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My 88' Coupe to Formula Build Thread by fieroguy123
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Report this Post03-12-2010 08:50 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroguy123Click Here to Email fieroguy123Send a Private Message to fieroguy123Direct Link to This Post
About a year ago I bought a base 88 coupe T-top (yes CJB) for $1000. Since then alot of ideas have whirled through my head about what to do with the car including option of selling it. Well, my wife has since then claimed the car as hers and now I have to build it into a respectable fiero.

Here's a pic of how the car started out. Right before we rolled it in for paint.
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Prep work completed!


Meet Fred. He's our local pro hot rod painter. Does AMAZING work!


Here's a few in process of paint.





And a few after I rolled the car home.





Here's a couple with the new 17's. And yes, it's going to be lowered.



I also ordered (with my tax check, i'm unemployed currently) a new set of mr. mikes leatherette seats. Huge improvement!



We have decided to "re-do" the entire interior, so new carpet, Leather covered door panels, and a change of color scheme was in order.



Here's a pic of the new carpet installed and most of the interior. You get the idea of what it's gonna be. Door panels aren't back from the upholstery shop yet.


The car currently has no drivetrain in it, that's why it's setting up so high. I have an 89 turbo sunbird sitting out front of the house right now that's going to be the "heart donor" for the t-top formula build. That's on the schedule for next week. I'll take pics along the way and keep you all updated on the build. Should have the door panels back on Monday

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Originally posted by fieroguy123:

Also can someone tell me how to make the pics show up instead of just the link?



Upload at Myfiero.com navigate to the Image Host Tab then copy and paste the Forum Code link.

Please Please Please don't use photobucket. I want to see these pictures for a long time to come.
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Cant wait to see more. My car is like your car's "before"

edit: Turbo sunbird drivetrain? You and your unconventional swaps
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Originally posted by fieroguy123:

Thanks, I'll give it a shot.

Okay, just tried and I'm confused. Went to that tab and uploaded the pics one at a time. Now I can't figure out how to access the pics to be able to cut and paste them over. Help?



After you upload each one you need to copy and paste the link there is not a record of your uploads. I think they will be in numerical order so you should be able to figure out the rest of them by only having the latest one.
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Can't find a link, never saw one.
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PM sent

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Looking good!

I have a black t-top Formula. Always good to see another around.
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Well, mine will never be as cool as yours because it is to be only a clone. But i'm doing my darndest to make it as beautiful as possible and she'll have roughly 200 hp under the hood. Close enough to a formula for me!
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Report this Post03-13-2010 10:12 AM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroguy123Click Here to Email fieroguy123Send a Private Message to fieroguy123Direct Link to This Post
Here's a pic of the donor car


Here's a pic of the fiero with the new bumper emblem and rear hood decal


And this is what the engine will look like in the engine compartment.
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Originally posted by fieroguy123:
...I have an 89 turbo sunbird sitting out front of the house right now that's going to be the "heart donor" for the t-top formula build.
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So you're building your own 202-T, T-top car.
(If you don't get 202-T, search "Andretti" or "Red Shift" in the archives. But I'm sure you do.)

This is gonna be cool.

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Actually I do get the whole "202-T", but you wrote it wrong. The car was actually labeled the Red Shift Limited 204-T. Built by Bob Carter in Washington state. 11 were produced total, I know where two of them are and I've already built one out of my 88gt. So I'm building another one 204-T stands for 2.0 liters, 4 cylinders, Turbocharged. I'm working on a stamp that would heat a 204-t impression into the rear bumper where most would say pontiac across the back. It's gonna be cool.

Props to you my friend, I'm impressed that you've heard of those cars.
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My door panels are finished! How cool is this!?


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Lookin good! Coming along nicely. I like the door panels are they done by mr. mike to? Chris
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No, kent auto upholstery in indianapolis did it. He does fantastic work and at a very reasonable price! He did both door panels, died the top, tore off the carpet, and reupholstered the bottom half with leatherette for 150 bucks.
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Very nice lookin' Formula. Love what you're doing with the interior too. Nice choice for the drive train.

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Originally posted by fieroguy123:

Actually I do get the whole "202-T", but you wrote it wrong...


Yeah. I brain-cramped on that one.

Of course I meant 204-T. Realized that when I started looking through old folders for the magazine article I had saved.

Gonna be one hell of a ride, though. Nice work!

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Well after finishing a couple of customer cars, I have FINALLY got back to work on my formula build. I have to get this done in time to break it in before the Frazee trip this summer. Here are a couple of pics from this weekend, more pics coming.

This is the drivetrain mounted to the cradle....


