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Love/Hate relationship with the Fiero by boysatt
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I have to say I have been hooked on the Fiero ever since I purchased my first on 15 years ago. But its been a love hate relationship with these little cars ever since. I have owned so many of them that I lost count. As the years have passed I have had time where my Fiero was my life and obsession and then there have been years where I haven't even looked at or drove them. Lately I have been looking at parts again and making plans for my car, even though I haven't looked at it since June of 2012 when it spun a rod bearing right after the dells show. I was so upset that I put it in storage and haven't looked at it since. I also have 9 more fiero projects that have been tarped for years, most 5+ years. I told myself last fall that I was done and they would all go, but now I find myself looking at engine swaps and body mods again. I think this is the only car that has made me crazy, and I have owned a lot of nice cars. Who else has this problem/disease?

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Not as obssessed as you are (I only have the one), but have been assembling parts and some tools in anticipation of spring sometime getting here so can commence doing some work.
on tap planned and still being planned - sway bars, upgraded alternator, upgraded oil pressure, truelo intake and truelo exhaust and a improved 4T60. one car at a time. right now I love the car......give me about 6-8 weeks and I might need meds.

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I also have 9 more fiero projects that have been tarped for years, most 5+ years.


Thin down the heard and focus the energy. It helps.
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Thin down the heard and focus the energy. It helps.


Wow, I agree with this. 9+ projects? Way too many! That would burn me out too! Do one project and do it well! Then enjoy. If the itch for another starts.,.. then dig into it!
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Wow, I agree with this. 9+ projects? Way too many! That would burn me out too! Do one project and do it well! Then enjoy. If the itch for another starts.,.. then dig into it!


Actually I have many more projects than that. I own a auto shop and do mild restos, custom stuff, and rebuild salvage cars so I have more than enough projects, at least 70 vehicles in or around my shop usually.
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9 and I thought I was bad at 4 projects...WOW!
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39 and counting...go ahead and get down with the sickness!
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Actually I have many more projects than that. I own a auto shop and do mild restos, custom stuff, and rebuild salvage cars so I have more than enough projects, at least 70 vehicles in or around my shop usually.


I can see that taking a toll on the hobby as well. Doing similar things for employment. I've often thought I would nto want to be paid to work on other peoples cars, it might ruin the hobby for me. But more power to you! It also means you have more cool tools and workspaces!
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In a situation like yours I'd constantly be looking at stuff in my yard thinking, "I bet that engine would be great in a Fiero." or "that scoop would look great grafted to a Fiero"
One guys conundrum is another guys dream I suppose.
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Prior to my relocation to KY, I had way too many Fiero projects. The move forced me to thin the herd and allowed me to stay more focused on fewer projects.

There have been time frames (sometimes measured in years) where I didn't have running/driving Fiero. Those were rougher than most, so I try to keep at least 1 Fiero in running/driving mode while I work on the other one. Right now I am living the high life with two running Fieros!
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In a situation like yours I'd constantly be looking at stuff in my yard thinking, "I bet that engine would be great in a Fiero." or "that scoop would look great grafted to a Fiero"
One guys conundrum is another guys dream I suppose.


Ya I have more than enough ideas for engine swaps. I come across so many engine/trans combos that I keep trying to figure out how to fit in a fiero. I actually have 3 complete dropout LS4/Auto drive-trains sitting in the shop that I removed from wrecked Monte SS's. But you guys have no idea how many parts I have around here, including lots of nice used and NOS fiero parts.

At one point a few years back I was going to get into the market of building engine swap parts but got too busy to make it happen. I built prototype mounts and adapter parts for multiple motor combos that just sit collecting dust.
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I've had a similar love/hate experience myself. I got out of Fieros completely for a couple of years while I was more into bikes and Subarus. Then in 2011, while speaking with a long time Fiero friend (Kev on here) he mentioned he had found a Fiero for sale for $100 locally. I ended up buying the car and put another couple hundred into it to get it roadworthy. It was an '87 5 speed base coupe. I fell in love all over again. I couldn't believe how much fun I was having driving the slowest car that I'd ever driven (it was a very tired Duke). After driving it all summer I sold it in the fall in hopes to pick up a nicer one in the spring. One month passed and I stumbled across an '86 2M4 with a 3.4 DOHC on craigslist. I've always wanted a 3.4 DOHC Fiero and it was the deal of the century at the listed price so I bought it. Since then I've rebuilt almost the entire car except the drivetrain. So much for that deal of the century.

They're fun to drive, even if they aren't the fastest thing around.
They're easy/cheap/fun to tinker with.
They have the best car community that I've ever been a part of.

Those are enough reasons for me to keep one in the garage.

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Originally posted by Silicoan86:

I've had a similar love/hate experience myself. I got out of Fieros completely for a couple of years while I was more into bikes and Subarus. Then in 2011, while speaking with a long time Fiero friend (Kev on here) he mentioned he had found a Fiero for sale for $100 locally. I ended up buying the car and put another couple hundred into it to get it roadworthy. It was an '87 5 speed base coupe. I fell in love all over again. I couldn't believe how much fun I was having driving the slowest car that I'd ever driven (it was a very tired Duke). After driving it all summer I sold it in the fall in hopes to pick up a nicer one in the spring. One month passed and I stumbled across an '86 2M4 with a 3.4 DOHC on craigslist. I've always wanted a 3.4 DOHC Fiero and it was the deal of the century at the listed price so I bought it. Since then I've rebuilt almost the entire car except the drivetrain. So much for that deal of the century.

They're fun to drive, even if they aren't the fastest thing around.
They're easy/cheap/fun to tinker with.
They have the best car community that I've ever been a part of.

Those are enough reasons for me to keep one in the garage.



Since your in MN, did you buy the one Stewart Rustad had? He had called me last fall saying he was selling his wife's black 86 fiero with a DOHC 3.4 in it.
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Since your in MN, did you buy the one Stewart Rustad had? He had called me last fall saying he was selling his wife's black 86 fiero with a DOHC 3.4 in it.


Nope, mine is silver. It was once owned by PFF member flames4me, who I have been unable to reach since I bought it.
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I wrecked and sold my 87 GT about a half a year ago. Yesterday I saw a 87 GT going down the freeway, it was all original cherry, garage kept. low miles looking one. It sure looked good.
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ive owned two, first and second cars both were in horrible condition loved the cars only hated them when they left me stranded walking to the nearest parts store and trust me that has happened more times than i can remember. im currently saving up to buy a more reliable 3800sc swap. im so close to done with school i can taste a garage full of fiero parts.
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sounds like a normal and healthy fiero relationship.
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I only have 2 projects going and they are both drivers. I own 3 88s and one is a t top parts car. I agree they are a car you love or hate and I do find them very easy to work on unless you need to pull the engine. I will be converting one of mine to t tops this summer and am looking forward to it.
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