This is my build book. When I bought the fiero it was a 2.5 / auto, broke down car. It was on it's 3rd 2.5, with only 72,000 miles on it. Nice red paint job. But if you looked at it close it looked like they had sanded it with a brick! After I got it to run, it smoked like a house on fire, no power, and got 11 mpg ! I drove it just long enough to make sure every thing worked. I was working as a wrecker driver at the time so I got first dibs on the cars that came in. over the years i put a 3.0 / T-125 buick V6 / with a holley 4 bbl carb and than a 3.8 SFI / 440T4 ( not the 3800 ) in it. Just when I came into some money, the 3.8 lost the oil pump. So I did the chevy V8 swap That I have in this book. I have had a 305 crossfire in it after the 355. ( cooked the 355 and Katrina finished it ). I ran the 305 for 2 years as my DD. drove it to work every day for 2 years, raced it at the drag strip, auto crossed it. The 305 gave up at the track one night so I pulled it and put the new sbc/ holley FI / 4T60-E in it that i am getting ready to put back in the car now ( for the 4th time ). But that is for a latter book. I printed all the page's, scanned them in, posted them to photo bucket so I can post them here.
this story starts with a 1983 Crossfire 305 Z/28. I bought the car and drove it as a DD for a bout 5 years. When our son was little He would tell me "Do it again daddy" when It barked 2nd gear. I put it up for him when he was 6.
During KATRINA we lost the beater that was going to be his 1st car.
We brought the Z/28 back to life. No fwd jpos for my kids first car. This is adam on his way to work for the first time in the Z.
Before Katrina the 355 had packed it in. Both the fiero and the Z had to just sit for a year or more as we got the town back on its feet. When adam got done with HS I sent him to NADC to learn how to fix cars! With him out of the house I pulled the 305, junked the car body. I was thinking that I could get it to fit under a 85 deck lid. So I pulled the fiero's 355 and put the 305 in with a 4T60 with 2.84 gears. Than i put a V8 archie big rad in it. This was a big help. After I got the TV cable to work right it would shift fine. The crossfire is a very low cross ram. It is like a tunnel ram intake with the runners laid down.
I ran the **** out of it at the track and drove it to work EVERY day for 2 years. I made just a few runs with it.
My intention was to have it be consistant, not fast. ( fast and 305 ? DUH! ) I can hear the track from our house. I would keep track of the runs by putting the run info in a excell file. I went and got 3 to print out here.
I list the TT runs, than the race ( race's) as the case may be. this is the last run, the race. this is the 4th TT run.
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years ago when I was having elec problems I put a cut off switch on the battey ground cable. I have coil overs so I have room in the shock tower. All the grounds go to the switch on one side. the other side goes to the bat that is in the front.
This is it from under, in the shock tower. The wire is so that i don't loose the handle.
I was able to get after it this afternoon. I thought I would show what I intend to do about a deck lid. Years ago I made some home made "INDY" vents for my car. I didn't want to have 2 different vents on my car when I ran the 84 deck lid.
I will have some thing, A "INDY" type scoop will do. ( I have one)
With the new headers I expected to have to move a few things. The water return pipe from the T-stat housing is going to need a miner change. It comes out of the T-stat housing, goes between the head and the shock tower, back along the rear fire wall just like before. The end on the drivers side of the car needs to move up to get away from the header. This means I will have to make a new pipe from that elbow that goes over the crossover exhaust pipe and than down to the stock pipe under the car.
On my down time to day at work I did the 1st 4 page's of the build book for the engine that I have in it now. The switch's for the trans controler and the electric dump valve. The red switch turns on the paddle shifting. the toggle switch next to it is the up / down. the rotery switch is the for the "TCI" trans controller modes. the rocker switch is for the dump.
Might want to make a small edit. "The "SUPPERLEGGERA" name was used on a few FERRARI sedans in the 50's. I had it made at a local sign shop. It means " super legs" or in English "Long Legs" (for the highway"
Superleggera (translation: "super light") is an automobile coachwork construction technology developed by Felice Bianchi Anderloni of Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring.
"To commemorate their first major success at the prestigious 1948 Mille Miglia, Ferrari upgraded their successful 166 Sport and made a series of cars called the 166 MM. These contributed more than any other previous type, scoring many of Ferrari's first international victories and established the company as a serious manufacturer of sports cars.
For their new series, Ferrari outsourced production of the bodies to Touring of Milan who made 25 roadsters using their patented Superleggera technique. It fixed aluminum-alloy panels directly to a tubular space frame which was both light and rigid." http://www.supercars.net/cars/485.html
Superleggera was used on the 166, 195, 212, and 340. All being Coupes.
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I have some body that lived over their. He is going to email some body he knows ( family) to see what that word brings to mind. I got my info from a book on the history of the cars. I still have it, someplace.
I rejetted the carb to night. Went up 2 steps on jet size on the secondarys. The track pack has jets in steps, so it is not just 2 jet size Numbers. Now I can put the carb on this week end. I just might light it off this week end.
Well I got it started. sounds like a rod knock. And this with a new crank kit. But the new exhaust was better than the old one. Not as loud. No leaks. I was able to take almost 5 feet of battery cable out of the back of the car. I didn't use any of the fuel injection that is not used. this makes the wiring much better. I guess I will have to get a NEW crank, New rods, and new pistons. I think I can do forged pistons. IF I am going with new stuff I will get good stuff.
Some pictures of how I fitted the stuff in and ran the wires. I will clean up the wires and wrap them better when I have the engine out next time. I will make better hangers for the water return pipe. May have a pipe made to replace it with less clamps/rubber sections. The TPS clears the hood, Every thing fits fine. I think this is what I am going to stay with. Untill I get my hood scoop done I have to cover it to keep the leaves out.
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Checked the valve lash, had one that was a little loose. Fixed that. Put in a little more advance, started and run much better, but still a bad knock. I am at a loss to explane having a rod knock on a new bottom end. I primed it with the sbc priming tool, pushed all the air out untill all the push rod were getting oil to the rockers. the engine has oil presser instantly. ???????????????????
I know you have a knock to figure out but in the meantime you may want to have your boy get in and put your gas pedal to the floor and take a look at your butterfly in the carb. I just put a new holley on mine and was get very poor power. It turns out my return spring was to stiff and though my pedal would go to the floor my carb wasn't opening all the way. A lighter return spring solved this problem. Ray
Been their, done that. I am going to work on the wiring for the new shift light, and than put the inside of the car back together. I am going to work on the getting the addition to the "INDY SCOOP" done so it will cover the carb. The kid's car is going to be using the slab/houst for a few weeks. I do not intend to make any changes to the setup/wiring so I can button it up. I need to do some work on the wiring in the engine compartment, but I will take pictures and do it with the drive line out.
I am going to build a 2nd woodin houst in the back yard so I can pull the drive line while adams car is using the 1st one. I will make this one 10 feet wide instead of 7 feet so that it will be away from the car. Not in the way.