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General Fiero Discussion / Fiero track video
« on: April 22, 2018, 10:39:03 AM »
About 4 years ago, I stumbled across a video of a Fiero running a track.  It was a white V8 Fiero.  The location was supposed to be Germany.  I've seen this video a few times since then, but not recently.  Today, I was looking for the video, but couldn't find it.  Not much to go on, I know.

This came up, because I saw a V8 emblem on ebay, but it wasn't as nice as the one in the aforrmentioned video.

Edit to add: Has anyone else seen such a video?

General Discussion / Drewbdo still around?
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:27:18 PM »
I haven't seen him post for a while.

General Discussion / Barbara Bush died
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:16:50 PM »
Whatever you thought of her husband or sons, I always liked Barbara Bush.  I thought she was a class act, and a real lady.  She seemed to understand that the world didn't revolve around her.  She was a great hostess, and had time for everyone.  She could put you in your place, put you at ease, or encourage you to be more than you were, all with apparent ease.  She was a character, too, but one of those tireless people who seemed to always be ready to help others.

I wish more women were like her.

General Discussion / Cruise the Ridge Car Show 4/28
« on: April 14, 2018, 07:43:58 PM »
This is an event that is to raise money for the River Ridge High School marching band.  Note that this is not a club event.

The flyer is here:

General Fiero Discussion / What does the aerodon car need?
« on: April 11, 2018, 09:59:24 PM »
Inquiring minds want to know.

General Discussion / Back up
« on: April 11, 2018, 08:44:38 PM »
Well, the board is back up.

General Discussion / Mrfiero heading to Augusta?
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:26:08 AM »
I read this on PFF.

I wonder if it's Fiero-related.

General Discussion / My math is bad
« on: April 07, 2018, 12:19:13 PM »
I hadn't ever really thought about it previously, but I wanted to know how fast I ran, so I ran the numbers...and made a mistake somewhere.

400 meters in 48 seconds = 8 1/3 meters per second
1 mile = 5280 feet, or 1320 meters
By extension, my time would have been 1 mile in 158.4 seconds or 2.64 minutes or .044 hours
To find my average speed for 400 meters in MPH, I used a ratio:
1 mile is to .044 hours as x miles is to 1 hour
x MPH = 1 mile * 1 hour / .044 hours
x = 22.72727 MPH

I worked this a different way:
1 mile / (2.64 minutes per mile / 60 minutes per hour) = 22.72727 MPH
Same answer.

I re-checked my math:
conversion from 400 meters to 1 meter (48 seconds / 400 meters) = .12 seconds per meter
1320 meters per mile * .12 seconds per meter = 158.4 seconds per mile
48 seconds / 400 meters = x seconds / 1320 meters per mile
x = 158.4
1320 meters per mile / 8 1/3 meters per second = 158.4 seconds per mile

That seemed highly unlikely, given that I had been told that a human could only run about 23 MPH.  There are faster sprinters than I was, which is why I had to run in circles, instead of the more worthwhile 100m dash where at least the runner got from point A to point B.

Had anyone asked, I'd have guessed that my average speed was around 15MPH for 400 meters.  I knew that I could run 200 meters in the 22s.  With this math, that's about 24 MPH.  I ran the 100 meter-dash in about 10.8 seconds, which this math shows as about 25.25 MPH.  That wasn't fast enough to be competitive, so I was put in the 400-meter events.  I had been told that that was a quarter mile, and never thought about it, but the math shows that 1 mile (1320 meters) divided by 4 = 330 meters (a quarter mile), which means that the 1600 meter relay was 1.21 miles.  I remember running heat races, where the second-place team in our heat was still entering the final turn when I crossed the finish line, and we weren't the winning team.

So, I looked up the top speed for a human, and it's 28MPH.  Probably at a certain temperature and altitude, with the wind either still or at the person's back.  Anyway, something seems to be wrong with my math.  My times and distances are correct, because the distances were measured by regulation, and they used electronic timing.

The track coach always told me I was slacking.  I'm not sure if these numbers support his view or mine.  When I was 11 or so, I used to compete against people from all over, and generally won, except against a particular guy who was about 5 years older than I was.  They clocked me at 22MPH, 90 degrees F, at 318 feet, high humidity and partly sunny, so I figured that was my top speed.  In a 3-day competition in Denver, I never hit 22 MPH.  My worst times were in California, but I blamed that on lack of sleep and the bad air.

