Joey and I spoke with the body shop that painted my "Gay Orange Fiero" and they have agreed to take on our latest unique paint job. We are planing on dropping it off at the body shop come winter time and should have it back in our hands when they are done. As I promised, I will not be prepping the car whatsoever. Just a drop off and pick up...but the inspiration will be all mine and Joey's. As of now there are only about eight people that know the plan for the paint job including the body shop. The only issue is that we want a really obscure paint job, but we don't really want show quality because this car will be a driver. I spent a small fortune on my orange and black car and it looks like this one will be a greater ordeal to paint. If I only took a body shop class when I was younger. Dave
I attempted to prep my orange and black Fiero and it didn't work out so well. I will just let the body shop do what they have to do to make Joey's and my vision a reality. As for the 3.2 VR6 swap....I am already planning to remove the four carbed V8 and drop in a 24v 3.2 VR6 into the orange and black car. Probably within a year or two. After driving my stock gold car, my orange V8 and Joey's VR6 Fiero...I think her VR6 is the most fun. It really could use a little boost, but in N/A form it is still a riot to drive.....when she actually lets me drive it. We have over 1000 abusive miles on it as of today and it hasn't had any major issues. I have adjusted a few things here and there, but the swap seems pretty flawless so far. I'll be putting up some more pics and videos soon. I am so glad I purchased the LSD. Once you get used to it, it is a major difference in control over the car...it launches harder, keeps going straight when the wheels are spinning and seems to handle the turns better. (and it has a lifetime warranty) Dave
Yeeeehaaaa!! NICE work!! In your next video, couldja wind it up a little tighter, so people can hear how good a VR6 REALLY sounds? (I realize the thing will do about 80-plus in second if you wind it up, and the residential neighborhood you were in sort of precluded that---and that the sound on the recording can't do it justice, but hey, a VR6 in full song is a beautiful thing to hear...)
I definitely agree on the European snarl these engines make; even with a quiet exhaust like mine, with the CAI, the intake noise is loud enough to hear the car approaching (rapidly) three blocks away if the driver has their foot in it. I did a dyno pull on mine recently, and bone stock, it pulled 165 at the wheels, which translates to just a little shy of 190 hp at the crank, which is within spitting distance of the 4.9 I had in my Formula. The difference is, as you mentioned, it doesn't run out of breath at five grand like the 4.9 OR the 2.8...and there's quite a bit of aftermarket available. With a hair dryer on it, 300 hp is easily achievable, and the narrow configuration of the engine leaves tons of room for one.
So, Joey, how do you like it (now that you've taken the keys back from Dave, hehe)? ------------------
'88 Formula - 4.9 conversion by The Fiero Factory
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I'll post up a new video soon with the tach in the picture. It is pretty cool to watch it spin up to almost 8,000 rpms...and the sound is just plain sexy. Here are a few pics with the latest updates on this saga. First off, I replaced the fuel pump because the Warlbro was just too loud and annoying. It sounded like a jet plane waiting to take off. I swapped in a stock Fiero V6 pump and fuel trims are still in spec with no power difference. I saved the Warlbro in case if we decide to boost this car. The original plans were to have a turbo added, but Joey is still getting used to the car. We added the Fiero Warehouse side scoops...and shortened the air filter to clear better...
Also, remember the cooling system filter I added to see what we would catch. Here is a pic of the coolant filter after 1000 miles of driving....kinda makes you think.
That's all for now....Joey and I are still trying to determine when the body shop will be taking the car away for five or six months to do the paint. She doesn't want to be without the car. Dave
Lookin good dave keep us posted. Btw When i finish at uti can i work for you?
I'm really hard to work for because I expect no less than 110% from myself and employees. We all get along and bust on each other all day (hell, Scrubby threw a firecracker at me while I was cutting something with the torch near the gas tank of a BMW. Then again, I put a "honk if you want a BJ" sticker on the back of his MINI), but the minute that work stops getting done, I start getting mad. So if you are up for the challenge, come see me when you get through school and don't forget to bring the chapstick and kneepads to the interview. Dave
Originally posted by bmwguru: That's all for now....Joey and I are still trying to determine when the body shop will be taking the car away for five or six months to do the paint. She doesn't want to be without the car. Dave
I hope you're being cynical. Paintjobs shouldn't take more than 2 months. Even the really good ones. The car can always cure when it's at home with you.
