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What are the two "blocks" of material under GT nose? by realliving1
Started on: 04-09-2011 09:27 PM
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Report this Post04-09-2011 09:27 PM Click Here to See the Profile for realliving1Click Here to Email realliving1Send a Private Message to realliving1Direct Link to This Post
I removed the front nose on my '87 nGT and found what looks to be two blocks of some type of plastic reinforcement under there. They are just hanging under the car by two bolts. One on each side almost by the parking lights/turn signals. They don't seem to do anything, support or protect anything?
Are they really needed? I see the reinforcement or honeycomb being needed but what the heck are they for?
Parking lot stops? If anyone has a pic on how they are supposed to be mounted on the car, I'd appreciate that. Installing new factory bumper tomorrow! I can't believe how distorted a bumper that was stored and wrapped in shrink wrap is such a wrestling match to fit! Any ideas?
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Report this Post04-09-2011 09:39 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero84FreakClick Here to Email Fiero84FreakSend a Private Message to Fiero84FreakDirect Link to This Post
Are you talking about the honeycomb solid protrusions underneath the parking lamps?

I'd leave those there. They're part of the impact support system - that is, if you're hit in the front end, they'll help to alleviate some of the damage taken by the hit and could mean the different between just replacing an aero nose or replacing portions of the front space frame.
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Report this Post04-09-2011 10:08 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BloozberrySend a Private Message to BloozberryDirect Link to This Post
I've read elsewhere on PFF that those blocks were for protection during transportation from the factory and were supposed to be removed by the dealerships. What the truth is, is anybody's guess. I can't see them being useful in any kind of frontal collision.
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Report this Post04-10-2011 02:44 AM Click Here to See the Profile for joshh44Send a Private Message to joshh44Direct Link to This Post
sometime in december. i was going down a slight hill and hit a patch of ice on the road. at the end of the road was a blue metal dumpster. i believe it was empty but i ended up hitting it with the front corner of my fiero. a week later i was walking towards my car. and i noticed 2 odd shaped blocks hanging there. i thought to my self ill take a look at it when i get home. by the time i got home they were gone. they must have fallen off on my drive home. so i hope there not good for anything. because i no longer have thos funky looking corner block things anymore.
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Report this Post04-10-2011 03:18 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jscott1Send a Private Message to jscott1Direct Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Bloozberry:

I've read elsewhere on PFF that those blocks were for protection during transportation from the factory and were supposed to be removed by the dealerships. What the truth is, is anybody's guess. I can't see them being useful in any kind of frontal collision.


It seems improbable that the dealerships across the country could have been that clueless to leave so many in place, especially by the time the 88s were rolling out. However, they are mounted in the most peculiar way that doesn't seem like they would absorb much if any force in a collision. I personally wouldn't have a problem leaving them off.
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Report this Post04-10-2011 03:23 AM Click Here to See the Profile for PatrickClick Here to Email PatrickSend a Private Message to PatrickDirect Link to This Post
I thought I read just recently here that they helped support the front end when the car was being picked up/transported by the old-fashioned style tow-trucks (with that big black sling thing).

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Report this Post04-10-2011 08:21 AM Click Here to See the Profile for TinkrrSend a Private Message to TinkrrDirect Link to This Post
Patrick wins the prize.

Look in the P080 Parts and illustration Catalogue:
Front Bumper

25. 7.068 PAD , FRT Towing ............................100337345

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Report this Post04-10-2011 09:48 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BloozberrySend a Private Message to BloozberryDirect Link to This Post
What!!? There was a prize?
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Pics?
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Report this Post04-10-2011 10:47 AM Click Here to See the Profile for realliving1Click Here to Email realliving1Send a Private Message to realliving1Direct Link to This Post
Awesome... thank you guys. The teamwork on this forum is great.
In the trash they go!
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Report this Post04-10-2011 12:10 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BloozberrySend a Private Message to BloozberryDirect Link to This Post
Don't trash them before listing them in the mall, even if only for the cost of shipping. Somebody might want them either to keep their car as original as possible, or even for what they were intended for. Nobody's making these parts anymore so you never know.
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Report this Post04-10-2011 05:26 PM Click Here to See the Profile for PatrickClick Here to Email PatrickSend a Private Message to PatrickDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by Tinkrr:

Patrick wins the prize.



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Report this Post04-10-2011 07:01 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BloozberrySend a Private Message to BloozberryDirect Link to This Post
If the prize was getting humped by Elvis four times, I think I'm glad Patrick won.
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Report this Post04-10-2011 07:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for PatrickClick Here to Email PatrickSend a Private Message to PatrickDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Bloozberry:

If the prize was getting humped by Elvis four times, I think I'm glad Patrick won.



That wasn't very nice, Blooz... but I laughed anyway.

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Report this Post04-10-2011 11:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Big PaulClick Here to Email Big PaulSend a Private Message to Big PaulDirect Link to This Post
I noticed those too, and I always wondered what they were for. Now I finally know!
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Report this Post04-11-2011 12:21 PM Click Here to See the Profile for RAREW66Click Here to visit RAREW66's HomePageClick Here to Email RAREW66Send a Private Message to RAREW66Direct Link to This Post
Right from the GM published 1984 manual for tow truck drivers towing instructions. It looks like all GM vehicles of the day that did not have steel bumpers had these tow blocks in some form placed at the same universal dimensions as a Fiero.



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Report this Post04-11-2011 08:18 PM Click Here to See the Profile for TinkrrSend a Private Message to TinkrrDirect Link to This Post
Great Post Fred
I haven't seen that towing instruction before
A plus for U
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Report this Post04-11-2011 09:57 PM Click Here to See the Profile for RWDPLZClick Here to visit RWDPLZ's HomePageSend a Private Message to RWDPLZDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by RAREW66:

Right from the GM published 1984 manual for tow truck drivers towing instructions. It looks like all GM vehicles of the day that did not have steel bumpers had these tow blocks in some form placed at the same universal dimensions as a Fiero.



Fred


Wow, that explains a lot! Thanks for posting it!
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Report this Post04-11-2011 10:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BtotheBClick Here to visit BtotheB's HomePageClick Here to Email BtotheBSend a Private Message to BtotheBDirect Link to This Post
Haha, wow! I can't imagine a tow truck driver going through all that...

Good timing for this too, I was just looking at those last week and wondering what the heck they were for.

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Report this Post04-11-2011 10:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for FreshjClick Here to Email FreshjSend a Private Message to FreshjDirect Link to This Post
You mean they aren't intercooler mounts?
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Report this Post04-12-2011 11:25 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jscott1Send a Private Message to jscott1Direct Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by RAREW66:

Right from the GM published 1984 manual for tow truck drivers towing instructions. It looks like all GM vehicles of the day that did not have steel bumpers had these tow blocks in some form placed at the same universal dimensions as a Fiero.


Thanks for posting... Just when I thought I had heard every piece of Fiero trivia, something new comes along.
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Originally posted by BtotheB:

Haha, wow! I can't imagine a tow truck driver going through all that...

Brad


Exactly. My Indy got a 90 mile tow home and of course it was on a flatbed so the towing blocks (if they still exist under the car) were irrelevant.
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