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1985 2M4 Restoration - Sitting for 20 Years by rafinger
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Hey there! As the title suggests, I'm bringing a Fiero back to life! 8 months ago and for $100, I picked a 1985 Base model 2M4. Even more fantastic that that price, the car was also single owner, bone stock, and 99% complete. This was too good of a deal to pass up. Slowly but surely, and with the help of my brother, dad, and friends, I am bringing this car back to life. A quick little intro about me is that I'm 22 at the time of posting this, studying Industrial Design in Houston, and love filmmaking. I have a YouTube channel where I document all of my projects, from Iron Man helmets to working on my Kawasaki ZR-7S.

Linked below is the first part in the video series about restoring this car. You may want to grab a comfortable seat and some popcorn for this one, it isn't your typical vlog rebuild series. I shared this on the facebook group called "Fiero", but I wanted to share here too. I have been browsing these forums since I was 13, so I definitely owe everything I know about these cars to you guys.


The Journey Begins | 1985 Fiero 2M4 Revival - Part 1

I should also mention that all of this footage is from 8 months ago too! I already have the next 3 parts completely filmed, working on filming part 5 now, and currently editing part 2. So please stay tuned!

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Hi Ron and welcome back to the crazy but fun world of the Fiero. I enjoyed your video very much. You did an excellent job producing it. I liked the pop up headlight guy...lol.
Yea, you got your hands full there, but its obvious to me that your gonnna cover a lot of ground quickly buy just the few improvements you've already done. look how better she looks just from the wash And with all the common sence you've already applied, your statement of limited mechanical ability will advance very quickly I'm sure. Looks to me that you got the tools, you got the garage, and yes, pleanty of penetrating fluid...hahaha. Hows about a repair manual such as Chiltons? Their exploded diagrams come in very handy.

Obvisously your gonna need parts. Parts, parts, parts......since your out there in Texas let me advise you on one GREAT GUY who I do loads of business with. He's "handymanpat" on the Forum here. This guy has very clean parts available at excellent prices. He lives in Roundrock. ( is that by you ? ) He's also just a real nice guy to do business with, and talk to too ! get in touch with him ! I assure you he will be of great value in your project. Then there's the Fiero Store, Rodney Dickman, and "The Mall" on here for more stuff. I also search ebay all the time to see whats available.
Her's another product you might want to check out. Its call POR-15. This is EXCELLENT stuff to tackle your surface rust. I did the complete bottom of my Formula with it. I strongly recommend it.
I'll be looking forward to more episodes of your Fiero project. I can also assist in a little way. I got the upper battery tray support . If you want it I'll send it out to you. Its small, but its something....
You, along with the rest of us, have a real ace up your sleeve with this site here. The guys on here are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They've come to my aid countless times.
So keep us posted and best of luck with your Fiero project. It looks to me that you won't need much of that, you seem to know what your doing. Bob

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Hi Ron and welcome back to the crazy but fun world of the Fiero. I enjoyed your video very much. You did an excellent job producing it. I liked the pop up headlight guy...lol.
Yea, you got your hands full there, but its obvious to me that your gonnna cover a lot of ground quickly buy just the few improvements you've already done. look how better she looks just from the wash And with all the common sence you've already applied, your statement of limited mechanical ability will advance very quickly I'm sure. Looks to me that you got the tools, you got the garage, and yes, pleanty of penetrating fluid...hahaha. Hows about a repair manual such as Chiltons? Their exploded diagrams come in very handy.

Obvisously your gonna need parts. Parts, parts, parts......since your out there in Texas let me advise you on one GREAT GUY who I do loads of business with. He's "handymanpat" on the Forum here. This guy has very clean parts available at excellent prices. He lives in Roundrock. ( is that by you ? ) He's also just a real nice guy to do business with, and talk to too ! get in touch with him ! I assure you he will be of great value in your project. Then there's the Fiero Store, Rodney Dickman, and "The Mall" on here for more stuff. I also search ebay all the time to see whats available.
Her's another product you might want to check out. Its call POR-15. This is EXCELLENT stuff to tackle your surface rust. I did the complete bottom of my Formula with it. I strongly recommend it.
I'll be looking forward to more episodes of your Fiero project. I can also assist in a little way. I got the upper battery tray support . If you want it I'll send it out to you. Its small, but its something....
You, along with the rest of us, have a real ace up your sleeve with this site here. The guys on here are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They've come to my aid countless times.
So keep us posted and best of luck with your Fiero project. It looks to me that you won't need much of that, you seem to know what your doing. Bob

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i really enjoyed your video. A great mix of real time and fast forward action to keep us involved with the story. i'll be following this story as it unfolds. Looking forward to more videos
jon

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I'm the original owner of a white ' 84 2M4 purchased Dec 10, 1983 from Pontiac. Always garaged, no rust, 4-wheel drifts are fun!

