Today, I installed a pair of LEDs to use as trunk / engine bay lights. I used a couple light fixtures, pulled from a dome light assembly in a salvage yard, with a pair of bright white LED bulbs that I got from TLG Auto. The LEDs are mounted next to the license plate lights, facing inward, so they shine down on the engine bay and trunk when the rear lid is opened (my Fiero has a clamshell rear end).
The LEDs are wired into the trunk light switch. So they come on when the trunk is opened.
Unfortunately, my camera doesn't do very well in low light. So bear with me. First, here are a couple daytime shots, for reference.
Now, here's a night-time shot, with the trunk lights on.
The LEDs are actually nice and bright. But the camera makes them look really dim.
Replaced the alternator. Driving it out of town tomorrow about an hour trip and my old alt was putting out 10 V so I think the voltage regulator is bad. The old one is a single wire so I will probably get it fixed and hang on to it.
Wished I was driving it. Failing to find compressed fuel injector cleaner (with a tube that screws onto the valve on the fuel rail), and hoping that if I get in-tank cleaner, i can get it primed up into the rails, and get the injectors cleaned, and that the issue with #3 cylinder being so lean is that there is some dirt causing partial blockage on that injector, and it's not something worse.
Went out to the Formula to go to the mail box and click - nothing! The positive battery cable / post was big time corroded! Funny part was that it looked clean on the outside but the minute I started turning it, the dry acd/corrosion made a mushroom cloud! Cleaned it up and vroom vroom.......
Dropped insurance coverage on it today. Breakdowns have been one after another, and we finally decided to stop the cycle. It's in the PFA auction (84SE) but that ends in a few days, and then I'll just post it in the Mall.
Well, these are from last saturday. My son and I went up to the Fiero Farm to look for some parts, look at Indy #4, and socialize. Well, I made a deal for the Indy, bought an 85 for the wife's car (the Anti-Indy project) and looked at some other things. Well, anyway, here are some pics of the Indy, the 85, and my son helping me find a sunroof for my 87. Enjoy
Over the weekend, my wife and a friend of ours helped me drop the cradle out of my 87 and my 85 and swap them. The tranny and ball joints on the 85 cradle was having some issues, and the 87 is down for an engine swap, so I figured I would swap the cradles and rebuild the 85 cradle with a getrag and rodney's suspension parts, and put the low mile 87 cradle in my DD. Pics to follow
Installed a new pick up coil and GM ignition module into my dizzy, re-crimped some loose wires, re-timed the motor and drove it over to my brother's fiance's mother's place for turkey day. The car seems to be running rather happily now
Ended up over at my dads to make cookies and help him make apple crisp and stuffing while my other brother was making mashed sweet potatoes.
Disassembled the 88 front suspension (yesterday). Broke 2 bolts, had to cut the sway bar end links off, two bolts holding the shocks (one on each side), both upper shock nuts, and two bolts holding the upper arms (one on each side).
Still have 3 of 4 lower arm bolts to remove and at least one isn't cooperating, and the rotors appear to be welded to the hubs.
- It was fun turning a wrench again.
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Today was day two of A looooong project. Started with the rear of the car, removed taillights and began disconnection of the engine so maybe by Christmas I will have at least a halfway decent 87gt. Planning on panel off resto. Man, its amazing that I bought a fiero to use as a rebody, but it had enough heart to keep me from ripping her apart they are too nice of a car as they are
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