FieroGT stretch Concept
Topic started by: Amida, Date: 02-11-2006 05:08 PM
Original thread: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum3/HTML/000091.html


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #1, 02-11-2006 05:08 PM
     

This is just an idea I had for a long wheel base Fiero. The photo of the Fiero is one that I found on this forum and then ran it through Photodeluxe for modifications. It's still a work in progress, but the extra length gives the Fiero a whole new look. Next I'll try curving the windshield, and the roof needs to be lowered at the rear to give a more tear drop look. Any thoughts?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #2, 02-11-2006 05:23 PM
     

This is another idea for the notchback. It's a 3" cradle shift with modified body line & curved windshield. The nose is actually a panel that I'm currently working at re-designing afterwhich I'll produce in fiberglass.



jscott1 MSG #3, 02-11-2006 05:24 PM
      It's nice, but if I were going to stretch a Fiero I would stretch it enough to make a 4 seater.

Arns85GT (arnellen@rogers.com) MSG #4, 02-11-2006 06:35 PM
      Stretch looks good in profile....but......

You end up with the chassis geometry so changed that you have serious handling issues. The balance of the car is completely changed with increased rear end bias. Good for straight line but a problem for maneuvering. Just my .02

Arn

Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #5, 02-11-2006 06:37 PM
      Its been done many times for kit cars, and twice that I can recall on fieros. Do a search for Bubba Joe (I believe), he stretched his car like that, dropped in a big motor, a porshe transaxle and a big rear end .



FieroGT42 (fierogt42@gmail.com) MSG #6, 02-11-2006 10:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:

It's nice, but if I were going to stretch a Fiero I would stretch it enough to make a 4 seater.

BLASPHEMY!


Amida, that's pretty nice but I think it has a loooong nose which was long enough to begin with

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #7, 02-11-2006 11:22 PM
      The length of the nose is actually still stock Fiero, but I did remove the IROC type rake at the very front and lower the bottom edge.

Automoda MSG #8, 02-11-2006 11:28 PM
      I've posted this before but why not again. The subject is perfect for it....



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #9, 02-11-2006 11:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Automoda:

I've posted this before but why not again. The subject is perfect for it....

Wow! Very nice. Is there more info on the forum for that car?

jscott1 MSG #10, 02-11-2006 11:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


Wow! Very nice. Is there more info on the forum for that car?

photoshopped

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #11, 02-12-2006 12:02 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:

It's nice, but if I were going to stretch a Fiero I would stretch it enough to make a 4 seater.

I suppose with the added wheelbase that a couple of mini seats could fit.

HI-TECH (centralvalley606@yahoo.com) MSG #12, 02-12-2006 12:06 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Automoda:

I've posted this before but why not again. The subject is perfect for it....

o wow... i like that alot..fiero lambo hybred hehehe {/evil thoughts]

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #13, 02-12-2006 12:57 AM
     

On this 2nd version the car has a wide track. The fenders are curved & widened w/ hot air opening at rear edge. Rear 1/4 glass reduced & notched like a GT.

Ancaster MSG #14, 02-12-2006 05:59 AM
     


to me it needed more Apillar to front fender and rear fascia need some length then the itself strecthed to match


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #15, 02-12-2006 10:11 AM
      Hey now that is starting to look pretty exotic. It reminds me of that one BMW model; can't remember which number.

HI-TECH (centralvalley606@yahoo.com) MSG #16, 02-12-2006 05:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Ancaster:


to me it needed more Apillar to front fender and rear fascia need some length then the itself strecthed to match

back end kinda reminds me of a supra/240 kinda thing

Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #17, 02-12-2006 05:36 PM
      Everything looks better with a choptop, and targa.



Steven Snyder (fiero@steventsnyder.com) MSG #18, 02-12-2006 06:42 PM
      Starting to look like a Corvette..

timwdegner MSG #19, 02-13-2006 01:47 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

On this 2nd version the car has a wide track. The fenders are curved & widened w/ hot air opening at rear edge. Rear 1/4 glass reduced & notched like a GT.

The very front looks nice with the nose slanting down more; I'd vote for keeping the lines the same between the front wheels and the windshield, though. Really like the ideas for the back (notchy too!). Don't stop now—this is neat!

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #20, 02-13-2006 03:11 AM
     

This is a notchback coupe with a 3" cradle shift. Body lines modified to incorporate Cadillac XLR lighting system.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #21, 02-27-2006 02:40 PM
     

This is what I had in mind for the coupe from my previous drawing. It's a stock '85GT with some bodyline modifications. In addition the drivetrain/cradle is shifted 3" back and a new curved windshield is added. My design goal is to give it a slightly modified look while maintaining a stock factory appearance.


Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #22, 02-27-2006 03:04 PM
      Personally I'd say the rear looks a little funny now.. maybe if you lengthened the rear bumper a few more inches it would look about right.. and you missed the tail lights :P.

rogergarrison (fastandred@hotmail.com) MSG #23, 02-27-2006 03:09 PM
      There is a factory prototype of a 4 seater. It was at the 20th Anniverary show. It was also silver. I would have bought one for sure. I dont have the pics anymore, but sure someone here has one.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #24, 02-27-2006 06:12 PM
      That would be interesting to see. Hopefully someone can post some pics.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #25, 02-27-2006 07:18 PM
     

 
quote
Originally posted by Custom2M4:

Personally I'd say the rear looks a little funny now.. maybe if you lengthened the rear bumper a few more inches it would look about right.. and you missed the tail lights :P.

It does look funny. This time I put the stock rear bumper pad back in the photo. Not bad.


Asterix MSG #26, 02-27-2006 07:45 PM
      Two more photos of my model built in 1989 of '85 GT 4-seater.

No Photoshop involved.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #27, 02-27-2006 08:09 PM
      That's cool. It reminds me of a Ferrari 400i, or a stretch limo.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #28, 02-27-2006 10:34 PM
     

 
quote
Originally posted by timwdegner:


The very front looks nice with the nose slanting down more; I'd vote for keeping the lines the same between the front wheels and the windshield, though. Really like the ideas for the back (notchy too!). Don't stop now—this is neat!

Continuing on the fastback I removed the hot air outlets behind the front wheels, and lowered the back of the roof for a more teardrop shape. Reshaped the rear QTR glass to more resemble the stock Fiero glass. Does this need a rear wing also?

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crzyone (crzyone@cablerocket.com) MSG #29, 02-28-2006 01:45 AM
      Hmmmm So many possibilities with that stretch.

An aluminum 2.7L dohc engine and transmission out of an Dodge Intrepid would be cool in there, twin turbos. Its a longitudinal engine/trani combo which is also FWD, would fit perfectly. Would also be perfectly centered in the engine bay and wouldn't hurt the weight bias one bit.

86GT3.4DOHC MSG #30, 02-28-2006 01:56 AM
      Unfortunately you would have the cronic tranny and engine mount problems found in the dodge applications, lol.
As far as a stretched Fiero, I took this pic last summer of a stretched and slammed 88 GT

ugh I cant get it to upload, ill post it later

crzyone (crzyone@cablerocket.com) MSG #31, 02-28-2006 06:35 AM
      My intrepid has 130k miles on it, no trani or mount problems. My 3600lb intrepid used to wax my 2.8 fiero from a 40mph roll. The fiero being 1000lbs less would mean less stress on the transmission, until you turbocharge it.

86GT3.4DOHC MSG #32, 02-28-2006 09:45 AM
      Working at NTB I saw a lot of dodges longitudinal FWD cars, almost all of them with any miles on the had bad or loose engine and tranny mounts. I always thought the whole idea was kind of retarded, when you hit the gas, the engine torques to the side and the tranny torques to the front, throwing stress on the mounts from all angles. Nor could I ever figure out what advanatge this setup has. Seems to me it has even more power loss because the power has to change directions, a *90 gear angle takes more power to turn then a straight angle.

But anyway, heres the pic


crzyone (crzyone@cablerocket.com) MSG #33, 02-28-2006 09:59 AM
      Since the engine is directly bolted to the trani there is no twisting forces at all. The only forces are those applied from the trani to the axels, just like a fiero. Since it has equal length axels, there are even less forces being applied than in a fiero. You are correct about the parasitic loss though, you do loose some efficiency transfering the power 90*.

You only get twisting forces when you have a driveshaft. Some newer cars such as the corvette have a solid shaft around the driveshaft that is directly bolted to the motor and trani which is at the rear of the car. This neutralizes any twisting forces on the frame.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #34, 02-28-2006 01:03 PM
     

A transverse drivetrain in a FWD layout? I wonder if a 3800sc could be mounted to this tranny.
I have a stock '88 Formula that I'm thinking of modifying. l'll probably start with the stock wheel base ideas in the above image. Modified rear qtr panels, upper door panels, & front nose. Also, replace windshield with more rounded piece & shortened bonnet.



rogergarrison (fastandred@hotmail.com) MSG #35, 02-28-2006 04:03 PM
      I know someone has pics of the 4 seater factory car or at least Wallenburgs book to scan a pic from.....I know it was there because me n Lisa sat in the back seats at the 20th.

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Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #36, 02-28-2006 06:10 PM
     

I am surprised no one posted this already.... Sorry I am late Mr. Garrison. Naturally I would question where Mr. Hat was, but that would be rude :P.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #37, 02-28-2006 07:52 PM
      Wow, that's pretty cool. Great work on the body lines. Any pics of the interior?


liltobe (illtobe@hotmail.com) MSG #38, 02-28-2006 08:11 PM
      pics of the 4 seater prototype...from the 20th...

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Archives/Archive-000002/HTML/20031110-1-031637.html

awesome photoshopping guys, i like the idea of the cadillac headlights and tail lights, got any front or rear photoshops of those?
so far your designs look like a testarossa from the side, nice and sharp

keep it up! hope the link works



Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #39, 02-28-2006 08:59 PM
      Thanks liltobe, I know you didn't 'actually' ask for a signature, but I had a minute.

Consider yourself PM'd.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #40, 02-28-2006 09:29 PM
     

Thanks. I'm still working on the XLR version; will post drawings when I have something. But I am working on a design buck for a new GTP replacement front fascia. It's similar to the one in this photo but without the Sunfire headlights and it's for the stock Fiero.


motoracer838 (jmartin@musicunveiled.com) MSG #41, 02-28-2006 10:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Thanks. I'm still working on the XLR version; will post drawings when I have something. But I am working on a design buck for a new GTP replacement front fascia. It's similar to the one in this photo but without the Sunfire headlights and it's for the stock Fiero.

I like where your going with this , show us more plz. Joe

Page 2 again

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pavo_roddy MSG #42, 03-02-2006 02:13 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

This is what I had in mind for the coupe from my previous drawing. It's a stock '85GT with some bodyline modifications. In addition the drivetrain/cradle is shifted 3" back and a new curved windshield is added. My design goal is to give it a slightly modified look while maintaining a stock factory appearance.


HI all,

Amida is the extended windshield in the above pic installed, or is it photoshopped in?? If it is installed I would love to hear about it, and see some more pics..... Particular interest is cold air return function with the new windshield and wiper mods......

edit: Amida do you have a website?? Also, did you know that the website for your interior is not working anymore??

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #43, 03-02-2006 06:28 PM
      My interior photos were put up courtesy of Jim Dinner. He may still have his build diary webpages but under a different link. I will be putting up a few webpages for my front fascia designs: GTR(512tr), GTP, & GTO. I'll have the 355 interior pics on there as well. It'll save me alot of time instead of having to e-mail pics all the time over a dial-up connection. I've had this bug in my ear to do the curved windshield thing to the Fiero. The image is Photoshopped, but I'm looking into having a few pieces made for me. The wiper mods looks simple enough to do, according to the kitcar guys.


pavo_roddy MSG #44, 03-02-2006 06:38 PM
      Hi all,

I think the curved windshield would look awesome on the fiero too, though I am up in arms about how to do the cold air return..... Funnywheels says he figured it out, I guess if and when I can get around to it, i'll just have him write up a tech article about it......lol.....

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #45, 03-02-2006 10:45 PM
     

This is just a very rough sketch of the full frontal view. I just needed to get some ideas down on paper. I'd like to start a project like this sometime. My design goal is to achieve a look that is very Pontiac & Identifiable as a Fiero while blending in more current body lines. I'll try to utilize existing off the shelf parts too.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #46, 03-03-2006 04:27 AM
     

Here is a Fiero coupe Photoshopped with Cadillac XLR lighting & body lines.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #47, 03-03-2006 06:11 PM
     

A little adjustment to the rear sail panel; much better. Notice that the layout is mid-engine, changed from front engine on the original XLR. I actually think I'd buy it- if it existed. Perhaps it should be called Northstar XLM.

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pavo_roddy MSG #48, 03-03-2006 06:43 PM
      Hi all,

Your photoshop skillz are great, and your ideas are off tha hook!! 1 question that is bugging me, why the 3 inch stretch??

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #49, 03-03-2006 07:51 PM
      The 3" stretch is mainly to lengthen the look; to give it a more cab-forward bias. I understand that 3" is about the limit for shifting the cradle back & leaving enough room for coil-over struts. No chassis cutting. I suspect that with a Northstar that the towers will need to be notched for pulley clearance.

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crzyone (crzyone@cablerocket.com) MSG #50, 03-03-2006 08:28 PM
      Only on 88s. My N* doesn't interfere with my strut towers, but then again I only have about 1/4" clearance on the passenger side.



doublec4 (doublec4@hotmail.com) MSG #51, 03-03-2006 08:59 PM
      cool drawing...

I outlined it so if somebody wants to splash some color on it they can



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #52, 03-03-2006 09:49 PM
      Hey, that's cool man! What program does that outlining? It's nice to see it cleaned up.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #53, 03-03-2006 09:57 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by crzyone:

Only on 88s. My N* doesn't interfere with my strut towers, but then again I only have about 1/4" clearance on the passenger side.

That's pretty darn tight. I'll have to comb through these topics to find out more about N* in Fieros.



Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #54, 03-03-2006 10:09 PM
      Wow amida, this is really impressive. I like your drawrings and that outline, beautiful lines.

Any chance of a profile view and more comming soon?
Way to collect the style of the fiero and really integrate new curves/designs.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #55, 03-04-2006 04:47 PM
      I'll put some ideas down for a side profile. I'm thinking a GT rear qtr glass style will fit the lines better on this one. I think it would be nice to leave out the mid-body division line, but that is a major visual characteristic of the original Fiero. I also think the GT style taillight lens may be appropriate as well. Thanks.


doublec4 (doublec4@hotmail.com) MSG #56, 03-06-2006 03:39 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Hey, that's cool man! What program does that outlining? It's nice to see it cleaned up.

I used Jasc Paint Shop Pro, but the program doesnt do it for you. I had to draw over top of yours.



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #57, 03-06-2006 12:45 PM
      I like your vision Amida. The first XLM looks cool, but I'd pull the nose back a couple of inches. It looks nose heavy. It's kind of funny that you're doing this because I'm doing the same thing, sort of. Since my kitcar dreams seem to be just that, dreams, I started modeling a 21'st century Fiero that keeps the original design alive, but incorporates Pontiac cues. I was thinking of modifying my car once I come up with a final design. And it will use an extended windshield, also (Trevor's or Sebring, etc).

Keep up the good work...

Bob

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #58, 03-06-2006 12:52 PM
     

Doublec4, Looks great. Could you draw in the splitter in the front grill?
I thought I'd sketch some ideas for the rear view. The main idea, again, is to be able to identify the car as a Fiero. So, I used the GT quarter glass shape & tail lights along with the mid-body division line. I put back in the hot air outlets at the front fenders and continued with the '05 GTP fascia as in the front. I might try a rear diffuser in place of the grill & move the grill to between the taillights. Still needs alot of work, but I really like the glass engine cover idea.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #59, 03-06-2006 12:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

It's kind of funny that you're doing this because I'm doing the same thing, sort of. I started modeling a 21'st century Fiero that keeps the original design alive, but incorporates Pontiac cues. I was thinking of modifying my car once I come up with a final design. And it will use an extended windshield, also (Trevor's or Sebring, etc).

Keep up the good work...

Bob

Thanks Bob, Let's see some of your ideas. Were you refering to the XLR drawing on the coupe? I'll still have to work on that one.

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Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #60, 03-06-2006 01:27 PM
     

Voila, A splash of color! Looks pretty good!



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #61, 03-06-2006 01:49 PM
      Oh man nice touch! I like that yellow one you have too.


Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #62, 03-06-2006 03:52 PM
      Thanks, thats what I am in the process of building myself :P. It's always nice to see new ideas. I do really like how you are trying to keep it pontiac, its a nice touch. I think you deserve a + for your ideas. Keep it up, don't be shy to ask if you need any tips on actually building this thing.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #63, 03-06-2006 05:30 PM
     

Hey Thanks, you bet. I'm pretty sure with all the expertise on this site that something like this could be built. This rough sketch includes a rear diffuser.
I can also visualize a wing spoiler.



Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #64, 03-06-2006 05:33 PM
      I think I found your taillights



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #65, 03-06-2006 05:42 PM
      Close, but actually from '78 Pontiac Firebird.




Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #66, 03-06-2006 05:56 PM
      Even better. I was thinking the exact same thing as you last year. 1982 Trans Am tails.



Weird how that works isn't it ? . Last years widebody was too... Well fiero ish to pull those lights off.. After I completely re-do the rear end, we will have to see what they look like.... I almost forgot about those. Thanks.

Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #67, 03-06-2006 06:00 PM
      As a matter of fact... I did the notchie quarter lengthenings as well...

hehehe, quit stealing ideas LOL jk.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #68, 03-06-2006 06:28 PM
      Pretty crafty work you've got going there. I like what you're doing to it. I was thinking of putting these on my '88 Formula:



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #69, 03-07-2006 06:23 PM
      Well, this is kind of what I was thinking. What do you think????



I tried to keep some old school Pontiac, along with the original Fiero lines. I'm partial to Notchies, too. It's preliminary and rough. Feedback welcome.

Bob

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #70, 03-07-2006 07:25 PM
      Looks Good Bob. I like the slant of the bodyline & sail panel. I see the Pontiac style nose vents as well, pretty nice. Maybe add an airdam underneath for ground effect. Cool.
I think Custom2m4 is on the same page.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #71, 03-07-2006 07:34 PM
      I had to finish sketching the rear end before I lose my vision. I've incorporated a Toyota MR2 rear window & Firebird taillights. Cleaned up some of the lines. With both the front & rear drawn on paper, I think I can visualize what a side profile will look like. Next, I'll try to sketch something to connect both ends.

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GonsaiPK MSG #72, 03-08-2006 12:32 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Well, this is kind of what I was thinking. What do you think????

I tried to keep some old school Pontiac, along with the original Fiero lines. I'm partial to Notchies, too. It's preliminary and rough. Feedback welcome.

Bob

The part I like most about this are those side scoops. Would lookamazing translated to a shaved Fiero, and it wouldn't be too hard to do (assuming you had the skills to shave it in the first place).

RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #73, 03-08-2006 12:40 PM
      Thanx....
 
quote
Maybe add an airdam underneath for ground effect.

I agree. My splitters are too small. Maybe I'll bring it all the way across with a stand in the center. Hmm??? I also want to round off the edges of the front fascia to the fenders.

Also,
It's hard to see in the pics, but the back pic shows that I'm using Mcaanda's styled rear decklid vents. I need to finish them up and get better models printed.

Bob

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #74, 03-09-2006 03:54 PM
      Bob, your front end reminds me of a '70 GTO. I also noticed you removed the mid-body division line and added a larger side inlet. Your design has a nice chiseled look.



RACE (k.kyer@mchsi.com) MSG #75, 03-09-2006 04:00 PM
      Saddly, I think this is not a photoshop. I found it in the archives while looking for something else.



rogergarrison (fastandred@hotmail.com) MSG #76, 03-09-2006 04:46 PM
      I saw the 'pickup' in Columbus when they had the Fiero Nats here.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #77, 03-09-2006 04:56 PM
      Quite a stretch. I wonder if that has a longitudinal setup within.


qwikgta (qwikgta@yahoo.com) MSG #78, 03-09-2006 08:11 PM
      I always liked this stretch concept.

Rob



fieroman22 (gmc1000_1965@yahoo.com) MSG #79, 03-09-2006 08:21 PM
      hey what program do you guys use for those 3d designs?

Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #80, 03-09-2006 09:04 PM
      All of mine is done on Photoshop7.... But mine aren't 3D...

RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #81, 03-09-2006 09:35 PM
      Fieroman: I'm using Rhino3d.

Amida: I like your idea. I was just looking at the inlets on the 69 & 70 Firebirds, too. I might go more like that and incorporate 99+ Grand Am head and tail lamps, or the newer Bonny tail lamps. So many decisions. Good thing it's just in the computer. This could get expensive trying to do it for real.

Bob



twofatguys (brad@wheatoncomputer.com) MSG #82, 03-09-2006 09:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RACE:[QUOTE]



I can appreaceate the work that went into it, and I kinda like it, but I had to post this!
Brad


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #83, 03-09-2006 10:35 PM
      [QUOTE]Originally posted by qwikgta:

I always liked this stretch concept.

Rob

i have been trying to get ahold of this guy to see if this project was ever finished, and i am pretty close to getting ahold of him.

Apparently this guy, Mark Towle, is one of the world's leading builders of reproduction Batmobiles. This is one of his recent cars built for a customer (here in Florida i believe ?).

His shop is in San Bernardino, California and apparently fittingly it is pretty stealth,..the only thing that reportedly might catch your eye, is a bat logo on one of the doors hehehe.

** edit to update, i have made contact with him, see below **

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/058013.html

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HI-TECH (centralvalley606@yahoo.com) MSG #84, 03-09-2006 10:41 PM
     
sweet mother of god!!!! i want more pics of this!!!!! i neeeeed more pics of this thing


motoracer838 (jmartin@musicunveiled.com) MSG #85, 03-09-2006 11:05 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HI-TECH:


sweet mother of god!!!! i want more pics of this!!!!! i neeeeed more pics of this thing

I don't know about the front facsia, but WOW!!! Cheers Beers n Gears. Joe

engine man (fieroa8@gmail.com) MSG #86, 03-10-2006 12:20 AM
      I like the strech that Automoda posted on page one did you chop the top when photo shop or is it just steched and how much of a strech do you think to get that look i am realy thinking of buying an imsa gt body then having it streched and the top choped like v8 archie's i wonder if he would strech the car for me to


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #87, 03-10-2006 12:30 AM
      If the silver 4-seater had a chop top it'll look like the red one that was photoshopped. I wonder if that project in the driveway photo was finished also; looks pretty exotic.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #88, 03-10-2006 12:40 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by engine man:

I like the strech that Automoda posted on page one did you chop the top when photo shop or is it just steched and how much of a strech do you think to get that look i am realy thinking of buying an imsa gt body then having it streched and the top choped like v8 archie's i wonder if he would strech the car for me to

Might be good timing, i think Archie has publically mentioned several times before about wanting to do a streched fiero.

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HI-TECH (centralvalley606@yahoo.com) MSG #89, 03-10-2006 01:04 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Might be good timing, i think Archie has publically mentioned several times before about wanting to do a streched fiero.

i got my gears turning for some fiero supercar looking hybred.... to not compleatly change the look of the fiero but add to it to make it look exotic like that batmans dudes but minus the front facha

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #90, 03-10-2006 01:50 AM
     

Trying out a different rear end with '69 Firebird tail lights.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #91, 03-10-2006 03:11 AM
      A coupe with a longer stretch, 9" or so, may look like this drawing. Sail panels adjusted with slight body slope.

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engine man (fieroa8@gmail.com) MSG #92, 03-10-2006 07:10 AM
      wow you guys have great ideas and can draw them the best i can do is draw stick men

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #93, 03-11-2006 12:27 PM
      Thought I'd add a fender flare kit to widen the track a little, & to keep things in proportion.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #94, 03-12-2006 11:58 AM
      Front view: Slight fender flaring, not much, maybe by 1" front, 2" rear. Lower chin spoiler as well.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #95, 03-17-2006 03:22 AM
      Here's the rear view of the stretched coupe with 2" flares, 9" rims, new taillights & honeycomb engine grill. Does anyone know what is the minimum stretch required to get a N*/Audi trans to fit into the Fiero?

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THE BEAST (jgomez@ircc.cc.fl.us) MSG #96, 03-17-2006 01:28 PM
      I like it!

JG

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #97, 03-17-2006 03:49 PM
      I wonder if it's possible to take a drawing & make it look similar to a real life photo? I use Photoshop Elements, but I'm not sure if the program is capable of doing this. Anyone know?


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #98, 03-25-2006 08:18 PM
      Thought I'd update my concept. What do you think...

Bob

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #99, 03-26-2006 12:13 PM
      Like the front spoiler Bob. How about opening up the grill more for projector headlights? Also, like the broadened shoulders over the wheels.

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Scott-Wa (smcelhiney@comcast.net) MSG #100, 03-26-2006 12:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Thought I'd update my concept. What do you think...

Bob


I think it looks good... but also think it's turning into a corvair :-)


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #101, 03-26-2006 01:39 PM
      Here's the stretch coupe with flares & 512 type sail panels.




RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #102, 03-26-2006 02:14 PM
      It does look a little like the very rare '89 Corvair (No pun intended )
Here's a back shot:

Amida:
It looks good, but I think it looks too narrow through the mid section, towards the front.

Bob

Edit: The above shot is using '69 Firebird tail lamps. I forgot to put in the back-up lamps...Next rev...

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #103, 03-26-2006 03:01 PM
      The dimensions are a little off from freehand drawing, bodyline is supposed to start at stock Fiero line and slope upwards to the rear.
'70 Challenger tail light:



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #104, 03-29-2006 02:43 AM
      '69 GTO tail lights




NY_FIERO (timg@expressmart.com) MSG #105, 03-31-2006 03:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

It does look a little like the very rare '89 Corvair (No pun intended )
Here's a back shot:

Amida:
It looks good, but I think it looks too narrow through the mid section, towards the front.

Bob

Hey,
I like that...............
Edit: The above shot is using '69 Firebird tail lamps. I forgot to put in the back-up lamps...Next rev...



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #106, 04-02-2006 01:58 PM
      lowered the rockers just a tad to get things into better proportion, and filled in the wheels. I'm starting to like the fender flare idea...may try it on my '88 Formula.

had to fix front wheel size.

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Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #107, 04-02-2006 02:05 PM
     

Obviously I am not done this photoshop.. But its a start. Maybe get you a little more modivated to take it farther. I used my 80's trans am tails in this one, so its pretty close to yours. Just a thought.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #108, 04-02-2006 02:36 PM
      Yep, I recognize those tail lights...blackened Testarossa style. That's a cool looking rear end...sort of has an S7 look. I'll need to get a drawing tablet, which is what you're using I presume.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #109, 04-02-2006 03:20 PM
      Here's the 6 inch stretch cabriolet style.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #110, 04-07-2006 03:34 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Custom2M4:

Obviously I am not done this photoshop.. But its a start. Maybe get you a little more modivated to take it farther. I used my 80's trans am tails in this one, so its pretty close to yours. Just a thought.

Here's what I saw in your drawing with the '84 TA tail lights:

What do you have for the front?

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #111, 04-07-2006 04:52 PM
      Here's what I came up with for your side view:



Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #112, 04-07-2006 05:00 PM
      I modified the rear end to how I will create it. The build up has already begun. It is only a matter of time.

Take a minute and follow my build, it too might give you a good idea on how you can build yours.

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/058546.html

Custom2M4
Chase.



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #113, 04-08-2006 10:05 AM
      What do you think of this idea I was toying with???

Bob

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #114, 04-08-2006 12:48 PM
      Bob, That looks pretty tight! I'm gonna guess Bonneville ? Ya know I think the 300zx headlights will be perfect for that design due to the sharper/flatter angle of the bonnet/fascia. Even better yet the Vette C6 lights will better compliment the front intakes. It's amazing how you can update the look of the Fiero so much from just changing some details on the front & rear fascias.

Cleaned up some lines & added wheels on the previous drawing:

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #115, 04-08-2006 01:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

What do you think of this idea I was toying with???

Bob

That looks good !

motoracer838 (jmartin@musicunveiled.com) MSG #116, 04-08-2006 01:23 PM
      Is it just me or is this begining to take on the look of an F 50 Ferrari as it evolves? Joe

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #117, 04-08-2006 01:55 PM
      Good eye Joe, F50, NSX & R8 influence on side mounted wing stands. With the long lines of the '84 TA tail lights in Custom2M4's design, a long wing seemed complimentary. I might draw up a version without the wing for comparison. Amida

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #118, 04-09-2006 07:38 AM
      Amida,
I saw a Bonneville driving behind me the other day. I thought the front would look kinda cool on the Fiero. I was thinking of using the tail lights at one time, so I guess it was a natural progression. Now I have to figure out how to model it. Hmm?
Your last drawing is pretty hot. I think you lost the Fiero theme somewhere, but I'd take one, hands down.

Bob

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #119, 04-09-2006 11:34 AM
      Bob, Yes there's not much left of the Fiero in that last one, but I did try to design around the stock door glass. This next one I played off of your Bonneville theme. More mods needed for this one...changes to hood, wider fenders, headlights, framing. But, there's still a Fiero beneath it.
Amida

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #120, 04-09-2006 11:48 AM
      That looks pretty cool. Looks like it's ready for Le Mans. That's the look I'm after.

Bob

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #121, 04-09-2006 11:54 AM
      Put it into your 3D modeller & see how it looks.

Jake_Dragon MSG #122, 04-09-2006 12:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Bob, Yes there's not much left of the Fiero in that last one, but I did try to design around the stock door glass. This next one I played off of your Bonneville theme. More mods needed for this one...changes to hood, wider fenders, headlights, framing. But, there's still a Fiero beneath it.
Amida


I like that, I was thinking about raising the front of the hood about 1 inch and doing something just like that.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #123, 04-09-2006 12:04 PM
      Jake, why do you have to raise the hood, to clear the head lights?

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Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #124, 04-09-2006 12:15 PM
      so the headlights will but up higher. However you can just cut into the hood, install the scoops, and the headlights IN the hood. Raise them how you must, have the fiero hood raise like it normally does, leaving the headlights behind, but taking the scoop with it.

Could be a nice project. I'll be using sunfire lights in mine when I get to it though.

Gokart Mozart MSG #125, 04-09-2006 03:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Custom2M4:

so the headlights will but up higher. However you can just cut into the hood, install the scoops, and the headlights IN the hood. Raise them how you must, have the fiero hood raise like it normally does, leaving the headlights behind, but taking the scoop with it.

Could be a nice project. I'll be using sunfire lights in mine when I get to it though.

Follow the original lines. Leave the center part stock height but where the headlights go raise that part and make it flow with the headlights. Man, I wish I had PS to show you what I mean.

RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #126, 04-09-2006 07:39 PM
     
 
quote
Put it into your 3D modeller & see how it looks

Geez, you make it sound easy... If I were better at it, it probably would be.

Bob

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #127, 04-13-2006 12:10 PM
      Bob, you make it look easy to do.

A slight variation on the hood venting:

I'll try fitting the 300zx headlights next. Being lower profile, they may not require raising the front side of the hood like the Bonneville lights would.

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Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #128, 04-13-2006 03:22 PM
      Just make sure you take the width of the 300zx lights into consideration... They are pretty dang wide... I'd say about 25 inches..

Jake_Dragon MSG #129, 04-13-2006 04:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Jake, why do you have to raise the hood, to clear the head lights?

Yes, It could probably be done without raising the hood but I'm thinking of adding some other things there as well.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #130, 04-14-2006 02:09 PM
      Here is the Fiero with 300zx headlights, fender flares and aero fascia with extended lower lip. The lower profile of the lights should fit in pretty well with the slope of the Fiero hood.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #131, 04-20-2006 03:53 PM
      This is a sketch of the new GTP type front fascia that I'm currently working on. It'll be a fiberglass replacement for the stock Fiero bumper cover.



Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #132, 04-20-2006 05:17 PM
      Thats a cool idea, I like the fiero like grill/opening. It looks stock but with a slight modern look, works well with the lights.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #133, 04-21-2006 10:28 AM
      That's exactly the goal of this design. To incorporate late model GTP lighting & styling cues into the Aero fascia in a way that will compliment the stock Fiero look without having to change anything else on the car. My thinking is if Pontiac designed a new Fiero aero fascia today that this is what it might look like.

This is a variation with top intakes. I haven't decided if I should include them. What do you guys think?

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pavo_roddy MSG #134, 04-21-2006 11:53 AM
      Hi all,

I thinking that the snouts add that more agressive look to it that makes the fascia!! Also, Amida have you seen an extended windsheild installed in a fiero up close and personal like?? I ask cuz I am having a hard time seeing how to keep the spare tire compartment in a fiero sealed.... Have you thought about this at all??



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #135, 04-21-2006 12:11 PM
      Looks good Rob. I like the nose snout's too. I was trying to figure a way to incorporate them in my design, but I haven't quite figured out how to make them functional. I've played with adding the Bonny front to mine, but with the weather being nice, I've spent more time in the garage then in the dungeon (computer room in the basement).

keep up the good work...

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #136, 04-21-2006 12:39 PM
      Pavo, I will have the windshield in my Formula hopefully in the summer. I'm going to figure out if it will make a feasible conversion kit.

I think the snouts still have a factory look, I could probably just make that an optional thing. To make them functional will definitely require fabricating a passage way through the framework; perhaps a duct that's about 1" tall. Thanks.




pavo_roddy MSG #137, 04-21-2006 12:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Pavo, I will have the windshield in my Formula hopefully in the summer. I'm going to figure out if it will make a feasible conversion kit.

I think the snouts still have a factory look, I could probably just make that an optional thing. To make them functional will definitely require fabricating a passage way through the framework; perhaps a duct that's about 1" tall. Thanks.




Hi all,

This is def. good news!! Please, please, please do a build thread with pics, when you do the windsheild conversion....Did I mention, PLEASE....! I can't remember his name right now here on pff, but there was another member that did add the snout's to an otherwise stock aero fascia.....



Kohburn MSG #138, 04-21-2006 01:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Arns85GT:

Stretch looks good in profile....but......

You end up with the chassis geometry so changed that you have serious handling issues. The balance of the car is completely changed with increased rear end bias. Good for straight line but a problem for maneuvering. Just my .02

Arn



that would be somewhat true if it used a stock drivetrain

i did a few photochops years ago when i was planning to use a longitudinal tranny and engine setup in the mid engine layout - moving the wheels back without doing a stretch would allow it all to fit easily and would actually improve weight distribution over stock.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #139, 04-21-2006 08:20 PM
      A longitudinal power train would have a better weight distribution for sure, but if using Porsche/Audi tranny a longer wheelbase would be unavoidable.


dmancheno MSG #140, 04-21-2006 08:44 PM
      Here is a 3D Notchie so you can toy around with....

http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/209760

http://www.3dcadbrowser.com/preview.aspx?ModelCode=7617

http://www.3dmodelworks.com/redir.asp?Page=modeler-show.asp%3FOWNER%3D136



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #141, 04-22-2006 12:24 AM
      That 3-d stuff is amazing, wish I had the time to learn how to use the tools. I still have to figure out Photoshop.


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #142, 04-23-2006 10:31 AM
      Well, the Bonny fron was proving to be a real bi^#% to do, and what was coming out, I didn't like. So I scrapped it. I went back to my other design and refined it a bit. New nose, hood, skirts, etc. What do you think...




Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #143, 04-23-2006 02:06 PM
      Bob, Looks real good. I'd wrap the skirt around the rear bumper as well for more ground effect, maybe even make the skirt a little deeper. The hood looks like it has a cowl induction set-up. These wheels look alike.




fierogt3800 (fierochris@yahoo.com) MSG #144, 04-23-2006 02:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Well, the Bonny fron was proving to be a real bi^#% to do, and what was coming out, I didn't like. So I scrapped it. I went back to my other design and refined it a bit. New nose, hood, skirts, etc. What do you think...




Bob

looks like the phirana to me




RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #145, 04-23-2006 02:45 PM
      I will wrap the skirts around the back. Just not too sure how that will look, yet. I kind of modeled the skirts after Detmer's. I saw a post in the Mall and thought they looked cool. It just doesn't show up very well. I need to figure out how to do the "twist" function to make them right. I saw the wheels at tirerack a while ago. I don't remember the manufacturer, but I do have it at work. Now that the car is blue, it does look the Alex's Plazma. The Plazma is a little more outrageous, but although not intentional, I guess it was in the back of my mind. I could have picked a lot worse

Back to the drawing board...

Bob

Hmm, maybe the cowl induction can cool my amps....


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #146, 04-23-2006 02:52 PM
      Look at the size of those tires on the back of that car ! I'm not familiar with the Pirhana, but it sure looks beefy. Is that a body kit that's available?


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #147, 04-23-2006 04:14 PM
      Rob: The car pictured is the Plazma. Both cars were one-offs created by Alex Koulygine.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/041016.html

Alex was looking for financing for the Plazma when he died in a traffic accident. His designs were out of this world.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #148, 04-25-2006 12:04 PM
      That's an amazing piece of work he did on that plazma, but what a tragedy to go like that; so suddenly.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #149, 04-25-2006 12:11 PM
      I liked what he did with the 1/4 glass, I was on the same wavelength.





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #150, 05-12-2006 03:04 PM
      I've been tied up lately with interior builds for the 355 rep builders. This one is going into a roadster in Canada.


I've worked on a couple of ideas for the final shape of my new GTP fascia. Although keeping the rake angle of the stock GT aero fascia would have been the closest to the stock look, it wouldn't work right with the new fog lights since the cups would be way too deep on the bottom side & would look strange. So I came up with two designs: 1) Smooth, rounded, one piece aero look with under cut angle simillar to '06 GTP. 2) Straighter, flatter, two piece look similar to Ferrari bumpers. I'm leaning towards the '06 GTP look, but I'll get a better Idea once I start building the plug.






RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #151, 05-12-2006 08:27 PM
      Rob,
I can empathise with your interior work. That's pretty much all I've done in what spare time I have. Have I ever mentioned I hate sanding? I like the second design, but I'd like to see you chop about 2 to 3" off the front of both. Bring the nose back toward the wheels.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #152, 05-13-2006 01:46 AM
      I was drawing freehand so it may be a little long. The length is really going to depend on how the front portion curves down on front of the hood line. I saw on some 355 type bumpers that this area seemed abit long. Don't know if it has to be that way for all the lines to match up, but if it's too long up front then I'll curve it in a little more.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #153, 06-15-2006 12:06 PM
      This is a revised draft of the previous drawing. It seemed a little too long so I shortened the nose a couple of inches. So far on the project I have formed some intermediate moulds for the top, front & sides. I'm currently shaping the foglight cups afterwhich I'll begin blending it all together.




Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #154, 06-15-2006 01:26 PM
      Very nice. In about a months time you might be able to see pictures of my sunfire front end... Its going to be similar to that, exept the vents aren't going to look "fiero".

RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #155, 06-15-2006 06:53 PM
      HEy, cool Rob. I was wondering if this thread had died. Too busy on projects to work inside.

let's see more stuff

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #156, 06-16-2006 02:13 PM
      That Sunfire nose should look pretty good. Here is an expanded side view of the new nose to get a better overall idea of how it will look.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #157, 06-17-2006 12:57 PM
      Here's a stock Fiero wheelbase version of the previous 2M8.


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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #158, 06-18-2006 10:39 AM
      Another front end idea this one with Prelude fog/turn lights & 300zx headhlights.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #159, 08-01-2006 11:46 AM
      Here's some new pics of one of the interiors that I've just completed in leather; color matched to MrMikes tan#13. A refreshing interior swap for a 355 roadster with a modified flat floor.









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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #160, 08-01-2006 12:31 PM
      Wow, Rob!! That looks awesome. There was a post here yesterday about interior swap options. I gave you a plug. You need to get those pics over there. The only thing I see missing is Bob's (riceburner's) HVAC controller (I plug everyone )

Bob


Tom Slick (tom.slick@northtexasfieroclub.org) MSG #161, 08-01-2006 12:44 PM
      Dang it!!!
i knew i should've of had you upholstered my interior.
hopefully, i can find someone local who can do that good of a job.



motoracer838 (jmartin@musicunveiled.com) MSG #162, 08-01-2006 10:47 PM
      Who does your trim work, I just had one of my countach dashes done by a local shop and it's so bad that it's got me thinking about getting a comercial machine and giving it a try myself. I really think I can't do any worse than what the shop did. BTW those 355 parts look absolutly awsome.

Guns kill people, like spoons made Rosie O'donnel fat. Joe


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #163, 08-02-2006 11:01 AM
      Hey thanks guys. Fresh leather sure does smell nice. I guess I should have posted the pics on a different thread for easier searching.

RCR, How's your CAD design looking? My new bumper design will put a more modern face on the Fiero.

Tomslick, Any experienced custom upholsterer should be able to do a good job for you. It'll probably take them a 1 1/2 weeks to do. How far are you on coupe?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #164, 08-02-2006 11:10 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by motoracer838:

Who does your trim work, I just had one of my countach dashes done by a local shop and it's so bad that it's got me thinking about getting a comercial machine and giving it a try myself. I really think I can't do any worse than what the shop did.



Motoracer838, I fabricate & upholster the interiors in my home shop in Seattle. Initially I designed the interior for my 355 replica, but it turned out that several others needed it for their cars as well. What is the problem on your Countach dash? Any pics?

Thanks,

Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #165, 08-02-2006 12:24 PM
      Hey Rob... To be honest, it's been a real busy summer. I seems like months since I last looked at it. I do have a sketch I did a couple weeks ago here at work, but I need to have it scanned (maybe today). It uses several different body kits that are readily available (and cheap) and should be easily modified to fit the Fiero. Plus it has the widebody stance of my 3d model. You don't know how bad I want to get back to working on the car, but it won't be for a couple more weeks, minimum.

Let's see some more stuff...

Bob


Silentassassin185 (silentassassin185@gmail.com) MSG #166, 08-02-2006 03:41 PM
     
 
quote

I like this idea but what about a healight out of an S2000? Sort of like this


Just tossing around ideas.


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #167, 08-02-2006 06:15 PM
     

What do you think? I'm working on a roadster version, too.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #168, 08-03-2006 12:13 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by Silentassassin185:

I like this idea but what about a healight out of an S2000? Sort of like this

Just tossing around ideas.


Like the lights. I'll see if I can draw them in.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #169, 08-03-2006 12:17 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by RCR:



What do you think? I'm working on a roadster version, too.

Bob


Looks good. The new glass will make a huge difference and it's available too.



motoracer838 (jmartin@musicunveiled.com) MSG #170, 08-06-2006 12:27 PM
      Rob, you asked whats wrong with the work on my Countach parts, a better question might be what's right with them.






more to come. Joe

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motoracer838 (jmartin@musicunveiled.com) MSG #171, 08-06-2006 12:40 PM
      More pics.


This is probably the best looking veiw




In all fairness the shop only charged me $350 to do the three parts, but it did take more than six months and several tries to get to that point. Of course the car in geneal is such a POS that these parts are a huge improvement over what the car had in it when it arived at my place, it goes away this week( Hooray) I can hardly wait.

It's good to have an open mind,
just not so open that your brains fallout. Joe


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #172, 08-06-2006 07:09 PM
      Joe,
I think if it wasn't for all the little cut-outs, the Lambo dash would be a relatively simple piece to cover. It took several tries huh? Fabricating some bezels around all the switches & controls will help clean-up the look, and the wrinkles around the edges & corners can be pulled out and re-glued. If you're selling the car, then I suppose you could leave that work to the new happy owner.


Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA




Fie Ro (roderick.baas@tros.nl) MSG #173, 08-06-2006 07:59 PM
      Amida: hope you get your ideas lined up and put into reality...they look good
motoracer: yes that doesnt look real good...what can I say... you could have done it better yourself (in the end)..A roll of vinyl, knife, hot glue and some dedication can do it...
 
quote
Originally posted by Silentassassin185:

Just tossing around ideas.

..doing the same here... did some tryouts with that pic..thanks...crashed about here

I used neon rice eating sticks to mark the intakes


motoracer838 (jmartin@musicunveiled.com) MSG #174, 08-06-2006 08:08 PM
      Rob, the car belongs to a client of mine, who bought the car off of Ebay. When it got here it took me about five miniuts to hang the name, the Steaming Pile on the car. Wich of course has stuck.

I think that if the padding was relived where the selvige lies would have helped, I sugjested this when I saw one of the earlier attempts ( I use attempt loosely ) he didn't listen. this is such an improvment over what came in the car that I'm going to let it go ( I'm so far out time on this thing that it has to go ) if it was for one of mine it would be completly unacceptable.

Joe


trots MSG #175, 08-06-2006 10:48 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by RCR:



What do you think? I'm working on a roadster version, too.

Bob


looks rather familiar, love it



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #176, 08-06-2006 10:54 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Fie Ro:



Hey, that looks like a cool open roadster.


Silentassassin185 (silentassassin185@gmail.com) MSG #177, 08-15-2006 01:04 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by Fie Ro:

I used neon rice eating sticks to mark the intakes


Wow that is really cool looking... like what you did with it


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #178, 09-04-2006 12:29 PM
      Went on a tangent on this idea after seeing pics of the T-Rex...thought it looked more like a toad, actually. Thought a jetfighter streamlining would make it look sportier w/ inboard F1 susp.




RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #179, 09-04-2006 07:46 PM
      Rob,
Have you seen the GM tandem? It was an 80's concept car that used a nuber of Fiero components. Not quite what you drew, but a two seater with a jet fighter canopy.



I took these at the GM Heritage Museum last fall when the Michigan Fiero Club got a chance to tour the facility.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #180, 09-04-2006 11:57 PM
      I've not seen that one before. Real cool. It looks to have a Fiero instrument cluster.


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #181, 09-05-2006 07:38 AM
      Yes...It used the cluster/instruments, seats, drivetrain, and front suspension. Corvette tail lamps.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #182, 10-27-2006 02:45 AM
      I'm getting closer to finalizing the design of the modernized front aero bumper. It'll utilize the late model GP & Solstice combo lights. To add more definition to the bull-nose look of the stock aero fascia, I've incorporated a horizontal split line/seam extending from one side moulding to the other. It fits in well with the existing side mouldings and continues the division line around the nose. I've finished fabricating the intermediate moulds for the design, and the next thing is to position the sections onto the chassis and blend it all together into one full size model. When the modelling is all done I'll save the design in an epoxy master mould.



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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #183, 10-27-2006 07:25 AM
      Cool Rob...I'm glad you kept the notchback. What happened to the stretch, or is that a future design mod? Also, I think you should look at moving the headlights further forward. I have another sketch with that and I think it looks much better.

cheers...

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #184, 10-27-2006 01:42 PM
      Bob, I've been focusing on the replacement bumper lately. You mean move the foglights forward? The thing I want to avoid is making that front valance panel too wide. The length of the nose is really dependant on where the plunging hood line & horizontal seam intersect at the front. The good thing about having the seam is that I can push the bumper forward, if needed, for a little more length without widening the valance. We'll see when I start shaping the model. I did do a 3 inch stretch version to see what it'll look like. I extended the nose by about 1 1/2" just for comparison.




RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #185, 10-27-2006 07:11 PM
      No, move the headlights up. I'm looking at about 4 inches. I would remove the doors from the hood and integrate them to the lamps, similar to the 80's Firebirds. I would also switch to the round projectors and only open them about 3/3.5 inches, similar to I believe Fieroking did with his build thread. The biggest hurdle is the radiator cross member needs to be trimmed to move the lights forward.

Just another crazy idea roaming in this head of mine.

Bob

PS, I like the lengthened rear, but the shorter nose. I espesially like the "hip" on the rear fender.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #186, 10-28-2006 12:17 PM
      Yes, I think the nose is a little long. Can't do anything about the headlights for the replacement bumper, but definitely can do on a custom project. I'll draw something up. I'm really liking the shorter 3" stretch, it can be done without cutting the chassis.

Rob



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #187, 10-30-2006 02:27 PM
      Here I moved the nose back to normal & added a rear lip instead of the wing.





jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #188, 10-30-2006 05:42 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Amida:

Here I moved the nose back to normal & added a rear lip instead of the wing.




ya look at the difference between demiaters(my spelling may be off) front bumper and the fiero warehouse one, not hard to see which one looks better and why



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #189, 10-30-2006 06:56 PM
      The bumper from Dietmar uses the Fiero side mouldings which is how I like it as well, and is how I'm doing my bumper. I'd like to keep it looking like a factory Fiero, but with some late model Pontiac features.


jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #190, 10-30-2006 07:23 PM
      the biggest difference is the length, demietar's looks best IMO because its shorter. I'm pretty sure you have to cut the ends of the steal bumper when putting his bumper on.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #191, 10-30-2006 08:39 PM
      I know what you mean. I wasn't sure if it was due to the overall length, or just due to the division line dipping downward creating the 'smiley face'.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #192, 10-31-2006 10:03 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by RCR:

No, move the headlights up. I'm looking at about 4 inches. I would also switch to the round projectors and only open them about 3/3.5 inches, similar to I believe Fieroking did with his build thread.




Moved the head light flaps forward into the nose. Sheetmetal work is a given for this mod. I would do the small projectors as well. 300zx lights could work here.


jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #193, 10-31-2006 10:47 PM
      I can't wait to see what you come up with if you ever dive into it.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #194, 11-01-2006 12:52 AM
     

I'll be jumping into this Pontiac style nose pretty shortly; the first of three designs that I wanted to put onto the Fiero.

I'm also playing a little with this F360 type nose idea for the Fiero also. But, as a stock replacement fascia I think there is
a functionality issue with airflow & cooling the Fiero radiator. Will a 360 type nose be able to cool a stock Fiero radiator?




jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #195, 11-01-2006 01:25 AM
      I'm sure the 360 nose would be fine with a little extra piece behind, it could get the air to the radiator.

jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #196, 11-01-2006 02:33 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by qwikgta:

I always liked this stretch concept.

Rob







I think I can see why there isn't much about this car. for the first time I noticed the roof had a unatractive chop, it might be worth finishing but a kit like I have seen that he claimed in a E-mail would suck and not be a fun thing to try to work with.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #197, 11-01-2006 01:22 PM
      It's a rough mock-up, but I think I see where he's going with it. It's a long stretch, about 15". I wonder how far along he got with it. It may look like this after the panels have been blended together.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #198, 11-20-2006 03:02 AM
      A little more work on the 3" stretch notchback. My new GTP nose with lengthened sailpanels and GT rear fascia with shaved bumper pad. Decklid raised about an inch to create more rake in body line.



jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #199, 11-20-2006 03:34 AM
      I hope to see you start a real car like these drawlings.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #200, 11-20-2006 10:17 AM
      You mean like this trusty subject ready to get a face lift?



Here I chopped the B-pillar by just 3/4" & layed the roof down to get more teardrop shape. This is do-able with stock doorglass because it's been done on the 512TR replicas. I feel like "Dr. 90210".




kwagner MSG #201, 12-17-2006 12:09 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Amida:






Wish I could draw that well I really like how that one looks. I haven't been able to come up with a good exterior "look" yet, this gives me some nice starting ideas I hope you don't mind me borrowing some of them


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #202, 12-18-2006 02:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by kwagner:


Wish I could draw that well I really like how that one looks. I haven't been able to come up with a good exterior "look" yet, this gives me some nice starting ideas I hope you don't mind me borrowing some of them


I don't mind at all. Are you customizing your Fiero? It'll be interesting to see where you take the idea. I've already started work on the plug for the new nose designs, two of which will be newer Pontiac style designs to replace the stock nose. The darn upper section of the Fiero aero fascia is so warped & droopy, pretty common on Fieros, that I have to first correct this area before moving on to the lower section. My new fascia will be a two piece component design, upper & lower. The seam works pretty well with the existing Fiero side mouldings, and also it'll allow for an easy swap between the 3 or 4 designs that I have in the works.

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kwagner MSG #203, 12-18-2006 05:40 PM
      Be sure to take pics From the sound of it (being made for easy swaps), you are planning to sell them eventually? That would be very cool.

I wanted to do something widebody, but the fiberglass offerings that I could buy don't seem to make much difference in appearance from the pics I've seen, especially at an angle view. These two drawings gave me some ideas for other features to include along with a custom body. For example, the removal of the side rear vents and putting in that rear hex-mesh grille seems to me to be a better flow path. I can see a lot of different components in my head, now I have to see if I'm capable enough of doing any of them in reality I've had a lot of "component" ideas from various places, but haven't been able to tie them all together in a way I was happy with. These two drawings bring everything together under a single focus. Every time I see that front view pic, I think of a race car, which is exactly what I want to think


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #204, 12-18-2006 10:23 PM
      The honeycomb grills seem to be used quite alot in Pontiac models past & present. It could be applied just about anywhere there is an air opening. The GTP Fiero sketch was just a rough idea. I was trying to imagine what The Fiero would look like if re-introduced today in the retro styling trend that's going on currently. When I get a chance I'll have to work on the sketches a little bit more.

kwagner MSG #205, 12-19-2006 08:27 AM
      In my "mind's eye" I changed the hood so that the sides were raised and the middle dipped down lower, somewhat like on a porsche, but not as extreme. I do think the mustang rear lights would go better than those pontiac ones, just fit the round styling better to me. Other than those two things, I think it's a great body.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #206, 12-19-2006 02:18 PM
     

Did a little clean up on the sketch & added Mustang-like tail lights. I'll have to look at some Porsche photos to see what a lower hood looks like.

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kwagner MSG #207, 12-19-2006 02:36 PM
      Lookin good

The lowered hood isn't exactly a porsche one, I saw it done perfectly on one car and I can't remember what it was now for the life of me. It was something in between the look of all three of these:
Pagani Zonda
Porsche 911
Honda NSX


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #208, 01-22-2007 12:25 PM
      ^^El bumpo^^

SAFASTRO MSG #209, 01-22-2007 12:40 PM
      Check out my sig.....I think our side views may look a little similar, with a dip in the door area.
I'm working on an angled shot to show my idea for the front of mine.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #210, 01-22-2007 01:55 PM
      Hey Bob how's the project going?

SAFASTRO, like your concept...it's a ground hugger.

I've been focused on interior projects lately. Couldn't get much done over the holidays, and & then followed by freezing 20's F. weather over the new year. Try doing gelcoat/fiberglass work outdoors in sub-freezing temps with numb fingers...forget it!...it won't work. I spent a couple days building a heated curing locker to deal with the cold.





RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #211, 01-22-2007 04:57 PM
      Looks good Rob...I hear you. I've done nothing since before X-mas. Allright weather, but I've been sick. No fun working when you don't feel like it. Now that I feel a little bbetter, the weather sucks.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #212, 02-27-2007 03:50 PM
      I've finally got the intermediate molding of the upper fascia back on the car. The original urethane noses all seem to get warped/ sunken in at the top which I'll have to fix for the final plug. I also had to rebuild the upper mounting lip due to severe warpage. My idea is to see how a real two piece fascia ( upper & lower ) will work on the Fiero. If it doesn't then I'll go back to the normal one piece design. I'll be using the original 355 bumper as a donor to help shape the mating surface and create the FI355 fascia. Couldn't get much done this time due to the rain.




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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #213, 03-03-2007 11:40 AM
      This is a 512tr type nose that I'll also work on fitting to the Fiero. The fascias will retain the stock Fiero side mouldings to fit & look like a stock replacement.





RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #214, 03-03-2007 04:55 PM
      Hey...You got the 512 stuff from the last drawings I made!! The cool thing is, I never posted it. It's still on my desk at work.

<chanting> Go Rob Go...Go Rob Go...

Bob

PS Who made the 512 bumper?

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #215, 03-06-2007 12:13 PM
      The bumper is part of a 512tr kit. It's real wide at 69" so I'll have to take out about 5" to make it fit. My idea is to make it modular to give it a true separate panel look which can also be swapped with the different nose styles that I'm thinking of doing.





kwagner MSG #216, 03-06-2007 01:03 PM
      Cool, lookin forward to seeing more

WhiteDevil88 (67stillwell@gmail.com) MSG #217, 03-06-2007 01:17 PM
      I skimmed through the pages, and it looks like a lot of clean exterior design ideas. Have you started on actually stretching the chassis? Are you going to do the standard kit car stretch of the chassis aft of the bulkhead, or are you looking to stretch the cabin of the car? I'd really like to see someone break outside the box and go king cab with it, but keeping the chassis square and stiff is what freaks me out about it.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #218, 03-07-2007 11:35 AM
      I did a 3" stretch behind the firewall in '98. A hundred measurements using levels straight edges & a plumbob checking & rechecking for level & square. Next time I think I will build a chassis jig to eliminate the guess work & hold everything in precise alignment. I welded 14ga. tubing inside the railings & capped it off with plates on the outer sides to make a sandwich. It might be overdoing it but I wanted to make sure it wasn't a weak point in the chassis.







I'm leaning towards this idea here for my red '88 Formula. The 1/4 glass & sail panel seem to fit well with the stock door glass. Also it wouldn't matter if it started off as a coupe or GT since new sail panels would be installed anyway. This would also be easier to do than a full body mod. Toying with the Wide body idea by using attachable fender flares. It would be a cleaner look if only the side mouldings weren't there, but the whole idea is to keep it a Fiero with a slightly different look.

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WhiteDevil88 (67stillwell@gmail.com) MSG #219, 03-07-2007 12:03 PM
      Let me know if you make that chassis jig. I'd love to cut a Fiero in front of the firewall and move it back about 6 inches.

I'd probably best learn how to weld...



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #220, 03-07-2007 12:16 PM
      Why do you want to go on front of the firewall? Interior space?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #221, 03-28-2007 02:49 PM
      Been laying around getting over a bout with microbrew poisoning, thought I'd finish this 9" stretch Fiero. Played off the 3" stretch drawing previous and switched to GT type sails, notchy rear, pushed out front fenders w/ rear edge vents, extended windshield, .075" roof tilt. Can't make too many changes because this is supposted to be Fiero ideas.



96.5" wheelbase

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #222, 03-29-2007 01:14 PM
     

Back to stock wheelbase widebody but kept the extended windshield & tilted roof, and some changes.

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #223, 03-29-2007 06:24 PM
      Hey Rob,
I like the last one...What's the back look like?

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #224, 03-30-2007 02:22 PM
      Bob, How about something like this with Acura Legend lights. Tear dropped the sail panels and added a rear diffuser.





SAFASTRO MSG #225, 03-30-2007 03:55 PM
      Hey Amida....how about something like this??


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #226, 03-30-2007 04:12 PM
      I like it Rob..

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #227, 03-30-2007 05:00 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by SAFASTRO:

Hey Amida....how about something like this??


That's got a nice wide, aggressive stance. I like that.


88GT350 MSG #228, 03-31-2007 05:12 PM
      Can you explain the .75" roof tilt? How is it accomplished? Is this like a mini-chop?

88GT350 MSG #229, 03-31-2007 05:14 PM
      Can you explain the .75" roof tilt? How is it accomplished? Is this like a mini-chop?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #230, 03-31-2007 10:48 PM
     


Yes, It's like a mini chop. On this Testarosa replica the roof is tilted back slightly by making a wedge cut at the base of the A pillar. The roof is only lower by up to an inch. The door glass is also tilted to adjust for the new roofline. On a stock Fiero 1/4, & rear glass mods are likely needed to do this, but I think the new roofline has a nice look.

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WhiteDevil88 (67stillwell@gmail.com) MSG #231, 03-31-2007 10:52 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Amida:

Why do you want to go on front of the firewall? Interior space?


Sorry, missed it. Yes, exactly. I'd like to be able to use other seating options that might take up more room then a stock Fiero seat, plus the ability to utise space for audio system, body stiffening (roll bar, etc.) and still be drivable by someone larger then 5'10". I think you might as well use the length that you're adding. Plus, the strut towers will be much tighter when they are tied together by the bulkhead, as the factory intended, rather then by square tubing.

Don't take that as a knock on your ideas, I'm merely suggesting.


kwagner MSG #232, 03-31-2007 11:04 PM
      Amida, some nice design ideas again!

And whoever's red widebody that is looks really sharp!


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #233, 03-31-2007 11:40 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by WhiteDevil88:


Sorry, missed it. Yes, exactly. I'd like to be able to use other seating options that might take up more room then a stock Fiero seat, plus the ability to utise space for audio system, body stiffening (roll bar, etc.) and still be drivable by someone larger then 5'10". I think you might as well use the length that you're adding. Plus, the strut towers will be much tighter when they are tied together by the bulkhead, as the factory intended, rather then by square tubing.

Don't take that as a knock on your ideas, I'm merely suggesting.



Well, I know it can be done. Someone posted a pic of a 4 seater a few pages back. However, I would try to make it look more like a coupe instead of a sedan.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #234, 03-31-2007 11:42 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by kwagner:

Amida, some nice design ideas again!

And whoever's red widebody that is looks really sharp!


Thanks. Just ideas that's all. Might try some without the side body mouldings.


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #235, 04-01-2007 07:33 AM
      Hey Rob,
Are you sure about the way the roof was tilted? When I was in contact with MikeD (at Ari's) about the 512's he was making, he told me the way to get the roof canted involved the actual stretch. When the chassis is stretched, the back portion was raised 1.5", effectively tilting the front portion down. I was under the impression that was how all of the accurate 512's were done. Also, but I'm not too certain, I believe JDorr's 512 he was selling was extended in the passenger tub. But I'm not sure if it was the whole tub, or just a package shelf behind the seats to mimic the actual 512.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #236, 04-01-2007 12:21 PM
      Bob, according to Jerry he wedged the base of the A pillars and relaxed the roof. He also lowered the floor for some reason; I couldn't figure out why that was needed.


Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #237, 04-23-2007 02:45 PM
      bump for a lot of cool ideas

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #238, 04-24-2007 11:17 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by Amida:



Back to stock wheelbase widebody but kept the extended windshield & tilted roof, and some changes.



It's not HOT until it's a CHOP!



:8^)


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #239, 04-24-2007 11:22 AM
      Here's the larger wheel base pic - chop'd!



Dave


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #240, 04-24-2007 08:46 PM
      Very nice chops. I have some curved lexan door window blanks that can be trimmed to to fit that profile. I wonder if choptops have worn headliners above the driver's seat?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #241, 05-09-2007 12:22 PM
      I saw a Cadillac XLR again the other day which put a bug in my head to do another sketch. This is another stretched Fiero idea. Bubbajoexxx has paved the way with the longitudinal Northstar/Porsche drivetrain. The 1" mini-chop is utilized again in this idea to teardrop the roof & keep the stock door glass. Windshield is replaced with the extended glass which provides more curve. Factory Cadillac lighting might work if the lines aren't too steep on this design. I kind of like this!





kwagner MSG #242, 05-09-2007 01:25 PM
      Looks nice, it has some nice lines. Did you have to modify the windshield/door windows at all to fit the shape?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #243, 05-10-2007 12:18 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by kwagner:

Looks nice, it has some nice lines. Did you have to modify the windshield/door windows at all to fit the shape?



It's a mini chop, 1 inch. Windshield is the extended glass used in Ferrari replicas, but stock glass should work just as well. Thanks.



