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Gumbo's ride by Gumbo
Started on: 07-03-2013 07:04 PM
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Report this Post02-21-2014 12:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jimbolayaClick Here to Email jimbolayaSend a Private Message to jimbolayaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
So the car is officially street legal. It's now time to find and fix the issues that come with having it on the road. The first issue is a code 32, EGR, and the second is a tachometer that redlines, when I am on the interstate, doing 55mph. I believe the tachometer is off.

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Report this Post02-28-2014 06:30 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jimbolayaClick Here to Email jimbolayaSend a Private Message to jimbolayaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Well I drove the car for 2 days to work. 70 mile commute. Engine ran fine. However, I got some slipping on the tranny as I was approaching home today. Sure enough it was low on fluid. I went to go buy some, and when I got back, I see a wet spot under the car that was not there. The car is leaking transmission fluid from somewhere. I don't know when I can look at it. The first phantom has reared it's ugly head.

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Report this Post03-02-2014 06:39 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jimbolayaClick Here to Email jimbolayaSend a Private Message to jimbolayaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Got a stereo installed today, fixed a code 32 issue, and found and repaired a tranny fluid leak. It was a very productive day. Still trying to track down my faulty tach readings.

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Good father son project!

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Report this Post03-28-2014 07:01 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jimbolayaClick Here to Email jimbolayaSend a Private Message to jimbolayaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
We installed Rodney's tensioner and eliminated the belt squeal. We added Rodneys altenator bracket support while we were at it. In addition, I ordered dew wipes today. Hopefully we will get then within 2 weeks so I can install them while on vacation. Sail panels seem to be the tough item for these cars. $175, for after market, is kind of expensive for a kid on a budget. I'm hoping to luck upon a pair in the junkyard. Actually there was a poor condition set back in December or January, but I just couldn't make it out there. That's my busy season at work.

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Dew wipes are installed. Thanks to seajai here on the forum for a great product, and to Aland for helping us to install them. We also repaired all the interior vinyl the best we could with Gorilla glue. The glue holds well, but I found no useful way to not leave clamp marks in the vinyl. Still better looking than all the edges swollen and opened up. I found a set of headlight motors off an 89 Sunbird that were supposed to match the 87-88 Fiero motors. Unfortunately they did not. So still looking for those, and some sail panels. After that it just paint. We have fabricated some temporary sail panels out of some sheets of steel. I need to clean and paint them before installing. They aren't show quality, but the look much better than bare, and we will pull them when we get some stock panels. Gumbo has his license now, and has a very dependable, smooth running car for getting to work and school. Once again thanks to USFiero for blessing us with this car.

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Originally posted by jimbolaya:

Dew wipes are installed. Thanks to seajai here on the forum for a great product, and to Aland for helping us to install them. We also repaired all the interior vinyl the best we could with Gorilla glue. The glue holds well, but I found no useful way to not leave clamp marks in the vinyl. Still better looking than all the edges swollen and opened up. I found a set of headlight motors off an 89 Sunbird that were supposed to match the 87-88 Fiero motors. Unfortunately they did not. So still looking for those, and some sail panels. After that it just paint. We have fabricated some temporary sail panels out of some sheets of steel. I need to clean and paint them before installing. They aren't show quality, but the look much better than bare, and we will pull them when we get some stock panels. Gumbo has his license now, and has a very dependable, smooth running car for getting to work and school. Once again thanks to USFiero for blessing us with this car.

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Who is seajai? He makes sail windows or GT windows?

Sounds like a great project. Good job.
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Jim, can you adopt a guy from KY? I've got a car to work on too. I'll be the son you never wanted.

Great project, ya'll. Keep at it.

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wow, nice!!! If I have kids, they will all build fieros as their first cars....... or else......
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Who is seajai? He makes sail windows or GT windows?

Sounds like a great project. Good job.


seajai is the PFF user name of a guy here on the forum that makes dew wipes, not sail panels. Here's the thread. http://www.fiero.nl/forum/F...4/HTML/068262-2.html

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Jim, can you adopt a guy from KY? I've got a car to work on too. I'll be the son you never wanted.

Great project, ya'll. Keep at it.

Paul


Sure, if you'll do the dishes and laundry without being told.

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Sure, if you'll do the dishes and laundry without being told.

Jim


Trade doin' dishes and laundry for washin' the cars. I don't think I can stand to handle your tighty whities. Don't say you go commando either........it'd be more info than I needed.

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Car has been running great. However, finding Gen II headlight motors has been a task. I still haven't found any. Bought some out of a Sunbird that were supposed to fit the bucket and they did not, so now I'm stuck with a $60 junkyard credit until they get some headlight motors at the yard. Thought I had some when PNP posted online they had an 89 firebird, but nope, it was an 86. I'm tempted to buy Rodneys rebuild kit for the Gen I, and then when I find the Gen II, just sell the Gen I motors.

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Well our patience finally paid off. I finally found some 2nd Gen headlight motors when I picked up a 4T60 transmission at the PNP. AlanD helped me install the motors today. Next up is to install the 4T60 transmission in October. Happy day.

Jim

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We got the 4T60 transmission installed. I am monitoring it for a few days on short trips, and then I am going to take it on my work commute for a week or so, and get some mileage readings.

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How hard was the install?
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How hard was the install?


Well if I hadn't gotten the wrong transmission the first time around, it would not have been that difficult. Read about my trials and tribulations here. http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/000704.html The cliff notes version is DO NOT GET A TRANSMISSION OUT OF A CADILLAC ALLANTE!

If you do get the right transmission the first time around, I would think anyone can do it. Welding might stop someone. A gear selector arm, (it has to be shortened) and one bracket mount for the cone of the transmission (the cone is longer on the 4T60), but I know someone that did the welding for me. If you don't have a welder, or don't know someone that can weld, I'm sure you could find a shop that would do it for a small fee. They are the simplest of welds.

Jim

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