0868:

Ouch 20k, here is one for sale here i NC. Not as nice as the one in Canada, but it has potential.

http://charlotte.craigslist.../cto/1196738823.html




That is an XTC kit - a little different than a F40



Mr Ferrari (mratcliff@frontiernet.net) MSG #365, 06-23-2009 11:51 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


That is an XTC kit - a little different than a F40



Haha.. Just a little.. Did he just read the description and not look at the car..

That F40 kit that you posted from Canada is realy something.. Its very close to the real deal..

Oh.. And your dash is incredible, just as to be expected from Rob.. Awesome.. And another thing.. DONT PAINT IT BLACK.. There is a reason "Pain" is in that sentence, pain to keep clean.. Every chip, scuff, scratch, swirl, bug, and piece of dust is visible.. I owned a black Porshe for 11 years and will never own another black exotic car.. I cringe thinking about washing and dusting the car every time I wanted to take it out and when I got where I was going the car was dirty from the drive.. A clean black car looks great, but are not great to own my friend..



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #366, 07-02-2009 01:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Grumpy0868:

Ouch 20k, here is one for sale here i NC. Not as nice as the one in Canada, but it has potential.

http://charlotte.craigslist.../cto/1196738823.html




That's nice looking one, it looks to have a longer wheelbase & different windshield. Nice looking dash too.



kwagner MSG #367, 07-02-2009 08:46 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:




Just curious: any idea what a dash like that weighs?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #368, 07-03-2009 12:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by kwagner:


Just curious: any idea what a dash like that weighs?


I think this dash weighs around 20-25 lbs. Gauges should weigh another 3-5 lbs. or so.


kwagner MSG #369, 07-04-2009 08:58 AM
      Thanks

ferrobi MSG #370, 07-07-2009 05:27 PM
      FED EX dropped off the most amazing piece of work I have EVER seen! Hats off to Rob "AMIDA" for what is truly a piece of art. Amazing craftmanship, I can't get over it - also it was packed so well he could have put in a dozen eggs and none off them would have broke.






















Erik (hardkandiboi@hotmail.com) MSG #371, 07-07-2009 09:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

FED EX dropped off the most amazing piece of work I have EVER seen! Hats off to Rob "AMIDA" for what is truly a piece of art. Amazing craftmanship, I can't get over it - also it was packed so well he could have put in a dozen eggs and none off them would have broke.






















That is a work of art. Looks like it came from Milan

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DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #372, 07-08-2009 12:30 AM
      Isn't his work amazing!! And I agree he also has the best packaging I have ever seen. I ended up saving all of his boxes and packing materials to use in my storage unit.

I cant wait to see this installed!!


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #373, 07-08-2009 12:29 PM
      I've seen too many fork lift kisses on packages in my experience. Can't be to safe on delicate items. That interior is on the wrong side of the car though

ferrobi MSG #374, 07-08-2009 10:15 PM
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DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #375, 07-09-2009 12:07 AM
      You should also consider a deck with Bluetooth so your cell phone will play automatically through your car stereo. I have a Pioneer in my work car and its Bluetooth is great once you start the car it links with your phone and you do nothing. Then all your calls come through the radio, you and answer and hang up the calls on the radio or remote. Also you can search your phone book on the radio, caller id shows up as well.

It has the iPod controller, works great on my iPhone. I just plug it in and it charges my iPhone and I can control the iPod right through the deck. Once again the playlists show up on the radio and you control it with the deck or the remote. No need to fiddle with your iPod. Sound is awesome as well.

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couldahadaV8 MSG #376, 07-09-2009 07:18 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Erik:


That is a work of art. Looks like it came from Milan



As nice as it is, was it really necessary to repost every picture for a 1 line reply?


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #377, 07-09-2009 07:18 PM
      LOL!

Now I want mine even more
looks great! now get it installed. LOL.
D.


grkboy707 (gnoplos@gmail.com) MSG #378, 07-09-2009 09:45 PM
      gorgeous!