CETICARS MSG #244, 06-12-2007 07:54 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I've finally got the intermediate molding of the upper fascia back on the car. The original urethane noses all seem to get warped/ sunken in at the top which I'll have to fix for the final plug. I also had to rebuild the upper mounting lip due to severe warpage. My idea is to see how a real two piece fascia ( upper & lower ) will work on the Fiero. If it doesn't then I'll go back to the normal one piece design. I'll be using the original 355 bumper as a donor to help shape the mating surface and create the FI355 fascia. Couldn't get much done this time due to the rain.








do you sell the top picture ,the fiero upper top bumper no sides


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #245, 06-13-2007 02:46 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by CETICARS:


do you sell the top picture ,the fiero upper top bumper no sides





The 355 nose design is underway right now. I'll be posting a new thread on that when I get the model finished. I've been a little tied up working on interiors so I only get to work on the nose on weekends. The top section may/maynot be a separate piece; depends on how well it fits when I mock it up on the car. It would be more cost effective to build it as a one piece unit, but for me, personally, I like the separate panel look so I'm hopeful that it'll work.

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whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #246, 06-13-2007 03:04 PM
      Yes, yes. Let him finish the interior work he has going on. I'd like to see you work on the 355 nose though. Will you be using real Ferrari lights? Or a cheaper replacement?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #247, 06-14-2007 01:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

Yes, yes. Let him finish the interior work he has going on. I'd like to see you work on the 355 nose though. Will you be using real Ferrari lights? Or a cheaper replacement?



On the frontal view you'll notice that I rounded the ends of the turn signal lights. The original 355 lights are ideal, but I believe they are priced around $250 each. So, I'll be using the Avenger/Sebring units that are a very close match & can be bought on Ebay for about $20 each.



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CoryFiero MSG #248, 06-14-2007 02:18 PM
      Hmm so if the light wraps around the the side of the bumper like that I think legally we can get rid of the side markers on the trim.. or the trim altogether.

whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #249, 06-14-2007 02:49 PM
      May be an option. But I think it might be better to leave it on then cover it over should you choose to delete the molding. Good thing about the Sebring lights is you can choose the white or amber signals. Also, what size are the holes for the driving lights?



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #250, 06-14-2007 03:44 PM
      Hmm. Try the 300M (old style) wrap around side maker lamps.

fierogtrouge (napoleonb@videotron.ca) MSG #251, 06-15-2007 12:37 AM
      nice project

Gokart Mozart MSG #252, 06-15-2007 09:52 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by Amida:

So, I'll be using the Avenger/Sebring units that are a very close match & can be bought on Ebay for about $20 each.



Have you noticed the Aveo?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #253, 06-15-2007 10:23 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Gokart Mozart:


Have you noticed the Aveo?


Let me tell you, when I'm driving down the street I'm paying more attention to the turn lights on the cars passing by than on my driving. I'm going to rear-end some car some day because I wasn't paying attention to my driving. Been looking for turn light solution for a 512TR nose for later on.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #254, 06-22-2007 04:14 PM
      The FieroGT nose is too flimsy & distorted to even bother with moulding the lower tray so I started from scratch on a sheet of flat steel to get a true flat surface. Used some coremat to keep it rigid for the full scale model. The goal is to mount the new nose like a stock factory piece.




The original 355 nose is a few inches wider so I will need to take away from the grill area & possibly from the sides as well.

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CoryFiero MSG #255, 06-22-2007 06:40 PM
      I have been holding out for Fiero1Fan to put out another 355 nose, but if this looks good!! Do you have any idea on when the project will be completed and when you might pop the first one out for sale? Any idea of a rough price?

Thanks and keep up the GREAT work.



Tom Slick (tom.slick@northtexasfieroclub.org) MSG #256, 06-22-2007 10:32 PM
      rob if your new front fascia is as good as your interior work just tell me when i can send my money.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #257, 06-23-2007 10:32 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by CoryFiero:

I have been holding out for Fiero1Fan to put out another 355 nose, but if this looks good!! Do you have any idea on when the project will be completed and when you might pop the first one out for sale? Any idea of a rough price?

Thanks and keep up the GREAT work.



I should be finished with this nose & have the demo unit on my '88 Formula by the end of summer, or sooner. It ought to turn out pretty nicely. Although the paint on the car is crap I'm going to paint the nose to match anyway; maybe all the car needs is a good polish. When I think everything checks out & looks good to me I'll make it available & start a new thread in the Mall. I'm not sure yet how much it's going to cost me, but I'm hoping I can offer the noses at around $400usd+s&h. Lights & grill work will have to be options.

Thanks.

Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions
FierOvation
Seattle, WA. USA

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #258, 06-23-2007 10:36 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Tom Slick:

rob if your new front fascia is as good as your interior work just tell me when i can send my money.


Hey Thomas, How's the car coming together? Did you find a good upholsterer in your area ?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #259, 06-23-2007 11:08 AM
      The lower tray form mounts to the car without problem. I'm using GT lower brackets. The formula & coupe noses use slightly different lower brackets.



I experimented with a fiberglass plaster mix to take a mould of the GT nose. The material does not shrink or warp. Here I've captured the the shape of the factory side mounting flange & wheel arch which will be preserved in the new nose. Difference in airdam angle can already be seen. I always thought the GT nose was angled much too high.





RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #260, 06-23-2007 11:20 AM
      Rob...You crazy genius you...Tell us more about the "plaster and fiberglass mix".

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #261, 06-23-2007 11:39 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Rob...You crazy genius you...Tell us more about the "plaster and fiberglass mix".

Bob


Bob, did you finally get your interior done? I'm no genius...you can buy the stuff at art supply outlets. I go my stuff from Chavant the clay modeller supplier. It's only temprary stuff good for maybe one or two parts. But, It's non toxic & easy to use....plaster is heavy though. oh, and it's safe on car paint just as long as it is removed soon after the plaster sets & before it gets too hot.

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CoryFiero MSG #262, 06-23-2007 01:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I'm not sure yet how much it's going to cost me, but I'm hoping I can offer the noses at around $400usd+s&h. Lights & grill work will have to be options.



Sound good to me. Keep us updated on the project, I will be first in line.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #263, 06-27-2007 09:55 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by CoryFiero:


Sound good to me. Keep us updated on the project, I will be first in line.



What engine is a 3.2? Is that a stroked 2.8? or newer dohc type?


CoryFiero MSG #264, 06-27-2007 02:38 PM
      It's a brand new 3.1 crank stroked to a 3.2 with lots of other goodies.

Any progress on the front end


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #265, 06-28-2007 10:54 PM
      The upper valance panel gets a new mounting flange to mate with the lower nose. The panel gap will be about 1/8"-3/16" as in the f355 nose.




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Base reference lines will be established next to help with alignment & positioning of the new nose. Say goodbye to the old aero fascia.

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Fie Ro (roderick.baas@tros.nl) MSG #266, 06-29-2007 01:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:
Base reference lines will be established next to help with alignment & positioning of the new nose. Say goodbye to the old aero fascia.


ha, seeing this pic makes me think of a modular nose...keeping the basic outline as the main frame and exchangeable (different) front inserts for easy customising....sorry, got sidetracked
Anyway, nice work !


CETICARS MSG #267, 06-29-2007 02:39 PM
     
 
quote
[B]Originally posted by CETICARS:[B]


I WANT TO BUY A FIBERGLASS TOP NOSE ONLY

NOT A WHOLE BUMPER , HOW MUCH $


CETICARS MSG #268, 06-29-2007 02:41 PM
      [QUOTE]Originally posted by CETICARS:


do you sell the top picture ,the fiero upper top bumper no sides


I WANT TO BUY A FIBERGLASS TOP NOSE ONLY

NOT A WHOLE BUMPER , HOW MUCH $


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #269, 07-06-2007 11:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by CETICARS:


I WANT TO BUY A FIBERGLASS TOP NOSE ONLY

NOT A WHOLE BUMPER , HOW MUCH $


I really can't say right now if the top will end up being a separate piece. I have to first see if the idea works correctly.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #270, 07-06-2007 11:44 PM
      Here is a comparison between the Scorpion ( bottom ) , F355, & Sebring lights ( top ). Scorpion lights are much longer; around 2 inches longer. Sebring lights are about 1 inch shorter & about 1/2 inch narrower. I prefer the Ferrari lights but at $500 per set that's a bit too rich for alot of people.






CoryFiero MSG #271, 07-14-2007 08:26 PM
      Quick bump for progress!

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #272, 07-17-2007 02:54 PM
      I'm in the mock-up phase now getting the visual on how things are going to line up. I now know that the steel bumper needs to be trimmed a little on each end for the Ferrari lights to fit. I'm not sure yet if the same will be needed for the Sebring/Avenger lights.
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The f355 nose is slightly lower than the Fiero by about 3/4". I may shave a little off the bottom to make it less likely to scrape on driveways.
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I took some time to build a level design table to help establish a baseline. Vehicle ground clearance was set at 4 inches. The blue tape line is parallel to the baseline in the original f355. The steel bumper is interfering with positioning, so after I trim it down I will need to move the nose further back by about 2 inches. Fiero side mouldings & mounting flanges will be added.
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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #273, 07-18-2007 07:22 AM
      Hey Rob,
Why don't you temporarily remove the bumper until you get everything fitted? Then trim it as neccessary once it is complete...

Bob


PS...Sign me up for a proto-type



yellowstone MSG #274, 07-18-2007 01:01 PM
      The Scorpion lights look like the 2nd gen. Ford Scorpio lights (Euro model) I have in my 355 nose. I thought that model wasn't sold in the US. Where did you get them?



 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Here is a comparison between the Scorpion ( bottom ) , F355, & Sebring lights ( top ). Scorpion lights are much longer; around 2 inches longer. Sebring lights are about 1 inch shorter & about 1/2 inch narrower. I prefer the Ferrari lights but at $500 per set that's a bit too rich for alot of people.



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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #275, 07-19-2007 01:29 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Hey Rob,
Why don't you temporarily remove the bumper until you get everything fitted? Then trim it as neccessary once it is complete...

Bob


PS...Sign me up for a proto-type


Yes, I'll have to remove the bumper to cut it eventually. Next, I'll create a level plane to help position the new flange onto the upper nose piece. If the angle is off too much the nose will end up with a smiley face which I'd like to avoid.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #276, 07-19-2007 01:36 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by yellowstone:

The Scorpion lights look like the 2nd gen. Ford Scorpio lights (Euro model) I have in my 355 nose. I thought that model wasn't sold in the US. Where did you get them?






I'm actually borrowing the scorpion lights for the project. I don't know how they got here. It turns out that they fit the f355 bumper pretty well; the extra length will end up hiding behind the fiberglass. BTW, nice picture of your car.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #277, 08-25-2007 08:51 PM
      Before continueing with the mock up I had to set the gaps around the bonnet & make sure all the seams line up as accurately as possible. Hard to believe it took a good day & a half just to do that. I've set the nose to fender gap at 1/8" and 5/32" all around the bonnet. Next, working on a level plattorm, I scribed & trimmed a straight split line on the nose that is parallel to the ground. The straight split line will eliminate any chance of a smiley face effect when viewed from the front.


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Here with the new split line cut, I've mocked up the pieces to see how things are going to look. Nothing has been done yet to the original 355 nose, but it's starting to take shape. The sides will need to be shortened and the Fiero side mouldings will be worked in as well. That's it for now, it started to rain.

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #278, 08-27-2007 08:16 PM
     

Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #279, 08-29-2007 12:05 PM
      I really love your work, can't wait to see how this turns out. But if its anything like your designs and your interiors, than it's gotta be awesome!

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88 Obsession MSG #280, 08-31-2007 06:38 PM
      Amida, you are an awesome sketch artist. Great Ideas!!!!!! Keep them coming.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #281, 09-02-2007 02:24 PM
      Thanks for the compliments. I only rough sketch enough to visualize what I'm thinking...never took any classes.

Continued with a little more mock up this weekend. More measuring, eyeballing, & grinding. I split the Ferrari nose right down the middle; will need to reduce width later on to match the Fiero. A little more rough hacking on the sides as well. It's looking better. That's it for now.



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Come to think of it, it is starting to look like my earlier sketch

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #282, 09-14-2007 12:02 AM
      Continuing with the mockup. After the positioning & alignment was determined the mounting flange was added to the upper valance panel, and here the passenger side mounting flange is glassed in. The nose is temporarily clamped to the valance panel. Next, I'll transfer the measurements to the driver side & glass both sides together. I'll likely have to shave about 3/4" off the bottom to line up with the lower radiator mount.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #283, 09-16-2007 03:20 AM
      Thought I'd doodle a little before I hit the hay. Trying to figure out what to do with the Formula I have in the driveway. A more rounded look like the Solstice perhaps. The side mouldings could probably be left out.

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #284, 09-16-2007 06:52 AM
      Go Rob, go!!

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #285, 09-16-2007 11:50 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Go Rob, go!!

Bob



Hey Bob, what you working on?
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #286, 09-16-2007 11:56 AM
     
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Shortened the nose, moulded-in flairs, removed the side mouldings, & added a tail. Now the only Fiero ID left is the vertical window trim. This Body kit has a longer wheelbase, but is shorter overall from stock Formula.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #287, 09-16-2007 05:46 PM
     
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Reshaped the wheel wells. Can't see much of the original Formula underneath, but breaking from the traditional Fiero features will open up alot of possibilities.


americasfuture2k MSG #288, 09-16-2007 10:28 PM
      hey wow, these drawings are looking great! and that dash is very nice as well.

RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #289, 09-17-2007 07:13 PM
      Starting to look more and more like an F430. That's not a bad thing.

Me, I'm working on the 4.0 and trying to shoehorn it in. Thanx for asking...

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #290, 09-17-2007 10:56 PM
      I must have Ferrari in my veins, the only reference I looked at was a 350z. I could study a Pinto & somehow end up with something like an Enzo.



LeviM (lmoyers@liberty.edu) MSG #291, 09-18-2007 10:52 AM
      yeah, im definitely seeing ferrari in there, but it looks awesome

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #292, 09-18-2007 12:13 PM
     

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Did a little more tweeking while I wait for the roofing company. Changed to a ducktail & modified the quarter glass...if anyone remembers the RX-4 .




whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #293, 09-18-2007 01:28 PM
      Whatever became of this?

I like that one. Kind of a Fiero/Daytona Prototype.



Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #294, 09-28-2007 08:57 PM
      Update?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #295, 09-29-2007 08:42 AM
     
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Haven't had much time to doodle lately; been building more interiors. Can't keep the customers waiting ya know.



Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #296, 09-29-2007 12:55 PM
      everytime I see one of your interiors, tears come to my eyes.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #297, 09-30-2007 04:41 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Tusch:

everytime I see one of your interiors, tears come to my eyes.


Tusch, What are you working on on your Fiero?




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #298, 09-30-2007 04:46 PM
      The old aero nose that I used has lost some of it's perkiness over the past 19 years, so the doc will have to give it a little face lift. I've noticed that on most Fieros that I've seen. Maybe I should design a wonderbra to push up on the valance part of the nose to put the curve back where it's sagging.
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Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #299, 09-30-2007 04:52 PM
      Actually I don't own a Fiero, more of an enthusiast with intentions haha. I am in school right now (Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue) and belong to several car forums that bring to me a wealth of knowledge like this thread! I love the fiero because of the endless possibilities. It is the etcha-sketch of the car world, starts off great, but if you want something different, just shake and try again.

(I belong to car forums for cars I love and would one day love to own)


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #300, 10-13-2007 11:08 PM
      Another low cost turn signal alternative to the originals is the Jeep Liberty. They're almost the same length as the originals & have a better installed angle than the Sebring lights. They also use two bullbs. These might be a better choice...We'll see.
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Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #301, 10-14-2007 12:42 PM
      Looking great!

Finally_Mine_86_GT (luv2eatsome@yahoo.com) MSG #302, 10-14-2007 01:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:



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Did a little more tweeking while I wait for the roofing company. Changed to a ducktail & modified the quarter glass...if anyone remembers the RX-4 .



starting to look like a gt40 with a hint of fiero. looks good!

BTW: you did a killer job on Whadeduck's interior... very cool.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #303, 10-14-2007 11:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Finally_Mine_86_GT:


starting to look like a gt40 with a hint of fiero. looks good!

BTW: you did a killer job on Whadeduck's interior... very cool.



I think it's the duck tail. Maybe try a wing instead.




whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #304, 10-15-2007 07:05 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:
I think it's the duck tail. Maybe try a wing instead.



Got a problem with ducks?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #305, 10-15-2007 08:56 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:


Got a problem with ducks?




Funny! No problem at all, I love Peking duck with plum sauce.
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Changed a few things on previous drawing: qtr glass, rear corner, rear bumper, airducts, C6 taillights.

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LeviM (lmoyers@liberty.edu) MSG #306, 10-15-2007 11:13 AM
      I like it, and I dont know why, but it almost reminds me of a Sallen S7 now.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #307, 11-16-2007 10:19 PM
      The weather here has changed drastically since starting this project, so I worked double time to get this valance panel face lift done which is now completed. I didn't now how much the old Fiero nosed sagged until I actually started the operation. The straight edge shows the body line is back to where it should be. After priming a finish coat is applied then polished & waxed to prepare for tooling.








whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #308, 11-16-2007 10:21 PM
      Sweet. Excellent as always.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #309, 11-16-2007 10:53 PM
      An epoxy tooling system is used for making the mould. Epoxy is more expensive & harder to work with but shrinks less & doesn't distort like polyester does. Other than a little paint sticking the mould separated with a little finesse. Here, the first part pulled from the new mould will be mounted to my chassis & used as a demo unit to help finish the shaping of the new nose section.










davikan (davikan@gmail.com) MSG #310, 11-17-2007 03:49 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Thought I'd doodle a little before I hit the hay. Trying to figure out what to do with the Formula I have in the driveway. A more rounded look like the Solstice perhaps. The side mouldings could probably be left out.





This looks awesome. More rounded and all-around updated, but it still looks "Fiero-ish". Creative in a very tasteful way.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #311, 11-17-2007 11:56 AM
      Thanks, but I think it'll look cleaner without the side mouldings, or with a smaller seam/groove along the side.

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jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #312, 11-17-2007 06:46 PM
      pm'd you.

F-I-E-R-O (andrew-rogers@stny.rr.com) MSG #313, 11-17-2007 09:17 PM
      Wow!

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #314, 11-18-2007 02:30 PM
      Did a quick trial fit this morning. Not a bad fit for just setting it in place without screws.








Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #315, 11-18-2007 02:45 PM
      The main advantage of going with my modular approach is interchangeability. I can design several different nose styles & swap from one design to another. Repair jobs may be simplified because it will not be necessary to re-paint the whole front end. I also like the component look. Here, a 512TR nose looks to be a good fit for the Fiero. The side skirt seems to go good with the GT ground effects.






LT-5Fiero (lilmac@sc.rr.com) MSG #316, 11-18-2007 05:25 PM
      The 4-door/4-seater Fiero didn't last more than a few posts in this thread. It still intrigues me though, especially when you consider a stretch. How about utilizing the RX-8's pillarless suicide doors idea?

http://carsmedia.ign.com/ca...0061030004503828.jpg


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #317, 11-19-2007 12:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by LT-5Fiero:

The 4-door/4-seater Fiero didn't last more than a few posts in this thread. It still intrigues me though, especially when you consider a stretch. How about utilizing the RX-8's pillarless suicide doors idea?

http://carsmedia.ign.com/ca...0061030004503828.jpg


That was cool how they added the rear seat, but instead of using 4 doors I would just stay with 2 doors and just lengthen the doors like on a Firebird.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #318, 11-19-2007 12:51 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Custom2M4:





Something like this but with longer doors.



Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #319, 11-20-2007 01:14 AM
      That 512tr nose is beautiful, are you going to offer it for sale?

Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #320, 11-20-2007 02:20 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Thought I'd doodle a little before I hit the hay. Trying to figure out what to do with the Formula I have in the driveway. A more rounded look like the Solstice perhaps. The side mouldings could probably be left out.





Are you the one that made that cool Notchback with a fastback clip hybrid? I like the look of it.

I think It would be possible to make that rear end look a lot closer to an R8 rear end.
If you have time to doodle again, I always wanted to see what a cross between a Fiero, and an Audi R8, with some Lamborghini Gallardo, and Ferrari (612, maybe) sprinkled in would look like.

Keep up the great work!!!



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #321, 11-20-2007 10:51 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Mr.PBody:

That 512tr nose is beautiful, are you going to offer it for sale?


That's one of the nose designs I thought of doing after I finish the 355 nose I'm currently working on.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #322, 11-20-2007 12:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Austrian Import:


Are you the one that made that cool Notchback with a fastback clip hybrid? I like the look of it.

I think It would be possible to make that rear end look a lot closer to an R8 rear end.
If you have time to doodle again, I always wanted to see what a cross between a Fiero, and an Audi R8, with some Lamborghini Gallardo, and Ferrari (612, maybe) sprinkled in would look like.

Keep up the great work!!!

x
Thanks. Which drawing was it? I could whack off the duck tail on my latest Formula drawing, & chisel it like the R8 .





whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #323, 11-20-2007 01:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I could whack off the duck tail


Thought you said you DIDN'T have anything against ducks? I knew it! You're a ducksist. Help, help. I'm being oppressed. lol



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #324, 11-20-2007 01:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:


Thought you said you DIDN'T have anything against ducks? I knew it! You're a ducksist. Help, help. I'm being oppressed. lol



I knew you'd have something to say about that .


whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #325, 11-20-2007 02:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:




What about having a larger side scoop? I think the lines of your design are great whether you use the duck tail or not. Everything seems to just flow right.

Edit: Something like this?

The lines of the scoop would work with the horizontal body lines and the lines of the wheel well.


LeviM (lmoyers@liberty.edu) MSG #326, 11-20-2007 02:30 PM
      I actually like the ducktail personally.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #327, 11-21-2007 02:06 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:


What about having a larger side scoop? I think the lines of your design are great whether you use the duck tail or not. Everything seems to just flow right.

Edit: Something like this?

The lines of the scoop would work with the horizontal body lines and the lines of the wheel well.


The air scoops can be many different shapes. The large scoop can be split in two as well.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #328, 11-21-2007 02:19 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by LeviM:

I actually like the ducktail personally.



Well I chopped off the tail on this next drawing. I thought a GT donor would fit better for this rebody idea. The overall length is shorter than a stock Fiero, yet the wheelbase is 3 inches longer. The GT style quarter glass is the only trait remaining from the '88 Fiero.
x





Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #329, 11-21-2007 02:55 AM
      I like both of these designs..

I meant actual real life car. I think it was blue.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #330, 11-21-2007 10:28 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Austrian Import:

I like both of these designs..

I meant actual real life car. I think it was blue.


Notchie & Gt clip...blue?...hmmmm. The only blue one that I can recall is the Plazma .
x





FieroGTRwideboby (alex4mail_2000@yahoo.com) MSG #331, 11-22-2007 06:56 AM
      Just figured I would add a rendition of your design. Had some time, just wanted to draw.



-Alex


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #332, 11-22-2007 10:50 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by FieroGTRwideboby:

Just figured I would add a rendition of your design. Had some time, just wanted to draw.



-Alex


Very nice Alex, Master of the GTRwidebody. I wish I had the skill to draw like that. Maybe I can hand you some 3/4 line drawings & have you finish the shading? I'm liking this last idea alot.



SAFASTRO MSG #333, 11-22-2007 11:04 AM
      That shortened nose/rear idea is similar to my concept.
I'm also doing a cradle stretch to give it that short rear / cab-forward look as well.
I'm hoping to start sometime after Christmas. Choptop first, then the stretch.

Keep up the great work!!!!



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #334, 11-22-2007 11:29 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by SAFASTRO:

That shortened nose/rear idea is similar to my concept.
I'm also doing a cradle stretch to give it that short rear / cab-forward look as well.
I'm hoping to start sometime after Christmas. Choptop first, then the stretch.

Keep up the great work!!!!



That's cool. What is Dubs? Did you start a build thread yet?

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HTXtremes (hybridtheoryxtremes@yahoo.com) MSG #335, 11-22-2007 11:44 AM
      Dubs are rims that are 20" or larger I think, might be 22" or larger. All I know is they are BIG.

The way I stretched my frame is walked through in my build thread in my signature, if it helps.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #336, 11-22-2007 12:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HTXtremes:

Dubs are rims that are 20" or larger I think, might be 22" or larger. All I know is they are BIG.

The way I stretched my frame is walked through in my build thread in my signature, if it helps.



HT, you got to change the title of your thread man. I was looking for your f40 thread before but I never would have thought to look in ''88 coupe build' .




SAFASTRO MSG #337, 11-22-2007 02:16 PM
      Nice job HTExtreme......I love the build-up!!
I will be starting a build thread after Christmas. I need to finish my S10 project, before I can get the car in the garage. I think my biggest challenge will be shortening the nose. The rad is gonna have to be pushed back, or relocated in the widebody vents. We'll see!!
And yes.....DUBS are 20" rims and bigger.



FieroGTRwideboby (alex4mail_2000@yahoo.com) MSG #338, 11-22-2007 04:48 PM
      Amida,

I will probably have time to draw, send them over...

_Alex


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #339, 11-23-2007 12:51 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by FieroGTRwideboby:

Amida,

I will probably have time to draw, send them over...

_Alex


Okay I'll do that. I'd like to try it with 300zx lights which I think will fit perfect for this look.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #340, 11-25-2007 02:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by FieroGTRwideboby:

Amida,

I will probably have time to draw, send them over...

_Alex



Okay, did a little more tweeking on the GT . Plexi rear hatch has vent louvers , however it may be a smoother look if the louvers were concave/inboard.

Alex, if you have time to add some of your magic go right ahead.

x


[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 11-26-2007).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #341, 11-26-2007 12:56 PM
      Larger side intakes .



Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #342, 12-12-2007 12:33 PM
      Bump!

SpeedWorksAutoTuning (speedworksautotuning@hotmail.com) MSG #343, 12-12-2007 05:35 PM
      about where at in seattle amida?



86_fiero_gt_92 (robert_szilagyi@hotmail.com) MSG #344, 12-12-2007 09:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Custom2M4:



I am surprised no one posted this already.... Sorry I am late Mr. Garrison. Naturally I would question where Mr. Hat was, but that would be rude :P.


u watch to much southpark

so do I



timwdegner MSG #345, 12-12-2007 10:29 PM
      Hey Amida, I haven't looked at this in a while - the 300zx tails look great! I do like the smaller side intake, however ... though from a performance standpoint it may have more to offer. I also like the drawings you've done with the rounded rear end (sorry whadeduck ) ... again from a performance standpoint. I bet the ducktail would be great for extreme high-speed performance but personally at least I care more for minimal weight and low polar moment. It's looking awesome, anyway, keep the great work coming.

[This message has been edited by timwdegner (edited 12-12-2007).]

whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #346, 12-12-2007 11:03 PM
      Duck-sists! You're all duck-sists I tell you! (sniff sniff) I'll put my duck tail on my car and show all y'all(sniff sniff). Y'all will rue the day you decided to do away with the duck tails. Well! Go ahead! Start rue-ing.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #347, 12-13-2007 08:53 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by timwdegner:

Hey Amida, I haven't looked at this in a while - the 300zx tails look great! I do like the smaller side intake, however ... though from a performance standpoint it may have more to offer. I also like the drawings you've done with the rounded rear end (sorry whadeduck ) ... again from a performance standpoint. I bet the ducktail would be great for extreme high-speed performance but personally at least I care more for minimal weight and low polar moment. It's looking awesome, anyway, keep the great work coming.



Timw, the tail lights are actually Capri, and the headlights 300zx . Thanks.
x




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #348, 12-13-2007 09:26 AM
      How about Enzo type scoop treatment ?





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #349, 12-13-2007 10:06 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by SpeedWorksAutoTuning:

about where at in seattle amida?



Seward Park near hydroplane pits.



HC MSG #350, 12-13-2007 04:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

How about Enzo type scoop treatment ?




Thats effing sexy...


whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #351, 12-13-2007 04:45 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

How about Enzo type scoop treatment ?




I like that. Even though you haven't changed the body really, it kind of throws the rear upward and the cab forward. It doesn't really. But the side scoop design gives that illusion. But it still seems to be missing something on the back.



LeviM (lmoyers@liberty.edu) MSG #352, 12-13-2007 05:13 PM
      the new side scoops work =)

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #353, 12-13-2007 06:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:
still seems to be missing something on the back.


Could add a retractable ducktail spoiler .
x
x
Changed some lines & added front fender vents.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #354, 12-13-2007 07:46 PM
      Putting together another spankin' new interior here. This one is going to be two tone black/beechwood tan which I believe is an '88 GT color.






cowan1984 MSG #355, 12-14-2007 02:06 AM
     
 
quote



looks a bit like the ferrari 360...only better.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #356, 12-14-2007 12:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by cowan1984:


looks a bit like the ferrari 360...only better.


x
Something 360 this way comes.............



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #357, 12-14-2007 12:34 PM
      A slight variation with rear clam shell deck .

[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 12-14-2007).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #358, 12-21-2007 03:31 PM
      Things are really chilly outside, it's near freezing. Trying to do more work indoors now. Here's a cool line up of Fi355 console panels, I painted the silver set for my own Formula 88.





HC MSG #359, 12-21-2007 06:17 PM
      How much are these?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #360, 12-21-2007 10:51 PM
      PM sent

Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #361, 12-22-2007 01:26 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Things are really chilly outside, it's near freezing. Trying to do more work indoors now. Here's a cool line up of Fi355 console panels, I painted the silver set for my own Formula 88.




Which one of these is mine?

Humm lookin good! Like always!



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #362, 12-22-2007 01:07 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Custom2M4:


Which one of these is mine?

Humm lookin good! Like always!



The one on the left I see on your thread that you're going with a creme color. Black/creme would be a nice combo.





Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #363, 12-22-2007 01:22 PM
      When do you expect the console to be shipped out?

* Yeah the interior is going tan / black with quite a few polished accents. Should look awesome with the console.. haha

[This message has been edited by Custom2M4 (edited 12-22-2007).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #364, 12-30-2007 10:23 PM
     


x
Here the cover for the upper dash is being pre-fitted before glueing. A layer of foam padding gets applied next.




PaulJK MSG #365, 12-30-2007 10:51 PM
      hey Rob, how about this for your next interior





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #366, 12-30-2007 11:54 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

hey Rob, how about this for your next interior






I can honestly say that I have never seen that one before. I see a bull on the steering wheel so it must be an earlier Lambo. Looks like miles of stitching too.


PaulJK MSG #367, 12-31-2007 01:57 AM
      i hadn't seen it before Archie's Miura thread. The pics are a stock lambo Miura interior. The inner console where the guages mount resembles the 1968-era corvettes and i bet the line-of-sight out of the car over the speedo and tach is Really nice .

Archie's build thread = http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/088109.html

[This message has been edited by PaulJK (edited 12-31-2007).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #368, 12-31-2007 10:23 PM
     

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Last 355 dash post for 2007. A layer of foam padding is applied to the upper dash before covering. Happy New Year !



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #369, 01-01-2008 12:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

hey Rob, how about this for your next interior




x
Maybe a '69 Vette interior would work in that Lambo. It definitely has a resemblance.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #370, 01-01-2008 09:03 PM
      Upper 355 dash with padding & upholstery ready for assembly.





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #371, 01-02-2008 10:39 PM
      Partial assembly of the dash showing ductwork, passenger side lid & new Ferrari center air outlet.





HI-TECH (centralvalley606@yahoo.com) MSG #372, 01-03-2008 02:16 AM
      OMG.. that dash is SOOOOOO freakin clean!!!! i want one ... how much and where did you get it?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #373, 01-03-2008 12:33 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HI-TECH:

OMG.. that dash is SOOOOOO freakin clean!!!! i want one ... how much and where did you get it?


It's created from scratch in my little shop at home. This dash is almost finished. It'll soon make it's way across the USA to a new home.








whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #374, 01-03-2008 01:56 PM
      Wooow. I'd shore like to see one of those purdy things up close.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #375, 01-04-2008 11:57 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

Wooow. I'd shore like to see one of those purdy things up close.




Things have been pretty quiet on that Ferrario thread.


Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #376, 01-04-2008 12:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:
Things have been pretty quiet on that Ferrario thread.


Yeah what the heck there wade! Get Crackin!


whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #377, 01-04-2008 01:45 PM
      Gotta stop workin' twenty hour days first. I'm really hoping to get a chance to get something done on it this weekend.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #378, 01-04-2008 03:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

Gotta stop workin' twenty hour days first. I'm really hoping to get a chance to get something done on it this weekend.




Wow 20 hour days. I thought I was overworked. You must be making mucho overtime pay .


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #379, 01-04-2008 03:36 PM
      Can someone tell me if the door skins on GTs are the same as non GTs/Formulas? Do the GT ground effects just bolt on? Thanks.
/



Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #380, 01-04-2008 04:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Can someone tell me if the door skins on GTs are the same as non GTs/Formulas? Do the GT ground effects just bolt on? Thanks.
/


84 skins are different on how they actually mount to the door. They don't have lips at the top.
85-88 skins are the same. 85-88 non aero skins do not have the holes or brackets to hold the steel strip behind the Ground effects.

The rear rockers (lower 1/4's) do not have the holes again for the strips, or the slits for the skirt to attach to it.

All of your parts (non-aero) can be adapted for the Aero kit, but its quite a bit of extra work that really isn't needed IMO. And pointless on an 84 door, just use an 85+ door if its an 84.

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Fiero STS (onesupermech@netscape.net) MSG #381, 01-04-2008 04:26 PM
      The doorskins are all the same except for the 84's. The ground effects rivet/speednut to the regular skins. the ground effect doorskins have holes in them for this. These holse can be drilled in the non ground effect skins.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #382, 01-10-2008 02:46 PM
     

I cannot find the body ID plate anywhere in the front compartment. All I can find is a sticker on the wheel tub. Can someone tell me where it is specifically? It's an '88 Formula . Thanks.



blkcofy MSG #383, 01-10-2008 10:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Did a quick trial fit this morning. Not a bad fit for just setting it in place without screws.







Happy 2008 Amida! Great interior work. I don't know if there's a better interior craftsman out there!
How's your progress on the front spoiler? My LS4 swap is in it's final stages, and I'm starting to plan out
my intended exterior work. I love the principle you've established to keep it looking like a Fiero, only modernized.
So I'm anxious and excited to see some of your drawings come to life!

blkcofy


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #384, 01-10-2008 11:45 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkcofy:


Happy 2008 Amida! Great interior work. I don't know if there's a better interior craftsman out there!
How's your progress on the front spoiler? My LS4 swap is in it's final stages, and I'm starting to plan out
my intended exterior work. I love the principle you've established to keep it looking like a Fiero, only modernized.
So I'm anxious and excited to see some of your drawings come to life!

blkcofy


Well, there's a lot of talent on this forum besides me. Spoiler? I'm working on my version of the 355 nose if that's what you mean. I'll probaby be done with the tooling by the end of this month. I was thinkin of mocking-up Enzo type side intakes on my Formula to see how good/bad it'll look.

Thanks & Happynewyear !

[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 01-10-2008).]

SpeedWorksAutoTuning (speedworksautotuning@hotmail.com) MSG #385, 01-11-2008 01:29 AM
      i wanna come see this stuff sometime. I like it alot



Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #386, 01-11-2008 02:23 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


The one on the left I see on your thread that you're going with a creme color. Black/creme would be a nice combo.




My dream color combo for an Interior.


jackcastro (jackcastro2000@hotmail.com) MSG #387, 01-11-2008 08:44 AM
      Do you have any idea on the price of the 355 nose? Please save my email and let me know when you have them available. Thanks, jackcastro2000@hotmail.com

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #388, 01-11-2008 05:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jackcastro:

Do you have any idea on the price of the 355 nose? Please save my email and let me know when you have them available. Thanks, jackcastro2000@hotmail.com


I haven't quite priced it out yet, but I'm hoping I can keep it under $550. I've decided to go ahead with the two piece nose. I'll have a better idea when I do a time trial on how long it takes to make. Thank, Rob

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #389, 01-11-2008 05:50 PM
      Working on the nose again.


The Fiero GT lower surface profile is now grafted onto the Fi355 nose which will retain the use of the stock lower mounts. You can see here how long the GT aero fascia is compared to the 355.







Today is the first day that the sun has come out in quite a long time. It seems like it has rained almost every day for the past month or so. Started to smooth out the nose this week. Did a mockup today to see how it looks with one of my wheels...not too bad. Will be block sanding quite a bit for the next several days to get it ready for primer.



whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #390, 01-11-2008 07:14 PM
      Rain? In Seattle? How odd. Nose is looking great. You sir, are a great asset to the Fiero community.



Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #391, 01-11-2008 08:51 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

hey Rob, how about this for your next interior





You think that looks good? Wait till you see some of the cooler color combinations.. To die for..

The Miura is the only car in history that can pull off the craziest color combinations and still look cool..*

-M

____
*IMHO


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #392, 01-12-2008 12:29 PM
      An interior for this Lambo would probably have to be a one-off. That one that's being built on a Fiero chassis at Archie's must be a one of a kind.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #393, 01-19-2008 03:28 PM
      Here's a glimps of the next dash project for a Fiero or replica 360. Giving new life to a wrecked exotic. After trimming 5.5" from the front edge this is how it sits. I'd say the fit isn't too different. Will need to trim about 4" from total width to seat properly, but it's a good start.




pavo_roddy MSG #394, 01-19-2008 08:00 PM
      HI all

LOOKIN fabtastic Amida. Your using an OEM dash to make the molds? Is that what you did for the 355?

edit to add: Will be interesting to see the center console,


PaulJK MSG #395, 01-19-2008 10:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

An interior for this Lambo would probably have to be a one-off. That one that's being built on a Fiero chassis at Archie's must be a one of a kind.


I was thinking that guys with fieros without body kits would be buyers too. Wow - the new one looks fantastic

[This message has been edited by PaulJK (edited 01-19-2008).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #396, 01-20-2008 01:02 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by pavo_roddy:

LOOKIN fabtastic Amida. Your using an OEM dash to make the molds? Is that what you did for the 355?




Well, the Fi355 interior was actually all modeled from scratch out of foam, cardboard, wood, glue & bondo. Since I didn't have an original available to study I guestimated all the lines & proportions just from viewing photos & video. For the Fi360 interior I'll be sacrificing a factory interior to hopefully save time in the modification process. As before the central fuel tunnel presents a design challenge for the console layout. Thanks.





Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #397, 01-20-2008 01:09 AM
      WOW, you are truely amazing man, come on, you need a demo car out in the midwest... send me a free interior! I'll send you a 84 fiero in return. What rims are on that formula? I like them, they look HUGE but can't be more than what 18" in reality.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #398, 01-20-2008 01:23 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Mr.PBody:

WOW, you are truely amazing man, come on, you need a demo car out in the midwest... send me a free interior! I'll send you a 84 fiero in return. What rims are on that formula? I like them, they look HUGE but can't be more than what 18" in reality.


This one's in Kentucky if that's considered Midwest. My rims are Cromadora 18" for my 355 kit.




Mr.PBody (paniccia008@aol.com) MSG #399, 01-20-2008 01:39 AM
      Kentucky is the south west

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #400, 02-04-2008 11:52 AM
      Drew another idea for my Formula, this time a little more closer to stock but still with a 3" stretch & bigger wheels.
x

x
Stock
x




FieroFanatic13 (gcrasmu@yahoo.com) MSG #401, 02-04-2008 01:45 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


I haven't quite priced it out yet, but I'm hoping I can keep it under $550. I've decided to go ahead with the two piece nose. I'll have a better idea when I do a time trial on how long it takes to make. Thank, Rob



Please keep me in mind on this also...Can't wait to see the finished product- The fact that it is shorter and stil flows smoothly has me ready to pony up the cash if you go with it!

-Gary


blkcofy MSG #402, 02-06-2008 01:44 AM
      Amida,
Definitely put me on your short list for the nose. I'm saving my pennies for one of your custom dashes.

Quick question, how much can be cut on dashes to make them fit before it's not worth the time to fabricate? In other words, I've been looking at the interior dash of a Grand Prix GXP. The width looks doable, but the depth and height of the dash seems problematic. Can you bird eye this picture and guesstimate if this is a doable project? My main interest is being able to use the electronics (guages, pods, ect) from this dash as I now have the BCM and ECM installed as part of my LS4 swap.





Blkcofy

[This message has been edited by blkcofy (edited 02-06-2008).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #403, 02-06-2008 12:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkcofy:

Amida,
Definitely put me on your short list for the nose. I'm saving my pennies for one of your custom dashes.

Quick question, how much can be cut on dashes to make them fit before it's not worth the time to fabricate? In other words, I've been looking at the interior dash of a Grand Prix GXP. The width looks doable, but the depth and height of the dash seems problematic. Can you bird eye this picture and guesstimate if this is a doable project? My main interest is being able to use the electronics (guages, pods, ect) from this dash as I now have the BCM and ECM installed as part of my LS4 swap.
Blkcofy



You might check with RCR, I think he's doing a GP dash. The spacing on the driver side looks good. For sure the empty bay below the hvac will need to be removed & possibly the 2DIN stereo replaced with 1DIN. The cut lines in the bezel will need smoothing & repainted or covered with carbon look-a-like film. Passenger side not sure if needs trimming. Total width should be 54" or less . Windshield base may need trimming as well. Cool looking instruments .



blkcofy MSG #404, 02-06-2008 10:46 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

You might check with RCR, I think he's doing a GP dash.


Thanks Amida! I sent you an email. Who's RCR, I'd love to see if he's done one and how difficult it is.


pavo_roddy MSG #405, 02-06-2008 11:39 PM
      HI all

Blkcofy, check out the thread listed below... RCR is a member here, and unfortunately he isn't doing a Grand Prix dash, but a Grand Am dash....

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/058202.html



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #406, 02-07-2008 12:47 PM
      Here's the same Formula idea with & without the 1" roof slant & window tilt.
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whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #407, 02-07-2008 04:49 PM
      I think the above design is starting to look a little too much like a gen-one MR2. I'd stick with the earlier design. It just seems to "flow" a little better. Just an opinion. Feel free to tell me to shut the hell up.



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #408, 02-07-2008 07:39 PM
      Blkcofy:
Here is the thread I mentioned in my PM: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F.../HTML/040418-13.html
This is a car that Orville is building. There are probably other pictures around, but this is where I saw them. I didn't realize it was a GP until I rented a new one later that day.

Rob: Too much like the MR2..I like the Ferrari influenced design better, fwiw...Keep up the inspirational work.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #409, 02-07-2008 11:45 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by FieroFanatic13:


Please keep me in mind on this also...Can't wait to see the finished product- The fact that it is shorter and stil flows smoothly has me ready to pony up the cash if you go with it!

-Gary


Right, you can see the difference here. Bottom side of the GT aero nose vs. the new Fi355 bottom.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #410, 02-08-2008 12:09 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

I think the above design is starting to look a little too much like a gen-one MR2. I'd stick with the earlier design. It just seems to "flow" a little better. Just an opinion. Feel free to tell me to shut the hell up.



Funny, that was never the intention. The MK1 & the Notchie do look very similar from the start. I wonder how that happened.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #411, 02-12-2008 12:43 PM
      Switched to a modified GT Aero nose & rounded the back slightly. The sloped surface of the GT nose creates a longer look up front.
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blkcofy MSG #412, 02-12-2008 06:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Blkcofy:
Here is the thread I mentioned in my PM: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F.../HTML/040418-13.html
This is a car that Orville is building. There are probably other pictures around, but this is where I saw them. I didn't realize it was a GP until I rented a new one later that day.

Rob: Too much like the MR2..I like the Ferrari influenced design better, fwiw...Keep up the inspirational work.

Bob


Extremely helpful. At least now I know it fits!! I've asked MadCurl if he can connect with Orville to find some more pictures. If Amida wasn't so darn popular I'd just as well send him the dash and let him work his magic to make it a plug and play for me...but he's got that NOSE to finish!!! Back to the nose...back to the nose!!

blkcofy


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #413, 02-13-2008 11:03 AM
      A couple more mods: Replaced the stock base mouldings with new slanted type & switched to the extended windshield that I have for the 355 kit. I can still see Fiero in this, which is good. Wheelbase is 3" longer yet overall length is shorter than the stock Formula due to the shaved rear bumper. I would like to see a Northstar in this one.
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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #414, 02-13-2008 12:12 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I would like to see a Northstar in this one.
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Build it for me and I'll at least put an Aurora in it. If you insist on the N*, I'll do it.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #415, 02-14-2008 10:48 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:


Build it for me and I'll at least put an Aurora in it. If you insist on the N*, I'll do it.

Bob


That would be cool. I thought the Aurora is a 4.0L version of a N* . Are there other differences? I've been itching to do something like this or one of my other ideas to my Formula in the driveway. Maybe I could do a one-off & if anyone would like the same I could do some temporary moulds directly from the car.





RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #416, 02-15-2008 12:08 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


That would be cool. I thought the Aurora is a 4.0L version of a N* . Are there other differences? I've been itching to do something like this or one of my other ideas to my Formula in the driveway. Maybe I could do a one-off & if anyone would like the same I could do some temporary moulds directly from the car.




Nope, you're right. They're pretty much the same. I only mentioned it because I have the Aurora. If you insisted on the N* (4.6L), then I'll take my Aurora out and get a N*. It would still use the same mounts, etc.
Now when can I expect my body kit?

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #417, 02-15-2008 03:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkcofy:
Back to the nose...back to the nose!!

blkcofy


It's alot more block sanding than I expected, but almost there. Got half of my demo unit lacquer painted & loosely fitted; still have to buff it out later. To prep, all it needed was some sanding & a little filler for the mould seams above the spear tips. The new paint makes the rest of the car look like crappola. Will need to replace the faded turn signals with a new set.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #418, 02-15-2008 03:33 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:


Nope, you're right. They're pretty much the same. I only mentioned it because I have the Aurora. If you insisted on the N* (4.6L), then I'll take my Aurora out and get a N*. It would still use the same mounts, etc.
Now when can I expect my body kit?

Bob



Will have to finish a few projects for others before I can work on something for myself...it always ends up that way doesn't it?



whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #419, 02-15-2008 03:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


It's alot more block sanding than I expected, but almost there. Got half of my demo unit lacquer painted & loosely fitted; still have to buff it out later. As is, it just needed sanding & a little filler for the mould seams above the spear tips. The new paint makes the rest of the car look like crappola. Will need to replace the faded turn signals with a new set.
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Paint looks sweet on the new piece. So, uh.....you're gonna come to Myrtle Beach when I need to have paint thrown on the Ferrario right?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #420, 02-15-2008 11:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:
Paint looks sweet on the new piece. So, uh.....you're gonna come to Myrtle Beach when I need to have paint thrown on the Ferrario right?




Just wait until I get it polished up with the new nose. With all the prep work that goes into priming, painting & polishing just one panel, I wonder how good a Maaco paint job can actually look.

Thanks.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #421, 02-17-2008 10:23 AM
      The surface of this nose has curves , design lines & radii all over it which makes hand block sanding a very, very, slow & tedious task. The entire surface was coated with glaze which is slowly being sanded off to achieve as smooth a surface as possible. I decided to go with the Formula wheel tubs instead of the GT tubs which I thought kicked the sides out too much at the bottom. Anyone with GT tubs can trim it down.
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Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #422, 02-18-2008 08:23 PM
      As expected this is going to come out looking amazing. Are you still planning on making use of the modual style nose with the 512 as well?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #423, 02-19-2008 10:18 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Tusch:

As expected this is going to come out looking amazing. Are you still planning on making use of the modual style nose with the 512 as well?


Yes, I still have the 512 donor waiting in the wings. Part of the reason why I'm spending so much time on the Fi355 nose is that it's going to be the base structure for any future nose designs. So, I'm literally going over every square millimeter with a caliper, devider, block & sandpaper. Once that's all set-up any other design that I do will just be cosmetic changes. Look for the Fi512 nose mid to late summer. Thanks.
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Tom Slick (tom.slick@northtexasfieroclub.org) MSG #424, 02-19-2008 12:06 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:
Look for the Fi512 nose mid to late summer. Thanks.




dang... no way you could move that up. i kind of like the 512 nose better.



86_fiero_gt_92 (robert_szilagyi@hotmail.com) MSG #425, 02-19-2008 07:49 PM
     

this is a little mod i thought up to make it look more modern
the lines under the car show the cars original length and wheelbase
i kept the same roof, doors, and windshield. i had to make my own fastback because i only had a nochy drawing.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #426, 02-20-2008 11:16 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 86_fiero_gt_92:



this is a little mod i thought up to make it look more modern
the lines under the car show the cars original length and wheelbase
i kept the same roof, doors, and windshield. i had to make my own fastback because i only had a nochy drawing.


That's cool. Is this your Fiero project? Does someone already make that rear spoiler?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #427, 02-20-2008 11:18 AM
      Here's a work of art:
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #428, 02-20-2008 11:25 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Tom Slick:


dang... no way you could move that up. i kind of like the 512 nose better.


The 512 has a flatter profile that is more similar to the GT aero nose without the front rake. I'll have to focus on a few interior in the coming months.


88White3.4GT MSG #429, 02-20-2008 11:46 AM
      Wow, I would seriously buy a 512 nose if you supplied one that would bolt up to my 88gt.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #430, 02-20-2008 12:07 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 88White3.4GT:

Wow, I would seriously buy a 512 nose if you supplied one that would bolt up to my 88gt.


88White, It's a good thing that I went with the 2-piece design which will make other designs simpler to do. Is that a flame job on your car? Got a bigger pic?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #431, 02-20-2008 03:39 PM
      The sun came out just in time for one last wet check with alcohol before priming. Looks like a go.
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86_fiero_gt_92 (robert_szilagyi@hotmail.com) MSG #432, 02-20-2008 04:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


That's cool. Is this your Fiero project? Does someone already make that rear spoiler?


no this is just something i made up when i didn't have anything to do, when i was little i would always draw those kind of spoilers


whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #433, 02-20-2008 04:30 PM
      What did you finally end up using for turn signals?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #434, 02-20-2008 06:08 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

What did you finally end up using for turn signals?



As is, the 355 & Ford Scorpion lights will do, or if you tell me in advance I can make the holes smaller for the Sebring or Jeep Liberty. The Liberty has a better installed angle & uses two bulbs.
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whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #435, 02-20-2008 06:45 PM
      Don't know why, but I'm partial to the amber lights.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #436, 02-20-2008 09:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

Don't know why, but I'm partial to the amber lights.


All lights are available in amber as well. I like the clear with amber bulbs used as daytime driving lights.



blkcofy MSG #437, 02-20-2008 10:13 PM
     

Amida, I know this is still work in progress, but do you have a ballpark figure you're shooting for in terms of cost for the Fi355 nose?


88White3.4GT MSG #438, 02-20-2008 11:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Is that a flame job on your car? Got a bigger pic?



It's a photoshop of a paint scheme i'm thinking of.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #439, 02-20-2008 11:47 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkcofy:



Amida, I know this is still work in progress, but do you have a ballpark figure you're shooting for in terms of cost for the Fi355 nose?


Blk, From a cost/labor standpoint it would have been more economical to just do the one piece, but I just had to do the factory component look which I thought would be cool. I'm estimating that It'll be US$525 + s/h for the new nose. I'll have a better idea once I do a time trial, & now I'm wondering how much time I have in it so far ? Hmmmm.....


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #440, 02-22-2008 10:16 AM
      While waiting for primer to dry I thought I'd throw some meat on the Formula to see how to do lowcost fender flares. Pretty beefy huh? Porsche (5x130) Cromodora Sin wheels 8.5x18f x235x40 , 10x18r x275x35 . Gotta lower the ride height just a tad & maybe replace the go-cart brakes. With the wider width & high offsets the 1" adapters put the wheel centerlines back pretty close to the stock wheel centerline with about 1/2"f / 3/4"r suspension clearance...that's about as far in as it will go. Pretty wild. Last post for a while...too much work to do.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #441, 03-01-2008 11:59 AM
      I've got alot of catching up to do. Here's my latest console just assembled with Riceburner98's awesome hvac panel; still a few more to go along with an F40 dash, Fi355 interiors, Fi360 interior design, CF door mirrors, fender flares, Fi512 nose, GTP/GTO nose, etc..... I may need to start contracting out the fabrication side of things.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #442, 03-01-2008 12:16 PM
      Before anyone buys turn signals for the fi355 nose, here is another good alternative from a 95-96 Maxima with a very similar shape to the original. The pocket will need filling with this as well to cover the outer corners.
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From top to bottom: Sebring, Jeep Liberty, Maxima, F355. I'm almost ready to drop the Sebring lights because they are the smallest & have a steeper installed angle ( about 40* ) than the rest.
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Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #443, 03-01-2008 02:25 PM
      Would the indent be molded to each buyers light choice? This thing looks gorgeous. And the new coating just helps, is that just a gel coat?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #444, 03-01-2008 03:26 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Tusch:

Would the indent be molded to each buyers light choice? This thing looks gorgeous. And the new coating just helps, is that just a gel coat?



Tusch,
I kept the original turn signal pockets as is. If another of the above lights is used I will just re-size the holes before shipping it out. That shiny black thing is the model all polished up & waxed ready for tooling. It's tempting me to change my red Formula to sinister black. Rob



Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #445, 03-01-2008 04:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:
It's tempting me to change my red Formula to sinister black. Rob


I believe the answer is yes.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #446, 03-02-2008 10:18 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Tusch:


I believe the answer is yes.


I might just do that in black. I'll need to add 2" flares up front & 2.5" rears to cover the wide wheels. I can just imagine it in all glossy black with carbon flares & bright silver wheels.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #447, 03-10-2008 08:32 PM
      There's a very large cocoon growing in my shop & it looks like it's going to hatch any day now.
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blkcofy MSG #448, 03-10-2008 09:57 PM
     

jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #449, 03-10-2008 10:25 PM
      Hurry up and finish it so you can get working on that 512 bumper.

whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #450, 03-10-2008 10:51 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:

Hurry up and finish it so you can get working on that 512 bumper.


No, no, no. He needs to take his time. Especially if that's my bumper he's working on.



Bridgetown MSG #451, 03-11-2008 12:31 AM
      Are you takeing orders for the 355 bumper?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #452, 03-11-2008 10:17 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:

Hurry up and finish it so you can get working on that 512 bumper.


Yep, I'll be starting on the Fi512 nose pretty shortly which will end up just as nice. Now that the basic configuration is setup the next nose design should not take as long. But, first got to take car of Ferrobi's dash & some Fi355 interior work.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #453, 03-11-2008 10:22 AM
      These earlier sketches are looking like they're about to become a reality.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #454, 03-11-2008 10:37 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Are you takeing orders for the 355 bumper?


Yep, after I get my first demo unit made & mounted on my Formula. I'll first need to figure out material useage & proceedures. And also to figure out how much time this thing takes to make.



whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #455, 03-11-2008 12:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:





Nothing like a happy Fiero.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #456, 03-11-2008 03:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:


Nothing like a happy Fiero.



It's supposed to be straight faced, & not so smiley happy.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #457, 03-12-2008 01:43 AM
      While waiting for fiberglass to cure again I came up with this widebody idea using the stock door panels. Side mouldings are hidden by adding side strakes directly over the moulding line. This also separates upper & lower intakes. Other features are: Stock wheelbase, 1" roof tilt, extended windshiled, extended sail panels and Fi355 nose .
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whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #458, 03-12-2008 09:35 AM
      I'm liking it so far.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #459, 03-12-2008 10:42 AM
      It'll look faster as a stretched chassis, but trying to keep it simple. The roof tilt may not be a simple task but it's not as complicated as a stretch.

whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #460, 03-12-2008 10:51 AM
      A ducktail spoiler would make it look even faster yet. j/k



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #461, 03-12-2008 10:15 PM
      Custom2M4 is doing a LeMans dash so, I thought I'd see what a Lemans looks like. Here's a retro idea for the nose from a '69 LeMans GTO.
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blkcofy MSG #462, 03-12-2008 10:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:

Hurry up and finish it so you can get working on that 512 bumper.


What does the 512 bumper sketch look like?


Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #463, 03-12-2008 10:29 PM
     

This is what my Le Mans looked like. 400ci of Pontiac Pride! Sold it two years ago.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #464, 03-12-2008 10:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkcofy:


What does the 512 bumper sketch look like?



I haven't even started thinking of that one yet. It'll be flatter & straighter looking. The closest drawing that I've done is this one.





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #465, 03-12-2008 10:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Custom2M4:



This is what my Le Mans looked like. 400ci of Pontiac Pride! Sold it two years ago.



You sold it without the dash & wheels?



Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #466, 03-12-2008 10:42 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


You sold it without the dash & wheels?


haha, not exactly. I had a parts car, in which I took the dash from. I really liked the styling and grew very attached to it. I actually installed real tan leather recaros in that le mans as well. It was a hell of a car.

Now as for the wheels your thinking about...

They came off another pontiac that I own currently. My 87 GTA 5.0L 5spd. I never ran drag radials on the le mans , I wish, but I didn't.

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Your projects are looking very nice!! Keep up the good work, Love the last few renderings of yours!


qwikgta (qwikgta@yahoo.com) MSG #467, 03-12-2008 10:51 PM
      Nice LeMans. I had a 79 Grand Am, pulled the 301 and dropped in a 67 400/400. Loved that car. Still wish I didn't sell it. It had the crosslace TA rims and the 82-85 spoiler on it. I had a 77 hood scoop I was going to do, but sold it before I could do it. I had changed the interior to Gray and used Fiero seats, 86 2+2 carpet and a gray firebird rear seat. It was so sweet.

Rob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #468, 03-13-2008 09:54 AM
      Since I brought up retro, here's my ride from highschool-college days. Started life as an Olive/tan '72 Malibu 350auto. Finished around 1990 with mild 350/4sp.,12bolt posi., SS interior & Lowered. I had Ferrari influence since the early 80s. Purchased from cousin for $800, sold it to dealer for $7500 who then turned around and sold it for $14000; made ME feel real stupid.
Thanks.
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Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #469, 03-13-2008 04:35 PM
      Very nice! I actually had a 71' Chevelle 307/auto a few years back, and just sold a 66 chevelle a couple weeks ago. (*both 2 doors)

Neither were restored. The 66 required alot of work / money, both of which I'd rather sink into the fiero (don't ask why)

I love old muscle cars, but it really isn't the same after you've started auto-x' , and racing on a track. My miata couldn't keep up to the trans am in the straight away, but It'll pass it in a second around a corner.


Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #470, 03-23-2008 06:23 PM
      Who doesn't like a good Bump! Show us more of that sexy 355 bumper. I would love enough angles to compare it to the "germany style" and the "US style" 355's

blkcofy MSG #471, 03-24-2008 12:10 PM
      bumpity, bump...bump.

Maetrix66 (maetrix66@msn.com) MSG #472, 03-24-2008 01:55 PM
      I've got alot of catching up to do. Here's my latest console just assembled with Riceburner98's awesome hvac panel;

OK, now I know this has to have been covered before, but where is the link for the HVAC controls??

I've been looking to relocate the HVAC controls, and this looks very nice.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #473, 03-24-2008 07:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Maetrix66:
OK, now I know this has to have been covered before, but where is the link for the HVAC controls??

I've been looking to relocate the HVAC controls, and this looks very nice.


I don't think Riceburner98 started a separate thread for the hvac panels. He has posted some stuff here: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/060036.html




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #474, 03-24-2008 09:03 PM
      Okay, the sun came out today just in time to take a few shots of my first Fi355 nose fresh out of the mould. This is just a test sample that I trimmed & test fitted without any prep work yet. Installing it was surprisingly easier than I'd expected. The turn signals are Ferrari 355 originals and the foglights are Catz 3.5". I'll have to design an optional grill for it next. I did have a little issue with the gelcoat & my new spray gun which got clogged as gelcoat solidified inside the gun while I was still spraying it. As a result my new nose got some alligatoring/wrinkling of the gelcoat surface because I was only able to spray half of the required amount. Luckily I was able to save the gun, but It took me two hours to clean it all out.

This new nose is looking pretty sharp, but the suspension is sitting the car up much too high; it looks like it's 4-wheeling. I'll have to drop this car a couple inches at least to give it a more aggressive stance. When I get a chance I'll clean it up & give it a matching paint job, but I've got alot of interior work to do yet, so I'll be switching gears here shortly.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #475, 03-24-2008 09:46 PM
      A few more shots.
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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #476, 03-24-2008 09:49 PM
     

WHoooooooa that is sweeeeeeet !!

Nice job amida tweeking it ! It makes so much of a difference being seperate pieces like that !

The best part is you are going to be able to do other nose pieces off of that design,..totally awesome !


CoryFiero MSG #477, 03-24-2008 10:54 PM
      Very nice work.

I am wondering if someone could photoshop a lowering job your on your car. or mabye add some bigger wheels?

It looks awesome.


LeviM (lmoyers@liberty.edu) MSG #478, 03-25-2008 12:12 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

While waiting for fiberglass to cure again I came up with this widebody idea using the stock door panels. Side mouldings are hidden by adding side strakes directly over the moulding line. This also separates upper & lower intakes. Other features are: Stock wheelbase, 1" roof tilt, extended windshiled, extended sail panels and Fi355 nose .
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that looks amazing.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #479, 03-25-2008 02:44 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
WHoooooooa that is sweeeeeeet !!

Nice job amida tweeking it ! It makes so much of a difference being seperate pieces like that !

The best part is you are going to be able to do other nose pieces off of that design,..totally awesome !


Thanks. The drawback to having two pieces, though, is that it takes nearly twice as long to make. Now I know why body kits are typically cast in one piece; to be more economical.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #480, 03-25-2008 02:47 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by CoryFiero:

Very nice work.

I am wondering if someone could photoshop a lowering job your on your car. or mabye add some bigger wheels?

It looks awesome.


When I lower the car, I'll throw on my 18s. But, I'll need fender flares because they are wider by 2 inches. Thanks.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #481, 03-25-2008 02:57 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by LeviM:
that looks amazing.


I was just curious how it would look by adding a strake over the side moulding on the door. It's a more angular Notchie with a touch of Enzo in it. Thanks.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #482, 03-25-2008 11:49 AM
      Here are a few more pics that I resized. For this nose I used a moulding of the GT fascia's bottom surface so the height of the wheel arch is the same as on the GT, but it is more parallel to the ground; not as slanted as on the GT. The wheel tubs are from my Formula which had the same side shape as the 355. I thought of using the GT tubs but it would have flatten the sides which would have been a problem because the 355 nose is rounded on the lower parts. Anyone with GT tubs can trim the edges down to fit. My car has way too much air underneath it, going to have to take care of that.










HC MSG #483, 03-25-2008 02:23 PM
      Thats by far the best fitting f355 nose I've seen! Good job man! Can't wait to see more progress! Whats next?

HC MSG #484, 03-25-2008 02:46 PM
      Here ya go, lowered and with 17" Corvette rims (I know the bolt pattern is off, but they look great! Modify the hubs!)



Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #485, 03-25-2008 03:18 PM
      Hi Amida,

I'm just brainstorming at this point, but could you design an Audi R8 type interior for the Fiero? Or could you sketch one out when you have some spare time? (no rush obviously, I know you're ridiculously busy.)


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #486, 03-25-2008 09:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Austrian Import:

Hi Amida,

I'm just brainstorming at this point, but could you design an Audi R8 type interior for the Fiero? Or could you sketch one out when you have some spare time? (no rush obviously, I know you're ridiculously busy.)


R8 huh? I'll have to look at some photos I don't remember what an R8 interior looks like. What sort of projects are you doing on your ride?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #487, 03-25-2008 09:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HC:

Here ya go, lowered and with 17" Corvette rims (I know the bolt pattern is off, but they look great! Modify the hubs!)



