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Club News / GA FIERO CLUB MEMBER TSHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE
« on: April 23, 2018, 01:31:55 PM »
For the present time they will only be offered in white 100% cotton.  Once we start selling, I will get quotes on other colors.  I have a guaranteed price on all adult sizes of Small through XLarge.  I believe she told me that for each size above XL, there would be an additional $1 per larger size, so a 2X Large would be an additional $1, and a 3X Large would be an additional $2, and so on. 

All shirts are priced to be delivered at the club meetings on the second Saturday of each month. If you wish to have one shipped, please email us at GeorgiaFieroClub@Gmail.Com and we will work out details of price and payment method. 

The Member logo will be on the back with the Fiero nose badge emblem on the left front shirt pocket area. 

For regular orders, please go to the Club Merchandise tab at the left of your screen.



See the Word Doc. attachment below for the front logo image.  You may have to log in to see it.
 


 

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Club Events / Scouting Trip, RFTH 23
« on: April 15, 2018, 06:05:09 PM »
The Scouting Trip for RFTH 23 is scheduled for May 19.  Based upon who says they are going to participate, I will select a starting time and place by May 12, the day of our next club meeting. 

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Club Events / 2018 First Annual Don Hulse Memorial Cruise
« on: April 15, 2018, 05:49:45 PM »
We discussed the Don Hulse Memorial Cruise after lunch when Dave arrived at Northlake Automotive.  The cruise is planned for Saturday, April 28. 

Starting place and time and details of the cruise to come shortly. 

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General Fiero Discussion / New Source, New T-shirts
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:50:02 PM »
Months ago, I began preparing for the 23rd Annual Run For The Hills.  I have prepared the route and have most of the itenerary planned.  Keeping in mind what has happened for the past 2 years, I also began seeking another source for our event Tshirts. 

I have always liked the ability to produce a shirt with a full color photograph.  It's easier and cost effective to take a photograph than to pay someone to do custom artwork.  The equipment for printing our shirts is an inkjet printer.  A wide format printer using special ink applied to a special transfer sheet.  That printed transfer sheet is then placed on a tshirt that's positioned in a heat press.  The ink turns to a gas under heat and penetrates the fabric.

This process makes the image permanent and also gives it what's known as a 'soft hand'.  Meaning that with your eyes closed, you wouldn't know if you were touching the image or the bare white fabric.  The past 2 years I had to use an alternate printer who used a different process.  The feel was that of the old rubber iron-on transfers of the era when printed tshirts first became the big fad.  Stiff, sweaty, and after a few laundry cycles, the image began to crack and peel off the shirt.

When I first started doing the event shirts, my printer had a high end Hanes shirt that was 100% cotton inside with a polyester outer.  Through the years and successive printers, the Hanes shirts were no longer available and a 50/50 cotton/poly blend shirt was all that was available.  The polyester was necessary because the ink was formulated to bond to polyester.  Many didn't like the blend because it doesn't have the wicking ability of 100% cotton, and sometimes will irritate sensitive skin.

Today, I secured a source of 100% cotton shirts.  Printed by inkjet and it has that coveted 'soft hand'.  New technology has become available that makes these all-cotton shirts as durable as the cotton/poly blend.  Images are printed directly onto the shirt, which reduces production cost due to no special transfer sheet is required, and it eliminates that heat transfer step.  This allowed the printer to give our club special pricing that is equal to our cost at the other printer. 

I will have a Georgia Fiero Club MEMBER shirt available at the April meeting, along with a Warwoman and Rattler shirt printed on the blend shirt.  I hope we can entice our members to purchase MEMBER shirts to promote and support our club. 


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General Discussion / My Melanie
« on: March 27, 2018, 06:54:31 PM »
Late last night my Beloved Melanie's battles came to an end.  Through all the years of suffering, she was a trooper.  A fighter.  A spirit that I looked up to.  She gave me strength and purpose.

We have enjoyed almost 49 years together as husband and wife, but most of all, I treasure the last 12 years.  That is because, in January 2006, we were told she only had 6 months to live.  I hoped they were wrong.  She proved they were wrong. 

