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A Real Mera in Paradise by Fiero-in-Paradise
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Originally posted by mera7:

but otherwise known as a strut brace


One of the last ones built by Darrell Morse. See previous page for swap info. And I OWN this page!

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right on, Rick. looks like you are on your way.

the Turbo was a suggestion since it seems like it wants to be installed on a Mera......whoosh.
"everybody else has one"........hahahahaaaa

the turbo thread i mentioned on pg. 42 is in the "Tech" section not the general.....

good luck and we will need a video for verification

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I do have an 87 Mera with a turbo on a new short block 3.4 engine. It was recently modified with a DM bored throttle valve, Truelo intake, and matching valve covers. I like the looks and it may perform better.

Nelson



 
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man that rear end still looks good......
you guys remember the Xillion Videos?? the "How to Make A Mera" vids on the FieroNews site?

they offered a office desk type of set up with that rear end wonder if there is any on ebay??


when this swap is done, your going to love it.
is it a NO Mile create Eng?? Brand new??

that would rule! A Mera with a Brand Spanking New engine.....que the angelic singing....

before i got the ax at work i was in negoation with a member here on the PFF for a real low mile 3.4 with some cool mods.
he was going to put it in engine and Install.....$3,000.

how many ponies and torques ya gonna get?? going to put it on a Dyno??

how 'boot a turbo??
i see that there is a new turbo thread in the "general" area with 2 Meras and a Kit. all have turbos.....then there is lucky Nelson, i think he has one too.....1 of 4????? wonder if he got that one '87, yet?

YOU NEED A TURBO!! maybe. just a thought.....sorry guys too much after work coffee.

Rick, cant wait till the unveiling......keep Us posted.
as far as your "wheres this go".....i'll bite.....ahhhhhh it looks like it goes between them tow thingys on those three, threaded dooohickies..... afront the whachamacallit........muffler.....wait are you being serious??? i have not a clue. i am just the driver!

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NELSON, very very nice!!!

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Tom,

I did locate my original nose badge and will send you photos if you still want them.

Nelson

 
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Thanks for the compliments!

Nelson, let me know if/when you find that original badge! LOL...it would be nice to know whether or not I have at least ONE original badge for the car.

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My ideal swap would be the 3.6 DI motor out of the CTS, and new Camaro. 312 hp out of the box.



Know anyone who has done it?

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Know anyone who has done it?


Not at this time. I don't know if it is the direct injection or variable valve timing that would be the bigger problem with this swap.

My 3.4 is now installed the Mera. I just have to finish all the small work and she will be ready to fire.

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man that looks so nice.........I want one!!!
Nelson, what kind of 0-60 MPH times you get with that beauty??
i found a Temp/fast build job.....so i can get another toy for Mera X.
i need to get the front nose re-re-painted, i made a boo-boo.....

whoops.....the new emblem still looks good
get ya sum!!!

Dan

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Originally posted by hnthomps:

I do have an 87 Mera with a turbo on a new short block 3.4 engine. It was recently modified with a DM bored throttle valve, Truelo intake, and matching valve covers. I like the looks and it may perform better.

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Nelson, what kind of turbo set up are you running? I know the truleo performs better, I just can't warm up to how it looks. I may end up installing a "Dawg" modified stock intake on mine. Right now it is bored out to match the Darrel Morse throttle body. I hope to fire it tommorrow. Have to work today.

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Rick,

It is a Nissan turbo of some type. As soon as I pull it, I will give you all available information.

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It is now time to introduce an new member of the family. Mera 7014 found its way to my garage this afternoon. Although it has been shabbily treated by a F308 conversion, there is potential in this car. Interior and exterior work will commence in the next few months, but this will be a long term project.

I may need a new engine so let me know if there is a reasonabaly priced 3.4 pushrod available. The turbo on this one is set at 10 psi boost and I do not want to use a 2.8 engine.

BTW, does anyone want Corvette seats with Fiero compatible mounting tracks?

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nice car nelson

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super nice......
but where are the back up lights?
were they glassed in for the "308 conversion?"

the all black looks real good. nice score, good show, Nelson.

Dan

*EDIT*
are them the Cromodoras also? kinda of early for them?? maybe, eh?
i want too establish when the Cromodoras started showing up on 1987 Meras.
ohhh and thanks for the sticker shot....."Flash Red" now i need to find the match. Dupont B8390.

1987 Mera #14! i am so jelous
lucky dog, you.

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super nice......but where are the back up lights?
were they glassed in for the "308 conversion?"

Dan


Look in the turn signals center, could be real Ferrari turn lenses as in early build.