Sweet ! Nice lowering job HC. Much, much better now.


DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #488, 03-25-2008 10:06 PM
      Ok this maybe answered in this tread, if so forgive me. But are you going to be offering this bumper as a kit? If so when will one be available, and do you have pricing??

Thanks
-Chris


HappyFiero MSG #489, 03-25-2008 10:54 PM
      Looks Great
I too would ike to hear the price But
I only need the top part
thanks


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #490, 03-26-2008 12:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HappyFiero:

Looks Great
I too would ike to hear the price But
I only need the top part
thanks


I've been asked that a few times before. After I ship a few noses & get established with some good feedback from happy recipents I may offer it later. At this point I'd really like to be certain that I'm not sending out crap.


whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #491, 03-26-2008 12:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

At this point I'd really like to be certain that I'm not sending out crap.


I don't see how that's even a remote posibility.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #492, 03-26-2008 12:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DeLorean00:

Ok this maybe answered in this tread, if so forgive me. But are you going to be offering this bumper as a kit? If so when will one be available, and do you have pricing??

Thanks
-Chris


I'm almost there, still working out things like best lay-up proceedures, material requirements, work hours, etc. I'd like to fabricate it as light as possible without being too flimsy. Having issues with gelcoating because of that. I started #002 last night with 32oz of gelcoat, but looks like it's still not enough due to a little alligatoring. So, looks like I'll bump it up to 40oz on the next one. It can be smoothed out with glazing putty, but it's just extra work that's un-necessary. Now if I can vacuum bag it with carbon fiber that would be crazy. Ofcourse I know I'll have to charge at least us$1k for that one.
x



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #493, 03-26-2008 01:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HC:

Here ya go, lowered and with 17" Corvette rims (I know the bolt pattern is off, but they look great! Modify the hubs!)



Hey HC, or someone, Can you PS an 18" or 19" on that to see how that would look ? Thanks.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #494, 03-26-2008 01:41 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:


I don't see how that's even a remote posibility.



Well, I'm pretty comfortable at doing interiors now, but being that this is my first exterior body panel it is a different learning curve for sure. One would think that starting off small would be the best way, but I guess I was asleep when they taught that lesson in class.


Jake_Dragon MSG #495, 03-26-2008 03:04 PM
      Came out nice.


What do you plan on doing with the rear bumper? Should I hold off on my paint job


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #496, 03-26-2008 04:24 PM
      It looks great !
I am doing the same thing only my nose is 2" wider to cover the front tires and I made fiberglass front fenders
and added 1" to each. it is a slow go but it looks great.
I love your thread and the car looks great.


HC MSG #497, 03-26-2008 11:57 PM
     

HC MSG #498, 03-26-2008 11:58 PM
      Came out better than I initially thought. I'm just calculating the measurements, but damn thats hot!

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #499, 03-27-2008 01:09 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jake_Dragon:

Came out nice.
What do you plan on doing with the rear bumper? Should I hold off on my paint job


Great color change.
Well, I have only pondered the thought of a new rear bumper, but the front, IMO, needed more attention. I actually like the GT rear. If anything I would shave down the rear pad and maybe do something about the recessed reflectors.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #500, 03-27-2008 01:18 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

It looks great !
I am doing the same thing only my nose is 2" wider to cover the front tires and I made fiberglass front fenders
and added 1" to each. it is a slow go but it looks great.
I love your thread and the car looks great.


Cool, a widebody. If I get the time I'd like to try doing fender flares. Have fun doing the mod, It was quite the lengthy task for me & a learning experience It wasn't as straight forward as I'd originally thought.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #501, 03-27-2008 01:22 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HC:



Sweeeeet! Looks like 19". I'll see if I can get some paint on it over the weekend.


HC MSG #502, 03-27-2008 05:09 PM
      I didn't know you upgraded the brakes too!

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #503, 03-27-2008 06:46 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HC:

I didn't know you upgraded the brakes too!


I saw that. Very nice! I finally got a reply from FieroAddiction about '88 brakes. Geez It only took 6 weeks. I guess there's a new 13" kit in the works.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #504, 03-27-2008 06:58 PM
      New parts, new tooling, new equipment, new proceedures. What are the chances of having a reject?..........That's a 100% Laminating resin just chewed away at my fresh gelcoat........... REJECT !
x





Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #505, 03-27-2008 09:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


R8 huh? I'll have to look at some photos I don't remember what an R8 interior looks like. What sort of projects are you doing on your ride?




Don't want to take this too far off topic though.


jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #506, 03-28-2008 12:25 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

New parts, new tooling, new equipment, new proceedures. What are the chances of having a reject?..........That's a 100% Laminating resin just chewed away at my fresh gelcoat........... REJECT !
x




If I wanted a 355 bumper I'd be begging for that one even with it flaws since my body guy is myself and it woud be fixed in under 30 min, but I want the 512 bumper.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #507, 03-28-2008 10:57 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:


If I wanted a 355 bumper I'd be begging for that one even with it flaws since my body guy is myself and it woud be fixed in under 30 min, but I want the 512 bumper.


JM, I abandoned that one as soon as I saw the problem. It's so thin that it probably would collapse if my cat jumped on it. Are you in the autobody field?


jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #508, 03-28-2008 03:41 PM
      Kind of. I went to a community college and learned allot of working with sheet metal, then after that I got a job in a hotrod shop where I did allot of fiberglassing before I quite. Now I clean pools.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #509, 03-29-2008 11:49 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Austrian Import:




Don't want to take this too far off topic though.


Cool interior. Keep an eye on Ebay, you may find a wrecked & parting R8. That's probably the most economical way to do it. Design work & tooling a new interior like that from scratch will require a substantial amount work hours & alot of loose $change$ to create.


Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #510, 03-29-2008 08:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


Cool interior. Keep an eye on Ebay, you may find a wrecked & parting R8. That's probably the most economical way to do it. Design work & tooling a new interior like that from scratch will require a substantial amount work hours & alot of loose $change$ to create.


Unfortunately you're right. This interior would be very expensive. I'm sure even the junk yard R8 - if there is such a thing would probably expensive. I've noticed how expensive Lambo interiors from wrecked cars are, I have no reason to believe that this Audi interior will be any cheaper.

How about a custom interior with an Amida touch, inspired by the Audi interior, Gallardo interior, Aston Martin Vanquish, and Fiero. Maybe even with touches of this one: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/064396.html <--- I call this the "white unicorn" interior, as it is just about as elusive to track down, and just about as rare.

When you ever have some spare time, I'd love to see sketches you come up with for the above interior.

Your interiors are just gorgeous. I'd dare to say, better than the real thing.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #511, 03-30-2008 12:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:

Kind of. I went to a community college and learned allot of working with sheet metal, then after that I got a job in a hotrod shop where I did allot of fiberglassing before I quite. Now I clean pools.


I don't blame you for quiting fiberglass work. I REALLY don't like working with polyester resins with all the solvent vapors around my face all day, and the glass dust created from all the grinding is aweful. I just built a better ventilation system which will help some, and I'm thinking of building a vacuum table as well. If paper mache was a proven building material I would switch to it in a heartbeat .




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #512, 03-30-2008 12:47 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Austrian Import:


Unfortunately you're right. This interior would be very expensive. I'm sure even the junk yard R8 - if there is such a thing would probably expensive. I've noticed how expensive Lambo interiors from wrecked cars are, I have no reason to believe that this Audi interior will be any cheaper.
Your interiors are just gorgeous. I'd dare to say, better than the real thing.


Perhaps you'll be interested in my next Fi360 interior. My interiors were intended for Fiero based replicas, but luckily the 308/355/360 type bodies don't require any changes to the Fiero interior cabin, unlike Lambo replicas which do involve considerable interior mods. Thanks.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #513, 03-31-2008 03:31 PM
      Okay, here's one in grey gelcoat just out of the mould & trimmed for a test fit. It's a good fit. But, It's really tough working when it's 33' F. outdoors. It snowed over the weekend. Love my kerosene heater.
x






whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #514, 03-31-2008 03:48 PM
      Ooo, oo! Me, me. Pick me! Maybe I'll have better luck with this than I do with electronics.



ferrobi MSG #515, 03-31-2008 04:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Okay, here's one in grey gelcoat just out of the mould & trimmed for a test fit. It's a good fit. But, It's really tough working when it's 33' F. outdoors. It snowed over the weekend. Love my kerosene heater.


Nice work Rob - it will warm up soon


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #516, 03-31-2008 05:55 PM
      Wow, Rob...Did I ever mention "Amazing"?

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #517, 03-31-2008 06:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


Nice work Rob - it will warm up soon


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


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #518, 03-31-2008 06:19 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

Ooo, oo! Me, me. Pick me! Maybe I'll have better luck with this than I do with electronics.


Unless you drop a engine block on it I think you're safe. But, I do recommend getting a helper when installing especially if you do a panel-off paint job.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #519, 03-31-2008 06:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Wow, Rob...Did I ever mention "Amazing"?

Bob


Hey Bob, Is your interior all done now? Thanks.


HC MSG #520, 03-31-2008 06:29 PM
      Wow man, thats awesome!

whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #521, 03-31-2008 06:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:
Unless you drop a engine block on it I think you're safe.


Aww, now why'd ya haveta go and say that fer? I have a duke block sitting in the shop where the car is. Ooohh, worry, worry.....



jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #522, 04-01-2008 04:42 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


I don't blame you for quiting fiberglass work. I REALLY don't like working with polyester resins with all the solvent vapors around my face all day, and the glass dust created from all the grinding is aweful. I just built a better ventilation system which will help some, and I'm thinking of building a vacuum table as well. If paper mache was a proven building material I would switch to it in a heartbeat .



You could use paper mache to start a plug and finish it with bondo and glazing puty. grinding fiberglass doesn't get to me much, what I hate is getting resin on my hands, I can wear gloves all day but I somehow get it on me just before I finish.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #523, 04-01-2008 10:48 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:


You could use paper mache to start a plug and finish it with bondo and glazing puty. grinding fiberglass doesn't get to me much, what I hate is getting resin on my hands, I can wear gloves all day but I somehow get it on me just before I finish.



It's a messy job, you're gonna get dirty no matter how hard you try to be neat. I have to remind myself that fact constantly.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #524, 04-01-2008 11:33 AM
      The bumper fits very well, just like stock simply because I replicated all the mounting locations on the GT Aero even on the bottom side. Here are some comparison shots with a GT Aero. I did notice that the screw hole locations are different at the bottom & sides on my Formula so I will not pre-drill those locations. I'm guessing the Notchies will be similar. Notice the overall width is the same with the only difference at the bottom corners where the GT kicks out and the Fi355 curves in. Notice also how much shorter the fi355 is to the GT, I'd say it's about 3 inches. These will be the last shots until I get my demo nose painted & car lowered. I'm debating whether I should start a new thread for exterior work.
x







DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #525, 04-01-2008 12:04 PM
      I want one of these soo bad!!

CoryFiero MSG #526, 04-01-2008 07:11 PM
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymot...dZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

This is for sale on Ebay. Could be a start.. ?

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #527, 04-02-2008 10:17 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by CoryFiero:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymot...dZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

This is for sale on Ebay. Could be a start.. ?



I saw that link. Would'nt there be a major cooling issue if installing a nose designed for side radiators onto the Fiero?

Also, most of the cool air will have to come from below if on a Fiero, IMO. Air flow through the side vents will have to be somehow be pushed to the center & then re-directed rearward to the central radiator. Seems like there would be alot of turbulence inside the nose.

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #528, 04-05-2008 08:33 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I saw that link. Would'nt there be a major cooling issue if installing a nose designed for side radiators onto the Fiero?

Also, most of the cool air will have to come from below if on a Fiero, IMO. Air flow through the side vents will have to be somehow be pushed to the center & then re-directed rearward to the central radiator. Seems like there would be alot of turbulence inside the nose.



The bumper pad noses grab air from the bottom. Just need to do the same thing with the 360 nose. I'd plumb the side vents to the front brakes.

Also, did you notice that the first pic in the ad was from a 355? The rest are 360 pics.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #529, 04-05-2008 10:54 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:


The bumper pad noses grab air from the bottom. Just need to do the same thing with the 360 nose. I'd plumb the side vents to the front brakes.

Also, did you notice that the first pic in the ad was from a 355? The rest are 360 pics.

Bob


Yes, I noticed that, my donor f355 nose was purchased off of Ebay as well. It was quite a learning curve to tweek that to the Fiero, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. The real benefit is that it now provides the foundation for any other designs that I do which will only involve cosmetic changes; critical dimensions & flanges are already done !



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #530, 04-14-2008 04:55 PM
      Before the new nose can be installed the steel bumper will need to be trimmed on the lower corners to make room for the new turn signals. Also, the lip on the ends will need to be angled back to 45 degrees to clear the valance panel flange.
x





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #531, 04-14-2008 05:04 PM
      I decided to replace the old light bulb sockets with the newer right angle 3157 type . The Nissan turn signal lights have a 4-slot socket instead of the GMs 3-slot so I had to use a dremel to re-shape the slots in the light housings. I suppose that wouldn't be necessary if Nissan sockets were used ( 3-wire version).
x

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #532, 04-14-2008 05:11 PM
      The Catz fog lights weren't cheap but they came with its own wire harness & relay setup. While I was at it I decided to replace the old beater horn with Ferrari type duo trumpets. Anyone know what that big relay on the left is for?
x






Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #533, 04-14-2008 05:13 PM
      Lights installed. Use of rubber bumper pads prevent vibration contact with fiberglass/paint surface.

x
x
Modified light socket for 3 slot GM plug.

x
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New optional Fi355 lightweight ABS grill compared with original size aluminum F355 replica grill from BillSpyder.

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HC MSG #534, 04-14-2008 08:25 PM
      Nice! Is the Pontiac logo fixed on to the grill yet? Maybe try on a front bumper emblem?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymot...dZ1QQsspagenameZWD1V



DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #535, 04-14-2008 10:07 PM
      That BillSpyder grill is a POS. I bought one and waited for 3 months to get it, once I got it I took it apart and tossed it the trash. It didnt have a curve in it, was not welded together, etc. I have a OEM 355 grill now (will Robert does).

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #536, 04-14-2008 11:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by HC:

Nice! Is the Pontiac logo fixed on to the grill yet? Maybe try on a front bumper emblem?



I still have an old one, however it's a little faded.
x




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #537, 04-14-2008 11:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DeLorean00:

That BillSpyder grill is a POS. I bought one and waited for 3 months to get it, once I got it I took it apart and tossed it the trash. It didnt have a curve in it, was not welded together, etc. I have a OEM 355 grill now (will Robert does).


I purchased the aluminum grill from Billspyder a few years ago. Although it was curved & edges rounded it was held together with threaded rods, nuts & spacers which I thought could have been improved upon.


DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #538, 04-15-2008 01:13 AM
      Ahh I didnt know he made a cured one now. Well anyway the treaded rods did not work with my AD355. It seems like a well made 355 replica grill would be a good selling item, not only for kit cars but also for real Ferrari owners. I have found that a lot of Ferrari owners are very cheap.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #539, 04-16-2008 01:06 AM
      With a lowered suspension the possibility of scraping the bottom side of the nose on a driveway somewhere becomes more likely. Just as a precaution I added a pair of 1/4" skid pads secured by rivets.
x

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fierov8 (jeff@orphancars.com) MSG #540, 04-16-2008 12:36 PM
      Hi Amida!

I've been lurking watching this for a while. Count me in as part of the interested....

The one nagging question that I have had in the back of my head watching this unfold is............is this the same height as a stock GT front fascia, or is it shorter? In the pics on page 13, it looks like the nose is significantly shorter. Don't know if that is a result of the aftermarket ground effects that you have on your Formula, but I think it makes the nose stand out more instead of blending in with the rest of the car.

If it blends in better with stock GT style ground effects, I'd definitely consider it to replace the nose on my GT.....see the car and the buildup here:

http://orphancars.com/fiero.html

thx!

-jeff d



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #541, 04-16-2008 05:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fierov8:

Hi Amida!
............is this the same height as a stock GT front fascia, or is it shorter?


Jeff, Nice build. It looks like you put alot of work into it; nice interior too.

Actually the Fi355 nose sits maybe 1.75"-2.00" lower at the front hence the reason for the skid pads. You'll notice that I've replicated the bottom GT mounting flange that bolts to the bottom of the radiator. In order to do that the wheel arch on the nose was made the same height as the GT, then slopes only slightly up towards the front. The stock GT nose would look so much better if the bottom was more level.
x


x
My Formula was a stolen recovery vehicle purchased at an auction near Sedro Woolley, WA. It was picked up by a forklift which crushed the rockers that was on it. The car sits way, way too high, and I Don't know the origins of these rockers but they kick the sides out about 4 inches and appear to sit lower than stock as well. I may put an Enzo touch on it since I don't have any replacement rockers for it.

Thanks,

Rob
FieroVation
Seattle, WA. USA

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GT2efiero MSG #542, 04-16-2008 09:14 PM
      Personally, I like the XLR mix with the fiero. That would be a body kit that i would enjoy. If i had the time and talent i would take on that project my self, but honestly wouldn't know where to start.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #543, 04-17-2008 10:49 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GT2efiero:

Personally, I like the XLR mix with the fiero. That would be a body kit that i would enjoy. If i had the time and talent i would take on that project my self, but honestly wouldn't know where to start.


Or, if you have a little spare change you could commission me to build it.
x

OR




jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #544, 04-17-2008 12:12 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I Don't know the origins of these rockers but they kick the sides out about 4 inches and appear to sit lower than stock as well.


They look like archies.


fierov8 (jeff@orphancars.com) MSG #545, 04-17-2008 01:37 PM
      Hello Rob,

Thanks for the reply, the props, and the explanation

I have to repaint the front and rear bumpers on mine (poor paint prep.....thanks Keystone!), so might as well update the looks as well. Let me know when this is ready for prime time. Awesome work!!!


-jeff d


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #546, 04-17-2008 04:50 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:


They look like archies.


I think Archie rockers have a sharp beveled edge with no side walls. One thing is for sure, the stock Formula rear bumper doesn't work with it. I have a GT rear that I can throw on instead, or maybe I can add somekind of Enzo-like diffuser attachment to it.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #547, 04-17-2008 05:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fierov8:

Hello Rob,

Thanks for the reply, the props, and the explanation

I have to repaint the front and rear bumpers on mine (poor paint prep.....thanks Keystone!), so might as well update the looks as well. Let me know when this is ready for prime time. Awesome work!!!

-jeff d



You bet. Wheels are off right now, thought I'd see about dropping the suspension first before taking some finished photos. The ride height really looks horrible.
.
Doing some backyard grilling if anyone wants to join?



Jake_Dragon MSG #548, 04-17-2008 06:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I think Archie rockers have a sharp beveled edge with no side walls. One thing is for sure, the stock Formula rear bumper doesn't work with it. I have a GT rear that I can throw on instead, or maybe I can add somekind of Enzo-like diffuser attachment to it.


I have Archie rockers and have been thinking about putting a formula rear bumper on my car and then adding a diffuser. Make a bolt on and I will send you a check
Right now I have a GT bumper but don't like the body lines, if I keep it I will have to smooth it or something, it just doesn't flow for my taste.


MID.KNIGHT (toyorican@comcast.net) MSG #549, 04-17-2008 07:26 PM
      WHEN THIS NOSE IS READY COUNT ME IN I AM READY TO BUY ONE RIGHT AWAY!!!!!FOR MY 4.9 LET ME KNOW BY PM OR EMAIL ME

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #550, 04-18-2008 03:18 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jake_Dragon:


I have Archie rockers and have been thinking about putting a formula rear bumper on my car and then adding a diffuser. Make a bolt on and I will send you a check
Right now I have a GT bumper but don't like the body lines, if I keep it I will have to smooth it or something, it just doesn't flow for my taste.


So, do the rockers on my Formula look the same as yours? Your GT rear bumper still will be better than the Formula. With the bevel cut on the bottom side of the Formula bumper it seems perfect for something to bolt up to it, don't you think?



Jake_Dragon MSG #551, 04-18-2008 07:22 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


So, do the rockers on my Formula look the same as yours? Your GT rear bumper still will be better than the Formula. With the bevel cut on the bottom side of the Formula bumper it seems perfect for something to bolt up to it, don't you think?


Exactly what I was thinking, the black lip at the bottom would be easy to bolt to with a few holes. I was thinking about something close to what Bubba did but without the bottom flair and putting the tips in the stock locations.
The screen would help with air flow but help hide the cradle and exhaust pipe.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #552, 04-18-2008 04:30 PM
      That is pretty low back there. It reminds me of the rear of a speedboat, there is this spoiler-like thing at the waterline with turnbuckles on it. I would raise it up a bit & give it a little angle too.

Jake_Dragon MSG #553, 04-18-2008 05:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

That is pretty low back there. It reminds me of the rear of a speedboat, there is this spoiler-like thing at the waterline with turnbuckles on it. I would raise it up a bit & give it a little angle too.


I would cut the bottom almost flush with the screen, I don't care for the lip. But a 3 inch extension with a screen in the back around the exhaust tips.
I don't know, it will probably be a lot less work to just smooth a GT bumper


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #554, 04-19-2008 12:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jake_Dragon:


I would cut the bottom almost flush with the screen, I don't care for the lip. But a 3 inch extension with a screen in the back around the exhaust tips.
I don't know, it will probably be a lot less work to just smooth a GT bumper


Maybe move the tips into the license plate nook & move the plate up. It's BurgerKing..have it your way!

[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 04-19-2008).]

pdemondo (pete_demondo@yahoo.com) MSG #555, 04-19-2008 12:30 PM
      Awesome looking Fiero.

Jake_Dragon MSG #556, 04-19-2008 12:41 PM
      I have thought about that, but I'm too old school for that I like the tips where they are. I would put some in the front if I could and have surround sound

The Archie rockers disrupt the lines that are molded into the stock bumper, I could live with it if the line between the two colors was filled and the bottom of each side was widened another inch to match the rocker width.
Slice this part and cut the bottom of the bumper so it can be pulled out.




Then all I need is some 245s on the back


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #557, 04-19-2008 12:57 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by pdemondo:

Awesome looking Fiero.

It's Bubbajoexxx's car .


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #558, 04-19-2008 01:06 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jake_Dragon:

I have thought about that, but I'm too old school for that I like the tips where they are. I would put some in the front if I could and have surround sound

The Archie rockers disrupt the lines that are molded into the stock bumper, I could live with it if the line between the two colors was filled and the bottom of each side was widened another inch to match the rocker width.
Slice this part and cut the bottom of the bumper so it can be pulled out.

Then all I need is some 245s on the back


245s? How about 275s? So, do I have Archie Rockers? Look how small it makes the rear look.

[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 04-19-2008).]

PaulJK MSG #559, 04-19-2008 04:02 PM
      Amida, PM question 2 U

CoryFiero MSG #560, 04-19-2008 04:11 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

It's Bubbajoexxx's car .


Not anymore.


Jake_Dragon MSG #561, 04-19-2008 06:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


245s? How about 275s? So, do I have Archie Rockers? Look how small it makes the rear look.




Yes they look like mine in the back, can you take a picture of the front?

Here's a picture of the back scoop.

I purchased these new from Archie a couple of months ago

[This message has been edited by Jake_Dragon (edited 04-19-2008).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #562, 04-24-2008 02:29 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jake_Dragon:


Yes they look like mine in the back, can you take a picture of the front?
I purchased these new from Archie a couple of months ago



I think I have the same rockers. They are damaged on the bottom side but I should be able to fix them. It doesn't seem to fit right under the right rear side molding though. Not sure if it's just coming loose.




blkcofy MSG #563, 04-25-2008 12:10 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

With a lowered suspension the possibility of scraping the bottom side of the nose on a driveway somewhere becomes more likely. Just as a precaution I added a pair of 1/4" skid pads secured by rivets.
x





LOOOOVE IT!!

I'M #007!




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #564, 04-25-2008 11:54 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkcofy:


LOOOOVE IT!!

I'M #007!



How much did you lower your car? Mine will be sitting on the ground .


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #565, 04-25-2008 11:56 AM
      Fitted another Riceburner98 HVAC unit with new pushbuttons yesterday.
x




whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #566, 04-25-2008 11:58 AM
      Hard to believe just how plug-n-play that unit is isn't it?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #567, 04-25-2008 12:00 PM
      I got one of the first ones and I still haven't plugged it in yet.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #568, 04-25-2008 12:27 PM
      Been thinkin about what to do about my damaged rockers. Might try this Enzo like scoop set-up with a 355 touch. The door attachment will have to stick out, like on an Enzo, to be flush with the rockers. It'll be something like a cannard/air foil.
x

[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 04-25-2008).]

whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #569, 04-25-2008 12:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I got one of the first ones and I still haven't plugged it in yet.


Not to worry. Even "I" wasn't able to fry it. Just plug it in to the corresponding plugs and it works great.



Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #570, 04-25-2008 03:43 PM
      I personally never liked the archie side skirts, and I love the curves in your concept. I think they will flow quite well, especially with your new bumper. Also, the front bumper guards are quite a nice touch. They look pretty good and better yet, are functional. They don't stand out, I'm surprised it isn't a more common solution.

whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #571, 04-25-2008 03:45 PM
      Do you have a way to take the Archie skirts off and see how the nose would look on a stock Fiero?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #572, 04-25-2008 05:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

Do you have a way to take the Archie skirts off and see how the nose would look on a stock Fiero?



The quarters & fenders are trimmed underneath. These are the only rockers that I have so I'll have to make something of them.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #573, 04-25-2008 05:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Tusch:

I personally never liked the archie side skirts, and I love the curves in your concept. I think they will flow quite well, especially with your new bumper. Also, the front bumper guards are quite a nice touch. They look pretty good and better yet, are functional. They don't stand out, I'm surprised it isn't a more common solution.


This yellow notchie is pretty close to my setup. The GT rear looks better than my Formula rear. Looks like I have to do something about that as well.






blkcofy MSG #574, 04-25-2008 07:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


How much did you lower your car? Mine will be sitting on the ground .


The WCF springs and coilovers lowered the car about 1 1/2 inches in the back and about 1 inch in the front. I've got spacers in the front because originally the springs were too low and not enough clearance room for city street driving.




RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #575, 04-26-2008 08:04 AM
      Hi Rob,
Everything looks great. You da man

I have not seen Riceburner lately. I take it he's keeping busy?

Later... Got to go work on that wiring...

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #576, 04-26-2008 12:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkcofy:


The WCF springs and coilovers lowered the car about 1 1/2 inches in the back and about 1 inch in the front. I've got spacers in the front because originally the springs were too low and not enough clearance room for city street driving.



If you have 17s up front then my 18s are going to be even tighter to fit, but I can't run them with stock fenders anyway because they stick out 2 inches at the front. I'll have to use the stock little 15s for the time being until I get the time to do something about it.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #577, 04-26-2008 12:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Hi Rob,
Everything looks great. You da man

I have not seen Riceburner lately. I take it he's keeping busy?

Later... Got to go work on that wiring...

Bob


Yaa, I gotta take everything out first, my carpet smells old & musty, gotta change it & I'm re-doing some of the panels in red.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #578, 04-30-2008 12:57 PM
      The GT wheels are too small for my 2" drop spindles so I threw in a pair of shorter springs instead. The springs didn't lower the car by much; I'd say it only made it level with the rear now, but it does make a huge difference. It'll look even meaner when I get the new spindles installed. My driveway is sloped so I turned the car around to make it look lower. The front sits just about right in the photo.
.


.
Before

.
After

[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 04-30-2008).]

88White3.4GT MSG #579, 04-30-2008 03:10 PM
      Looks better. You say the 18" wheels in front wont fit with the stock fenders? are they too wide?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #580, 04-30-2008 05:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 88White3.4GT:

Looks better. You say the 18" wheels in front wont fit with the stock fenders? are they too wide?


Porsche 8.5x18 front wheels are too wide for stock. Will have to do fender flares when I get a chance. In the mean time the stock GT wheels will have to do.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #581, 05-01-2008 06:53 PM
      Did some suspension cleaning before throwing the wheel tubs back in. It would be great if there was a drive-thru chassis wash that'll scrub down the whole underside for you.

Underside shot

x
Lower mounting flange

x
Lower brackets on the Formula are slightly shorter than the GT.

x
GT bracket installed

x
Formula wheel tub installed. A little trimming off the edge of the tub is required to fit inside the raised lip.






Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #582, 05-02-2008 11:55 AM
      Testing the night lights. This front end project is nearly finished. Just need to add a grill & do an alignment. I should also cut & buff the new paint as well. Next I'll throw in some coil-overs at the rear. It would be nice to have some better wheels that'll fit the stock body right now.
x

[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 05-02-2008).]

Newbfiero (bobby_0958@hotmail.com) MSG #583, 05-10-2008 09:57 PM
      Nice

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #584, 05-11-2008 01:03 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Been thinkin about what to do about my damaged rockers. Might try this Enzo like scoop set-up with a 355 touch. The door attachment will have to stick out, like on an Enzo, to be flush with the rockers. It'll be something like a cannard/air foil.
x




Nice tweak.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #585, 05-12-2008 12:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Nice tweak.



Yep, the door wings will be interesting to see. Will have to do some kind of diffuser attachement to the rear bumper to add some groundFX to the rear.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #586, 05-13-2008 12:35 PM
      Some finishing touches. Fabbed a batch of grills & finally mounted the grill onto the new nose. I like the Pontiac arrowhead on the grill; it cleans-up the valance & makes for easier washing.
.







whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #587, 05-13-2008 02:31 PM
      Ooooh I can't wait. Mine will be very similar only it'll have the pegasus on the grille. I don't think enough can be said about the quality of your work.



DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #588, 05-13-2008 06:47 PM
      Holy S*** I love it!! You my friend always amaze me!! You have me seriously thinking about what I should spend my Bush Bucks on..

fourpoint9 (stevenmsimpson@comcast.net) MSG #589, 05-13-2008 09:00 PM
      Amida,

Did you get your suspension fixed? Are you coming to the Jet City Fiero's Arlington Picnic June 7th ?

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/070050.html

Would be great to see your new nose up close

[This message has been edited by fourpoint9 (edited 05-13-2008).]

TRiAD MSG #590, 05-14-2008 04:38 AM
      Can't wait to see the 512 nose!! Great job!!



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #591, 05-14-2008 10:43 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

Ooooh I can't wait. Mine will be very similar only it'll have the pegasus on the grille. I don't think enough can be said about the quality of your work.



Well, I'm still trying out different proceedures as I go to save time & to solve a couple of gelcoat related issues. My goal is to cut down hand lay-up time by 40% & have very little to zero gelcoat touch-up before shipping. I'm learning as I go.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #592, 05-14-2008 10:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fourpoint9:

Amida,

Did you get your suspension fixed? Are you coming to the Jet City Fiero's Arlington Picnic June 7th ?

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/070050.html

Would be great to see your new nose up close



Hey Steve, I did get the front springs in, will need to get an alignment done. While working on it I noticed that I was driving all this time with a serious toe-out setting; no wonder the tires looked scuffed. I'll try to get this car road worthy by picnic time.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #593, 05-14-2008 10:58 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TRiAD:

Can't wait to see the 512 nose!! Great job!!


How long can you wait? I was thinking of doing something about my messed up side skirts & rear bumper, but ghtta take care of some interior work first.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #594, 05-14-2008 11:59 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Fitted another Riceburner98 HVAC unit with new pushbuttons yesterday.
x



Any pics of the HVAC at night? Is there adjustment (high/low) dimmer switch?


