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    Hello, my name is Phil and am posting my first Lambo build. At 67, I have built and restored at least 30 cars over the past 50+ years as a hobby. I recently sold my Factory Five Cobra and wanted a new project. I decided to tackle building a Lambo from scratch which has proven to be by far the most difficult and time-consuming project I have ever taken on.

    I bought the Murcie I body, 88 Fiero chassis, a low mileage 95 GTP motor and trans from a forum classified ad and had it shipped from Florida to Maryland for $700.

    After more research and reading everything on Mad Mechanics, Pennocks, Kit Central, and others, I decided I wanted all the Pontiac GTP options (HVAC, wiring, radio, heads-up display, etc.) so I purchased a wrecked 04 GTP and completely stripped it, thus my folly began! I will emphasize that I am not attempting to duplicate a Lambo. I am building a car that will be fast, good looking and will have all the creature comforts plus resemble a customized Lambo. In other words, I am building it to suit myself.
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    Looks like you are off to a good start. I wish you luck. Please keep us up to date on your build.
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    • #3
      Hi Phill,

      What a lovely garage! Wish I have a bridge like that!!

      Will be following this one closely!

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      • #4
        Phil;

        I see you have two threads going now. I suggest you abandon one and just reply to the other thread. Also, maybe ask the mods to move to the Build Diaries section?

        Keep up the good work and updates though.

        Cheers
        Don
        308 Ferrari replica
        Prova Countach 5000S

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        • #5
          Phils folley

          Mild engine mods, small pulley, nice stainless headers, and paint. May do more later. A Champion radiator was mounted in front with a big fan. Went with early rebuilt Chevy power steering rack.

          The Fiero was almost completely rust free and was semi-stripped when I bought it. I did the Fiero stretch per the B&B Customs web site and many other helpful build libraries recommendations and it worked great. I reinforced the chassis, sides, front, and rear with $350 worth of steel. It is very rigid. I originally planned to run an X frame under the car but didn't think it was necessary. A jack on one corner will lift half the car with absolutely no sign of flex or stress.

          I studied the options for mounting the engine and auto trans and decided to go all standard Pontiac. I used both Pontiac mounts and welded in the dog bones. I had to notch the chassis on the right side and extend the flat area for mounting. Then I fabricated a new bracket for the left side and bolted to the cradle. The engine oil pan sits about " above the cradle bottom. Very easy and cheap to do plus with factory mount, I should have no vibrations, etc. Axles are modified Gran Prix on the right and Fiero manual on the left.
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            Phils folley

            More pictures
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            • #7
              Phils folley

              To my surprise, the Grand Prix dash fits perfectly in the Fiero, but the HVAC required major cutting and fabrication to fit. The end result will be massive heat and really cold A/C. My wife does not like my seats!
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              • #8
                Phils folley

                Front and rear suspension has been completely rebuilt to stock 88 Fiero standards with all-poly bushings. Did my first powder coating on the springs and arms. It worked well. My wife would not let me use her oven so I bought a double oven from Craig's List and converted it into a single large oven which works great. It's large enough to bend or melt my Lexan door windows plus coat some pretty big stuff. Body work, doors, and glass cutting are next on my list. Of course, I have helpers!
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                • #9
                  Phil, it is a good thing she did not let you use her oven. I found out the hard way that cakes and cookies taste like Harbor Freight after using the kitchen oven for powder coating.

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                  • #10
                    Hey Phil, you are really tearing into this project and getting massive amounts of work done! It's coming along great! Welcome to the site!

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                      The HVAC unit was a real bear to install. I had to cut the plastic case and separate the fan from the evaporator and re-align. I had to move the unit far to the right to clear the accelerator peddle and chop about 3" out of the center backbone, which of course required additional metal reinforcement and welding. A lot of work, but it fit very nicely when done.

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                        Phil's Folly

                        Finally got the doors done and fitted. As previously stated on forum sites, the doors are a difficult job. Had to remodel, cut, and fiberglass to fit. Used Pontiac Grand Prix rear door motors and gears, front door tracks and rubber seals which have nearly the correct curvature. Works very well and doors are designed so everything is accessible from the inside. Had to adjust the doors, hinges, and latches at least 15 times to get the correct fit and function. McMaster adjustable shocks are great, but I learned the hard way to tighten the gas release valve firmly as I lost gas in one shock.....$$$$$!!! It's just money!
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                        • #13
                          Easy way to do the batwings....I had some leftover stainless sheet metal and put a flange on it in a metal brake and bonded it to the rear. May leave the stainless exposed? Have not decided whether to activate or use in an open, fixed position. Any advice or opinions would be appreciated. The wing is hinged per the forum thread by No Bull. Easy to do, works well. My brother says sanding interferes with smoking!
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                            I like the dual function mask! Gotta keep clear of those harmful fumes....Wait a minute!!

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                              My Oven

                              I put my oven to work bending Lexan. Bought the mar-resistant (expensive) 1/8" for the side windows and " for the engine covers. I pre-tensioned the Lexan to the desired curvature and baked for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Worked fine except for one that fell down on the burner. I also fashioned an under-nose panel with scoop for radiator cooling. Am almost ready for paint.
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