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« on: April 20, 2013, 09:05:57 PM »

So I was thinking again... sorry -  rolleyes

We have a pretty large group of guys and gals in the club. Overall I think we're a pretty diverse group. But most of us don't really know anything about each other. So what do you do for occupation, hobbies or special  interests & skills? You never know who might be able and willing to help each other out with something random. Maybe you're looking to hire somebody to do some work and one of us is qualified.

I'll start off. No need to be as long-winded as me.

Most know but for the newbs, my name is Chuck. I've always been a car nut - Corvettes have always been my favorite. My first car was a 1975 Lancia Beta 4 door sedan. I graduated from there into a 67 Pontiac LeMans that I bought myself as an assistant manager at Taco Bell when I was 19. I still have it and hope to get it back on the road one day, likely as a GTO clone. I've been a Disney cast member (20,000 leagues under the sea), delivered newspapers and pizza, worked briefly in construction, owned my own lawn service, worked in a data center (Convergys) on mainframe, AS400 and Unix servers. Got laid off from there in 2003. Having only a year of college (computer programming) and no degree made it hard to find another job... Almost a year later I landed a job as a contractor for the phone company (then Sprint & Embarq, now CenturyLink) and worked my way up through special projects, office Excel expert, then managing another project and finally to engineering for the past 7 years or so. I was hired on as an actual CenturyLink employee and now engineer new sites and expansions supporting dedicated commercial services as well as home phone, internet and video services. Several months ago, I also started a new business with a friend of mine. We supply and apply our proprietary products to slippery floors, making them permanently slip resistant without changing their visual characteristics. Most of our focus has been toward commercial customers with ceramic and porcelain tiles - restaurants, retirement homes, condos, hotels and pretty much any place that has a slippery tile floor. We have also done residential back porches, tile courtyards and bathrooms. Bath tubs benefit tremendously from our treatment. I fish and love to catch my own shrimp (have an offshore boat - been sitting too long to use right now - can't afford the gas anyway), used to golf, used to autocross (very successfully), love karting (have a 125cc shifter kart), like woodworking and metal fabrication. I build my own websites too.
So yeah, I'm a jack of all trades, master of none (except Excel) and am more than willing to lend a hand to any of my fellow Fiero brethren who may need something I know how to do.

So what do you do in your non-Fiero time?
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2013, 09:51:29 AM »

Hey 2002ssz28conv, interesting concept, good way to build comraderie. I'll take a stab and follow your lead. (Sure hope Pappy doesn't discover this thread)!  LOL

On this forum I go by 2manycars (for obvious reasons) but my given name is Marc.

I've been a car guy since my pre teens. I began mostly a Chevy guy. First car was a '54 Belair. Also had a '57 sedan and a '63 SS Impala with a 409. That 409 was my first big motor build attempt. Cam, pistons, aluminum flywheel, heavy clutch, headers, dual point distributor. Even fitted her with 3 deuces. She was a screamin machine.

After that was  a long stretch of "family" cars. I didn't get back into "car show" and build mode till the first Fiero about 10 years ago. I got hooked when my youngest son picked one for his first car and I got interested wrenching with him to get it on the road.

A late comer to the community, I'm working my way up to where I want to be car wise. Retiring at the beginning of this year I'm hoping to capitalize on my "stash" of cars, parts and motors to put together a group of cars like I've dreamed about. I've got my sights set on learning to paint this year, so time will tell how much I accomplish.

Career wise I began as a setup mechanic in a can manufacturing plant where they determined your seniority by how many fingers you still had on each hand.

When I missed the Vietnam draft by drawing a high lottery number in '67 (remember the "draft" and the "lottery")?, I decided to go to college. I studied Mechanical Engineering at GMI (General Motors Institute) and worked for GM at their Chevrolet V8 Engine plant in Flint. I left GM in the mid '70s, did a few years as a plant superintendant at Budd Company in Ohio molding fiberglass auto body parts, Ford tractor parts and GM General truck cabs.

I then put in almost a decade in Engineering at Monroe Shock Absorber world headquarters in Monroe Michigan. I oversaw manufacturing processes in Georgia, Arkansaw, Nebraska and Owen Sound, Canada, with a quick visit to their Belgium plant during my honeymoon!  confused? My areas of expertise were stamping, cold forming and screw machining.