Club Events / April Club Meeting
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:38:05 AM »
This one should be interesting.

General Discussion / May I be the first...
« on: April 01, 2018, 12:10:08 AM »
Happy Easter!

A day of new beginnings.  It feels like a Charles Dickens day.  Here, complete with flurries.

General Discussion / It's a thing
« on: March 25, 2018, 03:42:16 PM »
While I was at the auto-parts store today, my son found an actual product called a DooHickey.  Next to it was a different product, also called a DooHickey.  We looked, but did not find a Thing-a-majig or a What-cha-ma-call-it.

Who knew, that a DooHickey was an actual product?

The Market / NOS GT taillight lenses
« on: March 25, 2018, 08:51:31 AM »
If you haven't seen these

Not mine.

General Discussion / Tires
« on: March 24, 2018, 05:33:53 PM »
Last year, the tires on my truck were replaced with new tires all around.  Now, those tires are getting down to the indicators.  I had run Michelins on my vehicles for maybe 20 years, but was talked into Toyos, due to the $900 price difference.  The last 2 sets of tires on this truck have been Toyo.

My impression of the ride quality is that they're generally about the same as the Michelin.  The Toyos feel a bit better over certain road irregularities, but otherwise very similar.  Where they differ, is that the Michelins appear to be in the road, where the Toyos appear to be on the road.  This is particularly evident when braking and on wet surfaces.  The Toyos do not seem to want to stop.  I can lock up the wheels far more readily with the Toyos than with the Michelins.  On wet surfaces, the Toyos are scary when making the turn exiting one highway and getting onto another.  In the dry, I can hold the turn at 70MPH with either tires; in the wet, the Michelins seem to hold the turn at both ends, but the Toyos lose the rear end, followed by the front, just under 60MPH.

Oddly, not all 4 of my Toyos are worn the same.  I do rotate every 3,000 miles, but the left rear and right front are worn more than the other 2.  So, I went tire testing.  I tested Continentals, Coopers, Firestones, Michelins, Pirellis, and Toyos.  All that was changed was the tires.  We didn't mess with the alignment.  Note that today is a rainy day, so optimal for tire testing.

The Continentals seem to be the poor man's tire.  They wander, are noisy, and don't ride smoothly.

The Coopers seemed fine, at first.  They were quiet and rode smoothly.  The braking and turning was adequate.  On the highway, they seemed to ride well, until I got to one particular section of road, where maybe the road was graded differently.  Anyway, the truck suddenly took a mind of its own.  I fought for control, then everything was OK.  I made 2 more passes through that section, with the same results, but only in that section.

The Firestones rode fine.  No complaints or issues.  I was trying to get them to hydroplane, but they were very nice, although perhaps a bit louder.  I think these are a soft tire, although they look nice on the truck.

The Michelins, by comparison, are a really nice tire, across the board.  After the Firestones, the Michelins looked low on air.

GoodYear tires were supposed to be next, but they didn't show up.  I waited around for a bit after the other tests, but they didn't show.

I don't like Pirellis.  Having said that, they weren't terrible.  I think perhaps they do hydroplane a bit more than they should.  I really think they gave me a tire that wasn't comparable to the others.  I did not feel secure in the turns at highway speeds.  After completing the planned run, I returned for the next set of tires.  I've run Viper and Pirelli tires on various sports cars, and the tires were fine.  Maybe they don't make good truck tires.

I had planned to test something other than the Toyos, but Toyos is what they had for me, so I gave them a run.  The new Toyos felt exactly like the used Toyos I already had.  I couldn't feel a difference between them.

I guess I'll either go with Firestone or Michelin.  I was disappointed that GoodYear didn't show up.

General Fiero Discussion / Which is it?
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:55:45 PM »
TFS just sent out an email with mostly manual transmission stuff, but I saw a flywheel.  Isn't this the hard-to-get part that rotates or whatever, or is that the harmonic balancer?

General Discussion / Camera kerfunk
« on: March 21, 2018, 11:32:36 PM »
Well, I was trying to get pictures of the switchback lighting in both white and amber.  White was easy, but I was trying to catch the amber blinker.  This isn't as easy as you'd expect, because the camera's auto-focus and stuff won't cooperate.  When the light changes colors, the auto-focus has to do its thing.  I took maybe 20 pictures.  I did get what I wanted, but this was an interesting picture I found in the process:

I'm sure I'm getting some details messed up, but someone like TopNotch could probably explain what happened.

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