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Look in the turn signals center, could be real Ferrari turn lenses as in early build.


morning, INDY.
this has been a contention in my Mera.....i have real Carrelo RED break lights and Mera 1 Amber turn signal.
only half of both light up when i use them...so i staggered the Reds and Yellows. cant remember which is which. half moons. kinda cool for now.

then i found this in the archives from my P.O.

 
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....... I know from the pictures on Craigslist the car does have the real 308 tailight configuration, I am familiar with it because my 87 has it that way. The one thing relating to that which makes absolutely no sense, is that he pointed out to me that there was "bodywork" done to the rear, as he explained why it did not have the Ford backup lights. That would make sense if someone were explaing how their 1988 Mera got those taillights, but actually seems to go against the thought that this would be the one & only 1986...as in that case, and I'm sure Rodney would agree, there would not be any bodywork to the taillight area, as they never would have had the Ford backup lights in the first place.




he seems to admit that his/ MY "1987 has it that way..." the Craigslist car in question,"Does have the 308 taillight configuration..."

not sure what the intent of this comment is but i assume he also means that "OUR" Mera X also had NO BACK UP Lights.

so i also am trying to find this for the DataBase.....and speaking of the Mera DataBase.........TEASE!!!!!

*EDIT*^^^^^WHATS WITH THE BLOODY RED X! ARRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!STUPIDMACHINES!!!!time for coffee.

compliments of Mr. Dickman.....thank you Rodney!!!
its gonna take awhile to go through but, between these newsletters (all 8 editions) and the New-er Info we have collected this last year or so.....here in the "Paradise" thread....it should be an interesting Winter

ohhhh yeah......he had these in the Pack also!!!!!!!!


notice the 1986 copyright date??AWESOME!!

CONFIRMED!!!! my manual Drivers side Vitoloni Mirror, IS MERA OEM!!!!!

heres the sheet fot the '88'S



so this is the beginning of the "Quest of Documentation".....all in a nice straight contunious timeline......

we will see
Later
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Dan,

The original backup lights were indeed glassed in during the F308 conversion. The standard Mera tail lights were also home modified to place the backup lights inside them. See the clear circle inside the lights in a rear photo. This specific Mera was "stock" when it left the conversion factory and the only differences that I can detect are in the Mera conversion sticker (same info but different sizeand format) as well as a couple of other Corporate Concept stickers that I have not seen on later builds.

BTW, the Chromadoras were add ons at a later date and I have another set of wheels (five spoke type) that also come with the car.

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Dan,

The original backup lights were indeed glassed in during the F308 conversion. The standard Mera tail lights were also home modified to place the backup lights inside them. See the clear circle inside the lights in a rear photo. This specific Mera was "stock" when it left the conversion factory and the only differences that I can detect are in the Mera conversion sticker (same info but different sizeand format) as well as a couple of other Corporate Concept stickers that I have not seen on later builds.

BTW, the Chromadoras were add ons at a later date and I have another set of wheels (five spoke type) that also come with the car.

Nelson



right on! thanks for the update.
do you have any photos of the CC stickers not seen on any other Meras??
also, do you have any info on when the car was painted black from the org. "Flash Red"?

i wonder if i have "Flash Red" on mine it is hard to match so far.....

Daniel

maybe this will work here.....THE BIG TEASE....

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stupid QuickTime dinggdongdooldliedoo.....update missed have to startallover......
Crap!
crieky......gotta fix this.
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BTW, does anyone want Corvette seats with Fiero compatible mounting tracks?

Nelson



Perhaps. As long as the driver's seat does not have the inflatable lumbar controls on the lower right thigh support. I still have a dent in my leg from that stupid control box from when I had a few vettes. Price?
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Competition Yellow 84 2.5 Bone stock right down to electrical gremlins.
87 328 GTB replica.

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Here is another Mera to look at. This is in Oklahoma City and is priced too high in my opinion. If I wanted $12 k for a vehicle, I would clean it up a bit. nevertheless, here are the pictures and I think that it is on Craigs List. I have an e-mail address if anyone wants to contact the owner directly.

The VIN is 1G2PE1197JP206383 and this is now a confirmed Mera (#8019).

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IM IN OKC! this car is in rought condition according to the pics. if anyone wants me to go look at it for them let me know. mike in oklahoma

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Nelson,

Is that a Rodney front bumper on your latest find? It looks nice. My wife keeps saying my Mera looks like its tongue is hanging out. You must have a very tolerant wife

By the way, we finished my West Coast Fiero 3.4 engine swap. My Mera is a whole different car now. It really runs great. Check out the last page of the "El Paso Fiero Fest" thread for some new pictures.

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Rick,

I do have a very tolerant wife but she has asked me if I plan to start a Mera museum. Obviously there have been some questions wrt my sanity. She was very nice about the Saturday acquisition and said that it was entirely up to me if it came to live in the basement. She may have been somewhat molified by the fact that I bought her a new Expedition that same morning.