Riceburner98 (riceburner98@gmail.com) MSG #595, 05-14-2008 02:04 PM
      Unfortunately it doesn't look any different at night... I intended to make the panel light up, but it's just so darned thin that there's not really any way to get even lighting in there. Then I was just going to make the knob indicators light up; getting an LED into the knobs wouldn't be a problem, but getting power to the LED would be. There's not enough room to have electrical wipers on the bottom of the knobs to contact the circuit boards, and thin wires would eventually just break off even if they could be fit. The OEM 355 panel is a good 1"+ thick, and is lit with a handfull of green-condomed light bulbs inside. To keep the center console low and still fit the HVAC panel in there it had to be 1/4" thick or so to clear the shifter mechanism... There are 2 green LEDs inside the panel, one lights up when the AC button (hidden under the panel, next to the STOP button) is pressed, the other turns on when the "Recirculate" button is pressed. They show up as little green dots through the surface of the panel. (It's black, but somewhat translucent)

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #596, 05-15-2008 06:56 PM
      Hi-jack; Will it work in or near the stock location? Price?

ferrobi MSG #597, 05-15-2008 08:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hi-jack; Will it work in or near the stock location? Price?


For everything including shipping in the US, it’s $300, assuming it’s a Fiero with factory AC. (Non AC cars need 2 more servos, so $340..) I’m waaay behind on orders right now, I build them in my spare time which has been pretty much nonexistent lately.

Don't know if price has changed but this is what he e-mailed me awhile ago.



blkcofy MSG #598, 05-15-2008 09:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:







I really didn't want anything, or have anything witty to add. I just wanted to see these pictures again!!

#007


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #599, 05-16-2008 12:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hi-jack; Will it work in or near the stock location? Price?


The hvac panel is very thin, for low profile consoles, but I imaging it can be mounted on the dash as well.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #600, 05-16-2008 12:08 PM
      I hope I didn't ruin my new paint by doing this. I heard that epoxy is a great adhesive. we'll see.



blkcofy MSG #601, 05-18-2008 06:28 PM
      Soooo, what-cha doing that for?

[This message has been edited by blkcofy (edited 05-18-2008).]

blkcofy MSG #602, 05-28-2008 12:58 AM
      bump for status....

kawana (shawnyb@ymail.com) MSG #603, 05-28-2008 01:01 AM
      bump for a bump for status Love the nose btw, i will have one someday

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #604, 05-28-2008 10:36 AM
      Fi355 nose #004 modified with clear Euro Maxima lights. The clears are pretty cool. Moving on to #005 with Liberty lights.
x







whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #605, 05-28-2008 11:08 AM
      Ooo! Ooo! I know someone who ordered one with the Liberty lights.



Vendetta (atrizzino@gmail.com) MSG #606, 05-28-2008 11:42 PM
      I know whos bumper that is with maxima lights!
Looks really good.


Austin

[This message has been edited by Vendetta (edited 05-28-2008).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #607, 05-29-2008 05:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkcofy:

Soooo, what-cha doing that for?



It's better to make moulds of the light pockets rather than having to re-shape by hand each time I do it. Epoxy has no solvents to attack the paint so with a little waxing ( & some PVA for insurance ) these moulds just pop right off. Shown in photo with alignment jigs to help positionoing of the inserts before glassing in.
x



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #608, 05-29-2008 05:37 PM
      The Formula rear bumper has a beveled cut on the lower side which looks like it can be used as a mounting surface for attaching a lower ground effects panel or diffuser-like setup. x

x
Something like this 599GTB diffuser might work, or some variation of it.
x



blkcofy MSG #609, 05-29-2008 08:01 PM
      Oh, no your not!!

That's soooo not fair to us GT owners! Come on! Youre going to make a rear diffuser now?? Damn.

#007


ferrobi MSG #610, 05-29-2008 09:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Something like this 599GTB diffuser might work, or some variation of it.
x



Now that would be SWEEEEEET

[This message has been edited by ferrobi (edited 05-29-2008).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #611, 06-01-2008 12:15 PM
      It would look pretty cool, but if it is just an attachable part it wouldn't look anything close to it; will have to re-do the whole rear bumper for that look.


MP5Na3 MSG #612, 06-11-2008 11:59 PM
      Sir,

If you begin selling the front 355 bumpers, I would appreciate being included upon the list for this. Would be going with the version with the Liberty clear turn signals if that will be available at that point and time.

Thanks

David aka MP5Na3

my email is adheinke@navix.net also
thanks

[This message has been edited by MP5Na3 (edited 06-12-2008).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #613, 06-12-2008 01:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by MP5Na3:

Sir,

If you begin selling the front 355 bumpers, I would appreciate being included upon the list for this. Would be going with the version with the Liberty clear turn signals if that will be available at that point and time.

Thanks

David aka MP5Na3

my email is adheinke@navix.net also
thanks



Hi David, Yes, I just finished Fi355 nose #004. Sending e-mail . Thanks. Rob



blkcofy MSG #614, 06-12-2008 09:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


Hi David, Yes, I just finished Fi355 nose #004. Sending e-mail . Thanks. Rob


Ahem....you haven't forgotten about me have you?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #615, 06-15-2008 09:13 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkcofy:


Ahem....you haven't forgotten about me have you?


#007


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #616, 06-15-2008 09:35 PM
      It's been a while since I had the Formula running; almost a year. Thought I'd take it to the Arlingtion meet last week after I got the suspension rebuilt & interior thrown back in, but on the way up the alternator died on the freeway. Had to make an emergency stop at LesSchwab to recharge & buy a backup battery. Then turned around & limped back 50 miles to homebase on battery juice alone. Good thing I brought tools & a water jug.
.




fourpoint9 (stevenmsimpson@comcast.net) MSG #617, 06-15-2008 10:15 PM
      Was wondering what happened to you. Did you get it charging good? Are you planning to make it to the Fest ? http://www.nwfierofest.com/

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #618, 06-15-2008 11:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fourpoint9:

Was wondering what happened to you. Did you get it charging good? Are you planning to make it to the Fest ? http://www.nwfierofest.com/


After sitting in the driveway for so long, things on the car corrode & deteriorate. First was the clutch system, then the Alt. I'm going to go over the cooling system next before going on any out-of-towners. The Richland event sounds interesting, I'll see if I can make that meet. Maybe I'll have the rockers modded by then.



fourpoint9 (stevenmsimpson@comcast.net) MSG #619, 06-16-2008 04:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida: I'm going to go over the cooling system next


I have a Coolant System Pressurizer you can borrow if you want to test for leaks.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #620, 06-17-2008 04:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fourpoint9:


I have a Coolant System Pressurizer you can borrow if you want to test for leaks.


Thanks Steve. I'll let you know when I start working on the cooling system.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #621, 06-17-2008 05:07 PM
      A little bit of multi-tasking in the works. Fi40 dash mould construction & Fi355 dash assembly.





ferrobi MSG #622, 06-17-2008 08:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

A little bit of multi-tasking in the works. Fi40 dash mould construction & Fi355 dash assembly.




I'm starting to see the end of the tunnel - and at the end is one awesome Fi40 interior



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #623, 06-27-2008 01:50 AM
      Final mock-up before prep & upholstery. Instrument panel & defrost screens are not shown. Color will be black & tan .







whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #624, 06-27-2008 11:32 AM
      Black and tan huh? I wonder how that looks? lol



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #625, 06-28-2008 03:43 PM
      Well, The Formula just had a major clutch system failure in the driveway so it doesn't look like I'll be taking the Formula anywhere soon. After just installing a new alternator from the Fierostore, I started up the engine and felt an odd shaking in the clutch pedal during startup. I pressed the pedal down a couple more times to investigate when all of a sudden I heard POP ! and then emmediately I felt no pressure in the pedal followed by a scraping ticking sound from the engine bay. Something just broke & I'm not completely sure, but I think it's the release fork/throwout bearing. Maybe the pressure plate just fell apart, but whatever it is the tranny needs attention now.

Anyone heard of this happening before?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #626, 07-09-2008 03:13 PM
      Replacement Fi355 door moulds, replica version, in progress. The original moulds have deteriorated to the point of no return so I'm taking this time to create newer epoxy tooling. These will save on prep time, hide the upholstery fold, & will be a little more rounded on the top edge.
.




Songman MSG #627, 07-09-2008 03:38 PM
      Glad to see you decided to keep building the interior, Rob. Definitely the best out there!



whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #628, 07-09-2008 03:42 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Fitted another Riceburner98 HVAC unit with new pushbuttons yesterday.
x



where can I get this ac controler for my project 88?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #629, 07-09-2008 04:07 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Songman:

Glad to see you decided to keep building the interior, Rob. Definitely the best out there!



It's been keeping me busy along with the Fi40 dash & the Fi355 noses (#005 right now ). Next up will be the Fi360 interior.

Also, maybe some fender flares & a rear diffuser.

Thanks.

[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 07-09-2008).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #630, 07-09-2008 04:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:


where can I get this ac controler for my project 88?


The hvac panels are from Riceburner98 .



Songman MSG #631, 07-09-2008 04:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


It's been keeping me busy along with the Fi40 dash & the Fi355 noses (#005 right now ). Next up will be the Fi360 interior.

Also, maybe some fender flares & a rear diffuser.

Thanks.



360 interior would be good. I might have to get one of John's 360 kits one of these days to go along with it.


FieroFanaticus2 (btn0763@yahoo.com) MSG #632, 07-09-2008 08:57 PM
      I'm lovin it!



ferrobi MSG #633, 07-09-2008 10:20 PM
      Fi40 dash updates?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #634, 07-10-2008 12:15 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Fi40 dash updates?


Bob, I'll be back on it in a couple of days; Had to get the door panel tooling squared away so that I can get a few interior sets out the door.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #635, 07-10-2008 12:53 AM
      Epoxy is more expensive & difficult to work with than polyester, but one nice thing about it is that it doesn't emit smelly solvent fumes. Glass mat is not compatible so all layers are done with glass twill weave which very drapable, but doesn't fill corners, nooks & crannies very well. To compensate for this a putty is made to fill the corners & tight spots. This will be a two piece mould.
.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #636, 07-12-2008 03:12 PM
      Worked a couple hours this morning trimming & drilling valance panel #005.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #637, 07-13-2008 03:10 PM
      New & improved Fi355 door panel moulds completed. Ready for waxing.
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fourpoint9 (stevenmsimpson@comcast.net) MSG #638, 07-20-2008 11:21 PM
      Rob, Are you thinking about joining us at the NW Fiero Fest ?

http://www.nwfierofest.com/


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #639, 07-26-2008 03:01 AM
      Fresh Fi355 door panels from the new moulds fit precisely & require much less prep work than earlier version.
.





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #640, 07-26-2008 03:22 AM
      Final fitting before shipping. Door upholstery completed in black/ "tuscan russet " to color match with Mr. Mikes medium tan #14 which I believe is the same tan used in the '88 Fieros.
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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #641, 07-26-2008 07:14 AM
      Geez Rob, that's amazing. Since you can't make the 25'th, I hope some of your work is here so I can see it first hand.

Bob

ew, I own page 17

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #642, 07-26-2008 01:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Geez Rob, that's amazing. Since you can't make the 25'th, I hope some of your work is here so I can see it first hand.

Bob

ew, I own page 17




I wish that I had the time to fix the Formula in time for the 25th since this seems to be THE occasion. I'm tempted to just jump on a plane & just be a spectator for a day.

Thanks,

Rob



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #643, 08-15-2008 03:15 PM
      Well, I never made it to any outings this summer due to several failures in a row on the Formula. It must be a sign. I've been taking care of some projects anyhow. Here's a newly finished interior getting a final test fitting. This one is done in simulated leather, black/buckskin tan.
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.
Compared to the darker #14 tan from Mr. Mikes.
.



motoracer838 (jmartin@musicunveiled.com) MSG #644, 08-15-2008 06:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Well, I never made it to any outings this summer due to several failures in a row on the Formula. It must be a sign. I've been taking care of some projects anyhow. Here's a newly finished interior getting a final test fitting. This one is done in simulated leather, black/buckskin tan.
.


.
Compared to the darker #14 tan from Mr. Mikes.
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Rob, your work continues to amaze and impress me, I wish I was closer to the Seattle area.

Cheers Beers n Gearz. Joe


The_Ikon MSG #645, 08-16-2008 02:34 AM
      you have some nice work!



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #646, 08-21-2008 10:37 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by motoracer838:


Rob, your work continues to amaze and impress me, I wish I was closer to the Seattle area.

Cheers Beers n Gearz. Joe


I haven't shipped anything to Colorado yet. How about Cheers, Beers, Gals n Gearz ?




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #647, 08-21-2008 10:41 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by The_Ikon:

you have some nice work!



Your link to your notchie pics doesn't work.

Thanks.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #648, 08-21-2008 10:47 AM
      Here's a comparison between Mr. Mikes tans 13 & 14. I'll be doing a Mr. Mikes bright red later on.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #649, 08-25-2008 01:26 AM
      I haven't sketched in a while, looking to do something for the rear to go along with the new Fi355 nose. Maybe something like this, or something more subdued like the 355 or the '05 GTO rear .





my-fiero (s.van.dongen@philips.com) MSG #650, 08-25-2008 07:31 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Some finishing touches. Fabbed a batch of grills & finally mounted the grill onto the new nose. I like the Pontiac arrowhead on the grill; it cleans-up the valance & makes for easier washing.
.





Do you make these your self?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #651, 08-25-2008 11:24 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by my-fiero:
Do you make these your self?



Yes, from 1/4" ABS plastic.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #652, 08-25-2008 09:15 PM
      A quick re-draw on my coffee break. Will have to lower the diffuser section to make the license plate fit into the bumper.
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pavo_roddy MSG #653, 08-25-2008 11:15 PM
      HI all

AMIDA, the man with more dreams then time! Yeah, it's safe to say I like ya...!! GOD, if any of your paper projects make reality, we'll all be in fiero heaven!!

OH!!! I vote on a F360 type rear bumper, hehe.......



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #654, 08-26-2008 10:57 AM
      Well, if I ever get the time I'd like to re-do the rockers & the rear bumper. I'm still thinking of fender flares also.

Thanks.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #655, 08-26-2008 07:52 PM
      Packing up today. Heading to new owner in California.
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ferrobi MSG #656, 08-27-2008 12:33 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Packing up today. Heading to new owner in California.
.



What's next?



blkcofy MSG #657, 08-29-2008 12:37 AM
      That nose in the background is sure looking good! What # are you on?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #658, 08-29-2008 01:51 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


What's next?


Fi40 dash.


ferrobi MSG #659, 08-29-2008 11:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


Fi40 dash.


Great



DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #660, 08-29-2008 11:51 PM
      My 355 came back! I cant wait until the interior your making is done! Its really going to set off the car!



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #661, 09-04-2008 10:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DeLorean00:

My 355 came back! I cant wait until the interior your making is done! Its really going to set off the car!



Saw the pics. Wish my paint was bright n shiny like that. The interior will look great in the car!


Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #662, 09-16-2008 10:34 PM
      Bump!

pontiackid86 (phllyracer@aol.com) MSG #663, 09-17-2008 08:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Custom2M4:



I am surprised no one posted this already.... Sorry I am late Mr. Garrison. Naturally I would question where Mr. Hat was, but that would be rude :P.



kinda goes and beatsh the **** out of the whole having a kid and the "we need a family car" talks that you get from the wife


pontiackid86 (phllyracer@aol.com) MSG #664, 09-17-2008 08:07 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Custom2M4:

Even better. I was thinking the exact same thing as you last year. 1982 Trans Am tails.





Weird how that works isn't it ? . Last years widebody was too... Well fiero ish to pull those lights off.. After I completely re-do the rear end, we will have to see what they look like.... I almost forgot about those. Thanks.


bad a** puts my 2 fav cars togather anyone ever concider putting the 98 and up tail lights on a fiero dont know if it would be possable with how much of a curve they have?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #665, 09-17-2008 10:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by pontiackid86:


anyone ever concider putting the 98 and up tail lights on a fiero dont know if it would be possable with how much of a curve they have?


It'll take some extra work to re-shape the rear. Maybe someone has already tried it.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #666, 09-17-2008 11:10 PM
      No new sketches lately, I've been working on the heater & defrost ducts for the Fi40 dash along with a Fi355 dash & a couple of Fi355 noses.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #667, 09-19-2008 01:30 PM
      I love these epoxy moulds, the parts just pop right out. Here a new valance panel just hatched this morning.
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fierov8 (jeff@orphancars.com) MSG #668, 09-19-2008 01:53 PM
      Rob,

Nice looking moulds and parts.............one of those wouldn't happen to be #10, would it?


thx,

-jeff d


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #669, 09-19-2008 04:29 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fierov8:

Rob,

Nice looking moulds and parts.............one of those wouldn't happen to be #10, would it?


thx,

-jeff d


Hi Jeff,

I guess it depends on who needs what & when. One is going to paint soon so I'm rushing that one. What do you think of the smoke/black Maxima lights? I just viewed them on Ebay.
.




fierov8 (jeff@orphancars.com) MSG #670, 09-19-2008 05:14 PM
      Rob,

Love the lights -- they'd go well with the rear taillights and yello/black paint, I think

BTW -- you have mail shortly......


thx!

-jeff d

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blkcofy MSG #671, 09-19-2008 10:47 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


Hi Jeff,

I guess it depends on who needs what & when. One is going to paint soon so I'm rushing that one. What do you think of the smoke/black Maxima lights? I just viewed them on Ebay.
.




Rob, that is definitely the look! It's decided. I want smoked maxima lights!! This is going to look wicked w/ a flat black satin paint job! Can't wait to have this nose w/ the Dietmar side scoops installed and painted!


MP5Na3 MSG #672, 09-20-2008 04:50 AM
      Any updates on the 355 nose I was interested in from you? my email has changed, it is now drheinke@gmail.com.

Thanks

David


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #673, 09-20-2008 11:18 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by MP5Na3:

Any updates on the 355 nose I was interested in from you? my email has changed, it is now drheinke@gmail.com.

Thanks

David


email sent



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #674, 09-20-2008 11:28 AM
      Got it.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #675, 09-21-2008 11:17 AM
      I was surprised to see that the Fi355 grill is almost a direct fit in the 512tr nose. Whenever I get around to it I think the Fi512 nose would be a natural fit on the Fiero.

[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 09-21-2008).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #676, 09-22-2008 10:20 PM
      Fitting Jeep Liberty lights for a slightly different look. These lights use two bulbs per side.
.




Bridgetown MSG #677, 09-24-2008 10:44 AM
      PM sent


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #678, 09-24-2008 12:44 PM
      Zeroing in on things to do for my Formula test car. Most likely projects for the winter/spring. I'm not too sure about the 19" rims though, there's a size at which cool becomes over-done. Maybe with the stretch the wheel size won't be as pronounced.
.


Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #679, 09-24-2008 01:44 PM
      this is what 19's look like on troys car and it is the same size I am using on mine

they fill the wheel well nicely I am using 20's on the rear and 19's on the front


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #680, 09-24-2008 02:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

this is what 19's look like on troys car and it is the same size I am using on mine

they fill the wheel well nicely I am using 20's on the rear and 19's on the front


Nice wheels. I suppose if the tires were thin enough that'll keep the overall diameter in check. My concern is that with the Fiero's short wheelbase the larger wheels may appear like wagon wheels on a chow wagon. I'll have to look at some picks of what others have done.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #681, 09-28-2008 06:13 PM
      Here just completed is the third & final version of the Fi355 nose with Jeep Liberty light (Euro clears). These Liberty lights have a slightly different look from the original f355 & Maxima, but they fit well & also come in different color choices: amber/clear/smoked. They all looke pretty good to me, I could go with either style. This completes the designwork on the fi355 nose project.
.








gunslinger MSG #682, 09-28-2008 07:03 PM
      Amida who makes these I would like a set and how much send me a pm.

whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #683, 09-28-2008 07:33 PM
      Ooo, oooo. Methinks I know where the nose be goin'. Yippee!



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #684, 09-28-2008 07:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by gunslinger:

Amida who makes these I would like a set and how much send me a pm.


Thanks. That would be me. It was around June of last year when I got this bug in my ear to do this two piece version of the 355 nose. It was quite a hefty project, starting with a Ferrari f355 challenge bumper & mouldings of the GT aero nose, and some how tweeking it together in a full scale model. If you have the time I think the build thread starts around page 7 of this thread.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #685, 09-29-2008 01:01 AM
     

Amida you do great work.

What other style noses, or rears do you planned ?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #686, 09-29-2008 04:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

Ooo, oooo. Methinks I know where the nose be goin'. Yippee!



Yep. I'm waiting for the delivery address.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #687, 09-29-2008 05:08 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Amida you do great work.

What other style noses, or rears do you planned ?


I haven't decided yet, may try an attachment for the Formula rear. I have some interior projects to get done first. Thanks.

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vinny (jph15@msstate.edu) MSG #688, 09-29-2008 09:43 PM
      Amida, What engine combination are you planning? Sence you going to do a little stretch why don't you concider a longitudinal swap but in a different direction. Maybe a Audi/944 transmission and a 3.4 DOHC, or a 3800sc. It wouldn't have to be stretched as far as a V8 stretch. I have had this idea floating in head even before Bubbajoe accually did it. You can buy the trans for about $500-$1000, the adapter fron Kennedy for less than a grand, and give the going rate for the rest. It would MAKE a custom Fiero! Anyway, just a thought. I'd like to see the new nose mounted if you have a picture

Vinny


Brastic (shanew@brastic.com) MSG #689, 09-30-2008 02:14 AM
      Where did you get the grill from and will that grill fit the OEM F355 bumper?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #690, 09-30-2008 12:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by vinny:

Amida, What engine combination are you planning? Sence you going to do a little stretch why don't you concider a longitudinal swap but in a different direction. Maybe a Audi/944 transmission and a 3.4 DOHC, or a 3800sc. It wouldn't have to be stretched as far as a V8 stretch. I have had this idea floating in head even before Bubbajoe accually did it. You can buy the trans for about $500-$1000, the adapter fron Kennedy for less than a grand, and give the going rate for the rest. It would MAKE a custom Fiero! Anyway, just a thought. I'd like to see the new nose mounted if you have a picture

Vinny


I really like the Northstar/Audi, but according to Bubbujoexxx the stretch will have to be at leat 11inches which i think is too long for the normal Fiero profile. A whole new "supercar" profile will be needed to make the Fiero look right. Something like my mid-engine version of the Cadillac XLR:
.


.
If I ever get the time I'd like to finish swapping the 3800sc that I have sitting on the cradle collecting dust. It's a fresh motor with 12k miles from a 97GTP.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #691, 09-30-2008 12:13 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Brastic:

Where did you get the grill from and will that grill fit the OEM F355 bumper?


It's fabricated from 1/4" ABS on a router table. Made to fit the Fi355 nose, It has more curve & is shorter than the OEM F355.


vinny (jph15@msstate.edu) MSG #692, 10-01-2008 12:50 PM
      Well I understand the problem with the V8. I've been contemplating this idea for some time using a V6 instead of a V8 with a short stretch like 4" or what ever it takes.

Vinny


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #693, 10-01-2008 01:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by vinny:

Well I understand the problem with the V8. I've been contemplating this idea for some time using a V6 instead of a V8 with a short stretch like 4" or what ever it takes.

Vinny


Have you looked at the Porsche Boxter? I noticed that it's a mid engine setup unlike the 930 . I'm wondering if it uses the same adapter from Kennedy.
.
I could change the above XLR-M drawing to make it look more like a notchback Fiero .

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blkcofy MSG #694, 10-08-2008 09:10 PM
      bump!

Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #695, 10-12-2008 03:36 AM
      Great Work Amida

I know how hard the German F355 front is to find, you will for sure be able to make good money out of this and you´re worth it..

Only difference between Euro model and yours that I can spot is that yours is a little shorter, has a bigger mouth and is higher from the ground.



Both models looks great thou..


PaulJK MSG #696, 10-12-2008 06:24 AM
      As uusual, very nice work Rob . I've always thought the 355 (and mazda) design would look less "smiley" if the bottom was squared



Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #697, 10-12-2008 10:26 AM
      Noo.. that one I don´t like at all..



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #698, 10-12-2008 10:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Swedish Fiero:

Great Work Amida

I know how hard the German F355 front is to find, you will for sure be able to make good money out of this and you´re worth it..

Only difference between Euro model and yours that I can spot is that yours is a little shorter, has a bigger mouth and is higher from the ground.

Both models looks great thou..



Thanks, it was a fun project.

You may not have noticed this detail, but it is also a two piece component nose. I thought it would give it more of a factory appearance. Fabricating a fiberglass part this size by hand lay-up method is very time intensive and it's one dirty job that is not so fun but it must be done.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #699, 10-12-2008 10:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

As uusual, very nice work Rob . I've always thought the 355 (and mazda) design would look less "smiley" if the bottom was squared



Thanks, It does look happy doesn't it?

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whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #700, 10-12-2008 11:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

As usual, very nice work Rob . I've always thought the 355 (and mazda) design would look less "smiley" if the bottom was squared



But now it just looks like it's gritting it's teeth.



gunslinger MSG #701, 10-13-2008 01:24 PM
      Look like a truck grill

Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #702, 10-14-2008 02:45 PM
      I like my smiling Fiero



Christine (redchristine@msn.com) MSG #703, 10-14-2008 08:10 PM
      This is the ticket! If Amida makes this nose how many will want one? I for one will buy one.

 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

This is a 512tr type nose that I'll also work on fitting to the Fiero. The fascias will retain the stock Fiero side mouldings to fit & look like a stock replacement.




 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

As uusual, very nice work Rob . I've always thought the 355 (and mazda) design would look less "smiley" if the bottom was squared



Hey PaulJK why not just get the 512?

I think Amida may be making it soon. Though I can not say for sure as I think he would need some interst in order it go into production on the 512 nose.
I think the 512 is a more natural fit for the GT Fiero.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #704, 10-15-2008 11:10 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Swedish Fiero:

I like my smiling Fiero





Nice, Very clean & shiny.

I made Fi355 nose#002 with those Ford Scorpion lights, they were almose the same size as the F355.






Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #705, 10-15-2008 11:39 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Christine:

This is the ticket! If Amida makes this nose how many will want one? I for one will buy one.
I think Amida may be making it soon. Though I can not say for sure as I think he would need some interst in order it go into production on the 512 nose.
I think the 512 is a more natural fit for the GT Fiero.


I'm sure I'll get around to it, but I can't announce a definite timeline at the moment. But, you're right I think it's a natural fit for the Fiero.

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA


Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #706, 10-15-2008 01:09 PM
      I think the Ford Scorpion lights are the best since you get a really good day driving ligts from the 55W foglights.. The F355 front makes the car looks more modern and I think you will be able to sell as many as you like and has the time to make, what is the price of the front from you and how many are you planing of making?..

Once again Great work.. do you have any pictures of the front mounted and painted?



PaulJK MSG #707, 10-16-2008 12:27 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Christine:

Hey PaulJK why not just get the 512?



the 512 testarossa is one of my favorites, but it takes more-or-less an artist to make it look right in the proper proportions.

Not to stray too much from Rob's topic, but maybe more slats to make it look like more of an "air inlet" and less of a "mouth" (?).

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Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #708, 10-16-2008 11:40 AM
      I think the more complicated grill takes away from the 355 style, and instead of a smiling beauty, it becomes an awkward preteen with braces.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #709, 10-16-2008 11:54 AM
      Smiling beauty with grill :


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #710, 10-16-2008 12:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Smiling beauty with grill :


FUNNY!


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #711, 10-21-2008 12:08 PM
      To all you coupe & formula owners, what do you do about rockers & groundFX? What choices are there other than the arch rockers that I have? I just realized that if I design an add-on to the Formula rear it would look silly without adding rockers/side skirts to lineup with. I may just switch over to the GT rear & work off of that instead.
x


PaulJK MSG #712, 10-22-2008 07:25 AM
      She looks like she has many ways to hurt a guy

 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

What choices are there other than the arch rockers that I have? .... I may just switch over to the GT rear & work off of that instead.











[This message has been edited by PaulJK (edited 10-22-2008).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #713, 10-22-2008 10:10 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

She looks like she has many ways to hurt a guy




Those all looke like widebody kits. Are there other simpler rocker add-ons for the coupe in addition to these two? :

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #714, 10-23-2008 04:29 PM
      I like Dietmer's combination...

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #715, 10-27-2008 07:17 PM
      I've been wondering about alternative instruments for an updated Fiero dash. This Cavalier pod keeps coming to mind because it seems to be a relatively simple swap that doesn't cost too much & it actually works. It's cool looking; sort of reminding me of an 80's Knightrider.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #716, 10-27-2008 07:45 PM
      I got one of these pegasus badges mounted to a grill. It didn't have any mounting lugs so I used some emblem adhesive and stuck it onto a backing plate.
It's a real shiny piece.



blkcofy MSG #717, 10-28-2008 12:01 AM
     

Bridgetown MSG #718, 10-28-2008 09:22 AM
      Amida, how is my front coming? Swedish, your car has got me all hot and bothered. Can't wait to get mine!

Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #719, 10-28-2008 11:41 AM
      Most people gets hot when seeing my car, especially the women



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #720, 10-29-2008 09:05 PM
      This is a finished grill just pulled from the oven. It's made from 1/4" ABS sheet that is cut with a template on a router table using straight & round bits. The slats are sloted then placed in an alignment jig then welded together with plastic solvent Final finish coating is with SEM satin black & adhesion promoter. It looks just at good as the factory piece.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #721, 11-02-2008 09:04 PM
      I was looking at chin spoilers and came across this 550 Mranello interior. I couldn't help notice how similar in proportions & feature placements are to the Fiero interior. I'll bet if this was super imposed over the Fiero interior it'll be strikingly similar. Look how similar the instrument arrangement is. The door handles as well.

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IMSA GT (drumwzrd@comcast.net) MSG #722, 11-02-2008 09:15 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I was looking at chin spoilers and came across this 550 Mranello interior. I couldn't help how similar in proportions & feature placements are to the Fiero interior. I'll bet if this was super imposed over the Fiero interior it'll be strikingly similar. Look how similar the instrumention arrangement is. The door handles as well.





HHMM......How about making one of those for my car?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #723, 11-02-2008 09:42 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by IMSA GT:


HHMM......How about making one of those for my car?


Right, you need something different in your IMSA to bring out the inside. I've been looking at a more affordable solution for the Fiero. My Fi355 interior fits & looks great, but is a ton of work, I literally have to make every piece by hand. If I can just change the shape & features & try to keep as many of the original components, gauges, switches etc., that will simplify things & keep down costs. I would definitely change to round air vents like in the G6 .





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #724, 11-03-2008 08:11 AM
      I did a little design study with cardboard on a cool, wet, & rainy Sunday afternoon. A feasible idea to add a chin/ gravel scoop option.



ferrobi MSG #725, 11-03-2008 08:32 AM
      DO it - I love the one on my F40 from Norm's Fiberglass



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #726, 11-03-2008 08:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

DO it - I love the one on my F40 from Norm's Fiberglass



Looks great Bob! Is that just a rim piece, or is it a full under tray? Any pics of it alone? Thanks.



Bridgetown MSG #727, 11-03-2008 10:18 AM
      YES!! That is what I was looking for. Amida, You can add one to my front if you are going to make this. I have some good pictures of different chin spoilers on f355's I will put up (can't right now I'm @ work). One thing I noticed on all of them is that the front of the spoilers follows the profile of the bumper. By this I mean that it doesn't have a uniform curve across the front it has the "notch" taken out of the center like the bumper does. Are you planning on doing this?

ferrobi MSG #728, 11-03-2008 04:34 PM
      No pics of it alone it is just a rim piece that is about 4 inches wide top and bottom - bottom is flat top has bevel

Bridgetown MSG #729, 11-03-2008 08:17 PM
      Here are some different pics of f355 front spoilers.



