First off, I put the spare tire and jack back in the Formula after some AC work last week. Then I jacked up the back to take some measurements for an exhaust system I am building for the 3800SC project I am working on. Once I got the measurements I needed, I mocked up the trunk wall using a 2X6 and then used some of the exhaust pieces I had left over from the XTC project. It's just a mock up to give us a visual of what is possible.
Then I had to do some repairs to the driver's door panel for the XTC. The other day, after we installed rebuilt door hinges, we shut the door, locked it and then it would not open. We had to remove the inner door panel with the door closed - it was not good for the door panel. We did manage to get the door open but I had to straighten out the door panel and fix some of the clip holders. I think that's enough for one day!
HA - Page 76 is mine!
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Today, I tore apart the transmission, so I could replace the input shaft seal. Oh, what fun!
Maybe now, my clutch won't be getting soaked with oil.
What sealer did you use to put the case halves back together? I used the GM recomended gasket maker on a 4spd:
I used extra care in cleaning the surfaces and made sure everything was right but I still had a "seapage" issue. Maybe it was a warped case half? I remember hearing something about something called "super grey"? Just looking for an alternative as I have to reseal the getrag in my Formula.
I used grey RTV silicone on the case halves, but the black stuff will work too. I ran a 1/8" bead all around, and completely around each bolt and dowel hole. You have to use something "goopy" to seal the tranny case, because the thin stuff may not build up thick enough to do the job.
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Finally got my new rear swaybar end links on today. The old ones had been on there for around 10 years and one broke when I tightened it. I also found out that the last time the rear end was put together the end links were not put on and tightened correctly!
Combined with a new rear lower ball joint on the drivers side and a ghetto home alignment (done Memorial Day weekend) I finally have my handling back
Not done yet, but need to fill up the gas tank, put new radiator supports on, and give her a bath and detailing. Probably will do the gas and supports tonight, and bath tomorrow. And hopefully drain all the coolant out the other side of the LS4 tonight, now that I have one of the enormous allen head wrenches to do so with.
Then I can start pulling the heads and oil pan. Anyone know a good place to get engine/component storage bags?
Not its first scratch, but the first one I inflicted on it.
Ok, here is my story.... We were about to start the engine swap (now that a fire has been lit under our asses in the form of the Poker Run to benefit Rob) so we needed to tow the car up the yard to the basement (read: garage is too full). Why not drive it? Wasn't it running yesterday? Well, yes until we tried to drive it in to get it inspected in case we don't make the 7/31 deadline now that you cannot renew registration in NC without an inspection first. Long story short, it died on the way, AAA towed it home. So anyway, he was pulling me up the yard and i was gently riding the brakes (I swear) til we got to the dip. Suddenly the brakes weren't doing anything and i started rolling toward a very large tow hitch and bumper. Pressing harder didn't help. Profanity didn't help. I went right..hard right... right into the big rusty 55 gallon burn barrel. My front quarter panel flashed before my eyes, fiberglass ripping, rusty metal digging its fangs into yellow paint, pieces flying off everywhere as the barrel overturned making horrible metal-on-paint screeching noises....
The dust settled.... Greg got out of the truck and looked at the damage. "At least i didn't hit the truck" i asserted weakly, several times. I got out to survey the carnage.....
So really all i did was add a few feet to my 10 foot paint job. That'll buff right out. I swear it was the brake. Really.
------------------ A good man is hard to find...but a good Fiero mechanic is "rare".
Fixed my brakes and did a lot of driving. Also found that my dizzy cap was just.. sitting on there. The screws weren't threaded into the distributor. So we used a larger screw and made sure it was secure. It took care of a hesitation problem the car was having from launch(go figure).
finished with the sanding of all the body panels. next week end it gets primered. transfered the power mirror parts to different housings. boy is it hot and humid today. it won't be long now and it will be on the road. hope all is done for the feirorama
held me own against a late 80's Camaro, in my stock V6 Mera....Represent!! we got this traffic light on a highway....131 North at U ave...the speed limit after a 2nd light is 70 MPH so a friendly little race to 70 ensued.....i totally won dan
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Finally got around to painting the LS4 engine cover. Sanded everything down with 800 grit, then painted (can) with grey primer for plastics, several coats (5) of red, then a few coats (4) of gloss. I tapped the lettering using a knife tool.
Put some Pontiac GXP badges on the front side markers.
And for the final touches, I decided after much debate, to put the spoiler back on the car. I bought the Fiero Stealth Wing Stands for TLG and painted them flat black. It took a bit of effort to get the holes aligned...but a few curse words later, it was bolted on and looks fantastic.
Then, since it was Father's Day, took it out for a long cruise and stopped for a few candid photos! Only thing missing is a high heeled, long legged, mini-skirt wearing, car model....
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Today I was off school early so i decided to get to work! I finished most of the sanding on my Decklid scoop and decided to throw a little primer on it just to see it all one colour! what do ya think?
edit: Hoping to enter in a local show 'n shine this weekend with my dad for fathers day
I love the Mopar Six-Pack scoop! Looks great! Did your scoop have the mounting flanges on the inside or outside of the scoop??? I found a few with the flange on the outside, but i am not sure if it will fit between the bodylines on my decklid...