So my middle boy (16) wants a Fiero. We had looked at a running driving 1984 example locally with four speed and four cylinder. It had a painted dash, funny shifter feel and was $3,200. A little too much and the four banger is not all that impressive. Pass.
We then checked out this 1985 GT with the 4spd, V6 combo. Had been sitting a long time. Missing radiator and a few other parts. Some claim of axle trouble. The body was nice and interior ok. Pass at $2k. These are harder to find than I recall! And more expensive than I thought.
We did go by the scrapyard in Calgary and they had three Fieros that could donate parts.
A semi local small town dealership had this one we had seen a few months ago. Again a 1985 GT with V6 and 4spd manual. When we approached it I thought it had frost but the paint was horrible, most notably on the hood. We went back to take a closer look. Had been sitting for years. Interior was ok. Paint toast, tires dry rotted. We got the owner to boost and it started. Ran with high idle for a bit then stumbled and died. I wondered if it was out of fuel but he swore that no, it had lots. But no engine knock which was a good sign. It had random new parts in the trunk. We made an offer as is and got it delivered.
We shot back to Calgary and snagged a hood. Sadly had faded headlight covers from another car.
First wrenching on his own car for the boy.
So much better!
Some wet sanding, polish and clear coat. I am far from a body/paint man but certainly better.
The 16 year old owner did a good chunk of the work here.
Thermostat changed. Old one looked new but was stuck shut.
Exhaust had a rattle. The rear passenger side hanger was crusty and not hanging all that way anymore. The proper one was a steep $37US + shipping. Ouch.
Generic piece from Canadian Tire was $8 but not quite right.
Turn signals now working without turning the wipers on. A bit of cleaning on contacts set them right.