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Club News / 18th Annual Polar Bear Run
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:40:10 PM »
I just received an email from Jim Orr of the Georgia Triumph Association.  Those of you who've done the Polar Bear Run will know him as the person who does the Driver's Meeting before departure.

This year's event will be on December 30th and will start at the Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Ga.  It will end in Dahlonega.  The event theme is Six Gaps.  The route will take us through 6 well known mountain gaps on our way to Dahlonega. 

They will have event tshirts on sale for $20 and they accept donations in the amount of $10 per car, however you aren't required to make a donation to participate.  ALL proceeds go to support the ALS Society in memorium of one of their members who passed due to ALS.  $10

2017 Polar Bear Run

Start Address: AMP, 20 Duck Thurmond Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (678) 264-3493

December 30th at 9:00 AM Facilities will be open. When we arrive each car driver will sign a waiver and there will be a wrist band given to each person.

As a side note, Jim says he is going to promote participation with us in RFTH this year.  A good showing of Fieros may help to bring out more of their people.  They were planning to attend RFTH 22 but they had a conflict of schedule due to being in Switzerland and Austria driving their Triumps through the Alps. 

General Discussion / Atlanta Caffeine and Octane gone national.
« on: October 31, 2017, 08:52:05 AM »
The Atlanta Caffeine and Octane which I understand was originated as Cars and Coffee by one of our former members, has gone national.  The monthly car gathering/show has grown almost every month to the point that's had to move a number of times to a larger venue.  Currently held at the Cumberland Galleria first Sunday of each month.

Club Events / November Meeting and Tech Session
« on: October 30, 2017, 10:03:03 PM »
Following our winter program, the meeting is at 12 noon at The Galaxy and a tech session afterward at Northlake Automotive if Michael is up to it.  Fuel Pump Replacement is the main subject. 

General Discussion / Lately, have you
« on: October 26, 2017, 09:10:08 PM »
Refilled your blinker fluid?
Rotated the air in your tires?
Replaced the muffler ball bearings?

Well here's a new one for you diesel owners.  Have you changed your diesel exhaust fluid lately?  No Joke!.  Today on the way down to see the Warrior Project car, I was behind a pickup truck loaded with cases of Diesel Exhaust Fluid.  Blue DEF, it was labeled. I had to look it up.!2966!10!8973609835!1102900017818&ef_id=WaTABgAAAH3NnTB3:20171027010712:s

General Fiero Discussion / Cross Creek Car Show--Augusta
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:47:38 PM »
We've been hit 12 times in 2 days with a notice of this car show.  Maybe some of you guys in Augusta can make it.

we would like to see you and your club/ organization at our cross creek car show on November 18 2017.

if you want to bring a car to promote your club/ organization it will be $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.

 for more information please contact our club president Justin Hilliard at

thank you for your Time"

"We would like to invite you to our cross creek high school automotive car show

November 18

 At 3855 old Waynesboro rd. 30906 Augusta Ga

For more information contact our president Justin Hilliard

7068308769 or

For early admission its 10.00$

At the gate that day its 15.00$"

General Discussion / An Honest Used Car Dealer
« on: October 08, 2017, 08:04:32 AM »
I had to take a short trip yesterday and I saw something I never thought I'd see.  An Honest Used Car Dealer.  It was one of those Buy Here, Pay here dealerships.  Their flatbed wrecker was in the lot unloading a vehicle.  Had the dealer name on the door.  Emblazoned along the side of the bed rail was the legend "We Buy Junk Cars".  Now how much more honest can a used car dealer be?

General Fiero Discussion / Replacing Manual Transmission Cables
« on: October 03, 2017, 03:03:41 PM »
Today Richard Chen and I tackled the job of replacing the transmission cables on his Formula's Getrag trans.  His select cable had bound so while tackling the job he opted to purchase both select and shift cables from Rodney Dickman. 

It's so refreshing to be able to plug and play.  Richard had the console out and the skeleton loose enough that we could maneuver the cables out and in.  I have tackled the replacement of the select cable on my 87, single-handedly.  I don't know how I managed, but that was years ago.

Everything came apart and went back together on Richard's car very easily.  It helps to have a person on each end of the cables because the ends tend to catch on anything they touch.  Everything went smooth as silk, except those darned metal U clips that hold the ends of the cables into the mounts.  It's very difficult to hold the cable in alignment with the mount, hold the clip, and bump it into position with a small hammer or heavy wrench. 

We started the job about 10, had the old cables out and the new ones in position easily by 11.  The next 1 1/2 hours was devoted to getting the cable ferrules squarely positioned into the metal brackets on the shifter and at the transmission end of the select cable. 

Should you tackle this job wear heavy long sleeves to reduce the number of cuts to your hands and arms.  Items you should have on hand that aren't in your tool box are:  (take your pick)
At least a 12 pack of beer or 2 bottles of wine or a fifth of your favorite spirits.
A folding chair to rest between attempts.
A Bible.
The phone number of the nearest wrecking yard.

BUT, if you stick it out, you'll be as happy as Richard is.  His shifter doesn't flop around and snaps right into every gear with ease. 

