I finally reinstalled the "B" driver's side interior plastic on the IMSA. I had to borrow a tap and die tool to tap the anchor hole for the upper seat belt bracket. It was cross threaded and a "hard" angle to insert the bolt. Then trying to reinstall the seat, the mounting base got offset and was a PITA to get realigned to stick on the studs. Also had to replace the seatback release cover as I broke the one on the seat. Fortunately I have extras. I just had to spray it black to match the interior. I took it out to get some gas before 93 octane really gets unaffordable. The IMSA runs like a scaled cat.
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Went out, looked at the 86 gt project I bought a couple of weeks ago...complete with added feature of #3 piston rod sticking through the back of the pan. Looked in the garage at the 3400 sitting on the floor that's supposed to go in there. Went back outside where the windchill is around -10 degrees (thanks you guys up in Canada for sending all that fresh air to us!). Thought about trying to get the tractor started to yank the '86 into the garage. Then debated whether or not I should go back inside and put on my long underwear before going back outside. Decided to go inside and wait a month before going outside again.
Originally posted by pontiackid86: good to see you got right into it. Now the real question. did you drive it home or tow it home? Every Fiero i have ever owned and i mean every Fiero (about 7) have had to be towed back to my house. thought my formula was going to be different.... nope shifter cable popped.
well over the last 3 days ive been fixing my deck lid release switch. i found that the tab was broken off so first i glued it on with model glue to hold it in place and let it dry over night then last night i used some j-b weld on it and let it dry over night and today i put it back together and now i don't have to use my key to open the deck lid anymore and when i have the money ill be getting rodneys deck lid strut for it so when i open it, it doesn't hit the back window anymore. ive got a lot more im planning to do to it when it gets warmer out too, to get it ready for summer cruising and car shows.
On my 88 I Installed a new TCC solenoid, 3rd gear switch and side cover gasket. Now to go take it for a ride and test it out. On the 87 I just sold, I replaced one rear inner tie rod end before they pick it up. (just cuz I'm a nice guy).
I laid down the color and clear on my hood with my new Jimmy's cowl inducted low profile hood scoop.
I decided that since I was going through with the work to mold it permanently to the hood that I would fill any definition where the cowl meets the hood and make it look like it's part of the hood. I'm extremely pleased with this scoop. It was well crafted and fits perfectly. It was a pleasure to speak with Jimmy for a bit yesterday and I'm looking forward to seeing more products from him!
While I was under the car I did a quick inspection and discovered that the air-conditioning compressor drive belt was loose (again), and was cutting into the lower pipe-to-engine coolant hose (again). This time I took a few minutes to loosen the alternator and took the A-C belt off. I think it keeps coming loose because the previous owner replaced the A-C compressor bolt with an SAE bolt. If I had taken the time to go get the correct length metric bolt I could have used a lock washer instead of trying to make do with just liquid thread locker.
I will still have to do that, but for now this should hold (yeah, still not enough time for that today). By the way, Does anyone know of hand, what size the lower air-conditioning compressor mounting bolt is?
------------------ Jim Martin White '86 GT California
Ohhhhhh I like that! Today I filled up with 3.35 gas...then went home and took my steering whel apart and sanded the center areas to get rid of the crude the PO left when he stuck some scrap brushed aluminum on it. They matched the bezel set he had in it. I have since went back to Dot matrix type so the wheel is back to black.
Not so much TODAY, but yesterday I started rebuilding the front end, and replacing all the radiator hoses. Existing ball-joints are OK, but the control arm bushings are shot. New bushings, new shocks on the front. Hit a major problem, though, in that the long bolt that holds the upper arm in place is rusted into one of the bushings. Ordered a complete set of bolts from the Fiero Store, so the car will be up on blocks for a bit.
Contemplating whether to cut one coil off each spring or not... Hmm....
Next month I'll have to order poly cradle mounts, and see what the back half of the car really needs. Gotta wait for $, though. Committed to only spending what we budget monthly for car maintenance.....
Bought a set of tires and wheels today from fierochaser. Also a set of 1" lower springs for front and rear. Can't wait to get them all! Will post pics on the car first chance I get but here are a couple of shots he sent me.
Finally got the oil pan off today. PITA that it was. I guess it could have been worse if I hadn't followed the advise from this forum. Tomorrow I will be doing the harmonic balancer. Yeah me Then I get to put it all back together and start on the valve cover gaskets.
Got my Mr. Mike seats and installed them over the weekend. They are very well made and the DVD makes it a breeze to install. Total time was about four hours. That was with removing seats, removing seat rails,cleaning, and painting. They made my interior conversion from grey to black almost complete.
Now back to my rear brake and bearing hub replacement. Got hub bearings from Fiero Store in one day. Been waiting for new calipers, brakes, and rotors from Autozone.com for five days now and they are still not shipped yet. They say they are processing the order. Web site said they were in stock and would ship in two business days. I learned my lesson on trying to save a few bucks. Next time i will get all my parts from the Fiero Store if I need them in a resonable time.