CHOPTOP CHRONICLES
Topic started by: madcurl, Date: 04-11-2004 08:47 PM
Original thread: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum3/HTML/000097.html


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #1, 04-11-2004 08:47 PM
      It's been a while since previous choptop owners have posted current or finished projects. We all know what Chester is doing to the "Dirty Rat" and me. But what about other choptop owners who don't post here often. Are there anthing new that you would like to add here? Pics? And for those who are thinking about getting their cars chopped, what are some of the modifications you plan on doing? Notchback or Fastback which one? IRM, Fiero warhouse molds, or Ausie's? What type of engine/trans package? Crate, LT1, LS1, Northstar, or 3800SC?

Disclaimer: this thead is intended for the solely perpose of entertaining and not to "inflame or to mock others" so please lets all get alone, Curley (a.k.a Madcurl)


CHOPTOP OWNERS:

DL10......whats new with your choptop? Summers here, have you come out to play?

GMGW3....whats the latest news with your choptop? pics please?

Jim88GT....anything you can share with us here, pics please?

The new owner of the "Stinger" What are some of your experiences since you've gottne that sweet ride?

Dirty Rat's........once your car is finished with the Targa top, will you go insane while driving it? I know I would!

Edit" #15

JScott: First 4.9 chopper

Sharona chopper:

Sharkman: Europes first choptop Fiero.

Archie, what are your thoughts on having a choptop in every state of the union?

Silver Choptop.....me? Polished the rims after a brief snow storm while going through NM. Cruised down to Audi Dealer for the flip-up mold on the audi 2003 TT. No one was there to try make me buy a new car...go figure its Easter Sunday perrrrfect!




Jim88GT (choptop88@verizon.net) MSG #2, 04-11-2004 09:07 PM
      Patience, patience, patience.........

Jim

sqoach (fiero_adam@yahoo.com) MSG #3, 04-11-2004 09:45 PM
      What I want to know is how many choptops plan to be at the Wheatstock event in Topeka?

Will-Martin MSG #4, 04-11-2004 09:49 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by sqoach:

What I want to know is how many choptops plan to be at the Wheatstock event in Topeka?

I second that!!!



jscott1 MSG #5, 04-11-2004 10:14 PM
      A Chop is on my shopping list, and there hasn't been a firebird interior chop yet

hint obviously I'm not talking about choping my t-top.



chester (dirtyratracing@gmail.com) MSG #6, 04-11-2004 10:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
Dirty Rat's........once your car is finished with the Targa top, will you go insane while driving it? I know I would!

Hell yeah! I'm going to enjoy and drive it for a few while I work on my tail light mod. It's going to be another unique feature of the car. Once the door panels are installed and done, and the tail lights - it will be time to paint...I also have the interior to address - new carpet, and audio/video system including alarm of course. Later down the line it will sport the Held 13" brake system, but I have to a) let me wallet recover a bit and B) get some things done to Elvira’s car. She's been really patient with me... I think she deserves a nice mod - like maybe a convertible.

As far as Wheatstock goes - I don't think I'm going to make it. I have to save my remaining vacation time to attend my daughters wedding later this year..
I will however invade as many local car shows as I possibly can!

Later

Rob D.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #7, 04-11-2004 10:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by sqoach:

What I want to know is how many choptops plan to be at the Wheatstock event in Topeka?

If my car was in OK I would, however I drove that puppy back to CA. I plan on going to the West fest show in CA. Thats if hell don't break loose in Europe before I get back?

Fiero Redux car may be on its way to Archie's for the chop, if things are going right by then?



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #8, 04-11-2004 10:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jim88GT:

Patience, patience, patience.........

Jim

How much longer? 2-3 months? Near completion? 90% finished? A sneek-peek pic please?

Question: where are most of the Choptop located? Backeast, right? What ever happend to the PPE and the Gun metal gray Choptop?



SLAMMED87GT (m3nacing@gmail.com) MSG #9, 04-11-2004 11:32 PM
      There is also the 1st choptop Archie ever did, his name on PFF is...choptop.

Will be interesting to know WHERE these car will be at shows this summer.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #10, 04-12-2004 01:46 PM
      Experiences: (Person) see wall paper. Uhhh.......thats a Fiero, I haven't seen one of those in a long time. (Me) Yeah, there still around, but mine has a V8 in it. (person) hah? How does that fit in a Fiero? (me) Ahhh GM designed it that way, some race car guro's there had future plans or something. (person) Well I guess one would need to beef-up the brakes and suspenion? (me) yeah, most due with custom or Corvette brakes and suspenion. Some usually have a LT1, I have just the "old" mans N*motor. (person) Silence.........I didn't know that the doors open like that on a Fiero? (me) yeah, if you want them too, hehehe. I later click-onto Pennnocks. (person) what web site is this. He scrolls through site that Songman posted. (me) he had to leave due other people that I needed to see, but he did remember the name "Pennock's."

This was a brief conversation for about 2-4 minutes so I didn't go into detail. Hehehehe....what's so good about the conversation.....he didn't even notice the chop. Good Work V8 Archie for making a kit thats "looks" like it belongs there!
I'm going into Audi dealer again for next project. I need to buy those darn flip-ups for the dash. I'll park it on the side of the Porsche/Audi show room, hehehe. This usually brings out one or two salemens. Only this time it well be "deja vu" with the Audi 2003 TT gauges in! Hello!



ChopTop (steeljeep@aim.com) MSG #11, 04-12-2004 02:09 PM
      Actually I think I may be around number 3. The first choptop I remember seeing was in a FOCOA issue back in the early 90s. That convinced me to chop my Fiero, but the car was in CA, way farther then I was willing to drive to have my car modified. The second one I remember seeing was the Purple Pavement Eater that was done by the late Rick Warber who worked for or showed Archie how to chop the Fiero. Chicago's about a 4 hour drive for me so I drove it down in the fall of 95 and picked it up in the spring of 96. My 85SE was a non-sunroof coupe, but I took along an original sunroof with me and it was installed at the time of the chop. Since then I haven't done much and it sits in the garage. I did lower it, went to the aero fascia's (now back to 87/88 couple fascias), installed Beretta GT cross lace wheels, and that's it. This past winter I got ambitious and removed all the body panels to prep for paint, but that's as far as I've gotten. My problem is one it warms up I don't want to be in the garage, I'd rather be out and about enjoying the nice weather for the short amount of time we have it here in Michigan. I thought about selling it a few times but then I think of how nice it will look once it's finished. Time will tell.

Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #12, 04-12-2004 07:55 PM
      for what it's worth, mine is sitting in my brother's back yard. bettween military, marriage, moving and 2nd shift work, i haven't messed with it in over a year.

i've brought body engine, interior, suspension parts and wheels that i could list but the short story is it's an unfinished project and i don't know when i'll get back to it. i do hope to though.

jscott1 MSG #13, 04-12-2004 08:46 PM
      We need to start a foundation to support the Chop Projects that are just sitting idle waiting for their owners to come to their rescue. I know the feeling about not wanting to be in the garage when the weather is nice. Around here that would be the winter time

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #14, 04-12-2004 08:54 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:

We need to start a foundation to support the Chop Projects that are just sitting idle waiting for their owners to come to their rescue. I know the feeling about not wanting to be in the garage when the weather is nice. Around here that would be the winter time

I've found that the best time for ones car to be in the shop is during the winter months. I brought mine to Archie in November and Car Excess in November.



The_Ikon MSG #15, 04-13-2004 02:36 AM
      Hey, Chopped guys. Is there a blue print of specs out there for chopping the tops of a Fiero? Or is it strictly confidential? I showed my body man a few of your cars and he said he can do it(he's the same guy that chopped my Karmann Ghia). However he said if he had some guide line info, it'll be much easier.

I'm not planning on a chop anytime soon, however for the rest of us drooling over your chops, we'll like to know. Or at least I would!!! Is there any plans out there? LOL..

Please share..... Oh by the way your cars are sweet.. As if you did not know it....

The Ikon



XRacer Pro (james@tekchip.com) MSG #16, 04-13-2004 08:59 AM
      Has anyone done a chop on a 308 rebody?? If not, that may be my next winter project!!

DjDraggin MSG #17, 04-13-2004 09:26 AM
      yeah I've been wondering that for a while, and talked it over with many. It could be done but would require extensive fiberglass reworking. Like our black side window vents, the whole rear fiberglass boot the louvers mount to (like fastback part). But man would it bring our cars just that much closer to real. (Imagine chopping a stinger!! and add the half window by the side mirrors!! Perfect!!) But I can keep dreaming at least.. projects projects!!

Formula88 MSG #18, 04-13-2004 09:32 AM
      I'm surprised there haven't been more choptop notchbacks. The stinger turned out so good, I think it looks better than a GT chop, myself. Has a more angular, arrow shaped look to it.

Hmm. But a targa for my Formula.... Now THAT would be sweet. Don't need the choptop. I barely have enough headroom as it is.

DL10 (dl10@frontier.com) MSG #19, 04-13-2004 11:30 AM
      I've got a few new mods planned for the GBCT, but for now I'm just driving the tires off of it.



Reality MSG #20, 04-13-2004 11:46 AM
      well finally got it to work!

Thanks Rob!

Here yeah go Curly wasn't sure if you wanted an updated sig or not but I was bored anyway.



MinnGreenGT (minngreengt@gmail.com) MSG #21, 04-13-2004 11:53 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by The_Ikon:

Hey, Chopped guys. Is there a blue print of specs out there for chopping the tops of a Fiero? Or is it strictly confidential? I showed my body man a few of your cars and he said he can do it(he's the same guy that chopped my Karmann Ghia). However he said if he had some guide line info, it'll be much easier.

I'm not planning on a chop anytime soon, however for the rest of us drooling over your chops, we'll like to know. Or at least I would!!! Is there any plans out there? LOL..

There's only two guys who really know all the "secrets" to chopping a Fiero... one is obviously V8Archie who has done pretty much all the well-known ones, then Orville out in California has done some interesting chop'd projects. And then there's also Driven Visions here in Minnesota - who was starting his own recently and is learning as he goes: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/045869.html ...but there are no "plans" available - so yeah, you could say they're rather "confidential"

As for what's going on with GTGeff and his new toy "Stinger" - he's been doing lots of cleaning and a few minor changes & revisions here and there... and then he showcased the car with our MFF booth at the Mpls World of Wheels show: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/039932.html



MinnGreenGT (minngreengt@gmail.com) MSG #22, 04-13-2004 04:18 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Reality:

well finally got it to work!

Thanks Rob!

Here yeah go Curly wasn't sure if you wanted an updated sig or not but I was bored anyway.

*BUMP* & Sweet! Glad to see that it worked out as intended!

BTW: I thought everyone would probably get a kick out of this old pic now that MadCurl's car is "done"


from: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Archives/Archive-000001/HTML/20020825-2-018538.html

...is that forshadowing or what?

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Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #23, 04-13-2004 04:54 PM
      there's also the guy in canada who did the real low one himself.

MinnGreenGT (minngreengt@gmail.com) MSG #24, 04-13-2004 05:00 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Philphine:

there's also the guy in canada who did the real low one himself.

Oh yeah... I know he mentioned along the way that he was considering selling it - but I also recall he mentioned thinking of doing a 3800 or V8 swap. Wonder what he's up to now...?

This 1st thread (not the most friendly): http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Archives/Archive-000002/HTML/20020825-1-016703.html
And a later one: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Archives/Archive-000002/HTML/20030531-1-024862.html

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XRacer Pro (james@tekchip.com) MSG #25, 04-13-2004 05:04 PM
      My homage to Curly's choptop...



007 MSG #26, 04-13-2004 05:09 PM
      That (XRacer Pro's pic above)is pretty darn cool!!

ryan.hess (ryan.h@excite.com) MSG #27, 04-13-2004 05:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by MinnGreenGT:

That's sexy because it's homemade.



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #28, 04-14-2004 12:13 AM
      i usually try to never say anything bad about someone else' car, but in this case,...

Every time i see that red chop top gone wrong it's like someone scraping a chalkboard with fingernails.

You have to be lying flat on your back to drive that thing !

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evil (eviladam@comcast.net) MSG #29, 04-14-2004 03:10 AM
      i was changing a clutch in that "breif" snow storm!

opm2000 (davidbreeze@windstream.net) MSG #30, 04-14-2004 06:24 AM
      It's not that difficult to do. It just takes time.

David Breeze

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #31, 04-14-2004 08:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Reality:

well finally got it to work!

Thanks Rob!

Here yeah go Curly wasn't sure if you wanted an updated sig or not but I was bored anyway.

Man, both pics are great. Reality's is straight and to the point and XRacer Pro is more "blade runner" like? Hmmmm.......?

Thats guys.

Chronicles updates: On my way to Bakersfield CA to check on the fiero Redux, I stop in Morgan Hill to get some gas. In doing so, a nice guy heard the V8 as I down shited into a lower gear. He later followed the roar and glanced at the car. He's jaw nearly hit the ground. He's daughter said that the car was a exotic or something? Here dad said, why does it say Pontiac in the back then?

Well you all know the rest. 15 minutes later he learned several new names that day, V8Archie and D1S. He was shocked when i told him that there are faster and prettier looking fiero than mine and one with a "targa top." Hello!



Coinage (ldwrestling80@comcast.net) MSG #32, 04-14-2004 08:28 PM
     
 
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down shited

lol...cool story was the daughter goodlooking?

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #33, 04-14-2004 08:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


He was shocked when i told him that there are faster and prettier looking fiero than mine and one with a "targa top." Hello!


Why did you lie to him ?!!??

There are no better looking fieros than yours !



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #34, 04-16-2004 12:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

Why did you lie to him ?!!??

There are no better looking fieros than yours !

Hmmm....everybody has thier pics, however the "Dirty Rats is on a mission" and he ain't finished yet. I've been following his thread since he started and one can "see" where his car is headed. Black/pearled and flamed out and sport'n a targa should make his car look "black knight-ish" and true "race car-ish"? Also His engine compartment is all chromed out comparred to mine.

Mine is a little more "laid back-ish" or "bling-ish." One car looks like it's ready get onto the track and the other one looks like it's headed down PCH. Everthing else is just a toss-up, but one thing is for sure, GM should be proud of those who take their Fiero to higher limits.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #35, 04-16-2004 08:49 PM
      News Flash!!!!!!!!

Choptop gets thumbs up from the import crowd.

A friend of mine posted the site of Pennock's Fiero Forum on their web page. It's like Pennock's but just imports. I was thinking nothing of it until he told that they all approved. He mentioned that I should put it into the upcomming Hot Import Night show in San Mateo CA.

I declined, due to it needing a paint, trunk, and interior carpeting.



Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #36, 04-16-2004 09:48 PM
      i just came back from lunch (2nd shift) and got a compliment on my convertible from some young guys. not sure how sincere it was but it's nice to think young people like it anyway.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #37, 05-04-2004 12:58 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Philphine:

i just came back from lunch (2nd shift) and got a compliment on my convertible from some young guys. not sure how sincere it was but it's nice to think young people like it anyway.

Philpine,

I know it is not finished but do you have any pics at all of your chop top fiero ?

Also that convertible you spoke of, is it a fiero also ? pics ??

Tony aka exoticse

87GTBro (dcampbell@rgv.rr.com) MSG #38, 05-04-2004 01:20 AM
      What is the round-about figure for the cost of having Archie chop your top? i.e. How much does he charge?



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #39, 05-04-2004 02:26 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 87GTBro:

What is the round-about figure for the cost of having Archie chop your top? i.e. How much does he charge?

about 4 K,... a little more for paint, a little less if you do the interior.

Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #40, 05-04-2004 08:32 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Philpine,

I know it is not finished but do you have any pics at all of your chop top fiero ?

Also that convertible you spoke of, is it a fiero also ? pics ??

Tony aka exoticse

i have neither of either (working on my rap skills). i had pic capability for a short time and lost it again. there are pics of both in the archives. there are chop top pics from where fierodave was first selling it. he got it in a deal of a bunch of fieros and parts and no one seems to know who did the chop. i've made some changes but it shows how i got it. it's gonna be different from anyone elses, good or bad, cause so many unusual things were done that i can't and/or don't want to reverse. if i ever get to the point of showing it expect plenty of "ricer" comments.

the convertible pics are in the archives also. kind of blurry (like i said, i had pic capabilty for so short a time i never got good at it). i think in about three threads. some that were posted for me, some from when i put wire wheels on it (yes, they're a normal size and offset. people seem to automaticly think up the worst image they can), and some in the tech archives from a top down passenger compartment cooling project.

some semi good news is i'm moving soon. so while i anticipate being really broke, i'm hoping i can at least have a place to work on adding the parts i have for the chopper already.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #41, 05-04-2004 03:44 PM
      Silver Choptop conventation a DMV.

So I'm going into the DMV after a vacation. I didn't have time prior to leaving to take care of business concerning the smog. The tag had expired for the month of April, so I now needed new ones. The lady at the counter says: we need varification that I'm not riding the system.

me; look, give me a month pass so that I can drive the car over to the smog rep station.
lady: why? cant you take it to smog station?
Me: no, it's a special vehical car SB100.
lady: no its not.
Me; Then why is it that I'm here today, last month and the prior months before?
Lady: I'm only going to give you a one day pass.
Me: okay, but I'll be back the following day to get another one and another one, and another one.
Lady: she walks over to her supervisor and ask for some proof that the car is being worked on.
Me: I show her pics of the choptop and the area went silence. She gave me my darn month pass to make a appointment with the smop reps.

Some times even a phone picture is worth a thousand words.



Master Tuner Akimoto MSG #42, 05-04-2004 03:49 PM
      Curly take her for a ride and give her some loving

Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #43, 05-04-2004 07:27 PM
      exotic se, this is the old chop top sale thread...

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Archives/Archive-000002/HTML/20010706-1-004850.html

this is the convertible thread that had the least blurry pictures...

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Archives/Archive-000002/HTML/20030204-1-021032.html

i had mentioned that i was gonna put wire wheels on it and someone wanted to see it. that's how the thread came about.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #44, 05-05-2004 11:12 AM
     

Philpine,

Hmmmm the chop does have potential, if it were mine I would definatly lose the wing, and change the nose. That would give you a fresh platform to begin reworking it.

The Chop looks ok, and the hood is actually pretty sharp.

The pictures are not the greatest, so it is really hard to fully determine what you are working with. Can i ask what is under the decklid engine wise ? Does it run ?

Have you done anything to the car since you acquired it ?

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #45, 05-05-2004 01:21 PM
      Where talking about the first car (black one right?) yes I agree with Exoticse...loose the wing and nose. You can sell that to one of the import guys.

The rear louvers in the rear look do-able? The end result would IMO would look "visually" like the Stinger. Maybe a meaner look if it's painted black?

Spyhunter (kim@designisadditive.com) MSG #46, 05-05-2004 01:50 PM
      madcurl, your car looks sick.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #47, 05-05-2004 01:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Spyhunter:

madcurl, your car looks sick.

Sick, hehehehe. I blame Archie for that.



Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #48, 05-05-2004 07:45 PM
      the nose and wing are both gone, but the replacements may not be recieved any better. if you've seen pics of fierogtguy's project, i have that same scrab front facia for it. the wing has been replaced with an f40 style wing that matches the body better, but is higher than most would want. the nose and wing almost put you in the mind of an updated, 2 seat superbird. other pieces i've played with are irm rockerscoops partially molded in, an indy scoop cut down and molded in also, rear window louvers gone and rear vents installed somewhat closer to stock, gt/ferrari tail light panel i haven't started trying to fit yet (need to work out fitting it to a coupe), and twin mini sunroofs to fill in a hole in the roof that couldn't be replaced with anything stock. if i ever get to the end it will stay black.

it came with a locked up 4cyl. it's gone. i mean to have something more for it and decided to take it out and get rid of it so there's no putting it back in (and hopefully i won't feel the need to find another 4cyl to replace it). got a v8 archie kit i hope ends up in it.

for now it's really just a collection of interesting parts. i hope i can make more of it in time.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #49, 05-09-2004 01:08 AM
      Hey Thanks Songman for updating the Silver Choptop Chronicles. Songman posted nealy all of the varoius stages on his web page. No need to fumble through the archives or during a three stooges search. A friend wanted to know what's up with the chop? I didn't fell like searching and searching through the threads and I new at one time Songman ahad a "few" but I didn't think he posted them all.

http://www.fiero-performance.com/fiero/curls/


Man, thats a lot of work......you over did-it

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #50, 05-16-2004 02:28 AM
      So what happens when your taking a friend for a ride in a Choptop? Nearly getting a ticket, thats what!

Good thing I went up to the speed limit of 55mph, otherwise the CHP would have love to give me a ticket. Me and Songman took a roll out onto Stockdale Hwy in Bakersfield Ca. Little did I know that there was a CHP several cars back. When the light turned green I rump on the gas up to 55MPH , the pipes were singing sweet V8 music in the ear drums I look to my side a CHP was there. He (two chp's in the car) pulled up next to me and staired at the car for about 5-15 seconds.

Keep in mind Songman was filming this event on tape with no safety belt on. After looking at the chop for 10-15 seconds the CHP passed us and I got behind them (four lane road) I didn't want to be next to them while Songman laid low in the seat. Songman didn't put the film directly on them while they were side-by-side us but he continued filming straight ahead until they passed.

Stop at a nearby Smoothy place for a cold one. While Dale hung out in the car and a girl wanted to watch the car for me even though Songman was in the car? Anyway people made the usual comments, "what is that, looks like a Lambo." After i drop'd off Dale a young kid w/girlfriend ask said, "cool car." He also said to loose the PONTIAC sign in the back. I didn't have time to explain that the PONTIAC is needed so that when I smoke someone they won't be clueless.

Which leaves me with this question: is having the PONTIAC sign that bad? I got similar statements from people in Florida also. Although the orginal shape is still evident w/no kits, it's in no way a Lambo. So why does the PONTIAC sign leaves a bad taste in peoples mouth?

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NotAFieroAnyLonger (stelebla@aol.com) MSG #51, 05-16-2004 03:06 AM
      jealous!
Leave it!


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #52, 05-16-2004 09:43 AM
     

LMAO I love these stories !! Leave it definatly !

The reason people have a hard time with it is because it forces them to deal with the reality that they may have been wrong about the car. If you don't have pontiac on there, they can delude themselves into thinking maybe that beaaming gorgeous car is something else other than the car they are used to making light of.

You will always have people (mostly those with rusted out trucks, mustangs, and beat up old station wagons) who after discovering it is not a lamborghini or some other exotic say ahhhhhh well it's just a pointiac, or just a fiero.

Otherwise they look stupid for not being able to turn a $1,500 dollar car (probably less value than their rust bucket) into a $200,000-looking dream machine.

Pontiac in my opinion is a like a fresh reminder that hey,....somebody was wrong.

LT188GT (eal4ever@bellsouth.net) MSG #53, 05-16-2004 09:59 AM
      I have the Ken Hines one piece Corvette tail lights on my 88 and I really miss not having the "Pontiac" name. When I find a professional way of getting it back I will.

Master Tuner Akimoto MSG #54, 05-16-2004 11:47 AM
      Hey LT1 88GT good morning ...long time no hear,I like to leave them guessing as to what the car is as there is no reference any where on the car saying Pontiac or Fiero I now have prancing horse Ferrari emblems for back and front as soon as the paint job is done..........keep em guessing.Here is a funny story a neighbor in front who is always looking out called the public service aide who in turn called the cop telling them that I had a Ferrari in my back yard and they think it was being stripped ,they came and said they had a report that they had a report of a possible stolen exotic car so I let them in and showed them the title and he was still amazed when it said Pontiac Fiero.There is a cuban kid aroung the block who built a sweet Lambo and he gets pulled over at least 4 times a day while driving it.

OutlawFiero (bodylinesfitness@cox.net) MSG #55, 05-16-2004 01:43 PM
      Hey Curly I really like you car. I would be nipping at your heels if I had not decided to now save up for a Viper along with my Fiero. But anyway, I do think you should look at the pictures of History of the OutlawFiero. I decided to go with the corvette tailights with all four lights having white centers. people really like it, and it would go well with your car. It adds more of an exotic feel to what you already have, and it would finnish your car off very nicely. Use Kahines product I'm very happy with it, and it was easy to do. You can always switch back and forth.

The Aura (cikonen@uwinnipeg.ca) MSG #56, 05-16-2004 04:17 PM
      Please keep the pontiac on the tail lights, nothing wrong with it at all.

Jim88GT (choptop88@verizon.net) MSG #57, 05-16-2004 04:56 PM
      I vote to keep it Pontiac - who knows, in a couple of years, if they groom the new GTO right and the Solstice has good performance, folks may start to ID the name Pontiac with performance once again!

Jim

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #58, 05-16-2004 08:08 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by The Aura:

Please keep the pontiac on the tail lights, nothing wrong with it at all.

Oh yeah, I'm keeping the PONTIAC sign on the Silver Choptop, however on the Fiero Redux it's off. The only reason I'm taking it off is due to the plates are going there. I do agree that taking it off may make the over-all car more exotic but, unless it gets rear-ended it stays on. Besides I don't want to be pulled over by the cops thinking its some type of exotic car and we also need to remind Pontiac were still around.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #59, 05-18-2004 02:13 PM
      PONTIAC SIGHTING NEARLY KILLS FATHER AND SON

On my way Monday to pick a video. A father and son notice the chop blazing bye, they catch me at the red light.

Father: Sounds good, what do you have in there?
Me: Northstar.
Father: What! How did that fit in there?
Me: Fix's perfect and weighs just a little more than stock. Light turns green and I rump on the gas to the next corner to make a right turn.. The father and son wave good bye. Little did the father and son notice that the next light was a red, not green! He stops real hard right before getting T'd by cross traffic. I say to him, "hey don't get hit."

Later on that day: I stop at a local record store. A father and son notice the chop and catch me right before I enter the store.
Father: is that a Fiero?
Me: yeah, a 87.
Father: nah, your kidding.
Me: after several minuts explaining who did what and were, I guess he (they) were impressed? He was some what puzzed as to the distant traveled to Chicago, Oklahoma, and Florida just to get items on the car. Hmmm....if they only knew the story behind the VDC kit. Hey, some of us can't buy an turn-key car from Archie's place. Hehehehe



Songman MSG #60, 05-19-2004 12:18 AM
      Sorry for the delay on pictures... Still trying to get used to this new digital video camera. I'm definitely going to have to make some adjustments because the stills don't look nearly as good as from the old Sony. Anyway... Everyone can take a look if interested. Still working on the CHP video... I'll post one pic below and if you want to see more you can go to http://www.fiero-performance.com/fiero/curls/ so we can save Cliff some bandwidth. All of the new pics start with DVC.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #61, 05-19-2004 02:11 PM
      Yeah thats why I bought a digital camera, those video stills resolution isn't as good compared to digital. Although there a little bit better than my camer phone pics. Neverless, I look forward to getting another laugh from the film clips. Hey Dale I'll be in town again next Wednesday. Maybe we can drop by Orville's house for choptop's and tea. hehehehe

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #62, 05-21-2004 03:25 PM
      Starbucks conversation with husband and wife.

Husband: That's a new car, right?
Me: Ah, it's 20 year old car. (rounded up it's 17yrs)
Wife: See I told you honey. Those were the last ones made with the Gull-wing doors.
Me: Hmmmmm..........?

CA smog Reps: Darn, man thats clean and you got the Cadillac instrument gauge in there. And you chop'd it with Lambo doors.
Me: Ah, it was chop'd already, when I bought it here last year, remember?

Good experience with the CA CARB.

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Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #63, 05-24-2004 10:17 PM
      semi good news for me. been moving the last fews days. got a small garage now so i'm hoping i can get the car over to it from my brother's soon. the bad thing is, now i can't afford to do much but i can play with it like a big model car and keep working with the body till i can get back to the drive train.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #64, 05-27-2004 06:24 PM
      Choptop Rolls in Pontiac parking Lot.

On my way from the Bay Area to Bakersfield CA I stopped off at a Pontiac dealership in Fresno CA to get a bolt for the wing. As I parked, several employees (salesmen and women) were passing by giving some nice comments on the Fiero. Any way one guy comes out wearing a tie walking with several others who prior had made some nice comments. I didn't know at the time he was the manager (owner?). He stops for a better look.

Manager name is Lee (I think): Nice Fiero, you've really got a clean car and you did a lot to this Fiero.

He goes into the various components, I'd just stand there to let him take it all in. Several seconds go by and one of the other guys states to him that the owners has a Northstar in it. At that time, I was finished with bolting up the screw and raised the trunk. After a few more minutes for him to take it all in he say to me:

Lee: can we go for a ride?
Me: sure, why not.
Lee: I'll be back in awhile.

I got to the passanger side door before Lee, andl we all know what happen next. I open the door and he was speachless.
We got onto Blackstone which is loaded with cops, however I was able to step on it pretty hard. We next get onto the Freeway 41 and I opened it up to (insert number here). I brought him back to the dealership.

Lee: You know, this car is faster then the GTO.
Me: Get out of here, the GTO has a 5.7 six speed.
Lee: I drive it everyday, I know and if you want to test it...I'll give you the keys.

I went on to inform him about more faster and better looking Fieros (3800SC, LT1, SBC, and LS1's)(Chesters, Plasma, Stinger and others). I told him about Pennock's so he may check us out, if he hasnt's already. This may or maynot be a choptop experience because I don't think they even notice that it was chopped and they didn't comment on it because it really was too much stuff to take in at once.

Oh yeah, Lee didn't bump his head. He was not six feet tall.

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The_Ikon MSG #65, 05-31-2004 10:50 AM
      bunp, good thread...

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #66, 05-31-2004 11:31 AM
     

I know,..this is one of my favorite threads. I

Keep those stories coming !

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #67, 06-14-2004 05:50 PM
      Why is that just about "all" the CHP inspection places are booked? Maybe it's from all of those darn fix-it-tickets or something? Oh yeah, even though I have legal papers on the Northstar/trans.....it ain't good enough. I called CHP concernig the CHP287 (something) that the DMV required. The CHP 287 something is nothing more than a VIN inspection to see if the engine/trans is stolen. The officer did asked me what type of vehicle? Kit-car what else.

So I'm thinking, " okay let me make a appointment for this Friday." I call the Redwood CHP and there booked till late July. San Francsico CHP......booked even longer, and San Jose booked! So what about Bakersfield........left message on answer machine. I'm I mad? No. Its just that I remember when one could just go right in to a local CHP and the guy checks it out and signs the paper and your on your way (20 years ago). So it looks like the temp tags will stay on for another two months.....even at the San Simeon Fiero Show.

Any Choptop experiences? CHOPTOP NEARLY GETS EMPLOYEE FIRED! In Bakersfield I accidently got a gas service attendent in trouble for comming out of his locked booth to view the car. His boss was calling him on the phone and he didn't answer due to me reving up the motor and all. They didn't fire the guy. I'm glade. My relatives next door neighbor thought the car was a Ferrari or something. He was shocked when I said it was a Pontiac. It's getting real old now when i have to tell them it a Pontiac when people see the name badges and the big red Pontica in the back and they still don't believe it.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #68, 06-14-2004 06:03 PM
      Oh yeah, 88Formula showed me were my old pics are at and it explains why Ian didn't send them to me. He keep them for his new company and plasterd the name over them....ugggghhhhh!

http://www.carexcess.com/vdc/Pontiac_1984_1988_Fiero.html

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #69, 06-15-2004 12:58 AM
     

Sorry i never got around to posting all those pics curly, but i had a gangl of trouble getting them to the proper size and dimensions to satisfy pip.

Finally gave up in frustration.

Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #70, 06-21-2004 09:08 AM
      busy weekend, but one result is that the chopper in in my garage now. still don't know how much progress i'll make but at least now it's here and i can fool with it from time to time.

one setback, i pulled the cover off and the windshield was busted. no one seems to know what happened. it was just sitting in place so i just took it out and will be headed to the junkard for another soon.

Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #71, 06-21-2004 09:22 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by LT188GT:

I have the Ken Hines one piece Corvette tail lights on my 88 and I really miss not having the "Pontiac" name. When I find a professional way of getting it back I will.

i have one of those also. what i plan is this. a local shop that makes banners has this 3m reflective tape they use in quite a few colors (i have it in red, silver and gold on various cars as a winshield banner). i have the graphics already using black so you can hardly see it on a black car till the light hits it right then you can read it (it looks white or light gray).



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #72, 06-27-2004 03:06 AM
      Well I finally found a CHP to check my car for stolen parts. The officer did question the car as to exactlly "what was done to it." I opened the hood and he did inspect it. He filled out the special papers and I hit it full throtle as I was leaving, hehehee. I also had a very nice coversation w/a couple who did at one time have a silver fastback.

So it's offical; "Silver choptop is CA approved." Also smoged exempt, hello sister pipe is going back on! My tags where just $75 bucks.

tednelson83 (tednelson83@aol.com) MSG #73, 06-27-2004 04:27 AM
      my GT is asking for a chop,
but my pocket book says no.

i am looking forward to seeing madcurl's car at the west fest.

Top secret: however i am planning to do a mod to my 85 that will combine a chop, and a convertable!



NotAFieroAnyLonger (stelebla@aol.com) MSG #74, 08-07-2004 11:55 AM
      bump.. I dont want this in the archive's.. Do you...?? lol



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #75, 08-08-2004 12:00 AM
     

More stories please !! Madcurl is not the only one with a chop top !

Curls keep us updated on the encounters .

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #76, 08-08-2004 12:51 AM
      Ahhhhh its post dated material but here it goes: "Choptop almost gets flatened by a SUV."

After enjoying a nice show in San Simeion CA, on my way back. I stop at Jack-n-the-Box and got back on freeway 46 in Paso Robles. A SUV driven by a women with 2-3 kids are in the fast lane. for no reason, she weives into the slow lane in front of a green car. I was in the fast lane. I told my passenger, "there is going to be a accident." She didn't know what I was blabling about because she was on the cell phone.

Anyway I grabbed the sterring wheel with both hands expecting the worse. The SUV moved into the path of the green car and then suddenly moved back into the fast lane......which she over corrected and the SUV landed on its side. I'm glad the SUV didn't flip or roll. I was going maybe 65-67 MPH. No body was hurt badly. Just cuts and bruises? From my view point it looked like she may have took her eyes off the road...maybe attending to those in the car, cell phone or what?

Other than that, I havn't driven the choptop since the show. I'm roll'n in the convertable. It's beautiful weather here in CAleefornia. Besides, I need to change out that (1) exhaust and put my duels back in. Oh yeah, it's nice having legal plates. It took me long enough, hehehe.



Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #77, 08-08-2004 01:16 AM
      Hey Curley, I just saw these 2 pics in another old thread. They are a very good visual aid to see the difference the 3" chop can make.

Also they show that you've come a long way since then.....





madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #78, 08-08-2004 01:26 AM
      Man thats some good memories. That was my 2003 Christmas gift...a choptop! And I have been good this year.....so keep the doors open Archie........"I'll be back."


Notice the roof line next to the building's window? Man...thats a big change.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #79, 08-09-2004 12:51 PM
      Just for comparrison. Yeah it's still choptop news, hehehehehe.



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NotAFieroAnyLonger (stelebla@aol.com) MSG #80, 08-11-2004 02:34 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:


That's like night and day! Very nice!


timwdegner MSG #81, 08-11-2004 06:53 AM
      Wow, I just sat here and read this whole thread from beginning to end... Archie, your chop tops look fantastic. I'm afraid I'm on the low end of the Fiero community with my mostly stock '86 2.5L Sport Coupe... would love to have a chop top, but, being a student, money is very tight.

I think you should have some sort of drawing and give out a free top chopping to the winner. Just make sure I win. Hehe.

I've had my Fiero since March, and now I've got an '84 SE for parts - but I just got in touch with the Fiero community now. All these mods are amazing and I'm glad everyone in this community is so strong and dedicated to our awesome cars. Long live the Fiero! I actually went so far as to send Pontiac an e-mail begging for a new Fiero.... to which they politely responded with a "thanks for the suggestion."

This is off topic, but I see that most of the Fiero community is all for bigger engines and more horsepower... I'm wondering about hybrid Fieros, fuel economy-minded Fieros... that's my main concern right now as a student with no money (actually postponing college a year so I can work)... and also as a citizen concerned about our situation with oil -

http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net

But anyway, these chop top stories are awesome! You people gotta keep them coming! We are all reading...

Edit: Page 3! Yay for me!



NotAFieroAnyLonger (stelebla@aol.com) MSG #82, 08-18-2004 08:36 PM
      Bump..

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #83, 09-08-2004 03:53 PM
      Well choptop owners...anything new to report?


Me? Off to Archie in less than a month! Heeeehaw!!!!


oh yeah, bump?

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NotAFieroAnyLonger (stelebla@aol.com) MSG #84, 09-09-2004 11:50 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Well choptop owners...anything new to report?


Me? Off to Archie in less than a month! Heeeehaw!!!!


oh yeah, bump?


Naa, Not much new.. Been really busy with my mom..
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum6/HTML/025676.html
I will get back on it when I can.. May be a few week's until I can though...
Smooth!



DotTC MSG #85, 09-09-2004 01:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by timwdegner:

Wow, I just sat here and read this whole thread from beginning to end... Archie, your chop tops look fantastic. I'm afraid I'm on the low end of the Fiero community with my mostly stock '86 2.5L Sport Coupe... would love to have a chop top, but, being a student, money is very tight.

I think you should have some sort of drawing and give out a free top chopping to the winner. Just make sure I win. Hehe.

I've had my Fiero since March, and now I've got an '84 SE for parts - but I just got in touch with the Fiero community now. All these mods are amazing and I'm glad everyone in this community is so strong and dedicated to our awesome cars. Long live the Fiero! I actually went so far as to send Pontiac an e-mail begging for a new Fiero.... to which they politely responded with a "thanks for the suggestion."

This is off topic, but I see that most of the Fiero community is all for bigger engines and more horsepower... I'm wondering about hybrid Fieros, fuel economy-minded Fieros... that's my main concern right now as a student with no money (actually postponing college a year so I can work)... and also as a citizen concerned about our situation with oil -

http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net

But anyway, these chop top stories are awesome! You people gotta keep them coming! We are all reading...

Edit: Page 3! Yay for me!

the so called experts said 20 years ago we'd run out of oil in 20 years. They've been saying that for years



Iron_Mark_2003 MSG #86, 09-09-2004 04:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by NotAFieroAnyLonger:
I will get back on it when I can.. May be a few week's until I can though...
Smooth!

damn it, Steve!



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #87, 09-11-2004 12:12 AM
     

madcurl get back behind the wheel of the silver chop top,...we need new stories !!

WHere are all the new chop top guys at ??

We need to live the life of chop top owners thru u guys hehehe !

jscott1 MSG #88, 09-11-2004 01:22 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
WHere are all the new chop top guys at ??

I'm little over a week away from being able to actually drive my choptop. The southern Ontario folks better swing by PBJs for one last look before it's gone

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #89, 09-19-2004 02:45 AM
      Umm, ummm, good! I finally drove the choptop out for some fun for nearly 260 miles w/o music! . The Redux was dragging my spirits down. So I drop in some new oil in an exchanged for the old oil ...plus a fuel filter. I also took the old "eyed Louie" tail pipe off. I now roll withe duels. I got the stares down the hwy. One guy in a Jetta turbo I guess got a little spirited on me after the light. he was trying to pulll away between 2nd & 3rd while I was bearly pressing on the gas. I let him go, heheheh.

Rickady88GT (rjkmfam@sbcglobal.net) MSG #90, 09-19-2004 12:36 PM
      You're a cruel man Curley, giving people hope like that. lol



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #91, 09-22-2004 02:25 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Rickady88GT:

You're a cruel man Curley, giving people hope like that. lol

Hehehehehe.


CHOPTOP ROLLS INTO A NIGHT CLUB: V8Archie and D1S recieves praises!

I went to a party last night in the choptop at a night club/bar. I'm always concerned about parking it so I had to look around for a good parking spot. There were two club/dinner that had ocean front viewings which the street was directly in front of. I wasn't thinking about the people noticing me as I drove by and made a U-turn. As I made a U-turn in front of one of the restaurants, people stopped eating to see what in the heck is that?

I was more concerned about not hitting those darn Mercedes parked there and not the people who were looking. Once I made the U-turn w/o any trouble it was then I notice the people looking. Man! I felt good knowing that the "PONTIAC" icon was in the back. I arrived in front of the club/bar. There was only one perfect place to park in front. A Mercedes occupied the one in front, so I had to back the Fiero inn. In the meantime as I was parking, trying not to hit the 70g's Mercedes in front.....the people inside the club/bar/Rest were looking.

I didn't rev the engine or showed off but, I did stay in the car for a minute. As I got out of the car well....you all know what next happened....VDC opened just like they were suppose to do......priceless. Made my trip to FL worth all of the headache.
After the party, I got back into my car. Started the car to let the V8 sing some sweet notes as I left. Yeah it ain't no Lambo or a Ferrari but all those who were involded in the making of it..recieved some praises.

Another side note: I was at a local spot were young kids cruise. At the stop light near a movie, some kids in a Eclipse stop and pulled over just to see it roll bye. Noticing no cops, I reeved the engine as the light turned green. Damn it ain't a stick but putting it in D3 sounds sweet!

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #92, 09-22-2004 02:31 PM
      Any other "choptop" experiences? Jscott? Jim88Gt? Orville?

Jim88GT (choptop88@verizon.net) MSG #93, 09-22-2004 07:13 PM
      Just lots of honks and thumbs up while in traffic And of course, the most frequent comment:

"That doesn't sound like a stock Fiero"

jscott1 MSG #94, 09-22-2004 11:25 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Any other "choptop" experiences? Jscott? Jim88Gt? Orville?

Well Ole' Choppy is with me now!! So far I don't have too many stories yet... The non-car people are thrown off by the multi-colored panels. The others are really amazed how low it is. Even I am amazed how low it is. I've just about perfected getting into it without bumping my head; but I'm still surprised every time that I don't.

After another day of cruising around the GTA I am headed back to the USA and starting my 1700 mile trek back to Houston. I expect to get a lot of strange looks on the road.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #95, 09-23-2004 02:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


Well Ole' Choppy is with me now!! So far I don't have too many stories yet... The non-car people are thrown off by the multi-colored panels. The others are really amazed how low it is. Even I am amazed how low it is. I've just about perfected getting into it without bumping my head; but I'm still surprised every time that I don't.

After another day of cruising around the GTA I am headed back to the USA and starting my 1700 mile trek back to Houston. I expect to get a lot of strange looks on the road.



Please do keep us updated and take some pics too? I think once I drive my Redux to Archies it's gonna look very ugly with the primer and all.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #96, 09-25-2004 10:01 PM
      CHP NEEDED A VISUAL INSPECTION:

Hanging out in San Francisco while dinning out near SBC ball park. On my way from SBC crusied over to Oakland area for some club'n. On my way back I took the Oankland Bay bridge (a $3 toll). The speed limit on the bridge is 50mph. I wanted to go a little faster but decided not to. Good thing...the CHP was 3-4 cars back and was weaving in-and-out of traffic.

