TAZMNDVL - Build - 350 QB - 6sp - chop ... and more
Topic started by: DrCPU, Date: 06-01-2006 09:45 AM
Original thread: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum3/HTML/000052.html


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #1, 06-01-2006 09:45 AM
      First off - I call my '88GT The Tazmanian Devil (aka TAZMNDVL).
I chose this name because this is what I look like.


The Fiero has always been a mean little car and I think the name fits it well - even better now since the conversion.

Archie has been real busy and I have preety much all of the photos from my build.

If everyone is OK with it I'll start putting up pictures of the job - from start to finish. I'll add all I can insofar as descriptions - but it likely won't be as extensive or technically correct as Archie might do - but heck - this should be better than nothing at all - right?!

SOME BACKGROUND

I bought my first Fiero in 1988 - a black, decked out '88GT. I met Archie in 1991 at the FOCA meet in Pigeon Froge Tennesse, under the shade of Dolly Pardon's statue (Not sure if it's Parton - sorry to all of her fans who own FIEROs =;^0 ) I knew when he started up the F40 with a 350 carb set-up, that I'd do the conversion one day. I sold that car in 1996 for $10K. I bought my current '88GT in August of 2000 for $6.5K - it had 50k km on it and the interior was in excellent shape.

I'm using Canadian dollars and Kilometers for everything. You guys figure it out!....

The car had been sitting in a barn (near Belleville, Ont) for some time and the guy I bought it from was the second owner. He has about 8 Fieros and has his '86GT lowered with an LT1 in it. Anyway, he needed some cash and I took the '88GT off his hands. I had a lot of niggly little problems at the start as it had been sitting for a long time - it still had the original rubber on it. Over the next year I was plagued with engine problems that ended when the oil pump failed - causing lifter failure - and that started me on the road to my first rebuild. I had the engine bored out and rebuilt (original V6). I was happy with it save for all the problems I was having with the ECM. I change the ECM, pickups, coil and finally found the culprit being shorted tach filter. I was just going through a divorce after 27 years of marriage and decided I'd spend a big chunk of change on a brake and engine upgrade when I got the proceeds of the settlement. You guys know how this goes - sell the house, divide the assets etc. I came out of it with a 2001 1500HD Chevy Silverado Crew Cab, my '96 Harley FXDS-CONV, my '88GT and my trailer - and a pile of cash......

I called Archie in July of 2005 and got pricing for my intitial order that consted of the following:

Convert Automatic to 5 speed
Coil over suspension - all around
Big Brake upgrade
350 HO (Quick Burn) V8

Seems straight forward enough, right?! Ahhh the male mind - never happy leaving things alone...

I told Archie he could have my car over the Winter and I'd pick it up in the Spring of 2006 - no set date.

I trailered the TAZ to Archie's place in October 2005. Attached is a pic of the set-up I used.



I'll add to the story and post the pictures - about 50 - at a rate of 10 or so a week. If I can find time to do this faster I'll do it.

Patience - young grasshoppers!


jscott1 MSG #2, 06-01-2006 10:17 AM
      MORE!



John Boelte (johnboelte@yahoo.com) MSG #3, 06-01-2006 10:33 AM
      Sounds like a dream come true on many levels. I'm looking forward to this!

88White3.4GT MSG #4, 06-01-2006 04:29 PM
      YES *adds to favorites*

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #5, 06-01-2006 06:51 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by 88White3.4GT:

YES *adds to favorites*



Me too.



Mr. Pat (patrickspratt@live.com) MSG #6, 06-01-2006 07:20 PM
      you better post some more pics or im gonna whack your pussy!!!!!!!!.......for some reason that doesnt look right to me. but ill kill that cat!!!!!
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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #7, 06-02-2006 09:17 AM
      Ok - Ok - Ok.....

So let's see. I'm at Archie's in the October of 2005 and It's been about 12 years since I've met him. I found his place no problem thanks to Google maps.

I drove from Mississauga in the 1500HD rig on a Thursday and arrived in Rockford Thursday at about midnight. 1000km drive in twelve hours - plus border crossing - without any fuss or muss. I did not make any hotel reservations as I'm sure there will plenty of space avaialble. I've riden my Harley all around the continent and never had problems finding a place to stay - save for once near Oshkosh during flight week - but that's another story! Hmmm, on second thought I shoulda booked something. Seems the Chrysler plant south east of Rockford (Bellville - or Bellview - not sure) was closed for two weeks while they re-tooled! I did manage to find something - but had a tough time as I brought my dog with me - min daxi - named Ginger. She's with me wherever I go and has travelled more than most humans - I figure.

For anyone who hasn't been to Archie's here are shots of his place and some of the cars he had in the shop in the fall of 2005. The red GT-40 has been sold since then - and the Ferrari replica wasn't there last week either. He has many new projects - right Curly! - but I've been sworn to secrecy on the projects - so not to ruin any "comming outs" so to speak.

Archie's Place


Ferrari 328 replica (Sold ?)


IMSA Special


GT-40 (SOLD)


Anyone who has visited Archie knows you cannot escape without chatting about your and his cars. I spent the rest of the morning talking about things I was dreaming about doing with my TAZ and he with his past stories. We could have gone on for days without repeating a single story!

Archie walks me around some more and asks me what I wanted to do with the intake for my 350. I order the TPI setup and was leaning towards painting the intake red to keep the heritage of the original Fiero. He tols me he wanted me to see something - and showed me an engine he had that had the TPI chromed. Two seconds later there it is.. OH MY GOD!

Another engine with Chrome TPI - not mine...


I asked Archie "How much more will this cost?". He said - get ready for this "Oh not much more maybe $1,100." What understood was a total of $1,1000 - what I found out when I got my revised estimate months later - was $1,100 on top of the cost of the TPI. Welcome to the world of customising your baby.... I can hear the registers churning, and my bank account draining way too fast - but heck - ya only live once. So I say "Do it!"

Archie sold my V6 engine and the guy who got it ran away with a bargain. Newly rebuilt - it was just broken in. Oh well - I thought - at least the $650 I got for the engine and Tranny would offset the cost of the chrome work. Archie then showed me my new crate engine - and yes it's in a crate....

350 HO (Quickburn) Crate engine - ALL MINE!


I spend a few more hours chatting with Archie and he tells me that he is bidding on a wrecked Pontiac G6 - with the 6 Speed on eBay. He expects to win and the auction closes in a few days. We talk about the 5 speed Getrag I was going for - with cryoed gears etc - and we decide to wait until he has a chance to get the 6 Speed to see if he can make it work. Detroit will be selling the 6 Speed in the spring - and the $1,600 for a brand new 6 speed tranny - that is rated better for the 350 - leaves me with that fealing that I've just openned the bank account tap once more...

I drive back to Mississauga Friday afternoon and stay in Port Huron so I can bring back the two boxes of Corona Cigars I had shipped to Archie - across the border... need to be in the US for 72 hours to get them by customs without paying duties or taxes....

Now all I gotta do is wait until Spring and try not to change my order too much... yeah - dream on!!!

That's it unitl next week. I don't have Internet at my trailer - so stay tuned on Monday!!



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #8, 06-05-2006 09:05 AM
      ....continued... for your reading enjoyment!

The next couple of months I call Archie up and ask how life is going. He won the eBay bid for the smashed up Pontiac G6 and the 6 speed. He spends the next month or two making it fit - oh yeah he decides to put an LT or LS into his new Solstice....

I get some bad news at the end of February. My mother passes and I'm picking up my two girls (15 1/2 going on 30) to go to my mother's funeral. On the drive from Mississauga to Ottawa (5 hours give or take) I call Archie...

"How's it going?" I ask. "Not bad - not bad at all" he replies. "I've got more work to take care of than I like and am running a little behind getting the Roadster and Solstice ready for the end of March - for Daytona". "You're car has the suspension done - in the front, and we've cleaned up the engine bay - new firewall and have painted the rest of the engine bay and craddle". I ask him how the 6 Speed work is going and he replies - "No problem getting it to fit and work." "I've designed and ordered six throw out plates. Do you still want to go with the Getrag 5 speed or would you like a six speed? I ask - "Is GM selling them in a crate yet?" - he responds "Yup!".

Hmmmm - The brain thinks for what seems like an eternity... Let's see - 20 yr old tranny with newer gears - vs a brand new crate 6 Speed for around $1,600... Hmmmm...seems like a no brainer - yeah - that's the ticket - some quick math and I fugure the account can take it. "It's a go for the six speed. Any idea how long it will take? Archie says "No big deal - it's easier than getting a 5 speed together"

First mod to the order - if you don't count the Chrome SP TPI ......

Now secretly I've been visiting PFF and looking into all the chops. "Archie, How much for a chop?". Without much hesitation he says "$3995 - Why, you thinking of doing that too!?". "If you are it's best for me to do the chop before I put the engine in and we are ready to do the engine conversion any day!". I told him "I need to think about this for a bit. I'll get back to you in a couple of days after I've had some time to think about it a little" Archie replies "OK, we'll hold off until you get back to me!"

My kids have been listening to the conversation, but don't quite understand the conversation. I keep driving along the 401 thinking.... thinking....

About three minutes later I hit redial on the cell - "Archie? DO IT" =8^) So much for giving it much thought. I fiugre the account will be pretty much drained by this latest change - but think I might escape with a couple of thou left - enough to pay for taxes when I get it accross the boarder - and maybe enough for a half assed paint job. Ohhh how wrong I was. "How much more time are you going to need to do the chop?" I ask. Archie replies "About four weeks". I ask hopefully, "Do you think it will be ready for the end of March? Little did I know how much work Archie had on the go - Daytona etc.. Anyway, Archie says "I'm not sure, but I'll do what I can". Anyone who knows Archie will smile at this. For what I know of him - unless he says "I can have it ready for XXX date" That it isn't going to happen. I don't need the TAZ - but I miss it. The winter in southern Ontario has been mild and I'm aching to drive my "poorman's vette".

So now I have the order changed to a chop... Archie sends me some pics of "da boys" ready to do what they do best....

This is the last time the TAZ will be seen in stock config....


Ready - set CHOP!


Look what did to my car Ma!


Going back together..



He also sends me some pics of the engine and test configuration....


And the guts to the TAZ!



Hope this holds everyone till mid week!




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #9, 06-05-2006 12:06 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by DrCPU:

....continued... for your reading enjoyment!

Now secretly I've been visiting PFF and looking into all the chops. "Archie, How much for a chop?".




Secretly "lurking" hmm....? I guess bumpin' the thread paid off, hehe. I love your write-ups...keep it comming.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #10, 06-05-2006 01:36 PM
      Well, I guess I spend a lot more time reading and learning than I do "speakin' up". I belonged to a Harley Forum and learned early on how to "can't we just get along" =;^0

I'm a professisonal - so you know the saying. "I know more and more about less and less until I know everything about nothing!"

The other side of the coin is to be a generalist - "Who knows less and less about more and more until he knows nothing about everything"!!



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #11, 06-05-2006 01:38 PM
      Another thing - making mods to your Fiero is like eating Jujubes.. Can't stop once you start eating.... all the lurking means I have an enormous appetite for change! Too bad finances will slow me down =8'(

Mr. Pat (patrickspratt@live.com) MSG #12, 06-11-2006 06:02 PM
      bump



PBJ (pbjt@sympatico.ca) MSG #13, 06-11-2006 09:10 PM
      I got to see the car in real life on our cruise. Nice work and a really nice car too. Looking forward to cruising again with you. I am looking forward to some pics and maybe a video

Pete

[This message has been edited by PBJ (edited 06-11-2006).]

Mr. Pat (patrickspratt@live.com) MSG #14, 06-11-2006 10:01 PM
      Yeah I saw the thread, thats why I bumped. Wanted to know how the 6 speed was doing.

AusFiero (jim@jadeweb.com.au) MSG #15, 06-11-2006 10:10 PM
      But you don't look anything like a Tasmanian Devil. Not enough hair, and what is there is in the wrong place

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #16, 06-12-2006 08:06 AM
      Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Archie gave me all my pics for the build. There are 184 images! 50 or so are "secure" that give explicit detail on some of his special tricks. Archie has asked me not to post the secure photos - and I certainly agree with his request.

There will be lots more - but I don't have Inet access during the evenings - and I'm supposed to do real work during the day! =80

I need to sort through the pics so they make sense and am working with 3"x3" to select the shots I want.

I'll also be posting on the CHOPTOP CHRONICLES for the comments on the chop...

I've got a few short AVI's of the London meet - and one where I face off against PBJ on the track - turn up your volume - cz the sounds are great!!!

Give me till Wednesday to start posting more on this thread...

Here is my timing slip from the third run - PBJ beat me.. =8( (but hey I was a racin virgin then!)


Dave


daveg MSG #17, 06-13-2006 03:14 PM
      Dave, you don't look so good....been out in the sun too long?

Glad to see you have another Fiero. I still have the same one. (20th anniversary yesterday). Running better than ever, still looking car-show ready.

daveg


NorthFloridaFiero (mfs20001@gmail.com) MSG #18, 06-15-2006 12:18 AM
      Why is the 60 ft whited out on the 3800sc?

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #19, 06-15-2006 11:55 AM
      That's how the strip comes. You only get the reaction and other key times for your opponent. PBJ would have all of his detail for his run. You could ask him for his times.

PBJ (pbjt@sympatico.ca) MSG #20, 06-15-2006 12:42 PM
      We were running high 1.9 60 foot. with ours that night. The track was horrible slippery. My friend with a 95 cavilier 4 cyl automatic was not even getting traction on this 17.6 1/4 mile runs. We were running slower with slicks. 13.2 with traction ta's and 13.4 with slicks.

But this thread should not get of topic.

SO please DR TAZ. lets get some more pics !

Pete



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #21, 06-15-2006 01:00 PM
      Hear you guys loud and clear.

I've been busier than a one armed coat hanger. I promised something for mid this week - but will need to put off an update for a couple of days.....

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #22, 06-19-2006 05:53 PM
     


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #23, 06-21-2006 09:23 AM
      Here we go - more pics....

First go the extra chop pictures.











and the last one is of the rear clip - pre-chop!



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #24, 06-21-2006 09:34 AM
      Next comes the big brake and coil overs....























That's it for today! Have lots more to come!!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #25, 06-21-2006 10:10 AM
      Got a few minutes in between meetings...

This series os of the engine and tranny - outside the car.

Just in case you haven't read the whole thread - the tranny is a brand new crate 6 speed (Pontiac G6)

Enjoy







Cleaning up the craddle!



(removed a pic of someone else's engine - the 350/383)





That's it - I need to sort through the other 80 or so images to at least try and make them follow properly....

[This message has been edited by DrCPU (edited 06-21-2006).]

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #26, 06-22-2006 07:26 AM
      Next comes the engine build starting with a clean engine bay.





Here comes the engine!
































DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #27, 06-22-2006 07:36 AM
      Next more of the chop...



























DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #28, 06-22-2006 07:41 AM
      and more body shots....















DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #29, 06-22-2006 07:55 AM
      and now for some closer shots of the engine, throttle body etc...

Some pics look the same, but they are slightly different. I'm including all the images so viewers who are interested in the detail - have it!











The transaxle from the tranny








Other close-ups of starter, remote filter etc...









with final close-ups on the engine/tranny - note the chrome distributor cover isn't in yet...










DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #30, 06-22-2006 07:59 AM
      Next are some good under the car shots (on a lift - the red bits) and some pics of the exhaust....













DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #31, 06-22-2006 08:03 AM
      Next are some shots of the interior finish after the chop. Includes headliner etc..

As you can see from the pictures - it looks like a stock interior - other than the lower roof there is no hint to the chop. Excellent work!









DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #32, 06-22-2006 08:13 AM
      These next pics are from my "delivery". I picked up the TAZ on May 26th, 2006. I have a frient with me - "Pat".
He's the smaller guy and I'm the (ahem) heftier fellow....

Excitement rules the day as I drive it for the first time!





Here I go for the first time!!!



And the final "Chilly Willy" pics. If you don't know about this - you need to get work done by Archie. He forces you to pose like this for a reason!!!





and the last pic is my favorite!!!



I'll let all the images sit for a few days to give you time to review them. If I can answer any questions I will. This build contains about 190 different pictures. I have another 58 shots that are "Archie Secure" pictures. If you've read the thread then you know why I have not shown them.

I'll also post other information to this thread for how things are going, and my overall impression of the car, getting Archie to do the work etc.. Keep checking in as it moves to the top of the "General" part of the forum.

Thanks Archie! It cost me a bundle - but I have a beautiful kick ass car!!



cooguyfish (fish1042@email.com) MSG #33, 06-22-2006 09:02 AM
      So how do you like the gearing of the 6 speed with that V8?



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #34, 06-22-2006 09:40 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by cooguyfish:

So how do you like the gearing of the 6 speed with that V8?




I'ts absolutely fabulous! 1st is very tall and is only needed for the first twenty feet. The rest of the gearing is great and the engine has enough torque that I can drive it in any gear at 2k rpm without luggin' and ready to roar! Shifting is smooth and precise. One of the biggest advantages is the 6th gear is for highway driving. I drive from just east of cambridge to mississauag city hall every day - much of which is on highway. The TAZ runs at 2100rpm at about 120kph. The gas mileage is better than the V6 (due to 6th). I can say witout a doubt that the 6 speed will pay ofr itself in gas savings - had I opted for a 5 speed instead.

Heck if I drive enough miles I'll have saved enough to have paid for the entire conversion! =87)
Dave


Fiero2m8 MSG #35, 06-22-2006 03:01 PM
      Awesome thread Dr.CPU !!!
You took the route with Archie that so many of us on the forum dream of.
I have had to take a much different approach with my project, but so far I'm still married...
Sorry I didn't make Mapleview, but I plan to attend on Wednesday July 5th with or without Fiero2m8 (weather...and a bunch of other stuff permitting).
The pictures on this thread should hold me over till then.

Cheers,
Ryan



PBJ (pbjt@sympatico.ca) MSG #36, 06-22-2006 11:29 PM
      Now that is a photo documentary. Pictures make aluminum shine. I like it.

Pete



MclarenF1 (poopoomagoo1@hotmail.com) MSG #37, 06-23-2006 03:51 AM
      How much horsepower and torque does thta engine have? Boy I would love a 6-speed.

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #38, 06-23-2006 08:34 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by MclarenF1:

How much horsepower and torque does thta engine have? Boy I would love a 6-speed.


Thanks for all the feedback! I'll be printing up all the photos (including the secure ones) to 4"x6" and but them in a photo binder. I'll leave it in the car for shows and meets. I'll also include the final invoice (reduced to 4x6 - too bad the dollar amount doesn't shrink when you reduce the original ) - ouch!

As far as horsepower and torque goes - I don't really know. The engine itself is rated at 330hp. Don't know if the TPI helps it out or not. I will put it on a dyno if there is one at Fierorama this September. I suspect I get more than 300hp at the rear wheel and have no idea of torque - but I suspect it's rather high as well.

Put it this way - on the drag strip - it was like sitting in a rocket cockpit. Basically, strap a rocket between your legs and hit the "ignite" button. With day to day driving it is great - like a mini Corvette! I drove my father's '63 Sting Ray in late '60s or very early '70s and from memory it is just as awesome. Any one who drives near me "knows" something is different about the car. It doesn't look like a pimped out ricer and it has the sound that you just can't beat with a big cubic inch American made small block. I don't care what anyone says - I'd rather have big inches than a hopped up BB. When I get on the highway - if the inside lane doesn't make room - or is trying to speed up so I can't get on - you know the type - that I can be a football field length in front of them - before they even know it. Gobs of power she has!

It's my daily driver in the summer and I don't have access to a lot of tools or a work bay - so dependability was the reason I went for the 350 SBC. I don't have A/C or a lot of the other "power" options - so it's more like a heavy go-kart than anything else. The guys at work who have 'vettes just love the old style rumble shake rattle and roll. Anyone who's ridden in a '60 hemi 3 speed Baracuda knows what I'm talking about!

I'll be adding a lot more about the entire experience - maybe later today.

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #39, 06-23-2006 08:37 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by Fiero2m8:

Awesome thread Dr.CPU !!!
You took the route with Archie that so many of us on the forum dream of.
I have had to take a much different approach with my project, but so far I'm still married...
Sorry I didn't make Mapleview, but I plan to attend on Wednesday July 5th with or without Fiero2m8 (weather...and a bunch of other stuff permitting).
The pictures on this thread should hold me over till then.

Cheers,
Ryan





I stayed home last night - was a long day at the office. I'll make it next week if the weather is good. Might not make it on July 5th as my kids are with me for a few days.

The build was my reward for surviving a divorce after 27yrs of mariage!! =87)

My motto now is "Women = BAD!"


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #40, 06-23-2006 06:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

My motto now is "Women = BAD!"


Hehehe. Nice write-up and I enjoy reading them.


lou_dias (loudfiero@gmail.com) MSG #41, 06-23-2006 07:15 PM
      This is a first for me...I own page 2...

I was doing 70 at 2000rpm in my 2.8. Weird thing about mine is that occassionally at a dead stop, my speedometer rises to various speeds then drops down to 3-4 mph, where it has been sitting with the motor running at a dead stop (and even off completely). Once I get around to replacing the center console, I'll check for some bad connections on the VSS unit. Have you had any occurrences of this?

- Lou


Jncomutt (jncomutt@hotmail.com) MSG #42, 06-23-2006 08:04 PM
      70mph at 2000rpms is quite nice. With the isuzu/3800sc I'm doing 70mph at 2500 rpms.

lou_dias (loudfiero@gmail.com) MSG #43, 06-26-2006 07:13 AM
      I'm using 255/60/16 Falken tires on '99 Camaro rims. Archie calibrates the speedo to your setup with a GPS.

cooguyfish (fish1042@email.com) MSG #44, 06-26-2006 07:24 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by lou_dias:

I was doing 70 at 2000rpm in my 2.8.

- Lou


Man that's a tall gear, I do 2000 RPM in the saturn at 50 MPH. I Think at 70 I'm doing 3K. Lot's of short gear


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #45, 06-26-2006 07:53 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by lou_dias:

This is a first for me...I own page 2...

I was doing 70 at 2000rpm in my 2.8. Weird thing about mine is that occassionally at a dead stop, my speedometer rises to various speeds then drops down to 3-4 mph, where it has been sitting with the motor running at a dead stop (and even off completely). Once I get around to replacing the center console, I'll check for some bad connections on the VSS unit. Have you had any occurrences of this?

- Lou



This is one of the very few niggly little problems with my build from Archie. The speedo will be fine while driving - but when idling at a light etc - it might start jumping around between 0-40kpm. If the turn signal is on then it jumps much less. Archie knew this problem was there when I picked it up and they spent a few hours trying to isolate it - without any success. It's well grounded and everything - but must be some other interference. Funny how at a dead stop I can rack up a kilometer or two while waiting for the light to change. Makes my MPG even better. =87)




DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #46, 06-26-2006 07:57 AM
      Forgot to add that Archie adds a Dakota Digital converter on his swaps - eslpecially for the newr 6 speeds and it output 64k pulses versus the 4k the older tranny's output. Don't quote me on the numbers - but I think my memory is correct...

mysticfire6602 (amcamd6602@verizon.net) MSG #47, 06-26-2006 09:04 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by Jncomutt:

70mph at 2000rpms is quite nice. With the isuzu/3800sc I'm doing 70mph at 2500 rpms.



:| in my metro in 5th gear at 65mph im at 3500rpm


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #48, 06-26-2006 09:19 AM
      Fuel efficiency so far is a combined 20.37 MPG. I calculated this from my 294.6km for 34.03 litres of gas.



rotten (kcfreeloader@hotmail.com) MSG #49, 06-26-2006 02:12 PM
      First of all congratulations on that very sweet car!!

For the exhaust, it looks like you just have to small cats, is that right?

Have fun with that mean machine!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #50, 06-27-2006 02:17 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by rotten:

First of all congratulations on that very sweet car!!

For the exhaust, it looks like you just have to small cats, is that right?

Have fun with that mean machine!


Yes and No. I have two small cats - one for each bank - and the tips of the exhaust are actually the mufflers. Two each side - about 5" long. Look at the pictures where the TAZ is on a lift and the shot is of the rear of the car. The mufflers have a yellow band (1/8"wide) about four inches in from the tip end.

I don't know what brand they are - (Archie can tell you) but they work OK at low throttle and low torqure. They are fabulous in high RPM and open throttle -- like BRAAAAWWWWWWWWWW!

Radio isn't as good as it was - or at least I can't hear it as well as I used to - wonder why?!! =8^)

When my buddy followed me in his Solstice on the trek to London he said HE couldn't hear HIS radio!!

From the driver's seat it isn't that bad - but I now look for underpasses or tunnels where I love to open it up - and coast when passing a blueberry!



rotten (kcfreeloader@hotmail.com) MSG #51, 06-27-2006 05:21 PM
      Thanks for the info. I'm not sure how loud i want my car to be. Aparently the cops in this area have recently had high speed chase training so they are pretty pschyed up to use this new knowledge. I'm considering going with a bypass instead.