And just a few hours later I had her in the car


Spent the day lowering the front end, but it got dark before I could take pictures. Tomorrow the rear gets lowered and I'll put up some more pics
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i was just looking at a sunbird with that same engine the other day. its at my local pick and pull. if you need anything let me know. it looked dang complete to me. plus they have 3 bumperpad cars with dukes in them to pick over.

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Originally posted by fieroguy123:

My door panels are finished! How cool is this!?




LOVE THOSE PANELS! Fantastic work!
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Thanks guys, I'm really gettin excited about this one. The car will be at frazee for sure if anyone wants to see it, the pictures don't even do it justice. The attention to detail on this one is second to none. It's definitely one of a kind.
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Bobby,

The car is looking great!! I can't wait to see both of them..I want a ride in either one!

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Got the car lowered today!!! I think I'm in love

Here's what the rear of the car looked like with the MUCH lighter 2.0 4 cyl in it


And here's a few of what it looks like now



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Looks sweet. Can't wait to do something to mine.

Has anyone taken a ride in the other car? It's pretty slow. [ ducks and runs ] Seriously, just kiddin' with ya.

Love the stealth look of your wifes car. The pics don't do the car justice.

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thx underdog, yeah other people have ridden in the car, they thought it was slow too. Lol The sound of a blow off valve behind your head is just kinda annoying isn't it? Lmao
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Very nice car! Like the door panels, too. Need bigger pictures, and maybe some video?
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Originally posted by fieroguy123:

The sound of a blow off valve behind your head is just kinda annoying isn't it? Lmao


Nope. I love the sound of those things.

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RWDPLZ, I would love to do some video, but I'm kind of a techno-tard and don't really know how. Maybe someone can help me with that?
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I washed the car today and put all the new stickers on it. Got my "tyler project" sticker on the back window too

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Report this Post06-06-2010 07:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroguy123Click Here to Email fieroguy123Send a Private Message to fieroguy123Direct Link to This Post
Finally found time today to finish the wiring harness. YAY!

Now all that leaves is both rear brake calipers, cooling hoses, and running the cables for the front mount battery. Looks like I'm gonna have it done in time for the Frazee trip!!!!

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IT'S ALIVE!!!! BWWWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Now all I need is rear brake calipers and to fab up a bracket for the shift cable. Getting excited here!!!

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Oh yeah!

Looks... sinister.
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That is looking awesome! Too bad all the pictures are so tiny!
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I love it when a Great Hoosier rises to the occasion.
You guessed it, I am originally from Indianapolis!!!
Sweet ride for the little lady!!
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Report this Post06-26-2010 07:56 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroguy123Click Here to Email fieroguy123Send a Private Message to fieroguy123Direct Link to This Post
Thanks for the compliments guys! The car has been down since October, so as you can imagine i'm ITCHING to drive it!
I got a hell of alot of work done today, all that's left for tomorrow is rear brakes, exhaust system, and First Test Drive!!!

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Well, given that I don't have money for new calipers for the formula, I just figured I would rob them off of my gt and replace them later....
PK strikes again!! I attempt to crack the bleeders on both front calipers before removing them, and SNAP!

Oh well, no big deal, they'll still work just fine. I just won't be able to bleed the brakes in the future. I'll try the back. Pull the rear wheels off, crack the bleeders, and SNAP!!! Now I have 4 broken off bleeders on my 88 gt and 2 bad rear calipers on my formula, DOH!
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Originally posted by fieroguy123:

Well, given that I don't have money for new calipers for the formula, I just figured I would rob them off of my gt and replace them later....
PK strikes again!! I attempt to crack the bleeders on both front calipers before removing them, and SNAP!

Oh well, no big deal, they'll still work just fine. I just won't be able to bleed the brakes in the future. I'll try the back. Pull the rear wheels off, crack the bleeders, and SNAP!!! Now I have 4 broken off bleeders on my 88 gt and 2 bad rear calipers on my formula, DOH!



Depending on how much of the bleeder is left sticking above the caliper, you might be able to take a 3/8" nut, place it over the protruding portion and then fill the center of the nut with weld. As it cools, tap the top of the nut with a hammer to help break the threads loose. Then gently try to spin the rest of it off. This has good results most of the time, just remember not to use brake clean if using a shielding gas containing argon. If it breaks off again, time to get out the easyout or reverse drill bit.
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Report this Post06-27-2010 01:17 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroguy123Click Here to Email fieroguy123Send a Private Message to fieroguy123Direct Link to This Post
I appreciate the tips, but all 4 broke off inside the caliper. Maybe it's time to buy some e-z outs.
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