I got pretty lucky with my GT. It is a nice car and needs very little.
It doesn't make much sense for me to build another nice original-ish street Fiero. I think I'll (eventually) put my L67 in my GT and do something completely different with the 85. What would you say to a Fiero based, dune buggy looking, snow and foul weather car? I have always liked the looks of VW Baja Bugs so why not combine my interests?
How would you do it? What would you change and what would you keep? Auto or Getrag? Duke or 2.8? Carpet or bed liner? Original body panels or maybe the Jalapeno body? Stock axles and control arms or longer for more ground clearance?
Man I would kill for a frame like that ...... good luck with your build .... I'd remove the top and doors put in roll bars and a lift kit, leave it manual and modify the OEM skins with wide body fenders and dune buggy tire ..... would look like a sandrail .....
That one by Pisa is called the Jalapeno. I have always thought they were onto something but that it needed some tweaking. (Merry Christmas Curly! )
I would like to know more about the way they lifted them. You used to be able to just buy the suspension stuff separately. Does anybody know anything about what was included in the Jalapeno suspension kit?
My understanding of the lift kit is that it raises the car body but there is no additional ground clearance under the cradle or the front crossmember. That's cheating! Back to control arms, spindles, axles, and coil overs!
Not exactly a dune buggy, but saw these last summer on OH S.R.#26 out in front of my shop. They were converted to paint the center lines in the road! They cut just about everything off that made it recognisable as a Fiero, but the rear end and the 2.8 kinda gives it away.
I know the picture is really small and hard to make out, that's why I never posted them before now, but rest assured, they both started out as Fiero's! I talked to the guy driving the one in front, but he was kind of in a hurry, sorry I didn't get any better pictures. Just thought they might fit in this thread.
That is pretty cool and much closer to what I had envisioned! After seeing the Jalapeno in the other thread, I know I DON'T want to go that route. Not that it isn't cool, because it is. It just isn't different ENOUGH to be worth all the body work and cost. Since I've got some experience making front bumpers (iGTO) I see no reason I couldn't do a Jeep/Hummer style front bumper and come up with something for the rear too.
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I always found this to have possibilities. I think that if left with glass in, and full features, this would be a blast to drive. Summer or winter.
Edit: Anyone have any info on this Fiero? Pics?
Now this is something more in line with the original concept of a dune buggy from the '60s. An old VW bug would have the front nose cut off and the tail bobed enough to expose the engine. This would allow a much better approach angle and would never hit the front sheet metal. Throw some slightly bigger knobby tires on that with maybe 2 inches of lift and it would be a bad a$$ at the dunes or tails and you could drive it around town everyday. Unlike the Fiero on the Too Tall Truck frame that get very old in a short period of time. Can you imagine getting in and out of that thing 3 or 4 times a day? Anybody out there got a beater they want to sell? I might want to give it a try.
With the fenders and liners removed, there is plenty of room for taller tires. If you wanted to do some cutting, you would have even more room. I wonder how much ground clearance you could gain without changing the suspension at all? You would need to pay attention to the offset. You wouldn't want those taller tires hitting when in a full turn.
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