Finished the AC wiring. Installed the battery, Started it up and added the water to the engine. Burping coolant system is a pain. Drove my car for the first time, but only 6 inches. I cut it off and let it cool so I could check it form more water. Cleaned off the tools from all over the car. About 2 hours later I drove around the bock for the first time under its own power. I got to check all 5 gears for engagement. I know reverse works, cause I used it to get out of the garage.
Took off the driver's side front fender and rear quarter panel, started sanding off rust. Not much rust up front, but one BIG piece missing in back! Need to do some welding before putting the panels back on it. Cut up the old bumperpad rear bumper cover, so now I HAVE to use the Indy body parts!
Got to see my baby for the first time in 3 weeks. Found out condensation is getting into my trunk and my Owners Manual and Service manual molded, along with a bunch of speakers, a cell phone charger, and other stuff. But I washed her, changed my side vent, put on a new stereo bezel, put in a short shifter, and 1984 door sill plates. Tomorrow new seat belts are going in.
Took it on the highway for the first time. it rides nice. Tomarow i'm picking up stuff to swap to fastback and rear bumper and also hopefully sideskirts and lower gt profile parts. Its going to be a 84 GT fastback with a 2.5 auto. lol
Changed broken alternator adjustment bracket for good one. Swapped in Dodgerunner's bracket kit with my Dad's help, added belt tensioner and belt (took all day, nothing cooperated). Changed the oil and oil filter, checked seals, sprayed silicone on the rubber bushings, checked the tie rods and ball joints in the rear, greased the fittings, changed the lug nuts. Scrubbed the wheels some more to get rid of gunk I didn't get last week. Added some fuel injector cleaner. Cleaned the plenum (cosmetic). Used rust converter to get rid of some run off from the battery tray which looks like it sank with the Titanic. Will be trying next week to put on replacement battery tray kit and maybe valve cover gaskets, change the spark plugs.
------------------ 1986 SE V6, stock, auto, fastback. GT Trim and Body panels.
I traded my Indy last night to fierothomas, and got a 1985 GT, 4 speed. Today I took her out and learned to drive a manual trans. Still a little shakey, but I drove to my buddy's house and back to mine and didn't stall. (thats about 5 miles of stop and go here in chicago)
noticed the exhaust pipes turning cherry red on my '87 GT so i pulled off the EGR and bad tube and replaced with block off plates.also took off the water lines going to my throttle body as i have mild winters and dont need them which gave the engine bay a cleaner look.put on the last new caliper and new rubber brake line. that makes all 4 in the last month now.had to buy a 10" steel metal tube as it was the only one that wouldn't break free.20 years will do that.
Took it to a swap meet to buy it a MSD 6AL. Found one, looks brand new, guy was asking $85. Offered him $65 figuring to pay $75 but....... he said ok.
On the way out my friend stopped to look at the Fiero (I've only had it 3 weeks) and noticed that the coil has been arcing under the metal frame. I went back in to where I had seen an MSD Blaster 8226 coil, still in the package for $40. Offered him $30, he hemmed and hawed and said $35. Ok
On the way home there were a dozen High School Cheerleaders washing cars at the Sonic. I stopped by to do my civic duty and make a contribution to their fundraising.
Went home and put the coil on. Idle was a little unsteady with the new coil, hmmm, but better throttle response throughout the range.
Tried to modify Munson's headlights.put the stock lights back on.added lower driving lights on botttom..........Now my battery won't stay charged..always did need another alternator. Will head to the archieves for research.Winter is almost here.good project. ..I LOVE THAT CAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Took the old coupe nose off, and test-fitted the aero nose on. What an inspiration! Problem is, it looks like the coupe nose used different turn signal housings than the aero nose. Does anybody know if that is true?
Burned yet another chip for the 3.4. This time, trying to get the off-idle stumble out of it. (May not get a chance drive it again until after I replace the Isuzu with the new Getrag, though.) Ordered a bunch of blank chips. (Kind of a pain, recycling through 2 or 3 chips. Especially if you break a pin.)
Drove the 4.9 to Auburnfest this past weekend, and met up with a bunch of other Fiero (and other) maniacs.
------------------ Raydar 88 4.9 Formula IMSA Fasback..........................88 3.4 coupe -soon to be something other than red
Got a wild hair and started tearing into my hood..wheeeeeeeeeee!
And that was the easy part I think! Nice part is that the hood opens and closes right on seam! This car had bad front end damage and the new front end is from another Fiero. Now to choose what headlights I want. Would love to have the Ferrari Modenas, but at $1500 each.... um, I better get divorced first!
------------------ Phil Always trying to create something new! Philero ~ Phil and his Fiero, melding into one (soon to be my license plate too!)
Started my Isuzu to Getrag tranny swap. Got the decklid and wheels off. Got the axle nuts loosened. Got the air filter and Y pipe removed. Got the console, ECM, and shift cables removed. Moved the (tighter) select arm from the old to the new tranny. Got the brackets and throwout bearing swapped over to the new tranny.
Took it to the gas station and filled it up to park it for the winter. Gas station attendant asked if I bought a new one, said no, he must have had me confused with another Fiero owner. Told him I've had it for over 20 years just didn't drive it much, he wanted to know why I didn't sell it, told him, I dunno, its just one of those things in life you keep around. It still turns heads even after 22 years.