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

Dan,

One of the advantages of having a MERA sticker is that it gives you the code number for the factory paint. I am certain that someone on here has a MERA with factory red paint and can confirm a code. None of mine were originally red so I cannot help out on this specific issue.

Nelson


Dan the paint number I gave you is from the sticker attached to the inside of my Mera decklid by Corporate Concepts. Can't get anymore accurate than that! How about the rear shot of my car?

Top of the page again!!!! I ROCK

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Dan the paint number I gave you is from the sticker attached to the inside of my Mera decklid by Corporate Concepts. Can't get anymore accurate than that! How about the rear shot of my car?

Top of the page again!!!! I ROCK



i did not get one....unless you sent it way earlier....i will check.

i thought Tommy posted a DSM number he used for touch up paint and it turned out to be too light for mine. i will find the post....

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he even says its "close" but not exact.....wish i could retain what i read

 
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No problem Dano. FYI, after some "experimentation" (AKA wasting money on other cans of paint), I've found that this is a real close match to the original red Mera paint:



Of course, its not an exact match, but it comes real close. Good for touch up and such; I've used it for the lip area under the front bumper, had several stone chips. They also sell this stock number in the small touch-up bottles (the one w/ the small brush...which is useless, BTW). Bought mine at the local Checker Auto.

Tom


do they sell the Dupont in spray cans....that the key here

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Dam,

Check out http://www.paintscratch.com/. They can make matching paint in an aerosol can. First, I would take your gas door to an automotive paint store to see if they can match the color. If you are absolutely sure your car is the original paint, the code I gave you will be correct. Mine is,original paint, but it is starting to get a little thin in spots.......

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thanks guys.....but its like i dont have pictures of all your stickers or something??
remember i hoard Mera pictures like some old ladies hoard cats.....

Toms is where i got the org code from last year. but i see this #8106.....2 codes anybody know that colors these are??
boxer style??


i got 8046 too, its the trashed one in HI. Toms little brother. its white
i have to collect all my "Others Mera Stuff" on to adifferent flash drive.
i have way too many pictures of Mera X and i need to seperate.

thats gonna take weeks


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Julian,

Nice shot of the Mangusta (Mongoose-Cobra killer) and the Pantera--love De Tomaso cars.

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Both 8103 & 7035 have as a paint code of DP B8590 (Red).
Check your pics you will find this to be true.

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i got 8046 too, its the trashed one in HI.



8045!!

OBTW, I think PPG 4053 is charcoal gray--in fact I think PPG 35376 is the same color for later years

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THIS WEEKEND IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET THOSE PICS IN.

MERA PHOTO CONTEST

Fiero Focus Magazine Wants Your Mera!

Fiero Focus magazine is in need of photos of stock 1987 & 1988 Mera's to feature with an upcoming article.

If your photo of a MERA is selected for the cover photo, you will win a one year membership to the Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts which includes 6 issues
of Fiero Focus magazine.

If one or more of your photos is selected for use inside Fiero Focus, a complimentary copy of that issue will be awarded.

Photo requirements:
Cover Photo, must be a portrait with the subject in the lower third of the frame.

Image can be digital or a scan but must be a minimum of 300 dpi.

Inside photos can be either landscape or portrait style. Type of photos for interior needed: Interior, exterior, front and rear compartment photos.
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Please remember when you e-mail your photo(s) into the Mera Photo Contest please include the following:

E-mail Subject: Mera Contest Submission
Your Full Name
Phone Number
E-mail Address
Year of your Mera

*Remember image(s) can be digital or a scan but must be a minimum of 300 dpi.*

E-mail your image(s) to meracontest@fierofocus.com

*Please include all the above information or your photo(s) may not be submitted into the contest*

Visit www.fierofocus.com for more information or to download the PDF.

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oooops double post....sorry

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Julian,

Do these people ever respond to confirm receipt of Mera photos or do they just go into an electronic black hole?

Nelson

 
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THIS WEEKEND IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET THOSE PICS IN.

MERA PHOTO CONTEST

Fiero Focus Magazine Wants Your Mera!

Fiero Focus magazine is in need of photos of stock 1987 & 1988 Mera's to feature with an upcoming article.

If your photo of a MERA is selected for the cover photo, you will win a one year membership to the Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts which includes 6 issues
of Fiero Focus magazine.

If one or more of your photos is selected for use inside Fiero Focus, a complimentary copy of that issue will be awarded.

Photo requirements:
Cover Photo, must be a portrait with the subject in the lower third of the frame.

Image can be digital or a scan but must be a minimum of 300 dpi.

Inside photos can be either landscape or portrait style. Type of photos for interior needed: Interior, exterior, front and rear compartment photos.


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Julian,

Do these people ever respond to confirm receipt of Mera photos or do they just go into an electronic black hole?