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Nice save and an interesting video. I will say to check the upper frame rails, remove the rear wheel well liners so you can see up there. It's pretty much hidden so they can rot out without it even being visible. Pretty simple to replace though with a bit of welding.
Looking forward to more updates.

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Hi Ron and welcome back to the crazy but fun world of the Fiero. I enjoyed your video very much. You did an excellent job producing it. I liked the pop up headlight guy...lol.
Yea, you got your hands full there, but its obvious to me that your gonnna cover a lot of ground quickly buy just the few improvements you've already done. look how better she looks just from the wash And with all the common sence you've already applied, your statement of limited mechanical ability will advance very quickly I'm sure. Looks to me that you got the tools, you got the garage, and yes, pleanty of penetrating fluid...hahaha. Hows about a repair manual such as Chiltons? Their exploded diagrams come in very handy.

Obvisously your gonna need parts. Parts, parts, parts......since your out there in Texas let me advise you on one GREAT GUY who I do loads of business with. He's "handymanpat" on the Forum here. This guy has very clean parts available at excellent prices. He lives in Roundrock. ( is that by you ? ) He's also just a real nice guy to do business with, and talk to too ! get in touch with him ! I assure you he will be of great value in your project. Then there's the Fiero Store, Rodney Dickman, and "The Mall" on here for more stuff. I also search ebay all the time to see whats available.
Her's another product you might want to check out. Its call POR-15. This is EXCELLENT stuff to tackle your surface rust. I did the complete bottom of my Formula with it. I strongly recommend it.
I'll be looking forward to more episodes of your Fiero project. I can also assist in a little way. I got the upper battery tray support . If you want it I'll send it out to you. Its small, but its something....
You, along with the rest of us, have a real ace up your sleeve with this site here. The guys on here are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They've come to my aid countless times.
So keep us posted and best of luck with your Fiero project. It looks to me that you won't need much of that, you seem to know what your doing. Bob


Hey thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. As for the manuals, I have both Chilton's and Haynes, so I should be covered.
I'll be sure to talk with Pat about parts, I'll definitely need some new taillights and side markers. Round Rock is about a four hour drive from me! I'm south of Houston, but that isn't too far.
I have already heard of the wonder that is POR-15! I've seen a lot of stuff about that and it's very possible I'll be using it.
As for the battery tray support, I might have to take yo up on that! I have actually already fabricated my own battery holder out of angle iron and am using that, but a proper battery tray would be ideal.
Thanks for words of encouragement!

 
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i really enjoyed your video. A great mix of real time and fast forward action to keep us involved with the story. i'll be following this story as it unfolds. Looking forward to more videos
jon



Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. The next one should be out relatively soon

 
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Nice save and an interesting video. I will say to check the upper frame rails, remove the rear wheel well liners so you can see up there. It's pretty much hidden so they can rot out without it even being visible. Pretty simple to replace though with a bit of welding.
Looking forward to more updates.



Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to check that out. I plan on dropping the whole rear cradle and engine assembly soon to replace the clutch, alternator, waterpump, and suspension components, so that'll be an opportune time to look for possible rust. And there should be a new video within a few weeks! I'll be sure to keep everyone posted.

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Are you planning on keeping the 13" wheels? i had a set of those on my '84 and i thot they were part of the "handling package" that came with my car. If so you have stiffer springs and a tighter ratio steering rack.
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I'm the original owner of a white ' 84 2M4 purchased Dec 10, 1983 from Pontiac. Always garaged, no rust, 4-wheel drifts are fun!

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Are you planning on keeping the 13" wheels? i had a set of those on my '84 and i thot they were part of the "handling package" that came with my car. If so you have stiffer springs and a tighter ratio steering rack.
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I am! They aren't too common, so I think it'd be pretty neat to have them still. I know in the video I said they were the lowest option wheel, but at the time I didn't realize they weren't. I actually don't have the WS6 handling package though! I have the WS1 RPO code as well as the RPO codes that correspond to the regular springs. That'd be cool if I did though!

 
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I hope that means you liked it


Also I have an update! Part 2 is finally done being edited and it's now published. In this episode, we tackle everything needed to get the car running.


You've Been Asleep, Cap | 1985 Fiero 2M4 Revival - Part 2

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Been watching and really enjoying the videos, and sharing them with the family. Reminds me a LOT of getting and working on my own car, hopefully you don't run into the same rust issues.

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i had to drop my tank to check the operation of my fuel pump. Worst job i have ever done on my Feral. Even worse than the clutch replacement - and that was a double job because i got the clutch in backwards the first time. Still the fuel tank job was worse. i found that the hardest part of reinstalling the fuel tank was the lines. Almost impossible to get on and off. i also used the oil trick, but that only made it slightly easier. Congrads on a running Fiero
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Excellent videos guys! Definitely gets me motivated to do a little work to my '87. Has anyone asked if you've gotten another Fiero yet? They do multiply.

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Loving the videos and time you take to put them together.Waiting for the next one.

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