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87 Coupe project by 30+mpg
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Even though is only 10 F above zero, I took the aircleaner can out to the garage and sandblasted off the majority of the rust. The nose for the tube to the manifold looked like thin swiss cheese when I was done. Not good.

Bondo would work, but I wanted something a little stronger.


After it cures, it can be sanded smooth & painted.

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what is that car antenna booster? just an antenna amp? i bet the answer is yes, so where can i pick one up
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americasfuture2k:what is that car antenna booster? just an antenna amp? i bet the answer is yes, so where can i pick one up


Yeah, that's right. Boost used to mean "increase", until Gone in 60 seconds redefined the term.

Bought it on E-bay.

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Made a minor air flow improvement in the air cleaner base (plus weight reduction ).

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P22 for the L44 Air intake system shows the metal can sitting on the metal support.

I wanted something a little tighter than a metal to metal seal:

so I cut a gasket for the can to sit on.

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Got the air cleaner installed. Used the PA intake hose to connect to the throttle body.
Problem: hose won't let the air cleaner body rotate enough for the sensor to move out of the space where the vapor canister wants to go.

A different hose is needed. Looks like the air cleaner end needs a 3" I.D. and the throttle body end needs a 3-1/4" (83mm?) I.D.

Anybody have any suggestions? Also, the can outlet is way lower than the throttle body inlet.

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My 87 Fiero is a 2.5 L but the same color and I can't find a color match. What is this color and can I get a DUPLICOLOR can?? Thanks.
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The color is Duplicolor DS GM 223 MEDIUM RED.

My next item

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Beefy

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Using a 3" dia PVC elbow & a strip of adhesive backed foam weather stripping applied to the groove in the outlet nose of the aircleaner, here's the result

Engine sounds quieter, too.

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Location of a garage door opener.
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I think its amazing what you have done to your car! Its shows you can have a nice car without spending tons of money.


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The biggest single expense, other than the coupe, has been the GT wheels & tires, which I bought about 9 months before I bought the coupe.
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Amazing, nice attention to the little details. Keep up the good work, nice pictures too!
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A spotted mirror finish

Puttied

Wet sanded and freshly painted

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Adjusted rear suspension to 1/2 degree negative camber with 1/16" toe in per side.

Cured dartiness.

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Removed, cleaned and hammered the dents out of the transmission pan. Missing the magnet.

New filter, gasket & 4 quarts of ATF.

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Opened up the hex on a stock lug wrench from a hex for 19mm lug nuts to 13/16" to fit the Wal-Mart "tuner" nuts.

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Lubed driver's seatback pivots & spring to permit the back to move forward under spring power instead of having to pull it forward by hand.

Repaired and installed a broken seat belt guide that covers the spring.

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Stopped by Wholesale Automotive Paints in Joplin yesterday. Picked up a few items:



Got a quart of viper red & a quart of maroon.



Plus a quart of clear, some reducer, a water trap, 2 rolls of masking tape and a couple to tack cloths.

A couple of measuring containers, a few mixing sticks & filters free.



Not bad.

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Before I can prep for paint, there's a small crack on the lower driver's door that needs fixed.

Upon closer inspection, the door skin had to be removed to fix the crack.

Seems somebody had attempted a fix prior using massive amounts of Bondo. No flex hard Bondo on flexible plastic panels that are subjected to below freezing temps, a big NO - NO in my book.

Here's the back view.

Now to grind away the Bondo.

I used a heavy ridge of flexible epoxy body putty on the backside of those cracks.

Here's my progress on the outside.

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250.1 miles on 8.004 gallons for this coupe = 30+mpg

Bought a DA sander to help with the spider cracks on the bumpers and front fenders.

Glad I got it. The front cover was a replacement part. Originally red with a clearcoat , it was repainted medium red & given a clearcoat. 4 layers to grind thru.


Also the left turn signal opening is not flat on the bottom. Time for the hot melt a straight section of coat hanger to the bottom side of the wave to straighten it out trick.

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Made a long thin U w/ coat hanger wire. Hot glued it to the underside. No more wave.

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that fiero looks pretty familiar, my friend is painting his 86GT right now. Shoulda looked around for a new door panel insted of trying to refiber it, I have a few red ones on parts cars right now, I am sure alot of people have some laying around also.
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darkhorizon:that fiero looks pretty familiar, my friend is painting his 86GT right now. Shoulda looked around for a new door panel insted of trying to refiber it, I have a few red ones on parts cars right now, I am sure alot of people have some laying around also.

Did, couldn't find any. How much do you want? No PM's, please. E-mail me.

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Here's a shot of the front facia w/ high build primer:

Oh goody, another crack to work on.

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More joy!

To remove the front fender, the rocker panel must be removed. However, someone decided to attach the rocker & fender using metal rivets instead of plastic ones. I'll replace them with plastic after the paint is on.

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Here's a sure clue of previous front end damage

a weld seam across both front fender support rails

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Now on to the passenger door skin

Can you spot all 3 cracks in the photo?



Plus another at the bottom rear corner (what corner?) That flexible expoy sure comes in handy.

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With the door skin off, time to take care of that gap between the front quarter of the dew wipe & the door glass.

A few well placed blows fore and aft of the mirror support

stressing the metal beyond the yield point, resulting in permanent deformation

which is a good thing. Gap is gone.

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Looking better

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Now to the rear we find

another crack. (The last one, too. )
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This was delivered today.

Finally, the correct one.
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Project, presently = pieces for paint prep.

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Had the car for a year now, check the progress

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Originally posted by 30+mpg:

Bought a 120mph Inst. panel from maxthechainsaw. Installed an Air/fuel kit in it before swapping it in.

Check
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Seems the link on this posting isn't working. Is the new instrument panel a pretty straight forward change or lots of creative wireing?

Really nice Thread, lots of information.

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Mr.Chipps:Seems the link on this posting isn't working. Is the new instrument panel a pretty straight forward change or lots of creative wireing?

Really nice Thread, lots of information.

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Fixed the link, it went from active to archived.

Except for the O2 wire for the A/F gauge, everything else is plug and go.

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A good use for the Kansas City Star newspaper.


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Mixing sticks notched at
8/11's-paint,
2/11's-reducer,
1/11-catalyst


Viper red and Maroon mixed yields a blood red or barn red. Lighter than the car's current stock medium red.

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