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My '88 Coupe build by HTXtremes
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updates?? I really liked where this project was going!

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88 Fiero Formula V6 auto
99 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
99 Nissan Sentra 1.6L 5speed

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Sorry no updates been real busy around here, quit my job because shipped me out of town with no extra pay and was gone for four weeks. Haven't been online much in the past couple months cause my new girl I've been seeing.

Mostly I've been gathering some parts and packing away some funds for my build. Doesn't look like the F-40 will make it to the 25th! But I will keep posting on here with all my new finds and progress as it comes.

I just want to thank everyone for their support and enthusiasm in my build.
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Ok for some updates!

Got a new crank in the mail the other day and some rods. Don't know how good of a brand they are, the crank is a Bryant Forged Billet, and the rods are Carrillo H-beams.

I have pictures but I guess PIP is still down.
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Some progress figured out the turn signals for the front. I used the front signals found behind the front bumper and trimmed the ends down to get the right length.





Next I've carved out about an eighth of an inch into the nose to recess the nose badge in a little, I still have to fill it back in some with resin to smooth it out.



next picture is with the emblem sitting in the recess,



here are the headlight covers that came with the kit, they still need to be trimmed down to the right size. These are made from 1/4" Lexan and are form fitted to the car.



A couple more pics from my stash. next two are better pics of the Ferrari 355/360/550/F50/475..... Tail lights, bought brand new for $750

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Jumping into the next modification,

Went to a salvage yard in Joplin, MO today and bought the windshield surround from a '95 Eclipse.

Before trimming it down



Trimmed some fat off




Trimmed more and it is starting to fit better


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Great job on the build! Those taillights are gonna look beautiful once installed, how far forward does the eclipse glass sit? A + for you sir.
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Very cool!! I love the windshield idea!!
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some new pics


and a side pic of a non stretch for comparison



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A lot of talk by the F40 builder's group on kitcarsforum about this car, figured I better take a look. What I see is very interesting, keep up the good work!
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Did not know there were people on other sites talking about my build! Makes me feel good that people are watching.
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Some pics of my progress




Hey Mike I'm using that blue foam board you can get from Lowes for the shaping of the sides and for the ducting on the hood. It sands well with 80 grit sand paper, also making a mold for a third break light out of the same stuff.
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Some pics of my progress




Hey Mike I'm using that blue foam board you can get from Lowes for the shaping of the sides and for the ducting on the hood. It sands well with 80 grit sand paper, also making a mold for a third break light out of the same stuff.


Looks great. What do you plan to coat the foam board with? Resin, jelly etc. Or do you plan to use the foam just as a plug for a mold on the rear quarters like you are for the ducts?

michael

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Hey mike I plan on just using the foam as a plug and then lay fiberglass and resin over it. I've been putting clear tape over the foam to keep it from melting from the resin.
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Ok a couple updates, I've been posting on http://www.kitcarsforum.com/ also with the same title as here.

Cut a little over 40 lbs off the front weighed

here is my factory parts single wiper arm w/ about 126 degrees of sweep



weight lose in the rear lost allot of weight in the rear not yet weighed the fat loss for the rear


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Can't wait for more updates, my car should be arriving in Colorado tomorrow or Friday. I can't wait to get it here so I can start my build/rebuild. I would love to get more details on the windshield transplant. I have been looking at the Eclipse and Geo Storm windshield transplants.

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Report this Post01-17-2009 08:13 PM Click Here to See the Profile for HTXtremesClick Here to Email HTXtremesSend a Private Message to HTXtremesEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Tube chassis is on its way!!

Got the base part of the frame done today!

G6 six speed is out, Audi 5 speed is in!

Will have some pics later tonight.
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Gotta see how you fit that audi transaxle.
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People over on the Kitcarsforum have done lots of research and the audi A4 trans is only 7 inches from bell housing to center line of the axle. This means with a 24" long motor (northstar), an adapter (1"), and the trans you will have a pretty tight package. The rear firewall will have to move forward a little to clear though.