Erik (hardkandiboi@hotmail.com) MSG #379, 07-10-2009 01:51 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by couldahadaV8:


As nice as it is, was it really necessary to repost every picture for a 1 line reply?


yes



ferrobi MSG #380, 07-16-2009 10:23 PM
      Still waitng for wiring harness to arrive to install dash I have been asked by a few on what the dash is costing - So I have a rough total amount for my dash swap F40 style. Dash / console / glove box / new computer cover / carbon fiber trim pieces / upholstery; VDO vision gauges; Pisa wiring harness; Riceburner98 HVAC controller; euro shifter arm from Rodney Dickman; = all together roughly $ 4,700.00 + I still need stereo + tilt steering column. I'll now exact price when I'm done - likely to be over 5K



ferrobi MSG #381, 07-30-2009 08:03 PM
      Got Pisa wiring harness today - nice work - Thanks Marty

Don't know how soon I will get to it - next project on to-do list - put in a new sandstone front walkway to my home. I am also getting married soon so we are busy getting ready for the wedding and a few get-togethers before that.




TOO MANY TOYS (maxtrisan@aol.com) MSG #382, 08-15-2009 09:17 PM
      How much would you want to build another one ???. I have an F 40 that I want to replace the interior.

Also looking for a GT 40 interior, as well as 308 interior ANY HELP OUT THERE WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

THANKS


ferrobi MSG #383, 08-16-2009 02:30 PM
      Post pics of your F40

TOO MANY TOYS (maxtrisan@aol.com) MSG #384, 08-16-2009 05:27 PM
      Sorry, first day here where do I upload the pictures on this site, cannot find area?

ferrobi MSG #385, 08-25-2009 08:41 PM
      Front walk 97% done - the wedding is close - then on to dash install

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ferrobi MSG #386, 09-20-2009 08:23 PM
      Got the remaining VDO guages from Summit Racing and the tilt steering column from fellow PFF member. Got to get a couple senders for the vdo guages and a stereo and I'm ready to go.







doublec4 (doublec4@hotmail.com) MSG #387, 09-20-2009 10:48 PM
      That is going to look incredible in your car. Amazing job *thumbs up*



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #388, 09-23-2009 08:59 AM
      The 220mph speedo looks alot better than my 120mph.

ferrobi MSG #389, 10-02-2009 03:03 PM
      Got one of the last pieces to the puzzle (switch cluster lower corner of dash Amida is working on)

Becker Online Pro BE 6105 Head Unit Navigation + Becker Silverstone 6 disc changer 7860 from '05 Ferrari 360





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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #390, 10-02-2009 03:34 PM
      Looking great!

I have a question for you..... where did you get the dummy lights for the dash?
I will be needing some for my car as well.
D.


ferrobi MSG #391, 10-02-2009 03:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:



I have a question for you..... where did you get the dummy lights for the dash?
I will be needing some for my car as well.
D.


Rob "Amida" is the one



whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #392, 10-02-2009 03:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


Rob "Amida" is the one


Ok, thanks I did not know Rob had them. I will contact him.
D.


ferrobi MSG #393, 11-01-2009 06:35 PM
      Rob update on intricate switch progress

A couple switch panel plug shots. The single switch holder/frame was modeled from 15 separate plastic pieces which were glued together. It was a complex piece to make due to movement of the toggle cap. Next, four singles will need to be tied together in a row and re-modeled.

Rob
FieroVation
FieroInteriors
Seattle, WA. USA





ferrobi MSG #394, 01-06-2010 10:00 PM
      Rob has the switch panel finished so I have everything needed for the dash now - started wiring and will be installing dash in the next month or so.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #395, 01-30-2010 09:30 PM
      How's the wiring going...Get a headache yet?

ferrobi MSG #396, 02-01-2010 01:49 PM
      .

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #397, 02-27-2010 10:25 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Before

After



Much better.


Bridgetown MSG #398, 02-27-2010 06:56 PM
     

Me likey!


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #399, 02-28-2010 11:01 AM
      Love the way the black one sits & looks.


JLCustomizing (sidetrack_bowler@hotmail.com) MSG #400, 03-01-2010 04:42 PM
      Imagine being on the road behind all those.

Bridgetown MSG #401, 03-02-2010 01:29 AM
      I vote you paint your black too



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #402, 03-02-2010 09:34 AM
      Nice.

ferrobi MSG #403, 03-02-2010 08:27 PM
      Originally posted by Bridgetown \ I vote you paint your black too
.
.
I agree - change is a good thing sometimes. Been working in my spare time redoing our basement so after that I will get back to the dash project. Boy if Amida would be interested in coming out for a few days and working on it with me that would be great.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #404, 03-03-2010 09:40 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Originally posted by Bridgetown \ I vote you paint your black too
.
.
I agree - change is a good thing sometimes. Been working in my spare time redoing our basement so after that I will get back to the dash project. Boy if Amida would be interested in coming out for a few days and working on it with me that would be great.



