my laptop took a dump, lost all my pics of the swap. Those in this tread are the only ones I have left. I'll get some "finished" pics to add to the thread, but all the ones taken when I was doing the swap are toast.
The other day I was coming home from a Fiero meeting, and traffic was pissing me off. When I got a chance to nail it, I did, and went from 40 to 70 in a second. It actually made me scream out loud. I can't get over the feelling of 480 hp in a Fiero. My GTO was fast, but not like this.
Thanks, I get a lot of positive comments about the paint, and no one can believe that I did it myself in my garage.........
Its Krylon spray paint that I purchased at WalMart. $3.49 per can. Its "Italian Olive" in Satin. Not sure how many cans, but I still have about 5 left in the box I was keeping them in. I also used Krylon Satin Black for the "A" pillars, engine vent covers, side trim, bottom of the nose/rear and inside the GT clip. Also, I used a green primer that I got at Autozone, it was a "self etching" kind. I'd say that I have about $300 in paint/supplies.
Now I know what your thinking "spray paint", but I only used the spray cans as the application of paint. I removed each body panel, sanded them down smooth, filled in any imperfections and then painted them with primer. Wet sanded the primer until perfect and then painted them with the Krylon. I wet sanded between each spray and then applied a final spray.
Its been on the car for over 5 years and other than a few touch ups, its still perfect.
I WOULD NOT ADVISE THIS FOR A DAILY DRIVER........ The paint is not automotive paint, so if it gets wet, it leaves spots. Even after it drys. I do not wash the car, it gets a "sponge bath" with auto detailer and a soft cloth. I don't drive it daily, and its used for fun, shows and car events.
I never thought it would turn out well, but it did, I guess its true about the 90% prep, 10% paint..........
One last "issue" is that the paint does fade quick. I repainted my door skins last year after I did my door mirror mod, once I put the door skins back on the car, I could see a HUGE color difference. The doors were the Italian Olive and the rest of the car was a darker green, and not as "satin". To remove the water spots I used a plastic cleaner, it was the softest cleaner I could find, and it gave the car a slight gloss.
Good luck and the best part is if you screw up (and I did) it just takes a little sanding and you can try again.
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So its been awhile, and i haven't really done a lot to the car except drive it. But recently I decided to install my AMS front suspension/13" brake kit that has been sitting in my garage for a few years. My main reason for not installing it was all the issues I knew I'd have, but that is a post for another day. This is to show some pics of what it looks like now that its almost done. All I have left is bleeding the brakes, figuring out how to hook up the E-brake and filling up the coolant b/c I had to drain it to install the front cradle. Here are the pics.
88 Coupe, CJB #95, LS376, F40 and a GT clip 88 GT "Daily Driver" w/ SIII 3800 NA
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This is a very nice Fiero; well put together and detailed. The LS3 is a great engine. I wish that my Fiero had one, but putting 430 horsepower and 424 ft lbs of torque into the small stick transmissions that can fit in this application is not something that I would feel comfortable with Even the F40 which is a strong six speed is rated for "up to 295 ft lbs of torque" but that rating might be generous for a 124 lb transmission. The F40 the strongest stick for transverse mounts is just not used on any OEM V8 applications anywhere. Typical use is for engines 2.0-3.9L size.
------------------ " THE BLACK PARALYZER" -87GT 3800SC Series III engine, custom ZZP /Frozen Boost Intercooler setup, 3.4" Pulley, Northstar TB, LS1 MAF, 3" Spintech/Hedman Exhaust, P-log Manifold, Autolite 104's, MSD wires, Custom CAI, 4T65eHD w. custom axles, Champion Radiator, S10 Brake Booster, HP Tuners VCM Suite. "THE COLUSSUS" 87GT - ALL OUT 3.4L Turbocharged engine, Garrett Hybrid Turbo, MSD ign., modified TH125H " ON THE LOOSE WITHOUT THE JUICE "
I love the black and tan. What are the window switches out of? I've been wanting to do something different. Do you have the power going through the switch?(like factory) Or are you running a relay of some sort?(Rodneys)