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How much have you packed into a Fiero? by James_GT
Started on: 11-26-2019 07:17 PM
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Maximum I've carried is all my camping gear - including a three-person tent, portable BBQ, car fridge, air mattress, sleeping bag, folding table & chairs, LED lanterns and other luggage

If I pack more efficiently, I may even be able to take a passenger

What's the most gear you've loaded into your Fiero?





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Report this Post11-26-2019 09:24 PM Click Here to See the Profile for cvxjetClick Here to Email cvxjetSend a Private Message to cvxjetEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
First, I didn't know they made right-hand drive Fieros.....Second, I had a similar thread a month or two ago......and three, I was using my Fiero for camping for 15 years (1985-2000).

3 person tent (Behind driver's seat)
2 sleeping bags (Rear trunk)
2 cots (Rear Trunk)
2 clothes bags (Rear Trunk)
2 toiletries bags (Behind Driver's seat)
2 burner stove + propane cylinder (Behind pass seat)
Backpack with hiking shoes and camera inside (Behind Pass seat)
Coleman 4d Flashlight/Fluorescent (To left of Master Cylinder)
Camping cabinet (on top of spare up front with food/pan etc (Moved jack to in front of Master Cylinder)
Water jug (Rear Trunk)
Rake and tarp (On top of Cabinet)
Either my 6"telescope or my Sevylor inflatable Kayak (Bottom of rear trunk)

Only thing in passenger compartment was the small icebox in passenger footwell- still left 18" width for her legs

If I forgot something, the opening would be shaped like what I forgot!

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Originally posted by cvxjet:

I had a similar thread a month or two ago...


How much storage/trunk space did the Fiero have?
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i thought you meant money! LOTS!
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They don't make RHD's Fieros. Generally, depending on the State or Territory you may be required to convert to RHD to be able to register it for use on the public roads. If converted, the DMV may require an engineer's certificate certifying the car meets the national ADRs (Australian Design Rule) for motor vehicles that were in force when the care was built.

Conversion can be an expensive operation. Moving the steering wheel, and master cylinder is the big bits, changing the instrument pod from right to left is simple. Who does the conversion can make a big impact on the car's appearance. I've seen some that were spot-on beautiful. You'd be hard pressed to tell they weren't factory. Other's, not so much. They were real hack jobs that you could spot at 100-metres.

I have two '86 GT's. I've had them from before moving to Australia. I waited until they were 30-years old before importing them because in New South Wales you don't need to convert to RHD if the car is 30-years old or older. I have one on full , unrestricted registration. You still have to meet some of the ADR's if you want to use it on an unrestricted registration but those are minor (change the seat belt to have ADR certification labels, clear parking lights with yellow turn signals, change the headlamps to dip to the left instead of the right). I have historic club registration on the other. I had to do nothing to get historic registration except have the club certifier sign off that the car was not modified. I can use it 60-days each year on non-club events.

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Originally posted by cvxjet:

First, I didn't know they made right-hand drive Fieros.....Second, I had a similar thread a month or two ago......and three, I was using my Fiero for camping for 15 years (1985-2000)


That's a great effort, cvxjet! Incredible you were able to fit all that in, without resorting to towing a trailer or having a luggage rack fitted

I also have an inflatable Sevylor Kayak, may have to bring it along on the next trip
I'd have to ensure it's thoroughly cleaned before putting it back in the boot (trunk), otherwise the carpet may begin to smell like a saltwater river

Stove behind the seat is a good idea, didn't really utilise that space for anything other than my jackets last time
I brought a Coleman portable BBQ. When it's disassembled, it was small enough to fit into the top-left corner of the boot

My '87 GT was imported to Australia and RHD-converted, back in '89
'Mike in Sydney' is dead-on about the conversions. Some are beyond terrible, others look like they came that way from the factory


 
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Originally posted by Patrick:

How much storage/trunk space did the Fiero have?


Thanks for linking the thread. I did a quick search, but must've missed this one

 
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i thought you meant money! LOTS!


Haha, including all the pennies which mysteriously disappear from the ashtrays?

