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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Kid with terminal cancer is close to death and doesn't want to burden his family with restoring his prized Pontiac Fiero. Help comes in from all over the world. Hero tag runs over Dumbass tag for restoring a Fiero   (startribune.com ) divider line 175
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2009-11-22 02:06:55 PM  
Fantastic little cars. You can build them into a real monster for less than five grand - that includes the purchase price.

Ditch the weeny four banger or V6, drop in a small block V8, stiffen the chassis and suspension, wrap the wheels in race rubber and you're set!

A bit tail-happy, but all properly balanced cars are.
 
2009-11-22 02:16:29 PM  
Did he get the bolt on Ferrari kit?
 
2009-11-22 02:31:18 PM  
Um, a kid has a car?
 
2009-11-22 02:47:01 PM  

Deadhouseplants: Um, a kid has a car?


He's under 25, that makes you still a kid.
Lawn. Off. Now.
 
2009-11-22 03:05:50 PM  
Poor kid

My sister had one with the V-6. It was a pretty cool care until it caught fire.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2009-11-22 03:06:20 PM  
The kid is dying. The Fiero is probably his first (and only) car. Cut him some slack for wanting to restore it before he passes away.
 
2009-11-22 03:13:54 PM  
Link (new window)

fast fb link to a video on the reveal
 
2009-11-22 03:29:54 PM  
Link (new window)

Mega thread about the build and such. Has some info on the reveal too.
 
2009-11-22 03:31:03 PM  
My cousin is 17 and has Ewing's Sarcoma. He was diagnosed at 14. His first car was going to be a Nissan 280z that his dad had bought as a wreck.

When it came time to paint it, money was pretty tight. One day, as his father was working around the shop, a guy walked up and said "Are you Scott's father?"

My uncle said yes, and asked what was up.

The guy proceeded to say he owned a paint shop and wanted to paint the car. A trailer arrived shortly after to pick it up and take it to the shop.

They did all the prep, painted it then had it detailed. When my uncle tried to pay for it, he was laughed out of the office.

/there are good people out there
//props to Precision Collision Inc in Pomfret, CT.
 
2009-11-22 03:45:07 PM  
didn't fieros pretty much need restoration brand new?
 
2009-11-22 03:57:37 PM  

endlessmonkeys: Link (new window)

Mega thread about the build and such. Has some info on the reveal too.


It's too bad we didn't get that green a week ago. I'm pretty sure farkers would have helped out their bank account a little.
 
2009-11-22 04:09:30 PM  
From what I understand, the supercharged Buick 3800 Series II V6 is almost a direct bolt-in, and that's what a lot of people use to make monster-Fieros. That's a lot of HP for a tiny car, must be a blast to drive.
 
2009-11-22 04:32:22 PM  
I hope it was at least the later V-6 version. The original was built on the Chevette.
 
2009-11-22 05:00:09 PM  
Fire-o.
 
2009-11-22 05:00:45 PM  
Hrmm, I guess he gets his inspirations from the Fiero. You know, a little small in the front while being slightly aged.
 
2009-11-22 05:01:18 PM  
He's 18, not a kid. Also he is an idiot for having a "prized" Fiero. Finally, there is nothing heroic here.
 
2009-11-22 05:01:20 PM  

Cewley: didn't fieros pretty much need restoration brand new?


LOL! I had one. Jebus. Had to work on that thing every farking weekend. What little I know of car repair comes from owning a Fiero.

But it was a fun little ride, a glorified go-cart. I used to take it up Hwy. 9 (not sure if that's the right number) through Dawsonville, GA and do insane things with it.
 
2009-11-22 05:01:26 PM  
I give him 36 hours before he gets pulled over with that tint (stupid 50% mn tint law)

otherwise seriously hats off to him and the community...although I hate that car I respect it more than any of the crap most of the manufacturers are coming out with these days (I'm particularly looking at you Toyota).
 
2009-11-22 05:04:02 PM  

Cewley: didn't fieros pretty much need restoration brand new?


Yea. They were the shiznit for kit car chassis, though.
 
