OPIE's Fiero GTX Build
Topic started by: TXOPIE, Date: 01-21-2013 10:48 PM
Original thread: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum3/HTML/000140.html


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #1, 01-21-2013 10:48 PM
      Guys...this has become a thread of all my builds.


BluDrm - 1986 Modified GT


Custom Midnight & neon Blue Paint
3800-SC Factory engine out of a 99 Buick with less than 10K original documented miles
Rebuilt Getrag 5-Speed
WCF hydraulic power steering upgrade
Custom hood vents, Fiero Fiberglass side scoops
G1 Dash and soon to be door panels.
Combination on Speedhut's Custom indigo analog & Tom's Blue Digital Aux Gauges
12" Brake Upgrades that utilize the 88 calipers
17" Subaru BRZ rims
Shorten Shifter
7" Android touch screen, upgraded speakers, including a 10" low profile amplified sub-woofer
Push button start, RFID FOB remote system
Sequential LED rear tail lights
Blue colored "PONTIAC" when lite
Project Retrofits "Original quad 60mm “Full Time Low” headlight upgrade.
Roof mounted shark fin antenna
Corvette C6 exhaust tips
Backup camera


2. Barbie - Modified 88 GT
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Custom Pink & Black Paint
Crate zero mile DOHC engine
Rebuilt Getrag 5-Speed
Custom Fiberglass Side sail Panels
12" Brake Upgrades that utilize the 88 calipers
17" Subaru BRZ rims
Sequential LED rear tail lights
Neon Pink colored "PONTIAC" when lite
Project Retrofits "Original quad 60mm “Full Time Low” headlight upgrade
Shorten Shifter
Pontiac prototype seats
Upgraded to more modern Pontiac Monsoon Radio and added aux port...replaced all factory speakers...including factory sub-woofer.
Corvette C6 exhaust tips


3. ReMera (328 Rebody) on 88GT T-TOP


Just coming back this weekend from a refresh on the body and paint
GM 2013 Crystal Red tri-coat
3.4 Turbo Charged paired with the HD automatic transmission
G1 interior and soon to be G1 door panels as well.
Custom F style rims
Custom ReMera badging
Project Retrofits "Original quad 60mm “Full Time Low” headlight upgrade
Shorten corvette automatic Shifter
7" Android touch screen, upgraded speakers, including a 10" low profile amplified sub-woofer
Combination on Speedhut's Custom indigo analog & Tom's Blue Digital Aux Gauges
Corvette C6 exhaust tips
Backup camera


4. Argenta rebody by Pacific Motorsports in 87 (Car from Action Jackson Movie from the 80s) - 86GT
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Next in line for paint and will be painted GM 2013 Torch RED & Black
Crate zero mile DOHC engine
Rebuilt Getrag 5-Speed
Corvette C6 exhaust tips
Backup camera
FieroStore Waterfall rear speaker upgrades
Project Retrofits "Original quad 60mm “Full Time Low” headlight upgrade
Shorten Shifter


5. GTR - 1986 Modified Fiero GT (NO LONGER MINE...SOLD...170 miles to the south to a great guy)


Zero Mile North Star engine paired with HD Automatic Transmission
2002 Pontiac Trans Am Interior swap
7" Android touch screen, upgraded speakers, including a 10" low profile amplified sub-woofer
Corvette C6 exhaust tips
Backup camera
17" America Racing Rims
13" Corvette brakes all around
Nissan 300Z power antenna
The only Fiero with a power sunroof....no joke

6. My Testarossa - 1988 Fiero GT


She is still being built...have her lengthened and raised in the rear to correct dimensions and have started to fit the panels...won't be ready till beginning of summer for paint.
She will have a Custom Paint: Nuclear Sunset Tangerine from: Midwest Industrial Coatings
this color.
3800-SC Factory engine out of a 99 Buick with less than 10K original documented miles
Rebuilt Getrag 5-Speed
Will figure out the rest once I get her done with paint...lol
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OK Everyone...You are going t have to bear with me. I have been meaning to do this for over a year or so...so I am going to puke a bunch of stuff and then start organizing.

This is my start for tonight...will add more and plenty of pictures to go with as I fill in the details...thanks for stopping by.

Thanks! TXOPIE


THE STORY
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First off my love of Fiero start back in 1986 when my spoiled ass best-friend, Brent, got one for his first car. I myself was driving and had spent the past 18 months restoring my first car...a true 1964 1/2 Mustang GT hardtop...Hurst 3 speed on the floor...Wimbledon white exterior...palomino interior...can't forget the rally pack and embossed running horses on the seats! Can you tell that you never truly fall out of love with the first!

Anyway back to Fieros. I appreciated the car far more than he ever did...well at least at the time. He traded it in on another car about 20 months later. When I spoke to him about 7 years later, he wished he had put that car in storage... unfortunately it was only as an investment...he never got what this car was all about...but I sure did and what can I saw 28 years later...I still do and Brent where ever you are..THANKS!

I have purchased and sold a few over the past 17 years with the intention of doing it up right, but life, father & husband responsibilities took precedence...till about 18 months ago when the youngest & last of three left home to stand on her own! Proud Father !!!

So I went on the hunt for another Fiero GT and at the time the nicest one I could find for $3000.00 or less was at dealership called:


http://www.flowmotorsgreensboro.com/

Flow Motors of Greensboro in Greensboro, NC - Worked with a great salesman over the phone by the name of Rick Morgan.

I flew from Dallas on the early flight to Greensboro, where Rick picked me up and brought me back to the dealership by 11am Greensboro time.
The dealership has the car washed, waxed, gassed up and even threw in for free, a complete set of 4 new tires on her.
It was pulled upfront waiting on me when I got there.


























I dropped my bag at Rick's desk and took her out for a test drive. Lets say it was worth the flight!
I went back to the dealership and finished up the paperwork and paid for the car and was on the road back to Dallas by 15 minutes past noon.


The trip was uneventful (well except that dang false positive ERG issue that trips engine light when you maintain a steady speed for so long (can always test by throwing the car in neutral, killing the engine & restarting the engine...if light goes away...97% of the time that is the issue as most of you already know...which is a good thing when deciding to drive a vehicle in this scenario from Greensboro back to Dallas.

I then brought it home, got a tune up and oil change and drove it for 6 months without issue. Then one day, she starting bleeding oil like a stuck hog. It was time to rebuild her engine...which in my head meant replace it with what I thought would be a solid match, like a lot of other people, and went hunting for a 3800SC.

I knew I had three choice, find a un-cracked (opened) factory 3800SC with very low miles (needle in the haystack), a crated, or a rebuilt.

I am an optimist and said lets dig in the virtual hay-stack and see what sticks you...WOW! low and behold...look what I found online:


Since I didn't need the transmission, I called them directly and asked if they would sell me just the engine and for how much...lets say it was a fair price that included shipping directly to the mechanic's shop that was going to do the swap.

The engine was purchased from Morad Auto Parts out of Ohio...great place to buy parts and they really stand behind their stuff!

There is where we hit 7 months of Drama. But O! What is one to do with no available Fiero to drive...well Hell, buy another.

This is where another member of this wonderful forum, Tom Slick of NTFC introduced me to the sweetest older lady that had a passion for Fieros and has shames most of us...she has been driving one the entire time after buying her daughter one for her in high school. As i understand her first was an 86GT, but traded it in for an 88GT when they were released and has driven and maintained the car in near perfect condition the entire time. To give you just an idea of this lady is...the after market rims that she has on the car...well I got a box of 6 complete sets of the plastic center caps that cover the lug nuts...she told me that plastic was bound to break over the years...so when she purchased the rims, she also purchase 10 addittional sets of the plastic center caps from the manufacture. So in 20 some odd years of use...she went through 4 sets for one reason or another...not bad granny! Think how much better off if we thought like she did...SMART!



We call her ROCKER BARBIE
BUT she is going to get her own thread...wouldn't be fair not to.

The entire time in the background I have been emailing Rob in regards in a Gallardo inspired Fiero interior:
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robert.kusakabe@comcast.net
12/15/11

to me

Jim,

Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, I do build the Fi40 & Fi355 interiors which are Fiero based. I also do Fiero exterior panels.

A good place to see my work would be on my build thread on Pennock's Fiero forum. There are various interior builds throughout the thread:

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F.../HTML/000091-33.html

Are you looking for anything in particular.

Thank you,


Rob

Fierovation
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Jim McHale <tx.opie@gmail.com>
12/24/11

to robert.kusakabe

Rob,

Would you consider doing a Lamborghini Gallardo interior like the one below...if





I have decided to go with the following body kit:

http://fierofiberglass.com/...20Pages/Lizardo.html

I love the exterior, but I want you level of quality on the interior as well. It wouldn't have to be an identical match as the Gallardo interior exactly, but basically the same feel...the kit is not a exact replica...just a rebody inspired by.

The biggest issue I am having with the 355 interior is that I need a dual din for the radio. I am putting an android driven stereo unit in and they only come in dual din. The Gallardo interior has the dual din build into the design already.

Rob...if you look closely at the pictures after clicking on the link above...you will see a picture of the body in yellow with the door open...look at how the external door skin from the driver's side interior window...You see all the extra external door skin through the window. I was thinking the interior door skin could have padding to match the height of the eternal door skin.

Please let me know your thoughts...I think you could sell these to complement Lizardo's external body kit..
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Jim McHale <tx.opie@gmail.com>
12/26/11

to robert.kusakabe

Rob,

If not an entire interior...how about an add-on piece i mocked up in a drawing. It would just be an add-on piece to the existing 355 interior. This piece would be attached to the center piece above the row of switches before it is leather wrapped. Then it would plug into the hole where the insert goes for the single din and 3 gauge cluster after it has been leather wrapped and then fastened from the backside of the dash. Giving the interior a more unified and **** pit wrap around feel to the dash. while enabling me to setup a dual din touch screen without sacrificing an interior of your quality.

Remember this is going in a Fiero with a Lizardo's rebody kit, which is inspired by the Lamborghini Gallardo ...I want an interior that has a high end Italian exotic modern feel, but one that no one can put
their finger on...if that makes sense.

Thanks for your time in advance,

Jim
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robert.kusakabe@comcast.net
12/28/11

to me

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Hi Jim,

Yes, the door panel will need to be extended up to the bodyline. I don't think I got your drawing, but I think I see what you mean about flowing the dash into the console. I can have a look at it to see what can be done to look more Gallardo like.

How much can you budget for you interior? I suppose that will determine what can/cannot be done.

Below is the parts/price info on the standard Fi355 interior set, modifications may be additional.

FIERO INTERIOR CONVERSION DETAILED ITEMS LISTING

This is a finished interior set ready for upholstery. All parts are trimmed, prepped & pre-fitted for a
stock/un-modified Fiero cabin. Final fitting in your car should be performed before upholstery if your
interior cabin is modified. All panels attach to stock Fiero mounting points.

Other items needed are:
1) VDO guages 3 3/8" & 2 1/16" & VDO senders.
2) OEM Ferrari air vents (must check with dealership for latest price/availability)
Or, try Ebay for a used set.
3) Euro shifter arm from Rodney Dickman.
4) Optional HVAC controller from 'Riceburner98', about $350.
5) Your own wiring.
6) Plug/connector for power mirror switch from mid 90's to late model GM
b-body, truck/suv (GM part# 12101762) I can supply for $75usd.
7) Upholstery. Optional upholstery available before shipping.

You will also be re-using your original dash & console screws, and the original upper door
handle brackets and screws. All other needed hardware is included. An installation guide is included.

Included items:

Dash 1 Upper dash body
1 Lower Dash body
2 Defrost vent covers
1 Custom moulded main A/C airbox
2 air vent hoses
1 “Glove box” lid with axle & bushings
1 magnetic touch latch
1 Center gauge/stereo panel
1 headlight/dimmer switch panel
1 Upper steering column shell
1 Lower sterring column shell

Main Instrument pod assembly
1 Main gauge pod shell with brackets
1 Custom gauge panel with graphics- preassembled
1 Flat black acrylic/urethane panel
1 Dark acrylic tinted indicator lens
4 Indicator light sub-panels
12 Light bulbs & sockets
12 color Instrument graphics

Door Panels
2 Main door panels
2 Upper door-pull housings
2 Armrests
2 Lower door pocket panels
4 End caps
2 Felt lined weather strips
2 Double foil fiber insulation
2 Custom powder coated steel release paddles
2 Custom release mechanisms
easily mounts to doorframe
smooth bearing operation
automatic spring return
1/8" steel levers
2 Urethane/steel pistol grips
2 Insert covers for stock Fiero lock sliders
3 Illuminated power window switches w/ bezels
1 wire harness w/ matching terminal sockets

Console 1 Console body
1 Computer cover
1 6 speed aluminum gate
1 Forward deck/switch panel - preassembled
1 Urethane deck panel
1 Illuminated switch cover w/ graphics
2 door lock toggle switches
3 accessory toggle switches
5 Toggle finger caps
4 pushbutton switches w/ graphics
1 Rear deck/switch panel - preassembled
1 Urethane deck panel
1 Sliding "ashtray" cover
1 Urethane coin cup (in place of ashtray)
1 support underpanel
1 Illuminated power mirror switch

Hardware

Pricing:
(S&H extra)

Full interior set (no upholstery). Fully prepped & pre-assembled with all fabrication completed, pre-trimmed &
pre-fitted: $3995usd (w/o vents) Send your 355 vents to me for pre-fit.

Add $395usd for optional console storage compartment.

Upholstery (optional USA & Canada only)

Full interior upholstery in leatherette (simulated leather) with foam padding and french stitching.
Single color, or two tone: $1795 - $1995usd.

Full interior upholstery in genuine leather single color, or two tone with foam padding & french
stitching: $2295-$2795usd (pricing varies depending on color choice & availability).

Contact Robert.Kusakabe@comcast.net for more info.

Thank you.

Rob
Fiero Interior Conversions

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rev 04/11

From: "Jim McHale" <tx.opie@gmail.com>
To: "robert kusakabe" <robert.kusakabe@comcast.net>
Sent: Monday, December 26, 2011 5:25:44 PM
Subject: Re: fiero interior

Rob,


Jim McHale <tx.opie@gmail.com>
12/28/11

to robert.kusakabe

Hello Rob,

I attached picture with the extra piece I would want fabed the would fit into the 2 existing pieces...sorry its only freehand and not CAD. I would want you to do the upolstry, you do an amazing job at it.



robert.kusakabe@comcast.net
1/1/12
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Jim,

Your idea in the drawing is completely doable, a re-designed console stack & stereo/gauge bezel will be needed. It will likely need to be a separate piece to help make the upholstery easier. The thing about the 355 dash is that it's designed around 355 airvents. If that's cool with you, then it's cool with me.

My Fi40 dash could also be a suitable donor. To get the Gallardo look It will need some reshaping to round-out the surface, and new airvents...maybe from the Pontiac G6. A console stack will work on this dash as well. This will be alot more work than your idea with the Fi355 dash because it'll be a whole new dash design, but will be more Gallardo-like.

It's up to you and your budget. I can draw up a dash plan & estimate if you'd like.

HappyNewYear!

Rob

Fierovation

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THE ENGINE SWAP[/________________
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I had a friend that is VERY well connected with all the dealerships in DFW. I know he had a few custom rods built and asked who he would recommend for swap, since a certain someone from Dallas decided to go sideways before I got mine turn...hey but I got taken for my own ride!

Anyway my friend (still to this day) recommend a shop. So I spoke with the owner several times and went and checked out his really nice facility. He worked on a large range of custom and real high end vehicles. A real 355 was in the bay next to mine, then a Maserati, and so on.

So after several discussions, he had a solid understanding of what I was asking for and armed him with alot of documentation and information that I had gather over the years from here and several other forums.

We agreed on a price and he quoted me a 19-25 day time-line for competition. I dropped off my car and had Morad ship the engine directly to his shop.

Well I could go through all the hell and heartache, but sufficed to say...19 days turned into 7 months.

Then when I got her back, the wiring harness has a mysterious short in it that if you leave the battery connected...will be dead by morning.

The put holes in my dash, cracked a rear speaker cover, million little etch marks on rear wind shield, did body damage, messed up and nicked the paint in several places, leaky fuel lines, scrapped up my stock perfect rims, lost a center cap and several of the plastic lug nut overs...I could go on, but I won't...Let that go already.


So to say the least he trashed the car and did a lot of damage as well.

After getting her back, I did the smartest thing I could have. I reached out for help from a member of this forum that is local to DFW...Steven Poe (MstangsBware). I had him take a solid look at the work and he gave me a punch list of things that needed to be addressed.

Links to the Nightmare posting:
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F...1/HTML/089322-3.html
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[b]LIFE GOT BUSY FOR AWHILE

& my liquidity was tied up in other projects...so I made the best use of the time and Stripped out the old interior. Cleaned, scrubbed, sanded, primed the interior. I mean every part. There is not a spec of rust anywhere in the cabin.

I then stripped off all the exterior body panels. Cleaned, scrubbed, de-greased, sanded primed, and good solid coat of black rustoleum paint. Again rust free exterior sub...the only part that needed a little spot welding was under where the old OM battery tray sat...a battery must have leaked at some point.

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ELECTRICAL / MECHANICAL

Replacement Wiring Harness & PCM showed up yesterday from member InTheLead...he had an extra PCM & harness from FIEROFLYER:


The PCM was completely oxidize when I recieved it yesterday, so I have spent a few hours cleaning up...at this point I think I am going to bring the entire PCM to nice clean polish.


Davis Unified Ignition Dyna-Batt Batteries 5575C:


NEW POWERMASTER ALTERNATOR,CHROME,12SI,140AMP:


Adding a setup I had in one of my old mustang years ago:


I will be utilizing 1/0 gauge welding wiring:

and the plugs are industrial rated Goodall brand as well.

I am going to get Russ88TTop to see if he can make me a spare tire cover with an embroidered upper zipper pouch to hold the jumper cable portion when not in use.

Battery Tray from Archie's:


Steel Braided Fuel Lines:


3800 Series II supercharged Fiero cold air intake system from Chris at WestCoast:


New DELPHI BM10036 Blower Motor:


Bigger Brake Booster from member sardonyx247:


NOS ac condenser New Air:


New 3-core aluminum radiator:


New Heater Core:


Have been working on a complete LCD rear tail light setup:


Power steering Upgrade from Chris at WestCoast:


Brake upgrade from Archie:


The Fiero Rear Bump-Steer Kit from now from AMS:


Sport Front Suspension from AMS:


Still trying to decide between two options on the head lights...but I believe I am leaning toward the upgrade flip up smalle projection headlights. I like the look of the front with the new fascia with the headlights down.
THE INTERIOR

WHICH IN TURN...lead to Rob's G1 Dash and hopefully matching requested door skins which I have mocked up in PS to scale









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Preparing for Rob's G1 interior:

New black speaker mesh fabric showed up today...time to recover those white speaker grills...will post photo later tonight of finish panels with new black mesh.


Remaining interior trim panels have all now successfully painted black:


to recover rear speaker covers...they are the white covers that standout in the picture above.

Working on collecting all the correct switches in black:

Power Mirror Switch

FOUND A Warehouse that has the last of the GM NOS Power Mirror Switch (BLACK)
http://usautospares.com/pro...php/products_id/2827

Which will fit nicely into the VW window switches I am decided on utilizing once I get the plastic mounting piece wrapped in carbon fiber wrap:


Black VW/Audi window siwthces...nice flush mount:


Black VW/Audi Seat warmer switches:


also found this great after-market multi-function turn signal lever that fits the Fiero, but is a little short than the stock and has a rubberized soft coat...and they are new:


I also found & ordered, what I think looks the best (has that new car texture instead of the smooth 80's plastic) for Headlight switch replacement:


Also the dimmer switch from 80's Astrovan...look familiar, but in black?:
(GM pt#15954529)


I ended up going with this switch for my rear defrost:


Have this on the way in the mail for a rear trunk release switch:


test fitting in old dash pieces:


HP MIMOD system for entertainment, internet, communications, GPS, backup camera, & security:

http://www.mimodhp.com/

Once I have had it installed for a few months...I plan on eventually swapping out of gauges in the cluster for monitors.

Picked up these for a steal on e-bay:

They will glow a nice blue at night to go along with my Tom's Digital Aux Gauges over the center console (Volt and Oil Pres)...in blue of course


New updated rear mirror...one that has home-link, Auto dimming, and digital compass all built-in:


Here is the new steering wheel:


New Seats for the Fiero...I choose to utilzed te Corvetter C4 Sport Seats and found a set locally for only $20 off Craigslist.org...the shells and hardware were perfect...the foam and leather had seen better days .

But there are places online to order new foam and skins...mine are black leather with blue stiching:


I will getting new headliner & sun visors just like the one below from member Russ88TTop:


Successfully turned my old grey seat-belts to black as well:


Re-carpeted the stock waterfall from grey to new black carpet:
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THE BODY

Originally I was think that I was going to do the Lizardo, but during the 7 months the mechanic had my vehicle, it gave me time to think and play with some more ideas.

What really made me change my mind was the new front bumper fascia i designed in PS:

So at that point I decided I was going to get someone to create my new front fascia and build the rest from other parts:

I am going to utilize Archie's Wide-body kit with some with some tweaking:



Here is the PS of the way I am going to tweak Archie's Wide-body rear bumper fascia:


A already have a set of RX8 mirrors.


I also took apart the RX8 mirrors and wired in behind the mirror LED turning signal arrow indicator light:
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/36-B...P34pnRq8!~~60_12.JPG

Archie is going to do me a set of brackets...since it maybe a while before Dean ships me mine.


A set of lambo doors via Archie's hookup:


Kenson Electronics Shark Fin Amplified AM/FM Antenna Universal Style:


RIMS is one other thing I am still playing with...will update a few of my thoughts on options soon.

Once it is completed she will be wrapped in Alsa's blue chrome wrap & touches of carbon fiber with 6-7 coats of clear-coat on top of it... similar to this Ferrari that is wrapped in Alsa's same wrap.

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Khw (i3ite_ivie@msn.com) MSG #2, 01-21-2013 10:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

In the Beginning!


God said let there be light.


revin MSG #3, 01-22-2013 08:49 AM
      This will be one pricey Fiero/ Lizardo!!

MORE PICS!!


stickboy MSG #4, 01-22-2013 11:37 AM
      I've been watching Amida's thread about the interior. I will now be watching yours, so post lots of pics.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #5, 01-22-2013 11:04 PM
      OK...am planning on always editing my first post to keep things more organized. I will then post a new post...stating updates.

I plan on keep breaking down each section in more and more detail with tons of photos. It will just take some time to get it all down and organized.

Please everyone feel free to add your thoughts and comments as the thread continues.

Thanks for stopping by and checking things out.

TXOPIE


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #6, 01-23-2013 01:45 PM
      ADDED more PHOTOs

Grinner MSG #7, 01-23-2013 02:20 PM
      So you bought the Barbie car!!!! That was the one I was shootin for after I lost out on another car by 24hrs. Hope you enjoy and I am looking forward to meeting ya one of these days and seein this sweet build you are workin on in person!


troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #8, 01-23-2013 05:50 PM
     
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #9, 01-24-2013 02:32 PM
      NEW UPDATES and Pictures

Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #10, 01-25-2013 08:03 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Here is the PS of the way I am going to tweak Archie's Wide-body rear bumper fascia:




Lots of neat stuff here but I really like that bumper.

Archie


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #11, 01-25-2013 11:42 AM
      Finished up the Speaker covers...turn out great:



Also just ordered my new black plush carpet from:
http://www.stockinteriors.com

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OK...I have been busy today... received a few more parts in the mail:

My 0/1 AWG connectors for my electrical setup:



I have also decided to add a NRG E-PAC 3 Battery Voltage Stabilizer (Regulator) System:

...to go with my NRG GROUND WIRE SYSTEM CIRCLE EARTH GROUNDING KIT


Also received the 84 Climate control that I need to salvage the need black buttons, slider gem & black knob to give my climate control and refurbished back to new look to it:..also re-greased..slides like new again as well!

...it wasn't until I took and posted the picture that I notice the few plastic shavings in the area where the temp slide-bar travels...little exacto knife and it is now gone


I also ordered these today for my new G1 gauge cluster:

One of these for my climate control light:
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These for the indicator lights in the POD:
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #12, 01-25-2013 09:31 PM
      Just nabbed a set of LeBaron brackets from member "inthelead"

That just saved me $170 on my brake upgrade...thanks InTheLead!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #13, 01-26-2013 06:11 PM
      Finished wrapping the power-plate in a leather-looking vinyl:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #14, 01-27-2013 06:30 PM
      Door Skin update...my origional design is not dead & I will have them made...just not to start with.

Bottom line...there are only so many days between now and the 30th in Indy.

I have the front Fascia and rear bumper in fabrication and should be ready in 4 weeks...everyone hold there breath!

With the above stated...this is the temporary option I am going to go with:



I looked at Kingdom Custom's F355 door skin (NOT ROB'S)...just because I remember that the geometry was different then Robs.
In my opinion his door handle seems to be more centered rather then dash forward then yours...leaving more empty forward space to cut up and re work to mold around the G1 dash.

UPDATE...just chatted with Richard over at Kingdom...the door skins do not over-lay or interfere with stock dash...so there should be zero issues with using them with the G1...just need to clean up and re-work the upper right hand corner to make it look cleaner up against the G1 dash.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #15, 01-29-2013 09:40 AM
      UPDATE:

My white glow gauge covers showed up yesterday:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #16, 01-29-2013 11:14 AM
      Working on Courtesy light...still need a little cleanup, but almost there:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #17, 01-30-2013 02:38 AM
      UPDATE:

Some of you already know that I am planning on yanking the old sunroof and replacing it with an electric slider...just found the exact one:



These sunroofs are manufactured by Inalfa, the largest Sunroof manufacturer in the world. These are top-of-the-line suroofs.

Sunroof Glass Spoiler Style 40x20 Electric Tinted Glass w/ Sunshade [MP# 3630]


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #18, 01-30-2013 02:59 AM
      ANOTHER IDEA FOR INNER DOOR SKIN:



Please give me thoughts and opinions.

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stickboy MSG #19, 01-30-2013 11:01 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by stickboy:

I've been watching Amida's thread about the interior. I will now be watching yours, so post lots of pics.


Wow, lots of pics Keep on posting, lots of great information so far!!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #20, 01-30-2013 02:03 PM
      MAIL started showing up today...its been like X-Mas around here for me:

New 3-core Aluminum Radiator arrived...fits perfect...no cutting or changes needed!

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Also received my new ultra plush black carpet:



UPS just now dropped off my new heating core as well:


just tested the fan shroud for the radiator and zero issues!

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nosrac MSG #21, 01-30-2013 02:16 PM
      Can I have your old carpet?

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #22, 01-30-2013 02:50 PM
      SORRY Terrance...they sold 4 days after my seats to a member on the forum.

I will be listing a bunch of parts in about 10 days of everything I have for sale.

Jim

Also just received another package...this time its the LeBaron brackets from member "inthelead"

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nosrac MSG #23, 01-30-2013 03:11 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

SORRY Terrance...they sold 4 days after my seats to a member on the forum.

I will be listing a bunch of parts in about 10 days of everything I have for sale.

Jim

Also just received another package...this time its the LeBaron brackets from member "inthelead"



You still need the calipers, rotors, machined hubs, and misc spacers.
I have an extra set of NEW front calipers and NEW pads and some misc parts from my Lebaron upgrade. Wana trade 4 something?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #24, 01-30-2013 04:23 PM
      Most definitely

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #25, 01-31-2013 12:38 AM
      Started installing the passenger side of the new carpet:


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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #26, 01-31-2013 12:44 PM
      First Package of the day arrive...a nice brand new Delphi BM10036 HVAC Blower Motor:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #27, 01-31-2013 05:05 PM
      Another Package arrived...not exciting, but needed!:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #28, 01-31-2013 08:06 PM
      Well just swapped out the old leaking heater core. What a mess...it took me an hour to sand down the surface rust off the vent swing doors that I saw when I removed the old core and the amount of dirt..no rust, sprayed with rust-o-luem, and cleaned. Then I finally installed the new core...which took a whole 5-7 minutes:




and the old dead core:


Tomorrow's game plan is to decompress the AC lines. Need the room to swap out the new HVAC blower motor...was going to have to do it next week anyway when the new AC condenser arrived.

What is the easiest way to decompress the AC charge without causing a mess?

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #29, 02-01-2013 01:18 AM
      OK...restless tonight...so I went and installed the new Delphi HVAC 2 minutes to install, but 40 minutes to clean out the area where the blower mounts into...tons of leafs and garbage...almost 1/3 filled..all clean now

Here is the older blower that was dying and making noise:


and here is the new blower installed:


Need to still clean and paint the lower support bracket that holds the AC & radiator with black rust-o-luem paint.

Need to decompress the AC and swap out the condenser.

Also looking for the plastic shroud that goes around the AC condenser that guides the air flow...this is what I found left of mine...it seems that it should have two main plastic pieces that go on each side of the condenser and then a metal bar that attaches the tar like paper to help guide air flow
:

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CaptDale (dylan_sailing@hotmail.com) MSG #30, 02-01-2013 02:51 AM
      WOW!!! This is certainly amazing!!!

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #31, 02-01-2013 06:34 PM
      Removed the AC condenser today...sanded down the entire area and shot it with a nice coat of black rust-o-luem






Now its about ready for the new AC condenser and Radiator

Also time to contact member sardonyx247 for the bigger brake booster:


And I think I am going to match it with this master cylinder:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #32, 02-01-2013 09:47 PM
      Next two weeks punch list:

Lights:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #33, 02-01-2013 09:57 PM
      Next two weeks punch list:

Lights:




PCM Mounting hardware:


C5 Corvette Sun visors with vanity mirrors:


Prothane 7-2034 Total Kit Pontiac Fiero 84-87


NRG E-PAC 3 Compact Battery Voltage Stabilizer (Regulator)


NRG GROUND WIRE SYSTEM CIRCLE EARTH GROUNDING KIT


Tom's digital guages for all aux guages...mine will all be in blue...pictures below show one set i blue and the other in red::



I figured if there is going to be an air vent on both the driver and passenger sides...already utilizing the driver's side for my air filter...so might as well utilize the passenger side for...ALUMINUM ENGINE OIL COOLER
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Plans for a nice IC as well, but that is on next winter's agenda!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #34, 02-02-2013 12:46 AM
      MAJOR UPDATE to the STORY!

Found my lost friend of 20 years...Brent!

He actually had a picture of his original GT:


I remember the day that picture was taken...I had just finished buffing the hell out of it!



And guess what else...got Brent back on the Fiero BUG!!! He is flying out to MESA, AZ to check out a Fiero next week...if he likes he will drive it back to Kansas City.

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solotwo MSG #35, 02-02-2013 02:32 PM
      Wow what a great car you are going to have!

ConvictedRedneck (backwoodsfiero@hotmail.com) MSG #36, 02-02-2013 02:55 PM
      Who is Rob and where is that dash from?! I've been on here a while and haven't seen or heard of that...it's perfect! Link? Price?



Jefrysuko MSG #37, 02-03-2013 12:25 AM
     
 
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&
Centric Parts 136.62010 Clutch Master Cylinder




Don't get that one. Rodney Dickman's master cylinders are much improved over the originals. I can't stand the stock reservoir with that plastic standoff that is supposed to prevent rotation when the cap gets stuck.


PaulJK MSG #38, 02-03-2013 05:46 AM
      You got some of the nicest pieces i've ever seen

Is the aluminum 3 core radiator a stock fiero replacement - will it be enough cooling for the 3800 SC ?

where did you get the steering wheel?



