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A Real Mera in Paradise by Fiero-in-Paradise
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cool pics there Maineac......looks like a good run! wish it was closer!! but it is nice to know it exists
Mera Reunion anyone?? this could be the ticket.
already has 4 Mera and if i can get the right Insurance coverage. i would like to make 5!!

Ins. company called wanting any changes to the policy.....yeah cover my Mirrors!! nope.
Blue book '87 Fiero for full coverage. what is it like, nothing, for PLPD but i get to run it when ever i want.
collectors ins $$$???? but can only drive it 2000 miles a year Apraisal cost=$150. ohhh sorry its not in the book. WHAT BOOK?? i got pictures i got sales adds, i got plenty of hard copy support. but alass, i see an issue

WHAT do you guys have....PM me the info if you want privacy. please and thank you......


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Try Grundy or American Collectors insurance companies. I had no issues with either of them wrt reaching a specified value or costly apprasials.

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Very nice F40 kit. Did you build it yourself?

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Try Grundy or American Collectors insurance companies. I had no issues with either of them wrt reaching a specified value or costly apprasials.

Nelson


I've had both, Grundy's is cheaper (about $230 for 20k agreed value). I now have AC cuz they are associated with my primary insurance company USAA (about $600, but looser use restrictions). Both are great.

Somebody on this thread said they could get agreed value coverage from State Farm (I think)--sounded like a good deal.

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thanks guys......guess i will try State Farm.
they keep sending me crap in the mail.
if they want me that bad they will have to work for it.

thanks again

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Agreed value is a different animal, no "regular" ins co provides it. I think it was State Farm that was mentioned--do a word search on the thread and see if it comes up.

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Grundy's was less expensive than American Collectors for my cars (around $1200 for AC and $900 from Grundy's. Additionally, American Collectors had mileage restrictions in it while Grundy's did not. (BTW, I could eliminate the mileage restrictions to some extent by paying additional premiums.) The rest of the provisions were about the same.

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I've had both, Grundy's is cheaper (about $230 for 20k agreed value). I now have AC cuz they are associated with my primary insurance company USAA (about $600, but looser use restrictions). Both are great.

Somebody on this thread said they could get agreed value coverage from State Farm (I think)--sounded like a good deal.

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Several months ago I sent batousai666 all the Mera newsletters I produced years ago. I was hoping he would post some of the information from these newsletters for all here to read. He has yet to post anything. So I will try and take some time to post some stuff. I'll take some pictures and post those also soon.

Mera Newsletter #1

Unfortunately I did not date this first Mera Registry newsletter. Mera newsletter #2 is dated June 1995. This first Mera Registry newsletter was probably sent out in early 1995 as it has a reference to the Mera reunion occurring August 25-26, 1995. I also did all these newsletters before the internet was popular and all I could do is talk to people and such to obtain information.

The first page of this first Mera Registry newsletter contains various facts etc about the Mera and the people (including Bob Bracey whom I thanked) that I had talked to before starting the Mera Registry.

Page 2 was tips on things I found on my 88 Mera. Rust concerns on fasteners, broken EGR tubes and misc things to watch for.

Page 3 has tips on installing real Ferrari rims on a Mera, OEM size replacement tires that were available at that time, A "looking for Mera owners" request and a short note on the Mera reunion I was looking to establish later that year on August 25-26, 1995.

Page 4 lists all the Ferrari events I knew about in the USA for 1995 plus some sources for Fiero repair manuals and GM Helms manuals.

Page 5 has a note stating I found a Mera sales video. How I made an intake aluminum plate with a Ferrari sticker using a large Ferrari sticker available from Ferrari dealers (I still have it on my Mera). Plus note on upcoming topics I would cover in future Mera newsletters.

Page 6 has a long write up on how I made my custom exhaust system. I removed the factory muffler, made a Y pipe and made pipes with dual chrome Ansa resonator tips. I cut the sheet metal corners out of my trunk and re sheet metaled them so the exhaust pipes went straight back and out the openings in the rear valance.

Page 7 and 8 is a 2 sided flier from a Mera owner who at the time had a re-bodied Corvette Daytona spyder for sale in Florida.

I can only guess and I would say I sent this out to maybe 30-40 Mera owners at that time.

