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The Silver Freak Project by Blacktree
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Somebody did

Cheers


If you're referring to Blacktree, his one off creation connects everything and is not a direct replacement... lol

But if you know of some product thats currently in the works or that already exists, please point me in the right direction! I'd love to take a look and consider purchasing if the quality is high

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Report this Post03-08-2008 04:33 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

First of all, thanks to everyone for the compliments. I have to admit, my inspiration for the tail lamp pods was in fact from Ferraris (also the rear diffuser). I hope they don't sue me.

Second of all...

Making a stock-replacement tail lamp panel using 4" diameter lights for the notchback Fiero isn't feasible. Actually, it's impossible to do without modifying something. That's why you don't see anyone selling them.

If you were to attempt to build a tail lamp panel using 4" lights to replace the stock units, it would need to be taller than the stock tail lamp housings. You would need to chop out part of the decklid to make room. Then there's the question of what to do about the trunk lock (modify the mounting setup, or make a dip in the tail lamp panel?). And so on.

While such a thing might be "do-able", it won't be a drop-in replacement for the stock tail lamps. Even with the tail lamp panel sitting in your lap, you'll only be halfway there.

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If you're referring to Blacktree, his one off creation connects everything and is not a direct replacement... lol

But if you know of some product thats currently in the works or that already exists, please point me in the right direction! I'd love to take a look and consider purchasing if the quality is high




Yeah, I was referring to Blacktree, just a lame joke. His taillight mod is really looking good; it would be nice to see something like this commercially available.

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Well... the lights don't have to be 4inches... if they were less the would fit without modification to the decklid... some nice leds

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Just a few more pics of blacktree's masterpiece, taken at my house on the way to Central Florida Fieros monthly meeting.

Great job Mike !

Mike and Alex, checking out the latest work



A shot from the rear

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The new mod on the roll.

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A closer look.

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Hey Tony, thanks for the photos. I especially like the "on the roll" shot. Mind if I borrow that?

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Hey Tony, thanks for the photos. I especially like the "on the roll" shot. Mind if I borrow that?


Go for it !

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I wonder if someone could produce a set of taillights that would look like that and fit in the stock notchback housing.

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Report this Post03-13-2008 05:25 PM Click Here to See the Profile for KentoClick Here to Email KentoSend a Private Message to KentoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Man that really cleans up the ass end of the fiero. Great Job.

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Now I just need to clean up the front end. Hmmm...

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it is looking good !!!!!!!!

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Report this Post03-20-2008 01:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Today, I finished installing the reverse lights. Since my new tail lights have built-in reflectors, the reflectors in the rear fascia can go bye-bye. So I decided to put some back-up lights in their place. I found some rectangular fog lamps at a local auto parts store that (just barely) fit into the reflector holes.

For the wiring, I placed a relay next to the C500 connector in the engine bay. The reverse light circuit activates the relay, which sends power from the power distribution block (under the C500 connector) to the fog lamps. The wiring for the fog lamps is incorporated into the tail light wiring harness.

While I had the rear fascia off to install the reverse lights, I also replaced the rear impact beam. It was severely rusted.



I found a good impact beam in a salvage yard, with very little rust on it. So I took it home, cleaned it up, and painted it with black Rustoleum. Here's what the car looks like with the new impact beam and energy absorber installed:



In the photo above, you can see the wires running to the lights in the rear fascia. And in the photo below, you can see the fascia installed with the lights on. Hopefully, this will make it easier to see behind me at night.

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Today, I finished installing the reverse lights. Since my new tail lights have built-in reflectors, the reflectors in the rear fascia can go bye-bye. So I decided to put some back-up lights in their place. I found some rectangular fog lamps at a local auto parts store that (just barely) fit into the reflector holes.

For the wiring, I placed a relay next to the C500 connector in the engine bay. The reverse light circuit activates the relay, which sends power from the power distribution block (under the C500 connector) to the fog lamps. The wiring for the fog lamps is incorporated into the tail light wiring harness.


In the photo above, you can see the wires running to the lights in the rear fascia. And in the photo below, you can see the fascia installed with the lights on. Hopefully, this will make it easier to see behind me at night.



You could also set up a second switch and use them if someone tailgates you at night.... Flip and watch them back off!!!

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Report this Post03-20-2008 07:03 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I had been considering that. But after seeing how bright my brake lights are, I figured I could just tap the brakes. My brake lights are like red-colored flood lights.

