Today, I worked on getting a gas tank into my fiero. Discovered a lot of things, like the actual gas lines are completely eroded away (and would leak if used... rust), that the straps to hold my tank up were cut (now I need new ones) that either no power is making it to the pump, there's no pump in my sending unit, or the pump is dead (can't get fuel to the motor), that my motor cranks (first time trying to start it since I got it), that the 'new' tank barely fits (I think it's placed slightly wrong, just need to adjust).
Also, someone re-ran a new clutch line and it's in the way of the tank sitting right, that I have surface rust on most of the frame (it's not bad yet, but could be bad, very quickly if left as is... I'm not leaving it as-is). That I actually DO have a spare tire and housing for it. That my brakes are not all-wheel vented (any idea the effort to switch to vented disks in all 4 corners?), I found out my e-brake works (yay!), and that the front driver side brake was locked (we freed it)...
I also have a set of 14" "Pontiac" rims and a set of 15" Fiero branded rims (the classic grey GT rims), I also discovered that at least 3 of those tires/rims leak air. (I have 3 good ones on the car, and in hunting for a fourth that will hold air - for now - I tried 2 more of the 4 that were not yet put on the car, I think I found one that will work, then adjusted to having 15" on the back, and 14" on the front)...
I learned a lot, cut up my hands pretty good trying to reach into odd places... and I've almost got my Fiero running... if I can strap in the tank proper, then get the pump working/a pump that works, then I'll be golden... y'know, as long as I can find/attach and/or replace the missing throttle cable... *sigh*
Really nice day out today. Took the GT out for a Sunday drive with the wife to run a few errands. Stopped at a Baskin Robbins to get some ice cream. It was like a movie star was there. First a little kid and his mom look at the car. Then a family of four get out of their SUV and the dad and the boy are looking it over. Then two older teen guys are looking it over. Finally two older gentlemen who had been there the whole time check it out when they leave. All in the span of just under ten minutes.
Not bad for a car with nearly 300k miles and antique tags
Went to go install my new front bumper on my GT and found out that the PO cut the Impact Bar down, so now I have to find a new one. Found out the old Front Bumper was yanked off because the top metal bracket is stil there. Probably will end up selling the GT bumper anyways because I have made up my mind that I want to buy one of Amida's 512 Front Bumpers. Pulled the headliner down to prep it for a new headliner from Fiero Thomas. Took out some more interior pieces to clean and fix, the seats are next. Made a checklist of stuff that needs to get done and reinstalled and what parts are missing, came to the conclusion that its a long list. Just shook my head in disgust, it will be on the road when I come back from deployment.
Filled the gas tank with gas, inflated the tires to 35psi, put in some injector cleaner, installed the seat belt harness so I can be safe, drove around the neighborhood smiling because I got the $300 87 Fiero running!
I went to see my Fiero today, inspected the throttle cable (found out that I actually DO have one, it's routed strangely, but works), checked all the lines to my fuel tank and used a test lamp to see if there was any voltage getting from the engine to the electrical connector for my fuel pump (only negative current). I'm narrowing down why my 86GT won't start, looks like either the ECM, or the pump relay (checked the fuse with the circuit tester, it's good on both contacts.
I still have no idea.
ran the starter while a friend sprayed quickstart into the TB and we got spark, now all we need is fuel, and the car will go. seems electrical, I hope it's not the pump.
i installed new valve cover rubber gromets for pcv and tube. a new trunk seal too. i have new felt window guides to do another day. tomorow a new cap and rotor and detail the car for daytona. my pcv was not rattleing when i shook it so i shot some carb cleaner in it and it is as good as new .
I was driving home last week and went to use the brakes and it want to the floor. I was doing 80 on hwy. But I was lucky. I made it home and check the car out to find that my brake holes had broke off from the rotor and lock the brake up on the right rear side. I had new brakes on the rear, but not anymore!!! replacing everything new on the rear.
New intake manifold gaskets and blocked off the EGR tube because it cracked. Also put a new 12v socket in so I can listen to my Zune. Next step is running a new O2 sensor wire to the ECM because the original one is MIA.
put cap and rotor on, new rubber valve cover tube grommet. started to clean for daytona and found a nail in my back tire. looks like i am waking up at 8:00am w/my wife to use her car to get tire fixes. pollen is bad in jax. fl., pissing me off today, then the bugs came out, wow.
- Had the rotors cut to eliminate vibration I had due to rust buildup - Painted the grilles - Reconnected some LED lights in the front - Had the A/C refilled
www.yellowfiero.com 17" DEZENT T wheels with 215/40 tires front and 235/45 rear, KONI shocks, EIBACH lowering springs, 13" Viper/Corvette brakes. PU dog bone, all bushings and engine mounts, K&N air and oil filters, battery relocated to front. Rebuilt&overbored 2.8 V6, BORLA exhaust. Mercedes SLK yellow paintjob, Mr. Mikes leather seats, door skins, shift and e-brake boots. MP3 deck and custom subwoofer behind passenger seat, F355 style front, Aus' Stage 2 side scoops, "Fie Ro" extractor front scoop. Fiero Store HD front and rear swaybars, strut tower brace, black carpet, air intake. Rodney Dickman's competition short shifter, Ultimate Getrag shift kit, SS vacuum lines and deck lid strut. Billet aluminum dash kit from Kitcarman. Pictures: www.yellowfiero.com/fieropixnew/index.php Modifications: www.yellowfiero.com/mods/index.php
I replaced my TV Cable/Detent/Kickdown cable. Then after I took her out for a test drive and it started this horrible miss, and you have to floor it to go anywhere and the shifting is horrifically delayed, and it shifts very hard, it makes this weird rattling noise too, dies if you give it too much gas at once after a stop (gotta ease into it), it just started doing this after the cable was replaced. I don't know if I hit something while I was leaning over the car or what.
Slightly modified a stabilizer bar from an unknown source, and put it under the rear of my GT. It measured 7/8 inch, the recommended size for the back end. Can't say that I see a whole lot of difference, and it's done pretty nicely. I don't think I'll get this thing sorted out properly until I put in a full poly kit. It's too squirley with the extra power of the 3800.
Got my T-Top headliner put back together (came out in four pieces!) and tried in vain to get my outer dew wipes off. No luck. I tried raising the glass by removing the mounts as described by the experts here, but the window did not come up high enough. I guess I'm going to have to take the doors completely apart. Probably a good idea as the window tracks need to be lubed up and the motors are slow as molases. Will be recovering the headliner tonight!
I forgot about this thread since I stopped driving it due to brake problems and put it up for sale.
My Fiero was taken away yesterday, by its new owners, Mr. and Ms. Marine1981. Sure, I'm but at least I know it's in good hands. I just hope they don't find anything wrong that I didn't know about, because I did my best to describe it accurately.
I would have a little video of the departure, but my software is giving me fits on the new pc.
I won't be getting another Fiero. My hands are full, my wallet is empty, and time is short. It's been a great ride! Of course, I'm still around here, watching all of you. So in the words of the immortal Austin Powers: "Behave!"
[This message has been edited by Cheever3000 (edited 03-28-2011).]