2009-11-22 05:06:36 PM  

lajaunie: I give him 36 hours before he gets pulled over with that tint (stupid 50% mn tint law)

otherwise seriously hats off to him and the community...although I hate that car I respect it more than any of the crap most of the manufacturers are coming out with these days (I'm particularly looking at you Toyota).


You must be seeing a different picture than I am....Those windows do not look tinted. I should know. Broad daylight and you cannot see into mine. Never been pulled for heavily tinted windows either.
 
2009-11-22 05:07:57 PM  

SeamusFerrell: Finally, there is nothing heroic here.


Dude, it's Fark. Cancer = instant hero. If the kid was in the military and had cancer, that little tag would absolutely explode.
 
2009-11-22 05:08:58 PM  
So his plan to beat cancer is to restore a Fiero and die of ghey?
 
2009-11-22 05:09:00 PM  

MBK: The kid is dying. The Fiero is probably his first (and only) car. Cut him some slack for wanting to restore it before he passes away.


I just glanced over tfa... it's his third fiero. I don't know whether to feel sorry for him or whether to applaud his determination.
 
2009-11-22 05:09:04 PM  

SeamusFerrell: He's 18, not a kid. Also he is an idiot for having a "prized" Fiero. Finally, there is nothing heroic here.


Go back to your rock and crawl back under it please.
 
2009-11-22 05:14:29 PM  
Did someone piss in this thread's Cheerios? Jeez, give the kid a break.
 
2009-11-22 05:16:30 PM  
One day some loser showed up to the monthly f-body cruise with a fiero. We asked him to leave.
 
2009-11-22 05:18:20 PM  

benlonghair: /there are good people out there
//props to Precision Collision Inc in Pomfret, CT.


So it's only Hartford that's full of self-centered asshats? Good to know.

/lived here 2 years
//misses the Midwest
 
2009-11-22 05:18:25 PM  

SeamusFerrell: He's 18, not a kid. Also he is an idiot for having a "prized" Fiero. Finally, there is nothing heroic here.


The kid isn't the hero you farking idiot. All the people that gathered and are trying to make his last days on earth are the heros. I hope you NEVER have to experience the pain of knowing somebody die from a horrible disease before their time.
 
2009-11-22 05:19:29 PM  
Don't bash the Fiero. As mentioned, replace the engine, put the "new" suspension from an 88 in it if you don't have an 88, and have fun.

Had one, sold it, considering another.
 
2009-11-22 05:21:11 PM  

FeeltheIllinoise: SeamusFerrell: He's 18, not a kid. Also he is an idiot for having a "prized" Fiero. Finally, there is nothing heroic here.

The kid isn't the hero you farking idiot. All the people that gathered and are trying to make his last days on earth are the heros. I hope you NEVER have to experience the pain of knowing somebody die from a horrible disease before their time.


Because restoring his junker will somehow cure him of cancer?
 
2009-11-22 05:23:22 PM  
I don't get all the hate on this kid because he likes fieros. Every car guy likes cars for their own reasons, that's beyond explanation.

Besides fieros can be kinda cool. Yes they have some problems with engine fires, but have you ever driven one? I can understand why he likes them. They're snappy, fast and handle well. Not to mention they get decent gas mileage and are light as a feather.

Kudos to him and the community. To all of you talking shiat, what have you done to make someone's life better lately?
 
2009-11-22 05:24:56 PM  
At first I thought the headline was a joke about a "firebird" that I did not get.

I've never heard of the fiero, but after reading a few comments in this thread. I just had to see a photo of this stylish sportscar/sex machine.

www.automotivetraveler.com

I think the car gave him cancer from being so ugly
 
2009-11-22 05:25:37 PM  

SeamusFerrell: FeeltheIllinoise: SeamusFerrell: He's 18, not a kid. Also he is an idiot for having a "prized" Fiero. Finally, there is nothing heroic here.

The kid isn't the hero you farking idiot. All the people that gathered and are trying to make his last days on earth are the heros. I hope you NEVER have to experience the pain of knowing somebody die from a horrible disease before their time.

Because restoring his junker will somehow cure him of cancer?


Because giving the poor guy his last wish is bad somehow?

Fark off, troll.
 
2009-11-22 05:26:44 PM  

SeamusFerrell: FeeltheIllinoise: SeamusFerrell: He's 18, not a kid. Also he is an idiot for having a "prized" Fiero. Finally, there is nothing heroic here.