Gosh, maybe I should start an installation business as an option. I had another guy ask me about installation a little while back. I hate plane travel so it'll have to be worth my while.

Black is badass! but, save it for your next project instead of scrapping your already nice red paintjob.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #405, 03-13-2010 10:32 AM
      nice. I'm liking black more & more....might have to re-color my beater Formula.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #406, 03-27-2010 11:47 AM
      Any progress? 2010 show season is starting ya know.


328 mera (otiswicock@gmail.com) MSG #407, 04-28-2010 08:39 AM
      you did a great job;
great interiors


ferrobi MSG #408, 04-29-2010 09:13 PM
      BIG UPDATE - Rob "AMIDA" came across the country and installed / wired up the dash _ AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MORE pics to come later but here are a few of the master and install - not quite done - close though.










doublec4 (doublec4@hotmail.com) MSG #409, 04-29-2010 10:24 PM
      Looks fantastic! You've done a great job putting this together!

mcaanda (mcaanda@gmail.com) MSG #410, 05-01-2010 03:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

BIG UPDATE - Rob "AMIDA" came across the country and installed / wired up the dash _ AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
<SNIP >


Now that's what I call door to door service.

Very cool -

--Allen



FierociousGT MSG #411, 05-01-2010 03:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Me likey!


The black one with those wheels looks sick!


328 mera (otiswicock@gmail.com) MSG #412, 05-05-2010 10:48 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

FED EX dropped off the most amazing piece of work I have EVER seen! Hats off to Rob "AMIDA" for what is truly a piece of art. Amazing craftmanship, I can't get over it - also it was packed so well he could have put in a dozen eggs and none off them would have broke.
























328 mera (otiswicock@gmail.com) MSG #413, 05-05-2010 10:51 AM
      you did a great job with dash.
where i can find a center console like yours?


Bump (w.wiedrich@hotmail.com) MSG #414, 05-05-2010 01:40 PM
      I dont think you are just going to "find" one like that!

328 mera (otiswicock@gmail.com) MSG #415, 05-05-2010 03:15 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bump:

I dont think you are just going to "find" one like that!


i agree...


328 mera (otiswicock@gmail.com) MSG #416, 05-05-2010 03:20 PM
      but 'i've seen somewhere ,there is a sort of " mainfacturer" of those "355 styled" center consoles.....

take a loot at this:

http://www.ironmanarmory.com/merarrari/mera1a.html
a rob/fiero is mentioned about those center consoles...


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #417, 05-06-2010 10:47 PM
      We need to see this car do a doughnut burnout on video.

355Fiero MSG #418, 05-06-2010 11:44 PM
      Am I missing something or is that not an Amida centre console? I have one that looks just like it only not covered yet.

Am I missing something or is the fellow asking about a centre console missing something???

Cheers
Don


ferrobi MSG #419, 05-09-2010 11:03 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 355Fiero:

Am I missing something or is that not an Amida centre console? I have one that looks just like it only not covered yet.

Am I missing something or is the fellow asking about a centre console missing something???

Cheers
Don


That console is Amida's



ferrobi MSG #420, 05-09-2010 11:06 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

We need to see this car do a doughnut burnout on video.


I wish I could - need a little more HP than a stock V6 to churn the 335's out back - ARCHIE SWAP LS3



ferrobi MSG #421, 06-13-2010 08:23 PM
      Well its all in - few problems with speedo setting and HVAC but it sure is beautiful.













Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #422, 06-13-2010 10:43 PM
      Looks real nice Rob! I'll bet it feels like a completely different car now when you drive it.

Try spraying wd40, or a low odor lube in the hvac cables to loosen it up...defrost gate may not be closing completely.


ferrobi MSG #423, 06-14-2010 09:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:
Try spraying wd40, or a low odor lube in the hvac cables to loosen it up...defrost gate may not be closing completely.