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #39, 02-03-2013 09:36 PM
      Jefrysuko....thanks for the heads up on that one!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #40, 02-03-2013 09:40 PM
      PaulJK,

Well thank you for the compliment! Yes I do think it should be enough, but I am also planning on utilizing an oil cooler and next year adding an IC as well.

As far as the steering wheel...I let you in on an untapped area for some very cool steering wheels...the boating industry! I also am into motor & sailboats.

The steering wheel is made by UFLEX.

NOW a better option as pointed out by another member and I would have to agree is:

Rodney's aluminum clutch master cylinders

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #41, 02-03-2013 10:14 PM
      Another Change to the plans...after reviewing somethings...a small design issue...the current shark fin style antenna will get in the way of the power sunroof slider...so I have opted for the following:

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Pontiac G6 Original Roof Radio Antenna

I will be utilizing the following cable to extend the antenna front center roof rear through the cabin...under the dash to the back of the radio:


From there I need to utilize the following adapter convert to the old radio antenna style:

METRA 40-CR30 ~ FM MODULATOR INSTALLATION ANTENNA ADAPTER PACKAGE

It will connect up to one of two units...

first option is to dive directly into HP MIMOD:


MiMod HP Switches
MiMod uses the MiMod Sensor unit to Control up to 32 switching devices, Lights, Windows, Door Poppers, Wipers, Fans, and Actuators.. MiMod replaces those expensive panel switches with an easy to use touchscreen.
Try putting 32 toggle switches on your dash!

MiMod HP GPS Navigation
With Garmin Mobile PC turns MiMod into a full-featured navigator:
Route planning and turn-by-turn spoken directions
Automatic corrections if you stray off course
Searchable listings for hotels, ATMs, restaurants, shopping and more

MiMod HP Music Console
Load and listen to your favorite music within MiMod's Music Console. Share music from other devices as well. (Adapters might be required)

MiMod HP HD Radio
The Directed HD AM/FM tuner is possibly the best tuner AM/FM tuner you can add to your system for several reasons.
The unit is not only a HD tuner but it will also pickup traditional AM and FM signals.
The tuner connects directly to your factory antenna (standard Motorola connector) for superior reception.
The unit is completely external and can be mounted in a convent location.
HD radio sounds better then traditional broadcast signals. The sound quality of HD stations means that AM stations sound like regular FM stations, and HDFM sounds like a CD.

MiMod HP Backup Camera
Waterproof Universal Rearview Backup Camera with Wide Viewing Angle
120 Degree wide viewing angle
Die cast Metal housing
Small and compact design
Completely waterproof housing
Simple installation for installers
Reverse image
Color is black

MiMod HP Web Browser
Built in WIFI into each MiMod system. You can use your phone as an Internet AP (Access Point) and allow MiMod to have access to the web.
MiMod HP Guages
MiMod can use OBDLink SX Tool MiMod can display vehicle information. Things like Speed, RPM's Temp, and much more.. The information is based on what the OBDLink can access..

MiMod HP Security
We help keep your Beast Secure! Using the security feature in MiMod allows you to have a password to gain access to your switches and other MiMod tools.

MiMod HP Advance Systems
MiMod has many different configurations. What is listed above is what we define as a basic system. If your wanting or needing a fexible system to meet you vehicle needs MiMod is the answer. If you would like help in setting up a custom system please give us a call.

Now understand it is what I want in the end, but I know that I won't be utilizing the directconnect PCM functions right away any way....hmmmm decisions....decisions...oh..why the decision in the first place...?

MIMOD comes with a $2k price tag!...worth it, if you understand and utilize all its capabilities!

Option 2:

Car-Joy™ 8 inch double-din Android 4.0 /3G WIFI GPS Car dvd


♦.High definition digital panel(Pixel 800*480)
♦.8 inch Touch screen monitor
♦.steering wheel control function
♦.Built-in Bluetooth for mobile hands-free.
♦.Built in IPOD function
♦.PIP(picture in picture.)
♦.3D Rotating UI (slide from left to right and from up to down )
♦.Built in ATV ( ISDB,ATSC,DVB-T are optional )
♦.2-Zone function ,the 2 program can be setting differently
♦.Built in GPS function
♦.Radio receiving: FM/AM can be stored 32 stations. RDS is available .
♦.USB/SD card port: support MP4,DIVX,JPEG,MP3 and WMA playback
♦.Car backing display: Car reverse camera input (switch automatically)
♦.Language of OSD menu with DVD:Chinese,English,French,German,Italian,Spainish,Portuguese,(Thailand,Japanese)
♦.Operation menu of language: Simplified Chinese,Traditional Chinese,English,Russian,Italian,Turkish,Japanese,German,French,Portuguese,Arabic,Portuguese
♦.AV output/input :2 video out, 4audio output, 2video input ,2 audio input
♦.Subwoofer output
♦.Compatible with DVD,DVD-R,DVD-RW,HDVD,DVCD,MP3,MP4,CD-R,CD-RW,VCD,DIVX,WMA etc.
♦.Maximal power:4X50W maximum power output
CPU: MSTAR 776multi-media processor, main frequency exceeds 533MHz
Memory/FLASH: 128MB
Operation system: Android 4.0 (ICS)...enabling every android application known to man!
SD Card: Support double hi-speed SDHC(32G) card
USB: support USB HOST, USB pen readable

Price: $500.00

Both units have the ability to utilize the 2nd attena area off the G6 roof antenna for GPS
Please share thoughts why i should go one way or the other

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #42, 02-05-2013 01:22 AM
      GREAT NEWS!

Rob's G1's are ready!






He is a true artist!

Can't wait to get mine!


PaulJK MSG #43, 02-05-2013 01:45 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by TXOPIE:

As far as the steering wheel...I let you in on an untapped area for some very cool steering wheels...the boating industry! I also am into motor & sailboats.

The steering wheel is made by UFLEX.



I'd be REAL careful with that - i'm guessing that a boat wheel is not made to auto crash standards. Hate to see it break, crack or shatter in a collision.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #44, 02-05-2013 01:49 AM
      these units are built to higher standards then the millions of Grant Steering wheels. I am an avid sailor and have built and raced boats for over 15 years.
This is not a cheap low end Bayliner type unit! But thank you for your thoughts and concerns. Valid point, if I had not already done my homework.

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PaulJK MSG #45, 02-05-2013 01:58 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Both units have the ability to utilize the 2nd attena area off the G6 roof antenna for GPS
Please share thoughts why i should go one way or the other



i don't keep up much with car stereo stuff (only what i read here at PFF), but Pioneer's AppRadio looks like the way to go. it's priced waaaay lower than the 2 you have above and you can get an App and hardware to show OBD2 data on the screen. i'm not exactly how important the phone connection is, other than to load the apps(?). Maybe you wanna check it out (?)

http://www.pioneerelectroni.../ch.AppRadio.Compare







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PaulJK MSG #46, 02-05-2013 02:00 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

these units are built to higher standards then the millions of Grant Steering wheels. I am an avid sailor and have built and raced boats for over 15 years.
This is not a cheap low end Bayliner type unit! But thank you for your thoughts and concerns. Valid point, if I had not already done my homework.



cool. Will the splines line up / slide onto the fiero column ? i really like that wheel

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #47, 02-05-2013 02:02 AM
      Unfortunately it is running an older version of android that has no upgrade path and it doesn't have a dual core processor. At this point...the units I am look at ...are more PC than radio...radio is just a software function. These units from Japan...which are only $500 buck...can do a lot more and are upgrade-able to Jelly Bean..Android latest and greatest OS!


Also forgot to mention...all those cool functions above...are nothing but software running on an older OS and slower PC basically...I actually already have a copy of the software demo'ed above...that I could install on my unit...it would just run cleaner and faster.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #48, 02-05-2013 02:04 AM
      It connect with a grant or NRG (which is what I would suggest...half the width and better design) hub...but screws directly like a grant would...behind that nice clean center cover...aerospace grade metal behind that pretty foam cover!

PaulJK MSG #49, 02-05-2013 02:15 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Unfortunately it is running an older version of android that has no upgrade path and it doesn't have a dual core processor. At this point...the units I am look at ...are more PC than radio...radio is just a software function. These units from Japan...which are only $500 buck...can do a lot more and are upgrade-able to Jelly Bean..Android latest and greatest OS!


Also forgot to mention...all those cool functions above...are nothing but software running on an older OS and slower PC basically...I actually already have a copy of the software demo'ed above...that I could install on my unit...it would just run cleaner and faster.



Does the PC version have a way to do the OBD2 hook-up? The AppRadio uses this one:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #50, 02-05-2013 09:28 AM
      There are several flavors of that device...I prefer a hard-wired USB to ODBII. This is just the connection...with this piece...I allows me several different option in software to run and utilize.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #51, 02-05-2013 11:05 AM
      Was busy updating my VM Ware certifications this past weekend, so I did not get a lot completed on the car.

I was able to work on the PCM a little bit:

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Marine1981 MSG #52, 02-05-2013 11:43 AM
      Can't wait to see this at one of the Texas meets!! Looks like this thing will have more options than my 2010 DD.

Ben


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #53, 02-05-2013 12:17 PM
      Marine1981...Thanks...I will definitely be making the rounds this spring & summer if all goes as planned!

I had the option to go and purchase a really nice high-end car, but decided I still wouldn't be getting what I really wanted.

So I decided to take the same money I would have spent on a Porsche or G37s Infinity and have put it into this Fiero.

I wanted to keep the majority of the Fiero lines, but upgrade all the mechanical and electronics to bring it up to current day technology.

So I started creating a spreadsheet of the options I wanted to include and started figuring out how I was going to implement them.

I then started also reviewing how to improve or incorporate someone else's improvements into her as well.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #54, 02-05-2013 06:37 PM
      UPDATES: Pictures for the archives...since we are about to re-assemble the interior and exterior.






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PaulJK MSG #55, 02-05-2013 09:39 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

... we are about to re-assemble the interior and exterior.



PM sent


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #56, 02-06-2013 09:31 AM
     
OK...Just in case anyone is not aware of where the Dash is coming from.


It is one of Rob / Amida's newly produced Gallardo inspired dash...the G1
( thank you Rob...less than 2 years later and he produced exactly what I asked for )

Pricing for the do-it-yourself parts kit will be set tentatively at us$1599.00 + s&h.

Trimming, prep & upholstery are optional.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #57, 02-06-2013 04:10 PM
      UPDATE...got the black power switch in the mail finally:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #58, 02-06-2013 05:57 PM
      UPDATE...just received the plastic AC condenser shroud pieces that I was missing from member "Rick Vanderpool"...thanks :


Now I need to go and order the tar-paper replacement pieces from Rodney:


and if I am ordering that one, I might as well order this one as well:

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Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #59, 02-06-2013 06:05 PM
      Amida, I knew your dash was going to look good, but daaaam!!!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #60, 02-06-2013 06:12 PM
      Austrian Import...you stop following Rob's build for awhile...were watching actively months ago!


Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #61, 02-06-2013 06:12 PM
      Yes, I haven't been following his thread as closely as I used to. I remembered what we say in Austria: Gut Ding braucht Weile Figured if I'll wait a while he'll have a completed dash to show off. What's the status on the door panels? Will there be door panels?

_____

I think I posted somewhere on here about the AppRadio 2. I really like the concept. If you use ARliberator, and look on the appradio forums you can completely unlock it and controll your whole cell phone with it, not just approved apps.

Based on a bit of browsing on the forums for Appradio, you really want to pair it with an Android (or iPhone) cell phone. The unit is basically best used as just a remote controlled touch screen for your phone. It shouldn't do a whole lot of thinking on it's own. Once they drop down to $200 I'll probably pick one up as they are easier to handle than a Cell phone in a car, due to a larger screen.

You need version 2 for Android support. I'm not quite sure what other limitations (besides smaller screen, and buggy processor) version 1 has. I was actually surprised no Appradio 3 was announced at CES this year. All they said is that most Pioneer Double DIN headunits will now support Appradio functionality.

The other option is a Nexus 7 for $200, but then you have to figure out amplifiers, or something to go from the 3.5mm of the RCA to something with volume control which on the high end could look like:

Here is some (possibly outdated) info on the Audison Bit One. There are probably less expensive versions of this with less functionality, since a casual google search reveals Bit One's to be $699.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #62, 02-07-2013 01:37 PM
      UPDATE:

UPS just dropped a package from Archie:

It's a new fiberglass headliner!

Thanks Archie!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #63, 02-07-2013 08:20 PM
      UPDATE...just answered my PM back to Rob / Amida in regards to my G1 inteior ...the ball is ROLLING!



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Marine1981 MSG #64, 02-08-2013 01:54 PM
      I want that interior.....


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #65, 02-08-2013 02:17 PM
      UPDATE:

Dash LED lights just showed up...thanks UPS Man!

Boy things sure seem a lot larger online!

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nosrac MSG #66, 02-08-2013 02:46 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:




Are you going to add some go fast and look good parts?

I can't stay out of my engine bay and that's why my car isn't finished yet.

It will clean up very nicely, to match the rest of the car.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #67, 02-08-2013 06:56 PM
      Playing with ideas still for door skins...since rob stated he still may do a set...so thinking what I could for short term...

This is just a starting point for one option.

I would replace the lower carpet with member "Russ88TTop" new lower door skins with a diagonal like this:

But in the black suede that he offers....same one I am having him do my headliner and visors in to match...just like these:


Then have him wrap in black with blue stitching my arm rests, shifter and e-brake boots:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #68, 02-08-2013 07:25 PM
      nosrac..sorry I missed your call earlier this week!

But to answer your question...yes!

I had been putting off swapping out the wiring harness...because its the one thing that Todd at his shop screwed up so BAD!
But I decided to dive into it two nights ago.

I spent most of last night re-patching the internal harness...why he felt it necessary to cut into it...have no idea!

Will add photos tomorrow to show the work...

No I still need to remove the remaining of the back & lower connections of the old harness...once all removed...I think I am going to disconnect the remainder & drop the cradle and engine/tranny onto a rolling pallet..I want to cleanup a bunch...spit polish! I also need to remove all the extra stock components that are not really needed. Add power steering pump back into the pulley mix...in prep for power steering from Chris at West Coast.

With the engine dropped it will allow me to re-arrange a few things, repaint and re-insulate to a nice new clean factory look!

ALSO...more to come later, but I found a guy in DFW that is by trade a stainless steel repairman, he doesn't have only the ability to make a sub-zero look brand-new from FUBAR....he is going to do a few pieces to dress up and clean up the engine bay...including a custom cover for the firewall.

In about 3 weeks when I put the engine/tranny/cradle back in...

I will relocate coils to a custom bracket in the front passenger side area of the engine bay, paired with custom cut spark plug wires, install oil cooler & steel braided fuel lines, and install the power steering up front as well.


nosrac MSG #69, 02-08-2013 09:54 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

nosrac..sorry I missed your call earlier this week!

But to answer your question...yes!

I had been putting off swapping out the wiring harness...because its the one thing that Todd at his shop screwed up so BAD!
But I decided to dive into it two nights ago.

I spent most of last night re-patching the internal harness...why he felt it necessary to cut into it...have no idea!


?
With the engine dropped it will allow me to re-arrange...

In about 3 weeks when I put the engine/tranny/cradle back in...?

I will relocate coils to a custom bracket in the front passenger side area of the engine bay,... and install the power steering up

Wait...since when did you become so mechanical?
I thought you were a computer guy???
Hot damn, hell done froze over...lol.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #70, 02-09-2013 07:28 PM
      NOSRAC,

Actually its not that I am not mechanically inclined...it was that I sold off all my tools 20 years ago. I restored my first ground up restoration on my first car a true 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang GT...3 speed Hurst shifter on the floor paired with a 289 Hi-Pro. I have restored several classics in my early years and did a complete SR20 (redtop) swap into a 91 240sx before there were any kits available around 1998. The SR20 would have been the last car project I have had my hands on...so its more been like 15 years, not 20.

There were several reasons I brought my car to Todd originally...no tools, no room to work on her, and there was welding involved...I can't weld ...still on my list to learn and master...maybe when I retire?

But once Todd royally screwed things up and me...I decided the only way to get things the way that I want them is to do it myself. Since I was going to do it myself (at least mostly) I was going to go through her with a fine tooth comb.

I only wanted to have to restore her once in the next 20 years...don't plan on selling her!

So I have slowly been rebuilding my collection of tools as needed and just working on sections at a time.

I basically stripped everything off of her internally and externally. Sanded, scrubbed, removed any visual signs of rust any where in or on the car (even the swinging doors inside the HVAC units)...chemically treated any areas that
had been exposed to rust...let that sit for about a month while working on other parts. Once I was sure all rust had successfully been killed...I put several nice coats of black rust-o-luem on the entire thing to lock in and protect the metal from the elements...even the little metal doors inside the HVAC unit.

Have new AC Condenser in route and should be here by Wednesday.


With that I will be installing the new condenser, radiator, restored plastic shrouds with new splash guards from Rodeny.


I also have one of the newer bigger brake booster in route that should be here early this week as well. I am going to upgrade the master brake cylinder at the same time.

Last night I order 40' of 1/0 welding cable. to finish up re-doing the remote battery correctly.


I will be running two pieces of PVC a couple on feet on both sides of the gas tank above the gas tank support rails to run the wires through.

I also am adding a NRG voltage stabilizer and ground distribution block at the same time.



I also finally order my new Battery: DYNA-BATT last night as well!


Will be utilizing the following screw down posts:


And these for to connect that 1/0 AWG welding cable to the battery:

TSUNAMI
* BLUE DIGITAL VOLTAGE DISPLAY
* Bright Nickel Plated (chrome look)
* Positive & negative battery terminal pair
* 1ea 1/0 AWG, 1ea 4 AWG and 2ea 8AWG
* INCLUDES CLEAR PLASTIC COVER

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #71, 02-09-2013 11:45 PM
      Still playing with G6 Sedan inner door panels... studying the fronts and the backs to see how difficult.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #72, 02-10-2013 06:29 PM
      Preparig the power steering pump to be re-installed:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #73, 02-11-2013 11:50 AM
      Getting so Excited about the new G1 dash from Rob:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #74, 02-11-2013 01:38 PM
      Preparing to ship Rob the need parts for my G1 dash :

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #75, 02-11-2013 02:54 PM
      Just got the OK and $ for also wrapping the center armrest piece in the same material with blue stitching...so I need to box this up and ship as well:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #76, 02-11-2013 08:17 PM
      UPDATE: Decision made on the head-lights after member "85SEnochie" PhotoShop'd up my two debated options...going with updated pop-ups. I like the look of them down too much to loose it with the other option:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #77, 02-12-2013 11:16 AM
      UPDATE...will clean up all the errors with the picts...just re-organized my Photobucket folders...so need to re-link all photos...sorry!

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #78, 02-12-2013 01:35 PM
      UPDATE: Battery Cabling showed up via FEDEX:

1/0 cable:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #79, 02-13-2013 09:51 AM
      UPDATE:

This project is about to be pushed into Overdrive! I had member "MstangsBware" / Steven give me a shout-out on my phone last night.
He has agreed to help me finish up all the mechanical work.
Two sets of hands are always better than one set!
And it sure won't hurt to have an expert like Steven that has more hours logged than most of us.

This weekend's Projects:

Install Bigger Brake booster & new master cylinder


Install black painted PVC pipes under the car on each side of the tank for the 1/0 AWG battery wire to run in for the remote battery.
Install new DYNA-BATT and run new 1/0 AWG battery wiring setup.



Install new AC condenser & 3 core aluminum radiator & all shrouds & splash guards.



Then Re-install the radiator fan.

So by the middle of march if all goes to plan...I should have the following completed:

Relocate Air filter to quarter panel area.
New wiring harness & PCM replacement installed.
SS Fuel Lines installed.
Rob / Amida new G1 Dash installed.
Corvettee C4 Sport Seats with new black leather & blue stitching
New interior headliner & trim pieces installed.
Power-steering Pump re-installed with a new West Coast Fiero's full-time power steering kit.


Then by mid-April I will have the following completed:

New HUB BEARING ASSEMBLIES (Will do Barbie's at the same time in prep for the drive to Indy...don't want a 25 year old hub locking up on my wife on that trip!)
New 12" Brake UPGRADE
New Sport Front Suspension from AMS
New Rear Bump-Steer Kit now from AMS

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #80, 02-13-2013 11:30 AM
      UPDATE: Ordering a 87-88 Gen 2 Headlight Wire Harness & Rebuilt Motor Upgrade for her since she has the old worn out Gen 1 setup:
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nosrac MSG #81, 02-13-2013 11:47 AM
      U need my old dog bone setup with the alt up high.
Me no likey the WCF dog bone in the middle of the trunk.
I currently have part of WCF DB solution in the stock Fiero location,
with a RD adjustable dogbone.

Fierofreak's modded fuel rail would be nice, along with and
PAINTED SC.

Throw on an IC when you remove the SC 4 paint.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #82, 02-13-2013 12:34 PM
      NOSRAC,

Neither do I...please post pictures of what you have.

I also would prefer to put the alternator in a lowered position...will need bracket for that as well if I do.

Need to check with with Steven if I can relocate still with power steering pump going back in place.

And that is funny that you mentioned Fierofreak's fuel rails...because I PMed about an hour ago about a set!...lol

IC ...won't happen till next winter, but is coming!

Unfortunately...only so much time & money between now and the 30th in Indy & the game plan is for my Wife and I to drive both this completed 86GT & Barbie (88GT) to Indy for the show!

Once in a lifetime opportunity and I really don't want to miss it!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #83, 02-13-2013 02:14 PM
      UPDATE: UPS man just dropped off my new DYNA-BATT

WOW!!! what a size difference!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #84, 02-13-2013 02:59 PM
      UPDATE: FINALLY Cut-up the Gauge Pod for new G1 dash:




Also replaced knob on HVAC controls:


nosrac MSG #85, 02-13-2013 03:34 PM
      Modded Fuel Rail....I think he can make for future intercooler too.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/063387.html

Mstangs set me up with this type of DB when alt was up high. 88 lateral link welded to cradle and bolted to engine block. (Mattwa photo of his 4.9 DB)



I have WCF Dog Bone bracket mounted on the head placed the other side inline with the stock Fiero DB, with a Dickman Adjustable DB.
You CAN'T do a Low mount Alt with a power steering pump, but you can put your ALT in place of AC....NOT...

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #86, 02-13-2013 04:54 PM
      UPDATE: Figured out the strap-in mechanics of the my littte DYNA_BATT


Since I am side mounting it in the tray with the terminal inward & up.

I will utilize the following to swing the posts:


Will be utilizing the following screw down posts:


And these for to connect that 1/0 AWG welding cable to the battery:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #87, 02-13-2013 06:51 PM
      Just waiting on all 4 of Tom's blue digital aux gauges...gonna look sweet!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #88, 02-13-2013 10:01 PM
      UPDATE: Let me share what I think is going to be a unique feature that will catch on like wildfire:

My Updated e-brake..never going to have to deal with that flimsy plastic handle again!

International Parking Brake Lever Assy #1675871C91 Navistar

You say TXOPIE has gone MAD...maybe so...like a genius!




LETS MAKE A FEW CUTS TO THE OLD E-BRAKE:


NOW LETS TAKE APART THE BOX TRUCK LEVER AS WELL:




NOW A LITTLE WELDING AND CLEAN UP AND WALA!






I will shine up the button and put a nice black leather boot with blue stitching!

What do Y'all Think?

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #89, 02-15-2013 01:53 AM
      UPDATE: Interior...FINALLY made my decision on interior door panels that I really like:

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Marine1981 MSG #90, 02-15-2013 11:37 AM
      What was that handle out of? That does look pretty cool.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #91, 02-15-2013 12:46 PM
      Standard box truck e-brake handle...almost every U-Haul had one on the older units.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #92, 02-15-2013 01:24 PM
      Here is the one I am going to do next weekend...waiting for another box truck e-brake...its in the mail:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #93, 02-15-2013 10:57 PM
      UPDATE: Recieved my short shifter from member "gtxbullet"

Look at that...what quality work!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #94, 02-17-2013 12:54 AM
      UPDATE: My Bigger brake booster produced by member "sardonyx247" arrived in the mail today:





InTheLead MSG #95, 02-17-2013 01:06 AM
      Ahh How did I miss your build thread.

Looking great, I'm subscribed.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #96, 02-17-2013 01:59 AM
      Thanks "InTheLead"..some of your parts are in my build!

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #97, 02-17-2013 08:18 PM
      UPDATE: Trying to raise the dead...lets see if another member, "riceburner98" will come through for me:



Everyone keep their fingers crossed...lol


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #98, 02-17-2013 11:38 PM
      Just grabbed my set of C5 Corvette sun visors from e-bay....going to be sending them to RW for recovering:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #99, 02-18-2013 01:16 AM
      UPDATE: Picked up a great part from member "gtxbullet"...that just needs a little clean up before install:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #100, 02-18-2013 01:55 PM
      UPDATE: Working on cleaning up the shifter assembly...almost there..a little more work and I will be happy

Hard to believe that this entire piece was coated in a very nice covering of rust:


FYI...all this work is done by hand...no electric or mechanical assistance...just like doing it and the results I get from manually doing it myself.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #101, 02-19-2013 05:47 PM
      UPDATE: US Mail just arrived!

One of my E-Bay scores....GM LS1 VORTEC PCM MOUNTING BRACKET


And after doing some reading, I decide to go with C-West voltage stabilizer over the NRG unit:


Also Tsunami battery ends:
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The box truck e-brake lever also showed:


It is going to work perfect:


And last, but definitely not least...Tom's Digital Aux gauges showed up as well:


deloreanant MSG #102, 02-19-2013 06:27 PM
      I keep stocking your page, but never commenting. I guess I probably should. I'm pretty excited to see what you are planning. Looks like you have a lot of goodies up your sleeve. Every time I buy something new for my car my wife sighs and tells me how it's going to be "too full of gadgets." I'm not sure that's possible. I need to show her your page. I can't wait to see it all come together. Keep it up, you're going at a great pace.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #103, 02-19-2013 06:50 PM
      Thanks...not sure if this will help. Told my wife that I could put this amount and more into another new car like her Infiniti G37s...instead I will spend less than what we spent on her car and I get exactly what I want! When I am done, I want someone to walk over to my car in a parking lot and be very confused. What I mean by that is that I want it to look like...inside and out like a new 2013 vehicle created by Ponitac with all the correct badges...

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #104, 02-19-2013 07:08 PM
      Would this be going too far with the "Gadgets"?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #105, 02-19-2013 09:41 PM
      UPDATE:

I just located my Pisa Euro door panels from another member:





deloreanant MSG #106, 02-20-2013 02:03 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Would this be going too far with the "Gadgets"?


I say that goes not too far enough!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #107, 02-20-2013 03:44 PM
      UPDATE: Mail showed up again!

Received my new Finned Chrome Aluminum Brake Master Cylinder


I received my corvette sun visors and already modified them and prepping them to be shipped to RW for re-covering.

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amflyer MSG #108, 02-20-2013 04:23 PM
      Would be nice to actually see these parts on a car instead of just pictures off of web sites. Do you have any actual build pictures?

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #109, 02-20-2013 04:51 PM
      I thought I would share $30 dollars of learning with everyone to make this a very easy endeavor for everyone.

Here is part I...Taking apart the box e-brake lever:

Understand that I broke back the bottom edges of the aluminum button to make it easier to show yall a better shot...no needed...so don't




Once you get a little separation in first the outer and then the inner housing (side closest to the button)

Then place a metal bar to the bottom (opposite button) and strike with a hammer a few times to knock the button and screw assembly up through the shaft and free....not damaging the button ...which cosmetically the only piece we don't want to mess up...the remainder of the finished product will be covered by a leather boot!

Part II will follow shortly!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #110, 02-20-2013 07:02 PM
      UPDATE:

Also received the driver's side rebuilt motor...so prepping the buckets:



Passenger side will be here in a day or two...will finish the other side then


Going to start with a set of these to start...because they were such a good price from member, "gtxbullet"


But will eventually replace for these:



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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #111, 02-21-2013 02:43 PM
      UPDATE: Digital Climate Controls from member, "riceburner98"...too many Rob's in this build...not really...just makes it interesting!

I have risen the dead and now have a blue digital climate control headed my way


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #112, 02-21-2013 02:47 PM
      UPDATE: Passenger side headlight motor showed up and installed:


troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #113, 02-21-2013 05:58 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: Digital Climate Controls from member, "riceburner98"...too many Rob's in this build...not really...just makes it interesting!

I have risen the dead and now have a blue digital climate control headed my way


you should have purchased the second gen setup he has , you can change the colors of the display!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #114, 02-21-2013 06:35 PM
      He is missing a part to complete the remaining multi-color units...I was waiting for and really wanted a multi-color unit...but so it goes!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #115, 02-22-2013 10:40 AM
      UPDATE: Installed bigger brake booster and new finned chrome aluminum brake master cylinder:



Unfortunately the screw sizes were reversed on the master cylinder...so I relocated one line with no issue.

The second line snapped And the bolt for the line seems like it was super glued in place.


Can't seem to get the right angle and leverage on it ...any suggestions ...anyone?

Also are there some steel braided lines I could use here instead of the old piping?

I think it would clean it up a a lot if there was... hmm..time to go hunting on the net!


nosrac MSG #116, 02-22-2013 10:53 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Understand that I broke back the bottom


LOL... ROTFL...


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #117, 02-22-2013 11:11 AM
      So Nosrac,

Do you know of a good solution to get that bolt off?



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #118, 02-22-2013 12:22 PM
      Just text'd with FieroFreak...he needs to pressure test my new fuel rails and then he will be shipping them...so should see that sometime early next week

Here is a preview photo sent from him to my phone:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #119, 02-22-2013 01:10 PM
      UPDATE: Got an answer on the snapped brake line:

http://inlinetube.com/Prefo...stings/PE-CAT-02.htm

Just spoke with Jake there and he stated the can make whatever I need. The already have the thread pitch and sizes on file

Now if I could just get that darn nut to come off!

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nosrac MSG #120, 02-22-2013 01:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

So Nosrac,

Do you know of a good solution to get that bolt off?


Cut the line off, then use a ratchet set to access it from the top..


nosrac MSG #121, 02-22-2013 01:46 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:




Awww jeah !

Dats, what I'm talking about!

A LiL' black power coat and you'll be stylin' and profilin'.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #122, 02-22-2013 04:40 PM
      Nosrac,

Please...I already have tried that since I took the photo...that was step two.

If i can't get it off...i wonder if I can remove the bottoms any easier...and just replace the middle piece as well?


nosrac MSG #123, 02-22-2013 05:57 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Nosrac,

Please...I already have tried that since I took the photo...that was step two.

If i can't get it off...i wonder if I can remove the bottoms any easier...and just replace the middle piece as well?


LOL
Super glue another nut on top of it???


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #124, 02-24-2013 11:50 AM
      UPDATE: Inner Door Skins

This has been an issue I have debated back and forth upon for quite some time.

It is going to be very expensive to create the original design I had created to go with Rob's G1 dash...so these will have to wait...going to put a pin in this one for now:


Then I looked at doing the G6 door panels modified...again too much effort and not really liking the outcome!

Then I thought I could work the PISA Euro door panels into something I like, but the longer I stare at them and play with them in Photoshop...I am not sure I really like the flow of them.

So I started looking through all my archives and links and there it was...a reference to what I call the PIMPEST Fiero build....Zimmer Quicksilver...so I Google'd for photos and low and behold there happened to be one for sale on e-bay with tons of great pictures:


I think these have the best feel to them...it is one of the best layouts that utilizes the space well and it has a balanced feel to the door skin.

