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88' Mera? by racingfortheson
Started on: 09-13-2013 12:08 AM
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Report this Post09-13-2013 12:08 AM Click Here to See the Profile for racingforthesonSend a Private Message to racingforthesonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I did know they made an 88'

http://dallas.en.craigslist.../cto/4030429253.html

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Mine is an 88. 8088 so the 88th one built in 1988.
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Report this Post09-13-2013 08:32 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero84FreakClick Here to Email Fiero84FreakSend a Private Message to Fiero84FreakEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
They made them both in 1987 and 1988. There was also one "prototype" in 1986.

I believe that for 1988 all Meras were actually Formulas underneath. The Formula was used as since it is the same as an '88 GT, it could be bought cheaper, had lesser options to deal with new, and tended to be slightly easier to disassemble than it's GT counterpart (less parts to disassemble). All '88 MERAs I have came across have a fifth VIN digit as "E" which denotes the Formula trim for '88.
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Report this Post09-13-2013 08:39 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jaskispyderSend a Private Message to jaskispyderEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Long time ago, I ran across a guy that had a ton of Formula parts, take-offs (new parts). He didn't know where they came from (storage cleanout) and I always suspected those parts came from the MERA cars.
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Report this Post09-13-2013 10:06 AM Click Here to See the Profile for CorvusClick Here to Email CorvusSend a Private Message to CorvusEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Nice! I believe that there were actually only 88 Meras made in 1988.
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From PontiacMera.com, "For 1987 about 88 Fiero GTs were converted into 1987 Meras. With the introduction of the 1988 Fiero, the MERA utilized the 1988 Formula because it was a better value. About 159 were made on the Formula chassis, bringing the total MERAs produced to 247." However , we do know that at least one was built in 1986 as it was the prototype.

That makes 8088 about number 176 or so and 8050 about number 138.

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That car has been discussed before- as I recall the owner in the past wanted $5000 with the secretive frontal damage. Note, there are no pictures of the front of the car. I did have a couple the fellow e-mailed me, but somehow I deleted them. This may be a different owner than the one I had traded email with. Scroll down the page, you will see the discussion. Pretty high risk purchase at the asking price, especially with the mileage discrepancy.

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F...HTML/077195-140.html
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Originally posted by Fiero84Freak:

They made them both in 1987 and 1988. There was also one "prototype" in 1986.

I believe that for 1988 all Meras were actually Formulas underneath. The Formula was used as since it is the same as an '88 GT, it could be bought cheaper, had lesser options to deal with new, and tended to be slightly easier to disassemble than it's GT counterpart (less parts to disassemble). All '88 MERAs I have came across have a fifth VIN digit as "E" which denotes the Formula trim for '88.


This is not entirely correct since there were several 88 Meras built utilizing a GT frame. I own one of the 88 Meras (8004) on a GT frame and am certain about this specific item. I remember hearing somewhere that about six GTs were used to construct 88 Meras.

Nelson

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Report this Post09-13-2013 09:33 PM Click Here to See the Profile for pontiackid86Click Here to Email pontiackid86Send a Private Message to pontiackid86Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
..... mines an 86.... (body was put onto a different car)
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Originally posted by Corvus:

Nice! I believe that there were actually only 88 Meras made in 1988.


There's a copy of a letter from Bob Bracy to Rodney Dickman that shows 85 Meras were produced in 1987 and 153 in 1988.

It also shows that 7 of the 87s and 32 of the 88s went to Japan.
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in this link http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/077195.html
theres a picture/article that states " theres a "special order" SE Mera" not verbatium but the only real numbers are here right from the Man himself....so i tend to use these.

 
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There's a copy of a letter from Bob Bracy to Rodney Dickman that shows 85 Meras were produced in 1987 and 153 in 1988.


It also shows that 7 of the 87s and 32 of the 88s went to Japan.


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theres a scan of that ^^letter^^ too.....

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Originally posted by jaskispyder:

Long time ago, I ran across a guy that had a ton of Formula parts, take-offs (new parts). He didn't know where they came from (storage cleanout) and I always suspected those parts came from the MERA cars.


i read somewhere they sold the take-offs real cheap back to dealers if i remember that correctly. Rodney might know more about that
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welly welly well.....my Mera info is more organized than i thought. seeing this article
this was my best "Mera Day" aside from the days i won and subsquently took delivery. well them and the day i touched that 1986 Prototype afore mentioned, above
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Originally posted by batousai666:


i read somewhere they sold the take-offs real cheap back to dealers if i remember that correctly. Rodney might know more about that
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Might have sold body panels... there were a lot of formula exhaust tips, mirrors, etc... small things and rear quarter panels (not stuff that is needed for most accidents).

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the lone 86 prototype se, 25 1987 se's, the rest of 87's are gt's. the first six 88's were gt's, the rest were formula's.
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Originally posted by batousai666:

welly welly well.....my Mera info is more organized than i thought. seeing this article
this was my best "Mera Day" aside from the days i won and subsquently took delivery. well them and the day i touched that 1986 Prototype afore mentioned, above


Several different numbers, 145, 238 and 247. Does anyone know how many were actually produced.

Mine is an 88 #8029.

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247 is the commonly accepted number and that does not count any vehicles assembled later with "spare" Mera parts.

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Originally posted by pontiackid86:

..... mines an 86.... (body was put onto a different car)


Do you have an 87 Mera body mounted to an 86 Fiero chassis. What is the production number of the Mera body? I will be on a tag adhered to the underside of the decklid.
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Originally posted by Fiero84Freak:

They made them both in 1987 and 1988. There was also one "prototype" in 1986.

I believe that for 1988 all Meras were actually Formulas underneath. The Formula was used as since it is the same as an '88 GT, it could be bought cheaper, had lesser options to deal with new, and tended to be slightly easier to disassemble than it's GT counterpart (less parts to disassemble). All '88 MERAs I have came across have a fifth VIN digit as "E" which denotes the Formula trim for '88.


I also own one of the six 88 Mera's assembled on a GT chassis. The 5th digit in my VIN is a G which denotes the GT trim for 88. Mera #8011 is a GT with factory GM Beechwood leather.
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