In the last couple of weeks I have completed a first phase of sound deadening on the floor pans and firewalls of my 88 GT. All interior out, cleaned, and back in again... had KEV redo the headliner... had to find screws to replace the ones that the previous dipsh*t owner left out... cleaned and painted rusted raw metal brackets above the HVAC... swapped old Sony headunit for newer Sony headunit that could play MP3s... swapped out original injectors for used ones... modified and installed Camaro 2.8 EGR tube and replaced EGR solenoid... replaced TPS... replaced completely blown front shocks... wow what a difference that makes...
I just got mine running and also discovered it had speakers in the head rests...Duh....Had too much going on since I picked this one(my first) a month or so back...It keeps getting better!!!
------------------ 1969 GTO..474CI..10:90's..All motor, street legal 1971 LeMans Sport Convertible...Just a cruiser 1977 TA..14 point Roll cage..GTO replacement 1997 Grand Prix GT...For sale 1985 Pontiac Fiero GT..Stock...For the moment
Spent a while yesterday working on my trunk release issues. It seems that I had a sporadic issue with the trunk popper working, then not working. It used to work all of the time. Well, I am actually continueing this post to keep myself humble. After tearing into the dash switches, and the trunk popper, I found my problem. The Helms manual has a trouble shooting check list to run through. After scratching my noggin for a while, I decided to use the book. One of the trouble shooting questions asks you to pull up on the parking brake handle, then test the switch. Well, the trunk released as intended too. You need to have the parking brake pulled for the trunk release to work. Doh! Makes perfect sense to me now. I ran without the "blue dingy thingy" for a while, and the trunk would always pop. A while back, I reinstalled the "blue dingy thingy". This caused the trunk release to operate properly. So, you see, I have to chalk this perplexing issue up as operater error. And now, back to your reguarly scheduled program...
Well, it was actually yesterday, but I pulled the old 2.8 in preparation for my 4.9 swap. Also cleaned the new transmission and started to sort through the collection of parts I've accumulated for the swap.
Worked on fiberglassing the T-Top headliner. I had a crack in it, so I decided to make it more ridged before putting the new material on.
Also doing a 4 wheel "Hillbilly" alignment after putting a bump steer kit on along with all new tie rod ends and ball joints. Amazing what you can do with a builders square, tape measure, level, caulk line and pencil to draw on the garage floor.
On my road trip to the Dells, he shifting became harder and harder. The clutch master and slave was replaced in March. Everyone said bleed the slave. Did that in the parking lot at Chula Vista. It made it worse until there was no hifting at all. Air in the line, but where it was coming from? Archie's guys bled it and we got it working, but till felt funny. I drove to Archie's place and yesterday they rebuilt the new slave. The slaves out there are crap. I'll test it out more today as I'll be driving up to Janesvill, WI. This was the first breakdown I have had in the 22 years of ownership. I still have the Hot Rod Power Tour and lots of shifting..
I was showing my oldest son that geometery has it's place in the real world. I had him help me with the 4 wheel alignment on the GT. The rear wheels were just about right on, the front, well thats another story. Way out of alignment. I think I'm going to have to spin the driver upper ball joint around, way to much neg camber.
Anyway I think he saw the light a little.
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I washed my 88 coupe and I got a new project. It's a 87 Fiero GT. Has 166k miles, needs paint and some interior work but runs and drives great. I'm thinking it's going to be my 3800 swap car. Oh, and it has no rust, has always been stored winters.
Took the car off the jacks.... wow it's low..... And I really missed the look of it --- You know you'all are as crazy as me and just sit on your caster wheel shop seat and just stare at the body lines........
Great news though.....
TOOK IT FOR A SPIN AROUND THE BLOCK for the first time since October of last year.
Finally installed Fiero Store's stainless brake lines, all new hoses, new front calipers, and bled the system with synthetic fluid, replacing the completely black brake fluid that was in there before. What a messy ordeal. Car brakes perfectly now, since I did the Grand Am upgrade on the rear a couple years ago.
Ordered new front inner and outer tie rod ends, rack bushing, bellows, and rack wrench from Rodney Dickman. The driver's outer tie rod is completely shot, and the grease boot on the passenger side is bad, too. Still some play in one of the inner tie rods, or a bad rack bushing. Might as well redo the whole thing.
Got my new lowering spindals in the mail today. I just looked at them and the car. I'm going on vacation so it's a project after I get back and I'm looking forward to it. The front was sitting just a little higher than I wanted.
washed it, and decided to start looking for a rear wing, delete my luggage rack and get a somewhat functional stock wing on it, which means wayy up in the air even with the roofline. a body 4 me MUST have something aerodynamic about it. i can't stand having something that "looks cool" but does nothing for the handling of the car.
drove it to a pool party and to show off to some friends. while showing it off, i realized i drove it there without the license plate. OOPS! drove it strait home with a friend tail gating me and parked it in the garage.
Got the grill put back in the XTC and mounted the license plate - got to have a front plate to be legal in Texas (nazi's)! Alos installed a new GT steering wheel with a low profile mount. At least it's legal now.
Drove it up on ramps and thought I could lube it. What made me think I could do it with the wheels on? Drove it off the ramps and took off each tire to get to the fittings. Found out my right front tire has a valve stem or some other foreign body in it (it clinks around when you roll the tire). Test drove it to McDonalds and had lunch. Contemplated looking at the plugs, but it started to rain.
Picked up two pairs of Pyle 4 x 10 speakers (about the same as the stock units) from a friend of mine that found them in his stockroom, he wasn't sure either pair worked. Both pairs are actually brand new so I replaced the P.O.S. stock front speakers with a pair of these and they sound much better. Also chased down a bad connection for my right sail panel speaker so now all four a working again. I have no idea what I am going to do with the other new pair of speakers, maybe put them on the Mall.
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The headlight motor went down on my turbo GT. Fortunately it was the easier to rebuild drivers side. I don't know if I am the only one doing this but I just take out the entire assembly and rebuild while the motor is attached. Works perfect now.
------------------ " THE BLACK PARALYZER" -87GT 3800SC Series III engine, 3.4" Pulley, N* TB, LS1 MAF, Flotech Exhaust Autolite 104's Custom CAI 4T65eHD w. custom axles, HP Tuners VCM Suite. "THE COLUSSUS" 87GT - ALL OUT 3.4L Turbocharged engine, Garrett Hybrid Turbo, MSD ign., modified TH125H " ON THE LOOSE WITHOUT THE JUICE "
I drove mine. Took my 1986 2M4 around Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler, AZ, for a couple hours. I also fueled it up for the second time since buying it and figured I get 21 mpg (city driving). I was hoping it would have been better.
Fixed the heater core. Was an easy job. Noticed the larger top hose has a small leak in it, fixed it. Now I have the peace of mind knowing it's not bypassed anymore. Wish I had more time, I would have done my brakes too.