Reinstalled the ignition module in my 88GT with a better coating of heat sink grease. When orignally put it in I couldn't find my heat sink tube in my tool box. I used some di-electric grease instead. I bought another tube of heat sink grease, opened up the tool box and found the old tube. It was cloudy and cooler today so it was a nice day for work in the garage. The car started and ran, so I figure I put it in correctly.
Bought another one last night, 84 SE. I put 2 new headlights in it, new radiator and thermostat cap, new coolant temperature sensor; then took it thought Memphis city inspection, passed better than a new car. Now just need to figure out why the temp gauge doesn't work and what the suspension needs... then brakes... and paint... and interior... what have I gotten myself into I told myself I wouldn't get another one. Oh well. oh yeah, I also went looking at a couple Northstars
Took her out for a cruise. After about an hour of stop and go traffic, the clutch started feeling wonky - headed for the house, and by the time I backed into the garage, I lost all clutch pedal... The slave puked all over the driveway.
Spent the the next hour trying to find one locally. No luck, so will order one online.
been cleaning it slowly since thursday. got the trunk carpet out, suprisingly almost no rust back there. probably should take care of it while i have the carpet out, but i dnt have a sandblaster handy and will get carried away very quickly
Charged the battery all night so I could start my daily driver w/4.9 liter since it hadn't been touched for 6 months. Upon charge, I took the key to ignition and smelled gas...it was flowing from a fuel line. So, long story short, changed both fuel lines and preped to change cork tranny gasket for rubber one. 7 qts of Dex 2 and a new gasket with tranny filter ready to go in sometime this week. Will also do an oil pan gasket change for teh same reason and oil/filter change at same time. How the hell do you get your hands around in the bottom of there after these swaps???
got 2 70mm allen head bolts (M10x1.25) and 4 (M10x1.24) allen head bolts for the UIM. looks so much better now. test drove it, and throttle response is a million times better now and i feel a bit more power. all from a CRX intake pipe and a 3" to 4" coupler and the fiero sucking in cold air instead of air emminating directly off the cross pver pipe that was right below the cone filter on the TB.
New ignition module and pickup coil. Tightened the hose clamp on the fuel return line after it leaked on the shop floor.
Started the car and had it actually run!
Fuel return line is leaking on the shop floor, thermostat housing cap is squirting coolant on the engine, throttle body heater loop is threatening to burst and I forgot I need to fix two vacuum lines (have a code 44 for that)
Maybe tomorrow I can take my first ever drive in a Fiero!
88 GT 4.9 got two new fuel lines. Also a new tranny filter and gesket as the cork had pretty much gone to crap. Tomorrow is new pan gasket and oil change. 88 GT with 13k got a brand new Delco subwoofer NOS from Paul Vergas...no more buzzing! 88 Formula - still trying to figure out why my relays aren't causing the fuel pump to prime 86 SE - diagnosis, bad fuel pump but good relays
Changed Spark Plugs and saw that my front wires are rusted on the inside, Went to put on the Gas cap and realized I am missing the latch piece, ran codes and MAP Sensor is bad, Looked for clips to install my molding and don't have them here...Nothing good!
Within the past week I installed the rocker panels, mirrors, Sail Panels, and intake grill...after being painted black.
Rebuilt both headlight motors and gears. Things came apart wonderfully and almost went back together easily. Found out you just had to talk to it right and after a while it went back together. Not a single part left over. Waited for dark, re-aimed the lights and took it for a nice night drive for the first time. And just to celebrate my success.....at each stop sign, I would lower the lights and bring them back up.....just because I could.
Installed my new Monroe Sensa-track shocks and struts all the way around... Replaced all of the brake calipers, rotors and pads with new. Installed the replacement clips for my Hella 90MM low profile popups. Re-aimed my low beams, will be modifying the low beam shields in the near future to provide a better light pattern.
Grand Am Brake conversion - before (old hardware)
After (new hardware)
My assistant, Molly.
My headlights, readjusted...
A friend of mine came and helped me with the brakes today. It made things go faster just having someone to BS with. Plus, he learned a bit...
He drives a Mazda Speed3. Some performance tweaks and visual tweaks. It is a very toned down look, black with black windows. Looks mean.
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I finally removed enough stuff that I could get the intake off my 4.9, so that I can install the Allante intake and rocker supports.
Originally posted by johnyrottin:
88 GT 4.9... Tomorrow is new pan gasket and oil change. ...
Good luck with that. Mine turned into quite a few "tomorrows". The cradle is too close to the pan. You may be able to remove the center (under the pan) mount and gain enough clearance, but I doubt it. There's a lot of stuff to unbolt, too. The way Ed's folks installed these things, you could probably pick up the car by the engine, and shake it until the car fell apart, without even flexing the mounts.
------------------ Raydar 88 4.9 Formula IMSA Fasback..........................88 3.4 coupe -soon to be something other than red
had my trunk latch welded into place. last one came permanently detached a couple years ago and a temporary fix finally gave in. painted it with some 12oo* BBQ Grill rustoleum paint. flat black.
bought some sylvania silverstar 921 bulbs for the courtesy lights and the map lights. one for the front trunk light as well. holy crap those are the best incandescent lights ive ever seen. too bad they dont have them in festoon styles. i would really like to have one for the trunk. even tho those will be replaced by LED strips in some time. too much light is never a bad thing when it comes to your trunks and engine bay