I'm thinking, "hmm...looks like he looking for me?" I reduced my speed to 51mph. He (they) got behind me and then after some seconds changed lanes on my left. They stayed on my left corner until right before we reached Treasure Island. I'm like, "cool...ther're just checking it out." They slowly passed by me with the other officer nearly looking backwards as they passed.

Gasing up later at a filling station. A Ford Mustang w/three guys got off the freeway and turn around to check out the Lamborghini. They soon reliazed that it wasn't a Lambo but something else which, they didn't have a clue. I think the Fiero was as old as them. They looked between the ages of 18-21 yrs old? When I told them that the car maybe older then them...they couldn't believe it!

Isen't strange that Pontiac abondon the Fiero for cookie cutter mass production boring cars?

Edit: Oh yeah, I didn't need to explain that it was chop'd. All the young'n knew was that it had 20's.

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California Kid MSG #97, 09-25-2004 10:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

CHP NEEDED A VISUAL INSPECTION:

Isen't strange that Pontiac abondon the Fiero for cookie cutter mass production boring cars?


LOL on the Police ! I get that happening in my area as well, have even been pulled over a couple times by the Police, just because they wanted to admire the car (and see the engine making the nice music).

By the way, GM Pulled all the Fiero's out of the main Tech Center Lobby late this week, and put them back in Storage. The Tech Center Employee's didn't ignore these little "Gems", there way always people stopping to look them over, and I never heard one negative comment about the Fiero during the entire time they were displayed there. I'll tell ya, when I drive mine into the Tech Center, anybody who knows anything about cars, has their eyes locked on mine. If I was driving a new Corvette, less than half of the people would be paying attention.



jscott1 MSG #98, 09-29-2004 12:35 PM
      Comment from my Brother as he was driving my car...

"I have GOT to get me one of THESE!!"

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #99, 10-01-2004 07:57 PM
      WARNING: a possible "RACE" IN A CHOPTOP!

Okay I can't offically call it a race but...I'll let up be the judge, hehehe.

On my merry way leaving the Bay Area heading to Bakersfield CA. (278 miles) I was going down 152 just outside Los Banos CA doing 65mph on a 65mph hwy in the slow lane. No problem so far, right? I look back through my rear view mirrow and I see a white 2-door hatchback late model Nissan or Toyota right behind me.

I guess he's taking pics with his camera phone (I notice his arm in a raised position). I'm "like cool." He stays on my rear for a couple of miles. He late creeps on by with noisey exhaust system while talking on his walkie-talkie phone. After he passes me, he then slows down and is now next to me but, I only see his front end from the corner of my eye.

I don't know if he's revvving his motor but he's there...nearly side-by-side. After a few minutes, I'm ready to hit the gas and BECAUSE he's pinining me inn. I was approaching some vehicals going less than 65mph. So it's either I slow down and get around him or speed up to get in front of him? I choose to speed-up.

So I proceeded to take the car out of over-drive and down to D3. I don't know if he heard the N* revving? So I can't say it was a race? I just wanted him to get off my blind spot and to take that noisy system away...buzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, I looked in my rear view mirrow and he was maybe 5-7 cars behind me? I could see the shape of his head, but no phone. I turn my left signal on and braked and slowed a little before I reached the slower vehicals. Once I nearly passed the slower cars is when he caught-up with me.

I turn on my right turn signal and got back into the same lane as previous. He passed me going 90+mph. I droped down to 75mph to 68mph. He tried to edge me on for another try by revvving his motor even louder. "I'm like, sorry buddy....it's over. He turned off at Dos (something) city and waved as he took the off-ramp. I guess he had something under the hood. He's car did take off rather fast at 90mph.

At local Video store: "hey ain't that a Ferrari kit"? Me.....No.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #100, 10-19-2004 07:58 PM
      Officially this story is: Pre-choptop......Incognito experiences, hehehe.

A 1988 red GT fastback in Oklahoma bearly attracts attention, but a few look for just a 1/2 second and turn away. Incognito? Yes. In Joplin, people at a Waffle House looked out the window due to the N* motor ideling. While in St. Louis some notice it at a gas station and commented on the brakes and the car. I 'd showed one guy working at gas station in Springfield MI, a pic of the silver chotop. He said, "damn!" In Chicago, one lady thought it was a new car but, she can't be counted due to here being drunk. I will compare this pre-chop experience once I get the 88 from Archie. And on another note:

Got a 88 GT titled last Friday in Oklahoma City. It was getting close to 4:30PM and I wanted to get there before they close for I knew it was gonna be a long wait. Anyway, my friend said, "that it's really no problem, we will get waited on with-in a few minutes." The DMV closed at 5:30PM. Little did I know that Oklahomians have a totally different system when it comes to titleing a car. Oklahoma uses a privite or separate service for various DMV services. One of which is new ownership, registration and so forth.

Had I been in California, the wait would be nearly 2-3 hrs for sure. Less if you arrive 15 minutes before closing time. It's been my experience that they want to get outta there so the lines somehow speeds up? Also OK doesn't have the over-bearing vehical inspection like CA. As long as it passes the tail pipe...no problem. In California? They want to inspect, poke around, and make you bow down to them.

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ShueGlue737 (shueglue737@hotmail.com) MSG #101, 10-20-2004 01:08 AM
      i have to say madcurl your car made me decide to take the leap and chop mine, i think i mentioned that before. but still so far my only experience in my chop is. wow my head sticks out the top... so i lowered the seat studs. but i cant wait till spring so i can finish this thing and get it on the road.

justin

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #102, 10-20-2004 12:25 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ShueGlue737:

i have to say madcurl your car made me decide to take the leap and chop mine, i think i mentioned that before. but still so far my only experience in my chop is. wow my head sticks out the top... so i lowered the seat studs. but i cant wait till spring so i can finish this thing and get it on the road.

justin

How tall are you? Go back to the first page. Some have commented on their height. I'm nearly 6' tall (1/4" short of 6') and I have no problem. Archie is the only guy I've meet who is taller than 6' and he fits. Several years ago I asked Archie for alternatives regarding "droping the seat" more? He can cut and lower the drivers floor but he doesn't recomend it. No protection from outside elements if you hit something in the road.


ShueGlue737 (shueglue737@hotmail.com) MSG #103, 10-21-2004 05:16 PM
      thanks for the reply, im 6 2 n my friends 6 7 who rides n the car quite a bit... oh well ill endure for the chop...

justin

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #104, 11-03-2004 06:44 PM
      Hey, Who you callin a mutt?

I go into a local Chevy dealership in Morgan Hill CA to check-out the new 2005 Corvette lights. One of the sales person trys to get me to buy a 54g Vette. The mark-up is nearly 7-9 g's. "Yeah, right." was my response to that. Anyway he asks why I'm getting 2005 Vette lights w/o having one? I guess he thought I was going to change over to them on a older Vette, I guess?

I was cousious at first.......I was having fashback of talking to Ferrari dealers. They want your sperm count and DNA just to buy the emblems. I tell them it's for a Pontiac Fiero. The young kid didn't know what that was. I showed him a phone pic. He notice the Z06 brakes and the body. I guess he liked it but I'm a "no-sell" person to him. Next.

I went inside and another guy inquired. I did the same thing but his response was, "so it's a mutt, right? Parts from various cars." I'm like, "yeah I guess you can say that." "Some of the parts orginally where from different cars." He was somewhat shocked that Fiero owners install them. I was nice and didn't respond with a verbal attack, hehehehe. I got a discount so I had to be nice, hehehehe. After I get my headlights, I'll then tell him whats on my mind.

He asked me to stop bye with the Fiero. EDIT: Oh yeah, none of them notice that it was chopped.

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Will-Martin MSG #105, 11-03-2004 09:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hey, Who you callin a mutt?

I go into a local Chevy dealership in Morgan Hill CA to check-out the new 2005 Corvette lights. One of the sales person trys to get me to buy a 54g Vette. The mark-up is nearly 7-9 g's. "Yeah, right." was my response to that. Anyway he asks why I'm getting 2005 Vette lights w/o having one? I guess he thought I was going to change over to them on a older Vette, I guess?

I was cousious at first.......I was having fashback of talking to Ferrari dealers. They want your sperm count and DNA just to buy the emblems. I tell them it's for a Pontiac Fiero. The young kid didn't know what that was. I showed him a phone pic. He notice the Z06 brakes and the body. I guess he liked it but I'm a "no-sell" person to him. Next.

I went inside and another guy inquired. I did the same thing but his response was, "so it's a mutt, right? Parts from various cars." I'm like, "yeah I guess you can say that." "Some of the parts orginally where from different cars." He was somewhat shocked that Fiero owners install them. I was nice and didn't respond with a verbal attack, hehehehe. I got a discount so I had to be nice, hehehehe. After I get my headlights, I'll then tell him whats on my mind.

He asked me to stop bye with the Fiero. EDIT: Oh yeah, none of them notice that it was chopped.

That is when you bring your beast to the dealership and tell them to witness the thickness. They will be in awe.

--Will



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #106, 11-11-2004 06:44 PM
      Testing peoples reaction with #15.

One young kid outside Springfield, MS. did know that it was chop'd. More heads were turning to look at it vs. non-chop'd. Once again drivers were in my blind side a little longer. One guy in Oklahoma City caught-up with me and gave me the thumbs-up.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #107, 11-13-2004 10:58 AM
     
looking forward to more stories from the road trip !


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #108, 11-15-2004 07:13 PM
      Reactions: Hmmm.......a mixed response. Most knew it is a Fiero. A few heads turned and looked a little longer. So the question is why "most" knew it is a Fiero?

1. No hood & deck modification?
2. No front spoiler?
3. Higher stance (ground clearance)?

Granted, both car's being the same once leaving Archie's....IMO it's mainly the hood modifications that seem to have thrown-off unsuspecting people and not due the car being choppped.

IMPORT Tuner observations:

While in Bakersfield at Applebee's restaurant, I passed 8-10 young kids with tuner cars. I wasn't on the gas as I passed them in the parking lot, but they all noticed the car's V8 sound. I parked at the opposite end of the parking lot. As I sat I looked through the restaurant's window and 8-10 people were surrounding my car. From the looks of it, they were looking at the N* logo in the back and the Corvette brakes. The car was completly covered in salt, mud, and bugs but they still looked at the car for 20-30 minutes.

I don't know exactly what they were talking about, maybe they were looking for a big fart can in the back, stickers, or sound system? I will continue to view peoples reactions while I drive #15.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #109, 11-17-2004 01:16 PM
      Choptop #15 Rolls into "In and Out."

I was comming from Oakland CA late last night heading for the Bay Bridge. I decided to stop by a "In n Out" burger joint in Daily City for a bite to eat. It's about 2300 hrs so there is a Tuner crowd gathered inside so no one notices the chop. After I whoff'd down the burger and fries I head out to the car. At this time the tuner crowd was outside checking out each others ride for stickers and fart cans, hehehehehe.

Chop #15 was in "Incognito" mod as I got inside the car. The kids didn't know it was there until I started the car. From inside of my car, I could see them looking throw my rear view window with the "Pontiac" icon in the back. I rev'd the gas a little as I left. No one gave chase.

Earlier that evening, at a local record shop. A guy stated that the car sounded "healthy." He knew it was a Fiero but it looked "lowered and different than other Fieros." I said, "ummm....... I don't know but it has a V8 in it."

My next door neighbor's wife wanted to drive it while her husband was away. I told her, "I don't want to get you into trouble." My aunt love the red one better than the Silver one. It reminded her of the red 1960 -ish Pontiac Firebird she had many year ago. I think some women like the color "red"?

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #110, 11-18-2004 07:41 PM
      #15 gets pulled over by HMB finest:

Local P.D. waiting in a darkened Shell gas station decides to pull me over. I know they offen lay in wait for motorist unawhere of the P.D. locations. I was going 35mph, the speed limit on 92 hwy. As I stop at the red light he pulls out behind with he's lights off. The light turns green, he follows. He flicks he's light on and next siren. I pull into locat shopping area.

Officer: "So I heard you been driving irradical."
Me: "That's a lie."
Officer: "Let me see your driver license."

A few moments later, another squad car arrives with barking dog. The officer lets the dog out of the car. I could over hear on the radio that it's (me) has no priors and its a OKC plates. One of the officer realizes that it's a guy he see's around town. The first officer give me my driver's license back and I leave. I rev on the gas before leaving. I was pissed!

Why pissed? Just one of those ways in which P.D. uses for pulling over people w/o committing any wrong. With out of state plates makes me a easy target too. END of RANT.

last night I showed up at a local dealership to checkout the new Crossfire's gas and break pedels. A 54g car and w/o cup holders! The Dodge Viper shift bezel will be on the list again for #15. The salesmen keep going by #15. I had to show them what was in it. One of the salesman had a Fiero 85 which was stolen.

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Dowdian MSG #111, 11-18-2004 09:02 PM
      I am really looking forward to adding my two cents to this thread. Great stories!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #112, 11-22-2004 03:41 AM
      I'm gasing up at a local Chevron filling station and the stall next to be there is a lady who is starring at the chop. After she fills up, she says,"nice car,isn't that a Fiero"? I say , yes. She is some what puzzeled because, she says it looks longer. She looked for about 5-8 minutes. I finally told here it's chopped. She said she used to race cars. She was shocked that it had a V8 in the back.

On market Street in San Francisco, the traffic was very heavy with pedistrians due to the SF Auto show. Several people while passing kept looking back at the car with a puzzeled look on the their faces. A older guy (80 yrs old) who worked at a car wash thought it was a FORD. He asked was it a V8? I showed him that I have a N* and that there are guys who put LT1 in a Fiero.

I go into Auto Zone for a oil filter but the store wasn't open until 9am so I left the car there and went arcross the street to Jack-n-Box. Came back 15 minutes later, the parts guy said people were all around my car asking him all type of question. I told him that I was sorry about that.

Sharkman MSG #113, 11-23-2004 09:34 AM
      Here in Sweden we don´t have that many Fieros so I got comments even when driving my blue -87 GT

But when I drove to a friend too show the new choptop Fiero. Got out of the car. Snaped off the steering wheel and was going arround the car to say hello to my friend his next door neighbour asked me what ferrari model that was. Told him that it´s a Pontiac Fiero GT and he said that he never seen a car like that before. Told him that this one is the only choptop in sweden and 5" lower than my last Fiero. Last one was standard GT.
(Choped 2.5" and lowered springs 2.5")
His guess of the price for this car was way over the price I payed!!!
Low car = High price......

My friends comment was, here to make me jealous again? He didn´t think it was a Fiero at first. Had to tell him about the chop and what was done on the car.

Gas station babe...
Nice car. Whats that? Fast aa?

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #114, 11-29-2004 01:57 AM
      #15 Roll in Fresno CA:

Well, I was to spend some time with family members in Fresno CA. Most were expecting #11 and were a little pissed that I had the red chopper. I was able to roll-in w/o anyone noticing the Fiero. Once I got back to the Bay Area, I stopped at Micky D's for a ice cream cone. Several teenage kids (3-5) walked around the car tring figure out what it was. I could tell that one kid was saying it's a Pontiac! The kid with the wrap around his head was shaking his head like, "nahh, can't be."

After a few trips around the car they came back inside Micky D's. They all went outside once again to check it out one more time. I think they were confused? They were looking at the Fiero crest on the hood, Pontiac on the tail-lights, Corvette on the brakes, and the 32-valve N* logo in the back. Good thing the kids wasn't on drugs because, they were about to flip-out. I didn't have the heart to tell them what it was, hehehe.

While comming home late one night, a officer was looking a a abandon car on 92 hwy. I was driving behind a slower car as we approached a red light. I shifted to D2 which causes the engine to rev with a thoathy sound. The officer looked over to see what it was. A few kids in some domestics and imports looked pretty hard tring to figure out what I was driving. For the most part....Turkey week was a non-eventful week.

Any other choptop experiences?

Sharkman MSG #115, 11-29-2004 08:20 AM
      Too much snow in Sweden. The car is in the garage.
Don´t wan´t too risk crashing Europes only choptop...
But a relative asked me this weekend if I still had my blue GT.
I told her, No I changed that one to a chop, drop, swap Fiero GT.

Looking forward too hear more from you other choptop owners until I can drive mine again.



Dowdian MSG #116, 11-29-2004 11:23 AM
      Flight of Fantasy

I drove to DC to visit my sister for the holiday. The trip up wasn't so bad, but the trip back took twice as long as it should have because of traffic congestion. I was driving my '99 Chevy Blazer 5 spd and spent more hours in first and second gear than I did in fifth. (yep, i caught that too...hours.) I spent a lot of that time thinking about Sharona and what she would be like to drive when she gets back from Archie's place.

You folks avar get caught in traffic like that in your chops? I was nervouse about getting rear-ended in the truck, but I imagine I would have had to pull the Fiero off the highway. How about you?



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #117, 12-06-2004 02:22 AM
      Hmm.......this is a strange one, but here it is: Three guys piss on wall while viewing #15

I'm driving #15 to work. I notice the local skate boarding kids that roam the area. Later on during lunch I approach my car I see a puddle of water on the ground. At first I'm thinking maybe there was a leak or something? But the water was not comming fron under the car but started from the wall. I notice that the wall had three piss stains next to it was a puddle of urine. My guess is, they three kids where looking at the car while all shared the experience of peeing together?

The car wasn't messed with or pissed on, but I did move it once I got back from the restraurant.

Edit: The security guards asked me if I wanted to view the video? Nahhhhhh.....I'll pass. I later re-checked to see if I still have my chrome valve caps? they were still there. Different sizes and ther're not HRE chrome caps....hmmmmmm?

Monday morning at local Starbucks. I'm on my way back to the chopper, a guy in a van next to me follows me and ask, "is that a Fiero"? He looks for about 4-5 minutes in disbelief. Although the car has multi-colors, to him.....it looked good. He couldn't belive that the Fiero looked this good. I didn't have the heart to tell him it's chopped.

He asked if I changed out the motor. I started it for him. He asked, "what is it"? I replyed, a N*, heheheheh. He also complimented me on the IRM rockers and brakes.

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Master Tuner Akimoto MSG #118, 12-06-2004 07:23 AM
      At least you would have gotten a free car wash.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #119, 12-07-2004 10:00 AM
     


Insatiable,...more, more, more !!


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #120, 12-14-2004 12:19 AM
     

Curly eny new encounters now that you are sporting the HREs ??

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #121, 12-14-2004 03:18 PM
      As most know, I tested #15 for clearance issues and there was none. The plan is to get #15 fixed up for 2005, so I needed to get it to Trends for a wide body look. I arrive at Trends with the HRE's on. Although the car got looks with the Borbets, DUBs seem to cause comments from the local import crowd which were there when I arrived.

Danny and his brother looked several times going back-n-forth from the Redux tring to visualize the wide body. Their eyes got stuck on the Corvette brakes. Most of the guys there are sponsored by major companies who supply them with various parts they need to win a show. Although...currently I'm not sponsored, the Fiero after market items are equally if not better than most of their sponsored parts. A few newbee's asked who does the work which, none of them knows who I'm talking about.

I had to open the rear deck to let them know what I'm talking about. They asked about the exhause system and other import items they expect on a import. I'm like, "sorry, I don't roll with that." No Fart can, stickers, or out of the world vents on every corner.

Trends will be closed until the 27th of December so I decided to park #15 due to the rear rims sticking out. I don't want a ticket. Both choppers will '"lay-low" until next year." Maybe JScott and others might cheer up our spirits?

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #122, 12-28-2004 02:14 AM
     

Curly been rolling out in #11 lately ??

jscott1 MSG #123, 12-28-2004 02:44 AM
      I haven't seen # 14 in about a week...I'm up here in NY "enjoying" the 10F weather.

I do have a hood project to finish then it's off to the paint booth...

NotAFieroAnyLonger (stelebla@aol.com) MSG #124, 12-28-2004 02:47 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl: Maybe JScott and others might cheer up our spirits?

Well, The only one seeing Jonathans choptop is the guy checking the electrical meter... ( same with mine, just different meterreaders...lol)

Well, I do have a 'short-story'...

I switched from local digital cable to DirectTV... The guy installing it was a sight to be seen my daughter said...

Ciara said that the guy doing the installation of the 3 boxes kept on looking at my Fiero(it is up on concrete blocks wit the top chopped but theres a tarp on it and all you can see is my rear end... she said he kept looking and finally wnet over and tyried to lift the tarp to see what it was.... Ciara stuck her head out of the front door and siad.. "Whats wrong..??" He replied, "Umm, I was just trying to see what kind of sportcar it was..." She said"... Well, Wait until he gets the Cadillac V8 engine in there (she then points to the 4.9L on the engine stand) Noone will have a clue what just killed thier $50,000.00 Sportscar..." {she said then she just giggled out loud and shut the door...LMAO! (thats my girl... ) She said that.. "he was really confused then..."



NotAFieroAnyLonger (stelebla@aol.com) MSG #125, 12-28-2004 02:54 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:

I haven't seen # 14 in about a week...I'm up here in NY "enjoying" the 10F weather.

I do have a hood project to finish then it's off to the paint booth...

You mean you missed the "White Chistmas" that the area Houston had..??
They even had snow as far as Victoria... They did a special report from "SantaFe, Texas... I used to live in Texas City... Sometimes wish I was still there.. I was working in Pasadena out there at the "Shell Plant"... Ahhh, the smell of money...
We did'nt get any here in East Texas though.. (daughter and son was PISSED!!)


jscott1 MSG #126, 12-29-2004 02:09 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by NotAFieroAnyLonger:


You mean you missed the "White Chistmas" that the area Houston had..??

Yeah I probably had a couple of inches on my lawn which is ironic because I just reactivated my lawn service because of all the rain and hot weather my grass really needed cutting.

I hope they cut it

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #127, 01-06-2005 02:26 AM
     

Bumpity bump !


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #128, 01-07-2005 03:44 PM
      THE MORPHING BEGINS:

Dale and I got a chance to hang out at Orville's place. Man! Orville is another Tucker in the flesh. I was in school for about a couple of hours and I enjoyed every minute. Anyway, we got a couple of lookie-lues from the locals, police officer in a squad car, and a middle finger from a lady at a four-way stop sign, hehehehe. Around 01:30HRS one guy took a few minutes to look at #15 while he was gasing up his truck. The guy didn't know if it was a Fiero. After a few questions he said that his son should buy one of these, instead of a RX7 and fit it up.

The morphing phase with the trunk is now on #15. I didn't get a chance to mount anything else.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #129, 01-14-2005 07:20 PM
      Still roll'n in #15 with the Redux deck lid. I'm getting more stares now that the HRE's are on. The comments are usually about the Corvette brakes. I think most don't even reconize that the car is chopped. At a local harware shop, a customer asked several questions regarding the brakes and the N* logo in the back.

A security guard asked about the seats and wondered if I was going to change them. I told him, "nah, I'm getting Mr. Mikes." He said that the racing seats would be better. I opened the door to let him sit inside. He soon relized that the 88 seats were tight enough. He also didn't know just how small a "chop'd" Fiero feels on the inside. He and others also who seen the silver choptop said, the red one looks better.

I have four more days before the "big event."

NotAFieroAnyLonger (stelebla@aol.com) MSG #130, 01-15-2005 02:30 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:I have four more days before the "big event."

What big event..?? What am I missing..??



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #131, 01-15-2005 08:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by NotAFieroAnyLonger:


What big event..?? What am I missing..??


I'm headed over to Orville's monster garage. The place were East coast and West coast choptops gather. Orvillle has some items I want to pick-up.

8 year old is puzzeled: I hope I didn't mess his mind-up?
Okay, a very laid back Saturday I stopped to get a Pizza. As I got out of the Pizza Man's store, a mother and her 8 yr old son was tyring to read the name of the chopper and to figure out what make and model it was. He looked at the Corvette rotors and the stock emblems. A few seconds went by, "Corvette, Pont, Fiero......hmmmmm? Few seconds later and they both got it right, "a Pont Fiero."

I asked the young kit what year was the Fiero, since his mother said he was a kid who knows his cars. Well, I didn't too much time to hang around so I told him it's a 88. At that point, the mother was even surprised. I started the car and got on the gas.
I know once that kid got home, he's going to search for that type of car on the internet. I hope he finds Pennocks or he'll be very mad.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #132, 01-22-2005 09:25 PM
      Hmmmm.........I think I need CSI to figure this one out?

I had a blast hanging out with Rick and his wife Jen in Bakersfield, CA Wednesday and I have some pics. I need to send them to Exoticse for posting. I got a chance to drive the only 3.5 short N* and it was GRRRRReat! The power sterring felt just right too. The Short * looked really "stock" inside w/o clutter. If you didn't know it, one would think it was a stock option. Rick got a chance to drive the chopper, although my car needs a alignment he handled it well. I think he's "sold" on getting a N*? He did like the sound of it.

Okay, now for the mystery. how is it that Ricks wife who is 5' 4" bumps her head while getting into the car and Rick who is 6'0" bumps his shoulder while getting out of the car? Also Jen has a heavy foot and doesn't mind using it once in a while, hehehe. We hung out at Orville's Monster Garage but he wasn't at home. We both recieve some "looks" as we traveled to- & from Orville's place. While at the Mexican Restaurant, Quickster (mis-spelled) seen us and talked "Fiero talk."


Rickady88GT (rjkmfam@sbcglobal.net) MSG #133, 01-23-2005 01:40 PM
      HaHa, Now you know why our little girls like to drive the "hot rod" with Mom
Thanks Curly for the ride. I REALY liked the car. Man I just LOVE that North Star sound. My Short Star Seems to have the same power band, but just a little less power. Well,.. more like alot less power, but not to suprizing there, it is the same basic engine with two less cylenders. I am thinking more and more that the N* is the ideal V8 for the Fiero. It has what I call a tranny saving power band. Right off the line it dont blast the wheels, CV's, drive lines, tranny and clutch with tree yanking torque. That tree yanking torque comes on latter in the power band That is the nature of the DOHC. So for those that want the manual this is THE ENGINE And it has the power to make you happy even with the auto. I want to do a V8 in our next conversion and It does look like it will be a N*. I know of another PFF member that lives close to me that is also going to do a N* so it only makes sense to do them the same way so we wont need to learn several diferent types of swaps. That would take alot of time to work out. But if we do them together we could save some time in RandD. This Ride ment alot to me for that very reason. I know now what to expect from the N* and I like it . Now I need some one to let me drive thir LS1 for comparison
I dont know how much you got into it on the stop lights but I had to give it all I had to keep up. And the S* aint no slouch.
As far as the power steering goes I liked yours. It seems to take less effort to turn the car than mine does. But the close ratio of mine makes mine turn "crisper" or more sharp. But it is unfair to judge yours with out a good alignment but I am sure it will fell like a diferent car after it gets done. I am amazed that the system is so easy even with the 255 Pirelli tires. All in all it is a great car and alot of fun to drive. I am sure it will be another Fiero to remember.
Your opinion of our car realy means alot to us as you have not one but you have two Fieros with N* V8's and each with power steering. And you log thousands of miles in them. So you of all people do know what you are talking about and you know what they should feel like. So to get a good driveing impression from you tells us alot, Thanks.
Curly are you going to make it to the Stimpy run?
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/048488.html



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #134, 01-23-2005 03:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Rickady88GT:
Curly are you going to make it to the Stimpy run?



Man, that's cutting it close. I usually plan on going to Europe around Apr 22nd thur May 3rd. I haven't gotten my plane tickets yet so I may be able to wing it?

Oh yeah, if you want to drive a LS1 wait until Orville fixes his chopper.

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Rickady88GT (rjkmfam@sbcglobal.net) MSG #135, 01-23-2005 04:05 PM
     

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #136, 01-29-2005 10:40 PM
      Bakersfield: A near miss.

On my way to PE Motoring to get a new Momo sterring wheel for #15 a blue Dodge Ram truck nearly rammed me. As you know, a Dodge truck's front bumber is nearly the same height as the Fiero's lower window. For sure my car would have been totalled! What caused this near miss? A kid on a cruiser bike decided to bolt across in a cross walk. Although he had the right-of-way, he'd speed across it really fast. Giving the drivers little time to respond. The plam trees in the way didn't help either.

The Corvette brakes didn't lock-up but stopped quickly w/o skidding or pulling to one side. The truck behind me had to swerve to my right to keep from hitting me, which his brakes locked-up. All I could think of was, " damn, this one is totalled." Good thing there wasen't a parked car there. The speed limit on the street is 25mph which I was going too. I don't know if the multi-colored choptop cause part of the problem? Or if the guy was too busy looking at the car or something? That was two close calls while in Bakersfield. Time to head north.

While in the Bay Area driving down town, the chop recieved a few looks from kids. The local store clerk thought it was the silver choptop and though I'd changed it. The other guy corrected him. I finally seen a red GT FB while driving west on 92 hwy. The first time I'd every seen a Fiero on 92. I've seen Lambroghini's, Modena's, 911 turbos and even a Shelby Corbra, but never a GT Fiero.
At the Ritz Carlton, the valet guy thought he was going to drive it....not! A young valet guy did run up and asked what it was.

A few minutes ago while getting some Chinese food, a guy followed me. I was looking from across the street as he looked at the car. After getting my food, we talked for 5-7 minutes. He knew it was a Fiero but didn't know what was under the hood and why it looked different? I told him it's a N*. He couldn't belive it. Anyway I had to go so the best thing was to hit the gas! I think he belives me now? I didn't have time to explain the choptop thingie, I'm hungry!

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #137, 02-07-2005 03:01 PM
      Converting non-believers?

Okay, now Reuben (my glassman) wants a chop'd Fiero. One of Dale's Fieros that he gave to his gardner, well the gardner's friend now wants one. They were sold on the wide-body modifications. This all happened while at Trends body shop. They couldn't figure it out with all of the fenders laying around on top of the car. While getting a new steering wheel at PM Motoring a guy asked if it was a Ferrari? The shop owner told him it was a Fiero. He didn't belive it until he looked at the emblem.

A day earlier at the same shop two young kids (18-20?) ask about the car that was parked on the street and who's car was it. He followed me out to the car to take a better look w/questions. To my surprise he did know that it was chop'd but though it sounded different.

After working on the Ausie's rockers, two friends and I went to In & Out burgers. Several people stop and stared even with primer on it. On the way to Bakersfield, Ca. a CHP got behind me for a few seconds. I thought he was going to give me a ticket or something? I did have the fender flares on but, the rear bumper isn't sticking out like it should. He gave the lady in front of me a ticket. I was going 65mph. While gasing up in Los Hills, CA on I-5 freeway the service attendent asked what type of car it was. I starting to get more stares now that the flares are on. Leading me to believe that it is the "extras" to a choptop that draws peoples attention and not just the chop.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #138, 02-18-2005 07:20 PM
      Okay, now people are following me. At a local gas station a guy wanted to buy my Fiero. He said he had 11g's and he wanted something different. I was out of V8Archie business cards so I told him about Archie and #13. It took me nearly 20 minutes to get out of there due to the choptop and conversations that took place.

I'm at a local burger joint and a guy who I talk to semi-weekly wanted to buy one of my cars this time. He had money to burn so I gave him Archie's number. The guy wanted a V8 Fiero with a LT in it. Oh yeah, a chop'd one too. His reasoning was simple, (quote) "why get a Lotus when you can have a Fiero. At a show, he said there was 12 Lotus and each owner was worried about "who's" car was going to start." I guess he owns pricey cars but doesn't like the up-keep cost?

I've been getting more people noticing the chop'r lately. Each progress steps draws more peoples attention comparred to previous months.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #139, 02-18-2005 09:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Okay, now people are following me. At a local gas station a guy wanted to buy my Fiero. He said he had 11g's and he wanted something different. I was out of V8Archie business cards so I told him about Archie and #13. It took me nearly 20 minutes to get out of there due to the choptop and conversations that took place.

I'm at a local burger joint and a guy who I talk to semi-weekly wanted to buy one of my cars this time. He had money to burn so I gave him Archie's number. The guy wanted a V8 Fiero with a LT in it. Oh yeah, a chop'd one too. His reasoning was simple, (quote) "why get a Lotus when you can have a Fiero. At a show, he said there was 12 Lotus and each owner was worried about "who's" car was going to start." I guess he owns pricey cars but doesn't like the up-keep cost?

I've been getting more people noticing the chop'r lately. Each progress steps draws more peoples attention comparred to previous months.

Hehehehehehe you knewwwwwwww it was coming !

I cannot wait for some of these experiences myself ,or should i be careful what i wish for ??

Hey that guy can get #13 rready to roll !

Rickady88GT (rjkmfam@sbcglobal.net) MSG #140, 02-18-2005 10:50 PM
      Man that is cool. Did you even try to see how much they were willing to pay?

NotAFieroAnyLonger (stelebla@aol.com) MSG #141, 02-18-2005 11:11 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
I starting to get more stares now that the flares are on. Leading me to believe that it is the "extras" to a choptop that draws peoples attention and not just the chop.

BINGO!!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #142, 02-19-2005 05:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Rickady88GT:

Man that is cool. Did you even try to see how much they were willing to pay?

He's a doctor, so maybe he has mega-bucks?


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #143, 02-21-2005 03:52 PM
      Choptop #15 is named:

As I was parking my chopper to get some groceries at a local store, a guy was watching me. As we both entered the store he said, "man thats a animale." A guy who also seen my car said that he had one long time ago. Right off the bat, he asked if it was chopped? He wanted to know if I had the stock V6 in it? Jokingly I turned and looked at him and said, "come on man, you can't be serious."

I stopped off at a Pontiac dealership parts department to pick-up those new G6's air vents. The part guy looked them up and told me that I would have to buy the entire console or part of it. I'm thinking, "are you crazy?" I told him that I just wanted the vent...not the whole item that houses it. He told me that I would have to wait for awhile until it's made available by "itself." I told him, forget it, I go to the Ford dealership and buy their Ford Mustang GT air vents. As i left the place somewhat upset, I notice several of the guys there was eyeing my ride from a distant. Pissed.......I got on it while I left.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #144, 02-22-2005 12:14 PM
      After my earier Episode with the Pontiac parts department , I decided to go with my second choice for vents. I arrived at Ford, yes you heard me FORD, hehehehe. I got four vents with a 10% discount. It should take 2-3 days before I recieve them. I took one last look at a new Mustang interior...they have two types. Chrome/black and chrome/tan. I got the chrome black ones.

As I left the shop, one of the saleman and later two....walked over to the chopper. This lead to a 10-15 conversation about you know what. They only believed what was noticable on the outside of the car...brakes, rims ect. So I had to open the trunk to show them the engine bay. By that time the third guy arrived who sold me the vents. Okay, there's a congration going on now. I had to leave.

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Dowdian MSG #145, 03-06-2005 11:22 PM
      My first weekend with the newly shortened Sharona has been eventful, to say the least. I got lots of comments at the gas pump, people riding in my blind spot to look at the car, the whole nine yards. My favorite, though, happened tonight on my way back from Jacksonville. This guy in a new, yellow Kia Spectra comes flying up on my right and then slows down to match my speed and settles in next to me. A second later I hear him rev his four banger (or is it three?) a couple times. It sounded like an electric razor. I assumed that he didn't want to race, he just wanted to see me go (I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt), so I didn't look at him or pause or anything, I just floored it. Sharona let out that signature V8 roar and I was gone.

I only took her up to 95 and then coasted back down to 75, still I never saw him again. I don't know if he got a kick out of it or not, but I sure have enjoyed imagining the look on his face as I left him behind.



Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #146, 03-07-2005 12:13 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Dowdian:

My first weekend with the newly shortened Sharona has been eventful, to say the least. I got lots of comments at the gas pump, people riding in my blind spot to look at the car, the whole nine yards. My favorite, though, happened tonight on my way back from Jacksonville. This guy in a new, yellow Kia Spectra comes flying up on my right and then slows down to match my speed and settles in next to me. A second later I hear him rev his four banger (or is it three?) a couple times. It sounded like an electric razor. I assumed that he didn't want to race, he just wanted to see me go (I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt), so I didn't look at him or pause or anything, I just floored it. Sharona let out that signature V8 roar and I was gone.

I only took her up to 95 and then coasted back down to 75, still I never saw him again. I don't know if he got a kick out of it or not, but I sure have enjoyed imagining the look on his face as I left him behind.

Get used to it.

So how did the guys like it today?

Also, you know by now, pictures..... pictures...... pictures....... etc.

Archie

BTW, I didn't get any finished engine pictures before you left.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #147, 03-07-2005 05:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Dowdian:
This guy in a new, yellow Kia Spectra comes flying up on my right and then slows down to match my speed and settles in next to me. A second later I hear him rev his four banger (or is it three?) a couple times. It sounded like an electric razor. I assumed that he didn't want to race, he just wanted to see me go (I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt), so I didn't look at him or pause or anything, I just floored it. Sharona let out that signature V8 roar and I was gone.
I only took her up to 95 and then coasted back down to 75, still I never saw him again. I don't know if he got a kick out of it or not, but I sure have enjoyed imagining the look on his face as I left him behind.

Priceless!

Two guys in a truck, one of them with his mouth wide opened. As I looked upward at him, I got a chance to view his molors, hehehe. He was shocked to see what it was that I was driving? I need to install some pin-cameras to capture the moment.

Near-miss? While in Bakersfield (BAK) a lady on a yellow Silverodo with 20's decided to move over into my lane. She never looked to her rigth nor did she use the right turn signal.



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #148, 03-19-2005 11:42 PM
      Show up at Daytona 2005 dying to get a look at the choppers. Crowds buzzing early so i wait till things thin out make my way over and then introduce myself and my wife to Jscott.

Jonathon (jscott) is gracious enough to let me test sit in his car as he knows i am leaning heavily toward this mod over the next couple of months.

Me the great chop top lover all of 5' 8" steps forward anxious to get my first taste of a real chopper and,.........BONK !

I forgot to lean in first,..oh well lesson learned. After getting inside, there is definatly an adjusment level that would need to happen to get used to the closeness of the cabin and the windshield. All in all however it was about what i expected fit wise.

Thanks again JScott for the awesome opportunity !

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #149, 03-27-2005 03:53 AM
      My drive out to Florida was a blast! Most did not know that the car had been chopped. One guy thought it was a Firebird. At rest stops and while filling up for gas, even truckers got out of their rigs and asked about the Fiero. Once again, thanks to Archie many non-fiero people didn't know it was chopped or what it was.

Priceless moments not caught on film: Riding shotgun behind #14 and #16...priceless. JScott or Mike said that several people were shocked to see #14, then #16, and finally #15. Yes, we were the three ugly ducklings but, next year should reslove that, hehehehe.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #150, 04-08-2005 01:49 AM
      Just a brief one.

Daytona 2005, got the opportunity to get in the cockpit of madcurl's number 15. After having successfully mastered getting in and out, i survey the surroundings, thinking to myself man i can really get used to this !

As i am sitting in the car i hear and see a beautiful lady from the crowd say " Damn he looks good in that car " ! Case closed, game over,....Archie's it is !

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jscott1 MSG #151, 04-08-2005 02:52 AM
      Heard at the gas station," Is that a race car?" "No just a regular Car"



Sharkman MSG #152, 04-08-2005 04:51 AM
      Got the car out for a first spring ride.
Haven´t seen the cops back home in a couple of mounth (because of the snow???) soo I thought that it would be no problem just taking a testdrive.
When I was going back after about 10 min all people looking, wondering what kind of car it is I stept on the gas on first and second gear. No problem but then I saw a cop car. He was alone in the car (a Volvo XC70)
I just let go of the gas and rolled by the cop and he was looking down on me in a stange way...
He didn´t turn around for me but I guess he wasn´t glad about my burnout and at the same time woundered what kind of car I had.

Just love my choptop. Didn´t have more that 2 weeks of driving last year soo I´m looking forward too this summer.




Elvira (reneenrob@fewpb.net) MSG #153, 04-08-2005 10:21 AM
      Now that it is warming up, and Chester isn't having to run me to the hospital every other week as he had to do all last year, he is getting ready to get back into working on the Rat. Is is now painfully obvious that B&B Spyder isn't going to make good on fixing the crap job they did on the targa, so now Chester has had to add that to the list of things left to do on it. He will be hooking the coolant system back up in it within the next couple of weeks so we can drive it. It won't be drivable in the rain as the top for the targa doesn't fit right, but hopefully BY this summer, the Dirty Rat WILL be at the paint stage! There is a lot of fiberglass work to do to fix the top, but, if all goes as planned, we will have her done for next year's Daytona show! I'm sure he will be posting pics along the way to completion!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #154, 04-08-2005 01:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Elvira:
BY this summer, the Dirty Rat WILL be at the paint stage! There is a lot of fiberglass work to do to fix the top, but, if all goes as planned, we will have her done for next year's Daytona show! I'm sure he will be posting pics along the way to completion!


And now we'll have five total at Daytona 2006!



jscott1 MSG #155, 04-08-2005 04:51 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


And now we'll have five total at Daytona 2006!


I think that's enough for our own class... And in the chop top class paint is optional...Primer Mandatory




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #156, 04-18-2005 12:25 PM
      PRE-CHOPTOP CHRONICLES:

It's been nearly one month driving around in my "Bubble top Fiero." The Bubble top Fiero has turned a few heads evena police officer decided to take a closer look. Just today while at Starbucks two guys wanted to know if I had a V8? I quickly said as I was entering the place:

Guy: "what ya have in there...a V8"?
Me: "Oh yeah, there is no better choice for me."

After getting my drink, I gave the guy a V8 Archie's business card and I then said, "LT1 or LS1 installs. The guy's mandable dropped wide open. Yeah, I lied a bit but, I didn't have time to explain that I had a N* in the back. I'm down to (1) Archie business card. I'll replenish my supply once I arrive at Archie's later this year. I heard he has a new place, hehehe.

Oh yeah...bump.

jscott1 MSG #157, 04-18-2005 02:19 PM
      I could use a stack of Archie cards...I must have had 30 people ask me about the chop top at the Texas Round-up IX in San Antonio over the weekend. Most are familiar with V8Archie and the forum; but some are not. I also could have charged admission to sit in the chop top. Everybody wants to get a feel for it and have a sit. I was more than happy to oblige.

Jim88GT (choptop88@verizon.net) MSG #158, 04-18-2005 08:22 PM
      Cruizin back from our club meeting Saturday on the interstate and a woman in a minivan decides to abrubtly come over from the left lane to the space occupied by me in the choptop I blasted the horn and braked hard as she missed the front of my car by inches, then chuckled as she spazzed out overcorrecting after she finally realized her error. She must have sawed the steering wheel back and forth 4 or 5 times before she got it going straight.

Had to stop for gas and got the usual crowd/questions - best comment was from a guy standing behind the car "sounds just like a NASCAR engine idling" PRICELESS ))

Jim

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #159, 04-22-2005 03:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jim88GT:

Had to stop for gas and got the usual crowd/questions - best comment was from a guy standing behind the car "sounds just like a NASCAR engine idling" PRICELESS ))

Jim

Areed....priceless.

