Took off Friday for a marathon focus on the Fiero. Friday I had new 17 x 8 wheels and tires installed, followed by Eibach lowering springs and Koni shocks/struts with new lower ball joints from Rodney and had everything aligned Friday. Saturday I installed the front and rear sway bars as well as new radiator support mounts from Rodney. Much better than the stock tin foil ones. I had set the shocks' struts at their stiffest setting Friday and backed them off Saturday as I didn't want a kidney transplant, LOL. Pulled the dash and fixed the loose connection causing tach and turn signal indicators to work intermittently and fixed the cigarette lighter as well. Adjusted the fuel gauge to at least be in the realm of reality. I've run out gas three times already in 45 days I've had the car. I had forgotten how small the tanks in these cars are and the gauge on this one was way off, i.e. 1/4 of tank when empty.
Installed the gauge pod, (waiting on custom gauges from Speedhut), installed the Hurst short shifter, pulled the seats and carpet and installed Dynomat Extreme. Never used it before but heard good things, so we'll see. I like the custom seat covers, the carpet, not so much. Supposedly custom molded for the car. If so, the molder was broken and the operator was drunk. Definitely not impressed with the carpet, but it will do for now. Ordered the correct chip for the NA 3800 PCM from Ryan at Sinister (Thanks to whomever it was that recommended him) which will solve the burning rich problem. Replaced and calibrated the TPS as it was flakey. Hopefully exhaust this week and next weekend upgrading the brakes and lighting if all the parts come in.
I removed my clutch line and replaced it with one from the fiero store I purchased last year. My slave was leaking and was replaced also. My lazyness caused the scoring of a aluminum slave . my clutch line was rusting from the inside. I had a replacement cast iron slave in the box of parts. It took me 3 days but my car moves. Clutch still does funny things but it's not dead yet. Call me stupid but I found a round card board in my Rodney dickmans master cylinder that has been in my car for 4 yes. I think I should have removed it because I did remove it and my clutch feels the best it has ever has. All of the work and not a drop on the floor. The trick to removing the front trunk out is not to forget about the brake lines attached to the bottom. I am running out of parts I have not worked on .soo much fun.
Clutch worked great , I pulled the car out of your garage and the water pump is leaking. Lots of parts to remove. I removed the timing chain cover and something dropped ( metal) right in the oil pan.looks like I'm changing the pan gasket too.How hard is it I will find out tomorrow. I hope I can get it back together while the humidity is low for my backs sake.
Found out the hard way that lowering ball joints and the 12 in brake kit do not work together. So until I get some drop spindles I am back to stock brakes. Passenger side was done in 10 minutes, but both the bolts for the adapter-plate on the drivers side rounded out. Three hours later I completed swapping out the spindle for the parts car. The car drives fine with no rubbing but I miss the extra braking power. Thanks to my Fiero friends for the extra parts.
I haven't done anything, per se, but I am in the middle of a 4000 mile road trip in my '88 GT! I drove from Denver to Houston last week and then spent a day in New Orleans before heading up and over to Birmingham, AL. I go back to Houston this weekend before heading home. All for work too, so I'm actually getting paid to drive my Fiero.
I did hit a curb while in Houston though. It rained pretty much the whole time I was there and I didn't see the median. Anyway, I got a fresh alignment and it drives like a new car. Evidently my alignment guy in Colorado did a crappier job than I thought.....everything was out of spec. It's actually fun to drive it now.
That's all for now.....maybe I'll get to ford some more flooded roads on the way to Houston. I think I reached the maximum a slightly lowered Fiero should attempt at 5 inches.
Today I installed koni red struts on the rear, poly bushings on all suspension components, installed a larger throttle body, wrapped my exhaust and installed an expansion tank on my water to air intercooler setup. Very productive day!
It's been in storage since Christmas -pulled the battery and put a charge on it. Started her up and took her out for a quick drive. Pulled back in storage and regretted driving her when the pollen is so heavy - the Fiero was nice and clean - now it is covered in green pollen.
I put n RD headlight gears but now I have the dreaded clicking because the motor is not making a full travel closed or open. I have to take it apart and grease it better and rotate the stator I guess from some opinions after a search.
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Not quite done. I need to reinforce the front bulkhead to combat the gas struts that I installed for hood props. It literally distorts a full inch or more with hood movement and as that's the headlight motor mounting surface; that's really bad. Anyway, I need to finish the other side and put all of the connectors on the wires I ran for bulbs and shutter drop (high beam). Why is everything always so much more work than it's supposed to be?