Thanks to Rick88, I was able to hook up with "Tom" during my recent trip to Taiwan. I had a very busy work schedule, but I just had to hook up with him to see his Fiero. So way past 11:00pm on my last night there, I met up with Tom downstairs in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This is one of his cars, a 87GT that he restored. It is in beautiful condition. The only modification is the addition of the 88 staggered rims setup.
We went to Tom's friends house ("Mark") since they wanted to show me his Lambo and F-50, which are both built on 88GTs. Tom and Mark are good friends with a common interest in Fieros.
The pics do not do the cars justice, you would need to see these up close and personal (like I had the opportunity) to fully realize the time and effort that went into these projects. Real leather interiors, big brake kits, authentic parts such as lenses, badges, etc. These cars are off the charts!!! These two cars are some of the very few that are street legal. It is almost impossible to (LEGALLY) own a modified kitcar Fiero in Taiwan now. These two are "grandfathered" from many years past. He kept the stock V-6 engines in both cars to keep them legal...big engines with low mileage are simply not allowed in Taiwan, so these are perfect for their purposes. Mike estimates that he has about $70K (USD) tied up in each car.
In this picture, they have mounted a modified radiator in the back, under that stainless grill area. Tom was explaining how it was mounted in the back, and how they had to modify a radiator from another car.
The all leather interiors of both cars were hand sewn by local craftsmen. The attention to detail is just awesome. I can still smell the leather!
Pic of me in front of the Lambo. They spent a lot of time to engineer and modify the side windows (the lower part) to actually be able to hand-crank open and close. The front windshield is the authentic, slightly curved one, rather than the typical flat, kitcar windshield.
LOL...my friend John met up with us and wanted this picture of him and the F-50.
Rear of the F-50.
The absolute highlight of my trip was to meet up with these guys. To chat with them via e-mail is one thing, but to be able to actually meet them face-to-face, see-and-touch their prized projects, and to sit down with them, have a drink and talk story, was absolutely priceless. I don't know if I will ever have the opportunity to travel to Taiwan again, but I consider myself extremely lucky to have done so, and in the process, made two life-long friends.
Tom and Mark have not joined the PFF forum because they are afraid that their English is not that great. (Although they may be a little lacking on the spoken English, their command of written English is actually pretty good.) I plan to e-mail Tom with this link, so maybe with some encouragement from the fine people here, maybe we can convince them to join PFF!! They are true Fiero enthusiasts and I know they would like to join in on the forum.
Edited: Corrected F-40 to F-50
[This message has been edited by Fiero-in-Paradise (edited 12-07-2010).]