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Several months ago I sent batousai666 all the Mera newsletters I produced years ago. I was hoping he would post some of the information from these newsletters for all here to read.



OK, Dan, get on the stick!

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This is what the front pages of the Mera Newsletters typically looked like:



Inside:



At the time I did these newsletters (1995 or so) I only had a low cost word processor with a built in bubble jet printer and a floppy disc. PC's were in the market place at that time and at a high cost at the time but I could not justify the cost of a PC just to do these newsletters. I bought the word processor just to do these Mera Newsletters.

This is a letter Bob Bracey sent to me at one time early on after I started the Mera Registry.



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Car and Driver did a write up on the Mera:



These were probably made by Corporate Concepts and were probably available at Pontiac dealers. They were offset press printed on glossy paper:





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This is the artist hand drawn Mera poster. It was offset press printed. Litho? I'm not sure what a lithography is? 11 x 17 inches. I have never seen anyone else say they have one of these. I'm not sure if Corporate Concepts ever gave any out? Maybe to Pontiac dealers?



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"At the time I did these newsletters (1995 or so) I only had a low cost word processor with a built in bubble jet printer and a floppy disc".

Oh C'mon !

We all know that you started doing those newsletters on older technology than that. I've have proof. (Very rare photo of Rodney doing the 1st newsletter).

I WILL NOT reveal my sources... :-)




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Several months ago I sent batousai666 all the Mera newsletters I produced years ago. I was hoping he would post some of the information from these newsletters for all here to read. He has yet to post anything. So I will try and take some time to post some stuff. I'll take some pictures and post those also soon.


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So how are you going to write this Mera bible? I sent you a fair amount of Mera information plus all that has been added here on Pennocks thru the years. How are you going to present this Mera information? On a web page? In a book? What I would like to see is a rough draft and that you take the time and effort to add in all the information you have to date and once that is finished or partially finished myself and others can also help with additional information and corrections etc. Divide it into chapters? My request is that you do not request more information until you have exhausted the information you already have on hand. Digging out this Mera info will be a fair amount of work for myself. I'm not going to do that until I see a serious amount of effort put into this Mera bible first. I'm not a computer person but can that be done on a web page some how? We can cut and past portions of it into a Mera topic here on Pennock's where we can make changes and additions etc. Argue what is correct or incorrect etc. In my opinion this would be a good method. Everyone can get involved. When I did all the Mera newsletters many years ago I was on my own. I'm sure there are probably mistakes in them but I did the best I could at that time with the information I had at that time.

What are your ideas on this?

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I have many odds-and-ends articles that I can post, e.g., the one below:



However:

a. Most of my material are crappy copies. I have these all scanned into my computer as PDF files...for personal use and safeguarding, of course. To post them here would mean I have to re-scan all of them and save as a JPEG file in order to post here using PIP. A bit time consuming, but I can do so as time permits;

b. Also (and more important) I'm a little concerned about copyrighted materials. Does anyone know if there is a statute of limitations or anything on this stuff?? This article is not marked as such, but I'm sure the magazine that it came from was. On the Car and Driver article that Rodney posted above, it is clearly maked as copyright material. Is stuff like that okay to post after all these years?? (We need a lawyer to chime in!)

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My permission would be you can publish anything (in this forum via hand typed etc.) that would not be considered sensitive. Sensitive would be names and addresses etc. I'm not quite sure if I want you to make copies of them and just start passing them out or available for viewing on line. Maybe in the future if we look at them and make some decisions on anything sensitive that may need to be removed etc.

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THIS IS WHY YOU AINT SEEN ANYTHING YET......

I HAVE EMAILED ALL 72 PAGES OF THIS THREAD TO MYSELF. IT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS......

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The Mera factory



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I only guessing, but It must be okay to post copyrighted material on this forum. I see posts in the tech section where pages from the Fiero service manual are posted (e.g., line diagrams or charts), but on the first page of the 88 Fiero service manual, it states: "No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, including by not limited to electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the General Motors Corporation. This includes all text, illustrations, tables, and charts."

I just want to ensure that its okay to post stuff here. Any lawyers out there??

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Oopps...I guess NOT. This is in the PFF Terms of Use:

"You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this messageboard."

