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My midlife crisis - always wanted a Fiero by MeadmakerDave
Started on: 11-17-2013 10:08 PM
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Report this Post11-17-2013 10:08 PM Click Here to See the Profile for MeadmakerDaveClick Here to Email MeadmakerDaveSend a Private Message to MeadmakerDaveEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post


I first saw my 84 sitting for sale. It took me two weeks driving by it to finally pull the trigger and buy it. Only to find that I was too late, a friend of mine already picked it up. Two weeks later he needed the cash, so I brought it home.




He wasn't kidding, it needs LOTS of TLC and the brakes really didn't work right at all.



Looks pretty good for a 30 year old car.



Our first date out in the new TC (Toy Car) as my kids call it.



Of course the fuel filter plugged solid and it had to be towed home. An expensive date night.
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Report this Post11-17-2013 10:51 PM Click Here to See the Profile for pontiackid86Click Here to Email pontiackid86Send a Private Message to pontiackid86Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
As i always say, everyone is entitled to a midlife crises and welcome to the 84 world, I have 2 of them myself their just not normal ones.

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Welcome to the madness. Hope the missis is not the jealous type!

Expect to spend some time and money getting it right but once you have made up for the probably 15 years of 'keep it running' so called 'maintenance' that it's probably suffered they can be really fun cars. Just be sure to carry a cell phone and a AAA card LOL!

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Report this Post11-17-2013 11:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for woodyhereClick Here to Email woodyhereSend a Private Message to woodyhereEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Congratulations! Looks like a sweet car. Funny how it's love at first sight with these cars. I didn't even know what a Fiero was until I walked into a Pontiac show room and saw my first one. I was hooked and ordered one right away. It's funny to think now how expensive the car was for me at that time. The payments seemed huge. It has never let me down - not even once! Ordered it late Nov. 86 and it didn't arrive until Feb of 87. I have built all kinds of cars, trucks and bikes but always come back to my 87. Take goo care of your new friend. You'll have a friend for life.

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Report this Post11-18-2013 07:22 AM Click Here to See the Profile for MeadmakerDaveClick Here to Email MeadmakerDaveSend a Private Message to MeadmakerDaveEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
It was last registered in 2001 and appears to have been stored inside. It ran terrible when I bought it, and there were lots of parts that had been replaced in obvious effort to correct the poor performance. I properly routed the vacuum lines and replaced some rubber boots. I had instant success with that. I've got a lot of work to do to repair damage done to the wiring harness by a PO who should have his tools taken away from him.

This past week I've been working on the rear brakes. I also replaced the passenger side axle, and ball joint. I'm struggling with the rear calipers. Fortunately I have a friend with the proper tool, so I hope to be able to finish it up this week. Just in time to park it for the winter.

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Congrats and happy to see someone who cares to keep one more on the road. I do have to ask, what is a 4 Eye-Auto as written on the ad Rick B
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Report this Post11-18-2013 08:11 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
4-Cyl

(with so many engine swaps around you never know.... )

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Originally posted by Gall757:

4-Cyl

(with so many engine swaps around you never know.... )



I don't know, sometimes I miss our 84 4cyl. 30+ miles to the gallon never gets old.

welcome aboard the nuthouse. lets face it you have to be out of your mind to want to drive a 30 year old car when all the kids just out of college are driving nothing but brand new. that right there makes me feel old, but then I am.

I fell in love with these little beauties back in 82 when I saw the space frame with nothing on it up stairs in our GM plant. that right there sold me. but add 30+ miles to the gallon and a sporty little body and they had me forever.

enjoy your new toy,

the only difference between men and boys is the cost of their toys.

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Report this Post11-18-2013 05:56 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Old LarSend a Private Message to Old LarEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Fortunately I had my mid life crisis in 1987 and bought my GT then and still have it today along with a couple of others.
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Welcome aboard...

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Report this Post11-19-2013 09:02 AM Click Here to See the Profile for johnyrottinClick Here to Email johnyrottinSend a Private Message to johnyrottinEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Look at the bright side....at least your midlife crises wasn't an F-40 or some equivalently expensive endeavor. Fiero....the sensible midlife crisis!
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Report this Post11-19-2013 02:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin87FieroGTSend a Private Message to Kevin87FieroGTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
What, no Harley. Can't beat driving a Fiero past a Harley on a rainy day.
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Report this Post11-19-2013 04:26 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Big PaulClick Here to Email Big PaulSend a Private Message to Big PaulEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I had my midlife crisis at 17. I guess things aren't looking good for me! Haha
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Congrats! I just did the same, but with me coming back into this little Fiero world at 36.

Was it "wife approved"? My fiance, after my lengthy back-story and history with these cars, gave me a blank stare and said, "you're right...I don't get it". Granted, the pop-up headlights finally mustered a laugh out of her

Good news is that for a midlife crisis, the entry fee and total repair costs are minimal compared to other crisis cars out there!
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Report this Post11-19-2013 07:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for hyperv6Send a Private Message to hyperv6Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I had my early life crises with the Fiero. My mid life will be for a Vette while keeping the Fiero.
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Report this Post11-19-2013 09:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for MeadmakerDaveClick Here to Email MeadmakerDaveSend a Private Message to MeadmakerDaveEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
My wife is totally on board with my new toy. She was a bit ruffled that the cruise still works on the 84, but not on her 2004 minivan. I've always been a mechanic by trade or necessity, so fixing the daily drivers has lost the fun factor. I'm rediscovering the fun in backyard wrenching again.