I found out that when I installed the trio of vents under the dash that it was hitting the green HVAC actuator arm and stopping it from moving the cable. Moved vents forward 1/4 inch and now it works. Except on the console dial when you turn it to blow on feet it blows on the windshield and when you turn it to defrost it blows on your feet (backwards). Well i'll see about that later. New seats are VERY tight but they are much better looking than the last set of MOMO's. Got a intermittent ENGINE light that comes and goes when car gets warmed up after a few miles. It comes on and goes off. Usually it goes on when coming to a stop and then goes off when you get going again - but will come back on again. I checked it last year and no codes where showing. I'll check it again to see if any codes are in computer. If not i'll post a question in the Tech section to see if anyone has any ideas what it might be. OHH - also reset the speedo on the AUTO Calculate 1 mile thing and all is well.
Rob

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #424, 06-19-2010 01:27 PM
      Did we use teflon tape on the engine temp sensor? If so I wonder if that's causing a poor ground in the circuit tripping on the check engine light.

doublec4 (doublec4@hotmail.com) MSG #425, 06-19-2010 02:47 PM
      Looks very nice.

Will the door panels be done in the same material as the dash? Must feel real cozy in there!


ferrobi MSG #426, 06-21-2010 06:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Did we use teflon tape on the engine temp sensor? If so I wonder if that's causing a poor ground in the circuit tripping on the check engine light.



No this was happening before we did the sensor work


ferrobi MSG #427, 06-21-2010 06:42 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by doublec4:

Looks very nice.

Will the door panels be done in the same material as the dash? Must feel real cozy in there!


No - for right now I am going to finish the lower part in Carbon Fiber and if Rob decides he wants to make some Full Carbon Fiber door panels like the real F40 has than that would be great.



ferrobi MSG #428, 07-12-2010 09:42 PM
      HELP - Does anybody know how to wire up an aftermarket speedometer (I have a VDO programable) so that it sends a signal to the ECM. I am getting code 24 since Rob came out and installed dash and gauges. The speedo works fine but the ECM is not getting a signal telling the speed. Thus code 24 plus idle is up because I think computer does not know where to set IAC valve. Is true that I have to run the original fiero speedometer (circuit board only??) to get the 2000 ppm to the ECM or is there any easier way ?. Any help would sure be appreciated as I'm not to good with this kind of electronic stuff and I cant seem to get a hold of Rob "Amida" lately. Would love to be able to drive my ride this summer.

Bridgetown MSG #429, 07-26-2010 01:07 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

I vote you paint your black too


On second thought I changed my mind.





Bloozberry MSG #430, 07-26-2010 09:06 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:




Looks great ferrobi! That sure looks like an F355 center console insert... can you actually use the gates?

Even though your console looks awesome, I'd like to suggest something that might improve yours even more... depending on what your tastes are. Rather than being able to see all the wiring and cables down through the shift gate, I learned a little trick with my 308 kit a number of years ago. I cut out a thin rectangular frame out of a sheet of aluminum the same size at the shift gate with just a rectangular hole in the middle (ie no gates). Then, I loosely stretched two layers of black nylon stocking material over it and got my wife to sew it like a pocket completely covering the frame. Next, she sewed a button hole with her machine in the center of the nylon to allow it to slide over the shifter once the ball was removed. Finally, I mounted the thin metal frame underneath the shift gate so that the only thing seen is the black nylon. The nylon material easily stretches enough so that no matter which position the shifter is in, all you see when you look at the gate is blackness. It also prevent things like coins etc from falling into the console. Here's a couple pics with the shifter in reverse and first... note that there aren't even any wrinkles in the nylon.







mikej6 (mikej6@nwcable.net) MSG #431, 09-11-2010 08:13 AM
      where does a person buy the back glass for a f 40?
and how much does it cost?
Mine has a flat lexon back.
or does anyone know where to buy the clear vents by there self?
MIKE


ferrobi MSG #432, 09-11-2010 08:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by mikej6:

where does a person buy the back glass for a f 40?
and how much does it cost?
Mine has a flat lexon back.
or does anyone know where to buy the clear vents by there self?
MIKE


Normsfiberglass 574 255 7843



ferrobi MSG #433, 11-18-2010 06:11 PM
      Got my Carbon Fiber headliner today from RUNDLC - Thank's - it really is nice in person - some pics to try and show you all.







IMSA GT (drumwzrd@comcast.net) MSG #434, 11-18-2010 07:48 PM
      I'm glad you were able to get that from him. It is a shame that Dkov stopped making them. It looks great especially in the red and black twill.

troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #435, 01-20-2011 10:11 AM
      Bump

ferrobi MSG #436, 01-20-2011 05:30 PM
      Well its winter and not much new with Ferrobi - Gotta install the CF headliner / hook up original speedo and run new VDO from that.
Then i have to think about what the next plan / project will be - I think i want an all new suspension before a motor swap.
But also I'm thinking of selling her for some $ for my longtime love - Countach replica full length non anniversary.


ferrobi MSG #437, 03-24-2011 05:08 PM
      Got some Ferrari 348 mirrors on there way - will post pics when i get em - the original F40 mirrors never did anything for me and my current Vitaloni's are alright but i couldn't pass up this deal on a rare and usually expensive set of mirrors with power / heat etc.

