D&R replicars in Pa. supplied body kit. Alot of fiberglass work went into getting body straight and ready.Doors didnt fit ,scoops on side didnt align. The hood & 2 trunks were too small for openings.Alot of air bubbles on edges of body just underneath gel coat.(still D&R had better product than any other kit manuf. in the northeast area.)
The engine is a crate 350 HO from Burt Greenwald Chev. in Ohio.Paid $1800 back in '96.(delivered to NY)The cam was swapped out for a comps cam with more lift and duration. The timing chain was scrapped in favor of Edelbrock's "drive gear" ass'y.There are straight pipes coming out the back with Monza tips to mimic the Countach's exhaust.The heads were replaced with Edelbrocks RPM heads, and the manifold used is the RPM.The carb is the performer series that I rejetted using the edelbrock carb kit.No choke is installed.
The susp. is modified Fiero. KYB shocks/struts and Eibach Pro Kit springs are used.An upgraded front sway bar(1" thick) and added rear sway bar were also installed.
The chassis was prepared with a welded in roll cage before body was installed.There is no steel inside the fiberglass body. The chassis was reinforced with a custom tubular chassis welded onto the fiero unibody after it was prepared to do so. The body sits on a tube frame shaped like the body and rests on urethane.Then it was bolted and riveted at several locations.D&R are the only ones to have done this (at least back in '96)and it was the main reason I chose them as the body supplier. The car now has over 8,000 miles and no stress cracks are present except for a small one by front bumper(my fault)
The Fiero firewall was cut down and the brake master cyl. reservoir was re-angled so body would fit lower onto chassis.This means that you wont have to cut springs down as most other kits do.However it means alot more work in the begining.I had to recreate new heating/ac ductwork because since the firewall was cut down, there was no longer any ducts from the fiero cowl.The car has fully functional heat and a/c. The a/c is custom made.I had to relocate compressor,lengthen most of the hoses(fabricate new ones for the condensor at front),have a new ,more efficient and smaller condensor made up by Vintage Air, and also converted to 134 since all this was being done anyway.
The interior was all made by me from scratch.Using cardboard,foam,Saran Wrap,and wood,I created the dash,console,door panels and all the interior panels, which I later had an interior shop cover in tan leather.The Fiero seat frames were re-used after I had all the cushioning removed and re-shaped with new foam cushion.The interior was copied from pictures in a book I have. I gave the book to the upholsterer and showed him what the stitch and seat design were to look like. He did a wonderful job.There is no "Fiero" left in the interior, and Yes it can fool most people.
The wheels are the Compomotive 25th anniv. with Pirelli 245 front/345 rear.They are as wide as they are tall!!
The 350 eng. was installed using V-8 archie's kit. The installation was pretty simple.The only problems were overheating.(I had the v-8 archie 4 core rad, and it sucked!!!)
After alot of fighting with "Archie" I got my refund for the "upgraded radiator" For less money I had Howe Enterprises make up a 2 core aluminum rad to my spec's. Problem solved. I also stayed away from "Archies water pump drive kit" and used a CSR elec. water pump.(At 140 mph I dont think it is wise to have Archies belt drive system stick thru the wheel well near your tire and brake line)And Yes I have had this thing up to 138 mph.(VDO gauge is fairly accurate, couldve been 135 or 145, still pretty quick)
The first set of 345 Pirellis lasted about 2500 miles.After paying another 700 for 2nd set I learned no to smoke the tires as much.Yet it always gets tempting.( the current set of tires I have are Goodyear SS (295/50/15's) They arent as good looking on car but at 98 bucks a piece they sure "feel better".
The car runs very nicely, but it's still basically a Fiero.At 138 mph, there was alot more acceleration left, but when I noticed the w/shield wiper arm lifting up away from the windshield I chickened out and stepped back into "sane" mode. I remember thinking about that commercial for Speed channel where the Formula car gets airborne and flips over.
To date I havent done it again, but sometimes I get the urge.