I got a chance to drive a prototype in 1983. An engineer who worked on the Fiero project drove one to church. I was 17 and had my license, so he let me drive it around the parking lot. I was hooked way back then.

Tonight, armed with a borrowed caliper tool, I was able to assemble the passenger side rear brakes. I'll tackle the driver side after work on Friday. I'm beginning to understand why the draw to upgrade the brakes. Some day I may do just that. For now I'm having fun playing with the stock 4 cyl.

Looks like I'm going to have to get moving on setting up my garage heater. I suspect that I'm going to be spending some evenings out in the garage tinkering on it this winter.

Thanks for the warm welcome, and the wealth of information you all contribute here.

David
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I know what you mean about taking your work home with you. I am an electrician, and for the life of me won't go into my attic to install the rest of my florescent lights and garage heater.. So I freeze in the dark of the garage working on the car. haha.

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I did the heater and new garage with lots of light last year. Two must as you get older.

It is ice to go out and wash a car in a blizzard in shorts at 70 degrees and not lose the feeling in your fingers. Also it s a must to have the lights so you can see what you are doing anymore. Getting or is better than dead but makes you appreciate being young.
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Report this Post11-20-2013 10:04 PM Click Here to See the Profile for timchaClick Here to Email timchaSend a Private Message to timchaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Sweet find there, Dave! Looks very nice from the pics.....If you do decide to do the brake upgrade, the 11.25" LeBaron conversion is pretty easy. It will also throw you through the windshield if/when you ever have to stomp the pedal!
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Report this Post11-21-2013 04:37 PM Click Here to See the Profile for MeadmakerDaveClick Here to Email MeadmakerDaveSend a Private Message to MeadmakerDaveEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Timcha,

I may really regret not having just gone ahead and doen the upgrade. I was hoping this was going to be a quick cheap fix to get me through for now... So far the expense has been reasonable, but it has not been as quick an install as I was hoping. This was all so much easier on my lower back and knees 20 years ago!

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Report this Post11-22-2013 09:42 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 2.5Send a Private Message to 2.5Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Gotta take a few test runs before date night

Congrats
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Report this Post12-27-2013 09:13 PM Click Here to See the Profile for solotwoSend a Private Message to solotwoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Dave nice garage! Nice car. I hope you had a great Christmas. I see you are a young guy.

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My midlife crisis was in 1997 when I purchased my 96 kaw. Vulcan 800. It now sits next to the 1987 fiero GT so life is good in my garage in florida . Enjoy your car, in this place I learned how to fix my own car. Great forum and welcome
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Report this Post12-28-2013 06:33 AM Click Here to See the Profile for fierobugClick Here to Email fierobugSend a Private Message to fierobugEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Nice car Dave! You and I look alike except I have even less hair! Thought I was with some other woman. Your living the dream. Just got a lot of suspension stuff for christmas (bushings, ball joints etc. All I need now is a new body to work on it. Got a cheap propane heater from harbor freight, hope I don't gas myself or burn the garage down. Have fun working and driving that beauty. Long live the midlife crisis!!!!

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Congrats on your Fiero purchase! Your gona just love it. I was 53 when I got sucked in. Be sure to check the trunk for the free Fiero luggage bags possibly left behind by previous owners. Some even claimed to of found a "total flame engulfment" suit included. :

Couldn't resist mentioning that...

Spoon

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Report this Post12-28-2013 02:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for solotwoSend a Private Message to solotwoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Dave car looks good. It looked good when it was in your neighbors driveway.
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I hope you still had a wonderful date night anyway, minus the car trouble!

I guess it doesn't matter if you get sucked in to the Fiero Fever when your young or a wee bit older, its still a great thing to "catch".



I am in the process of looking for a new Fiero GT. Had my first one for a short while, and being without one is driving me crazy!
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Report this Post12-30-2013 10:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for uhlanstanClick Here to Email uhlanstanSend a Private Message to uhlanstanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
if you install thermo quiet brake pads or other top quality pads on the front this will improve your braking.
people have a tendancy to install the cheapest brake pads on thier cars .especially older cars ,, the installation
of top quality pads seems to vastly improve Fiero brakes
flush out the old fluid
the cheapest upgrade is to install grand Am calipers on the rear I was surprised how great the grand Am upgrade was,when I did this ,it is a straight replacement you loose the E brake if you are having problems with the rear calipers I recomend
you do the grand Am upgrade unless you need E brake to pass inspection you need new calipers ,rotors & pads
autozone has great quality rotors .get calipers from rock auto,, you can use cheap pads here to compensate for the front brakes
you can use search to find info on install or goggle " fiero sails " then click fiero secrets

want bad braking ,,just install the cheapest pads

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