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1986 Fiero SE 3.4L pushrod build up by justinchristie
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Here are the pics of the JimmyS scoops. Before I reinstalled everything I coated the rocker panels with a fresh coat of paint.

I have a bit of an issue with the drivers side scoop, and the gab between it and the drivers door. The gap is tight, but it still fits. The door is sagging a bit, so I think I am going to reinvest into some new rodney dickman door pins to straighten it out.

I think the rear fastback clip may be off when i installed it, ...ever so slightly, ...and that might be causing the problem too.

But the door does shut, it just rubs a little.




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Before I install the Ferrari bumper, I need to restore the original internal bumper.

I used a wire brush wheel, and a grinder to remove the rust. I applied a coating of rust converter, and then two coats of rocker guard.






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This is part of the restoration, …that I paid lots of money for a few years back, …that PISSED me off the most. The battery box that was installed, …was done so piss-poorly, …it makes me laugh.

First off, the battery box was made out of metal, ……bare metal, ….and installed without any paint or drainage holes – so it rusted.

Next, the battery was held in place with expanding spray foam. Yeah, the same stuff you put in door jams
to seal/insulate. How in the hell are you suppose to replace a dead battery when it’s glued in place with expanding foam? It was a giant pain in the arse to remove the foam.

So, it needed to be fixed. I sandblasted everything, welded all the seams, and spray painted with rocker guard.







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I can't wait to see the outcome! It's looking great - keep up the great work.

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LOL@that battery box. That sucks. Glad to see you're still cranking away at it!

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ok, so if the battery is in the passenger headlight bucket area, where does the headlight bucket go? no pass. headlight?

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ok, so if the battery is in the passenger headlight bucket area, where does the headlight bucket go? no pass. headlight?


Nope, it fits underneath the headlight - everything is fully functional. It's like a bucket that fits below the headlight.

You'll see how it works in the next few days. I'll take pics when I install it


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I haven't worked on the Fiero lately because the first 3 weekends in July have been pretty much 100% focus on this thing (which I completely finished this morning):



This is actually Fiero related because the shed will clear out a lot of garage space being taken up by lawnmowers, garden tools, and a big-honkin' snowblower - more garage space equals more room to work on the Fiero.

...tomorrow I plan to tackle that battery box installation.

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I bought this DM tower bar over a year ago, and decided that it was time to install it.

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With a fresh coat of paint, and rubber padding to insulate the battery, the battery box is now complete. It just needs to be re-installed.


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I finished adding all the new bolts, and then I re-attached the honey-comb support.

Next step is to re-install the battery box, and then I can add the Ferrari front bumper


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Awsome, keep us updated!

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completed the battery box installation tonight. The only problem is that the battery I was using doesn't fit inside it anymore. The rubber sheets I used shrank the inner dimension by a 1/4". I'm using a piece of wood to prop it up for the time being.

It NEVER ends.

So now i need a smaller battery.....


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I had a chance to test fit the bumper tonight. It slides on quite nicely. There are a few fitment issues, but they are easy fixes.

It completely transforms the look of the car.

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Marker light, halo, and fog light installation on the front bumper – mostly electrical and metal work:



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I have completed the electrical work on the front bumper, and it is now FULLY installed. Everything is detachable as well - hence the connectors. If anything burns out, or need replacing, ...I don't have to cut anything because it is not "hard-wired". I'm a fan of keeping thing neat-and-tidy, hence all the black wire looms for looks and protection.

The HALOs look HOT, btw.



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I’m getting ready to attach the mustang scoop to the rear deck-lid. I came up with an idea using cardboard – the cardboard would act as a template for drilling holes.

It seems to be turning out well. I’ll wait until the morning for better light to verify that the scoop is centered properly - seems to be right on center in the last pic.

If all the measurements are good, I will commence drilling tomorrow.



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I have completed the installation of the rear deck-lid scoop. By using the cardboard template, …it made drilling the holes an easy process.

After it was mounted, I needed to make this scoop functional so it would help reduce the temperatures under the hood.

I re-purposed the old metal heat shield (where the vent is now), and used that metal to make a cover for the section that was cut out of the deck-lid. The previous owner of this deck-lid had a 3800 engine, and needed to notch out a section so the lid would close.

Pretty straight forward process if you take your time. Although my heart skipped a beat when I was drilling and cutting the deck-lid - I've only got one of them and it's very hard to find ones in good shape. I hate cutting into good Fiero parts

Turned out well though...




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Great buildup... Watching closely!

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Ok, here is (where I think) a lot more people will chime in - custom dash. This is the PISA wrap-around dash.

I began to test fit it. As expected from some of the other members that have this, it will require some specific cuts and custom brackets to fit properly.



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A few goodies arrived for the Fiero:

* A set of 16″ Z24 Cavalier rims with 90% tread left – picked these up for $100!;
* Amber LED marker lights that are flush mounted (I'll show you what I have in plan for these in another post); and
* LED switches with chrome aircraft guards.

I also made some progress on the dash. I cut out the holes for the shifter and the window switches.




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I began cutting out the holes for the different dash components. It’s a tedious process, but it is turning out well so far.



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Great build ! A lot of cool parts and additions. Ignore any notchie purists that curse you to an afterlife of brimstone; they are simply jealous of our sleek rear ends.

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You got those Wheels/Tires for $100 !! Why can't I ever find those deals ?!

