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    George Morgan
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    1988 Pontiac Fiero GT
  1. I would expect a new Esprit to be in the $100k plus range so it would be competing with the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Corvette ZR1. Both of these cars have engines that are triumphs of engineering and art, worthy of bragging rights on their own. Could this be said of any engine coming from Toyota? It is all about marketing. Supposedly, marketing was the driving force behind the Esprit getting a V8 originally. From an engineering standpoint, a supercharged 4 banger is just fine. From a business stand point, a V6 might do, but it better be one heck of a V6 and no
  2. Pretty sharp there Tony. I swiped the photo from my 2009 Fiero calendar from The Fiero Store hanging on my cubical wall. Mine is a silver 88 with matching rocker panels. Also, I have removed the wing. It looks so much cleaner and sleeker without it. I believe the wing to be completely dysfunctional and with that belief it becomes unattractive like the fake hood scoop on my daughter's Mustang. A couple of weeks ago, I had my oil changed and the guy said,"88 huh? That's the one with the Lotus suspension isn't it?" That is a popular myth that I'm guessing began because of GM's purchase
  3. TrapperJohn, For motors go to: The place has a lot of stuff. I
  4. First off, I can't imagine Porsche selling it's engine's to such a direct competitor. It would be like selling arms to your enemy in the middle of a war. Not that such things don't go on. Beyond that, a rear engined car has a handicap right off the bat. The marketing department at Porsche knows that the rear engined 911 is invaluable as an icon, thus they continue to develop it and hold the power back on the Cayman and the Boxster to ensure the 911's dominance. Remember that Lotus did the engineering for the Delorean and strongly urged John Delorean to go with a mid-engined design. This
  5. The momentary reversed rotation does not occur because of the burning of fuel with air. It is simply the compressed charge acting like an air spring. Fuel and spark have nothing do to with it. This is in a healthy engine where no dieseling is occurring due carbon build up or improperly seating valves. This phenomenon is blatantly obvious when you shut down a single engine, piston powered airplane because the propeller is spinning right there in front of your face. An engine must be designed to tolerate this occurrence and I
  6. Eddie-Munster! You nailed it! I agree. The Esprit has and must continue to have elegance. You shouldn't have difficulty imagining 007 in a tuxedo climbing gracefully out of an Esprit. You more expect Gene Simons in his Kiss stage garb to climb out of this thing with some gum chewing groupie in tow. Any car carrying the name of an earlier model should be recognizable as a continuation of the line. Otherwise, a new name should be giving and a new line begun. Perhaps Giugiaro isn't the droid we're looking for. Wouldn't he feel compelled to try to out do himself? When I firs
  7. Wow! This is a long thread with so much to which I might respond. Where to start? I don
  8. There is still compression with the throttle closed, but even more, with it open. Such was the case here where Tom
  9. A timing jump was the first thing that came to my mind. On any engine with a chain or belt drive to the camshafts the greatest stress occurs at shutdown. The engine coasts until it is finally stopped by the compression stroke of one of the cylinders. If it stops in just the right position, the compressed gases in the cylinder will drive the piston down causing the crankshaft to rotate backwards momentarily. When the crankshaft is rotating in a normal direction, one side of the cam drive chain/belt is taught, the other slack and that is suddenly reversed when the engine stops in the abo
  10. Thanks for the welcome USAndretti42. Yes, am still in Baton Rouge. When I looked for a Fiero several years ago, I soon realized that if you are going to get any car that is uncommon, you have to be willing to travel to get it. It is a waste of time to scour the used car lots or read the classified ads in the local paper. I found my Fiero on the internet, negotiated a deal on the phone and flew to Fort Lauderdale to buy the car in Hollywood, Florida. The added cost of the trip is a small price to pay in the long run but it does require a higher level of commitment to be made prior
  11. How I Became a Lotus Fan or Close Encouters of the Europa Kind It was probably around 1968 when I first saw a Lotus in the flesh for the first time. It was in a parking lot at Scott AFB outside St. Louis where I lived as a teenager. This Lotus 7 was green of course, and it looked so low you might trip over it. I walked around and around what struck me as a four wheeled motorcycle and imagined what fun it must be to drive. A year later , I was stopped at a light in my father
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