About a year ago I responded to an obscure ad that said, 3 fieros non running, parts or fix, you must take all or none ad. It didn't have any pictures, but i always have had the fantasy of finding a really rare fiero like this. Something that the owner doesn't realize is amazing but is totally worth saving. Usually these revolve around finding a CJB t-top car.
In any case, they said they had 3 fieros an 86 , and 87, and a 88. All 4 cylinders. Nothing too special there, but 88 is interesting. I asked about it. Was told that they believe it has T-tops but it was covered in blackberry bushes so deep that they couldn't get at it or get a photo of it. Well, I just told them to get a hold of me when they had a picture, they are 2 hours away so i couldnt just go look really.
Fast forward to now, the guys wife gets a hold of my and asks if i am still interested. I said, well maybe did you get it uncovered? They told me no but they plan to next weekend. I am still waiting for the VIN to confirm CJB but i finally got some pictures!
I'm getting excited now, If it is a CJB car i may put my LSJ2.0 Turbo swap in it. Engine is seized. It seems sacreligous to cut up a CJB formula or GT, but a base coupe with bad motor? I am thinking talbot yellow formula clone!
Here are the pictures! Diamond in the rough? 1 of 339 CJB t-top coupes? I can barely hold my excitment.
Diamond in the really rough, God willing the frame isn't trashed by now from sitting in that spot for so long... The passenger door doesn't look like it lines up, from the gap in the back... There's also a lot of humidity in the interior by the looks of the water on the inside of the window; the side mirror is missing...
It's definitely gonna be a lot of work to bring back if it's one of the few CJBs! It deserves way better than to sit rot in a bush unloved.
Best of luck bro, keep us posted.
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Had something similar happen to me years and years ago when I lived in SC. A local gas station had a wrecked '86 SE out front for about a week before I stopped in to ask about it. They said it wasn't for sale but they had another in the back lot if I was interested. It was also wrecked, sideswiped but driveable. I go back and it's a red '88 CJB coupe. A month or so later they got the title, I paid storage fees, and I had a '88 T-Top!
Hope you pull that thing out and it isn't too far gone. Take more pics!!!!
With all the condensation on the windows, I would have to believe that there is a lot of water inside- carefully check the floor boards......And it looks like it has a "2M6" decal on the trunklid...They didn't have those on 88s......
My guess on this is that it is and 88 coupe and somebody put a 2M4 sticker on the back after a repaint or for style or something like that. I'm pretty sure it's an 88. Not sure if it's cjb. Most of the Northwest fieros I have ever gotten have had very little rust as they don't use salt on the roads here and we have very mild winners by of course that all need to be checked. No matter what I believe I will save the T tops for another fiero if the car is too far gone but I am crossing my fingers that it is a relatively straight not rusted out 88CJB frame
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You should take the interior and other parts missing from the other Fieros before you give em to your buddy to part them out... By the looks of it, you will need at least a new interior from all that humidity!
------------------ "Discord" Red 1988 GT under restoration!
And yes, there is some damage. However, it appears to be from a tree falling on the corner of the car. The frame is pretty rust free and the rear rail is straight does not show signs of being hit. Looks like the Notchback Clip is pushing into the door making the frame look twisted but i don't think it is. The interior leaves something to be desired but i will replace all of that.
You can see here that the gap at the bottom of the door is pretty normal but the fiberglass rear clip has been shoved forward from being crushed on the corner. I think when i remove all of these panels the frame will be undamaged. (so thats exciting!)
Pretty excited to start this project with my wife soon. Whoot!
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Trees normally don't fall horizontally, which is what would have been needed to push the rear of the car into the door. (looks to be 3/8 to 1/2"). It more than likely has been ran into. With it being a T-top, there isn't much structure left between the A & B pillars and a rear collision could push the two pillars together, which is what it looks like happened.
Depending on price, it will be worth buying for the 88 parts, possibly the T-top parts - all depends on condition of the seals and other plastic bits.
No ac is extremely uncommon here, less in Canada. This is maybe one of 5 I've ever seen. I'll be picking it up on Saturday and tearing into it to see what the damage looks like under the clip. I'm thinking going tan or beach wood interior as well if the car can be fixed. Wish me luck!
The very first thing you need to do is gut the interior and throw it all away! I can only imagine what it smells like...ugh!
It looks salvageable to me. Once you get the rear bumper and clip off you can see what, if any, damage there is to the chassis. Just take care around anything T-top related...you do not want to break or damage any of that stuff.
Huge weekend. I have pulled the fiero out of the field and then coordinated 3 rigs to tow all the fieros at one time 2.5 hours from my home! It was ridiculous. Once i got it home I cleaned up the car, and spent the better part of a day trying to open the comparments which were all corroded shut. I eventally just unbolted the door and ripped the panel off so i could access the striker from inside the door with a T50 Torx. The latch is destoryed. I found the car to be slightly out of square by 1/4 inch, so looks like i will be trying to strech the frame back out on the Passenger side. All in all I am pretty happy still. Ok so here is the picture dump!
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Big movements on the project! My wife has joined me on the adventure, and we have started a youtube channel. So far only the introduction is done, so you'll have to just enjoy that for now, it won't be as up to date as this thread! Today I got all of the passenger side interior out, and pulled the carpet. BOY did it STINK!
Then I cut off the clip well past the damage and removed the bumper, for the purpose of examing more of the damage. I will have the whole clip off soon, but alot of the interior screws are requiring drilling to get get them out, and those TTOP parts are delicate!!! So I am removing them slowly, so I can get the frame ready to adjust. It appears the top of the door is 1/4 in small, and that seems to be causing all the issues. We have been collecting interior parts, so thats exciting!
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In part 2 of our series we discuss tips and tricks for removing interior that has been trashed, and we go the distance to get new pieces! Discussion and facts of the rarest fiero interior color : Beechwood! As always, its packed with fun fiero facts and tips for your restoration. We are really building our channel and putting out high quality videos here, so if you could check it out and subscribe then you'll be the first to know! Working on the first 100 subscribers!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH3Bku56ZYo
Well, Got the cars interior stripped. I had to cut the rearclip off with a grinding wheel even after carefully removing the TTOP headliner. It was nuts! Literally they just spun in the fiberglass. Luckly the clip was destoryed anyway.
Finally I towed the rig to my buddies shop where we will be working on fixing the frame. We looked at it on the lift. Its going to be a serious project, but doable. Stay tuned.