So, it has been about 2 years, I am living a more comfortable life and decided it was time to get back into the unforgettable Fiero lifestyle. I just picked up an 1985 Fiero GT with a 4spd.
I'm no starter to manual transmission cars, I've even driven a 5spd 4cyl fiero before, yet I pulled a rookie movie and stalled it like a king numerous times trying to pull out.
For the life of me I couldn't figure out why was feeling the clutch grab, easing into it and stall, and stall, and yet again stall. And then it came to me, this might be 3rd. Lo and behold, 1st gear likes to hide on this car or maybe I am special.
Has anyone else run into this issue? reverse, 1st and 3rd are all very close? if its not just me what is the trick, or does it grow on you?
Now some info on the car, It is a 1985 Fiero GT 2.8 V6 with a 4spd manual trans. It has on the odometer 70,xxx miles but is said to have only truly 40,xxx. Now I'm never one to believe such a story but after inspection of the car, it appears to be possible. The normal inspection of a Fiero for me consist of, Trunk Corners, Battery Tray, Seats & Carpet, Electronics, Sunroof Seal, Paint, and Front Compartment.
So the tour showed me a few things, no rust in trunk or by the battery tray ( A+ ). Seats and Carpet have no tears and are relatively mint condition, but headliner is torn and console pieces are warping ( B- ). Electronics seem to all function though, windows go slow, Aftermarket headlights were installed and there is a drain on the battery ( D ). Sunroof seal appears to be fair but will need replacing window seals are fair ( B ). Paint, this one is amazing to me because the paint on certain parts of car are perfect. Off the show room floor quality and then I am told the rest the previous owner attempted to "Buff" and put burn marks and wear into (Note previous owner also "went to school" for auto body and detailing) sadly this leaves paint with a low grade ( F ). And last the front compartment showed no rust, a perfect spare no dirt or grime, all tire tools in place sadly just missing sunroof bag ( B )
So overall I am happy there is a list of things forming and an order to them progressing. Some aftermarket side scoops will be installed (Fiero Warehouse?), Flushmount headlights, ABS headliner, ABS door panels (Fiero Store), Wheels and tires, led side markers, and Paint.
Pretty set on all the pieces I want just stuck on a color, currently red want something different. Always loved white Fieros, but also love Gun Metal Gray, and Army Green Matte.
Quick run out tomorrow to grab a few things for the car then I will update the thread with some fresh pictures.
Glad to be Back, and hopefully doing this right,