So today I was going to work on my dash faceplates (I'm making them out of fiberglass and then covering with veneer), when I got to the cluster one. I thought it would be a difficult process, and then I realized that the original stock interior doesn't look half bad. So I went on tracing it to my fiberglass plate and when I took it off, I found I made a minor mistake. Not a big one though, it would just take a few minutes to fix, but thats when I threw in the towel. I've already made a shift surround (plate and actual piece), small gauge pod plate (no poly, but cut to size and veneered), had the right size for the radio plate, and of coarse the plate for the cluster, fully veneered with a coat of poly. I've invested at least $100 in materials for this. Has anybody else had this happen? Sorry for my rant.
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Posts: 3231 From: Bailey's Harbor, for now. Registered: Sep 2005
I'm about $600 into my full body swap (se to fastback + every other panel except the roof).. I'm starting to doubt and I'm halfway into my project. $600 is a lot of money invested, I doubt it will look as good as I initially thought and it's a lot of work to finish! I can't give up though because I now have a multi colored Fiero with miss-aligned panels. If I leave it as is it looks like crap. I’m starting the fastback part next and then I have to tweak the front panels so that the alignment issues are fixed. It’s a headache but I hope it pays off. What sucks is that I'm doubting so much now and I wonder what made me think the crazy idea was a good idea .. haha
Posts: 2816 From: Edgewood, New Mexico Registered: Nov 2000
I worked nearly 10 years off and on with my '53 Chevy pickup and one day I woke up to go downstairs to install the steering column and brake pedal and said, "I hate this danged thing." Later that day, I put it on craigslist for $10,000 and took a $6,000 loss. The new owner is getting tired of it now and sent a message to me through a mutual friend that he'd like to sell it. Frankly, I like my Notchie with the 3800SC and he can keep that money pit.
I have been there done that. almost 3 years ago i had my first fiero a mint 86gt that I sold to build my 73 nova, over the past three years that car fought me every single step of the way all up till about 6 months ago I was driving it (one of the few times it didn't fight me some how) and I realized it wasn't fun anymore, I had to fix it more then I could drive it and enjoy it.. Sold the car 2 days later taking a $1500 loss.. 3 months later I got myself another fiero and I'm still regretting selling my first one.. but lesson learned and extremely happy with the one I have now. I know I wont be making the same mistake twice.
Yea, i did my 3.4 P/R swap, with an automatic, I put the cradle and everything into the Fiero, everything is nearly brand new, started having problems with the automatic 4-speed, then decided i want a 4-speed manual, so now I gotta swap the car over to manual, and drop the the freshly put in cradle and put a manual in.
Happened to me a lot during the building of my 87. Thought i would never get it done (still isant) but i kept on pressin forward. but i was about to throw in the towl on the whole car when my green fiero made its way into my driveway. i had some kid ready to buy it but i was standing outside my garage one day looking at it and said to myself the green one is nice but the 87 is my car my idea and my pride and joy...... im going to get burried in that car if it dosent kill me.
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Posts: 4305 From: Sydney Australia Registered: Sep 2004
Everyone has that is why we admire the final product so much. My car has given me regrets at times i have missed fiero drives shows etc. Changing my mind about my body kit added another year to my build. I don't want to think about an engine swap till i have the engine and every piece i will ever need and only have 21000 miles on the clock so not in a rush.