WRT the front bumper, I believe that it is a Rodney construction.

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Nelson,

Is that a Rodney front bumper on your latest find? It looks nice. My wife keeps saying my Mera looks like its tongue is hanging out. You must have a very tolerant wife

By the way, we finished my West Coast Fiero 3.4 engine swap. My Mera is a whole different car now. It really runs great. Check out the last page of the "El Paso Fiero Fest" thread for some new pictures.

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nice car nelson


Right! Love the T-Top.

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Is that a Rodney front bumper on your latest find?


I don't think so. Rodney sells a bumper, but as I recall it looks like the F-car bumper.

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started building my own ls3 kit today. still looking for a getrag parts car here locally to mock up the cradle and all. monster truck is almost finished and now can do some work on 7071 again.

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Originally posted by hnthomps:

Here is another Mera to look at. This is in Oklahoma City and is priced too high in my opinion. If I wanted $12 k for a vehicle, I would clean it up a bit. nevertheless, here are the pictures and I think that it is on Craigs List. I have an e-mail address if anyone wants to contact the owner directly.

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Looks like another back up light conversion. I do like the headlight door treatment. I don't get the stick on reflectors on the front bumper. The wheels are the wrong offset. Has this guy heard of engine cleaner? He must live on a dirt road.........

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I don't think so. Rodney sells a bumper, but as I recall it looks like the F-car bumper.


you know? i have read somewhere that some have been known to flip over the OEM Mera bumper.....
And no sir, i dont like it. it looks weird
if i could post pics i could show my source.....its a surprize for now. got a problem with my QuickTime something or other....one day soon tho

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Flipping the stock Mera bumper? Hmmmm. It wouldn't have that "droop snoot" look, but it would still stick out a long way. I really like the Rodney bumper design.

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The stock Mera bumper follows the line of the slope of the hood, flipping it would make it look like Gene Simmons licking his upper lip.

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The stock Mera bumper follows the line of the slope of the hood, flipping it would make it look like Gene Simmons licking his upper lip.


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Here is another Mera to look at. This is in Oklahoma City and is priced too high in my opinion. If I wanted $12 k for a vehicle, I would clean it up a bit. nevertheless, here are the pictures and I think that it is on Craigs List. I have an e-mail address if anyone wants to contact the owner directly.

The VIN is 1G2PE1197JP206383 and this is now a confirmed Mera (#8019).

Nelson













12k and no spare tire or even mirrors? he must think its worth the same as a real Ferrari.

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The stock Mera bumper follows the line of the slope of the hood, flipping it would make it look like Gene Simmons licking his upper lip.



i say this because i have seen a write up by Rodney stating it can be done......seems do-able
all i failed to mention is that he says it needs to be "pushed in" a little???
it seems like it should work. the shorter "angle" on the downside.

later
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MERA Technical Question?

How do you remove the side gills behind the windows? I want to detail these but it would be much easier off the car.

Thanks for any tips you have on removal or detailing these correctly.

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Corvette seats with mounting upgrades? You got pics?

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There are three bolts holding the Mera "gills" on. These bolts are accessed by removing the B pillar for olts from the inside of the motor compartment.

 
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MERA Technical Question?

How do you remove the side gills behind the windows? I want to detail these but it would be much easier off the car.

Thanks for any tips you have on removal or detailing these correctly.


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I tried to e-mail the pictures but the address on file is apparently bad and the mail would not go through. You may want to check this out.

I have not made a final decision on disposal of the seats but likely may replace them with some extra Fiero seats that I have in my basement. Make me an offer for the Corvette seats if you are interested. Please note that these seats have not been cleaned since I just got them Saturday evening. I believe that they are from a mid 90s Corvette (C3 or C4 type).

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Nelson,

Those are C4 seats. They look like they fit the Fiero nicely.

On the side gill removal, will I have to remove any of the interior panels to get the front edge of the gills loose? I was looking under the engine compartment and could only find two of the attaching bolts. Maybe I am blind.......

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The Corvette seats fit fairly well but you loose about one inch in headroom (with T-Tops). I can do this but take a small chance on bashing my head if I hit a bad bump. That is why I may decide to sell the C4 seats.

The third bolt is located under the B piece and you have to remove that to get to the third bolt.

Nelson

 
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Nelson,

Those are C4 seats. They look like they fit the Fiero nicely.

On the side gill removal, will I have to remove any of the interior panels to get the front edge of the gills loose? I was looking under the engine compartment and could only find two of the attaching bolts. Maybe I am blind.......


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Thanks Nelson.....PM sent

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