well i was just on my way home for lunch hoping my brakes would last me the way home since they decided to somehow drain the master cylinder and barely work anymore on my way to school. on my way home it just suddenly started downpouring harder then ive even seen it downpour before so i slowed way down to about 5 mph and still couldn't see so i pulled off the road and had to hold the brake pedal to the floor until it finally stopped. then i managed to get home after the rain calmed down a little bit but now after work i get the joy of trying to find out whats leaking now and how much money i get to spend. hopefully its something that i can fix before may 7th but with this car im not getting my hopes up anymore.
I received a set of gray lace wheels in pretty good shape. The had an old set of dry rotted drag wheels on them. I had the tires removed and have spent the past few days cleaning the broken down clear coat with a wire wheel, steel wool and coarse sand paper. I put the wheels in a 65 gallon trash can with some strong cleaners and have them soaking in the sun. The grey was in good shape and no curb rash on the edges. The edges will still need some more fine sanding to clean them up. Just a good set of gray lace wheels for the parts storage shed or garage.
I dusted off the 87 waiting for the radio to be fixed and waiting for the mirror switch from the Fiero Factory. I order a new oil sending unit, a two wire version as the oil guage has been getting ready to crap out. (I hope that was the right one, rather than a three wire version) Any ideas on why the oil idiot light doesn't come on when the key is on? I replaced the bulb, replaced the bulb socket, switched to a known working bulb and socket, cleaned the circuit board where the buld socket connects.
Got my TXGOOD cupholder/armrest today. I have to say this is a really nice piece. Very sturdy and well made nothing at all cheap about this product. The stitching is perfect and matches my interior better than I imagined. Looks fantastic in the car and has just the right amount of cushion under the arm. Mike was great to work with and I have to thank fierothomas for supplying the material so it matched my shifter boot. Mike even sent back the extra material that was left over. Highly recommended!!
I drove it to school, drove it home, washed it, went to a cruise in at Gilmore Car Museum, cruised around Gull Lake with my buddies, and came home after all of my friends' cars broke something (points for the Fiero!!)
This is at th cruise in next to my buddy's Falcon and some old guy's GT500
i got a lot of positive comments on the Fiero, and only one fire reference! Most people said something like, "I didn't know they made Fieros this nice" or "wow, all the fieros I've seen look like crap, this one looks nice"
Pulled out the factory sub box since the speaker sounded like crap. Found out why....the PO had put in a 5" coaxial speaker. I installed the Tang Band sub I bought from Parts Express after a quick trip to Lowes for some materials to mod the box. I still need to find a grill for it, but other than that, it's ready to go back in the car. Sounds great from my test fit.
Finally figured out what the hesitation was from my 2.8. After all the work I have done checking fuel pressure, injectors and vacuum leaks turns out I had a TB fuse missing!! DUH now I feel really dumb! LOL Car ran good before (just has a hesitation) but now it seems to run great. Boy it sure fumed up the garage when I started it though. Tomorrow I will take her for a spin to see if that clears up. Guess that explains my lean code too.
I decided to install the 3-core radiator after all. Apparently I have a lot of self-hatred. I had to cut the top radiator bracket and bushings to make everything fit. It took a long time.
I test drove it and everything seems perfect. It is a really tight fit even after modifying the bracket. I don't know what the long term affects of this will be. if any. I would not do this again given the choice. Save your money.
Spent some time at the local Ace Hardware getting a dozen well nuts and bolts to hold the luggage rack after the paint job. Delivered them to the body shop, and got to see the Fiero after the new paint! They're busy buffing it out, and it looks sweet. I'l have it back by this Saturday.
The mirror switch from the Fiero Factory arrived today, I reinstalled it in the 87 and the mirrors are working and the windows go up and down. Thanks Jeremy!! Maybe I'll put the rest of the console back together. There always is tomorrow.
After 24 hours of curing I am happy that the road test went well. It was a successful repair. I also noticed that my right headlight assembly would hit the tank when it was in the stowed position. I have tweaked it so that is comes really close now but it does not make contact when fully stowed anymore.
I also spent a little more time clearancing the upper radiator bracket to fit my 3-core radiator. It is no longer what I consider to be too tight of a fit.
Replaced my passenger front hub bearing assembly with a new one from Autozone (I know, I know, but it was my only option). Had to use some smaller bolts in the front with the original bolts pressing from the backside to break it free from the knuckle. It was VERY rusted in place, and took much knuckle-busting, cursing and sweat to get the darn thing out. Next step is to do all my brake pads... Took me all day just to get the hub bearing done, will tackle the brake pads tomorrow.
------------------ 1988 GT
--Now new and improved with restriction free manifolds, Rodney's floating rear cradle nut kit, Fiero Store front cradle bolts, manifold stud kit, etc...
The window switches that this company sold had windows on them. These were listed as lock but would have rather had the ones with a lock symbol on them. I still like how they look on the overhead console though.