Nelson



in keeping with tradition i have sent millions of pictures to them Fiero Focus folks and have not gotten a confirmation.

i think its part of the fun.....to get the issue and see....it is a contest after all.

maybe after the deadline the winners will be contacted.....either/or, i cant wait to read the article.
wonder where the source material is gonna come from??

i hope its not the ".....in 1987 new Fiero GT's were converted and Formulas for 1988 to cut down on cost."

cuz we know the truth

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i tell you what!!??
i "fixed" my broken exhaust pipe with sheet metal and hose clamps a few weeks ago.....and i just unbroke it.
boy oh boy, does it sound like a mean mug!! i gots the Auto trans and when i get it up to about 50 mph or so, 3rd gear, i drop it into 2nd let it set and then gun it.....browwwerr....hop the pedal browwer,browerrr, broweeeeeeerrrrrrr.....3rd gear, then let off and it pulses like them Italian beauties.....i am sold. wonder if i could take the rest of the exhaust off to the outlets?? muffler and all.

i think the pulses are coming from the opening and closing of the unattached gap on thrust and then the two pipes at the break, hop on each other till the extra pressure is exhausted....

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As neat as it sounds you are putting a lot of stress on the pipes. I would keep an eye on them so you are not unpleasantly suprised driving down the road in the future.

On mine, I just ported the stock exhaust mainfolds, installed a hi flow convertor, and ran thru the stock muffer with C6 Corvette exhaust tips finishing it off. I like the sound. It is more agressive, but not excessively loud. You can see the tips on the picture I sent you. Post the picture on here if you want.

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Additionally, pipes are tuned to do a bit of extraction. Also, depending on the manifold, exhaust pipes protect valves from cold shock when you shut down. OTOH, that all could be just an old wives tale

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good tips both, i will remain aware.....

heres Ricks set up



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The above picture also shows the cars new stance using Rodneys 1in lowering front ball joints, and rear suspension lowered one inch using trimmed stock rear springs.

Tires are 265/50/15 Dunlop rears and 215/60/15 Dunlop fronts. The car steers much easier with the 215/60/15 fronts in place of the same diameter 245/50/15 originals.

I also installed 1 in. hubcentric spacers on the rear wheels to position them evenly with the fronts when you look down the side of the car. You can see this better in the front view of my car on the previous page.

As Dan mentioned the exhaust tips are from a Corvette C6 without the dual mode exhaust. They break up all the black below the bumper, and actually sound better than the originals. These tips are drilled on the inside and must have some kind of resonator effect.
The only downside is I have to clean them more often.

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Can someone please post a pic of an unmolested original paint Mera so I can see where to place my original emblems?

M E R A
2.6 V6
GTS

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Julian,

Go back to page 80. You posted a compairson of Tom's decklid lettering position and mine (8011) which is the second set shown. My Mera lettering is positioned correctly since the car still has the original factory paint. The bottom of the letters are 3.25 inch from the edge of the decklid. From the beginning of the M to the point on the A is 9.25 inches with 15/16th between letter edges. I do not know if these letters were placed by hand originally or not. Since they are individual letters odds are each car may be slightly different.

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My paint is original and in te sun you can definitely see where the leters were removed. I will try to get some pics tomorrow for you. I plan on making a template with the trunk edge and lock as a reference point.

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. I'm also looking for the 2.8V6 and GTS emblem locations.

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Will do...just give me until about 9 or 10 am when the sun is well up and the top letter locations are clearly visable. Pics shortly!

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It is interesting as to how the factory initially mounted the rear decklid letters. However, I actually like the way that Tom did it better from a purely visual aspect. That is what I did on the red t-top and may consider doing on the other cars once I decide to install the letters. John, get us the pictures from your vehicle when the sun is at the correct angle to show the original locations.

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Julian,

Go back to page 80. You posted a compairson of Tom's decklid lettering position and mine (8011) which is the second set shown. My Mera lettering is positioned correctly since the car still has the original factory paint. The bottom of the letters are 3.25 inch from the edge of the decklid. From the beginning of the M to the point on the A is 9.25 inches with 15/16th between letter edges. I do not know these letters were placed by hand originally or not. Since they are individual letters odds are each car may be slightly different.



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These pics should give you some reference points. I am going to make some cardboard templates and see if the aircraft fab guys can amke me some metal ones we can send around when needed.

Tried to get the tailight lenses in there so you can get some perspective..



One these I tried to get the lock cylinder in teh pic so you can get perspective on placement...









Hope that helps!!!

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My car has the same placement of the 2.8 and GTS emblems. John's 2.8 seems to be slightly higher on the right side if you look at the spacing. The GTS is slightly off level on my car.

If you look at the pictures of Nelson's white Mera with the decklid open on page 80, you will see the Mera letters on the decklid match the positioning of letters on my car.