Mr. Pat (patrickspratt@live.com) MSG #52, 06-27-2006 10:34 PM
      They may be monza resonated tips. I have the same thing, quiet at idle, nasty at wot. Best 40 bucks i ever spent.



Mr. Pat (patrickspratt@live.com) MSG #53, 06-27-2006 10:35 PM
      They may be monza resonated tips. I have the same thing, quiet at idle, nasty at wot. Best 40 bucks i ever spent.



Fiero2m8 MSG #54, 06-28-2006 02:34 AM
      If they are yellow in the end then yes, they will be Monzas that Archie uses.
The last time I ordered parts from him, he shipped them in Monza boxes...


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #55, 06-28-2006 01:46 PM
      Monza, Smonza. All I know is you can't get out of the car after driving it without a woody!

Seriously though - they are perfect. They're a good balance of volume and performance - I call it an engine in harmony!

I have a Harley with slip-ons and it's louder than the Fiero. My neighbours at the trailer park where I live do know it's me when I get within a 1/2 mile of the park. They said the tone is very unique and not anoying like the garbage can slip on's that the ricers use. Basically the car sounds like it means business because it can.

=8^0


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #56, 06-28-2006 02:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

My neighbours at the trailer park where I live do know it's me when I get within a 1/2 mile of the park. They said the tone is very unique and not anoying like the garbage can slip on's that the ricers use. Basically the car sounds like it means business because it can.

=8^0



Like the guy who host's the T.V. show "Fear Factor" once said about the sound of his car, "It sound's like WAR." If it does, then your car means "business" hehe.

[This message has been edited by madcurl (edited 06-28-2006).]

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #57, 06-28-2006 04:12 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

..."It sound's like WAR." If it does, then your car means "business" hehe.



Love the quote - and LMAO with the animation!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #58, 07-16-2006 01:42 PM
      Hmm...what in the news???


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #59, 07-17-2006 08:22 AM
      I was going to do my final write up, but ran into a few problems that need to be taken care of first.

I ran the Top Cog belt with the addition of the thrid pulley (for alternator) for two days. It seemed like everything was going well until I lost voltage again.

It's a long story - but the belt was still on - alternator is fried!

I also had a weird thing happen when I started up the TAZ to see if the pulley was seize. The ignition stayed on - but the pinion gear was not "out". I took the keys out ofthe ignition and the starter still ran - non-stop until I had to pull the battery connection.

Anyway - I know how to remove an reinstall the starter now! The starter was OK - seems like my ignition is a little loose.

Should pick up a rebuilt alternator today or early this week.

Will post a final note for the entire build once I've got this running smoothly for a few days...

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #60, 07-27-2006 07:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hmm...what in the news???




DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #61, 07-28-2006 08:14 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:




Yahh - it's been a while! I'm waiting for a solenoid to come from Archie. I'm having the luck of an Irishman with getting the "bugs" out. The alternator fried (thank GOD for that!)- and I've had lots of weird problems with the starter. I picked up a rebuilt alternator from NAPA and with the top cog belt (153888) I have kept the belt on for the last week. Looks like it might have been the alternator all along - throwing the belt.

I'm not confident driving it anywhere - as I spend most of my time driving focused on the voltmeter and expecting the to see it drop any time. Also, I cringe everytime I try to start her up as it might or might not go. I travel with a spare "jack and screwdriver" and can bypass the ignition wire to the solenoid to jump start it - but that's not a great way to do things. I think I've isolated the problem to a bad ignition wire to solenoid connection - or an intermittently bad solenoid. Hey - I'm not a mechanic so what I'm saying here is my 0.02 worth....

Not the best news - but this is a risk you take when you get stuff done a long way from home. I also don't have easy access to a mechanic as I live out in the countryside. If the system decides to fart big time - I'm kinda left up to my own to figure out the problem. All of this is good "character" building - and I can take the alternator and starter off and put it back on now in about 5 minutes flat - so I'm learning lots!!

Dave



Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #62, 07-28-2006 10:01 AM
      You should have the Solenoid any time now, I sent it out more than a week ago by Post.

Your confidence will build back up soon.

Did you replace or fix your ignition switch so that it shuts off properly when you turn off the key?

The problem you had earlier with the ignition switch where it kept running the starter when it was shut off is probly what killed the Alternator. So I'd recommend replacing the ignition switch if you haven't already. The power drain from when it kept on running may also have burnt up or damaged that wire going to the spade terminal on the solenoid & might be that the problem is just damage to that wire. Need to check that out if you can. When a starter keeps on running while the switch has been turned off, it pulls a lot of power & heats up all the wires connected to it. Maybe a wire just burnt partially thru. Like I said maybe that power drain is what fried the Alternator too.

Stay in touch.

Archie


 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
Yahh - it's been a while! I'm waiting for a solenoid to come from Archie. I'm having the luck of an Irishman with getting the "bugs" out. The alternator fried (thank GOD for that!)- and I've had lots of weird problems with the starter. I picked up a rebuilt alternator from NAPA and with the top cog belt (153888) I have kept the belt on for the last week. Looks like it might have been the alternator all along - throwing the belt.

I'm not confident driving it anywhere - as I spend most of my time driving focused on the voltmeter and expecting the to see it drop any time. Also, I cringe everytime I try to start her up as it might or might not go. I travel with a spare "jack and screwdriver" and can bypass the ignition wire to the solenoid to jump start it - but that's not a great way to do things. I think I've isolated the problem to a bad ignition wire to solenoid connection - or an intermittently bad solenoid. Hey - I'm not a mechanic so what I'm saying here is my 0.02 worth....

Not the best news - but this is a risk you take when you get stuff done a long way from home. I also don't have easy access to a mechanic as I live out in the countryside. If the system decides to fart big time - I'm kinda left up to my own to figure out the problem. All of this is good "character" building - and I can take the alternator and starter off and put it back on now in about 5 minutes flat - so I'm learning lots!!

Dave

[This message has been edited by Archie (edited 07-28-2006).]

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #63, 07-28-2006 10:43 AM
      Thanks Archie.

The ignition switch (at the steering wheel) seems to be OK. I did take the solenoid off the starter and cleaned it up and then put it back together, but the solenoid is not serviceable. I also tightened the ignition wire to the solenoid - as the crimp was loose. As there were a number of things going on at the same time - including a discharged battery - that it's too difficult for me to say one way or the other what the heck happened.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in September, and will drive the TAZ. I'll be leaving a day or two early - so if you get a call from me to come rescue me somewhere between Detroit and your shop that I hope you'll do so! (Hope you're smilling). I'm looking forward to getting my battery back as well - I hate SEARS products - long story better left to another time....


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #64, 08-14-2006 11:17 AM
      Was at the Fiero meet in London - Way to go guys and gals! Excellent event!

Thanks go to Arn, Pete and Becky!

I picked up the trophy for most unique modification....



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #65, 08-14-2006 11:19 AM
      I ordered the euro tail light panel from Ken and found lenses in a wrecking yard in Oklahoma! So this will be the next mod.

Hope to have it done (at Archie's) before ChopTop meet and Fierorama.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #66, 08-14-2006 01:44 PM
      Nice. It's good to see that one of the choptops is out having fun. Any additional comments from those who viewed your car?

N8YKC (n8ykc@comcast.net) MSG #67, 08-14-2006 07:01 PM
      Dr.CPU

Are you passing through Detroit and take 94 over to Chicago and up? If you have a chance, take a look at the High-speed Ferry in Muskegon that goes over to Milwaukee. This makes for a relaxing 2 hour trip and cuts your time waiting in traffic. AND, I would get to see your car!!

There is also a Coal-driven Car ferry in Ludington, Michigan that ports in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

[This message has been edited by N8YKC (edited 08-14-2006).]

Hulk MSG #68, 08-14-2006 09:46 PM
      ..and if you are taking that route, I invite you to take a rest in Benton Harbor, too. It's in SW Michigan, and I don't live too far from I-94. I would love to see your car in person!



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #69, 08-15-2006 07:30 AM
      I've travelled the route to Chacago a zillion times!

On the Harley, truck and Fiero!

I did the old ferry from Ludington-Manitowoc on the Harley in '97. I now normally go through Sarnia - Port Huron - Flint - Lansing - Battle Creek - but like mixing things up. I might be leaving late afternoon Sept 5th or very early Sept 6th.

Ping me with your email phone numbers and addresses and I'll see if I can plan out a route so we can meet. Send me the web link for the ferry and I'll check it out. Need to figure out how often it runs, the cost etc.. I normally like to stop off at exit 1 (Indiana) as there is a cigar store there that sells cigars at a bargain price. Hmmm I could get some cigars shipped to NY8's - now ya got me thinking....



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #70, 09-08-2006 10:06 PM
      I've been at Archie's since Wednesday (about three days now) and will provide my final write up for the Archie "Build".

I'm no longer a "Fiberglass" virgin. Chirs - at Archie's gave me instructions and watched as I did the fiberglassing to cover the aerial hole. Actually, he fed the fiber bits and I did the dabbing and all the other work. Rob helped out with the hints on wet sanding and painting. Should have listened to him better.... but that story is to follow....

I also did the Hines Euro Tail light panel and took lots of pictures.

I'll finish of Archie's build first and will give him a "Report Card".

Then I'll just add all the other stuff I do and keep doing to the Taz - to this thread!

Hope to see lots of you at the open house - or at Fierorama.

Dave



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #71, 09-13-2006 12:18 PM
      OK, here is my last post for the review of the V8 Archie conversion. I've broken the scoring into a few areas and have scored them like a report card. I drove the TAZ to Rockford from Toronto. No problems - ran real good.

Initial Contact and Order - Order details and timely responses - desire to help sell old motor (A+)

I contacted Archie in August of 2005 with the idea of the suspension, big brake and tranny conversion to a Getrag 5spd. Archie provided me with an estimate. I sent him the deposit and deliverd my car to him in October of 2005. The estimated delivery data was April 2006. The engine was ordered and at Archie's when I deleiverd the car in October. Archie had helped me sell the engine and tranny which was real cool.

Ability to change Order over time (A+)

I had contacted Archie several times over the winter to inquire on progress. Archie would send pictures a week or so after taking them. Archie told me about the new G6 and asked if I wanted to wait a little until he could get #1 working. I agree eagerly and decide to wait a little to let him get the setup finished with the new tranny. His contact at GM says he'll be able to order new crate F40 trannies by the end February.

In mid February 2006, Archie had the first G^ done - so I change the order. I also asked about the chop, and since the wait was on for the tranny decided to add this to my order. Delivery was moved to the very end of March with a more probable delivery in May.

Meeting Delivery Date (A)

I downgraded this mark a little, but most of the trouble was because of my order changes. The changes I'd request pushed the production dates into Archie's already busy schedule. We tried for Mid May and ended up waiting until May 25th.

Delivery Day (B+)

I slight downgrade here as Archie was really pushing the envelope with my order. He and the boys (mostly the boys) were working hard on finishing up everything and at delivery has one outstanding issues. The speedo fluttered at idle (sometimes). They really tried to sort it out - and ended up with a fix a couple of months later. I guess if I'd ordered the standard 5 speed everything would have been fine. Since I was still a relative guinea pig for the 6 speed I do need to remember this when grading. Everyone else ordering the 6 speed will have no problem as the issure has been resolved.

Break-in (B+)

I had quite a few problems with the alternator belt getting flipped off. It took me a few weeks to sort out the problem. Turns out the alternator Archie got from CarQuest was out of aligment. Shaft was not square and It took me three weeks to burn out the alternator. I picked up a complete rebuild from NAPA - problem solved. When you order through Archie - make sure you ask for all componenet to come from NAPA or other high quality parts supplier. I know CarQuest is known for questionable parts. Archie's cost to you will be higher - but you'll save yourself aggravation.

Response to problems from Archie (A)

Archie stands behind his work and will not fluff you off. I originally thought the starter solenoid was bad and he shipped a replacement to me pronto. He also made a tension pulley for the 350SBC and sent that too me quickly. After my trouble over the first three weeks he even offered to come to Toronto to fix the problems if I wanted. Being too proud of an individual I was bound and determined to figure out the problem and do the fixes myself. I don't have a coverd area - but and now much more familliar with the alternator and starter than I'd ever expect to be. THis isn't all bad as I am now a lot more confident around the engine. Time well spent on my part.

I had a rear panel seperate a little, and knowing I was going to the Choptop reunion, decided to wait to fix this until Septemmber.

Final Bug Fixes (A+)

I drove to Archies three days before the Choptop reunion. Although he and the boys were very busy on Madcurl and Troyboy's car Kris, Rob and Mark took care of the panel seperation issue, fixed the jumpy speedo, and got my original battery back. Considering how much work was done I consider these items minor.

Quality of Work (A+)

Every mechanic I've shown the car to thinks the work - both engine and body - is 1st class. There is no doubt that being Chop #23 means the work is down pat. No leaks in sunroof or windows. Interior colours don't match exactly, but the beechwood colour scheme already has two shades - so a third minor difference on the pillars (fiberglass parts) isn't noticeable. The new headliner is also great. Engine and tranny runs smooth and are reliable. I've driven more than 6000 miles since the end of May and the car is strong and reliable.

Overall ease to deal with Archie (A+)

Archie has always been forthcomming with time lines and issue I may have had with the project. His work crew are phenomenal and are a joy to work with - more on this in later posts....

Overall Happiness with the project (A+)

I would not hesitate to recommend Archie for engine or chop top work. I'm not a mechanic, don't have very many tools, and no place to work on the car. Even if I had the space and tools I do not have the mechanical expertise to do this kind of work. Archie uses fram jigs during the cop conversions - thereby keeping the body solid and sqaure.

This is just my opinion, but if you want the job done right - V8 Archie is surely one guy who can do the job right the first time!

Dave


lou_dias (loudfiero@gmail.com) MSG #72, 09-13-2006 12:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Delivery Day (B+)

I slight downgrade here as Archie was really pushing the envelope with my order. He and the boys (mostly the boys) were working hard on finishing up everything and at delivery has one outstanding issues. The speedo fluttered at idle (sometimes). They really tried to sort it out - and ended up with a fix a couple of months later. I guess if I'd ordered the standard 5 speed everything would have been fine. Since I was still a relative guinea pig for the 6 speed I do need to remember this when grading. Everyone else ordering the 6 speed will have no problem as the issure has been resolved.


What was the speedometer solution? Not that I've been able to drive my 6-speed since May 10th, I'd still like to know how to fix it...



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #73, 09-13-2006 12:49 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by lou_dias:


What was the speedometer solution? Not that I've been able to drive my 6-speed since May 10th, I'd still like to know how to fix it...



The fix I needed was to add more power to the signal comin out of the Dakota DIgital controller. I'm bad with names, but I think John is the fellow who provide Archie with the electronic solution going from the F40 tranny to the FIero computer and speedo. It's adjustable - but the signal seems to be alittle low (in power) at idle. As soon as I move the car forwards the speedo would settle down and read correctly. Now it's rock solid all the time. John fashioned a resitor and capacitor together to add power to the signal. The electronics were then soldered into place.

Bob (California - Ferrari rebody) had the same problem. His was also affected due to the abnormal diameter of the tires he is using. DOn't have the size of his tires - but they are way larger than stock. He speedo is working - but is reading a little low - which is better than reading a little high.


xgamefan MSG #74, 09-13-2006 01:34 PM
      With the sweet 6 speed are you still using the fiero drive shafts or are they from the Solstice also??

Awesome looking car!!


rgeeinc (rgeeinc@hotmail.com) MSG #75, 09-13-2006 03:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Bob (California - Ferrari rebody) had the same problem. His was also affected due to the abnormal diameter of the tires he is using. DOn't have the size of his tires - but they are way larger than stock. He speedo is working - but is reading a little low - which is better than reading a little high.


Dave, My speedo was reading low before we started the job changing the Dakota Digital controller. Jack did a great job fining the problem with the speedometers. He is a wiz with electronics, but my speedo reading was too far off (because of my tire size) to bring it into the ball park but it is closer then it was when it started, and I am happy with that. I am glad he fixed the problem with your car, it helped with mine. Glad you made it home safe and sound.
Bob


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #76, 09-13-2006 03:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by xgamefan:

With the sweet 6 speed are you still using the fiero drive shafts or are they from the Solstice also??

Awesome looking car!!


Archie goes with new driveshafts (I think he makes them himself - or uses something else from another car). You'd have to ask him - but it's part of his conversion kit - or it was part of my overall conversion kit. Archie has his own (tm) way of mounting the shafts etc...

Thanks for the kudos...

I'm posting pics of my last modifications later this week.

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #77, 09-13-2006 03:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by rgeeinc:


Dave, My speedo was reading low before we started the job changing the Dakota Digital controller. Jack did a great job fining the problem with the speedometers. He is a wiz with electronics, but my speedo reading was too far off (because of my tire size) to bring it into the ball park but it is closer then it was when it started, and I am happy with that. I am glad he fixed the problem with your car, it helped with mine. Glad you made it home safe and sound.
Bob


No problems Bob. I'm just happy that I was able to drive Jack to the latest Radio shack to buy the parts to make the fix happen. Jack came prepared to fix my car - he had premade the circuitry - but forgot the part at his home. $20 of parts and he was able to fashion up two parts - one for me and you. He has enough resistors to make up about 4 more and only needs to buy the capacitor. The actual cost of parts for one cicuit is about $5.

I'm glad you asked me about it as I'd have hated to think you'd drive all the way to Kalifornia without it!

Dave


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #78, 09-13-2006 04:29 PM
     

CPU ,

You mentioned a seperating panels issue, what was that all about ?

Also you mentioned covering the airiel hole ??


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #79, 09-14-2006 11:20 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
CPU ,

You mentioned a seperating panels issue, what was that all about ?

Also you mentioned covering the airiel hole ??



Nothing serious... The inner panel of the rear clip (above the air vents) is held on at two mounting points. A month after I picked up my car - with everything settling, the panel needed a slight adjustment (one spacer needed to lift it slightly higher). Kris - at Archie's did the fix in about a minute.

All is well in Taz Land!



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #80, 09-14-2006 11:52 AM
      Well,

Now that the build is finished, it's time to add modifications to the TAZ. As mentioned earlier in this thread, I drove to Rockford, IL for the ChopTop reunion and Fierorama 2006. As I had a few outstanding issues to clear up with Archie so I showed up on his doorstep three days early (Wed Sept 6th,2006). I told him what I was hoping to accomplish and suggested that while they were fixing the minor issues (took them less than five minutes) that I might do the work myself.

Archie had no problem with this. He let me use a bay, use their tools and bother Rob and Kris to make sure I was doing things correctly. I had three things I wanted to do.

First was fix a bad chip/crack in in left side intake scoop.


Scoop FIx

I've done some body work in the past - but it was a long time ago - and ended up looking pretty bad. I used sandpaper to clean up the mar and then proceeded to bondo. Kris showed me the proper way to mix the bondo - I usually use too must setting agent. This is what it looked like with the bondo.



Next, tape it off and prime. Then wet sand....



Then goes on the paint - woila! first repair done.



Next, project - Hide Aerial

First I take off the front right panel and rocker panel. I already knew I just did not want to "plug" the aerial hole - as the fiberglass will shrink and crack. I'd never done any fiberglass work - so Kris gave me the instructions - grind down for good surface, fiberglass the inside first - turn over and grind down the outside, fiberglass until fix is higher than the panel, sand with 150 down to final surface, sand with 320 then sand with 600, prime, wet sand with 600, and then final paint.

Here's the right side - no fender.



Next the fiberglass on the inside... look Ma! I'm no longer a fiberglass virgin!



Figure out the best location for the mount point. Grind down to bare metal, weld on a braket - holes - predilled, bolt the antenna on then paint the assembly. I did this work while the underside of the fiberglass was setting up. Kris did the welding - I'm still a virgin in this area!



Next, I fiberglass the top side...



Then put the panel back on (with rocker). In retrospect I could have done everything while the panel was off - but did it this way cuz I don't know any better...



Next, bondo...



Then tape off - sand and prime....



Then take the taped out area off, wet sand and paint... Woila! Job #2 done...



I have lost some reception, and suspect I'll need to replace the antenna with something of higher quality - or change the location so it wraps up and along the front of the windscreen underneath the wiper motors.... It works, but lost about 40% of range.... I've got an MP3 player installed and mostly listen to CD's I've burned. Three CD's 20 or so hours of music... not bad.

I'll make the final project part of the next post....

Dave



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #81, 09-14-2006 12:19 PM
      Whoo hooo - I own page three of my own thread...

The final job I wanted to do was to install Ken Hines “Euro Tail Light Assembly”. I ordered it pre-cut for ’78-’82 Corvette tail lights. I’d found some used tail lights at a wrecker in Oklahoma City – via the intranet and had them shipped earlier directly to Archie’s. Ken shipped the panel to Archie’s as well. I guess Archie knew I was up to no good.. with packages coming to him with my name on them… tee hee hee

Anyway, the first thing I did when I unpacked the panel was check it over. Great craftsmanship on Ken’s part. Norm, Rob, Kris and Archie said it was the best fibreglass part they’d ever seen. All mounting holes are drilled and have clips in them. This panel has a tongue of fiberglass in each bottom corner, with a hole pre-drilled. There are two holes on each bottom inside corner of the rear bumper. Once fastened, the bottom of the bumper is secure. You tighten these inside mount points by wrenchin' through the turn light opening before you put the lenses on. These extra mounting points (8 in all) make the part 100% secure. No loose bottom.

Being impatient, I get the old lenses off and put the part on –without doing the wiring. Perfect fit first time.



I get Archie to help me out with the wiring instructions and go to his wrecked cars to pilfer two turning element housings. I thought they’d come with the panel but were not included. I get the wiring put together and tested and then install the unfinished part. That’s enough for day one. I drive back to the hotel and take on last picture before it gets prepped and painted…



Next, I rough up the gelcoat and sand down a very small seam line of gelcoat at the top. I then prime it and paint it semi-gloss black.



Next I remove all the unused bulbs and get Kris to replace my flasher with a digital version. This way it will turn on the 4 ways and turn signals without having to have all the bulbs in. I then tidy up the harness and zip tie the loose unused wires and bulb harnesses. I Velcro the backup lights so they will show a tiny amount.




Install the panel and put on the Corvette lenses…. Ahhhh all done.

I guess it’s a personal preference thing – but I really light the tail light assembly. Only reference to “Pontiac” is on the driver side head light cover…. Not a bad thing – but now when I get asked what kind of car it is I’ll use Archie’s line and say “It’s a “prototype” Ferrari being test marketed for North America only!”…. hahhhaaaa

With the finished product....





My next job – after this one – to be done sometime later this winter is to install permanent BU lights where the reflectors currently reside…

One last thing… I need to update my Signature Graphics….

I really have to thank Archie, Kris and Rob. They were great and at the end of the two days felt like I was part of their crew. I can’t recommend them highly enough. I know some on PFF my think I’m blowing smoke – but I could not have been treated better…




Arns85GT (arnellen@rogers.com) MSG #82, 09-14-2006 12:26 PM
      Congrats DrCPU.

Coming together really well. Best of Show next year in London?

Arn


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #83, 09-14-2006 12:30 PM
      I already have project four five and six in line....

Project four was to install a Rodney Dickman strut for the rear lid. Installed it at Fierorame in a minute.... Cool works great - even if it was expensive. I'll edit this post to add a pick in the next days..

Project five is to replace the shifter boot. I bought the metal plate from Rodney as well and picked up some leather from Tandy. Will take the old boot off - use it as a pattern, and sewn my own leather boot replacement this weekend.

Project six is to install a security device in the same spot that my rear defroster switch was located. I picked up a replacement part with a blank face where the reaer defrost plug is - at a swap table at Fierorama - for $5 bucks. Need to buy a few parts from an electronics componet shop first - but hope to get things complete on this project in the next month.

I still have to get a paint job, and was planning to do it this winter. Will probably wait until late winter as with my new found glassing skills will likely add the inverted scoop to the hood this winter. I also need to glass the supporting member of the read deck lid - that had to be cut to make clearance for the intake - on the right side.... I guess that's projects seven and eight!

I know there are more things to do. Mr. Mike leathers would be nice - and a new custom dash with new guages is also on the wish list...



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #84, 09-14-2006 12:41 PM
      This is my new signature....

Snootz - no idea why the sig isn't showing...

Ahhh that should do it...


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #85, 09-14-2006 02:15 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Arns85GT:

Congrats DrCPU.

Coming together really well. Best of Show next year in London?

Arn


Being best of show would mean I'd have to really clean everything - every little crak. I live in a trailer park during the summer (it has dirt roads). I'm probably too lazy to spend the time doing all this work... =8^)

Heck my Harley gets washed all the time - when it rains!!

Dave



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #86, 09-14-2006 02:37 PM
      Here's a video and sound clip (of the rear of the car and reving the engine) I took when I was at Archie's last week.

http://vmix.com/viewVideo.php?ID=1352585



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #87, 09-15-2006 08:43 AM
      Who sez you have do things in order?!