I was hanging out with a friend in Altos CA. (outside Santa Cruz) getting some gas. Two kids in a import revving his motor as he stopped for gas. He gets out and says, " what you got in there"? I say, "it's stock." I got my $2.79 gas and got in and started the motor. The kids soon followed.

Whats so stupid is the kids wanted to either race or follow me on Mission st (hwy 1 PCH). It's heavy with traffic bumper to bumper and they were in hot pursuit! They gave up after following me a mile or so.



Master Tuner Akimoto MSG #160, 04-22-2005 03:29 PM
      Good thinking Curly do not give into temptation

Fastback 86 MSG #161, 04-22-2005 03:33 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Areed....priceless.

I was hanging out with a friend in Altos CA. (outside Santa Cruz) getting some gas. Two kids in a import revving his motor as he stopped for gas. He gets out and says, " what you got in there"? I say, "it's stock." I got my $2.79 gas and got in and started the motor. The kids soon followed.

Whats so stupid is the kids wanted to either race or follow me on Mission st (hwy 1 PCH). It's heavy with traffic bumper to bumper and they were in hot pursuit! They gave up after following me a mile or so.

Altos? Where's that?

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #162, 04-22-2005 03:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fastback 86:


Altos? Where's that?


hehehe. Sorry, it's Aptos. I was thinking of the other city outside San Jose, CA. Maybe that's why those kids where following me...they needed to get to Los Altos? hehhe

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Fastback 86 MSG #163, 04-22-2005 04:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

hehehe. Sorry, it's Aptos. I was thinking of the other city outside San Jose, CA. Maybe that's why those kids where following me...they needed to get to Los Altos? hehhe

Hehehe I figured it was a typo. You mean to tell me the Silver Chop Top was in Aptos and I missed it? Bummer!

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #164, 04-22-2005 06:46 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fastback 86:


Hehehe I figured it was a typo. You mean to tell me the Silver Chop Top was in Aptos and I missed it? Bummer!

Sorry, I was in the "bubble Top Fiero." You didn't miss #11

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #165, 05-25-2005 11:23 PM
     
No new tales to tell ??

GMGW3 ?
DL10 ?
Jscott ?
Madcurl ?
Stinger owner ?
Jim88GT ??
Dowdian ?
Sharkman ?
New owner of the PPE ???


jscott1 MSG #166, 05-26-2005 12:31 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


No new tales to tell ??

Jscott ?

Well, my chop top has moved to #2 priority in my hopes of getting the Indy on the road in time for the 21st anniversary of the Fiero pacing the 500, (May 27th). There is no way it will be street legal by then but I might have the new rear brakes installed by then.

Sharkman MSG #167, 05-26-2005 03:30 AM
      Will take mine out next week. Still have some things too fix. Like the 6x9 speakers. Almost ready.



Jim88GT (choptop88@verizon.net) MSG #168, 05-26-2005 10:50 PM
      After many months of saving, I finally called Ronal to order the custom wheels. Contrary to their earlier statements that they could build a set of chrome LZs to my specs, they now claim they can't go beyond 40mm offset due to strength concerns. BUMMER ( Turned out to be a blessing, because I found some BUDNIKs I like better and they cost less I'll be ordering the wheels and big brakes this weekend.

Jim

DL10 (dl10@frontier.com) MSG #169, 05-27-2005 08:35 AM
      I will share my latest story with everyone……….. I let a friend of mine take a friend of his for a ride in the GBCT. {Boy that car does look and sound really good going down the road} anyway when they got back my friend said is your headlight supposed to come up on it’s own…………I smiled and said not until you hid 120 MPH. They both just smiled and said we never got out of 4th gear.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #170, 05-29-2005 03:28 PM
      UPDATE: Picks of #11 & #15 causes temporary “lock jaw.”

Late last night while at a local gas station I was in "incognito" mode rolling on 19-inch shoes. A Pontiac enthusiast spotted me on my approach. He was driving a late white Pontiac Lemans or something? As I proceeded to leave he approached my "bubble top" drivers side window.

Guy: Hey, what do you got in there?
Me: N*.
Guy: Huh?

From the look on his face it seemed that he didn't understand me correctly or maybe it was the sound from the pipes interfering with the guy's hearing? So I got out of the car and I had to show him. There was a brief pause while he looked. After several times he still thought the N* was a V6? (no problem if I had a LT1 in the back, hehe) Fortunately I had two emergency business cards in my wallet for times when I really don't have time to talk. It was around 00:30 hrs and it were chilly.

I handed him V8 Archie and Design 1 System’s business cards. The guy owns an 87 GT and felt the need for more speed. I quickly informed him about what types of engines that V8 Archie installs and Design 1 System. I also told him about WCF in Marina Del Ray too and what they are doing. Although I was in the "Stealth" Fiero I did show him picks of #11 & #15. For a moment I'd thought he had been sniffing the gas fumes or had "locked jaws" from the chilly weather? He didn’t recognize that #11 and #15 are chopped…Priceless! He couldn’t understand how #15 body seemed different? I told him to write down Pennock’s Fiero Forum.

The most interesting question this guy had was the best I'd ever gotten from someone. He said, "Which one is the best"? I said, using a quote from Archie... "How fast do you want to go" and "how much money is in you're wallet"? He then said, "What’s out there"?

I then pulled out the big gun examples. CAKID, Jims88Gt, D1S turbo, and WCF NSX monster. From looking at the guys back molars...I'd could see then that the info was too much to digest late at night especially at 01:00 hrs.

Episode II: Bakersfield CA.

After getting a upgraded cell phone, the sells rep wanted to see what I had in the back of my car because he seen the picks on my previous phone and just couldn't believe it. Three other customers saw us and they too wanted to see after the sells rep said, "this guy has a N* in here."

One of the guy said, "yeah... right." The guys father too said, "yeah...right prove it." After several cuss words later…they too suffered from “lock jaw syndrome and continued to be baffled as to how a N* could be installed in such a small car? I decided not to show them the picks of #11 or #15. It was nearly 95 degrees and showing the picks might have resulted in premature lock-jaw.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #171, 05-29-2005 03:48 PM
      I finally got my 2004 WestFest T-shirts from Nora at UG Showcase.com. As some know I never got my shirt(s) that dipicted #11 with the California as a back-drop design on it. Nora re-modified it from the disc that Dale (Songman) provided. This one is different from the prior one I had gotten.

On the front left corner, it has a small pic of the car with the words, "32- valve Northstar." Funny that I was wearing this shirt while talking to the guys in Bakersfield who couldn't believe a N* could fit in a Fiero. I'll send Exoticse a pic once I learn how to use my new camera phone

jscott1 MSG #172, 05-29-2005 05:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

I'll send Exoticse a pic once I learn how to use my new camera phone

I hope you got one of those new 1.3 megapixel camera phones. It's not as nice as your real digital camera but better than the "bigfoot" shots that we usually see.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #173, 05-29-2005 07:49 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


I hope you got one of those new 1.3 megapixel camera phones. It's not as nice as your real digital camera but better than the "bigfoot" shots that we usually see.

Yep...that's the one. It even has video too. I was looking for a 2.0 mega pixel but they didn't have one.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #174, 06-13-2005 02:12 AM
      New Trend?
I stop by Trends body shop last week. Joe, one of the owners of the shop said he had something to show me. Apparently Trends has a new style for wide bodies now. It’s called the, "Curley flare." Two of the vehicles now in the shop have an extra fender mounted on each fender...a Lexus and a Mustang. The Lexus looks good with the fender flaring yet it's not really wide or the look of a wide body. Funny, my Fiero is 3,000 miles away in FL and it's creating new ideas in CA.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #175, 06-19-2005 03:13 AM
     
I think i need a new chop top story fix !

Curly is fresh out of choppers, so GTjeff, GMGW3, and others let's here about your recent encounters so we can continue to dream and drool.

mono (monty@netnitco.net) MSG #176, 06-19-2005 09:40 PM
      Still a work in progress...



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #177, 06-19-2005 09:57 PM
      More, more, more! Please. I'm digging the rear window. I got milk but, where is my Marie Calender pie?

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jscott1 MSG #178, 06-19-2005 10:26 PM
      It looks good. That rear window is really tight! It's always good to hear from one of the 16 choptops...or is it soon to be 17?? Archie is being mysterious, I think the new shop has been inaugurated.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #179, 06-20-2005 12:16 AM
      I like the openess of the rear wheel fender......made for some wide puppies. What size do you plan on using in the back?

mono (monty@netnitco.net) MSG #180, 06-20-2005 09:13 AM
      The suggested rear wheel size is 15x9 with 15x7 in front. Team III is in the process of prototyping a "Chromadora" style wheel based on their Cobra Halibrand for me and another "dino nut". I'll go with a higher sidewall tire like that of the era. The lowered suspension is KYB shocks, coils and sways.



slickrick2000 (rhess2000@roadrunner.com) MSG #181, 06-20-2005 09:41 AM
      Man I love these stories.

The wife and I are in buying a new house and moving into it around the beginning of July. Since the wife is an agent, she gets the commision and we end up with money in pocket after the sell of the old and the buy of the new. Of course when I heard that, I IMMEDIATELY earmarked some of that money for my engine and other stuff I need for the car. She agreed to it, (and why shouldn't she, she is getting a new house).

So as soon as the new backyard is done, the chop and engine swap will FINALLY begin. I hope to start around late summer.

Keep the stories coming guys. Some of us are living vicariously through you until we can experience some of our own.

Rick

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #182, 06-26-2005 02:07 AM
      Raised eyebrows at local smog shop:

I was getting my GS-T smoged at the local ("take my money every two year") shop when the service tech notice my T-shirt I was wearing. He focused in on the lettering.

Tech: 32-valve...? For a Fiero?
Me: Yep and smog exempt.
Tech: How's that? You can't get a 32-valve engine in there!
Me: Yep...you can.

After I explained it, he still didn't believe me 100% Oh well, no need to prove your point when it's hot outside.

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slickrick2000 (rhess2000@roadrunner.com) MSG #183, 06-26-2005 05:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
Oh well, no need to prove your point when it's hot outside.

No need but it can be oh so much fun I'm sure...

Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #184, 06-27-2005 06:20 PM
      what's the bubble top? i missed that mod i guess.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #185, 06-27-2005 06:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Philphine:

what's the bubble top? i missed that mod i guess.

Bubble top is curly's nickname for a stock fiero,..hehehehe

Fastback 86 MSG #186, 06-27-2005 10:45 PM
      I drove through Half Moon Bay on Friday morning, but I don't know where Curly lives or his #, so no chop top sighting for me. Plus, it was kinda early. Maybe next time.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #187, 07-09-2005 04:02 PM
      Bubble-Top Fiero Catches Security Guard…off-guard:

While over-looking some building plans...a security guard notices the bubble top Fiero parked.

Security guard (SG): Nice Fiero. What’s that.... a 4 or a V6?
Me: V8.
SG: Huh? V8?
Me: V8

The security guard stops patrolling and walks over for a closer view. I pop the deck lid and turned to the security guard and notice too that his eye's nearly popped out of his head as he glazed at the engine compartment. I no doubt was wearing the chop top T-shirt that the security guard took notice.

SG: Is that a Fiero?
Me: Yep.
SG: Wait a minute; it has those doors that go up.
Me: Yeah, it's now parked, getting some chrome done. I drive my regular grocery getter for now. I like its incognito ness. Only the engine is needed for now. I can go places w/o people noticing it. I'm later taking it to this guy I know in Chicago for a chop like the pick on my T-shirt. He starred for a few seconds, trying to figure out what is different.

From the look on his face he was lost. So I had to show him what V8Archie does. After a few minutes the security guard said, "Damn. What made you think about doing all of that?" Another 15-30 minutes later, he knew the whole story behind V8Archie, WCF, and D1S. Being a humble kind-of-guy, I told him that they are other Fiero w/LT1, LS1, 3800SC, and crate motors with more horsepower than mine.

I left the security guards with those thoughts while his jaw was lying on the ground. I continued to walk around the building area and notice the guard running to catch-up on the time lost while talking to me. I’m glad I was in the bubble top and not #11.


Edit: spelling, hehehe.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #188, 07-09-2005 04:12 PM
      Oh, I have a pic of the T-shirt. If you want to see it? I'll send the pic to Tony.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #189, 07-09-2005 07:47 PM
      Curly you talking about this pic of your original t-shirt, or a pic of the new one ??

No pic of the new yet, sorry.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #190, 07-10-2005 06:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Oh, I have a pic of the T-shirt. If you want to see it? I'll send the pic to Tony.

This is the one that Madcurl was reffering to.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #191, 07-24-2005 02:45 AM
      A Visit to Orville's Choptop Monster Garage:

Last Tuesday on a very hot day (108) in Bakersfield, I arrived at Orville's house. I wanted to take a look at his LS1 auto and for a ride, heck I am not stupid!

First off, the burnt orange chop'r was nicely parked in a batman's cave like manner...ready to roll on any given notice. Orville popped the trunk to reveal the LS1 lying quietly in its metal bed. The bed was tight, with only an inch from the firewall and engine. Two custom torque-like dog bones braced this beast. I took a few snap shots before Orville awakened the beast.

Orville took out his trusty CA duster. He used Windex to remove Bakersfield’s dusty earth. He looked at me and said "lets take it out for a ride." As I got in, I noticed that the roofline is different from #11 and #15. I had maybe 3/4" of room between the roof and my hair. Naturally I leaned back for a better feel as I rode shotgun. Orville started the beast and we rolled slowly out to the street.

Orville looked around and turned down the stereo looking for skunks, raccoons, and orphan kids playing in the streets. Once the coast was cleared...just like a teenager, Orville got on it----hard! In a stealth-like fashion we went around the block w/o ppl every noticing us. Although the LS1 was nearly 340hp it did have a nice quiet muffled sound. We got back to the "chop top cave" and chatted about the experience. Before our jollies were over, I asked Orville if he wanted to ride in the N*?

Before I opened the deck lid, Orville removed the push-up kit in the seat and was on the ground doing 5's. I thought I was with John Wayne or something, hehehe. Being pumped...we took-off in the same manner as before, however the D1S N* is a little bit louder and bit slower. I felt that the experience in a Fiero LS1 auto was...priceless, made even cooler because I was in a chotop.

I have picks but I have them on my digital camera. I'll send the picks to Tony to post, if he has time.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #192, 07-24-2005 12:36 PM
      Orville's Monster Choptop Garage: Part II (continued)

I didn't get a chance to ride in the White 3800SC choptop. I will need to make a appointment. I took several glances at the CA legal white chopper wondering about my next thrill ride? I asked Orville when was the last time he'd drivin the 3800 around town and some experiences? Hopefully he will jump-in and share the fun.

Who would have every guessed that four choptops are located in Bakerfields and Tehachapi CA. It's amazing how this talented guy made his own choppers. Many more secrets are there but, you'll just have to see it for yourself.


Fastback 86 MSG #193, 07-24-2005 03:13 PM
      4?!? I onlyl saw the white and orange ones when I was there. I missed out! I got a ride in the 3800SC chopper and it was definately fun. I really wanted to ride in the LS1 chopper, but that was when it was down for a manual to auto trans swap.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #194, 07-24-2005 05:49 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fastback 86:

4?!? I onlyl saw the white and orange ones when I was there. I missed out! I got a ride in the 3800SC chopper and it was definately fun. I really wanted to ride in the LS1 chopper, but that was when it was down for a manual to auto trans swap.

Hehehe the four curly is talking about are Orville's 2 choppers and his two choppers the silver chop top (aka #11) and chop top number 15, that is currently here in Florida getting some modifications before heading back out to California.



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #195, 07-28-2005 02:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

A Visit to Orville's Choptop Monster Garage:

Last Tuesday on a very hot day (108) in Bakersfield, I arrived at Orville's house. I wanted to take a look at his LS1 auto and for a ride, heck I am not stupid!

First off, the burnt orange chop'r was nicely parked in a batman's cave like manner...ready to roll on any given notice. Orville popped the trunk to reveal the LS1 lying quietly in its metal bed. The bed was tight, with only an inch from the firewall and engine. Two custom torque-like dog bones braced this beast. I took a few snap shots before Orville awakened the beast.

Orville took out his trusty CA duster. He used Windex to remove Bakersfield’s dusty earth. He looked at me and said "lets take it out for a ride." As I got in, I noticed that the roofline is different from #11 and #15. I had maybe 3/4" of room between the roof and my hair. Naturally I leaned back for a better feel as I rode shotgun. Orville started the beast and we rolled slowly out to the street.

Orville looked around and turned down the stereo looking for skunks, raccoons, and orphan kids playing in the streets. Once the coast was cleared...just like a teenager, Orville got on it----hard! In a stealth-like fashion we went around the block w/o ppl every noticing us. Although the LS1 was nearly 340hp it did have a nice quiet muffled sound. We got back to the "chop top cave" and chatted about the experience. Before our jollies were over, I asked Orville if he wanted to ride in the N*?

Before I opened the deck lid, Orville removed the push-up kit in the seat and was on the ground doing 5's. I thought I was with John Wayne or something, hehehe. Being pumped...we took-off in the same manner as before, however the D1S N* is a little bit louder and bit slower. I felt that the experience in a Fiero LS1 auto was...priceless, made even cooler because I was in a chotop.

I have picks but I have them on my digital camera. I'll send the picks to Tony to post, if he has time.

Enjoy.

\

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #196, 08-06-2005 02:17 PM
      I got another T-shirt design with the Stinger, gun-metal, and #11 on it. I can't wait to see what conversations this shirt will stir-up?

I'll send a pic to Tony.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #197, 08-06-2005 07:31 PM
     

Pretty nice if you ask me !

the pocket



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #198, 08-07-2005 10:42 AM
     

Curly does she still have the layouts for all three t-shirts ?

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #199, 08-07-2005 03:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

Curly does she still have the layouts for all three t-shirts ?


Yep. She can re-arrange the pics to your personal style. For me I usually don't wear T-shirts but lately its been pretty warm in CA.


Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #200, 08-07-2005 03:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

I got another T-shirt design with the Stinger, gun-metal, and #11 on it. I can't wait to see what conversations this shirt will stir-up?

I'll send a pic to Tony.

Very cool.

Archie

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #201, 08-22-2005 12:34 AM
      Stinger T-shirt update:

I've been wearing the Stinger choptop T-shirt lately. You know, the one with the long legged lady standing next to the Stinger hehe. As usually, the girl in the pic draws just about every mans attention and a few minutes later they notice the cars.

While standing in line at a Auto Zone store a guy wanted to know if the "girl came with the car-line" joke. I said, "that could be arranged. He has a LT1 under the hood." Funny that when you say LT1 in a sentence.....you could hear a pin drop.

I picked up another T-shirt at the shop. Its pretty warm in CA. I'll need it.

Edit: I need to use "spell checker" hehe.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #202, 08-25-2005 05:15 PM
     
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ,.......................

i guess all chop tops are sleeping ??

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #203, 08-25-2005 08:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ,.......................

i guess all chop tops are sleeping ??


Yep.


# The Dirty Rat. Trying out New home
#10. New rims installed.
#11. Chrome shop
#13. At Archie's
#14. Paint shop
#15. VDC shop
#16. Battery issues?
#17. Engine swap




Will-Martin MSG #204, 08-26-2005 11:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Yep.


# The Dirty Rat. Trying out New home
#10. New rims installed.
#11. Chrome shop
#13. At Archie's
#14. Paint shop
#15. VDC shop
#16. Battery issues?
#17. Engine swap

#20. Engine swap

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #205, 09-11-2005 09:14 AM
     

Ok chop top owners time to wake up.

We need stories ! hehehe .

Sharkman MSG #206, 09-12-2005 05:22 PM
      When I came in too pay for the gas at the gasstation about five people where guesing what car I drove. The gueses was Ferrari but most on Lotus. They did not belive me when I said Pontiac...

Were at a car meet a couple of weeks ago with all kind of cars. But when the cars was lined up everybody came too see what that low thing was. No one guest right.

It´s fun too have a Fiero CT (ChopTop)



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #207, 09-24-2005 11:46 PM
     


Wow,....we are currently experiencing a chop top story drought.


ace35 MSG #208, 09-25-2005 12:13 AM
      I'll let somebody do mine for free, so I can have a story to post! Just trying to help out...

I'll give you a plus!! I will!

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #209, 10-03-2005 07:55 PM
      Wash and Dry?


I finally got around to washing #11. Pulled the cover off and got down and dirty, hehe. I assembled the chrome rear sway bar , chromed exhaust cats, and mounted the Borbets back on. Opened the VDC doors and took a sniff of Mr. Mike's leather. Ahhh, the smell of leather.

Phase II: Rolled around the other N* around and gave it a bath.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #210, 10-03-2005 08:23 PM
      Now this story is strange. I'm in touch with HRE in making a custom 547 HRE wheels. I send him a pic of the style I want with the various modifications. Granted, they think that #11 is a Corvette becasue Mike never looked at the car but rather the girl and the wheels. Go figure.


Mikes response in email:

Couldn't you talk that girl into a bikini?

Your car comes with 275/35/18 tires from the factory, but if you want to run skinnier tires, we can build you a 9 inch front wheel.

We can build 12 rather than 12.5 for the rear if you prefer.

The only part of the center section of the wheel that would be painted is the spokes.

The area that holds the rivets would not be polished.



Mike
HRE Performance Wheels
Vista, California

[end of quote]

Strange ain't it. I've purchased two sets from them and they have no clue...even with a picture. I guess that the side front pic looks like a Corvette to them?

Here's is the pic I provided:

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #211, 10-03-2005 09:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Wash and Dry?


I finally got around to washing #11. Pulled the cover off and got down and dirty, hehe. I assembled the chrome rear sway bar , chromed exhaust cats, and mounted the Borbets back on. Opened the VDC doors and took a sniff of Mr. Mike's leather. Ahhh, the smell of leather.

Phase II: Rolled around the other N* around and gave it a bath.



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #212, 10-24-2005 11:39 PM
      Coming soon,...the Florida chronicles !!



Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #213, 10-25-2005 12:09 AM
      did you buy choptop's car?

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #214, 10-25-2005 12:21 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Philphine:

did you buy choptop's car?

Hehehe,..who me ?? Shhhhhhhhhh.

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Will-Martin MSG #215, 10-25-2005 12:30 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Hehehe,..who me ?? Shhhhhhhhhh.

What tha - how did I not notice your sig???? Please tell us!!


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #216, 10-25-2005 12:36 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:


What tha - how did I not notice your sig???? Please tell us!!

A deal has been done.

jscott1 MSG #217, 10-25-2005 01:02 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

Coming soon,...the Florida chronicles !!


1985SE chopped and dropped
1986GT
1986 coupe 2M4


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
The true identity of Madcurl's Rival????



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #218, 10-25-2005 01:04 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
The true identity of Madcurl's Rival????

hahahahah uh no way, not even close ! I couldn't begin to afford those rims !!

Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #219, 10-25-2005 01:12 PM
      well, here's to ya then. since it's a notch i'll be watching to see if you come up with good ideas i can stea... er.. i mean, consult with you on. good luck with it.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #220, 10-30-2005 12:08 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

Coming soon,...the Florida chronicles !!

Well let's get it on!


Choptop Chronicles low point:

I was in the dirty rained out Stealth Fiero today and a red hot Lotus was behind me. A blonde girl was driving it and all eyes where on her, hehehe. Anyway, it was then that I wished I was in #15. The next day I took out the bucket and cleaned the car. Got back into the Stealth and it somehow re-energized me after I washed the darn thing. Cleaned the 19's off and put a polish on the paint. While going thru a KFC drive thru, the manager said, "Hey isn't that a Fiero....I haven't seen one of those in a long time. It was made for what...5-years?" He later said, "what did they come with....a 6?" I said yeah, but I have a V8. I quickly grabed the bird and tap on the gas.

Too bad there isn't more chopper in the Bay Area to represent, hehe.

Will-Martin MSG #221, 10-30-2005 12:28 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Well let's get it on!

/signed!!



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #222, 10-30-2005 12:44 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Philphine:

well, here's to ya then. since it's a notch i'll be watching to see if you come up with good ideas i can stea... er.. i mean, consult with you on. good luck with it.

Won't be a notchie for long, that chopper has a fastback clip in it's future.

Fastback 86 MSG #223, 10-30-2005 02:47 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Too bad there isn't more chopper in the Bay Area to represent, hehe.

I'd be more than happy to come up to Half Moon Bay and drive one of your other choppers and cruise with you

Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #224, 10-30-2005 08:23 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Won't be a notchie for long, that chopper has a fastback clip in it's future.

hmmm.... someone mentioned making a big over the top scoop for a chopper by using a normal height clip on the back. i remember you saying you don't like top scoops, but if you do it, it might be interesting to see the uncut rear clip set in place on the car to see if it looks doable.

jscott1 MSG #225, 10-30-2005 09:31 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Philphine:

it might be interesting to see the uncut rear clip set in place on the car to see if it looks doable.

A shot from Archie's before the clip was cut down.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #226, 11-05-2005 02:35 PM
      Bubble top Fiero (#20?)

On the Las Vegas strip...rolling in the bubble top Fiero. I had to roll down my window twice to answer questions regarding what I had under the hood. A guy in a four door car commented, "The car sounds good." "Whats' in it"? Another guy motioned me to roll the window down, "hey, isn't that a Fiero"? "What kind of motor do you have in there"?

After the SEMA show and 245 mile later stopped in Tehachapi, CA for some R&R before heading to the Bay Area. At the local Kmart store in the parking lot, a gentelman approached my bubbletop Fiero. A converstaion was started. The gentleman said he'd gotten a Fiero for his daughter and later after driving his daughter's car, had to get one...a 1985 GT V6. He mentioned that his was fast with very good handling. Years later the car was involved in a crash and was totalled.

He said mine looked really good with the large tires. I told him to wait a minute and I'll start it up for ya. He said, "what do ya have in there"? I opened the deck lid. The guy was truley amazed how a V8 could fit. I showed him a pic of the Stinger and other choptops on my camera phone. I told him that Archie installs LT1. The guy later got in his BMW and speed-off.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #227, 11-14-2005 06:28 PM
      I don't know where to begin? So many stories. One thing that stood-out during the 3200 mile trip....NOBODY NEVER NOTICED THAT THE CAR WAS CHOPPED! A good thing IMO. Great work Archie.

I was gasing up at Race Tec (something) gas station and a kid who spotted me earlier came around, backed-up, a took a picture and took off. While at Mr. Mike's, several people in cars---slowed down for a peek. Mike installed the maps pockets, sun visors, and door handles which greatly improved the interior over-all looks. Great craftmanship and an excellent person. Thank's Mr. Mike.

Northern FL, GA, AL , LA, and TN was traveled throughout the night ( I forgot the exact cities). Not much to talk about except for people at the gas stations walking up looking at the interior. Most people had no idea where or what the interior was from. That was evident by them scratching their heads. Around 05:00HRs in TN (I think) I stopped at a Rest stop for a couple hrs of sleep (bad idea). I keep hearing people commenting on the car or slowing down. At first it was a bad idea but later it was a "good idea" because my car battery died! A local maintenace worker gave me a "jump." Hundreds of miles later....I found a local Auto Zone in AK


Edit: TN location, hehe

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #228, 11-20-2005 08:20 PM
      Choptop = a happy young kid.

During a hotel stay, the owner of the hotel young son was looking as I was unloading the chopper. The father notice his son starring through the screen door. The father asked me if I would let his son sit in my car. I said, "sure...why not." The boy was a little shy at first, so the father took him by the hand and walked him over to the car. The boy sat in and then....smiled as he grab the sterring wheel. The father didn't know what type of car was it. A friend of mine whos' 6'3" wanted to try out the chopper. He didn't fit. Oh well, one-size doesn't fit all.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #229, 11-28-2005 02:14 PM
      #15 CHOPPER GET'S SMOKED!

A couple days after arriving from FL a person in an red-white numbered door something import-ish (WRX or Acrua) car decided he wants to pass me at night on a CA twisty road . I'm going 45-ish (speed limit is 45 on hwy 92) and he hits the after burners to pass me on a double yellow road. It must have been a turbo and fast because I didn't hear that loud fart can. He really caught me off-guard because, "I didn't think he would try and pass while coming around a blind corner on a double yellow." I didn't hit my gas, race, or challange him but, right before he passes around this blind corner...there was another car coming in the opposite direction. He was able to get back into his lane right before the opposite car was to hit him.

I was in #15 chopper. If he would have hit the other driver it would have involved me too. Good thing I was listening to some smooth jazz that night, hehe. I was a little pissed, since the guy could have waited another 200 yards. Why? Hwy 92 becomes a passing 2-lane with a concrete divider. So after reaching the concrete divider I decided to catch him going uphill (6% grade I think) and quickly reduced the distant prior to the sharp turn near the top of the hill. Nobody else was on the road and there is a concrete divider. Yes. I was caught slip'n and got smoked------but I'm alive and able to write about it, hehe.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #230, 12-11-2005 03:10 AM
      Bubble top gets respect. Well....just a little.

I was in Clinton, OK and was filling up at a Loves gas station when an older gentlemen from Utah walked over enquiring about the rubberbands, rims and what benifit besides "looks" do they offer? I told him less flex, blah, blah, blah. In Gallop, a Loves clerk thought the bubble top was a Ferrari. A few stares from those who passed me on the hwy.

A couple of dudes in a CAddy 4.9 who's driver was leaning so far right, I though he was the passenger...anyway he was cruising real slow on the hwy so I passed him and he got pissed (I guess?). He later decided to pass me going over 100 mph. In Tehachapi, CA a guy heard this V8 sounding car but didn't know where the sound was comming from? All he had seen was a Fiero. Once he did find out, we talked for 10-15 minutes. I was out of V8Archie business cards so I gave him a Mr. Mike card.

In all, my 2,020 mile trip was....boring until I reached Springfield IL. Black ice caused many accidents. I spotted many trucks layed out on the hwy. Some on their sides, others upside down, and one semi in a circle. The Cab of the truck was kissing the tail-end (rig). I was going 35-45 mph on the hwy with flashers on during the last 128 miles to Archies. You could see the black ice with the headlight shinning down on it in the road. With 40-miles left, I gave up and pulled in at a rest stop and slept for an hour.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #231, 12-13-2005 12:31 PM
      For some reason i just can't seem to stop smiling these days.

Damn i look good in a chop top ! Hehehehehe

Yesssssssssssssssssssssss !!

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #232, 12-24-2005 08:27 PM
      Some Choptop leftovers,.....Curly had these unposted pics lying around.

Madcurl (driving choptop #15) hanging out with Rickyaddy, his wife Jen, and company at a Sonics in Bakersfield, CA.

Choptop # 11 aka the SIlver choptop at Westfest 2004

Madcurl hanging out with V-8 Archie at SEMA

[This message has been edited by exoticse (edited 12-24-2005).]

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #233, 12-26-2005 06:38 PM
     

More pictures from Madcurl's lost vault.


These are pictures of Orville's trip to see #15 at Trends in Bakersfield, CA. Trends does most of the body work on Madcurl's cars.



Will-Martin MSG #234, 12-29-2005 01:47 PM
      Archie Choptop # 19 is safely back in Texas. Quick bump for now, tonight I will write up on my trip. It was way cool!

--Will



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #235, 12-29-2005 08:53 PM
      Congratulations Will.

Looking forward to the write up and hearing about the reactions.

See you at Daytona !!

[This message has been edited by exoticse (edited 12-29-2005).]

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #236, 01-02-2006 07:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:

Archie Choptop # 19 is safely back in Texas. Quick bump for now, tonight I will write up on my trip. It was way cool!

--Will

Hey Will,

You owe us a few stories hehehe.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #237, 01-07-2006 10:07 PM
      Hoodlum Chronicles:

At Trend’s in Bakersfield, Reuben did a great job on the hood scoops while I was out of town. The openings are not cut yet but around town several people took notice, unlike before, where only the side and rear views captured peoples attention. However, from a frontal view it's starting to raise a few eyebrows. In Bakersfield, while at a gas station several kids stop and circled the Fiero.

Down I-5 freeway several cars slowed down to sneak a peek. Three kids driving a WRX filmed the entire car for 3-4 minutes. First, I notice them passing me, and then they slowed down and got behind me. I notice the passenger preparing the video camera.

He took picks from the rear and then gradually speed-up towards the drivers side, and finally he turn around and shoot some footage of the front of the car. This happened in Selma, CA nearing Fresno. While in Fresno, I went by some friends whom I hadn't seen in several years. It was dark outside but, from the silhouette, one person thought it was a Fiero but couldn't figure out what or how this Fiero was different. All n all no body even noticed it was chopped. In the Bay Area, several passengers nearly made a 360 trying to look. It was nice to get back-in the Fiero again. It's had been parked for 30-days.

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YELLOWFIERO88 (yellowfiero88@aol.com) MSG #238, 01-07-2006 10:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Good thing I was listening to some smooth jazz that night, hehe.

Man I love smooth jazz. The only local radio station around here that plays it went off the air along time ago

 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

Coming soon,...the Florida chronicles !!

So, since the VERT is kinda got a chopped down top, does this mean I get to have the "Ohio chronicles"??? ??? Hey exotic when you going to be up in the area again?



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #239, 01-07-2006 11:09 PM
      A short story:

I forgot, while in Bakersfield, CA last Friday on Oak Street at a red light. On my drivers side, one guy in a white car, nearly left his drivers position to take a look. Yes. I'm not kidding, when I seen him he was actually several inches from the passengers side window.....looking! I think he might have un-buckled and had the car in park when he did this?

[This message has been edited by madcurl (edited 01-08-2006).]

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #240, 01-07-2006 11:42 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by YELLOWFIERO88:


So, since the VERT is kinda got a chopped down top, does this mean I get to have the "Ohio chronicles"??? ??? Hey exotic when you going to be up in the area again?

Coming home to visit my folks in Middletown, the first week in April.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #241, 01-15-2006 02:30 PM
      12 AM Wake-up call:

I was heading home in the chopper but decided to stop and get a "big" slice of pizza at MR. Pizza Man. I had just parked the car and was closing the VDC's when a young guy said, "Dude. What kind of car is that?" I stated the same thing I always say, "Pontiac" and wait for them to respond. A blank expression was noticed so I continued. "A Pontiac.....a Pontiac Fiero."

The guy: "Dude. A Pontiac Fiero? "Nah, you kiding me cause I remember the Fiero and this is different." The doors and body is different." His hand followed the body lines from mid hood to the b-piller tying to firure out just "what" was done. He keep starring at the front window. I didn't have the heart to tell him it's chopped. A police officier at the red light with his window rolled down noticed that we were talking and later turned around at the end of the block.

Me: "Yeah, the doors were added and so too the vents but, there still Fiero parts just changed a little." He then started to stare at the beefie shoulders in the rear. "Yeah, that's the front fender mounted on the rear. That messed his mind up for a few minutes so I showed him the interior. His jaw droped and he wanted to sit inside the car. I told him I gotta go but, he could view it on Pennock's Fiero Forum. I didn't have any of Archie's business cards to hand out.

Before I left, I think the guy finally woke up once I showed him pictures of the Stinger, Sidewinder, and #11 on my camera phone. As we parted, the police officer passed by again. After I got my pizza and put it in the trunk, I was on my way home and was traveling down El Camino Real and noticed the [same] officer following me. The speed limit is 35 and I made sure I was going 30-33 mph, hehe. He got behind me and it seemed that he was running my plates? Anyway, I pulled off at 92hwy and he kept on going down the street. I'm like, "Cool. I didn't want to stop cause I'm hungry, pizza is getting cold and it's 12:30 AM, "hehe.

Edit: Oh yeah, I forgot. The young guy said that flip lamps are out and that I should install the Corvette head lights. I told him that's being done on a different Fiero. Hmm. I own pg 7, hehe.

[This message has been edited by madcurl (edited 01-16-2006).]

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #242, 01-20-2006 10:14 PM
     

Yesssssssss !

Got my Choptop t-shirt in the mail today !

Damn #11 (Madcurl's silver choptop) looks good !

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #243, 01-21-2006 02:22 PM
      Operation Beef Cake:

While in Bakersfield, CA. #15 cause several stop, slow down and stares. A CHP officer was on the side of the hwy helping a stranded motorist and I notice him looking my way. I got off the gas and slowed down to 65mph (I might have been going 70?). The officers eyes followed my car as I passed them.

While on I-5 several motorist came next to me slowed down, dropped back, and them can around for more views. All this while driving at night. With a current blackish and red colors, even I would have no idea what I would be looking at.

Cry me a river? On my way to Bakersfied, my drain rubber cap sprang a leak while I was pulling off to get some gas in Los Hills, CA. Nearly 2-gallons of anti freez leaked out onto the road and gas station. The engine's computer shut down from 8-6-4. I turned off the engine and coasted down hill to the gas station.

I had additional caps inside the trunk and waited for the engine fluids to cool off. It took 3 minutes to change out the caps since the IRM rockers exposes the area where the caps are housed. I had a gallon of Prestone and one gallon of water. It took 30-minutes to bleed the system of trapped air. I forgot to change this part once I arrived in CA. The other side was replaced in FL eight months ago.

LT188GT (eal4ever@bellsouth.net) MSG #244, 01-21-2006 02:41 PM
      So you don't need my help this time?

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #245, 01-21-2006 03:05 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by LT188GT:

So you don't need my help this time?


Hehe. Not this time (blood brother).


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #246, 01-21-2006 11:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Cry me a river? On my way to Bakersfied, my drain rubber cap sprang a leak while I was pulling off to get some gas in Los Hills, CA. Nearly 2-gallons of anti freez leaked out onto the road and gas station. The engine's computer shut down from 8-6-4. I turned off the engine and coasted down hill to the gas station.

I had additional caps inside the trunk and waited for the engine fluids to cool off. It took 3 minutes to change out the caps since the IRM rockers exposes the area where the caps are housed. I had a gallon of Prestone and one gallon of water. It took 30-minutes to bleed the system of trapped air. I forgot to change this part once I arrived in CA. The other side was replaced in FL eight months ago.

Gee that sure sounds familair,...hehehe Talk about Deja vu !!??

Daytona 2005 !

fierodog (brokenaxeblade@gmail.com) MSG #247, 01-22-2006 08:49 PM
      I have a choptop question. Does everyone get the same size chop, or are you all getting different sizes?
Adam


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #248, 01-22-2006 10:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fierodog:

I have a choptop question. Does everyone get the same size chop, or are you all getting different sizes?
Adam


All choptop made at Archies' shop are the same. Depending on the owner, Homebrew choptops vary but.....only one I've seen posted was to the "extreme."


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #249, 01-25-2006 06:45 PM
      Hmm. Local Kids usually take off to have lunch outside the school and I'm getting comments about #15. While picking-up a Round Table pizza a young'n said, "Hey that's sick." As I was leaving two teens were starring, one of them said, "Hey, isn't that a Fiero/lamborghini kit"? I was happy that he got part of the questions right. I told the teen, "no." As I was leaving I noticed a bike officer was handing out tickets so I decided to "coast" by him but, he heard the N* and turned in my direction.

I'm currnetly working on the side front lower bumper so it has clear mock-up tape over it and it looks like crap, hehe.

Will-Martin MSG #250, 02-02-2006 04:14 PM
      On my trip back from Archie's I noticed I was getting quite a few looks, but most of them were like, "What tha?" I decided to pull over a number of times just to check that the car was still secure on the hauler and these gawkers were not seeing one of my straps loose and flopping in the wind, or something terrible. Turns out, they were all just looking at the car I guess.

I did have one guy in a late model white Buick pull up to the pump next to me in Missouri and kind of mosey over to take a closer look. He said, “Is that a Fiero?” I replied, “Sure is.” He started telling me about how he remembered when they came out and he wanted one BAD. He said that mine looked different than what he remembered them looking like. I think he was referring to the 85GT look when he was talking about them because he kept saying, the nose just looks way different. I told him mine had been chopped with the handles shaved and he looked at me like I was speaking Latin. I had to take him down the side of the car and show him what those terms meant. He was very impressed on the work done to the car so far, and I was very excited to see that he knew the car was different, but could not point out exactly what modifications were done to made it look so good.

All of the sudden, he yelled “Holy ****, that is the same engine that is in my car!” I was so excited about the choptop part of the car, having just come from Archie’s that I had not covered the engine swap yet. As it happens he was driving a Buick LeSabre and my 3800 SC engine was from the same model car. I pointed out to him what had been done to the engine, but again it was like speaking Latin, he was not all that technical when it came to cars, he just enjoyed them.

That was pretty much the only contact I have had with people while having the car. Sadly, the car has been to Loyde, to Archie, and back to Loyde since September of last year so to say I am missing it is an understatement! It is still at Loyde’s getting some poly bushings and lowering springs in the front, and final suspension adjustments done to the front and rear.

Here is what it looks like right now:

And my Goal:

--Will



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #251, 02-03-2006 06:54 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:

On my trip back from Archie's I noticed I was getting quite a few looks, but most of them were like, "What tha?" I decided to pull over a number of times just to check that the car was still secure on the hauler and these gawkers were not seeing one of my straps loose and flopping in the wind, or something terrible. Turns out, they were all just looking at the car I guess.

Hehehe. The same thing here. I too start to wonder if "somethings" wrong.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #252, 02-03-2006 07:26 PM
      Several experiences. Too many to even mention but, I have one or two.

Right after coming from Trends body shop, I usually head straight for the local hand car wash. I didn't notice at first but, a guy in his 50's seen the chop'r. As I was getting out of my car to get some change for the wash..... he was standing in the front of my car. I think his name was Tom? Anyway, Tom used to be a mechanic at a Pontiac dealership, so he "knew" what type of car I was driving but, wasn't 100% sure.

First off, he didn't know it was chopped (I love that) but, he didn't know if it was a "kit" or something? It was really too much information for him at one time cause his eyes where "stuck" on each and every part of the car. His eyes were "fixed" on the hood, the fender flares, and then the lip spoiler so, due to time.....I had to "move" him along. After 20-minutes or so, we finally finished the "tour" and he was simply amazed! After washing the car, the "tour" started all over again.

I'm Hungry:

A very nice guy at one of my favorite burger joints see's me pull-up. Right after recieving my meal, I'm sitting down and I'm prepared to opened my mouth wide for the big juicy burger. That's when this guy turns around and begins to ask me about the chop'r. If you could imagine me trying to eat and explan "something" that the general public doesn't know is a unique task. I was able to "down" my burger and frys before they went "cold." Between eating and coming up for air.....All I remember saying was, "fender flars, vents, and brakes. After all, I was hungry.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #253, 02-04-2006 02:02 PM
      Dragster look?

It's been raining in CA and the PZeros are not all season tires (PZero's are summer tires). So I went back to my old favorites...The Toyo Proxies T1's. As you guessed it, the rear end now looks like a dragster w/o the beefy tire look. Nobody noticed it while I was at Trends body shop and I had to point it out to Reuben. The 275/30/20 are a bit taller than the 305's but are not wider.

It now resembles a “Dragster” like style from the rear sides using the sunkened tires. I’ll change out the fronts later. While on my way to the Bay Area, I stopped at a car/truck gas station for some candy. A few minutes later, a crowd gathered around the car. One dude in the front, one on the driver's side, and one dude standing on the right rear corner of the car. I nodded my head and proceeded to enter the car as the door flew upward and N* sounding off.