Of course I would get a more clean black bezel flush mount LED courtesy light instead of the big chrome bezel ones.

And wrap them in black leather and cobalt blue stitching!

Think I have a less expensive answer I like...now I need to see if I can get Rob#2 (not Amida) to create these for me...really shouldn't be difficult at all with his skills.

Please share your thoughts on these door skins...thanks everyone!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #125, 02-24-2013 01:35 PM
      UPDATE: Rob posting his pictures of his toggle switches...got me thinking...I like them, but I think they might be too bulky for the area.


So I started looking and found these units from a company called Nikkita...they make millions of switches and ship world wide...these are called their OLDED Rocker IS Multi-function Switch:


I will be doing some digging to see how I can these...they also offer a unit that does HD color as well
Click here to watch OLED Video!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #126, 02-24-2013 03:38 PM
      ORDERING MORE PARTS:

From Rodney so I can finish up and reassemble the front:



From the FieroStore:

66559 1 85-88 DECK LID RELEASE SWITCH
66562 1 84-88 REAR WINDOW DEFROST SWITCH
50159 1 84-88 REAR WINDSHIELD MOLDING
88075 1 84-88 ENERGY ABSORBER RIVET KIT

88076 1 84-88 REAR FASCIA RIVET KIT
88086 1 86-88 GT COWL SCREEN RETAINER KIT
88104 2 84-88 RADIATOR LOWER SEAL RETAINERS
88108 1 84-88 FRONT FASCIA IMPACT BAR NUTS
88121 2 86-88 ENGINE SPLASH SHIELD CLIPS
88174 1 84-88 A/C CONDENSER MOUNTING KIT
88173 1 84-88 JACK HANDLE ANTI-RATTLE BAND
88079 1 85-88 WINDSHIELD PILLAR WIRING RETAINER


amflyer MSG #127, 02-24-2013 04:52 PM
      Are we ever going to see actual pictures of this car?

Fierofreak00 (jason_crego@hotmail.com) MSG #128, 02-24-2013 07:18 PM
      Updated pics of Jims fuel rails....



For sale thread is here: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/065100.html

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #129, 02-25-2013 12:24 AM
      Looks Great FieroFreak!

Can't wait to get it installed.

Thanks


nosrac MSG #130, 02-25-2013 12:16 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by amflyer:

Are we ever going to see actual pictures of this car?


I see lots of Pics.


nosrac MSG #131, 02-25-2013 12:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Looks Great FieroFreak!

Can't wait to get it installed.

Thanks


Please tell me you are going to paint the SC and the ALT if you leave it up top. An 88 lateral link for a DB will fix you right up!

Gawd that is pretty....LOL



ls3mach MSG #132, 02-25-2013 03:34 PM
      I am very impressed. Would you be wanting to install that interior into my car?



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #133, 02-26-2013 01:09 AM
      UPDATE: Shifter Assembly...finish putting it back together...13 months later


You should have seen it a year ago...covered in surface rust...gotta love people who spill cokes and don't clean them up!
20 some years later and it was a heck of a mess...lol..cleaned up pretty good!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #134, 02-26-2013 01:11 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by nosrac:


Please tell me you are going to paint the SC and the ALT if you leave it up top. An 88 lateral link for a DB will fix you right up!

Gawd that is pretty....LOL



Nosrac,

Its all coming...one step at a time!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #135, 02-26-2013 01:14 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by ls3mach:

I am very impressed. Would you be wanting to install that interior into my car?



You would want to speak to Rob (AMIDA)...just PM him and let him know that you are interested in one of his G1 dashes.

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F.../HTML/000091-48.html


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #136, 02-26-2013 01:46 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by amflyer:

Are we ever going to see actual pictures of this car?


Just for you...AMflyer:













Not much to look at...in present condition...give her another 30-45 days


ckrummy MSG #137, 02-26-2013 04:26 AM
      Ok, I'm just going to say a clean naked fiero frame should be qualified as **** , or maybe it's just me, lol

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #138, 02-26-2013 12:52 PM
      UPDATE: Battery Cable Setup: Just laying out and cutting the 0/1 Gauge cable in preparation of soldering the ends this week.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #139, 02-26-2013 03:56 PM
      UPDATE: US MAIL just showed with my two options of black from Rob and example of the blue thread for the stitching

Top is called "Hampton Ebony"

Bottom is called "Grand Prix Black"

What does everyone think...which one...top or bottom?

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nosrac MSG #140, 02-26-2013 04:16 PM
      Top!

troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #141, 02-26-2013 04:33 PM
      Lisa picked the top as it looks and feels more like leather.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #142, 02-26-2013 05:45 PM
      I think I agree...for the same reason as Lisa...so going to let Rob know that "Hampton Ebony" is the choice!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #143, 02-26-2013 09:51 PM
      UPDATE:

Here is what the Quicksilver door skins would look like in black:


The more I look at these, the more I am sure this is the final decision...I really like them!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #144, 02-27-2013 03:11 PM
      UPDATE: MAIL CALL... received packages from both the Fiero Store & Rodney's:

New Splash Guards from Rodney:


and New array of parts from FieroStore:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #145, 02-27-2013 10:59 PM
      UPDATE: Completed Shifter Assembly:





TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #146, 02-28-2013 02:02 PM
      UPDATE: Test fitting the battery setup and spare tire...lots of clearance



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #147, 03-01-2013 01:49 AM
      UPDATE: GUESS what has the same spline size and teeth?
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Mine I just got off e-bay is black leather and blue stitching



and this from another company off ebay:


& I found a guy on ebay that had a bunch of the Pontiac G5 G6 Solstice air bag emblem badge...which happens to be the same steering wheel
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #148, 03-01-2013 01:54 PM
      UPDATE: the UPS man just showed up and deliver the following from FieroFreak



Tweeder MSG #149, 03-01-2013 11:07 PM
      What year vet is th wheel from?



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #150, 03-03-2013 03:38 PM
      UPDATE: Well after having two failed attempts with non-professionals fiberglass people...I have decided to put the front fascia and rear bumper on hold till next fall.

After several discussions with member EVM_Rob, who redid the molds for the MERA 308 & D&R Countach kits and offer them at a reasonable price.
I am going to have him produce them and do them correctly where I can sell sets to anyone else that wants them as well.



This may work out for the best anyway since I still wanted to have her chopped by Archie.


For now I plan to finish up all the mechanical, technology, and interior upgrades.

I am also in the works of RENTING the inner door skins from the owner in TN that had his Zimmer Quicksilver on E-Bay for sale last week, but it did not sell...to my benefit

I lucked out because EVM_Rob is also from TN...so local pick up. He will take them apart and make molds (plugs) so that these can be offered as another interior door skin option.


On Another Front:

I know that I am going to utilize Falcon 225/50ZR16s on the front and 245/45ZR16 on the rears.

So I started playing with different rims that will look good with the final front and rear fascias:

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Give your feedback on the rim options I have listed...thanks

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amflyer MSG #151, 03-03-2013 03:58 PM
      I cant stand multi fit rims The center hubs are soo big.

Marine1981 MSG #152, 03-03-2013 04:30 PM
      My vote is for the 2nd option. The door panels are going to be sweet.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #153, 03-03-2013 04:48 PM
      So for the external body for now will be the stock GT package with a set of Archie's rocker panels:




and my upgrade side mirrors a well

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PaulJK MSG #154, 03-04-2013 01:43 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

I know that I am going to utilize Falcon 225/50ZR16s on the front and 245/45ZR16 on the rears.

Give your feedback on the rim options I have listed...thanks



Not really my business, but why spend a ton of money on the car and put on cheap tires (?)


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #155, 03-04-2013 01:59 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:


Not really my business, but why spend a ton of money on the car and put on cheap tires (?)


Paul,

That is an interesting argument, but honestly I have owned 6 sets of Falcon tires and love the stiffness and handling of the tire & not once has one of their tires failed on me.

Every set has been on a high performance modified sports car...except Barbie (my wife's STOCK pink pristine 88 GT) that also has a staggered set that matches what I plan for this car.

With that stated, I also want to say that I have purchased some of the most expensive tires from all the big boys US & import (Yokohama, Good Year, Firestone, Pirelli, Michelin, Bridgestone, Dunlop)

and not that impressed or any more impressed for the extra money I spent over the Falcons. ...another tire company that I think is worth is value in tires that I purchased several sets over the years including the staggered set on my G37s is Hankook...which I have been Razzed about in the past as well...but I like what I like ...variety makes the world go around!

So I guess I related it to a pair of sneakers (tennis shoes)...you can spend a lot of money on a "NAME" or you can just pay for a product that does the same.

Also remember that this going to be my daily driver, not a track car.

I have decided to go with the 2nd rim out of the three, I will be ordering them this week...the only question I need to clarify with Stephen is if the 16" will fit over the 12" brake upgrade with the 88 calipers or I will need to go to 17" rims and tires....like to stay at the 16" if possible.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #156, 03-04-2013 10:53 PM
      UPDATE: Nosrac...I Won!!! I finally got that damn nut off the balance'r / proportioning valve.



Tomorrow I will order a 3" replacement pipe with the correct ends from Inline Tube...going to send them the two ends...just to ensure it is correct the 1st time.

http://inlinetube.com/Prefo...stings/PE-CAT-02.htm

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #157, 03-05-2013 12:30 AM
      UPDATE: Rented steering wheel puller from O-Reilly's:


Ready for my new C6 steering wheel, which is in route...saw a FedEx notification email earlier today


mmeyer86gt/gtp (deepbluez98@yahoo.com) MSG #158, 03-05-2013 12:59 AM
      please tell me you are going to utilize the buttons on the steering wheel?

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #159, 03-05-2013 01:53 AM
      Well but of course

My Infotainment unit is Car-Joy™ 8 inch double-din Android 4.0 /3G WIFI GPS Car dvd

♦.High definition digital panel(Pixel 800*480)
♦.8 inch Touch screen monitor

♦.steering wheel control function

♦.Built-in Bluetooth for mobile hands-free.
♦.Built in IPOD function
♦.PIP(picture in picture.)
♦.3D Rotating UI (slide from left to right and from up to down )
♦.Built in ATV ( ISDB,ATSC,DVB-T are optional )
♦.2-Zone function ,the 2 program can be setting differently
♦.Built in GPS function
♦.Radio receiving: FM/AM can be stored 32 stations. RDS is available .
♦.USB/SD card port: support MP4,DIVX,JPEG,MP3 and WMA playback
♦.Car backing display: Car reverse camera input (switch automatically)
♦.Language of OSD menu with DVD:Chinese,English,French,German,Italian,Spainish,Portuguese,(Thailand,Japanese)
♦.Operation menu of language: Simplified Chinese,Traditional Chinese,English,Russian,Italian,Turkish,Japanese,German,French,Portuguese,Arabic,Portuguese
♦.AV output/input :2 video out, 4audio output, 2video input ,2 audio input
♦.Subwoofer output
♦.Compatible with DVD,DVD-R,DVD-RW,HDVD,DVCD,MP3,MP4,CD-R,CD-RW,VCD,DIVX,WMA etc.
♦.Maximal power:4X50W maximum power output

CPU: MSTAR 776multi-media processor, main frequency exceeds 533MHz
Memory/FLASH: 128MB
Operation system: Android 4.0 (ICS)...enabling every android application known to man!
SD Card: Support double hi-speed SDHC(32G) card
USB: support USB HOST, USB pen readable

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #160, 03-05-2013 01:25 PM
      Just stopped off at the UPS store and shipped my pieces that Rob / Amida needs to complete my G1 dash.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #161, 03-05-2013 04:38 PM
      UPDATE: Ordered my replacement upper master brake cylinder feed line to the proportioning valve block to fix the snapped line when installing the new master break cylinder.


Also noticed late last night that one of the AC condenser's feed lines was messed up really bad underneath...found a really nice used set on E-Bay and they are headed my way as well


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #162, 03-06-2013 03:18 PM
      New & the old together:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #163, 03-07-2013 11:56 AM
      Guys...here is another possible door option for the G1 dash from a Trans Am:


I noticed while reviewing jscott1 build thread (when he put the entire dash & door skins in one of his cars) that cut of the Trans am dash in the corners where they meet the doors are not far off from the G1.

Give me your thoughts?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #164, 03-07-2013 09:57 PM
      Working on the laying down my better than dyna-matt substitute:




I got about 88% through it and ran out, will run to Lowes tomorrow to pick up another roll of it to complete

And of course the inner floor boards were sanded clean and nice thick coat of rust-oleum under that first!


TRiAD MSG #165, 03-08-2013 03:28 AM
      I've been away for a couple years, but I gotta say, this build seems to be "state of the art".
From your dash swap, to your infotainment system, to the possible OLED switching...Even the place you want to get headlamps from...
Just absolutely top notch, my friend. Can't wait to see finished pictures.
BTW, I'd have voted for the first wheels pictured, just more classy and timeless than the others.
Particularly the centers. $.02

Subscribing.



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #166, 03-08-2013 07:28 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Working on the laying down my better than dyna-matt substitute:



I got about 88% through it and ran out, will run to Lowes tomorrow to pick up another roll of it to complete

And of course the inner floor boards were sanded clean and nice thick coat of rust-oleum under that first!


You can't leave us with that...What are you using???

Bob



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #167, 03-08-2013 08:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:


You can't leave us with that...What are you using???

Bob


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Proven to work as good as Dyna-Matt, but no where the cost.

When done with it, will have cost me less $60 to do the entire inner cab (roof, floor, rear firewall and the doors)

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KOS MSG #168, 03-08-2013 09:07 AM
      I used this on my camaro before and had some issues with it pealing off on side walls and roof. I think I ended up using some spray adhesive to make it hold better. If i remember right the areas I had issue with were where the overlay (read carpet etc) where not in close contact.

Hella good stuff at the right price. I think it may have been a bit better if I used a heat gun to help it stick when I was rolling it on. Dont get me wrong I would use it again, but just keep an eye out for that. It also may be that the newer stuff has a better adhesive backing than what I used.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #169, 03-08-2013 09:27 AM
      KOS...thanks...it does work better if you utilize a heat gun

RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #170, 03-08-2013 01:44 PM
      Thanx...I'll look into it...

Bob


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #171, 03-08-2013 03:37 PM
      UPDATE: As we all know information on the Internet is not always correct.

The new C6 steering wheel has the same diameter spline as the Fiero, but it has the new "DD" style spline....

But never give up, never surrender!

So I started looking at how both steering wheels where actually put together.

Started with the C6. That only part I was really concerned about was how the assembled the core portion.

The frame of the steering wheel is forged out of some alloy composite with a nice clean "x" diameter hole in the center.

This is where a machine hot presses the true core into that hole...thinking so far...so good...this has options, lets look at the Fiero steering wheel now.

While brain-storming I noticed that the Fiero's stock steering wheels core was a lot wider...my thought was if I could easily remove the core from the center of the rest of the wheel, I could then have the larger core machined down to the correct diameter and have it punched into the new C6 steering wheel.

Here is who is doing the work, will post pictures of the results early next week:
http://www.davismetal.com/

So I now needed to figure out how to get the core removed from the wheel.

I notice that on the front facing portion of the steering wheel where the horn button snaps into the stock steering wheel that there were 4 rivets holding on a plastic cover. So demo time...I used a flat head and snapped the plastic cover in several places removing it and just leaving the tops of the rivets...I then took metal cutters and cleanly cut off the heads of the rivets.

now with the plastic cover and the rives out of the way...low and behold I find out that the Fiero steering wheel is assembled just like any aftermarket wheel with 6 flush mounted screws holding the wheel to the HUB

...so now I have to scratch my head at anyone that utilizes any after market HUB adapter on a Fiero to mount an after-market steering wheel. A simple thin gauge disc shaped plate with holes drilled for both the stock hub & the after market wheel...and it would look factory distance from the column as well.

Can someone show me where I am missing something?


Also in prep for the mounting of the new steering wheel next week, I picked up the remaining pieces for the C6 wheel:





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Saturday morning, I have plans to go to the salvage yard and pull the airbag bracket from a blown air-bag...this piece snaps into the cover plate above...which allows the front cover to lock onto the steering wheel.

Here is what it looks like with a fresh airbag loaded:
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I just wont put a new airbag in the bracket.

The only things left to do once I get the wheel back on Monday is wire the horn, which I have already figured out

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PaulJK MSG #172, 03-09-2013 12:41 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Paul,

That is an interesting argument, but honestly I have owned 6 sets of Falcon tires and love the stiffness and handling of the tire & not once has one of their tires failed on me.

Every set has been on a high performance modified sports car...except Barbie (my wife's STOCK pink pristine 88 GT) that also has a staggered set that matches what I plan for this car.



Sounds like you know what you're doing and that's all that counts. Good going so far.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #173, 03-09-2013 11:25 AM
      UPDATE...was tracking the parts that I sent to Rob (Amida) on UPS.com and read the following scary last status...hope it doesn't mean what I think it means!


zefferk MSG #174, 03-09-2013 11:38 AM
      Holy crap! Do you have to have the insurance in a situation like this?????

TRiAD MSG #175, 03-09-2013 12:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by zefferk:

Holy crap! Do you have to have the insurance in a situation like this?????

I believe so. UPS could decide to cover everything, but I don't think they have to. Not sure.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #176, 03-09-2013 01:24 PM
      PAID for the insurance on it ...but that is not the point...I want Rob to finish up my interior...now this is gonna delay it...it had my G6 glovebox, my center console armrest...i was having it recovered as well to match, vent screen and the bracket to my gauge cluster...asked rob to bend it 70 degrees since he has the correct tool to measure it on hand....FUN FUN!


Keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best!

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TRiAD MSG #177, 03-09-2013 01:30 PM
      Huh...Maybe it was a little derailment?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #178, 03-09-2013 06:22 PM
      UPDATE: UPS man delivered my replacement AC lines


Also had my welder out today to fix the area in the rear passenger wheel well under the stock battery tray position.


He also filled the hole for the stock radio antenna wire, since I am relocating mine to center rear on the roof with a G6 antenna that also has the GPS array in it as well.


He still has cleanup to do tomorrow to make it look pretty.

Tonight he is fabricating me a bracket to re-mount my coils in the area of the stock battery tray...he will be back at sun rise tomorrow to finish up


ALSO...disassembled the C6 steering wheel getting it ready for Monday! The shop has he old steering wheel core and should have it ready.


So on Monday they will drill out the C6's original spline core & then hot punch the new one they created out of the original stock steering wheels much larger core.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #179, 03-10-2013 04:36 PM
      UPDATE: INFOTAINMENT CENTER...as my normal self...given enough time I keep looking for a better and less expensive solution.

Well when it comes to this piece I want it to be as flexible as possible so I decided to not go with the Car-joy 2 din unit...don't get me wrong...awesome unit, but its hardware is proprietary...locked in!

I really like the MIMO HP, but the price tag is pretty high, so I kept looking, but nothing that seem reasonable.

But earlier today while searching for a piece of electronic hardware (computer) I knew existed from a friend of mine..."converts steering wheel controls into USB keyboard and HID remote controller"


Hardware feature
- Converts resistance-output steering wheel remote controller into USB HID keyboard and HID remote controller.
- Works same as standard USB HID keyboard and HID remote controller by hardware.
- 24V tolerant 4 channel resistance input.
- Supports 28 physical buttons, 52 programmable logical buttons.
- 2 logical button for one physical button, up to 5 simultaneous key strokes by one button.
- 2 programmable LED port.
- Remote wake-up(resume PC from sleep with steering wheel remote controller).
- Temperature range : -40 ~ +85°C

JoyCon Explorer aided feature
- Preset change by Preset up and down buttons.
- Speech and OSD when preset is changed.
- Application link(application launches and popup with preset changing).
- Speech when application launches and a button is pressed.
- User definable Button Speech
- Automatic Button Detection
- Online firmware update.

- No external power or driver installation needs.
- Available OS : Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003

(JoyCon Explorer supports Windows XP and the later version. JoyCon Explorer does not support Linux. But CarPC JoyCon EX works on Linux and Mac after it is configured at Windows.)

App Link enables to launch application with steering wheel remote control's button and switch application when preset is changed.


Connect two wires of CarPC JoyCon EX’s input channel to the remote controls, and connect USB.

This is the typical resistance-output steering wheel remote controller's circuit.
You can put additional buttons like green box below by DIY, if you want.

You can control two external LED.

You can use typical USB cam as rearview camera with CarPC JoyCon EX.
Any USB camera or video capture device can be rearview camera.


Rearveiws popups when Channel C detects reversing light,


ex Cam shows when reversing light is detected.
Any video capture device can be rearview camera.
Horizontal and Vertical Mirror is supported.



AND THEN A LINK FROM THAT SITE LEAD ME DOWN THIS PATH:


Multi Touch Capacitive Double DIN High Bright Lilliput 669GL-70NP/C/T



Double DIN Multi Touch Capacitive Lilliput high bright monitor is an ideal choice for in dash installations.
The multi touch capacitive panel is ultra clear works with Windows XP and Windows 7 native drivers to allow features like pinch to zoom and flicks.
The double DIN foot print makes it ideal for in dash installations.
The monitor also features RCA, VGA, DVI, and HDMI input as well as all of the other bells and whistles, like auto power on and auto switching, that you have come to expect.

Features
Ultra Clear Multi Touch Capacitive Panel
HDMI, DVI, VGA, and RCA Video inputs
450 Nit High Bright LCD Panel
Double DIN Footprint will replace existing head units
7” TFT LCD Color Car Monitor 5 way adjustable LED backlighting
High Resolution, Wide Viewing Angle, with native 15:9 screen ratio
Menu Language Options: Chinese/English/French/Russian/German
Auxiliary RCA Audio and 2x RCA Video Inputs for Rear View Camera and Gaming Systems
Compatible with Windows 7 and XP
Auto power on
500:1 contrast ratio
1 year warranty

&

Black Box Mobile Case for Mini ITX Based Car PC's


We are pleased to release our new Black Box Mobile Mini ITX case. We have kept the features that make our case unique, like universal motherboard support, multiple power supply mounting options, and LCD monitor power output while making significant improvements including 5v output for powered USB devices or a hub, improved ventilation for higher power CPU's and RCA line output jacks for easy audio integration. We are also the first in the car PC industry to adopt a locking metal power input harness.

Features
Every Black Box Mobile includes the following accessories:
16 AWG 6 pin metal locking male and female wiring harness
2 End caps
LCD power connector (for touch screen monitor power)
4m/14' 18 AWG LCD power line set
2 port USB panel
RCA Jacks
Hard drive and system power LED lights
Reset switch
Hardware mounting screws, wire ties, and quick connects
Isolation bushings for the hard drive and motherboard
Hardware mounting plate
50mm high speed fan

&

OBDLink Scan Tool Universal OBD II Interface


OBDLink is our latest, most advanced PC-based scan tool that supports all OBD-2 compliant vehicles, including CAN based systems. Use it to convert your laptop, netbook, or mobile PC into a sophisticated, easy to use diagnostic system — for a small fraction of the cost of comparable standalone units! The package includes everything you need to diagnose your vehicle's problems. The free feature-packed OBDwiz diagnostic software included with the scan tool allows you to:

Turn off check engine light, and erase stored diagnostic information
Read and erase stored, pending, and permanent trouble codes (both generic and manufacturer specific)
Access freeze frame information
Display, graph, and log 90+ real-time parameters
Create custom digital dashboards
Measure and display fuel economy
And much more!

Premium diagnostic software, such as ScanXL and ScanMaster, offers a myriad of additional features, including access to proprietary systems such as ABS, and thousands of enhanced manufacturer-specific parameters.

The firmware inside the OBDLink unit is upgradeable, which means you can enjoy the latest features by downloading a free update.

Compatibility
OBDLink is compatible with all model year 1996-2010 cars and light trucks sold in the United States, including all American, European, and Asian vehicles. OBD legislation varies from country to country, therefore if you reside outside the United States, make sure that your vehicle is OBD-2 compliant before purchasing this product

Features
3 Year Warranty
USB interface Baud rates from 9600 up to 2M baud
Supports all legislated OBD protocols:
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ISO14230-4 (Keyword Protocol 2000)
ISO9141-2 (Asian, European, Chrysler vehicles)
J1850 VPW (GM vehicles)
J1850 PWM (Ford vehicles)
Compatible with more diagnostic software than any other scan tool
Compatible with Centrafuse 2.x or later
Extended command set allows the tool to perform enhanced diagnostics not possible with ELM327-based scan tool
User upgradeable via free downloads
Can be powered from OBD or USB, for even easier firmware updates
Improved automatic protocol detection algorithm
Smart keep-alive algorithm helps ensure a stable connection on ISO and KWP vehicles
Large CAN memory buffer allows the scan tool to receive large amounts of data
Greatly increased data throughput delivers faster screen updates and more graph points

Drive it all with:

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We are proud to introduce the all new Centrafuse Auto, the ultimate In-vehicle infotainment & telematics interface.
Built on the powerful new Centrafuse 4.0 runtime environment, Centrafuse Auto is a complete automotive infotainment software suite, designed specifically for Windows-based PC systems.

Features
Centrafuse offers an unparalleled feature set, empowering & simplifying driver-control over a wide range of functions, including:
MEDIA PLAYER
SAT HD RADIO
AM/FM RADIO
BUILT-IN APP MARKET
FULL MIXER CONTROL
BUILT-IN UPDATER
BLUETOOTH HANDSFREE
GPS NAVIGATION *
WEB BROWSER
WEATHER
EMAIL CLIENT
VOICE CONTROL
TEXT-TO-SPEECH
DVD PLAYER
OBD-II DIAGNOSTICS
MP3 PLAYER SUPPORT
SYNC PHONE CONTACTS **
A2DP SUPPORT **
UNLIMITED SCREENS ***
REAR CAMERA

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #180, 03-10-2013 07:12 PM
      UPDATE:

Kinda knew I could do this, but wanted to verify with a test...but I will get the best of both worlds going this new route on my infotainment setup:



I will run everything off of Windows 7 and thanks to the free virtualization software VirtualBox by Oracle

&

Android-x86 - Porting Android to x86 PROJECT & there easy to load ISOs

I can run not only ANDROID, the latest and greatest of Jellybean and so on!


I will also be running a thin version of Asterisk as well for free calling

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #181, 03-10-2013 09:10 PM
      UPDATE: UPS seems to have cleaned up the mess and things are moving again:
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Marine1981 MSG #182, 03-11-2013 12:30 AM
      Saw these for you....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FIERO-CENTER-CONSOLE-POWER-WINDOW-SWITCHES-RARE-BLACK-/110675528780?p t=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item19c4c68c4c&vxp=mtr


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #183, 03-11-2013 07:52 AM
      Thanks for the heads up on those power window switches. I really do appreciate it, but let me let you in on a secret.

Those $100 switches I can reproduce my self for about $25-$30.

FYI....What you are looking at on e-bay right now...are traditional older grey switches that have had their top rocker replaced with a Camaro rocker, which is snaps in perfectly.

I think that is almost dirty what that seller is doing on e-bay...but with that said I have order a part or two from him, because he will come across other decent parts.


Marine1981 MSG #184, 03-11-2013 10:41 AM
      I didn't even see the price when I looked. That's insane.

blakeinspace (blakeinspace@yahoo.com) MSG #185, 03-12-2013 08:40 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:


...except Barbie (my wife's STOCK pink pristine 88 GT) ....


I find immense irony in this statement



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #186, 03-12-2013 09:07 AM
      Well everything except the color (we all know that !), one sub woofer & aftermarket radio...rest is stock! ...lol

Did I miss anything else?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #187, 03-12-2013 09:59 AM
      UPDATE:

HAPPY HAPPY...JOY JOY!!!

Rob (Aminda) should receive my stuff to complete my G1 dash in the next hour or so...UPS tracking states it is out for delivery.
Hopefully even with the issue with the train, everything gets to him undamaged!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #188, 03-12-2013 11:25 AM
      UPDATE:

ALSO...Spoke with EVM_Rob last night on the phone.

So we worked up a game plane for the next few months.

This is who is going to do my front & rear Fascias that I want. Because of the very complicated lines, there is a lot of hours that are involved and it will need to be done in stages...which in turn is going to take time.



So that new front & rear fascia will go on another of my Fieros later next fall.

So this leaves an opening for a new body on my 86GT....going to go with one of EVM_Rob's 308/MERA re-bodies.




He is going to wait to April 1st (warmer weather) to start making my 308 body...he makes them when ordered. And he will have it ready for shipping within 6 weeks from start date...so putting me about middle of May.

Between now and then he is going to be working up a replicated copy of the Zimmer Quicksilver inner door skin...so he can knock that out real quick before he starts my body.


So by mid-April we should have the Zimmer Quicksilver inner door skins as another option!

Also he has several other cool projects that will be rolling out...keep an eye on EVM_Rob!

This timing actually works out very well.

I should have all the mechanical & interior (excluding door inner skins) completed by then and ready to mount the body



JohnWPB MSG #189, 03-12-2013 01:44 PM
      Wow, what an amazing project, SOOoo much going on it's hard to keep track of, in a good way!

If you are going to use the Rjoy device with a CarPC you will be happy! As you mentioned, you can, with a simple resistor, create your own inputs very easily. There are also a few good ones 'ready to go'. One is a Sony marine controller. I am using one in my setup. Here is a link to a bit about it in my build thread.

As for a CarPC, I have a far better option than the one above if you are interested. If you are still going with a CarPC running Win7, I can send you more info, just drop me a pm or an email.


P.S. Looks like Rob will get his parts today
Seattle, WA, United States 03/12/2013 4:23 A.M. Out For Delivery



TRiAD MSG #190, 03-12-2013 04:35 PM
      Incredible build thread, Opie!
+ for you!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #191, 03-12-2013 05:46 PM
      UPDATE:

Got the spots where he welded cleaned up and a nice coat of black rust-olum on it:




and the old antenna hole:





TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #192, 03-12-2013 05:55 PM
      I have reached out to Rich (silver 85 sc) to request the following:

I am thinking he might be able to help me out...I need the following pieces (driver & passenger)



Done in a strong enough gauge metal so I can drill a hole through so I can continue the hole all the way inside for a set of these:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #193, 03-12-2013 08:18 PM
      UPDATE:

Installed new aluminum 3 core radiator:


& new ac condenser...since I received the lines to hook it up a few days ago:


I also removed the front bucket for the spare tire:


to open up access to make it easier to install the "Full-time power steering kit" from Chris at West Coast Fiero:


That is going to get installed with the factory power steering pump that goes with my 3800SC:


JohnWPB MSG #194, 03-12-2013 08:22 PM
      Dual camera's to get rid of the side view mirrors.... nice

I just realized you are in Frisco. Too bad you didn't make it out with the rest of us when we went to Cleburn and surprised DIY_Stu. We definitely could have talked shop / CarPC's and tech


Here is a thread that could keep you busy for a while, and maybe give you some ideas


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #195, 03-12-2013 10:31 PM
      John,

I will be in Fort Lauderdale last weekend of the month. My daughter is a model in Miami and my wife and I are headed down for a weekend. I will be staying in a hotel near the beach. Maybe you could take a drive on down and show me the car if you have time and its not too far!

Jim (TXOPIE)


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #196, 03-12-2013 10:41 PM
      UPDATE:

Just saw that someone posted an awesome deal on C6 Corvette exhaust tips :

Thanks for the heads up...I just grabbed me a set


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #197, 03-13-2013 12:06 AM
      UPDATE:

Late night E-Bay shopping...found me a set of NOS backup lights for my project:


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #198, 03-13-2013 04:48 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: Ordered my replacement upper master brake cylinder feed line to the proportioning valve block to fix the snapped line when installing the new master break cylinder.