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If we have stuff, we could email it. My profile email IS my email address. If members are reluctant to broadcast their email address, they could PM it to the source; Dan, Tom, me, whomever.

I think I've posted most of the stuff I have, will review Picasa to see if there is anything I left out, and scan it. I you want something that's been posted, right click on the image, select "Save as" and place it in your photo file. There's a ton of stuff on this thread you can save.

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Car and Driver did a write up on the Mera:






Hey, this could be my car! My car was purchased from Longpre Pontiac in Westminster, CA--probably not.

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I think we can post most anything we want to here. In the Mera newsletters there are old names and addresses of Mera owners from back in the 90's. That should not be posted. I think most anything else is OK. If you are concerned run it past me first. Corporate Concepts is gone. Bob Bracey is gone. Bob Bracey was a friendly guy and I'm sure he would be impressed to see so much interest still to this day in his Mera's.

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It would be nice if someday someone had the ambition to make a nice multiple page web page on the Mera. Back when I started doing the Mera registry (1994 or so) I was certainly very enthusiastic on the whole thing. After several years that ambition certainly diminished. I put a lot of effort into it for more than a few years back then though. Maybe one day a new Mera owner will take on making a Mera web page with copies of magazine articles, facts, pictures etc. This would take a bit of effort. Someone would have to have the enthusiasm I had back then. I would certainly help supply facts and such. I can create/not do web page stuff.

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Well, if no issues on copyright, here we go!

Dick, here ya go! Article on Longpre:

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The timing of this article is rather interesting. Its from Nov 86, where Mr Bracey says that 13 or 14 are on line now. If the reporter took these pictures in a restaurant parking lock, what is interesting is the presence of the F-car style amber turn signal lights with the reverse light in the middle, and the absence of the Ford Escort reverse lights.

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Another article from Mar 87. This one had a front/side accompanying photo, but the copy I have must be 5th gen so did not waste space to post the pic. It was probably newspaper litho anyways, so poor detail to start.

Of interest...article says Mr Bracey saying "A V-6 model in a SE level of trim is usually the starting point..."

So the man himself says that Mera's, at least up to the time this article was written, were built on SEs. I wonder then, if those Mera's did NOT have the rear sway bar?

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Mera in Paradise: You know as we sit here up to our knees in snow how much we envy you!
Looks like I will be in your neck of the woods come November of this year! What ya say we meet up at the King Kamehameha Club for drinks, or at Robbins Nest? Make sure you bring the Mera (for photo op's), I will be in the Detroit Tigers cap and Birds Of Paradise shirt, of course.

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P.S. I might not want to come back!

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Sounds like the plan! But I don't park the Mera anywhere where I'm not in direct line-of-sight! I'll check the schedule for any local car shows during that time.

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Sounds like the plan! But I don't park the Mera anywhere where I'm not in direct line-of-sight! I'll check the schedule for any local car shows during that time.


It's an island, where would they steal it too?

You could make some nice change by parking her in Magnum Pi locations and charging tourists $5.00 to pose with it!
Will PM you when things get closer, just in case you want something from the mainland.

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It's not the stealing I'm worry about. On Oahu, there are so many car rentals on any given day, and tourists don't give a hoot when they open their doors and bang the car next to them. I was waiting for my wife once, sitting in my truck, window open, and this lady opens the passenger door and wham, hits my driver door. When she sees me giving her the dagger eyes, she just says is "oops, sorry." My truck was a beater anyway, but it was just the idea.

Once in a while when I go cruising, I take a soda break at the Blow Hole lookout. I park off to the side, and it's not unusual for tourists getting out of the bus to come over immediately to take pictures in front of the Mera. Mostly women, so I don't care.

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Originally posted by Fiero-in-Paradise:

It's not the stealing I'm worry about. On Oahu, there are so many car rentals on any given day, and tourists don't give a hoot when they open their doors and bang the car next to them. I was waiting for my wife once, sitting in my truck, window open, and this lady opens the passenger door and wham, hits my driver door. When she sees me giving her the dagger eyes, she just says is "oops, sorry." My truck was a beater anyway, but it was just the idea.

