It’s been 34 years since my Dad brought home a 1985 Pontiac Fiero SE 2M4. That was the day I fell in love with the Fiero and had to have one. My Dad worked on the Fiero assembly line in Pontiac, MI from day 1 of full production. He would bring one of those dream machines home occasionally for employee quality evaluations. And if I was really lucky, sometimes he would take me on the back roads of, what was then rural, White Lake Township and let me drive the cars he would bring home. Let’s be clear. When I say “sometimes”, I mean not as occasionally as he brought them home; and definitely not as frequently as a Teenage boy with a learners permit would have liked. Then came the most joyous day of my young life, I finally had full, unaccompanied driving privileges. It was time to burn up the roads in my fresh new hot rod. Then, one evening, a rare occasion when the whole family piled into the “Family Truckster” with no idea where we were going to end up. Low and behold, it was a local used car dealership. And front and center of the lot, under the halos of the halogen lights, there it was. A beautiful example of my wildest dreams. A shiny red 1984 Pontiac Fiero. I thought I had passed to an astral plain. After what seemed an eternity; Dad walked up with the keys to that shiny red... Ford Escort. We never owned a Fiero. As I grew older, life happened. Marriages. Divorces. Kids. Yes, I meant to use the plural for all three. Fast forward another 32 years to 2018. I bought not one; but, two Fieros in a single transaction. A 1984 SE automatic and a 1985 Se 2M6 4 speed manual. The 84 runs surprisingly well for having 212k miles on a 4 cylinder. The ‘85 V6 doesn’t run at all. I want to do very few mods to the ‘84. Only subtle upgrades. Mainly sticking to the restoration track. I could really use Dads help on this. His intimate knowledge of the Fiero would be a great help. Sadly, he passed away in 2014. So, I’ll have to pursue this project solo. The silver lining is that PFF has a lot of good information supplied by passionate enthusiasts. I hope to be able to contribute as well. I’m probably going to be posting an insane number of questions here. Think PFF can handle it?
awh.....what a great story. So sorry to hear that your dad passed away. I'm sure he would have been just as excited as you in your Fiero purchase. May he rest in piece. You're definitely in the right place as far as Pennocks F.F. goes. The information on here is so valuable, so ask away. Good to here you got 212K out of your 4 banger. That gives me high hopes for mine with 132K on it. Enjoy fixin up your new little "hot rod". Keep us posted .
Don't "upgrade" but do fix whatever w/ new shocks etc. You get better shocks struts and brakes by simply use new parts that's often better then OE even years ago. Examples: GM has a long history of using cheapest shocks and struts and replacing w/ Gabriel et al gas units helps most problems including "Bump Steer" BS "problem." Use Wagner and other best pads from AZ and other parts stores will stop better then cheap pads use by GM and most shops and DIY.
Just read my Cave, Home and go to whatever needs fixing first.
Note that 84 is different from most because it's an 84 and only build w/ 4cyl. Many posts for electrical and others are different like 84 doesn't have main +v "box" under C500 because 84 have the same wires to starter and C500 itself. C500? See my Cave, Wire Reading and rest of section. 84 has other differences too and some will require you to update to later years to use like a new ignition coil and plug for it.
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Welcome! What a rare treat it must have been all those years ago being behind the wheel of a New Fiero. Glad you're in the habit now with both feet! I'm sorry you've lost your dad, but he's either smiling or shaking his head at you now. 😁😁😂 enjoy your Fieros! One of my favorite models is the 85SE with a V6. Total sleeper.. Post up some pics, If you can! Cheers! 🍻
Congrats on the "new" Fieros. You had us hooked. My best friend in High School had a new Black 84 Fiero 4 sp. I have always liked these cars and now I have two as well. At least, until my wife makes me sell one of them. "You can't keep them both!!", she says.
That is a great story. I'm sure your dad would be proud.
My dad passed in 2012 and judging by your story, you and I are about the same age. You might have 3 or 4 years on me. Anyway, I was fortunate enough to take him for a ride in the IMSA about 15 years ago and a picture of he and I together in the car is my Mom's favorite. Its as much about the memories as it is about the cars.
Welcome to the Forum. The group here and Fiero followers in general, are the best car group I have ever met. Friends to the end.
Good luck with the restoration. As for wives and Fieros you need to be strict about your hobby.
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