I stopped by Tandy Leather on my way home and picked up a scrap bit of leather. Close in colour to what I wanted - but a bit lighter. After I rub the leather down with light MinWax it should darken up just enough to be a perfect match. Here's the add on of the shifter boot.

Take the boot shifter and assembly appart. Squish out part and trace the outline - give a little extra - on the leather. Make sure I number the parts so they go back in the same order as shape for each part is slightly different...



Lay everything out for a clean shot...



I don't have a sewing machine, so hand sew the seams (inside out) by hand with wax thread. It lasts a lot longer than regular thread and because of the wax will be moisture proof. About an hour and a half later ... tada!



Now turn it inside out (good side out), but keep the top of the neck doubled - don't turn it all the way right side. Put the base plate into the bottom of the new boot (I bought this from Rodney Dickman ($12)) and use a knife to score the locations for the four posts after moving the leather around to get the best fit...



Attach the new shifter boot to the top of the center console...



Then put the centre part of the console back in the car...



I did not have the MinWax - so will rub the shifter down this weekend. It's much nicer than the old half rotted "pleather". I did not glue the leather to the steel base. With the metal base and the four screws, there is full contact all the way around. No need for glue.

If you're pattern is a little bigger than stock, you can run up a second bigger seam inside, taking up some material to tighten the look up.

Dave


lou_dias (loudfiero@gmail.com) MSG #88, 09-15-2006 12:33 PM
      needs some woodgrain panels...

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #89, 09-15-2006 01:03 PM
      I like burl walnut - or bird's eye maple - but wood only works for me in older cars - (1940-1950) or Jaguars or high end luxo barges. Wood doesn't seem as fast (aka Flinstonemobiles) as say - carbon - or swirled aluminium.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #90, 09-16-2006 04:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:





You know there's a company that'll coat the rear lense in carbon fiber in any color you want.


jscott1 MSG #91, 09-16-2006 06:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

I guess it’s a personal preference thing – but I really light the tail light assembly. Only reference to “Pontiac” is on the driver side head light cover…. Not a bad thing – but now when I get asked what kind of car it is I’ll use Archie’s line and say “It’s a “prototype” Ferrari being test marketed for North America only!”…. hahhhaaaa



I'm debating this taillight mod. My painter wants to remove all evidence of the "Pontiac" name as well. But I kind of like the stock lights, and the light up "pontiac" is kind of cool. But since it's a bolt-on mod I can do it at anytime.

Yours looks really good!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #92, 09-17-2006 02:54 AM
      Hey Dave, how was the drive back to Canada?

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #93, 09-18-2006 09:05 AM
      Since I made the tail lense swap, the only Pontiac badging left is on the driver side head light cover. Now more than ever I get everyone looking at the car - walking around it - and then asking what kind of car it is. After I've finished toying with them a little I tell them it's a Fiero. Many will thell their spouses - both male and female - "See I told you so!" They are not sure at all and then they say "How come it looks nice and long?" Then I add in the chop factor and each and everyone then asks - "How old is the car?" When I say close to twenty years old they can't beleive it.....

Heck, I'm a lonely guy - it gets me the attention I need! =8^)


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #94, 09-18-2006 09:10 AM
      Madcurl,

I didn't know about the lense cover in carbon. If you give me an url - I'll most certainly check it out.

I drove to Port Huron - got in at about midnight. Stayed in my regular "Knights Inn". Coasted through customs - no problems. Ginger makes it easier for me - not that I had anything to hide....

The car ran very well. No more speedo problem. I get close to 25mpg on the highway. Got home at about noon the next day.

I put in my second stage car alarm on Friday night.... did not take any pictures of it as it minimises the security I'm taking.

I'll send you a PM with pics in it. I'm sure you'll smile!!!

I trust you flight back was OK. How did things work out ar Archie's the next two days?

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #95, 09-18-2006 12:13 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Madcurl,

I didn't know about the lense cover in carbon. If you give me an url - I'll most certainly check it out.

I trust you flight back was OK. How did things work out ar Archie's the next two days?

Dave


Yes. The cabon fiber treatment looks very nice on John Tennay's (Spddy) Fiero. I don't have John's # but you can ask Dale (Songman) for his #

The flight? I had a stop over at LAX. I saw a lot of plastic running around there ( I'm not talking about a credit card, hehe).



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #96, 09-18-2006 12:44 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Yes. The cabon fiber treatment looks very nice on John Tennay's (Spddy) Fiero. I don't have John's # but you can ask Dale (Songman) for his #

The flight? I had a stop over at LAX. I saw a lot of plastic running around there ( I'm not talking about a credit card, hehe).


Will do - thanks.

Mmmmmm bouncy bouncy plastic....


Fiero2m8 MSG #97, 09-19-2006 08:37 PM
      Thanks for the updates Dr.
Sounds like you had a great time working at Archie's !



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #98, 10-22-2006 02:31 PM
      What up Doc? Anything new?

DemonDriver1 MSG #99, 10-22-2006 06:45 PM
      I didnt even think anyone used the TPI set up anymore.

Is there a particular reason you went with that engine choice?

Price?

Looks?



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #100, 10-22-2006 09:06 PM
      Hi guys!

The last few weeks have been pretty slow. After getting back from Fierorama I took care of a couple of mods - as posted.

I'm planning to add the minor inverted scoop from Archie. He's been busy and has not been able to tell me what shipping charges will be to get the fiberglass part to me in Canada.

If I remember - I'll call him again and just get him to get me a price to send it via UPS.

I've moved back into my appartment - and have brought the tools I'll need to take off the hood and do the work on my dining room table.

I also want to change out the spring in my RCC coil overs. Archie said I had 350lbs springs and I need more spring rate - so want to buy 400lbs springs. I've been trying to find a source for the RCC coil over in Canada without any luck. If anyone has a number in the US I can call I'll order them from the US.

I'm still targetting Mr. Mike's leathers for the interior - will get the new visors as well - but will have to wait till a bonus cheque comes in before I can order that.

One good thing about garaging the TAZ for four or five months - means I've got time to do some work.

I've got my Harley up for sale at a local shop - and if I can sell it will have the funds to do everything above.

I'm going to get the car painted in March 07.

Demon asked why I picked the TPI - Well it's what Archie suggested. I really like the look and it's the only one around that I've seen with the version of the intake I have. I opted for the 330hp 350 to keep things in the tamer category. I have to be honest - I did not research it much. After all is said and done - I'm very satisfied with the set-up I have.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #101, 10-22-2006 09:18 PM
      Well, I did another search and found this site.

http://dwayne9.addr.com/fiero.html

I sent them two emails - their product description says I can change the spring rate on the shock. Will see what they say.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #102, 11-15-2006 06:51 PM
      Now that it's getting colder up in Canuckland it's time to start the new projects....

I received the Warber hood scoop from Archie and will take off the hood this weekend. Great quality on the part with lots of pics and instructions. This will be my first "real all by myself" fiberglass project so will take it slow.

I've got a price for my paint job (basecoat/clearcoat) and will probably get it painted next month - after I've finished the scoop - and maybe hidden the "Pontiac" logo on the left (driver) headlight cover. My Fiero badge fell off - so will make the front end nice and clean as well.

I wanted to post a pic of the scoop - but cannot get PIP working on any of my XP systems.

Edited for the pic of the Warber hood


Will post a pic tomorrow, from work.



jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #103, 11-15-2006 09:03 PM
      I like my stock light allot, they delaminated, so I took some vht night shade, masked off the two clear parts and sprayed away. No sign of Pontiac on my Fiero until the ignition is on.

[This message has been edited by jmbishop (edited 01-08-2007).]

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #104, 11-17-2006 09:12 AM
      As mentioned I started the scoop project. Got a friend to come over and help me take the hood of the TAZ. It's not heavy, just easier having someone hold the hood when you take the last bolt out! I'll be fiberglassing the word "Pontiac" out of the driver side headlight cover at the same time.

I'm doing the work in my appartment, and am trying to make as little a mess as possible. Well, as a bachelor - you know that's pretty much a lie!!

First thing is get the ABS picnic table in from outside - my working surface.



I've read the instructions over about a hundred times, and checked all the photos that are referenced on the instruction page. One last moment of "should I be doing this?", then it's let's start marking up the hood! First is to measure out the bottom corner...3"in from headlight, 6" from nose of hood (bottom).



I marked up the other points and then used my dremmel with dual discs (2 thin pads together), scored the opening.



Next keep going with the dremmel - to cut through the single layer. Went through about ten discs - when I twisted a little, as the discs are very thin and probably not designed for the job at hand. I have a 4" angle grinder with a thin cutter - but figured better slow and safe rather than too fast and sorry. The instructions did not really explain how to seperate the cut out piece (as it's still bonded to the ribs). Took lots of time, turning the hood over and checking to see if I was cutting too deep etc.

I have two very large knifes (for cutting wedding cakes), that my ex gave me when we parted ways and figured this was a perfect us for the largest one!. What the hay - looks perfect to insert in the cut and slip along the inside edge. Turned the hood over and did the same thing at the rib/top layer bond points. The panel seperated pretty easilly. Took me about 15 minutes as I took lots of time. Next is the pic of the cut out - removed from the top. The final picture was different than those in the instruction as I only cut through the first layer at the front end. This is a good thing as there were some pictures in the set from Archie that showed an inner lip.



Next is remove the bonding agent from the ribs - for a clean surface to bond in the new scoop panel....



Next, back to the dremmel to remove the interior portion on the second layer....



I have a full 1 1/4" edge for the scoop to bond around (sit on) - should make for a real solid insert...



Next is drop in the scoop - to see how things will look.





Next it's time to use the part that I cut from the hood as a general template to cut out the portion from the scoop part. Lots of measuring here. Clamping and remeasuring.

Part is marked out - time for more dremmel work.....



I stopped here for the day. Will get the scoop cut and bonded this weekend. Will post more picks next week!



Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #105, 11-17-2006 10:31 AM
      Are those Plaid headlight covers?

A


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #106, 11-17-2006 11:05 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:

Are those Plaid headlight covers?

A


You've figured out the paint scheme I'm getting done!!!


cornersonrails (webearthly@yahoo.com) MSG #107, 11-17-2006 06:00 PM
      Dave your car is sweet . Not to put the blame on you but it was your car that got me all excited about having a chop...lol.

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #108, 11-17-2006 06:05 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by cornersonrails:

Dave your car is sweet . Not to put the blame on you but it was your car that got me all excited about having a chop...lol.


Ya! I can remember both you and your wife spent a lot of time around my car at Fierorama. At least this time I can be blamed for something that turned out great!

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #109, 11-18-2006 02:31 PM
      Made lots of progress today! Got the scoop cut last night and bonded in. Boy did that filler ever set fast. I was ahead of it by about four minutes and wanted to make a final tiny adjustement (left/right by about 1/32nd inch) in alignment - but it was set solid. The scoop is centred and aligned great. This morning I started on the fiberglass.

It's cold up here - but dry. Decided to do the fiber work outside. I used a mediun set with the hardener - and was a little worried after things seemed to taking forever to set. Once finished I brought the peice inside - and things started gelling great! I'm letting the hood and left side headlight cover "cure" in the second bathroom - door is closed - with vent fan on! It's working fabulous! My appartment doesn't smell like a fibergalss factory - I can work in colder temps giving me lots of time before the resin sets-up and then bring the peice into the warmth - were it sets up great!

I'll post lots of pics on Monday - with more to update - PIP not working from my home systems...



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #110, 11-20-2006 09:01 AM
      As mentioned - lots of progress....

Pic of bonded scoop -



Colder day - but nice outside. Moved everything out to cut down surface for glass.. I decided to pull the matt so I'd be ready during the glass laying process..



Might as well grind out the last "Pontiac" name badge...



Move the peices inside so things can set up good - too cold outside for the resin to set in a reasonable period of time.. Had time to shave off the headlight surface - of extra glass and get the first coat of filler down..





It's Sunday and time to start shaving the set glass (edges) etc.



Time to sand the headlight cover.. and take down the top layer of glass to prep for filler...



I used 40 grid on a 4" grinder pad to take down the glass - it worked amazingly well and gave me lots of control. I was quite surprised and very happy with the results.



Late Sunday I laid down the first layer of filler for the hood. This is the most crucial part for me as I have not had a lot of experience with body work. I'm going to go at this one edge at a time, rather than the whole hood.

More pics and progress to come later during the week. We are down to 30F - so working outside isn't as fun anymore. Weather is supposed to go up to 40F on Wednesday - and is supposed to be a sunny day. Will probably wait until then to do any more work.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #111, 11-23-2006 09:15 AM
      The work on the scoop is coming along...

Finished laying the first layer of filler and letting it dry for a couple of days...



Next step - I'm flying from the seat of my pants here - is take it down to have the smoothest surface (no waves) as possible.



I then started the wet sanding with 220 then 320 grit.... I then touched up uneven areas with more filler (very light application) and after letting it set up for an hours wet sanded it down with 320 grit. The filler line at the top of the scoop is now even and I'm happy with the surface - all around. I should have taken another pic of the scoop at this stage - but forgot.

Next step is to prime it - very lightly - and check for any irregularities. Will post at the end of the week - or early next week!



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #112, 11-23-2006 11:57 AM
     

Great job CPU, and a first timer at that !

We never know what we can do until we try.

Question for all you glass gurus. I recently saw several cars that had this or similair mods done to the hood and 80% of them had some bubbling around the bonding edge area, once it hit the florida sun.

What causes this and can it be avoided by something done in the prep and bonding process ??


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #113, 11-23-2006 09:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Great job CPU, and a first timer at that !

We never know what we can do until we try.

Question for all you glass gurus. I recently saw several cars that had this or similair mods done to the hood and 80% of them had some bubbling around the bonding edge area, once it hit the florida sun.

What causes this and can it be avoided by something done in the prep and bonding process ??


Thanks for the kudos. There were several points in this project when I wondered if I'd bitten off more than I can chew. I hope I stripped the scoop panel down low enough to get the best bond possible with the glass. Time will tell. If I find I didn't do this right and it bubbles or cracks then I can just grind it all down, redo it and then repaint the hood.

Your question is a good one. Maybe you might post it in the tech section. I'd be interested in reading the feedback. I don't think too many PFF readers are following this thread - may a hundred or so. Your post in the other section might get a better response.

Dave



Jake_Dragon MSG #114, 11-24-2006 11:08 AM
      You have to be careful with what you use to bond the scoop on with. If it doesn’t cure all of the way before you put your filler and paint on it will out gas when the sun heats it up and cause problems.

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #115, 11-24-2006 01:57 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jake_Dragon:

You have to be careful with what you use to bond the scoop on with. If it doesn’t cure all of the way before you put your filler and paint on it will out gas when the sun heats it up and cause problems.


Cool! Thanks for the caution. I have not painted it yet - primer to come this weekend. I used standard filler - and will drill two holes in the underside spars - to make sure there is room for the air (and materials and gases) to expand and contract without trying to break out of the top. I did let the filler sit for a week or so before I did the fiberglass work - and didn't use as much filler as was implied in the pictures Archie sent me. There was a solid bond but I did have gaps on the left and right sides down near the lower part of the scoop funnel and the underside ribbing. Hope this makes sense to those reading this thread.

Dave


Jake_Dragon MSG #116, 11-24-2006 02:39 PM
      Did you just use fiberglass to bond it on? Or did you use some type of glue?
When I was in the Navy we didnt fiberglass anything if the temp was under 70 but that wasnt a big problem for our shop in Charlston SC.
There are sometimes issues where the glass wont cure all the way went its cold out and then can cause strinkage. But if you put it in the house and let it sit for a few days you should be ok. Put a heat lamp on it for a couple hours if youre worried about it.
Good luck.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #117, 11-24-2006 03:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jake_Dragon:

Did you just use fiberglass to bond it on? Or did you use some type of glue?
When I was in the Navy we didnt fiberglass anything if the temp was under 70 but that wasnt a big problem for our shop in Charlston SC.
There are sometimes issues where the glass wont cure all the way went its cold out and then can cause strinkage. But if you put it in the house and let it sit for a few days you should be ok. Put a heat lamp on it for a couple hours if youre worried about it.
Good luck.


The scoop was bonded (downside) with filler to the underside spars. The top and underside were then glassed. Kinda like a sandwich where the middle layer was the hood like swiss cheese (with big holes) and used penut butter to stick a slice of processed cheese to the swiss cheese - then used a sliced doughnut to sandwich the outer edge of the swiss and process cheese parts together. Man, I must be getting hungry!

Here is a crappy graphic to illustrate.




I let everthing cure in my apartment (in the bathroom with the door closed and the exhaust vent turned on) at a comfortable 78deg. The fiberglass had about a week to fully cure - so I should be fine.

Dave


Daredevil05 MSG #118, 11-26-2006 07:52 AM
      How much is the Warber hood from Archie? I don't see it on his site. I must be blind.

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #119, 11-26-2006 11:32 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Daredevil05:

How much is the Warber hood from Archie? I don't see it on his site. I must be blind.


Best to ask Archie.

I think it's $125 - but I haven't reveiced my bill yet. Archie shipped it to me before I paid - I have a good track record of paying him anyway and spent a ton of money on my car this past year with him. He might have given me a discount - so please don't quote me on the price.

Also I spent at least 40hrs on this project. It was my first. Archie's charge of $450 for a completed project looks like a deal. He does the work on a hood and takes yours as a core.

Ater I paid for shipping and the materials (resin, glass, bond filler, sand paper etc) his price seems like a deal.

I wanted to try my hand at some "honest" work - so decided to do this myself. This is really my first time doing glass and body work. I'm getting my car painted in a month and I'm sure the paint shop will add an hour to my paint job to cover off any time they might need to scuff the hood now that it isn't stock.

I've finisehd the scoop and the hood is back on the TAZ. Fixing the clearance of the rear trunk (over the TPI) and will post a bunch of picks late Monday or Tuesday!

Arch - the scoop looks great - very understated!!



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #120, 11-27-2006 02:29 PM
      Here's the progress from the weekend.

The first few are pics of the hood with the first primer coat added - to highlight areas needing more work...





and the driver side headlight cover - now less the Pontiac badging




Using my eyes, straight edge and hands I noticed a little dip on the right side - so sanded sown the primer and added more filler...



After working it smooth - I then added more primer to check it all out...



Then put down a layer of gloss black - it really shows any errors....




Final bit of work will be posted in the next pics.... I let the paint dry overnight and then went over everything varying light and angles...

Edited becasue some pics did not turn out..


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #121, 11-27-2006 02:39 PM
      Whoo hooo - I own page 4!!

It's Sunday - beaut of a day....

Brought the hood down to the garage and installed it back on alone. I left the headlight covers off and this made it real easy to centre the hood. Attached the brackets loosely, then closed the hood, centered everything then tightened the hood bolts via the open head light lenses....



then on with the headlight covers...



The a final check to make sure everything opens, closes and operates without any binding....



Next job is to fix the cutout that Archie made for TPI clearance in the rear hood...

Next post.




DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #122, 11-27-2006 02:57 PM
      Now that I THINK i know what I'm doing with fiberglass and filler - why stop now!?

Off with the rear trunk! Grind it down to make sure the glass and filler can bond....



In order to leave the void for the wiring, I cut out a template from cardboard. this way I'll have a final surface of about 3 layers of glass...



I made a mistake on this project. I wanted to get things done quickly - let's see if you can figure out what I've done wrong in the next four or so pictures!!!



Can you see my mistake yet??? The last two pictures are a hint....

After glassing and then applying lots of filler - to be sanded down nice and square I then primed and painted it - then back down to the car to install it!!



Leaving the side vents out gives you easy access to the mounting bolts.... makes it a snap to align the hood, then tighten up the bolts..



And a couple of pics to finish it off!



I'm now pretty well done my projects - on the outside of the car. I wanted to go with Mr. Mikes leather and some day would like to go with the new mod headlights using 1/2 height HIDs. I waited for Mr. Mike to come out with his Xmas sale - only to find he didn't have what I wanted. Looks like I'll need to save money and will have to defer the interior for another year.

I'll be delivering my car to the paint shop later this week. Will post pics in about a month when it's done!!

edited for spelling..




GKDINC MSG #123, 11-27-2006 03:13 PM
      Did you glass over the mounting bolt hole??
Just my guess.
Looks nice though
Good Luck
Gary


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #124, 11-27-2006 04:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GKDINC:

Did you glass over the mounting bolt hole??
Just my guess.
Looks nice though
Good Luck
Gary


You got it! Took the hood down - light was bad and it took me a few minutes of asking myself - where is that friggin hole - before saying "DOH"... It echoed in the underground garage. Took it back up and lucky everything hadn't set like steel ---------- as I was able to get all the filler out of the hole....


GKDINC MSG #125, 11-27-2006 04:15 PM
      Put Mr Mikes on the top of the list! You won't be disappointed. ( You probably already know this!)
I'll be looking for painted pic's
Have a Nice Day
Gary


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #126, 11-27-2006 07:37 PM
     
Sorry DrCpu.

I had told him about the annual x-mas sale, but apparently things did not work out.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #127, 11-27-2006 09:50 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Sorry DrCpu.

I had told him about the annual x-mas sale, but apparently things did not work out.


Hey no problem exoticse - Mr. Mike's xmas sale is for a predetermined number of seats with specific designs. I'm looking for two tone brown like the ones at his web site. He only had a one colour beige set of "leatherette" seats available. Heck if I'm going to spend the money I'm going for Corinthian leather made from real Corinthians! (Sorry Mr. Ricardo Montebalm - but gotta love those old "Chrysler Cordoba commercials") =8^)

Everything I'm doing to the car seems to be costing me more than I'd hoped. Paint will run around $4500 CDN and was hoping for $3000 CDN. I'd rather not cheap out on the paint (base+clear). My cloth seats are in excellent condition - no wear anywhere - so it just means I'll need to wait til maybe mid summer. Heck maybe I can just pick up a set at Daytona - ya that's the ticket .... heehheeeeheeee

Dave

[This message has been edited by DrCPU (edited 11-27-2006).]

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #128, 11-28-2006 01:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Heck maybe I can just pick up a set at Daytona - ya that's the ticket .... heehheeeeheeee

Dave



Hey, I heard that, hehe.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #129, 11-28-2006 07:26 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Hey, I heard that, hehe.


Dang, need to keep the inner voice a little quieter...

Funny that since I mentioned it I could probably arrange to have the work done on my trip to Daytona. As the seats in my car in primo condition - it would only take then a hour to do the work. Heck I could get it done in their "drive-thru" tm do it yourself service bay! Save me the shipping and duties and all that hassle...

So lets see - price for seats and new visors - $900
price for a fun week in the sun - $2000


cornersonrails (webearthly@yahoo.com) MSG #130, 11-29-2006 07:03 AM
      What color were you planning on painting your car? , Chris

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #131, 11-29-2006 03:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by cornersonrails:

What color were you planning on painting your car? , Chris


I'm planning on Deep Black Cherry. My problem is finding a sample. The only production car that comes close so far is the 1971 Corvette - but I still have to find out if this colour was available from the factory. If someone knows where I can view samples - on line I'd be very appreciative.

I have a couple of weeks to decide...

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #132, 11-30-2006 06:35 PM
      I dropped of the TAZ today at the paint shop I'm using. Went through a number of book samples of paint and decided on my color.

1995 Jaguar Deep Cherry paint code 737/PDP p.2c.... It's black with a very slight deep purple deep dark red mix just like a black cherry!

Shop says they need two weeks for the job.

I can hardly wait for them to get the job doen. They'll be diassembling most of the car for the job that include rockers, panels, mirrors, hoods etc.

I get a ton of looks at the car now and can only imagine how good it will look when its done.

Will post some nice pics taken from my underground garage when the job is done!



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #133, 11-30-2006 06:38 PM
      I guess now that I've spent all the money I have (and will have for some time to come) will have to focus my efforts on finishing Gears of War on the Xbox 360!

Not Fiero related - but that's where you'll find me... look for my GamerTag "TazmnDvl".


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #134, 11-30-2006 07:50 PM
      Is the shop painting the undersides of the hood, deck lid & Door jams?

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #135, 11-30-2006 08:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Is the shop painting the undersides of the hood, deck lid & Door jams?



Door jams yes - undersides of hood and deck - I don't know - but will ask them. Would be nice if it were all done wouldn't it?


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #136, 11-30-2006 08:06 PM
     


Sleek and simple,.....i like !

Cpu we need to hear about some of those interesting looks and discussions via the chronicles.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #137, 12-01-2006 01:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


Door jams yes - undersides of hood and deck - I don't know - but will ask them. Would be nice if it were all done wouldn't it?


Yep. The GBCT has the undersides painted. I forgot to ask my painters to paint the undersides on #011. I won't forget it on #015 and #020.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #138, 12-04-2006 11:20 AM
      I checked in with the paint shop this morning. Painter does not really want to put base and clear underneath - but will put down a coat of flat black to make sure it looks good. I'm OK with that.

