Remember that enormous flood in central Michigan last week? The flood ripped through several towns laying waste to everything in its path. In the middle of this mess was a shop and museum called Fieros Forever. Owner Tim Evans lost almost everything in the floods. What was able to be recovered is now available. For free. Yep, this massive hoard of Pontiac Fiero cars and parts is available for free; come and get ‘em.
The Sanford, Michigan, shop, and museum were totally destroyed. Cars were strewn about looking like toys. When the dam broke loose upstream a massive wall of water tore through Evans’ building. He had been able to save a few cars and items but the majority of the building’s contents were completely wiped out.
You can see the destruction and also the Fiero parts and cars were strewn around
Even Evans’ building was extensively damaged when the remnants of a building upstream broke loose and crashed into the shop. From the images, you can see the destruction and also the parts and cars were strewn around.
The Pontiac Fiero was originally created as a mid-engine “commuter car” in 1984. It was unique by General Motors standards because it was a free-standing vehicle under the body panels. The plastic panels did not affect the integrity of the car. The idea was to be able to replace and update the car fairly cheaply because the fenders, door skins, etc., could be removed and replaced easily.
Many of the Fiero’s suspension and chassis components came from other cars like the Chevy Chevette and X-cars
Originally available with a crappy 2.5-liter “Iron Duke” four-cylinder engine, Pontiac started offering it with a V6 in 1985. Many of its suspension and chassis components came from other cars like the Chevy Chevette and X-cars to save development and tooling costs. So handling and performance never entered the equation.
That was until 1985. With the more powerful V6 and mid-engine layout the comparisons to sports cars drove Pontiac to begin offering the Fiero with better everything. Handling, steering, and even the body were all revised with an eye toward shifting away from an economy car to a full-fledged sports car.
The last Fieros, which were also the best, came and went in 1988
But by then the Fiero had been around for a while and was losing interest to newer and better alternatives. The last Fieros, which were also the best, came and went in 1988. Since then there has been a hardcore following of enthusiasts dedicated to the performance aspects of the Fiero.
The local Michigan Fiero Club has pitched in to separate and save what they could. Much of the cleanup excavated doors, bumpers, wheels, and more from the muck. Tools and vintage advertising were also found. Now all of it will be given away.
From what we understand anything you see on the lawn is free
The Fiero Club said it wanted to see something positive come from the destruction. From what we understand anything you see on the lawn is up for the taking. The only catch is everything needs to be gone by June 2. That’s less than a week away.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help out the Evans family. If you’re interested in some of what you see maybe hop onto the site and donate. Then bring a truck and head for central Michigan before June 2. You’ll feel doubly good because you helped with a donation and you got some free stuff for your Fiero project.
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