Sometimes, you just have to get into your car and go. No time to talk.

[This message has been edited by madcurl (edited 02-06-2006).]

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #254, 02-10-2006 07:32 PM
      A Starbuck moment:

Three police officers were standing in front of a Starbuck's. As I got out of #15 all three officers where looking in my direction and one of the officers asked, " Hey, what type of car is that"?

Me: Pontiac.....Pontiac Fiero. I went inside so I didn't hear they're response but, from the look of one of the officers, his mouth was wide-open. I can't wait for this darn car to be painted.

Edit: I can't spell, hehe

[This message has been edited by madcurl (edited 02-10-2006).]

Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #255, 02-10-2006 07:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

A Starbuck moment:

Three police officers were standing in front of a Starbuck's. As I got out of #15 all three officers where looking in my direction and one of the officers asked, " Hey, what type of car is that"?

Me: Pontiac.....Pontiac Fiero. I went inside so I didn't hear they're response but, from the look of one of the officers, his mouth was wide-open. I can't wait for this darn car to be painted.

Edit: I can't spell, hehe

See I wish I could "pull up"... If only my cars were drivable.. sigh. Will someone give me a push!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #256, 02-12-2006 09:27 PM
      Thanks Cliff.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #257, 02-13-2006 06:03 PM
      The Year of the Dog:

San Francisco had its Chinese New Years celebration this past Saturday. I decided to kick-off the "Year of the Dog" so I stopped by Wing Fat's restaurant, hehe. After getting my "Lunch special" a youngster.... sit’n pimpish-like, leaning towards the passenger side, and flying by in a Firebird noticed the chop'r parked…the youngster straightened-up to take a quick-peek.

Another car followed but was unable to peek cause, the first dude was looking at my car and wasn’t paying attention to he road ahead. One of these days, somebody is going to have an accident.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #258, 02-17-2006 08:38 PM
      "Hey, I could'a had a V8."

I meet a really nice guy while Teh. I was checking and re-checking the new 2005 Corvette side lamps when he rolled by and stopped. Actually he has passed by twice.
Guy: "Hey, you know they make V8 conversion for that."
Me: Oh yeah, that's what I heard too.

A pause for a moment as he expected me to inquire.

Me: "Yeah, I actually have a V8."
Guy: Oh yeah, can I take a look?
Me: Sure.

After several minutes of talking (30 minutes), I directed him to Archie which he'd visited the web site before. Apparently, Jack is wanting to do a V8 conversion using a SBC... one for drag racing and the other one for street use. The conversation lead to him asking about the SBC passing CA emissions. I told him to call Archie for info. In the meantime, he asked for the B.A.R. phone number. I hadn't checked-in lately on the "V8 swap info" with the "false gods." Apparently, when it came to the correct info... I've been out-of-the-loop.

In the meantime, I'm chilling on #015. I took the week off and relaxed. I can work on the side lamps in two weeks.

[This message has been edited by madcurl (edited 02-19-2006).]

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #259, 02-26-2006 03:48 PM
      Bump. Mine are parked and I'm bored. We need more input from other choptop owners, hehe.

Will-Martin MSG #260, 02-26-2006 07:05 PM
      Mine is still in the works. I have some things planned that should prove... Unique.

--Will

jscott1 MSG #261, 02-26-2006 08:31 PM
      Believe it or not #14 gets paint on it this week.



Jim88GT (choptop88@verizon.net) MSG #262, 02-27-2006 05:10 PM
      Not too much to report on #10 - pretty much complete except for paint and engine tuning. I did paint the letters on the valve covers and brake rotors to match the body when it finally makes it to the paint booth (04 Mazda Lightning Yellow). 25 days to Daytona

Jim

Jim88GT (choptop88@verizon.net) MSG #263, 02-27-2006 05:12 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jim88GT:

Not too much to report on #10 - pretty much complete except for paint and engine tuning. I did paint the letters on the valve covers and brake rotors to match the body when it finally makes it to the paint booth (04 Mazda Lightning Yellow). 25 days to Daytona

Jim

Ooops - I meant to say Calipers, not Rotors!

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #264, 03-04-2006 02:39 PM
      HWY 99 Run:

I pulled out #015 this week for some work perfomed on the stereo system. My XM radio kept loosing power on very minor bumps in the road which was driving me crazy. The weather was great on Thursday so I decided to hop-in and drive to Fresno CA to check it out. The 169 mile trip was some what annoying due to the stereo so I wasn't in the mood for side show comments at every gas station so I drove straight through.

Along the way several people (approached me, slowed down, got behind me, got besides me) to check the car out. Nobody remained in my "blind-side" too long for me to become annoyed, hehe. The shop boss didn't notice anything different about the chopper so....I guess that's good? My drive back was some what "spirited" and I didn't let people pass me, drive along side, or remain in my "blind side." Strange how music can change your whole outlook on driving, hehe.

Will-Martin MSG #265, 03-21-2006 08:24 PM
      Mmmmm.....

12" Vette Rotors. Now I can take off AND stop fast. Sure gonna be one fastfiero. haha

--Will

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #266, 03-21-2006 08:51 PM
      Hey, Will-Martin....how does it feel?

88GTFormula (tdbonner2012@gmail.com) MSG #267, 03-21-2006 09:17 PM
      what number is archie on now ? any1 kno ?

about how many days does the chop take (madcurl would know the awnser here id imagine... lol)

[This message has been edited by 88GTFormula (edited 03-21-2006).]

Will-Martin MSG #268, 03-22-2006 02:01 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hey, Will-Martin....how does it feel?

Don't know, it is still parked at Loyde's shop haha!

--Will



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #269, 03-22-2006 01:07 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 88GTFormula:

what number is archie on now ? any1 kno ?

about how many days does the chop take (madcurl would know the awnser here id imagine... lol)


In my case, the choptop has been done in a little less than one month flat but, that's during the off-season period (Nov-Feb). Anything done prior to a major show would be pushing it. It would be best to call Archie ahead of time for a "time-slot."


jscott1 MSG #270, 03-22-2006 05:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 88GTFormula:

what number is archie on now ? any1 kno ?

Unofficial List - Last Updated 2/22/2006

<<<<ARCHIE CHOP TOPS>>>>>>

001. Great Blue Choptop (GBCT) ....................Aug 1998
002. Purple Pavement Eater (notchback)......... 1998 (Finished at Archie's shop by Archie and NIFE Volunteers)
003. 246 Dino Replica for a guy in Indiana.............. 11-13-98
004. PFF ChopTop ..................................... 11-20-98 (new owner Exoticse 2005)
005. Vasquar ............................................. 9-1-00
006. Steve in Rockford IL..................................... May 2001
007. Stinger .......................................Jan 2002
008. PFF GMGW3 Cary ......................... Sept 2002
009. Gun Metal GT fastback Tacoma Washington ..Oct. 2002
010. PFF Jim's 88 GT Jim Albright ................June 2003
011. Silver Choptop Curley.................. fall 2003
012. Chester's Dirty Rat Rob D............. Oct 2003
013. Black Death GT-X ........... Mar. 2004
014. Proud-1 Jscott1 ................... July 2004
015. Curley's widebody................sept 2004?
016. Dowdian's Sharona..................December 2004?
017. Black 85 Fastback LS1
018. Bob's "SideWider" a.k.a Stinger clone
019. Will-Martin's Formula
020. MadCurl Project #3
021. New project for V8Archie
022.IMSA Chop top - Troy Boy from New York



Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #271, 03-27-2006 07:44 PM
      i finally have some spare fenders (see how fast i work?). since i had to finally let my cheap thrill fiero go i snatched a few pieces off. still can't use them on the chopper though. first is a fender vent project for the convertible (as soon as i can find some more firebird fender vents), then whatever fenders are left can be cut for widebody experiments.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #272, 04-08-2006 12:43 PM
     

Wake up choptops.

Jim88GT (choptop88@verizon.net) MSG #273, 04-08-2006 03:41 PM
      Trailering the car back from Daytona and stopped to gas up along I95. Twenty something pulls up in a pickup with a cell phone in his ear wanting to know what kind of car I've got on the trailer. He doesn't comprehend Fiero and replies "an Iero"?? - who makes it. I tell him it's a 18 year old Pontiac and he's still cluless I heard him trying to describe what it looked like to whomever he was talking to on his cell as I left. Worth a good chuckle!

Jim

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #274, 04-08-2006 04:06 PM
     

Ahhhhhhhhh see,.... shake those pockets and a good choptop story or two will fall out.

Thanks Jim.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #275, 04-09-2006 09:25 AM
     
Chop top nearly injures ! Hehehehe well sort of,.....

Just relaying a story from Home Brew choptop builder Joshua Riedl. Josh was apparently out driving his choptop when he passed a guy driving in a corvette.

Joshua said the guy nearly got a severe case of whiplash, snapping his neck back trying to look at his car.



joshua riedl MSG #276, 04-09-2006 11:16 AM
      I did have a gas station owner run out in the rain to complement my car. He said something about I must be upset about driving it in that kind of weather, I told him "no, it's just my beater." He then complemented my new ebay rotors. I said thanks, he said it looks great and ran back inside. I get a lot of looks driving but I can't tell if it's because they like the car or they are staring at the unpainted roof. The corvette guy just stuck out in my mind because he seemed to pay more attention to me than I did to him.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #277, 04-09-2006 12:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by joshua riedl:
The corvette guy just stuck out in my mind because he seemed to pay more attention to me than I did to him.


Hehehe.


jscott1 MSG #278, 04-25-2006 09:40 AM
      "What kind of car is that?"

"A Fiero"

"Are they making those again?"

"No this car is 18 years old"

"Really? It's nice, take care of it"

"Thanks"


Will-Martin MSG #279, 04-25-2006 11:25 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

Chop top nearly injures ! Hehehehe well sort of,.....

Just relaying a story from Home Brew choptop builder Joshua Riedl. Josh was apparently out driving his choptop when he passed a guy driving in a corvette.

Joshua said the guy nearly got a severe case of whiplash, snapping his neck back trying to look at his car.



WOW, how did I miss this pic? Josh man, that is one awesome ride. Hope mine comes out looking 1/2 that good!

--Will



joshua riedl MSG #280, 04-25-2006 06:20 PM
      i don't think you have much to worry about Will, your car is looking pretty good.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #281, 04-30-2006 11:54 PM
      I wonder what DL10 been doing lately? When was the last time you took the choptop out for a quick drive?

(old pic)



Today in CA, it was nice and sunny.

Edit: I own this page, hehe.

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engine man (fieroa8@gmail.com) MSG #282, 05-01-2006 12:45 AM
      Hi i am doing my own chop top when you make the windows out of lex due you put the bend in them or just leave them flat i hope to get the body done by the end of this week if i get the parts i orderd from a few people if I dont get them this week i will be real mad due to i havent seen the parts after 1 month from the day they where ordered ok enough with the venting my car is going to get a engine swap it is a old nascar bush seires V6 engine with solid lifter roller cam alum heads bowtie block forged odd fire crank carrilo rods je forged pistons and i might put a holey projection on it but not sure i think that will make the engine more street worthy

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #283, 05-01-2006 01:03 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by engine man:

Hi i am doing my own chop top when you make the windows out of lex due you put the bend in them or just leave them flat



I believe Orville and F355 (later custom real glass) has ordered them before. I might be wrong but, I believe it's curved already?

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/047891.html


jscott1 MSG #284, 05-01-2006 09:51 AM
      The lexan comes flat, has to be curved.

Sharkman MSG #285, 05-03-2006 03:44 PM
      Took my car out for the first time this year.

Had the yearly inspection from the goverment and got one thing that I have too goo back and show. I forgot too tighten the parking brake wire when I worked on the brakes this winter. (Still Fiero brakes...) The guy that tested my car took 2 laps around the testing area. Nice car he said.

Also. I stoped at a friends job and had a coffe. When we where sitting there in the sun talking we saw a guy on his bike almost run of the road when turning his head too watch my car as he past it.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #286, 05-03-2006 05:14 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Sharkman:
Had the yearly inspection from the goverment. When we where sitting there in the sun talking we saw a guy on his bike almost run of the road when turning his head too watch my car as he past it.


hehe.


Hey Sharkman, what is the cost for your government inspection?


Sharkman MSG #287, 05-03-2006 06:22 PM
      It´s about $38 for the first and because I need too go back it´s $19 more

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #288, 05-06-2006 08:39 PM
      Kissing Thy Earth:

There it was, a concrete block sitting dead center in the road and no way of avoiding it. I tightened my ass sphincter muscles waiting for the inevitable. Flashes of fluids ran through my mind, Oil pressure, gas, and radiator----then! Just a slight scrape as the cement block rolled under my undercarriage. I look at my review mirror expecting black trails following me but, nothing. I starred at my gauges.... nothing. As I parked my ride inside the garage, only the front bottom center nose was scratched. I know if I was driving my chop tops with a lowered chin spoiler it be gone. Thank goodness for a modified front spoiler and for those who used the Fiero nose piece.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #289, 05-12-2006 05:14 PM
      A Good day to dust of #015 and head to North Hollywood or La, la land?

Not! It was strictly a business trip to La, La land and I was thinking about pulling out #015? Since the area that I was going to was uncharted lands and unfamiliar to me, at the last minute I said, "nah." I'm glad I didn't cause I nearly got rear ended while on I-5 while in a construction zone. The speed limit was 55 with CHP's patrolling the area. The lady in the Nissan Altama was going maybe 80 mph and suddenly she saw that everyone was going slow and decided to hit the brakes. Granted, she could have moved over to the two fast passing lanes? She nearly lost it as her car's front-end dips and the tail end slipped out. She would have hit me if I didn't step on the gas. The last time that happened to me was in the chopper in AK or GA? In that case I got on the gas and the N* propelled me out of his way. However, the darn GST is so slow I doubt I have enough power to get out of the way plus I was in 5th gear and I wasn't clear if she was going to pass at the last minute. On my way back from Hollywood another lady in a Saturn 2-door decided to cut me off near Magic Mountain...twice!

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Sharkman MSG #290, 05-12-2006 06:27 PM
      I know what you mean. There are a lot of people that should use the bus instead of driving.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #291, 05-12-2006 07:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Sharkman:

I know what you mean. There are a lot of people that should use the bus instead of driving.


Ironic that the day of protest on Monday, I-5 freeway might be the safest place to drive? Oh yeah, The lady driving the Saturn was talking to herself or maybe using a "hands-free" phone? In any case, I thought something was up so I keep my eyes on her. After she had passed the solid white line and it begain to form a tri-angular shape I guessed I was in the "clear" but....no. I even seen a tow truck guy nearly pass the exit and made v-line aross 4-lanes to reach the exit even though there was plenty of traffic.


Gokart Mozart MSG #292, 05-12-2006 10:44 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Sharkman:

I know what you mean. There are a lot of people that should use the bus instead of driving.


You just have to be aware who's driving the bus, tho...


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #293, 05-14-2006 03:22 PM
      Stay Tuned, Good news concerning a choptop owner!

jscott1 MSG #294, 05-14-2006 05:56 PM
      Well, the number one question..."what kind of car is that?"

And the number one point of interest...

not the chop, not the mazda blue, not the wheels, (well they aren't installed yet anyway)

But everyone is amazed that a Cadillac V8 fits in the back of a Fiero.



It might be slow by PFF and RFT standards, but it does generate interest at an all makes and models show.




Resulting in me walking away with this:





exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #295, 05-14-2006 07:14 PM
     

Congratulations Jscott1,

The first of many trophies to come.


Jim88GT (choptop88@verizon.net) MSG #296, 05-14-2006 07:15 PM
      Congrats!! Way to Go!!

Jim


troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #297, 05-14-2006 07:51 PM
      Congratulations!!

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #298, 05-14-2006 09:17 PM
      The people who did not "know"' what type of car it was and not "knowing" it was chopped, means that for the general public the car look "stock"...which is a good thing.

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Sharkman MSG #299, 05-15-2006 02:57 PM
      Congrats. I hope too get one this weekend...

jscott1 MSG #300, 05-15-2006 05:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

The people who did not "know"' what type of car it was and not "knowing" it was chopped, means that for the general public the car look "stock"...which is a good thing.



Yeah, we've talked before about the rear lights...I kind of like the stock light setup and the look on people's face when they see "Pontiac" is priceless. I could go to a Ferrarri like round light setup, but I think it would take something away from the car. Even now most people think it's a Lotus, or some other European car.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #301, 05-15-2006 05:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


Yeah, we've talked before about the rear lights...I kind of like the stock light setup and the look on people's face when they see "Pontiac" is priceless. I could go to a Ferrarri like round light setup, but I think it would take something away from the car. Even now most people think it's a Lotus, or some other European car.



It would be very interesting if someone took their choptop Fiero to a Pontiac dealership and see the general public reaction...even next to a Soltisce? I wouldn't be surprised it a few thought it was a new model. I've always said that the best comments was when un-informed public thought the chopper was a newer car.


88White3.4GT MSG #302, 05-15-2006 06:14 PM
      nice prize

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #303, 05-15-2006 06:28 PM
      Ahh...wait a minute. I forgot my choptop experience, hehe.

At work a guy saw me lurking the Ebay Lamborghini sales and commented on the cost of owning them. We chuckled at the repairs and if someone wrecked one of those puppies. He later asked if I'm the guy who owns a Fiero in town? This guy no doubt had been looking at my car for some time and knew something about the Fiero. Using his hand gustures in a down-like motion he asked, "Isn't it chopped"? I said, "Yes. It is."

He then went on to say, "That's the way GM should have made the car....chopped. He also remembered how good it handled (I'm guessing he was referring to the 88?). Anyway, I asked him, was it a silver or red Fiero he seen me driving? To my surprise, he said it was the Silver Fiero. Yeah, #011 and I hadn't driven that in town since the rains in CA. I quickly went to my "favorites" and he was "all eyes and ears." He hadn't seen #015 nor The Redux. 15 minutes later, I had to go back to work.


Sharkman MSG #304, 05-21-2006 09:29 AM
      I was going home from the show this weekend and a real nice Audi A4 past me real fast. I followed him and saw a WW Golf IV in my rear mirror trying too keep up. After about 50km I slowed down and let the WW Golf pass me. When he was next too me his friend in the passanger seat pulled up at camera and did the tumbs up and took a picture.

I did get alot of good responce from people at the show but I need too have some pics and text soo the judges know about the chop.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #305, 05-27-2006 01:09 AM
     
Should be some exciting new stories soon from DR.Cpu, choptop #23 owner.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #306, 05-27-2006 04:32 PM
      Was there a "build-up" thread on #023? Nice beefie rotors.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #307, 05-27-2006 07:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Was there a "build-up" thread on #023? Nice beefie rotors.


Just an occasional picture or two from Archie on the what's up at Archie thread. CPU did post some pics also on a link or site he had.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #308, 05-27-2006 08:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Just an occasional picture or two from Archie on the what's up at Archie thread. CPU did post some pics also on a link or site he had.


I wonder if CPU driving the car back to Canada? I know I would, hehe.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #309, 06-01-2006 09:00 AM
      Well, it's been about a week since I've been driving around in the TAZ with the chop - and let me say that there is no shortgage of gaukers and questions.

Everyone at work really likes the new look. Most do not recognise the Fiero anymore. Since the conversion and engine upgrade the original emblem fell off the front facia - so from the front there is nothing to say what car it is. Yeah I know, the headlight covers do say pontiac - but you've gotta look close.

The main comment I get is - does that ever look like a Lotus Esprit.



Other than the rear quarter windows it does have similar lines.

This morning while stoping to get a @Tim Horton's coffee near work - Man I gotta do something so I can carry a coffee while shifting - a couple of guys came out and asked...

Did you cut the roof line down? It took me several minutes to explain what had been done... When I started TAZ up there was nothing but smiles from all!

I also showed the conversion to the mechanics who do all the repairs of the heavy equipment for the City and they when I drove by and stopped - they all said in unison -

"Must be a small block Chevy! They inspected the car and said the chop was very well done. They correctly mentioned the front glass had been "laid" back and were very impressed with Archie's work.

That's it for now. I'll post more as I get'em.

Dave

PS I drove the last 120km - London to my place last Saturday. I trailer queen'd from Archie's to London, Ontario.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #310, 06-01-2006 12:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:
The main comment I get is - does that ever look like a Lotus Esprit. Other than the rear quarter windows it does have similar lines. This morning while stoping to get a @Tim Horton's coffee near work - Man I gotta do something so I can carry a coffee while shifting - a couple of guys came out and asked. "Must be a small block Chevy!


A Small Block Chevy comments, hehe. Funny how that reminds me of the old tv V8 drink commerical, "I coulda had a V8." If you park the car and go inside the coffee shop, within a few minutes you'll notice a crowd gathering around your chop'r. Can you imagine once it's painted? WOW!!!




engine man (fieroa8@gmail.com) MSG #311, 06-01-2006 12:22 PM
      I gota get my chop done so i can go out and have some fun

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #312, 06-01-2006 02:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by engine man:

I gota get my chop done so i can go out and have some fun


Ditto.

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #313, 06-02-2006 11:19 AM
      I stopped by Canadian Tire yesterday to pick up new wipers for the TAZ.

While parking, all eyes were on her! I guy next to me - with his wife - says "What kind of car is that? - It reminds me of my old Pontiac 88 GT Fiero!". I had to laugh as I'd have thought that anyone who once owned one - would never be able to forget it. When I told him what I had done, his wife says "Holy Crap!". He told me how much fun he had with his - even with the V6 and said out loud (right next to his wife) that he HAD to sell it when he got married (teeheee). She looked at him like she was going to whack him upside the head. Gotta love it.

Fate had it that he ended up behind me in line at the check out and couldn't stop talking about the "old days". Instant buddy maker the TAZ is!

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #314, 06-09-2006 06:29 PM
      I Got Three Choppers on My Back:

While heading to Bakersfield CA, it was hot as heck so I decided to wear my choptop T-shirt while getting my 305/25/20 tire mounted. I had to wait until the top notch tire installer was finishing up his earlier job. Twenty minutes later, he was about to proceed. The big guy (co-owner) came out to inspect my rim and told installer guy, "We need to inspect this wheel very carefully cause, it cost too much to replace."

Several people gathered around during the inspection and all eyes was on the installer.....and so was me! A customer asked, "What type of car does those wheel go onto"? I turned my back to him and pointed. He said, "Oh, a Lamborghini." Although the T-shirt states, "Fiero" some how the image of the three choppers may have confused him??? A teenage kid was also confused but wanted to know why didn't drive the Lamborghini into the shop for a tire change. I told him, "I didn't have enough room in the back so I drove my convertable.

A pic of the T-shirt.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #315, 06-10-2006 04:41 PM
      Last Thursday I decided to take #015 for a quick spin however, the battery was low. So while the battery was being recharged I popped the doors, sat in, smelled the sweet leather and dreamt of D7. I called Troyboy and talked about rollin to D7, the reunion, and tire inventory.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #316, 06-10-2006 05:09 PM
     

Pictures from behind the doors of Madcurl's DUBs hideout:





MclarenF1 (poopoomagoo1@hotmail.com) MSG #317, 06-14-2006 01:43 AM
      Is that a HRE wheel just lyin' around? Wish I had stuff like that to pile up...

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #318, 06-14-2006 09:55 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by MclarenF1:

Is that a HRE wheel just lyin' around? Wish I had stuff like that to pile up...


Yep.

Madcurl has several sets. Here is a fresh pic from just a day or so ago of one being polished up.



DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #319, 06-14-2006 01:36 PM
      Just a quick update on some of the comments I received on the London run last weekend.

All members really loved the chop. Each agreed the work was top notch. Bob (highly customised 88'gt) was really looking at it as an option to his pimped out SC3800/NOS.

At the drag strip even the motor heads came strolling by non-chalantly to as what I'd done.

I think the biggest compliment to Archie is that around 50% of neophites who know little or nothing of Fieros as why the rear quarter panels are not painted and asked what king of accident I had. Several of these individuals metioned they used to own Fieros. When I replied I did not have an accident and that the roof was chopped 3" they'd step back - look at it again and then not know what to say. When I was parked next to the regular 88'GTs the change was obvious.

Archie, I'm sure you'll get number 25,26,27 etc form owners who've seen the work up close.

Hey - do I get some kinda commission?

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #320, 06-14-2006 06:46 PM
      DUB Adventure: My Visit to Custom Auto in Oakland, CA.

I was stollin' through "candyland" while exotic rims rolled beneath my feet. They're were PIAA's and Foose rims running amuck throughout playland. I saw a few caged HRE's locked behind a glass display beggin me to let them loose so they could play footies with my choptop. Near the wall mounted display I saw a large HRE 22" greyish beast laying on it's belly so I walked over to stroked it.

As I begain to lift the beast, I tightened my (under worked) six pack so as-to not break my back during my last visit trying to lift a 22" 75Ib tire/rim years ago. To my surprised the greyish 22" HRE beast contained Titianium teeths. As I rolled it over on it's back I saw 50 or more titanium bolts and nuts which attributed to it's lightness. After 10-minutes, I moved onto the PIAA's. I can't recall the name but, they were very light weight with very phat lips. However, the PIAA's are offered in 18"s only of our Fieros. I didn't see any Mayas running around in "candyland" but I'm sure Jim can order-up the beast.

A caged HRE was puzzeling me.....hmm? What type of beast is this? I asked Jim and he didn't know. Hmm....? I called back today and I haven't yet got the answer. Maybe it's a new type of beast???



I left "Candyland" without loosing my wallet to those caged beasts but, I left my 547 with Jim for measurements. The 547 boxed and caged for a special event, hehe.

Okay, back to the racing hehe.
http://www.dropshots.com/videolink.php?userid=109491&cdate=20060529&ctime=230940&showVideo=1

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #321, 06-19-2006 12:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by mono:

Still a work in progress...





Progress report?


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #322, 06-19-2006 01:34 AM
      Starbucking: Refreshments

08:20 hrs....I was getting my "usual" at Starbucks and standing in line while a gentleman asked, "You're the guy with the Fiero." I was a little curious as-to which Fiero he was referring too so I asked, "which one"? "He said, the silver one and it's really sounds good." We talked for a few minutes before our drinks arrived.

I think it's time for #011 to refresh the minds of the locals again

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #323, 06-23-2006 07:12 PM
      I got a chance to fire-up #015. Popped the wing'd doors, sat down, took a deep breath, as the sweet smell of leather (thanks Mr. Mike) filled my lungs. After 15 minutes, I closed the door, dropped the top on my work car and headed to the tire shop. I wore the same T-shirt and recieve the same reactions as my last visit.

As I rolled the steam roller towards the tire changer, people were puzzled. One guy said, "That's a lot of tire, man." A young kid wanted to know what type of car uses those rims? I turned my back to him, letting him see the "Choptops." Too bad I don't have a pic of Troyboy's car, hehe.

The tire guy mounted the 305's w/o any issues. I was too nervous to take pics during this process but, i did take pics of the machine. The cost was $20 bucks.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #324, 07-10-2006 07:47 AM
      I attended a car show at my park on Saturday - had about 127 cars for the day - and the money went to charity - so I entered the TAZ.

Most of the were American classics - with lots of custom and very beautiful fram off restos etc.

The only class mine seemed to fit was "Special Interest" - so in it went.

Tons of interest from everyone at the show - and I was the only mid-engine there (except for a top fuel dragster).

The TAZ isn't painted yet - and likely won't get covered with 'glass" until this winter.

Anyway - most everyone there did not notice the chop. That's probably the best compliment they could make of Archie's work. When I pointed it out they really loved it and were fascinated with how it was done. The kids looking at the car loved it too - as they'd say things like - "look how low this one is Mom - you gotta sit on the floor"!

Lots of smiles and a good day....

Oh yeah - I won the "Special Interest" class trophy because of the chop/mid-engine and because it was so clean!!!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #325, 07-10-2006 01:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Anyway - most everyone there did not notice the chop. That's probably the best compliment they could make of Archie's work. When I pointed it out they really loved it and were fascinated with how it was done. The kids looking at the car loved it too - as they'd say things like - "look how low this one is Mom - you gotta sit on the floor"!



Nice. Any more pics?

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #326, 07-10-2006 01:42 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Nice. Any more pics?



I took about 6 of my favorites - but they are not Fiero related.... ;^(


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #327, 07-10-2006 03:11 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:


I took about 6 of my favorites - but they are not Fiero related.... ;^(



hehe. So what did the guys say about the chromed out engine/6-speed?


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #328, 07-11-2006 07:28 AM
      First for the chop chronicle add in....

I replaced the Alternator belt last night and drove in to work this AM.

I came up to a red light (I was turning left) and while waiting a guy pulls up in a VW Jetta and looks over - rolls his window down and asks me (using his hands with a horizontal chop motion and a questioning face) "Did you chop her?". As I could not really hear him - I read his lips =8^).... I rolled my window down and he asked me again.

I told him yup - and he looks over the cr from front to back and says "Wow, great job - really makes the car look great!" He adds - "What's in the back?" I yell out "350SBC!" He smiles broadly and nods his head in approval...

I get the advanced left turn light - give him the thumbs up - and off I go.

At the car meet - the reason I won the special interest (as I was told by the judges afterwards) was due to the whole Chop/Engine conversion. I spent about two hours cleaning the engine bay up completely. She sparkled like crazy! The guys in the know knew how expensive the chrome TPI was and appreciated being able to see the whole package clearly!



Will-Martin MSG #329, 07-14-2006 03:00 AM
      Quick update on Choptop #19:



Got some pics from Loyde and we discussed some details about my car. I am going with a different setup than anything I have seen here. It is kind of similar to some with regard to looks and performance, but very different than most - just the way I like it. Kuddos to Loyde for taking the time to make sure I am 100% satisfied with my car, I know I can be a headache sometimes. When he gets it done, it will be exactly like I want it.



--Will



jscott1 MSG #330, 07-14-2006 10:36 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:

Quick update on Choptop #19:

When he gets it done, it will be exactly like I want it.

--Will


It will look even better as a fastback


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #331, 07-14-2006 12:56 PM
      A co-worker viewed the new pics of #020 C6 flipper/chopper from Norm....it was all thumbs up! I'll need to tweek a little, hehe.

Will-Martin MSG #332, 07-15-2006 09:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


It will look even better as a fastback


Yup!

Thanks Jonathan!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #333, 07-15-2006 10:11 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:


Yup!


Will it be finished in time for the CTHC?



Will-Martin MSG #334, 07-16-2006 08:08 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
Will it be finished in time for the CTHC?


I would have to say no. The engine mods will take until October to complete, straight from the horse's mouth.



--Will



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #335, 07-16-2006 08:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:


I would have to say no. The engine mods will take until October to complete, straight from the horse's mouth.



--Will



So will make it then to...D7? If so, we can then roll 5-deep to Daytona....chopper style.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #336, 07-16-2006 11:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

I got a chance to fire-up #015. Popped the wing'd doors, sat down, took a deep breath, as the sweet smell of leather (thanks Mr. Mike) filled my lungs. After 15 minutes, I closed the door, dropped the top on my work car and headed to the tire shop. I wore the same T-shirt and recieve the same reactions as my last visit.

As I rolled the steam roller towards the tire changer, people were puzzled. One guy said, "That's a lot of tire, man." A young kid wanted to know what type of car uses those rims? I turned my back to him, letting him see the "Choptops." Too bad I don't have a pic of Troyboy's car, hehe.

The tire guy mounted the 305's w/o any issues. I was too nervous to take pics during this process but, i did take pics of the machine. The cost was $20 bucks.



Da pics !








ace35 MSG #337, 07-24-2006 05:50 PM
      Wake up guys!

Here's where I'm at these days...


Obviously sanding, more glassing, and more alignment needs to be done. But it's getting there. 4.9's done, and the 12" vette brakes are being put on!

Question - Interior pieces, how did you shrink them down? Heat gun I presume? Where did you heat up? Thanks for any help!


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #338, 07-24-2006 06:52 PM
     

Looking good ace !


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #339, 07-24-2006 07:40 PM
      Choptop #4 video

Testing the brakes.

http://home.comcast.net/~fieromojo/CT_4_driveby.wmv

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #340, 07-25-2006 12:17 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ace35:

Wake up guys!

Here's where I'm at these days...


Obviously sanding, more glassing, and more alignment needs to be done. But it's getting there. 4.9's done, and the 12" vette brakes are being put on!


Looking good. Do you think you'll have enough time for the CTHC in IL?



ace35 MSG #341, 07-25-2006 11:11 PM
      I don't think it'll be done for awhile, sadly. I don't think I'd be able to make it down that far anyway. Got that college thing to deal with soon . and need to find more ways to pay for it...sounds like fun though. Thanks for the comments

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #342, 07-26-2006 12:53 PM
      Nothing really special to report but, a cool sales sales guy at Ford rememberd #015 and #011. I asked Exoticse to send me a few (good) pics of #011 and I emailed him several pics, hehe. The parts dept guy thought I owned a GT40 when I requested several vents from the GT40, hehe.

Will-Martin MSG #343, 08-13-2006 05:24 PM
      Here is an updated concept of my choptop - let me know what you think.



Puttin a fastback clip on it and tweeking a few little things. Thanks to JScott1 for the clip and fastback conversion parts and to Loyde for a very nice engine conversion job to date. I can't wait.

--Will



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #344, 08-13-2006 09:48 PM
     

Wow. very nice.


fourpoint9 (stevenmsimpson@comcast.net) MSG #345, 08-13-2006 11:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

A co-worker viewed the new pics of #020 C6 flipper/chopper from Norm....it was all thumbs up! I'll need to tweek a little, hehe.


How about sharing the new pics with us too? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #346, 08-14-2006 01:21 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fourpoint9:


How about sharing the new pics with us too? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE



You'll have to wait until CTHC in three weeks. Here are some pics from several weeks ago. http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/050746-6.html



Custom2M4 (custom2m4@hotmail.com) MSG #347, 08-17-2006 11:42 AM
      Custom2M4 has entered the domain of the choptop. Hopefully by next week I will have all the welding done and have the targa cut open.....

I didn't really want to have to do it myself, because it takes me forever to get to the shop (I moved the car from my home). But ohh well, shes getting done.

I am also building my daily driver up as well. Ordering a BP-ZE Turbo motor from japan in the spring for that (93 EGT) . I saw a few threads on here about the ecotech, maybe in a couple years I'll take my car to archie and make him fit in one of those with the 6spd .

Been a while guys! Hopefully I can post pictures late next week!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #348, 09-03-2006 10:41 PM
      I fired up #015 last Friday and it started on the first try.....priceless. I let the car warm up for 15 minutes while I checked the gauges. I drove maybe 3-miles under the cloak of darkness before my tages expired in 45 minutes before midnight, hehe. The car looked akward due to the small 20's in the rear and the grayish 19's up front. A few minutes later and I was backing it in the garage trying not to awaken the neighbors. It was too late at night to start #011.

Vunda (the_av8r@yahoo.com) MSG #349, 09-03-2006 10:45 PM
      I just have to say to all of you with these beautiful fastbacks that I am Extremely jealous, and wonder where the closest one to me here in North Carolina, I would love to get some eyes on one of those!

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #350, 09-03-2006 10:47 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Vunda:

I just have to say to all of you with these beautiful fastbacks that I am Extremely jealous, and wonder where the closest one to me here in North Carolina, I would love to get some eyes on one of those!



Jim88GT


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #351, 09-03-2006 11:56 PM
     

Someday,....someday soon !





exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #352, 09-14-2006 03:51 PM
     

Any good stories out of the choptop reunion ? Rides, experiences ??


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #353, 09-16-2006 04:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Any good stories out of the choptop reunion ? Rides, experiences ??


Sensory over-ride. I got a chance to "roll" in three chop tops! Oh yeah, I have pics, hehe.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #354, 09-19-2006 09:02 PM
      Choptop Chowdown !

V-8 Archie and a bevy (4) of choptop owners talking shop and munching down at the recent choptop reunion.



That is one meal and conversation i am sorry i missed.

Troy and Curly we will all have to do it at D7 !

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #355, 09-19-2006 09:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

Choptop Chowdown !

V-8 Archie and a bevy (4) of choptop owners talking shop and munching down at the recent choptop reunion.



I had a darn good time hanging out with the crew! It was late (02:00HR) at Shake N' Steaks after eye ballin' the cars at Archie's for "The Perfect Union." This was the only time that I stayed over and didn't have to drive back to CA.

I got a chance to me Dr. CPU and Troyboy for the first time (really wonderful guys). I think it wasn't until 03:00 before I went to bed.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #356, 09-20-2006 01:13 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

Choptop Chowdown !

V-8 Archie and a bevy (4) of choptop owners talking shop and munching down at the recent choptop reunion.

That is one meal and conversation i am sorry i missed.




Boy-o-boy the coversations where going in every direction. Even Bob Rutz is thinking about a choptop for his Ferrari replica! My mind was on the hood, flipper, 350Z window, and ect.....

Perhaps the "best" conversation was a "no-conversation"......just hanging out was the main theme here.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #357, 09-23-2006 03:08 PM
      Reflections:

Two weeks ago I was able to ride in three choptops. The smell and the sound of the engines are still locked into my senses.

(a pic from the outside looking in)



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #358, 09-29-2006 09:18 PM
     


I smell some new Chronicles being cooked up !

Madcurl should have a tale or two, once he returns from Orville's choptop dreamland !


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #359, 09-30-2006 01:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:




I smell some new Chronicles being cooked up !

Madcurl should have a tale or two, once he returns from Orville's choptop dreamland !



Yes. Hangin' with Orville was a blast! I have about good 20-pics of Orville's latest creation and I'll send you the pics later on today.

What's on the list? Orville's third choptop, unique one-off parts, mad-rear-end chops, Eclipse front windsheild, and many, many more!!!



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #360, 09-30-2006 08:15 PM
      Posted for madcurl

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jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #361, 10-01-2006 05:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Man thats some good memories. That was my 2003 Christmas gift...a choptop! And I have been good this year.....so keep the doors open Archie........"I'll be back."


Notice the roof line next to the building's window? Man...thats a big change.




I don't think curly was serious when he posted this!





(again insert stupid page owning comment here)

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #362, 10-01-2006 07:44 PM
      Grab some popcorn and a fountain drink! Pics sent to Tony.


My Visit to Orville's Monster Garage. Can you say, "Pontiac Excitement." I have several pics and will last from Mon-Thurs. Please take notice of EVERY THING!!!


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #363, 10-01-2006 08:09 PM
      Madcurl's visit to Orvilles.

His newest choptop !













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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #364, 10-01-2006 08:11 PM
      More







madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #365, 10-02-2006 09:21 PM
      Round II: More pics of Orville's third creation. I've counted at least 9-10 items I found very, very interesting. Pics of the 1999 Eclipse glass have been sent to Exoticse for your enjoyment.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #366, 10-02-2006 11:26 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Round II: More pics of Orville's third creation. I've counted at least 9-10 items I found very, very interesting. Pics of the 1999 Eclipse glass have been sent to Exoticse for your enjoyment.









Second batch








exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #367, 10-02-2006 11:33 PM
     

Third batch of pics










madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #368, 10-03-2006 12:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:





Thanks Tony for posting pics. More to come!

For those who have noticed, Orville made & laid a metal frame work for the placement of the 1999 Eclipse windshield along the sides and he extended and welded a shelf like for the bottom that extend out from the dash area. As for the A-pillers, the upper area fixs perfectly but the 1999 windshield bows inward along the side edges which is why he used the metal frame work. Over-all, the 1999 windshield has an increased curviture from my observation vs. the stock Fiero windshield. I'll test this theory next week when I roll into Bakersfield for Operation: Sandwich.

The lower half of the 1999 windshield reaches over the stock wiper blades. Orville then moved forward and made brackets for each wiper blade. The stock air-vent opening is still operational w/o any obstruction. The 1999 glass is made by PPG. One of the BEST companies for replacement glass. Orville said, he purchased another glass from Mexico and it broke before he could get it onto the car. As most should know, Orville uses his own custom front nose piece, similar to Norms but----different, so the stock hood safety hooks are not useful in this case. By using a fiberglass hood, Orville is able to cut the custom one-piece hood around the 1999 Eclispe windshield.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #369, 10-03-2006 01:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

Madcurl's visit to Orvilles.







Observation II:

As you've noticed, the back-end is chopped and the deck lid is a three part set-up using two separate Fiero deck lids and a center piece from the Fiero hood (not in the picture). The chopped rear-end reminds me of a Fiero I've seen here on PFF which closely resembles a "Go Cart" IMO (I like). I like the this idea since Orville's front-end is reduced.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #370, 10-03-2006 08:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jmbishop:
I don't think curly was serious when he posted this!








It seem that for 2006, I've behaving, hehe.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #371, 10-04-2006 11:41 PM
      Fresh batch




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jscott1 MSG #372, 10-05-2006 03:38 AM
      More pics of Orville's creation: (when I first saw these I had no idea what I was looking at)






Moving that lower lip of the windshield out and relocating the wipers is exactly what the chop t-top needs. If only I had the mad skills of Orville I could acomplish it.


jscott1 MSG #373, 10-05-2006 03:46 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Over-all, the 1999 windshield has an increased curviture from my observation vs. the stock Fiero windshield. I'll test this theory next week when I roll into Bakersfield for Operation: Sandwich.



Please measure every dimension of the 1999 Eclipse windshield. This may be the windshield I need for the T-top Chopper.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #374, 10-05-2006 02:14 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:
Please measure every dimension of the 1999 Eclipse windshield. This may be the windshield I need for the T-top Chopper.



This will happen next week during, "Operation: Sandwitch."


DL10 (dl10@frontier.com) MSG #375, 10-05-2006 02:38 PM
      Could this be Madcurl's Arch Rival's , Arch Rival?? or chopper #5 for Curly.

Steven Snyder (fiero@steventsnyder.com) MSG #376, 10-05-2006 05:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
The chopped rear-end reminds me of a Fiero I've seen here on PFF which closely resembles a "Go Cart" IMO (I like).


This one?

I think it belongs to Nashco.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #377, 10-05-2006 05:11 PM
      Yep. That's the one.

jscott1 MSG #378, 10-05-2006 08:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Steven Snyder:


This one?

I think it belongs to Nashco.


Everytime I see this I think, "this can't be a real car?" But I suppose it is.

Can't wait to see more of Orville's creation.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #379, 10-08-2006 02:54 PM
      Pics borrowed from the CTHC event:


To date: The Largest gathering of Archie's Choptops ever! (8) total





Will next's years, "CTHC II" break the record? Or will D7???

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #380, 10-09-2006 12:52 AM
     

More visual chronicles of Orville's 3rd choptop via the eyes and lens of Madcurl.














exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #381, 10-16-2006 10:46 AM
     

Any recent sightings of that charocal v-8 Archie choptop that resides in Tacoma, Washington ??