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I made a few more cuts, and now it can fit inside the Fiero. I’ll need to do some trimming but the overall fitment isn’t too bad.


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Well, we welcomed our first child on November 3rd (daughter), and since then the wheels have fallen off the Fiero project. LOL. This is the reason for the lack of updates.

Grandma came over today to watch the little one so the wife and I could have some down time. So I got a little work done on the interior. I just cut out the radio console on the PISA dash.

So some progress is a good thing:



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Congrats on the newborn! The project is coming along nicely too

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I had some time today to cut out the holes for the dash speakers and the HVAC vents. I used a cardboard template to help transfer the hole locations.





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The PISA dash is partially installed. I have drilled and mounted the upper points – near the speakers. The HVAC ducting is not in place yet. Once I get the dash roughed in, I will pull it out and install the ducts.

Sorry for the quality of the pics – my camera died and I had to use my iPhone.




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In order to successfully mount the main Fiero instrument cluster, I needed to drop the steering column. I wanted to make sure the cluster was perfectly lined up before I started making the custom mounts for the dash.

Once it was disconnected, I could properly mount the gauges. Note that the original location for the “hidden” cluster mount actually maintains alignment – but it’s “underneath” the stock location, rather than “on-top”. The PISA dash slightly lowers the main gauge cluster.

The only downside to this is if I need to change a bulb in the cluster, I’ll need to drop the steering column again. BUT the entire install remains service-able, which is my goal for this installation. I don’t want anything glassed in, or a once-over-install – everything must unscrew/disconnect, …and be rebuilt with ease.

After the cluster was completed, I used one of the old Fiero dash brackets to fabricate a new mount for the driver’s side lower mount-point. With a few extra pieces of metal, I welded together a new bracket. Next step is the passenger side mount-point, that will be next weekend.






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These just came in. They are TERRIFIC quality - far beyond what I expected. The gel coat is the best I have ever seen on aftermarket fiberglass. I did not realize how BIG the 4″ LED lights were - these things are MASSIVE! I can’t wait to install these after I put the rear fastback clip on.





where did you get these from??? they look amazing!

nevermind! found the answer on the second page. awesome build though!

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What are you going to use on your dash? Are you going to cover it with a cloth or paint it?
It looks GREAT!! and congrats with your baby I got one on the way too Only one problem.. Im getting deployed :/

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What are you going to use on your dash? Are you going to cover it with a cloth or paint it?
It looks GREAT!! and congrats with your baby I got one on the way too Only one problem.. Im getting deployed :/


Congrats, that's great news. Even though you are deploying, you'll have something to look forward to when you come back.

I'm torn on what I will do with the dash. Upholstering it will cover up some imperfections, but I think painting it will make it look slick - but there is a lot of prep to do for painting. Also, upholster = lots of $$$, paint = less $$$, but more work.

I dunno......


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Your car looks fantastic and your workmanship is first rate. My original plan was to do the fast-back conversion with the same rear lights and front bumper you have; really like the look of that. Of course my plans changed and I ended up selling the fast-back clip (as you know). Some day my current one will be finished and so will yours and we'll get them together.

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Your car looks fantastic and your workmanship is first rate. My original plan was to do the fast-back conversion with the same rear lights and front bumper you have; really like the look of that. Of course my plans changed and I ended up selling the fast-back clip (as you know). Some day my current one will be finished and so will yours and we'll get them together.

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Hey Rick! It's been awhile. How is the Dino coming along?

We'll definitely have to meet up once we finish our cars!

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Congrats, that's great news. Even though you are deploying, you'll have something to look forward to when you come back.

I'm torn on what I will do with the dash. Upholstering it will cover up some imperfections, but I think painting it will make it look slick - but there is a lot of prep to do for painting. Also, upholster = lots of $$$, paint = less $$$, but more work.

I dunno......



Well... Wife miscarried :'(

But have you thought of maybe doing a combination? lol Personally I would paint. But you got time to decide

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Originally posted by dhobbs84sc:


Well... Wife miscarried :'(

But have you thought of maybe doing a combination? lol Personally I would paint. But you got time to decide


Man, sorry to hear that. If it makes you feel any better, my wife miscarried a year before we had our first. It's quite a common thing that many people don't know about. If it wasn't meant to be, it wasn't meant to be - thats how you have to look at it.

As for the dash, i'm leaning more and more towards just paint.

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Today I finished mounting the dash to the chassis – driver and passenger sides.

With the driver’s side, I re-used the old Fiero dash bracket to mount the hood release. On the passenger side I also re-used the old Fiero bracket – I created rubber spacers to make up for the height difference. The rubber spacers also provide resistance against vibration noise and/or damage to the fiberglass.

I drilled and tapped a location near the shifter to mount the area where the dash “wraps” towards the rear.





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I finished installing the middle armrest console – it involved a little bit of trimming. Unfortunately it has a rather large gap on the passenger side – i’ll need to get creative to solve that.

I also started mounting the switches. I did not want the switch face-plates screwing into fiberglass only – so I fabricated up some thin metal tabs. The metal will give the screws something to grab on to. They are held in with adhesive.





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Today I added the auxiliary (AUX) gauges to the dash – voltmeter and oil pressure gauges. I re-used the old plastic housing piece because it gave a mounting fixture for the gauges.

It involved a little cutting because the pig-tail wire that plugs into the gauges was too long – it hit the fiberglass edge below the housing.

I also needed to modify the radio bezel to fit the pig-tail.







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