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carwhisperer
carwhisperer New Reader
7/12/15 9:08 p.m.

A few months back I decided I wanted to build another, more frivolous Mk1 Rabbit. I had built a FWD one with Honda power but this time I wanted RWD. I wanted an LS1 up front but wanted to go the donor chassis route to preserve factory AC and stuff like that. I couldn't think of any real viable front engine RWD platform that came with an LS engine. Then I heard about the L67, the supercharged 3.8 litre V6 used in many GM FWD cars. Apparently these things can handle 20psi on the stock long block and can make 450 or so at the wheels with a big turbo and proper fueling. I also found that this was a popular swap for a Fiero. So I decided to rebody a Fiero with a cabriolet chassis. At first I was willing to use any year Fiero but then I read that the 88 chassis was a significant improvement over the previous years. So I got one of those, an 89 Cabriolet and got to work. I'll follow up with some pictures soon.

carwhisperer
carwhisperer New Reader
7/12/15 9:18 p.m.

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carwhisperer
carwhisperer New Reader
7/12/15 9:21 p.m.

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carwhisperer
carwhisperer New Reader
7/12/15 9:26 p.m.

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carwhisperer
carwhisperer New Reader
7/12/15 9:27 p.m.

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logdog
logdog SuperDork
7/12/15 9:48 p.m.

This is awesome!!!!!!!

bgkast
bgkast UberDork
7/12/15 9:53 p.m.

BlueInGreen44
BlueInGreen44 HalfDork
7/12/15 9:54 p.m.

Kenny_McCormic
Kenny_McCormic PowerDork
7/12/15 10:12 p.m.

You'll fit right in here.

carwhisperer
carwhisperer New Reader
7/12/15 10:14 p.m.
Kenny_McCormic wrote: You'll fit right in here.

You mean I'm finally home? The haters on the Fiero and VW forums don't seem to get me. :)

mainlandboy
mainlandboy Reader
7/12/15 10:29 p.m.
carwhisperer wrote:
Kenny_McCormic wrote: You'll fit right in here.

You mean I'm finally home? The haters on the Fiero and VW forums don't seem to get me. :)

Yes, you've definitely come to the right place!

NOHOME
NOHOME PowerDork
7/12/15 10:32 p.m.

I love it when the meds run out.

pres589
pres589 UberDork
7/12/15 10:46 p.m.

... what

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
7/12/15 11:11 p.m.

I love the tiny trunk. Most excellent. Are you going to try to keep a functional top?

BrokenYugo
BrokenYugo UltimaDork
7/12/15 11:36 p.m.
carwhisperer wrote:
Kenny_McCormic wrote: You'll fit right in here.

You mean I'm finally home? The haters on the Fiero and VW forums don't seem to get me. :)

You are most certainly welcome here. We'll support putting anything in anything.

AClockworkGarage
AClockworkGarage Reader
7/13/15 5:58 p.m.

Is this car in the database?

Cone_Junkie
Cone_Junkie SuperDork
7/13/15 6:21 p.m.

My first thought was "why the berkeley would you do that?". But that quickly became "because it's berkeleying awesome, that's why!"

Can't wait to see where this is going.

RossD
RossD UltimaDork
7/13/15 7:04 p.m.

You, my son, are home. That thing is awesome.

bearmtnmartin
bearmtnmartin Dork
7/13/15 7:16 p.m.

Holy volkswagon batman. I highly doubt you will get any criticism here, other than "what a heap, there is not a single Miata part on it" and "needs more box flare" and that kind of thing.

Mezzanine
Mezzanine HalfDork
7/13/15 8:03 p.m.

Bearmtnmartin has the right of it. Don't show up around here if you're looking for rational feedback. We're the guys that will offer constructive suggestions like "needs more biturbo".

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson UltimaDork
7/13/15 8:04 p.m.

Please please please tell me you have a more long winded write up of this. I want the gorey details from step a to b to C.

I vote this for Internet Hotrod of the month so n the next issue.

donalson
donalson PowerDork
7/13/15 8:04 p.m.

that is so awesome... any engine swap plans?...

MrJoshua
MrJoshua PowerDork
7/13/15 8:06 p.m.

Lol-I like it. Welcome.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 UltraDork
7/13/15 8:16 p.m.

Needs more turbo northstar swap.

Other than that, oh hell yes. How well did the wheel base line up? Some pictures made the front wheels look awfully far back.

physician
physician New Reader
7/13/15 8:17 p.m.

That is so awesome. I would like more details on how the mating was done chassis wise etc.

I'll put this build right next to legendary mini body in mr2 chassis...

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