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I like what you're doing. Lot's of good stuff here. I'm now interested in how you'll be mounting the power plant.

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here are a few frame photos


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Originally posted by HTXtremes:

Ok a couple updates, I've been posting on http://www.kitcarsforum.com/ also with the same title as here.

Cut a little over 40 lbs off the front weighed


I like it, been pondering the same. But what about frame ridgidity...won't it flex a lot more without at least leaving the wheel wells intact? (anyone else done this and notice any difference?)
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This was what I was going to do before I decided to go full tube chassis. What I had planned on doing was to run a 1 5/8" cold rolled pipe from the fire wall to the radiator support making a hoop to strengthen the front back up without the weight. By removing the inner fenders and other metal on the front I removed 40-50 lbs on the low side maybe more.
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Well the only update I can give at this time is that the "Tube Frame Fiero" is coming home with me!!

I've been talking to Don, the current owner and we are going to make a transfer of car to my hands in Casper,WY on the 23rd of this month. I am very excited to be bringing this work of art home with me!
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Well the only update I can give at this time is that the "Tube Frame Fiero" is coming home with me!!

I've been talking to Don, the current owner and we are going to make a transfer of car to my hands in Casper,WY on the 23rd of this month. I am very excited to be bringing this work of art home with me!



Nice!

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HTXtremes, what are the dimensions to those rear Ferrari tail lights?


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They are 6 inches to the widest point and 6 inches deep to the back of the plug base. You will just have to make sure to leave about 2.5 inches behind them to remove the back plate to access the bulbs. So if you were wondering if they would fit inside the fastback GT tail lights, they will, you just might have to cut some of the backing out of from behind the taillights so they will fit by mounting the factory way of the GT tail lights.

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Got a couple pics after I got the frame home

first one is of the ground clearance (it is not touching the ground, lacks about 1/4")

last one is where I removed the metal rear window



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some updates of the motor in the tube chassis



Had to get a little color on it! lol this is with the Eclipse windscreen
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Is the chassis long enough for that long drivetrain? It looks like a tight squeeze.
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It is very tight, if it had not been a custom chassis it would not have been long enough.
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Things look tight in your garage as well.
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So have you abandoned your original build i favor of the tube frame?

I noticed in your other thread you said
 
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Last night I sat my stretched F40 panels on it, the rockers were about an inch off the ground in the middle and a 1/4 inch in the rear. The front hood was an inch off the ground in the front and sitting on the tires


Were you implying it's not square?

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Dave;

The frame is square but the rockers of the F40 are deeper at the back and front height wise than in the middle so they are closer to the ground at each end.

I emailed James a couple weeks back about progress and he has moved the rear suspension mounts forward the 2" needed to get to the 96.5" wheelbase and down a couple inches to get a bit more ground clearance.

With this frame setup, I had planned on cutting some height out of the door and side panels of my project panels to move the rockers ups. The frame only has about 1" of rocker under the bottom of the door frames when Doug built it way back. If you shorten the door panels and the side panels, you also get back to a more oem look of the F40 as well since the Fiero builds needed to have higher side panels to fit on the Fiero frame. With this frame, you can cut the height out of the sides for a really good looking final product.

Cheers
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Yessss, another F40... epic!

Ten points if you decide to get super creative with glass and build a Competizione clone
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You all doing a lot of hard work, by stretching, widening, installing crazy motors and other stuffs! It's wondering me! Olny I have NOT understand: for what a hell you needed make replicas of a Ferrari's, Lambo's and other?! If you doing so lot of a work, why?? Why you don't make your own body? Don't you all want create your own design and embody it?
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It's a very challenging project for sure.
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I would love to build a one off body but I've gotta start somewhere. One Day I will build a car from the ground up, but I would have to say that I have always dreamed of having a F40.

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Well the build is kinda on hold, gotta get into a new place nearly 4 hours away from my current house.

Moving from NW Arkansas to Kansas City, for work. Gotta get rid of my 30x40 shop here and get into a duplex with a two car garage.
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