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #382, 10-16-2006 07:09 PM
      A electrician arrived at the house to install a third work lamp (for free) so I got a chance to pull #015 chopper out of the garage. The problem? A hail-storm was brewing raining hail the size of a jaw-breaker. I replaced two radiator hoses on #011 which took a couple of hours....geezs! I later drove #011 out of the garage to get the air-bubble out.

Several people started to gather...including some nice Morman kids on their bikes. He wanted some pictures so I let him shoot a few which in turn, created a small gathering of neighbors. Fours later, I finally got around to getting the air bubble out of the system and washing the car. A couple of school girls wanted to take a look at the car and asked a few questions about the car. She said that her friend owns a yellow one at her high school (Hmm. I've never seen it in town). Next door neighbor's gardener stopped and a few contractors. I pulled the car inside and started polishing the front rims. I had "peace" from that time onward.

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chopfren-z MSG #383, 10-16-2006 07:20 PM
      If only the car was'nt so borring. hahaha.....

jscott1 MSG #384, 10-16-2006 10:19 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


so I got a chance to pull #015 chopper out of the garage.


A new show idea for the Powerblock on Spike TV... "Madcurl's Garage"



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #385, 10-17-2006 01:48 PM
      Wasted Adventures.

As some people would know, mounting 19/20 combos isn't a easy task. You need to find the correct place, using the correct machine, and most importantly----the correct rim/tire mechanic. That's what I set out to do while on my vacation last week. Well, 45 miles later, I arrived at the shop and the machine was broken. I guess Pacific Tire in Bakersfield forgot to inform about that when I talked to them prior to my 90-mile round trip visit.

The guy in-charged tried to make up for the mistake by offering to use the other machine but, only after the head tire mechanic caught-up with prior work (45 minutes later). He wanted him to concentrate w/o any distractions because he knew that "if" the mechanic "slips"....they'll pay for repairing of the rim. I decided to passed and told him I'll come back once the plastic lip was replaced on the correct tire machine. I went home and started polishing the other rim.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #386, 10-19-2006 12:54 AM
      More good stuff from Madcurl's visit to Orville's shop.

Ferrari concept



Curly u will have to explain this one.









Molds hanging.



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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #387, 10-19-2006 11:59 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Ferrari concept



Curly u will have to explain this one.




The Ferrari concept was giving to Orville by Dale for some visual que's and the bike/scooter idea well....IT'S A CHOPPER, hehe. Orville has many ideal hanging or laying around the shop, hehe.

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #388, 10-23-2006 10:51 PM
      Took the Taz out for a little spin tonight. Stopped at a meeting and got there at 8:00pm. It was dark, and a bunch of guys thought for sure I was driving a Pantera. The chop and Corvette tail lights really make the difference. I wanted to post some pics of a pantera, but PIP gives me a runtime error "Type mismatch -13". Will try to post pics tomorrow.

Dave



jscott1 MSG #389, 10-26-2006 10:19 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
More visual chronicles of Orville's 3rd choptop via the eyes and lens of Madcurl.



Any updates on Orville #3??



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #390, 10-26-2006 09:18 PM
     

Has there been any recent contacts with or sightings of the charcoal choptop that resides in Washington State ???


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #391, 10-28-2006 01:27 PM
      I was at Trends and one of the workers mentioned that they saw a few Fiero's at a mid-night car show. Keith (orange N* notchback) and Steve's (Foose 5-star VDC) rides were at the show. The worker mention to them that my cars are painted by Trends and Steve and Keith told them that they knew me. Small world isn't? I showed the worker pics of #020 and a silent 30 second pause took place. He couldn't believe that the 350Z rear window is being used. Actually, he though it was #015 so 5 minutes later he figured it out, hehe.

A couple of guys arrived at the house to hang some cabinets and things ( a freebee/no charge). Well, 30-minutes after explaining they finally got around to installing the cabinets. (note to self....next time cover the choptops).


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #392, 11-11-2006 08:10 PM
      I took #015 out for a spin and some gas. I installed the MOMO shifter since the other one is on #020 chopper.

What happen? As usual, nobody had a clue as to what it was that I was driving. As I was inside the gas quickie mart, a couple of guys walked over by the car and starred for few seconds. Once I got home I started to worry, "I need more garage room." Good thing #020 is at Archie's, hehe.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #393, 11-19-2006 03:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:
Any updates on Orville #3??

It's been a few weeks since I've stopped by Orville's monster garage. He just turned 75 yrs old and is still cranking out [his] version of a choptop. Enjoy.
Orville's 3rd creation













Edit: these are old pics since I've talked to Orville. He has installed the rear glass. I'll pay him a visit this week.




DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #394, 11-30-2006 08:28 PM
      Exoticse - You ask and you shall receive.....

I had a work meeting (team building excercise) and the whole dividion I work in was invited to an afternoon of fun bowling. I was supposed to drop the TAZ off at the paint shop at 4:30pm so it was a last chance to dirve before the looong sleep.

Weather in southern Ontario has been awesome the last week - 15c pretty much every day. It was warm, but raining quite a bit. Anyway I drove to the bowling alley in the TAZ. Several of the wimen in the division are - how do you say - very well endowed =8^). The one woman - I don't know her name - is a 9 outta 10. After the game - I walked back to my car - and a bunch of the guys that work for me checked out my work on the scoop. The looker was walking by just as I was getting into the car. SHe stopped dead in her tracks and really looked the car over - I could almost read her mind and I'm guessing this is what went through her mind = "Holy crap - that's one spiffy car" "too bad I'm married - or I'd jump your bones right on the spot!"

hhhaaaaahaaaa tee heee heee!

Ah to be superficial and delusional!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #395, 12-01-2006 12:16 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Exoticse - You ask and you shall receive.....
The one woman - I don't know her name - is a 9 outta 10. After the game - I walked back to my car - The looker was walking by just as I was getting into the car. SHe stopped dead in her tracks and really looked the car over - I could almost read her mind and I'm guessing this is what went through her mind = "Holy crap - that's one spiffy car" "too bad I'm married - or I'd jump your bones right on the spot!"

hhhaaaaahaaaa tee heee heee!

Ah to be superficial and delusional!


Having a hot chick stopped in her tracks.....Priceless.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #396, 12-02-2006 02:51 PM
      Our first Major choptop Reunion: Saving for next years meet from the CTHC thread.







The rear glass is from a 350Z




Now let's take a look at troyboy's toy:






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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #397, 12-02-2006 02:57 PM
      (pics thanks to GonsaiPK)











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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #398, 12-03-2006 11:08 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DrCPU:

Exoticse - You ask and you shall receive.....

I had a work meeting (team building excercise) and the whole dividion I work in was invited to an afternoon of fun bowling. I was supposed to drop the TAZ off at the paint shop at 4:30pm so it was a last chance to dirve before the looong sleep.

Weather in southern Ontario has been awesome the last week - 15c pretty much every day. It was warm, but raining quite a bit. Anyway I drove to the bowling alley in the TAZ. Several of the wimen in the division are - how do you say - very well endowed =8^). The one woman - I don't know her name - is a 9 outta 10. After the game - I walked back to my car - and a bunch of the guys that work for me checked out my work on the scoop. The looker was walking by just as I was getting into the car. SHe stopped dead in her tracks and really looked the car over - I could almost read her mind and I'm guessing this is what went through her mind = "Holy crap - that's one spiffy car" "too bad I'm married - or I'd jump your bones right on the spot!"

hhhaaaaahaaaa tee heee heee!

Ah to be superficial and delusional!

Thanks Dr !

I needed a choptop chronicle fix.


F-I-E-R-O (andrew-rogers@stny.rr.com) MSG #399, 12-08-2006 10:03 PM
      Pardon my barging in here, but I thought that since I am planning to create a Fiero badge specifically for Choptops, I'd show it here in case anyone was interested in adding it to theirs...



I also took the liberty of using a yellow Notchie as a backdrop for the badge, if it's yours let me know, if not, I guess I'm safe... Clicking on the image above will take you to the badge thread.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #400, 12-18-2006 01:34 AM
     


Feed me.


jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #401, 12-19-2006 08:37 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by F-I-E-R-O:

Pardon my barging in here, but I thought that since I am planning to create a Fiero badge specifically for Choptops, I'd show it here in case anyone was interested in adding it to theirs...



I also took the liberty of using a yellow Notchie as a backdrop for the badge, if it's yours let me know, if not, I guess I'm safe... Clicking on the image above will take you to the badge thread.


I originally wanted no badges on my car, but I'm starting to want one of these.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #402, 12-28-2006 12:44 AM
     

We could very easily have lost a choptop today !!

i will let curly tell you about his close call. In the mean-time,..the pics !!





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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #403, 12-31-2006 12:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


We could very easily have lost a choptop today !!

I will let curly tell you about his close call.


A couple of weeks ago, I finally got around to installing the 235 tire onto the front HRE. #011 fluids and electrical systems were checked and I was "ready to roll." Anyway, at the last minute I decided not to drive the car to the Bay Area and instead drove the GST. While at work, I usually park in front of my office but due to a worker who works up stairs I've been parking under this 100+ yr old Pine tree.

Last week CA was being hit with gusty winds which have been toppling down old trees. Last week one of those trees fell down crashing on this girls car, totalling it. Granted, the Pine tree did fall in the opposite direction, the roots however....popped out of the ground which could have damamged the door or something. Oh yeah, the owner of the convenience store drives a new 350Z black convertable. His normal parking space was being occupied by the young girl who's car was crushed.

I haven't checked with my car insurance but, I don't know if a, "Act(s) of God" is covered but I think it is? In any case, I'll be parking in my normal location and not under the tree, hehe. As for the girls' car-----I think the owner of the property is responsible for damages since the Pine tree was on his lot. The girl btw didn't have car insurance nor a drivers' license so she maybe screwed?


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #404, 12-31-2006 12:41 PM
      Oh yeah, I hope that-2007 will be a "Good Year" for all choptop owners, hehe. I think Dr. CPU is headed that direction....his car is nearly painted.

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #405, 01-15-2007 10:34 AM
     

A blast from the past.

The first ever choptop reunion (2006). Great time, great choptops, and more importantly good friends !











Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #406, 01-15-2007 02:05 PM
      you gotta love what archie does....when is the choptop reunion this year? are finales allowed =) its not a choptop but it is from archie



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #407, 01-20-2007 04:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:

you gotta love what archie does....when is the choptop reunion this year? are finales allowed =) its not a choptop but it is from archie


Sure, bubbletops are always welcomed. When? Same time, same place, hehe.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #408, 01-20-2007 04:14 PM
      I took a stroll out to Orville's Monster garage on Friday. Boy-o-boy,was I surprised and school'd at the same time! The class started around noonish that day and ended bout' 4-ish. We broke bread, chatted a bit, & then headed to the garage where the choptop beast layed upon it's under belly.

Orville was eye ball'n the Eclipse dash while I took some pics. I called Archie while I was there to review a few of #020's C6 modifications. The two choptop kings exchanged greeeting over the cell phone, hehe. I down loaded the digital pics onto the disc viewed them on T.V. for nearly 3-hours. I still need to perform, "OPERATION: SANDWITCH" on my next visit, hehe.


jscott1 MSG #409, 01-20-2007 05:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

I took a stroll out to Orville's Monster garage on Friday.
.


Can't wait to see Orville's latest chop top... He is definitely one of the chop top superfriends.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #410, 01-21-2007 12:18 PM
     


I think most of the choptops are laid up right now undergoing bodywork.

The only people seemingly rolling are GTJeff, GMGW, Rodney, DL10, Jim88GT and a couple others.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #411, 01-21-2007 07:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

I think most of the choptops are laid up right now undergoing bodywork.

The only people seemingly rolling are GTJeff, GMGW, Rodney, DL10, Jim88GT and a couple others.


Orville has been spotted driving his choptop 3800SC in BAK.



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #412, 01-22-2007 09:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Orville has been spotted driving his choptop 3800SC in BAK.


New pictures of Orville's latest creation courtesy of Madcurl !





Two of PFF's most creative minds swapping ideas,...this could be dangerous !!!










madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #413, 01-22-2007 02:43 PM
      Hanging out with Orville was a blast and I learned a few tricks. More pics of my Monstor Garage adventure in a few. Enjoy.

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88White3.4GT MSG #414, 01-22-2007 02:57 PM
      cool

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #415, 01-22-2007 05:31 PM
      Hehe. I didn't notice at the time but, even Orville doing the pose.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #416, 01-22-2007 07:06 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hanging out with Orville was a blast and I learned a few tricks. More pics of my Monstor Garage adventure in a few. Enjoy.



















jscott1 MSG #417, 01-22-2007 07:49 PM
      Orville's vision is quite a bit different than mine, but I love his craftsmanship. And three chop tops! What an accomplishment!

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #418, 02-04-2007 12:07 AM
     

Apparently the Redux caused quite the stir on it's way home from Trends !

Eh Curly ?



Next stop Archie's for a haircut !


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #419, 02-04-2007 01:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Apparently the Redux caused quite the stir on it's way home from Trends !

Eh Curly ?

Next stop Archie's for a haircut !


Yep. The tow driver said people were slowing down to view it as he drove down the hwy.

Last week, while I was taking pics, several people in cars slowed down as they past the house. My Aunt said the lights looked really nice and better than my other cars. As for the Reduxs' haircut....sometime this year (I hope). I don't think it'll be #025 but but 30th sounds good to me.

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87FieroGTx (jeremeyallen@gmail.com) MSG #420, 02-04-2007 05:18 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:



We could very easily have lost a choptop today !!



Lost one? It looks like you've GAINED ONE!


Sorry had to do it, sorry about the loss.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #421, 02-04-2007 12:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 87FieroGTx:


Sorry about the loss.


No lost. However, in my normal parking place a big ole' tree fell down and crushed a car. As for "gaining" a future choptop...the Redux has been in the planning for several years while #020 and #015 shared the limelight.



Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #422, 02-04-2007 07:05 PM
      i'm hopeful. just moved to a house with a bigger garage and i can actaully work on mine a little again (as opposed to being in a garage so stuffed with junk i couldn't even see it).

i have evn less money to put towards it though, so i may not be doing much more than pulling up a chair and looking at it while i daydream for a while.


Finally_Mine_86_GT (luv2eatsome@yahoo.com) MSG #423, 02-04-2007 09:07 PM
      http://images.fieroforum.com/pffimages2/mobmain2.jpg
^is that carlos mencia?


ceverhart (c_p_everhart@yahoo.com) MSG #424, 02-05-2007 03:28 AM
      I am really wanting a chop top gt, my concern is that I am 6foot 5in tall. How tall are you guys that own them and how tight is the room?

cornersonrails (webearthly@yahoo.com) MSG #425, 02-05-2007 07:06 AM
      This is a picture of my friends. Taylor on the driver side is 6'5 and his brother is 6'4. Taylor got in and out of the car with no problems but he did say he had to have his butt a little forward to avoid hitting his head.



ceverhart (c_p_everhart@yahoo.com) MSG #426, 02-05-2007 03:08 PM
      awesome, looks like I will be able to get one

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #427, 02-19-2007 01:25 AM
      Shout-out to Orville.

Thanks Orville for your input on the Eclipse windshield.









madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #428, 02-19-2007 01:16 PM
      Italian exotics vs. A local Ford dealership: Can you order a part from a $160k car?

1. First off: Don't ramble, stick to the plan.

2. Know exactly which part you want. Act like you've been there, but don't be a total foul.....duh! Ask for the 10% discount stupid. After-all [they]think you own a Ford GT40 so you should be entitled to all benenfits; fine women and fine wines.

3. Lay down some plastic, don't act like you're at local Pick-a-Part----trying to bargain down to 99 cent. Next, look for the nearest exit and get the heck out. Don't ruin it by looking back to see if they're questioning your status (income). Remember, you might not like what you see and then turn into stone.

4. Pick-up the part, inspec it, don't gloat cause you got the part. After -all it may not work. Just get the heck out.

5. Once home, act like a school girl, perform a few cart-wheels and then lay the part onto your chopper and see if your pipe dream will work? If not, use it on the next chopper pipe dream. It's all good!

THE PART

 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
4.9's photoshopn' skills:



[A Reality] of the Ford GT Pipe Dream PIPE:



I only ordered (1) part (left side) since I don't know 100% it will work but with some tweeking it should work (at least in my mind it does, hehe).

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #429, 02-19-2007 01:23 PM
      Italian parts VS. American exotic cars parts:

I would imagine if I walked into the Ferrari parts department they'd run a check on my ven number to see if I actually own a Enzo and hose me down if my [name] didn't appear on they're data base, hehe. However, at the local Ford dealership they didn't ask, so I didn't divulge.

The Part:

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Philphine (philphine@live.com) MSG #430, 02-19-2007 03:55 PM
      i don't know if the lenth would have been right (probaly too short on a guess), but it looks like you could cut a single louver out of a fast back gt engine vent and get a similar look.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #431, 02-19-2007 08:11 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Philphine:

i don't know if the lenth would have been right (probaly too short on a guess), but it looks like you could cut a single louver out of a fast back gt engine vent and get a similar look.



Yes. That was my original idea. To cut n' weld (lenghtwise) the stock vents for each side. Who knows, the GT40 vents may not work and I may need to rethink that original idea. Stay tuned!


Chris Hodson MSG #432, 02-20-2007 04:32 AM
      I just spent a good 3 hours reading through this whole thread without a pee break. This is good stuff. I held it.
Im interested in how to make windows for the chop tops.



jscott1 MSG #433, 02-20-2007 10:25 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Italian parts VS. American exotic cars parts:...


I've ordered Corvette Parts from Ecklers and they don't question it either. But I do get their catelogs now. Brings back old memories, I used to live down the street from their facility and even bought a car from them back when they also had a Chevy dealership.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #434, 03-06-2007 12:21 AM
     

Bump

Seems like all the choptops are still laid up !?



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #435, 03-07-2007 12:11 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Chris Hodson:

I just spent a good 3 hours reading through this whole thread without a pee break. This is good stuff. I held it.
Im interested in how to make windows for the chop tops.




Hold on Chris. The "World as we know it" is comming to a wide-end! j/k





Will-Martin MSG #436, 03-07-2007 03:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Bump

Seems like all the choptops are still laid up !?



Yep.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #437, 03-07-2007 03:41 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:


Yep.



Hey Will-Martin. What the status on #019 chopper? Is there a "Texan choptop virus" floating around? Jscott has come down with the same choptop virus. Have you changed over to the fasback yet? Enquiring minds would like to know.


Chris Hodson MSG #438, 03-08-2007 06:21 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
Hold on Chris. The "World as we know it" is comming to a wide-end! j/k




lolololololOLOOL K, i just peed myself lololLOL


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #439, 03-17-2007 12:35 PM
      Spring Cleaning:

After 7-8" of snow, the snow has finally melted and the sun is now shinning. So, I grab of couple of soft rags and proceeded to buff the wheels and rims for #011 chopper. After loosing a whole day looking for my darn wheel locks....I finally switch-out the rims from #015 and put them on #011. I couldn't find my coil-over adjuster and I therefor couldn't raise the car and the car is "slammed." No sooner than I rasied the garage door, #011 caught the eye of a young 15 yr old.

After 15-20 minutes of answering questions, I quickly was off. A few people starred as I backed it in on a concrete downward slope. The VDC where still functioning, gauges, and N*.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #440, 03-26-2007 01:14 PM
      Any Choptop experiences at D7? Hello...comments? CPU, Archie, Troyboy?




 
quote
Originally posted by Unsafe At Any Speed:

Wow, the white widebodies choptop turned out looking pretty good. I'll admit, that for some reason (whether it be camera angle or whatnot) that I saw in the build thread made the whole car look really wierd to me.


 
quote
Originally posted by AJ7:

I want the white chopped/widebodied car

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #441, 03-26-2007 03:36 PM
     
V-8 Archie choptop owners (L to R) Troyboy, exoticse, and jscott1.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #442, 03-31-2007 10:03 PM
      Snow Again:

After 2-days of snow, last Friday I pulled #011 out of the garage for some VDC measurements. I let the car air-out in front of the house with the nose pointed downward towards the street, while I checked for air pockets in the system. I let the car run alittle and then proceeded to open the highest point which is the return tank on the N* I keep hearing this "buzzing" sound like somebody was running their lawnmower up and down the street. Hmm.

I look through the front window and a import kid finally stopped and took some pictures. The chopper was out front for about 1-hr and I kept going back n' forth checking for air-pockets and those young kids with the lawnmower engines passing bye, hehe. To prevent a crowd from gathering, I parked the car back into the garage. I finally got one of those coil-over wrenches to raise the front end of the chopper. Maybe I'll get around to raising the car the next time. Pretty much a uneventful week. I watched some ole 1986 Miami Vice movies. I found it strange that I was looking for Fieros in the show, hehe.


DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #443, 04-04-2007 06:13 PM
      Well, it"s been about ten days since D7, and at Curly's insistant requests am posting some stuff.

First off it's April 5th and we are getting snow tonight. I drove the Taz on the Tuesday I got back but it's been in hiding since then.

The towing to D7 had one hicup with a blown tire on the trailer - but other than that everything else went smooth. As Canadians, in general, are very polite my trip to Sarnia raised very few eyebrows. A few looks from passing cars, but that's about it. I drove through to almost 4 am - so if they were looking I coudn't tell.

One thing is sure - everywhere I stopped, rest spots, gas stations etc, there were always more than just a small number of people who would walk up to the truck and look over the car. On the highway, I had at least one person a day mouth the words "What kind of car"? I'm getting good at reading lips. In general the Daytona crowd were much more knowledgeable - but still had a hard time figuring out what the Taz came from. All would smile when I said "somewhat modified" Fiero. Lots of women driving by would mouth the "Nice Car!" bit. A smile, nod and a wave was all I needed to say thanks. The beach had a lot of the regular stuff - most saying "Hey Dude - look at that cool Ferarri!" with his buddy (guys driving Hummers etc) saying "That's not a Ferarri!"

I got many many positive comments on the paint and stripes. No age or sex discrimination here. Anyone from 16 to 70 wanted to know what color I used.

The D7 day I spent (Saturday) was great. A lot of people wanting to sit in the car. Lots of great compliments. When I look at the Taz I know it's a nice car. Part of that is, for me, is because it's very different in subtle ways. Everything from the badges - to the no wing. Many Fiero owners told me I had one of the nicer cars they've seen in a while. Aside from the hood scoop that needs to be redone a touch next fall - and some clear paint fixes the paint shop needs to do I have to admit that it is a very nice car.

I didn't do the chop for stares - but I've got to say that it - with all the other mods makes for a non-stop supply of onlookers. My car is as unique as you can get without it being a one-off custom. Nice - I like it. The ladies - saying they REALLY like the car is quite nice too!

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #444, 04-04-2007 08:14 PM
      Nice write-up CPU. ^^^^^

Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #445, 04-04-2007 09:15 PM
      I have a question...right now i have a finale from archie which i will be trying to sell at the swap meet at the fiero factory at the end of april...i'm wanting to use the money i make to build a chop top but i was wondering how long on average it takes from when i drop the car off at archies, to when i go pick it up....also i was wondering how old the youngest chop top owner is(Id like to set a record=D)....

thanks alot
-Kaleb

p.s-i was wondering.. how old is the youngest chop top owner?(Id like to set a record=D)....

p.p.s-does anyone know what would be a realistic asking price for my finale? I've been trying to pick a price but i figure i should ask the pros cuz i rely dont want to get laughed at when someone asks what i want for it=D


Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #446, 04-04-2007 10:23 PM
      oh 1 more question mainly directed mainly twords curly but if anyone else knows feel free to answer.....do 20's fit on the car w/out cutting or do you have to cut the wheel openings?

Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #447, 04-04-2007 10:28 PM
      oops just noticed i asked the same question twice two posts up...disreguard that=D

DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #448, 04-05-2007 10:07 AM
      You need to ask Archie on timing. Depends on how busy he and his boys are when you drop it off. He quoted me about a month of elapsed time - but that was more than a year ago.

On the age thing, I'm certainly not going to win the youngest on the outside award - but would be good competition for the youngest in the inside award. Good luck on the sale of the Finale - not sure if it's just the kit or a finshed install - but good luck and hope to see the Chop Top count rise!

Dave


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #449, 04-05-2007 12:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:

oh 1 more question mainly directed mainly twords curly but if anyone else knows feel free to answer.....do 20's fit on the car w/out cutting or do you have to cut the wheel openings?



DUBs or 20's fit in the rear w/o cutting of the upper or side rear fenders. It was performed on Troy's chopper due to it being a Fiero Warehouse wide-body. You do need coil-overs if your car is 84-87. On the 88's there is no need. Ask Archie for rim specs.

Question(s): Are you keeping it stock rear body or are you going wide-body? #011 chopper has 20x 9.5" rears w/o a wide kit. How long is your plan for you're chopper? Will it be there at Archie's for a month or do you plan on rolling out once it's finished? CTHC-2...do you think this gathering is in your plans?


 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:
Also i was wondering how old the youngest chop top owner is(Id like to set a record=D)....

thanks alot


I think "Cornersonallrails" super-friend looks to be the youngest?


Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #450, 04-05-2007 07:57 PM
      Question(s): Are you keeping it stock rear body or are you going wide-body? #011 chopper has 20x 9.5" rears w/o a wide kit. How long is your plan for you're chopper? Will it be there at Archie's for a month or do you plan on rolling out once it's finished? CTHC-2...do you think this gathering is in your plans?

Are you keeping it stock rear body or are you going wide-body?

no i'm sticking with the stock for now anyway-i prefer the widebody but i can't justify spending that much money in one day-plus i want to make sure i dont run out of money before the cars done-

How long is your plan for you're chopper?

if by that you mean when do i plan to have it done then the answer is about mid summer ar the latest-i'll have it on the road b4 then-but as time goes i will either upgrade it or buy another one to dump my ideas into because i have alot of ideas that i wont be able to use and im sure in a few months i'll have a whole new page of ideas.haha. its a never ending cycle-

Will it be there at Archie's for a month or do you plan on rolling out once it's finished?

sorry but i dont understand the question

CTHC-2...do you think this gathering is in your plans?

if that stands for choptop homecoming then yes i will deffinately be there but if it stands for something else then tell me about it and i'll be there too -im only 16 so i have alot of free time -

thanks for answerin the rim question...you can expect this chopper to be sittin on dub's...do you have any suggestions for wheels? preferably not custom

oh and i was going to adress this question later on after i buy the car and start a build thread but i figure while im asking and answering questions i might as well throw this one in there...what color should i go with...i want something that hasnt been on a choptop yet...i normally do a pretty good job on choosin colors but suggestions never hurt and they give me some to look at--i rely like the copper red that they use on the mazda rx-8 sheika(i think thats what they're called whatever it is it means evolution in japanese) really cool color it looks deep red at night and when the sun isnt hitting it and when the sun hits it it almost changes colors i'll try to find a good picture--

and as for the finale its completed and ready to be bought-well except for a common ignition problem but thats getting fixed within the next week or so- theres a picture of it in my signiture-its in front of that mean looking minivan.haha -



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #451, 04-05-2007 08:26 PM
     


Why not chop and mod the finale ??

I don't think anyone has done that yet ?


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #452, 04-05-2007 08:33 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:

if that stands for choptop homecoming then yes i will deffinately be there but if it stands for something else then tell me about it and i'll be there too -im only 16 so i have alot of free time -

thanks for answerin the rim question...you can expect this chopper to be sittin on dub's...do you have any suggestions for wheels? preferably not custom





Sounds like a plan. CTHC-2 is the choptop home comming at Archie's.. As for rim selection...sky's the limit. Review the rim thread. You might find something there you like? If not, check various rim companies.


Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #453, 04-05-2007 09:35 PM
      true no one has chopped a finale but that is ALOT of custom work for archie(look at the vents by the window he'd have to modify those and still make them look good,the quarter glass is different than a stock fiero and the rear glass isnt fake its from a cavalier, so that would mean finding new rear glass that happens to fit, that is ALOT of custom work that i dont want to get done nor do i want to pay for it a lil too rich for my blood

curly, i have a friend that owns wheels and tires buiseness so i'll just check in with him


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #454, 04-06-2007 12:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:

curly, i have a friend that owns wheels and tires buiseness so i'll just check in with him



IMO, try to find a "rim" company that makes a 2-3 piece rim in 9.5 width. #011 chopper has 9.5" in the rear and the upper rear lip is flush with the 275/30/20's which on the small size today.


Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #455, 04-06-2007 02:21 PM
      IMO, try to find a "rim" company that makes a 2-3 piece rim in 9.5 width. #011 chopper has 9.5" in the rear and the upper rear lip is flush with the 275/30/20's which on the small size today.


ok i can do that...where did you buy your coilovers?


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #456, 04-06-2007 02:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:

Where did you buy your coilovers?



Troyboy got his coilovers from West Coast Fieros. I think the 8" inch coil-over would be ideal for better clearance of the perch. Archie has the details regarding clearance using big-boy rims in the back. #011 has 8 or 10" springs in the rear?

Old pics from 1999:

Back in the day checking for clearance for those massive HREs.









Swapping out the Borbets for HREs,..not a bad trade !

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Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #457, 04-06-2007 02:55 PM
      haha not a bad trade at all....thanks for the info-and pictures - i'm going out of town for the weekend but when i get back i'm sure i'll have thought of some more questions to ask you


p.s.-this thread has got me ready to have a chop top...i wish it was easier to sell the finale i'm ready to start on a chopper


Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #458, 04-08-2007 09:32 AM
      well i've thought about it and i think that's all the questions i've got so i guess now its just a matter of time...the swap meet is in two weeks so hopefully i'll get to start working on my chopper within that time period.....
anyway anyone got any more choptop experiences? i like reading them

-Kaleb


ace35 MSG #459, 04-08-2007 09:57 AM
      I was hoping to be the youngest! I started the Chop when I was 17 and had 85+% of it done just needed fiberglass the inside and do the interior pieces, (Not including glass), and it was done. But I decided to go all out with a 4.9 and Vette breaks. Sadly one problem became 100 and due to college, job, and life outside the Fiero, I was out of money and time and had to part it out . Very sad day. Can NOT wait until I am out of college and get another Fiero, have Archie do the Chop correctly and be on my way . God I miss that car!!! (I'm on Page 9 btw) Good luck with your sell and chop if you do it!

jscott1 MSG #460, 04-08-2007 02:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:



Puttin a fastback clip on it and tweeking a few little things. Thanks to JScott1 for the clip and fastback conversion parts and to Loyde for a very nice engine conversion job to date. I can't wait.

--Will



Calling Wil-Martin....your clip awaits you


Will-Martin MSG #461, 04-22-2007 02:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


Calling Wil-Martin....your clip awaits you


I will call you this week to arrange a time to come over and get it. I neeeeeeeeeeed to talk to you anyway and see how your awesome machines are going!

Thanks J,

--Will



cornersonrails (webearthly@yahoo.com) MSG #462, 04-22-2007 04:07 PM
      I think I am the youngest chop top owner. I am 33 . As far as how long it takes Archie to do a chop top , He had my car no longer than a month. He also had his hands full at the time with Curlies and Troyboys car. But of course that would be a question for Archie.

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Falcon Fiero (joelpatton1@comcast.net) MSG #463, 04-22-2007 04:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by cornersonrails:

I think I am the youngest chop top owner. I am 33 .



Youngest CURRENT maybe, but I was 28 when I bought the GBCT.



Sharkman MSG #464, 04-22-2007 06:12 PM
      I was 27 when I got mine and this year I will be 30. Still 29...



Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #465, 04-22-2007 10:39 PM
      well i'm raisin' the bar..or lowerin the bar ..im 16

-Kaleb


jscott1 MSG #466, 04-22-2007 11:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:

well i'm raisin' the bar..or lowerin the bar ..im 16

-Kaleb



I might be the oldest...

naw, maybe Papa Madcurl is the patriarch of the clan.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #467, 04-23-2007 01:11 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:
I might be the oldest...

naw, maybe Papa Madcurl is the patriarch of the clan.


BTW Happy Birthday (Sunday) Madcurl !

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Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #468, 04-23-2007 08:37 AM
      its madcurl's birthday? happy birthday madcurl-im only a day of -

jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #469, 04-23-2007 12:57 PM
      I win, I'm the youngest semi choptop owner, mine is welded, just needs finishing in a few places then the body work.

Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #470, 04-23-2007 04:09 PM
      wow... how old are you???

Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #471, 04-23-2007 04:11 PM
      ah..did u mean nex sundays madcurls birthday??? ah well either way

-Kaleb


jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #472, 04-23-2007 04:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:

wow... how old are you???


I'll tell you when its finished.


Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #473, 04-23-2007 09:44 PM
      well ur not old enough to drive it so i guess u got some time to finish..well unless ur 15..in that case your old enough to drive just not by urself...any build thread on it???

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #474, 04-25-2007 01:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:
I might be the oldest...

naw, maybe Papa Madcurl is the patriarch of the clan.


I maybe second in line for being the oldest choptop owner but, Archie is the eldest in the clan and we're still "hip" spitn' out new ideas, hehe. Just like the music group, "Tower of Power" said in a song, "What is hip"?

Speaking of, "What is hip," I dropped by a shop in Palmdale, CA. Guess what I saw on b-day....... http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/059097.html

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Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #475, 04-25-2007 05:26 PM
      well technically orville is the oldest choptop owner so that would make you 3rd curly ...sorry bud

-kaleb


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #476, 04-25-2007 05:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:

well technically orville is the oldest choptop owner so that would make you 3rd curly ...sorry bud

-kaleb


Hehe. You're correct. Although, Orville @ 70+ can perform twenty push-ups on the spot. Not many 20 yr old can do twenty push-ups? Maybe Orville is part machine or something???



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #477, 05-13-2007 01:56 PM
      I was in Huntington Beach on Thursday checking out the Cobra seats. The 405 weren’t too busy since it was around 13:00hrs. I arrived around 15:00-ish. The shop is called Sube' Sports. http://www.subesports.com/ They have all of the various Cobra seats for viewing and fitting. I took one of my Fiero seats with me since I didn't have enough time to get #011 ready on Wednesday.

Only one of the seats I think will work, while the one I really wanted seemed too big? I have a few picks of the seats but I need to down load them later. I'll head back to the shop later on with the chopper for true fitments.

#011 out for a Friday night "Spin."

I finally got a "mini" vacation a spent the time cleaning up #011 chopper. One of the HRE's needed a spit shine so I pulled out the power buffer balls and got to work. The first buffer ball removed old strains and oxidation while the second buffer was for cleaning up the mess. I was going to use my finishing Mother's buffer ball but, it wasn't needed so I hand cleaned them. I took about 20-30 minutes vs. a hand job @ 1-hr.

Here's the results:




I raised the front end by 1-complete turn using Ryan’s coil-overs that took darn near 45 minutes...geezs! I had to remove the front rims, use the angled hand/wrench to turn the suckers. I wish the knuckle had more holes to grip and turn. Anyway, I'm happy to report: No scraped knuckles or cuts, hehe.

I then pulled the chopper out of bay #3 and I hit the streets for a quick run. The smell of leather is intoxicating and the sound of the N* was pleasant to my ears. I stopped at a local gas station for $2 of premium that was $3.64 premium. I just needed a little gas for "mixing" since I normally start up the engine. While at the gas station, some teenage girl started (small talk) about buying the chopper (yeah...right) and some jibber/jabber. I told her, "No. It's not for sell and (in a polite way) the car is older than you." Her jaw dropped on that note so I quickly started the N* and was on my way.

I ended the Friday night run by stopping off at Starbucks. Thought about the second chop top reunion, The Arch Rival, and I headed back home. I got into the N* a bit, but within the speed limits, hehe.

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jscott1 MSG #478, 05-13-2007 06:49 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

...a hand job @ 1-hr.



I think I would have preferred the 1 hr hand job but that's just me...

Good to hear #11 gets a little love every now and then. But that premium gas might have you thinking about putting an iron duke in place of that N*?


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #479, 06-01-2007 08:40 AM
      Up close and personal

Madcurl flying in for the dells to check out progress on #20.



A late night meeting of the minds included the new owner of choptop #13, and troyboy.



Even madcurl was impressed by what he saw in person.





More work is yet to be done however and Curly and Archie brainstorming madcurl's last few tweeks to push this car to an even higher plateau !

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Formula MSG #480, 06-01-2007 10:32 AM
      whats in store for that hood scoop? It makes the front end look heavier then the rear, but I see it is being modified .

SAFASTRO MSG #481, 06-01-2007 02:54 PM
      I agree Formula..... that front hood looks real heavy up front. That's probably the only thing about the car I'm not really gettin'. But I'm sure Curly has got somethin' brewin'. Especially when he sees it in person, I'm sure there will be some changes made. Can't wait to find out what that will be......

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #482, 06-01-2007 07:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by SAFASTRO:

I agree Formula..... that front hood looks real heavy up front. That's probably the only thing about the car I'm not really gettin'. But I'm sure Curly has got somethin' brewin'. Especially when he sees it in person, I'm sure there will be some changes made. Can't wait to find out what that will be......


Curly does have some more really cool tweeks left, but i hate to disappoint you but the hood scoop will not be getting dramatically different.

As always pictures tend to distort things, so i am sure it looks good in person. If curly is drooling, and he told me so this morning, then trust me it looks good !

Do however expect some surprises to the rear.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #483, 06-01-2007 09:30 PM
     

Fresh pics from the Dells !





SLOWnSTEADY (keithschutte@aol.com) MSG #484, 06-02-2007 12:13 AM
      dude... THAT IS FUC*ING SICK!!!

Would you be offended if i asked you to marry me?

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jscott1 MSG #485, 06-02-2007 01:27 AM
      This car is looking better all the time...with paint it will live up to it's expectations.

The widebody is perfect. The rear glass is perfect. The windshield is perfect.



About the only thing I would change is the lower part of the rockers, you can see that the three lines don't match up very well. In the rear you have the original, in the middle, Archie's creation, and in the front is Norm's. It might be too late but I would suggest changing that line that swings up in the front and smoothing it out a little. Or making it line up better with the rocker.

Maybe like this instead:

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #486, 06-02-2007 11:12 AM
      Just got a call from Curly and we were discussing the tweeks still yet to be done on this car, and be prepared to be blown away some more !

These are things he had planned all along, but just had not gotten to yet. More eye popping work coming on the rear, and some interesting adds elsewhere also.

Stay tuned !!

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #487, 06-03-2007 06:25 PM
      I just got back to the computer and I'm sending some pics of #004, 013, 020, & 022 choptops.

Hall of Fame: Newest member....Leroy #013.




















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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #488, 06-03-2007 07:13 PM
      Leroy and I arrived at Archies: We both were very, very excited...Pontiac excited!

Pre-dawn Jollies:

















Thanks Jscott for sending pics:


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #489, 06-03-2007 07:19 PM
      Visual inspections and last minute details befor out midnight snack and Steak N' Shake......yummy!



















madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #490, 06-03-2007 07:26 PM
      Lock and Load: ON the way to the Dells....I'm riding shotgun in a chopper!



Following the trailer-queen, hehe.






Leroy gas n' up #013 headed out to the 2007 Dells show.

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Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #491, 06-03-2007 11:32 PM
      wow seein those choppers together made my heart beat fast

Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #492, 06-03-2007 11:38 PM
      hey madcurl..are you gonna "tweak" the taillights a bit or r ya leavin em stock...either way would be cool j/w

jscott1 MSG #493, 06-03-2007 11:54 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:



Thanks Jscott for sending pics:


This pic is freekin unbelieveable!!!

I would leave the Stock Fiero lights, This looks like the Fiero that Pontiac should have built.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #494, 06-06-2007 01:16 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:

hey madcurl..are you gonna "tweak" the taillights a bit or r ya leavin em stock...either way would be cool j/w


No tweaking of the fastback's taillamps.



Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #495, 06-06-2007 06:04 PM
      Of the 24 Chop Tops, we had the OWNERS of 9 of them at the Dells.

The best thing is that somehow we managed to get them all to pose for picture together.



Chop Top owners at Dells 2007 Left to right….

Jeff Wendt (GTGeff) The Stinger #007
Chris Lewis (cornersonrails) #024 (#024 pictured below)
Curley Taylor (madcurl) #011, #015 & The Arch Rival #020 (#020 pictured below)
LeRoy Lucero (Fierotaz) New Owner of Chop #013 (#013 pictured below)
Troy Anderson (MrTroyBoy) The Perfect Union #022 Winner Best of Show Dells 2007 (#022 pictured below)
Cary Decker (GMGW3) #008
I also was there representing #021









I think that would be the most Chop Top's who's owners that have been gathered together in one place before.

Archie


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #496, 06-09-2007 12:37 PM
      Wow. Nine choptop owners in one place and captured on camera! I had a great time hanging with the fellas, dining, and shot'n the breezs.

Mean while, back in Ca...I captured some picks of Orville's latest creation.






















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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #497, 06-09-2007 12:43 PM
      Orville spotted a wreaked 2006 Pontiac Bonnaville (sp?) with 9,000 miles. Orville salvaged all of the goodies into his chopper...including the dash. Notice how part of the center consol is removed inorder to house the entire dash swap. The 3800SC is sitting inside the Fiero engine bay. The 3800SC is "Drive-bye-wire" so Orville's going to tackle this issue.

Also used is the exhaust tail pipes to which he nicely fitted them into the rear bumper. Notice how the exhaust is routed through the frame. There's alot more items that I didn't have a chance to see and it was getting close to sleep time for Orville (early bird catches the worm).

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #498, 06-09-2007 01:22 PM
      Late night, "Get together."

As (we) usually do, we headed to "Shake N' Steak" after eyeballing our Fieros till midnight. It was like, "Old times" but, with a new member,....Leroy. Troy, Leroy and I arrived at the hotel around 01:00-020:00 hrs.




During the Dells 2007 show, Jeff (#007 Stinger) has a special gift for #020. Thanks Jeff.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #499, 06-10-2007 12:10 AM
      More pics of Orville's 3rd choptop creation:






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flyingbob (mmaw@shaw.ca) MSG #500, 06-10-2007 09:50 AM
      Three of the coolest chop owners and builder anyone could ever meet, Marg and I enjoyed talking to you guys.
Bob
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Late night, "Get together."

As (we) usually do, we headed to "Shake N' Steak" after eyeballing our Fieros till midnight. It was like, "Old times" but, with a new member,....Leroy. Troy, Leroy and I arrived at the hotel around 01:00-020:00 hrs.




During the Dells 2007 show, Jeff (#007 Stinger) has a special gift for #020. Thanks Jeff.





madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #501, 06-13-2007 12:04 PM
      Tina before at the CTHC-1 Sept 2006:


Tina during the Dells Jun 2007:



I'm happy to say,"I thinks she likes it."

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #502, 06-13-2007 07:13 PM
      Okay onto the front: Dells 2007

Hmm...?



Hmm....To be continued at the CTHC-2.

Btw, I had a great time meeting new faces at the Dells.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #503, 06-14-2007 12:21 PM
      I took #011 out for a cruise last week and she road just fine with the coil-overs raised by 1-turn. The A/C was working just fine although it wasn't needed. On my way back I stopped off for some take-out Chinesse food. The cook stopped what he was doing and peaked out the window and the waitress too, hehe.

