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My Wife’s 88 T-Top Chop-Top LS4 Build by F355spider
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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?


Pics? You know we love pics, even if it's a bit depressing. Could you ask to see the green one again and take a pic of the vin and RPO?

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

Call Joe you might get the easter bunny to bring you a gift?


 
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Pics? You know we love pics, even if it's a bit depressing. Could you ask to see the green one again and take a pic of the vin and RPO?


I will see what I can do this guy is not the norm. His yard if full of junk and cars.

I noticed I should replace the ball joints in Gianina's Fiero but I am having a hard time finding them. The uppers are the problem and finding ones that are made in the USA. I noticed the Fiero store has a set uppers and lowers but the do not give the name brand and they are cheap so I would think that means made in China. I will check with NAPA tomorrow..

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I ordered new ball joints they should be in tomorrow. I could only get the bottom ones. Tops still feel ok so I will leave them for now. If all goes well I will get the front end back together this weekend. The car has KYB shocks so I will leave them also. I need to Hurry Gianina was at the Dealership today looking at a new black SS Camaro convertible.

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I started replacing the ball joints today.



I thought I would show how I remove the old rubber. I do not burn out the rubber . I use a drill and it works great.



I tryed to get the pictures of the process.



The drill will spin the rubber out



It will also just tap out without much trouble





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Surprised that you didn't pick up the 88 for the extra cradle.

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Surprised that you didn't pick up the 88 for the extra cradle.


I thought about it but decided to walk away. It might have been different if the cars have not been sitting in one spot for over ten years. Every car had the rear battery vent removed and the wires crumbled in my hands. The 88 is a basic coupe.

Happy NEW YEAR everyone!

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I burned out my bushings before & distinctly remember wondering if there was a better way...probably with a press.

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I burned out my bushings before & distinctly remember wondering if there was a better way...probably with a press.



It works great might help the next guy. I have the front end back together and did a little fiber glassing. I have to think about how I want to do the doors.

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Ahh, thank you for sharing that. I wondered if it would work. A + for you, since I'm about to do this and didn't want to burn them out!

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Make sure you have a spare bit when you do this. It does work well, but I have broken one in the past.

Also try it in your drill press. Move the A-arm to the bit and let it work itself around.

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I did a little more work to the car. I'm working on the rear wheel wells and the wrap around spoiler. I ordered some 2011 camaro side mirrors but they still have not arrived.

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Nice.

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WOW!

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Gianina came home from work and gave a once over of her car.


She had a few words then left me to it.



A few more shots of the Spoiler progress.





Getting ready for some glass.





Thats it for now.

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God I wish I had your skills!. I love the look so far and the choice for the front looks amazing.

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Lucky wife.

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Originally posted by F355spider:

I did a little more work to the car. I'm working on the rear wheel wells and the wrap around spoiler. I ordered some 2011 camaro side mirrors but they still have not arrived.

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LOVEN IT !!!!!!!!! Waiting to see your doors and how it will all fit together.

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looking good keep up the good work.

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I bought some camaro mirrors from Amazon for less than 40 bucks each but not sure if I will use them. Will have to wait and see but they do not work with the flow at this time when held up to the car.



They look good and are power



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You mounting them in the stock location?

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Still looking good, been a while since I checked in on the build. Hope to see it in person since you moved closer to Austin.

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You mounting them in the stock location?[/QUOTE]

They will have to be ajusted to fit

 
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Still looking good, been a while since I checked in on the build. Hope to see it in person since you moved closer to Austin.


I'm looking forward to it.

I started on the doors today



Set up for some glass



With the first coat




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Pulled the door skins today.





Just stuck it up to see how it fit.





Lota work to go

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What is going on about the door handle and the molding, in the new skin?

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Did you use Great stuff (or maybe it's good stuff? I don't remember.) expanding foam? I tried that stuff and it didn't work very well. Let it sit for over a day and when I started sanding it the inside was still all sticky and wet. It was like the inside of an alien. I haven't had good experiences with it. maybe I'm doing something wrong...

Very nice car! This is a sick build! I've been following it for a while, but I think this is my first time posting on this thread. Can't wait to see more!

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What is going on about the door handle and the molding, in the new skin?


No handle or molding I'm thinking of doing the handle like JScott has on his blue chop.

 
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Did you use Great stuff (or maybe it's good stuff? I don't remember.) expanding foam? I tried that stuff and it didn't work very well. Let it sit for over a day and when I started sanding it the inside was still all sticky and wet. It was like the inside of an alien. I haven't had good experiences with it. maybe I'm doing something wrong...

Very nice car! This is a sick build! I've been following it for a while, but I think this is my first time posting on this thread. Can't wait to see more!


Yea use it in small strips. let it dry and add it more and let it dry. Then it will dry solid and sand like great stuff should.
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Had a little time to work on the car. Decided to work on the rear wheel wells



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Had a little time to work on the car. Decided to work on the rear wheel wells


Mike your car looks amazing as always. You still holding out to buy that new Vette?

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Mike your car looks amazing as always. You still holding out to buy that new Vette?


Nice to see you post. If my wife gets her way after buying the house she wants the vette will be a memory. She smiles and tells me she might let me drive her Fiero.

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I think you should just take a Fiero and build the "Vette" transformer.

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I think you should just take a Fiero and build the "Vette" transformer.


Who knows? What I will do next.

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I think you should just take a Fiero and build the "Vette" transformer.


That would be cool.

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I made a template for the back window today. I will see about getting it cut this week.

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Template for back window is at the glass shop. I'm thinking of putting the ls4 in while I have the rear clip off. It would be a lot easyer. Just not sure.

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Template for back window is at the glass shop. I'm thinking of putting the ls4 in while I have the rear clip off. It would be a lot easyer. Just not sure.


I would go for it, this is the best time to get the mechanical done while the body is not in the way.

Project looks good. Joe

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I would go for it, this is the best time to get the mechanical done while the body is not in the way.

Project looks good. Joe


Yea I think it would be a lot better to do the swap at this time. I picked up the back glass today.

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I was able to get the back window in the car.



Not much else going on.



trimming a few edges

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somehow I ended up with three post

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Spider this is looking soooo cool !

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