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87 Coupe project by 30+mpg
Started on: 06-17-2005 06:31 PM
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Code 26 QDM Fault

Quad 1 is reading high again
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Solved QDM fault by replacing a blown fan fuse.
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Finally decided to quiet noisy starter. Pulled the .076" thick shim & replaced it with a .060". Sounds better.

Then .045" (.015 + .030), better.

.030", better.

Nice and smooth at the final adjustment, .015" shim.
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Took advantage of the 78 degree weather. Resoldered a loose repair wire on the Aux. gauges PC board.



Lights work again.

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Stopped door hinge squeaks by giving them some Tri-Flow spray lubricant.
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Left horn paddle broke off.
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Plastic in-line washer fluid filter separated at the circumferential seam and released the washer tank contents into the spare tire wheel well.

Plastic is starting to go on these cars.
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Changed oil. 3 qts Mobil 5000 10W-30, 1 qt Mobil 1 10W-30, AC Delco PF47.
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Pulled the fuel pump fuse. Cranked the engine to get the oil pressure to register on the gauge. The battery died before the gauge could register. Had to use the charger. Battery went from 0 to 100% charge in just over half an hour using a 6 amp charger.

The reserve cranking amps in the battery has been diminished by age.
Note to self: Buy a new battery this fall.

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Removed the venturi tube from the A/C system. Filter was clogged with black gunk, just as I had suspected by in my 9-01-08 post. Put a clean tube in and recharged the system. Cool, man.

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Replaced broken seat belt retainer with an unbroken one. Notice metal rings around screw bosses to help prevent breakout.





Yeah, I know it's a different shade of gray but at least it stays in place and doesn't flop around.
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Right rear tire is wearing more on the outer edge than the inner.



Adjusted the camber from -1 1/8 degrees to -1 3/4 degrees.

Take a reading prior to loosening the bolts.
Make a relative adjustment, tighten bolts & remount wheel.



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A/C compressor problems.
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The compressor clutch has failed plus the inside of the compressor is black. Filter had metal particles in it.

Bought a used '98 Aurora compressor on e-bay for $45 (that includes shipping).
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Got the compressor, dumped in a few ounces of fresh PAG, installed it & charged the system.

Things are cool again.
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No A/C. Static pressure 95 psi. Compressor cycles between 22 to 52 psi a little to rapidly. When I got the salvage yard compressor, the ports hadn't been sealed & it didn't want to turn 360 by hand. I had to use a wrench & work the shaft plate back & forth until it would turn freely.

Sooo, open the system yet again and .... fresh bits of metal in the orifice valve screen.

Replaced the valve, poured a few more ounces of fresh PAG in the suction line to the compressor & recharged system.

We'll see if that lasts the summer. If not, after I had ordered the compressor from E-bay, I found a spare H6 compressor in my workshop.
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Still cold A/C.

Checking F & R toe.

2 parallel strings 70" apart, 2-9/16" off the front wheel centers, 2" off rear wheel centers.

These figures apply only to my car. Just putting them here for future reference.
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Set front & rear toe-in to .020" per side.

Digital calipers come in handy.

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Installed a new battery. Strong cranking has returned.
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The A/C compressor was cycling a little too frequently so I decided to add some more R-290. Got it up to about 40psi on the low side w/ the A/C & engine running.

Went for a ride on a hot summer day. After short while we had to turn the fan down from the highest speed. It was getting too cold in the car!

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So how did the front end repair go?
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Almost finished. I'll post photos on the other thread. Thanks for asking.
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Decided to check the ventilation system for debris. Here's what I found:





Using a coat hanger


An inside shot before vacuuming


After vacuuming

That should yield a minor improvement in airflow.
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Replaced the contact board portion of the power mirror switch with one from a Camaro in an effort to restore operation to the door mirror.

The switch contacts are showing 12.7v for up, down left & right.

The wires at the mirror motor box are only showing 1.4v max. Looks like I need to find where the wiring connection has gone bad and correct it.

There should be a connector behind the kick panel.
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The connector inside the door had come undone.

Rerouted mirror wires between the outer door skin & the window track mechanism.

Had to use a pair of needle nose pliers to fully seat the male connector in the female socket. That should hold forever!

Also the 4 way rocker plate for the switch is not uniform on the underside. It is possible to mis-orient it 90 degrees. When that occurs not all the directions will operate properly.

Everything is back together and the mirror remotely operates in any of the 4 directions.
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Smooth running. No problems.
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Wow, 4 years you've had this project. I scanned through the whole thread. Great job keeping it on the road! Nice to follow along.
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It's a shame because this is a really nice color for the Fiero, but once it loses it's luster, it just looks bad. I have that same color on my Fiero, and when I first bought my Fiero 13-14 years ago... it looked amazing...

It's still decent, but the paint is fading in a few places and it's kind of a shame. I wonder what it costs to bring it back to what it was like when it was new?

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82-T/A [At Work]:It I wonder what it costs to bring it back to what it was like when it was new?


Time & money.

More time = less money

Less time = more money

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wow looks great!
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Temp gauge stays at 100.
Grounded sensor connections, no response from the gauge.
Time to check the IP area.
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The green wire from the sensor, the solder connection at C500 C2 has broken.


An easy solder repair.
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Running strong and steady.

Ever notice, how on some threads, after the swap is done the thread dies because the car was sold?

I just don't get that.
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I use this car on the weekends and my wife drives it during the week when she doesn't use the Bonneville.

Recently acquired a 94 Firebird. I now own 4 Pontiacs.

Going to sell the Firebird. The Fiero makes it feel like driving an aircraft carrier.
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My 87 Coupe project is 5 years old.

There used to be a member with a SloooooowGT (or something like that) user name that had a project that was similar in length if I recall. I think the car was scrapped before he ever drove it though.
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The engine install looks eerily familiar to my old 3800 powered '84... I ended up milling the 3800 inscription off the intake manifold in the end, having an engine proudly proclaiming to be an OOBE wasn't really my cup of tea

Very beautiful workmanship, I'm most impressed.
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Took a read through your thread...nice work! Gave me some good ideas!

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Hmm, seems the passenger seat bottom is finally going.





The good news is I still have enough OEM grey ripple seat cloth left from my previous project.

//www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/066632.html



Time to warm up the sewing machine again.

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Woo Hoo! I knew this car was a money pit!

Found 36 cents when I removed the seat. I've never removed it before.

That plus the $130 I found in the trunk plus the couple of dollars worth of change I fished out of the console area below the shifter....

Every little bit helps.
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Got the seams cut & the foam washed.
Decided to wash the car today.

Cleaned the wheels & polished the front lug nuts and the exhaust tips.

The passenger's side wheel had double the brake dust of the driver's side.
You know what that means, sticking caliper slides.

So off came the wheel, unbolted the caliper & greased the slides using



Put everything back together, things are good again.

Now to the ironing board to flatten the old upholstery so it can be used as patterns.
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