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Resto Stages by bobbytomorow
Started on: 08-31-2015 07:35 PM
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Last post by: LornesGT on 08-31-2015 11:13 PM
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Report this Post08-31-2015 07:35 PM Click Here to See the Profile for bobbytomorowSend a Private Message to bobbytomorowEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Hi there fellas, great forum, my first post here!

I have not owned a Fiero since 1997, it was an 85 GT 4-Speed manual. I loved that car however I was young and it did not last long, yep smashed it....But that was nearly 20 years ago and I still have fond memories of driving that beauty across western Canada, great times indeed, which beings me to here and now. That was basically my las domestic car, since then I have been almost exclusively a BMW enthusiast and have done pretty much anything as far as resto work goes, everything except for major autobody, welding and painting. I have done suspension, electrical, all things mechanical, interior etc...

That all said I want to jump back into a Fiero, my plan is to buy a GT/2M6 with a manual transmission, hold off on an engine swap and do what I can to the stock engine however this is not set in stone. What I want to ask is in your experience what stages should I redo a Fiero in?

For example with a bimmer I would go,

-suspension/brakes>mechanical>electrical>interior>exterior

Sound about right to you fellas for a plan of attack? I'm not going to be getting a complete junker, I want to try and find something that is drivable or close to it with low mileage, close to stock as I can find yet needing TLC as to get on the cheap.

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Welcome to the madness.
My approach is to fix things as they break down. Any time you get a drop in the frequency of yet something else failing, attack something on the 'to do' list.
At least if it's off the road and undergoing restoration, it won't break down. well not so much anyway LOL!

I am joking (to some extent!).
I guess the order really depends on what needs the most work initially.
Electrical gremlins are the result of 30 year old wiring, you might get lucky and not have too many problems, you may not.
suspension/brake and any number of mechanical things (eg door hinges/locks, nt just engine related) are pretty much a given with these cars.
Just find a good one with no/little rust (plenty of threads on here on what to look for rust wise) so the metal body is solid.
Given a good body, pretty much everything else can be repaired/fixed/replaced.

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Report this Post08-31-2015 08:52 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Welcome to the Forum!

Many Fieros have led a hard life and been neglected, so you need to do what the car is asking for. How the car was stored has a lot to do with it's condition. Getting a car from someone who knows it's history is a big plus.
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I did brakes because they failed but would have been my first choice anyway. Mechanical because of the oil leaks and now suspension. Throwing in body stuff and interior stuff along the way.
I really planned on stuff at a slow pace but find myself buying stuff when I should have waited until I started the next phase.
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