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ferrobi MSG #438, 03-28-2011 03:54 PM
      Got new Ferrari 348 Mirrors today - what i have now and what is to be pictures (will be painted red though).



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FierociousGT MSG #439, 03-28-2011 04:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Got new Ferrari 348 Mirrors today - what i have now and what is to be pictures (will be painted red though).


Very rare and expensive mirrors. Looks great!



ferrobi MSG #440, 03-28-2011 04:22 PM
      Now i would like to see some pics of Troy's 430 mirrors from the inside with the door open - (Bracket used)

doublec4 (doublec4@hotmail.com) MSG #441, 03-28-2011 04:43 PM
      Nice! The car is turning out great. F40 is one of my favourite Ferraris.

troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #442, 03-28-2011 06:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Now i would like to see some pics of Troy's 430 mirrors from the inside with the door open - (Bracket used)


The next time I go to the shop I'll take some pics. BTW love the mirrors , I still say they would look better on your car if your car was parked in my driveway. Keep up the good work


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #443, 04-10-2011 01:36 PM
      Any pics from a day at a car show?

ferrobi MSG #444, 04-10-2011 06:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Any pics from a day at a car show?


Still have not hooked up old speedometer board to remedy the ECM not receiving the PPM signal -

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ferrobi MSG #445, 04-10-2011 06:56 PM
      Link to aftermarket speedo - and have not gone down to local car show yet - don't know that it has even started yet - but i sure would like to start driving it around again

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/110065.html


ferrobi MSG #446, 07-08-2011 10:33 PM
      Well its been a while since I've had her going - but finally rewired the old speedometer circuit board plus the stock odometer (just so that I can keep track of the original miles) before the new VDO to satisfy the stock ECM. Took a while but now it works great and no check engine light.

Pic of the odometer is all you can see and you can't see it unless you get down low - might paint the plastic black though

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #447, 07-09-2011 02:24 PM
      Long time Rob...need to see some updates.

ferrobi MSG #448, 07-09-2011 03:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Long time Rob...need to see some updates.



Washing it waxing it this weekend and putting in the Carbon Fiber headliner and Tues nigh off to car show - pics to follow


Rick 88 MSG #449, 07-09-2011 07:31 PM
      ferrobi

Where did you get the aluminum pedal covers? They look great.


ferrobi MSG #450, 07-09-2011 10:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Rick 88:

ferrobi

Where did you get the aluminum pedal covers? They look great.


Back in the day on Ebay - have not seen them there for years (at least the ones that say "Ferrari" on them) - but did see a set maybe last year on e-bay that someone had bought and didn't need

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #451, 07-09-2011 11:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Well its been a while since I've had her going - but finally rewired the old speedometer circuit board plus the stock odometer (just so that I can keep track of the original miles) before the new VDO to satisfy the stock ECM. Took a while but now it works great and no check engine light.

Pic of the odometer is all you can see and you can't see it unless you get down low - might paint the plastic black though





So, how did you do this...Re-attach the old Fiero speedo connector to the harness & plug the circuit board back in? I take it you must have spliced a wire in somewhere to get a VSS signal to the VDO speedo right?


ferrobi MSG #452, 07-10-2011 01:06 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


So, how did you do this...Re-attach the old Fiero speedo connector to the harness & plug the circuit board back in? I take it you must have spliced a wire in somewhere to get a VSS signal to the VDO speedo right?


Well I went to Radio Shack as you said and got another set of 6 pin female/male wire connectors first - searched my garage next for the original speedo plug (that was fun - only one not in a pile with all the other connectors; guess i already had been looking at it awhile back and put in in a drawer and of course it was the last drawer i looked in ) - unhooked 6 pin speedo plug and wired car side 6 pin to original speedo plug - then spliced in 12V, ground, and VSS wire from those wires to six pin plug to go up to New VDO.



ferrobi MSG #453, 07-10-2011 07:33 PM
      Well I took her out today and i am still having some issues with higher idle and a check engine light at every stop when it at running temperature - light goes out after i start going again though - i posted a detailed question in the Tech section if you want to chime in.

