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General Discussion / This weather is for the birds
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:22:25 PM »
More specifically, eagles.  It's a good thing Ben Franklin didn't get his way with his bird of choice for our national symbol.  We went bird watching.  We saw bald eagles, but from a distance.  There was one golden eagle, which isn't native here.  I know that the bald eagle doesn't get its white feathers until 5 years of age.  This was a golden eagle.  There was also what may have been a hawk.  Whatever it was, it was large, with a white breast.  Clearly a raptor, but the distance was really past the range of my equipment.

General Fiero Discussion / Hood spring
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:20:24 PM »
Did any other vehicles use the same hood spring as the Fiero?  I'm referring to the spring that site on the cowl, next to the primary latch.

General Discussion / Member profiles?
« on: January 07, 2018, 09:35:49 AM »
Some of the--ahem--member profiles seem to be off a bit.  I thought TopNotch had a silver Fiero, and a yellow Fiero.  Dunno about red.  Raydar sold the red one, enacted plans on the (blue?) one, and acquired the white one long ago.

General Discussion / Ghost on the forum.
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:36:48 PM »
I've seen the ghost.  Here, there.  Several times, the last few days.  Doesn't post anything.  We don't bite.

I'm not sure how this works. 

VanGTP5000, ”Boo?”

Club Events / January Club Meeting
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:46:30 PM »
It's coming up fast.  It should include the installment of the new board members, and officers, I believe.

General Discussion / Dreaded words
« on: January 01, 2018, 11:24:42 AM »
Well, it happened this morning.  My wife uttered that most dreaded of words ”calories”.  While eating our breakfast of fried bacon, fried eggs, toast with real butter, natural fresh whole milk, pancakes, OJ with C and pulp, hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, hominy grits with sugar, hash browns and egg nog, she said that the meal was several thousand calories.

I know calories are a good thing, in moderation, but don't know the numbers.  The way she said this, the number sounded like a bad thing.

I remember when my mother decided that we were eating unhealthily.  Her formerly good food changed.  She bought cookbooks that prescribed concoctions with the appeal of sawdust mixed with poop and topsoil.

Calories are like potential energy in adults, and kinetic energy in kids, right?  Kids give off lots of heat--especially my daughter.  For adults, a calorie is the energy to raise the water temp in my body by 1 degree C, which should help prevent 70% of my from freezing outside in the -6 degree weather.  So, the kids can actually heat up the outside, and I'll have the ability to keep warm.

General Fiero Discussion / Handling issues, 86SE
« on: January 01, 2018, 10:04:30 AM »
OK.  What is the handling problem on Fierofool's 86SE?  We've beat around the bush on this for over a year.

I'm not sure if the brake issues and sway bar changes were on this car or not.

Is the issue with the rack, as suggested?

General Fiero Discussion / New Year's Resolutions?
« on: December 31, 2017, 01:55:34 PM »
When it comes to your Fiero, is anyone making resolutions for the new year?  Something along the lines of, ”In 2018, I will...”, or, ”In 2018, my Fiero will...”

Posting them here will enlist support from the rest of us in follow-through.

General Discussion / Decathlon?
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:19:24 AM »
I'm considering entering a decathlon this Spring, before I'm too old and decrepit.  Last time (some years ago) I wanted to enter, I got sick for a year, instead.

It isn't all track events.  There are 10 categories, and 1 event must be chosen from each category.  The first category contains 1 event: a 40-mile hike.  This event usually takes about 12 hours, and you qualify if you finish in fewer than 17 hours.  The other categories spread events from wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, and climbing, to fencing, weight lifting, various target shooting (bow, rifle, handgun), swimming, and some running events.

Obviously, I won't be swimming, weight-lifting, or doing much running.  I'll have to re-qualify for several events to participate, because I have nothing of record for years.

Points are assigned to each event, but I have to choose 1 event each from 3 full-contact categories.  So, 1 wrestling event, 1 kickboxing event, and 1 boxing event.  I've never even heard of some of the disciplines.  Anyway, I have the same problem as last time: no one is in my weight class.  I do not want to box with anyone who has 100 pounds on me.  20 pounds, maybe, but I don't intend to get hurt.  Participants are allowed to wear a cup.  No gloves, head gear, chest gear, etc.  This is a family event, so no biting, gouging, groin hits, etc.

I can decline a match with a particular competitor, but that forfeits maximum points to that competitor.  In a match, competitors rarely get maximum points.  If I agree to a higher weight class, I'm obliged to match or forfeit all in that class.  It's again been suggested that I compete in the women's division, but 2 of them are in a heavier class.  I don't want to be boxing women.  That wouldn't seem to send the right message to my son.  Besides, if I lost the match, I got bested by a woman; if I won, I beat up on a woman.  And no, my wife isn't able or willing to participate.  Besides, there is nowhere safe to hit a woman.  If a guy gets hurt, it's a battle-scar, but a woman...  I just can't get serious about fighting a woman.

General Discussion / Birth records?
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:04:50 AM »
My wife's grandpa died.  As with her grandma, their birth dates were unknown.  Apparently, birth records weren't kept.  Anyway, the family used made-up birth dates on the gravestones.  I met this man almost 16 years ago, and he was always 70+ years of age.  He died at ”90”.

Has anyone else had this with birth records?  My family has birth records going back for hundreds of years.

General Fiero Discussion / Fiero tech tips
« on: December 27, 2017, 06:23:48 PM »
I found these while looking for something.  I'm not sure of the story on them.

General Fiero Discussion / Bucket seat hinge protectors
« on: December 26, 2017, 07:20:04 PM »
I got a pair of these from TFS, but I'm not sure how to install them.

First, though, the texture and gloss level doesn't match the rest of the car, so I'll probably have to so some work.  There is a bit of overflow from the mold, so I'll have to clip and sand that off, then probably re-texturize and paint with a satin finish.

General Discussion / World of Wheels?
« on: December 24, 2017, 09:22:34 AM »
This is listed as an annual club event, but I don't recall it from this year.  Looking through posts here, if seems that Georgia was eliminated in 2016.  Checking the WOW web site, the same appears to be true, this year.

Does GFC attend in Birmingham or some other locale?

General Discussion / Melanie in the hospital
« on: December 24, 2017, 08:06:42 AM »
Created this thread to consolidate info.

After showing flu-like symptoms, Melanie has been hospitalized since Tuesday, I believe.  She is expected to remain in the hospital through Christmas.

This must be worse than the flu, since I read that the hospital has requested her presence through the end of the year.  Whatever the reason for the extended stay, I'm sure Melanie wouldn't let anyone down or disappoint the hospital by making an early departure.

Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery, Melanie.

General Fiero Discussion / e-brake boot comparison
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:08:50 PM »
This comparison involved 4 e-brake boots: the stock boot, the TFS boot, and 2 boots from Russ88TTop.

Here is the stock boot:

Notice that the button for the stock boot is on the bottom, and that the stitching is visible.  Also, notice that the boot is a charcoal color, while the strap is black.

Russ leather boot with regular seam, Russ vinyl boot with French seam (via BTR), TFS vinyl boot with French seam:

Notice that the Russ boots are black, and the straps are a different material (elastic).  The straps are affixed with velcro.  Also notice that both of Russ' boots are made to have a default half-raised position.
The TFS boot lays flat and straight.  The strap is made from the same material.

The TFS boot most closely matches the stock boot in design, general appearance, and stitching.  Of the three, Russ' vinyl boot most closely matches the texture.  The stock boot is the least flexible.  Russ' leather boot most closely matches Rodney's shift boot in texture and stitching style, but not in suppleness.

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