Photoshoped this one on to deitmars front




I am partial to the carbonfiber one. Has a more modern look then the other one IMO. And it doesn't seem to project out as much either.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #730, 11-03-2008 09:18 PM
      I love the F355, such a sexy machine. The black spoiler looks the best, I could do something like that. I have some interior projects to take care of first before I can start another design. I also have the 512TR nose that I'd like to get going as well. The days are just too short.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #731, 11-03-2008 09:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:





Perfect fender to wheel gap on this one.


ferrobi MSG #732, 11-03-2008 09:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I love the F355, such a sexy machine. The black spoiler looks the best, I could do something like that. I have some interior projects to take care of first before I can start another design. I also have the 512TR nose that I'd like to get going as well. The days are just too short.


Rob, I have to ask is this a hobby on top of another full time job.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #733, 11-03-2008 09:35 PM
      This is my job for the time being. Hobby turned to work since a lay-off from computer sales after dot-com bubble burst. This is much funner, but all the chemicals & dust are going to kill me if I'm not absolutely religious on health & safety.

ferrobi MSG #734, 11-03-2008 09:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

This is my job for the time being. Hobby turned to work since a lay-off from computer sales after dot-com bubble burst. This is much funner, but all the chemicals & dust are going to kill me if I'm not absolutely religious on health & safety.


I'm a painter so when working inside with anything other than latex I use a respirator. Will help my health in the end. Wear it.


Bridgetown MSG #735, 11-03-2008 11:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


Perfect fender to wheel gap on this one.

Put me down for one of these if you make it!

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #736, 11-04-2008 08:37 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Put me down for one of these if you make it!



Okay, you'll be the fist in line. I need to Finish Ferrobi's Fi40 interior first. I'm almost done with the design work...I can almost smell it !


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #737, 11-04-2008 08:49 AM
     

Amida,

This is perfect ! This is exactly what i meant a few pages back and felt the nose needed. It will line up much, much better with the ground effects now from a side profile.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #738, 11-04-2008 08:54 AM
      I guess it would be better to smash a chin rather than to damage the whole nose. That'll be great, I'll have repeat customers. Maybe I could put together a 6 pack of disposable chins

Bridgetown MSG #739, 11-04-2008 10:03 AM
      Just add a disclaimer that it is "not for road use"!

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #740, 11-04-2008 10:38 AM
      The disclaimer should read: " For smooth track use only. Do not use within a mile of : potholes, road turtles, speed bumps, sidewalk curbs, driveways, parking lot blocks, cobblestone roads, gravel roads, ferry boat ramps, & roadkill. "



whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #741, 11-04-2008 12:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

The disclaimer should read: " For smooth track use only. Do not use within a mile of : potholes, road turtles, speed bumps, sidewalk curbs, driveways, parking lot blocks, cobblestone roads, gravel roads, ferry boat ramps, & roadkill. "



I like that!
Question for you..... Can you make a chin like the challenge car with the side canards ?
if so it would save me some time on my car. I would still need to modify it for mine but that is easier than making the whole piece.
let me know. thanks.


jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #742, 11-04-2008 12:12 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Rob
FieroVation
Fiero Interior Conversions
Seattle, WA. USA



The lower 1/4 & rockers look like they'd be to tall and flat.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #743, 11-04-2008 11:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:
I like that!
Question for you..... Can you make a chin like the challenge car with the side canards ?
if so it would save me some time on my car. I would still need to modify it for mine but that is easier than making the whole piece.
let me know. thanks.


I'll just be doing the one spoiler without the canards. You can shape the canards from foam, then glass it onto the sides.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #744, 11-04-2008 11:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:


The lower 1/4 & rockers look like they'd be to tall and flat.


Quite possible. It was just an idea on what to do with my Arch rockers, which are about 4" wider than stock. So, the door wings & scoops will actually stick out like on the Enzo.
.



PaulJK MSG #745, 11-05-2008 02:42 AM
      As far as interiors:

To Me, the ferrari interior doesn't look THAT much different than the late model GM one



2000 Trans Am



Personally I like this one





If you're interested, I have one of these (maserati bi-turbo) dashes you can use. Mine has a square instrument pod instead of the round one shown; i also have the door panels. I KNOW it will fit well in a fiero because i have done a test fit. The ends of the dash fit perfectly between the fiero plastic A-pillar trim AND the console rests on the center of the fiero console / floor tunnel. It was VERY difficult to remove from the maserati.

By the way, there IS a glove box on the passenger side, it just doesn't show in the pics.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #746, 11-05-2008 10:58 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

As far as interiors:

To Me, the ferrari interior doesn't look THAT much different than the late model GM one


If you're interested, I have one of these (maserati bi-turbo) dashes you can use. Mine has a square instrument pod instead of the round one shown; i also have the door panels. I KNOW it will fit well in a fiero because i have done a test fit. The ends of the dash fit perfectly between the fiero plastic A-pillar trim AND the console rests on the center of the fiero console / floor tunnel. It was VERY difficult to remove from the maserati.

By the way, there IS a glove box on the passenger side, it just doesn't show in the pics.



Yes, the Fierbird dash has a resemblance. The one thing that bugs me on that is the large rainbow shaped instrument pod. I would streamline it to reduce visual mass.

What are you doing with the Maser interior? Building a rebody?


PaulJK MSG #747, 11-06-2008 06:02 AM
      I just bought the interior when i had the opportunity. On the maserati, there are dash studs that go through the firewall and nuts underneath the wiper cowl. Unfortunately, the wiper cowl is one piece that goes across the hood and down both front fenders - unbelieveably bad design (if they ever planned on removing the dash).

I figured I'd put it in a car at some later date so, right now, it's just sitting in the garage. The instrument pod is rectangular and i believe the dakota digital universal digital guage panel would fit in perfectly - would be "blacked-out" until the car is turned ON, then bar graphs and digits lite up. Either that or i have the factory maserati trim pieces and round guages could be used with or without them.

The windshield edge of the dash needs to be fabbed to fit the fiero, but otherwise it is a pretty nice fit. Some fab work is also needed where the door panels meet the dash, glove box and venting - pretty common areas. The leather is pretty rough, so no need to worry about hurting it.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #748, 11-06-2008 12:34 PM
      Rob, have you ever done any side view mirrors ?


Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #749, 11-06-2008 01:06 PM
      Now.. that´s an incredible looking Ferrari..



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #750, 11-07-2008 07:46 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

Rob, have you ever done any side view mirrors ?


I'm going to see if I can make a carbon fiber replacement or just an attachable skin ( rolled edge would be a problem spot ). And maybe a re-designed mirror using the same glass.

Also, I have to keep reminding myself that cost is a much bigger consideration in the Fiero realm than in the kitcar arena. CF is cool but expensive, maybe just a re-shaped fiberglass piece would be the smarter way.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #751, 11-07-2008 07:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Swedish Fiero:




:



Although the painted mirrors look good too, I was thinking of maybe re-shaping them a little. but, keeping the original mirror glass.

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PaulJK MSG #752, 11-07-2008 09:40 PM
      Here's some food for thought for design of the center stack (these pics are from the Honda Pilot)



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PaulJK MSG #753, 11-07-2008 10:02 PM
      Maybe something like this (i very much agree that the "rainbow" instrument pod is wayyy too big)




One of the reasons I liked the maserati dash and console was because it was nicely designed to allow room in the console for adding the stuff i wanted.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #754, 11-08-2008 12:47 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:




Interesting shifter placement. Reminds me of those dirt road rally car races.


jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #755, 11-08-2008 01:24 AM
     

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #756, 11-08-2008 10:29 AM
      Very clean job. I'm trying to determine if that is a Fiero. Defrost screen, steering column & wheel look familiar.

HC MSG #757, 11-08-2008 05:37 PM
      It is a Fiero, its the Rhythm.







Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #758, 11-08-2008 11:06 PM
      Wow. It's like a piece of rolling art. Hard to believe there's a little fiero in there.

HC MSG #759, 11-09-2008 01:31 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Wow. It's like a piece of rolling art. Hard to believe there's a little fiero in there.


Its a great looking car.

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/073226.html For a second I thought you were being sarcastic, LOL

Edit: i don't mean to hijack...

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Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #760, 11-09-2008 01:44 AM
      Yep.. lots of work on that car but still Ugly I think, no harmony in the lines, makes my head hurt..



PaulJK MSG #761, 11-09-2008 06:33 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I'm trying to determine if that is a Fiero.


nope - it's a real, live magnum opus (sounds like something that would be good with gravy)

Not really a fiero, just uses a few modified fiero parts http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/073226.html


Dash (aalasmar@uwm.edu) MSG #762, 11-10-2008 01:30 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I've been wondering about alternative instruments for an updated Fiero dash. This Cavalier pod keeps coming to mind because it seems to be a relatively simple swap that doesn't cost too much & it actually works. It's cool looking; sort of reminding me of an 80's Knightrider.



WHERE DO I FLIPPIN GET ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11



PaulJK MSG #763, 11-10-2008 06:17 AM
      Dash - pm to you

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #764, 11-10-2008 07:45 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Dash:


WHERE DO I FLIPPIN GET ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11


Here's the thread:

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/058885.html


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #765, 11-11-2008 12:45 PM
      Anyone interested in an Fi355 interior w/ black & tan leather upholstery NEW-IN-BOX? One of my customers has to let go of all his Fiero/355 kit stuff. Send me a PM if interested in contact info.



iNVisionPROTOTYPES (invisionprototypes@ymail.com) MSG #766, 11-12-2008 03:14 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Very clean job. I'm trying to determine if that is a Fiero. Defrost screen, steering column & wheel look familiar.


Thanks! You're right, except for the custom moulded horn button and the key hole has been shaved and relocated into the dash while still retaining the column lock. I could never get used to pressing that lever to extact the key.



85LAMB (linck777@netzero.com) MSG #767, 11-12-2008 04:07 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:
Send me a PM if interested in contact info.


Please check PM



justinchristie MSG #768, 11-16-2008 04:24 PM
      You've got a pm.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #769, 11-18-2008 01:07 PM
      I just returned from doing an interior install in Ft. Lauderdale over the weekend. Despite running into a web of electrical issues ( related to previously installed keyless entry & also security system, with NO owners manual ) the install took us three full days to complete. However, the car was not used for quite some time & wouldn't start. Ignition spark was present, so I suspect it is a problem with the fuel pump which could not be heard priming before start-up.
.




fieroboom (fieroboom@gmail.com) MSG #770, 11-18-2008 02:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I was looking at chin spoilers and came across this 550 Mranello interior. I couldn't help notice how similar in proportions & feature placements are to the Fiero interior. I'll bet if this was super imposed over the Fiero interior it'll be strikingly similar. Look how similar the instrument arrangement is. The door handles as well.





http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymot...L0811151110005r30393

Ferrari 355 interior molds, current bid is $150



ferrobi MSG #771, 11-19-2008 12:02 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I just returned from doing an interior install in Ft. Lauderdale over the weekend. Despite running into a web of electrical issues ( related to previously installed keyless entry & also security system, with NO owners manual ) the install took us three full days to complete. However, the car was not used for quite some time & wouldn't start. Ignition spark was present, so I suspect it is a problem with the fuel pump which could not be heard priming before start-up.
.



So is that you or the owner



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #772, 11-19-2008 01:29 PM
      He's the happy owner in Florida. I forgot to take a shot of the engine bay but it has a 3800sc/ 4T65eHD and the paint is fresh. The car will need to be detailed & get a new boot cover to match. It would've been nice to take it out for a test spin, but the motor wouldn't start...probably due to a faulty fuel pump.
.



whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #773, 11-19-2008 01:49 PM
      Nice job Rob!
it looks great. I still need to get with you on parts for my car.
mine is taking longer than I thought but I will get the parts from you as soon as I can.
been working on the body trying to get that done then I will contact you for the parts I need.


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #774, 11-22-2008 07:14 AM
      That wasn't Funnywheels, was it???

Looks great, Rob...

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #775, 11-22-2008 11:17 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

That wasn't Funnywheels, was it???

Looks great, Rob...

Bob



Bob, Nope, this is a car in that was sitting around for some time after returning from Fastfieros. It has a fresh 3800sc swap, but we couldn't get it to start. I think the fuel pump wasn't running; we couldn't hear it turn on with the ignition. Hopefully it's just an electrical connection issue & not a bad pump.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #776, 11-22-2008 11:38 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

Nice job Rob!
it looks great. I still need to get with you on parts for my car.
mine is taking longer than I thought but I will get the parts from you as soon as I can.
been working on the body trying to get that done then I will contact you for the parts I need.


Projects always seem to take 2-3 times longer than you initially expected. Holiday season is full of distractions that always slows my work down.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #777, 11-30-2008 11:17 PM
      Piggy backin' today. These smoked turn signals are pretty cool.
.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #778, 12-01-2008 12:47 AM
      On the Fi40 dash project. Here is the fresh mould for the gauge trio holder, and a shot showing the progressive gauge angles to provide better viewing from the drivers seat.


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Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #779, 12-04-2008 12:21 PM
      While I prefer the shape of the signals on your red car, those smoked ones do look great. I bet they would be killer with any color car.

As always, fantastic workmanship Amida.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #780, 12-04-2008 04:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Tusch:

While I prefer the shape of the signals on your red car, those smoked ones do look great. I bet they would be killer with any color car.

As always, fantastic workmanship Amida.


Yes, the smoked lenses are pretty cool. I'm thinking a white Fiero with black stripes, big black rims & slammed to the ground would be a great combo.



Bridgetown MSG #781, 12-04-2008 05:20 PM
      Amida! I was keeping it a secret
Car is an '86 GT - White/ Black trim
3400 v6
'88 rear susp. with coilovers
Jimmy S GT1 scoops
And of course this awsome front from you. Haven't found the right wheels yet but, yes, they will a be black 18/19 combo. Any sugestions? The inspiration for the car is the 355 Challenge cars. So I want a light 1pc five spoke design. Oh, and in case anyone is wondering Amida is a great guy to do business with.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #782, 12-05-2008 12:48 AM
      I don't know if this was photoshopped, but to me the wheels are too big; it has O-rings for tires.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #783, 12-05-2008 12:52 AM
      I like this color scheme.



Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #784, 12-05-2008 12:25 PM
      Exactly what I was thinking about when you first mentioned the scheme.

Bridgetown MSG #785, 12-05-2008 01:29 PM
      This is the car that inspired the look I'm going for. Except with black or gunmetal wheels



Anyone got any wheel suggestions. Looking for 18x7.5 or 8 Front, 19x8 or 9 with 35mm offset.
I would also consider a 17/18 combo if the wheels only came in those sizes.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #786, 12-05-2008 02:39 PM
      Enzo wheels, 7x17, 8x18, 35mm, hyper, silver, gunmetal at Wheelmax.
http://www.wheelmax.com/whe...28&color=Gun%20Metal




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #787, 12-05-2008 02:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

This is the car that inspired the look I'm going for. Except with black or gunmetal wheels

I would also consider a 17/18 combo if the wheels only came in those sizes.


Stripes make a huge difference:



Bridgetown MSG #788, 12-05-2008 06:14 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Enzo wheels, 7x17, 8x18, 35mm, hyper, silver, gunmetal at Wheelmax.
http://www.wheelmax.com/whe...28&color=Gun%20Metal



Anyone have experience with these. Little concerned about how they will hold up.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #789, 12-05-2008 08:53 PM
      TC went with 45 series rubber on these 18s, but for a lower look I would do 40s & 35s (f/r) on my car.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #790, 12-06-2008 07:40 AM
      Ford scorpion lights fit well without modifying the pockets. The Scorpion was not available in the States however so they must be shipped from Europe.
.



Bridgetown MSG #791, 12-07-2008 12:17 AM
     
Just playing around with photoshop. Whacha think?

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Bridgetown MSG #792, 12-07-2008 01:21 AM
     
Or for a little bit of a cleaner look. How about this?


Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #793, 12-07-2008 04:31 AM
      Noo.. you destroyed it completely..



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #794, 12-07-2008 10:56 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:


Just playing around with photoshop. Whacha think?



Very nice! I'd keep the chin black, smoke the lights, and make the outer stripes wider.
And tint the windows

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Swedish Fiero (fiero@live.se) MSG #795, 12-14-2008 04:54 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

This is a finished grill just pulled from the oven. It's made from 1/4" ABS sheet that is cut with a template on a router table using straight & round bits. The slats are sloted then placed in an alignment jig then welded together with plastic solvent Final finish coating is with SEM satin black & adhesion promoter. It looks just at good as the factory piece.



Amida.. LOVE your work.. would it be possible for me to purchase your grill, and what is the price?
Price for the shine pegasus in picture?
Do you have any measurements of length and height, i think my "mouth" is smaller than your version, so I can cut the edges a little bit to make it fit !?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #796, 12-16-2008 04:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Swedish Fiero:


Amida.. LOVE your work.. would it be possible for me to purchase your grill, and what is the price?
Price for the shine pegasus in picture?
Do you have any measurements of length and height, i think my "mouth" is smaller than your version, so I can cut the edges a little bit to make it fit !?


I just sold the last grill that I had, but I'll have a machine shop do another batch in about 2-3 weeks. Measures 29" x 5". Assuming the the machining cost is the same, the grill option is $95.00+shipping, but will know for sure when I get a quote from the machine shop.

Thanks.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #797, 12-19-2008 06:42 PM
      Work outside in the unheated shop is at a near standstill in sub-freezing weather. I can get 5 minutes out of my air tools before the air lines clog with ice. But, here's a cool winter shot.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #798, 12-21-2008 11:48 AM
      Here's good reminder to test fit your new parts before committing to paint. I've had this pic in my files for a couple of years to remind myself of what can happen if things go un-checked.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #799, 01-05-2009 10:13 PM
      Working in sub freezing weather makes me want to move to the sunny south. It's difficult to work with your hands when you can't feel your fingers!

Fitting the new prototype dash and figuring out air routing to the windshield defrost vents.

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A side project for 2009. Mocking up one side of Fi512 nose. Haven't had much time on this project; other projects to take care of first.

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jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #800, 01-06-2009 01:05 AM
      Thank you.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #801, 01-09-2009 12:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:

Thank you.



Are you still waiting for the Fi512 ? I thought you were long gone. It's going to be a while before I can really start on it...gotta ship some interiors first.

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jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #802, 01-09-2009 03:47 PM
      I've been watching and waiting.

PaulJK MSG #803, 01-09-2009 05:02 PM
      amida, do you have a source for black alcantara material 'cause i'd like to get enough to do the top of my euro-dash. Is it THAT much different than UV-treated suede ?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #804, 01-09-2009 05:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

amida, do you have a source for black alcantara material 'cause i'd like to get enough to do the top of my euro-dash. Is it THAT much different than UV-treated suede ?


Well, it might be pricey stuff, but you can get it at Roadwire in Commerce, CA. All good auto/marine ultra suedes will be UV-treated. Alcantara is an Italian brand.


PaulJK MSG #805, 01-09-2009 08:22 PM
      Thanks for the info.

I needed to stop near my "usual" upholstery shop today, so i stopped in and was told by the manager / owner (the only person I trust there, and then only a little more than 50%) that UV-treated suede will last about a year on a dash, alcantara suede a few years, before they get faded. The dash is the most difficult since it gets directly baked by the sun. He showed me a black seat cover he did for his own car with something called NOVA suede that he said would hold up better than either of the others, and was 1/2 cheaper than alcantara. I ordered 1.5 yards to do the top of my dash and A-pillar covers in black. Note: he quoted $120 / yard for alcantara.

I reasoned that if the alcantara is used on high-performance race cars, it is made for maximum (non-glare) performance and not longevity (?) so maybe he was somewhat correct. In any case, i decided to take a chance that he knew what he was talking about when he showed me his own seat cover (but it might have been something he found on the sidewalk and just wanted to make a sale - who knows).


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #806, 01-10-2009 01:44 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:

Thanks for the info.

I needed to stop near my "usual" upholstery shop today, so i stopped in and was told by the manager / owner (the only person I trust there, and then only a little more than 50%) that UV-treated suede will last about a year on a dash, alcantara suede a few years, before they get faded. The dash is the most difficult since it gets directly baked by the sun. He showed me a black seat cover he did for his own car with something called NOVA suede that he said would hold up better than either of the others, and was 1/2 cheaper than alcantara. I ordered 1.5 yards to do the top of my dash and A-pillar covers in black. Note: he quoted $120 / yard for alcantara.

I reasoned that if the alcantara is used on high-performance race cars, it is made for maximum (non-glare) performance and not longevity (?) so maybe he was somewhat correct. In any case, i decided to take a chance that he knew what he was talking about when he showed me his own seat cover (but it might have been something he found on the sidewalk and just wanted to make a sale - who knows).


For some reason I thought you were working on a Countach. What do you have a Mera?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #807, 01-10-2009 01:53 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:

I've been watching and waiting.


Yeah, it'll be a really nice nose eventually. I've already split the 512tr donor in half. I'll probably be removing about 4.5" from the total width. My experience with building the Fi355 nose should help me alot on this one.



PaulJK MSG #808, 01-10-2009 02:22 AM
      {pm sent} commerce is pretty close to me - i'll have to check them out.

i like to think my next kitcar willl be a 308 or 512 testaRossa, but i'm seeing some nice gallardos in the works - the lambo's are normally wayyyy beyond my level of involvement (frame stretch, vertical door difficulty and expense to build ). i think i want a "knock-off" of the gray one you posted above [at first i thoiught it was a fiero kit ]

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ferrobi MSG #809, 01-10-2009 10:49 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:


UV-treated suede will last about a year on a dash, alcantara suede a few years, before they get faded. The dash is the most difficult since it gets directly baked by the sun.

I hope that does not happen to my dash -



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #810, 01-10-2009 12:04 PM
      [QUOTE]Originally posted by ferrobi:

[QUOTE]Originally posted by PaulJK:


UV-treated suede will last about a year on a dash, alcantara suede a few years, before they get faded. The dash is the most difficult since it gets directly baked by the sun.

I hope that does not happen to my dash -


All materials fade, UV coating just slows it down. I think the literature said the rating was 4% loss a year if kept in the sun for 24 hours a day, or something like that. I wouldn't worry about it. Within ten years you'll probably be driving an enzo replica or a minivan anyway. If you park day-in & day-out in the blazing sun, use a windshield visor.



ferrobi MSG #811, 01-10-2009 06:17 PM
      Looking good







Bridgetown MSG #812, 01-10-2009 09:00 PM
      Look what I just got back from a 10 hour drive with!

Looks good Rob. Thanks again.
And if anyone is wondering about dealing with Rob (Amida), he is one of the best.
I will be updateing my build thread with more pics soon.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/071783.html


PaulJK MSG #813, 01-11-2009 04:17 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

I hope that does not happen to my dash -



I wouldn't worry. The guy at the shop before him told me it would last only 6 months. Besides, you have light gray; i'll have black.

 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

All materials fade, UV coating just slows it down. I think the literature said the rating was 4% loss a year if kept in the sun for 24 hours a day, or something like that. I wouldn't worry about it. Within ten years you'll probably be driving an enzo replica or a minivan anyway. If you park day-in & day-out in the blazing sun, use a windshield visor.



Good to hear. That's what I was thinking - use a visor or park in the shade i just hope this NOVA stuff i bought is a decent grade ....

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88White3.4GT MSG #814, 01-13-2009 12:20 AM
      I'm also waiting to see the 512 nose.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #815, 01-13-2009 03:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Look what I just got back from a 10 hour drive with!

Looks good Rob. Thanks again.
And if anyone is wondering about dealing with Rob (Amida), he is one of the best.
I will be updateing my build thread with more pics soon.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/071783.html


It's good to see that the box was in good shape. Not really needed for soft urethane noses , but for gelcoated fiberglass it is a must to have full protection to guard the gelcoat during shipping.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #816, 01-13-2009 03:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 88White3.4GT:

I'm also waiting to see the 512 nose.


My plan is to use the same upper valance as on the Fi355 nose, and to also borrow surface sections & flanges to help make this one quicker to put together. But, as before, I still have to work outside on the car for this one. Waiting for it to get a little warmer though.



PaulJK MSG #817, 01-13-2009 08:24 PM
      amida - i picked up the suede from the upholsterers today and it looks terrific . Pretty thick, though, so i hope it won't be a problem to work with. i e-mailed you a copy of the specs to your juno address.

i also spoke to my window tinter and he said there is a 70% (very light) grade of tint that might be suitable for a windshield to help with the UV and heat. anybody know anything about 70% tint ?

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88White3.4GT MSG #818, 01-14-2009 12:10 AM
      You still have snow up there? It's like high 40's low 50's here in Walla Walla, strange weather, feels like spring. So the nose will be pretty easily put together? Simplicity is great, keep up the good work.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #819, 01-14-2009 03:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 88White3.4GT:

You still have snow up there? It's like high 40's low 50's here in Walla Walla, strange weather, feels like spring. So the nose will be pretty easily put together? Simplicity is great, keep up the good work.


The snow is all gone now. Doing Delorean00's upholstery & adding some finishing touches to Ferrobi's dash design. Moving air from the base of the windshield to two, round vents in a different spot is a little tricky.




exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #820, 01-14-2009 11:10 PM
     

Amida, i have said it before, but it needs to be said again,..the work you do is amazing !!


ferrobi MSG #821, 01-15-2009 08:27 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Amida, i have said it before, but it needs to be said again,..the work you do is amazing !!


I too have said it before but he truly is Amida the Amazing



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #822, 01-15-2009 01:26 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


I too have said it before but he truly is Amida the Amazing


Thanks. It's not perfect, but I guess it's not bad for non-computer aided design/fab.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #823, 01-15-2009 01:35 PM
      For the Fi355 chin spoiler I'll use this negative impression of the lower side of the nose as the mounting flange. I'll cut it down to 3-4 inches around the perimeter.





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #824, 01-15-2009 01:52 PM
      I'm going after something like this one. It looks like I could start off by doing what some guys are doing with the GTaero, attach an upside down bottom section of a 2nd GTaero, to get a mirror image. I could probably work off of that for starters.
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quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:



[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 01-15-2009).]

Bridgetown MSG #825, 01-15-2009 04:10 PM
      Can't wait Amida! You can count on me for one for sure. Are you starting on this right now? I just wanted to say again wicked job on my front fascia. My wife thinks I'm retarded because I have it sitting in the living room and I just drool over it.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #826, 01-15-2009 10:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Can't wait Amida! You can count on me for one for sure. Are you starting on this right now? I just wanted to say again wicked job on my front fascia. My wife thinks I'm retarded because I have it sitting in the living room and I just drool over it.


In the living room? I guess it can double as a coffee table.

I still like this white combo.





88White3.4GT MSG #827, 01-15-2009 10:17 PM
     



wow, this is exactly the paint scheme i was thinking about, but with the 512 nose. minus the wing.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #828, 01-15-2009 10:21 PM
      Yeah, pretty nice. Gun metal or black rims. I like the mini rear spoiler on TC's car.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #829, 01-19-2009 08:08 PM
      Here's a couple shots of a new Fi355 interior set coming together. Door upholstery just finished in black leatherette and going through final fitting.
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The Fi40 dash had to be pulled or else the 355 doors would crash into it when closed...wouldn't want that to happen.
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DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #830, 01-19-2009 08:31 PM
      Its nice to see the interior for my car is coming along so nicely. I can wait to install it!!

Tony Kania MSG #831, 01-19-2009 08:43 PM
      Nice to see a master at work!


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #832, 01-19-2009 08:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DeLorean00:

Its nice to see the interior for my car is coming along so nicely. I can wait to install it!!


I CC'd an emailed photo set to you over the weekend.


DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #833, 01-19-2009 10:06 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


I CC'd an emailed photo set to you over the weekend.


I got it!




ferrobi MSG #834, 01-25-2009 02:47 PM
      Any updates?

Tusch (john.partusch@gmail.com) MSG #835, 01-31-2009 12:35 PM
      I'm with him, any updates?

chrismclubm MSG #836, 01-31-2009 10:08 PM
      Good job man!



seadog MSG #837, 02-05-2009 08:59 PM
      Rob PM sent

whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #838, 02-15-2009 07:35 AM
      The chin spoiler would make a most excellent addition to Ferrario. Put me down for one as well.



ace5514 (aacerra@yahoo.com) MSG #839, 02-17-2009 03:44 AM
      Rob,
i posted this on the wrong threat but i wanted to know how hard would it be to fill in the side moulding area on your 355 nose to use with an archie wide body kit. also how much for the nose and shipping to 07764.
thanks
al


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #840, 02-17-2009 11:25 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whadeduck:

The chin spoiler would make a most excellent addition to Ferrario. Put me down for one as well.



What happend to the Ferrario thread, it's been pretty quiet?



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #841, 02-17-2009 11:42 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ace5514:

Rob,
i posted this on the wrong threat but i wanted to know how hard would it be to fill in the side moulding area on your 355 nose to use with an archie wide body kit. also how much for the nose and shipping to 07764.
thanks
al


It would be fairly simple for you to do. I would assume that the side mounting screws are blind/hidden & secured from the inside of the fenders. To fill in the moulding channel I would first pour some urethane foam into the channel, then grind down the foam & fiberglass to 3" below the channel, then laminate 2-3 strips of fiberglass, level & smooth with bondo. PM sent.


whadeduck (richardjborton@gmail.com) MSG #842, 02-17-2009 04:44 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


What happend to the Ferrario thread, it's been pretty quiet?


Been sick lately and uber-busy at work. Should be able to get some things done on it this coming weekend though. I'm hoping to get the mirrors mounted correctly, the headlights in, and get the new fenders adjusted.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #843, 02-26-2009 03:06 PM
      Here's a few fresh Fi40 dash components out of the moulds before trimming & prep.
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And a console curing in the locker. Rear cpu cover with hatch ( latch components from the Fiero ) . Front of console will be modified to make clearance for the Fi40 dash lower heater vents.
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Here's a Fi355 dash getting covered.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #844, 02-28-2009 12:48 PM
      A batch of Fi40 & Fi355 urethane parts curing in the oven.
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ferrobi MSG #845, 03-01-2009 10:07 AM
      LOOKING GOOD

Bridgetown MSG #846, 03-03-2009 10:43 AM
      Amida, any progress on the Fi355 chin spoiler? I got some cash burning a hole in my pocket!

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #847, 03-03-2009 01:05 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Amida, any progress on the Fi355 chin spoiler? I got some cash burning a hole in my pocket!


Waiting for the weather to get better, and need to catch-up on interiors. Not too long.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #848, 03-03-2009 01:08 PM
      Some Fi355 dash process shots.







JazzMan (jazzman@fierocentral.com) MSG #849, 03-03-2009 06:36 PM
      When you show various molds, parts, etc, can you list specific materials that you used? For instance, what materials (brand names?) did you use to make the angled guage pod mold halves and finished product out of? Are you using vacuum potting? What kind(s) of casting resin? That sort of detailed info I would find ver-r-r-r-y interesting.

JazzMan


pavo_roddy MSG #850, 03-03-2009 06:54 PM
      HI all

Don't know if you, Amida, ever go to F-Chat, but I thought you may like this pic of a notchie-F355 type kit..... On the real pic there were a wee bit of lewd drawings, so I had to remove them........

Found here: http://www.ferrarichat.com/...php?t=19010&page=101


Pic:



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #851, 03-05-2009 02:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by JazzMan:

When you show various molds, parts, etc, can you list specific materials that you used? For instance, what materials (brand names?) did you use to make the angled guage pod mold halves and finished product out of? Are you using vacuum potting? What kind(s) of casting resin? That sort of detailed info I would find ver-r-r-r-y interesting.

JazzMan


Go to the Alumilite site: http://www.alumilite.com

There is a great how-to section there on mold making & casting.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #852, 03-05-2009 02:30 PM
      The most challenging piece to cover is the lower dash due to the severe curvature of the piece. I take a day to first pre-stretch the hide/fabric to mold it over the piece, this will help make glueing & application, the next steps, alot easier to do.
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Tony Kania MSG #853, 03-05-2009 02:37 PM
      Always amazes me to see your work Amida! :

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #854, 03-05-2009 02:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Tony Kania:

Always amazes me to see your work Amida! :


Bring your car over, I'll make a dash for you too.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #855, 03-05-2009 02:44 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by pavo_roddy:

Found here: http://www.ferrarichat.com/...php?t=19010&page=101


Pic:



Talk about some small wheels. I'll guess the those are 14s .