The Market / Rock Auto Closeout Sale
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:03:48 PM »

The Market / Need Automatic Shifter Part.
« on: September 02, 2017, 08:05:56 PM »
Working on a lady's car and found that the little clip that holds the automatic shifter knob onto the shifter is missing.  Anyone have one for sale?

Tech Tips, Tech Questions / TCC Switch Replacement
« on: August 29, 2017, 09:06:31 PM »
I picked up a customer's car today and while bringing it back, I found that the trans wasn't going into overdrive.  Verified that the TCC switch had been unplugged by the previous owner that she bought the car from in Texas.  She's been driving it this way for a year.

Is there anyone that would be willing to replace the TCC switch over the labor day weekend?  As most of you know, I can't physically do it, and if it's raining, I have no place indoors.  This isn't a freebie job.  She will pay to have it done. 

The Market / Need Spindle Nut
« on: August 21, 2017, 07:29:29 PM »
I need a front spindle castle nut for my 87.  One of them can't be turned on with my fingers and I know it will affect the torque reading.  I've installed new front wheel bearings and expect my mini-torque wrench to arrive this week, so I need the nut ASAP so I can get some mileage on the car and retorque them before RFTH. 

Anyone have one, know where I can get one, or can someone tell me what the size and thread pitch is.  It's not listed in the P22 Parts Book and the parts stores don't list it.

When I did the PDX at Road Atlanta, I only got two 20 minute sessions.  This is a great deal. 
August 12th @ Atlanta Motorsports Park
4 Sessions on Track. 20 Minutes Each. $150.

You want track time? We've got it! The Atlanta Region SCCA is hosting a PDX (an HPDE event) on the afternoon of Saturday, August 12th. The first session starts @ 1:00 pm and the last session ends @ 5:00 pm (the reason for the late start is the SCCA's Targa Southland will be on track that morning). You'll get 4x 20 minute sessions. For this event, all new participants and those not signed off previously will be required to have an instructor ride along with them. Drivers that have been previously signed off can request that an instructor ride along if they wish.

Don't forget, the following day the region is holding an autocross at Lanier Raceplex. You can sign-up for that event here. This is a great way to get two days of motorsports for less than $200!
August 2017
Sign up today, this event will sell out!
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General Fiero Discussion / Rear Chin Spoilers
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:45:39 PM »
I have 2 rear GT fascias that have some damage to the upper portions, but the lower silver ground effects portions are good.  They would be excellent candidates for rear chin spoilers if anyone would want to do that mod on their GT or 86 or 87 SE.  No mods need to be done to your vehicle.  Simply cut off the upper portion of the fascia along the color break line, turn it upside down and the mounting holes match up with the holes in the bottom of your rear fascia. 

General Discussion / Atlanta Motorsports Park PDX, Sat. Aug. 12
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:11:59 AM »
A PDX is Professional Driving Xperience.  You are afforded the opportunity to take your personal vehicle onto the track with a sanctioned race car driver sitting side saddle to teach you how to drive the course.  I have done this at Road Atlanta, and it's truly a great experience.  There is no pace car so you're free to run as safely as you can.  Road Atlanta set a maximum speed of 90, but I attained 105 mph and there were some that were faster than I.  I just watched a video of a Lotus that hit 110 at AMS.  You're not likely to do that in a Fiero because it won't power slide through the curves.  :)

Each driver is assigned a professional race car driver as their instructor.  At the start, you attend an orientation class to tell you what the rules of the road are.  It isn't a race, is the number 1 rule, though you can pass other vehicles. 

The professional talks you through every turn of the course, telling you what line to take, when to brake and when to start your turn into and out of the curves.  You are given 20 minutes on the track, then everyone comes in for a critique from the officials, based upon your instructor's input and the course workers' input. 

Then you return with your instructor for another 20 minute session to apply what you have or should have learned.  The class and on-track experience gets you started toward your SCCA license if you're so inclined.  You can continue at any SCCA sanctioned class at any track, so you aren't restricted to just one track.  I have my first stage that I obtained at Road Atlanta.  Depending upon your abilities, you can get your license in as few as Three sessions.  At least that's what I was told. 

The cost is $150.  Road Atlanta had helmets for rent for about $20.  They must be of a minimum Z rating, so I expect AMS would have them available since not everyone can afford a $400 helmet just to drive one event. 

Steve, Pat and I have driven the short course at AMS and it's a blast.  I would venture that the PDX will be on the long course so that the cars aren't jammed up.

General Discussion / Former Club President Don Keinlen (Donster)
« on: July 03, 2017, 08:55:41 AM »
I got this word from Tim (308 GTB) about Don Keinlen. 

Few of you knew that when Don was preparing to move back to Germany, he was developing Parkinson's Disease.  He was definitely diagnosed either just before or just after the move.  Apparently it has progressed somewhat rapidly.

This information from Tim.  Prayers and thoughts for he, Anne and Shanine, if you're so inclinded. 

Don is scheduled for surgery to implant a deep brain stimulus (DBS) device on August 8, followed by a "brain pacemaker" to power it on August 9.

A DBS device helps stimulate the areas of the brain that help synchronize nerve impulses and muscle coordination.

He will be in the hospital for about a week after the procedure, and then about another week of bed rest at home.

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