I hope you're being cynical. Paintjobs shouldn't take more than 2 months. Even the really good ones. The car can always cure when it's at home with you.
Love the scoops btw.
My orange car took five months to the date to get done. They did a lot of fiberglassing and repairing the prep work I started. We are planning on dropping it off in late Nov.
Originally posted by 85duke:
Dave that was just me tryin to get close to that VR6 powered beast, but on a more serious note I start Nov. 17 and will be done in 75 weeks. I am taking the auto/diesel course.
Good luck to you. Working on cars is getting more complicated every year. They are more computer than machine nowadays. The good part about this is that the "Shadetree Mechanics" are starting to go away...which in turn increases our value. Don't worry about seeing the VR6....if I know my wife, she'll be taking her 2009 road trips in it all over the country. Dave
Ok, here is where I need all of your help... I'm shopping for side scoops for the car. They have to be functional for the cold air intake. My tastes are pointing me towards the AusFiero stage 2, but as we all know, they are not available. Anyone have any ideas for similiar types of scoops? I'm not a body guy, so I can't make my own. Dave
If you are still looking they will be available again very very soon.
I think I have been hijacked. Actually, I wish that I had another GT not painted yet. I'd love to have a set of them, but I'm not going to repaint my gold car at this time and I already put scoops on the VR6 project. Dave
I'd be cautious using the stock Fiero fuel pump for a high perfromance application. Although the fuel trims are within spec, extended high RPM operation may require more fuel than the stock Fiero pump can deliver. You'll know after one run down the 1/4 mile under full throttle and pity your pistons if you go lean!. The EP376 Corvette V8 fuel pump is very quiet and puts out plenty of fuel. You can buy new Delphi Corvette pumps for about $50 on eBay and the pump installs just like the Fiero pump-no mods necessary. You may want to consider using it for cheap insurance.
------------------ 87GT - 3800SC Series III engine, 3.4" Pulley, N* TB, LS1 MAF, Flotech Exhaust Autolite 104's Custom CAI 4T65eHD w. custom axles, HP Tuners VCM Suite. 87GT - 3.4L Turbocharged engine, modified TH125H " I'M ON THE LOOSE WITHOUT THE JUICE "
we're not running any boost on the VR6 yet, but we'll have to upgrade the pump then. I'm just toying around with a few different changes to see what can work with this combo. What is the year of the Corvette application for that pump? Dave
If the pump can deliver the peak fuel need for any instant, it's enough. It's running full blast, all the time, so no high RPM operation will wear it out or reduce its output further. The only exception would be if the ECU bumped the fueling after extended WOT running (like the N* does), and it was already on the verge of maximum supply. IMO, there's nothing to worry about it sounds like. Dave knows what he's doing.
Seconded on the 'vette pump for others, though, it flows more and is still quiet. When moderately turbo'd, use the (real) Walbro 255*HP* for an in-tank.
Edit: ^ beat me to it.
88 Fiero GT - garage ornament '96 Talon TSi AWD - 11.9 @ 116, sorta broke again '90 Camaro IROC-Z twin-turbo - sorta broke again '85 Kawi 750 Turbo - sorta broke still '95 Kawi GPZ1100 - 10 second daily driver, heh '87 Craftsman 8HP mid-engine mower - WTH?
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Thanks for the info. We pulled out the Warlbro due to the ungodly "jet taxiing down the runway" sound. I didn't really appreciate driving the car until that noise was gone. Joey has confirmed that the stock Fiero pump seems to make no difference in the car whatsoever. I think it will be safe for now. I drove in my gold GT this morning behind the "VIERO 6" (new license plates) today and I was laughing at how much smoke both rear tires made at one of the stop lights. Then about a minute later, I realized that I needed a better engine in place of my 2.8 if I wanted to keep up. ...... We are still discussing our goals with the body shop people and they will be taking the car in around late November. We have already left our $$$ deposit to hold the spot. When it comes back, I will start on making the interior to Joey's specs, being that she will be the one driving it. I will only insist on the car having one of Shawnhalolush's custom suede headliners and visors(a shameless plug that I will get my 0.00001% commission on)
I think it's because there is a severe lack of pics in this tread.
Without pics we don't have any attention span worth anything..
AusFiero: I don't think you'll need a whole Cayman. (although I agree, that it would be a great car for "long term testing purposes" ) I think just getting the scoop inserts should be enough to get your creative juices flowing. - besides, you'll need to integrate them with the Fiero anyways.