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/117437.html


Thanks Rob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #454, 07-11-2011 09:21 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Well I took her out today and i am still having some issues with higher idle and a check engine light at every stop when it at running temperature - light goes out after i start going again though - i posted a detailed question in the Tech section if you want to chime in.

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/117437.html


Thanks Rob


So did the old circuit board help at all? It sounds like the same problem as before.


ferrobi MSG #455, 07-11-2011 08:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


So did the old circuit board help at all? It sounds like the same problem as before.


It had this problem before the dash replacement - the old circuit board got rid of the code 24 (no speed signal being detected)


ferrobi MSG #456, 07-12-2011 09:15 PM
      Car Show today - It was really hot but a lot of interest in Ferrobi -

Add to Amida I did hear people say "that dash is COOL"
Cell Pics



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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #457, 07-18-2011 10:12 PM
      Looks like a fun event.

ferrobi MSG #458, 08-23-2011 10:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Well I took her out today and i am still having some issues with higher idle and a check engine light at every stop when it at running temperature - light goes out after i start going again though - i posted a detailed question in the Tech section if you want to chime in.

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/117437.html


Thanks Rob



It was the EGR tube - broken / cracked right at the top. Ordered one from Ebay from FieroFever that I liked better than the one Fiero store is selling. Easily replaceable and it does not have a rubber core.

Now it idles at 900-1000 RPM - SWEET



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #459, 08-26-2011 04:45 PM
      So was that the source of the problem & not the speedo signal? Good to hear that was resolved.

ferrobi MSG #460, 08-26-2011 05:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

So was that the source of the problem & not the speedo signal? Good to hear that was resolved.


There were 2 problems - 1. unrelated to you (cracked EGR tube) and the other 2. due to a new speedometer without original fiero speedo circuit board -

2. You need the original fiero circuit board when doing an aftermarket speedo or you will get a check engine light. Please let others doing your dash swaps and keeping the stock ECM / engine know that you will get a code if you don't run fiero speedometer circuit board before the new speedo. The ECM needs signal from the original speedo to set IAC. Just a new aftermarket speedo alone will NOT send a signal back to the ECM.

1. Cracked EGR tube = vacuum leak = high rpm + sporadic engine light



852m4se MSG #461, 10-02-2011 04:34 PM
      best looking kit car i have seen so far. very convincing. good job

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #462, 10-03-2011 08:58 PM
      Yep...need more pics.

ferrobi MSG #463, 10-04-2011 02:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Yep...need more pics.


Of what? - Y'all let me know what kind of shots of her you want and I'll take her out and snap some.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #464, 10-05-2011 04:26 AM
      How about a calendar shot with nice scenery or the pretty lady.

ferrobi MSG #465, 10-05-2011 08:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

How about a calendar shot with nice scenery or the pretty lady.


OK - going to get her out this weekend with my pretty lady for some scenic fall shots


ferrobi MSG #466, 10-05-2011 08:53 PM
      Well I took her for the last E-Check today. Next year 25 years old and no more E-checks plus I can get historic license plates. Hard to believe that I have only 24,760 original miles on it.


ferrobi MSG #467, 10-09-2011 04:04 PM
      Nice sunny day for some pictures -















ferrobi MSG #468, 10-09-2011 05:14 PM
      I'll take some shots of the rear soon

Erik (hardkandiboi@hotmail.com) MSG #469, 10-10-2011 03:25 PM
      Really great looking car. I bet you cant go anywhere without having people come up and marvel over your car.

ferrobi MSG #470, 10-10-2011 06:45 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Erik:

Really great looking car. I bet you cant go anywhere without having people come up and marvel over your car.


Well it does draw a bit of attention - just trying to take pictures yesterday was a task because 1 guy pulled up in his vette and got out to take pictures so i had to wait for him to take his pictures. Then a few groups of people came up to it and I had to wait for them. After we got home I thought I should of taken a picture of the guy taking pictures.



ferrobi MSG #471, 10-12-2011 11:14 AM
      Never seen this replica before - one of the few with real F40 dimensions - except for roof line




1988holleyformula MSG #472, 10-12-2011 11:40 AM
      ^ Stretched dimensions, as in one of the 3 that were from Wolfgang? Or is this a different one than he knows?


