Today I worked on installing more of the interior then I changed the valve cover gasket, fixed the loose dogbone bracket and figured out my high idle problem and took her for my verry first drive in a fiero! my fiero!! but then the problems started I blew another brake line and it dosent want to shift grrrrr also spedo guage isnt working!
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I thought I would have a go at my speakers today. I had Alpine 4x6's in the dash, and Kenwood 4x6's in the pillars. I noticed that one of the Kenwoods was blown, and decided that I might as well put the Alpines back there and re-install the Kenwood 4x10s that I had in the dash last summer. Sounds like a pretty simple swap huh? Well the 4x6's came out of the dash fine, but I had to replace most of the wiring under there because it was getting stiff and brittle. Changed that, and plugged in the 4x10's. Now on to take the pillar trim off for my first time, not that tough of a task. Then I hit a snag, I didn't account for the larger magnet on the Alpines and they also wouldn't fit up with the previous plate that was in there. So I take the plastic speaker plate, and had to grind away at the plastic until the speaker fit in the plate. (at this point I really wish I had a dremel tool, instead of a Dewalt 4" grinder) After making the speaker fit, I had to carefully drill holes through the plastic to hold the speaker in. Then the fun part of massaging the speaker into the pillar hole, while fighting the magnet that kept wanting to stick to everything. I finished all this for the passenger's side and put the trim back in.
I did everything the same for the driver's side, but alas! There's some extra frame metal on the driver's side that just would not allow for the magnet to fit. Now I'm stuck with a dilemma on how to get around this part, tomorrow I'm going to try making a spacer, grinding away some of the frame metal, or maybe just hitting it with a hammer to dent it in far enough for the magnet to fit (better not swing to hard and lose my rear window though)
The really sad part about all of this is that it took like six hours!
Today I waited till the corner shop closed up for the night, then walked down and stole my 86GT and spent the evening joyriding in it ! It still has a few touches to go, but there's something about that 3800SC that just sends a tingle up my leg
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Installed new brake lines across engine bay and new brake hose on drivers side rear. Then bled brakes and took it for a VERY short spin. (No plates) lol This was her maiden voyage so very excited about it. Still have a couple of bugs to work out though.
I took the 87 to the alignment shop. It did need an alignment ever since the Power Tour 09 and driving into the pot holes around Detroit. Plus all the work on the transmission and the rear suspension having been taken out and put back. It drives like it did 20+ years ago.
Replaced my drivers door lock actuator. Things went smooth... Thanks to forum member Red97 for supplying the part.
BTW, if anyone has taken off their door inner skin you need to be aware of something. The plastic retainers that keep the skin on are prone to breaking off due to age. If your replacing them with new ones be sure to cut the point of the retainer off about 1/4 inch for the most rear-ward retainer. (on the bottom of the skin) If not, when you pull down your window (PW) just 2 inches before its fully down the glass will catch and make a "clunk" noise. By cutting off the point on the plastic retainer, it will not catch when you lower your window down.
Always looking....Just a cool thread. So many cool innovations, cars, and stories.
I always seem to be modding something. Here is the latest project...
My trunk seal is really torn up. This is an earlier pic, but the seal was much worse a few days ago. I don't like taking pics of my trunk seal. It was hard to find one in my album.
So, with a bit of automotive glue, some painters tape, and some clear packing tape to hold it all together,we have this series of events...
I found that the automotive glue really doesn't stick to the back of the painters tape. (I took out the garbage, and don't remember the name of the glue, but will be purchasing some more soon.) The packers tape holds it all together. You will see that on the passenger side of the seal, there appears to be a dip in the seal. Well, there is. It will be remedied before the project is done. Must remember NOT to lean on the seal while the glue is setting up! I really must have set my left elbow on it a dozen or more times.
Then, there is this...Hmm?
A beginning to the end...
I have a bit more polishing to do before the finish, but it fits as intended, and helps to go along with my other aluminum mods. I just love the stuff! So pretty...
Aluminum front splitter...
Polished aluminum door handle trim. My plastic black pieces tore off in a buffer catastrophe. My solution about 5 years ago......
All of the polishing leads to hours of hand sanding up to 2000 grit. Then it is my 7" polisher with a pad that I use only for this purpose. I then finish with a blue buffing pad and Mothers Wheel Polish for aluminum. The polishing on the trunk bar took me about 4 hours. Can be done quicker, but I enjoy doing this task the hard way.
I have a couple more projects kicking off. In some of the pics you can see a wire loom hanging out of the trunk carpet. That goes to my GT auxilary guages. I spliced in a new, longer loom to set the guages in the trunk. Then, while the engine is running, I can see volts and oil pressure. I have an aluminum pod to house the guages. This will be mounted up in the corner of the trunk. That is all that I can tell at the moment. Need to keep a few secrets....
Found a problem with my AC in the Formula today - Orifice tube had a tear in the screen??? Don;t know how it happened - it was the chepo .99 cent one. I replaced it with the extreme service variable type. Pulling a vac on it now - will charge in a little bit - hope this cures it.