When was the last time you saw someone drive a Pontiac Fiero? The chance is not very big, because there are few MOT approved cars on registration in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, Teake has no fewer than three copies of this nice American eye-catcher, in all honesty the latter is already nominated for demolition. So this is basically a rescue story… Why the Fiero?
By: Dirk de Jong
Teake explains: “A few years ago I accidentally came across the strange sports car and decided to buy this car. What I didn't know at the time, however, is that these little Americans have a very special attraction. I am an IT professional myself and I had never tinkered with cars before. However, the Fiero's bills at the garage were so high that it was only a logical decision; buy a second Fiero to learn how to tinker. After having been in this hobby for 7 years and having built and expanded about 15 engines, I can now say that I am an expert in the field of these cars.”
Let's keep the Pontiac Fiero alive!
Teake: “In exchange for DIY work on a Fiero in Belgium, I got this scrap car for free, a model from 1984. Last registered in 1994 and clearly used as a donor for parts. Remarkably enough, the condition of the body of this car turned out to be quite reasonable, because the car had always been kept indoors at a school for car technology until 3 years ago. Since I've already taken apart several of these cars myself and have spare parts in abundance, I decided to give it new life, because what could be better than saving a car from the scrapyard? Just a new challenge to restore the car. See if it's possible. After all, the neighbours, friends and family thought I was crazy. The biggest challenge of saving this car was the engine, it had been outside for years without spark plugs and so was completely full of water and stuck. After a search of several months I came across a replacement engine of the correct year of construction that came from a Lamborghini replica. A Lambo with a 92 hp four-cylinder, that is of course not possible. Fieros are often converted into Ferraris and Lamborghinis. The added benefit is that replicas often don't have many miles and this engine only had 40.000 miles on it, the perfect donor engine.”
Share our passion
Teake is in a small group of friends, the members of which are all interested in the Fiero and help each other when needed. Once a year they go for a long weekend to a meeting in the German Alps, where many Fieros from Europe gather. It is about the meeting and the 'ambiance', and the enthusiastic stories of co-owners. Perhaps it is also a bit of 'hanging in times gone by', the cars are now more than 30 years old…
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