 
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Originally posted by Fiero84Freak:
When he mentioned "stretch," that immediately should throw a red flag with F40 replicas, even if the ad does sound serious. There is only one stretch F40 body that I know of, the Wolfgang F40 replica, and that car was shot down by Ferrari after maybe three bodies were splashed. This was in the mid-'90s. This body - if one were to go up for sale - would go for way WAY more than what your average kit car body would go for. I'd say $20,000 wouldn't be a unrealistic price just for the body and everything along with it intact. You would have a chance to build one of the only accurate F40 replicas out there.

Even if there is an afterthought F40 stretch made by someone, it would require so much work and fabrication that the cost would be quite high. You're talking about potentially cutting up an F40 kit, which is already getting difficult to find, then stretching the body from scratch, which wouldn't be an easy task. Then ensuring that all somehow holds together. HTXextremes here on the forum is doing just this, but it's far from finished.



Awesome car by the way, not sure if I've posted in here before, but it is gorgeous! Do you have any high-res versions of those latest photos?


ferrobi MSG #473, 10-12-2011 04:05 PM
      Don't know anything about yellow car - and re-sized all the new outdoor pics above except for a few I did not post - don't really know how to post hi-res pics.

Fiero84Freak (hhraganiv@ualr.edu) MSG #474, 10-14-2011 05:43 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by 1988holleyformula:
^ Stretched dimensions, as in one of the 3 that were from Wolfgang? Or is this a different one than he knows?


That yellow car actually looks like it could be one of the Wolfgang Shultz cars. It has the right mirrors that the Wolfgang car has, and everything else - like placement of the two little vents on the hood and the headlight doors - are all very similar to a Wolfgang kit. The only thing throwing me off is the side vents, which look very close to the rear wheels (need a good side shot)...

I also would like to say great car ferrobi, as I don't think I've commented on your thread. Your car should serve as a example for anyone building any sort of kit car. It was a lot of goodness when you first got it, and you've shown with little tweaks you can even make it better.



1988holleyformula MSG #475, 10-15-2011 02:59 AM
      Thanks for the follow-up on that^

I'd have to agree with you on the quality of Ferrobi's build. His and the Delorean00's 355 are what I show my friends when they ask about turning a Fiero into a Ferrari.


ferrobi MSG #476, 10-15-2011 11:31 PM
      .dash sold

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VF1Skullangel (vf1skullangel@gmail.com) MSG #477, 11-05-2011 04:10 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

Never seen this replica before - one of the few with real F40 dimensions - except for roof line




I want that!

It looks like a non stretched Fiero kit refited and resized to the proper dimensions.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #478, 11-16-2011 12:30 PM
      Nice pics...the pretty lady is missing though.

ferrobi MSG #479, 12-22-2011 04:06 PM
      Well its been awhile since I have posted any pics and finally figured out the new PIP program. Whew.
I had a day off so I changed some fluids - Coolant / Oil .
Amida missed my pretty lady in the last pics so I got her in a couple shots before I covered up for the winter.
Merry Christmas to All






steve308 MSG #480, 12-22-2011 05:57 PM
      I'd cover the car and not the "pretty lady" if I were you!


Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #481, 12-22-2011 08:45 PM
      Nice!

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #482, 01-02-2012 11:20 PM
      That's more like it!


ProjectKATT (lars.groeneveld@gmx.de) MSG #483, 05-13-2012 11:55 PM
      @ferrobi

I saw this work here and can only say: WOW, this is awsome !!! You have PM

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trivet (tsr_rivet@yahoo.com) MSG #484, 05-16-2012 01:39 PM
      Very Nice!! I've seen some terrible F40 replica "attempts", but this one is sweet. Nice care!

countach500 (porsche944s2@abv.bg) MSG #485, 05-17-2012 01:27 PM
      Very Nice

ferrobi MSG #486, 06-03-2012 11:44 AM
      Thanks for the kind words guys.

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troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #487, 06-03-2012 12:52 PM
      That's a shame, you put so much work into this car. If you don't have to and don't want to sell it, then why in the world would you sell it?

ferrobi MSG #488, 06-03-2012 01:09 PM
      ".........

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ferrobi MSG #489, 07-14-2012 08:37 PM
      Well I decided to sell

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troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #490, 07-14-2012 10:56 PM
      Thats great news! A LS7 or LS3 with a Supercharger would set it off nice

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #491, 07-15-2012 12:18 AM
      Have some fun with the car before thinking of letting it go. Do some road trips & track days...enjoy the fruit.



