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    Jim Ashlock build questions...

    Dave, or anyone familiar with the Ashlock build:

    Jim used the Grand Prix cradle when he did his build. I was hoping there were more details for that installation. More pics, etc. How were the mounting points made to fit the Fiero? Was it extended 3"? How were the struts attached(stock or modified towers)? Etc...

    I'm trying to figure out how to get an Aurora cradle to fit, so I thought the Grand Prix build might be able to help.

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    Re: Jim Ashlock build questions...

    Bob:

    Jim did use a cradle out of a Ponitac Grand Prix. He simply welded new frame horns on the cradle to attach to the Fiero mounting points. The rear of the cradle was not modified and was bolted to the Fiero chassis. Jim positioned the centerline of the Grand Prix shock tower where the centerline of the Fiero would have been. He removed the Fiero shock tower and welded in the Grand Prix tower. He did not change the Fiero wheelbase for his 355 (I think that was an error but it is his car).

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    Re: Jim Ashlock build questions...

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    Re: Jim Ashlock build questions...

    Thanx Dave...Do you have any pics of the back of the cradle? I'd like to see how he mounted the GP cradle to the Fiero chassis without mod'ing. I'm also curious to see how he did the tie-rod ends to prevent bump-steer. I hadn't realized he even used the GP strut towers. Jim sounds crazier than me. ;D

    thanx again...
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    Re: Jim Ashlock build questions...

    Here is a shot of Jim's car in John's garage where we jacked it up to look it over. I had considered using a cradle like this one but decided against it. I am now rethinking the entire rear chassis set up and could remove all Fiero stuff and build a tubular rear section.

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    Re: Jim Ashlock build questions...

    A tubular cradle is definitely the way to go. Thanx for the additional info Dave.

    Good luck with FW...I need to follow that build a lot closer. Looks great.

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