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Were Formulas available without the rear wing? by David Hambleton
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Report this Post08-04-2014 10:36 PM Click Here to See the Profile for David HambletonClick Here to Email David HambletonSend a Private Message to David HambletonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I saw an ad for a Formula but it didn't have the side decal & there was no rear wing.
I looked at the option code list but it didn't specifically address the wing.
Could a factory Formula be purchased without a wing?
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Report this Post08-04-2014 11:00 PM Click Here to See the Profile for kriswinnerSend a Private Message to kriswinnerEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
As I understand it...no, they all had wings from the factory.
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The wing was an integral part of the Formula package as well as the Indy package. It couldn't be deleted. It seems that some Formulas didn't have the decal applied, just as some Indy's didn't have them applied upon delivery but were placed inside the vehicle.
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Report this Post08-05-2014 06:39 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jaskispyderSend a Private Message to jaskispyderEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Are you sure it was a Formula and not just a 4 cyl coupe?
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Report this Post08-05-2014 09:02 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 2.5Send a Private Message to 2.5Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
An ad like a craigslist ad? Many people dont even get the year correct.
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If it was an '88 notchback with a V6, it was a Formula and it came with a wing from the factory - there were no '88 non-Formula V6 notchbacks produced, decal or no decal.

Or, it might have been a GT that somebody swapped notchback parts onto and all bets are off.

If it's got a 4-cylinder in it, it was never a Formula.

I'm betting it might be a misidentified '87 notchback with a V6 if it's got a clean decklid and no Formula decals. Are the wheels grey, and do they have the same 1" lip in the front and the back? If so, it's an '87 (assuming the wheels are stock and original to that car).

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Originally posted by 2.5:

An ad like a craigslist ad? Many people dont even get the year correct.




"Up for sale is my well cared for 1990 Chevy Fiero. Only has 200,000 miles on it which makes it REALLLYYYY valuable."


As the car is missing half the panels, asking price is $4,000.
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Originally posted by LZeitgeist:
I'm betting it might be a misidentified '87 notchback with a V6 if it's got a clean decklid and no Formula decals. Are the wheels grey, and do they have the same 1" lip in the front and the back? If so, it's an '87 (assuming the wheels are stock and original to that car).


Does it even have the 15" lace wheels on it? Or does it have the 14" "turbo" wheels?
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Originally posted by LZeitgeist:


I'm betting it might be a misidentified '87 notchback with a V6 if it's got a clean decklid and no Formula decals.


If so, it would be the recipient of an engine swap.
The V-6 was not available in the coupe configuration in 87.
The V-6 was only available in the GT and SE trim. Well, and in the MERA.

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Originally posted by olejoedad:


If so, it would be the recipient of an engine swap.
The V-6 was not available in the coupe configuration in 87.
The V-6 was only available in the GT and SE trim. Well, and in the MERA.


I didn't say 'Coupe' - I said notchback. That would be the SE as you describe.

EDIT - wait, my mistake - the SE had the Aero nose and tail, not the same as the Formula. You're correct.

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Originally posted by LZeitgeist:

I'm betting it might be a misidentified '87 notchback with a V6 if it's got a clean decklid and no Formula decals. Are the wheels grey, and do they have the same 1" lip in the front and the back? If so, it's an '87 (assuming the wheels are stock and original to that car).


Years ago, I saw an '87 4-cyl. in the junkyard. Medium Red Metallic, but someone had applied Formula decals to it (either that or swapped the door panels). I didn't know any better so I thought it was legit!

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Report this Post08-05-2014 11:29 AM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroguruSend a Private Message to fieroguruEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
A lot of time has passed since fieros rolled off the assembly line, so who knows what could have been done to the car...

I have had several (and know of several more) 88 Coupes that now have stock fiero V6's - its a very simple engine swap, nearly bolts right in.
The rear decklid could have been swapped by a PO who didn't want a spoiler.
Could be a 4 cyl coupe where someone wanted a spoiler, so they added it.
Could be a GT someone added coupe panels to because they preferred the look
The door decals could have been left off, removed, or doors swapped (for power accessories), etc.

When looking at a car, check the VIN (and RPO sticker) and then compare what it says it should be vs. what parts are on the car.
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Report this Post08-05-2014 11:50 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 2.5Send a Private Message to 2.5Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
88s also have a VIN sticker on each panel, could see if they match.

(generic pic from online)

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Report this Post08-05-2014 10:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for David HambletonClick Here to Email David HambletonSend a Private Message to David HambletonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I saw the ad for the Formula on Kijiji a few days ago. Then I met a guy on Sunday at a (400+) car show - he was very interested in my Formula. It's in pretty new-like condition with 25,000 kilometers (15,500 miles) on it.

He had also seen the Kijiji ad and was thinking of going to look at it. He'd never been in a Fiero and asked what I thought of them. He and his wife sat in mine & liked it they said it has lots of room & is comfortable. I have an '84 SE 4 speed (since new) and an '86 2.5L coupe 5 speed as well so I'm generally pretty positive about the Fiero ownership idea.

He's a body & paint guy & his friend with him is a structural/welder expert & they've worked on Corvettes together. They said they were going to look at the car on Monday. I looked for the ad later on Monday but it was gone, so maybe he bought it. The asking price was $1400; some of the interior had been disassembled etc. but there was a picture of a new looking trunk corner, so it might be a solid car.

Anyway, to ramble further... I recalled the pics in the ad didn't show a wing. If I run into him again I'll find out what the VIN is to get the 'factory story'.
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