Here's another photo of the fully-packed boot. I'm sure I could stack a few more items in, the indentation in the decklid seems to allow for a little extra room

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Report this Post11-29-2019 11:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for cvxjetClick Here to Email cvxjetSend a Private Message to cvxjetEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I will try to get some picks of all my stuff- sadly, at the moment I have Lupus (From taking DR. prescribed Omeprazole) so I can't be in sunlight (Or fluorescents)(Burn in seconds) and my joints are all going out. To give you an idea how I packed; The rake- the head was on top of the cabinet up front, and the handle was rolled under the rubber seal at the leading edge of the trunk. It's been 20 years since I used the Fiero for camping....The camping cabinet is in bad shape- it was leaked on in the shed outside (I should have soaked the wood with fiberglass resin!)
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Originally posted by cvxjet:

I will try to get some picks of all my stuff- sadly, at the moment I have Lupus (From taking DR. prescribed Omeprazole) so I can't be in sunlight (Or fluorescents)(Burn in seconds) and my joints are all going out. To give you an idea how I packed; The rake- the head was on top of the cabinet up front, and the handle was rolled under the rubber seal at the leading edge of the trunk. It's been 20 years since I used the Fiero for camping....The camping cabinet is in bad shape- it was leaked on in the shed outside (I should have soaked the wood with fiberglass resin!)


Sorry to hear about your health, hope things improve for you soon

I like the way Fieros motivate you to be creative with the limited storage space, stashing things under the weatherseal is taking it to another level!

There's lots of innovative, compact camping gear on the market these days. I have a collapsible silicone kettle, which takes up minimal room. And of course, a Spork

Taking only the essentials isn't the most luxurious way to travel, but it was well worth it. The fun factor wouldn't have been as high if I'd brought the work van, even if it is a more practical vehicle for camping holidays

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I tried drifting my minivan on a mountain road- not fun at all (It's FWD).....I suspect I learned a bit about packing from my stint in the Navy, especially while stationed on the USS Coral Sea...You have to pack everything into a space under your bunk....Maybe 6 feet by 2 feet by 6 inches deep, plus a small locker for your dress uniform...Luckily I had a spare room for my guitar and amp (Not lucky for anyone in ear........"Shot".......)(The spare room was for the maintenance of the Phalanx anti-aircraft guns (Which had not been installed yet)

Here is a combo pic of some of the stuff I took.....That is a Celestron C6N Telescope and a Coleman 5351 Flashlight- best damn flashlight ever.....I shined a spot on the United hangar a 1/4 mile away! (My friend thought no way)

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Wow, this goes back to my 1st Fiero- 85 GT w/ sunroof. A new home owner in 86, I took my Fiero to a supply distributor to pick up triple wall stainless steel chimney sections, at least 2 stories worth stuffed into the passenger area, sticking out the sunroof, in the trunk, between the rear window and spoiler. It worked although I had my doubts when I approached the car with all those boxes.

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Here is a couple of pics of the camping cabinet- I need to repair it so ignore how bad it looks and any visible cracks, etc. I started with a cardboard mockup back in 1988 and then my Father built this wood one- it has some odd shaping on the bottom to clear the large drain tube from the vent system plus a hole to clear the small bump on the heater fan. It also has a slot that keeps the cans(Chili, Soup, etc) from rolling around smashing other stuff.

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@cvxjet

Haha, that would've been a challenge. My work van is also FWD, with soft suspension and skinny tyres. It's about the furthest thing from a sporty setup, and wouldn't be described as ideal for spirited driving
The naval training certainly paid off. Being able to carry camping equipment, luggage, professional-grade flashlight, plus a full-size telescope is beyond what I'd expect is physically possible!

The cabinet looks great, very well organised and unique. Up front I have a large soft bag, which holds tools, jump leads, fire extinguisher, high-visibility jackets, etc.
It's not as easy to access things in there as it is with your cabinet, but it's a cut above having loose items shifting around the compartment

@MarkS

When there's a will, there's a way! I can relate to having items sticking out the sunroof
My Dad and I had to do something like that, when we picked up a tall plant from our local Bunnings (Australian hardware store)
We probably could've come back with a larger car, but it was more fun figuring out a way to carry it in the Fiero. Even if it looked a little strange on the drive home
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