With Strength, Faith and Resolve, she fought.  She didn't complain.  She never thought of herself as sick.  She was always more concerned with my health and the well-being of our family, putting her own frailties and needs out of mind.  She continued to do as much within the household as possible.  It was her desire.  She had said that if she ever sat down and quit trying, she was doomed.

In the last week, she needed full assistance and support to move around the house, due to having slipped off the bed, breaking her foot and nose.  She could only walk using a cane and household items or my hand for support, but yesterday morning, she grabbed her oxygen cart and her cane and began moving about the house. 

I know she was in pain and struggling, but her Faith gave her strength.  Her Faith gave me strength and led me to Christ.  Now, she is with Him as her reward.

Funeral arrangements by:

Tim Stewart Funeral Home
300 Simonton Rd SW,
 Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Viewing Friday, March 30, 5 PM to 8 PM

Services:

Sharon Baptist Church
1059 Dee Kennedy Rd,
Auburn, GA 30011

March 31, 1 PM

Internment:

White Chapel Memorial Gardens
1832 Pleasant Hill Rd,
Duluth, GA 30096

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General Fiero Discussion / Did I Sell You A Console Skeleton?
« on: March 06, 2018, 03:44:41 PM »
Posted here because I felt it would be seen better than The Market.

Did anyone buy a console skeleton from me?  I don't remember selling it, but one that I had isn't to be found on my property.  I'm guessing it would have been a member because I certainly wouldn't have shipped one. 

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General Fiero Discussion / 1987 Shop Manual
« on: March 03, 2018, 11:37:38 AM »
Does anyone have an 87 Helms manual or a PDF copy of the manual?  Nelson needs to borrow a manual or get a copy of a PDF file to diagnose some electric problems on one of his Meras. 

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General Discussion / Speaking of The Devil
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:14:53 PM »
Our daughter just came in to pick up the granddaughter and we were sitting talking.  In the course of the conversation, I asked "Where's the globetrotter, today?" referring to her husband. 

In the past few days, he left Lawrenceville, flew to Cartersville, Ga. for a bigger plane, then to Syracuse, then to San Jose, Ca., then to Hawaii, then to Marshall Island and Guam, ending up in the Philippines.  He's on his way back and was in Hawaii, today, following the same return path.  I don't know if he had a patient both ways.

While she was describing his route, I looked at the TV and "Speak of The Devil" there's Tony.  Channel 5, FoxAtlanta was airing a segment about a Miracle Recovery.  The story of a man from West Virginia who suffered a spinal injury while hunting and was being brought to the Shepard Spinal Center.  They were out on the tarmac beside the plane and Tony was bending over, tending to the man on the gurney. 

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Tech Tips, Tech Questions / Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:56:50 AM »
I hesitate to put this in the "Expert Tech Advice" section because I haven't personally tried it.  But I felt it worth mentioning because I have seen it recommended so many times and there's never been a negative comment about it.

It's a simple homemade leather cleaner and conditioner.  If you have leather seats in your Lotus with the 2 Fiero bolts, the Lamborghini powered by a 2.8 GM V6, or just a little Kia Reo, and it sits in the sun, or in an unheated garage during the winter, your beautiful factory or Mr. Mike's seats will gradually begin to dry and crack.  To paraphrase something I read in one of the articles, 'Leather was once a living organism that was naturally supplemented with oils that prevented it from drying.'  Leather upholstery doesn't have that ability. 

The Formula:
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup Vinegar
Trigger Spray Bottle
Cotton towel or wipes.  Many of the articles recommended a microfibre towel, also.

https://www.diyncrafts.com/2254/home/inexpensive-and-effective-homemade-leather-cleaner

If you have leather furniture you probably already know how difficult it can be to keep it clean and shining. While there are many leather cleaners and wipes on the market to help you, these can get pretty expensive, particularly if you have a lot of leather to clean.

There is a great homemade recipe for leather cleaner that not only cleans but also conditions your leather to keep it healthier. This is a great recipe for those of you who use wood heat or have forced heat air in your homes and it works really well on leather car seats and even those great leather jackets that you have hanging in the closet.