No worries BMWguru. We'll get the thread back to the Vr-6.
Since when is MY car gonna get OUR paint scheme?!?!?
I am absolutely loving MY car.... its a shame that Dave is finding reasons to take it to work. Like testing this... changing that... racing this, that and the other.....
I seem to be able to drive it between the hours of 5 and 7 am.... the neighbors love that!
Dave and I still argue... violently at times.... about who gets to drive the car when and where.... ( I usually win )..... but I brag constantly about how wonderful the car turned out... Dave did a spectacular job... I would like to drive it more, but I understand that he wants to make sure everything is the way its supposed to be... (he is anal like that)
Maybe I'll convince him to get another video soon.....
The amount of time you get to drive 'your' car is directly proportional to the amount of time 'till the next project. Right now the passion for "dialin' it in" is paramount. When planning the next project takes priority then your "cockpit time" will increase, and maybe . . . just maybe . . . he'll let ya git yer wings in a new plane too.
All in all, except for the "violent argument" part I think things will be OK, the scale always tips one way or the other, think how boring life'd be if it were static. The best part is makin' up.
What Joey means by our violent argument is that we first disagree about who gets to drive the car. Then it turns into a little playful wrestling match. Or one of us will chase the other all over the house to get hold of the keys. No blood has spilled yet. It's all in good fun....and I usually let her win. Dave
Oh, . . . To be young again . . . I remember those days, they're still there in memory. Motorcycles, mountain bikes, & fast cars have raised my titanium levels to such that for the first hour in the morning I feel like Evel Knievel. "Now where's my cane?" . . . ;^) Stay young, but not dumb, you can still have fun.
aka: 'Crash Kruse' pretty much everything but a bus, a boat, and an airplane. Oh yeah, haven't crashed a train yet (knocks on wood), been RR'n for 30+ yrs.. And still happily married for 26 of 'em!
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I friend of mine sent me an email letting me know that there is a thread on RFT about my choice in Fiero power. Just to set the record straight, I never said my V8 was slow (I never said it was fast either. I advised one person that if they wanted a to go fast do a 3800s/c). I DO prefer to drive the VR6 over the V8. The V8 has a lot of low end torque and it is a blast to drive, but keep in mind that I work on BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, MINI, and VW everyday. I see high revving engines more often than old musclecars. I've changed. Ten years ago, I thought the V8 was the best Fiero swap, but now I prefer the VR6. I'd like to try a 3800 next on a car. That doesn't mean I don't like my V8. I do like it. The VR6 starts pulling at 2000RPMS and doesn't stop pulling at 7200RPMS. To me, that is what I like. People change their preferences. I'm not bashing V8 Fieros. I concider my garage to have the best of both worlds. Here are two videos from today. One of the VR6 and one of the V8. Same roads, ten minutes apart. I left my shop and hit some side streets for some fun. Don't mind that in the V8, I started to lose it a little bit in the turn....I had it a little too hard into the gas. also, don't mind the camera popping sound. The camera pics up the engine pulses and I'm not much of an editor. VR6
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I like the V8 a little more than the VR6. It's a much more exciting ride.
P.S. Sorry about the shakiness of the camera...I'm a better mechanic than a camera man.
A good trick is to brace your elbows against your body when filming. It helps a little. Also, every once in a while camera suction mounts can be picked up for cheap various places online, incl. eBay. In this case the rear window glass would lend itself perfectly for filming. My dad and I took hours of footage around the world with an expensive cousin of these 15+ years ago. Looks absolutely great and no jittering whatsoever, even back in the day when there wasn't any optical, or digital image stabilization.
Is that a true coolant filter or something made for other duty? Which hose did you put it on? I'm interested in something like that for my car.
The coolant filter is actually a fuel pre filter for a older Mercedes Benz diesel. It can withstand the temp of the coolant and is clear, so I can see through it. I don't know where you could mount it in the Fiero without putting a bypass hose in the system. The VR6 uses the expansion tank as the fill point and it is under constant pressure. There is a purge line that bleeds off air and that's where I mounted the filter. The fluid can only go one way, so using a normal expansion tank wouldn't be able to use that setup. Dave
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I think the 8 has more on the bottom end like dave mentioned earlier where the VR6 has more pull in the top and much more rpm's. Just wait till he forces some air into that thing. or better yet goes with an R32 motor.