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My Wife’s 88 T-Top Chop-Top LS4 Build by F355spider
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I started making a jig for the rear fenders today. Thought I would share a few pictures of how I am doing it.



Gonna have some wide hips


Never thought of that. Waiting to see what is next.

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Pretty nifty idea.

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I had a few minutes so I got a little more done



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now that using your head ...great work....keep it coming....

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How much wider are the wheels in the rear than the stock ones. Looks good

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Like how you widened the front to match the rear. Should look great when it's all together. Nice choice on the rear bumper, can't wait to see what else you've got planned for this car.

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Innovation rocks, what about the doors?

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How much wider are the wheels in the rear than the stock ones. Looks good


The rear wheels are 18x10 I think Stock wheels are 15X6.5

 
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Innovation rocks, what about the doors?


Don't know yet.

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Good news, my axels and mounts for the LS4 from Joe (Fieroking) are ready to ship. I want to thank Joe for helping me with this part of the build. Gianina already told me I have to finish the body first before I can pull the 2.8. Thanks to Blake I have a lead on a spare cradle so I might be able to have the ls4 swap going as the body is being built.

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I can't wait to see a wide side shot of this car when you get her further along.

Are you doing some sort of side vents and or rockers ?

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I can't wait to see a wide side shot of this car when you get her further along.

Are you doing some sort of side vents and or rockers ?


I'm with you I truly am going by the seat of the paints here. I am trying to let the car lead me where I need to go with it. I have always been a big fan of exotic car side vents so I am sure it will have something on the side of the car. I’m just not sure where to start them, in the door or behind the door. I'm hoping to get a little time tonight to work on it.

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I was able to get some time to get the other side done.




I will try to get some work done on the back bumper today.

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I was able to get some work done on the rear bumper today. thought I would add the pictures of what I did to fit the top of the bumper to the car.






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A few more




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That has to be one of the best looking rear bumpers I have seen on a Fiero.

Kevin
 
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I was able to get some work done on the rear bumper today. thought I would add the pictures of what I did to fit the top of the bumper to the car.















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Thanks to Blake I have a lead on a spare cradle so I might be able to have the ls4 swap going as the body is being built.


you're welcome!... now I need to get one of my own...

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you're welcome!... now I need to get one of my own...


Blake I will call you tonight. My old phone number is not good anymore.

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A little update to the build. I was looking around for what to do with the spoiler and decided to use the top of the rear bumper I cut off. I wanted something close to the IMSA one. This will giveme a nice head start.


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A little more shaping and glassing.


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Cool project...great to see notchback mods. Did you the chop with the windshield still mounted?...if that is possible.

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Cool project...great to see notchback mods. Did you the chop with the windshield still mounted?...if that is possible.


Thanks,
I removed the windshield it was cracked and went with a more curved windshield hoping to get a lot different look to the car.

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I got out the old molds I made when I built the silver choptop but decided not to use them.



I'm thinking of leaving the sides smooth and not doing vents. I made these just to use and I can modify them as needed.





I will think about it over Thanksgiving. HAPPY Thanksgiving to all.

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Mike, Everything you build amazes me. First, you do it yourself (by yourself) and then the speed at which you proceed. I've looked at other builds that have been going on for years and yet they haven't made the progress that you do in just a few months. Original ideas, moving forward without hesitation that "it can't be done". I also appreciate the way that you are willing to help others and explain the process (not that many of us have the skills to do it).
Good luck with your move to SA.

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to the top with you. whats going on in this amazing build.

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Excellent choice on bumpers, the g35 was one of my choices of rears, when I finished my front bumper.

The other 2 were the Genesis

which I like.

Or this one here

which I don't think I can get, lol.

So with the g35 spoken for, the Genesis it is.
Again great choice and excellent work, the car is looking GREAT!!! Ray
P.S I will remove the Fergie pic. if you think it ruins your thread in any way.

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I am liking the way you think! When it comes to designing and building a car. That rear bumper, is it flexible or hard fiberglass? The bumper would reduce a lot of work that I am facing, with stock bumper. Just curious on how you plan to finish the sides near the wheel wells.

Great work!

Don Z.

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Excellent choice on bumpers, the g35 was one of my choices of rears, when I finished my front bumper.

The other 2 were the Genesis

which I like.

Or this one here

which I don't think I can get, lol.

So with the g35 spoken for, the Genesis it is.
Again great choice and excellent work, the car is looking GREAT!!! Ray
P.S I will remove the Fergie pic. if you think it ruins your thread in any way.



Thanks everyone. I have started a new job and with the holidays I have not had any time to work on the car. Then this weekend is out because my Aunt and Uncle are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
I like both of your rear end choices. Would be nice if you could afford to have them both.

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I am liking the way you think! When it comes to designing and building a car. That rear bumper, is it flexible or hard fiberglass? The bumper would reduce a lot of work that I am facing, with stock bumper. Just curious on how you plan to finish the sides near the wheel wells.

Great work!

Don Z.



It is fiberglass. I will get to the sides one day but will fiberglass back the piece I cut off.
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I do not have any more work to show but I did get a package from Joe while I was away. I opened it today and thought I would share. Joe put together a kit for me for the ls4 swap.

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I do not have any more work to show but I did get a package from Joe while I was away. I opened it today and thought I would share. Joe put together a kit for me for the ls4 swap.





So will your 2.8 in the car will be ready to sell soon?


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So will your 2.8 in the car will be ready to sell soon?


Kevin


Not until I get ready to put the LS4 in but I will let you know first.

I trimmed the rear quarters up today and added another layer to them.





I also started working on them




You can see were I cut them to fit them and widen them.

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I then set them were I needed and fiber glassed them





A sneek peek of the rocker



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the other side







thats it for today.

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are you going to widen the doors to match the lower 1/4 panels ?

nice progress

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awesome job keep it coming

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are you going to widen the doors to match the lower 1/4 panels ?

nice progress


Yea, I will. Not sure if I will put vents in the doors or not. I'm still in the air on side vents. I do like the way the 355 doors look. I have to figure out the wheel openings also. I think I need to lower the car before I make them to get them were they need to be.

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Yesterday was a rough day. I was eating lunch and looked behind the building next door to the Dairy Queen and saw two Fieros. I went by and ask if he needed to buy a good 2.8. He said he had bought the cars for his son a few years ago (1997). I looked and he had four. One of the cars was a dark green. I have never seen a factory dark Green Fiero but it was so faded it had to be the original paint. One was an SE one an 84 and an 88. When he told me he had no money to buy the engine. I walked away. Why is it so hard to walk away from Fieros sitting weathering away?

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Well that sucks, I thought I was going to see some more work on your car. I think I'm having as much fun with your build as you are and I don't even have to do the work.

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Well that sucks, I thought I was going to see some more work on your car. I think I'm having as much fun with your build as you are and I don't even have to do the work.


Fun, Fun, Fun, and today I was able to work on the car an hour or so. I took the front end apart so I could lower it and put the Polly in. It has been in the low 50s so I have not wanted to work in the cold but it has been a few days so I thought I would get some more pictures. The good news is it should be back up to 68 in a day or two.













I will try to find some time tomorrow to cut the springs and get it back together.

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I do not have any more work to show but I did get a package from Joe while I was away. I opened it today and thought I would share. Joe put together a kit for me for the ls4 swap.


I wished Santa would of brought me a box of goodies like that.

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