Old pic:




Rickady88GT (rjkmfam@sbcglobal.net) MSG #504, 06-22-2007 05:29 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

More pics of Orville's 3rd choptop creation:









Hope to be at His place soon, But I wont be in the Fiero. We started a new toy. But I love to think of things to change, and improve.

I need to get some parts from him for another project??



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #505, 06-28-2007 03:04 AM
      Hey Troy or Joshua any choptop stories or reactions to tell ??

joshua riedl MSG #506, 06-28-2007 09:48 AM
      Boy, where to start? I started a thread about chops getting negative attention a long time ago, I have to say that since it's been on the road and painted all that went away. Except ,oddly enough big girls tend to look at the car and laugh. I'm not sure why they laugh, although I could guess, but it doesn't bother me since they are big. On the drive home from the dells I caught a cop rubbernecking on the interstate pretty hard. Driving with the fieromadman in the lead he was probably checking out the cars but I didn't chance it so we took the back roads the rest of the way home. Just about everyone stopped and looked at us as we drove by. One guy on a tractor stopped tractoring to check us out. Driving around town one guy actually stopped jogging to stop and check out the car as I drove by. He litterally stopped in his tracks, got a big smile on his face and kept staring. I threw him a wave. I get guys catching up to the car just to check it out and wave. I've tried racing a few people when the opportunity comes up but I think the appearance of the car scares them off. I actually stopped in front of a viper as he was pulling out of a parking lot, revved the engine and spun out to see if he would follow but he didn't. I pretend it was because he was intimidated. My mom borrows it to take to work and give people rides. I get a little upset when I ask if she beat on it and she says no. It's imbarrassing! Why take it out if you aren't going to use the skinny pedal? Anyway, Little kids look out the window and point and tell mommy to look, it's pretty funny. I even caught Madcurl checking it out at the Dells, Don't pretend you didn't! I saw you! Just a lot of stuff like that, nothing super exciting but a lot of positive comments. I even get an occasional person that thinks it's brand new. Now it's starting to feel a little slow. It doesn't rev out like the TDC did so I think I'm going to get some s&s headers for it. Maybe a bigger throttle body and some intake porting, I'll probably just drive it through the summer though and put some miles on it before it gets ripped apart again. I'll let you guys know if anything worth telling happens but just let it be known that even though there is some debate on the forum whether or not chop top fiero's look good, there is no debate in small town middle America, everybody likes it!, except the big girls!

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #507, 06-28-2007 12:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by joshua riedl:
I even caught Madcurl checking it out at the Dells, Don't pretend you didn't! I saw you! Just a lot of stuff like that, nothing super exciting but a lot of positive comments.


Hehe. Yes. I seen you speeding by at the Dells and earlier in the parking lot but, I didn't see you near or inside. I'm glad to hear about the positive comments regarding your choptop. Maybe we'll chat at the next choptop reunion in Sept.



joshua riedl MSG #508, 06-28-2007 03:53 PM
      We actually did talk early on the show day. I was with a big guy and another guy was there who didn't seem to know a lot about fiero's. I commented on how nice the car idles, if that rings a bell. Anyway, I might drive down to Archies' thing in september.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #509, 06-28-2007 05:51 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by joshua riedl:

We actually did talk early on the show day. I was with a big guy and another guy was there who didn't seem to know a lot about fiero's. I commented on how nice the car idles, if that rings a bell. Anyway, I might drive down to Archies' thing in september.



Oh I'm guessing that was Troyboy you where speaking too?


joshua riedl MSG #510, 06-28-2007 08:19 PM
      you own the northstar, widebody chop right? It was early and still raining, right as they were parking the car for the show. We actually talked for a while but I felt it would have been weird to bring up my car for no reason at all. I'll introduce myself better next time.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #511, 06-28-2007 08:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by joshua riedl:

you own the northstar, widebody chop right? It was early and still raining, right as they were parking the car for the show. We actually talked for a while but I felt it would have been weird to bring up my car for no reason at all. I'll introduce myself better next time.


Okay, that was me, sorry bout' that, hehe. We'll talk next time the CTHC-2 at Archie's.


Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #512, 07-04-2007 02:25 AM
      Well Curly told me I better post about my trip from the Dells show to Phoeinx so...
I had a lot of people on the road slow down/speed up to take a look at the car on the road. Every time I stopped for gas i had people walk over and ask what kind of car it was and a couple of them did not believe me when I told them it was a Pontiac Fiero, go figure.
I made a stop at a Wal-mart just before sunset and when I came out there were 5 guys standing around my car looking at it and talking, so I hit the remote and opened both suicide doors and they all jumped back. Then they started asking all kinds of questions so I opend the trunk and showed them the V8 and about 30 minutes later when the last guy was dragged away by his wife I got back on the road. BTW with the LT1 and 6 speed I averaged 27.9 MPG with a high of 30 MPG over one 200 mile stretch.
Leroy
Hopefully many more stories to come.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #513, 07-06-2007 01:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:

Well Curly told me I better post about my trip from the Dells show to Phoeinx so...
I had a lot of people on the road slow down/speed up to take a look at the car on the road. Every time I stopped for gas i had people walk over and ask what kind of car it was and a couple of them did not believe me when I told them it was a Pontiac Fiero, go figure.
I made a stop at a Wal-mart just before sunset and when I came out there were 5 guys standing around my car looking at it and talking, so I hit the remote and opened both suicide doors and they all jumped back. Then they started asking all kinds of questions so I opend the trunk and showed them the V8 and about 30 minutes later when the last guy was dragged away by his wife I got back on the road. BTW with the LT1 and 6 speed I averaged 27.9 MPG with a high of 30 MPG over one 200 mile stretch.
Leroy
Hopefully many more stories to come.


See, I told you, hehe. If you think being held-up for 30 minutes was long. Just wait until it's painted & rim'd up...you'll be hanging out explaining the choptop for nearly an hour!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #514, 07-15-2007 03:51 AM
      #022 was the cause of an accident this week.

The details are a bit sketchy, but it resulted in a fender bender. A female driver was viewed rubber necking #022's rear end. Apparently the women wanted a better view of the car to determine what type, so she pulled alone side the chopper. Still no visual clues from the side, so she proceeded to pull pass the chopper and finally getting a glimpse of the NSX headlamps partly sticking above hood.

Still she wasn't convinced, so she moved pass and in front of the chopper. She leaned forward to look backwards. Little did she realize she was coming up on a car stopped in her lane waiting for the red light and she rear ended the car. As the light turned green, #022 proceeded on while the two owners viewed the damages.

This is story is being reported to you by #020....Your Choptop Chronicle Reporter, hehe.

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DrCPU (dhuwmarion@gmail.com) MSG #515, 07-24-2007 07:35 PM
      While taking pictures of the TAZ I posted today some kids from the neighbourhood - who were playing soccer - chased me down. I was stopping to take the pictures anyway. I was about 100' from them when I opened up the new XD door - at which point all three boys (around 9-10yrs old) yelled "He lookit! What a cool car!" They ran as fast as their little legs could carry them - all the while screaming out "oooh" ans "ahhs". One little guy sez - "Hey that's like that car in Grand Theft Auto!". The other quickly asks "How much is it". Then one tries to jump in the driver seat - asks first - but was almost in when I said"if you can get by Ginger and she said it was OK that it would be OK with me"... Little dog face - big teeth - hmmmm maybe I'll just look from here!

Big smiles were had by all.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #516, 07-29-2007 12:58 PM
      I think its time for me head over to Orville's place for inspiration. His newly swap'd dash was looking pretty darn good during my last visit.

Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #517, 07-29-2007 05:56 PM
      I've been thinking and would a chop t-top be possible with fiberglass roof sections? or would that just be too much trouble than its worth

Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #518, 07-29-2007 05:57 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

I think its time for me head over to Orville's place for inspiration. His newly swap'd dash was looking pretty darn good during my last visit.


take tons of pictures... i love orvilles stuff


jscott1 MSG #519, 07-29-2007 06:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:

I've been thinking and would a chop t-top be possible with fiberglass roof sections? or would that just be too much trouble than its worth


Anything's possible. If you shortened the "H" frame you could then use the stock windshield and the "regular" chop top windows. Sealing is probably going to be a challenge no matter what because of the extreme angle of the side windows. I'll let you know how it works if I ever work on mine again.


Kaleb (kzeringue@troy.edu) MSG #520, 07-30-2007 12:37 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


Anything's possible. If you shortened the "H" frame you could then use the stock windshield and the "regular" chop top windows. Sealing is probably going to be a challenge no matter what because of the extreme angle of the side windows. I'll let you know how it works if I ever work on mine again.


i see what you mean..hmm well if you ever get yours a shot i'll deffinately be interested in how you did it


GonsaiPK MSG #521, 07-30-2007 03:11 AM
      Man, that #13 is a good-looking car... I like to imagine my own car looking like that in the distant future.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #522, 08-05-2007 03:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Kaleb:


take tons of pictures... i love orvilles stuff


I didn't get a chance to roll out to Orville's place. I usually like to multi-task my trips and picks, but my rotor hat wasn't completed at the chrome shop. I catch-up with him next week and I'll have enough picks of different items. Btw, I did come upon a Ford GT for the length of my trip (200 miles on I-5). Boy-o-boy, that GT40 sounds really, really nice!

At first I didn't know what was approaching me from behind (night time). Once it passed.... you could hear it 200 yards ahead of me. The person driving the GT40 either was running low on gas or he had to piss. He'd pass; he'd catch-up, and repeated this along I-5 hwy. You must love a car that gets 36 mpg (Eclipse) but I'd trade him any day even though you have to gas-up frequently.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #523, 08-26-2007 12:47 PM
      Hey Troy, did you make it home safely? How was the trip to Archie's and back? Any pics unloading the chopper? Enquiring minds would like to know.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #524, 08-26-2007 11:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Hey Troy, did you make it home safely? How was the trip to Archie's and back? Any pics unloading the chopper? Enquiring minds would like to know.


I talked to Troyboy today. They made it home safely w/o issues.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #525, 09-05-2007 02:33 PM
      We have a new member, hehe.

 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:

FierociousGT, The Eagle has landed.

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Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #526, 09-20-2007 11:21 AM
      Well #13 is safe at home...The trip was long but very enjoyable. Every time I stopped for gas I had to answer the what is it? How did you get a V8 in there? questions. I had one boy about 12 or so come over to the car and ask me a couple of questions and then I popped the door to get in and he ran back to his dad yelling give me the camara I have to take pictures of this car! There was an incident going down the highway just out side of St Louis with 4 teenagers in a Civic, they pulled up next to me then dropped back to look at the car from the back (I was doing 80). We were coming up on a slow car so I needed to get over but they were not passing so I punched it in 6th gear and got over made my pass then slowed back down to 80. The Civic pulls up next to me and the kid rolls his window down and starts yelling what is it and what kind of engine do you have? It took about 4 attempts before he understood me due to his fart can and my loud exhaust. I then met up with my wife in Oklahoma City where we loaded it on the trailer and took it back to phoenix. While on the trailer people would start to pass then slow down and look at the car. I made a couple to stops to meet up with fellow PFFers on the way so they could check out the new/old ride.
It was a great time and I have several more trips planned in the next month so I will be back...


jscott1 MSG #527, 09-20-2007 12:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:


so I punched it in 6th gear ...


My favorite part of the story!



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #528, 09-22-2007 03:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


I didn't get a chance to roll out to Orville's place.



I finally got around to visiting Oville's place last week and boy was I impressed! I must say I love the dash and especially the one-off Fiero doors; the best I've seen so far. I love the nose too and it reminds me of James Dean's Porsche by the wheel arches and nose openings. I took 15- or more pics of Orville's 3rd chopper.




SAFASTRO MSG #529, 09-22-2007 04:32 PM
      Well???? Where are the pics???
C'mon man.......


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #530, 09-22-2007 04:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by SAFASTRO:

Well???? Where are the pics???
C'mon man.......


I sent the pics to Jscott for resizing.



jscott1 MSG #531, 10-01-2007 05:36 PM
      I'll get them to Curley today

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #532, 10-01-2007 10:42 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
I finally got around to visiting Oville's place last week and boy was I impressed! I must say I love the dash and especially the one-off Fiero doors; the best I've seen so far. I love the nose too and it reminds me of James Dean's Porsche by the wheel arches and nose openings. I took 15- or more pics of Orville's 3rd chopper.













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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #533, 10-01-2007 10:53 PM
     

More of Orville's newest:

















madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #534, 10-02-2007 03:31 PM
      Thanks Tony for posting. Orville's recent modification of the Fiero doors is perhaps the best I've seen.








Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #535, 10-08-2007 09:44 AM
      Well I drove from Phoenix AZ to Austin TX without any major incidents. I now have the BIG wheels and tires so the interest level has gone way up. I could not stop without several people gathering around my car to look and ask questions (very cool feeling). I had people honking at me as I passed them by (side note: forgot to calibrate the speedo for the new 20's information provided by a Texas Constable) fortunatly I did not receive any tickets in the 1100 + mile drive. I met up with Cliff W in Kerrville on my way into Austin on Friday night and we went over to a little car show with mostly Vettes and Classices, we saw some very nice cars. My car was filthy and full of my junk from the road trip so I parked it off to the side and not in the show isles, it took about 3 minutes and there was a crowd of 15+ car owners swarming around my car and asking questions. If was a very nice night and I sat and listend to storys about their incounters with Fieros back in the day... over all it was a good trip and I look forward to being back in Kerrville for the RRRR. I will be driving back to Phoenix next Sunday right after the Ruckus so I should have more stories...
One more note: I was driving down 183 in Austin when this PU pulled up next to me and the guy in the passenger seat climbed across his wife (driving) and stuck his head out the window to ask what kind of car it was and tell me how nice it looked. I think I saw her smack him in the head after I passed by


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #536, 10-08-2007 12:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:
(side note: forgot to calibrate the speedo for the new 20's information provided by a Texas Constable) fortunatly I did not receive any tickets in the 1100 + mile drive.


Was during your inspection? Just how much is the speedo off?


 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:
One more note: I was driving down 183 in Austin when this PU pulled up next to me and the guy in the passenger seat climbed across his wife (driving) and stuck his head out the window to ask what kind of car it was and tell me how nice it looked. I think I saw her smack him in the head after I passed by



Heehee. Nice stories.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #537, 10-11-2007 11:34 AM
      I hope to be at Orville's place this week for updates on his current third choptop. Stay tuned.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #538, 10-16-2007 03:13 PM
      Hey Leroy. What did the officer say to you who pulled you over in TX?

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #539, 10-18-2007 05:07 PM
     

Now i knooooooooow there has to be some experiences out there from driving this beauty around !

Okay John (Car-lo),...time to fess up !



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #540, 10-21-2007 11:52 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Now i knooooooooow there has to be some experiences out there from driving this beauty around !

Okay John (Car-lo),...time to fess up !



Swiped this qoute from John's (Car-lo) build thread talking about his experiences:

"It's a whole new driving experience with the choptop. People start looking
from a distance and don't stop looking until I've gone past them.

Driving back from Winnipeg, near Swift Current, Sask., I was passing a
school bus. The kids rushed to one side of the bus and it started to lean
(the bus needed swaybars too). Kids were smiling, waving and giving me the
'thumbs up'. It was pretty funny! "

http://www.westcoastfieros....p?TID=133&PN=1&TPN=1


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #541, 10-28-2007 11:25 PM
      I just got off the cell talking to Leroy (#013) nearing Blyte and is about 2-3 hours from home. He mentioned that the chopper is riding just fine with some minor rubbing of the front tires, but the Nittos are very sticky and very good at treading water. Due to the rear being so massive... it appears you're following a truck treading water and of mist. He also said , "Every where he stops for gas, people start to gather and asking questions. Poor guy...I told him this would happen, hehe.




Edit: Hey Troy, due to Leroy 4500 miles of driving, Leroy said his rims are in need of a good cleaning and wants to buy the same cleaning solution you purchased for your rims.

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Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #542, 10-29-2007 02:01 AM
      One quick story before I go to sleep, I was headed south on the 101 towards LA and I see a yellow car closing in on me. When he gets close enough I see it is a bright yellow Ferrari F430 and he slowed down when he came up on my car then he passed and gave me a nod. Well I passed him back and we leap frogged each other for the better of 30 Miles. When we hit traffic I was stopped right behind him and people were staring and pointing at both cars...the F430 because it was beautiful and mine because they probably could not figure out what it was
I will summerize my experiences on the 4500+ miles I drove the chop this month in the next few days.


jscott1 MSG #543, 10-29-2007 02:23 AM
      No tales to tell driving yet...but stopping for gas in some small town in Missouri, while on the trailer a small crowd forms.



The usual questions, "Is that a FIERO!?!" (yes)

"Is that a kit?" (no, it's all custom)

"Are those brakes upgraded" (No, Fieros came from the factory with 4 wheel disc brakes)

"Is it fast, what's it do?" (fast is a relative term)

And due to the lack of an interior, "Is that a race car?" (no)

The most interesting comment to me, "Even like that it's cool"



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #544, 10-29-2007 12:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:

One quick story before I go to sleep, I was headed south on the 101 towards LA and I see a yellow car closing in on me. When he gets close enough I see it is a bright yellow Ferrari F430 and he slowed down when he came up on my car then he passed and gave me a nod. Well I passed him back and we leap frogged each other for the better of 30 Miles. When we hit traffic I was stopped right behind him and people were staring and pointing at both cars...the F430 because it was beautiful and mine because they probably could not figure out what it was
I will summerize my experiences on the 4500+ miles I drove the chop this month in the next few days.



Best story I've read in a long time! I just got off the cell speaking to HRE and while going over some of the specs and stuff. I mentioned that you drove to CA and the experience with the F430 driver. He (HRE) was all positive and said that, "Your car is perhaps wider than the Ferrari due to the massive lips on the rears. He continued on to say, "The Ferrari's rear lips are 3.5" and although they've made some custom HRE for Ferrari customers and photo-ops...he's never seen a Ferrari on the streets with HREs. Oh yeah Leroy, HRE wants pics of your car once it's painted for their customer collection gallory. Although I tried to explain the Mad-Arch widebody it was somewhat hard to explain w/o the pics.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #545, 11-15-2007 08:01 PM
      I was talking to one of the head guys at HRE company last Wednesday. They want exclusive hi-res pictures featuring the New York, The Arizona, and the CA Fieros for HRE's web site...once they cars are painted.

1.Leroy's (#013)
2.Troy's (#22), and
3. #020



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #546, 12-06-2007 02:27 PM
     

More tales please !


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #547, 12-11-2007 01:00 AM
     
First it was Car-2-lo now another canadian choptop, widebody is coming right along !

http://www.westcoastfieros....sts.asp?TID=207&PN=1


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #548, 12-11-2007 12:26 PM
      I was at Big John's tire shop in Valencia, CA installing the 20x12 on a 345/25/20. Yeah, had to be there to see just how many guys is needed to install a morbidly/thin tire, hehehe. Several of the guys there enquired as-to what car the rims are going onto, cause, although the Eclipse sports the 19s there isn't any room for the 345/25/20.

Well, I baited them w/o telling them, "A fiero." Lamborghini/Viper/Corvette were just a few names thrown out there. No. I said to them and I proceeded to show them pics of #020. Silence...and even after a few seconds, nobody even notice the talilamps saying, "P-O-N-T-I-A-C." A few seconds later, I told them that it's a Pontiac Fiero. I'm not sure if they knew what a Pontiac Fiero is or maybe they didn't care, hehe. Either way, I never recieved any negetive comments while I was there.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #549, 01-15-2008 12:45 AM
      Soon,......soon !







Somebody pinch me !

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cornersonrails (webearthly@yahoo.com) MSG #550, 01-16-2008 07:05 AM
      I'm definately enjoying the show !

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #551, 02-03-2008 05:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:

Quick update on Choptop #19:



Got some pics from Loyde and we discussed some details about my car. I am going with a different setup than anything I have seen here. It is kind of similar to some with regard to looks and performance, but very different than most - just the way I like it. Kuddos to Loyde for taking the time to make sure I am 100% satisfied with my car, I know I can be a headache sometimes. When he gets it done, it will be exactly like I want it.



--Will



Status report?


Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #552, 02-03-2008 08:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Status report?


Here are some pics I took back on Dec. 27, 2005.







Where is she now?

Archie


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #553, 02-03-2008 08:21 PM
      I just noticed that #019 has shaved door handles.

Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #554, 02-03-2008 09:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

I just noticed that #019 has shaved door handles.


Yeah, they've been on there for a couple of years now.


blkcofy MSG #555, 02-12-2008 06:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Thanks Tony for posting. Orville's recent modification of the Fiero doors is perhaps the best I've seen.








Madcurl,

Any more pictures of Orvilles finished dash? I'm about to see if a novice can pull off a similar dash swap using the Grand Prix GXP dash. More pictures and advice from Orville would be invaluable!!

Blkcofy


Will-Martin MSG #556, 02-12-2008 10:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Status report?


 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:

Here are some pics I took back on Dec. 27, 2005.



Where is she now?

Archie


Loyde still has it. MAN I miss that car, haven't seen her in over 2 years.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #557, 02-12-2008 11:08 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:


Loyde still has it, but to his credit, he did a complete bad ass S2 3800 SC install before I changed my mind and wanted something else haha. MAN I miss that car, haven't seen her in over 2 years.



So what is the hold up Will ? Is there any projected movement at all ?

Good luck in getting her going.



Will-Martin MSG #558, 02-13-2008 04:46 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


So what is the hold up Will ? Is there any projected movement at all ?

Good luck in getting her going.


Thanks man. Not sure, but if it doesn't happen soon, I guess I will just sell the project for a loss when I get it done. I have been eyeballing a 69 convertible Vette.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #559, 02-13-2008 05:02 PM
      I want one so bad....
I think I am going to stand on the highway off ramp with a sign
(NEED MONEY FOR CHOPTOP !!!! Please help.
haha. Verry soon!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #560, 02-28-2008 12:15 AM
      Welcome to Orville's choptop charral: Night pics and some of them didn't come out very good.

My personnal visit 2/27/08 featuring choptop #002hb & #003hb







The Man!


#003hb


Dash interior lights on: Everything works in Orville's car and nicely done and the best stock interior swap I've ever seen.




Boost gauge: I found this stock item better than the A-piller pods.


100% custom auto shifter.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #561, 02-28-2008 05:36 AM
      Took a ride in Orville's chopper and it was a blast! 0-60 was pretty fast if not faster than my N*. Take offs included some wheel spin and necks snap n' w/o the loud V8 noise from the exhaust and was some what quieter than a stock V6. During the 0-60 run the car remain straight w/o pulling to one side and no front wheel hop while the boost gauge kicked in on the monitor. The passenger side leg room was somewhat tight with maybe 2" from my knee caps and there was enough head room despite me wearing a hat. The drivers side had plenty of leg room and lateral movement.

The Honda mirrors looked really nice and aided in the over-all look of the car w/o being too noticeable. The PIAA headlamps worked really well with duel beams and duel turn signals. The Lexan side glass worked w/o the need for them to be coached into position. The cars stance was perfect using Held 1" drop spindles and Rodney's 1" drop ball joints and the car rode like stock. I did have additional pictures of my visit, but I somehow misplaced my SD memory card. I hope I left the slim card inside the chopper or else I'll need to pay Orville another visit.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #562, 03-01-2008 09:48 PM
      Troyboy's adventures with the New York Corvette groupies.

Date: 2007 After the Dells show.
Event: A corvette show on the East Coast.

Troy has been holding out on his choptop adventures. A gang of Corvette sharks incircled #022 on his way to a showing along strip of hwy while cruising @60-7-MPH. A scout in a newer Corvette pulled up along side troy's driver side, starred for a moment and gave Troyboy the thumbs up. The corvette guy then pulled in front to view, then along side the passenger side, rolled back to the rear, and finally back to the drivers side.

He then gave the ole' finger move, pointing straight ahead for a quick goosing. Troy gave the head nood and before the 1.2.3.-go! The corvette had goosed it on 2. Troy dropped out of 6-gear and red lined it to 3th to reduce the distant, up to 4th, to the 5-th and between 5th and 6th he had passed the Covette and was somewhere in the triple digit range. The Corvette dude stayed back while a larger shark rolled near.

This time it was a Z06. A doctor with a 36k upgrade from one of those high perfomance after market companies whom GM send their customer's car directly to. They all ended at the car show in record time. They gathered around #022 to see what was under hood. Troy (being a smart Alex) opened up the hood. "Oh you wanted to look at the engine, huh?" He popped the deck lid and conversations got started. The first Corvette guy wanted to know why #022 was so quick since he knew about those quick burn motors. Troy later informed him it's been beefed-up. The guy in the Z06 had a duel turbo set-up with over 600HP.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #563, 03-02-2008 02:26 AM
      #013 enjoying the AZ rounds: From these angles the chotop looks like a new car from GM





























troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #564, 03-02-2008 07:02 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Troyboy's adventures with the New York Corvette groupies.

Date: 2007 After the Dells show.
Event: A corvette show on the East Coast.

The guy in the Z06 had a duel turbo set-up with over 600HP.



I'm sure he had way over 600 hp and that's why all I saw was Z06 tail lights. Man that ride was sweet, but the Union held it's own.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #565, 03-02-2008 12:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by troyboy:


I'm sure he had way over 600 hp and that's why all I saw was Z06 tail lights. Man that ride was sweet, but the Union held it's own.



Ahh, Troy you're too modest. The Corvette doc may have a sweat ride, but "the Sharks" where gathering around #022- a 20 year plus Fiero with white primer. The fact that "they" were looking upfront for the engine is hilarious. I'm sure this year, the Corvette guys will be suprised...again!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #566, 03-19-2008 01:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

I did have additional pictures of my visit, but I somehow misplaced my SD memory card. I hope I left the slim card inside the chopper or else I'll need to pay Orville another visit.



Slim card found, hehe.

Laws of Misplacements: Like always, look for another item you've misplaced and you'll (eventually) find the other lost item. I found the slim card while moving the seat back to retrieve some important papers under the sear. The slim card was tucked in a tight spot behind the passenger seat; although I looked in the same spot several weeks ago.

Anyway, one of the concrete layers and I needed to head out to the Mojave Block company for brick, concrete (ect.) and I need to remove items from the seat and to push back the seat. As I was driving the work car backwards the worker got a glimpse of #015; although the front fenders and rockers were off the car, right away he recognize it as a Fiero. Before he got a chance to lick his chops and review the car, I closed the garage door. Business is business and I need my driveway fix ASAP and didn't want to spend several hours reviewing #011 and #015. Maybe next time; once the job is completed, I'll let him check-it-out.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #567, 03-26-2008 05:05 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Slim card found, hehe.




My 5 o'clock appointment; hey, I was 3 hours late, hehe.



The unveiling:




It's has Pontiac badges;


on the rear;

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #568, 03-26-2008 05:22 AM
      A nose similar to a Solstice;


A mirrors of an Bonnavell 3880SC


No need for the DMV inspector to check Orville's brake set-up; he saw the new rotors behind the 16s.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #569, 03-26-2008 12:34 PM
      Orville revisited: Orville removed several inches of the mirror's legs stands (stubby now).






Normally the mirror stands might be idea for a wide body, but in this case reducing the stands fits perfect on Orville's chopper.


rear pic;

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HC MSG #570, 03-27-2008 12:16 AM
      wtf? I don't think I like that... Do you have a better view of it?

blkpearl (bodylinesfitness@cox.net) MSG #571, 03-27-2008 09:17 PM
      I think Orville car is coming along nicely now. The paint looks great and the badges add finishing touches.

I would like to know if Orville started the swap including engine BEFORE ever meeting with the DMV for the start of registration/ inspection and then the SVN registration. Or whatever it's called. Anyone can tell me? that would be a big help.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #572, 03-27-2008 11:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkpearl:

I think Orville car is coming along nicely now. The paint looks great and the badges add finishing touches.

I would like to know if Orville started the swap including engine BEFORE ever meeting with the DMV for the start of registration/ inspection and then the SVN registration. Or whatever it's called. Anyone can tell me? that would be a big help.


If I may say, this isn't Orville's first swap, but is his third and therefor he knew all the details (prior) that involved regarding Smog rep/DMV, and CHP. In this case, Orville made the engine swap first and completed everything that you now see in the picture. In December 2007 he sought out DMV for proper SB100 paper work (misnamed?). The first week of January he was at DMV to receive his # sequence (500 per yr) and I think Orville was #380 something. I forgot which one came next, but CHP needed to make sure items are legit and not stolen, then back to Smog rep and I think, back to DMV. It seems like a "plan," but one of the agencies screwed up and that delayed the process.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #573, 03-28-2008 01:14 AM
     

Curly is #11 rolling yet ?


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #574, 03-28-2008 03:01 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Curly is #11 rolling yet ?


No, but I look at it every time I go out of the garage to fight with the contractor.

I did call Trendzs to see if my Eclipse mirror and rear reflectors arrive. The reflectors did arrive, but they sent them back thinking I wasn't going to pick them up. Now I have to order them all over again.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #575, 04-22-2008 12:15 AM
     

Gotta be some fresh stories out there somewhere ??


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #576, 04-22-2008 10:27 PM
      Soon. Very soon.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #577, 04-24-2008 04:37 PM
      Hanging out with friends; Steak N' Shake.

Discussing V8 engines, trannys, and choptop.



Bob Ryan (front left), (madcurl rear left)

Troyboy (front right), V8Archie (rear right)

Next night @ Outbacks Mark (firefox) joined the crew.

Sorry for the blurry pics. The waitress had the shakes.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #578, 04-24-2008 05:11 PM
      Choptop additions: #022





It looks darn good and matches the choptop (recessed/Frenched-in)

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #579, 04-24-2008 10:44 PM
      The "Stinger" was in for some needed fixes prior to the 25th.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #580, 04-25-2008 06:08 AM
      Hanging out with Troyboy and going over various choptop modifications.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #581, 04-27-2008 02:17 PM
      While getting the slim card copied onto a disk at Kinko's one of the employees glanced down at one of the photos and asked what type of car that. I quickly told him it's a Fiero so he wanted to see the rest of the batch of pics and few minutes later he was asking more questions, but I had to go.



My visit back to chop top haven was "all good" and plenty of goodies to be viewed.



It seem like yesterday when there was a different attitude regarding the power steering unit, oh well progress waits for no one.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #582, 04-27-2008 11:39 PM
      More friends stopping in for some Steak N' Shake.


Paul V. on the left front and Chris on the front right.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #583, 05-15-2008 02:44 PM
     

guys any idea of how many choptops will be at the 25th ??


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #584, 05-17-2008 07:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
guys any idea of how many choptops will be at the 25th ??



I don't know, but #014 will be there. I just got off the cell with Jscott and his smiling from ear to ear about picking up his chopper from Archie's. They're about an 1-hr outside Machessney Park, IL heading toward TX (19 hr haul). People are viewing the car as they pass so, Jonathan may have some experiences to relate. Anyway, I'm happy for Jscott, its been just over 2-yrs and he's getting ready for the 25th.


Will-Martin MSG #585, 05-18-2008 04:53 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
I don't know, but #014 will be there. I just got off the cell with Jscott and his smiling from ear to ear about picking up his chopper from Archie's. They're about an 1-hr outside Machessney Park, IL heading toward TX (19 hr haul). People are viewing the car as they pass so, Jonathan may have some experiences to relate. Anyway, I'm happy for Jscott, its been just over 2-yrs and he's getting ready for the 25th.


Pics???


Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #586, 05-18-2008 09:47 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:


Pics???


Yeah, got lots of pics. However, he's been waiting a long time for this car to be presentable.

I'd like to let him post the 1st pics of the car once he gets home.

I do have this one to prove that he was here.



What's up with your car? How about an update.

Archie


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #587, 05-18-2008 03:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:



Archie



Looks like Jonathan has gotten younger in the pic, lost some weight, and is wearing a Caddy cap. I was on my tread mill today trying to loose some of my gut.


blkcofy MSG #588, 05-18-2008 08:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Orville revisited: Orville removed several inches of the mirror's legs stands (stubby now).





Madcurl....please tell me you took pictures of the interior!! I'm dying to see Orville's Grand Prix dash swap!

blkcofy


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #589, 05-18-2008 09:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkcofy:


Madcurl....please tell me you took pictures of the interior!! I'm dying to see Orville's Grand Prix dash swap!

blkcofy


Look on Pg. 14.

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jscott1 MSG #590, 05-18-2008 11:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
Looks like Jonathan has gotten younger in the pic, lost some weight, and is wearing a Caddy cap. I was on my tread mill today trying to loose some of my gut.


Good eye! I wore the Caddy Cap to reinforce the fact that Archie has now installed a 4.9 almost from scratch. he he

On the road I got the usual questions..."is that a Lamborghini?" "no it's a Fiero"....puzzled look

"how fast is it?" etc.

A group formed at a gas station and all I hear yelling from the Mom is "Get away from the car, boys!"



Will-Martin MSG #591, 05-20-2008 05:08 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:
Yeah, got lots of pics. However, he's been waiting a long time for this car to be presentable.

I'd like to let him post the 1st pics of the car once he gets home.

I do have this one to prove that he was here.



What's up with your car? How about an update.

Archie


Sweet, MAN I just love the blue on this car. You guys sure did a good job up there Archie.

As for my car, not sure what the status is. It is still at Loyde's and after I get it back from him, I still have to redo the interior and finish the bodywork. Last month Loyde had the steering out, not sure what he is up to now. I will try to give him a call tomorrow.

--Will


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #592, 05-20-2008 05:35 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:
As for my car, not sure what the status is. It is still at Loyde's and after I get it back from him, I still have to redo the interior and finish the bodywork. Last month Loyde had the steering out, not sure what he is up to now. I will try to give him a call tomorrow.

--Will


Will the chopper be ready for the 25th?


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #593, 05-20-2008 05:54 AM
     






















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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #594, 05-20-2008 08:05 PM
      A Perfect 10; Jim88Gt making the rounds at a local car in #010 chop top and wowing the crowd.



You get a perfect 10 in my book with this interior;




We need more pics from Jim, right?

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Will-Martin MSG #595, 05-21-2008 12:36 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Will the chopper be ready for the 25th?


Doubt it.


Will-Martin MSG #596, 06-05-2008 07:06 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:

What's up with your car? How about an update.

Archie


Hey guys, straight from the horse's mouth - my car will be ready by the end of July. Pretty happy. Some big problems have been worked out on Loyde's behalf and I wish him the best!


jscott1 MSG #597, 06-05-2008 08:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:


Hey guys, straight from the horse's mouth - my car will be ready by the end of July. Pretty happy. Some big problems have been worked out on Loyde's behalf and I wish him the best!


As a fastback??

Congratulations!!



Will-Martin MSG #598, 06-05-2008 09:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:

As a fastback??

Congratulations!!


No, I doubt the fastback will be done.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #599, 07-04-2008 10:48 PM
      Here's Jim88Gt striking the "Pose" next to the Perfect 10 (#010).

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jscott1 MSG #600, 07-10-2008 02:40 AM
      Question from guy at the tire store...

"What kind of Pontiac is that?" (I'm still running with the stock taillights).

My answer, "Fiero"

He responds, "never heard of it."

(The guy appears to be about 20 years old)

I told him he probably wasn't born yet when they stopped making them.

"Is it fun to drive"


"You bet!"


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #601, 07-10-2008 12:42 PM
      On the 4th of July, I took #011 out for a spin and received a few, "ahh and oohs" from the locals. A young guy in his twenties wanted to know what type of car it was which was rather hard to determine since it was night time. Local CHP officers at first glance thought #011 was a Lotus, but soon realize it was a Pontiac. We talked for about 15-20 minutes along side of the road.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #602, 07-18-2008 02:49 AM
      I've been driving #011 lately and tonight I need to make a quick stop at the local Home Depo. As I was entering the parking lot, a couple of young guys in a white pick-up looked over and turn around. As I was exiting the chopper they asked;

Young kids; "Is that a Lotus?"
Me, "No. It's not."
Young kids; "What is it?"
Me; "Its a Pontiac. A Pontiac Fiero."
Young kids; "Nah, a Pontiac Fiero. You got to be kidding."

As I walked away (clicking on the alarm) they stayed there viewing the car for a couple of minutes. #011 was parked under the parking lot lights. After I got a few items, I hopped in and took #011 for a hwy spin to test the rear sway bar. Boy that sucker is now tight! Sorry no pics, I needed install a new garage door opener.



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #603, 07-20-2008 03:02 PM
      Last Friday night I stopped off at Starbucks. I needed something to "jolt" me for the 5-hr drive back to the Bay Area. During the drive through a teenager walked around to the speaker box and asked me, "How much did that car cost you?"

I paused for a moment and told him, "Well, its a 20 year old car." The teenager kind of looked perplexed by my statement and he later said, "Well it looks new to me." I said thanks.

Meanwhile at the drive through window, the Bistro dude likewise was perplexed by the car and asked me could he view the car for a moment. It was bit awkward while he viewed the car starting from the back to the front. Afterward he asked,

Bistro dude; "Its a Lotus, right?"
Me; "No," I replied, "Its a Pontiac Fiero." He continued,
Bistro dude; "Are you from out of town?"
Me; "No, I'm from here."
Bistro dude; "What, from here?" "Nice car."

While I waited for my drink I noticed the first guy gesturing to another bistro dude. Within a few seconds he too opens the drive throw window and sticks his head out.

Second bistro dude; "Nah, a Pontiac Fiero?"
Me; "Yeah."

He continues to look while he shakes his head in disbelief. I roll out and people sitting outside stare and holler out as I pass them. I was thinking to myself, “Yeah, its time to see #020.”

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #604, 07-29-2008 05:09 AM
      Choptop and friends; Steak n' Shakes



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #605, 07-29-2008 11:22 AM
      Dog Day afternoon; Sunday hanging out after the 6 hrs trip from Pontiac Michigan. Troyboy reviewing the details while Rob is caught relaxing.


#022; just like the old times. #020 and #022 together again.




Big n' beefy 3" Mandrel pipes; No crushed baby size pipes no where to be found on Troy's C7 build.


Where's the 3" beef? It's under Troy's car, hehe.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #606, 07-29-2008 02:19 PM
      Choptops, widebody, and friends @ the 25th.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #607, 07-29-2008 02:35 PM
      Dave (aka Dr CPU) representing the choptops @the 25th.






madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #608, 07-30-2008 12:19 PM
      I got a chance to review some of the details on #022 and I found the LS7 to 100% beautiful sitting inside a Fiero's engine bay.


Nice pipes;

This one of the few "icing" on the cake that made my multi-task trip complete.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #609, 08-11-2008 12:47 AM
      Surely some new stories will be told once this baby get's settled into it's new home !









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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #610, 08-17-2008 12:13 AM
      I've been cruising in #011 around town lately and last Thursday night I stopped to get some petro. As I was gasing up and young lady in her 20's stopped with her younger brother and had a conversation about the car. Strange thing was she was asking all of the questions. The same questions, "Is it a Lotus?" "What year?" and mostly in total shock once I informed her it's a Pontiac. She also liked #020, but had no idea what it was (must be the headlamps, hehe). There was car show on Friday and she wanted to drive it. I said sure. Late Friday night a young clerk thought #011 was a new car.

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #611, 08-19-2008 12:20 PM
      my saw can not wait to get started cutting my car but I am waiting on windows form Archie.
with everything going on at Archies these days it is taking a little time to get them but that is ok.
the saw will have to wait.haha! I will be adding my car to this list very soon!


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #612, 09-08-2008 02:22 AM
      This picture had me tossing and turning all nite !



My new desktop !

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #613, 09-09-2008 03:39 PM
      Hanging out with Dave was great. I got a chance to learn a bit about cigars. We stopped by a cigar shop and toured the various types ranging from $2.50 up to $17.00 per cigar. Dave is also pretty good at editing video too. We also had a chance to talk about rims and wide bodies. I forgot to take a pic, but Archie, Dave, and me went to Giordanos famous Stuffed Pizza. Boy-o-boy that was some good eating.








Ginger had to stay inside the truck.

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #614, 09-18-2008 10:52 AM
      striped and ready to go .Almost! just carpet and the back glass then alot of cutting and welding.
wolud this be Whodeanie #1 or is there an order to the choptop numbers.
I know Archie has numbers for his but I did not know if everyone tracked them that way.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #615, 09-18-2008 12:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

Would this be Whodeanie #1 or is there an order to the choptop numbers. I know Archie has numbers for his but I did not know if everyone tracked them that way.


We (Archie's chop tops) was started for badges to be made, for a uniform order, and to eliminate the need for countless naming of cars and their perspective abbreviations when reference is needed by using a number system (Great Blue Choptop = GBCT= #001).

As for all others (homebrew as it is sometime referred too) there isn't a consistent list or order since most if not all are never completed and if so are sold-off and never heard of again. Jonathan did make a list, but the list isn't approved by those whom have "homebrew" so the number system isn't eched in stone or for that matter- they may not care to be numbered.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F...064559.html#lastpost

 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:

The chop top list keeps getting archived and I can't update it... (Help keep this bumped)

Here is the latest. (pics added below)

Unofficial List - Last Updated 4/5/2008

<<<<ARCHIE CHOP TOPS>>>>>>

001. Great Blue Choptop (GBCT) ....................Aug 1998
002. Purple Pavement Eater (notchback)......... 1998 (Finished at Archie's shop by Archie and NIFE Volunteers)
003. 246 Dino Replica for a guy in Indiana.............. 11-13-98
004. PFF ChopTop ..................................... 11-20-98 (new owner Exoticse 2005)
005. Vasquar ............................................. 9-1-00
006. Steve in Rockford IL..................................... May 2001
007. Stinger .......................................Jan 2002
008. PFF GMGW3 Cary ......................... Sept 2002
009. Gun Metal GT fastback Tacoma Washington ..Oct. 2002
010. PFF Jim's 88 GT Jim Albright ................June 2003
011. Silver Choptop Curley.................. fall 2003
012. Chester's Dirty Rat Rob D............. Oct 2003
013. Black Death - Fierotaz (Leroy) ........... Mar. 2004
014. Proud-1 Jscott1 ................... July 2004
015. Curley's widebody................sept 2004?
016. Dowdian's Sharona..................December 2004?
017. Black 85 Fastback LS1
018. Bob's "SideWider" a.k.a Stinger clone
019. Will-Martin's Formula
020. MadCurl Project #3 (Widebody)
021 New project for V8Archie
022 IMSA Chop top - Troy Boy from New York
023 Dr. CPU from Mississauga, ON, Canada
024 Cornersonrails - Algonquin,Il USA
025 FIEROciousGT (David)- Central, FL


<<<<HOMEBREWED>>>>> In No Particular Order

101) Purple Pavement Eater (PPE) Fastback - Rich Warber 1997
102) Silver Fastback - Sharkman
103) Red 84 5 inch chop - RJones
104) 85? Notchback - F355Spider
105) 88 T-top - Jscott1
106) Orville 1
107) Orville 2
108) ShueGlue737 - targa
109) Midshipman Easy
110) Slickrick 2000?
111) Seth - Yellow 88 quad 4 5-Speed
112) Jordangel - Chopped t-top?
113) joshua riedl - Red Noitchback
114) ShawnKFL - Red Fastback
115) OPM2000 - Red Formula
116) Driven Visions - Notchback
117) 85 SE 4 Cyl 5 Sp Bphotrod from MI
118) Black V8 Notchie from Fierorama
119) 86 Chop top Notchback from Houlton, ME
120) Orville #3
121) JMBishop - Gold fastback -Texas
122) Flyingbob - Fastback from Thunder Bay, ON Canada
123) F355 - Silver Fastback - Texas




whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #616, 09-19-2008 07:59 AM
      well anyway here is # whatever done the way Archie had me do it.
all the measurements came out exact to what I was given. I still need to weld it all together it is just tacked in place for now.
it took about 3 hrs. last night to get this far.




exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #617, 09-19-2008 11:43 AM
     

Whodeanie you are a machine !!