Also noticed late last night that one of the AC condenser's feed lines was messed up really bad underneath...found a really nice used set on E-Bay and they are headed my way as well


How did you like Inline Tube? I bought all my brake lines from them. It helps that they are two miles away. They even have my rear 84 line to use as a model.

Bob


JohnWPB MSG #199, 03-13-2013 05:54 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE:

Just saw that someone posted an awesome deal on C6 Corvette exhaust tips :

Thanks for the heads up...I just grabbed me a set


SERIOUSLY?!?!?! That is less than half what I paid


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #200, 03-14-2013 12:34 AM
      Don't anyone get me wrong ...I am still on mark to do the 308/MERA body starting April 1st.

But instead of doing the front & rear fascia that I have shown in combination with Archie's wide body in the fall.

I think I am going to see if EVM_Rob will do this entire re-body for me...give me your thoughts everyone:

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yellowstone MSG #201, 03-14-2013 06:53 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

John,

I will be in Fort Lauderdale last weekend of the month.

Jim (TXOPIE)


Are you going to be in Miami at all?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #202, 03-14-2013 10:19 AM
      Yes,

My daughter lives in South Beach and I use to own a house in Miramar.

Jim (TXOPIE)

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #203, 03-14-2013 11:00 AM
      Here is a PS of what she is going to look like:



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yellowstone MSG #204, 03-14-2013 11:06 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Yes,

My daughter lives in South Beach and I use to own a house in Miramar.

Jim (TXOPIE)

469-693-5216


I'm just across Biscayne Bay from SoBe (we see it from the balcony). Let me know when you're there and I will come and take you for a drive

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #205, 03-14-2013 03:06 PM
      UPDATE: MAIL is In!

I received the following items today:

InLine Tube: tubes from the proportioning valve master break cylinder:


&

The center pontiac symbol...now I have everything to complete my C6 steering wheel


&

A set of ford lights & housing...for the rear of the 308/MERA:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #206, 03-16-2013 11:09 PM
      UPDATE: FEDEX delivery:

Received my C6 Corvette Tips...need a little cleanup, but nothing a little elbow grease won't make look perfect

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bkcamaro (bkcamaro@yahoo.com) MSG #207, 03-17-2013 01:29 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Don't anyone get me wrong ...I am still on mark to do the 308/MERA body starting April 1st.

But instead of doing the front & rear fascia that I have shown in combination with Archie's wide body in the fall.

I think I am going to see if EVM_Rob will do this entire re-body for me...give me your thoughts everyone:





i love the looks of this



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #208, 03-17-2013 02:11 PM
      I am considering Chrome Wrapping the car like this & these rims:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #209, 03-18-2013 12:29 PM
      UPDATE: Finally made it to the salvage yard this morning!

I picked up a set of Solstice air vents for my 2nd interior for the project...since I plan on utilizing another G1 interior, but different color scheme.
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I also scored the airbag bracket I needed to complete my C6 steering wheel
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I also found a 2nd steering wheel button that fits the left-hand blank plate on the steering wheel I received...Now I will not only have volume and station controls, but also an info & enter button for more assignable tasks on my AutoPC


I also picked up some Pontiac & GM badges while there as well:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #210, 03-18-2013 03:21 PM
      UPDATE: Put together the pieces:



...Saturday I need to run to south Dallas to go pickup my completed spline CORE swap on metal part of the C6 steering wheel...once I have it back, it should be 5 minutes to put the pieces together and slide it on the column. So hopefully by Sunday we will have completed write up and pictures of the process & the finished product.


Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #211, 03-18-2013 06:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:
InLine Tube: tubes from the proportioning valve master break cylinder:



Could you explain the info around the tubing a bit better?
Originally I was going to use this:


But ended up giving up and returning it to Summit because I couldn't find the correct adapters to make this work.



Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #212, 03-18-2013 07:01 PM
      Imagine this in a Fiero:

Would look so clean in your car.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #213, 03-18-2013 07:32 PM
      Austrian Import: Can't see the last pict...re-post please ...also PM in regards to the tubes.

Things are progressing on the design work for the project in the fall:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #214, 03-19-2013 09:34 PM
      Updates from Rob:

Busy making mine and Yellowstone's interiors:




Can't wait to see photos once he starts wrapping pieces

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #215, 03-22-2013 06:31 PM
      Been traveling for work this week...so about Zero done on the car, but going to hit it hard tomorrow...should have parts waiting on my at home from UPS, FEDEX and such

hiwil88formula (hiwil88@yahoo.com) MSG #216, 03-22-2013 09:11 PM
      are you gonna make it to round-up this year, would love to see the progress.

Hywel


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #217, 03-23-2013 10:08 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by hiwil88formula:

are you gonna make it to round-up this year, would love to see the progress.

Hywel

Hywel,

I like to but my job is one that has projects that spike and require a lot of time, but if I can swing it I will be there.
Wanted to go to Springfling today, but working on a deadline for a project and I can't take down time this weekend. So it goes.

Jim (TXOPIE)


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #218, 03-23-2013 01:13 PM
      UPDATES:



and finished it out this morning with front & back:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #219, 03-24-2013 05:30 PM
      UPDATES:

Putting back together the front... re-installed the headlights with re-built motors, radiator cooling fan and began to buckle everything back up.


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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #220, 03-24-2013 07:20 PM
      UPDATE:

Picked up a pair of TRW Tie Rod Ends:
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and from member,Ventura, I picked up two TRW front upper and two front lower ball joints. Part #'s 10324 and 10326



I should also see my full-time power-steering from Chris at West Coast early this week...I saw that he charged my card, which means that he should have shipped it:


Lets see...what else to update...

Steering Wheel...still at Davis Metal...they promised it will be ready by Wednesday...since I am a little project for a very large shop and they aren't charging me too much...I got shifted to the back burner...way it goes

My welder, "Mr Cool" as l like to call him...has all my 0/1 wiring system soldered and ready for drop off...he would have done it yesterday, but I am waiting on my next box truck e-brake to arrive early this week. He will drop off the cables and pick up the Fiero & box truck e-brake to make them one.

Won't be able to get it back until after week from today. I will be down in Miami next weekend to go see my daughter and check out a few So Florida members cars while I'm down there

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #221, 03-27-2013 11:52 PM
      UPDATE: I received my NOS TRW Brand Tie Rod End s:


I also recieved a PM from member FieroGuru that he recieved my brand new set of Raybestos - Front Disc Brake Rotor and Hub Assemblies:


which he is going to turn into these in preparation of my 12" Brake upgrades


KOS MSG #222, 03-28-2013 07:49 AM
      dumb amnesty question. But he is using the rotors and will machine them down? Do you have any pics of how this mod looks? I am curious as to how this all works..

Thanks



fieroguru MSG #223, 03-28-2013 11:45 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by KOS:

dumb amnesty question. But he is using the rotors and will machine them down? Do you have any pics of how this mod looks? I am curious as to how this all works..

Thanks



The original rotor surface is removed so all that is left is a hub. Then you can slide on larger rotors over the modified wheel hubs.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/065345.html

Here is a how to thread:
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/126744.html

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #224, 03-28-2013 01:37 PM
      Best answered by the Guru Himself...thank you Sir!

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #225, 03-28-2013 01:48 PM
      UPDATE: FEDEX just delivered my Front & Rear windshields from RockAuto:

Front with the piece already in place to attach your rear view mirror


Here is the rear glass:


Both Pieces are great!

Unfortunately it came with no rear-defrost...just FYI for anyone looking to order rear glass from them.

Which leads me to the next question...where can I get rear defrost piece to add to glass. Once upon a time when I was much younger, I remember there were kits to add on rear defrost.

Do they still exist today and does someone make one specifically for the Fiero?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #226, 03-28-2013 02:11 PM
      UPDATE: US Mail Delivery and received a package from member,Ventura, -

Two TRW front upper and two front lower ball joints. Part #'s 10324 and 10326:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #227, 03-28-2013 02:19 PM
      UPDATES: Been doing tweaks on the Prototype for the front


and start working on the rear:


dobey MSG #228, 03-28-2013 02:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:
Unfortunately it came with no rear-defrost...just FYI for anyone looking to order rear glass from them.

Which leads me to the next question...where can I get rear defrost piece to add to glass. Once upon a time when I was much younger, I remember there were kits to add on rear defrost.

Do they still exist today and does someone make one specifically for the Fiero?


Prosource Glass Intl (with the gray/green tint door glass options) have some rear glass panels with defrost available.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #229, 03-28-2013 03:05 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by dobey:


Prosource Glass Intl (with the gray/green tint door glass options) have some rear glass panels with defrost available.



I will be picking up a few of the one's they have for my other projects, but I kinda need to utilize this one as it will cost more to ship it back then it cost me to purchase it.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #230, 03-28-2013 03:27 PM
      UPDATE: FOUND my Answer for rear defrost:

http://www.frostfighter.com/prt2600.htm


Spoke to this company and they will be updating website with a lot more rear defrost options by end of next week and there is one on there that we should all pay attention to

The Rock Auto solution & this new option will be the best bang for the buck!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #231, 03-28-2013 08:06 PM
      UPDATE: Well absolutely nothing will get finished this weekend on the car...My wife and I are headed to Ft Lauderdale & Miami for a 3-day weekend to see our daughter

Yellowstone...will give you a shout when I get out there and you can show me the Bad@ss ride you have

And by the way...I know exactly where you took that picture on the bridge...had a few clients that live on the other side of that bridge.

Stephen...would really like to touch base tonight on the phone...please and thank you!



PaulJK MSG #232, 03-29-2013 01:25 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Between now and then he is going to be working up a replicated copy of the Zimmer Quicksilver inner door skin...so he can knock that out real quick before he starts my body.


So by mid-April we should have the Zimmer Quicksilver inner door skins as another option!



i REALLY hope you guys decide to update the door handles in case i want a set of these . the 1997-2001 camry handles might fit pretty well.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #233, 04-01-2013 10:33 AM
      BACK FROM Ft Lauderdale....This week's focus is to get re-organized and ensure that all aspects of the 86GT are being addresses in the proper order and also in a timely manor.

* Need to go get my steering wheel from Davis Metal.

* Follow up with Chris @ West Coast to figure out where my power steering is KIT is since he charged me for it almost over 2 weeks ago.

* Pay Fieroguru for the work he did on my new front hubs in prep for brake upgrade...these are my actual completed set below:


* Need to send a payment to Rob for my 308 body which he should be starting this week since the weather is finally warming up.

* Get a status from Amida how my G1 dash is coming along

*Stephen will also start logging some hours of work on the 86GT this week...with his assistance I should really start being able to make some real progress


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #234, 04-01-2013 11:35 AM
      UPDATE: Pulled passenger side carpet from Barbie (88 GT) to use as a template for my new black carpet...since I sold my old carpet over a year ago.

I had to share pictures of her floor boards, because I was so impressed...they look like they are almost brand new:



Also the padding behind the 88 carpet has a lot nicer padding then the 86 GT...this stuff is almost like an early tempur material...was this stock from the factory?

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aaronkoch (cheddarlump@cheddarlump.net) MSG #235, 04-01-2013 12:28 PM
      My '88 had that awesome foam in it too, so I'm guessing it's an '88 only thing. I would have reused it, but the stupid cats peed on it, so i had to toss it.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #236, 04-01-2013 04:46 PM
      UPDATE: Paid FieroGuru for the front hubs, so hopefully he will be able to ship them out tomorrow



Just spoke to Dwaine from Davis Metal...steering wheel is ready for pickup

I will post pictures as soon as I pick it up to show the finished results of a modified C6 steering wheel that fits a stock Fiero steering column.
This is accomplished by re-coring the C6 wheel with a shaved core from the original steering wheel.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #237, 04-01-2013 10:34 PM
      UPDATE: Went and picked up Completed C6 steering wheel NOW with original Fiero splines in the core!




and this picture that is PSed is trying to represent the black rubber ring that is angled:

Did a test fit and we are good. I would put it all back together, but I need to finish up with the push button start & integrating the steering wheel controls into my AutoPC.

I will post more photos tomorrow on how this will all will look put together and all the components.

I will also will be able to reproduce these for a cost in the near future.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #238, 04-02-2013 01:25 AM
     

dobey MSG #239, 04-02-2013 12:25 PM
      How exactly do you plan on wiring up the steering wheel control buttons? They work in the newer cars, because they have newer steering columns with the appropriate clock spring to connect the electronics properly. The only thing in the Fiero that is wired to the steering wheel, is the horn, which is simple enough to not need all the extra bits.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #240, 04-02-2013 02:26 PM
      Not 100% true...Harder to explain without pictures...so I will show and explain later this evening when I have time to take the pictures...not the easiest angles and lighting...but I'll get them

I will show you and everyone step by step on the hows as I progress and then in the end I will make an official guide.

But be assured that both sets of controls on the steering wheel will be fully functioning and there is plenty of room in the steering column.

Will be converted to full RFID push button start system....button will be located on column at old turn-key location...this is the most complicated part (which isn't that complicated)...just have to deal with steering wheel lock pin & a few other things.

Hazard switch is being relocated to rocker panel in center dash.

Steering wheel column plastic colars will be cleaned up, hole filled from hazard button and repainted.

Hint on the solution...created my own SIR clock-spring

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #241, 04-04-2013 04:13 PM
      UPDATE: My front modified hubs from FieroGuru came in:

He took brand new Raybestos:


and created these:



They look great and now will enable me to do the 12" brake upgrade


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #242, 04-05-2013 11:45 PM
      UPDATE: Installed the completed steering wheel to ensure all fits correctly...its all starting to come together


Column is 85% ready for push button start on the column...working on my custom clock spring...have sizing and fit done...just working on the rings themselves at this point.


KOS MSG #243, 04-06-2013 02:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fieroguru:


The original rotor surface is removed so all that is left is a hub. Then you can slide on larger rotors over the modified wheel hubs.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/065345.html

Here is a how to thread:
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/126744.html



Thanks Guru...looks simple enough, I have a lathe so that isnt a problem.. Guess I just need to read up on the rest for the upgrade now! Lol.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #244, 04-07-2013 03:46 AM
      Here is what a GM SIR or clock-spring looks like cracked open:


I am going to remove the ribbon and custom fix it into the area as shown below:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #245, 04-08-2013 01:56 AM
      UPDATE: Stephen Poe came by this evening and we stripped down everything that had to come off the swap that was done poorly or just plan incorrectly.

Removed one sliced and mangled wiring harness in prep of installing the new wiring harness:


Removed the valve covers


& Super Charger for painting:


* Removed the stock fuel rails,
* Pulled the belt & removed dummy pulley & prepped to put the power steering pump back in
* Removed the plastic fuel lines in prep of the stainless steel lines.
* Figured out that there is no canister.
* Removed spark-plug cables in prep for custom length cables for a much cleaner look.




We also got her up on stands so that I can do a little clean up this week underneath her:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #246, 04-10-2013 12:49 AM
      UPDATE: With the car now up on stands I thought I would finish cleaning up the bottom.

Glad to report that there is nothing but a little surface rust and it was just on the chrome pipes for the coolant down both sides.

They are now clean and back to a nice mirror finish...will post pictures tomorrow.

Wiped her under body down with a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar.

Tomorrow I will mask her off and give the bottom a nice coat of black Rust-o-luem.

Also got my valve covers all cleaned and read for primer & paint

I only got about 90% through getting the SC cleaned up...a little more time and it too will be ready.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #247, 04-10-2013 02:13 AM
     



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #248, 04-11-2013 11:14 PM
      Super Charger is ready for paint now:



Re-scrub down the valve covers with a scotch pad and sprayed the primer:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #249, 04-13-2013 01:01 AM
      UPDATE: Got a good solid coat of black rust-o-luem on the bottom and working on getting it cleaned up





Still have the control arms and a few cross supports to sand and paint tomorrow.

Maybe next weekend I will drop the gas tank...sand and paint as well

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #250, 04-13-2013 05:47 PM
      UPDATE: From Rob:

Main instrument panels assembled.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #251, 04-14-2013 08:39 PM
      UPDATE:

Did some more work on my valve covers. I decided to eliminate the two center grooved lines from both:


It is now sprayed in high-temp primer grey...next coat will be a high-temp silver chrome.

After that I will use vinyl lettering to mask off my lettering on the cover that faces the trunk.

Now with the vinyl lettering stuck to the silver chrome coat...I will spray it with blue anodized paint.

Once that dries, I will carefully remote the vinyl lettering and shoot a coat of high-temp clear coat.


This should leave the valve covers in a nice blue anodized color and the lettering in a nice shinny silver chrome.

ALSO...with a bunch of the parts out of the way in the engine & engine bay,
it is giving me the room to finish cleaning up the engine bay like taking aluminum tape and securing the firewall material that has pulled up and away of the years:

I have taken a wire brush to any of the oxidized parts I can reach....need to get a few smaller brushes & some engine de-greaser to finish up...this is very slow and detail oriented work

and I also began some of the engine dressing (Mr Gasket)...what can I say, I love the classics :

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #252, 04-20-2013 12:56 AM
      UPDATE: ....had to start over on painting the supercharger ....see below

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #253, 04-21-2013 10:41 PM
      UPDATE: Finished the under body...completely rust-free and a nice coat of black Rust-o-luem.







I do not like the final product while utilizing the plastic stock valve covers...

So I went ahead and ordered a set of the Aluminum Valve Covers from ZZ Perfromance:

I will then shoot them with the same blue anodized paint to have it match the Supercharger exactly

When Stephen comes over next later this week, I am going to get him to assist in dropping the gas tank.
I will then do a through cleaning, light sanding and a good solid coat of aluminum color Rust-o-luem.

I also ordered and paid for 12" corvette drilled/slotted/zinc coated rotors drilled with the 5x100 bolt pattern & concentric rings from FieroGuru...getting close to having all the components for the brake upgrade


Just need to order my 88 CENTRIC SEMI-LOADED brand new front & back BRAKE CALIPERS:


Then in the next two weeks I will be ordering the Rear Bump-Steer Kit from now "AMS".

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #254, 04-22-2013 02:22 AM
      UPDATE: ...the last coat made the entire paint orange peel on the supercharger...I wish a few of you paint experts could explain what caused it to peel

This is what the look of frustration looks like:



Will finish cleaning off all the paint and start from scratch & hopefully I will have better success round 2!

The outcome I truly want is to have the supercharger & valve covers to come out like the Mr. Gasket anodized blue used in many of their products. Have the blue anodized paint from dupli-color.

Sanded down the supercharger originally and clean it with dupli-color's cleaner/prepping spray. Then spray light coats. The color didn't want to seem to bond to some areas of the supercharger in the first coat, but in the 2nd those spots started to take color. After 4-5 coats everything balanced out, but was really darker than I would have liked...don't get wrong it was a nice dark anodized blue...just would have liked it lighter.

HELP!!! ...don't want to power coat...pain in the a@@...just high-temp paint open to all ideas and comments!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #255, 04-22-2013 12:07 PM
      UPDATE: UPS man just delivered Full-Time power steering kit from Chris at West Coast Fiero:


yellowstone MSG #256, 04-22-2013 02:08 PM
      Despite the small setback you seem to do a great job here!

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #257, 04-22-2013 02:26 PM
      Yellowstone...thanks! Just a difficult blow...when I thought I was done with that part...but it is what it is!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #258, 04-25-2013 07:32 PM
      UPDATE: ZZP valve coves arrived:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #259, 04-27-2013 03:35 PM
      UPDATE: Post man came a delivered my 12" rotors...one step closer to getting that upgrade completed:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #260, 04-27-2013 05:52 PM
      UPDATE: I have gotten the Supercharger 95% clean of the dupli-color blue anodized off.


I have decided to try a different route this 2nd attempt and bring in a little assistance.

Later today, I am going to drop both my supercharger & valve covers off to a polishing shop.

They will bring my ZZP valve covers to a perfect flawless mirror finish, instead of the "B" finish that they sell and then finish cleaning up the supercharger and give it an amazing polish.

Once they all have a nice polish, its off to paint shop immediately...as in the paint shop is picking them up right after they are completed...the owner of the paint shop states...that we have a much better chance of getting a perfect outcome on the polished aluminum...the more we lessen the time between finishing the polish and spraying them...once you stop polishing...they start oxidizing!

Also the owner of the paint shop sold be on a transparent candie blue paint...that I think will look pretty awesome....time will only tell at this point


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #261, 04-27-2013 07:11 PM
     

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #262, 04-27-2013 07:14 PM
      UPDATE: Here is a photo with the rotors sitting on the hub...just to get an idea of what they will look like:
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yellowstone MSG #263, 04-28-2013 09:50 AM
      Those rotors will look great on your car!

I wish someone like you with a big garage lived around here - don't you want to be closer to your daughter...?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #264, 04-28-2013 05:35 PM
      Yellowstone...sorry my friend...will go visit her and the Miami area, but I will never move back to SoFl. I lived in Miramar for a year. My office was seriously less than a mile from my house and it took me 45 minutes to get into my house each night....damn gated communities! Its just not for me...also everything is difficult getting in and out of...what I mean by that is...that you just can't swing into and out of a gas station on the corner in a lot of the areas......you need to pull into an entire shopping center with one drive in and out...easier to catch and arrest people that way I guess ?

My next move will be back to San Diego...missing my surfing really bad...my two homes are DFW / 469 and SD / 619 !!!

80% of my life in one or the other.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #265, 04-28-2013 08:24 PM
      UPDATE: Worked on cleaning up more of the engine bay area...trying to get everything nice and clean:




...still have more to do, but a little bit closer


revin MSG #266, 04-28-2013 10:23 PM
      Looking real good now!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #267, 04-29-2013 01:11 AM
      Thanks Revin!

UPDATE: While cleaning the engine bay...I took off the driver's side engine bay radiator hose...because when the engine swap was done the hose laid against are part of the exhaust pipes...the mechanic that did the swap thought it would be ok just to wrap it in fire cloth a few times...the engine had less then 3 hours of drive time on it and it was already starting to melt the rubber.

And I wanted to do my standard Mr. Gasket woven hose covers...but that would have only amplified the problem...so here is the solution I came up with:

This will allow me to route the now flex pipe away and still maintaining a polished look...will have the ends done in the Candi Blue transparent that the valve covers and SC are being done in

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #268, 05-01-2013 11:54 AM
      UPDATE: UPS dropped off my air duct to properly relocated my air filter


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #269, 05-02-2013 01:36 PM
      UPDATE: UPS man just dropped off my flex hose:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #270, 05-02-2013 02:44 PM
      UPDATE: Installed Flex hose:





Now the hose does not even come close to the exhaust...pict above is deceiving...there is a 2" gap

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #271, 05-04-2013 09:15 PM
      UPDATE: Took Barbie to the AER Show and she took 1st Place for her category



A few other shots from the Fiero Section:




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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #272, 05-05-2013 10:15 PM
      I have the eMachineShop files for the 3 images below:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #273, 05-08-2013 04:11 PM
      UPDATE: Been working on Collar that goes on the back of the steering wheel to column for a clean finish...still have a little more work to go to get it correct...then paint


Marine1981 MSG #274, 05-08-2013 05:07 PM
      What's the status on the Zimmer door panels??

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #275, 05-08-2013 06:31 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Marine1981:

What's the status on the Zimmer door panels??



EVM_Rob is making them with my MERA body...so they will be here when the body is complete and ships...then off to IN for them to be upholstered and finally back to DFW for me to install

Will look something like this when completed:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #276, 05-09-2013 10:51 AM
      UPDATE: As far as the collar I created for the steering wheel that will house my custom clockspring (SIR) and the exposed area of the steering column:




I have decided to try wrapping them in a leather grained black vinyl that used on my pwr mirror/window plate to help reduce the old school 80's look while blending the molded plastic pattern look:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #277, 05-09-2013 11:49 AM
      UPDATE: Member Tom Slick is purchasing my complete 86 GT original body since its getting the MERA body.

He is scheduled to come and pick it up tomorrow!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #278, 05-09-2013 04:47 PM
      UPDATE: YEA! Finally one from Rob (Amida):

Main dash sections curing:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #279, 05-10-2013 04:41 PM
      UPDATE: 86 GT Body panel and tail lights are gone...Tom Slick is now the proud owner!

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #280, 05-11-2013 03:23 PM
      UPDATE: from Rob (Amida): Major components demolded. Instrument pod prep; mounting tabs added.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #281, 05-14-2013 10:21 PM
      UPDATE: EVM_Rob started working on the door skins today:


And we are playing with the idea of incorporating a lower shelf area (need a place for my 20 oz plastic bottle to go) :

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #282, 05-17-2013 04:56 PM
      UPDATE: Couldn't leave well enough alone...its in my nature!

So I did one last try at the Dupli-color blue anodized paint and WOW! SUCCESS! ...the camera built into my phone doesn't even serve it justice:
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #283, 05-20-2013 12:14 AM
      UPDATE: It has been decided that once Stephen has helped me finish up with the mechanical upgrades.

I am going to trailer the car to TN to EVM_Rob where he will mount my MERA body and prep it for final wet sand and paint.

I will return about 3 weeks from drop off to trailer her back to DFW to get her Candi blue chrome paint job!

Once its back and all the paint is completed, I will install the complete new interior.

Between now and then I have a few things to knock out...all focus needs to be ensuring

* all mechanical upgrades are completed (power steering, 12" rotors & 88 Calipers, new poly bushings all around, oh yeah and put the engine back toghether...lol
* New 17" rims, tires, & appropriated spacers
* New power sunroof is installed
* Side cameras are installed


KOS MSG #284, 05-20-2013 09:08 AM
      what did you do with the side camera bit? can you explain a little more and maybe post a couple of pics?



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #285, 05-21-2013 12:09 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by KOS:

what did you do with the side camera bit? can you explain a little more and maybe post a couple of pics?



Dan,

***Should Add that this upfront in the state of TX, you legally only have to have one mirror period and the rear view mirror covers that! ...so check for what is legal in your state.

Sure glad to share! I will be utilizing the following hardware:



which will be side flush-mounted on the plastic triangle area behind where the mirror would traditionally be located. The am having the plastic triangles reproduced in metal to add strength.

On the inverse side (inside the car) I will have these mounted to the inside post with a thinner 4" flex goose neck style mount with same ball insert to replace the stock mount:




Also UPDATE: I have been doing a little tweaking to bring everything together:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #286, 05-22-2013 09:40 AM
      UPDATE: Still working on a little dress up:


Also ordered a few more of my needed parts still on the list:


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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #287, 05-22-2013 11:12 AM
      UPDATE: Forgot to check on and post the other piece I also finished up...the old chrome dog-bone with red bushings is now blue with black bushings:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #288, 05-22-2013 04:03 PM
      UPDATE: USPS showed up and delivered my monitors...thought I would show a comparison shot of the mirror's size versus the monitor's size:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #289, 05-23-2013 02:16 PM
      UPDATE: FEDEX man showed up and brought a 2nd option on my steering wheel:


I find it funny that Troyboy poasted today that he too just order the same wheel for Lisa's Enterra "Dark Shadow" Restore project.

 
quote
Originally posted by troyboy:

We ordered the steering wheel today, Lisa likes the momo wheel,

we will just have the center recovered in white



I think out of all the steering wheels I have looked at including my C6 corvette converted steering wheel, that this Momo looks the best with Amida's G1 dash.

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troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #290, 05-23-2013 03:01 PM
      Go with the momo , I've had it in my choptop for years and love it

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #291, 05-23-2013 03:57 PM
      Thinking something like this maybe:


revin MSG #292, 05-23-2013 04:03 PM
      I would hold on to the side mirrors and all that go with them for a bit.
There was a guy that did that mod (from the valley) and as great of a idea , he did not like it very much. I don't think he had the monitors, just one on the double din radio.said he could not see as good with them as the mirrors.

I have front and rear infra red cameras.(night time) I like looking at them but while driving is hard to get used to. I can only hope you got some sort of wide angle,night cameras.


Marine1981 MSG #293, 05-23-2013 04:08 PM
      I think I would go for the other steering wheel if you could get the controls on them to work. If not go for the Momo wheel!.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #294, 05-23-2013 04:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Marine1981:

I think I would go for the other steering wheel if you could get the controls on them to work. If not go for the Momo wheel!.


Its not a matter of getting the controls to work...that is already done and figured out.

It is a preference and the way it looks mounted with the dash...i have been sitting with photo shop and dropping all different wheels in front of the dash...Amida gave us a great head forward shot...which enabled me to do my virtual tests and I still ordered the ones I like the most to check out and built the C6 wheel as well (which was a fun project in itself...even if I don't implement it).

Wait a few days and I am sure Archie will show a picture of the wheel mounted to Troyboy's ride...you will see what I mean...the wheel looks like it was designed to go with the G1 dash.

As far as the radio controls...it really is no big deal in a Fiero...I can as easily touch my touch screen with my right hand which doesn't leave the shift knob very often.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #295, 05-23-2013 05:47 PM
      UPDATE: Touch of blue anodized to the "MOMO" badge plate to see if I like the feel...since the stitching in everything else will be blue...

Still going to put a custom plate there...this is just to test the feel.

After looking at it for an hour or so...think I won't do the touch of blue, but do the badge like shown below:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #296, 05-24-2013 09:07 PM
      UPDATE: From Rob / Amida:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #297, 05-26-2013 09:25 PM
      UPDATE: With Mr. Poe's assistance...starting putting the engine back together, plan on finishing up next weekend and firing her back up for the 1st time in 8 months .



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #298, 05-26-2013 10:55 PM
      UPDATE:
EVM_Rob is going to do a new one off for my build. He is going to relocate the fuel door to the Ferrari location, just like the Stinger's did:


I believe he will be utilizing the same technique that Bloozberry did on his set:...By brazing a set out of some aluminum:


And utilize an aluminum locking cap like this:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #299, 05-27-2013 02:02 PM
      UPDATE: Next Friday will be finally ordering my Inalfa sunroof glass spoiler style 40x20 electric tinted glass w/ rollup sunshade:


This should be a fun project


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #300, 05-27-2013 09:49 PM
      After staring at tons of photos of MERA and Ferrari rims, I have come up with the decision to utilize the following BBS CF-02 Rims:

using these center caps:

with these tires:
Ventus V4 ES H105 Size: 215/50ZR17:

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PaulJK MSG #301, 05-28-2013 03:17 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by TXOPIE:

After staring at tons of photos of MERA and Ferrari rims, I have come up with the decision to utilize the following BBS CF-02 Rims:




What offset are you going to get ? The stock fiero offset will be way too far inside the 308 fender.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #302, 05-28-2013 11:52 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by PaulJK:


What offset are you going to get ? The stock fiero offset will be way too far inside the 308 fender.


Paul,

That is the part I am getting clarification on from several MERA owners.
I will utilize spacers if I can not get these with the offset built in, because
I REALLY like the rim and think it will look great with the body.

TXOPIE


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #303, 05-31-2013 06:15 PM
      UPDATE:

Ordered new 88 brake pads for my upgrade:


I have a complete front and rear used set of 88 calipers coming from member JHarvey for $100:



...honestly picked these up for just core exchanges for a complete RE-MANUFACTURED set from Auto Parts Warehouse for only $231.80 with core exchanges.


So for about $335.00 new RE-MANUFACTURED Calipers all around

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fieroseblack (fieroseblack@yahoo.com) MSG #304, 05-31-2013 07:53 PM
      I sent you a question in PM. I was regarding the hole size of the Solstice air vents.

