I happened to do some searching and I found that it would seem most, if not all body kits fit the GT model Fieros... now will they fit my standard "Notchback", or not? I don't want to order a multi thousand dollar order just to have to return it...
Also, I am looking for a parts source, and someone who knows how to work on Fieros/do an engine swap, here in Canada. Specifically British Columbia. I have a 1988 Notchback, 2.5L 4 banger, standard 5 speed, Fiero with 136,000KM (about 70,000 miles) on body and original engine. I was hoping for some help here with some issues I have been having. They are listed below:
1. The temperature gauge works rarely... mostly it jumps from below 40 to over redline and back, but the engine runs fine and holds steady, rad fluid is clean and does not deplete. What could be causing this? Bad temperature probe/connector/wire?
2. The tachometer seems to be reading over 1000 Rpm too high. When it is idling, (and I have heard many larger I4's idle), it sounds around 750 RPM, but the tach says 1500? I'd like to adjust or fix this, what is involved?
3. The lights have been un-hooked, as in unplugged from power. Why would someone do this? I have not plugged them in yet.
4. The oil filter plug nut is completely stripped off, I cannot get the oil drain out.
5. The engine seems to be mildly "hunting" for idle, it jumps around about 500 rpm at rest sometimes. It is also becoming harder to start (takes longer to crank over before it "catches" and starts, in +70 deg F weather?
Thanks for any help, I am new to this car and my dream is three fold, as I am a recent College graduate - 1. To fix the engine and car to a good spec, run it for a couple years, while saving up for an engine swap and new body kit (looking for a body kit similar to this: http://www.carbodykitstore....l?cPath=91_3578_7172
What would the easiest swap be for the most torque/quickly availiable power in the low RPM range (not looking for high horsepower screamer!) on a reasonable budget? I have read about 4.9 Cadillac, 3.4L Camaro/Firebird and 3800 Supercharged engines but each seems equally difficult. Note I will not be able to do the work myself, a shop will need to do all required mods, fabbing and swap work as I live in an apartment. I have good shops and machinists all around me so that isn't an issue. What would YOU recommend? I want a quick, light-to-light car that's good for fun drives with maybe a trip to the track once a year.