Departing Monroe I found my "dream" job with Ingersoll Engineers, part of the Ingersoll Milling Machine Company in Rockford, Illinois. I spent the next dozen years or so consulting to manufacturers nationally and internationally. Some of my more recognizable clients were J. I. Case, Bendix, Ford, Deere and I crossed a lot of industries from automotive "kit" suppliers for retrofit AC in Texas, radiators in Mississippi, industrial sewing machines in Chicago, newspaper presses in New Jersey, Ford truck frames and components in Mexico and more.

With a group of collegues at Ingersoll I coauthored a book commissioned by SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) that they printed, published and sold titled "Making Manufacturing Cells Work".

I ended my consulting years with Booz Allen and Hamilton working mostly in Italy, and finally, growing tired of globe trotting as my 3 boys were coming of age, I relocated from Michigan to Florida for a more "relaxed" pace of life.

Moving to Florida in '93 I took over a plastic molding and machining company that I eventually sold the end of last year and retired.

In addition to the cars I enjoy motorcycling, and riding nearly 340 days a year in Florida is a gimme. I've become a regular at the Daytona rallyes, and keep my camera busy "people watching" and sharing on the CFF forum.

I also enjoy water sports, but gave up my ski boat when my work demanded so much traveling. These days I enjoy the pool and beach. Living in Florida it's always available and satisfies my needs for getting wet.

I really enjoy the CFF group, and hope once I get my cars in line. to do some of the out of state Fiero events along with the local stuff. I've made a lot of good friends, particularly on the Tech Days, and hope to continue making a contribution to the group and the hobby as time goes on.

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    « Reply #2 on: April 21, 2013, 10:19:50 AM »

    Sounds like a great idea. Let me give it a shot.

    My real name is Ken. I have enjoyed working on cars all my life. I rebuilt my first engine when I was 13. It was a 350 small block for my moms car. I forgot how many there have been since that time. My first car was a 69 American Rambler. After that I have had a 64 and a 66 impalas a 70 javelin sst, the original 78 dodge magnum.
    After high school I joined the USAF as a ground equipment mechanic while I enjoyed that job I got tired of being a different color every evening so I cross trained into satellite communications. That has been the ultimate job for me. After leaving the military I enjoyed working different jobs and eventually became a journey commercial electrician. My wife and I moved to Florida in 2002 and live in Deltona for the last seven years. We have two Fieros and enjoy helping others get theirs running. Looking forward to what's next in life.

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    « Reply #3 on: April 21, 2013, 11:05:09 AM »

    My first car was a 1956 Ford station wagon (1965) with a 292 Thunderbird V8 which got about 100 miles/qt of oil.  The engine blew and I replaced it with a 59 Plymouth Belevedere convertible with a 318 4bbl and had lots of things replace at various shops in the year and a half of my driving it.  Transmission overhauled, engine overhauled, carburator overhauled etc.  Then I was getting ready to graduate from a two year school, I picked up a 1966 Pontiac Catalina coupe.  One big boat.

    I started working at Eastman Kodak in June 1967, but unlike Marc, I got a draft notice for February 1968, but enlisted in the Air Force, because at those time, when drafted, you went into the army, given a wepon and became cannon fodder.  My Pontiac was turned over to my mother and I was in the Air Force.  Fortunately, I was in various technical schools for the first year and a half ( nine months in Japan) and got my first real assignment to Vietnam. I was a medical laboratory techncian which meant I was the guy who drew blood and analyzed various biological fluids.  I spent time at Cam Rahn Bay 12th US Hospital and at the 366th Tach Fighter dispensary in Danang.

    After the Vietnam tour was over I picked up my 66 Pontiac and drove to California to my new assignment at March AFB in Riverside California.  For a year and a half I was in California, then driving back to NY in the Pontiac and returned to Eastman Kodak where I worked for the next 25 years.

    I bought my first new car in 1972, trading in the Pontiac, one of GM's great cars a Vega GT Kammback wagon 4 speed.  Made from compressed rust, Chevy installed a new engine when oil consumption got to 350 miles/qt of oil.  The new engine started out at 1000 miles/qt oil, so that car was traded in for special ordered 1976 Nova Concours 350 CI 4bbl four door, set up like a police car except for a 2.72 rear axle which meant it got decent gas mileage and was a nice cruiser.

    Other cars came and went like a 78 VW Rabbit diesel, an 83 Pontiac 6000 LE which was traded in for my 87 Fiero GT. Living in upstate NY, I discovered that the Fiero didn't drive that well in the snow so I picked up "winter cars".  A 76 Camaro with unbelievable rust, but ran like a scalded cat, a 76 Ford Escort wagon, then a 92 Suzuki Sidekick (bought new, to keep the mileage off the Fiero.)  In 96 I picked up my 88 GT, a former Florida car which soon became my money pit.  New paint, TCC, 3.1 reman engine, new fuel pumps (fuel pump fuse blowing issues), the a crate 3.4L with a 4t440 auto, a set of used Mr. Mikes seats, another 4t440 auto a new set of Mr. Mikes interior plus an unending number of repairs etc. like three air conditioning systems.. you know the ritual when you own a Fiero.

