Rickady88GT V8 build thread (Page 1/40)
Rickady88GT JUN 10, 08:55 PM
OK, I took out the 3.5 V6 Short Star to put in a 5.3 LS4 V8.








This V6 swap was smog legal in CA so the plan is to do the V8 smog legal using the same stratagy. Basically, I will just put everything from the donor car in the Fiero.


I will not repaint the car.


But I will change out the entire interior.


The new interior will not look like a Fiero at all.


I got a dash from a 08 Malibu. But will not use any of the electronics or switches from it. Well, I will use the adjustable electric pedals.


So the list of "options" will look like this:

1988 Fiero GT
4 speed automatic
5.3 LS4 V8
power steering (2000 Camero 2.5 turns lock to lock)
12" C4 Corvette brakes
08 Malibu dash
08 Malibu steering wheel with "tap shift"
electrically adjustable pedals
dual climate control A/C
6 disk in dash CD with Sat and Ipod
1000 watt10 speaker sound system
Driver information center
SRT4 seats
Blacked out interior with blue suede
Mote Carlo gauges with Malibu dash
custom center console and door panels
Keyless entry
Keyless remote start with preheat or precool HVAC system
Anti theft system
drive by wire


I will edit this first post MANY times to add info.


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[This message has been edited by Rickady88GT (edited 06-11-2009).]

Jncomutt JUN 10, 08:59 PM
Can't wait to see the progress on this. The detail on that V6 was amazing and the build enjoyable to follow.
Tony Kania JUN 10, 09:11 PM
I have read some of your prior posts concerning this car. Your work is spectacular. This will be a thread to watch people. Good luck with her.

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Rickady88GT JUN 10, 09:50 PM
Thank you,
I wanted to get close to driving the car before the thread. Now that the car runs and the intirior is looking better, I decided to start the thread.
Rickady88GT JUN 10, 10:01 PM
The V6 came out after I got a smog cert. This way I can drive the V8 for two years without the smog reff. I now have two years to "work out the bugs" before the next smog check.

I got an LS4 with the 4T65EHD and the entire electrical syetem.
The system was so complete that all I had to do was add a Battery and a fuel tank to run.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOL9BeC4dyA

I used the stock MoteCarlo dash and gauges to run the engine.


I will use ALL of the electronics to run the drivetrain. I just need to adapt them into the Malibu dash.


Raydar JUN 10, 10:11 PM

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Originally posted by Rickady88GT:
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I will use ALL of the electronics to run the drivetrain. I just need to adapt them into the Malibu dash.



PCM, BCM, gauges... What else?
Rickady88GT JUN 10, 10:16 PM

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Originally posted by Raydar:


PCM, BCM, gauges... What else?



I will also use the ALBCM, HVAC, antitheft system. I have the Sat and OnStar sysem instaled too.

MordacP JUN 10, 10:23 PM
The malibu dash is VERY nice. Where do you keep getting this stuff? The SRT-4 seats, now the malibu dash....
The short star is pretty cool, what are you plans with it?

I'm gonna have to come see when you're done!
Rickady88GT JUN 10, 10:26 PM
Before I could start the engine I had to fix the broken anti theft system. It got damaged in the crash.


With out the stock donor key and pick up the engine would not run.

After I got it fixed I put it back into the Monte Carlo steering columb and adaped the system into the Malibu dash.
Rickady88GT JUN 10, 10:30 PM

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Originally posted by MordacP:

The malibu dash is VERY nice. Where do you keep getting this stuff? The SRT-4 seats, now the malibu dash....
The short star is pretty cool, what are you plans with it?

I'm gonna have to come see when you're done!



You can come see it any time

The Short Star is for sell. I did take some parts off of it to put into the LS4, so it does not run at this time.

I got the stuff from the net. Just keep an eye out for it.