Once in a while when I go cruising, I take a soda break at the Blow Hole lookout. I park off to the side, and it's not unusual for tourists getting out of the bus to come over immediately to take pictures in front of the Mera. Mostly women, so I don't care.


Yep, get yourself a Detroit tigers cap and a Hawaiian Shirt and YOU could be the next "Tourist Attraction"! Throw in two Dobermen's and you become a "Destination," of course you might not make more than $35,000 per yr., tax free. In fact, I think Dan might be willing to be one of the Dobermen's just to get to Hawaii.

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Yep, get yourself a Detroit tigers cap and a Hawaiian Shirt and YOU could be the next "Tourist Attraction"! Throw in two Dobermen's and you become a "Destination," of course you might not make more than $35,000 per yr., tax free. In fact, I think Dan might be willing to be one of the Dobermen's just to get to Hawaii.


WOOF, WOOFFF....GRRRRR!! color me in!!

sup fellas....real bad ice storm up and over here....just starting to recover. lost power twice.

seems yall have been busy here......good show. i just thought i would say sup.

later
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Of interest...article says Mr Bracey saying "A V-6 model in a SE level of trim is usually the starting point..."

So the man himself says that Mera's, at least up to the time this article was written, were built on SEs. I wonder then, if those Mera's did NOT have the rear sway bar?



now thats what i am talking about!!!!
Mera X is Vin'd as a SE. jolly good show!! nice find, TOMMY!!!
this Mera X of mine keeps getting better and better! I LOVE IT!!

wonder if Rodney can confirm how many 1987 SE Fieros were converted?? that would be cool to know.
also, Rick said something about the small number of 1988 GT Fieros that were converted??
that number would be neat to know, too. plus that information will be needed for any 1st chapter of a Mera History book.

whats the rear sway bar look like?? or better yet where would it be??
i will look on Mera X

Daniel

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Ray Paulk who runs the T-top Registry, The Fiero Toy Box at www,fierofocus.com also has a Fiero Registry. He can run any Fiero VIN and "P" codes and email you the results including the dealership who sold the car. If interested try: 88GT@fieropride.com, raypaulk@fierottop.com or raypaulk@kersur.net.

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This is the artist hand drawn Mera poster. It was offset press printed. Litho? I'm not sure what a lithography is? 11 x 17 inches. I have never seen anyone else say they have one of these. I'm not sure if Corporate Concepts ever gave any out? Maybe to Pontiac dealers?



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Lithography is the offset printing process which is based on the fact that oil and water don't mix.

It's called Lithography because it was first used on stone (litho), however, the process now uses special aluminum based plates. The plate (which is photo-sensitive) is exposed to ultraviolet light with a negative between the plate and the light. The plate is then developed and everywhere the light hit the aluminum is removed and the processed area rejects water.

The plate is then put on the press and when the press runs a water solution is applied to the plate followed by oil based ink. The water covers the aluminum and rejects the ink. The water is rejected by the plate where the aluminum was removed and the ink sticks there. The plate is then pressed against a rubber blanket and the ink transfers to the blanket. In the last step the paper is pressed against the rubber blanket and the ink transfers to the paper. This all happens in a matter of seconds.

I know you didn't ask for all of this detail but it's my field (communications, including print, radio, television and now the internet) so I couldn't help myself, lol.

Edited to remove typo (sorry I just can't let it go).
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Hey, Jim,

I liked your treatise. My daughter is a production artist and I've been getting these tutorials for 25 years--at least she got something out of her 4 years of college.

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Ray Paulk who runs the T-top Registry, The Fiero Toy Box at www,fierofocus.com also has a Fiero Registry. He can run any Fiero VIN and "P" codes and email you the results including the dealership who sold the car. If interested try: 88GT@fieropride.com, raypaulk@fierottop.com or raypaulk@kersur.net.



Thanks Fieromaineac!

My Mera was one of those built on an 88 GT by the VIN and equipment. I am going to send my VIN to Ray when I get home. I believe it was originally sold in Florida. Does anyone know if we can get any reproduction window stickers for the original car and Mera upgrades?

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Thanks Dick,
I'm glad to see more production artists are training, printing seems to be a dying art.

Is that an Air Force cover I see in your photo? I'm former Navy and currently a defense contractor.

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