Last pic as she is with Ms. Connecitcut I have put on about 1800 miles on her. She runs great , pulls hard to 150 easy....just run out of room. Now she is back in the shop again for some more mods this winter. Pics to come as i have already started the carnage !! Just so everyone knows i have extended my services here to work on other fieros. 3800 swaps, custom fiberglass work, tranny swaps, to basic upgrades / clutchs etc. Any questions please dont hesitate to ask or PM me.
This is the most important pic. As the next mod is a 3" cradle stretch. Actucally 3.25" stretch. Going to cut the body back off at the inlet scoup and move it rearward. The C pillar will be extended to the rear as it is now..............
THeres a bunch of things to make room for as you slide the cradle back. I had already redrilled the struts rearward 3.25" using the strut plates as a template and using the rearmost stud as the front stud for the mount. Just about all the lines cleared the stretch. The rear brace between the struts needs to be trimmed for the low mount alternator to pop thru...using ZZP headers it just slipped right under as i already had the trunk removed. Here is the brackets welded into place at the level the cradle was before. Once I get everything into place i will drop the cradle and brace it and finish welding the extensions.
Here you can see where i trimmed the brace between the Strut mounts.. I also cut the frame from there rearward as i will build a new frame extension later. I also flipped the turbo up and clocked it so i can get the inlet and outlet on the drivers side. I also welded in a reinforcement on the rear frame for the rear cradle mounting. This will be bolted in with 2 bolts per side one i know the cradle is straight side to side. Because of the stretch it put the tranny back into the lower frame rail. I had to make room origionally for the F40 but because the lower frame angles inward it needs to be notched as it is now touching the frame.
Curiosity got the better of me Bozzie, but wouldn't it be safer if at that cut and the top you had boxed it in with square tubing instead of those 1/4 " piece of steel ,those will not hold the back end?.
Ok... That pic didn't post ... Trying to do this from my iPad ! Hey Bob... I totally get that statement and it gave me a smile as I feel the same after a hiatus ! Yarmouth ..... That hole is for the turbo piping to get to the intake .... Get some pics up soon
Boog ... I appreciate your input . I think it's pretty strong as the 1/4 is way thicker than the metal it is welded to. I'm going to drop the cradle and reinforce everything once it's mocked up. I built a monster truck a while back and everything was so thick... Heavy and strong and way overkill. It would be so easy to just load this car up with unneeded weight and support and go overboard so I'm trying not to switch to that hat . Once it's done let me know what you think.
Put the rear clip back up for a check. Here it is pretty much lined up. Plenty of room for the heat exchanger on the drivers side and bigger oil cooler on the passenger side. The Fuel filler will be moved up to the C pillars later.
Time to fool with the front fenders a bit. The wheels stuck out just a pinch and i wanted to add alittle flare to the fender. With the car lowered another 1/2 " i have to move the lip up and out. I cut the upper lip out and tilted it out to give it a flare
Back to the sticks ..... i crazy glued it in so i can glass it
The Front edge is even with the wheel well....the back edged is 3/4 " up. This gives it a "forward" lift to the flare. Im going to glass the front half then cut the middle and move the edge back down flush with the rear
Very interesting approach with the short frame stretch... I'm looking forward to seeing how much it affects the car's overall looks when it's completed. Just a little increase in the Fiero's wheelbase goes a long ways, aesthetically speaking. I think your body modifications are quite unique too... definitely diggin' it. Can't wait to see what else is up your sleeve... what a great build thread you have here!
Awesome work, keep on rollin'!
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