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Sharkmans choptop, # 1 in Europe by Sharkman
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Report this Post07-16-2006 05:34 PM Click Here to See the Profile for SharkmanSend a Private Message to SharkmanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Please, more close-ups of the rear bumper!!!

Too sharp edges for my taste. Will change that before final paintjob

Need too come out a bit under the light in the middle.



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How can we here in the US get one of those (that is sweet).
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cire36- look here:
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/030760.html
Just so I don't high jack the thread, VERY nice car, been following since you posted it. One of my fav's. Thanks for sharing.

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Report this Post08-16-2006 12:01 AM Click Here to See the Profile for exoticseClick Here to Email exoticseSend a Private Message to exoticseEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post


Sharkman how is the guy doing Europe's #2 choptop coming along ? Any new progress pics of his or yours ??
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Nothing new from Swedens choptop #2. Will try and get hold of him and see.
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Report this Post09-19-2006 06:37 PM Click Here to See the Profile for SharkmanSend a Private Message to SharkmanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
OK, chop chop in the rear bumper. Dont look that great right now but some fiberglass and more work will do the trick.





The vent will be removed.

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Report this Post09-19-2006 06:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for madcurlClick Here to Email madcurlSend a Private Message to madcurlEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Nice. Tweeking is a good thing.
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Report this Post09-21-2006 09:17 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jmbishopClick Here to Email jmbishopSend a Private Message to jmbishopEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
This is the car that made me want a choptop before I even owned a fiero, I can't wait to see the new bumpers finished.

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Just curious Sharkman, the original guy that owned and chopped your car, did he ever say what inspired him to chop it ?

Did he see another choptop that influenced him ??
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He saw a black choptop that was a photoshop pic.
He then found out about Archie and went from there.

Got the new job I was hooping for and will get more money and more time for the car from now on.

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Got the new job I was hooping for and will get more money and more time for the car from now on.



That sounds great. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this.
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BTW Sharkman,

That slight tweeking of the rear bumper makes all the difference in the world !

Looks 100% better without the sharp corner.

You have me thinking about that or another kind of diffuser for my car.
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Report this Post10-08-2006 04:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for SharkmanSend a Private Message to SharkmanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Picket up some new parts today.




All came from a Trans Am -96 with 5500miles on the cluster.

I removed the airbag from the dash and that was about 10kg. No need for that in the fiero.
Only thing missing is the ventilation controll but thats a later problem. Jscott, will need the cable soon.

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Report this Post11-02-2006 04:36 PM Click Here to See the Profile for SharkmanSend a Private Message to SharkmanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
soon time too start with the winter work. The first snow have arrived.
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Sent you a PM.
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any progress?
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Report this Post12-07-2006 07:06 AM Click Here to See the Profile for SharkmanSend a Private Message to SharkmanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Have have some work too do with my second house that need too be done. After that I can spend the christmas holiday with the car. After that I will post some pics.
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Report this Post12-26-2006 07:16 PM Click Here to See the Profile for SharkmanSend a Private Message to SharkmanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Started the Fierbird/trans am interior work today.
Ripped out the "original" interior with my 6x9" speakers and all that.
Tested the Trans Am interior but I think I will place the door skins first soo I can see where the dash should be.
And yes. It´s not mush space when your orininal window is lower than standard...


And I will post pics, soon.
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Some pics


Next step is too cut this.




Must go more forward.


Could not place the door skins yesterday because of my small garage.
But I did get the firebird handles and drilled away the original.
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Hey sharkman, you have a 3.4L camaro engine in there? Would like to know more about the engine, the installation and how you managed to get it approved.
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Any new pics sharkie or update ?
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Goo too the swedish fiero forum and I will give you the info there.

Not much too report. I have the second house that need too be done before the end of februari but after that I have much more time for my car.
Sold my original dash with 6x9 speakers and also the original cluster this week. That money will be used for the double round headlight buckets from Fiero1Fan.
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Wooohoooo!



 
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Had too rechape them a bit here and there but thats OK.
Used a rubber seal too avoid damage too the headlight lid.

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You have a PM.
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Sharkman, the workmanship on your car is VERY impressive. The chopped top alone greatly improves the lines of the car in my opinion.

I've a question related to that chopped top. What is the material now being used for the windows in the driver's side and passenger's side doors? Is it glass? Is it Lexan? Or is it something else?
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Just doodling around. I thought today that the Fiero hood-to-bumper slope always has a bit of a harsh angle change in the 355 noses, and frankly, even the factory noses seem like they're 'trying to get away with it'. So what if, instead of fighting to make the nose all pointy, you just gave up and gave it a nose from a muscle car that never really needs an angle change?

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The door windows are lexan but will be replaced. The problem is the cost of making glas windows.

Have been working on the door skins In the living room. Will post pics when I got them in the car.
Planing on using the original mounting points.

There was a problem with the right hand bucket soo I am waiting on a new one from Fiero1Fan.
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Automoda,

Nice photoshop, check your PM.
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Hey Automoda, it looks like you and I have the same taste. I am in the middle of a rendering with the same "muscle car" idea. I have a few little differences but along the same lines. Good job, I'll try to post mine soon.
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After a lot of work and helping information from Jscott I finally connected the TransAm/Firebird cluster to my car and-YES, It works.

Engine on but I get some ABS INOP and LOW TRAC is on. Not connected on the wires. Just take away the bulbs?
Also, I could not find any indication for AJAR but there was a wire for that.
FUEL GUAGE - OK
SERVICE ENGINE - OK
BRAKES - OK
HIGH BEAM - OK
FASTEN SEATBELT - OK
GEN OUTPUT - ?VOLT METER?
LOW OIL - NOT CONNECTED BUT LIGHTS UP?
AJAR - ?
COOLANT TEMP - HAVENT HAD THE CAR RUNNING FOR LONG
IP ILLUMINATION - OK, + dimmer
SKIP SHIFT - MOVED BULB FROM ABS INOP BUT NOT WIRED UP
RH TURN SIGNAL - OK
VSS - NEED PARTS.
TACH - NEED MOD BUT MOVES
LH TURN SIGNAL - OK
OIL PRESSURE - OK

Still have work left but this was a big job with the wires.
Aiming too have the car on the road in about 5 weeks...
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First picture on the part cut away. But the area marked have been cut as well. Most of the cuts have been made by hand because of the lowered windshield. Hard work!

Next. Dash in place but need to move the stearing column up.

Like this.

From the side to show how far in I got the dash.


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Europe # 1 choptop

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Looking real good!
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I picket up a set of Hella lights for my buckets but they are not mounted on the car yet. Still have some wiring in the car to do.

Here are one of the new brackets for the Trans Am dash.

A set of new rear tires

Bigger wheels will be next year.

My son Max told me that the tires were broken...

Big holes in the middle

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Very nice job. Your Fiero does have a distinctly European flavor to it. You must really stand out when you drive your car around. Most Eurpopean customized Fieros that we've seen here are usually very tastfully done. Perhaps it is because Europe was the place where sports cars originated.

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When Max is right he is right!! You need to fill the holes.
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Changed the handbrake wire so the seat whent out and got some cleaning.

Civic Type-R CAI, had to do some cutting but it worked out.

Made a shield that stop water from splashing up on the filter.

And some progress from the inside

The switch in the doorpanel works.


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Europe # 1 choptop

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First test with the carbon fiber. But this will be cut down. More pics after that.

Fiero GT back on the front. (Was black before)

Found a perfect place for my Garmin Nuvi 350.

First test with the ventilation. Will use this type of ventilation part for everything behind the dash. That way it will be easy to just place a flex hose on there.

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