I also asked him about a ghost stripe (2) to go from the front to the back. The painter is going to do a panel for me to see what it looks like, but will put down my base coat then put two white pearl stripes (very thin paint). This should give me the effect I'm looking for. First strip will start in the middle of the car and be 4" wide - to the driver side followed by a gap of 1 1/2" followed by another strip of 2".

Stripes should not be obvious until I'm in sunlight.

What do you guys think?


LoW_KeY MSG #139, 12-04-2006 11:31 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
I'ts absolutely fabulous! 1st is very tall and is only needed for the first twenty feet. The rest of the gearing is great and the engine has enough torque that I can drive it in any gear at 2k rpm without luggin' and ready to roar! Shifting is smooth and precise. One of the biggest advantages is the 6th gear is for highway driving. I drive from just east of cambridge to mississauag city hall every day - much of which is on highway. The TAZ runs at 2100rpm at about 120kph. The gas mileage is better than the V6 (due to 6th). I can say witout a doubt that the 6 speed will pay ofr itself in gas savings - had I opted for a 5 speed instead.

Heck if I drive enough miles I'll have saved enough to have paid for the entire conversion! =87)
Dave


how tall is the gearing like MPH wise

just curious I'm looking at every option possible before opting for my final decision. Being how you've experienced it thought I'd ask.. I know the gas mileage is better just looking at the shifting points


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #140, 12-04-2006 01:13 PM
      If you want the specs I'd look at GM and search for the F40 tranny - or call Archie. From a practical point of view 1st is good from 0 to about 5mph. It will run up higher - say 10mph but I'd be reving pretty high. Please take this for a grain of salt because I've never actually looked at the speedo when I do this shift. I use first to push my spped from a standstill. It's much like a slingshot - once you start, there's no stopping!!! =8^)

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #141, 12-06-2006 07:23 PM
      Holy Moly - am I ever excited!!!!

I got a call from the painter to come over and see the test panel they did with my paint color choice and the pearl ghost stripe. Oh man - I could just barely contain myself. It's exactly what I imagined. The stripes will go from nose to tail (including the bumpers). The first strip will be 4" wide and set down with the far edge along the centre line of the hood, and the stripe falling on the drivers side. I'll then have a 1 1/2" gap followed by a second 2" stripe.

The clear (well white) pearl is just barely visible - but will jump out in bright light conditions.

The Jaguar Deep Black Cherry looks black in low light settings, but will have a definite very dark (coagulated blood red) look to in in direct sunlight. The base paint is a pearl as well.

I went through everything with the painter and the whole car will be uni-color - save for the undersides of the front and rear trunk(s) and engine heat grills will be done in flat black......

Drool, drool, droooooooool


Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #142, 12-06-2006 08:27 PM
      Sounds sweet!!!!!!

I love Ghost Stripes.

Archie


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #143, 12-06-2006 08:46 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:

Sounds sweet!!!!!!

I love Ghost Stripes.

Archie


I'm calling them ghost stripes - but they aren't the type that you find on police cars. It's just a very thin coat of white pearl over the base coat for the area of the stripe. The whole kit and caboodle is then covered in gobs (I hope) of clear. As the white pearl is very thin - it let's about 90% of the base colour through.

The body guys said nothing about my glass work on the hood. They thought it was done by a pro! Just goes to show the quality of the part, the thought of the design that went into the part - and the great instructions. Heck if a nut like me can do it - then anyone can! The guys at the office keep shaking their heads when I tell'em I did it in and out of my appartment!

I feel like I did when I was a kid on christmas eve! Can hardly sit still thinking about out how nice the TAZ will be.

Thanks Archie!

PS Anyone doing any glass work - for God's sake don't do this one thing I did.

I put some unused - but mixed resin and hardener in my fridge (inside a closed freezer bag). I thought I could save it for ten minutes - to slow the setting time - but forgot it in the fridge for a few hours. It's been three weeks now and the smell is almost gone. Either that - or I'm getting used the smell and taste!

I Ended up having to chuck almost all the food in the fridge. The resin smell even went through solid plastic and transfered into the freezer compartment. Had to throw out most everything in there as well. Chicken with a slight hint of resin isn't as tasty as it might sound!

This is only something a newb could do!!

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PBJ (pbjt@sympatico.ca) MSG #144, 12-06-2006 10:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


Chicken with a slight hint of resin isn't as tasty as it might sound!

This is only something a newb could do!!



I can picture it, you made me laugh. Living and learning. gotta love it. Keep up the good work ehh.

Pete



cornersonrails (webearthly@yahoo.com) MSG #145, 12-06-2006 10:59 PM
      That is HILARIOUS !! Time for a new fridge.

GKDINC MSG #146, 12-07-2006 03:56 PM
      How did the resin and hardner work after that???? J/K
Project looks nice.
Good Luck
Gary


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #147, 12-07-2006 05:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GKDINC:

How did the resin and hardner work after that???? J/K
Project looks nice.
Good Luck
Gary


Well, being a newb with glass combined with the fact I did the work when it was cold outside and had stumbled upon the fact the resin sets slower in cold weather set me up for the giant "Doh" moment.

I had to bring the work inside to fully cure and my brain figured - what the heck - if it's in the fridge I'll have about fifteen minutes or so to decide to use it or not. I had finished with the resin and fiberglass but rather than just chuck the half cup of leftover resin - don't wanna waste anything - right - I figured I might use a dab or two on the peices that were setting nicely in my second bathroom.

Forgetting about it for a couple of hours kinda made the point moot. The resin has set in the fridge. As the resin compound cures it generates heat - and I also guess that the molecules from the fumes of the setting resin are much smaller than the molecules of the Zip Lock freezer bag that I used to place the bucket of resin in.

Put two and two together and I might as well have just applied resin to all the food in my fridge. Waxed cardborad held out the smell and tast the longest. This wasn't designed as a scientific test - but the milk in the milk carton stays UN-stinky for about four days. Brocolli and cauliflower really do a good job absorbsing the fumes (tee hee) I have a three door fridge and I guess the air exchange for the freezers are via the fridge.

Solid frozen Chiken Kiev soaked up the smell pretty thoroughly. Pizza pockets didn't fare much better.

Funny thing is the romaine lettuce was unaffected - so at least I've been getting my greens! =8&)

Not all is lost though - as the hardened resin can be used for a hockey puck - or I guess I could carve something out of it with my dremmel!!



Fiero2m8 MSG #148, 12-08-2006 11:20 PM
      Great work Dr. CPU!!!
Just read through the thread and it seems the divorce has really paid off

Ryan



jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #149, 12-09-2006 07:39 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

I guess now that I've spent all the money I have (and will have for some time to come) will have to focus my efforts on finishing Gears of War on the Xbox 360!

Not Fiero related - but that's where you'll find me... look for my GamerTag "TazmnDvl".


if you want to play some halo 2 you can get spanked my me if you ever catch me on
gamertag sjbishop123


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #150, 12-09-2006 11:09 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fiero2m8:

Great work Dr. CPU!!!
Just read through the thread and it seems the divorce has really paid off

Ryan



Thanks - The car has given me an outlet. Now how to sell that Harley for more Fiero stuff....

PS If I hadn't been divorced - the "resin fridge incident" or RFI as it should be called from this point onwards would have probably done it !!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #151, 12-09-2006 11:12 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:


if you want to play some halo 2 you can get spanked my me if you ever catch me on
gamertag sjbishop123


Well I could be into spankings - with the other gender - but that wouldn't be Fiero related. =8*0
The only XBOX game I kept for my 360 is Halo2. I never finished the solo mission. I'll look you up and add ya as a friend.


jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #152, 12-09-2006 08:00 PM
      awesome, I think I'll try to play some tonight, so if you read this, now would be a good time to catch me.

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #153, 12-13-2006 01:07 PM
      I guess it's true - a rolling stone gathers no moss. After I did the Corvette tail lights from K Hines I knew I needed to do the reverse lights....

I stopped by the paint shop - yet again - and asked to take home the rear bumper so I could add the reverse lights where the reflectors used to be. I went to the local Canadian Tire store and found some fog lamps that fit perfect - well maybe a tad small. They are made in Ohio, by Blazer. The body guy says - "sure" - and I tell him I'll have the bumper back by this morning.

They are just waiting for a time to get the paint down. This is good as I'm not in a real hurry - and anytime the crew at the shop aren't busy - they'll wander over to my car and sand block a little here and a little there. All the pros in the shop really like the TAZ and want to make sure the paint job is the best it can be. The owner told me last night that he isn't a fan of guys like me who give him gobs of time - becasue he can't charge me for all hours the boys spend on my car. We both smiled at that!

Anyway - here are a few pics of the latest mod...



I ended up opening the holes even more. I wanted to keep the holes for the reflectors - just in case I changed my mind - but ended up having to cut past the holes - but not all the through. This way there are two support bars that stop the lens from falling through.

This is what the lense looks like just sitting in the reflector receptor. The lenses are light blue - they did not have basic clear. I ended up taping the clearer lens part and spray painting the 1\4 inch near the edges black. I did not get a picture of the painted lenses as I did them this morning at the local CT store (in my truck)!



And finally - a few picks of the lenses installed (before I painted the edges of the lenses).





I almost sure that's it until I get it back from paint! - I promise - Unless Andrew gets me my new badges before then!



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #154, 12-30-2006 11:33 PM
     

Taz,

How is the paint coming ?


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #155, 12-31-2006 10:58 AM
      They painted the parts, bumper etc... Looks beautifulllll. I took some pictures last Friday - but PIP does not work for me on any of my computers at home.

Need to wait until I get to work (on Tuesday) before I can post. The whole car should be done on Tuesday - but they have to assemble the bumpers to mark the stripes then break out then paint. I figure it'll be another week before I have TAZ home.

The paint job looks like glass - and the black cherry is perfect!!!

Best of the NY to you - and all!

I'll be booking my time for D7 (March 23-25th) in mid January - hey that's only two weeks away!!

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #156, 12-31-2006 01:31 PM
      Thanks to Jake_Dragon for posting my pics - instead of me waiting for next week.

First pic is the taped off car - the paint guy preferred not to take out the front glass. Said he could do a great job as is. I'll wait and see when the job is done. If I don't like it I'll get him to remove the front glass.



Next are two pics of the bumpers with base color - no clear coat. The digital images give a hint of the true color. I tried to balance the color a little.



The last one is from the side scoop. Has clear coat done. A smudge was on the part - but did not wipe it off. This pic is a pretty good representation of the final paint job.



Can hardly wait until mid to end of next week!

Thanks again Jake!



jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #157, 12-31-2006 05:12 PM
      awesome, can't wait to see it done.

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #158, 01-04-2007 09:32 AM
      I have some progress shots of the paint. The base is on everything and the body has clear - and the stripes.

They still need to buff out some areas of the clear - but it's looking real good.

First shots are the rear end... Flash was on so some of the specs are metalic reflections. The car was outside all day so there is some dust on the car.





Next a couple of shots from the front...



And two more - one showing the scoop detail and the other over the sunroof.,,




DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #159, 01-04-2007 09:39 AM
      After the base color was applied on the scoop - everything looked real good. Then they applied the clear and baked the whole enchilda. The area around the scoop insert shows a small imperfection. From a distance of a few feet it's fine, but when you look up close you can see it. The painter says that the only way to get rid of it is to have them strip the hood and do more bodywork. They figure a day and a half. They are very busy now and don't want to do this right now. I did a lot of himming and hawing and will try to get them to do the hood over again.

They still have to mount the bumpers, mark the stripes, then put the stripes on and clear the bumpers. Should be done somethime today or tomorrow. I might actually just give them the hood and get them to do the work over the winter if I can't convince them to redo the work next week. They did remove the windscreen before putting down the paint - so the rest of the car is immaculate.

Will post more pics as the car gets done.

Dave



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #160, 01-04-2007 09:43 AM
     
Niiiiiiice !!

The pictures look very, very good ! i am sure it probably even looks better in person.



Must be an exciting feeling ?!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #161, 01-04-2007 10:09 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Niiiiiiice !!

The pictures look very, very good ! i am sure it probably even looks better in person.



Must be an exciting feeling ?!


Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk - I own page 5 as well!

It is exciting for sure. The car looks mostly black - but then gets that very dark dried blood red tinge to it.

If the scoop did not have that tinny flaw I've benn hopping and skipping all day!

I still have to inspect everything else when they get the car together - They had not painted the underside of the hoods - and said they'd do it.

I'm a patient type of guy, and can give a pretty good "Evil" eye - if I'm not completely happy.

One thing that work in my favour is that I have paid any money yet - and I'm very well know at the City. His wife works in my department and he wants to do the best job he can...

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gaas88 (gs.allevato@sympatico.ca) MSG #162, 01-04-2007 04:26 PM
      Hey Taz - nice paint job! Love the offset 2 width stripes - you've done some real nice work look forward to seeing her in the spring. I may be looking to get mine painted at the end of next year so I'll be interested in hearing your comments about the shop you used.

Gene


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #163, 01-04-2007 06:45 PM
      Sure - anytime. Let's see how much grecko-roman wrestling I need to do to get things done the way I want. :8^o

Dave


x-thumpr-x (xthumprx@fieronut.me) MSG #164, 01-05-2007 12:27 AM
      Hmmmm there's gonna be competition for "Best in Show" at the london show this year. Nice work Dave, hope to see the car come spring time on the road.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #165, 01-06-2007 03:37 PM
      Dog gone it! You're paint job looks like liquid glass----excellent job! The stripsr....what's the color? It reminds me of RickAddy's GT with a similar strip combo but was placed to one side.

So, D7 seems to be in you're sights.








DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #166, 01-08-2007 07:23 AM
      Thanks for all the kind remarks on the paint!

Curly, I have reservations at La Quinta Inn for myself and my "partner" for D7 - and boss signed off on vacation - so here I come! Whaaa freeekin whoooo!! =8^)

The paint shop is busy with "money" making bumps and paint (insurance jobs) as winter weather starts to set in up here. In retrospect his quote is probably a little low and I the stripes from one end to next have added some labour. I'm pretty high up the food chain where I work - and he knows a ton of people are just waiting to see this - both online and at work. Will mean a lot of business for him to make me smile. His wife also works in the same department and she's real nice and sure wants to make sure I'm happy! She seems more anxious over this than anyone else. I'm not taking advantage of the situation.

The stripe is a simple thin coat of white pearl paint over the base. I think the painter went with two vey quick swipes of the spray gun from a good distance. Clear coat (three coats I think - two minimum) covers everything.

I expect the paint will ready for my first inspection by the end of this week. I've not been pushing them, but show up every second day to check progress.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #167, 01-08-2007 01:05 PM
      I like the painted strips. Very "Ghost-like" IMO and not over the top. Have you picked out any rims for your chopper?

jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #168, 01-08-2007 01:23 PM
      I like the wheels on it now, just a little smaller than whats normal for one mad guy here.

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #169, 01-08-2007 01:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

I like the painted strips. Very "Ghost-like" IMO and not over the top. Have you picked out any rims for your chopper?


Daddy needs a new pair of shoes first.....

Next on the list is leather seats, visors and door panels (from Mr. Mike). Hopefully just before D7 - if I sell that blasted Harley in the next two weeks.

I'm waiting on Fiero1Fan headlights - and F-I-E-R-O badges. Waiting to hear from both on delivery dates, and waiting for a price on the headlights from Fiero1Fan.

I'm looking over www.hitman.com to see if there are some easy contracts I might take on to be able to afford newer rims and tires - and lambo doors. Just kidding on the hitman part... I think... =8^)

New rims and tires (I have 16"s now - I think) will have to wait until 2008. Won't go to 20" like you guys - but will probably settle for 18"s.

I'm starting to track down someone in Ontario who does dashes - someone at the International Bike SHow this weekend (tried to sell my bike there) told me someone here specialises in dashes for Fieros - will have to track him down. Would love to go with a whole new gauge package and dash.

Will put off doing the lambo style doors until 2008 or later. That is unless supply for reliable doors become available - like the VDC's you have. I've followed that thread - but still don't feel like anyone is ready to go into proper production. I'd only want VDC that were properly tested and guarrantied with a shop that would be willing to stand behind their product with a multi year warranty before I bit that bullet.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #170, 01-08-2007 01:32 PM
      I also heard in the news just today that Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz are all looking for new love puppies. Heck I'd do that if they'd pay for the upgrades I want for the TAZ! LOL

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #171, 01-08-2007 01:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:

I like the wheels on it now, just a little smaller than whats normal for one mad guy here.


And the $6k to $10k you need to pay for them... rubber must be $700 a strip - at least!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #172, 01-08-2007 01:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


Daddy needs a new pair of shoes first.....New rims and tires (I have 16"s now - I think) will have to wait until 2008. Won't go to 20" like you guys - but will probably settle for 18"s.

I'm starting to track down someone in Ontario who does dashes - someone at the International Bike SHow this weekend (tried to sell my bike there) told me someone here specialises in dashes for Fieros - will have to track him down. Would love to go with a whole new gauge package and dash.

Will put off doing the lambo style doors until 2008 or later. That is unless supply for reliable doors become available - like the VDC's you have. I've followed that thread - but still don't feel like anyone is ready to go into proper production. I'd only want VDC that were properly tested and guarrantied with a shop that would be willing to stand behind their product with a multi year warranty before I bit that bullet.



Yeah, it would be a crime to not go without new "shoes" on a paint job like that IMO. Do you like the Foose rims? Nice "pop" IMO and are made for the Fiero in 17/18/19 combos. Do you want some "bling" for your dash? Call up the radio bezel guy in Canada and have him engrave the slogan. Archie's making a mold from Troyboy's dash. You'd could later purchase some gauges from Dakota Digital? VDC doors? Franks working on it but some how the Floridian guys are having a hard time getting a Fiero to the shop. It would be nice to have then ready to install while you're in town.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #173, 01-08-2007 02:07 PM
      New Shoe's example: Wrong color but...you get the idea. (maybe someone could photo-shop-paint CPU's choptop and blackend the center rims...just for fun?)



Bezel company in Canada. Wrong engine slogan but...you get the idea.

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #174, 01-08-2007 02:32 PM
      When I said shoes - I meant real shoes!!! The ones I have have holes in the soles! A few newpapers and I should be able to get another 6 months out of them. =8^}

For the dash, I'd want to go with a whole new layout - new backlit gauges etc. I prefer the analog dial gauges to digital - just my own preference. Would also want a red shift indicator at the top of the dash for my trips up the drag strip. I'm just starting the "thought" process - so I'm a long way off yet.

I bet there will be lots of nice rims at D7 for me to view. The TAZ is "understated", although the new paint will change that a little - still don't want anything to be too obvious or way out. Would probably stay with polished or "grey" powdercoated rims instead of chrome. I like the 5 star design of the ROH rims I have - just want more "meat" back there.

As money is very tight I can spend more time dreaming and figurin'....


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #175, 01-08-2007 02:48 PM
      They have painted centers for the Fooster's, hehe.

cornersonrails (webearthly@yahoo.com) MSG #176, 01-08-2007 05:50 PM
      I really like that color Dave. I wish I was going to D7 with you guys. Mabye next year unless I win the lottery in the next few weeks

Sharkman MSG #177, 01-09-2007 02:06 AM
      Nice color. Great work.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #178, 01-09-2007 12:13 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

I bet there will be lots of nice rims at D7 for me to view. The TAZ is "understated", although the new paint will change that a little - still don't want anything to be too obvious or way out. Would probably stay with polished or "grey" powdercoated rims instead of chrome. I like the 5 star design of the ROH rims I have - just want more "meat" back there.



Grey rims huh? Hehe.
(a photo shop gift from 4.9)



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #179, 01-09-2007 01:28 PM
      Thanks for all the positive comments! I dropped by the shop yesterday and they have the bumpers back on and transfered the lines for the stripes to the bumper and the KHines rear lens panel. They should have the bumpers painted today.

The jury is still out on my scoop glass job. Everything looked amazing with my glass job on the scoop until they baked the paint and clear. There is a slight line on one side when you view it up close. I might have to get them to strip the hood and do what they call a "professional job" - but I'll wait until the they say the car "is done"! The shop has spent a ton more time on this job than they wanted to (or that I'm paying for). I suspect if I offer them a few more dollars that they might perk up a little. We'll see.

Sure will be a ton better than running around in body primer - although the flat black battleship (Mad Max) look grew on me over time!

I'm off now to bug'em and hopefully get some more pics to post tomorrow.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #180, 01-09-2007 01:54 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

I'm off now to bug'em and hopefully get some more pics to post tomorrow.


Please do.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #181, 01-11-2007 07:15 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

I'm off now to bug'em and hopefully get some more pics to post tomorrow.



hehe.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #182, 01-12-2007 09:03 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
hehe.


They were doing the bumpers when I dropped by - no pics yet. Will stop by near the end of the day today. Keep tuned..


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #183, 01-14-2007 03:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


They were doing the bumpers when I dropped by - no pics yet. Will stop by near the end of the day today. Keep tuned..


(grumpy ole man says) Where's them pics?

Btw, Troyboy found some old CTHC pics while we where at Archie's.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #184, 01-14-2007 06:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


(grumpy ole man says) Where's them pics?

Btw, Troyboy found some old CTHC pics while we where at Archie's.



Stopped by on Friday and the bumpers were just curring. I noticed a big blob of clear along the depression in scoop. They say it's a bubble. They might have to redo the hood - for the third time.

Anyway - no need to fret yet. Looks like I'll stop by tomorrow after work to install the reverse lights in the bumpers. Will deal with the hood then.

Sorry - no time for pics....mid next week....

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #185, 01-20-2007 10:50 PM
      (grumpy ole man says) Well....where's them pics?


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #186, 01-20-2007 11:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

(grumpy ole man says) Well....where's them pics?


Yaaa I know!

It's been a tad cold and snowy up here this past week. I put in the reverse lamps last Monday and was hoping they'd have completed everything by Friday. Turns out the primer they used was a little agressive and not compatible with the primer I used. Turns out the two blobs were bubbles - right in the lower corner of the scoop. Looks like they need to do the hood for the third time!

They don't work on the weekends - so it'll be by the end of next week.

Glad I'm in no hurry - and I'm sure they are wishing about now that they'd never met me!!


x-thumpr-x (xthumprx@fieronut.me) MSG #187, 01-20-2007 11:45 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

(grumpy ole man says) Well....where's them pics?


LOL that's good...

Dave, you coming out tomorrow to meet at Moose Winooskies?


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #188, 01-21-2007 10:28 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by x-thumpr-x:


LOL that's good...

Dave, you coming out tomorrow to meet at Moose Winooskies?


I won't be able to make it this time. Thanks for asking - hope you all have a great time!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #189, 01-28-2007 08:06 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

They don't work on the weekends - so it'll be by the end of next week.

Glad I'm in no hurry - and I'm sure they are wishing about now that they'd never met me!!


(grumpy ole man says) Well....where's them pics? It's been a "week."


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #190, 01-28-2007 10:08 PM
      Somethin told me ya'd be bumpin tha thread!

We've had real cold weather and a lot of snow showers. Translation - the body shop is busy doing the bill paying jobs from all the car accidents. They need to do the hood over - 3rd time and might get it done this week. They told me it was done - but I was not happy with the front hood and one other spot on the car.

We've got a week of bitter cold spead with lots of light snow sqwalls. Maybe two weeks. We'll see. I hat driving the car back home with fresh paint in snow and salt roads. I've got about 4 miles to drive it - but would prefer clear roads. I'm trying to get buddies with high intensity lights (to lend me) so I can take some nice photos in the underground - when I do get it home.

I need everyone's patience for a week or two longer.

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #191, 01-29-2007 12:43 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Somethin told me ya'd be bumpin tha thread!

I need everyone's patience for a week or two longer.

Dave



(grumpy ole man says) "Ya got 8 mo weeks till D7."



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #192, 01-29-2007 02:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
(grumpy ole man says) "Ya got 8 mo weeks till D7."


Got a call from the painter today. Said it was done - so will probably pick it up in the next day or two. That means pics to come SOON!

PS - less than 8 weeks to go as I'm takin the whole week off before. Planning a trip to Sarasota to see Mr. Mike before D7!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #193, 01-29-2007 06:33 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


Got a call from the painter today. Said it was done - so will probably pick it up in the next day or two. That means pics to come SOON!

PS - less than 8 weeks to go as I'm takin the whole week off before. Planning a trip to Sarasota to see Mr. Mike before D7!


Thats grrreat! Is Mr. Mike slap'n leather for the chopper?



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #194, 01-29-2007 06:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Thats grrreat! Is Mr. Mike slap'n leather for the chopper?


Depends on how much I pay for paint. I keep telling myself I won't have such a great chance to get the work done right then and there. Color is the only hangup - as he won't do the light tan anymore. Rats and double rats! Has to do with the hide and that the dye is only on the surface. If you scratch the light tan - then it leaves either a very dark line - or very light line - can't remember which.