John's MERA lettering appears to be spaced much closer together than I have seen on any other original Mera's. Maybe it depended on who was installing the emblems that day. Julian, it appears you have a choice of how you want them on your car, as they vary from vehicle to vehicle. The letter spacing on Tom's and my car are the same, but his letters are placed closer to the edge. John's letters seem to be the same distance from the edge as mine but are more closely spaced. Are you confused yet.......

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Rick, I also thought the letters were too closely spaced for the font. I think a wider placement would look more asthetically pleasing. Could you throw a couple pics of yours up there for comparison?

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Rick, I also thought the letters were too closely spaced for the font. I think a wider placement would look more asthetically pleasing. Could you throw a couple pics of yours up there for comparison?


John, I am at work today. You can see them on page 80 where Julian posted Tom's and mine together. I also posted the measurements a few posts up on this page. Hope this helps......

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Sure does...here they are for comparison...

Mine



Tom's



Rick's



I don't see that much difference between Rick's and Tom's but mine were definitely closer together. I like the farther spacing myself...looks right.

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sure am glad i dont need to fuss with the Mera letters

i would use the lock as center and use the diameter of said lock as the spacing between....

now i was talking to a Fellow mera owner today and he says he aint got this connected to his door scoop. what say you all?
comes right out of the bottom of the black air filter can....here





hopefully you can see thats it is tapped into that fiberglass "box"......this view is thru the screen over the opening.

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Hmmmmmm. I've never bothered to look. Time to get out the old flashlight. Maybe you have another early Mera rarity Dan.

I recognize the first picture as the bottom of the air cleaner canister, and the last picture as the opening inside the side vent itself. What angle was the second picture taken from, and what are we looking at????

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Did you figure it out? I can't orient it either.

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whoops sorry....underneath the car is a spot where one can peer up into the back of the scoop area...
i had X, jacked up because of a in garage flat earlier in this year and noticed that air box.
i could always hear a sucking noise and now i know why.....forced air induction RAM AIR if you will!! now for a new design with modern air filtershumm....what can be done here??


not sure if this will help but i got the back drivers tire in for reference....just behind the wheel well cover
the black at the top of the photo is the coolant hose after the metal pipe.
the bottom white/red arrow points to the AirBox......




guess where else i have seen this "air box" bet you cant???
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on the prototype?

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is this where all the mera ppls are?

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Looks like that black foam is a filter--wonder how you change or clean it

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on the prototype?





DING DING DING!! wow the new guy got itHowdy.....LEEEZARD, welcome!

and yes this is the Mera thread on the PFF
you a rolling Mera??

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Looks like that black foam is a filter--wonder how you change or clean it


if you are refering to the foam at the opening of the door scoop, i think thats a gasket more than a filter.....

from down the hole it looks hallow all the way to the actual air filter in the black canister....not sure. i wanna take it apart but we got severe weather again a commin...i am running neck and neck with total Tornado sightings as Mike (Mera7) and he IS Tornado alley down in Oklahoma....his are way bigger and badder....

had an EF-1 about 22 miles away to the south....and again about 32 miles to the east. same storm, moving at 50 mph....strasight line winds clocked at 80 mph....they say today is shaping to be worse.

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DING DING DING!! wow the new guy got itHowdy.....LEEEZARD, welcome!

and yes this is the Mera thread on the PFF
you a rolling Mera??


That box looks like a production piece along with the mounting bracket. Darn it Dan, now I have to get under my car again!!

Hope you are not in Kansas by now.........

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if anyone wants to bring their MERA out of that danger to safe and sound sunnyville feel free to drop it by to store in my garage!

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Thanks for all the help on the MERA emblems. Hey Rottin Johnny, the slightly visible letters on your red MERA are not that far off. It's an illusion. The letters are in the shiny part....the whitish fade is probably wax build up or soap.... when you measure it, it's close to 9.2 inches tip to tip....so you're pretty close. Anyways I put mine back on and they kick ass. Thanks to every one again!

On a seperate note.... I sent in some pics for the MERA photo contest today and that 300 dpi locked up my e-mail. I had to send them one at a time.... grrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I hope we all make the rag and my hat off to who makes the cover..... it's just nice to hear we are going to see a MERA issue.

No offence to Rodney but I sure hope the issue hase more than what every MERA (Fiero) owner already knows..... 88 made in 1987, 159 made in 1988, years of clay molding, Ferrari law suit, new Fieros only, Capac MI, Bob Bracey, .......etc etc.

Great article Rodney, but I hope they get more info, like..... Did GM know anything about Corporate Concepts? How many dealers were involved? What did the Nardi steering wheels look like in the MERA? Has anyone seen a MERA with Racaro seats? What were the rare options? Why did you buy a MERA? Bob Bracey rest in peace, but are there any Corporate Concept employees out there that have information on the MERA project? Maybe even an article on Bob Bracey and all his busines ventures (like his snow mobile with a roll bar).......

Just my two cents.

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Julian - MERA #8071

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