So... I'm in the middle of completely re-doing my Fiero... and I've been wishy washy about whether or not I want to convert my Fiero over to a 5-Speed from an automatic. I very much dislike automatics in sports cars, and I've owned a manual transmission Fiero before so I know how much fun they are.
Since my wife gave birth to our daughter... I got rid of a lot of cool stuff I had because I didn't have the time, nor wanted the responsibility of taking care of all this stuff when I had bigger priorities (daughter, school, work, etc).
I got rid of my 5-Speed Porsche 944 (which I REALLY miss...) and my 5-Speed Pontiac Solstice (I was kind of over it... but still miss it).
So, what I've got left is my Fiero and my VW Bus in the garage. The Fiero hasn't run for years... but I've got everything I need to rebuild the whole car... so that's what I'm doing now.
Here's what I have for my 5-Speed swap:
1 - 5-Speed transmission, used... no idea what kind of condition it's in.
2 - 5-Speed shifter assembly
3 - 5-Speed shifter console cap
4 - Brand new clutch pedal from the Fiero Store w/ manual transmission pedal assembly.
I also have a set of coolant lines from a 5-Speed car as well.
Now, the thing is... I ASSUME the 5-Speed transmission I have works. I took it out of an 87 5-Speed V6 car that was bare bones. The gears seemed stuck, but when I dissasembled everything, I discovered that there was actually a piston missing from the engine?! It wasn't there... just gone!!!
When I pulled the motor, I heard all kinds of stuff ratling around in the oil pan... hah.
Anyway... the 5-Speed seemed solid. But I really don't want to just drop it in my car unless I know it works. WHAT can I do to ensure that it's good to go? Is there a place I can take it to rebuild it? Is there something I can do to open it up and clean it and make sure everything is good?
It's been sitting in my shed for like 2 years now... it's had some moisture in it and it's going to need some new odds and ends like a throw-out bearing and stuff.
Is there a shop that a lot of you Fiero guys trust to have your transmission checked over?
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2002 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr 4x2
2002 Ford Crown Victoria LX
1987 Pontiac Fiero SE / V6
1973 Volkswagen Type-2 Transporter