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A Real Mera in Paradise by Fiero-in-Paradise
Started on: 08-18-2009 04:06 AM
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The sills on my 1987 MERA were painted a GM black (similar to what was applied to the inner door frame) although the donor Fiero color was a metallic red. The picture below is the best I have.

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Thanks Rexgirl.

I still learning about my MERA and what should be there, and what has been added or modified.

1) I have polished SS plates on my door sills. Now I know they were added by the orig. owner.
2) The exhaust muffler on my car...seem to be original. But they hand lower, so the tail pipes have been modified. I THINK that was done when IRM installed the MIller-Woods Turbo kit. I'm assuming the exhaust was lowered to clear the turbocharger, requiring the mod. SO...If I bought rodney's pipes, I'd have to modify them as well!

3) Still wondering, what the rear lower valance finish was: smooth or texture? semi gloss? flat? black?

Thanks all for your patience!
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Here's the parts diagram for the V6 exhaust.

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Originally posted by swing69:

Thanks Rexgirl.

I still learning about my MERA and what should be there, and what has been added or modified.


2) The exhaust muffler on my car...seem to be original. But they hand lower, so the tail pipes have been modified. I THINK that was done when IRM installed the MIller-Woods Turbo kit. I'm assuming the exhaust was lowered to clear the turbocharger, requiring the mod. SO...If I bought rodney's pipes, I'd have to modify them as well!

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What Rodney sells are the Mera equivalent of parts 1 and 10 on the exhaust system diagram. They need to be specially shaped to fit through the Mera bumper. I am not very familiar with the Miller Woods turbo setup, but do know that my 3.4 push rod turbo Mera (1987) did not have any exhaust system mods around the muffler area. This is what the engine side of my turbo setup looks.



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3) Still wondering, what the rear lower valance finish was: smooth or texture? semi gloss? flat? black?

Thanks all for your patience!


Everything below the MERA's rear bumper was painted flat black by Corporate Concepts.

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Texture? Or smooth. I have areas that have a rough surface, and some smooth areas....

Also: I don’t think my exhaust is stock. It doesn’t look like the schematic, unless 88s were different

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You are correct, most/all of your exhaust is not a stock Fiero assembly, and does not have the MERA tailpipes as illustrated in Larry's earlier post.
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[img]//images.fiero.nl/userimages/swing69/060 2C67B-7CCC-432B-8DCC-978635B7905B.jpeg[/img]I bought some black plastic centers to make some custom centers for the Chromadoras. The ID is right, OD slightly smaller.

Also swapped out chrome lugs for black Mcgards. If you do this, seap out the lug wrench as mcgards are smaller than the stock lug nuts!

Also: under the MERA stickers of the stock ones were MERA and Fiero transfers. I guess 87-88 centers of stock Fiero and MERA wheels are the same

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[img]//images.fiero.nl/userimages/swing69/060 2C67B-7CCC-432B-8DCC-978635B7905B.jpeg[/img]I bought some black plastic centers to make some custom centers for the Chromadoras. The ID is right, OD slightly smaller.

I guess 87-88 centers of stock Fiero and MERA wheels are the same



If you are speaking of the stock wheels on a Mera you are correct. The Chromadoras were an option in 1988 and the small center cap is slightly different than the stock diamond pattern wheel. If you are in a hurry, silicone will keep the small stock centers locked in place for quite a while.

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I still in the process of getting 8118 road ready. All new calipers and hoses are installed finally.

Now; on to the issue of fixing the little chips with touch up paint. I'm using the Dr. Colorchip system. seems to work very nicely. much better than the standard touch up bottles. Its a little tedious, but the results are much better.

Anyway: due to the fender shape and the wide tires up front; both sides have a lot of nicks / chips. I want to add splash guards of some time. maybe black plastic, small as possible? Anyone have splash guards on a MERA?
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Splash guards were never an Mera option and I don't remember ever seeing any owner-created versions fitted. Of course, you certainly could do that.

If you have a source for new GM aluminum calipers, that are unique and typically only available used or rebuilt for the 1988 Fiero, you might want to post that information over in "Technical Discussion and Questions" .
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Roger that : no option. But the sandblasting of the side yielding a white dot at point of impact isn’t the most attractive! Once I correct the paint, I want to prevent further chips. I guess I’ll fab some up.

No new calipers, rebuilt ones. Fiero store had front readily available and a right rear. I had to buy a core for the LR and have it rebuilt. So: all 4 are rebuilt. Hoses new. Steel outer halves were all powder coated silver. Should hold up better than grey paint.
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Picked up some cheap repop centers and Ukrainian made silicone center sticker. This is my back up set. I have my originals with Rodney repop stickers. Rodney ones are a 10/10. My backups? 8/10. Just another option out there
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I have a set of original Mera center caps designed for the standard lace type wheel. They apparently were clear with black circle and MERA. The one on the right is an original and Rodney's reproduction center (silver/black) is on the left.



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When I peeled off the degraded “MERA” silicone stickers from my 88 Chromadora centers; there were a couple “Fiero” logo and MERA logo. Both black vinyl on brushed aluminum. So I’d say the stock Fiero wheel and Chromadora used the same cap.

I bought the Dickman center stickers which I put in the original center caps. My Spare set is the plastic centers with “foreign” sourced stickers.
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Originally posted by swing69:

When I peeled off the degraded “MERA” silicone stickers from my 88 Chromadora centers; there were a couple “Fiero” logo and MERA logo. Both black vinyl on brushed aluminum. So I’d say the stock Fiero wheel and Chromadora used the same cap.

I bought the Dickman center stickers which I put in the original center caps. My Spare set is the plastic centers with “foreign” sourced stickers.


My stock center caps would not stay on the Chromadora wheels until I used some silicone as glue. If they were the same size, I would not have had this issue. There is a slight difference in size or my three sets of Chromadoras are manufactured incorrectly or have been modified.

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Originally posted by Larryinkc:

On a stock Mera Rodneys tailpipes connect to the factory muffler pipes which are higher than the muffler pipes on your Mera.

A friend bought a low mile 88 Mera and the door sills were painted body color, they look kinda plain that way. Mine were body color also when I got it. I put a set of brushed stainless I got from Vince at Snapperheads when he was still making Fiero parts. I put MERA vinyl letters on them and I think it gives a more finished look.



Larry your interior is absolutely stunning.
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Larry your interior is absolutely stunning.



Thank you, the seats are MrMikes, he does amazing work, I did the install The dash and door panels are the Pisa Euro kits, they were covered by Vintage Fabrication. They are a local shop in the Kansas City area, they build really awesome cars. They did my exhaust also.

http://www.vintagefabrication.com/


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