First outing of the year. Washed it and will wax it up tomorrow.
------------------ "Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne." - Kurt Vonnegut
Reinstalled headliner after paint and OEM sunroof install. Cut out (carefully) the opening for the sunroof. Installed new fiberglass windshield cowling (thank you, Marty!), new bump stops for the headlight doors, wire brushed and sprayed the hood spring, installed the front sunroof rests, attached rubber hood sunroof hold-downs, installed new sail panels. Busy day of work on the car. Tomorrow is a quick vacuum and detail, pop on the new wheel center caps, and take some pictures.
Saturday : Changed oil Sunday Morning : Left Baltimore & went to Litiz, PA Fiero show Sunday Afternoon : Left Litiz, PA & drove to Watkins Glenn Sunday Evening : Left Watkins Glenn Monday Morning : Parked outside of Apartment at 5:am
Put that new HF spot-weld cutting bit to work, after cutting thru probably 15 welds, and got that original battery tray outta there! It wasn't in the greatest shape, plan to move the battery up front. I also could move the crank pulley back and forth, almost a full rotation, so I know the engine isn't seized! Hopefully! Now I might cut the firewall-side manifold - crossover pipe bolts so I can get that outta there.
Edit: The crossover pipe is outta there. Cut the bolts. Now I gotta hit the U-pull it to grab another. Hopefully that'll go much smoother.
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Rebuilding the front suspension. My steering was still tight but those 28 year old lower ball joints where worrying me. New ball joints from Rodney, control arms and springs powder coated, everything else is being cleaned and painted.
I know we all keep lowering our Fieros but I like the way the front end looks at this height. I think it looks more solid and powerful.
Removed the new windshield cowling, cleaned out 28 years of crud from the heater intake below, removed and Dremeled a nasty bunch of corrosion from the hood latch catch mechanism, sprayed it flat black, re-sprayed the cowling satin black to cover some clutz scratches, reinstalled the cowling using the directions that fell out of the box when I went to recycle it (worked MUCH better than me guessing). Also cut the 'butt smashers' out of the ashtrays to make them more usable for other things and sprayed them flat black. Pulled the steering wheel, cleaned corrosion off the spokes (I'll be doing things like this for a long time to make up for letting it sit for so long under a tarp) and sprayed satin black. Tightened up the screws on the sunroof tabs.
Swapped out the gauge pod. Confirmed the oil pressure gauge is good so swapped the original back in. On to the oil pressure sender next.
Did some troubleshooting on the passenger door power lock. Worked fine by hand but the electrical wouldn't throw the latch far enough to engage or disengage completely. Took the inside door skin off and sprayed some cleaner and then penetrating spray lube into the door latch mechanism but that didn't solve the problem. Then spray cleaned and spray lubed the pivot point on the lever actuator attached to the solenoid. That did the trick. Works great now.
Of course I did this stuff after replacing the broken outside door handle on the sliding door on the wife's minivan.
Had quite an awesome day at the U-pull it yesterday. Got a perfect crossover pipe, ignition coil, heat shields, 2 V6 air cleaner assemblies, fastback vent brackets, V6 intake tube and a gas charcoal canister...for $10.
Started oil pan gasket job: drained oil, disconnected battery, pulled starter, pulled ***** motor mount on passenger side (rubber is thrashed from oil getting on it; to be replaced). Quit at 4am. Will pull the pan itself tomorrow...
Finally dropped the oil pan early this morning and once I figured out how to pry the exhaust out of the way it was easy since the last guy who had it off didn't use RTV sealant. Today will be alot of scrubbing...
Put the rebuilt drivers side headlight back into the 86 GT. Works great now!
Also replaced the oil pressure sender unit. Had to pull the battery to get at it. Had some random twitching fluctuation on the gauge. Hoping this will resolve it. Waiting for it to cool off before I take it out for a test drive. Its 94 right now at 7 pm. Hotter in the garage.
Edit... Yep, fixed it!
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Installed new KYB rear shocks to my Formula a couple weeks ago (that was a real pain, doing something like that for the first time in my apartment parking space): went to a shop and got an alignment, wheel balance, and changed tranny fluid to GM MTF (though I'd asked for Penzoil Synchromesh - I may go back and have them redo it). Also new front end-link and swaybar bushings. Things are definitely shaping up a bit better, car is handling much more tight.
How much of a difference does Synchromesh make over GM MTF? I noticed a bit of improvement but if I can do better, I will. That shifter needs all the help it can get...
Installed replacement motor mount after getting the correct one (off a 3800-powered Trans Sport; the solid-rubber one requires a new hole be drilled in the cradle), hooked everything back up, changed oil filter, filled new oil, fired it up. Will put on the ground later today.
I had an auto glass company replce my rear glass. They didn't know much about Fieros. The tech broke out the old glass then realized he needed another person to put in the new glass. Five days later, they come back to put the new glass in, remove my rear decklid hinges with torsion bars but didn't have a clue how to put them back in. They called and asked if they could just put everything back together without the torsion bars. I said no and told them to leave the decklid and hinges for me to install.
I get home, find glass everywhere and everything still apart with some adhesive on my decklid. I then realize that I don't have the right tool for removing the bolt that holds the torsion bars to the hinges. After struggling for an hour, I figured out how to put the hinges and torsion bars back in without disconnection the torsion bars from the hinges. It took about ten minutes to put in the hinges with the torsion bars with a wood board protecting the niew glass. Then I reassembled the sail peices, put the decklid and vents on and was done.