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Report this Post03-20-2008 09:45 PM Click Here to See the Profile for doublec4Click Here to Email doublec4Send a Private Message to doublec4Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Do you have any details on how you wired the actual tail lamps? I'd be interested...

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If you don't mind me asking, do you have any plans for smoothing out around the trunk, like archie does for the upper rear fender on the reverse opening gt40s?

LIke this?


I hope you don't mind me using a pic from your site archie

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Do you have any details on how you wired the actual tail lamps? I'd be interested...

It's pretty simple. In a nutshell, I re-routed the tail lamp wiring up to the firewall and through the decklid. The LED lights are dim for parking lights and bright for brake/turn signals, just like the stock lights. So I didn't have to do anything fancy... just cutting and splicing.

I bought a tail light harness from a salvage yard, so I could hack it up for use with my new tail lights. Having a pre-built wiring harness made the body panel swap quicker and easier.

The only new wires I had to add were a ground wire from the lights to the chassis, and a power wire for the parking lights. Since the marker lights and license plate lights run off the parking light circuit, I couldn't just re-route those wires. So I ran a new parking light wire to the decklid and spliced it into the tail light wiring harness. Same goes for the ground. But I didn't feel like running a ground wire all the way back to the tail light wiring harness. So I grounded my lights to one of the decklid hinges instead.

 
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Originally posted by eph_kay: If you don't mind me asking, do you have any plans for smoothing out around the trunk, like archie does for the upper rear fender on the reverse opening gt40s?

My only plan for "beautifying" the chassis is a fresh coat of POR15. I like seeing the bare frame.

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Report this Post04-04-2008 12:43 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

TRANSMISSION SWAP: PART 2

The Getrag 5-speed transmission that I installed earlier had some issues. So it had to come out. I decided to replace it with a rebuilt FWD Getrag unit from ManTrans, instead of taking my chances with another used one. A few days ago, the Big Brown Truck stopped by to drop off this box:



And here's the transmission removed from the box. They used spray foam for packing material. The transmission was covered by a plastic bag, but some of the foam managed to find its way inside. Luckily, none of it got inside the transmission.



Now it's time to tear apart the Fiero!



And here's a parting shot of the old Getrag. Hasta la vista, baby!



I drove to the Central Florida Fiero Club meeting today. The new transmission works great!

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I got my getrag from those same guys. small world.

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OK, I gotta ask o2usa. If you're in Mims why aren't you hanging with us?

I drive from Titusville over once a month. We met at Louis' barbecue for breakfast last Saturday and drove to the Daytona meet.

We're going to Bithlo next Friday and run some cars, want to drive over with me?

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FOR tail light ideas go to Mustangs and fast fords..5.0 mustangs or sport compact cars these magazines are full of tail light modifications.. like vtech auto specialties paintable tail lights,, wheels,, mufflers you have not concidered walk around the salvage yard you can adapt the rear end lights of a nissan 300zx to your fiero.. Magazines?? just check out at grocery store magazine rack.. you will be surprizzzzed at the ideas available

What was the price paid for mantran transmissions and keep us informed (apprised for the learned crowd) about reliability and if shift is better than stock (good) transmission.how does it compare to good stock tranny one of my first post on forum was recommending mantran..

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Report this Post04-05-2008 01:34 AM Click Here to See the Profile for o2usaClick Here to Email o2usaSend a Private Message to o2usaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

hey, i am new to the fiero world got mine last oct. swapped the the auto for the getrag (out of a 86 gt paid 1300.00 for it) over the summer. the duke is getting replaced with a 3.4 this summer.
I went to daytona on sat and saw blacktree's car (the man as got mad skills ). The duke is not running to well but i would like to go to Bithlo and check it out. PM me later with a time.

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Originally posted by uhlanstan: What was the price paid for mantran transmissions and keep us informed (apprised for the learned crowd) about reliability and if shift is better than stock (good) transmission.how does it compare to good stock tranny one of my first post on forum was recommending mantran..

I paid $960 (including shipping) for the transmission. Since I had the messed-up one to use as a core, I was able to avoid the $350 core charge. If you can get the core back to ManTrans within 30 days, they won't charge you a core charge.

As for the quality of the rebuilt transmission, I can only say that it's better than the beat-up one it replaced. I have no prior experience with the Getrag 5-speed transmission. So I have no idea how this one compares to stock. However, it seems to be in very good condition. Now that the synchros are breaking in, the shifts are getting smoother. I guess it helps to have synchromesh oil.

