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How the Fiero convertable works! by zzzhuh
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Report this Post02-22-2016 08:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for zzzhuhSend a Private Message to zzzhuhEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Stumbled across this video.

The video is written in a foreign language, but cool to see if you've never seen it before. The video seems to have been recorded in 94' and the GT has the 'rare' trunk lid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyQdBbwDz0M

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That would be an Automoda top.
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Looks like an automoda kit, the best one.
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To the OP, You do realize there was never a factory Fiero Convertible, right? These were all prototypes or aftermarket.

1988 - GM, "The 2 seater market is saturated" Kills the Fiero

1989 - Mazda - "Introduces the Miata" Goes on to be the most popular 2 seater in history.

GM could have beat Mazda to the punch but we all know that didn't happen.

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Originally posted by jscott1:

To the OP, You do realize there was never a factory Fiero Convertible, right? These were all prototypes or aftermarket.


Yes, I am aware of that.

I agree tho, GM could of not only beaten Mazda, but been what the Miata is.
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Yes, I am aware of that.

I agree tho, GM could of not only beaten Mazda, but been what the Miata is.


No, No, No, there is a certain "type" of people who drive Miatas, I am glad Fieros DON'T have that image.
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My question after seeing the video, what happens with the seatbelts? They're obviously not in the pillars anymore.
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Originally posted by zmcdonal:

My question after seeing the video, what happens with the seatbelts? They're obviously not in the pillars anymore.


In my convertible, I mounted the shoulder harness to the re-enforced firewall. This was also done on a Automoda kit a friend owned.

In my conversion (Holland Pontiac), it only came with a lap belt. I am not sure how that passed for "legal" when cars were sold at a dealer. That would be by-passing a safety device, but that was back in the 80s
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I agree tho, GM could of not only beaten Mazda, but been what the Miata is.


Different car... Miata was a throwback to a sports car, similar to an MG... small, nimble, roadster looking, but very reliable.

the Fiero was not designed to be convertible. The structure would needed more weight to strengthen. I owned all types of Fieros, inlcuding t-top and convertible. The miata is a different car, more for the masses.
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No, No, No, there is a certain "type" of people who drive Miatas, I am glad Fieros DON'T have that image.


True, but the MX-5 is driven by cool people, lol

The volume on the Miata was never that great from year to year, like 10K - 20K units, it just lasted for a long time is how it got that "most popular of all time" title. If (and I know this isn't true) the Fiero could have been profitable at those numbers it could have lived on as well. Saying the Miata was for the masses is a little disingenuous, since it never sold in big numbers and had a lot of compromises as well.
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Love that conversion ..... must be why I have one the video poster writes this in his post "Fiero cabrio, the convertible conversion was a private development, also this is tested at the RDW in Lelystad and has a type approval, there are about 20 built I did this with my brother "

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I like the Automoda top and its probably the most leak free design. The Califormia Convertible kit looks a bit better to my eyes as it mimics a a full size factory convertible top design

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Originally posted by sardonyx247:

No, No, No, there is a certain "type" of people who drive Miatas, I am glad Fieros DON'T have that image.


Yeah... Hang on to that fantasy, if it works for you. (Wishful thinking? )
But how many other cars have their own freakin' class in SCCA.
The Miata is constantly at - or very near - the top of just about every magazine's list of "best driver's cars". Usually right behind a Corvette or Porsche, if not at the top.

In reality, I've actually known more of "that type" who drive Fieros, as opposed to Miatas. Seriously. But then, I don't stereotype, or care, really.
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For petes sake, just say it...Miatas are stereotyped as a 'gay guys' car. They may have their own SCCA class but that dont mean anything. There are gay bars and gay everything else. I have gay friends. That doesnt change the fact a lot of people call it a gay car.
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