Mr. Mike sent me samples of the drak tan and dragon. I'll wait until I get the car back home to see what both colors look like and if I think a combo them will work.

It's just like Christmas - only 49 sleeps to go!


x-thumpr-x (xthumprx@fieronut.me) MSG #195, 01-29-2007 07:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


Depends on how much I pay for paint. I keep telling myself I won't have such a great chance to get the work done right then and there. Color is the only hangup - as he won't do the light tan anymore. Rats and double rats! Has to do with the hide and that the dye is only on the surface. If you scratch the light tan - then it leaves either a very dark line - or very light line - can't remember which.

Mr. Mike sent me samples of the drak tan and dragon. I'll wait until I get the car back home to see what both colors look like and if I think a combo them will work.

It's just like Christmas - only 49 sleeps to go!


Dave, if you do decide to go with Mr Mike's seat covers, make an event out of it too at the car show. Tech session on how to install them. Will save you alot of shipping them up to Toronto, no border fees and sure someone will be curtisy enough if need be to bring them to the show for you.

Plus a bump because I like grump old man too

 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

(grumpy ole man says) Well....where's them pics?




jscott1 MSG #196, 01-29-2007 08:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


Got a call from the painter today. Said it was done -


I don't think I will ever hear those words. Congratulations!



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #197, 01-29-2007 09:50 PM
      I had intended to install them at Mr. Mike's in Sarasota. I'm leaving the "Big Smoke" on the Saturday before the D7 show and plan to be in Sarasota on the Monday morning. From there I'd stay overnight - or two - to get the seats done at his shop. Will also be doing the door uppers and lowers and getting new visors. It saves me the shipping duties etc.

I have a line of credit with zero on it now - so should have room for the three pack above! Won't be zero for much longer!

I'd then go to D7 and have my new leather interior ready to show!

That's the plan - anyway.

I saw the paint today and the stripe on the hood isn't perfect - I tiny double line along a very small edge - but it's covered in clear so can't do much except strip the hood and start over. I think I've pushed the shop as far as they'll go. The hood has three coats of color and clear now. They didn't paint the undersides of the hoods and they said they would. I can do this myself later - but it would have been nice for them to do everything they said they would. I can use this as a bargaining chip. I don't think they specialise in this type of work so I'll let it go for now and focus and getting the TAZ back. At least the color I chose is a stock color - easy to match and can get things done by someone else if I like. From more than a foot or two away the stripe looks fine. The rest of the stripes are clean and tight.

Dave

Thanks for the congrats all!

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #198, 02-01-2007 09:19 AM
      Drum roll please!

I picked up the Taz yesterday and skooted her home. Save and warm now. I took a few pictures, but license plate flare made them less than good. Two pictures did turn ok OK. I need to get hold of some work floods to get some really good pictures. For now these two will have to do!

Just waiting for the badges to show up - and if Fiero!fan gets his heaadlight kit will do those before D7, but will most likely will have to hold off on the headlights until after D7... Oh well - here are the pics!!!






In the underground you can really see the deep black cherry! If you look at the pictures closely you should pick up the off black color. Some of the funky highlight lines in these pics are the reflections from the clear.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #199, 02-04-2007 12:09 AM
     
Taz any new pics ?


x-thumpr-x (xthumprx@fieronut.me) MSG #200, 02-04-2007 12:33 AM
      Istead of flood lights, just put some dark cloth over the plate so you don't get the reflection

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #201, 02-04-2007 01:35 AM
      Looking good CPU. I hope you're housing the chopper in a secured place? How many days before the paint is cured and finale buff? Does the car/paint need sunshine for curing?

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #202, 02-04-2007 09:40 AM
      The paint will harden more with time, but it's a base color with clear that is then baked to cure/harden. Because they had to do the hood a couple to three times, it's been baked for many hours and is set. Nothing else is needed, but it will get harder over time. I've got it covered in a very safe spot. When I take the cover off the clear is like liquid glass! The place where I took the shots has little light. I can remove the plates - but do want enough light so I don't have to have the flash.

Will take me a week or so to find floods - so everyone has to be patient - even myself.

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #203, 02-09-2007 07:14 PM
      I've been a little too busy to find portable lights to get better pictures of the TAZ. Everyone will need to be patient.

Car has been appraised ... ding
Purchased dual round 1/2 height headlight buckets from Fiero1Fan ... ding
Ordered the Hella 90mm lenses, and connectors ....ding
Tried a few paint ideas on the badges - (where the heck is that paint stripper!) ... ding

I've got a fellow at work who wants to go partners on a car carrier, so that's what I'm up to this weekend. If anyone on PFF in Ontario wants to go in on a partnership (timeshare?) just give me a ping. I'm looking at a 14 or 16 foot with beaver tail - dual axle.

Dave




DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #204, 03-05-2007 08:48 AM
      OK - Here goes!

I did this last, but figured I'd post the pics. I made a leather boot for the shifter and had not dyed the leather yet. Since I've decided on my Mr. Mike's leather color I decided to dye the boot. You'll need to go back a few pages in my post to see what the original leather color was. This is the finished product.







That was an easy upgrade!

The leather is darker than I wanted - but have of lot of extra so will make up a few more and try different colors until I get one that matches the new interior...

Next post will be the headlight.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #205, 03-05-2007 09:44 AM
      Now for the headlights. Everyone knows about Fiero1Fan's buckets - I bought a set and ordered my 90mm Hellas from Susquahanna MotorSports. It took a little more than three weeks for the buckets to get to me and about a month for the headlights to come from the US. I had to spend an extra $115 CDN to rescue the packages from the mail paying duties, handling fees and taxes.

I decided to paint the buckets a chameleon color - gold/purple. First had to but down the background black base - primer.



Next applied the color coat and then the clear coat.



The paint is very soft and I ended up baking the paint in my regular oven for about an hour and a half at 250F. The paint will still take some time to fully cure - but it's ready for the assemble stage. Here is a pic of the rear of the Hi beam lens.



And the Low beam. The low beam is a lot deeper and heavier.



The next little head scratcher was how to get the adjusters on the lenses. Susquehanna does not send you a tool to do this. I tried a lot of things, but ended up using a set of vise grips set just tight enough to grab the plastic bit. I used the under lip of the vise grip to rest on the small tab and with direct pressure turned the adjuster screw slowly and evenly and the tabs slipped right in. The Low beams need to be done from the front. Take it slow and they go in without much difficulty.



I took the bulb assembly out to get pics to Timo as I did not know if the bulbs were unidirectional - power on one side and ground on the other. As it turns out it does not matter. I still had to make a harness and wanted to do a good job.



I decided to make the #1 on the H9 connector as ground for each bulb. This way each set of wires is consistent.



So next is to make up the harness. I had pre-measured the length I needed but did not take picks of this.



WARNING - Make sure you put the black boot on the wire BEFORE you put the wires into the H9 connectors. Don't ask me why I know this! The other option is to solder and wire up each H9 Connector then put on the boots BEFORE you solder the H4 connections. Also, if you want to have a plastic housing protector for the wires do this BEFORE you make up the H4 end.

This is a pick of the finished harness. I still have to get some shrink wrap for the H4 ends - but have decided to simply wrap the wires in electrical tape to keep them as flexible as possible.



The longer side goes to the High beam. I used 16 gauge wire. I had 14 gauge - but the wires were too thick.

Next I needed to remove the stock headlamps. I had upgraded to a set of Bosch H4 sealed beams. Taking out the headlamps - especially from the driver side took a little bit of care. The nuts that GM uses are simple soft steel and the top nut had a lot of corrosion on it. I had to buy new nuts for this and decided to go with nylon lock washers M6 1.0mm is the size to pick. You need to keep the holding bolts and the plastic expanders - but they had some surface rust - so bought a thread clearner tool (as my tap and die set is at my cottage - Doh).



The threads cleaned up nice and with some 320 and 800 wet grit sandpaper - I cleaned up the bolts so they fit smoothly in the new buckets.



Next I needed to install the lenses in Timo's buckets. This is a shot of what the headlights look like before a complete assembly.



I made a real dumb mistake on this next step. I broke an adjuster and one plastic bucket by misunderstanding the instructions. I inserted the plastic bucket from the front of the mouting housing. DO NOT DO THIS! I then tried to push the ball end of the adjuster through the tight end of the plastic bucket part - with the help of my "hammer friend". One tap and plastic spread all over the place. I don't know why I thought this was OK to do as I should know that the engineers for these products are geniuses. I re-read the instructions for the 10th time and had a moment of clarity!

When assembling the lenses into the buckets you assemble everything from the back of Timos headlight buckets. First you put the rounded end of the plastic bucket(s) into the hole from the back and then compress the part until it pops in. I noticed that the little barbs did not engage properly and found that the front steel plate - with paint measured 85 thou. The gap on the plastic bucket between the barbs and the flutted end is 50 thou. Timo chamfers the front and I needed to drill them out more to bring the thickness of the edge of the hole down to 50 thou. If you do this headlight mode, just make sure the barbs engage once you push the plastic buckets into the mountiing face (from the rear).

The next pic is one of the old and new assemblies - I still have to transfer the lip over. I bought new self tapping stainless screws to do this.



This is a pic of the lip - transfered - and the door edging I bought to protect the top of the new assembly when it opens the headlight cover.



I also used a tiny tool set to get the old headlights out. The bolt end is a torx end. The rusted nuts at the other side make this more difficult than it needed to be. The removal of the old headlamp from the passenger side was a smooter operation. I've only had to use this small tool set a few times, but it's saved my bacon each time. The ratchet will click in less than 5 degree increments and is no wider than a small screwdriver end bit!



Here is pick of both assemblies - minus the one low beam lamp. I'm waiting for a new adjuster screw package and buckets to come from Susquehanna before I can finish up the second side.



I can still finish up one side, so I installed the passenger side assembly. This work is easy - and takes just 5 minutes to accomplish.

Place the new assembly in and put the lower centre bolt and screw assembly together. Don't over-tighten!



Next is the left and right bolts and nuts...



Install the wiring harness...



Check to make sure everything operates properly. I did this by MANUALY turning the actuator motors a few times (up and down) to make sure nothing pinched or pulled.



Next step was to fire up Taz and aim the headlight and make sure both Hi and Low beams worked. Here's proof.



So now I just have to wait for the adjuster and plastic bucket to come to finish the job. I still have to wrap the harnesses and zip tie down the wiring at the H4 end - but the job is basically finished. I was hoping that both Hi and Low beam would come on with the high beams - but with just one lamp don't know if this is something that will work when both are installed. As it is the lamps seem bright.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #206, 03-06-2007 07:10 PM
      no comments?!

AutoTech (boosted2m6@yahoo.com) MSG #207, 03-06-2007 07:25 PM
      I think it looks good! Can we get a side profile shot?

88White3.4GT MSG #208, 03-06-2007 07:27 PM
      looks good , what did you use to paint timo's buckets?

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #209, 03-06-2007 08:03 PM
      I used a product by the name of "Mystify" by Dupli-Color. It's a 3 stage paint. I bought mine at Walmart in the auto paint section. I don't know what kind of abuse it will take - or how long it will hold. Time will tell. If I had my choice (and time) I would have had them powdercoated - as that stuff is harder than any paint on the market. Less chipping from rocks etc.

I'll get some other profile shots when I get my extra part.

Dave


swisscheese MSG #210, 03-07-2007 03:04 AM
      Looks good!
Can you take some close ups off the adjuster screws and how it is assembled right. Just to be sure if I understood the instruction the right way. I don't want to waste an adjuster.
Thanks!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #211, 03-07-2007 06:58 AM
      I'll take some close ups and post them tonight!

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #212, 03-07-2007 06:55 PM
      Ok - here are two side shots of the head lights popped up. I had to lean as the car next to mine was close...

First one is a full close-up followed by a one as far away as I could get.



Next are the close-ups of the plastic bucket adjuster screw assembly process.

First push the plastic buckets, round part first, from the back (why do I feel aroused?) so they end up sitting like this. Pic is taken facing the rear of the headlight bucket.



Next you need to put in the headlamp (adjuster screws should already be installed) and use C-clamp - or if your MagillaGorilla - just push hard. Pushing hard WILL deform the front plate - so the C-clamp is a better idea - though an extra hand would help! C-Clamp should rest on end of round plastic bucket - and the brass screw end of the adjuster.



It's all so simple once you KNOW what to DO!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #213, 03-07-2007 07:47 PM
      Looking good. Did you take a pic of one newer side vs. old side?

Coinage (ldwrestling80@comcast.net) MSG #214, 03-07-2007 08:20 PM
      is there a way to make the low beams on even when you click the high beams so that both are shining when you are in high mode?

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #215, 03-07-2007 08:49 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Coinage:

is there a way to make the low beams on even when you click the high beams so that both are shining when you are in high mode?


I don't know about keeping both on. I'm not sure if it would be legal - like driving with safari lights! I'll know better how they compare with the Bosch H4 sealed beams I used to have when I get the replacement adjuster screw from Susquahanna. I sure hope it gets here before March 16th - orthwise I'll have to install the old H4 Bosch back into the left side.

I'm sure someone from PFF could elaborate on how to mod the headlight harness to leave power on the lows when switching the highs on. I guess you could make up a crossover pigtail harness that took power from the high and directed it to the power connection on the low beam.

LOW POWER -------------- LOW beam
HIGH POWER -------/----- HIGH beam (sorry for the crappy graphics)

Some kind of automatic switch would work better - but I'm no electrician or engineer!

If I have to install the old bucket into the driver side for D7 then I'll be able to get the compare pic MadCurl was asking about. Right now the driver side bucket is empty. Dang - should have known never to use a hammer!

Dave

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Coinage (ldwrestling80@comcast.net) MSG #216, 03-07-2007 10:14 PM
      It should be legal as my 02 Maxima has hid lows and halogen highs and when high is on they are both on..

I am thinking abuot getting these buckets but I'd only want it if I can get both to be on at the same time... to me just one on or the other looks goofy to me...


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #217, 03-08-2007 06:58 AM
      Either way I'll likely be happy with them. If I'm driving back from a meet late at night - and I need to go through the countryside, then I'd prefer my High beams to be so bright that they burn through a dear from a half mile away.
:lmao:


swisscheese MSG #218, 03-08-2007 07:20 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Coinage:

is there a way to make the low beams on even when you click the high beams so that both are shining when you are in high mode?


Here it is described:
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/035902.html

I think it is legal, the Camaro has also all the fours enlighted with the high beams

hmm, hope to have my buckets back from powdercoating soon....

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #219, 03-08-2007 10:26 AM
      Thanks SwissCheese!

I need to make a trip to the electronics shop anyway. Two more parts for the "basket".

Dave

After posting a question on this in the Tech Section (Hi and Lows on), and with lots of info from Marvin I've decided to leave the headlights as is for now. I need to remove the harnesses and finsihed them up with protective tubing. but other than that the job is done!

[This message has been edited by DrCPU (edited 03-13-2007).]

Fiero1Fan (fiero1fan@fieros.eu) MSG #220, 03-13-2007 08:27 PM
      Dave you have done a really good job. Just one thing.....if you'll lengthen the wires about 6 more inched you'll be able to push the H4 connections down inside the motor bracket. They will be out of the way (less likely to be accidentally pulled apart) and you won't see the them (I think the H4 connector is kind of ugly).

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #221, 03-13-2007 09:29 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fiero1Fan:

Dave you have done a really good job. Just one thing.....if you'll lengthen the wires about 6 more inched you'll be able to push the H4 connections down inside the motor bracket. They will be out of the way (less likely to be accidentally pulled apart) and you won't see the them (I think the H4 connector is kind of ugly).


I did the short wires just to see how things would work out. I'll end up finishing them as you mentioned.

Thanks

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #222, 03-14-2007 01:43 PM
      Now my harness looks as nice as the next!



Only had a blue zip tie - will have to wait to replace them with black zip ties....


Fiero1Fan (fiero1fan@fieros.eu) MSG #223, 03-14-2007 02:43 PM
      Very professional (except for the zip-tie).


swisscheese MSG #224, 03-14-2007 04:08 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fiero1Fan:

Very professional (except for the zip-tie).


LOL!

Its not wrong to have more colors than just black...


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #225, 03-21-2007 09:32 AM
      I have to say that I'm very surprised with all the things I've done over this winter season. The list is getting thinner by the month, but there seems to be a tendency for me to keep adding to the list. THis is how a $5k car gets turned into a $50k car then a $75K car - right?

Anyway, I just got back from Mr.Mike's in Sarasota. I need to add some text here before throwing up the pictures to give Mike kudos. So here is the story on how I went from cloth to leather!

The first time I saw MrMike's leathers in person was at the CTHC 01? - in Sept 06. I'd seen his web page and all of the feedback I'd read on PFF. Everyone seemed thrilled, and the price seemed very reasonable. (ed OK Mike you can hike your prices now!) I was set on two tone - light tan and dark tan. At Fierorama a draw prize was a $300 voucher for MrMike's leathers and I wanted that prize real bad! I even thought, momentarily, of rolling the winner if I did not get it. I was livid when I did not win that prize. Crud - now I'm going to have to pay for them! I was told that Mike had an Xmas sale - so I waited until mid-November. The sale came, and wasn't what I was expecting. I was hoping for a fire sale kinda thing - or say - 25% off. I can dream can't I? Or maybe it's just cheap drugs....

Anyway I called Mike in December and told him I was coming to Daytona (D7) for March and would decide on colors in January. I'd aksed him to send me colors samples as the light tan was no longer available. The dye method is changing and the light tan was not colored throughout the leather - just the top coat. That would not do for Mike, so rather than offer an inferior product he simply took it off the list of options. I was a little ticked at this at first, but as I have found out, Mike is straight business (an artist or top craftsman is more appropriate) and isn't interested in selling low quality products. This is a huge indication of how pleased I am with the leathers...

I waited until the end of January to place my order. It started out as just seats, then grew to seats and visors, then grew to seats, visors, door uppers and lowers and then added door map pockets. Like I said, the list has a way of growing! As it turns out, I'd almost left things too late. I wanted my order to be ready for me to install at his shop - much like how Archie let me use some of his space at CTHC. Mike told me he didn't have room to allow me to work and we then begun a conversation that lasted for about an hour about what options I had available. I pleaded my case with Mike saying I'd have a fresh install for D7 for his customers to see and that my car was an Archie conversion and chop. Well, Mike relented and we had a deal! Yahoo.

All I had to do now was 1) sell the Harley, 2) sell my enclosed trailer and 3) find someone to share the purchase of a car carrier! I took care of everything and ended up picking up my trailer on March 12th - just in time for my trip to Sarasota and Daytona.

I ended up going with dark tan and dragon for the inserts. Visor, door uppers and map pockets are in dark tan and the door lowers are in dragon. l would have never guessed how exact the dark tan was to the interior of the TAZ. So close is gives me shivers!!

Part of my deal with Mike was that I'd drop my car off at 9:00am Monday and would leave he and Tim to do their majic without me hanging around. That gave me two days to hang around Longboat Key beaches and soak up the sun. I would have loved to have helped (right Archie!), but I was very greatful for Mike doing this install. No way I was going to be a PIA and hang around. I did drop by the Tuesday morning to leave my car trailer in front of his shop. I poked my head and asked if I could attempt to fix my sunroof latch while the seats were out. He okayed this little deviation and I finaly figured out how to fix the sunrrof mechanism. It was not closing at all after I got it back from the paint shop. If anyone wants details - I'll add it to a later post.

The job was completed within the time Mike estimated, even though Mike was waiting for the dark tan leather to come in. He basically made everything from scratch on Monday morning. I did show up a few hours early on Tuesday and witnessed Mike and his craftmanship at work. I cannot overstate how gifted Mike is in this area. His movement was precise, with little wasted effort - yet relaxed and focused at the same time. I don't know if craftsman is the right word for it - but he is certainly gifted.

The quality of the entire job is the highest I've ever seen. The fit of everything is perfect. Mike and Tim took care of small things - like broken clips and other items as they found them - even if they were not part of the job. All I can say is WOW. I have a new found respect for a professional here, and maybe even someone I can call a friend. I sure hope so. He's a smaller verison of Archie! If you are new to PFF and the Fiero community I can only add that fellows like these two contribute an immense amount to the positive nature of Fiero restoration and ownership. I cannot recommend Mike any more highly.

If you ever thought you might want his products - don't wait or questions whether or not you are taking a chance. His kits are complete, with everything you need to do the job. Mike's report card score is 100% with a 20% bonus for doing such a great job!

Here are the pics... (the last one is for Curly!)









Thanks again Mike (and Tim) - and looking to take you on at the Go-Kart track!

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #226, 03-21-2007 10:31 AM
      I don't think i have ever heard a negative word about any of Mike's work.

He is just outstanding at what he does and we (the fiero community) are very, very lucky to have someone like him on our side.

CPU looking forward to meeting you and seeing your fantastic car on Saturday !



jscott1 MSG #227, 03-21-2007 10:56 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Anyway, I just got back from Mr.Mike's in Sarasota. I need to add some text here before throwing up the pictures to give Mike kudos. So here is the story on how I went from cloth to leather!




That looks great. I 'm a bit jealous as I would like to have Mr. Mike personally work on my car.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #228, 03-21-2007 10:58 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


That looks great. I 'm a bit jealous as I would like to have Mr. Mike personally work on my car.


Yeah I know! I did have to drive 30 or so hours for the priviledge! Great guys - both of them - full of laughs!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #229, 03-21-2007 11:09 AM
      I like that seat pattern combo.



Did the neighbors rubber neck while the chopper was at Mr. Mikes? Details man, details!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #230, 03-21-2007 11:29 AM
      Well, everyone who sees it tends to walk with their heads at about 90 degrees from normal. If there were telephone poles in the area you'd be hearing the head bonks all the way out in kalifornieh!

I'm heading down to the beaches in Daytona - should be fun!!!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #231, 03-22-2007 09:24 AM
      My next little job requires warm weather to complete. Being that it's in the very high 20's in Florida, and that I brought materials I did this job yesterday. First thing I always notice on a fresh paint job is the stone chips you get on some critical front leading areas of the car. I picked up some 3M clear material in roll and sheet form.



First thing to do is cut a template for the leading nose of the body side moulidong on the front bumper. This area always took the worst of any chipping after the bumper itself.



Next is to do the scoops on both sides - just the leading edge - so I used the tape here.





and finally - the leading edges of the mirrors...



The material is a little tricky to use (no instructions - and I figured "How difficult can this be anyway?"). It really picks up finger prints and it works best if you apply it while peeling back the backing material. The tape can be removed at any time - so if you don't like your job - just peel it off and do it over! The material is stretchy and can be pulled to form almost any curve. I say this from someone who knows nothing about the proper application methods.

When I bought it they mentioned using a 50/50 mix of water and rubbing alcohol. I just used water - but found the bits I installed worked fine dry.

I also kept the pieces small - and the lines are hardly noticeable...

One final pic - I cannot resist.




shawnkfl (kmn9312@knology.net) MSG #232, 03-22-2007 06:54 PM
      that car is my all time favorite fiero. i really like the color you chose. i was going to go yellow on mine but after seeing yours, i think i may change. not to the same color, but i'm thinking a dark grape now. can't wait to see this one in the daylight!

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #233, 03-22-2007 07:41 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by shawnkfl:

that car is my all time favorite fiero. i really like the color you chose. i was going to go yellow on mine but after seeing yours, i think i may change. not to the same color, but i'm thinking a dark grape now. can't wait to see this one in the daylight!


Hey, I wouldn't be upset if you chose the same thing. I have the paint numbers if you want. In the morning it looks mostly black, from about noon onwards it really starts to take on that deep cherry (black) look. In most color catalogs it's 95 Jaguar Deep Black Cherry. It's a two coat process, base color and clear. There is a lot of very fine metalic in the base color. It's almost exactly as I pictured it in my mind. If I could have had a blue tinge added to the first coat of clear it would be perfect - but then would not be a stock color. The way I've done it I can go to any painter to get work redone - or new panels painted... hmmm an IMSA back end could go good right about now! My preference would be to do some custom work and make the wheel wells much closer to a Porsche than the IMSA... there goes the list again!

Thanks for the kind words - glad you really like it.


AutoTech (boosted2m6@yahoo.com) MSG #234, 03-22-2007 09:59 PM
      Car just keeps getting better and better! Lambo doors???

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #235, 03-23-2007 08:14 AM
      I'd love to get a set of the VDC doors. Looks like Curly has the ticket with the fellow from Florida. I'll wait to hear from Curly and Archie as to how well they go on. I also will give eXtreme Doors some time to get sets done before I make a final decision.

I spent all my cash on the leathers - and need to do something about the steering wheel before anything else!

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #236, 03-23-2007 11:33 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

I'd love to get a set of the VDC doors. Looks like Curly has the ticket with the fellow from Florida. I'll wait to hear from Curly and Archie as to how well they go on. I also will give eXtreme Doors some time to get sets done before I make a final decision.
Dave


Archie is brining one of the VDC hindges (rt or lt?) to D7. Be sure to check out the details of kit. I talk to one of the fellows last night about comming to D7 but, I'm not sure if they'll make since thers a Hot Import Night in Daytona. You might want to drop by the shop for continued discussion regarding the VDC door?