Galliero (ondprowl2@yahoo.com) MSG #856, 03-06-2009 01:28 AM
      I love it a man after my own heart. I always draw and sketch out my designs to. Have you looked the Lamborghini gallardo body on the fiero frame its a perfect fit. Thats what i based my project on because the body lines of the car which are very similar to the XLR. You can check out my thread on here 'been living in a cave" or on youtube by searching for cardboard car check it out and I hope you enjoy I plan on beginning my fiberglass this spring with the help of fieroboom, hopefully. Enjoy the show keep up the good work i'
ll be watching.


 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:



This is just a very rough sketch of the full frontal view. I just needed to get some ideas down on paper. I'd like to start a project like this sometime. My design goal is to achieve a look that is very Pontiac & Identifiable as a Fiero while blending in more current body lines. I'll try to utilize existing off the shelf parts too.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #857, 03-08-2009 03:50 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Galliero:

I love it a man after my own heart. I always draw and sketch out my designs to. Have you looked the Lamborghini gallardo body on the fiero frame its a perfect fit. Thats what i based my project on because the body lines of the car which are very similar to the XLR. You can check out my thread on here 'been living in a cave" or on youtube by searching for cardboard car check it out and I hope you enjoy I plan on beginning my fiberglass this spring with the help of fieroboom, hopefully. Enjoy the show keep up the good work i'
ll be watching.



I think 'JimmyS' has something to do with a Gallardo rebody on a stock Fiero wheelbase. I can see restyling the GT fiero will a more chiseled look like on the Gallardo. I'd still like to do a stretched GT with a slightly tilted roof.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #858, 03-08-2009 03:59 PM
      Beginning dash assembly. Joining upper & lower sections, Installing defrost vents, A/C vents & passenger side access hatch. It's looking more like a dash now.
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ferrobi MSG #859, 03-08-2009 04:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Beginning dash assembly. Joining upper & lower sections, Installing defrost vents, A/C vents & passenger side access hatch. It's looking more like a dash now.




I like the glovebox door - would be nice on the Fi40


ferrobi MSG #860, 03-19-2009 06:08 PM
      Fi40 coming along






Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #861, 03-26-2009 03:34 PM
      Amida, your work is gorgeous!!

If you ever have some spare time to sketch/doodle around...

I would love to see what you would come up with with an Audi R8 inspired interior, with your own personal touches.
(Or Lamborghini Murcielago, Gallardo; Lotus Evora; Audi A6, new TT-RS) Or a cool blend of the above, while keeping the possibility of a double DIN Navi (easily readable for the driver, extra gauges, and shallow lilke the OEM Fiero dash, or the F-355 dash (so it doesn't eat into cabin space)



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #862, 03-31-2009 03:40 PM
      [QUOTE]Originally posted by Austrian Import:

Amida, your work is gorgeous!!

If you ever have some spare time to sketch/doodle around...

I would love to see what you would come up with with an Audi R8 inspired interior, with your own personal touches.
(Or Lamborghini Murcielago, Gallardo; Lotus Evora; Audi A6, new TT-RS) Or a cool blend of the above, while keeping the possibility of a double DIN Navi (easily readable for the driver, extra gauges, and shallow lilke the OEM Fiero dash, or the F-355 dash (so it doesn't eat into cabin space)


Thanks. The Fiero could use an updated interior and I'm up for doing one, but it'll have to be very affordable for the Fiero nuts and I'm not quite sure how to do it cheaply. Perhaps just re-shape the dash & re-use all existing parts/components/instruments etc. But, I would at least change the airvent to the round G6/G8 type.



Bridgetown MSG #863, 04-29-2009 10:37 AM
      Rob,
Thaught I would give this thread a bump to see whats been happening lately. Any progress on the chin for the fi355 front?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #864, 05-11-2009 12:08 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Rob,
Thaught I would give this thread a bump to see whats been happening lately. Any progress on the chin for the fi355 front?


I've been a little tied up with getting other projects out the door. Will be starting on the chin shortly as the weather is looking better nowadays.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #865, 05-11-2009 12:26 AM
      Just finished another project in time for summer.
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[This message has been edited by Amida (edited 05-11-2009).]

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #866, 05-11-2009 12:36 AM
      Another finished dash.
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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #867, 05-11-2009 12:41 AM
      A couple more dashes in the process.
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Bridgetown MSG #868, 06-08-2009 01:10 PM
      Wow, Rob, lots of product going out the door lately! Do I see a bigger workspace in the future? I hope so, you deserve it, hard work should be rewarded. Can't wait to see the fi355 chin spoiler... I mean gravel scoop
Got my car lowered 1.5" I think that the chin is not going to be that bad for clearence.

[This message has been edited by Bridgetown (edited 06-08-2009).]

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #869, 06-08-2009 01:17 PM
      Rob, PM sent


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #870, 06-13-2009 09:53 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Wow, Rob, lots of product going out the door lately! Do I see a bigger workspace in the future? I hope so, you deserve it, hard work should be rewarded. Can't wait to see the fi355 chin spoiler... I mean gravel scoop
Got my car lowered 1.5" I think that the chin is not going to be that bad for clearence.




Lookin' good. I'll be going with 2" lowered spindles next. I'm close to shipping out a few Fi40 dashes, once those are on their way I"ll be diving into the fi355 gravel scoop.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #871, 06-13-2009 02:33 PM
      Fi355 nose for Ferrari turn signals...on it's way to the East coast.
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ace5514 (aacerra@yahoo.com) MSG #872, 06-13-2009 07:58 PM
      i think i know where that one is going!!!
Rob you do awsome work (now if i could only afford one of your interiors).
keep us posted on the chin spoiler!

btw the pics here are nicer than on the email!



f40fiero (rc51racing@yahoo.com) MSG #873, 06-15-2009 04:14 PM
      I am wanting a f40 carbon fiber dash. I am taking the middle console out and not using it since there is nothing there that I need other then the shift knob and e brake that I have modified to set over next to the shifter. I am doing a 01 northstar with a g50 and extension and modification on frame structure and aero dynamics of the kit. Inside is all carbon kelvar and roll cage with mr2 rear window. I need a dash if interested in making one since I dont have time for that.

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #874, 06-15-2009 04:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:




I just ordered 2 of these
Rob, I sent you an email and the money is on the way to you.
Thanks


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #875, 06-15-2009 07:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:
I just ordered 2 of these
Rob, I sent you an email and the money is on the way to you.
Thanks


Two ?? Hmmmm,......


ace5514 (aacerra@yahoo.com) MSG #876, 06-16-2009 08:16 AM
      Rob,
i got my bumper yesterday afternoon. i liked it from pictures...love it in person.
YOUR WORK IS THE BEST I HAVE SEEN!!
THANKS!!!


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #877, 06-16-2009 08:30 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ace5514:

Rob,
i got my bumper yesterday afternoon. i liked it from pictures...love it in person.
YOUR WORK IS THE BEST I HAVE SEEN!!
THANKS!!!



Post some pic's as sonn as you get it on the car
D.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #878, 06-17-2009 12:34 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by f40fiero:

I am wanting a f40 carbon fiber dash. I am taking the middle console out and not using it since there is nothing there that I need other then the shift knob and e brake that I have modified to set over next to the shifter. I am doing a 01 northstar with a g50 and extension and modification on frame structure and aero dynamics of the kit. Inside is all carbon kelvar and roll cage with mr2 rear window. I need a dash if interested in making one since I dont have time for that.


I've experimented with carbon fiber for Ferrobi's Fi40 dash pod, and I must say that the amount of labor that goes into it, compared to normal fiberglass fabrication, is quite a bit more when using the vacuum bagging method. I'd like to try the infusion method next, but either way producing a good looking carbon fiber part is more costly. For a dash quote please e-mail me at: FieroInteriors @Juno.com. Thanks, Rob



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #879, 06-17-2009 12:36 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ace5514:

Rob,
i got my bumper yesterday afternoon. i liked it from pictures...love it in person.
YOUR WORK IS THE BEST I HAVE SEEN!!
THANKS!!!


That was fast. Where is your build thread? Thanks.




ace5514 (aacerra@yahoo.com) MSG #880, 06-17-2009 02:27 AM
      build thread is comming. waiting on the wide body from archie and i have some mods i have to do to both bumpers.
i'll take pics and when it starts comming together, i'll start a thread and start posting.
seriously though this bumper is solid and much better quality than most of the panels i have seen on the import cars!
i'm glad i went with your bumper, worth every penny!!


DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #881, 06-17-2009 05:37 PM
      I just have to chime in here and say I love the interior you made for my car. It is just amazing!! Better then OEM!!

ferrobi MSG #882, 06-17-2009 07:02 PM
      Here is his experiment - pretty nice CF I must say





DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #883, 06-17-2009 07:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:

Here is his experiment - pretty nice CF I must say




I have a hard time believing Amida is a person. I have never seen a photo of him. He never makes mistakes. All his work is flawless and amazing. I am convinced he is a robot.


ferrobi MSG #884, 06-17-2009 07:52 PM
      Me too - Robot indeed - show us a pic of yourself Rob

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #885, 06-18-2009 09:04 AM
     

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #886, 06-18-2009 09:15 AM
      ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey, Rob I sent you a PM with a question.
D.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #887, 06-18-2009 03:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Do I see a bigger workspace in the future?



It would be nice to have more space, but more space means more overhead so it looks like working in the garden will have to do for now.

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #888, 06-18-2009 03:40 PM
      Nice!
great work Rob.


DeLorean00 (twincam18@aol.com) MSG #889, 06-18-2009 07:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:



LOLz!! Blue is a good color for you.



ferrobi MSG #890, 06-18-2009 07:47 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


It would be nice to have more space, but more space means more overhead so it looks like working in the garden will have to do for now.




What is the 2nd one from the right covered in?

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RUNDLC (hmdznrcld@comcast.net) MSG #891, 06-19-2009 12:14 PM
      Hey Amida I could come up there and do some plans for a small garage addition! Looks like you may have the space to add let's say 15' to the back of your garage. Just a thought

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #892, 06-19-2009 05:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


What is the 2nd one from the right covered in?



Headliner material used on prototype. Too thin for my liking.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #893, 06-21-2009 12:06 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RUNDLC:

Hey Amida I could come up there and do some plans for a small garage addition! Looks like you may have the space to add let's say 15' to the back of your garage. Just a thought


Thanks. Maybe someday I'll open a small shop in the industrial Georgetown/Southpark area, cheapest place in Seattle. A cool place where a few chopper builders are located.


jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #894, 06-22-2009 02:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DeLorean00:


I have a hard time believing Amida is a person. I have never seen a photo of him. He never makes mistakes. All his work is flawless and amazing. I am convinced he is a robot.


Amida is really the Stig.


Fie Ro (roderick.baas@tros.nl) MSG #895, 06-22-2009 09:45 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:
Amida is really the Stig.


he's close

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LPLJT3zkDc



Maloso MSG #896, 06-26-2009 02:30 PM
      Amida,

Do you have or can you build a center glove box replacement to accomodate a 10" subwoofer?

Tony


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #897, 06-27-2009 10:21 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Maloso:

Amida,

Do you have or can you build a center glove box replacement to accomodate a 10" subwoofer?

Tony


I have not done a speaker enclosure. That's probably something that should be made of MDF for better acoustical properties.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #898, 06-27-2009 10:25 AM
      Fi40 dash nearly completed being test fitted before shipping to California. Fits the stock Fiero cabin perfectly.





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #899, 07-04-2009 02:25 AM
      Moving the Fi355 chin spoiler up to the project table. It appears that this Imola piece is higher at the front that it is at the rear. Hmmmm...I wonder if it has anything to do with getting in & out of driveways? If I made it more parallel to the ground then it would be about 3/4" lower at the front.
Ferrari F355 nose


FieroVation Fi355 nose

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #900, 07-04-2009 04:07 AM
      Chin spoiler added to the latest rendition of the stretched Formula.



Bridgetown MSG #901, 07-04-2009 01:20 PM
      I like the idea of tapering it. Gives it a more slick appearance, like the car is in motion even when it is not. Plus the extra clearence wouldn't hurt either, I've already drug mine over my driveway.

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #902, 07-04-2009 01:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

I like the idea of tapering it. Gives it a more slick appearance, like the car is in motion even when it is not. Plus the extra clearence wouldn't hurt either, I've already drug mine over my driveway.


You mean raise the front of the chin for ground clearance?


infinitewill MSG #903, 07-04-2009 05:23 PM
      I was doing some measuring today for my future nose piece that I am going to order from you Rob, when it finally dawned on me why the genuine 355 nose looks so much shorter from the leading edge of the hood to the belt line of the side molding, then any and all Fiero 355 noses (yours is still by far the best IMHO). The belt line of the 355 is level (for the most part a straight line as in the rendering you did on your concept above) where the Fiero arches with the front considerably lower than the rear, breaking at the trailing edge of the front fender and about 1" lower on the belt line in front of the front wheel well. I don't know if that made sense but here are some reference points and an example of leveling the belt line (trim) with the door belt line (trim). I rather doubt it would be worth the effort to make a new fender as you would have to make new mounting points for the front as well I would think. (marked in yellow). Are you going to reposition the trim on your concept as well as you did in the drawing? I for one might go to the effort of repositioning the trim thus raising but chin spoiler and ground clearance?

Original belt line



Revised belt line



Just curious.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #904, 07-04-2009 08:35 PM
      I'm not sure why the Fiero designer drooped the front of the belt line like that. I think it's actually arched all the way from rear to front. I think it would have been better to keep it a straight belt & just point it at a slightly lower angle. Nevertheless, I have no plans on trying to straighten that out. Yes, the F355 belt line is straight.

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Bridgetown MSG #905, 07-05-2009 02:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


You mean raise the front of the chin for ground clearance?


Kinda. If you look at the Imola chin it is narrow at the front and widens as it flows back towards the wheel well. It may not be possible on the Fi355 front because the bottom angle of the fascia is not the same as the Ferrari's. I would have to do some photoshops. The look hinges on how well it will flow with the side rockers. Rob, your car has the Archie rockers that appear to look lower then the stock Fiero units. On another note though, I am really excited to see this project starting. Can't wait!


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #906, 07-06-2009 01:01 PM
      Can someone with GT rockers take a straight edge to the front of the wheel well & give me a measurement between the rocker line & the GT fascia? My guess it's between 1" - 1 3/8" .

I made the rear corner of the Fi355 nose the exact same height at the GT aero fascia, but I think my rockers are lower than stock. Thanks.





Bridgetown MSG #907, 07-06-2009 01:53 PM
      Here is a comparison with the Fi355 front and stock rockers. My car is in for paint so I can't give you a measurement.


ace5514 (aacerra@yahoo.com) MSG #908, 07-07-2009 02:21 PM
      rob,
i measured my stock 87gt on a flat surface (garage floor) floor to bottom of gt rocker is 6 1/2 inches at rear of front wheel 7 1/2 inches at facie in front of the front wheel. leaving the nose facia 1 inch higher than the rocker.. hope this is what you were looking for.if not just let me know and i'll do it.

ps: if this is for the chin spoiler, keep in mind that some of your customers ( read I ) will be using rockers from the wide body kit.


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #909, 07-07-2009 06:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

I'm not sure why the Fiero designer drooped the front of the belt line like that. I think it's actually arched all the way from rear to front. I think it would have been better to keep it a straight belt & just point it at a slightly lower angle. Nevertheless, I have no plans on trying to straighten that out. Yes, the F355 belt line is straight.



Funny you should be looking at this now. Last week I was looking at the exact same thing. I decided to leave it, for now.

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #910, 07-08-2009 12:26 PM
      The belt line is one of the features that makes the Fiero a Fiero...so I think I'll just keep them on my stretch widebody.

RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #911, 07-08-2009 01:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

...so I think I'll just keep them on my stretch widebody.


So, when are you going to start that project, Rob???

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #912, 07-10-2009 12:58 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:


So, when are you going to start that project, Rob???

Bob


I'm clearing a garage bay currently to get the Formula in for clutch & waterpump repair. Once in the pit I'll be able to start tinkering with the body bit by bit.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #913, 07-12-2009 02:29 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ace5514:

rob,
i measured my stock 87gt on a flat surface (garage floor) floor to bottom of gt rocker is 6 1/2 inches at rear of front wheel 7 1/2 inches at facie in front of the front wheel. leaving the nose facia 1 inch higher than the rocker.. hope this is what you were looking for.if not just let me know and i'll do it.



I think 1 inch should be fine at the wheelwell and a 1-2 degree slope towards the front. I've seen some chin spoilers on various cars that appear to be lower than the side rockers which sort of takes on a snow plow look, and I'd like to avoid that.





IVANNATINKLE (seanmiller063@gmail.com) MSG #914, 07-16-2009 11:57 PM
      update on the gtp bumper??? said you were working on prototype psyched to see

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #915, 07-18-2009 01:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by IVANNATINKLE:

update on the gtp bumper??? said you were working on prototype psyched to see


I have the Fi512 nose next in line, after the Fi355 chin spoiler. I'll start thinking about the GTP a little later. One thing that I think I'll change from now on is to eliminate the two piece nose design and just do a one piece unit. Although I personally like the two piece design better, this will save on time & cost and more Fiero buffs can enjoy my creations.



IVANNATINKLE (seanmiller063@gmail.com) MSG #916, 07-18-2009 06:10 PM
      wwould you be willing to sell just one of those top pieces?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #917, 07-19-2009 01:08 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by IVANNATINKLE:

wwould you be willing to sell just one of those top pieces?


Only as part of the Fi355 nose for the time being.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #918, 07-19-2009 01:32 PM
      The 512tr nose should look pretty nice on the front of the Fiero, but I'm starting to have doubts about making the investiment in time & $$$$ given how slow things have gotten on this forum. A little voice in my head is telling me to move away from the limited Fiero & kitcar niches & focus more on larger more active markets.




Tony Kania MSG #919, 07-19-2009 02:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

The 512tr nose should look pretty nice on the front of the Fiero, but I'm starting to have doubts about making the investiment in time & $$$$ given how slow things have gotten on this forum. A little voice in my head is telling me to move away from the limited Fiero & kitcar niches & focus more on larger more active markets.


Amida, you need to do what is best for your family. I am sure that you will always support our obsession. From the comments left in this forum about your work, I am sure that your creations will prosper no matter where they are applied. I say, go out and keep making a name for yourself.

Tony



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #920, 07-22-2009 11:44 PM
      The latest Fi40 dash just completed. Granite 'ultra' suede. This one with the pod upholstered. It would be nice to see eventually how these dashes look installed in the owners project cars.





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #921, 07-24-2009 11:10 PM
      Fabrication of the illuminated Fi40 switch panels.



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #922, 07-26-2009 09:42 AM
      ...And how do you make those fantastic switches? The Fiero world wants to know.



Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #923, 07-26-2009 11:44 AM
      [QUOTE]Originally posted by RCR:

...And how do you make those fantastic switches? The Fiero world wants to know.



Bob


They're replica switch caps made in two pieces. A clear window is cast in an RTV silicon mold. The window is then inserted into the switch cap mold which is injected with urethane encapsulating the window. The cap is form fitted to aftermarket illuminated switches with adhesive.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #924, 08-03-2009 02:38 AM
      Finally was able to push the Formula into the garage & have a look at the nose underside on level ground. It looks to me that the front splitter will have an open mid-section due to the shape of the nose. It'll have to be like a spoiler in the middle directing air flow up to the radiator. Similar to the Grandprix but without the center column.




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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #925, 08-09-2009 06:45 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:




This template is 1.5" tall at the wheelwell & 2" at the front. Parallel with the rocker & ground. Fine for these rockers that I have but too low for the stock GT rockers. I'll have to raise it up 1/2".



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #926, 08-09-2009 07:02 PM
      This template is shortened to an 1" & 1 1/2" front/rear. I will settle for this height as the lowest common denominator for all applications.
.



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #927, 08-10-2009 06:30 PM
      Watching closely, Rob...

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #928, 08-19-2009 11:14 PM
      A negative of the nose bottom side was fabricated to become the mating flange surface. After fastener points are established the flange will be trimmed to a 2" perimeter.

.
Template of nose profile being tranfered to 3/4" MDF.

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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #929, 08-19-2009 11:21 PM
      Cut & test fitting.






Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #930, 08-19-2009 11:26 PM
      Chamfered the front edge. Adjusting for height & level.







Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #931, 08-19-2009 11:49 PM
      Fender flares would be needed to cover the open wheels.




whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #932, 08-20-2009 09:45 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Chamfered the front edge. Adjusting for height & level.


Nice job Rob
D.


ferrobi MSG #933, 08-20-2009 03:36 PM
      [QUOTE]Originally posted by Amida:

Fabrication of the illuminated Fi40 switch panels.


Progress ?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #934, 08-20-2009 07:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Amida:

Chamfered the front edge. Adjusting for height & level.


Nice job Rob
D.


My low profile jack won't fit under the nose now. Thanks.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #935, 08-20-2009 07:06 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ferrobi:


Progress ?


I'm making my rounds, will be getting back to it.


ferrobi MSG #936, 08-20-2009 09:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


I'm making my rounds, will be getting back to it.






Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #937, 08-20-2009 09:37 PM
      Upper & lower halves are bonded together, then the gaps are filled with urethan foam.



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #938, 08-21-2009 07:03 PM
      I find your work intriguing...I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.



Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #939, 08-22-2009 11:01 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

I find your work intriguing...I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.



Bob


This IS it. No time to write news letters.


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #940, 08-22-2009 01:06 PM
     

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #941, 08-25-2009 12:38 PM
      Rob you are the man!
I just got the 2 consoles I had ordered from you. very nice work



the carbon fiber one will be going in my 88 GTP
and the other is going in Ben's 355 I have been working on.
thanks again,
Dean


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #942, 08-25-2009 10:56 PM
      Bondo, sanding & fitting. Whoever invented bondo must be enjoying life.





Erik (hardkandiboi@hotmail.com) MSG #943, 08-25-2009 11:11 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

Bondo, sanding & fitting. Whoever invented bondo must be enjoying life.




probably the after life ..its been around for a long time ..anyway ..your work is fantastic!



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #944, 08-29-2009 12:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Erik:


probably the after life ..its been around for a long time ..anyway ..your work is fantastic!


Right, I forgot how long it's been around. Thanks.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #945, 08-29-2009 12:06 PM
      Fi355 chin spoiler plug painted & drying in the oven.



doublec4 (doublec4@hotmail.com) MSG #946, 08-29-2009 12:18 PM
      Hey Amida, I saw your post in my build thread and remembered you were building up a chin splitter for your front bumper. You have some great skills! I'd love to build a splitter for my chin spoiler, yours looks great!



ace5514 (aacerra@yahoo.com) MSG #947, 08-31-2009 08:54 PM
      Rob,
the chin spoiler looks great. i'll be watching.
al


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #948, 09-03-2009 07:16 PM
      Rob, You make it look too darned easy. For those of you that pop in and marvel at Rob's work, take it from me, it's waaayy harder than it looks.

Awesome work...

Bob


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #949, 09-05-2009 09:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by doublec4:

Hey Amida, I saw your post in my build thread and remembered you were building up a chin splitter for your front bumper. You have some great skills! I'd love to build a splitter for my chin spoiler, yours looks great!



Your chin spoiler is a splitter isn't it?


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #950, 09-05-2009 09:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Rob, You make it look too darned easy. For those of you that pop in and marvel at Rob's work, take it from me, it's waaayy harder than it looks.

Awesome work...

Bob


The special for today is....epoxy chin sandwich. Mmm, mmm, good.





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #951, 09-05-2009 10:18 PM
      Another idea for the use of Grandprix/Solstice combo lights. Bonneville type upper intakes added, but probably not necessary since steel chassis is directly beneath. BTW, this is a widebody.


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doublec4 (doublec4@hotmail.com) MSG #952, 09-05-2009 11:14 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:


Your chin spoiler is a splitter isn't it?


lol I guess you could call it that. I see a splitter more as a small, flat, protruding element added to the front bumper. Mine is more of a chin spoiler I guess. Yours could go either way.

Here is a "splitter" in my opinion

http://image.musclemustangf...ng+chin_splitter.jpg

or this one:

http://www.mlrmotorsports.c...nt_wind_splitter.jpg

Either way, yours looks great! I would love to have a flat piece, like the second picture I posted, under my chin spoiler. R Runner has something similar on his IMSA



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #953, 09-06-2009 12:37 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by doublec4:


I would love to have a flat piece




With your spoiler already scraping the ground there isn't much ground clearance left, but you can cut a piece of 1/4" ABS and attach it to the spoiler.


doublec4 (doublec4@hotmail.com) MSG #954, 09-06-2009 01:08 AM
      I've looked into that, but can't seem to source out a good place that sells ABS sheets that large around here

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #955, 09-06-2009 01:23 AM
      A little more refining to the widebody Formula .





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #956, 09-06-2009 01:29 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by doublec4:

I've looked into that, but can't seem to source out a good place that sells ABS sheets that large around here


Probably not available at a hardware store, but all plastics dealers/distributors will carry.


ace5514 (aacerra@yahoo.com) MSG #957, 09-06-2009 01:56 AM
      guys,
i have dealt with tap plastics for a couple years, they sell abs sheets 2x2 2x4 and probably larger just email them and ask. they have always treated me well and the prices aren't bad either. plus you can order and they ship it to your door (for a price of course.)

www.tapplastics.com

al


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #958, 09-06-2009 11:07 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ace5514:

guys,
i have dealt with tap plastics for a couple years, they sell abs sheets 2x2 2x4 and probably larger just email them and ask. they have always treated me well and the prices aren't bad either. plus you can order and they ship it to your door (for a price of course.)

www.tapplastics.com

al


I've done business with a couple TapPlastics in my area. I don't think they are in Canada, but if you look in the yellow pages for plastic suppliers you should be able to find a source. ABS would be ideal since it won't shatter on impact like acrylic would.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #959, 09-07-2009 07:06 AM
      A little more tweeking on the latest front end. Rounded outer corners of turn signal pockets & added flush 300zx headlights. Not bad.




Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #960, 09-07-2009 12:03 PM
      Fi355 chin spoiler mould prep.






Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #961, 09-08-2009 05:57 PM
      Surprisingly the plug made it through the moulding process without damage. But, I ran out of the needed fasteners so Fi355 chin #001 is now only attached to the nose with half as many needed. Nevertheless, it came out great. Next decision is whether to paint it body color, or satin black.


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Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #962, 09-08-2009 09:27 PM
      I show about 6 5/16" of ground clearance with my 18s. I'm pretty sure I'll be scraping driveways so it's probably easier for touch-ups if I painted it black.










Bridgetown MSG #963, 09-08-2009 10:59 PM
      Are you ready to take orders Rob?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #964, 09-09-2009 02:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Are you ready to take orders Rob?


Just about. Will work out cost shortly.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #965, 09-09-2009 02:23 PM
      Well, so much for painting it black; used some leftover red. I think I'll re-use the skid pads for the bottom of the spoiler.





whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #966, 09-09-2009 02:50 PM
      NICE!
D.


ace5514 (aacerra@yahoo.com) MSG #967, 09-09-2009 08:52 PM
      Well.....
let's see it mounted and when are they going to be ready for sale?
al


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #968, 09-09-2009 10:11 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

NICE!
D.


Your shift gate is shipped Priority. Thanks.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #969, 09-09-2009 10:19 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ace5514:

Well.....
let's see it mounted and when are they going to be ready for sale?
al


I'm out of fasteners, waiting to get more. I'll have spoiler #002 & #003 made in the next couple of week.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #970, 09-09-2009 10:26 PM
      Performing some epoxy surface coat repair before starting the next nose. After a year & a half of moulding, heating/cooling cycles a few deep air bubbles started to show through the surface.



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #971, 09-09-2009 10:39 PM
      Stumbled across this really good deal. Centerline 18x7x42mm, FORGED for $119 each, set of 4. 17 lbs. wheels. Overstock item on their website....hmmm. Might need a thin spacer for the rear, but not a bad deal.





Sharkman MSG #972, 09-10-2009 02:45 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:
Well, so much for painting it black; used some leftover red. I think I'll re-use the skid pads for the bottom of the spoiler.


Nice job. I will do something like that but with a little tweek in the midle. To get air up on the radiator.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #973, 09-10-2009 04:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Sharkman:

Nice job. I will do something like that but with a little tweek in the midle. To get air up on the radiator.


The GT aero is supposed to have a black plastic air dam beneath the radiator, but I don't have it so I may have to make my own. Thanks.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #974, 09-10-2009 04:36 PM
      Might as well re-use the skid pads for the spoiler.





Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #975, 09-11-2009 09:08 PM
      Packing & shipping day. This is my shipping department. The decklid makes a versatile countertop.



whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #976, 09-11-2009 09:10 PM
      LOL! that is why I keep the deck lid off the custom so I can't use it as a table and collect junk
D.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #977, 09-13-2009 07:00 PM
      Fi355 spoiler is mounted back onto the car after painting. Looks & fits pretty good.










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Bridgetown MSG #978, 09-13-2009 07:54 PM
      Looks better then I thought Rob! Now... how many of my children do you want for one?

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #979, 09-13-2009 08:10 PM
      Nice job, Rob
I will have to get one when I order the front from you.
D.


infinitewill MSG #980, 09-13-2009 09:55 PM
      Rob, you may have already posted this on your build thread so forgive me if it has been discussed. Aren't those Porsche rims? Did you re-drill stockers or machine new hubs?

Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #981, 09-13-2009 10:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bridgetown:

Looks better then I thought Rob! Now... how many of my children do you want for one?


Funny...I'm not ready for rug rats.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #982, 09-13-2009 10:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

Nice job, Rob
I will have to get one when I order the front from you.
D.


At the outset I thought the chin would be a little lower at the front, but after looking at the templates on the car the base line appeared to dipping towards the ground. So, I had to raise it up until It was straight with the rockers. I made the rear 1 1/8" tall so it sits in between stock & Arch rockers.


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #983, 09-13-2009 10:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by infinitewill:

Rob, you may have already posted this on your build thread so forgive me if it has been discussed. Aren't those Porsche rims? Did you re-drill stockers or machine new hubs?


Yes, they are Porsche 18x8.5x10f/r. '88 hubs can't be re-drilled so I"m using 1" billet adapters. Will need flairs .


ace5514 (aacerra@yahoo.com) MSG #984, 09-16-2009 08:07 PM
      rob,
2 questions,
1 - how much for the chin spoiler and when will they be ready for sale;
2 - what is the offset of the front porche rims one your car is it +10 with a 1" adapter?
thanks al



Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #985, 09-16-2009 11:50 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ace5514:

rob,
2 questions,
1 - how much for the chin spoiler and when will they be ready for sale;
2 - what is the offset of the front porche rims one your car is it +10 with a 1" adapter?
thanks al



Al, the Cromodora wheels are front 18x8.5x 47mm, rear 18x10x46mm 5x130mm for Porsche . I pulled them from my kitcar. With the adapters the fronts stick out by 1.75". If I had standard 18x8x35mm, they would still stickout 1" at the front (I have an '88). When I get the time I'd like to look into doing some flares.

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ace5514 (aacerra@yahoo.com) MSG #986, 09-17-2009 08:43 PM
      Thanks Rob,
i'm glad to know i have time to put some money together, just wanted to let you know i will need one when your are ready. (i haven't even started mine yet).
also thanks for the info on the rims. trying to guage what sizes i'll need with the madarch front fenders and your nose.
good luck trying to do flares (i know how busy you are!!!)


Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #987, 09-22-2009 02:35 PM
      Freshly hatched Fi355 nose. D-Y-I ( do it yourself ) version almost ready for the road to PA.