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    FunnyWheels-Going Topless?

    I decided to go topless late 2001 and started the project that involved removal of my Mirage kit (the proportions were too far off) then adding parts from Tommy Hilfiger's Challenge Car and various other OEM 355 Ferrari's combined with Air-Dynamics parts.
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    Re:Going Topless?

    The attached shots are of the top removal process and frame bracing that was installed for a Mirage Kit in 1998. All of the Mirage and Fiero parts will need to be removed and a new "X" frame added to the bottom of the Fiero to make the car stiffer plus the addition of a jack leg to support the rear portion of the Fiero Chassis.

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    Re:Going Topless?

    Cutting the top requires a little patience. Most kits require a cut just behind the Fiero hard top mounting holes. I taped a line across the top with silver tape and fired up the sawzall. Measure twice cut once. The frame brace needs to be in place before this cutting process takes place or you will not be able to line up your doors and frame properly.

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    Re:Going Topless?

    MAPICS Man, what did you do with the fiberglass roof section of your kit when you cut it off.If you still have the rear roof, I may be interested in purchasing it.

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    Re:Going Topless?

    Ive got it.Im reabuilding the marige kit.But Bill at B&B spyder cut the roof off a coupe to make a spyder,it should still be there,but let me warn you,it is originally spliced in about 5 secseons right out of the mold.The shop # is 727-449-2598.

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    Re:Going Topless?

    I sold the entire Mirage Kit to Bondo Bob. He is installing it on a 4 banger/4 speed Fiero donor that will be available for sale in few weeks. All you will need to do is paint it add wheels and interior and have some fun. This will remove the pain like Ari experienced with his kit. Mounting and aligning the body is the hardest part of building a kit.
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    Re:Going Topless?

    Added the rockers today. Getting closer.

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    Re:Going Topless?

    I cut the doors on my 355 Ferrari rendition to use a Challenge lower door scoop. I removed 1 1/4 inches from lower part of Fiero door to provide clearance for the rocker panel.

    Step one: Remove door:

    Step two: decide where to cut and what bracket you will need to re use like the window stop. There is a ridge to use as a guide to follow stamped in the lower portion of the Fiero door just below where the “Christmas Trees” that hold the door panel are located.

    Step three: Mark your cut area, drill out a few spot-welds, light up a good cigar and cut away.

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    Re:Going Topless?

    Door with cut.



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    Re:Going Topless?

    Reassembly:

    Step one: Move cut section of door up and inside the upper door.

    Step two: Drill holes to mount window stop, brackets and window track.

    Step three: I used 5 pop rivets to attach the door parts the door parts in spots that were not covered with the bolting procedures.

    Step four: I know there may be more steps but you get the idea. Hang door on car, finish cigar, and admire your accomplishment.

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