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #237, 03-23-2007 02:17 PM
      Sounds like an idea! I just picked up my D7 Car Show pass. Glad I did it now - as tomorrow going to shear mania! Saw Ferrari 318(?) Bob and will hook up with the host hotel crew in an hour or so. Sorry you couldn't make it - would have enjoyed chatting with you again.

Can you PM me the address for the VDC hinges?

Thanks

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #238, 03-23-2007 03:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Can you PM me the address for the VDC hinges?

Thanks

Dave


 
quote
Originally posted by Dragon:

It's Jim's Body Shop

http://www.jimsbodyshop.com/new/index1.html

10974 70th Avenue North
Seminole, Fl 33772

Nice place

Frank





DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #239, 03-23-2007 04:05 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:




Rats - I was in that neck of the woods earlier in the week. Will have to pass on a shop tour and make do with a visual inspection of the one Archie has with him.

At least I've got the contact details now - means I've got a reason to come down to D8 if the London guys don't pan out!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #240, 03-26-2007 08:20 PM
      After getting the leathers from Mr. Mike I had time to think about ordering the console as well. I called Mike from my truck on my trip from Sarasota to Daytona and asked him to bring the console wrap in Dark Tan.

I only took two picks - one with the console out and the second with the installer - Bill Murray himself (tee hee). I tried to do the install, but I blinked twice and Mike had it done! Sorry for loosing that hex bit of your Archie - it's at the bottom of the shifter well - never to be seen by human eyes again! It fell out of the socket I was using when I was tightening that last darned shifter cover!! I'll add a pick of the finished console later this week.

Mike is a dead ringer for Mr. Murray - with his hat, wrap around glasses and goatee. If you ever do get to meet Bill Murray - just for fun you should ask him if he's Mr. Mike!





DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #241, 03-26-2007 08:23 PM
      Woohoo I own page 7! Great picture for this page! And the picture proof I was in D7 is....

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #242, 03-26-2007 08:26 PM
      Cool!

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #243, 03-26-2007 08:51 PM
      Here is my Dyno data from the run on Sunday morning. Please be warned - I am not a pro at reading these - so anything I say after in this one post is subject to laughter and rdicule - oh well, here goes!!

The wide band indicated I was running very rich - at about 11.5 instead of 13 for O2 - so it looks like a new prom and a retest after that is in order. The technician who did the testing said the HP would be a "substantial" amount better with a closer air/fuel mix at 13. Who knows. I guess I'll send a copy to Archie so he can fire it off to the guy who programmed the PROM I have in the car.

This was my first time seeing and hearing my car from the outside. Awesome engine sound. Even the Impala SS guys turned around to see where the noise was coming from. One small item of note is that the Impala SS guy that went after me only registered about 230hp and 246torque fro his LT1 powered car.. hmmm

I'm happy I did the Dyno as I have a better idea of how well tunned the car is. I missed out on a free dinner by 4hp. Thanks goes to Archie for paying for half the cost, as I was one of the first ten to register for this event.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #244, 03-26-2007 08:54 PM
      Last post for the day is the final pick before I unloaded the car at home. That 6" drop tongue did the trick. Loaded it forwards and had no troubles at all - save for some rain as soon as I crossed into Canada at Buffalo!





jscott1 MSG #245, 03-26-2007 09:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Last post for the day is the final pick before I unloaded the car at home. That 6" drop tongue did the trick. Loaded it forwards and had no troubles at all - save for some rain as soon as I crossed into Canada at Buffalo!



That looks real nice on the trailer. Glad you made it home okay. I hope to see you at the Chop top homecoming -2 in September.



x-thumpr-x (xthumprx@fieronut.me) MSG #246, 03-26-2007 10:21 PM
      Nice to see yo made it home safe and sound. Now what for the nice weather and see you at the cruise-ins.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #247, 03-26-2007 10:27 PM
      Sure thing! When do the things start up at Mapleview?

sargeants MSG #248, 03-27-2007 11:49 PM
      I hear mid-May for Mapleview... looking forward to filling my weeks with car things, like Mapleview, Thornhill, London?
Yeap.. I get around..



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #249, 03-31-2007 10:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Last post for the day is the final pick before I unloaded the car at home. That 6" drop tongue did the trick. Loaded it forwards and had no troubles at all - save for some rain as soon as I crossed into Canada at Buffalo!



Any choptop experiences while in tow, on the road, and at D7?



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #250, 04-04-2007 03:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Any choptop experiences while in tow, on the road, and at D7?



Well???


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #251, 04-04-2007 05:56 PM
      Curly,

Added some stuff to the ChopTop Chronicles....


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #252, 04-20-2007 08:14 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Curly,

Added some stuff to the ChopTop Chronicles....


Anything new?



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #253, 05-07-2007 03:35 PM
      Bump!

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #254, 05-07-2007 04:19 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Anything new?


The Ta is back at the painter to get a few of the initial flaws fixed. Should get it back mid this week!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #255, 05-09-2007 10:49 PM
      Picked up the Taz today. Only drove four miles home - but had a lot of cars trying to keep up with me to see what kind of car it is!

The paint looks great now. I still have to fix the hood scoop this winter - and get it repainted - but for now I'm quite pleased with everything.

Getting it into a tuner next week to modify the computer - She's running rich and I want it set up just right for the summer. Local company by the name of Autoworks will do the (Wideband Dyno) and tuning (reprogramming)....

IThe weather is looking good this weekned so will start to look for good photo opp locations to get some nice pics of the car. Keep posted.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #256, 06-12-2007 09:04 AM
      Just a bump to say my car is being tunned at a local shop.....

Should have new numbers and a better air/fuel mix than I had before - let's hope anyway!



Alex4mula (torres_a@hotmail.com) MSG #257, 06-13-2007 10:12 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Just a bump to say my car is being tunned at a local shop.....

Should have new numbers and a better air/fuel mix than I had before - let's hope anyway!


Cool! Looking forward to see results


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #258, 06-13-2007 11:02 AM
      Mee too- Just got off the phone with them ("Auto Worx"). They are waiting for their new burner, which should be in tomorrow. I've been promised my car for Friady afternoon - here's to keeping all my body parts that can be crossed - are crossed!

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #259, 07-08-2007 02:05 PM
      Updates are just a couple or rough shots of the Xtreme-Doors.





I'm going over everything with a fine tooth comb - and have a couple of minor adjustments to make and input to give Chris. I will post my full write up once I've gone through everything. I'll also post much better pictures and links to video.

First let me describe the process of dealing with Chris at Xtreme-Doors.

I emailed Chris for a date and time to have them do the install. Based on that, I delivered my car to Chris last Sunday (July 1,2007). As per his thread instructions I made payment via Paypal on the Friday before. Chris told me I could pay him on the Sunday when I dropped off the car. Chris told me he'd call me on the Wednesday evening with an update. His call came in as promised. We both agreed on a pick-up date of Saturday or Sunday. Chris called me on Friday - again as he promised - and we settled on Sunday (July 8, 2007) for the pick up. Pictures above are just before loading the car on the trailer. It's in major need of a wash....

So - dealing with Chris was not a problem at all. They are really just getting started and the door hinge design is about 99.5% perfect. Any issues are most liklely due to them doing so much to get a business set up and them being so young (nothing wrong with that).

On the hinge install - They need to get some alluminium spacers made to replace a number of washers and my front trim (bump guard) at the front edge of the door needs to be sanded back at least a 1/4" (the V part that points to the back). Otherwise when you open the door it rubs and pushed the bump trim peice forwards (on front fender panel). As a final touch the door wiring could use some harness cable to clean it up. These three items are refinements that everyone should be aware they need to make. Chris should be able to get the spacers made up soon.

My first impressions - doors open smoothly and the shock is well balanced for the set-up. It's almost a neutral set-up - meaning the door will not fly up or drop down if you let it go either way. The window seals (on my chop) are exactly as they were before the hinge install. Panel fit is pretty darned good - but I think there is a little larger gap at the front - it may also be due to the shinny bits of the hinge you can see through the gap that might make this seem wider. If you stand back - the overall gaps are pretty even at the front and back of the door.

I'll post much more when I get some time mid to end of week. (thumbs up guys)


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #260, 07-08-2007 02:20 PM
      This sounds good Dave. Please post them pics, to the VDC gallories, hehe.

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #261, 07-08-2007 08:26 PM
      Here is a sneak peak at the hinge - passenger side. Note the washers are used to space out the stops. Chris is getting some alluminium machined to replace these. That's the only "odd looking" part. Everything else is mounted rock solid and square.



I'll finish things up by using a casing for the wires and all other pictures will be of the final set-up. You'll just have to be patient!


Dave


gaas88 (gs.allevato@sympatico.ca) MSG #262, 07-14-2007 09:16 AM
      Ok Dave, now that everybody knows what you've been up to - are you finally going to bring the TAZ to Mapleview this Wednesday July 18th so we can see her? We've been having great turnouts so far and I'd say we've been averaging 10 or more Fiero's every week. We have a spot for you!

Gene


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #263, 07-15-2007 03:15 PM
      Sounds like a plan!

Oops - need to make a run up to Aurora tomorrow after work. Will make it the following week.

Dave

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #264, 07-22-2007 04:33 PM
      Ok Guys and Gals – here’s my update on the Xtreme Door Hinges

I drove up on Friday morning and got into London at 9:00am. Chris and his brother took about and hour and a half to make my final adjustments. Both doors open and close easy and smooth – from either the inside or outside. My 90 degree hinges leave a small gap at the front lower part of the inside of both doors. A little weather striping will close it up.

I also suggested two modifications to the hinges. The first is a spacer for the door stops rather than using ten or so washers. The second is a block to replace the two steel lengtheners on the lower door guide post – and to get a round machined ball for the same part. Chris said both will be done, but could not be too specific on the availability of these replacement parts. As it is everything functions well and the fit of the windows is as it was before the hinge upgrade.

I did have to trim back the two front fender bumper moldings and you do have to trim a tiny bit of the inside of the fender to allow that lower door guide post to clear. The struts are almost neutral – with a slight edge to rising if held mid point up the arc. In cold weather this might reverse if the hydraulics are cold – but I don’t need to worry about that. The action is very smooth and the doors can be opened and closed with one hand – easy.

I’ve included a number of pictures and a link to some very crappy videos. I used my 6mp camera for the videos – and I apologize up front for the panting! The doors are not heavy – just the pickup on the camera is about two inches from my mouth when I held the camera to see through the viewfinder!

The first two videos are me trying to stay in focus and see what I'm doing - the third was from a budy holding the camera.

The first is of me opening the door http://www.vmix.com/video/1470253/

Then closing the door http://www.vmix.com/video/1470254/

No cracks on the naked top and flame pants! http://vmix.com/video/1470256/

Next – some pics of the door hinges:


Door Hinge Drive Side


Door Hinge Passenger Side

Next is a sequence of pics of the driver door opening…


First closed


Then open a bit


a bit more


most of the way open


all the way open


last shot

Now a close up of the clearance of the fender panel - looking from the front.


Hinge driver side open


Hinge passenger open

Now a sequence of the door closing – top down look from the passenger side







Now a couple of pictures showing the panel fit – passenger side





Next the pics of the window fit – note the crimping at both top corners – this is original as I bought the car. The fit is as good as it was to start.





Now a quick snap of that lower door gap (both sides) that need some weather striping


Inside gap

Now a few pics from different vantage points around the car







And finally a “seal” of approval from Ginger


Ginger Seal of Approval

If weather is good this Wednesday – I’ll be at Mapleview Mall!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #265, 07-22-2007 08:02 PM
      Those are some nice detailed pics CPU. Question. In the seated position, can you reach the door handle w/o having to raise up and grab the handle?

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #266, 07-22-2007 08:24 PM
      Yup - no trouble for Dave - aka The Orangutan Guy!!

When the doors are right up - I simply lean a little forward and grad the plastic handle at the front of the door. It's the lowest part of the door at that time - and Mr. Mike will be happy to know I cannot reach the door release handle as I always used to close the door that way. Not now - I actually use the correct part of the door.

I'll try to get a couple of extra videos next weekend showing how I do that (viewed from the passenger side).

Dave


Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #267, 07-23-2007 08:14 AM
      That looks real nice Dave. I can't wait to see it in person.

You guys are doing your best to talk me into putting a set on one of my cars.

Archie


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #268, 07-23-2007 11:13 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:

That looks real nice Dave. I can't wait to see it in person.

You guys are doing your best to talk me into putting a set on one of my cars.

Archie


hee hee heeeee!

Thanks Archie. I'm looking forward to meeting you again in September. I'll likely only be down the day before. I want to order a new steering wheel from the Fiero Store and if I do - will have it shipped to you for safe keeping!

I ordered new rubber for the MRS 18" wheels I picked up at a very reasonable price. Suppliers here don't seem to be able to get 255/40's (without leaving a kidney for payment) so I'll be going with 245/40 for the rear and keeping the 235/40 on the front. The 235's are in very good shape. Will likely go to a 225/40 when the fronts need replacing - as I like the nose down attitude..... New rubber tomorrow and some extra pics by the end of tomorrow.

After that I'm done with the mods (yeah sure) - well time to plan for a new dash and new gauge cluster..... Winter project....

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gaas88 (gs.allevato@sympatico.ca) MSG #269, 07-23-2007 08:28 PM
      Dave,

The TAZ looks great. With these doors, you kinda want to have them open at shows - real WOW factor so what do you do to shut the interior lights off so they don't drain the battery?


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #270, 07-23-2007 09:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by gaas88:

Dave,

The TAZ looks great. With these doors, you kinda want to have them open at shows - real WOW factor so what do you do to shut the interior lights off so they don't drain the battery?


I guess I'll need some 600 mph tape....

I've got a car show this weekend - at Emerald Lake - and will be at Mapleview if the rain holds off. I'm sure the guys will have some ideas. Maybe a horse shoe like clamp, Will look into it tomorrow and the rest of the week. I guess I could always unhook the battery - or pull the fuse for the door switch. Will look that in the manual tonight.

I figure worst comes to worse tha I can make up a small plate that can apply pressure with a tiny bungie cord. Any ideas out there?

A question like that isn't fair since I haven't even looked into it myself yet.

Thanks for the compliments!

I picked up some foam tape (self adhesive back) from autozone to replace RV door seals and applied it at the front corners of the door - on the door - to do away with that nasty little gap. It works great - but now have to figure out how to taper the foam so it's not ugly.

Hopefully Chris at Xtreme-Doors will tell me how to adjust the door to see if I can get it perfect myself...


Eau_Rouge MSG #271, 07-24-2007 03:28 PM
      Dave, love your car!

I've got a question about your interior. I was wondering if you have leather covered arm rests and if so, if you got them from Mr. Mikes?
I'm re-doing my car's interior in a combonation of black leather and black suede and would love to get leather covered arm rests because paint just doesn't cut it. So if you could let me know if you do have them and where you got them, i'd be great.

Again, the car looks excellent! Nice choice in wheels as well!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #272, 07-24-2007 05:57 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Eau_Rouge:

Dave, love your car!

I've got a question about your interior. I was wondering if you have leather covered arm rests and if so, if you got them from Mr. Mikes?
I'm re-doing my car's interior in a combonation of black leather and black suede and would love to get leather covered arm rests because paint just doesn't cut it. So if you could let me know if you do have them and where you got them, i'd be great.

Again, the car looks excellent! Nice choice in wheels as well!



Thanks for the great compliments!

My interior is a Mr. Mikes. That includes door uppers, door lowers, map pockets, seats, visors and centre console. The hand grips on the doors are still the basic plastic, but look real good in contrast to the tan/dragon mix I picked. The hand grip/elbow rests are in like new condition - plastic that it is. Mr. Mike does not offer to recover these in leather. They clean up easy with some grease remover (citrus type). They'd be a bit of work - with the curves and contours. Easiest thing to do is ask Mike. I'm sure if you offer him enough cash that he'll likely do whatever you want. Oh yeah - a liebral amount of begging and pleading will help if the initial offer of cash does not work. (Don't ask how I know :8^))

Dave

PS. Don't tell him I said all the above (BG)!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #273, 07-24-2007 06:05 PM
      I'm back from the load rubber dealer.

Three pics of the new shoes - sorry - but the TAZ needs a wash.....







That's it - I'm tapped out of cash - whether it be begged, borrowed or stolen!

Still need to replace the steering wheel and will likely opt for FieroStore unit.

Next on the agenda is a new dash, complete with new gauges and a nice shift light..... I still have not decided on the instruments - but white backed analogue is what I'll do for sure. There was a beaut digital display unit on a thread here somewhere - but the cost was more than 2k. Anyway - unless I do a contract or two on some unsavory characters (hey I'm just joshing ya) that I won't likely have the funds to do this until fall 2008. Oh well - that means lots of time to look at ideas and formulate my own.

Dave

PS Will post more pics of the doors and the car when I find a suitable spot for some nice pics. Any nice looking young ladies want a photo op?


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #274, 07-24-2007 07:27 PM
     

Wow Dave

It is very impressive how far and how fast you have brought your car.

Nice rims, and the VDC really gives it some pop.

It just keeps getting better and better !

Ever consider a chin spoiler or maybe a rear diffuser ?


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #275, 07-24-2007 07:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Wow Dave

It is very impressive how far and how fast you have brought your car.

Nice rims, and the VDC really gives it some pop.

It just keeps getting better and better !

Ever consider a chin spoiler or maybe a rear diffuser ?


Mucho Gracias on the kudos.

Too many speed bumps around for the chin spoiler. I'm trying to keep the back end simple. Cops eyeball me enough as it is. There have been a large number of deaths from kids driving their imports and other POS cars like madmen on the highway and city streets. Province is thinking of passing a new law that allows them to confiscate a car if they SUSPECT it modified for street racing - whatever the heck that means.

I would love to go with the PPG front end - very much like a "shark nose concept". The owner - Paul (out Chicago way) - says he's thinking about it - but isn't too keen on it. Too bad - could sell a whack load of them.

Would swap out the front nose in a heartbeat if it was available. I think I've got a pic of it here....

The owner is in the background of the first pic.





DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #276, 07-29-2007 04:23 PM
      Beut of a weekend in Canuck land!

Was at a car show (Emerald Lake) this Saturday. About 150 cars. I was the only Fiero, only mid engine and only one with vert doors - but did not come away with a trophy. Oh well - lots and lots of very impressed people. THought I'd post two picks - one of the car and the other from the passenger side through to the driver side - showing all that open space where the door used to be!





Probably the cleanest the car will be for a few weeks!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #277, 08-28-2007 01:12 AM
      ... This thread is a little too quiet.

[This message has been edited by madcurl (edited 08-28-2007).]

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #278, 08-28-2007 07:12 AM
      Ahhh spent ma money and gots no moah!

Starting the planing stages for replacing the dash. Doing some research. Looking forwards to seeing everyone in two weeks at Archie's and Fieorrama.

I bought a ticket for the Quad4 draw. WHat in the world will I do with two beauty Fieros???

See ya soon!


InaneCathode (inane.cathode@gmail.com) MSG #279, 08-28-2007 08:04 AM
      God that car is hot.
Seriously.
When Pontiac decides to cancel the joke that is the solstice, they'll use your car as a prototype for the all new 2009 fiero.
Wild speculation, PERHAPS?


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #280, 08-29-2007 03:46 PM
      I'm glad you really like it. I know I love it - and it gets nothing but stares (the good kind) no matter where I go.

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #281, 09-20-2007 05:32 PM
      Hey Dave, were's those new sterring wheel pics?

I own pg. 8

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #282, 09-24-2007 05:02 PM
      Sorry for being offline so long!

September was a busy busy month for me and just haven't got around to posting too much.

I'll post up the new pic of the steering wheel in the next week.

Also will post up the pic of my award at Fierorama! Didn't expect anything, but I guess they remember the car from last year an noticed all the things done since last year at Fieorrama. The Taz was a big hit with the average lookee seer. Tons and tons of compliments. Also a great crew of people out there.

Big thanks again go out to Archie, Rob, Chris and Mark. Great CT Reunion even though an unamed person backed out last minute!

Thanks also to Chirs Lewis and his "best" for putting me up on the Saturday night! Way cool and very much appreciated!

Will post on this and everything else later in the next week or two. Need to rebuilt the driver headlamp motor with Rodney's quick fix pack and a few other little odds and ends.

Dave


LT188GT (eal4ever@bellsouth.net) MSG #283, 09-24-2007 08:51 PM
     

Not to change the thread (actually I did )
Dave----I thought you might like this pic. It was shot at Daytona this year.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #284, 09-24-2007 09:01 PM
      Thanks for the pic! She's my bud for sure!

On a side note. I read the Rodney instructions on the headlight motor fix. Does anyone have actual pictures of how to do the fix? After reading the instructions there are a lot fo words relating using clamps, grips etc with lots of pulling. I thought It would be a simple take a few screws out and replace the plastic bits.....

Would be a huge help.



Car-Lo MSG #285, 10-07-2007 12:35 AM
     
Check this out...
80-82 Corvette LED tail lights

http://www.rodworx.com/product.php?item=315


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #286, 10-07-2007 12:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hey Dave, were's those new sterring wheel pics?

I own pg. 8




DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #287, 10-08-2007 05:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Car-Lo:


Check this out...
80-82 Corvette LED tail lights

http://www.rodworx.com/product.php?item=315


Those LED's are nice. At $160 a set (for four) they are not cheap!

I like my stock bulbs right now - but will sure keep this link in case I decide to upgrade later - thanks!

Dave


Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #288, 10-08-2007 08:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Car-Lo:
Check this out...
80-82 Corvette LED tail lights
http://www.rodworx.com/product.php?item=315

Hey Car-lo, do you have any pic's of these installed?


Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #289, 10-08-2007 08:52 PM
      edited because there are enough Archie bashing threads already

Archie

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F-I-E-R-O (andrew-rogers@stny.rr.com) MSG #290, 10-08-2007 09:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:



I've been looking for something different to replace the warped front end of my Fiero, and it's just the right color!

[This message has been edited by F-I-E-R-O (edited 10-08-2007).]

Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #291, 10-08-2007 09:43 PM
      edited

Sorry Dave, it seems I can't post to normal threads anymore without attracting bashers.

[This message has been edited by Archie (edited 10-08-2007).]

F-I-E-R-O (andrew-rogers@stny.rr.com) MSG #292, 10-08-2007 10:07 PM
      Damn, should have quoted you, you keep changing your post...

[This message has been edited by F-I-E-R-O (edited 10-09-2007).]

F-I-E-R-O (andrew-rogers@stny.rr.com) MSG #293, 10-08-2007 10:12 PM
      Bump...

[This message has been edited by F-I-E-R-O (edited 10-08-2007).]

Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #294, 10-08-2007 10:18 PM
      .

[This message has been edited by Archie (edited 10-10-2007).]

Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #295, 10-08-2007 10:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by F-I-E-R-O:
Yep. Just expressing an opinion, based on my own experience here, and what I've seen in other threads. I think there's enough precedence to support the posting of an opinion.


F-I-E-R-O, I have not had any problems with you, but I really disagree with your opinion that these comments belong here. This is CPU's build thread and should not be convoluted with personnal attacks and general crap. If you want to bash Archie start your own thread and bash away but have respect for others build threads and keep 'em clean.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #296, 10-09-2007 05:01 PM
      Ok - Ok - Here are some pics of the steering wheel. I'd have preferred to get the shots during the install - but I was working on a 1/2 height headlight assembly while Rob was doing my steering wheel for me.....

Pics show a nice clean new steering wheel. Great value from FieroStore!



[This message has been edited by DrCPU (edited 01-18-2008).]

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #297, 10-09-2007 05:03 PM
      Should probably add some shots of the awards I've picked up....

2006



2007





Chris Hodson MSG #298, 10-10-2007 05:45 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
The owner is in the background of the first pic.




Fred bartemyer from Heartland Fieros. I love the ppg.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #299, 10-10-2007 11:35 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


Pics show a nice clean new steering wheel. Great value from Fierowharehouse!




Nice matching leather job. How is the grip and feel of the sterring wheel? Is the leather soft?


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #300, 10-10-2007 04:48 PM
      The quality of the leather on the replacement is very high. Soft - yet firm. The stitching isn't as good as I'd like, but well within the cost of the unit. They manufacturer used black thread - and maybe a little too thin thread. If they had used a color matched waxed thread i'd say it would be perfect. You don't notice the stitching as it's away from view. One of the pics was taken to show the stitching. Notice the individual stitches are not as close together as OEM units - but perfectly acceptable.

The fit and feel is as close to the OEM as I can tell. I have the old wheel and will redo it this winter as a project. I have lots of time to kill - so won't have any excuses.

The new wheel is lighter in color than the original - but is a great match to my Mr. Mike's Tan leather interior.

