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The Silver Freak Project by Blacktree
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Report this Post01-30-2013 02:34 PM Click Here to See the Profile for zkhenningsSend a Private Message to zkhenningsEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Blacktree I love this thread and you are really good with fiberglass. I plan on doing something similar with the tunnel cover. I like the streetable racecar kind of feel And I really like that you have preserved the 3.4/2.8 engine. I am not doing as much body modification as you but I am in the middle of similar performance upgrades. Really good work.

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Report this Post06-11-2013 11:18 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierogtlt1Click Here to Email fierogtlt1Send a Private Message to fierogtlt1Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I finally got to see this car in person and I got to say pictures do it no justice.And his fiberglass and customizing skills are amazing.

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Report this Post02-09-2016 12:34 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

OK, so I've been REALLY lazy about updating this thread.

Here's a little project I did in 2013... '88 cradle swap. I sourced a cradle and rear knuckles locally, and cleaned 'em up for the swap. The KYB struts from the existing suspension were re-used (but with the spring perches removed). I got coilover sleeves and 350 lb/inch springs from Summit Racing, and the strut relocation kit from Arraut Motorsports. I also decided to "roll my own" lateral and toe links, using aluminum tubes and rod-ends.

Here are some photos of the various parts:

'88 brake calipers with pads


The rod-end links, compared to the originals


Custom strut hats from Arraut Motorsports




Assembled coilovers


'88 rear sway bar with urethane bushings



Below are a couple shots of the suspension links being test-fitted to the cradle:





Modifying the coolant crossover tube for suspension clearance


Modified exhaust, to fit the new cradle


The assembled rear suspension


And last but not least, the car back on the road

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Report this Post02-09-2016 12:44 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Also, in late 2013 / early 2014 I replaced the Grand Am front brakes with LeBaron rotors and GM metric calipers. I bought caliper mounting brackets from V8 Archie. The car already had braided stainless caliper hoses. Also, the front hubs had already been turned down to fit under the Grand Am rotors. So swapping in the new brakes was pretty quick and easy.

Here are some photos of that project:

The new brake hardware


The LeBaron rotor compared to the Grand Am rotor


A couple shots of the front wheel, before and after the LeBaron brake upgrade:





Side note: the LeBaron brake upgrade just barely fits under 15" wheels, but has plenty of breathing room under my 17" wheels.

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incredibly good looking engine / cradle work......

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Report this Post02-10-2016 01:52 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Thanks! You can do a lot with a wire brush, a power washer, and some POR15.

The next project is a new intake manifold. I was able to acquire one of the Ryan Falconer racing intakes, and plan to install it on my 3.4 V6. I also want to upgrade the rest of the engine, to make better use of the intake. So the intake won't be just for looks.

Here's what the Falconer intake looked like when I bought it:



It's an ITB (individual throttle body) intake. There is no common plenum. Each intake runner has its own throttle plate. This setup has its advantages, and its own disadvantages as well. First of all, the intake has big ports which can flow a lot of air. The ports are also pretty long, which should provide good low-RPM torque. The result is a broad, flat torque curve with great high-RPM breathing.

The downside is that getting 6 throttle bodies synched-up can be a pain. And to add insult to injury, this intake doesn't have provisions for adjusting the throttle plates individually. You can only adjust either side, i.e. 3 throttle plates at once. The other downside is getting vacuum for stuff like the brake booster, MAP sensor, etc. Same goes for idle air. Since there is no common plenum, vacuum and idle air needs to be run to each intake runner. And of course, the intake would be sucking in hot air from the engine bay.

I decided I didn't want to deal with any of that. Instead, I decided to build two plenums, and install dual throttle bodies. I'll still get the great torque curve and high-RPM airflow, but without the headaches of making ITBs work. Plus, I'll be able to pull in fresh air from the fender. I'll be fabricating the plenums from scratch, and using a dual throttle body setup from a Chrysler V6.

I started on the dual throttle body project, but haven't finished yet. Progress has been slow. And to be honest, it's a back-burner project. But I'll post updates when they become available.

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Sweet intake!

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Report this Post06-30-2016 10:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Yesterday, I finally got around to fixing the clutch. The clutch would not disengage. After pulling the transaxle, I found out why. The pressure plate, friction disc, and flywheel had all rusted together. I had to pry them apart! I guess that's what happens when a car sits too long in Florida.

Luckily, I was able to clean up the pressure plate and flywheel with a wire brush. And there just happened to be a 6-puck ceramic friction disc sitting on the shelf. So that went in.



Next I need to look for some tires. The Jetta got a new set of 17" wheels, so the tires from the Fiero got transferred over. That was really just an excuse to buy higher performance tires for the Fiero. But for the time being, the Fiero is tireless.

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Report this Post07-05-2016 06:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Did I ever mention that I installed an Odyssey battery in the Fiero? Since the entire HVAC system has been removed, a blank plate was installed in place of the ductwork box. And the new battery was installed on the blank plate. I also installed a master cutoff switch. See photo below.