That is nice ! Congratulations.


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #618, 09-21-2008 07:41 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

well anyway here is # whatever done the way Archie had me do it.
all the measurements came out exact to what I was given. I still need to weld it all together it is just tacked in place for now.
it took about 3 hrs. last night to get this far.




If Archie told you how to do the chop, then maybe we should number those choptops as HB#1A (Home Brew # then A for Archie. Since you and I where told how to do them we should start some type of numbering system.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #619, 09-21-2008 08:44 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:


If Archie told you how to do the chop, then maybe we should number those choptops as HB#1A (Home Brew # then A for Archie. Since you and I where told how to do them we should start some type of numbering system.


I agree. If I may add, IMO I think #001B sounds better than "home brew" or HB. It's sounds professional, but then again I'm only offering my suggestion.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #620, 09-22-2008 07:52 AM
      OK I agree. if it is Ok with all parties we will number it #001B
Done!


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #621, 09-22-2008 08:17 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


I agree. If I may add, IMO I think #001B sounds better than "home brew" or HB. It's sounds professional, but then again I'm only offering my suggestion.


Madcurl, I always am open to your opinion and suggestions, good or bad. I guess I have #002B.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #622, 09-22-2008 08:47 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:


Madcurl, I always am open to your opinion and suggestions, good or bad. I guess I have #002B.


PM sent


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #623, 09-26-2008 09:53 AM
      A bit more progress the chassis part is done now the body part.
more f*#$@!& fiberglass!
just kidding it is not that bad.



the car is starting to look the way I wanted it to look.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #624, 09-26-2008 03:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

A bit more progress the chassis part is done now the body part and the car is starting to look the way I wanted it to look




Looking good. This choptop will truly be unique. and I can't until the rims arrive. How many more days is it?


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #625, 09-26-2008 03:25 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Looking good. This choptop will truly be unique. and I can't until the rims arrive. How many more days is it?


You cann't rush perfection


jscott1 MSG #626, 09-27-2008 07:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

A bit more progress the chassis part is done now the body part.
more f*#$@!& fiberglass!
just kidding it is not that bad.


the car is starting to look the way I wanted it to look.


I looks lopsided. Just kidding

It looks awesome. Time for someone to bump the unofficial chop top list.



GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #627, 09-27-2008 10:22 PM
     

Hey guys you think mine looks lopsided? LOL. I took more pics but something happened to them. I also took pics with my angle gauge on the side B pillar, above the window roof top, frt roof top and rear roof top to show that the angles are the same and level. More pics to come. First I have to finish all the welding. So now its choptop #002B .


jscott1 MSG #628, 09-27-2008 10:33 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


I agree. If I may add, IMO I think #001B sounds better than "home brew" or HB. It's sounds professional, but then again I'm only offering my suggestion.


The homebrewed don't have any particular order, but A and B on the Archie system generally means a chop top that went back to Archie for major mods.

Also the pre-existing list already had up to 25 homebrewed, so I'm not sure I understand the above system, but I'm just the creator of the unofficial list,
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/064559.html



GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #629, 09-27-2008 10:45 PM
      The reason why whodeanie and I did it was because the choptops are down per Archie's instructions. I don't know who was the first one to get the instructions but it doesn't matter . I brought all the parts you would need to complete a choptop from Archie. Their are alot of home brew choptops out there that are not fully completed and some that are . Like Orville's , Carlos and Josh's and I love the way they look and came out. I know that mine and whodeanies will be completed do to the fact we both have the tools and talent and the correct procedure on completing them. I'm not putting down any of the other homebrew's but you see them started and then you don't see the finished product. Again I'm not slamming any homebrew's I just wanted to do it right and Archie is the man I went to. Maybe they shouldn't be numbered, I'm just happy to have a choptop.

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jscott1 MSG #630, 09-28-2008 03:08 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:

The reason why whodeanie and I did it was because the choptops are down per Archie's instructions.




Oh okay, I get it...

The numbering is just something that Curley latched onto, but it's going to get confusing real fast when you talk about Choptop 001 with no letter and 001B. I call mine 014B after it went to Archie's the second time. Maybe there should be greek letters involved or maybe hieroglyphics?


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #631, 09-28-2008 08:38 AM
      Just some more pics.



Well back to welding

Joe

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #632, 09-28-2008 09:17 AM
     

Very impressive Joe.

I am really, really looking forward to seeing both yours and whodeanie's choptop at Daytona next year.

Continued success.

Tony


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #633, 09-28-2008 09:54 AM
      Thanks Tony. Is your choptop going to be at Daytona?

jscott1 MSG #634, 09-28-2008 11:23 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:

Thanks Tony. Is your choptop going to be at Daytona?


Good question...Are you even going to have it back in Florida by then?

A little birdie told me about a mini-choptop reunion at D9... I might be able to have mine worthy by then.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #635, 09-28-2008 08:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:

Thanks Tony. Is your choptop going to be at Daytona?


Absolutely,,..it won't be finished by any stretch, but God willing, it will be there for sure !

If we get enough choppers maybe we can convince, YOU KNOW WHO, .... to make an appearance. hehehehe


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #636, 09-28-2008 09:33 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Absolutely,,..it won't be finished by any stretch, but God willing, it will be there for sure !

If we get enough choppers maybe we can convince, YOU KNOW WHO, .... to make an appearance. hehehehe


You know he's the reason I started to go to Daytona. And I've gone the past 3 years and guess who hasn't?

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #637, 09-29-2008 07:44 AM
      looking good godfather the chop looks great now get back to welding! hehe!
the welding is done on mine and I am back on the body.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #638, 10-12-2008 02:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:

Just some more pics.


Well back to welding

Joe



Any updates?


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #639, 10-15-2008 10:00 PM
      I'll take some pic's in the mourning and post them. Fibergalssing is taking alot of time with having to do topside and underneath everything and giving it time to dry before you go to the next step. I think it's starting to take shape. Whodeanie has a headstart on the bodywork but I have my wheels. LOL. Just busting on you Dean.

Joe


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #640, 10-16-2008 08:48 AM
     



I'll post some more later pip is not working right


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #641, 10-16-2008 10:46 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:

I'll take some pic's in the mourning and post them. Fibergalssing is taking alot of time with having to do topside and underneath everything and giving it time to dry before you go to the next step. I think it's starting to take shape. Whodeanie has a headstart on the bodywork but I have my wheels. LOL. Just busting on you Dean.

Joe


My wheels will be here soon enough!
the car is looking great.
I finaly got a chance to work on mine a little last night and was able to get the front in primer so I can see where it needs work. to many colors before to see what was going on.
welding the underside of the roof section was fun, how many times did you burn yourself? I still feal like a pretzle from all the positions I had to get in to weld it all up.
you are catching up to me quick! nice job!



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #642, 10-16-2008 11:30 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:





I'll post some more later pip is not working right


Wow !

Way to go Godfather !! Are those the widebody rockers from Archie or his regular ones ?

Any pictures of the wheels ?


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #643, 10-16-2008 12:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Wow !

Way to go Godfather !! Are those the widebody rockers from Archie or his regular ones ?

Any pictures of the wheels ?


those are widebody rockers the other ones dont slope down at the doors.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #644, 10-16-2008 02:40 PM
      The 7-piece Mad-Arch kit is truly unique. The parts can be made to suit one's own taste allowing the kit to evolve. Although, it’s designed as-is, but a person can tweak it as is seen-fit by Whodeanie’s, and #020. The good news it has a modern and updated Fiero appeal without looking like a Ferrari, Lotus, nor a Lamborghini kit.

GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #645, 10-16-2008 10:14 PM
      As promised some more pics. Thanks Dean and Tony for the compliments. I'll take some better pics of the wheels when I take them off to do more fiberglassing. Yeah Tony they are the widebody rockers from Archie. I don't think I'll catch up to you Dean but its giving me more incentive to work on it as much as possible.




whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #646, 10-20-2008 08:24 AM
      I think you have almost cought me!
I have not been able to work on mine for a while but this weekend it will be thrash time in the shop.
I get all weekend to lock myself in and play!
you do still have a lot of fiberglass work to go. Itchie,Itchie!!!!!!! ha ha!
great job and I am glad you are doing yours the same time as mine we keep each other motivated!


Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #647, 10-20-2008 10:37 AM
      Curly,
I expect to see reports and pictures as you drive from Archie's to Cali in your car!


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #648, 10-20-2008 11:04 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:

Curly,
I expect to see reports and pictures as you drive from Archie's to Cali in your car!


Road trip Pic's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Will-Martin MSG #649, 10-20-2008 12:55 PM
      Update on my choptop -

Sadness...



gunslinger MSG #650, 10-20-2008 01:06 PM
      no shiggity.....................what happened.

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #651, 10-20-2008 02:07 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:

Update on my choptop -

Sadness...



that is not the way to hide weed in your car!

dig that car out and get it back on the road. if not at least a car port or something.



GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #652, 10-20-2008 02:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:

Update on my choptop -

Sadness...



Say it aint so


GKDINC MSG #653, 10-20-2008 07:45 PM
      It's getting there Joe, Keep posting the pic's as things move along.
Good Luck
Gary


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #654, 10-20-2008 09:08 PM
      Thanks Gary. My goal is to have it done for Daytona if all goes well. So far its been smooth sailing.

Joe


85LAMB (linck777@netzero.com) MSG #655, 10-20-2008 10:13 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:

Update on my choptop -

Sadness...


Wow..... I am really sorry about your car....
I hope that you at least took it home.

Just to think that if something like that was to happen to me......... it boils my blood.
When I was growing I remember hearing -----"Every dog has its day" and "what goes around comes around"
I really hope that the "person" responsible for this -------LOYDE------- from FAST FIEROS in Texas gets what he deserves.
I know that he had some personal issues..... but there is no excuse for this.

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Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #656, 10-20-2008 10:46 PM
      [QUOTE]Originally posted by Will-Martin:

Update on my choptop -

Sadness...


Bring it back Will







Archie


jscott1 MSG #657, 10-20-2008 11:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:


Bring it back Will...
Archie


Agreed...sometimes a Choptop that's been left out in the weeds to rot has to go back to Archie for freshening up. Don't ask me how I know that.


Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #658, 10-20-2008 11:26 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


Agreed...sometimes a Choptop that's been left out in the weeds to rot has to go back to Archie for freshening up. Don't ask me how I know that.


What I ment was to bring it back to life.

Don't give up now.

Don't let it die like this.

Any other words that it will take to encourage you to carry on with your dream.

If you bring it here, that's fine. But save it no matter what, don't give up.

Archie

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Will-Martin MSG #659, 10-20-2008 11:27 PM
      Just to reiterate...

Here is the car Loyde has had "in the works" for over 2 years.


Here is a picture of NO $13k LS1/4t65e-HD in my engine bay.


And for those who say I can just pull up with a trailer and take my car home. There is a newly installed fence blocking the back in addition to many cars in the way.


I have no idea what to do. I really want Loyde to finish what we agreed on, and up until a few months ago I really believed he would. I have called, txted, emailed, and even banged on his door several times and left a note to no avail. I have contacted a lawyer and paid him a retainer to start drawing up a lawsuit for legal fees + either the completion of the project as agreed, or the return of my car and my money. We will be filing a non-consensual lien against him within the next 2 weeks. I really don't want to sue Loyde, but at this point, I can't take any chances on losing a $20k+ total investment.

--Will

P.S. I would have taken more pics, but I was pretty upset on finding my car in this condition so I just left.

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Will-Martin MSG #660, 10-20-2008 11:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:


What I ment was to bring it back to life.

Don't give up now.

Don't let it die like this.

Any other words that it will take to encourage you to carry on with your dream.

If you bring it here, that's fine. But save it no matter what, don't give up.

Archie



Thanks Archie, I am still holding out hope!



DIY_Stu MSG #661, 10-21-2008 12:31 AM
      You've got a group of guys here local that are more than willing to help freshen it back up and bring it back to life. I just hate to see it that way. Last time I had seen it it was in front.

I just wish the old group still existed.









If this crew was still building cars we'd be done in NO TIME!

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #662, 10-21-2008 12:34 AM
     

Will,........ i am just speechless.


Falcon Fiero (joelpatton1@comcast.net) MSG #663, 10-21-2008 12:29 PM
      I guess I have missed some the story here?? Why won't he give your car and $$ back, and why does he not respond? So, there was also a fence put up to block you from taking your car back? Seems to me if he had the time to do that....he could have picked up the phone.
Is he like a cat hoarder, but with Fieros or something?


gunslinger MSG #664, 10-21-2008 03:29 PM
      If you have the title get a court order to take ownership of the car or just let us do an OJ on him.

jscott1 MSG #665, 10-21-2008 04:16 PM
      Will, If you just want to talk you can call me. I don't know if I can help, but I've been where you are now and it's a painful journey.

Will-Martin MSG #666, 10-21-2008 07:08 PM
      Its not that I just want the car as I don't think he would sell it or harm it or anything. I just want him to finish the dang thing like I paid him to do.

Fiero Thomas (tom@fieronews.net) MSG #667, 10-21-2008 07:41 PM
      Man it sucks to see the car like that but I am sure at this point that you have no choice but to go the route with the courts. I dont see how he got this far without being sued and to think that when I first got here I was thinking of dropping my car off with him and now I am glad that I did not



jscott1 MSG #668, 10-22-2008 03:39 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Will-Martin:

I just want him to finish the dang thing like I paid him to do.


Will, I'm sure your lawyer is giving you good advice, so you have to be aware that it's very difficult to enforce specific performance as a remedy. In other words, the court is going to find it difficult to force Loyde to work on your car. In cases like this they are probably going to order your car returned and monetary damages in some amount. I'm not a lawyer, but that's the way Judge Judy and the People's Court resolved cases like this.


Will-Martin MSG #669, 10-23-2008 07:48 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


Will, I'm sure your lawyer is giving you good advice, so you have to be aware that it's very difficult to enforce specific performance as a remedy. In other words, the court is going to find it difficult to force Loyde to work on your car. In cases like this they are probably going to order your car returned and monetary damages in some amount. I'm not a lawyer, but that's the way Judge Judy and the People's Court resolved cases like this.


Well I have a very good friend who is a lawyer and he will be handling it if it comes to that. I definately would not want him coming after me for money, I will just say that much.

--Will


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #670, 10-23-2008 12:45 PM
      Lawyer?
you are more forgiving than I would be. fence or not I would go get my car then sue!
all that work and money just rotting in a yard I would be pissed!
get your paperwork for the car and call the police to meet you there so you can get your car out of there.
then get the lawyer to take care of the rest.
I had a person work on one of my cars before and they sold parts off my car while it was there. I got the car out of there and had another mechanic put it back together then sued the first one for all the cost and then some.
people piss me off!
Good luck Will, keep us posted.


Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #671, 10-23-2008 01:18 PM
      Talked to Curly a few minutes ago and he should be leaving Oklahoma City shortly and headed west on I-40 so keep your eyes peeled
We will probably be meeting in Flagstaff AZ for breakfast on Friday morning if anyone is around that area and wants to see the car in person.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #672, 10-23-2008 01:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:

Talked to Curly a few minutes ago and he should be leaving Oklahoma City shortly and headed west on I-40 so keep your eyes peeled
We will probably be meeting in Flagstaff AZ for breakfast on Friday morning if anyone is around that area and wants to see the car in person.



Get pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #673, 10-23-2008 09:16 PM
      I will get pictures. We should be meeting up around 3:00 - 4:00 PM on Friday.

Fiero2m8 MSG #674, 10-23-2008 09:36 PM
      I love the look of choptops - when DrCPU let me sit in Taz at the 25th, I was reminded why I went the Roadster route





Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #675, 10-23-2008 09:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fiero2m8:

I love the look of choptops - when DrCPU let me sit in Taz at the 25th, I was reminded why I went the Roadster route




OH, come-on, you're sitting on a stack of books.

Archie



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #676, 10-24-2008 12:48 AM
     

Any curly sightings along the way ?


pontiackid86 (phllyracer@aol.com) MSG #677, 10-24-2008 02:18 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:


that is not the way to hide weed in your car!

dig that car out and get it back on the road. if not at least a car port or something.

haha thats funny


Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #678, 10-25-2008 02:56 AM
      Well we met up and had a steak and a nice visit at Outback in Flagstaff. Here are a couple of pictures, there will be more posted in the morning.





85duke (benjeminatate@aol.com) MSG #679, 10-26-2008 03:57 AM
      Hey curly there is an outback here in chico and a very good chinese place in sac my treat. lol Still can't wait untill i can see your car.

Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #680, 10-26-2008 06:18 PM
      Nice pics, show us more please.

Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #681, 10-26-2008 06:54 PM
      Here are a couple at the gas station on the way out of town...BTW I averaged 27 mpg on the round trip from Phoenix to Flagstaff





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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #682, 10-26-2008 07:25 PM
      I'm baaaaack!

All is well with #020. No issues with the N* during the 2,800 miles or so. Along the way, I meet many people asking me about #020 and only two or three people knew what it was (because they'd owned a Fiero), but everyone else had no clue. I got plenty of "thumbs-up" while on the road and I took plenty of pictures.

If I may, let me discuss the last phase of my trip (a backwards Seinfeld episodes). I arrived in CA Saturday @ 03:15HRs from Flagstaff, AZ during our brief Super Friends Chop top meet. Meeting up with Leroy was the icing on the cake for he drove 2-hours just to see #020 and I too got a chance to see #013. We took plenty of pics and we even had one person hanging out until I arrived (I got lost trying to find Outback).

After 30 minutes of each other’s car we dinned one some nice juicy filet steaks at Outback’s (later Troy called) and we talked about our next chop top meet. After dinning I followed Leroy for additional picks at the gas station (oh yeah Leroy tail lamps look sweeter at night). During the gas-up the chop tops had a few people eye balling the cars. You can tell that both cars our made from the same kit, but each one uniquely tweaked.

After the "good byes," (20:00Hr) I was off to CA (7-hr trip). I drank a lot of Starbuck's double shot espresso at during my fill-ups (Flagstaff and Barstow). I arrived in TEH @ 03:00HRs and parked #020 next to #015 and #011... sweet! I until 05:00HR and went to bed. I woke up @ 08:00 for my drive to Fresno, CA. Before I took off I stopped for additional shots of espresso at Star back’s. I arrived in Fresno (Saturday) 11:00HR for alarm hook-up and stereo/speakers (I'll post picks later).

The center console worked performed by Kris (The Crew) was easy and to the point w/o issues. John (stereo installer) was pleased with the workmanship. I didn't get the color camera installed cause we were running out of time and the camera they had was "too big" (inside joke). I left Auto Sound Lab Saturday @ 18:00HRs and arrived in TEH @ 21:00HRs. I packed-up #020 for the Bay Area, but I had too much crap to haul so I opt out of driving it. I took off Sunday from TEH @ 05:00HR and arrived in the Bay Area @ 09:00HRs.

I think this was the best decision and it allowed me to reflex on #020 and I think I needed a break after driving nearly 3,000 miles! Besides, I wanted to be incognito mode from here out. Plus I need more clearance using the black out 18s for the fronts. #013 and #020 will meet-up again in NV in two weeks.

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IMSA GT (drumwzrd@comcast.net) MSG #683, 10-26-2008 08:06 PM
      DAMMIT.....I missed it. I was in Topock working at a PG&E site Tue-Thurs. I stopped in Barstow for gas also. If only I was a day or 2 behind schedule

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #684, 10-26-2008 08:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by 85duke:

Hey curly there is an outback here in chico and a very good chinese place in sac my treat. lol Still can't wait untill i can see your car.


I'll have to keep that in mind. I think I'm about a 100 miles from SAC, but I know some of guys here do have some type of Jelly bean run or something, so maybe we'll meet.

 
quote
Originally posted by IMSA GT:

DAMMIT.....I missed it. I was in Topock working at a PG&E site Tue-Thurs. I stopped in Barstow for gas also. If only I was a day or 2 behind schedule



I'll give you a call in a few weeks. Once I get the black 547s rims shipped, I'll be back. Keep the grill warm!

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IMSA GT (drumwzrd@comcast.net) MSG #685, 10-26-2008 08:50 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
I'll give you a call in a few weeks. Once I get the black 547s rims shipped, I'll be back. Keep the grill warm!



The grill has been warmed up for a long time


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #686, 10-26-2008 09:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by IMSA GT:


The grill has been warmed up for a long time


Cool. I need to check your build progress too!
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Any curly sightings along the way ?


Hey Tony, you got mail.


rodneybooth (rbooth@boothframing.com) MSG #687, 10-26-2008 09:13 PM
      #18 resurfaces! It has taken me three years to figure how to post. Well, that and a very busy schedule. I just installed an Archie G6 Kit and have been working on the car steadly. I am embarassed that with all the lurking, I have made under 20 posts. Anyway, i thought some pics were in order.










exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #688, 10-27-2008 02:26 AM
     

Travels of a madman,.... hehehehe !

Madcurl on the road with #20 after leaving Archies.



Curly stopping in Funk Grove, Illinios for a little rest.



Inside.



The view outside.







Will-Martin MSG #689, 10-27-2008 07:26 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:

Well we met up and had a steak and a nice visit at Outback in Flagstaff. Here are a couple of pictures, there will be more posted in the morning.



HOLY COW!!!!!!! Those are two gorgeous cars!!! And to think they both started out with Fiero GT bodies! Great work guys, absolutely amazing.


blakeinspace (blakeinspace@yahoo.com) MSG #690, 10-27-2008 09:53 AM
      I sooooo love the back of Leroy's car...

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #691, 10-27-2008 02:48 PM
      both of the cars look great! I am glad your trip went well with no problmes.
one question.........when are eather of those cars going to see somthing other than hot rod primer? LOL!
I know what Curly's plan is but what about the other?
any Ideas on a color?


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #692, 10-27-2008 04:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

I am glad your trip went well with no problmes.?


I had no issues with the N*, but along the way I had problems with IL hwy right before Funk Grove rest stop (the reason why I stopped in the first place).
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:
When are eather of those cars going to see somthing other than hot rod primer? LOL!
I know what Curly's plan is but what about the other?
any Ideas on a color?


Leroy and I were going over the colors we'd picked and both cars will be painted prior to CTHC IV. #020 (I hope) is headed for paint in November 2008 and Leroy's prior to D9.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #693, 10-28-2008 11:06 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:

I averaged 27 mpg on the round trip from Phoenix to Flagstaff



That's pretty good Leroy. On #020 I averaged 28 mpg @ 77-82 mph.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #694, 10-29-2008 06:55 PM
      More of #20 on the journey home.

Prior to leaving Archie's shop.



#20 at Auto Sound Lab getting the alarm installed.









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rodneybooth (rbooth@boothframing.com) MSG #695, 10-29-2008 08:18 PM
      Lots of thought in this design. Very, very creative and clean and slick. You should be very proud.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #696, 10-29-2008 08:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by rodneybooth:

Lots of thought in this design. Very, very creative and clean and slick. You should be very proud.


Thanks.


Here's Jim88GT making the rounds with #010 at a local car show.










GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #697, 10-29-2008 08:43 PM
     

I just got to say it, that steering wheel has to go.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #698, 10-29-2008 08:49 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:

I just got to say it, that steering wheel has to go.



I packed a MOMO sterring wheel, but the nearest shop that carried a MOMO adapter was two hours away in Chicago and none were for a Fiero.


New Mexico. #020 draws a crowd. The young kid's name is Billy. He asked me if he could sit in the choppper and later he dad asked too. I told him I'll send him a picture of them sitting inside the car, so they gave me their address. Cool.



(Thanks Thomas for resizing).

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blkpearl (bodylinesfitness@cox.net) MSG #699, 10-29-2008 09:20 PM
      I have to give you credit Curly #20 has come together. For awhile now I thought it would not "flow" appropriately, but it has. That car is going to look Beautiful with a paint job. All I can say is nice mods and tastefully done. From the Corvette headlights I'm thinking Red? It would look fantastic in Red.

You really do show some great vision, and deep pockets


Well we have some Fiero's here in San Diego undergoing some massive changes now too. Fhakari's got a widebody kit, and I will next year too. We will need help on 19's and 20's and the choices. So please help with a thread I will start about where to buy wheels starting at 19x11 and up.

You is the man, and I love #13 that's my car in 9 month's but with a dog eared spoiler ala PPeater.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #700, 10-30-2008 11:25 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by blkpearl:

I have to give you credit Curly #20 has come together. For awhile now I thought it would not "flow" appropriately, but it has. That car is going to look Beautiful with a paint job. All I can say is nice mods and tastefully done. From the Corvette headlights I'm thinking Red? It would look fantastic in Red.

You really do show some great vision, and deep pockets


Well we have some Fiero's here in San Diego undergoing some massive changes now too. Fhakari's got a widebody kit, and I will next year too. We will need help on 19's and 20's and the choices. So please help with a thread I will start about where to buy wheels starting at 19x11 and up.

You is the man, and I love #13 that's my car in 9 month's but with a dog eared spoiler ala PPeater.


Thanks for the compliment.

Yeah, no problem with 19/20 combos I'd love to help. Whodeanni and others too have alternative options using 19/20 too.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #701, 10-30-2008 01:33 PM
      At the upper Tip of Texas.

My brief stay in Armarrilo TX. I arrived 20:00Hrs and dinned at Hooter's. I got a hotel and rested for the night in route to Flagstaff. A chilly night stay in TX (high 20's) with frost on the car cover, but no issues with the N*. The defroster worked on que, but upon exiting the parking lot my front nose did "kiss thy earth." After breakfest I was off headed towards New Mexico.




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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #702, 11-01-2008 11:21 AM
      #020 entering AZ;




#020 seen between the legs, hehe. I didn't have time to take a picture of my favorites spot since I was trying to meet-up #013 in Flagstaff.


I finally mailed pictures (copies) to the young kid named "Billy" and his father. During my 3,000 mile exodus I ran into all types of peoples (young and old) with many taking pictures of the choptop. For the most part while getting refreshments I didn't have my camera with me, but people gathered around asking all types of questions.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #703, 11-02-2008 12:14 AM
      Enjoying AZ; continued








whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #704, 11-03-2008 10:00 AM
      Just a quick update of my progress.

see my build for more.
I will have lambo doors & wheels soon.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #705, 11-03-2008 01:01 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

#020 seen between the legs, hehe. I didn't have time to take a picture of my favorites spot since I was trying to meet-up #013 in Flagstaff.




Flashback; #011 several yrs ago.




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #706, 11-05-2008 03:33 AM
      Archie and I hanging out. Discussion... choptops.





whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #707, 11-06-2008 10:09 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:





I'll post some more later pip is not working right



Any new updates? are you getting a set of the VDI hinges also?
pic's ???????????????????


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #708, 11-06-2008 12:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:
Any new updates? are you getting a set of the VDI hinges also?
pic's ???????????????????


Slow moving right now. I'm repairing my 300zx headlights, they where damaged from getting shipped. I should have more pic's and updates after this weekend. I ordered a set of VDI hinges from Archie. Madcurl made me do it. Madcurl feeds our addiction. LOL


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #709, 11-06-2008 12:19 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:


Slow moving right now. I'm repairing my 300zx headlights, they where damaged from getting shipped. I should have more pic's and updates after this weekend. I ordered a set of VDI hinges from Archie. Madcurl made me do it. Madcurl feeds our addiction. LOL


YES HE DOES! he is the kid our parents did not want us playing with. wait a minute we all were! LOL
has he asked you what mirrors you are going to use yet ?
I am still not sure on mine yet. I like the F430 mirrors but I called Ferrari yesterday and they want $2200.00 for the set so I think that is out.
I could just about do the V8 swap for that. I am still looking for other options. I will keep you posted if I find some that I like.
try to post some new pictures after this weekend. I will try to get some more new ones of mine then also. I get all weekend to work on mine so I might make some progress.
D.



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #710, 11-06-2008 01:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:


YES HE DOES! he is the kid our parents did not want us playing with. wait a minute we all were! LOL
has he asked you what mirrors you are going to use yet ?
I am still not sure on mine yet. I like the F430 mirrors but I called Ferrari yesterday and they want $2200.00 for the set so I think that is out.
I could just about do the V8 swap for that. I am still looking for other options. I will keep you posted if I find some that I like.
try to post some new pictures after this weekend. I will try to get some more new ones of mine then also. I get all weekend to work on mine so I might make some progress.
D.


Whodeanie,

If you want the ferrari mirrors go the salvage route ! That is what madcurl did and the set he got was fine, and tremendously cheaper.
Curly has some connections if you need them.

Don't even think about paying retail hehehehe.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #711, 11-06-2008 01:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Whodeanie,

If you want the ferrari mirrors go the salvage route ! That is what madcurl did and the set he got was fine, and tremendously cheaper.
Curly has some connections if you need them.

Don't even think about paying retail hehehehe.



Where have you been ?
I have talked to Curly and he is looking as well.
I talked to Archie yesterday and he said he was going to mount the first set of hinges on you car to get pic's and test them.
he was sick and he said he would be out of town today.
I can't wait to get mine. I sent him the rest of the money this week and he said they would be ready to ship next week.
D.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #712, 11-06-2008 02:12 PM
     

Awesome news ! Can't wait to see my baby with wings !

Sorry i didn't know you had talked with curly about the salvage options.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #713, 11-06-2008 02:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Awesome news ! Can't wait to see my baby with wings !

Sorry i didn't know you had talked with curly about the salvage options.


I didnt mean it like that I was just wondering where you have been !



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #714, 11-07-2008 04:14 AM
      SEMA, SEMA, SEMA!!!


Boy-o-boy was the SEMA a show great! Many new ideas for my next project, but first things first... I need to get #020 painted. Speaking of which, several car confirmed my original color for #020. I'm sticking to the Corvette example on the Mad-Arch thread. As for #015, that too was cleared for take-off. Leroy and I have plenty of pics revolving around tweaking the Fiero (what else did you think we were doing, hehe). I'll post on Friday once I burn a disc. Leroy should be arriving one-hour behind me so he'll most likely post on Friday too.

On another note. Guess who I ran into at SEMA?


JimmyS (imezru1967@hotmail.com) MSG #715, 11-07-2008 04:36 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

SEMA, SEMA, SEMA!!!

On another note. Guess who I ran into at SEMA?


Alex (FieroGTRwideboby)?


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #716, 11-07-2008 06:03 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by JimmyS:


Alex (FieroGTRwideboby)?


No, but he has the fastest car on the forum.


gunslinger MSG #717, 11-07-2008 07:18 AM
      Fiero X

Fiero38SC (jrhaughey@gmail.com) MSG #718, 11-07-2008 08:30 AM
      RRunner?

Fastest straight line or around a track. You must be specific.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #719, 11-07-2008 08:34 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by gunslinger:

Fiero X


Probably Fiero X,...... i thought i remember reading where he said he was going to SEMA also.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #720, 11-07-2008 08:48 PM
      Leroy and I drove to the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Chopper was washed; I was ready to roll.








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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #721, 11-07-2008 08:55 PM
      A lot of ideas for Fiero here... you just have to look very hard for them. One example is Factory 5 company.

Similar to Norm's flipper, but different.



Factory 5 uses the Corvette wiper blade and motor. Everything else is fabrication in house. The wiper only works in 2-speeds (medium and slow).


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #722, 11-07-2008 08:59 PM
      Leroy was eye balling these concept Lexus mirrors made Axis 5 (mis-spelling). I'm not 100% sure if they're legal to use. The tri-angular piece could be fitted for chop tops.




A Fiero owner would love a set of these on his/her ride.



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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #723, 11-08-2008 12:33 AM
      I found a few possible diffusers (if GM survives?)







The 1.5 million dollar car. (pipe dream diffuser, hehe)






American made (it won't break the bank, hehe)

GT40






Edit: add pics

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Falcon Fiero (joelpatton1@comcast.net) MSG #724, 11-08-2008 12:00 PM
      Curley,

Have you contacted Norm for a diffuser? I imagine it would be something he could do.
I am getting one of his dual exhaust diffusers for my Solstice.


HC MSG #725, 11-08-2008 05:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Leroy was eye balling these concept Lexus mirrors made Axis 5 (mis-spelling). I'm not 100% sure if they're legal to use. The tri-angular piece could be fitted for chop tops.



I believe those are cameras... I'm not 100% though.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #726, 11-08-2008 08:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Falcon Fiero:

Curley,

Have you contacted Norm for a diffuser? I imagine it would be something he could do.
I am getting one of his dual exhaust diffusers for my Solstice.


Norm was at SEMA, but I didn't run onto him there. I have an idea for a diffuser, but for the wide-body only. In my mind I think it will work and aid in the over-all flow under the car.
 
quote
Originally posted by HC:


I believe those are cameras... I'm not 100% though.


Yes. It was not functional, but was merly "concept form" only. We were viewing the possibilites on a Choptop Fiero. Granted Jay Leno's EcoTech car had them and his car is CA legal. Granted, we choptop owners can always use the old "stand-bys" hehe.

SEMA show 2008


F430 MIRROR






edit: add pics

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #727, 11-08-2008 10:28 PM
      Possible add-on diffusers for the Mad-Arch wide body kit using the Pont G8.

PONT G8









Hood scoop pics. It's been performed before on a Fiero, but turned around.



Edit: adding pics.

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troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #728, 11-09-2008 09:31 AM
      We need more HRE picks, stop holding out!!

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #729, 11-09-2008 01:06 PM
      While in CA (06:00HR), a CHP cruiser rolled-up behind so I moved over to the slow lane. The officers (two of them inside) came up next to #020, stayed there for a few seconds while the passenger viewed the chopper. As the passenger was with-in view I waved. They then slowed down onto the median and made a U-turn. The incident ended as quickly as they rolled-up behind me.

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #730, 11-11-2008 09:53 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

While in CA (06:00HR), a CHP cruiser rolled-up behind so I moved over to the slow lane. The officers (two of them inside) came up next to #020, stayed there for a few seconds while the passenger viewed the chopper. As the passenger was with-in view I waved. They then slowed down onto the median and made a U-turn. The incident ended as quickly as they rolled-up behind me.


it's always nice when they don't pull you over. when I had my lambo kit I got pulled over 2 times just so they could look at it.
just goes to show you that even cops are car guys. LOL.

nice pic's from SEMA


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #731, 11-11-2008 10:35 PM
      My fiero is a cyclops. Started to rough in passenger side head light and did some fiberglassing on rear bumper.




exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #732, 11-12-2008 12:05 PM
     

Looking good Godfather !

Keep those pics coming !


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #733, 11-12-2008 01:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Looking good Godfather !

Keep those pics coming !


More pic's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the Choptop race is on, who will be the first to get to paint? Godfather or me?
we will find out soon enough I guess.
as long as I am up and running for Daytona all is well.
even if the car is still in primer. LOL



GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #734, 11-12-2008 06:06 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:


More pic's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the Choptop race is on, who will be the first to get to paint? Godfather or me?
we will find out soon enough I guess.
as long as I am up and running for Daytona all is well.
even if the car is still in primer. LOL


No pressure now. I'm hoping for paint by Daytona if not it will be in primer. But the race is on just for fun and motivation.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #735, 11-13-2008 08:32 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:


No pressure now. I'm hoping for paint by Daytona if not it will be in primer. But the race is on just for fun and motivation.


I agree it was just ment as a motivator!


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #736, 11-13-2008 12:05 PM
      I'm always looking for new ideas for the choptops. At the SEMA show I found several one being Factory 5.

Although, #020 uses the 350Z glass so does (now) Factory 5.






While talking to several of Factory 5's reps, they informed me that they're using a glass company that specially makes the 350Z and especially side glass custom made. As you can see, there isn't a window washer hole on the tweaked 350Z glass and that the defroster lines have been removed. Factory 5 also informed me that the original 350Z glass shape is changed a bit. As for how-much I don't know, but either way on my next choptop (using a rear glass) I know where to purchase one. The cost is about $300 or so.

IMO the 350Z rear glass is perhaps the "best" one for a choptop wide body vs. others and Factory 5 has the cash flow to tweak it.

It appears that the EcoJet and Factory 5 share the same front windshield or similar size. Both have the raked chopped flow, but the EcoJet has a flat rear windshield similar other replica Lambo I've seen.




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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #737, 11-13-2008 12:12 PM
      nice find Curly. I like it.
always lots to see at SEMA. I wish I could have gone this year.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #738, 11-13-2008 12:23 PM
      A few choptop chronicles pics from my 3,000 mile trip from Archie's.

The trip ended as quickly as it began, starting with my trip down south to catch a flight from LAX. I stopped by the Bay Areas water supply and at the time it was at a all time low.



Somewhere West on I-40.




At Outback chowing down on some tender juicy steaks


Super Friends mini choptop meet at Flagstaff.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #739, 11-13-2008 01:03 PM
      A few ideas from Jay Leno's EcoJet car using gull-wings. What I found interesting is that the EcoJet doors. The roof cut-outs don't extend nearly as far as the Ford GT doors and that the doors swing up and out of the way (as for rain gutters, well I think you're going to get wet).

The question is; Is it a possibility for such an item installed on choptop? I think the answer is ....yes. As for the rest of the car, I think it's a mixture of retro and modern cars of today (minus the engine). I do think the sail window are nicely done alone with the over-all design, but you can tell that the desingers where borrowing ideas from the past especially the rear side clips (Cadillac wing fins comes to mind).











If you look carefully, you'll notice that there's side cameras installed with-in the fender vents aided by dual screen mounted out on the left and right of the speedo. This is needed since you can't use a rear view mirror. Over-all I thought the EcoJet was a really nice ride.

Edit: spelling errors what else, hehe.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #740, 11-13-2008 02:13 PM
      Front side vents revisted;

Plenty of ideas floating around SEMA, especially for those who want to go wide up front using vents;


MOMO Trek sterring wheel similar to the HRE 547 center pattern.


245/30/20







although, I attempted to perform a side vent on #020 there's still plenty of ideas to tweak from.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #741, 11-13-2008 02:33 PM
      Rear deck/glass revisted for choptops.

The Audi R8 rear side glass vents. I didn't have a ruler with me, but I wish I had. The Ford GT for #020 was a bit too short, but maybe this might do the trick. Interseting that Audi uses the defroster veins on the rear windshield.


Moosler's (mis-spelled) rear carbon hatch too is another unique idea that could be used for a choptop rear hatch instead of the 350Z glass






Edit: additional comments

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #742, 11-13-2008 02:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Front side vents revisted;

Plenty of ideas floating around SEMA, especially for those who want to go wide up front using vents;


245/30/20


this might work for my front end instead of chopping the whole bottom sides off it to widen it.
not the big screen door hole but the bottom lip by the tire and a vent more like the F430


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #743, 11-13-2008 03:01 PM
      Possible new ideas to glean from using a choptop notch back with the C-pillar raked back with an extended sail glass.




Very, very expensive Lambo tail lamps, but they'd look good as notchback replacements

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #744, 11-13-2008 03:15 PM
      [QUOTE]Originally posted by troyboy:

We need more HRE picks, stop holding out!!





GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #745, 11-13-2008 10:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:




Alright madcurl the suspense is kill me, I'm sure Troy too. Your holding back on the pics.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #746, 11-14-2008 06:47 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:


Alright madcurl the suspense is kill me, I'm sure Troy too. Your holding back on the pics.



HRE Carbon Fiber rim. $10k a set. Intended for High-end for Porshes, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners.




From talking to HRE, unlike conventual rims, if you bend the carbon rims, they can't repair them.

HRE 541R BLACK



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #747, 11-15-2008 09:48 PM
      Twice today, I crossed paths with an Audi R8 while driving #020. I saw the Audi with its beautiful multi day lights standing out from the crowd. The driver glanced at #020 as we passed each other going in opposite directions. An hour later, I pulled onto the same road and there he was... right behind me. We both pulled into the turn lane with the Audi on my tail while we waited for the light to turn green.

One minute, two minutes went by as people keep rubber necking the Audi and #020. As I looked at my rear view mirror I could see the driver peeking at the light-up PONTIAC wondering what type of Pontiac (kind of a not so proud moment since I don’t have paint).

A few moments later the light turn green and we continued for about 10-miles with the Audi on my tail. I must say, those Audi driving lights are "SWEET." As we rolled through the slow twisty (traffic's backed-up) I kept eyeballing those sweet running lights and the unique grill. The excitement ended as quickly as it began with no issues. At the junction, the Audi went south and I continued west.

Later on at Big Slice Pizza joint, I parked #020 along side the road and walked in for a slice. As I came back, two guys were waiting to asks some questions, you know the usual, "what is it, is that a V8, how did it fit inside." One of the guys was quite surprised that a V8 could fit inside the back without issues. I told him, "Yeah, they fit LS7's in the back," and on that note, I started the N* up and left.

Oh yeah, the guy asked, "Is my car a custom job?" Yep.
Sorry, I looked too dorky trying to take pics.

Edit: I can't spell, hehe.

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jscott1 MSG #748, 11-16-2008 11:27 AM
      Who is going to be the first to do 15.5" brakes?? (ZR1)



Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #749, 11-16-2008 12:04 PM
      Curley and I were talking about that at Sema, but they just over power the wheels. They look better in the pictures then they do in person. IMHO

GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #750, 11-16-2008 06:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:

Curley and I were talking about that at Sema, but they just over power the wheels. They look better in the pictures then they do in person. IMHO


I agree. Could almost pass a brake pad dust shield.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #751, 11-16-2008 07:56 PM
      A bright sunny day in CA.

Once again, #020 draws a crowd this time while at the gas station. A couple in a blue Porsche Turbo was backing up from the gas/store, but they made a U-turn to check out the chopper while my wings up during the fill-up. Right after that, a group of bikers (men and women) pulled in behind me. The first female biker shouted, "Nice car" while the other congregated near their pump, but I could barely hear them due to the roar of their engines.

However, after it quieted down I over heard one of the women say something regarding her 300Z and the similarities between the two. Apparently, the 300Z owner knew it was a Fiero when I commented that it's a 20 yr old car when she said, "Yeah you've taken good care of this car and I love your wheels."

While at Wing Fat Chinese restaurant I got the usual "snap that neck" from passer-byes like Porsche drivers and those import kids. Even one of the cooks came out of the kitchen, put his arms on his hips and stare until I pulled off. I was parked along side the road so I made sure my drivers side mirror was folded, hehe. An old guy (maybe 70+ yrs old) stared several minutes while I waited for my food as he scratched his head trying to figure out what it was.


Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #752, 11-16-2008 08:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
. Interseting that Audi uses the defroster veins on the rear windshield.



If I'd have to venture a guess: Some law in some crazy state or country requirers that "cars be equipped with an electric rear window defroster", or something to that act. While vehicle laws have good intentions, some of them are draconian and don't necessarily make sense in all cases. It's a "check box" kind of thing: "Rear defroster - check."

Heck, Tesla had to smash up a roadster prototype (by hitting it at 60mph) and flip it upside down just to prove that no electrolyte is leaking. (Weird CA law in case parked/stranded cars in the emergency lane get rear ended on the freeway by an inattentive driver.) Needless to say, no electrolyte leaked out. - Which they knew ahead of the test. - mostly because electrolyte in Li-Ion batteries is NOT liquid.

Madcurl, did you take any pictures of Jay Leno's EcoJet interior? Dash, etc?
Did you figure out where the LED's are for the Audi R8's accent lighting?



Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #753, 11-16-2008 08:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Here's Jim88GT making the rounds with #010 at a local car show.




Are these "Fieroaddiction 13" Wilwood kit" big brakes?


Jim88GT (choptop88@verizon.net) MSG #754, 11-16-2008 09:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Austrian Import:


Are these "Fieroaddiction 13" Wilwood kit" big brakes?


Yes - got the 13" package from Held a couple years back.

Jim


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #755, 11-16-2008 09:16 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Austrian Import:


If I'd have to venture a guess: Some law in some crazy state or country requirers that "cars be equipped with an electric rear window defroster", or something to that act. While vehicle laws have good intentions, some of them are draconian and don't necessarily make sense in all cases. It's a "check box" kind of thing: "Rear defroster - check."

Madcurl, did you take any pictures of Jay Leno's EcoJet interior? Dash, etc?
Did you figure out where the LED's are for the Audi R8's accent lighting?



According to pass conversations regarding the defroster, in NY it is required , but not in CA.

Sorry, I took pleny of pics, but only a few of the interior. I'll post them on Monday.

As for the Audi; I didn't take any accent pics of the Audi lighting.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #756, 11-18-2008 02:57 AM
      I roll down to LAX in #020 today. Right after Gilroy, I was tired so I stop for a quick rest and a shot of Double Expresso. Well, 30-minutes later, I was finally able to leave.

I parked #020 well away from the main entrance and at a angle too, but as soon as I down the expresso.. two truck drivers got out of their rigs and headed my way. One guy asked me if my car was a 300Z, I said, "No. It's a Fiero." That quickly prompted the next driver to come closer to inspect the car.

Both truckers couldn't believe it was a Fiero. 30-minutes later the guy wanted the shops # who performed the work. I think what caught their eyes was the front clip and another guy was the rear clip. They all mentioned that the car is truly a one-off and he wanted one... seriously!!! Good thing I was wearing the V8Archie T-shirt. The truckers quickly got back into their trucks and searched for the website. The truckers were from NJ.

200-miles later, I was leaving Panda's Express when a Father and daughter approached me as I entered the car. Yes. another 15-minutes later I was on my way. Oh yeah, while I was eating (eyeballing my car) several people from Jamba Juice walked over to the car (one was a girl). One guy stopped, exited the car and starred at it for a few minutes.

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #757, 11-18-2008 08:10 AM
      that's what happens when you have a custom.
going to the store takes you 2hrs to run in and grab milk. but that is all part of it if you want to drive it.
at one point every car, truck, and motorcycle was a custom and I had to sell the truck so I could buy a new stock one to have somthing I
could drive without everyone stoping to talk to me. not that I don't like it but I needed to get some work done!


Godfather, any updates?

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #758, 11-21-2008 04:24 PM
      I was being followed yesterday for nearly 4-miles. I exited the freeway he exited the freeway. I made a left turn he made a left. I turn into the gas station; you guess it- he turns into the station. A young guy maybe in his late 20s or early 30s immediately asked, "Is that a Pontiac"? The guy couldn't believe his own eyes especially the front end. He wanted to know where he could buy one just like mine. I was wearing the V8Archie T-shirt so that saved some minutes cause I was in a hurry.

A lady in her late 20s asked was it a Ferrari. She was shocked when I informed her it’s a 21- yr old Fiero. I left her with her jaw hanging. Two construction workers walking into a Quickie Mart store asked if the car was a Fiero. They walked over to see if I was lying, hehe. I’ve been ordered (by cousin) to show-up at grandmas has for visuals.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #759, 11-23-2008 01:32 PM
      #020 chronicles;

Okay, on my way to the local Safeway store (@ 00:45HR to avoid the crowds in the day time), I saw four or five squad cars parked at the 7-11 in town. I normally, coast in @ 35mph quietly w/o attracting to much attention... oh well too late. Apparently one of the officer needed to check-out the ride, so after I parked and went inside the store one of the P.D. officers was checking #020 out while I was inside. No biggie since many of the officers know my cars, and me but #020 it's been three years.

As I walked out, the squad car was driving away, but I didn't know where he'd had gone so made sure to stop at those silly stop signs at each and every corner in the parking lot. After a couple corners and stops there was the squad car parked near the exit. Yeah, he viewed #020 as I slowly passed him and while at the red light he made a U-turn to take one last look. I was a little bit worried since I'm still waiting on GM to send me the side lamp pigtails.

On Saturday (yesterday), a white Ferrari 430 was heading the opposite way. He and his rider were caught eyeballing the ride. I'm sure they had no idea what it was I was driving, based upon a few comments from others on town regarding the front end. One of the young guys who drive a supped-up Dodge Neon said the same thing today while at Starbucks.

The Neon driver knows me and commented that the front end looks like a Lotus and that he like the look of the car.....cool. He went onto say that the car is way different than the others and asked was it a kit? Well, you know that takes some explanation so I kept it simple... "Yes. It's a kit."

While in Bakersfield, CA getting back onto the freeway two homeless guys stopped what they we're doing and started eyeballed the car until the light turned green. It was kind of funny seeing them drop the signs and forget about panhandling, hehe. Prior to that I was at a drug store and several guys circled my ride and then parked to check it out to which another driver did the same. Keep in mind I parked well away from the main entrance with no other cars near bye so it was odd seeing these guys parked near #020 with all of that available parking. Anyway, I didn't have time to talk 30-minutes so I was gone.

The next day I was parked at a restaurant (on the street again) with the outside mirror folded. After I ordered one guy was standing for the entire time it took to pick-up my take-out dinner. I'm just there starring through the big window making sure nothing happens. 15-minutes later he was still there waiting for me. He knew the car was a Pontiac (tail lamps dead give-away), but was confused at that point. I quickly cleared the confusion and he too later said, he thought it was some type of Lotus/Pontiac, but was totally baffled.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #760, 11-24-2008 02:46 AM
      Today, I came across a sweet tomato red Viper convertible. We passed each other twice during the 8-mile run. I caught him peeking at number #020 while trying to figure out what type of car I was driving so, I got in front of him showing off the PONTIAC tail lamps, hehe.

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blakeinspace (blakeinspace@yahoo.com) MSG #761, 11-24-2008 11:46 AM
     

glad you took the time to explain that one...
There for a second I thought it was that ridiculous 'GM Mark of Excellence' badge or somesuch...


Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #762, 11-24-2008 01:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Austrian Import:
Madcurl, did you take any pictures of Jay Leno's EcoJet interior? Dash, etc?


Not sure if Curley took any more of the interior, but here are a couple I took...





whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #763, 11-24-2008 02:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fierotaz:



you would think they could have put the box somewhere else. not inside of the car at a show. LOL
that is like throwing the dirty rags on the flor behind the front seat because you don't think people will see them there.


Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #764, 11-24-2008 07:53 PM
      I like the interior. Very functional, and clean looking. I see Jay Leno likes Alcantara as well. (seems to be much in style lately. - Maybe it's because the newer batches are durable, unlike Alcantara of years past.)

The EcoJet dash reminds me a bit of the upcoming Lotus Evora's.

(2+2 seats mid-engined (engine behind driver))

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #765, 11-25-2008 12:26 PM
      Sunday night 00:45HR.Bambi, Rudolph, and the Arch Rival.

There I was traveling on the twisting and there I see Bambi and friends foraging near an opening along side the highway. I’ve been traveling this hwy for quiet some time so I’m aware of the areas where they like to come-out late at night, so before I traveled up the hill I took the car out of over drive and stepped down a gear allowing the engine to rev higher thereby alerting Bambi.

Bambi saw me and so too her companion, but the question is…..will they dart out in front of me? As usual I was a bit cautious during my approach, Bambi raised her head and then as if there was some type of agreement between animal and machine she continued to foraging. Okay, coast is cleared, right? NO.

As I was entering town, Rudolph (you know, the one with the red nose) was trotting in the middle of the road! To my surprise Rudolph turned his head (as if to comically jester) “I see you coming, but you’re okay to pass me on my right.” So, that’s just what I did. I swerved a bit to the right and passed while Rudolph continued trotting on the double yellow line. So far, #020's nose is okay.

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #766, 11-26-2008 10:10 AM
      Godfather, any updates?
as far as mine I got the hinges on, my wheels will be here tuesday, and a friend picked me up a set of Hela Ferrari horns.
after turky day I will have 3 days to play with my car. maybe I will get something done for a change.


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #767, 11-28-2008 09:03 PM
      Still working on the 300zx headlights. The lights are mounted I just got to figure out away to mount the hood hinges. It's got me baffled. Got my vdi hinges from Archie, I might take a break and install them and then go back to the hood. I won't be able to do anything till next week. Other projects to finish this weekend.

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #768, 12-01-2008 10:42 AM
      Christmas came early for me! look what just came today


I will test fit them tonight when I get home to make sure all is good before I have the tires mounted.
also I took some pics of the car outside and posted them on my thread.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #769, 12-01-2008 06:37 PM
      Anxiously awaiting the test fitting pics !

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #770, 12-02-2008 09:26 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:


Anxitously awaiting the test fitting pics !


they are posted on my build thread now!




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #771, 12-03-2008 02:08 PM
      Dells 2007; Hanging out with wide body friends.



Hmm. I wonder what my car would look like with a Mad-Arch kit?







Leroy thinking....hmm? Boy, I'd sure like a wide body, but if something were to happen along the way home..... like




Look what we've created. Troy's car is going home and Curley's is about finished. Yeah, we're done.

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fieroboom (fieroboom@gmail.com) MSG #772, 12-03-2008 02:44 PM
      Is a chop-in-progress ok?
I'm a little unorthodox, but it is being chopped... along with a metric crapton of other mods...
In the first image, I was using masking tape & some trigonometry to determine a fairly exact rake angle & angle difference with a given drop measurement (ie, 3" chop, or 2", etc).
Second image is my desired finished roofline in masking tape.
The other 3 images are post-chop. I went with 2" because I'm 6'4"...













Daredevil05 MSG #773, 12-03-2008 07:55 PM
      Good luck on your chop fieroboom. If everything works out for me during the winter I'll be doing mine in late spring. Can't wait.

Dave


joshua riedl MSG #774, 12-03-2008 08:19 PM
      fieroboom, if you cut your b-pillar at an angle so it ends up at the top of your door you will have an a better angle for your windows. It's just something I wasn't happy with on my first chop and corrected on the second one.

fieroboom (fieroboom@gmail.com) MSG #775, 12-03-2008 08:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Daredevil05:

Good luck on your chop fieroboom. If everything works out for me during the winter I'll be doing mine in late spring. Can't wait.

Dave


Thanks! Check out my site in my sig above if you wanna see the progress. I didn't wanna start a build thread cuz I'm not really doing anything interesting yet... at least I'm not sure if it'd be interesting to anyone.


fieroboom (fieroboom@gmail.com) MSG #776, 12-03-2008 08:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by joshua riedl:

fieroboom, if you cut your b-pillar at an angle so it ends up at the top of your door you will have an a better angle for your windows. It's just something I wasn't happy with on my first chop and corrected on the second one.


Well, if you look at my drawings, the B-pillars don't exist really... They'll be shaved back, the top of the door extended back, and a roll bar will come up basically across the firewall, because it's going to be a removable hardtop, like the image below. It's gonna suck getting door glass, but I'll cross that bridge later...



GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #777, 12-03-2008 10:29 PM
      fieroboom, I noticed you have your doors off. Do you have the car supported in the center? With all the cutting your doing you don't want anything throwing your measurements off. Looks like you got a good start.
Joe


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #778, 12-03-2008 11:17 PM
      More good time pics from the Dells 2007;







fieroboom (fieroboom@gmail.com) MSG #779, 12-04-2008 11:15 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:

fieroboom, I noticed you have your doors off. Do you have the car supported in the center? With all the cutting your doing you don't want anything throwing your measurements off. Looks like you got a good start.
Joe


Yeah, it's not seeable in the images, but there are a few blocks of wood under the car at all four corners and in the center. It's the best I could do for a jig, and it seems to be working ok so far. Thanks for the props
So far, everything is laying out exactly as I expected it to, which is kinda starting to scare me... because if everything goes perfect to begin with, then it usually means a larger disaster later... at least for me anyway Oh well, pluggin away!


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #780, 12-04-2008 12:50 PM
     

Boom

From one chopper to another, good luck on the project !

You really should start a build thread, most would love to follow the progress.

BTW there seems to be a few rust issues, how do you plan to address those ?


fieroboom (fieroboom@gmail.com) MSG #781, 12-04-2008 01:08 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Boom

From one chopper to another, good luck on the project !

You really should start a build thread, most would love to follow the progress.

BTW there seems to be a few rust issues, how do you plan to address those ?


Thread started... *should* be in my sig...



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #782, 12-07-2008 02:15 AM
     

jscott1,

There should be some good stories after that 100 mile jaunt in the new shoes !


jscott1 MSG #783, 12-07-2008 11:15 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
jscott1,

There should be some good stories after that 100 mile jaunt in the new shoes !


Not too much to report...but a crowd does tend form around a chop top



madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #784, 12-07-2008 03:01 PM
      The Mad-Arch Christmas Poem
By madcurl

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through my V8 house, not a stock Fiero was stirring, not evens a mouse. Chop-tops were parked, in the garage with care, in hopes of Curley T, would soon be there.

The children were nestled; parked in their beds, while visions of chop-top chronicles, dance in my head. So with a flick of my wrist my doors started to lift, for I knew then, that this sleigh ride couldn’t be old St. Nicks.

As I sat in the seat and turn the key, the V8 started to whistle, while prancing at my feet. My eyes- they twinkled, for all my cars are tweaked! I shouted out a cry, "oh-damn this must be sweet!

Now Eleven! Now, fifth-teen! Now twenty! All were there. Each one sitting on 20's, with chrome rims popping everywhere. So fill your stockings, for the Mad-Arch kit is sweet, for now there's no need for any stock Fiero to become weak!

As I end this poem, for those who may seek. I give you this fare warning, for those who may weep. Make sure to tweak, and to call V8Archie next week.

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #785, 12-11-2008 05:48 PM
     

Awful quiet on the chronicle front.


troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #786, 12-11-2008 07:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Awful quiet on the chronicle front.


yah, someone needs to get thier car back to FL...........


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #787, 12-11-2008 08:36 PM
      I'll owe Jscott a dinner if Tony get #004 at D9. If not, it's gonna be good eating at Outbacks, right Jscott?

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #788, 12-14-2008 01:32 PM
     
At the banquet the two ends of the Fiero spectrum met..."Friends don't let Friends drive stock" versus "Factory stock...the way God intended"

(sorry it's out of focus)


jscott1 MSG #789, 12-15-2008 01:51 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

I'll owe Jscott a dinner if Tony get #004 at D9. If not, it's gonna be good eating at Outbacks, right Jscott?


It will be amazing if #004 can even make it back to Florida... What's the deal Tony??


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #790, 12-16-2008 03:51 AM
      Guess whose coming to dinner? Leroy. We had good time chatting about our chop tops and what's in store for 2009. From the discussion I think Tony will need to step-up to the plate for D9. Due to limited time and painting-#013 and #020 will not attend the show. Dean, Godfather, Demancheo, and possibly JScott will have to represent the chop tops.

Leroy and I hung out at Outbacks in San Jose, CA. After dinner I was on my way down to southern CA and caught snow around 2300 feet. Good thing I wasn't driving on the morbidly phat 305s chop top tires.

I guess this is my first snowing for 2008, cool!



House and driveway covered in snow. I had to get a running start to get into my drive way.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #791, 12-16-2008 07:23 PM
      Next day everything is all-good, except for the weather. It's 40 degrees outside.


#011, #015, & #020




exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #792, 12-16-2008 08:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

Next day everything is all-good, except for the weather. It's 40 degrees outside.


#011, #015, & #020



That is one sick garage ! hehehe

Daylight, daylight,...roll 'em out !


Fierotaz (hotrodding@cox.net) MSG #793, 01-06-2009 07:55 PM
      I took #13 over to the pontiac dealer to get my tires filled with Nitrogen and you should have seen the smile on the techs face when he drove my car back up to the drive. There were some guys on a balcony that started yelling down questions about the car and we ended up talking for about 20 minutes.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #794, 01-17-2009 08:42 PM
      I got a few looks this week. I accidently rode the emergency brakes going down the hwy for about 1/4 mile, so when I pulled over smoke was billowing from the back (the rotors wasn't a flaming red). It was totally my fault since the gage indictated that the brakes was on.... duh! The technician locked the emegency brakes thinking #020 was a stick. I've only used my emergency when my car is parked up or down a hill.... it's a automatic.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #795, 01-20-2009 02:39 PM
      I took #020 out for a spin and during so I snapped a few necks. The car receives many stares in and around the city and an I got a "thumbs-up" from a sports biker while I was stuck in traffic. Today a couple of delivery guys spotted me getting out of the chopper and asked me if it's a Fiero? I happily said, "Yes." He smiled and said it looked really good. On Sunday, a 2003-04 Corvette driver decided to test what I had under the trunk during a 6% grade going up hill... that was fun.

I'm digging the chrome plenum and I can't wait to "pop" the rest of the engine parts. The chrome plenum was a bit dirt dirty from the road dirt coming from under the car and towards to the vents. I used a wet cloth and wiped- followed by a semi dry cloth. The platting is holding-up and hasn't flaked or cracked from the heat of the N*. I sent a few items to Unique Chrome for platting.


Reason #2 for getting a 350Z glass…. To add some “pop to your chop.”

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #796, 01-23-2009 12:59 PM
     

The neighbors must think i am crazy.


Fiero Owner MSG #797, 01-23-2009 02:26 PM
      So madcurl, if the engine cover gets dirty from driving for a bit, does the window get very dirty after driving for a while too?

exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #798, 01-23-2009 03:29 PM
      THEY START YOUNG:

Drying the chopper off after rinsing off all the dirt and two little figures sheepishly approach the end of my driveway. They say nothing to me, but talk amongst themselves:

Neighbor boy 1: Wowwwwww

Neighbor boy2: Whispers something inaudible

Neighbor boy 1 Responds in kind.

Neighbor boy 2: yelps i know what it is,...that is a lamborghini !!

Neighbor boy 1 No it isn't !!

They then proceed to scurry off, one on a bike the other on foot arguing the whole way.

Mind you these kids were like 7 years old,...how the heck do they know about lamborghinis ???

I guess it didn't hurt that i had the passenger side lambo door in the air hehehehehe

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #799, 01-23-2009 03:45 PM
     

CHOPTOP EFFECT !

It's kind of funny that the first time i get to experience #4's " choptop effect " on people, that i am not even the one behind the wheel.

This morning AM/PM car carriers dropped my car off at a local shopping mall, because the double decker hauler needed a lot of room to unload. From there the truck driver drove the fiero and followed me in my other car back to my house, and i in return drove him back to his truck.

While he was behind me i could look in my side and rear view mirrors, and out the drivers window and watch the response of other drivers. Talk about Wow !

People were slowing down going the opposite direction, , riding beside the car, and pretty much doing anything to get a glimpse.

This is going to be fun !


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #800, 01-23-2009 04:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Fiero Owner:

So madcurl, if the engine cover gets dirty from driving for a bit, does the window get very dirty after driving for a while too?


Just the back window and the trunk lid (metal lid just below the lower portion of the 350Z glass). Hindsight, it would've been better to allow for a vent that way air could flow through this area.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #801, 01-24-2009 08:28 PM
      A brief conversation with someone of the street today regarding #020. Apparently he knew at V8Archie, but didn't know exactly what's is and what isn't involved with the Mad-Arch kit. I only took a few minutes for I had to go to work, but I think he liked the kit and I showed him the details of what your getting. As always, you don't get what you see and I have to let him know that the glass, nose and a few body mods are different.

He also wanted to know about the engine and what type V8Archie installs.... which was a bit strange. Anyway, I told him Archie only installs chevy V8s, but you can put what you want in the back. I guess seeing the the N* threw him for a loop? Anyway, a good 5-minute conversation and I was off to work with pizza in tow, hehe.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #802, 01-25-2009 10:35 PM
     
Some goodies i recieved along with my choptop. Thanks Archie.



One T-shirt for me and one for the girlfriend, plus a pictorial CD detailing all the work done by Archie and crew on #4


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #803, 01-26-2009 03:31 PM
      Just for perspective the community mailbox for my street is directly in front of my house.


Mailman - Yells from his truck " Heyyyyyy is that a Pontiac " ?

Me - Yes.

He then jumps out of his truck and comes over to the car where i just finished vacumming with the music bumping.

Mailman - " a pontiac fiero ??! "

Me - (Thinks well at least he got it right first time out of the gate) "Yes"

Mailman - Wow what year ?

Me - 85

MM - i haven't seen one of these in a long time ,..does it run ?

Me - Certianly

He then began to fire off a zillion questions about the car, the engine being a 4 cylinder ( i corrected him, v-6), and the chop. He noticed it was low, but couldn't figure out why. i told him about the CFF fiero club and about how others on Pennocks do vette engines, northstars, and 3800 engines.

The lambo doors kind of really caught his eye. i showed him some pictures i had on hand of the widebody kit i want to install.
He seemed quite excited by the whole encounter and said he was anxious to see it when i was finished.

Right before he left he remembered that there is a young girl with a nice red fiero on one of his nearby routes.
I think the car is burgandy cause i remember seeing a girl about a year or so ago driving a very nice, almost new looking, notchie in my area, but i have never seen it since.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #804, 01-26-2009 03:44 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

Just for perspective the community mailbox for my street is directly in front of my house.



Wait until #004 hits the streets. You'll get plenty of comments. Some people will guess it right while others won't.


Today, while at Starbucks a young guy (maybe 20-21 yrs old) asked about #020's nice exhaust sound. He peep'd me coming in town late at night while the import kids hang out at the local 7-11 store viewing each others cars. Me-coming off a small hill, I down shifted to reduce the speed to 35mph and the rumble of the N* perked their ears. He asked what type of exhaust system, but I had to tell him, "it's not your off the shelf system," but is a custom unit using various components." The young guy owns a sleek looking SRT Neon.


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #805, 01-27-2009 01:33 PM
      Pulled the car out so I can clean up my garage. I layed the panels on so I can get some pics. All of the major fiberglassing is done just have to do body filler and make the seams match then primer.




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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #806, 01-27-2009 02:56 PM
      Coming along nicely Godfather. I notice your going for a different type of headlamp system... is it the 300Z? Do you think your car will be painted by D9 show?

GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #807, 01-27-2009 04:43 PM
      I hope to have it in primer by D9. I want to drive it before paint because I still need some more idea's on side markers and rear tail lights. And yeah 300zx headlights will be installed. I haven't been doing much body work on it since the temp. been in the 50's but its starting to warm up so I hope to make some head way in the next couple of weeks.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #808, 02-01-2009 12:24 AM
      I drove #020 late last night 2am. A squad car was parked in the dark at the corner and he heard something that sound like a V8.... so he followed me.

I turn off and entered a shopping center to unload my DVDs from Blockbuster and get some cash from the local ATM. However, the officer kept on going, but quickly at the light made a u-turn and entered the parking lot blocking #020.

During which I exited #020 and was walking towards the ATM and he got out and asked could he check out my car (not investigating), but to look at the car (good thing I don't smoke the Chronic).

I got my cash from the ATM, dropped the DVDs in the drop box, and walked over to #020. The first thing the officer said, "So what was the original car and what is it now?"

Okay, 10-15 minutes later the officer was some what puzzled for I explaned that ever body mod is actually a original Fiero part, but pulled out from the car or re-arranged. It was complete silence for a few seconds while he took in the information.

I continued to point out other parts that aren't Fiero, but the last thing that intriged the officer was, "it's a Fiero and Fieros don't have V8s." He saw he N* sittin pretty thus additional minutes went bye.

The officer took a cell phone picture and asked who did the work..... He never knew that the car was chopped nor did he mention that something (other than body modification) the roof was changed or odd.

edit: I can't spell.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #809, 02-01-2009 12:31 AM
      While on hwy 58 entering Bakersfield, CA a group of kids (teenagers) passed me, but soon slowed down to check out #020. A girl in the back seat lowered her window and gave me the . I honked my horn and we split in different directions.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #810, 02-05-2009 07:02 PM
      During a U-turn today on my way from lunch, a young officer name Beal followed me to work 2-blocks away. I parked and he pulled up next to me. Most of the local cops are pretty cool and had seen the car in town while coming in late at night or in the morning at the local Starbucks.

Officer: What type of car is that?
Me: A 25-yr old Pontiac Fiero.
Officer: What!!!

15-minutes later the officer knew everything about the car and he was amazed as-to all the little details and parts. Keep in mind, people were staring while we talked and some even honked there horns. He agreed with my reason for leaving the “PONTIAC” tail lamps because by running my plates the car would be in question (tags/plates). Anyway, a cool guy who just wanted to know what type of car it was.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #811, 02-22-2009 11:11 PM
      Any updates?




GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #812, 02-23-2009 07:15 AM
      Just finishing up on the bodywork from the windshield back. I'll be consentrating on the frt next week.

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #813, 02-23-2009 12:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:

Just finishing up on the bodywork from the windshield back. I'll be consentrating on the frt next week.


Sounds good (don't forget the pics).

side note; driving #020 over the weekend- I parked at the local pizza joint. A women who saw me getting out of the chopper asked, "Where's the local strip club?" I chuckled for a moment (trying to hold-back from laughing out loud)- I told her, "I have no idea" but instead focused on the three girls getting out of their Lexus wearing a micro mini dress. Next door to the pizza joint; there's a club/bar/band that mainly serves 21-25-ish youngins.


#020; driving during heavy rains in CA.

No problems. No over-heating issues, venting okay, with little water inside the engine compartment (due to the 350 side vents). I have notice water shoting from underneath the car onto the passenger side (where the battery used to be), but only little droplites and during heavy down pores. Having glass in the back is great- you can see potential problems before they start.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #814, 02-23-2009 02:05 PM
      looking great Godfather!
you have passed me up. I will get mine going again as soon as people start getting back to work and building again.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #815, 02-25-2009 03:58 AM
      Today was a very good day. The weather was pretty good for garage tweaking, so I decided to started the day where I left off (last week) on #020 driver's side dash and it's my final phase prior to the stereo shop. Measure, cut, fiberglass- walk away come back in 1-hour, repeat.... boring. I decided (while fiberglass was drying) to get started on #015 air intake. The 4.6 has a 3.5" throttle body and I think I'll need a 35% turn, a 5" straight pipe and another 35% out towards the side vents. I cheated using PVC pipe from the hardware store as a tool prior to buying the chrome tubing.



out with the old;



I'll need to order a K&N air filter.
Side note: Monday night I stopped off at a local gas station. A guy name Roy (some type of producer/director) come over to ask about #020. Roy thought it was a Fiero, but wasn't sure (gotta love the tail lamps). He saw me pass him on the freeway and it just so happened we both stop at the same place. 15-minutes later he know all about V8Archie and the Mad-Arch widebody kit. He didn't know the car was chopped. He gave me his business card and told me to give him a call once the car is finished.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #816, 03-04-2009 12:43 PM
      Due to having too much fun driving the chopper, I decided to park #020 and take a brief rest and enjoy the quiet sound of the Eclipse's 4-banger engine and it's incogitoness. Besides, I need to check out some rims I wanted to buy and I don't want to dude to see my car and then decide to jack-up the price. Also, GM parts department still hasn't delivered those side marker lamp wires. I think he's stalling.

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #817, 03-05-2009 10:38 PM
     

I want one !!

Got the chance to see Fierocious GT's widebody choptop in person today and WOW !!!

This thing is going to definatly snap some necks. The new wheels really, really set it off !

Sorry no pics yet,..but soon hopefully. Congratulations Dave.


timcha (jtchambers37@yahoo.com) MSG #818, 03-14-2009 11:04 AM
      Question........with all of these works of art, I don't see any t-top chops........has anyone ever seen or done one? Is it possible? If so, I would love (when finances allow) to chop my beloved 86 GT.

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #819, 03-20-2009 08:09 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by timcha:

Question........with all of these works of art, I don't see any t-top chops........has anyone ever seen or done one? Is it possible? If so, I would love (when finances allow) to chop my beloved 86 GT.


T tops? dont chop it! anything can be done but someone here tried it and I don't think it worked out well.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #820, 03-20-2009 12:27 PM
      the Chronicals continue,
I am back to work on the car now after about 3 months of not doing anything to it because of funds and time.
but I have a little of both again. I have been posting in my build again and hope to have way more to post by next monday.
for now I just wanted to post this teaser for the pic's to come monday!


Tony Kania MSG #821, 03-20-2009 12:31 PM
      You are going to love those tires. I have those, allbeit in a different size. They are quite sticky on our light weight cars. There is a bit of tireslap on the highway, but then again, these aren't luxury cars. The grip is completely tenacious!

Edit: The wheels are pretty nice also.


jscott1 MSG #822, 03-20-2009 12:33 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:


T tops? dont chop it! anything can be done but someone here tried it and I don't think it worked out well.


One word... GLASS

The Chop top is possible because the existing windshield is layed back allowing a stock windshield to be used. Consequently the roof gets shorter. A stock sunroof still fits, but there is no room for stock t-tops.

One solution would be to get a shorter windshield...that's what Will-Martin assumed when he chopped his t-top.

However you would need to at least have an idea what windshield you were going to use and chop around it. But Will more or less arbitrarily chopped the car with no windshiled. He had a glass guru lined up who said he could find a windshield to fit but the guru disappeared before that could happen.

I bought the car from Will thinking I could make it happen, but I sold the car before I did.

So as far as I know, it's possible, but no one has completed a chop top T-op


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #823, 03-20-2009 12:49 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by jscott1:


One word... GLASS

The Chop top is possible because the existing windshield is layed back allowing a stock windshield to be used. Consequently the roof gets shorter. A stock sunroof still fits, but there is no room for stock t-tops.

One solution would be to get a shorter windshield...that's what Will-Martin assumed when he chopped his t-top.

However you would need to at least have an idea what windshield you were going to use and chop around it. But Will more or less arbitrarily chopped the car with no windshiled. He had a glass guru lined up who said he could find a windshield to fit but the guru disappeared before that could happen.

I bought the car from Will thinking I could make it happen, but I sold the car before I did.

So as far as I know, it's possible, but no one has completed a chop top T-op


now that is sad! I own a glass shop and as far as windshields I have cut them down before. when I built my Lamborhhini kit I ended up cutting about 30 of them for the guy who made the body.
if you cut the top of the car to fit the t-tops would you not have to change every window except the tops?
I don't know because I have never worked on one but Glass I can do!


troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #824, 03-20-2009 02:36 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:


now that is sad! I own a glass shop and as far as windshields I have cut them down before. when I built my Lamborhhini kit I ended up cutting about 30 of them for the guy who made the body.
if you cut the top of the car to fit the t-tops would you not have to change every window except the tops?
I don't know because I have never worked on one but Glass I can do!


Could you make door glass for chop tops or guide us or point us to the vendor that could do the glass? As I understand it the problem is the curvature.

link: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F...1/HTML/074795-3.html


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #825, 03-23-2009 08:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by troyboy:


Could you make door glass for chop tops or guide us or point us to the vendor that could do the glass? As I understand it the problem is the curvature.

link: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F...1/HTML/074795-3.html


Troy, I have given Rodney all the help I could on the door glass.
for the Fiero I can only do the windshield and back glass. I think Rodney may be close to comming up with somthing.
we will see.

pss. a pic of my car with the wheels and tires finaly on it!

D.
ps. your car looks great! when are you going to get it? I may be going to Archies in April with Clay to get his car and I would love to see yours
if it is still there.

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DL10 (dl10@frontier.com) MSG #826, 03-23-2009 10:33 AM
      Your car is really starting to come together...........Great job so far. I'm pretty sure Troy’s car will be there until early May. You should make the trip to Archie's with Clay, let me know what day you guys are coming and I will drive up to meet you. I can check on the progress on the GBCT too.



whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #827, 03-23-2009 10:46 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by DL10:

Your car is really starting to come together...........Great job so far. I'm pretty sure Troy’s car will be there until early May. You should make the trip to Archie's with Clay, let me know what day you guys are coming and I will drive up to meet you. I can check on the progress on the GBCT too.



sounds like a plan! I will keep you posted.
D.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #828, 03-23-2009 01:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

pss. a pic of my car with the wheels and tires finaly on it!

D.




Now that's a custom one-off ride! You can see the Fiero's DNA , but due to it's uniqueness it could be viewed as a newer car, especially with the tweaks and massive rollers. Great job Dean.



whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #829, 03-23-2009 01:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:
Now that's a custom one-off ride! You can see the Fiero's DNA , but due to it's uniqueness it could be viewed as a newer car, especially with the tweaks and massive rollers. Great job Dean.




Thanks Curly
it still has a long way to go but it is looking better all the time.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #830, 03-24-2009 09:47 PM
     

So Dean, what is next ?


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #831, 03-25-2009 08:21 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
So Dean, what is next ?


I think I am finaly done with the tweaks to the body now it is just a matter of finishing the body work to get in primer.
then I will work on the inside so I can drive it.
next up will be saving a bunch of money for my LS6/ F40
I have an extra cradle for the swap so I can drive the car with the 6 for now while I build the other one.
once I have everything together I will do it all at once.
as well as suspension and brake upgrades.
and last but not least tunes!



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #832, 03-26-2009 09:57 PM
      PEEK-A-BOO !

While my fun monies are currently on hold, i decided i could still brainstorm and play around with some mockups while i wait for the ole wallet to reload.

Was an absolutely beautiful day today here in Orlando. At any rate i went out to my garage and began tinkering with some ideas on how to design my hood, decklid and dash. It is actually nice to be able to do it in your garage that way the nieghbors don't think you are totally crazy sitting and staring at the damn car for hours hehehehe.

At any rate it was such a beautiful day i decided to open up the garage, and enjoy the sunshine. Once done i turned my back to the road and returned to my tinkering.
A flick of the wrist and the driver side lambo door was open easy as could be.

Throughout the process my dog kept barking like a madman and i could not figure out what the deal was. I originally thought it was a stray cat that seems to be roaming the neighborhood.

After a while i began to realize it was a four wheeled one, and not a four legged, visitor that was causing the stir.

Nearly ever other car that passed the house, braked to a slow roll. After about 10 minutes of this rubber necking I was starting to get a bit paraniod and decided to close the garage.

Don't want too many people getting too curious just yet. Curly i am begining to see what you have been saying all along.

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #833, 03-27-2009 09:44 AM
      LOL! I know what you are talking about every time I start a new project every teen in the neighborhood
ends up at my house to see it when I pull it out of the garage.
the exoctic kits are always good for that


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #834, 03-27-2009 10:35 PM
      I had #020 outside today and it got plenty of views from the neighborhood. A neighbor came by to see what I had in the back (for he could hear me coming a block away). Another neighbor wanted to know-- what I had in the back. Apparently, he thought #020 was a front engine car. Either way, today was a good day.

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Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #835, 03-27-2009 11:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:





Is that your new driveway around the house & into the back yard?

Archie


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #836, 03-28-2009 12:22 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:


Is that your new driveway around the house & into the back yard?

Archie


Yes. It's been a year since they laid the concrete down and I'm going to have extended concrete laid beyond the gate in a couple of months.


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #837, 03-29-2009 03:59 PM
      We shall return,........

D-9 came and went and not a single choptop in sight !!! Twas a sad, sad day indeed.

The superfriends in attendence gathered and vowed to never let this happen again.

(Left to Right: Dave aka FierociousGT, Tony aka exoticse, Dean aka whodeanie)



Come D-10 we will have our revenge,....hehehehe

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whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #838, 03-31-2009 08:52 AM
      Daytona was fun, now back to work.
I did find some nice parts for my car at the swapmeet in Daytona.
a set of Recaro seats for 200.00 and a fiberglass head liner for my car.



the seats are going to be redone in leather at a later date


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #839, 04-02-2009 10:39 AM
      Went jogging with the girlfriend and the pooch the other day (Sunday) and one of my neighbors who lives around the corner was out fiddling with one of his toys, a really nice white late model trans am.

Now this guy has some toys, all look brand new ! The Trans AM, A Caddy XLR, an awesome tricked out truck, and my favorite, a slammed bright red corvette with sweet SSR rims !

He also had another slammed red corvette, that i used to see, but i later found out he sold it. I used to drool on myself driving by seeing those two low red beauties sitting in his driveway.

At any rate i had never talked to the guy as i had never really seen him out, just his cars. Well as we jogged by i was going to go over to talk to him, but then said no and backed off.

On the way back the gf eggs me on and says go for it, so i cross the street and approach him. Turns out to be a really, really super nice guy by the name of larry. He seemed a little leery at first, but once i introduced myself and the car talk started his eyes lit up like a pinball hehehe. He is a real car junkie, who enjoys driving his cars and not just looking at them.

We got to talking about his rides and i asked him about shows and mentioned Daytona, and he said oh crap i forgot that was this weekend, and i told him we just came back. Well at that point he asked if i worked on Vettes or cars and i said i have a little pontiac fiero that i am building and that is when his eyes really lit up !

He says he used to have an 86 GT and that was his favorite car and he wishes he still had it. He then asked what i was doing and i mentioned the choptop and widebody, and he looks a bit shocked and says" widebody !?? "

HIM: They have widebodies for those things now ?

Me: Yep.

HIM: If i had known that i would never have gotten rid of mine !

I then went on to tell him how troyboy recently stuffed an LS7 in one and how the various engine swaps had evolved.
He seemed very interested.

He gave me the lowdown on his vette and it had some ridiculous horespower, but i was more focused on his wheels. They are just what i want. Sorry no pics this time, maybe next. They are 3 piece SSR rims that look like curly's HRE rims, but the price was about half !!

So it looks like i made a new friend and a possible fiero re- convert hehehe. This guy could always use another toy.

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madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #840, 04-11-2009 03:31 PM
      I called Orville a few minutes ago to see how he's doing and he informed me that something exciting will happen in a few weeks-- stay tuned.








madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #841, 04-19-2009 11:38 AM
     


My next door neighbor asked me what I had in the back. I guess in his mind, a Caddy motor would be too big, hehe.


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #842, 04-22-2009 08:54 PM
      Anyone heard from Godfather lately?
anyway if you see this how about an update? LOL
D.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #843, 04-23-2009 04:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

Anyone heard from Godfather lately?
anyway if you see this how about an update? LOL
D.


Yeah, we're at war!




whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #844, 04-23-2009 04:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:


Yeah, we're at war!




why was I not invited????? I always miss out on all the fun stuf


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #845, 04-23-2009 08:39 PM
      Still here. Nothing to update. Been working alot its either feast or famine so the car hasn't gotten much attention. I go into the garage and stare at it for awhile thinking of the tweaks it needs, but no time to do them. Hopefully soon. Until then its up to you Dean.

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #846, 04-23-2009 08:45 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:

Still here. Nothing to update. Been working alot its either feast or famine so the car hasn't gotten much attention. I go into the garage and stare at it for awhile thinking of the tweaks it needs, but no time to do them. Hopefully soon. Until then its up to you Dean.



He lives!!!
I understand my work has been crazy this year, up and down.
I come home and work on the car till around 8pm almost all week but the wife is starting to get bugged by it.
so I will just have to back off for a few days. but I am going to the swapmeet this weekend


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #847, 04-27-2009 09:29 AM
      When I called ECS Tuning regarding my application... the sales clerk chuckled. Oh well, no need to cry over spilled milk.



[This message has been edited by madcurl (edited 04-27-2009).]

whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #848, 05-04-2009 01:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

When I called ECS Tuning regarding my application... the sales clerk chuckled. Oh well, no need to cry over spilled milk.








Curly, they don't do you any good in the box! are they installed yet?
D.


madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #849, 05-04-2009 04:09 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:

Curly, they don't do you any good in the box! are they installed yet?
D.


I've been soooo busy at work (96 hrs straight!) and I haven't had the time to install them. Anyway, it takes me about a week or two to figure out (in my mind) "how" I want them installed, flow with C6 foog lamps, and other tweaking. I still need to finish the passenger side lamps. I've reviewed Troy's thread over and over again--- so it should work.
 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:


Ok, the lights came in & we have some pics.









For the light beams to be pointed straight down the road, the edges indicated by arrows need to be pointed forward on the car.



We think that the top part of the light (covered in cardboard) is an area that is covered up by the hood or other bodywork in the light's original application.





More pics in a few minutes...




 
quote
Originally posted by Archie:

We're thinking the the area of the light assembly that is covered with the cardboard above, is going to have to be mounted up into the top wall of the top scoop area. (see arrow)



For the lenses to be pointed in the right direction the lights will have to be mounted in deeper on the outside end & shallow on the inboard end.









More pics









Enjoy

Archie




madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #850, 05-07-2009 01:58 AM
      At least somebody driving their choptop!

Jim88GT;



exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #851, 05-07-2009 04:03 PM
     


We need to work on some choptop video !


whodeanie (dean@glassworksga.com) MSG #852, 05-07-2009 04:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

We need to work on some choptop video !


we need to work on our cars first! LOL
D.



F355spider (nixon@itexas.net) MSG #853, 05-07-2009 07:13 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by madcurl:

At least somebody driving their choptop!

Jim88GT;

I drive mine as a daily driver when my wife is not driving it.

edit to remove quote picture

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F355spider (nixon@itexas.net) MSG #854, 05-07-2009 07:26 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:

We need to work on some choptop video !

[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ddGcJ39olc [/youtube]


GODFATHER (sandroauto@sc.rr.com) MSG #855, 05-07-2009 10:04 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by whodeanie:


we need to work on our cars first! LOL
D.




Cool video F355spider


F355spider (nixon@itexas.net) MSG #856, 05-09-2009 11:17 PM
      Thanks,

madcurl (madcurl@fiero-performance.com) MSG #857, 05-10-2009 01:32 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by GODFATHER:




Cool video F355spider


x2

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DIY_Stu MSG #858, 05-10-2009 01:48 AM
      Did you get clearance for take off first?

FierociousGT