Cost is not an issue in this case.
1997 S-10 Blazer Brake Booster Ė AutoZone = $99.00
1984 Fiero Brake Booster Ė AutoZone = $110.00
7Ē Dual Diaphragm Brake Booster from www.piratejack.net
(the retail site for MBM products)
Standard = $99.00
Chrome = $109.00
Stainless = $149.00
8Ē Booster prices are similar.
NOTE: The above prices do not include core charges.
Getting a brake booster from the wrecking yard for anything but use as a core is suicide. You donít know what condition the diaphragm is in. It may seem fine but could fail without warning.
Iíve attended hundreds of car shows over the years and the folks who enter their cars take a lot of pride in them. Iíve looked at many build and modification threads here and at other Fiero sites; as a rule all of the Fiero owners take great pride in their cars. Pride in your ride is what owning a unique car like the Fiero is all about. To my way of thinking, when I drive my Fiero on the street, it is simply a one man car show. They are rare enough to have people want to look at them and ask questions. There is no way I could ever lift my hood to show off anything that I had used a sledge hammer to install. Even if it cost a little more to do it right, Iíll gladly pay that cost as the price of owning and maintaining the only American made mid-engine sports car.
BTW Ė I dropped a SBC 350 into a Vega way back in 1976. (Also, Muncie 4-speed and 12-bolt GM rear end.) I didnít use a sledge hammer to do it. I cut out the firewall, fabricated a new one with relocated heater/AC condenser housing and welded it into the car. The point is that when the install was complete, it looked like a factory job. You could not tell that the firewall had ever been replaced. Most people could not tell the difference unless you parked a stock Vega beside mine.