Thanks

Mike Parker


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #305, 05-31-2013 09:03 PM
      UPDATE: I cleaned my trunk carpet following the guide on the forum and it worked beautifully!
I then purchase 2 cans of Dupli-color black carpet dye and re-colored it to match the new black carpet inside:


I am very happy with the results!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #306, 06-01-2013 11:20 PM
      UPDATE:
Mr Poe stopped by and we got 99% there...I needed to finish up repairing (soldering) the inside wiring harness back together from when the original idiot that attempted the swap.
He cut into the internal harness on about 10-12 wires...I guess he couldn't get the original harness right (his poor attempt at 3800 wiring harness).

Once I have completed the repair, I will attempt to fire her up for the 1st time in many moons.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #307, 06-04-2013 01:24 PM
      UPDATE:

USPS Dropped off the used set of calipers I purchased off the forum for core exchanges:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #308, 06-05-2013 05:51 PM
      UPDATE: USPS dropped off my new brake pads:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #309, 06-05-2013 10:56 PM
      UPDATE: SHE LIVES!

I finished soldering the internal wires that the fool cut when first attempting the swap....they are done and are very solid!
I then filled up in the back with coolant till it overflowed in the front.
Got in the car sat on the new carpet, since I don't have the seats back in yet and I still waiting on certain someone to send be there adapter brackets for my C4 seats...since has them just laying around in a box and no longer utilizing them...I will have to email and remind him...but that is another story....
Turn the ignition till I heard all the electronics come on and silence...waited a few seconds....turn it back to off position.
Now pushed in the clutch and cracked her over once...she thought about and tried...Cranked her a SECOND time and we got ignition!
Let it run for 30 seconds and turn her off.
Got out and went and inspected the fuel rails, all the head connections, the new braided line connections from top and bottom to ensure for zero leak or issues.
Everything looks dry...no leaks...WOW!
Gained a little more space for more coolant after running her for the 30 seconds...so I topped her off.
Got back in the car again in the floor position and started her up again and let her run for another 2-3 minutes.

Mr Poe is scheduled to come by in the next 10 days, so I am not going to push my luck until he is here and does a good look over and listen to ensure everything passes by him.

When he comes by it will be to work on Phase 2:

* Install power steering
* Install 12'" rotors
* Install front hubs
* Install 88 calipers (front & back)
* Install Brake pads
* Bleed braking system (brake booster all the way through each brake)
* Install new Poly bushings where needed.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #310, 06-06-2013 01:26 PM
      UPDATE: Ordered the new set of Calipers from calipersonline.com:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #311, 06-07-2013 09:14 AM
      UPDATE:

Just purchased the following pieces from member ricksmastermix:

Held Motorsports Bumpsteer kit for '84 - '87. Has about 6,500 miles on it (List for $649.) Like new.

Held Motorsports rear coil-over strut kit with KYB struts for '84 - '87. Has about 6,500 miles on it. Perfect condition.



SCORE!

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carbon MSG #312, 06-07-2013 09:44 AM
      Holy crap... this thread = $$$$$.

This car better get you your slippers and beer whenever you want it when you're done.

Great build!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #313, 06-07-2013 10:42 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by carbon:

Holy crap... this thread = $$$$$.

This car better get you your slippers and beer whenever you want it when you're done.

Great build!


CARBON...thanks for the compliment!
I could have just gone a purchased a really nice new sports car, but wouldn't have gotten everything I wanted and its no where as much fun as doing it this way!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #314, 06-07-2013 10:58 AM
      UPDATE: Thought I would share a few photos of the my cleaned up window scissor...first time the windows have been up in about a year:




also here is a photo of the the passenger side camera replacement for side mirror:
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Everything is just laid in place...to see how it will look.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #315, 06-07-2013 12:37 PM
      UPDATE: Just order my PROTHANE TOTAL KIT 84-87 FIERO URETHANE BUSHING -NEW!!!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #316, 06-07-2013 07:46 PM
      UPDATE: From AMIDA



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #317, 06-07-2013 09:20 PM
      UPDATE: NEED FEEDBACK...what does everyone think of doing blue chrome beauty rings around the air vents to go with the blue stitching?



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #318, 06-09-2013 09:41 PM
      UPDATE: Roughing in the side-view monitors...they are going to work great (bright, clean & crisp) & the peripheral is twice as good as any mirror!


fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #319, 06-09-2013 11:54 PM
      nice

deloreanant MSG #320, 06-10-2013 01:01 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: NEED FEEDBACK...what does everyone think of doing blue chrome beauty rings around the air vents to go with the blue stitching?

Personally, I like it. If you decide you don't like it, you can always remove them later.


NUC19882M6 (tcunningham_84@live.com) MSG #321, 06-10-2013 01:21 PM
      Apologies TXOPIE: I took page 9...

[QUOTE]Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: Roughing in the side-view monitors...they are going to work great (bright, clean & crisp) & the peripheral is twice as good as any mirror!


I would love a little more detail on this project. Did you get the metal pieces made to mount them?

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #322, 06-10-2013 03:59 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by NUC19882M6:

Apologies TXOPIE: I took page 9...


I would love a little more detail on this project. Did you get the metal pieces made to mount them?



NUC,

I will do a write up when all completed.

UPDATE: USPS Dropped off my poly-bushings:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #323, 06-10-2013 06:11 PM
      UPDATE: Al from Safelite came by and put in my new Front and Rear Glass:





Will have side glass installed once we finish up everything and drop her off the stands and get her back in the driveway...just easier for Al to do his work!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #324, 06-10-2013 07:50 PM
      After reading much on wheel spacers versus off-set rims, I have decided to go with off-set rims...which meant I had to start looking again:

This is the correct offset and I think would look clean with the 12" rotors behind it:




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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #325, 06-10-2013 09:58 PM
      UPDATE: Another option with the correct off-set:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #326, 06-10-2013 10:30 PM
      UPDATE: GOT a set of these to install:




Just Kidding...never thought I would post a B&D DustBuster on my build, but there it is...it was the only good example of ALSA CORP's "Alsa SofTouch® Paint "


RUBBER - VELVET - LEATHER LIKE FEELING PAINT
Alsa SofTouch® Paint coating is a unique product that can create rich, soft feelings on almost any surface.

Ideal for any product that is intended to be touched; Alsa SofTouch® Paint coating transforms hard surfaces into new sensational textures.
Now the same Soft Feel paint used on cell phones, consumer electronic equipment & luxury car interiors is available in Killer Cans. This clear translucent coating is as soft as suede or luxurious leather but cures as hard as nails. Scratch, stain and chemical resistant; apply it over anything!

http://www.alsacorp.com/pro...fttouch.htm#showcase

• Automotive parts
• Handles, knobs & drawer pulls
• Gunstocks, pistol handles & forearms
• Furniture
• Helmets
• and much more....

That and these royal blue rims:


This paint is un-scratch-able and since I will be driving BluDream as a daily driver...it might make sense to go with this over Alsa Corp's candi cobalt blue Chromium Paint:


Please share your thoughts everyone!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #327, 06-11-2013 09:07 AM
      UPDATE:

The drivers side panel is finished and ready for molding.


Rob started making the passenger side panel yesterday and He is already about 30% done with it.
He should be almost finished with the passenger side by tomorrow night. He will have molds off of them and be well on my way to completing the arm rests for both panels by weeks end.
If progress continues at this rate, with no problems, the door panel kits will be ready to produce by the end of next week!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #328, 06-11-2013 12:52 PM
      UPDATE: These are the COURTESY lights I will be using in my Quicksilver panels:

FYI: I purchased 05 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT LEFT RIGHT REAR DOOR COURTESY LIGHT LAMP SET












From: 01 02 03 04 05 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT LEFT RIGHT REAR DOOR COURTESY LIGHT LAMP SET


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #329, 06-11-2013 11:30 PM
      UPDATE: NEVER Surrender, NEVER give up!

Still wasn't completely happy with the new options on my wheels after deciding on off-set rims over rims with spacers.

I really liked that BBS rim that I had found when thought about going with spacers, but only if they offered it in a 45mm off-set...

Well kept looking and looking and finally found what I was looking for and that was a replica that offered in different off-sets including 45mm & Half the Price!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #330, 06-12-2013 12:25 PM
      UPDATE: My New 88 Calipers showed up via the UPS man



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #331, 06-14-2013 12:29 PM
      Mr. Poe is over:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #332, 06-14-2013 05:52 PM
     





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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #333, 06-15-2013 02:54 PM
      UPDATE: Just received the email from "Riceburner98" that I have been waiting for:




He just shipped my climate controls to me!


PaulJK MSG #334, 06-15-2013 04:03 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: Another option with the correct off-set:



What offset would that be ?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #335, 06-15-2013 04:40 PM
      As far as I can tell I am going to need 42-45 mm

KOS MSG #336, 06-16-2013 10:35 AM
      Pm sent



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #337, 06-16-2013 01:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by KOS:

Pm sent




KOS

Reply sent


deloreanant MSG #338, 06-16-2013 06:02 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

After reading much on wheel spacers versus off-set rims, I have decided to go with off-set rims...which meant I had to start looking again:

This is the correct offset and I think would look clean with the 12" rotors behind it:








I must know where you found these. It isn't every day my wife says, "Huh.... those look good. You should buy them." And since you decided against them, might as well share the love. Thanks.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #339, 06-17-2013 04:26 PM
      UPDATE: USPS man dropped off the following:



from member "Riceburner"

and new power window switches, since I had to redo that entire panel since I replaced my power mirrors with cameras.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #340, 06-17-2013 04:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by deloreanant:


I must know where you found these. It isn't every day my wife says, "Huh.... those look good. You should buy them." And since you decided against them, might as well share the love. Thanks.


Vision Autobahn 5x100 Matte Black Wheels Rim

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.h...+ Wheels+Rim&_sacat=0

Center Caps are stock GTO (last body style produced)

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #341, 06-17-2013 07:04 PM
     

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #342, 06-17-2013 09:16 PM
      UPDATE: New PM from Rob/Amida:

Your dash is ready. :

















infinitewill MSG #343, 06-17-2013 11:50 PM
      Absolutely gorgeous

Marine1981 MSG #344, 06-18-2013 04:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:




That shifter surround looks like it could Almost be used with a stock interior. Your project is coming along.


IwannaIRM (swags33@cableone.net) MSG #345, 06-18-2013 08:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Marine1981:


That shifter surround looks like it could Almost be used with a stock interior. Your project is coming along.


It probably does, since he had his center console wrapped to match.



Marine1981 MSG #346, 06-18-2013 10:46 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by IwannaIRM:


It probably does, since he had his center console wrapped to match.


Yeah, I know it will work there. Not sure how it will look against the dash side though.


GADJet MSG #347, 06-19-2013 08:44 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:
Well kept looking and looking and finally found what I was looking for and that was a replica that offered in different off-sets including 45mm & Half the Price!
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Car is looking great... However please be careful what you buy from Alibaba... I bought a professional video canon camera from alibaba for 1/2 price... Guess what, it never showed up! I lost a lot of money that way! $1,200 GONE! Be very cautious with where you buy from. If it were me I woulnt buy from anywhere but the US... At least you can do something about it if they rip ya off. Other countries not so much...


Car looks excellent stay at it bro.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #348, 06-19-2013 09:47 AM
      Guys...Thanks for the compliments!

GADJet,

Thanks for giving the heads up in regards to your experience.

Sorry to hear about the bad Experience with http://www.alibaba.com.

Shouldn't hold it against the site...it is just the world largest site for international trade...so there are a lot of players on that board. Some good, some bad. I have purchased literally thousands of SIP phones via Alibaba over the past 10 years...my industry. Now the outfit that I am dealing with via Alibaba is one of the largest manufactures of rims world wide. They make rims for a lot of major brands you know (TRO, OZ, OEM, ETC) and pay high dollar for (all mark up).

Here is a secret most people don't know...when you see a rim listed as a replica...they are over-runs of the real rim...usually on an order placed by the company that brands them and sells them as their own. It is the only way that the factory is allowed to label and sell the extras on any runs.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #349, 06-19-2013 09:56 AM
      UPDATE:...Almost forgot I graduated to the "The Construction Zone"


fierocarparts (doyouneedparts@yahoo.com) MSG #350, 06-19-2013 11:06 AM
      Your built definitely deserves to be in Construction Zone! Congrats!
Edit: finally took time to go through entire thread. Will save me a lot of research on some similar products I was looking at also.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #351, 06-19-2013 12:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fierocarparts:

Your built definitely deserves to be in Construction Zone! Congrats!
Edit: finally took time to go through entire thread. Will save me a lot of research on some similar products I was looking at also.



Thanks and glad my thread can help and save other time. If you need any clarification on piece, just PM me.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #352, 06-19-2013 12:51 PM
      UPDATE: Working on plastic upper plate for middle arm rest / console piece that traditional held the cigarette lighter:



I filled in the original hole and then cut out spots for my heat seat switches...using my after market power window switches as test, since they are the same dimensions.
This will be wrapped in the same black leather textured vinyl as I did on my 1st power window/ power mirror panel.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #353, 06-20-2013 01:21 PM
      UPDATE: UPS Man dropped off my heated seat pieces!


Then sent me a single switch that has two separate rollers to control both driver & passenger...so instead of going through the hassle of exchanging it...I will rework my solution.

I am going to place my power window switches as shown below and then today I will notch out a hole for the heated seats dual switch directly in the middle of the two power window switches.

Which in turn leaves me with a clean pallet where the old power window & mirror switches use to sit. ....room to play...hmmm?

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Marine1981 MSG #354, 06-20-2013 02:37 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: UPS Man dropped off my heated seat pieces!


Then sent me a single switch that has two separate rollers to control both driver & passenger...so instead of going through the hassle of exchanging it...I will rework my solution.

I am going to place my power window switches as shown below and then today I will notch out a hole for the heated seats dual switch directly in the middle of the two power window switches.

Which in turn leaves me with a clean pallet where the old power window & mirror switches use to sit. ....room to play...hmmm?



Maybe a cell phone docking station?

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #355, 06-20-2013 04:13 PM
      UPDATE: Middle switches...still needs a final sanding and painting...but here it is ruffed in:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #356, 06-20-2013 07:45 PM
      UPDATE: A few minor pin holes to fill and smooth out and ready for vinyl leather wrap!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #357, 06-21-2013 02:21 AM
      UPDATES:

Digital climate controls:


BluJack:


Old steering removed:


88 Calipers painted:


One front spring ready and one to go:


Pass front lower with fresh poly & TRW parts


Drivers front lower being prepped for new poly & TRW parts:
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #358, 06-21-2013 04:05 PM
      UPDATE: Finished up the 2nd front spring & also cleaned up the front spindles:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #359, 06-25-2013 11:18 AM
      UPDATE: Just ordered my new front KYB shocks to match my new coil-overs in the rear:



KOS MSG #360, 06-25-2013 10:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Here is a secret most people don't know...when you see a rim listed as a replica...they are over-runs of the real rim...usually on an order placed by the company that brands them and sells them as their own. It is the only way that the factory is allowed to label and sell the extras on any runs.


Oh becareful on this one. I know someone that was sued by a company when customs got a tip on a shipment amd help it up. Cost $10k when all was said and done. That is a common line used. I also know another that was told the same thing but he was buying brand name with "defects" after a run. Not true and was almost very costly as well.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #361, 06-28-2013 11:06 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by KOS:


Oh becareful on this one. I know someone that was sued by a company when customs got a tip on a shipment amd help it up. Cost $10k when all was said and done. That is a common line used. I also know another that was told the same thing but he was buying brand name with "defects" after a run. Not true and was almost very costly as well.




Dan,

Thanks...there are import laws and such, but I have learned the legal INs and OUTs of import and export. Most important stuff is your paperwork, which the other end doesn't educate you about.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #362, 06-28-2013 11:11 AM
      UPDATE: Just ordered my Mera Rear Decklid Strut Kit from Rodney:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #363, 06-28-2013 11:28 AM
      UPDATE: OK, maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel of this depressing weekend. As some of you already know, I was not able to make Indy because of large project at my work. But the silver lining is that most of everyone is there and did not have a lot of competition for these:

The perfect rims & tires for my new MERA GTX:


Thanks to member, "LEEZARD"!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #364, 06-28-2013 12:05 PM
      UPDATE: UPS Man dropped offed a present:


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #365, 06-28-2013 12:43 PM
      Amazing build you have going. The wheels sure are purty

Bob


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #366, 06-28-2013 12:43 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: OK, maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel of this depressing weekend. As some of you already know, I was not able to make Indy because of large project at my work. But the silver lining is that most of everyone is there and did not have a lot of competition for these:

The perfect rims & tires for my new MERA GTX:


Thanks to member, "LEEZARD"!


May have to miss on this opportunity...Amida has completed my G1 dash and it is ready to ship, so I need to settle up with Amida first...its the only right thing to do.

Hopefully they will still be available in two weeks...time will only tell!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #367, 06-29-2013 12:48 AM
      UPDATE: Just ordered my stainless steel braided brake lines:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #368, 07-01-2013 03:32 PM
      UPDATE: Just received the following notice via mail:

This tracking update has been requested by:
Company Name: Fierovation
Name: Robert Kusakabe
E-mail: robert.kusakabe@comcast.net
________________________________________________________________________________

Robert Kusakabe of Fierovation sent James McHale of James McHale 2 FedEx Home Delivery package(s).
This shipment is scheduled to be sent on 07/01/2013.
Master tracking number: 401651115000109 (1 of 2)
Tracking number: 401651115000116 (2 of 2)


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #369, 07-02-2013 10:02 AM
      UPDATE: Purchased local undamaged roof panel yesterday & installed it.

It was a trade off...since it's SUNROOF TRACKS were shot.

But much easier to replace the tracks, then fixing a broken & crack roof panel!

So looks like I need to order a set of Fiero Store's steel sunroof tracks:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #370, 07-04-2013 03:52 PM
      UPDATE: Replacement panel for where the old power window & mirror switches went:

A (Touch 4:3) 5.6" Display Module with HDMI Input...expanding my fully digital interface for the car:


This will be another touch screen monitor that integrates to my AutoPC...now I just need to find the right size LCDs for the Speedometer & Tachometer, but not planning on working on that part till this fall.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #371, 07-05-2013 02:13 PM
      UPDATE: Working on a version of my digital gauges:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #372, 07-05-2013 05:12 PM
      UPDATE:



The picture does not do this justice at all...one button is nice reflective chrome and the other is anodized blue!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #373, 07-05-2013 10:41 PM
      UPDATE: More diagnostic screen designs.

These will be displayed on the 7" touch screen in the center console position:














TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #374, 07-06-2013 02:19 PM
      UPDATE: FedEx Man delivered a couple of boxes:









Looks Amazing...can't wait to get it installed

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dominic355 MSG #375, 07-06-2013 11:07 PM
      Got my set today...

 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: Just ordered my stainless steel braided brake lines:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #376, 07-07-2013 02:11 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by dominic355:

Got my set today...



Dominic,

Funny enough, so did I...but hardly seems note worth when receiving my G1 dash in the same day!

They look like a decent set, don't you agree & couldn't beat the price in comparison.


dominic355 MSG #377, 07-07-2013 10:18 PM
      Yeah, I was about to buy a set of Russell's from Summit when I saw these. I agree they look great. The dash looks fantastic, but I wouldn't expect any less from the source.

 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:


Dominic,

Funny enough, so did I...but hardly seems note worth when receiving my G1 dash in the same day!

They look like a decent set, don't you agree & couldn't beat the price in comparison.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #378, 07-08-2013 10:48 AM
      OK...time to start on ordering the remaining components for my infotainment center:

7" HD touch screen monitor:


Directed HMHD1000I AM/FM/HD Tuner + MJS Interface Cable


USB Sirf III GPS Receiver for Centrafuse


RAM Tough Powered 6 Port USB Hub


USB ELM Scan 5 Universal OBD II Interface




Bozzie (widerisbetter88@aol.com) MSG #379, 07-08-2013 04:29 PM
      Super COOL build !! Im watching THIS

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #380, 07-08-2013 05:40 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Bozzie:

Super COOL build !! Im watching THIS


Bozzie...Thanks and glad you enjoy it!


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #381, 07-11-2013 12:56 AM
     

Am i getting forgetful in my old age or am i just losing it ??? How the heck did i overlook this build ??

Totally awesome stuff !!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #382, 07-17-2013 10:33 AM
      UPDATE: Putting the suspension back together finally and shot of the WCF Power steering adapter bracket:






TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #383, 08-03-2013 10:47 AM
      FYI...I have been out of pocket and out of town dealing with a very sick father-in-law. Sorry for the lack of updates and non-response to my PMs.

Will be back in the saddle again shortly.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #384, 08-08-2013 11:59 AM
      UPDATE:

Installed Power Steering




12" Routers




Air Intake:


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Recovered Blank switch plate:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #385, 08-10-2013 01:40 PM
      UPDATE: I cancelled the group buy for the 88 front & rear brake adapters for 84-87.

I decided I have too much going on in personal life to juggle that as well, so I went and ordered just my set to see the finished product first.

I should have them in my hands 3 weeks from now. Once I have them and there are no issues...I will mount my new brake calipers.

So while waiting for the brackets, I still have other things that need to be completed.

I am not planning to install my new interior until the Blu-Drm has her new body and paint.

Which leaves the following still to address:

* Re-install spare tire bucket & finish carpeting bucket area.
* Install 0/1 AWG battery wire & quick disconnect setup.
* Re-attach front hood.
* Re-assemble steering column area and install push button start into old ignition turn-key hole.
* Order Center Console door from TXGOOD.
* Ship modified corvette visors & new Corvette C4 Sport seat foam to Russ to be upholstered.
* Order black fo-suede headliner from Russ.
* EVM_Rob should be done with the 1st set of Zimmer Quicksilver door panels by Tomorrow, which he is shipping directly to Russ to be upholstered as well.
* Order Infotainment Center parts & pieces.
* Order all new interior/exterior LED bulbs, including new LED split rear 3rd break lights.
* Have my new side windows installed.
* Order new sunroof rails.
* Obtain rims, hopefully the Ferrari rims are still available from member "LEEEZARD" & install them (may just swap Barbie's rims which are 16" & should just barely clear the brakes until I get the car back from paint if LEEEZARD has sold his already)

Once this list is completed & the brackets are here and the calipers installed...it will be time to trailer her to Knoxville. There EVM_Rob will install her new MERA body and prep her for paint. Once he is completed, I will trailer her back to DFW where she will have a local automotive painter paint her in ALSA Corp's blue ghost chrome paint. All of the black portions (sails, bumpers, roof, etc) will be shot with Alsa Corp's soft-touch black (soft to the touch, but hard a nails)

I am sure there are a few other things I am not thinking of at the moment!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #386, 09-04-2013 09:48 PM
      UPDATE: My set of reproduction Zimmer Quicksilver inner door panels are ready and being shipped to Russ in IN.
Here are some pics of finished parts.

All of the arm rest and secondary pieces


All of the fiberglass parts for one door


The parts loosely laying together


Top of arm rest is fiberglass with a rigid foam core with threaded metal inserts for attaching


and the fished panels roughly attached to the door


Looks like it is time for me to order the new foam for my C4 Sport seats and new center console door hardware from TXGOOD and then have them both shipped to Russ.
I also have my Corvette C5 modified visors, heated seat inserts and a few other one-offs to ship to Russ Friday as well.
Russ..going to need the headliner kit to match my visors (black suede with cobalt stitching)

I also have received my rear brackets from the machine shop. Shipping them off to BMWguru...so Ryan can weld the 1" squared ears on each side of the brackets.

I hopefully will get the finished rear brackets about the same time that the front brackets will be coming in from the machine shop.


I have decided to put Barbie's 16" rims on BluDrm for her trip to Knoxville, TN to visit EVM_Rob to get her MERA/308 body mounted and prepped for paint.

Still trying to decide how how and where to have her painted.

I need to do a custom waterfall that will let me cleanly mount and install my PCM, audio amplifier, & sub woofer behind my seats.

My AutoPC is being mounted inside my center glove box area.

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #387, 09-05-2013 08:34 AM
      Coming together nice.. When are you going to get Leezard's wheels. I see they are still available. (hint hint...nudge nudge)

Bob


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #388, 09-05-2013 03:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:

Coming together nice.. When are you going to get Leezard's wheels. I see they are still available. (hint hint...nudge nudge)

Bob


Well I would love them, but It is a matter of juggling the monthly liquidity and see if they are available when the liquidity is available:



If he still has them when he comes down for Ruckus in the Roses...maybe I could get him to bring them with?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #389, 09-06-2013 02:15 PM
      UPDATE:

  • Door panels are on there way to Russ for upholstery.

  • Ordered Center glove box Door from TXGOOD and is being shipped to Russ for upholstery.

  • Mailed off my C5 modified visors and other odds & ends to Russ for upholstery.


Now I made another last minute change to my seats, which was inspired by Troy.
I purchased a set of 91 Nissan 300ZX seats and they too are on their way to Russ for upholstery.
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I also shipped off my rear caliper brackets to BWMguru to weld the needed ears on...hopefully that will be a short turn around!


KOS MSG #390, 09-06-2013 05:18 PM
      Those are nice seats (I mean when they are redone). I was thinking about doing that in mine as well at one point but ended up just having my mom do some new custom covers for mine.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #391, 09-07-2013 04:45 PM
      UPDATE: One last photo showing the courtesy lights before being shipped to Russ...which they are now in route

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #392, 09-07-2013 04:49 PM
     

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #393, 09-10-2013 04:53 PM
      UPDATE:

Front brackets for my 88 calipers arrive from the metal shop today:


BMWguru received my rear brackets and hopefully will weld on the needed ears tomorrow and get those right back to me

I finally ordered 2 last pieces I needed from Rodney for the MERA/308 body install:

1984-1987 308/328 dual rear strut kit:



&

308/328 Ferrari Replica Stainless Steel Tail Pipes:


I have also been working on my custom rear waterfall:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #394, 09-10-2013 05:55 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by KOS:

Those are nice seats (I mean when they are redone). I was thinking about doing that in mine as well at one point but ended up just having my mom do some new custom covers for mine.



I was inspired by Troy's set for Lisa's ride.
Troy just notified me this morning that he will be forwarding me the instructions on how to successfully mount them.
Should be one less headache now!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #395, 09-11-2013 03:30 PM
      UPDATE: BMWguru has my rear bracket and is going to weld on the needed ears and ship back ASAP.

And just got off the phone with Russ. He received my 300ZX seats, modified C5 corvette visors and things.

Russ is still waiting on the panels from EVM_Rob


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #396, 09-13-2013 11:08 AM
      UPDATE: Russ is scheduled to receive my set of Zimmer Quicksilver reproduction panels via Fed-ex today!

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #397, 09-16-2013 04:00 PM
      UPDATE: I received the following from Rodney today:

1984-1987 308/328 dual rear strut kit:



&

308/328 Ferrari Replica Stainless Steel Tail Pipes:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #398, 09-20-2013 02:09 PM
      UPDATE: UPS dropped off something old school for my wiper arms:

Once these are painted black, they will look great!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #399, 09-21-2013 10:56 PM
      UPDATE:

Rear Brackets made it back from BMWguru...its time to install the 12" rotors, 88 caliper, steal braided brake lines & bleed everything.

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Since this project has taken a few years to complete, there has been some changes along the way to say the least...so why stop now!

I never stop looking at options for any pieces I have not yet completed...I guess I am always afraid I would find a better way or something better after, so I spend a lot of time up-front.

So for a few more changes.

I have been searching for a better answer for what I want out of my infotainment system. The reasons I kept looking is because of the power up and down sequence of the PC. I want an INtel I7 quad core virtualized so I can have several OS with different software running, but I want a head-unit that powers up and acts like a traditional car audio system. The software that is running on the quad core is what I call secondary software, that is not needed on car start up.

So after many hours of searching I have come up with a better answer that what I posted earlier. I get everything I want with zero issues:

So I can tie the quad-core power to accessory of the car power (buffered with a portable external PC battery in between) and it will be available about 90 seconds after car being powered up. I will then setup the software to power down the quad-core 90 seconds after loss of power and running on external PC battery.

Now for the head unit, I have decided to go with the following Android 4.0 based system:


http://www.ebay.com/itm/170...id=p3984.m1423.l2649

I will then utilize a remote desktop java based software called "Splashtop"...best remote desktop software I have ever used. It will allow me remote to all my virtual slices running on my quad core (Linux, Windows, OSX). So all the great ODBII software that runs on windows is a click away to full screen & full control.

I wanted to go this way before, but the Android based systems last time I looked were all based off Android 2.3 which is an older OS and only has access to Android Marketplace, not "Play Store"...need access to the newer OS and Play Store to load "Splashtop".

http://www.splashtop.com/home

Splashtop is really what makes it all possible.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #400, 09-24-2013 04:57 PM
      UPDATE: Putting a few last things together back on the car in preparation to taking her to Knoxville for EVM_Rob to install the MERA body & prep her for paint.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #401, 09-29-2013 08:14 PM
      UPDATE: Since I need a minimum of 16" rims with my 12" brake upgrade for BluDrm.
I swapped Barbie's 16" custom rims with BluDrm's original 15" stock Lace rims.


In the long run, I wil be putting a set of 18" lace BBS rims on BluDrm once she is finished.

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Barbie will get a set of the 17 "Hot Wheels" rims...fitting for Barbie (Mattel)

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #402, 09-29-2013 09:09 PM
      UPDATE: Ordered a few last pieces:

TaoTronics TT-CC17 Waterproof US Car License Plate Frame Mount Rear View Backup Camera with 8 IR LED Night Vision (Black)


ACDELCO OE SERVICE 13581173 Antenna-Radio/Veh Loc Antenna Coax Cable Kit


and 2 - DORMAN 38421 Tailgate Latch/Misc-Tailgate Striker Bolt - Carded


AC Delco FW184 Steering Column Bearing


Fiero Store's 85-87 STAINLESS STEEL METAL BRAKE LINE SET


A 2nd set of Gauge Overlays from member, "MulletproofMonk"


84-88 FELT WINDOW GUIDE SET (4 pieces)

84-88 INNER DOOR GLASS SEALS (PAIR)

84-88 DOOR WINDOW STOP

84-88 STEEL SUNROOF TRACKS

84-88 SUNROOF TRACK BOLTS

DOOR GLASS TO TRACK BUSHING

3M SUPER WEATHERSTRIP ADHESIVE

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #403, 10-02-2013 12:26 AM
      UPDATE: Mr Poe was over trying to finish up that last few things. Unfortunately we did not get everything competed.

We need to order 4 M11 bolts for the rear caliper adapters.

I need to reach out to BMWguru and find out the exact size and order.

All 4 brake lines are now upgrade to stainless steel braided lines.

The front brakes are on and just need to be bled at this point.

Test fit Barbie's 16 custom rims and they fit without any issue.

Power steering is now also completed.


So I need the 4 bolts to finish the rear calipers, bleed the brake booster, master cylinder, and all 4 brakes.

Then she will be 100% done...being mechanically restored & upgraded!

Onto body install, prep & paint. Then install my brand new interior and then lastly inspected & registered.

The worst part is that Stephen won't be available for the next 14 days or so...so she is pushed back another few weeks in this project being completed. Another set back, but at least this time, it is just a small one. It will also grant me the time to figure out how to get my spare tire bucket back in with the power steering upgrade now in place and also reattach my front hood.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #404, 10-02-2013 12:06 PM
      UPDATE: Found the bolts at Summit and they are on their way!

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #405, 10-02-2013 04:15 PM
      UPDATE: Received my new striker posts...wow a difference they make on how the door seals!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #406, 10-02-2013 05:23 PM
     

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #407, 10-02-2013 07:29 PM
      UPDATE: Received new Gauge Overlays:



I like these a little bit better than my other set.

