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« on: April 29, 2008, 11:50:24 PM »

This build will chronicle the development of my 1985 Pontiac SE choptop.

History:

I first became a fan of fieros in high school (1984), when i saw a famous classmate and teammate of mine
mine (pic later) tooling around town in one that i believe belonged to a girlfriend of his ?

At any rate i decided at that point, when i could afford to get one someday, that i definatly wanted one !
Fast forward to 1988 after graduating college i decided to get one !

I picked up a used Black 1986 coupe 2M4 and drove the heck out of it ! I loved this little car and amazingly it really gave me no trouble at all !

Fast Forward

In 1999 i moved to florida and had to leave my little coupe behind at my parents home, in Ohio, as i had purchased a new car and could not drive both down at the same time.

Years later the fiero bug was still burning in me and i had decided that i was going to build a Diablo replica on a fiero chassis and was formulating plans when i ran across this one day while surfing the interenet.



Madcurl's silver choptop aka #11 changed everything for me ! A fiero with the exotic looks of a supercar at a fraction of the cost of a fake lamborghini, i was hooked and had to have one !



In October of 2005, i picked up a choptop from a super guy in Michigan by the name of Dan Johnson (aka Choptop on Pennocks). Dan had the car chopped by Archie in 1999,  but for various reasons he did not drive it much or get much done to it.



At one point he took off the panels to get it painted, but never got around to it and the car just sat and sat in his garage.

Eventually i was able to convice him to sell me the car (Thanks again Dan !) and my dream was taking off !
The first step was to get the panels back on the car in order to transport it.

In Jan, 2006 the guys from the Michigan Fiero club helped me out BIG TIME by hosting a panel party and putting the car back together for me (THANKS AGAIN GUYS !)



Meanwhile another Pennocks member, Steve White aka FieroMojo, stored the car for me and helped install some new brakes, while i reloaded my wallet for more improvements slated to occur at V-8 Archie's shop, in Illinios:



After many months of delays i was finally able to get the car shipped to Archie's and was armed and ready to really take off on this project. Well as we all know life does not always like to cooperate with our plans and schedules.

A totally unexpected divorce knocked me for a loop mentally, and financially and the project was put indefinatly on hold and began to collect dust at Archie's shop while i picked myself up and began to piece my life back together.



A HUGE THANKS to Archie for his patience and understanding while i regrouped and took care of these serious issues.


More to come !
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2008, 10:50:29 AM »

What's next Tony? Are you going widebody? Did curley tell you about that 30,000 mile motor at Archies? BTW the rims look good on your car wink
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008, 01:11:25 PM »

What's next Tony? Are you going widebody? Did curley tell you about that 30,000 mile motor at Archies? BTW the rims look good on your car wink

Hey Troy,

Big thanks to you for the wheels ! I still owe you that beer.   See you at the 25th ?

Definatly going widebody, just a matter of the timetable. I have a few more things in the hopper but i don't want to disclose all just yet.  ;D
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2008, 02:06:27 PM »


Current Modifications

Custom V-8 Archie choptop (3")
Stock 1985 SE notchback converted to GT fastback body style
Suspension Technique lowering springs (1.5" drop)
Aftermarket wheels 17 x 7.5 with 35 mm + offset


Future Modifications

V-8 Archie Mad-Arch widebody kit
19 x 20 Custom rim combination
Big brake package
Coilovers
Lamborghini scissor doors
Custom hood, decklid, and nose treatments.
V-8 Archie custom dash
Mr Mike's Leather seat covers

Torch Red Paint



The Build Continued

After regrouping and getting rid of the old baggage it was time to get on with the rebirth of my chopper.



I had always liked the GT body style better than the notchie so it was time for Archie's team to perform a little surgery.











Amazing Transformation ! Archie's team can sure sling the glass !



P.S. Note the new wheels !! THANKS TO TROYBOY

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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008, 02:24:44 PM »



More

Just a slight update, chopped quarterwindows cut and temporarily installed for visual inspection.





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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2008, 11:54:52 PM »

A couple of fresh pics from the choptop reunion 3 !!

Wow,....I am pumped!!  Soon,....soon !!  biggrin



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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2008, 12:37:58 AM »




 ;D

It's official,...Getting wings !!
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2008, 10:18:49 PM »

When is it "getting driven"?  wink
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2008, 12:41:55 AM »

When is it "getting driven"?  wink

Driven ?? You mean people actually drive these things ??

I was just having fun playing build up with it, sort of like a giant model toy.

You mean you expect me to actually drive it ?!!?   :o
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2008, 01:58:11 PM »




Hehehehe,....... :-X
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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2008, 10:21:39 PM »

But it's already falling apart.  That front end has so many modifications what else is going to so to be a weakness?  Now I'm not saying the builder did crap work, execution of the mods was fine.  It's just damn hard to attach to a finished fiberglass piece. 

[Sorry I placed this in the wrong thread]
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2008, 10:41:46 PM »

But it's already falling apart.  That front end has so many modifications what else is going to so to be a weakness?  Now I'm not saying the builder did crap work, execution of the mods was fine.  It's just damn hard to attach to a finished fiberglass piece. 

Huh ??  What are you talking about ??????

Nothing has been done to the front end.  ????? i think you got the wrong car !  ???
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2008, 10:44:02 PM »

My apologies.  I posted that about curls car in the other thread.  Not sure how I got here. 
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2008, 11:47:14 PM »



No sweat, you just had me confused hehehe
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2008, 02:09:07 PM »

Hehehehe,....... :-X
Care to enlighten us?  wink
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