Now, to change the subject...

Things might get a little confusing for awhile. I'm going to be switching back and forth between multiple projects. I have a new nose to work on, and new carpet. Plus, I have some other parts on the way. And I'll be building a new console soon. Things should get pretty interesting.

I've already started work on the new nose. For those who don't know yet, I bought a Scarab nose from PISA. I don't plan on using the Z-car lights that the Scarab nose uses, so the light pods will be deleted. I may also end up modifying the holes in the bottom corners.

Here's what the Scarab nose looks like:



Below, I have the nose and lights mocked up on my car. The nose is just hanging there. The lights are just sitting in there. I used some duct tape to cover up the light pods. This is just to get an idea of what the final product will look like.



I was satisfied with that. So I started working on the nose. Below, you see the nose with the light pods cut out.



The next step (after grinding and sanding on the nose to prepare it for new fiberglass) was to cover up those holes. I used aluminum flashing. You can buy it in rolls at the hardware store. It's flexible enough to follow the curve of the nose, but stiff enough to hold the fiberglass in place. Below, you see the aluminum flashing taped onto the nose.



After I finished that, I started laying on the fiberglass.



Stay tuned for more updates.

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I have really enjoyed watching your build thread. I have to come over and see your car one of these days. You can give me some glass pointers.

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I WANT YOUR DECKLID!! hell, i want your car you have an amazing build goin..put the thread in my favs ^_^

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I really like that nose. Even better then Norms IMHO. You car is going to be nice.

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WOW ! That looks killer. Man when you get a coat of shinny paint on there that will be one hot car.
Can't wait for more updates.

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Any more updates/pictures!?

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Right now, the nose project is in a holding pattern. I bought some goodies on eBay, and am waiting for them to arrive.

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Beautiful build up! You have a PM about your diffusor, and if I missed it, what lights did you use for the tail lamps in this project?

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Right now, the nose project is in a holding pattern. I bought some goodies on eBay, and am waiting for them to arrive.

In the meantime, I decided to to install my new carpet. It's ACC carpet, that I bought from Automotive Interiors. It weighs about half as much as the original carpet, and looks better. (HINT: if you buy carpet from them, tell them Mr Mike sent you and you'll get free shipping)

I'm also working on a custom console. My new console does away with the plastic skeleton, so it sits lower and is not as wide as the original. It should make the interior feel a little less cramped.

I already finished the rear console piece (the ECM cover). It's made of wood, covered in felt. Below is a photo of it, just before I installed it.

http://www.tweaktech.com/ga...terior/console01.jpg

I worked on the center console today. I decided to make the center console piece out of fiberglass. So naturally, I had to make a mold. Since the console is a relatively simple shape, I just glued together some plywood and covered it in packing tape.

Below, you see the wood mold. It hasn't been covered in packing tape yet.

http://www.tweaktech.com/ga...terior/console02.jpg

Now, you see the fiberglass laid onto the mold. After the resin hardens, I'll pry it off the mold and trim it to shape.

http://www.tweaktech.com/ga...terior/console03.jpg

The center console and dash will have the same visual theme as the rear console piece. This should give the interior a rustic, old-timey feel.



Nice I have been thinking about replacing the center console piece in my car. Different then yours but close, good job looking forward to some inside pictures.
Does that gray match up with the stock gray? Did you get a part number?

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Thanks for the compliments.


To TRiAD: The tail lights I used are generic 4" LED truck lights. They have 63 LEDs each. You can get them on eBay for about $45 a pair.

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My new turn signals arrived today. So I decided to play with the nose a little. As I mentioned earlier, I'm going to turn the bottom corner holes into light mounting pockets. Today, I chopped out the excess depth from the holes. See photo below.



The lights are going to be staggered, with the turn signals further forward, to make them more visible.

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That center console is great!

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I installed the new console today. But I still have some details to work out (like having a custom shift boot made). But at least the major part of the work is done.



And I'm not resting my arm on a bunch of wires and cables anymore.


Simple and elegant! Well done.
Is it high enough to rest your arm on?

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Report this Post04-24-2008 07:29 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I did some more work on the nose. Here you see the new back wall being molded into one of the holes. This gives you a better visual of the staggered light mounting.



BTW, my new seats should be arriving next Monday. I'm so psyched!

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