Today, I checked off another box on the Fiero's to-do list. The car has been using a stock replacement fuel pump. And after looking up the specs on that fuel pump, it became apparent that it was inadequate for this engine. So it got replaced with a pump made for the LT1 (C4 Corvette, and some other vehicles). The new pump flows about twice as much as the stock Fiero unit. The Fiero V6 pump is rated for 16 GPH, whereas the LT1 pump is rated for around 32 GPH. So fuel supply shouldn't be an issue anymore. Below is a photo of the new pump and strainer:



PUMP: Delphi FE0114
STRAINER: Delphi FS0177


The pump doesn't come with a strainer. It had to be purchased separately.

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AND????????? I need to see more more more! LOL

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Report this Post07-28-2016 11:04 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

The Fiero got some new tires: Continental ExtremeContact DW, 205/50-R17 front and 225/45-R17 rear. I've only driven about 25 miles on the new tires, so they aren't broken in yet.

Also, more new stuff coming. Here's a hint: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/074316.html

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Report this Post08-06-2016 04:22 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I made some time to work on the Fiero this weekend. Today, we're getting the Koni struts ready for the coilover hardware. First, those spring perches need to come off. I get the feeling I've done this before...



The welds for the spring perches were ground down just enough to let the coilover sleeves fit over them. I want a snug fit, so the sleeves don't move around. I also wrapped gaffer tape around the base of the strut, so the bottom of the sleeve would also be snug. See below.

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Report this Post08-07-2016 08:56 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

The Koni struts are installed. Wow, the difference is noticeable! I had some fun driving around and playing with the stiffness settings. I also replaced both front brake calipers, because they were dragging. While I was at it, I also decided to paint all the calipers red. Below is the "money shot", the upgraded rear suspension with pretty brake calipers.



Now I think the front suspension needs some attention. I really like having adjustable coilovers with adjustable dampers in the rear. So the front should probably have something similar. After the front suspension is sorted out, I'll get back to the engine mods.

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Report this Post09-11-2016 08:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Just a quick update: I've contacted Arraut Motorsports and West Coast Fieros regarding front suspension options. After some consideration, I placed an order with WCF. The Freak will be getting Koni shocks and tubular control arms up front. I'm still looking into front spring options.

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Just a quick update: I've contacted Arraut Motorsports and West Coast Fieros regarding front suspension options. After some consideration, I placed an order with WCF. The Freak will be getting Koni shocks and tubular control arms up front. I'm still looking into front spring options.


Sweeeet ! Car just keeps getting better and better !

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I enjoy watching this thread, but it hasnt been updated in awhile. Do you think that getting the photos back up would be possible?

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Report this Post08-23-2017 12:49 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I don't have much free time any more. So getting all those photos back up will take a long time. Same goes for progress on the build. But the car is driveable. I just haven't done any mods or upgrades lately.

Actually, the only thing I've done lately is fix a fuel supply issue. The little piece of hose on the fuel pump ruptured. While I had the tank out, I decided to clean it up a bit. There was some surface rust on the sides. I hit it with a wire brush and some phosphoric acid, then sprayed on some galvanizing compound. I also replaced some of the rubber hoses, and replaced all the hose clamps with new fuel injection clamps.

Here are before and after shots of the tank:





Next up is some front suspension work... as time permits.

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OK, got some of the photos re-uploaded and working again. There are literally hundreds of photos in this thread. In order to preserve my sanity, I'm going to be cutting out stuff that is no longer relevant to the project. In addition to reducing my workload, it should also help keep this thread focused.

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Report this Post08-31-2017 04:46 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Remember those custom control arms that I bought from WCF? I finally took the time to clean 'em up and paint them with POR15. I also got some other goodies.



I'm also going to strip down the front section of the chassis, clean it up, and paint it with POR15. And I'll do the same for the front suspension crossmember.

Right now, it's 96°F outside with a heat index of 105... can't wait for fall to arrive.

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Report this Post09-04-2017 05:51 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Since I had the day off for Labor Day, I decided to labor on the Fiero for a bit. I was able to remove the old suspension, with some cursing, some PB Blaster, and a torch. Here's the obligatory "parts on the floor" photo:



I also started stripping down the front portion of the chassis. It's starting to look pretty bare.



I was able to clean up the spindles and hubs, and paint them with POR15. I didn't repaint the caliper brackets, because they already have POR15 on them.



That's it for today. See ya next time.

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Report this Post09-08-2017 05:36 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Some more goodies arrived.



Unfortunately, hurricane Irma is headed right for us. So there won't be any updates for awhile.

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You've got a great thread, Blacktree. Lot's of great stuff. It's good to see a lot of the pictures back. Thanx for the effort.

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Report this Post09-24-2017 03:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Thankfully, Hurricane Irma didn't hit us too hard. And Maria is going to miss us. So now that the hurricane clean-up is done, I can get back to work on the Freak. Today, I finished stripping down the front end. It's looking pretty sparse now.



The next task is to thoroughly clean it, and paint it with POR15. I also need to drill out a couple crossmember-to-chassis bolts that broke.

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