I'm very happy with the wheel and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to keep the interior as close to stock as they can. Also - at just over a hundred dollars - it was a literal steal! Buying from Fiero Wharehouse is top notch as well. I've only ever had good service from them.

Dave

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Car-Lo MSG #301, 10-15-2007 03:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:

Hey Car-lo, do you have any pic's of these installed?


No, I was going to change over, but for now I'm just using all four back up lights (white centers)
with standard red LED bulbs only.
I thought it would look very sharp with DrCPU's ride!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #302, 10-15-2007 04:51 PM
      Added the Pic here of the LEDs to save those from having to find the site via your link....

I'm liking them more and more every day! Hmmm maybe the year bonus will allow for them.. CDN dollar is doing fine as well!!



Fiero Brick MSG #303, 10-15-2007 05:06 PM
      Make sure you get tail lights that are bright enough. I remember a thread somewhere on here or maybe the other forum in which someone tried out a cheap/ebay set of LED taillights, then tried a more expensive set. The difference in brightness was absolutely tremendous. Personally, lighting isn't something I would want to take any risks with in my Fiero. I almost get run over often enough, in spite of all the noise it makes.

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #304, 10-15-2007 10:22 PM
      I hear ya loud and clear. I've seen some LED's that actually hurt my eyes - their so... bright.

If I ordered them I'd first ask about a return policy - just in case they are not as advertised.....

Will have to wait until after xmas anyway!

Unless Santa out there want sto buy them for me?? !!

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #305, 11-18-2007 11:25 PM
      Monthly


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #306, 11-19-2007 07:06 AM
      Hey thanks Curly!

I did pick up new struts from Lambo Fever. Was thinking I might start this project - but my lazy tired rear end just couldn't put down the XBOX 360 controller.

Will take picks and start a fixin! Only a few months till Daytona anyway!

Dave


Fiero2m8 MSG #307, 11-19-2007 09:16 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Just a bump to say my car is being tunned at a local shop.....

Should have new numbers and a better air/fuel mix than I had before - let's hope anyway!



 
quote
Originally posted by Alex4mula:


Cool! Looking forward to see results


 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Mee too- Just got off the phone with them ("Auto Worx"). They are waiting for their new burner, which should be in tomorrow. I've been promised my car for Friady afternoon - here's to keeping all my body parts that can be crossed - are crossed!

Dave



Hey Dave,

Just catching up on your build thread.
What ECM are you using?
Could you provide details / experience with Autoworx as I have the same problem and am looking for someone more local for tuning - chip burning...

Ryan


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #308, 11-19-2007 05:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fiero2m8:

Hey Dave,

Just catching up on your build thread.
What ECM are you using?
Could you provide details / experience with Autoworx as I have the same problem and am looking for someone more local for tuning - chip burning...

Ryan


I'd have to dig up the GM part number but its' an IROC (Camaro) mid 90's.

I had AutoWorx tune the car once and they never gave me the dyno run. I had a hard time getting hold of them to do the work. I needed to pass Ontario emissions and when I went to get the check done in August I was over on the idle CO reading.

I went back to AW and got the run around from the guy who did the work the first time. He gave me an appointment for the next week. When I showed up the morning of my appointment - the guy who was going to do the adjustment quit the night before and never did put my appoinment into the system from the week before. The owner of the shop made good the next week and the emissions JUST passed. I had to pay an extra $300 bucks even though I said it should have been done right the first time.

I had asked for the original chip with Dyno sheets. They did not do this, not even the second time around.

To boil it down - they are a Corvette shop so if you've got an LT1 with a Corvette computer I'm sure they can a lot for you. I ended spending $800 for what - I'm not sure. It did however pass the emissions test. Still no idea if the numbers are better or not at the rear since the changes.

Not sure what the heck I'll do in two years for the next emissions test.

If you go to them, make sure you get everything in writting - that includes what you'll get back - like parts, dyno sheets, the cost etc - otherwise you'll likely be out of luck.

Dave

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #309, 12-02-2007 12:27 AM
      Hey Dave, before you parked the chopper for it's winter storage; did you take any new pics


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #310, 12-03-2007 07:21 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hey Dave, before you parked the chopper for it's winter storage; did you take any new pics


Curly,

No new pics since the last ones. I'm waiting for a part to come from Fiero Store to get here before I rebuild the driver side headlight motor. Will start the figuring on the door strut as well. I'll be posting pics of the HD parts and the struts by the end of the week.

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85SEnochie (eqoflife@hotmail.com) MSG #311, 12-03-2007 12:48 PM
      I have been fallowing this post for awhile A+ love the ideas you have done and looking forward to seeing more.

O ya...Bump ; )



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #312, 01-18-2008 12:48 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Monthly




fieroman87 (fieroman87@juno.com) MSG #313, 01-18-2008 10:46 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Pics show a nice clean new steering wheel. Great value from Fierowharehouse!





i looked on the fierowarehouse site and there is no mention of steeringwheels or replacement covers, and i need to find one for a friend of mine. what/who do i need to contact for information?



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #314, 01-18-2008 12:23 PM
      Whooops! FieroStore is where the wheel came from...

http://www.fierostore.com/P...ct/Browse.aspx?d=330

Sorry about that Chief!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #315, 01-18-2008 12:28 PM
      I've made a number of posts where I mentioned I bought or was waiting for parts from FireoWarehouse, Fierowharehouse etc... Must be recurring senior moments as I've not purchased anything from that site. All such references should mean FIEROSTORE.

Sorry for any confusion.....


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #316, 02-19-2008 06:35 PM
      Bustin Dave's chops, hehe. Status report?

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #317, 02-19-2008 07:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Bustin Dave's chops, hehe. Status report?


Me bad - me found woman - me pre-occupied --- hmm not good - or maybe too good - me like! tehehe

I almost made it down to the garage to pull the headlight motor assembly this past weekend - but then got detracted by a shiny bauble - that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

It's been real cold the last month - even in the garage it's freezing - so being the "gentille" that I am I have decided to postpone until the mercury rises a little more. Won't be going to D8 or D9 (this years) but will save some schekels for next year! Will make CTRIII

Keep posting though - because it burdens me with guilt! - NOT! It is nice to know there are some who want to see progress.

Dave

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #318, 02-19-2008 07:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


Me bad - me found woman - me pre-occupied --- hmm not good - or maybe too good - me like! tehehe
Will make CTRIII
Dave



Cool. Did the the chopper get you're foot in the door with her, hehe.


cornersonrails (webearthly@yahoo.com) MSG #319, 02-19-2008 09:47 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
Me bad - me found woman - me pre-occupied --- hmm not good - or maybe too good - me like! tehehe


She's welcome to Dave.. hehe


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #320, 02-19-2008 10:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Cool. Did the the chopper get you're foot in the door with her, hehe.


I think my boyish charm and good looks did the trick - although she loves the car!

PS - Thanks Chris!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #321, 02-20-2008 11:57 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


I think my boyish charm and good looks did the trick - although she loves the car!

PS - Thanks Chris!


I'm sure the horns helped too.


I wonder did Ginger approve?
 
quote
Originally posted by Fiero Thomas:

Awesome but you need to put his puppy in the photo with him as well




 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Let me ask if it's OK with Ginger.... Here's her answer...





Ginger's pissed, hehe.
j/k Dave,hehe.

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Eclipse (jay.brintnell@gmail.com) MSG #322, 02-20-2008 01:18 PM
      lol... That's Awesome!



Fiero Thomas (tom@fieronews.net) MSG #323, 02-20-2008 04:00 PM
      Awesome but you need to put his puppy in the photo with him as well



kwagner MSG #324, 02-20-2008 05:44 PM
      I just finished reading through this whole thread.
My fiero's going to love you
My wallet's going to hate you
Thanks a lot


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #325, 02-20-2008 06:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by kwagner:

I just finished reading through this whole thread.
My fiero's going to love you
My wallet's going to hate you
Thanks a lot



K, you're welcome. Hope you get some ideas out of what I've done and maybe learned how not to do certain things - like say putting uncurred resin in your fridge to save a few cents.... way too funny - even now.

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #326, 02-20-2008 06:45 PM
      Nice thing about Ginger - is she's a dog and doesn't mind it if I bring the scent of a woman home tee heee heee. Now the smell of another dog is a different story!

Way too funny - you guys crack me up!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #327, 02-20-2008 07:29 PM
      Hey Dave, anything "new" we should expecting at the 25th?

Jake_Dragon MSG #328, 02-20-2008 08:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hey Dave, anything "new" we should expecting at the 25th?


Apparently hes grown another horn and has found a girl friend.


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #329, 02-20-2008 09:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jake_Dragon:


Apparently hes grown another horn and has found a girl friend.


LMAO


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #330, 02-20-2008 09:31 PM
      Only going to fix the headlight motor gears and cogs and then replace both struts for the lambo doors.

The passenger door strut gave up after only a few openings - say 25. The driver side is weak and if it hasn't blown over the winter will likely be needing a replacement very soon. I ordered new struts from Lambodoors and have 950lb rated units. The crap installed by XtremeDoors was supposed to be rated at 900lbs - but like I said - was likely the worst crap they could get their hands on.

The XD guys have supposedly contacted Jay to make things right, but I don't expect they are capable or evne have a capacity of being honest. I'd never go anywhere near them ever again. Crap service, crap product. Crap service is even way to nice a word to use. If I pass them on the road and see they've been run over - will likely take a second shot at them myself just to make sure they don't rip anyone else off.

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Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #331, 02-20-2008 11:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
... Crap service, crap product. Crap service is even way to nice a word to use. If I pass them on the road and see they've been run over - will liley take a second shot at them myself just to make sure they don't rip anyone else off.


Ok Dave now tell us how you really feel
PS PM sent your way.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #332, 03-17-2008 11:54 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Monthly




DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #333, 03-17-2008 03:51 PM
      Thanks Curly! Still unseasonally cold. Have this Friday and Monday off - so hope to get the headlight motors out and repaired this weekend.

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #334, 03-29-2008 03:48 PM
      Well - I finally got off my keister today. Rebuild both headlight motors gear assemblies - Gen 2s.

I'll create a thread in the technical section and paste back a link in this thread - once it's complete. I took lots of pictures and came up with some solutions not described in the instructions for keeping the two spring loaded brushes in place to make the re-assembly of the motor easier for the passenger side assembly.

If you've done this work yourself before, then there won't be anything special to see other than my shortcuts. If you need to do this work I hope the pictures and story line help you make quick work of this job.

I'll post more later. I should have the thread done by tomorrow - check back soon!

Dave

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #335, 03-29-2008 05:22 PM
      Here is the location of the headlight motor rebuild....

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/090444.html

I'll finish the job and reinstall everything tomorrow - including the car battery to get the Taz started for the first time since she went to bed in the fall....


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #336, 03-29-2008 06:56 PM
      The rebuild thread is pretty much complete.... happy reading!

I still need to post pics of everything running - will do that tomorrow!

Now I need to change my picture on my signature line.... this one is real old...



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #337, 03-30-2008 12:11 PM
      No job would be complete without proof of the work.

Here it is...



.
Yipeeeee Kayyyy Yeaaaa Baby!

I've forgotten how good that engine sounds after five months in moth balls! I can hardly wait to get her on the road!



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #338, 04-15-2008 10:33 PM
      The weather is starting to cooperate. Took the TAZ out today to try out the new front rubber.

Bought Marangoni rubber last year for the rear 245/40 18s and just put on Marangoni rubber up front 225/35 18s.

Will post pictures later this weekend.. I like the look I really do!


Fiero2m8 MSG #339, 04-16-2008 12:37 AM
      Looks good DrCPU - any progress on fixing the lambo door hinges?
I'm going to pass on them for the Roadster but they might be interesting on the newest project.



SLAMMED87GT (m3nacing@gmail.com) MSG #340, 04-16-2008 12:47 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Last post for the day is the final pick before I unloaded the car at home. That 6" drop tongue did the trick. Loaded it forwards and had no troubles at all - save for some rain as soon as I crossed into Canada at Buffalo!





Teh Fiero looks great, the two pic's just reminded me of when I picked up my recent ride, my M3. They were so close in angle and such so I wanted to post them. It's such a nice feeling getting your car on the trailer for the ride hah?





DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #341, 04-19-2008 05:09 PM
      As promised, some shots of the TAZ - after a wash - and with the new 225/35 18 rubber up front.









GKDINC MSG #342, 04-19-2008 05:47 PM
      The car is looking great. Nice to see a chop top that looks finished.
Thanks for posting up some fresh pic's
Have a Nice Day
Gary


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #343, 05-19-2008 12:17 PM
      Well, I'm bored; please entertain me

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #344, 06-14-2008 02:57 PM
     


I bore very easily; please continue to entertain me with pictures and your whimsical dialog



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #345, 06-16-2008 08:35 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:




I bore very easily; please continue to entertain me with pictures and your whimsical dialog


Will post the results of my going back to regular door hinges later this week. Right now I'm worried that the Lambo hinges has sidelined the TAZ for an indeterminate period of time.

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #346, 06-17-2008 03:56 PM
      Just thought I'd continue adding the details and photos to the "Help" request thread rather than detracting from my build thread...

Ok, to be precise, I've taken one step back and reverted to the original hinges from the Extreme Doors VDC kit....

For more fun and enjoyment - please follow this link => http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/071308.html

Dave


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #347, 07-08-2008 07:56 PM
      Well, it's July 8th 2008 and it's almost been a year since I opted for the Xtreme Door hinges.

I just finished buttoning up the last little bits and the TAZ is back to original hinges. Andrew (AugiDoggie) and a friend (Aidan Griffin) both helped get the driver side hinge done. Boy - did I learn a lot.

I prepared the passenger side two weeks ago and waited until last night to do the passenger side with trusty old Aidan. This time it took about an hour. Still used up three hours getting the mirror and skins on - but I sure used some lessons of the past to make the hinge install perfect forst time around. No adjustements needed. I also figured out how to remove the side molding clips by reverse engineering the setup. The old clips break real easy - so must be very patient. Of course if your taking the skin off - it's as easy as pie!

I have not heard anything from Chirs and Kyle since the driver side shearing failure. Emails have gone unanswered.

The TAZ needs a good wash and wax - both inside and outside - and will try to do this before the 25th. The good news is the TAZ and I are driving to the 25th! Whooohooo!

I'll likely bring the Xtreme Door hinges to the 25th for interested parties to look over. Also will bring the extra struts I purchased. The bolt ends of the struts are smaller diameter than the shocks by XD. I might part with them under some very stringent conditions. All eyes will be opened - but if someone can machine a little - then it might just be your project ***.

*** This is a warning in advance.


Fiero2m8 MSG #348, 07-09-2008 12:54 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
The good news is the TAZ and I are driving to the 25th! Whooohooo!


Me too Dave - I am hoping to catch up with one of the GTA/SOFA caravans using the 401/402 route on Wednesday night or Thursday day.

Ryan



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #349, 07-09-2008 07:13 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fiero2m8:


Me too Dave - I am hoping to catch up with one of the GTA/SOFA caravans using the 401/402 route on Wednesday night or Thursday day.

Ryan




I've been so darned busy with life in general that I have not had time to plan a route or figure out when I'll actually leave. I did want to go to the drag strip to get in a few runs, but have not checked the threads yet to see if it's still on or not. I won't be towing - so I won't push it up the strip - but would like to get three or so runs in where I shift at the 4k range to see how much better I can improve on my 13.8 time. The engine has been tuned a little (or so the guy said that I paid - chuckle).

I do have a room for Wednesday night at the main facility..... Looking forwards to seeing everyone!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #350, 07-20-2008 02:37 PM
      Did you work out the route to the 25th?

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #351, 08-01-2008 09:41 PM
      Did you make it home okay? Was Ginger glad to see you or did she give you a lecture?

HTXtremes (hybridtheoryxtremes@yahoo.com) MSG #352, 08-01-2008 11:06 PM
      Some pics at the 25th of the "TAZMNDVL"







madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #353, 09-09-2008 11:01 PM
      Well, did you make it home safely? Did you have any issue with the boarder guards? Did Ginger get her treats at the boarder?

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #354, 09-10-2008 08:32 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Well, did you make it home safely? Did you have any issue with the boarder guards? Did Ginger get her treats at the boarder?


Thanks for asking Curley! I had a hapless trip back and got back around 2:00am. Customs searched my truck, car and trailer. I did not have my paperwork from the last time I declared all the work and they thought I did an engine swap. So it took more than a little footwork to keep them happy. Thirty minutes of time I'll never get back. The customs guys uttered a "wow" when I opened the doors of the Taz, when I opened the hood and the back hatch. They asked if the engine was supposed to be in the back.

They let me go when they found a copy of the paperwork I filed in 2006 when I declared all the work Archie did in the chop/swap job. All is well.

I'm in the middle of moving my Dad from Ottawa to Mississauga - so will be posting my own picks on the hinge install in about a week and a half.

Great seeing you (and everyone else) at the Chop Top Reunion.

Dave


cornersonrails (webearthly@yahoo.com) MSG #355, 09-10-2008 10:43 AM
      Sorry I missed you Dave. My car should be ready for next year

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #356, 09-21-2008 12:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

I'm in the middle of moving my Dad from Ottawa to Mississauga - so will be posting my own picks on the hinge install in about a week and a half. Great seeing you (and everyone else) at the Chop Top Reunion.

Dave





DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #357, 09-21-2008 09:23 PM
      Thanks for the reminder. I'm hoping to find some time this week to download my pics from the CT Reunion. No kidding - I've been so busy driving back and forth from Mississauga to Ottawa that I've done nothing on the net since the reunion. Took out the TAZ today for a run (out sailing) and it was nice to be out just having fun again.

The VDI hinges work great - now I just have to hope that the great weather holds so I can get a few nice weekends in before it starts turning "Fall" in the great white north!

Will post more this week - promise....

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #358, 09-29-2008 02:45 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:






DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #359, 09-29-2008 07:24 AM
      I know - me bad bad boy....

Took this weekend off and went to the trailer ans raced on Sunday (sailing). I'm looking at my camera and still need to load software on my new system before I can post anything. Will do the update this week. Patience young grasshoppers!

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #360, 10-05-2008 12:43 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

I know - me bad bad boy....

Took this weekend off and went to the trailer ans raced on Sunday (sailing). I'm looking at my camera and still need to load software on my new system before I can post anything. Will do the update this week. Patience young grasshoppers!

Dave






madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #361, 10-05-2008 03:03 PM
     


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #362, 10-09-2008 01:41 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #363, 10-10-2008 06:03 PM
     


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #364, 10-15-2008 07:35 PM
      Well - it looks like I have a few moments to document the VDI hinge install I did at Archie's Sept 2-3 of 2008. Sorry it's taken so long to post but life seems to be extra busy the past two months. I moved my 83 yr old father to Mississauga and it's been a ton of work getting him into an old folks home, selling his house, getting rid of a lifetime of his stuff etc....

Most of you know I love spending the week before Fierorama at Archie's. Well this year was no different. Archie, Rob and Kris are a ton of laughs - and they really know their stuff. Yeah that's my opinion based on dealing with him since my swap in 2005.

I drove to Rockford on the holiday Monday and left Mississauga at about 6am. I trailered as I did not know how long it would take to get the VDI hinges installed - that I had shipped to Archies at the beginning of August. I arrived at around 5pm on the holiday Monday only to find Kris driving out. They said they thought I was driving in and would be there first thing in the morning. We agree to start in earnest on Tuesday morning.

Archie is the consumate host and I convinced him he'd need a watchdog for the rest of the week - so Ginger and I hunkered down in the shop at night. Thanks Archie! It was crazy hot those first two days and no AC had me thinking I'd made a mistake. Oh well - this stuff happens when you're cheap like me. At almost 95 degrees it took until the wee hours before the temp was even close to being comfortable. Thank goodness it cooled down on Thrusday!

Anyway - first things first. Tuesday at 7am I drive my car into the shop and get the benefit of the car lift. No one can start anything until I take off all the hardware. My deal with Archie is I do as much as possible to minimse my costs. I'd taken off the XD hinges in the Spring and know how to do this stuff in the dark now.



The first order of business is to take off the rockers, then the front fenders, then the inside door panel, then the mirrors, then the inner lower door trim, then the outer door skin. The last thing to come off is the front window guide that runs up and down the front part of the door - in between the door. This makes getting to the hinge bolts easy as pie.

Here is a pick of the driver side - stock hinges - front fender and rocker panel off.



Same thing - other side.



Inside door panel - passenger side.



Driver side - removing the front window guide (bolts are on the inside)



Driver side - no window guide.



Next picture shows the bolt locations on the inside of the door (passenger side)



The final pic for this post is Rob welding in tabs at the top and bottom of the door with the frame. We do not want the door to move when we take off the stock hinges. Please note the door is closed! (tehee)



More tomorrow.....

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gaas88 (gs.allevato@sympatico.ca) MSG #365, 10-15-2008 08:15 PM
      Dave,
Thank you for posting.....I thought Curly was going to go into cardiac arrest!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #366, 10-15-2008 08:51 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by gaas88:

Dave,
Thank you for posting.....I thought Curly was going to go into cardiac arrest!


Worse than having a girlfriend! I've learned to ignore the opposite sex - it's a male thing. Bwahahahaaaaa!

I did promise to post - so I don't blame him.

Probably about two or three more posts with about 30 pics to go...


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #367, 10-15-2008 08:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by gaas88:

I thought Curly was going to go into cardiac arrest!



Hehee.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #368, 10-16-2008 08:13 PM
      VDI Hinge Install post #2

Let's see where I was - Oh yeah - Rob has just welded on the two tabs to keep the driver side door in place before we remove the stock hinges....

If you check the last picture in the first post there is a very very slight detail of something quite funny. I don't think any of you will find the item - so I'll narrow it down. It's trailing from the driver door - at the rear of the door....

We remove the stock hinges....



Next we place a pit of stock steel that had the holes pre-drilled and tapped. This way the mount point is perfect with the standard bolts! The cut VDI hinges will be welded to this stock later..



Next is a little detail of the VDI Universal Hinge Kit - note the wishbone with the mounts for the door has already been cut off. We need to cut off the bottom mount now...



Kris hard at work cutting the lower mount off the VDI hinge



Next is the build up for the top mount of the VDI hinge. Note the rounded edges (both sides) for a good weld.



And a test fit once things have cooled down and been ground flat....



Now a close up at the lower mount point - this needs to be built up with a nice weld...



And a few with more lighting showing how the wishbone will be tacked and then welded the last pic has the welds done.





Now a couple of picks of the hinge just before we are ready for the test opening....



Alrightythennnnn! Now to cut off the bits that were welded on to keep the door solidly mounted to the frame during all this mounting/remounting and welding.

The next few are different shots - at different angles.... The hinges still come off one more time for final clean up of welds and some paint....







So now the door and hinges are off for the last time. Must clean up the area while everything is open, and one more look at a finished hinge!



That's it for today's post. The first two posts show all the work performed on the first day - Sept 2,2008. There are many small details I could have added, but most if not all of the important things are covered off the now "acclaimed" Archie/DrCPU Youtube production of the complete install.

I'll post the remainder of the images of the finished project next week. Yup - that's it for me until Wednesday - let's see - close the trailer this weekend - fun and games on Monday night - Old farts hockey on Tuesday..... Enjoy yours too!



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #369, 10-22-2008 08:15 PM
      I promised my post today - so here is the final installment for the VDI hinges.....

This last part is a bunch of pics I took three days after the install and one at the Chop Top Reunion....









and the shot from Saturday at Archie's place during ChopTop



So as a wrap up - if you follow the last two posts and then check out the youtube video - you'll have all the info you need to get perfect fitting and perfect functioning doors! follow this link to the videos...

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/094708.html

In closing this post - thanks again to Archie, Rob and Kris for such a great week. More fun than I've had since last year's Choptop!!!




Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #370, 10-22-2008 08:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

In closing this post - thanks again to Archie, Rob and Kris for such a great week. More fun than I've had since last year's Choptop!!!



We had a great time too.

You need to know that you're always welcome here.

Archie


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #371, 10-23-2008 11:28 AM
      Dave, the car looks great!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #372, 10-24-2008 07:33 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

Dave, the car looks great!


Thanks Who! I really like the way the car has evolved. Madcurl has given me a few ideas - so I'm keeping my eyes peeled to find something that works best for my tastes. Yeah - I'm being a tease - but won't be doing too much over the winter in terms of mods - more thinking about options than anything else.

Althought the paint is only coming up tp two years I do need to get a few chips fixed. The front hood needs to be redone - I need to grind down the seams from the glass job I did with the insert and redo that job with a much wider swath of glass. I have some ideas for the rear trunk lid as well....

hmmm - back to the drawing board.......

Dave

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #373, 10-24-2008 10:37 AM
     

Dave every time i look at your car it gives me encouragement on mine !

At the 25th Anniversary show i found myself just coming back to your car and smiling to myself time after time.



Seeing yours now was a big reason i made the jump and am having Archie install the same lambo door hinges.



