Hey there everyone.... Got my first Fiero last week and its a blast! Its a 86 Notch 2.8L. Got it off craigslist for $1000. Its all orginal with a TON of miles on it! It runs perfectly but needs some TLC. I have alot of plans for it in the next few months but Im sure Ill have alot of Q: along the way. Im by far not a mechanic but have a love of cars and desire for a toy to tinker with! Im married and have twin 3 year old girls so I wont be sinking thousands... well tens of thousands... into it but my goal is to make her look her best! So far in one week... Ive.... Changed the Starter, Neatly Ripped the Dash off and changed the Fuel/Temp Guage (needle was broke on the old one... won an ebay auction before I even Owned the car)... Installed it successfully too!, replaced left broken AC vent (off ebay too) and going to replace Batt, Alt and belts on thursday. Who knows how old they are! So far whats driving me nuts is the Temp Guage doesnt work, Oil Guage "dances" often, Fuel Gauge spikes sometimes, and Tach not working ( I could have sworn it did at one point!) Its all little stuff that will give me something to do until bigger issues come up. Would like to work on the susp, add some nice 17-18" rims, repaint and redo interior. Next year (Tax Time... ) I might go for a rebuild on the motor. Yeah .... Im sucked in!
Once I get all these kinks worked out were going to start on the Cosmetics end of her but until then I want to make sure its mechanics are all fixed up!
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Apr 26th, 2010
Posts: 2921 From: El Paso, Texas Registered: Aug 2003
Oh....almost forgot, I'll get you started on the little stuff. The dancing oil pressure gauge is the sending unit. It's located near the top of the intake on the passenger side. Fiero Store sells them if you can't find it locally. 10 minute job to change it.
You gonna keep her Gold on the repaint? It's a gorgeous color when it's new.
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Posts: 741 From: Edmond, Oklahoma, USA Registered: Jun 2008
WOW, congrats on the nice find and welcome to the madness! She looks pretty darn good from the pics, so hopefully you won't have to break the bank there. I've still got alot of good parts left from my 86gt part out, so just let me know if you need anything. Another good guy for notchie parts is Hulki.....I think he has several to part. Anyways, nice to have you onboard!
Posts: 82 From: cape coral, fl, usa Registered: Apr 2010
Mine would flip all over the place at idle....drove me nuts. If you look at the front of the engine on the right side, you'll see a metal tube with a sensor screwed into the top of it. That's your oil pressure sender. Easy fix.
Posts: 3294 From: poway,CA,USA Registered: Nov 2002
Welcome to the addiction, buy a Fiero, become a mechanic!
#1 rule for married addicts is to keep the wife happy!
Nice looking car, looks to have a lot of potential. I love tan interiors.
Since you seem to have more than one twitchy instrument it could be electrical in the panel, bad earth of power connection. Everything on these cars is pretty old and tired, especially the ones in need of TLC but once you get the gremlins sorted, they are a blast.
Congrats on the purchase! Sounds a lot like my situation. I bought an 87 SE with upwards of 300k miles but it is actually in pretty good shape. I have had it for 3 months and have had to fix some of the items you are doing (temp gauge, etc). I also have 2 young children so I am careful to balance my time in the garage. I probably spend 2-4 hours a week out there. Any more and I would (rightfully) catch some flack from my wife.