The Silver Freak Project (Page 1/58)
Blacktree MAY 28, 01:51 PM
I must have a dozen project threads (some I probably forgot about) floating around the forum. It's a PITA to keep track of all that. So from now on, all my Fiero related projects go in here. In order to help people navigate through this thread, I will maintain a table of contents in this post.

    ------ TABLE OF CONTENTS ------

    DESCRIPTION....................PAGE #

    BODY & INTERIOR
    -Custom Rear End.......................... 1-3, 7-9
    -Custom Front End............................. 3-5
    -Shaved Moldings.............................. 5-6
    -Sail Panel Scoops............................... 8

    DRIVETRAIN
    -Custom Exhaust.............................. 1, 10
    -Custom Intake................................. 5-6
    -Transmission Swap........................... 1, 3
    -3.4 Engine Swap................................ 7
    -Gear Reduction Starter........................ 7
    -Oil Cooler....................................... 9-10
    -7730 ECM...................................... 1, 10
    -MegaSquirt ECU................................ 13
    -DIS Upgrade..................................... 10

    SUSPENSION & BRAKES
    -Front Sway Bar.................................. 6
    -Brake Upgrades............................. 8, 12-13
    -'88 Cradle Swap................................ 12
    -Front Suspension Upgrade................ 12-13

    RACE PREP
    -Racing Seats..................................... 4
    -5-Point Harness.................................15
    -Weight Reduction.............................. 11
    -Falconer Intake.............................. 12-14
    -Engine Mods.................................. 13-14
    -Corvette Fuel Pump........................... 12


Also, here's a list of the car's current configuration. It's not all-inclusive, but covers all the major stuff. This way, people can see what mods and upgrades I've completed without having to dig through pages of updates.

    ------ CURRENT CONFIGURATION ------

    -- ENGINE
    Short Block: 3.4 V6 (stock)
    Heads: 3.4 V6 (ported)
    Valvetrain: Moloon Autotecnica "Le Mans" camshaft, solid lifters, 1.6:1 full roller rockers
    Intake: Ryan Falconer racing intake, homemade plenums, twin throttle bodies (from a Chrysler V6)
    Exhaust: Trueleo headers, 2.5" exhaust, Ocelot muffler
    Fueling: LT1 V8 fuel pump, 24 lb/hr injectors, adjustable FPR
    Ignition: DIS (from a 3x00 V6), Taylor low-impedance plug wires
    ECM: MegaSquirt (DIYPNP Delphi 56)

    -- DRIVETRAIN
    Flywheel: Fidanza aluminum
    Clutch: 6-puck ceramic disc with ClutchNet pressure plate
    Gearbox: FWD Getrag (HM282)
    Wheels: Nippon F2 17x7" +40mm offset
    Tires: Continental ExtremeContact DW 205/50-ZR17 front, 225/45-ZR17 rear

    -- SUSPENSION
    Front Sway Bar: Addco 1" diameter
    Front Springs: Mustang II (500 lb/inch)
    Front Shocks: Koni
    Front Control Arms: Tubular steel with rod ends (from WCF)
    Rear Sway Bar: Stock '88 Fiero
    Rear Springs: Coil-overs (350 lb/inch)
    Rear Struts: Koni
    Rear Trailing Arms: Stock '88 Fiero
    Rear Lateral Links: Homemade (aluminum tubes with rod ends)

    -- BRAKES
    Booster: Rodney Dickman Prototype (modified S10 unit)
    Master Cylinder: Chevy Blazer
    Front Calipers: Wilwood aluminum race calipers (GM Metric replacement)
    Front Rotors: Chrysler LeBaron (11.25" diameter)
    Rear Calipers: Stock '88 Fiero
    Rear Rotors: Stock '88 Fiero

    -- INTERIOR
    Seats: Corbeau Forza II
    Harness: RCI 5-Point (SFI 16.1)
    Gauge Cluster: Buick LeSabre
    Shifter: Stock Fiero (5-speed) with custom shift lever
    NO carpet
    NO dash
    NO console
    NO headliner
    NO radio
    NO climate control

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Blacktree MAY 28, 01:59 PM
Now I'm working on a custom notchback decklid. The idea is to attach the rear fenders to the decklid (similar to the hood/fender mod), then fill in the tail light area and install 4" round tail lights. And to top it off, the stock spoiler will be moved about 5" toward the rear. Here's the concept sketch:



Here I'm test-fitting the modded spoiler. The angle of attack will be adjustable.



Here I'm making a casting of the tail light section. The casting will be used as a mold for filling the tail light section.



The tail light section isn't vertical. The angle is about 55° from horizontal. If I mounted the tail lights flush with the panel, they'd be aiming up into the sky. So I have to make "tail light pods" to aim the lights straight back. Below, you see the beginnings of that project.





It's taken me a couple weeks to get this far along with the tail light project. So don't expect anything overnight. I'll post updates when available.

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pheonix97031 MAY 29, 08:58 PM
Blacktree, get to work on this mod! I want to see where your going with it

And btw, you have a PM
Blacktree MAY 30, 04:03 PM
I made some more progress on the tail light pods. I decided to make the pods half raised and half recessed, like the hood scoop. I want to keep the styling cues consistent, because IMO it makes a car look better than when you throw a bunch of dissimilar styles together.

I decided to take the cheap-n-easy route for making the tail light pods. I built a contraption from scrap 1/4" plywood to act as a form. It holds two round plates in place at the correct angle for the tail lights. Below, you see the form being test-fitted into the mold.



After I was satisfied with the fit, I covered the round plates in duct tape (to keep the resin from bonding to them) and hot-glued the thing into the mold. Then I stretched strips of glass fiber cloth across the gaps. Below, you see the glass fiber ready for wetting. You can see the little pieces of masking tape holding the glass fiber strips in place.



Since that glass fiber cloth is suspended in mid-air, it's not very sturdy. I'll wait until the resin hardens, and then start laying on more fiberglass to form the pods. Once I'm done with that, I start again on the other side.

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Blacktree JUN 01, 05:30 PM
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doublec4 JUN 01, 10:57 PM
I like the direction its headed.... very "race" inspired!

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Blacktree JUN 02, 01:22 PM
On a side note: Francis from Trueleo Creations tells me my headers are almost ready. I can't wait!

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Blacktree JUN 06, 11:09 AM
Yesterday, my cat-back exhaust arrived.



It's the Ocelot system, sold by the Fiero Store. I decided to replace my glass-pack muffler with this, because the glass-pack is starting to get loud. Plus, the sound coming from it is slowly changing from "mellow and throaty" to "ragged and raunchy". Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. :shrug:

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Blacktree JUN 14, 08:17 PM
The headers are ready for action. Today, I wrapped and painted them. I used DEI brand silicone paint, sold at Summit Racing. The header wrap is Summit house-brand. I put a coat of paint on the headers before wrapping them, to be sure the metal was protected. Then I sprayed another coat onto the wrap, to protect the glass fiber. See photos below.





I'm waiting to install the headers until I can find a chassis dyno. I want to get before/after dyno runs, to see how the headers affect performance.

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Austrian Import JUN 17, 04:09 PM

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Originally posted by Blacktree:
I'm waiting to install the headers until I can find a chassis dyno. I want to get before/after dyno runs, to see how the headers affect performance.



I can't wait to see the results. That will be awesome.. I've been looking for measured benefits of Fiero headers.

-M