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New Fiero (and MERA) Fact and Reference Book by GoGoFiero
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In a Pennock's Forum post a few months ago, I indicated that I would be publishing a Fiero fact and reference book.

That book, entitled “All 1984-1988 Pontiac Fiero Colors, Codes & Quantities,” is now available on Amazon. For Fiero enthusiasts who live outside the United States, the book is available on your country’s Amazon site, such as Amazon.de (Germany), Amazon.es (Spain), Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom), etc. You can simply order your book from your Amazon website and thereby pay a minimal shipping amount since your book will be printed in (or near to) your country. The book will always be in the English language. For my Amazon author page, please click this link:

https://www.amazon.com/Robe...p_byline_cont_book_1

It would be impossible to complete such a work without the assistance of many brilliant Fiero devotees. I acknowledge and would like to send a gracious thank you to the ones who spent time speaking with me, emailing me, and/or texting. Their contribution of primary source documentation, including data reports and photographs, helped ‘fine tune’ some of the facts:

Christo Datini, GM Heritage Center, Michigan
George Zapora, Vintage Vehicle Services, Canada (Canadian Fiero Data)
Mary Raetz, Director, Automotive News Data Center
John Willhoff, (Pennock’s: 88DatabaseGuy)
Paul McKibben (all around great guy)
David Kauzlarich (Mr. Fiero Literature)
Steve Hamilton (Pennock’s: Raydar)
John Podziemski (Pennock’s: Fiero John-WI)
Jim Hallman, Enthusiast’s Guide to the Pontiac Fiero & NIFE member
Mark Corbin, Fiero Spotter’s Guide
Jeremy Biggs, The Fiero Factory

This well-researched book includes Pontiac production totals for most of the pertinent RPOs for all years of Fiero. The very detailed 1986 and 1988 production RPO totals are again from Pontiac reports. The 1986 production data has, to my knowledge, never been disseminated. Some of the Pontiac data:

The 1984 RPO 14U paint and the 1985 RPO 14U paint are not the same color
Pontiac data for Blue Metallic paint production in 1984, 1985, and 1986
Total RPO D42 production for 1984 (engine compartment screen)
Total production for 1986 S/E with V6 + Getrag (very rare)
Total production for 1986 GT with Getrag (rare)
1986 individual exterior color totals for each body style (How many 1986 Silver GTs? Answer: 1,103 units)
1986 individual interior totals for each body style (How many 1986 GTs had RPO 622 Camel Suede interior? Answer: 369 units)
How many 1988 Coupes/Formulas were recorded with RPO N41 Power Steering?
How many 1988 GTs were recorded with RPO N41 Power Steering?
How many 1988 GTs had RPO 60P Gold Diamond-Spoke wheels? (rare)
How many 1988 GTs (by color) were delivered to Canada (RPO Z49)?
How many 1988 GTs (by color) were exported (RPO EXP)?

Additionally, MERA information is presented, including serial tag changes and the proper paint codes for the MERA exterior paint colors. For MERA, only the Fiero White and Fiero Black paints were used, otherwise MERA used paint colors from Corvette, Porsche, Ford, and Chrysler. Which colors were they?

The book includes direction on how to read and understand your Fiero’s SPID label, Certification label, and VIN. There is a six page list of Fiero RPOs. There is a listing of Fiero’s monthly production totals as well as the approximate final VIN of each month of production for all years of Fiero. There is a discussion section with information on very specific Fieros, including the 50 units of 1986 “Pegasus GT” Fieros with white aero skirts and large Pegasus decal on the hood. The book can be updated quite easily as additional primary source data is verified.

The goal of this book, as is the goal of all of my automotive books, is to compile and present in one publication the mound of data that is oftentimes cryptically presented in primary source documents and habitually scattered across the internet. I believe that information and/or data should not be kept hidden from automotive enthusiasts. This reference book gives everyone the opportunity to understand their own Fiero, and perhaps arm them with useful knowledge when a Fiero purchase, or sale, is imminent.

Enjoy!

Best,

Robert Casey

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This seems like an awesome idea! I may have to get a book now.
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Any info in this book on the T-top cars?
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Just ordered mine. Thanks Robert!.
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I wonder who ordered the first one. And was it someone on here, or just someone who happened on it?

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I will be ordering one but I am going to wait until it is available on Amazon.ca. It is listed as unavailable at this time. I can get it on the Amazon.com website but it costs more for shipping. This sounds like a great book, hope it sells well.