I also received my rear license plate backup camera:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #408, 10-03-2013 01:26 PM
      UPDATE: My shipment from the Fiero store arrived:

New sunroof rails:


New inner & outer door glass seal:


& remaining door pieces, for when I replace my side glass in the next few days:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #409, 10-03-2013 03:25 PM
      UPDATE: UPS just delivered the following:


ACDELCO OE SERVICE 13581173 Antenna-Radio/Veh Loc Antenna Coax Cable Kit


&

AC Delco FW184 Steering Column Bearing


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #410, 10-06-2013 10:52 PM
      :|

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #411, 10-06-2013 11:44 PM
      UPDATE:

Life has thrown me a few curves that has and will be continuing to siphon a decent chunk of my liquidity for next few months.

So I have re-worked my plans as follows.

I will be transferring Barbie's body panels to BluDrm and painting them the same blue color as the MERA body.

Then for the rest of the winter, I will strip Barbie down, sand, and rustoleum the entire under body like I did with BluDrm.

Upgrade her to:
13" brakes with FieroGuru's kit
Bigger brake booster
New master cylinder (same as BluDrm's)
Power steering (WCF)
New shocks/struts
New Poly bushings all around
G1 Dash
Zimmer Quicksilver inner door panels
New black carpet
MERA Body



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #412, 10-08-2013 12:47 AM
      UPDATE: OK...if you have followed my thread long enough...you know I can't leave anything along until I am completely satisfied with the solution.

Well I was far from satisfied with my 1st attempt to re-work things. I don't have the heart to dismantle Barbie...so I needed to figure out the best solution.

Well Barbie going to remain un-touched and will also be restored shortly to factory perfection...she is is going to be my Stock 88GT with her same custom paint job being redone before spring.

So I needed a solution to two different issues now.

I need body panels for my 86GT NOW!

I also will now need another Fiero for my MERA body from EVM_Rob (on hold till Easter) & TDI install (directly after body install)

So the next logical step is to purchase yet another Fiero...and I now only purchase 88 Fieros...so it will have to be another 88....also gotta have the 5 Speed!

Sounds like it is time to go find another diamond in the rough:



1988 Pontiac Fiero GT - 134k miles, V6, 5 speed transmission, sunroof, new tires, clutch replaced 20K miles ago.
(There is a comprehensive file of the maintenance that was performed on it)

Q: Is there anything wrong with the car?
A: Normal wear and tear. The rotors on the brakes will need to be turned in the next 10k miles or so. Some broken trim on the interior. The paint on the hood is fading. Windshield is cracked. You may be aware that the slave cylinder on the clutch on this model, goes out about every 20K miles. This will likely need to be done in about 10K miles. This part is currently under warranty (lifetime). Otherwise mechanically sound!

Q: Does it have clear title?
A: I am the only owner since it left the dealer. I have a clear Texas Title and registration.

Q: Has it been repainted?
A: The hood was repainted the year I bought it. Some idiot thought it would be cute to “Decorate the hood” with graffiti.

Q: Has anyone smoked in it.?
A: Yes

Q: When is the last time it was driven?
A: I am driving it daily to commute to work.

THIS WAS A MUCH BETTER SOLUTION!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #413, 10-08-2013 10:51 PM
      UPDATE: I did it...I purchased the 88 shown about. It is too dark to take pictures now, but I will post tomorrow.

kennn (kbrooksarchitect@cox.net) MSG #414, 10-10-2013 01:35 PM
      Where, oh please, where, did you get the "door track to glass bushing?" I have not been able to locate any that fit the track snugly. Thanks in advance.

Ken


 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: Ordered a few last pieces:

TaoTronics TT-CC17 Waterproof US Car License Plate Frame Mount Rear View Backup Camera with 8 IR LED Night Vision (Black)


ACDELCO OE SERVICE 13581173 Antenna-Radio/Veh Loc Antenna Coax Cable Kit


and 2 - DORMAN 38421 Tailgate Latch/Misc-Tailgate Striker Bolt - Carded


AC Delco FW184 Steering Column Bearing


Fiero Store's 85-87 STAINLESS STEEL METAL BRAKE LINE SET


A 2nd set of Gauge Overlays from member, "MulletproofMonk"


84-88 FELT WINDOW GUIDE SET (4 pieces)

84-88 INNER DOOR GLASS SEALS (PAIR)

84-88 DOOR WINDOW STOP

84-88 STEEL SUNROOF TRACKS

84-88 SUNROOF TRACK BOLTS

DOOR GLASS TO TRACK BUSHING

3M SUPER WEATHERSTRIP ADHESIVE






TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #415, 10-10-2013 01:58 PM
      FIEROSTORE:

http://www.fierostore.com/Product/Search.aspx?p=1


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #416, 10-10-2013 01:59 PM
      FIEROSTORE:

http://www.fierostore.com/Product/Search.aspx?p=1


kennn (kbrooksarchitect@cox.net) MSG #417, 10-10-2013 02:16 PM
      Thanks. Do you also know where to obtain the bushings that travel in the channels of the regulator?

Ken

 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

FIEROSTORE:

http://www.fierostore.com/Product/Search.aspx?p=1




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #418, 10-10-2013 04:56 PM
      kennn,

Sorry I don't, but I am sure if you start a thread...some will have the answer!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #419, 10-18-2013 02:18 PM
      Hmmmm....
Maybe this:

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troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #420, 12-13-2013 06:47 PM
     

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #421, 12-15-2013 11:11 AM
      UPDATE:

Sorry been busy with other aspects of life, so all my Fiero projects basically came to a complete STOP!
I just purchased a new home on 25 acres:




I am in the process of having two steal beamed building added to property.
Both will be 30'x40'. One of these buildings is just for my Fieros and My home office
This is a photoshop of what it will look like when completed:


I will be re-focusing my attention & liquidity back to my Fieros in the next 30 days.
Once I do, it will be full steam ahead to knock out all the work I need to get completed!

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KOS MSG #422, 12-17-2013 03:55 PM
      NICE! are you still north of Dallas?



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #423, 12-17-2013 05:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by KOS:

NICE! are you still north of Dallas?



Yes Sir...just a little further out...wanted out of the Burbs!


troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #424, 12-17-2013 06:24 PM
      Nice! I would have so much fun on that stretch of road at the end of your driveway .

Boostdreamer (thinner00@hotmail.com) MSG #425, 12-17-2013 06:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: Received my new striker posts...wow a difference they make on how the door seals!


What do new striker posts do for you? Were yours worn or can all Fieros benefit from a striker post upgrade?

Jonathan



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #426, 12-18-2013 06:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Boostdreamer:


What do new striker posts do for you? Were yours worn or can all Fieros benefit from a striker post upgrade?

Jonathan


The part that latches to the striker posts wears over 25 years...this striker is just a bit fatter than the stock striker and allows for the door to truly seal correctly again.
The cheapest upgrade with the most improvement, by far!


KOS MSG #427, 12-21-2013 05:17 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:


Yes Sir...just a little further out...wanted out of the Burbs!


Yeah we keep debating the same thing..but we have young ones still



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #428, 12-26-2013 04:20 PM
      UPDATE: I am moving this weekend to my new place! This also means that my Fiero projects will now start to move forward again...full steam!

I ordered my touch-screen deck:


Stephen is coming over Sunday to finish the rear brakes and bleed everything.

Once that is done, we will drop her down...finally after a year in the air!

Blue dream and my new 88 will be loaded on a flatbed trailer and they will be trailer'd to my paint & body shop.

Once they are there, they will finish moving the remainder of the 88's body panels onto BluDrm while inserting a few of Jimmy's panels.

Then sanding, priming, and painting.

The shop I am bringing them to also does custom interiors. So I am going to have them install my G1 dash, Zimmer Quicksilver door panels, and new seats.

Once the shop has the body panels off the 88, they will let me know it is ready for pickup.

The 88 will then be trailer'd to Knoxville for member EVM_Rob to have my MERA body installed and prep'd for paint!

(AMIDA...get ready...I will be needing 2 more G1 dashes! and maybe you will have some matching door panels?)


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #429, 01-03-2014 08:22 PM
      UPDATE:

I finally got the last of my things (my Fieros) out of my old house:





Found a great company with a great setup and fair prices!
If you are in the DFW area and need a car transported...this is the guys to use!

I am in the new house!

The garages & home office are making progress:
















They still have the driveway (12x320)


& do the sidewalks and 3 extra parking spaces for guests...like Mr. Poe...who is is even getting a dedicated bay for his car and tools in my new climate controlled Fiero Cave!





Simultaneously they will be building both 30x40 Steel Beamed Metal buildings

Should all be completed in the next 2 weeks!

More Updates to come shortly...once my Fiero Cave is complete...back to the projects!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #430, 01-16-2014 07:30 PM
      Well we have some serious progress...the entire driveway, sidewalks and guest parking spaces have all been poured...that was a lot of concrete and finishing work!
Driveway is 12x350, two 30x40 pads with standard sidewalks surrounding both buildings, a sidewalk to the front door, a side walk to back pool & patio, another 30x25 pad between the house and one of the 30x40 buildings that will be another patio area eventually and 3 guest parking spots...like I said before...THAT'S A LOT OF CONCRETE!

Builders started welding together the steal beams for the 1st 30x40 building. This one should be completed by next Tuesday.

The 2nd one by next Friday...this is going to be my FieroCave!

I will post pictures tomorrow...it was too late too take pictures tonight.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #431, 01-17-2014 10:57 AM
      UPDATES: Took some pictures this moring


My Fieros patiently waiting for their new home to be finished.













Last shot of the day!

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falcon_ca (luc_giguere@hotmail.com) MSG #432, 01-17-2014 05:16 PM
      Lucky man !

You don't have to worry about the cold. Here in Saguenay, Quebec Canada the freeze goes down to 42 inches in the ground so we can't build the way you do.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #433, 01-23-2014 10:25 PM
     

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nosrac MSG #434, 01-25-2014 03:33 PM
     

Lookin Good !


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #435, 01-28-2014 12:45 PM
      UPDATE:
My metal buildings are taking a little longer than expected:

a text from my builder yesterday:

"We can't hang siding in 25 mph wind. It's like handling 3 foot wide razor blades. Wind is supposed to only be 10 tomorrow so we will be there early. I'm calling around trying to find additional help to make it quicker."

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But they are here today and hanging the metal panels

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #436, 02-05-2014 09:22 PM
      UPDATE: Finally...I have one of the 30x40 buildings completed...can get some of the stuff out of my totally over packed house

They are supposed to start on the 2nd building tomorrow, but I am not counting on it....been too many delays already...but maybe sometime by the end of next week, I will have my Fierocave up and ready for power.

Once the building is ready...I have a few things to button up and tighten down on BluDrm before she will go to the body shop for paint...getting a few steps closer to getting this one completed and as my daily driver!

On another front...working out a date in the next few weeks for EVM_Rob to come down and pick up my newest 88GT that he is installing a MERA body on and prepping her for paint....goal is to have her back by Easter.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #437, 02-13-2014 05:06 PM
      UPDATE: 1st one is done and being utilized...hopefully by Tuesday I can say the same about my FieroCave!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #438, 02-18-2014 04:15 PM
      UPDATE: FieroCave is all framed...they are going to begin skinning it tomorrow morning.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #439, 02-19-2014 07:18 PM
      UPDATE: Parts from Jimmy:


The side scoops went to my old house...need to go pick them up tomorrow!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #440, 02-21-2014 08:51 PM
      UPDATE: High winds have delayed the skinning of my FieroCave, but they will be here tomorrow to continue

Getting Ramp'd up to finish off BluDrm, but I need a few more weeks to get organized...since the FieroCave is running behind.

So Barbie (my Wife's 88GT) is going to go in for fresh paint on Sunday.

Once she gets back, I should be ready to hand over Blu-Drm to my paint and body guy.

On another note, I think I am going to get my other 88 shipped to Knoxville in the next two weeks..get ready Rob!

Looks like we are getting close on the very 1st set of Zimmer Quicksilver door panels, but time will tell.

I have an order in with Amida for 2 sets of his new G1 door panels and another G1 dash...this one is for Barbie...the wife wants all the new upgrades now too!




LornesGT MSG #441, 02-21-2014 11:33 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: Received my new striker posts...wow a difference they make on how the door seals!


So you broke the plastic off to make this striker work?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #442, 02-21-2014 11:54 PM
      Striker unscrews and you remove plastic and it is perfect size
and these are not Fiero stock strikers...they are for another vehicle and a larger size than the Fiero's...the latch inside the Fiero wears a little and that why it is loose....review my thread for make and model of striker.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #443, 02-23-2014 05:34 PM
      UPDATE:

Dang contractors didn't show up yesterday or today...even after promising they would...so hopefully they will be here tomorrow.
There is a full 2 days left to get the FieroCave finish...God...I wish they would just get it done....still need to bring in the electrician behind his slow @ss!

So I decided to push forward without the cave being completed...need to get some of this work completed.

Clutch went out on my newest Fiero...the black/silver 87GT (still un-named)..so have that in the 1st completed building torn apart.
In the middle of replacing the clutch. If the flywheel comes back from being turned in time, will get that completed tomorrow.

Barbie is off to be re-painted....this will only be her 3rd paint job in her long & healthy life...factory white (barely ever had time to even see enough sun to think about oxidizing), her custom pink & black only months after her originally being purchased in 1988 and now another re-paint of her custom pink & black colors....hope this paint job last as well as the last!

Have everything except my front bumper from Jimmy for BluDrm's exterior...still waiting to hear from Greyhound to go pick it up.

Once I have that I am only missing a few interior pieces from Mr Russ...hint, hint...and I will have everything to put her back together.

She is going to my body and paint guy in about 10 days when I pick up Barbie!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #444, 02-24-2014 04:29 PM
      Update - More progression on the FieroCave:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #445, 02-26-2014 07:45 PM
      UPDATES:

Received photos from my paint & body guy today:











TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #446, 02-27-2014 11:46 PM
      UPDATES:









TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #447, 02-28-2014 05:57 PM
      UPDATE:







Amida (robert.kusakabe@comcast.net) MSG #448, 03-01-2014 08:22 AM
      That color looks better than Mary Kay.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #449, 03-01-2014 06:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Amida:

That color looks better than Mary Kay.


Thanks...agreed, but remember this is Kathy's Fiero! Need a good hot pink stitching to go with that paint on her G1 dash and door panels


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #450, 03-02-2014 06:31 AM
      UPDATE: Picked up my mirrors for my MERA. Had been watching them on E-Bay for over a week and was afraid someone else was going to eventually purchase them...even at the somewhat painful price:

A PAIR of TORNADO BY VITALONI
* ORIGINAL NEW OLD STOCK
* EXCLUSIVE PATENTED PROCESS
* DISTORTION FREE NON-GLARE MIRROR LENS
* ALL NECESSSARY PART FOR INSTALLATION ARE INCLUDED
* DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLATION INCLUDED
* FITS ALL DOMESTIC AND IMPORTED CARS
* ELECTRIC REMOTE CONTROL
* PAINTABLE
* AN EXCLUSIVE FEATURE FOUND ONLY ON VITALONI MIRRORS. UNLIKE COMMON REAR VIEW MIRRORS THE PATENTED VISUAL FILTER LENS HAS THE DISTORTION FREE NON GLARE REFLECTIVE VISUAL FILTER RESULTING IN LESS EYE STRAIN AND BETTER FIELD OF VISION FOR DAY AND NIGHT DRIVING.







And these for BluDrm:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #451, 03-03-2014 04:47 PM
      UPDATE: Taping off to paint the stripes!





exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #452, 03-04-2014 08:12 AM
     
Good stuff !


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #453, 03-04-2014 06:49 PM
      UPDATE:

Barbie regains her stripes!




Still have clear coat and such to go...can't wait till tomorrows pictures


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #454, 03-05-2014 06:16 PM
      UPDATE:

Russ sent me picture of my modified Corvette visors for BluDrm:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #455, 03-06-2014 05:25 PM
      UPDATE:

More sanding on the rest of the body:



Since we had Barbie pulled apart to paint...we tough we would address a few other issues:






TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #456, 03-09-2014 07:11 PM
      UPDATE:

On one front...More work on Barbie today:




Also work on cleaning up my 87 GT's engine bay:


fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #457, 03-09-2014 09:42 PM
     

MstangsBware (stephen_p38@yahoo.com) MSG #458, 03-09-2014 10:05 PM
      Loving the color of Barbie.....


Jefrysuko MSG #459, 03-10-2014 08:46 AM
      Did you really replace Koni Struts with Monroes?

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #460, 03-10-2014 09:02 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Jefrysuko:

Did you really replace Koni Struts with Monroes?


Jefrysuko

Sure did...when the Koni because they were completely blown out and the Monroes was my easy option at local parts store.

These are very temporary...She is going to get coil-overs, 13" brake upgrade and quite a few more upgrades in about 10 weeks when her G1 Dash comes in.


Jefrysuko MSG #461, 03-10-2014 04:44 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:


Jefrysuko

Sure did...when the Koni because they were completely blown out and the Monroes was my easy option at local parts store.



You are going to get the Koni's rebuilt I hope. I haven't ever done it myself but I hear that they will rebuild them for a fraction of the initial cost.


infinitewill MSG #462, 03-10-2014 09:25 PM
      Jim,

You have a PM

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nosrac MSG #463, 03-11-2014 12:26 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:





I know where I will be going to get my paint done...

U putting the OEM style rivets back on?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #464, 03-11-2014 08:16 AM
      NO! I hate Rivets!...any place I can replace...I will.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #465, 03-11-2014 04:49 PM
      UPDATE:




HMMMM...I wonder what's up here?

Think Barbie is wanting to do some accessorizing!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #466, 03-12-2014 03:17 PM
      UPDATE:

Fiero Cave is FINALLY Complete...will have the electricians out tomorrow to install the two industrial wall heat/cooling units, plugs, switches and all the wiring.
Then next week I will have a company come out and spray insulation on the entire interior and another epoxy seal the floor.
So hopefully by a week from Saturday I will be able to finally move the Fieros and all my tools and such in...also going to throw a few big screens, fridge, and pool table

In regards to Barbie...replacing all the vacuum lines, distributor, plugs, wires, and anything else that she needs while we are dug in!


troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #467, 03-12-2014 03:24 PM
      Looking Good! I only wish I had that amount of space.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #468, 03-12-2014 07:09 PM
      UPDATE:

More Pictures of Barbie today:





Getting closer!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #469, 03-12-2014 09:27 PM
      UPDATE:

Russ sent photo of center console door for BluDrm:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #470, 03-13-2014 05:33 PM
      UPDATE:
Even closer:


and getting parts ready for powder coating:

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Marine1981 MSG #471, 03-14-2014 11:39 AM
      So, is your company hiring???

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #472, 03-14-2014 12:05 PM
      LMAO...Actually Yes...you would happen to have your CCIE and 5-8 years experience...would you?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #473, 03-14-2014 12:17 PM
      Well it looks like things turn out pretty much the way I photoshop'd them out a few months back:

Photoshop:


Reality:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #474, 03-14-2014 09:24 PM
      UPDATE:

Almost there:






Marine1981 MSG #475, 03-16-2014 10:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

LMAO...Actually Yes...you would happen to have your CCIE and 5-8 years experience...would you?


Ummm No. Plus the commute would be murder.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #476, 03-17-2014 09:06 PM
      UPDATE: Barbie will be complete and delivered on Wednesday:











TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #477, 03-18-2014 06:49 PM
      UPDATE: going to get her back tomorrow


look real close...those are all reflections, no imperfections!




Had a set of the ford striker bolts put on as well while she was in:




And some new side glass:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #478, 03-20-2014 06:04 PM
      UPDATE:

Some last minute powder coating:



Still have some clean-up on the valve covers:

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nosrac MSG #479, 03-21-2014 07:42 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE:

Some last minute powder coating:





WoW...they R hooking it up !


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #480, 03-22-2014 01:41 PM
      UPDATE:

Barbie is home in the FieroCave! I am very happy with the results.

Yes...lots of pictures will come soon, but it is a rainy day today...maybe tomorrow.

FYI...watch out have a wild hair again...think I am about to purchase another 88.

If I purchase this one... it will mean I have made a definitive decision to replace my two non 88s with 88s.

This is a decision I have struggled with for a long time and still not 100% sure...I put a lot of hours in on my 86GT.

If I do decide this...there is going to be a very nice 86 GT that has been fully restored and tastefully modified.

I will let everyone know what I decided soon!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #481, 03-23-2014 07:03 PM
      UPDATE:

The sun finally came out!



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troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #482, 03-23-2014 07:48 PM
      Nice

Danyel MSG #483, 03-24-2014 09:32 AM
      Lookin sharpie sharp !!!!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #484, 03-25-2014 11:51 AM
      UPDATE:

DIDN'T HAPPEN...CAR WAS TRASHED

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #485, 03-25-2014 12:30 PM
      Now there is a bunch of shuffling about to happen and quickly.

The entire external body panels from this new car are being put on BluDrm (86GT) + one stock rear wing...painted Porsche midnight blue metallic...going to have a few fun and unique touches...stay tuned...2-3 weeks from completed pictures of BluDrm.

Once the panels from this new one have been removed...it is being loaded on a trailer and is heading to EVM_Rob to get her MERA/308 body mounted and prepped for paint...so ecstatic that it now will have T-Tops !!! We will pick her up in 3 weeks and bring her back to DFW for paint.

When we pick her up, we will be dropping of my silver 88GT to begin her transformation into "MyTestarossa"...updates will be little on that one until the others are completed.


Unfortunately Rob Amida is so busy and backed up...it will be another few weeks before I receive Barbie's new G1 Dash and door panels...so I would imagine I am about 16 weeks out for the same for the MERA/308...can spend the time gathering new carpet, headliner, visors, and such. Once we receive the new G1 dash and door panels from Amida...we will change out the interior.

The interior (excluding seats) and rear tail-light panel will be going up for sale shortly.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #486, 03-25-2014 06:55 PM
      .

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exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #487, 03-25-2014 09:02 PM
     

Pretty awesome !

About the only thing i would suggest would be to sell the nose and get one of Amida's noses,...night and day difference IMO.


fierogtlt1 (fierogtlt1@bellsouth.net) MSG #488, 03-25-2014 09:44 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

OK...anyone know what year, make & model on the swapped seats...are they a Camaro seat?

Those are fourth generation Pontiac Trans-Am seats.



nosrac MSG #489, 03-25-2014 11:01 PM
      I'm
Gimme me the build Info?
Headers WCF?
Trans Getrag?

I bet it's fast as all git out too !

BTW, NTFC is planning to do an intervention, as U need some Fiero addiction help.... This Fiero will be placed in my care until further notice....LOL


 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:






TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #490, 03-25-2014 11:32 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by exoticse:
Pretty awesome !

About the only thing i would suggest would be to sell the nose and get one of Amida's noses,...night and day difference IMO.


Going to start with Jimmy's nose first...actually have two of his F355 noses now (one of each type)...maybe if I sell both I can get one of Amida's!

Pretty awesome !

About the only thing i would suggest would be to sell the nose and get one of Amida's noses,...night and day difference IMO.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #491, 03-26-2014 12:05 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by nosrac:

I'm
Gimme me the build Info?
Headers WCF?
Trans Getrag?

I bet it's fast as all git out too !

BTW, NTFC is planning to do an intervention, as U need some Fiero addiction help.... This Fiero will be placed in my care until further notice....LOL




Nosrac,

My grandfather use to tell me: People have issues or they have vices.

I have vices and I am turning this vice into a private collection / show room for a handful of custom to order turn-key cars...already have an order and deposit for a Testarossa.

Will start out offering the following:

BODY OPTIONS:
* Purest Edition: a restoration of your favorite flavor of Fiero,

* 308/MERAs,

* Testarossas (stretched), MyTestarossa

* F355 body (stretched),

* Dino body

* & Countach 5000 D&R (none stretched)

ENGINE OPTIONS:
* Rebuilt 2.8 (with 30,000 mile warranty)
- Turbo Charger Option available

* Rebuilt 3800-SC (with 30,000 mile warranty)
- Inter-cooler Option available

* Rebuilt DOHC 3.4 (with 30,000 mile warranty)

...All engine options will be dressed to better than stock factory and will have color customization options

TRANSMISSION OPTIONS:
* 5 Speed
* 6 Speed
* Auto with Paddle Shifter

Interior Options:

* Amida G1 door panels and dash
* Amida F355 interior
* 7" Andriod Infotainment system
* MOMO steering wheel
* Foot pedal upgrades
* Several other customizing options

I will have a Website in about 90 days.
But in regards to the new addition... I will be able to give better pictures and more info Thursday night after I drive her back from OKC.

3800-SC, G 5-speed, Dyno is 380 if I remember correctly...again will have more info shortly.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #492, 03-26-2014 12:08 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fierogtlt1:

Those are fourth generation Pontiac Trans-Am seats.


fierogtlt1...THANKS!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #493, 03-27-2014 06:00 PM
      Didn't go through with the purchase...the engine has serious issues...headed back to DFW empty handed

At max I would not pay more than $2k for this car after inspection...if that..the waterfall fiber-glass is separating from the hood complete all the way around.
The engine is running very rough, smoking, bleeding oil from the block, snapped dog-bone, and has a hell of a knock...don't think it would have made the 3 hour trip back to DFW honestly.

The worst part is that in my opinion he was shady and even tried to hide the issues.
He stated he just topped off the oil for me and accidentally spilled the majority on the engine by accident.

I guess he didn't think I was going to move it 10 feet and let it run for 10-15 minutes. Once I did...she continue to smoke the entire time...now hit the throttle a tad and add some back pressure and you can watch the oil squirt out of the back side of the block where it is cracked.

That car was beautiful at one point...but it has been beat to hell since that day....what a disappointment.

Buyers Beware!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #494, 03-28-2014 08:57 PM
      UPDATE: Can't keep a good man down!

I quickly rebounded and need to re-shuffle once again.

My silver 88 that was going to be the MyTestaross...will now shift into the 1st position...unless I find an 88 with T-Tops by Friday.

I snagged Darth's Zero mile 3.4 DOHC engine that he had available...no not a 3800-SC...but I thought I would try some diversity...think I will eventually Turbo charge it.





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I need to see if Fieroflyer, phonedawgz or maybe even Danyel can do me a harness...I need to ensure that it accounts for power steering (if anything is even needed there) & AC.

Now I am on the hunt for another 88 with a Getrag 5 speed...if in the next week...one with T-Tops...if not...then only one with sunroof.

I am now setup with my own top-end Eastwood powder coating system with an oven large enough to bake a cradle
...actually that is what was used to do Barbie's intake and valve covers.

I ordered 10 Lbs of AlsaCorps Powdachrome...going to order another 10 lbs. next week....I am going to use the hell out of that stuff.
Just in case you are not familiar with the finished results:


I also ordered 10 lbs of the following High-temp silver powder coating from Caswell Inc.:


BluDrm is starting to be prepped to be painted and assembled:




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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #495, 03-30-2014 01:02 PM
      ...

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #496, 03-30-2014 03:45 PM
      UPDATE:

Danyel has completed the 1st harness and I will be giving feedback shortly:


to go with my Fiero1Fan 90MM Headlight buckets:


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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #497, 03-31-2014 11:26 PM
      Getting pieces ready for Blu's body...fix all imperfections and such:








TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #498, 04-02-2014 10:29 PM
      Rough fitting the G1 Dash for the 1st time:









TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #499, 04-03-2014 06:06 PM
      UPDATE

Starting to prep for paint:



Soon we will see that Porsche mid-night blue metallic (L39C)


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #500, 04-04-2014 01:33 PM
      UPDATE:

Needed parts...so grabbed another one









TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #501, 04-04-2014 07:17 PM
      UPDATES:

Still preparing everything for BluDrm final assembly:







nosrac MSG #502, 04-05-2014 10:06 PM
      Who is installing the dash?

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #503, 04-05-2014 10:18 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by nosrac:

Who is installing the dash?


One of My Guys...I guess now is as good as any to let the cat out of the bag:

I am planning on opening up

"Fiero Fantasy Concepts"

in DFW late this summer.

We will start out offering the following Turn-Key Cars:

* Purest edition of any Fiero year and style...complete factory restore inside and out.

These cars will come with a 3 year / 30,000 mile power-train nation-wide warranty.

Then also we will offer the following body options:

* Testarossa
* Mera/308
* F-355
* Dino
* Countach 5K

The 5 options above will have all the following engine options:

* 3800-SC (with or without Inter-cooler)
* DOHC 3.4 (with or without Turbo charger)
* 5-Speed, 6-Speed, or Auto with paddles

* Maybe V8...just started chatting with Archie about buying out the V8 & 6-speed.

These cars will come with a 3 year / 30,000 mile power-train nation-wide warranty.

We will order all our Interiors from Rob Amida out of Seattle.

EVM_Rob is about to start lengthening my 1st 88 based Testarossa...already have a buyer put a deposit down on it.

It looks like we will be offering Financing as well

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fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #504, 04-06-2014 06:12 AM
     

Good luck and happy endeavors.....

Eric..


troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #505, 04-06-2014 09:04 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fireboss:



Good luck and happy endeavors.....

Eric..



x2

Note : stay true to your customers and they will stay true to you.


nosrac MSG #506, 04-06-2014 08:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:


One of My Guys...I guess now is as good as any to let the cat out of the bag:

I am planning on opening up

"Fiero Fantasy Concepts"

in DFW late this summer.

It looks like we will be offering Financing as well


Great news!
need any help....LoL
You guys selling any mounts, harnesses, turbo header, crossover or other stuff for the DIY swappers?
PM me pricing info, if you have it yet. I'll be in the market for some top shelf Fiero upgrades stuff this summer.


fieroseblack (fieroseblack@yahoo.com) MSG #507, 04-07-2014 01:07 PM
      TXOPIE,

Best wishes and success in the new endeavor.

Mike Parker


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #508, 04-07-2014 04:31 PM
      THANKS EVERYONE!

Still have a lot to get completed between now and then.

But I figured that I dedicate so much time to my work...that I needed a way to make my work to focus on Fieros!

Actually the biggest piece I have to tackle and figure out the time to knock out is the website itself.

Do we have any site designers that are masters in Dreamweaver out there, that could assist?...I know we got the skills in PS part of the suite!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #509, 04-08-2014 05:15 AM
     

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #510, 04-08-2014 07:36 PM
      UPDATE:

MERA GTX arrives in Knoxville to begin her transformation:


Also I received my custom center caps for BluDrm:


All are a silver chrome reflective Pegasus...but the one side looks more gold from the angle of the light hitting it.

I can't wait to see them on the rims in the sunlight!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #511, 04-11-2014 02:11 PM
      UPDATE:

Time to knock out my knobs:

So I purchased a few on ebay today and shipping directly to Matt to be re-covered in black leather with black stitching:

this one for the new automatic 418HP 3800-SC I just picked up


...going to see how I can add paddle shifter.


and these for Barbie and BluDrm:


Just figured out the paddle shifters....Mike from HGM electronics going to do one up specifically for my configuration


the paddel will be a black anodized from TwistMachine

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #512, 04-11-2014 06:46 PM
      Here are my new headlight buckets after being Pod-a-Chromed:



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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #513, 04-11-2014 07:32 PM
      MORE UPDATE:





And we finally permanently mount the G1 dash today:



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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #514, 04-11-2014 08:39 PM
      UPDATE:

Final Stretch items:

For the G1 Dash:


for behind the passenger seat:


MstangsBware (stephen_p38@yahoo.com) MSG #515, 04-11-2014 11:21 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:
this one for the new automatic 418HP 3800-SC I just picked up



Did u already pick up another 3800SC already thats modded?


