Back in May, I was working out in California doing some tuning on a customers Grand Prix. He does a lot of work restoring cars, and had an 88 Fiero GT that he just didn't have the time to do anything with. He said if I wanted it, it was mine, just had to pay the shipping to get it from the LA area to the Indianapolis area. It's been a car Ive always wanted so couldn't pass up a virtually rust free chassis, even if the exterior looked a little rough.
It was missing the T-Tops, but I located some at a junk year and scooped them up. Known items that need to be taken care of:
Needs drivers window and power actuator. Also missing external handle linkage.
Drivers side mirror need mounting.
Windshield is cracked and needs to be replaced, long with seal.
T-Top door seals need to be replaced, the main seal under the T-Tops is good fortunately. Is there a seal/trim piece that should be on the car behind the T-Tops?
Trim piece missing from drivers door.
Tail light lenses missing. Can these be obtained separately? The housing look fine.
The factory engine is junk. Missing top end and pistons.
Headliner is missing.
Sun visors need replacement/restoration.
Trunk had been crushed in from the underside. Pretty easy to pound it back out.
Now the big surprise. When the transport company hooked up to pull it on the car carrier, they placed the hook wrong and broke the steering damper.. Wait! 88's arn't supposed to have a damper! After looking over the suspension after the car arrived this week, the front end suspension is from a 87 GT (along with the front qtr panels, hood, and nose piece) Sucks it doesn't have the 88 front suspension. It also has the 87 brakes. (The hood and inner fenders have a VIN for a 87 GT) I need to get it up on stands and get some underside pictures to figure out exactly what was done and if it will be possible to convert it back to the 88 suspension.
Below are some picture:
Getting loaded on transport. First in Last out. the other 8 cars that were loaded on the transport got dropped off in Indianapolis
The broken damper that it shouldn't of had!
Tail lights need lenses.
Drivers side... Missing window. Door looks like it was replaced. I do have the mirror and interior trim pieces but missing the out side trim peice.
Front qtr... Ya, the paints a little rough. It has been beat on my southern California sun for 25 years! And the last 14 years it has been non-operational.
Seats are dirty, but the foam is good, and no tears. Clean them for the time being, and get replacement covers eventually.
Dash is complete. Steering wheel just needs a center piece. The trim around the shifter in the center console has one crack in it. I should be able to repair that pretty easily.
Rear suspension is definitely 88.
Rear strut towers.
Did some cleaning today. Cleared out all the junk and trim pieces stored inside, then pulled the seats and cleaned carpet. Could use some more spot cleaning, but much better then it originally was. There's a little fuzzing under the foot area just in front of the seats, but otherwise I can live it it. Door carpet not bad at all, will just need a light cleaning.
"Felt" is a little damp still from being cleaned... I think I might keep the "Special Forces" decal, keep people from messing with me 8-) ECU is a reman one (looks pretty clean) Anyone need a factory ECU? Make an offer!
Some aftermarket alarm/remote module I found when cleaning. No fob for it, so will remove.
Nose piece is in rough shape on passenger side. It is actually split at the line and coming apart.
Need to replace the little triangle trim piece above mirror (I do have the mirror)
Both sail panels are junk. This seems to be a pretty common issue.
Should there be a seal/weatherstrip/trim piece here behind the T-Tops?
Window seal on T-Tops are toast. Main gasket is fine though.
So there it is. The plan is to drop a 3800 in it eventually. I'm in no big hurry though and will take care of the easy/cheep stuff first. Plan is to keep the 5 speed in there, drop in a N/A bottom end and top swap my heads/intercooler/blower form my 98 Grand Prix and convert to run on E85.
[This message has been edited by PRJPerformance (edited 06-26-2013).]