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I'll have my copy tomorrow, according to Amazon
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This might get more traction in the mall.
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I'll have my copy tomorrow, according to Amazon


Lucky you. I ordered mine at 8:32am, according to my emailed receipt. Shows not shipped yet.

Amazon seems to be having issues. I had to try several times go get the order to take. It didn't want to add to my cart.
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Mine shipped from Delaware. If you have prime it would ship 2 day.

 
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Lucky you. I ordered mine at 8:32am, according to my emailed receipt. Shows not shipped yet.

Amazon seems to be having issues. I had to try several times go get the order to take. It didn't want to add to my cart.


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Shipments from Amazon take forever. I almost always get my shipping refunded. I once paid $287 for next day delivery. 2 weeks later, still no item.
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Amazon.ca says Currently Unavailable.

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Maybe stock sold out.
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Available on the US Amazon site as of this morning.

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Just added to cart, will be ordering on payday.
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I received my copy today, basically it's all the information we already know put into one easy to read book.

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In my hastily prepared first post, I omitted the name of a Pennock's member who was of great assistance to me. I send a special thank you to...

Dave Lambert (Pennock's: CoolBlue87GT)

Dave, thank you for your quick response and help with the "mystery production grid."
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To be delivered on the 19th.

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Robert,

It was a pleasure talking to you while you were researching your great book. Your "Thanks" are appreciated but are not necessary though because I learned a lot more than you did during our conversations. I thought that a lot of the details about our cars had been lost forever, either due to the passage of time or people. But, you managed to ferret out some real interesting stuff, like the fact that blue Fieros were not just made in '85 and '87! Or the list of Pontiac reported monthly Fiero production numbers. Maybe in my early stages of senility I've forgotten some of the facts you include in your book, but I think the reality is that I never knew them before at all, which makes finding out about them that much more enjoyable.

Fiero fans, I've got my copy of the book and hope y'all can get one for yourself. Next time I'm headed out to the yards to hunt treasure I'll be carrying this along without a doubt.

I'll close by noting that although Robert has been very generous in his thanks, this book is the product of almost three years of his own research and hard work to ferret out ground truths and facts. Check out his other books on other GM cars, he's a professional writer and car nut who knows what he's talking about, and we're lucky he decided to spend some of his time researching our little cars. I was thrilled to be able to help out in a few small ways and will be rereading the info in his book for a long time.

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Mine still hasn't shipped. Typical Amazon. Another order was supposed to have been delivered 2 months ago. It shows "a delay in the order".
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Robert, thanks for the acknowledgment, I'm just glad you were able to see how our members banded together giving you information for your project.

We've got a great bunch of guys here.

88Database Guy said it well.
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Still not shipped.
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I am waiting on my shipment from Amazon now also. The other item I ordered with the book has shipped but no word on the book so far.

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wftb:

Amazon Canada now indicates that the book is available.

Thank you!
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Got mine on Monday. Cool information!
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Ordered my copy. Looking forward to it. Thank you for doing this. Steve

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Told I would get it on the 19th but I got it today.
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Robert really has put together the definitive work on Fiero here. You will find a treasure trove of info that you never thought could be available to the general public. Nuggets like the production totals of the Getrag in SE's and GT's are just not found in any other common source material. The info on the various non-standard paint colors for Fiero is reason enough to buy this excellent piece of work. Remember the blue 85 that was saved from a boneyard and ended up at the Fiero Factory? I know that in our hobby these days, most people shun paper products. You will not be disappointed in this book and it will settle some arguments that have been around for a long time. It might even engender some new ones.
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Mine shipped from Delaware. If you have prime it would ship 2 day.



Mine is experiencing a "transit delay". It doesn't matter if you pay to ship overnight.

I paid $584 plus insurance to overnight an item to Texas. About a month later, it was still meandering around. I got my refund, for both the shipping and the product. We paid to ship some items overseas. 800 pallets. They're delivered, but the shipping is being refunded, because they failed to deliver on time. Also getting money from insurance. Yep, the client gets some money, too. It works well. We charge for the full amount, plus what we'll have to refund, they budget for what they pay minus the refund. We end up with the full profit for the product, plus the shipping fee, plus the insurance refund. The only catch is shipping before the order is made or paid, and hoping you're right. Since the shipping is on account, we get the refund without ever having paid for anything but the product. It's a contract account, so as long as we maintain the account, our rate doesn't change.
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Originally posted by GoGoFiero:

Amazon Canada now indicates that the book is available.


Already got mine. Thank you!

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