Who does your trim work, I just had one of my countach dashes done by a local shop and it's so bad that it's got me thinking about getting a comercial machine and giving it a try myself. I really think I can't do any worse than what the shop did. BTW those 355 parts look absolutly awsome.
Guns kill people, like spoons made Rosie O'donnel fat. Joe
Who does your trim work, I just had one of my countach dashes done by a local shop and it's so bad that it's got me thinking about getting a comercial machine and giving it a try myself. I really think I can't do any worse than what the shop did.
Motoracer838, I fabricate & upholster the interiors in my home shop in Seattle. Initially I designed the interior for my 355 replica, but it turned out that several others needed it for their cars as well. What is the problem on your Countach dash? Any pics?
Rob Fiero Interior Conversions Seattle, WA. USA
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Hey Rob... To be honest, it's been a real busy summer. I seems like months since I last looked at it. I do have a sketch I did a couple weeks ago here at work, but I need to have it scanned (maybe today). It uses several different body kits that are readily available (and cheap) and should be easily modified to fit the Fiero. Plus it has the widebody stance of my 3d model. You don't know how bad I want to get back to working on the car, but it won't be for a couple more weeks, minimum.
In all fairness the shop only charged me $350 to do the three parts, but it did take more than six months and several tries to get to that point. Of course the car in geneal is such a POS that these parts are a huge improvement over what the car had in it when it arived at my place, it goes away this week( Hooray) I can hardly wait.
It's good to have an open mind, just not so open that your brains fallout. Joe
Joe, I think if it wasn't for all the little cut-outs, the Lambo dash would be a relatively simple piece to cover. It took several tries huh? Fabricating some bezels around all the switches & controls will help clean-up the look, and the wrinkles around the edges & corners can be pulled out and re-glued. If you're selling the car, then I suppose you could leave that work to the new happy owner.
Amida: hope you get your ideas lined up and put into reality...they look good motoracer: yes that doesnt look real good...what can I say... you could have done it better yourself (in the end)..A roll of vinyl, knife, hot glue and some dedication can do it...
Originally posted by Silentassassin185:
Just tossing around ideas.
..doing the same here... did some tryouts with that pic..thanks...crashed about here
I used neon rice eating sticks to mark the intakes
Rob, the car belongs to a client of mine, who bought the car off of Ebay. When it got here it took me about five miniuts to hang the name, the Steaming Pile on the car. Wich of course has stuck.
I think that if the padding was relived where the selvige lies would have helped, I sugjested this when I saw one of the earlier attempts ( I use attempt loosely ) he didn't listen. this is such an improvment over what came in the car that I'm going to let it go ( I'm so far out time on this thing that it has to go ) if it was for one of mine it would be completly unacceptable.
I'm getting closer to finalizing the design of the modernized front aero bumper. It'll utilize the late model GP & Solstice combo lights. To add more definition to the bull-nose look of the stock aero fascia, I've incorporated a horizontal split line/seam extending from one side moulding to the other. It fits in well with the existing side mouldings and continues the division line around the nose. I've finished fabricating the intermediate moulds for the design, and the next thing is to position the sections onto the chassis and blend it all together into one full size model. When the modelling is all done I'll save the design in an epoxy master mould.
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Cool Rob...I'm glad you kept the notchback. What happened to the stretch, or is that a future design mod? Also, I think you should look at moving the headlights further forward. I have another sketch with that and I think it looks much better.
Bob, I've been focusing on the replacement bumper lately. You mean move the foglights forward? The thing I want to avoid is making that front valance panel too wide. The length of the nose is really dependant on where the plunging hood line & horizontal seam intersect at the front. The good thing about having the seam is that I can push the bumper forward, if needed, for a little more length without widening the valance. We'll see when I start shaping the model. I did do a 3 inch stretch version to see what it'll look like. I extended the nose by about 1 1/2" just for comparison.
No, move the headlights up. I'm looking at about 4 inches. I would remove the doors from the hood and integrate them to the lamps, similar to the 80's Firebirds. I would also switch to the round projectors and only open them about 3/3.5 inches, similar to I believe Fieroking did with his build thread. The biggest hurdle is the radiator cross member needs to be trimmed to move the lights forward.
Just another crazy idea roaming in this head of mine.
PS, I like the lengthened rear, but the shorter nose. I espesially like the "hip" on the rear fender.
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Yes, I think the nose is a little long. Can't do anything about the headlights for the replacement bumper, but definitely can do on a custom project. I'll draw something up. I'm really liking the shorter 3" stretch, it can be done without cutting the chassis.
The bumper from Dietmar uses the Fiero side mouldings which is how I like it as well, and is how I'm doing my bumper. I'd like to keep it looking like a factory Fiero, but with some late model Pontiac features.
I'll be jumping into this Pontiac style nose pretty shortly; the first of three designs that I wanted to put onto the Fiero.
I'm also playing a little with this F360 type nose idea for the Fiero also. But, as a stock replacement fascia I think there is a functionality issue with airflow & cooling the Fiero radiator. Will a 360 type nose be able to cool a stock Fiero radiator?
I think I can see why there isn't much about this car. for the first time I noticed the roof had a unatractive chop, it might be worth finishing but a kit like I have seen that he claimed in a E-mail would suck and not be a fun thing to try to work with.
It's a rough mock-up, but I think I see where he's going with it. It's a long stretch, about 15". I wonder how far along he got with it. It may look like this after the panels have been blended together.
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