are the cut out sections going to be exposed or are you using some sort of mesh ?
1-pic of the wire mesh one page back.
Originally posted by madcurl:
Also (thanks to Troyboy) we'll be using wire mesh for the cut-outs;
I was going to use a strut tower brace to give the strut plates more depth and pop, but since that would mean additional tweaks- way beyond my mental limits wanting to go for now (maybe on another choptop). It's time to move onto other areas.
Pre-fitment test for intake (it was a bit to close so additional section was removed.
Strut screen cut-outs performed;
The screen aren't welding in place, but are laying underneath the plates; we where checking for clearances
Beautifications continued; over-all I like how the stainless steel screens break-up the visuals thus a Utilitarian flow (although it's mainly for looks, hehe).
Marked pre-cut outs on the inserts.
Next week Steve (WCF) should be close to finishing the welds and additional cut-outs near and around the intake and return tank covers. Next will be the coil/transmission cover and trunks backside covering, enjoy.
That Steve does some pretty nice work! I know that it is probably buried somewhere in this vast thread but can you tell me where that mesh came from? I understand if it is "Top Secret". Just looking for some alternatives for some grill work on one of my projects. I'll be in the Tehachapi area in Januray. I'll have to stop by and check those guys out. Maybe I could shcedule an appointment to see some Chop Top's? Whoever made those Fiero's look like a Viper, Ranchero and a Firebird is pretty talented too........ What do you mean those are not Fiero's?
I'll be in the Tehachapi area in Januray. I'll have to stop by and check those guys out. Maybe I could shcedule an appointment to see some Chop Top's? Whoever made those Fiero's look like a Viper, Ranchero and a Firebird is pretty talented too........ What do you mean those are not Fiero's?
Plan your visit carefully, because it snows at least three times a year. Right now- the coast is clear.
Originally posted by katatak:
Can you tell me where that mesh came from? I understand if it is "Top Secret". Just looking for some alternatives for some grill work on one of my projects.
Actually, the screen isn't "top secret." You'll need to ask Troyboy as-to the maker of the screen. The screen was originally Troy's, but from what I was told- it wouldn't work for his application.
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In the meantime, enjoy this brief intermission; Driving my 95 year old grandmother's Caddy, hehe. As of 2010 California's DMV will not allow her to drive the car. I guess 95 is the cut-off for older driver.The car lenght takes-up 2-gas pump stations, geese I forgot how long these suckers are. Oh yeah, gas cap is located behind the license plate. About 20 years ago I had a alarm system installed. Apparently, a local thug was trying to steal the car.
You're not allowed to eat in her car and the car is adorned with a few towels drapped over the seats.
While gasing up a guy offered me 8k for it (apparently a few Mexican lowrider dig these Caddy's). I didn't bother telling my grandmother for she'll never sell it.
Only 44k, so it only see's the hwy if I'm driving it (which is rare I might add).
Originally, the engine was a 4/6/8 crappy V8. My grandfather was pissed so they replaced it with a normal V8 (it's a gas gruzzler).
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Back on track;A peek at the insert grills through the sail window (as you can see- no screens are inside the plenum openings- we're working on that, hehe).
The plenum's tri-angular end pieces are almost finished
I still need to have screens installed in the openings.
The stainless mesh screens now allow the insert piece to take on a unique shape.
Next week Steve (WCF) will be back on the project tweaking a few items and removing the welds. I don't expect too much to be done during the last week of December. I hope to have #020 on the streets again in January (driving produces more ideas). Over-all I'm now happy with the engine compartment (even though I have a few items left to complete).
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I gotta tell you that when you started this project, I was a bit skeptical, but it really is looking great! Can't wait to see it in chrome.
You and Steve have done a really nice job!
Thanks for the compliments David. I too doubted it during the first two simple pieces of aluminum, but somehow in my mind it appeared to simple. Good thing West Coast Fiero is in town, hehe. Okay, some progress today (I didn't think I'd get this far since it's X-mas eve). Steve (WCF) was able to to cut-out the screen pattern for the fuel cover. Although, leaving it as-is was a option- I decided to use the screen to break-up the visuals.
As you can see- the screen blends-in with the rest of the parts.
Moving onto the trunk's back plate. Steve used the patten I had mocked-up from #020. It just so happened that they had a piece nearly perfect.
Cutting of the part;
Now for the angles;
Test fitting using Chris West notchie;
Once the inside angle was performed- next was the outer angles.
Looks good to me;
#020: trial test fitting. It's truly nice that all Fiero's use the same angles; perfect fit IMO.
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I tip my hat to you, that is one amazing transformation and inspiration also! Rod
Thanks guys. #020 is a long way from being finished. I have few minor tweaks to the engine compartment and it should be ready by late January 2010 and I hope to finish the entire build before June 10, 2010.
2009 Year End wrap-up; continues.
Following #011 lead- I decided to use the same location for the coil pack.
I'll need to slightly bend the corner ear for better clearance.
I could move the coil pack underneath the custom inserts (for a cleaner look), but I'm going with location since the two of the coils are painted chrome.
I think the location will look good as-is using custom colored ignition wires from CHRAB.
Cut-out using cardboard.
Looks good to me;
Good to go!
Steve (WCF) will start on the tranny cover's outer 1" lip and maybe the insert mesh grill on Tuesday.
In the meantime, enjoy this brief intermission: enjoy. Year-end teeth cleaning and stuff... ouch!
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A few minor tweaks, but I like the transmission cover. I might add a screen opening at the top. I think it's too much flat chrome area and too add a small piece on the "ear" to match-up with the strut cap.
Tell next year 2010!
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