Joseph MSG #516, 04-14-2014 03:26 AM
      Excellent speaker choice for the dash, those sound fantastic.. look just as good.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #517, 04-14-2014 08:49 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Joseph:

Excellent speaker choice for the dash, those sound fantastic.. look just as good.


Joseph...they do have a great sound...I agree...but the looks will be hidden below the G1 speaker mesh cover, but that's just fine!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #518, 04-14-2014 09:06 PM
      MERA GTX UPDATES:

Early preview pictures starting to flow in from Knoxville:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #519, 04-15-2014 06:34 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

Lights are in and working:


Also prepping the body for paint:





TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #520, 04-16-2014 10:39 PM
      BluDrm Updates:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #521, 04-18-2014 10:12 AM
      BluDrm UPDATE:





Shooting for a week from today to have BluDrm finished...time will tell!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #522, 04-18-2014 06:56 PM
      Hey...we got lights...Blu Lights...Kinda SPECIAL!





TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #523, 04-21-2014 12:34 PM
      UPDATES...

MERA GTX: Rodney's Euro bumper is now in route to Knoxville:

Looks so clean!

MyTestarossa: Since this will be my 1st automatic with paddles...needed some automatic parts.
So I picked this up on eBay a weeks ago:

and sent it directly to Matt which he turned it into this:


BluDrm...Chris Shipped my LED rear lights:

Going to look so clean with Danyel's LED side lights

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #524, 04-21-2014 10:29 PM
      UPDATE: BluDrm

Well looks like we are going to get the last of the technology in place in the next few days:

Proximity sensing keyless entry+keyless push button start system+Smart Start+GPS+Bluetooth PKE

The GSM-31-RFID system is a must have for any auto enthusiast. Makes locking, unlocking and even starting your car hassle free. Never fumble for your key fob or car keys again, simply walk up to your vehicle and let the system take over. It will unlock the doors for you automatically, all you have to do from there is get in push the start button and drive away. Once you reach your destination, simply press the start button again to shut the vehicle off, exit the vehicle, leave proximity of your vehicle and the system will lock your doors for you. With the additional convenience of Bluetooth PKE, you no longer even need to carry the supplied remotes. Your smart phone is now your smart key, simply walk into proximity of the vehicle with your smart phone on you and the system will communicate with your smart phone through Bluetooth. Once in proximity the system will unlock all the doors for you and when you leave proximity the system will lock all the doors for you, same as using a smart key.This system also has GSM & GPS Technology so you can, lock, unlock & even remote start your vehicle all from the convenience of your smart phone + track your vehicle from virtually anywhere. What are you waiting for? Grab your GSM-31-RFID system now and lose your keys for good!

Then it is onto Riceburner's HVAC controls:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #525, 04-22-2014 07:46 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

Making that hard push to finish up all the odds and ends:

So electrical clean-up:


Prepping Jimmy's tapered ground effects...I have to be honest we have spent a hell of a lot of clean up on Jimmy's pieces...they are VERY raw when you get them.






And also cleaning up some spider cracks:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #526, 04-23-2014 04:31 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE: Heated Seats

Still need to make a few minor adjustments with the padding and then lock down the rings.






TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #527, 04-23-2014 09:40 PM
      UPDATE....Did it again ....finally got my 88 T-Top

















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Sage (sgwfiberglass@gmail.com) MSG #528, 04-23-2014 10:19 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE....Did it again ....finally got my 88 T-Top



Nice! And in OH too!


Enjoying the updates.

Sure like your new buildings too!

Keep up the good work.


HAGO!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #529, 04-24-2014 11:51 AM
      HAGO,

Thanks...yes out of Ohio and the car only has surface rust...no real damage
Glad you enjoy the thread and I have wanted a setup like this for years...so hard work combined with patience & some luck...does pay off sometimes!
Let's see if I can successfully launch my newest endeavor, Fantasy Fiero Concepts....looking good so far.

TXOPIE

 
quote
Originally posted by Sage:
Nice! And in OH too!


Enjoying the updates.

Sure like your new buildings too!

Keep up the good work.


HAGO!

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Jefrysuko MSG #530, 04-24-2014 01:35 PM
      I agree with Sage. Enjoying the updates and am jealous of them buildings.

FYI: HAGO = Have a good one


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #531, 04-24-2014 01:54 PM
      CRAP...that is another landmark moment in my life...like the 1st time years ago ...when my children were young and they made me sound just like my parents.
Now someone had to clue me in on newer shorthand...getting old

Thanks!

 
quote
Originally posted by Jefrysuko:

I agree with Sage. Enjoying the updates and am jealous of them buildings.

FYI: HAGO = Have a good one




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #532, 04-24-2014 02:38 PM
      MERA GTX Update:

More test fitting and starting body work


Rob is doing preliminary body work on the rear clip and sail panel then start the permanent install of parts and filming it on Friday....so videos coming.

Back half of the car should be done by Tuesday.

Then Rob is onto the dreaded doors and front clip alignment.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #533, 04-28-2014 06:09 PM
      UPDATES....

BluDrm:



MERA GTX:

Fiero hood trimmed to fit 308 hood skin:


And now making plans on how to do a new roof panel:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #534, 04-29-2014 01:31 PM
      UPDATE: I picked up 4 of these up from fellow member, Spoon:



Make it easier at the shows!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #535, 04-29-2014 02:52 PM
      Trying to figure out what I want to do with this next one:


...thinking it might be time to sport one of the Dino bodies:


Remember...I need a Demo of each model we are going to offer.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #536, 04-29-2014 08:00 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:

A little chrome powder coating:

...to match some of the other chrome trim pieces

And some more painting:










TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #537, 05-05-2014 10:45 AM
      MERA GTX UPDATE:

Getting a little bit closer


OverKill MSG #538, 05-05-2014 01:01 PM
      I love seeing how somebody can build something out in their driveway that most people can't do in a shop



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #539, 05-05-2014 07:14 PM
      UPDATE: Non-Fiero Related update, but note-worthy enough to post and be appreciated by some:

Finally getting rid of the Wife's G37s...she has been a great car, but it is time to say goodbye!

If everything goes well tomorrow night, she will be replaced with the following 1993 R1 RX7:

































TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #540, 05-05-2014 09:48 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

Still playing with accent colors...this is a chrome with translucent blue:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #541, 05-06-2014 03:03 PM
      T-Top UPDATE:



This will be picked up Friday by Paul Fields of K&P Transport




and delivered to me in DFW to begin her restoration and possible transformation


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #542, 05-06-2014 05:08 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #543, 05-06-2014 10:19 PM
      BluDrm Update:

Quicksilver Door panels are finally ready:





TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #544, 05-06-2014 11:19 PM
      MERA GTX UPDATE:

Still working things until we get everything just right:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #545, 05-09-2014 08:16 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

More Sanding & Paint/Clearcoat






Getting the carpet back in finally:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #546, 05-09-2014 09:12 PM
      Barbie UPDATE:

Here new G1 dash pieces are finally out of the molds and ready for Rob to do his magic:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #547, 05-11-2014 11:25 PM
      Ate8-T-Top UPDATE

The T-Top arrived finally from Ohio:






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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #548, 05-12-2014 07:31 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:













TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #549, 05-12-2014 07:43 PM
      MERA GTX UPDATES:

Cutting holes:





Inferno (infernoz24@hotmail.com) MSG #550, 05-12-2014 08:53 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:





Where did you get these switches from?
Thanks


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #551, 05-13-2014 10:19 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Inferno:


Where did you get these switches from?
Thanks


Inferno...

Those are VW switches I purchased off E-Bay.
I then made the custom holes and mounts in a blank plate for a Fiero that had no power windows or mirrors.




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #552, 05-13-2014 11:17 AM
      BluDrm Updates:



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #553, 05-13-2014 10:30 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:


And no...the antenna is not permanently mount yet.


Driver's side carpet


Removing 1MM from the Scion Rims to fit correctly.


davylong86 MSG #554, 05-14-2014 12:03 PM
      Man! That dog is taller than your fiero,lol. Great job on your cars and I enjoy watching the progress.Thanks for sharing.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #555, 05-14-2014 01:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by davylong86:

Man! That dog is taller than your fiero,lol. Great job on your cars and I enjoy watching the progress.Thanks for sharing.




Glad you enjoy my builds and Yes....Reggie is my Great Dane and my grandson could ride him like a horse...lol!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #556, 05-14-2014 06:25 PM
      MERA GTX UPDATE:


Finally Fitting the Gas cap:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #557, 05-14-2014 08:47 PM
      OK...I am done with renting trailers...sick of throwing $ out the window:

16 Foot Trailer - DoveTail with remove and store drive up ramps

Time to fix that permanently!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #558, 05-15-2014 03:58 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:





TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #559, 05-16-2014 09:31 AM
      BluDrm Update:

Ordered a few last interior items:



Also ordered a set of floor-mats from Stock Interiors to match the carpet I purchased from them...they have "FIERO" embroider in a silver metallic thread to match the silver thread in the embroidery in Mr. Mike's seat covers.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #560, 05-16-2014 01:05 PM
      BluDrm Update:

New custom push button start button:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #561, 05-16-2014 08:17 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:









TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #562, 05-17-2014 10:36 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:







Akghandi MSG #563, 05-17-2014 10:43 PM
      cool car man

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #564, 05-18-2014 01:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Akghandi:

cool car man


Much Appreciated!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #565, 05-19-2014 12:09 AM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

Seller is playing games...may not get the sail panels

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #566, 05-19-2014 09:42 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

New windshield & trim installed:


Doing the headliner with black suede:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #567, 05-20-2014 10:44 AM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

Have my custom center caps ready for my modified Subaru rims:


Also needed to find a variety of Fiero Key rings...so these are the ones I ordered off e-Bay:



Also prepping for my new front badge:

A little demo:


A little clean up:
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This is off to the domelabels.com and should be here in about 10 days:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #568, 05-20-2014 05:54 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:



And yes if you are interested in your own lettering...let me know...I am the man in the US to get these from


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #569, 05-20-2014 07:22 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

Here is what they look like on the car:




Also made more progress on the interior:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #570, 05-21-2014 07:28 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

A little more progress today:




Robertzep2 (robertzep@neo.rr.com) MSG #571, 05-22-2014 06:35 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

This is off to the domelabels.com and should be here in about 10 days:




Hey Opie, If you don't mind sharing, what does domelabels.com cost to do this?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #572, 05-22-2014 07:23 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Robertzep2:


Hey Opie, If you don't mind sharing, what does domelabels.com cost to do this?


Robert...$183.48 for 12 of them...could have done 6 for $171.30 (which was the minimum)...might as well drop the extra $12 for twice as many.


FYI...I also sent them the old center that I removed... so they got the dimensions perfect the 1st time...they said they would keep it on file for future use.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #573, 05-22-2014 07:33 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:

Since we have still been playing with how we are doing the paint...here is what we have so far on changes:


Still deciding how we are going to feather off the bright blue around the side scoops.

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Robertzep2 (robertzep@neo.rr.com) MSG #574, 05-22-2014 09:26 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:


FYI...I also sent them the old center that I removed... so they got the dimensions perfect the 1st time...they said they would keep it on file for future use.



Thanks for sharing... I look forward to seeing yours! I really like the idea of a custom badge; it tops of the whole idea of customizing the Fiero as a lot of us tend to do.


Austrian Import (maximilian_ledworowski@csumb.edu) MSG #575, 05-23-2014 02:35 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:
A little demo:


A little clean up:
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This is off to the domelabels.com and should be here in about 10 days:




I had this work 'pre-done' thanks to some helpful thief who likes Fiero badges, and popped it out of the black housing. The mod you're doing is exactly what I wanted to do, can't wait to see what it looks like. Dome-label was one of the companies, which I considered. - How much did it run you? What did you say to get just one made?

I was thinking of making custom center caps for the new logo as well.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #576, 05-23-2014 02:50 PM
      Austrian Import....

http://www.domelabels.com/

They have done several project for me over the years...most recent is front badge and my center caps:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #577, 05-23-2014 04:14 PM
      MyTestarossa UPDATE:

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davylong86 MSG #578, 05-23-2014 05:52 PM
      Man that was a hell of a wreck! Im sure you will get it all back together nice and pretty,lol. Look forward to seeing the build.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #579, 05-24-2014 12:54 PM
      Fantasy Fieros Update:
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Picked up a gantry crane for the shop.


RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #580, 05-24-2014 07:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

MyTestarossa UPDATE:



That looks more like an AF4T than a Te$taro$$a.

Bob

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #581, 05-24-2014 08:16 PM
     

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #582, 05-25-2014 07:58 AM
      ...removed by request

Bob

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Bloozberry MSG #583, 05-25-2014 08:08 AM
     

troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #584, 05-25-2014 09:42 AM
      . Just a heads up .

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Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #585, 05-25-2014 04:18 PM
      .

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #586, 05-25-2014 11:42 PM
      Get excited and wanted to share and the next thing you know the words "law suit" pop up ...no offense meant and no problems wanted!


troyboy (mrtroyboy69@yahoo.com) MSG #587, 05-26-2014 11:05 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Get excited and wanted to share and the next thing you know the words "law suit" pop up ...no offense meant and no problems wanted!


Smart move.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #588, 05-28-2014 12:49 PM
      88 T-Top UPDATE:

Starting to pull in replacement parts:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #589, 05-28-2014 08:15 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:





Test fitting aftermarket sail panels...trying to decided if I should spend "x" amount on NOS set or not:


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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #590, 05-28-2014 09:25 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

After playing with the aftermarket sail panels...just not going to be happy with the results...so I made the plunge:
















Also have a small issue to address with my rear center caps:



Need to trim that down with out messing up the threading.

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #591, 05-29-2014 07:00 AM
     

I had to do the same thing. Nothing a sawsall, a little oil, and a disk sander won't fix.

Bob


nosrac MSG #592, 05-29-2014 10:10 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

BluDrm UPDATE:

After playing with the aftermarket sail panels...just not going to be happy with the results...so I made the plunge:




I was able to get some Stock GT tail lights from the dealer..


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #593, 05-30-2014 12:01 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:

Mirrors painted finally:


Snapperhead's LED Reverse Lights installed:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #594, 05-30-2014 09:17 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:











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fierogtlt1 (fierogtlt1@bellsouth.net) MSG #595, 05-31-2014 12:49 AM
      Interior is looking awesome....

What material did you use for board behind the seats? Headliner material?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #596, 05-31-2014 06:33 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fierogtlt1:

Interior is looking awesome....

What material did you use for board behind the seats? Headliner material?


fierogtlt1...Yes it is Faux Black Suede Headliner material...same used on my headliner, visors, and Quicksilver door panel inserts


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #597, 06-02-2014 12:51 PM
      Sorry for no updates over the weekend...was busy with building a website for my newest endeavor: Fiero Fantasy Concepts...website should be officially launched by this weekend...hopefully


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #598, 06-02-2014 09:02 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES: Getting the interior wrapped up today and tomorrow:



I also got sick of looking for clean roof panels and pray that thy come off without breaking:


Now it will no longer be an issue

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fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #599, 06-02-2014 10:12 PM
     

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #600, 06-03-2014 05:45 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:

Cleaned up the nose badge...since I had to redo because it did not have high enough resolution...the original one I sent to domelabels.com.

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fierogtlt1 (fierogtlt1@bellsouth.net) MSG #601, 06-04-2014 12:14 AM
      Love the front nose badge.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #602, 06-04-2014 01:02 AM
      fierogtlt1...Glad you like...I think it turned out well.


Also here is an early preview of the new website...using a lot of stock images for now...we will update them with our own as we go.

http://www.fierofantasyconcepts.com/


fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #603, 06-04-2014 02:03 AM
      Just checked out the site,Looks great!

Good luck....


fierogtlt1 (fierogtlt1@bellsouth.net) MSG #604, 06-04-2014 03:09 AM
      The website looks great.
Are you going to make a Facebook page for your business too?
I recently started a business page but it needs some work.

https://www.facebook.com/pa...7267721486541?ref=hl


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #605, 06-04-2014 08:24 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fierogtlt1:

The website looks great.
Are you going to make a Facebook page for your business too?
I recently started a business page but it needs some work.

https://www.facebook.com/pa...7267721486541?ref=hl


Thanks everyone for the positive feedback so far. Fierogtlt1...Yes I will get a Facebook page up in the next week.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #606, 06-04-2014 08:53 AM
      ReMera Update:

Jerry dropped his 3.4 Turbo yesterday:
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Need to arrange pickup and delivery today


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #607, 06-04-2014 08:43 PM
      UPDATES:

Still working on BluDrm's interior:




And the 1st roof panel from the new molds installed:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #608, 06-05-2014 04:32 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:

Above the HVAC control and below the radio...have a space that was left for toggle switches and such:



I will be utilizing this VW B3 power mirror switch (30mmx30mm) mounted dead center of the plate:

&
and two of these rocker switches on each side (each switch is 27mm x 27mm):




Also reworking the power lock's actuator's location because of the Quicksilver door panels:



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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #609, 06-06-2014 04:45 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:

Going to mount my front hood release here on the floor...still need to carpet the cable:


Also figured out that with the recovering of the center console...need to trim a little of the door back...so will trim and send back to Russ to rework or recover if needed:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #610, 06-06-2014 05:54 PM
      UPDATE:

Jerry's 3.4 Turbo is scheduled to be delivered in about a week via R L CARRIERS


Here is video Jerry sent me before he dropped the engine:

http://s1086.photobucket.co...zps108985bc.mp4.html

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #611, 06-07-2014 02:16 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:

Fix the rear center cap issues finally this morning:






TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #612, 06-07-2014 06:41 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:

More work on the interior.







fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #613, 06-07-2014 06:44 PM
      Im confused....whats the turbo 3.4 going in?



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #614, 06-07-2014 09:42 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fireboss:

Im confused....whats the turbo 3.4 going in?


Fireboss...it is looking like the 3.4 Turbo will be going into the 88GT restoration and upgrade with the "ReMera" body installed, but 1st we are going to document and measure everything so we can reproduce the engine as many times as we like.

Hope this helps!


Steel MSG #615, 06-08-2014 02:30 AM
      Love the interior.. whats going on with the shift surround piece and where it mates to the center console?

Will this be forsale when finished?

Enjoying all the pics.


fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #616, 06-08-2014 11:27 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:


Fireboss...it is looking like the 3.4 Turbo will be going into the 88GT restoration and upgrade with the "ReMera" body installed, but 1st we are going to document and measure everything so we can reproduce the engine as many times as we like.

Hope this helps!


Cool ,thanks

Whats the numbers on the engine...HP/TK


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #617, 06-08-2014 12:38 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Steel:

Love the interior.. whats going on with the shift surround piece and where it mates to the center console?

Will this be forsale when finished?

Enjoying all the pics.



Steel...That piece is not fully mounted as of yet...we still needed to adjust the heated seats & power window control wires that feed through that area where the old stock lighter was originally located. It will sit flush once we secure it down correctly.

As far as BluDrm being for sale...sorry...the 1st Pegasus Edition Fiero stays in my stable and will be part of the Demos for out customers to be able to check out a finished product.

Now with that said, we can build you a very similar vehicle with your own personal touches if interested. Let me know.

http://www.fierofantasyconcepts.com/

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #618, 06-09-2014 08:16 PM
     

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fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #619, 06-10-2014 09:30 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fireboss:


Cool ,thanks

Whats the numbers on the engine...HP/TK


Gonna keep asking

Also have you mocked up the HVAC controls you got from riceburner

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nosrac MSG #620, 06-10-2014 11:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:


http://www.fierofantasyconcepts.com/



Awww Jeah, this is right down the street from me.....

You guys open for business yet?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #621, 06-11-2014 09:31 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by nosrac:


Awww Jeah, this is right down the street from me.....

You guys open for business yet?


Yes Sir! and we are starting to get busy...stop in and say hello to my partner, Caesar.

The entire shop is filled with Fieros...well excluding my 93 R1 RX7 that is there to be repainted...it is getting fit in between all the Fiero projects.

Going to try and make it to the next NTFC meeting with a completed BluDrm...as long as work doesn't get in the way....fingers crossed!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #622, 06-11-2014 09:45 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fireboss:


Gonna keep asking

Also have you mocked up the HVAC controls you got from riceburner



Fireboss....sorry for the delay in response...been busy to say the least and didn't mean to skip your question.
We haven't gotten the 3.4 Turbo over to the Dyno as of yet, but soon as do....I will post.

In regards to riceburner's HVAC controls...waiting on new custom plate for G1 dash that has the template cut directly into the plate...so only the buttons are revealed through the plate.
I have also reached out to riceburner seeing if we can purchase these from him in bulk....if we can get it arrange...we will integrate them into all our builds.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #623, 06-11-2014 10:37 AM
      We did a little powder coating yesterday:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #624, 06-11-2014 03:08 PM
      And now for step two of the powder coating:


and NICE!


fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #625, 06-11-2014 04:49 PM
     

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #626, 06-12-2014 09:58 AM
      More powder coating:




Now onto the LED tail lights:


exoticse (exoticse@netzero.com) MSG #627, 06-12-2014 03:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

BluDrm UPDATES:

Fix the rear center cap issues finally this morning:




TXOPIE how much did you shave off and what did you use to do the cutting ?

i need to do exactly this for the same problem.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #628, 06-12-2014 04:30 PM
      Here is the process...went through about 4 blades doing it:

I oiled the end with 50W and using a bi-metal blade, I cut off about 3/8":

I then went back and chamfered the edge with a disk wheel.

I left them on the car for the procedure. If you dis-assemble first, put some scrap nuts on as a backer and when you take them off, it will clean the threads. (worked perfectly)

And need to give credit to these steps...where credit is due...these steps came from member "RCR"...thanks Bob!

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RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #629, 06-13-2014 06:37 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Here is the process...went through about 4 blades doing it:

I oiled the end with 50W and using a bi-metal blade, I cut off about 3/8":

I then went back and chamfered the edge with a disk wheel.

I left them on the car for the procedure. If you dis-assemble first, put some scrap nuts on as a backer and when you take them off, it will clean the threads. (worked perfectly)

And need to give credit to these steps...where credit is due...these steps came from member "RCR"...thanks Bob!




5 blades???

Bob


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #630, 06-15-2014 02:30 AM
      UPDATES: Sorry Everyone...not too many updates that past few days...we are actually pushing my 93 R1 RX7 through the shop.
My wife wanted to have it painted a Candi Rootbeer color. We also cleaned up all the dings, moved the antenna to the roof, some tech upgrades and are covering the interior plastic in real carbon fiber.


Candi paints are PIA to paint with...we are doing all the underside and hardware first removed from the car...then we will reassemble the car and shoot the last two coats all at once to get that even flow.

http://s1086.photobucket.co...txopie/slideshow/RX7


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #631, 06-16-2014 01:19 PM
      UPDATES:

We are finishing stripping down the 88 T-Top and 88 formula (which is being prepped to be a "Medusa" build):









Also snagged the last set of Grey tinted side windows from Rich...these will probably be the last set of Grey tint for quite some time if ever again.
We are working on a regular supply of the green glass ones for our builds. We are also looking into getting new sunroof glass produced.






Just got a text from Jerry...my new 3.4 Turbo is loaded on the truck and headed for TX....Yea Haw!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #632, 06-16-2014 07:10 PM
     













TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #633, 06-16-2014 09:23 PM
      ReMera Update:

A nice new working Key lock and machines push button door opener:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #634, 06-17-2014 10:16 AM
      UPDATES:

BluDrm is getting exhaust re-worked today. Removing the Spintech and replacing with a Borla. Adding a catalytic converter and C6 tips as well...pictures later today.

ReMera #1 UPDATE: The 1st ReMera body is almost finished being mounted and prepped for paint.
The chassis was addressed before the re-body, but next week it will be time to start finishing rebuilding her mechanically.
So yesterday I started ensuring we had all the needed parts to complete the build quickly...so ordered a few odds & ends: aluminum 3-core radiator,
Genuine Delphi BM10009 HVAC Blower Motor and Fan Assembly heater core, door strikers, carpet & floor mats...think all I have left on the list is fiberglass headliner left.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #635, 06-17-2014 01:42 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE: Ordered my personalized plate today...should show up at the county tax office in about 3 weeks...paper plate till then:


davylong86 MSG #636, 06-17-2014 05:24 PM
      Man, even your plates look good.Our plates in IL are boring.If you get the classic car ones they come in a burnt pee color.Glad to see your shop is doing well.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #637, 06-17-2014 05:35 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE: Since BluDrm is really the 1st of our "Pegasus Edition" Fieros.
I am not only sharing BluDrm's front badge, but also the badge that will be utilized on all our Pegasus Edition builds.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #638, 06-17-2014 06:20 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by davylong86:

Man, even your plates look good.Our plates in IL are boring.If you get the classic car ones they come in a burnt pee color.Glad to see your shop is doing well.


Davy...you don't even know the half of it...check it out...150 options...TX is spoiled:

http://www.myplates.com/


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #639, 06-17-2014 07:54 PM
      Medusa Update:







TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #640, 06-19-2014 08:00 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:

A trip 3 blocks down to the performance muffler shop...she still won't be legal to drive until she gets her inspection tomorrow and then finally registered!
She would have been ready but have been making last minute tweaks which have delayed us a little bit. But my partner has said we are putting a stake in the ground on Blu for now...I will do upgrades periodically over the next year, but we have cars to produce and it is time to get my personal stuff out of there to make room for the orders we are getting.





TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #641, 06-20-2014 02:38 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES: Last minute final touches:



Thanks Russ!

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eph_kay (cjcoulter@me.com) MSG #642, 06-23-2014 12:31 PM
      What Borla muffler did you end up going with? and do you have any pictures?

I just did a Borla 1 in 2 out on a 3800sc Mera and had to cut the trunk to get it to fit, still have to rebuild the trunk The car isn't quite finished yet.

Chris


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #643, 06-25-2014 06:21 PM
      Well More to come on that...because these will be new specialty models from Borla...just for our community...cant say anymore yet.

Amazing what an EGO play on a company can do when postured correctly! Some companies don't like their competition servicing a nitch they should be covering.
Just by stroking their EGO and explaining how much better their product was then the one option that is basically available (Spintech 10") and how disappointing it was that there was no Borla option offered that would work with Fiero swaps.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #644, 06-25-2014 07:03 PM
      Fiero Fantasy Concepts UPDATE:

Picked up parts for the new trailer I am building:
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #645, 06-25-2014 07:28 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

A few pictures I forgot to post:




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fierogtlt1 (fierogtlt1@bellsouth.net) MSG #646, 06-25-2014 11:13 PM
      The door panel looks great
It's coming together pretty well,keep up the great work.

P.S. Good luck on the tail light lenses....

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #647, 06-26-2014 12:32 PM
      BluDrm Update:

Here is a video we shot the other day...I didn't have time to post yet either:



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Danyel MSG #648, 06-26-2014 09:02 PM
     




Huumm your park lights are flashing strange ..... is there an issue with the wiring ??
regards
Danyel




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #649, 06-26-2014 10:15 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Danyel:





Huumm your park lights are flashing strange ..... is there an issue with the wiring ??
regards
Danyel



Danyel,

It is the push button start/RFIP FOB/alarm system that was being disengaged...it blinks like 13 times by default...later that day we modified it down to 3 blinks when engaging and disengaging.

Almost put an explanation below...and funny enough I thought it would be You or Chris that commented on it...will show another video tomorrow....Giving a full and complete interior & exterior walk around and demos of everything


Danyel MSG #650, 06-26-2014 10:54 PM
      Ohhh ok I was puzzled ..... regards
Danyel


Drifter_GTR (chosimise@gmail.com) MSG #651, 06-27-2014 03:10 PM
      My rommie is asking why I dropped my jaw on the floor.
Such an amazing build!


doublec4 (doublec4@hotmail.com) MSG #652, 06-27-2014 07:15 PM
      Tail lights look great! Good job on the install

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #653, 06-29-2014 04:48 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by doublec4:

Tail lights look great! Good job on the install


Chris...GREAT PRODUCT!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #654, 06-29-2014 04:50 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Drifter_GTR:

My rommie is asking why I dropped my jaw on the floor.
Such an amazing build!


Drifter...Glad you are enjoying the thread. More fun to still to come!


fierov8 (jeff@orphancars.com) MSG #655, 06-29-2014 07:20 PM
      This is a bit of a stretch and a little offtopic, but..........did your partner Caesar build a custom PT Cruiser a few years ago??

Also -- are you doing any custom/non-Fiero work? Let me know -- I might have a couple interesting projects for you and your crew.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #656, 06-29-2014 07:57 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fierov8:

This is a bit of a stretch and a little offtopic, but..........did your partner Caesar build a custom PT Cruiser a few years ago??

Also -- are you doing any custom/non-Fiero work? Let me know -- I might have a couple interesting projects for you and your crew.


Caesar has done a lot of projects over the years, but I don't remember a PT Cruiser, but that doesn't mean he didn't do it....I will have to ask him to be sure.

Actually yes...we still have to handle other projects to keep the shop at 100% capacity.

We currently have a 3 non Fiero restorations in shop as well:
  • A 93 R1 RX-7: Candi Paint (Rootbeer),custom powder coating, custom carbon fiber interior
  • A Classic MG convertible: Ground up restoration
  • And an older high end BMW that is going to look quite ball'r when completed.


Give Caesar a call at the shop and let him know what you have.


http://www.fierofantasyconcepts.com/


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #657, 06-29-2014 10:01 PM
      Fiero Fantasy Concepts UPDATE:

Been working on building the new trailer...have the rest of my parts.

I have giver her two acid baths and two good layers of Rustoleum paint.

The trailer is based of mobile home hubs and 14.5x8 tires...currently have refurbished 1 out of the 4 hubs.

(4) brand new Nanco N2138-14.5 F trailer tires should arrive Tuesday, plenty of enough time to get the other 3 hubs & circle rims refurbished.


fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #658, 06-30-2014 12:33 AM
      Any update on the 3.4 turbo


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #659, 06-30-2014 05:00 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by fireboss:

Any update on the 3.4 turbo


fireboss - PATIENTS PLEASE!

Be about another week before you will see updates on the 3.4 Turbo install.


fireboss (ericj@live.com) MSG #660, 06-30-2014 08:14 PM
     



RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #661, 07-01-2014 08:28 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATES:


And the 1st roof panel from the new molds installed:


Is there anything different about the roof?

Bob


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #662, 07-03-2014 09:57 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by RCR:


Is there anything different about the roof?

Bob


Bob...just like factory...just recently pop'd from our new mold...these are brand new roof panels!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #663, 07-03-2014 10:08 AM
      Sorry no updates posted lately, been busy with my day job that past few days...will do updates tomorrow

RCR (rcrabine@comcast.net) MSG #664, 07-03-2014 10:15 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:


Bob...just like factory...just recently pop'd from our new mold...these are brand new roof panels!


I was hoping Rob took the flatness out of the stock roof. Thanx though...



Bob


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #665, 07-03-2014 06:32 PM
      ReMera UPDATES:






TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #666, 07-04-2014 05:48 PM
      BluDrm UPDATES:

REBORN on the 4th of JULY!

From this:

























To this:

















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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #667, 07-11-2014 02:09 PM
      Non-Fiero Update, but note-worthy: 93 R1 RX-7 is primer'ed...what a pretty primer, but needed to get that final root beer candi color:







Steel MSG #668, 07-11-2014 03:57 PM
      Does the paint on the Bludrm still need to be wet sanded and polished?

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #669, 07-12-2014 03:58 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Steel:

Does the paint on the Bludrm still need to be wet sanded and polished?


