Took the Formula for a nice 275 mile drive through the New Mexico mountains! I spent the day chasing 4 Corvettes through the twisties. Although the little red Fiero did not have the HP to hang with the Vettes, she did hold her own in the tight stuff! I was a great run!
We brought it home. White 84 convertible, auto transmission and Iron Duke. Good bracing underneath. Yes its dark, but it was technically today. We pulled in last night just past 2 am. About 9 months ago when I got the yellow one, I was told these things multiply. No one told me the gestation was about the same as human reproduction.
------------------ A good man is hard to find...but a good Fiero mechanic is "rare".
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I probably wouldn't drive on them if dust is actually coming out of the valve. It could have been just dust on the outside, or on whatever you used to open the valve. If the tires are dry rotted though, they will certainly show it on the outside.
And what do you mean about the wheels being pre-88 and both rears? Are you assuming this because they're not gold, and the mounted tires are the same size? Is it a GT (originally, not body swapped)? And the 86 GT I used to have had the 215 wide tires on both front and rear from the PO. I guess they just put the wider tires on all 4 at some point. The wheels are physically the same size anyway I think. 88 might be different, but I don't think so? And I think only the GTs had the gold colored mesh lattice wheels. The Formulas had black and the SEs had the normal grey, I believe.
I drove them around the block because well I just had to drive it. The car is an 88 formula, same mechanically as the GT. The 88 GT and Formulas had staggered wheels, 15x6.5 up fornt 15x7 rear. Mine seem to all be 15x7s. I posted them for sale in the mall, no one seems to want them.
Changed the Oil, cleaned the trunk - organized my "road trip" box and repaired my non functional cig lighter - need it for my cell phone, GPS, etc. - in my Formula!....... Get ready San An, Here I come!
Worked on a few issues with the 4.9 in the XTC today. After discovering that my 40 year old Snap On timing light is on the fritz, I bought a new one and found that the timing was off quite a bit. After setting the timing and going through the idle learn procedure, I went for a spin - all is good now. I opened the passenger door to put the cig lighter cover back on and it nearly fell off in my hands. Now I got to rebuild the door hinges. It never ends!
I finally figured out the electrical problem that i have had for a year! Whoohoo!
I had a problem with the radio, interior lights, and dimmer. When i would open my doors the radio would turn to static and show random symbols on the display. This would also happen if i turn the dimmer all the way up till it clicks. Also it would sometimes leak electricity into my interior light making making them very dim and sometimes would not shut off.
The problem was the PO must have spilled countless drinks on the power window/ mirror switch and cause all the connections to corrode. I took it apart and cleaned it good and now everything works perfect! although i think i blew up my stock radio, but i will be getting a new one from my dad soon so not a big deal. Its not going anywhere anyways. My shifter assembly is being rebuilt.
So anyone who is having weird electrical problems. This might be your solution.
Did some paint work on the 85 then took off the new TPS because it was giving me a code 22 and put the old one back on...he he code fixed. Also adjusted my 90mm Hellas on the 88...now we are ready for the Round UP yeeeeeeehaw
Took the Formula for a little spin - across Texas about 550 miles! Nowhere near as cool as Blacktree getting to see the Shuttle launch though. I did get to see one land out in Lancaster CA about 15 years ago and one on the piggy back landed in El Paso for an overnight stay last year. Sad to see it coming to an end!
I finally drove over to the storage unit where I keep my car last week, and pulled the battery out. I've had it on the trickle charger several times over the past few days. Took it back today, put it back in, put the new plates on the car, crawled in, and hit the starter. Rowrrrr....click click click. I guess I should have tested it before I put it back in. Sooo....pulled it back out, took it over to O'Reilly's for a replacement. Hmmm...."this battery has already been warranted". Okay...explain to me how a battery that I just sat on the counter in front of you could have been turned in for warranty already? It took a half hour with the manager to finally work through the mess, but I walked out with a new battery. Drove back to the storage unit, put the new battery in, climbed in and hit the starter again. This time, I was greeted with the burbling sound of a 2.8 V6! So, I drove it over to the nearest gas station, checked the air in the tires, topped off the gas tank, and went for a long drive. It's true what they say...out of sight, out of mind. Because the car isn't here at home, I don't really think about it that much if there's no car related events taking place. I don't drive it nearly as much as I should...and I forget just how much fun it is to drive! After my drive, I came home, washed the bugs off of the front of it, and then drove it back over to the storage unit and tucked it back in. I knew I had a slight leak from my radiator, and I bought a new radiator for it last fall...guess I'll have to go over sometime in the next couple of weeks, bring it home, and put the new radiator in it.
I took my battery into o'reilly murrays whatever's to test, it was bad thankfully. Got a optima red top and put it in. Started right up, I didn't know it was supposed to start that quick. I Let it run for a while , but will have to wait til tomorrow to drive it. Also sent $250 to the clerk of courts for LaGrange County Indiana to pay off the speeding ticket I got driving her home from D.C.
i did some fiberglass work on my notchback. i guess i am not a body man. i gave up and took the notchback clip off my donar car to put on my driver. i figured it would be faster than trying to fix my cracks. i'm getting ready to paint the beast, so i'm doing alot of sanding and prep work. being a mechanic all my life (i'm now 62) body work is not my thing. the fact is, i always call a body man a "fender pecker" (joking). i do have repect for them. it takes a long time to do a job correctly. i guess body work is something like an art. it take talent and training