VF1Skullangel (vf1skullangel@gmail.com) MSG #492, 09-03-2012 11:56 AM
      The best engine for an F-40 Rep should be an olds aurora 4.0 V8.

ferrobi MSG #493, 10-14-2012 09:13 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

Rob has the switch panel finished so I have everything needed for the dash now - started wiring and will be installing dash in the next month or so.



Rob "Amida" Question? What is the order of turning on and off the headlight switches again?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #494, 10-14-2012 11:44 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:


Rob "Amida" Question? What is the order of turning on and off the headlight switches again?


Hey, long time. What's new with the F40? I think the light sequence is:

ON: actuators up, actuators off, lights on. Also same as actuators up, lights on, actuators off.

OFF: lights off, actuators down, actuators off.

I think the motor polarity reverses when the lights switch on & off.

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ferrobi MSG #495, 10-14-2012 01:51 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Amida:


Hey, long time. What's new with the F40?



Gotta tell the new owner how to work it. Will know late next week if sale ($) goes through with no hiccups.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #496, 10-14-2012 11:11 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:


Gotta tell the new owner how to work it. Will know late next week if sale ($) goes through with no hiccups.


Saying goodbye to the F40 huh?


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #497, 10-15-2012 01:47 AM
     

So what is next ferrobi ??


ferrobi MSG #498, 10-19-2012 12:18 PM
      Well it is sold! The new owner (Female) will cause quite a stir driving it around. I don't know what is next for me right now - probably nothing for a while. I will be looking for a Countach kit or I'm contemplating a real Ferrari 308 with a 288 GTO body.

ferrobi MSG #499, 10-22-2012 06:42 PM
     







Well its official - We will miss Ferrobi

And no my wife does not have a drinking problem - she's 8.5 months pregnant !!!!!!!!

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F355spider (nixon@itexas.net) MSG #500, 10-22-2012 07:15 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

I'm contemplating a real Ferrari 308 with a 288 GTO body.


That would be the way to go. I have been looking for a GTB for a few years. If the right car at the right time happens I will do the same.



ferrobi MSG #501, 10-23-2012 04:07 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by F355spider:


That would be the way to go. I have been looking for a GTB for a few years. If the right car at the right time happens I will do the same.


Yep the 288GTO is one hot ride. Had one down the street from me a few years back for sale and though pictures are sweet seeing it in person is sweeter. Was part of a private collectors collection and there also was an Enzo, F50, F40 and the 288GTO - nice collection I'd say.


ferrobi MSG #502, 08-04-2013 06:42 PM
      Found out that my car is now in New Zealand and is used for advertising purposes!

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #503, 08-26-2013 08:57 AM
      Cool I wonder what they are selling.

VF1Skullangel (vf1skullangel@gmail.com) MSG #504, 08-28-2013 10:31 AM
      A Female bought the car? Wow. I thought most girls hated Replicas?

AusFiero (jim@jadeweb.com.au) MSG #505, 08-29-2013 07:13 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by VF1Skullangel:

A Female bought the car? Wow. I thought most girls hated Replicas?


Lots of girls like bright red plastic things that rev high and go hard


ferrobi MSG #506, 10-11-2018 07:54 PM
      Wow, six years since the F40 has been gone

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #507, 10-13-2018 11:34 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:

Wow, six years since the F40 has been gone



Nice to hear from you Ferrobi. Did you ever pickup a Countach?


ferrobi MSG #508, 10-13-2018 12:49 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Amida:


Nice to hear from you Ferrobi. Did you ever pickup a Countach?


And you too! It was a pleasure working with you on that awesome dash and flying you out for a few days to Ohio. Your work is truly top notch. Still looking for a Countach, can’t seem to find a real nice one and one that fits my 6’2” height.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #509, 10-13-2018 01:31 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:


And you too! It was a pleasure working with you on that awesome dash and flying you out for a few days to Ohio. Your work is truly top notch. Still looking for a Countach, can’t seem to find a real nice one and one that fits my 6’2” height.



You can always do a stretch job and install a bubble blister on the roof


ferrobi MSG #510, 10-13-2018 04:18 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Amida:


You can always do a stretch job and install a bubble blister on the roof


Right


Rickady88GT (rjkmfam@sbcglobal.net) MSG #511, 10-15-2018 01:31 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by ferrobi:





I remember being a tirebuilder at Pirelli. I had to cut a pallet of those PZERRO tires because the shelf expiration date expired. If they are not delivered by certain date, they get destroyed.