Steel...Yes...you should wait at least 7 days, but I am waiting 14 days before


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #670, 07-15-2014 01:55 PM
      Non-Fiero Update, but note-worthy: 93 R1 RX-7 is painted its root beer candi color:

































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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #671, 07-15-2014 01:59 PM
      T-TOP UPDATE:

Starting to dig into the 88 T-Top from Ohio. We are in the process of stripping her down to her frame so we can soda-blast the frame, before beginning her restoration:





Going to replace the cradle and have a few areas...not structural that we need to weld and clean up in the trunk area....will address all after we soda-blast.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #672, 07-16-2014 07:38 PM
      ReMera UPDATE:

ReMera #1 will be on her way back this weekend...have a few minor clean up pieces and back to DFW for the rest







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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #673, 07-21-2014 09:49 PM
      ReMera #1 UPATE:

ReMera's body is fully mounted and ready for paint:



























TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #674, 08-02-2014 03:47 PM
     

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #675, 08-03-2014 11:41 PM
      This 1st ReMera will have a G1 interior that will follow the same color scheme as this Ferrari's interior:
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Going with normal black combined with a "Rave Butterscotch" (RAV-2612):
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #676, 08-04-2014 12:07 AM
      ReMera #1 will come with the following Rims:
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #677, 08-04-2014 01:36 PM
      A few dress-up parts for the 92 R1 RX-7:
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davylong86 MSG #678, 08-04-2014 04:09 PM
      The RX parts turned out beautiful! did you do that at the shop?

LornesGT MSG #679, 08-04-2014 10:06 PM
      What brand of Candy paint did you choose?

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #680, 08-05-2014 05:24 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by davylong86:

The RX parts turned out beautiful! did you do that at the shop?


Davy...no sir...ordered them...already knew an outfit that makes them!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #681, 08-05-2014 05:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by LornesGT:

What brand of Candy paint did you choose?





TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #682, 08-05-2014 05:35 PM
     

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #683, 08-10-2014 10:53 PM
      Sorrowful News!

I am going to have to close the doors to Fiero Fantasy Concepts for the time being. My previous partner, Caesar was not able to manage his money which was costing me way too much. So if and when I find another partner, I may re-launch Fiero Fantasy Concepts.

In the mean time, I need to get re-organized...I have ton's on parts and a decent amount of cars...too much stuff if I am not going to do Fiero Fantasy Concepts at the moment.

Going to keep the following Fieros:

1. BluDrm 86 GT Sunroof - Pegasus Edition 3800-SC / 5-Speed, black with blue stitching G1 dash, Zimmer door panels
2. Barbie 88 GT Sunroof - Pegasus Edition DOHC / 5 Speed, black with hot pink stitching G1 dash, G1 Door Panels
3. 88 GT T-Top - Ferrari 328 GTS Replica Body 3.4 Turbo / 5 Speed, two-tone dark tan/black G1 dash, G1 door panels
4. 88 GT Testarossa hardtop body - 3800-SC Automatic with paddle shifters, G1 dash, G1 door panels

Fieros for sale (pictures to follow shortly):

1. 87 GT Black/silver exterior, tan interior, 2.8 V6 / 5-speed....very clean interior.
2. 88 GT 2.8 V6 / 5-Speed EVM_Rob 308 / MERA body mounted and primed.
3. 88 GT T-Top 2.8 V6 / 5-Speed

I will be doing the following.

1. Finish punch list on BluDrm....still have minor tweaks that need to be completed...also new flywheel & Clutch thanks to the install boys at the Cartoys in Hurst, TX while installing the push button start system, then thought it would be fun to go take it for a joy ride.

2. Upgrades on Barbie

3. Upgrades on 88 GT T-Top - Ferrari 328 GTS

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Robertzep2 (robertzep@neo.rr.com) MSG #684, 08-11-2014 12:15 PM
      Sorry about you side business! Just curious, do you plan on continuing to R&D parts? Things like the GT quarter windows and such. Do you plan on continuing making and selling your roofs?

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #685, 08-11-2014 09:27 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Robertzep2:

Sorry about you side business! Just curious, do you plan on continuing to R&D parts? Things like the GT quarter windows and such. Do you plan on continuing making and selling your roofs?


Yes, but there is going to be a delay while I regroup. I need to get all my stuff back to my property this week 1st.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #686, 08-11-2014 09:31 PM
      General Updates:

* 93 R1 RX-7 got dropped off at Rotary Performance to get her compression test and anything she needs to be brought back to factory perfect.

* Picked up FieroFanatic13's NEVER USED in a Fiero OEM Seats:



Also Having Dominic deliver his...soon to be my 88 T-Top with 328 Body:







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seq (pennocksfiero@chrisirwin.ca) MSG #687, 08-12-2014 12:03 AM
      I'm not usually a fan of any of kits, but that 328 is gorgeous!

Sorry to hear about FFC



Danyel MSG #688, 08-12-2014 10:37 PM
      Hope all falls back into place for ya ...... if I can be of any help or anything ya know where to reach me ....

take care my american friend
Danyel



Joseph MSG #689, 08-13-2014 06:05 AM
      The 328 is for sale?

Edit:

I see the post that you are keeping that now.

Very nice looking car I like it.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #690, 08-20-2014 06:18 PM
      GENERAL UPDATES:

Have a pile of stuff to sort through and get re-organized in the Fiero cave.







Going to have to dis-assemble the gantry crane once I get organized and then re-assemble it once inside the cave....fun fun!

  • Barbie is going one direction to get her noise repainted because her stripes didn't line up correctly.

  • BluDrm is going to have her flywheel and clutch (Spec3+) replaced and then is headed to another custom shop here in TX to fix and finish unfinished issues.

  • The T-Top is for sale as a roller...can throw in a used 2.8 and transmission...but will need to be put together....$1500.00

  • Black 87GT is also for sale....$3000.00

  • 308 body mounted and primer'd on 88 GT / 5-Speed is also for sale as is for $5000.00

* Has Rodney's front Euro bumper

I will also have some body panels and other random parts listed for sale in the coming weeks.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #691, 08-23-2014 12:20 PM
      Well Dominic dropped off the 328 this morning, unfortunately he got here a little too late for me to make the NTFC meeting his morning


dominic355 MSG #692, 08-23-2014 03:48 PM
      Sorry TxOpie, I took a wrong turn at Albuquerque, lol. Enjoy my friend!!!

jmbishop (jmbishop05@aol.com) MSG #693, 08-31-2014 05:18 PM
      Pm sent

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #694, 09-09-2014 01:32 PM
      Starting to pickup the pieces and get things moving forward. I am only going to be finishing up my 3 Fieros and then I am going stop playing and start driving again.

I have Stephen Poe over changing the Flywheel & Clutch (SPEC3+)...car toys thought that they earned a free pass to go joy riding in BluDrm after they installed the push button start system....burnt out the clutch completely.

Then I am bringing BluDrm to another shop to get all the little things corrected.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #695, 09-09-2014 10:03 PM
      Yea...my daughter is moving home from Miami!

She is going to need something to drive, so I picked her up this little gem:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #696, 09-10-2014 07:50 PM
     

Well need to flip out the SPEC3+ clutch...the parts place sent me the one for the 5-speed Isuzu instead of the 5-Speed Getrag



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #697, 09-11-2014 12:59 PM
      UPDATE:

Just got off the phone with SPEC and they are shipping me the correct SPEC3+ clutch (SC883F) for 3800-SC and 5-Speed Getrag.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #698, 09-12-2014 06:45 PM
      UPDATE:

Clutch shipped from SPEC via UPS. So I decided with the cradle down for the 1st time in a few years it was a great time to get in there and clean it up.
I have been able to get a few areas of the engine bay and cradle cleaned up.
Wow I am SO glad I had it powder coated...it is cleaning up so easily and looks perfect again.
I am now give the transmission a good cleaning.

I imagine my SPEC3+ clutch will show up Monday or Tuesday.

So hopefully it will line up with Stephen's schedule and we can button this up.
I am ready to get her down to the new shop and let them attempt to get things right that last shop didn't quite hit the mark!


nosrac MSG #699, 09-12-2014 10:45 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

I am ready to get her down to the new shop and let them attempt to get things right that last shop didn't quite hit the mark!


You have a great shop right there. Don't you have everything needed to GIT ER DONE?

And Y isn't your daughter going to drive one of those Fiero's?


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #700, 09-15-2014 11:18 AM
      NOSRAC,

It all comes down to time and I just don't have it to spend on it.

In regards to my daughter...she has told me since she was 9 years old that she wanted a Miata....really...do you think I was going to give her anything else!

Here is a picture of my baby with her man (Andrew Montague...As in the House of Montague in Romeo and Juliet). Not bad as son in laws go!




 
quote
Originally posted by nosrac:


You have a great shop right there. Don't you have everything needed to GIT ER DONE?

And Y isn't your daughter going to drive one of those Fiero's?




nosrac MSG #701, 09-15-2014 10:56 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:


In regards to my daughter...she has told me since she was 9 years old that she wanted a Miata....really...do you think I was going to give her anything else!




Cute Couple, She must get her looks from her mother...Ahhh hahaha
I don't blame u aspoiling her as I have a 1 year old Daughter and she already gets almost everything she wants.
So you going to have your daughter and Son in law living with you now?
If so give him your around the house chores so you will have more time to spend in the Fiero Cave.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #702, 09-16-2014 10:37 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by nosrac:


Cute Couple, She must get her looks from her mother...Ahhh hahaha
I don't blame u aspoiling her as I have a 1 year old Daughter and she already gets almost everything she wants.
So you going to have your daughter and Son in law living with you now?
If so give him your around the house chores so you will have more time to spend in the Fiero Cave.


Thanks! and most definitely she gets her looks from her mother and her grandmother...all 3 look very similar...almost scary how similar.

They are only going to be staying with us for a few weeks while they are getting settled here in DFW.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #703, 09-22-2014 04:32 PM
      OK...the correct SPEC3+ clutch is here and Mr. Poe should be here later today to finish up.

Picked up a few other parts:

For my 328 / ReMera with T-Tops:


Also picked up FIERO TUBULAR ARM COILOVER 14 BRAKES SWAY BARS for BluDrm:






TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #704, 09-23-2014 09:43 AM
      Stephen Poe was out last night and installed the new SPEC3+ clutch & flywheel.
Got as far as getting the engine back in and everything reconnected.
Now we just have to add coolant, bleed the clutch and put the deck lid back on.

Austin also showed up last night and picked-up the red 88 T-Top from Ohio...he is going to finish it's restore and put a series 3 3800-SC in her.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #705, 09-27-2014 10:31 AM
     

Update from Rob Amida....he is still waiting on my Butterscotch material to do my two tone dash


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #706, 10-02-2014 12:59 PM
      Just picked up 4 GM NOS Pontiac Fiero Splash guards or mud flaps for BluDrm:
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I live off a dirt road and since this is my daily...i actually will be driving it frequently and will help.

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #707, 10-02-2014 01:56 PM
      BluDrm's clutch has been replace and put back together. Also swapped out the PCM...which cleaned up some issues.
I need to get an alignment and the brakes bleed. Then onto the new shop to get the punch list fixed for the issues with the body, hood, paint, and interior from the last shop!

I also am having the following hood created for bluDrm...since I have to replace the front anyways...last shop cracked it down near the driver's side headlight:
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #708, 10-02-2014 10:16 PM
      Well the one above is the one from the 88 Red T-Top...that the new owner just knocked out and then white plasti dipped in white...he had to cut away metal underneath for his.

The one he is doing for me will be more like this and requires no metal cutting below:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #709, 10-05-2014 12:09 PM
      General Update:

Fieros for sale (pictures to follow shortly):

1. 87 GT Black/silver exterior, tan interior, 2.8 V6 / 5-speed....very clean interior. SOLD
2. 88 GT 2.8 V6 / 5-Speed EVM_Rob 308 / MERA body mounted and primed. STILL FOR SALE
3. 88 GT T-Top 2.8 V6 / 5-Speed. SOLD

Going to be doing a hard push to do the following in the next 30 days:

1. Finish punch list on BluDrm.

* SPEC3+ clutch and new flywheel - DONE
* Alignment & brake bleed - Hopefully this week
* Get new hood created with STM hood vents. - The hood will be picked up this week from my place and should take a week.
* Drive BluDrm to new shop and leave with them to fix interior, body & paint issues that need to be cleaned up.
* Install front TUBULAR ARM with COILOVERs, 14 BRAKES all the way around, and front and rear SWAY BARS.

2. Upgrades on 88 GT T-Top - Ferrari 328 GTS / ReMera

* Rob Amida is working on finishing up my G1 dash and one of the 1st set of G1 door panels - these are being wrapped in two-tone black & butterscotch...inspired by this color scheme:

and here is the markup:
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* Have Mr Poe install my 3.4 Turbo - this should take about 3 days to get installed correctly.
* Shorten automatic shifter and install my C4 Corvette shift handle/button.
* Install FieroGuru 88 13" brake upgrade. - Already here and waiting to be installed.
* Install bigger brake booster & new master cylinder ...same one I used in BluDrm.
* Install WCF power steering upgrade. - Already here and waiting to be installed...need to figure where I can integrate the power steering pump into the 3.4 Turbo setup!
* Install new Windshield utilizing the FieroStore's windshield seals of course!
* Install G37 Rear view mirror that has integrated HomeLink, digital compass, and auto dim features.
* Already ordered and Mr. Mike is working on a similar feel of the seats in the one below in the same black & butterscotch material:

* Order new butterscotch carpet from stock interiors & matching embroider floor mattes.
* Order headliner material to recover.
* Order custom tan colored interior paint....same Rob Amida will utilize on the G1 dash parts
* Order a few t-top seals to add to my other t-top OEM replacement parts.
* Bring ReMera and all the interior parts to new shop to install my new interior installed and the car repainted.
* On to Car toys to have my push button start / security system installed, rear backup camera/plate frame, Pioneer AppRadio4, amplifier, new speakers all around...including head-rest speakers

Then it will be onto Barbie.

* FieroGuru 13" brake upgrade
* Bigger brake booster
* New Master cylinder
* Same rims as on BluDrm (which requires cutting rear axle nut area)
* Sequential LED tail lights
* SnapperHead rear backup lights
* DOHC Engine
* WCF Power Steering upgrade
* Install new stock grey carpet
* Install new matching embroider floor mattes
* Install NOS concept vehicle (Fiero) seats with headrest speakers.
* Install G37 rear view mirror with integrated HomeLink, digital compass, and auto dim features.
* Install Pontiac Aztek Sunfire 2004-2005 Radio AM FM mp3 CD Player w Aux Input .

* Find and install NOS rear quarter GT sail panels...if possible.

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LornesGT MSG #710, 10-06-2014 11:06 PM
      How did you get the sterio unlocked?

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #711, 10-07-2014 10:01 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by LornesGT:

How did you get the sterio unlocked?


http://www.ebay.com/itm/281...e=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

For $5.00


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #712, 10-08-2014 01:58 PM
      BluDrm is headed to the shop tonight to have her alignment & brakes bleed.

Then onto the Body/interior shop!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #713, 10-08-2014 02:43 PM
      Ordered Carbon Fiber wrap for Barbie dash cover plates...dot matrix is looking worn.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #714, 10-08-2014 03:23 PM
      FieroTom shipped me one of his modified Ponitac Radio


Also about to do some horse trading for the needed NOS GT sail panels for Barbie.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #715, 10-08-2014 04:12 PM
      Ordered one last piece I needed for the ReMera: 93 94 95 FIREBIRD POWER STEERING PUMP 6-207 3.4L 637292 to add into the 3.4 Turbo before Mr. Poe drops it in
I needed this added into the mix for the WCF power steering Kit that we are installing.



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #716, 10-08-2014 10:37 PM
      Working on another project for the Remera.

Start with less expensive Ferrari replica badge:


Remove Ferrari sticker and have domelabels to do my ReMera badge while leaving a nice metal mount to adhere my custom badge to


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #717, 10-09-2014 04:12 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Ordered one last piece I needed for the ReMera: 93 94 95 FIREBIRD POWER STEERING PUMP 6-207 3.4L 637292 to add into the 3.4 Turbo before Mr. Poe drops it in
I needed this added into the mix for the WCF power steering Kit that we are installing.


My ignorance...no room in a Fiero's engine bay to fit this pump on the 3.4 Live and learn....I guess I will have to utilize another option.

Negotiating on obtaining the following option...hopefully it works out:



If not, will have to look at WCF electric steering setup:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #718, 10-10-2014 09:48 AM
      I received a few things in the mail yesterday: Tom's Radio with aux input, 3 sets of GM "Fiero" mud flaps (live off dirt road), and the new P Seals & the top glass seals for T-Tops

Installed Tom's Radio into Barbie last night. It looks really good. Need to swap out Barbie's speakers next...they are a little shot!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #719, 10-10-2014 12:36 PM
      Picked up a badge for the rear of the 328 / ReMera ...since she is getting the 3.4 Turbo with Intercooler:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #720, 10-10-2014 02:19 PM
     

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #721, 10-11-2014 02:33 PM
      I have been working on my own side "Pininfarina" driver's side badge for the side of my 328/ReMera:

Change the normal "DISEGNO DI" - Designed By to "ISPIRATO DI" - Inspired By and added the rest

I am going to start with this real one:
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I am having mine printed on a thin aluminum sticker that will adhere to the original plate.


I also found this "PONTIAC" emblem that was originally for a G8 trunk...better than the tempest one I found (tempest one didn't sit correctly)

Since each letter is separate...I will need to make a template and space them out correctly.

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I FAR I MSG #722, 10-12-2014 01:18 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by TXOPIE:

UPDATE: Just received the email from "Riceburner98" that I have been waiting for:




He just shipped my climate controls to me!


Wow, very cool........Does anyone know if these digital climate control units are still available?

Thanks.


Danyel MSG #723, 10-12-2014 08:14 PM
     

Ponitac !!!!!!



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #724, 10-12-2014 11:38 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by Danyel:



Ponitac !!!!!!



This is what happens when it is late, you can't sleep and you have been under the weather for over a week....I never even noticed....LOL

Fixed now and re-posted at top

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #725, 10-12-2014 11:47 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by I FAR I:


Wow, very cool........Does anyone know if these digital climate control units are still available?

Thanks.


I am emailing Bob directly and see if he is still offering these units....if he states yes...then maybe we will start a group buy since I have had several people request lately.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #726, 10-13-2014 01:57 AM
      Need to have the 328 Sanded down to get rid of the spider cracks...so will also need to get her repainted!
Since I am going with a GM/PONTIAC flavor by badging this a Pontiac Fiero "ReMera Edition" instead of a 328...I thought I would utilize a GM paint:


FLASH RED


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #727, 10-17-2014 10:06 AM
      UPDATES: Ordered new speakers all around including the sub-woofer from Rodney for Barbie.

I installed the NOS seats I picked up a few months back into Barbie and she looks great with brand new seats
I also have covered her dash trim plates in a carbon fiber wrap to cleanup the stained dot matrix panels...looks really good...will take and post pictures later.

Also here are pictures of BluDrm's new hood with it's hood vents being setup:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #728, 10-17-2014 05:16 PM
      Non-Fiero Update... 99 Miata:

The only punch list I wanted to do to the Miata to take it back to factory was the following:

* Replace speaks...they were blown...Bose system...so not so easy...only one after-market option:
Ordered Clearwater 8" Bose® Miata Door Speakers 1999-2005

* Replace power antenna...it was bent at the base.
Ordered Factory OEM power antenna

* Replace passenger side headlight....all fogged up.
Still need to located a good use one of these.
* Remove cassette DIN & Utilize the 16 pin plug on the back of the Radio/CD player single DIN...during those years they were separate components with a 16 pin interlink cable.

So I stop at Frys last night and picked up a few pieces to make my custom AUX input:

#1 of the Auxiliary Connector as being the RIGHT channel input and pin #3 as the LEFT channel input. This is the opposite of what is listed in a couple of the other links. The Pin Descriptions page has the correct information. Pin #1 is RIGHT and Pin #3 is LEFT.

Also thanks to the Pin Descriptions page, I discovered that Pin #9 on the 16-pin connector is +12v when the ignition key is in the ACC position. This makes it simple to "tap" the necessary +12v to route through a 1K ohm resistor, then through the new switch, and then on back to Pin #6. Flip the switch and the factory radio goes into "LINE" input mode. Sweet!

Before today, the most difficult part of this project was finding a way to connect the necessary wires to the 16-pin AUX connector. Well, thanks to a tip I read on the FAQ page, I discovered that Molex KK Housing & Terminals 8-Circuit Interconnects (normally used on PC boards) work PERFECTLY for this. You simply use a square of 3M mounting tape to piggyback two of the Molex connectors and you are home free. The double-decker home-brew 16-pin connector slides right into the back of the factory stereo like butter!

Here's a FRONT view of the two Molex KK Interconnects attached together with 3M foam tape. The wires will go out the back.


Left to Right:
  • The little snap off panel from the passenger side
  • 1/8" female stereo jack
  • SPST rocker switch




I mounted the rocker switch and 1/8" jack into the snap off panel.


The SPST rocker switch is wired across Pin #6 and Pin #9 on the 16-pin connector. A 1K ohm resistor was used in-line (it is hidden under the split loom protector).


The completed home made 16-pin connector:


I used shielded 3-conductor (2 wires plus a ground shield) cable to connect the audio lines:


I used a 1/8" stereo plug right-angle adapter to help prevent a passenger from accidentally knocking against the cable leading to my phone:


So for less than $15.00 I have now a nice & clean Aux Input that almost looks factory!

And for the ones that are wondering what I am going to do with that extra DIN where the cassette player use to sit:
* Single Din Pocket Kit w/Cup Holder Storage Box


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #729, 10-20-2014 04:00 PM
      Picked up a set of panels that are becoming sort of rare:



Can't wait for them to get here, so I can clean them up and paint them


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #730, 10-27-2014 06:07 PM
      New hood for blue is ready for prep and paint:


355Fiero MSG #731, 10-27-2014 06:39 PM
      TXOPIE;

I bought one of those single DIN cup holders for my 308 replica as well. Came broken and had a heck of a time getting my money b ack from the seller. Went through PayPal so had to raise a complaint etc.

I will probably end up using it after all but I need to fix the tabs in the box that stop the cup holder and tray from coming out and both rtays stick when pulling out and pushing in so need to do a bit of work to it. Not a great part overall......

The phone link looks great.

Cheers
Don


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #732, 10-29-2014 12:12 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by 355Fiero:

TXOPIE;

I bought one of those single DIN cup holders for my 308 replica as well. Came broken and had a heck of a time getting my money b ack from the seller. Went through PayPal so had to raise a complaint etc.

I will probably end up using it after all but I need to fix the tabs in the box that stop the cup holder and tray from coming out and both rtays stick when pulling out and pushing in so need to do a bit of work to it. Not a great part overall......

The phone link looks great.

Cheers
Don



Don,

Mine did not come broken, but there is no mounting hardware and doesn't really seem to fit correctly...I will be looking for a substitute, but it was cheap!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #733, 10-31-2014 01:52 PM
      ReMera/328 UPDATE:

Received new lenses from EVM_Rob for the ReMera


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #734, 10-31-2014 07:37 PM
      ReMera Update:

Rear Turbo Intercool badge showed up in the mail:


Since she is going to have a 3.4 Turbo with an Intercooler in the next few weeks!


davylong86 MSG #735, 11-01-2014 10:17 PM
      Nice stuff your stocking up on txopie. And that flash red is a kick ass color. Thanks for the updates.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #736, 11-02-2014 12:40 AM
      Going with the GM Flash Red, I decided to invert the colors on my front "ReMera" badge:
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kennn (kbrooksarchitect@cox.net) MSG #737, 11-02-2014 08:51 AM
      Just curious. Do your hood vents interfere with the forward bulkhead behind the radiator? God job on the hood. It appears effective.

Ken


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #738, 11-02-2014 11:28 AM
     
 
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Originally posted by kennn:

Just curious. Do your hood vents interfere with the forward bulkhead behind the radiator? God job on the hood. It appears effective.

Ken


NOPE..this as deep as we could make it before it interfered.


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #739, 11-02-2014 03:46 PM
      Updates from Rob Amida on my dash for the ReMera:







Foam application of dash pieces.





TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #740, 11-04-2014 11:12 AM
      Time to order carpet and matching floor mats for the ReMera:

Stock Interiors - 854 - Buckskin:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #741, 11-04-2014 12:45 PM
      My Pininfarnina badges came in yesterday:
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This badge was OEM for a few Alfa Romeos and is composed of two pieces as you can see.
The 1st piece is the the plate itself and the 2nd is a dome sticker.
Here is quick photoshop mock up:
So I removed the dome sticker and have domelabels.com creating my own to replace the stock OEM
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This badge was OEM for a few Alfa Romeos and is composed of two pieces as you can see.
The 1st piece is the the plate itself and the 2nd is a dome sticker.
So I removed the dome sticker and have domelabels.com creating my own to replace the stock OEM

And here is what the stock Ferrari 328 Pininfarnina badge looks like:
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #742, 11-04-2014 06:22 PM
      Sent the following Vector File Graphic off to Emblem Art to get 2 of these create (one for rear where the Ferrari Horse usually sits...like in picture below and one for front lower grill:
http://www.emblemart.com/chromeemblems.html


And this is the other rear badge that they are doing for me as well:

Size: 8.2 cm x 2.5 cm (3.25 inch x 1 inch)...all the white areas will be chrome.

Which will go right above this badge:

Size: 8.2 cm x 2.5 cm (3.25 inch x 1 inch)

These will replace the existing 308 / GTS badges like these:


Maybe something just like this:
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and the front something like this:
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #743, 11-04-2014 09:25 PM
     

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #744, 11-04-2014 09:31 PM
      ReMera UPDATE:

Finished up doing the Center Caps for the ReMera...just emailed them off to dome labels:

and the proof is already back:
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #745, 11-05-2014 04:15 PM
      Corrected Custom Pininafarina Proof back from domelabels already:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #746, 11-05-2014 08:10 PM
      ReMera UPDATE:

Ordered 12' strips of 1/2"x1/2"/1/16" Aluminum U Channel:

Will cut them to proper sizes and get them welded together, round the edges and replace the fiberglass one.
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #747, 11-17-2014 07:11 PM
      Front "ReMera" badges came in:
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And here is one on a ReMera still in Primer:
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Danyel MSG #748, 11-17-2014 09:02 PM
      Hope to see this beautiful car in december on my trip to Arlington TX ...
Danyel



TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #749, 11-18-2014 10:06 AM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by Danyel:

Hope to see this beautiful car in december on my trip to Arlington TX ...
Danyel




Danyel

That would be Awesome!
Let me know the dates and we can schedule some time...if the days fall correctly....it would be great to have you as a guest at the NTFC meeting as well!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #750, 11-18-2014 08:00 PM
      Update from Rob Amida: My next G1 Dash is completed for the ReMera:






TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #751, 11-19-2014 09:41 AM
      UPDATE:

I just got back my proofs emailed to me from Emblem Arts and I gave them the green light to create them:

Pegasus for front lower grill and rear:

This will be all chrome...these will be cut clean to the shape of the Pegasus head.

ReMera Badge for the rear:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #752, 11-20-2014 06:11 PM
      UPDATE:

Custom ReMera / Pininfarina came in:


also the center caps for the rims:

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Danyel MSG #753, 11-20-2014 08:46 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by TXOPIE:


Danyel

That would be Awesome!
Let me know the dates and we can schedule some time...if the days fall correctly....it would be great to have you as a guest at the NTFC meeting as well!


Will be in Arlington from the Dec 23rd till the 31st
regards
Danyel


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #754, 11-26-2014 05:20 PM
      UPDATE: My Custom Emblems have been cut and will be shipped Friday:




Bloozberry MSG #755, 11-26-2014 06:59 PM
      Those look really nice TXOPIE.

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #756, 11-28-2014 10:09 AM
      UPDATE: Recieved my GT front air dam from member, 02greens10, who was clearing out some parts he had:


A little Lexol, 3 different grades of steel wool, a can of black PlatiDip, an hour of work and Wa-La:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #757, 11-29-2014 07:40 PM
      ReMera UPDATE: She left the stable this morning and now is safe and sound in the hands (shop) of ProColor Fiberglass Repair of OK.

She will be back in three weeks...with her body restored to perfection and her 2013 GM Flash Red paint job!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #758, 11-30-2014 11:25 AM
      GENERAL UPDATE: Finally got my full size Powder Coating Oven!





It's about 5'x5'x5' in size.
240V required to run this of course
It has 4 oven broiler units in the bottom and a rolling rack mounted in the top.
It has a 2ft x 1ft double pirex glass viewing window on the side (which is pretty unique).

Ready to do some engine cradles


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #759, 12-01-2014 09:49 PM
      BluDrm UPDATE:

Prepping the "Sport Front Suspension" with drop spindle options:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #760, 12-01-2014 10:15 PM
      ReMera UPDATE:

Going to take an extra 88 cradle, all control arms, spindles, and front suspension crossover...media blast them clean & then Powder Coat them in Chromium...like caliper brackets below:


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #761, 12-02-2014 11:58 AM
      General UPDATE: TOTALLY SCORED!

Picked up 3 Getrag 5-Speeds for only $200!


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #762, 12-03-2014 04:20 PM
      My Wife just order me a set of custom pool balls for my pool table in the Fiero Cave:




TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #763, 12-04-2014 11:00 AM
      I just finished my custom image that will be transferred to my pool table felt:
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With the same red on the side rails.

http://www.customtablefelt....-pool-table-felt.htm

Examples on the site:

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davylong86 MSG #764, 12-04-2014 01:59 PM
      That's cool ! Are you going to put the Fiero emblem where you set the rack our in the middle of the table?

TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #765, 12-04-2014 02:55 PM
     
 
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Originally posted by davylong86:

That's cool ! Are you going to put the Fiero emblem where you set the rack our in the middle of the table?


Here is a quick PS of what it will look like:





TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #766, 12-04-2014 07:27 PM
      Working on some Art for the walls in the Fiero Cave:

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #767, 12-05-2014 06:50 PM
      ReMera UPDATE:

Badges arrived from EmblemArts:
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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #768, 12-05-2014 07:02 PM
      BluDrm Update:

Going to try another set of headlights just for comparison...this set I just ordered from Rick at http://www.projectorretrofit.com/

I ordered a set of his "Original quad 60mm “Full Time Low”"


Full time low allows you to run both your lows and highs when you bright up. He highly recommend HIR bulbs in your high beams only for a perfectly balanced configuration (which I did).
This is an excellent system for foul weather driving. kit includes: two buckets, two Hella 60mm low beam projectors, two Hella 60mm high beam projectors, one dual relay harness, stainless adjusters, and instructions.
He use to Di-NOC them in Fiber Carbon and he just switched to Hydro-dipping...so they are being Hydro-dipped carbon fiber!

Can't wait to get them and install them


TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #769, 12-06-2014 11:38 PM
      Found another Deal I Couldn't Refuse:


This is a custom body inspired by the F Rossa.
It may not be everybody's cup of tea, but I like it!

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TXOPIE (tx.opie@gmail.com) MSG #770, 12-07-2014 01:34 PM
      The pool balls came in that my wife ordered for me, but not allowed to have them till X-Mas!



Archie (archie@v8archie.com) MSG #771, 12-07-2014 04:34 PM
     
 
quote
Originally posted by TXOPIE:

Found another Deal I Couldn't Refuse:

This is a custom body inspired by the F Rossa.
It may not be everybody's cup of tea, but I like it!