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Fiero Engine Block Table Possibility? by Shho13
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Yo guys whats up?

I have been seeing a bunch of pictures online of guys taking an old V8 engine block and making it into coffee tables!

This got me thinking a little bit, whenever I get around to doing my 3800SC swap in the next year or two I was tossing around the idea about doing this to my old 2.8. I did some searching and couldn't find anyone that has done this before with a Fiero block! Realistically it's not that hard to do, and really cheap since the only needed things are paint and a sheet of glass: just strip it down, clean it up, paint it, drill and tap some holes to bolt up four of the removed pistons and rest a sheet of glass on top.


However, I have never seen a removed Fiero block in person yet and I am not sure of a few possible things to consider...


How big is just the block? Would it be a waste of time due to it being too small and un-sturdy to use as a coffee table? Maybe attach the intake in a way to keep the FIERO engraving visible through the glass to make it a little taller and cooler looking?

Since it isn't an aluminum block, is just the block absurdly heavy? I mean, would it be a complete chore just to carry it into the house with two people?


I think it would be a cool little project, a nice conversation starter, and a good trophy for the living room... Besides, it's like a memento for all the places that engine has taken you over the years, it would be nice just to to sit on the couch with a frosty beverage, relaxing, watching some TV with it like it's an old friend! :P


So cool looking!

Thoughts or ideas guys?

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Originally posted by Shho13:

Since it isn't an aluminum block, is just the block absurdly heavy? I mean, would it be a complete chore just to carry it into the house with two people?



Two people couldn't do it. Well....maybe 2 Pro Football players could, but it's way over 250 lbs.

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Originally posted by Gall757:

it's way over 250 lbs.



Whoa, just the short block is 250 lbs???

That may be too heavy...

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Probably catch fire and burn down your house.
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Probably catch fire and burn down your house.


Silly, only the Iron Dukes were prone to engine fires! There was a recall performed, so it will be just fine!

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I think it'd be cool if someone found a neat way of repurposing the V6 intake. So many cars have nondescript lumps powering them now... Especially "commuter" cars as they tried to make these to be. Hard to get something with personality under the hood. Most people really don't care anymore.
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The 2.8 block weighs a little over 100 lbs. I shipped one several years ago and I think it came in at 110. I put cardboard over the gasket surfaces and stretch wrapped the whole thing, so very little of that weight was packaging.
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A block without heads, I'd say one guy could move it.
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Originally posted by CavScout:

I think it'd be cool if someone found a neat way of repurposing the V6 intake. So many cars have nondescript lumps powering them now... Especially "commuter" cars as they tried to make these to be. Hard to get something with personality under the hood. Most people really don't care anymore.


Absolutely right!!! You open the hood on any car today and all you see is plastic covers! Its like people don't even want to even see the engine...

Well, 100 lbs isn't bad at all! I'll do it, best case senereo I get a new awesome coffee table!

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Originally posted by Shho13:

Well, 100 lbs isn't bad at all! I'll do it, best case senereo I get a new awesome coffee table!



I must admit I have not weighed a 'bare' block..... a 'short' block includes the crank and pistons....so by the time your table is done, it may be hard to push around. Keep us updated!
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Most people do this with old spare motors:

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Well, 100 lbs isn't bad at all! I'll do it, best case senereo I get a new awesome coffee table!



Even if you end up making a grill - make sure you follow up with some pics! Would like to see whatever you come up with.
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I was planning to make a coffee table from my v6 parts car until I had to wrestle the engine and trans out of the cradle with no cherry picker. That block is heavy, well I guess mine wasn't just an empty block, it was a short block, but I threw out the take idea just because it would be really heavy.
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And to finish off the man cafe in the bar back area.

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My man room has a Winston cup tire inner liner and rim off the 28 driven by Ricky Rudd from Daytona speedway with a piece of glass on it. My friend worked for Richard petty experience at the tract.
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Originally posted by CavScout:


Even if you end up making a grill - make sure you follow up with some pics! Would like to see whatever you come up with.


I definitely will! I'm slowly aquiring parts for the 3800SC, I hope to have all the parts needed in the next two years! As soon as it is in the car, I'll begin making the table!

The grill is a cool idea too.... Hmmmmmmm....

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Originally posted by LornesGT:

And to finish off the man cafe in the bar back area.



This is awesome!!! I'm thinking maybe we can take a set of random heads and remove the valves and make possibly make a high flow ported shower head out of them! Most newer style shower heads suck with their water-saving features, takes five minutes just get the shampoo rinsed out! Haha

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I prefer my engines to be in vehicles. I'll most likely be sending my 2.8 off to where it belongs, when I pull it out, if nobody buys it within a few months… to be melted down and turned into some other collection of cast iron parts.

Make a skillet out of it, and use it to bake some cornbread. Much better than a table that weighs 150 lbs. Novelty items are novel, but if I was going to have any, I'd rather have something designed and built for that purpose, and which has a more reasonable weight for what it is. Engines are great things for spiders to live in, but not great for designer furniture.
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I prefer my engines to be in vehicles. I'll most likely be sending my 2.8 off to where it belongs, when I pull it out, if nobody buys it within a few months… to be melted down and turned into some other collection of cast iron parts.

Make a skillet out of it, and use it to bake some cornbread. Much better than a table that weighs 150 lbs. Novelty items are novel, but if I was going to have any, I'd rather have something designed and built for that purpose, and which has a more reasonable weight for what it is. Engines are great things for spiders to live in, but not great for designer furniture.




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My plan for my 2.8 after I did the swap was to turn it into a coffee table. I am not going to just us the block but leave the heads and intake on it so looking through the glass you will see the red Fiero intake which is the best looking part of the engine. I don't see the point of just using a 2.8 block. Nothing special or interesting about it.
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Originally posted by FieroReinke:

My plan for my 2.8 after I did the swap was to turn it into a coffee table. I am not going to just us the block but leave the heads and intake on it so looking through the glass you will see the red Fiero intake which is the best looking part of the engine. I don't see the point of just using a 2.8 block. Nothing special or interesting about it.


That is going to be one incredibly heavy coffee table.
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