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Two Fiero Store Products worthy of mention by Dennis LaGrua
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It never ceases to amaze me at the number of new products that the Fiero Store introduces every year. One important product that I found there was the gas filler hose that connects the filler and vent pipes to the gas tanks. It is made from a special fuel resistant hose compound. If you are driving in a 25-30 yr old Fiero that hose set is bound to be nearing the end of its useful life. If it leaks a puddle of gas can form under the car, and when you start it, the spark in the starter motor can initiate a catastrophic fire. Its cheap insurance to replace this hose but few seem to do it. The one that I purchased fit perfectly.
The other product that I was impressed with is the trunk light. It is a repro but it looks and fits perfectly. When replacing the trunk light bulb you need to pop out the housing. Trouble is that the aging plastic can be brittle and break when you remove it. The Fiero Store trunk light is a perfect replacement and it looks completely stock.

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Originally posted by Dennis LaGrua:

One important product that I found there was the gas filler hose that connects the filler and vent pipes to the gas tanks. It is made from a special fuel resistant hose compound. If you are driving in a 25-30 yr old Fiero that hose set is bound to be nearing the end of its useful life. If it leaks a puddle of gas can form under the car, and when you start it, the spark in the starter motor can initiate a catastrophic fire. Its cheap insurance to replace this hose but few seem to do it. The one that I purchased fit perfectly.



Was yours fused together out of two hoses (filler and vent) or just glued?

Its probably not an issue, but mine were glued. Its supposedly an official GM part, and it did indeed fit perfectly, but I wound up separating the two hoses and installing them one at a time; it seemed easier that way with the limited space.

I was however more than satisfied with the stainless hard lines and braided fuel supply and return lines which fit just like the originals. Worth the money.

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RE: trunk light

Make sure your light goes out not only when you press the switch, but when the trunk closes. Is it necessary to explain how I know?
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Was yours fused together out of two hoses (filler and vent) or just glued?

Its probably not an issue, but mine were glued. Its supposedly an official GM part, and it did indeed fit perfectly, but I wound up separating the two hoses and installing them one at a time; it seemed easier that way with the limited space.

I was however more than satisfied with the stainless hard lines and braided fuel supply and return lines which fit just like the originals. Worth the money.


Hoses may be fused or glued but they are attached. I also don't think that there would be a problem either way. Probably done to limit vibration?????? The fuel tank coupling hose set is in fact advertised and sold as a GM re-issue part but AC Delco is now in China so the quality may have changed. Still its better than a 27 yr old hose that can leak any day because if it does the car is consumed by fire in a couple of minutes after starting. IMO, its the most important hose to change. Cheap insurance if you ask me!

 
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RE: trunk light

Make sure your light goes out not only when you press the switch, but when the trunk closes. Is it necessary to explain how I know?


If the trunk latch switch works when tested by pressing it in manually, and is in the right position, the trunk light should shut off when the deck latches down. Am I missing something ? .

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Originally posted by Dennis LaGrua:


If the trunk latch switch works when tested by pressing it in manually, and is in the right position, the trunk light should shut off when the deck latches down. Am I missing something ? .



and is in the right position

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Dennis, I did replace that trunk light cover because the original one was too brittle.

The Fiero Store part was an easy, cost effective replacement. Really well made
and quality looks just like the original but new.

Technically, you have to use a screw driver to "pry & pop" it out upon removal.

Hats off to TFS.


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Originally posted by fierogt28:

Dennis, I did replace that trunk light cover because the original one was too brittle.

The Fiero Store part was an easy, cost effective replacement. Really well made
and quality looks just like the original but new.

Technically, you have to use a screw driver to "pry & pop" it out upon removal.

Hats off to TFS.


When removing a 30 year old trunk light to replace the rug or the bulb, its not easy to get it out without cracking the retaining tab. Time and heat really make those light housings brittle, but TFS has come to the rescue with a repro that looks original. It would not surprise me if they are using the same GM mold. I did find the copper bulb tab (where it bends) on the far end a bit fragile so I melted a tab of solder in the corner for reinforcement. I added a direct fit LED bulb array (w 8 LED's ) and popped the trunk light housing in place. The trunk never looked so bright and modern.


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87GT - ALL OUT 3.4L Turbocharged engine, Garrett Hybrid Turbo, MSD ign., modified TH125H
" ON THE LOOSE WITHOUT THE JUICE "

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Originally posted by 85 SE VIN 9:

RE: trunk light

Make sure your light goes out not only when you press the switch, but when the trunk closes. Is it necessary to explain how I know?


So who did you convince to climb into the trunk to see if the light went off with the hatch shut?
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I decided I didn't need a trunk light that bad. It wasn't connected before. I think the quick lube guys did one of their unhelpful things and connected the loose wire. Someone said the way to check is to put your cell phone on video and close the trunk. See "don't need" above. BTW this wasn't so funny. That little light being on all the time was enough to run the (new) battery down. I ended up walking to Harbor Freight, buying a jumper battery, and walking back. I certainly didn't need a trunk light that bad.

Speaking of noteworthy TFS products I just ordered the return fuel line. This week was the first time I crawled underneath and really looked at the fuel lines. A lot of hoses with rusty screw clamps and a noticeable odor of gas. I already have the rails and feed line, but when ordering those I didn't realize I also needed the return line.



After seeing the condition of things I decided the best thing was to replace all those hoses and rusty clamps with stainless. So far the only stainless fuel injection hose clamps (to connect to the pump hoses) are at NAPA for about a buck fifty each. Other places have them, but they don't even claim to be stainless. Besides the jumble of hoses the most obvious problem is the rusty clamps, so I want stainless.

BTW, do you think this mess might have something to do with the 30 amp fuse in the 10 amp fuel pump socket?

Before buying my first Fiero I looked into how hard it would be to get parts. When I saw that the Fierostore even sold shift cables I thought - that clinches it.

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