The kid isn't the hero you farking idiot. All the people that gathered and are trying to make his last days on earth are the heros. I hope you NEVER have to experience the pain of knowing somebody die from a horrible disease before their time.

Because restoring his junker will somehow cure him of cancer?


No asshat it will give him a reason to enjoy the last few days of his life dipshait
 
2009-11-22 05:27:16 PM  

Kuroshin: Fantastic little cars. You can build them into a real monster for less than five grand - that includes the purchase price.

Ditch the weeny four banger or V6, drop in a small block V8,


"It's a great car, you only have to replace the engine and all associated components yourself to make it not suck!"*

*will not fix the ugly
 
2009-11-22 05:28:03 PM  

torquestripe: SeamusFerrell: He's 18, not a kid. Also he is an idiot for having a "prized" Fiero. Finally, there is nothing heroic here.

Go back to your rock and crawl back under it please.


Seriously, This.
 
2009-11-22 05:29:00 PM  

snugglyhugs:

*will not fix the ugly


thats what the ferrari and lambo body kits are for.
 
2009-11-22 05:29:48 PM  

riknight: No asshat it will give him a reason to enjoy the last few days of his life dipshait


He should have asked to be set up with a high school cheerleader who has daddy issues, a guilt complex, loose morals, and the desire to humble herself as penance.

and for his own apartment
 
2009-11-22 05:31:01 PM  
I'll leave this for you guys who seem to like feeding the trolls.

www.leonardcohenforum.com
 
2009-11-22 05:31:21 PM  

another-farker: snugglyhugs:

*will not fix the ugly

thats what the ferrari and lambo body kits are for.


Oh so you only have to replace the engine, transmission and the entire body.

What about the interior? I bet a Lamborghini looks ridiculous with a 1985 Pontiac interior.

/sounds great
 
2009-11-22 05:32:15 PM  
Just because you are dying does not give you a reprieve from being mocked for being stupid and having bad taste. That is all.
 
2009-11-22 05:34:23 PM  
Poor kid. My heart goes out to him and his family. But still dude, forget about burdening your parents about the car. Stop burdening yourself, focus on getting better, and let all the strangers handle your Ford issue.

//My prayers are with this kid.
 
2009-11-22 05:34:33 PM  

snugglyhugs: another-farker: snugglyhugs:

*will not fix the ugly

thats what the ferrari and lambo body kits are for.

Oh so you only have to replace the engine, transmission and the entire body.

What about the interior? I bet a Lamborghini looks ridiculous with a 1985 Pontiac interior.

/sounds great


doing a quick google search, the body kits have interior kits available to match.

so really, you need to strip it down to the frame and rebuild it from the ground up with all after market parts just to make it not suck.
 
2009-11-22 05:35:55 PM  
Seriously, if you got the big 'C', and you're going to be checking out soon, WTF you gonna do?

Can you respect the whole Jack Ruby thing? Maybe shove a frozen bacon knife through Kahlid Sheikh Mohammed's eyeball into his brain?
 
2009-11-22 05:36:54 PM  

another-farker: so really, you need to strip it down to the frame and rebuild it from the ground up with all after market parts just to make it not suck.


It sounds like when you are done, you would have two cars..
 
2009-11-22 05:37:26 PM  

SeamusFerrell: He's 18, not a kid. Also he is an idiot for having a "prized" Fiero. Finally, there is nothing heroic here.


i38.tinypic.com
 
2009-11-22 05:37:52 PM  

Merky: Just because you are dying does not give you a reprieve from being mocked for being stupid and having bad taste. That is all.


In that case be sure and let us know when you're on your deathbed so we can rip into you.
 
2009-11-22 05:38:17 PM  

Merky: Just because you are dying does not give you a reprieve from being mocked for being stupid and having bad taste. That is all.


Forever? Hopefully.
 
2009-11-22 05:39:46 PM  
Shut up SeamusFerrell, you stupid cock!
 
2009-11-22 05:40:04 PM  

EfiniX: So his plan to beat cancer is to restore a Fiero and die of ghey?


yes, i believe that is correct.
 
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