Job 33:28 'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.'
O, Canada, home of the T-Rex and the ... Woodighini! Woodighini? WTF is that? That my friend is what you see to your right! A "born again" Pontiac
Fiero! You're not going to believe this, but read on anyway!
"If you can't buy it, build it!" That's Woody's motto, and he's got the skills to back it up (and drive it).
Woody is a 33 year old gear head and steel fabricator from
Cranbrook, BC, Canada, who one day decided to build a dream car. What's in that Canadian air? I want some!
MOTORFOOT spotted this project on Hub Garage and had to get the story behind it. I really wanted to see this car in person, but alas, we're here in Austin Texas and Canada is like further North than Dallas. So I interviewed Woody via email and composed the conversation for your enjoyment here. So, close your eyes and pretend we traveled to Canada to get the story on the Woodighini. Well, I guess you have to open your eyes. Nevermind. Read on!
MF: So Woody, what led you to build the Woodighini?
It started before I knew it! In July 2007 I received a call from a friend asking me if I wanted a Pontiac Fiero for only $50, so I checked it out! The only thing wrong with the car was the starter. I felt guilty so I paid $60 so I didn't feel like I robbed someone!
MF: When did you start building it?
That car sat outside my window, until the second week of December, that’s when I saw the most amazing car-the Lamborghini Reventon! Just an unbelievable military style mixed with a true exotic, I was hooked!
I found four measurements - length, width, height and wheel base, tape measure in hand to the fiero. No doubt in my mind that was to be my car! Over the Christmas holiday I ordered the first parts: wheels, tires, glass, transmission, engine parts and steel! I’m not one to mess with fiberglass even if it would be easier. Steel is my gift and I'll stick to it! I cut so much of the Fiero away that many times I was asked if I was building a dune buggy? I always gave the same reply, a smile with a Yes! Working weekends and some evenings on the drive train it seemed to look like a dune buggy for months! In June I started working on it more regularly, with the drive train complete, now on to the body.
MF: Well, speaking of drive train, what's under the hood?
The drive is a 350 ci small block Chevy, Scat crankshaft and connecting rods, Keith Black pistons, Comp cam, roller rockers and topped off with a Barry Grant blow through carb. The transmission is a new GM 6 speed standard, the same one they put in the G6 GT, with a Spec racing clutch and modified G6 axles, twin turbo’s and a huge intercooler. To stop all this I have 11 1/4 vented-slotted-crossdrilled rotors matched up with Camaro front calipers and Cadillac rear calipers.
MF: Do you have an idea about how much it might weigh?
I weighed the car on the way back from a car show and it was just over 2000 pounds without the motor/transmission/glass and some minor parts. It should be in the 3000-3500 pound range for sure, with most of the weight just ahead of the rear tires.
MF: How is the car registered? Or, what the heck is it now?
It is registered as an 87 fiero. I can register it as a custom built with a structural inspection. I can insure and drive it as a Fiero with only a safety inspection.
MF: You have come a long way in just a few months! When do you think you will have it completed?
The car should be completed in a couple more months, and then a road trip to remember! She was built to drive not trailer!
MF: Any interesting stories come from your time spend so far building the car?
When I was pulling the fiero apart I found $43 in toonies and loonies, then a friend of mine pulled $24 out of the center console. For the $60 I paid for it I made money!
MF: Do you have any advice for anyone that might attempt something like this?
My advice to others would be to have a well drafted plan of attack on any project, -parts -price -time -etc. I have learned that it doesn't matter if people think you can't do this or that. If you have the determination nothing can stop you!
MF: We can certainly relate! Any plans for another project?
I have been roughing out an idea with one of the design studio's on the Hub. If you think the Woodighini is a challenge or cool LOOK OUT!
MF: Thanks Woody. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us a bit about the Woodighini!
There are a thousand other questions we could ask, but what about you?
Questions? Comments? Post em here or go visit Woody at the Hub Garage!
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