Undertoad Saturday Jun 29 03:01 PM
6/29/2002: Molten Saturn
Slight Saturday Jun 29 04:19 PM
Can anyone guess why the door panels melted straight thru but not the fenders? I find it strange that there is not much metal/protection inside the doors. Cool pic UT, reminds me of that picture of the Van.
Torrere Saturday Jun 29 07:19 PM
"This ought to be good", I said to myself as I clicked the 'Molten Saturn' link. I wondered how they could have a picture of Saturn's molten core, then decided that, oh, it must be a rendering. If Undertoad is posting a rendering, it's probably awe-inspiring.
xant Saturday Jun 29 10:39 PM
Where's the fire, sir?
Darn, can't think of a good punchline to go with that. invent your own.
Undertoad Sunday Jun 30 11:16 AM
They couldn't have moved it though, because the plastic is melted to the ground.
GlassJaw Sunday Jun 30 02:38 PM
"HOT! HOT! HOT!" - Buster Poindexter
Since the "Where's the fire?" Question has already been asked, and we presume that it would have been behind the camera-person. (Note: the hood, top, trunk, and spoiler, aren't Dali-esque)
Kahlua Monday Jul 1 03:09 PM
The doors, quarter panels, and bumpers are plastic. The roof, trunk and hood are all metal, which accounts for the lack of melting there. The bumpers are different plastic than the side panels, too.
Joe Monday Jul 1 03:48 PM
yeah, but it's a dry four hundred degrees.
I wonder what would have happened had you flicked a match at that car right when it was a temperature.
russotto Tuesday Jul 2 11:27 AM
I'm not buying it. The area doesn't look burned (there's even a small unburned plant in front of the car). And there's no sign of soot or smoke on the car.
mitheral Tuesday Jul 2 04:26 PM
The 84 Fiero was a metal space frame completely encased in plastic with the execption of about half a square metre of magnesium. You can't stick a magnet to one anywhere much to my amusement at towtruck driver's expense when I've had to have one of my projects towed (I'm restoring an '84 Indy 4 spd)
Enduroflex is a Pontiac advertising term for several non metallic body panels. Everything from a flexable thermoplastic used on bumpers to a metal impregnated pressure set fiberglass material used for rear trunk lids. Some of these plastics will flow like wax when exposed to high heat and only char when exposed to flame.
The fire was probably about where the photographer was standing and a little to the rear of the the car.