Even my gf thought your car was pretty cool !




DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #374, 10-24-2008 05:39 PM
      Thanks for the compliments exoticse. Your car is really coming along nicely as well. Funny how quick time flies by on these projects. I prefer the ever evolving project as I`m getting new ideas. Most of them aren`t worth repeating in public - but the process of thinking about a change - to visualising it - to seeing others doing something similar, or not, is the best part of a project IMHO. Having a `finished`car is nice - but then you gotta do something else....

I`m still stuck on the dash. I`d really like to get a donor dash - all the parts - and then start cutting, adding foam and glassing over to get what I want for my car. I know I`d like a rev light blended into the top left of the driver side dash - kind of like a circular hump (say 1/4 the diameter of a 1 inch light) wihout a big ass tach. Something with class. I`d also settle with 4" analog speedo and tach and 1" for the remainder of the gauges. Backlit off blue would be nice.... I`d also change the temp control, radio etc and angle that more to the driver. A Zune dock (built in) would also be a must!

See lots more to do - just need time space and money.....



Eclipse (jay.brintnell@gmail.com) MSG #375, 10-25-2008 12:53 AM
      Looking good!!



Bradley Jay (bradleyj.thompson@sbcglobal.net) MSG #376, 10-27-2008 10:07 PM
      The cleanest and sleekest choptop I've ever looked at, by far!

Do you mind if I ask what wheel/tire combination you're running?


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #377, 10-28-2008 06:38 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bradley Jay:

The cleanest and sleekest choptop I've ever looked at, by far!

Do you mind if I ask what wheel/tire combination you're running?


Thanks for the compliment!

I've got 18" MSR rims (I think they are 40mm offset - but I'd have to check the rims to be sure) with 245/40 at the rear and 225/35 up front. The rubber is Marangoni (Z rated) - from Italy.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #378, 11-10-2008 02:45 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:





madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #379, 11-22-2008 04:01 PM
      It's been pretty quiet here.

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #380, 11-23-2008 11:04 PM
      Let's see - the TAZ is away for the winter, my Dad takes up most of my spare time and had knee surgery....

Sorry - but not much to post until I decide what to do next.... tehee


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #381, 12-14-2008 02:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Let's see - the TAZ is away for the winter, my Dad takes up most of my spare time and had knee surgery....


Well, what's kicking?



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #382, 01-19-2009 12:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:



A bit too quiet here.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #383, 02-06-2009 12:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:



Let's see what's on.....


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #384, 02-06-2009 01:59 PM
      Hey there Curl!

Not much happenin' here. It's way cold and a ton of snow and salt on the roads. Another month to six weeks before I take the Taz out of hibernation.

I have been giving a lot of thought (but just that) to my next project. It will be a new dash. I might be moving from the Condo I'm in into a rental farm house (with barn) later this summer. If I do make this move then I'll have lots of space to do my own stuff.

So far I haven't seen what I want in a dash. Nothing too extravagant - but with nice analog gauges and a red rev light 2" custom into the top left edge of the dash. I really need to get a hold of a used dash & centre console and bolt it together. Next, I'd layer foam and then shave out the form I want with all the indents for the vents, zune player, GPS etc and get a much beeter looking dash that I could then fiberglass myself. I really want the instruments that are currently on the right side (with the radio) turned about 15 degrees towards the driver and I want the whole thing as a smooth uniform curved surface that better fits with the lines of the choptop instead of the boxy setup it is right now. I'd include a glove box as well.

Maybe someone has ideas or samples?

If I don't move then it will likely be a longer time before I get what I want done completed.

Dave

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #385, 02-06-2009 06:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Hey there Curl!

Not much happenin' here. It's way cold and a ton of snow and salt on the roads. Another month to six weeks before I take the Taz out of hibernation.

I have been giving a lot of thought (but just that) to my next project. It will be a new dash. So far I haven't seen what I want in a dash. Nothing too extravagant - but with nice analog gauges and a red rev light 2" custom into the top left edge of the dash. I really need to get a hold of a used dash & centre console and bolt it together.
Maybe someone has ideas or samples?

Dave





It's sleek w/analog gauges.


johnyrottin (johnharbour@hotmail.com) MSG #386, 02-06-2009 06:42 PM
      Take a look at the new AC Cobra dash. I think you will find it to your liking. Simple and classy.

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #387, 02-06-2009 10:54 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by johnyrottin:

Take a look at the new AC Cobra dash. I think you will find it to your liking. Simple and classy.


Haven't seen that dash andI want to keep the very front part of the dash (by the windsheild) stock so it fits right in. Exact dimensions. I know Archie has a dash but the console portion is straight. I guess that might be a starting point to then just add the other bits I want. Guess I need a scrapper car to rip parts off to see what can be adjusted (the air and heat controls) as I'd want those angle twards the driver seat as well.

Will look inot it when I have some time. Thanks


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #388, 02-06-2009 10:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:




It's sleek w/analog gauges.


What car is this from?


johnyrottin (johnharbour@hotmail.com) MSG #389, 02-06-2009 11:10 PM
      Here is a link to some photos of the cobra dash. My PIPS isn't working so can you post? Just click on the photo of the car and a selection of photos will come up.

[URL=http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.tuningnews.net/news/040106/shelby-cobra.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.tuningnews.net/article/040106/shelby-cobra/&usg=__VPWMDM8ZYnUQcpgpl1M_uiyO0nk=&h=390&w=520&sz=40&hl=en&start=14&um=1&tbnid=3I-23JMm5tAep M:&tb]http://images.google.com/im...d=3I-23JMm5tAepM:&tb[/URL] nh=98&tbnw=131&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dshelby%2Bnew%2Bford%2Bac%2Bcobra%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

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Fiero2m8 MSG #390, 02-07-2009 10:46 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
What car is this from?


Hi Dave,

It's a Niagara project car - here's the thread:

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/073226.html

Ryan



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #391, 05-01-2009 12:21 PM
     


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #392, 05-03-2009 01:57 PM
      Hi all! Yup it's been a quiet Winter for me. The TAZ has been out and about on the weekends for about 3 weeks. She's running real well and I'm back at the trailer (opened this weekend) so all is now back to normal.

Not too many things planned for the car other than a shark style antenna that I'm thinkng will go just behind the sunroof. Need to visit a few wrecker yards to see what's available frst. The antenna is under the right fender now - but grounds out often enough for me to either isolate it properley from the front frame member or go with the smallest over the roof stubby antenna I can get my hands on.

Will be thinking about the dash this year - but need to find a wrecked car to steal the dash out of so I can foam it and shape out exactly what I want. - that's the plan anyway.

Might take me a year or so of "thinkin'" before I settel on what I want. Will have fun doing this anyway - so no need to rush.

Will post some more newish pics in the next couple of weeks.

See ya!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #393, 06-27-2009 03:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
Will post some more newish pics in the next couple of weeks.

See ya!



Times up buddy.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #394, 07-05-2009 03:06 PM
      I guess that Canadian time is different than US time! tehee!!

Not much to report. Been driving the Taz on my time off etc. She's running real good! VDS shocks are just as strong as they were the day they were put on last September.

I still get a LOT of stares with the car. Lots of thumbs up and kids just go gaga when the doors open. Come to thik of it - everybody goes a little gaga when they open.

I've been real busy with my Dad and other stuff. I'm moving to a townhouse in September, so the real bad news is I won't be making the CTR this September. I have to rip out the old carpets and put hardwood most everywhere. I'm off the first two weeks of September - but will be putting in sweat equity into my new abode! I'll sure miss Archie and all the gang. Oh well - the good news is I'll have a garage and basement to do project work this winter! Wooohoo!

Sorry for being so quiet - but I spend about 30mins a week on the 'puter. No more than that as I work all week on them and need a break.

Best to you all!

Dave (aka DrCPU - Flash - TazmnDvl))


Dennis LaGrua (dlagrua@comcast.net) MSG #395, 07-16-2009 11:53 AM
      Great looking result. Just thought that I'd advise that "The TAZ" name has already been applied to a 3800 Fiero, (now a 4.9L) that was (is) owned by an Ed Williams. I believe that Ed is from Florida. I have not heard a word about Eds car of late but if any of you remember it from around 10 years back it was painted a bright blue and had some unusual detailing. I believe that Ed was a senior citizen back then so who knows where the car is now or even if Ed is still with us. I'll try to dig up some pics in old FOCOA magazines and post them here. Point is that you have TAZ Fiero number 2.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #396, 07-16-2009 03:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Dennis LaGrua:

Great looking result. Just thought that I'd advise that "The TAZ" name has already been applied to a 3800 Fiero, (now a 4.9L) that was (is) owned by an Ed Williams. I believe that Ed is from Florida. I have not heard a word about Eds car of late but if any of you remember it from around 10 years back it was painted a bright blue and had some unusual detailing. I believe that Ed was a senior citizen back then so who knows where the car is now or even if Ed is still with us. I'll try to dig up some pics in old FOCOA magazines and post them here. Point is that you have TAZ Fiero number 2.




Thanks for the interesting information. I hope that Ed applied for a copyright (LOL) and he did so in the international courts (LOL x2). The TAZ is a nickname given to me more than fourty years ago. I use the TAZ as a short form for the Tazmanial Devil (aka TAZMNDVL) as my personalised plates show.

I'd love to see any pics you can find of Ed's car. Mine is '95 Jaguar deep black cherry. I have the brown interior and it has the color scheme of a real TD. I guess the looks of the true TD and the mean streak are best attributed to my personal way of doin' bidnez. LOL

Dave


Dennis LaGrua (dlagrua@comcast.net) MSG #397, 07-16-2009 04:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
Thanks for the interesting information. I hope that Ed applied for a copyright (LOL) and he did so in the international courts (LOL x2). The TAZ is a nickname given to me more than fourty years ago. I use the TAZ as a short form for the Tazmanial Devil (aka TAZMNDVL) as my personalised plates show.

I'd love to see any pics you can find of Ed's car. Mine is '95 Jaguar deep black cherry. I have the brown interior and it has the color scheme of a real TD. I guess the looks of the true TD and the mean streak are best attributed to my personal way of doin' bidnez. LOL

Dave


Dave: I guess there is no law against calling your Fiero Taz. If you can locate a copy of the now defunct FOA publication called Pontiac Fiero Connection, the picture of Ed Williams TAZ is on the cover and there is a four page article on the car on pages 22 through 26. Eds car used the theme of the cartoon Tazmanian Devil with the logo on the quarter windows.
Ed is a retired NASA engineer and incorported many unusual modifcations to his Fiero including an electric GM power brake booster kit, a 3800 N/A and later a 4.9L engine, Mangelis wheels, custom air grill and hood scoops and a host of interior refinements. Ed resided in Titusville FL and his phone number was 407-269-5934. Ed was active in Space Coast Fieros for a while but he seems to have withdrawn from the hobby..





Note the TZ logo on the quarter window and the paint accent treatment. This photo dates to 1997 so it looks like your going to have to give up the name-LOL!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #398, 07-16-2009 05:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Dennis LaGrua:


Note the TZ logo on the quarter window and the paint accent treatment. This photo dates to 1997 so it looks like your going to have to give up the name-LOL!


Thanks for taking the time to locate the pics, scanning and posting them. Tres chic!

No worry about the name - my car is TAZMNDVL and just TAZ for short when I refer to it in posts. Saves me a few keystrokes and spelling mistakes!

If Ed wants me to change it then we can resolve this the friendly way - meet somewhere neutral and wrestle Roman Grecko style - I'll bring a gun cuz I like to cheat! LOL - Hope you know I'm just kidding and the last part was a rip-off of Indiana Jones, althought he did not include the wrestling...

You can tell it's been a loooong day...


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #399, 09-06-2009 03:55 PM
      What Devilish things have you've been into?




DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #400, 09-06-2009 06:15 PM
      Hiya Madcurl!

I've been working 16hr days getting my townhouse into shape for my move next Saturday. Laying 1200 sq ft of 3/4" thick x 3 1/2" red oak strip flooring. I took possesion on Aug 31st and have been of on vacation since!

Fiero wise, bought some new air horns and rear reflectors. My backup lights are located where the reflectors used to be - so I need something to be compliant with the LAW. lol.

Anyway, have a few ideas and need to finish up on the home and get moved in before I get back to the Taz. Good thing with the move as I have a basement and a garage and can work on itmes this winter. Yaaafreekin hooo!

Missed not seeing the group at CTR and Fierorama. Will be there next year for sure!

Gotta run now - thanks for the tickler!!

Dave

[This message has been edited by DrCPU (edited 09-06-2009).]

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #401, 11-22-2009 03:06 PM
      Turkey bump!

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #402, 11-25-2009 08:14 AM
      Hey - you got top of page 11!

All moved in to the new place and getting closer to finishing the stairs in oak etc. All the finicky small cuts are taking a lot more time than I thought possible. ALso ripped out the laminate flooring and will need to do more, like tiles in the powder room and kitchen. Didn't plan of that - but once you get started there seems to no end to redoing things that just don't look right. tehee - At least I can do all the work myself.

The TAZ is almost read for bed for the winter - thought the weather has been pretty good here up north! If we get some sun this weekend I'll likely take her out for a good run. I'll post a pic once I get her ready for the cold nap! Might even get some project work doen this winter!!

DrCPU

[This message has been edited by DrCPU (edited 11-25-2009).]

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #403, 12-12-2009 02:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
If we get some sun this weekend I'll likely take her out for a good run. I'll post a pic once I get her ready for the cold nap! Might even get some project work doen this winter!!

DrCPU



[This message has been edited by madcurl (edited 12-12-2009).]

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #404, 12-21-2009 03:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:






Welll - uhmmmm, I plugged in the tenderiser for the battery - but I don't know if that qualifies as an update. LOL

I did get three days of driving during the weather break and am jealous of everyone of you who do not have to deal with snow and can drive their project cars 12 months out of the year....

Still thinking about the dash. Have a new air horn to install and a toggle switch so that the rear hatch light stays off when open (at my discretion)...

Still knee deep in house renos, but the light is perceptable at the end of the tunnel.

Merry Xmas to all!

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #405, 01-24-2010 05:14 PM
      2010 bump



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #406, 01-24-2010 05:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

2010 bump


Not much going on - watching Barrett Jackson. Did notice the 84 pace car went preety cheap! 9650 includes buyers premium!! Wonder if it went to one of us?

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #407, 06-13-2010 05:25 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

2010 bump


Nearly 5-months and no updates. What tha???


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #408, 06-13-2010 09:04 PM
      All is well. Driving the TAZ on the weekends to my trailer etc. I've been too preoccupied with reno work on my 30yr old new townhouse LOL and with taking care of my father (ALZ) to do any new mods to the car. I have a few small projects listed - air horns etc and hope to get them done in the next month. Ohh yeah - getting a new addition to the familly by the end of the month - 7 week old cane corso - so any promises I make don't count!! teheee

My Archie Chop top driver and passenger windows were broken by UPS in transit. Still waiting to get them redelivered. waaaaaaaa!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #409, 06-13-2010 09:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

My Archie Chop top driver and passenger windows were broken by UPS in transit. Still waiting to get them redelivered. waaaaaaaa!



What tha.....!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #410, 06-14-2010 07:44 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


What tha.....!


You got that right - What tha *&^%$)!!

Was ready to the new windows in and UPS decided to break the window(s) before delivering them. Thanks goodness they did not just leave them at the door. Archie will ship another set once UPS settles with him. No idea where it was broken in shipment - could have been by local driver or anywhere from after it left Archies... Waaaaaaaaaa! I keel U!!



Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #411, 06-15-2010 03:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


You got that right - What tha *&^%$)!!

Was ready to the new windows in and UPS decided to break the window(s) before delivering them. Thanks goodness they did not just leave them at the door. Archie will ship another set once UPS settles with him. No idea where it was broken in shipment - could have been by local driver or anywhere from after it left Archies... Waaaaaaaaaa! I keel U!!



Dave, you have EMail.

Archie


BlackThunderGT MSG #412, 06-15-2010 04:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
Was ready to the new windows in and UPS decided to break the window(s) before delivering them. Thanks goodness they did not just leave them at the door. Archie will ship another set once UPS settles with him. No idea where it was broken in shipment - could have been by local driver or anywhere from after it left Archies... Waaaaaaaaaa! I keel U!!

Archie’s shipping crate was top notch so UPS had to really work hard to do that kind of damage.

My babies all snuggled up and waiting for a ride





DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #413, 06-15-2010 05:49 PM
      Thanks Archie!

UPS mustha used the crate for bomb practice, or to see how many times the crate could drop and bounce before they heard a crash and lots of snickering.

Like I said, I've been sooooo freeeekin busy, they would have stayed in the garage (impatiently). With the new pup coming by the end of the month (Ginger still has no clue) I'll be taking a couple of weeks off and will have time to do the windows, air horn and other bits and pieces!

No harm, no foul, as long as you do not lose out. I say they were worth $1 Billion dollars in case of damage!

Sock it 2'em!

Dave

PS The pup will be twice Ginger's size at 8 weeks. Should be a hoot!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #414, 06-15-2010 09:15 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Like I said, they would have stayed in the garage (impatiently). With the new pup coming by the end of the month (Ginger still has no clue). PS The pup will be twice Ginger's size at 8 weeks. Should be a hoot!






DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #415, 06-16-2010 08:24 AM
      I'd misplaced that animated GIF I made, and knew you'd post it if I baited you! LOL Thanks MadCurl!

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #416, 07-09-2010 02:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
Thanks MadCurl!



your welcome


Isolde MSG #417, 07-16-2010 08:59 AM
      FedEx next time

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #418, 07-16-2010 11:21 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Isolde:

FedEx next time


Best way to get something to Canada, unbroken and untaxed - USPS and good old Canada Post! It's true!!

This the breakdown of a shipment via UPS, Fedex or other courier.

Cost of product $100
Cost of shipping $100
Brokerage fee $99
Extra taxes $199
Extra charge because package was "heavy" $100
Cost ot go pick it up at Courier as they only deliver 9-4pm Monday to Friday $50
Inconvenience of returning damaged product, getting brokerage fees reversed and doing it all over again (elapsed time 1+months) etc $1000
Total Cost = $1,648.00

vs

Cost of Product $100
Cost of shipping $4.95
Pick up at local mail box and delivered within 3 days $0.01
Total Cost = $104.96

Now up pick the preferred method!

LOL



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #419, 10-07-2010 04:17 PM
     

Spring backward bump!


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #420, 12-23-2010 03:22 PM
      Me soo bad. Me not do anything this summer with mods.

I'm still spending a crazy amount of time on the townhouse and the new dog...

I promise to do something this winter!!

Dave



TheRealShadowX (therealshadowx@gmail.com) MSG #421, 12-24-2010 04:50 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Thanks Archie!

UPS mustha used the crate for bomb practice, or to see how many times the crate could drop and bounce before they heard a crash and lots of snickering.

Like I said, I've been sooooo freeeekin busy, they would have stayed in the garage (impatiently). With the new pup coming by the end of the month (Ginger still has no clue) I'll be taking a couple of weeks off and will have time to do the windows, air horn and other bits and pieces!

No harm, no foul, as long as you do not lose out. I say they were worth $1 Billion dollars in case of damage!

Sock it 2'em!

Dave

PS The pup will be twice Ginger's size at 8 weeks. Should be a hoot!



I work at UPS and let me tell ya, what you said about dropping the box to see if it bounces isn't that far from true! Don't worry, I didn't break your windows! The majority of my fellow employees treat packages right, but every so often there are the brainless idiots that whip S*** around and just don't care one bit. I assure you, NO MATTER WHAT BULL UPS TRIES TO TELL YOU, THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHO BROKE YOUR PACKAGE!!! Every time a package moves from one destination to another on one of it's several stops before your home, it gets scanned by an employee. In fact, any time the package changes hands within UPS, it gets scanned. Whenever a package is scanned, the person who scanned it is held accountable for the packages safety. When the next person scans it, it becomes their responsibility, and if they discover it to be broken, the previous employee is disciplined accordingly. If one employee receives enough damages, they can even be terminated! Now, understand that accidents do happen, and they don't always happen from carelessness. Buuut my money says that in YOUR case, it likely was dropped. Kinda hard to break something in a wooden crate otherwise!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #422, 02-12-2011 02:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

I promise to do something this winter!!

Dave







TrackMagicWS6 (trackmagicws6@embarqmail.com) MSG #423, 02-17-2011 06:02 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TheRealShadowX:


I work at UPS and let me tell ya, what you said about dropping the box to see if it bounces isn't that far from true! Don't worry, I didn't break your windows! The majority of my fellow employees treat packages right, but every so often there are the brainless idiots that whip S*** around and just don't care one bit. I assure you, NO MATTER WHAT BULL UPS TRIES TO TELL YOU, THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHO BROKE YOUR PACKAGE!!! Every time a package moves from one destination to another on one of it's several stops before your home, it gets scanned by an employee. In fact, any time the package changes hands within UPS, it gets scanned. Whenever a package is scanned, the person who scanned it is held accountable for the packages safety. When the next person scans it, it becomes their responsibility, and if they discover it to be broken, the previous employee is disciplined accordingly. If one employee receives enough damages, they can even be terminated! Now, understand that accidents do happen, and they don't always happen from carelessness. Buuut my money says that in YOUR case, it likely was dropped. Kinda hard to break something in a wooden crate otherwise!




Since you work at UPS you know that a pkg has to be able to survive a fall from 4 feet onto concrete and not break because thats how high the belts are.



Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #424, 02-17-2011 07:29 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:






Yeah, good memories, good times.


TheRealShadowX (therealshadowx@gmail.com) MSG #425, 02-17-2011 10:16 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TrackMagicWS6:


Since you work at UPS you know that a pkg has to be able to survive a fall from 4 feet onto concrete and not break because thats how high the belts are.



Not the package in question. His package is what would be considered "bulk" and bulk packages (At my hub anyway) do almost NO riding on belts. They go from one area of the building (unload) to another (bulk sort) on a belt and that's it. And that belt is about 6" off of the ground at the start and maybe 2 1/2 Ft at the end. From there they are hand loaded on to tug carts and dealt with by hand from then on. I absolutely agree that they SHOULD have to survive certain falls, but to my knowledge, there are no such regulations. Perhaps that is a suggestion made by UPS to our customers, but if so, people certainly don't follow it. Instead of beefing up their packages, people seem to think that a few "Fragile" and "This end up" stickers take care of it. That is a joke. The belt system doesn't give a s*** what stickers you put on it, because those machines aren't going to read them. I'd say that 3/4's of the damaged boxes occur in transit on the belts, slides and diverters. My rule is, If you would hesitate to jump on your box, then it's not safe to ship it. When we stack packages into walls inside freight trailers, the packages on the bottom can easily be subjected to 500 lbs of weight on top of them. That's under normal circumstances! So if you wouldn't put your own weight on a package, why would you put 500 lbs on it? If an employee does their job correctly the way they are trained, the weight on your package is evenly distributed and it will be perfectly safe. But why chance it? It only takes one moron to destroy your package.

Anyway, sorry to hijack! No more from me! Back to the show!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #426, 03-12-2011 05:22 PM
     

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #427, 06-10-2011 05:21 PM
     

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #428, 07-11-2011 01:28 AM
      We need pics.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #429, 10-08-2011 03:53 PM
      Oh my goodness! Fall bump.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #430, 11-12-2011 08:32 PM
      Fall back bump.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #431, 02-16-2012 01:37 PM
     

Hey CPU, what's new ??


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #432, 04-28-2012 12:19 PM
      Going through favorites and realized I haven't seen nor heard from Dr. CPU.

zap (terryc@cheneybrothers.com) MSG #433, 05-16-2012 05:08 PM
      Hey, does anyone know who owns the GT40 (0n pg 1) of this thread?

[This message has been edited by zap (edited 05-16-2012).]

Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #434, 05-16-2012 07:07 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by zap:

Hey, does anyone know who owns the GT40 (0n pg 1) of this thread?



That was mine. Drove it for a couple of years & sold it several years ago.

Been building another one, but now someone has bought it & we're finishing it up for him.

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F...000046-71.html#p2825

Archie


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #435, 11-24-2012 04:52 PM
     


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #436, 04-09-2013 12:02 PM
      Hey hey - how'z everybody??

I should be down in Philly the second week of May. Plan to drive the taz down.


rgeeinc (rgeeinc@hotmail.com) MSG #437, 04-10-2013 12:08 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Hey hey - how'z everybody??

I should be down in Philly the second week of May. Plan to drive the taz down.


If your coming down in May are you going to come down in June for the 30th and see everybody. Just wondering, because it's going to be a long drive and would like to see you, it's been a while.

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Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #438, 04-10-2013 12:40 AM
      Hey Dave & Bob, How are you all doing?

A


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #439, 04-18-2014 06:42 PM
     
Taz you still out there ??


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #440, 01-15-2015 08:35 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Taz you still out there ??


Still here, but life (tm) has been keeping me way to busy to do much more to the Taz....