Around the middle of September, I'll drive my Fiero through Texas to Mississippi (southeast of Vicksburg) and then back through Texas to Colorado. My 3800SC/4t65e HD combo runs extremely well thanks to Mike Gonzalez's conversion and I have new tires, brakes, rims, shocks, braided brake hoses, battery,etc, etc. I have driven the car all around Colorado Springs, to Denver and Pueblo at freeway speeds and it drives very well. My mechanical skills are pretty good and I will bring an assortment of tools and electrical parts and my multimeter.
At this stage, my only concern is a jack in case I get a flat. I have Triple-A and can get someone out to fix it but I ain't dead yet but I need a jack that will fit into the Fiero and lift the car. I can't find one small enough to go under the car with a flat and fit inside the trunk. I have a good spare. Any suggestions? What else should I bring--carwise? I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Posts: 1519 From: Upstate NY US Registered: Dec 2009
I bought the small jack that harbor freight sells. It works good, and fits in the trunk. When I make long distance trips, I carry all the usual tools, a full size spare, jack, 4 way lug wrench, coolant, blanket, oil, extra belt(s), prybar, flares, and a cell phone!
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Posts: 2921 From: El Paso, Texas Registered: Aug 2003
And you're familiar with the laws of breakdown likelihood.....right? The probability of a breakdown is inversely proportionate to your level of preparedness.
Sounds like your swap was done right and you maintain your car....you should be fine. The small $20 Harbor Freight floor jack is what I bring on long trips. I brought half my toolbox when Katatak and I drove the Fieros to San Antonio in May. 1500 + miles and neither car missed a beat, of course. Had I left without them.......
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Posts: 1767 From: Third World Country, OR Registered: Oct 2009
Thanks for your suggestions. I pretty much thought of most of that but the blanket is a good idea because we have been caught in the mountains by a freak snow storm in late September. The coolant and oil is a good idea too. Looking at the available room, it is a good thing I travel light!
Is the Harbor Freight/Advanced jack a scizzors jack? Looking under the my cradle, there is barely enough room for a 4x4!
I like the inverse proportionality rule!
Posts: 7136 From: Omaha, NE USA Registered: Apr 2008
If you come anywhere near the El Paso area and need a break or need some help, do not hesitate to call. We are always ready willing and able to help support fellow Fiero fanatics here in Far West Texas. I have had a few flats on a few Fiero's and the stock jack works OK for flat changes. Otherwise, the small 2 ton floor jack like others have mentioned works good for many things. A short 2X4 or 2 can make a big difference too - especially if your car sits low. Be prepared - and have a safe trip.
Posts: 2337 From: Republic of TX Registered: Jun 2007
Thanks for the 2x4 idea and the other ideas. Kat, I appreciate your offer should I get into problems in El Paso. I read Mstangsbeware's saga and you guy were and are great. I offer the same to you or any other Fiero folks. We live less than seven miles from IH25, north of Colorado Springs and I have a strong running Chevy 4x4 plus a place to work on cars.
The exhaust lift thingy harks back to the '70s or '80s. I bought one for my wife and the only time I used it was to try it out. It lifted her '71 Duster with little effort. The neighborhood kids thought it was cool. I have the 100 mile tow version of AAA but unless the car doesn't run and I can't fix it, (despite my age--72) I feel like I should repair it myself.
I remembered the scissors jack in my old Buick so I will bring that. My Notchie popped a code yesterday so I'll have to fix that before leaving but otherwise I think all is well in Fieroland.
Posts: 259 From: Woodsville, New Hampshire Registered: Dec 2009
When was younger an my only car was a fiero I always kept a small MVP jack from advanced auto or something like that. it was not very expensive. Something like 50 bucks I think it came with a small duffle bag to carry the jack so I threw some misc tools in there and it stored just fine up front next to/ onto of my spare. But as the story goes I never used it. Only because I had it
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