    I started hitting FOCOA shows in 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 2001 and Daytona in 96-2013 along with the Wisconsin Dells 96-2012 and MAFOA Kit car show in Carlise Pa for many years.  I did lots of driving in one or the other Fieros.  The 87 now has 145,000+ miles, the 88 I have put on about 90,000 miles on it since I have owned it and maybe 70,000 on the 3.4L engine. 

    I use the cars for cruising. I have hit  31 or 32 states driving one or the other Fieros..Maine to Florida, west to Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Texas and places in between.

    I retired from EK (bought out) and moved to Florida to 2003. I didn't care for spending four months shoveling snow and cold temperatures.

    In 2004 I picked up a 1988 V8 Archie built IMSA widebody coupe with a ZZ4 V8, getrag five speed along with a Pisa custom interior.  Scary fast, and it doesn't get driven that much.. I replaced the AC, B pillar speakers, seat belts, a better lower front air dam along with other maintenance items.  I don't think the car has had 5000 mile out on it since Archie built the car in 1999. (it is listed in the For Sale thread on CFF).

    I enjoy working on the cars, when I have some guidence and direction on what I am doing, but most of the time I take my Fieros to Robert Craig's GT Service in Melbourne for work.
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    « Reply #4 on: April 21, 2013, 01:45:42 PM »

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    « Reply #5 on: April 21, 2013, 07:45:31 PM »

    My name is Robert Probst, and my forum name of rpro amounts to nothing more than my initials. I was born in a farm town in Northern California called Dorris. I grew up on cattle ranches and eventually made my way to bigger citites where I got involved in the music scene. Most people aren't aware that I was an entertainer (drummer) for over 30 years, having played with some fairly good bands along the way. It ended in the mid 90's when I was playing with the original Drifters (or at least the ones that were still alive at that time. I traveled with them on their bus called the "Plantation" and was the only white guy in the entire operation. Drugs and alcohol were overwhelming, so I had to bow out and pursue a more normal life. I toured in several rock bands in the 70's and 80's and cut a few records along the way on Dunhill and Artista labels. None of these recordings really went beyond regional hits.

    I spent a few years racing a pro-gas mustang in the NHRA. That proved to be a money pit of epic proportions.

    Somewhere along the way I got involved in reselling telecom products and services online. That evolved into a management job with a multi million dollar company called that is located in Draper Utah. My wife (Glenda) also worked for this company until just recently. Downsizing took it's toll on a lot of middle management people, so we decided to lick our wounds and move to Florida for a fresh start. Even though we're earning about 25% of what we used to, it's nice down here and the people we've met in CFF are great. Fiero's have been part of our lives for almost 20 years. We've been involved in several clubs, ranging from FOSD, (Fieros of San Diego) Jet City Fieros in Washington state, Mile High Fieros in Colorado Springs, and now the Space Coast clan. Currently I am employed as the lead mechanic at Mowlco Trailers in Rockledge. I mostly perform fleet maintence for the county and air force base equipment. life in general is good.
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    « Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013, 07:41:09 PM »

    Well,  I'm  going to try to keep it short and sweet -

    I go by  "NIGHTMARE" and I got that name  from my black cat  and my real name is Clem (just had the tech day on (4/20) -  I grew up  in Mass  and  in the early 70's 80's  I owned  several  muscle cars  to name a few 69 Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ; 69 Firebird ; 68 Nova; 66 Fairlane ; 68 Impala; 70 mustang coupe; and the list goes on and what's sad is  that  there were a dime  a dozen of these  and  you could pick  these up for nothing back then.  As matter fact I remember selling my 428CJ  for $1500.

    One owner  88 GT Fiero bought in Mass and brought it down to FL in 1993 and been off road since 2001.
    I'm trying to finish the project and thanks  to all of the CFF  members  for their support and assistance
    I 'm in IT engineering and work for ATT ; been at it for 25 yrs; prior  to that I worked in the body shop and painted cars and also was a welder and fabricated cat converters and Y-Pipes  for Chrysler.

    I'm handy and can help with just about anything- Also, good on the network /PC  issues - Don't hesitate to PM  me  if  anyone ever needs any help.  Clem..........
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