The recipe is simple. You just need:

    ¼ cup of olive oil
    ½ cup of regular vinegar
    A spray bottle

Just mix the two ingredients together in your spray bottle and shake it well. Now you just have to spray the leather down and wipe it clean with a cotton cloth. Note that you can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil or your favorite essential oil if you want to give it a better smell than vinegar although the vinegar smell really doesn’t last long.

Please note that this recipe is perfectly safe for regular leather but is it not designed to be used on suede.

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Club Events / Upcoming Club Events--Need Participants
« on: January 29, 2018, 10:24:42 PM »
At the January meeting, Sarge suggested that we attend the Dublin St. Patrick's Day parade again this year.  The requirement for the club to participate would be a minimum of 5 to 6 cars solidly committed to enter the parade.  The parade will be held on Saturday, March 17.  The parade kicks off at 10:30, but they require us to be in our staging area by 9 AM. 

I know that for some of our members and lurkers that Dublin is 3 or more hours away.  If we can't drive 3 or 4 hours to an event, why should we continue with RFTH and expect people to drive for a full day or more?  Just my thoughts on the subject.

NE Georgia has some shortcuts that avoids the Atlanta interstates.  US 441 runs right through Dublin and can be picked up along I-985 or I-85 in Northeast Georgia.  Georgia Hwy 53 also intersects US 441. 

We will also need two young people to carry the club banner. 

PGAckerman recently told us of a classic automobile museum in Toccoa and he and I met the owners of an antique car museum in Athens.  If there is enough interest, I can set up a tour of both.  Hit the one in Toccoa in the morning, have lunch, then the Athens museum in the afternoon.  You can drive the Lead Sled, Soccer Van, or Dump Truck and bring the family.  Fiero not required. 

What say?  Any interest? 

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General Discussion / Colder Than A Brass Monkey
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:20:40 AM »
It's so cold that even a hot car won't melt the snow.


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General Discussion / Warwoman Road Accident Victims
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:00:00 AM »
I talked with Trinten on Friday to see how he was doing and what was happening surrounding the accident on Warwoman Road. 

He said he's fine, and so is the lady in the SUV.  She had been released the same day and other than maybe being a little sore, she was doing great.  No ill feelings on her part.  Insurance covered all expenses incurred by both parties.

Trinten and a friend recovered his Fiero from the tow yard and hauled it back to NC.  He has secured another Fiero and will be doing some modifications to the rear carriage of the wrecked car as he transfers it into the awaiting chassis.   

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I was thinking of other possible sources for transmissions for the Fiero, especially the manual transmissions.  I remember that I once worked with a lady that had a Cadillac Cimmaron with a V6 and a manual transmission. 

I don't know if it was a 4-speed transmission or a 5-speed, nor what year it was.  I think the Cimmarons were made along the same period of time as the Fiero and maybe on into the early 90's.  I seem to recall that some model years or trim lines had pop-up headlight doors, too. 

Has anyone ever looked into these as possible sources?

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General Fiero Discussion / Motor Trend's Roadkill article on the Fiero
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:32:00 PM »
I saw this on Pennocks and thought it was a very favorable writeup overall about the Fiero.  Very little naysaying.  I liked the last paragraph most of all.

http://www.roadkill.com/uncommon-performance-1984-1988-pontiac-fiero/


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General Discussion / John Watson, AD355 Builder
« on: December 25, 2017, 06:58:39 PM »
Some of you are familiar with and have met John Watson of Tenga, Ga.  Some of us have visited him where he made the body panels for the best fit and finish Ferrari 355 rebody, according to Kit Car Magazine.

John had a small non-imposing shop that was almost straddling the Tennessee-Georgia state lines, on US Hwy 411.  This location is where the town name of Tenga came from. 

Most of his work was done by himself with occasional help from his wife or an employee.  All hand laid fiberglass.  John didn't build turnkey cars, but just the rebody kits, in either convertible or coupe form, designed to mount onto the Fiero chassis.  It could be for a stock chassis or a stretch chassis.  Several former club members owned AD355's and they were beautiful.

I was doing some searching for him and ran across this news item.  I didn't know of this, but I'm glad that he has come through the ordeal.

http://clevelandbanner.com/stories/surviving-hpv-related-throat-cancer,22058


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