I just wanted to post an introduction since I am a new member. I have been a lurker on this forum for a while and finally decided to join.
My first Fiero was an 87 GT I owned about 14 years ago. I sort of ended up with it by accident. My boss at the time had it and sold it to me for $800 because it wasn't running. I just had to replace the water pump and one of the exhaust manifolds. I was originally just going to flip it but after I got it running I was hooked. It was totally stock but I really had a lot of fun with it. I always wanted to put a larger engine in it but just never got around to it. About 3 years later, It's fate was sealed when a drunk driver ran a stop sign. I had a baby at the time so the replacement had 4 doors.
Last year, I decided that, by golly, I was getting another Fiero and putting a V8 in it. I did some research and found V8 Archie. Found out he has a kit to put in the aluminum LS motor and a 6 speed transmission. That sounded like a plan to me. Checked with the boss and she thought it was an awesome idea. So I went out and found a nice 86 GT. Then I got a g6 tranny and a LS1 Corvette Engine. Called up Archie and ordered the kit. Pulled the Stock drive train last July. My stepson and did all of the work on it. Got it running with the new V8 in January.
Can't say enough good things about Archie. He was always available to help and answered all of my many, many questions. I know I pestered him relentlessly but he was always patience and helpful.
I absolutely love this car now. I am Fiero Crazy. All I want to do is drive it, work on it, talk about it or read about Fieros!
I just ordered sardonyx247's brake booster. This weekend I intend to install new shocks, upgrade everything in the rear to Poly, and upgrade my alternator to the CS type.
There are some mighty fine folks on here. And there is a wealth of knowledge that you can tap into, all you have to do is ask.
I'm curious to know how you like the F40 trans that you're running behind that LS motor. Any comments regarding first gear, and how do you find the ease of shifting?
~ Bob ~
Bob- thanks for the warm welcome.
As far as the trans, first gear is too low really, but so is the final drive. I just live with the fact you can't give it more than half throttle in first and you have to upshift really quick. It shifts really easily when warm. Sometimes it crunches the first couple of shifts on a cold morning. It also has the idling in neutral rattle. I am told that early F40s and T56's all have this "feature". It does not hurt anything but it annoying to listen to. I am overall happy with it because it does have a lower final drive then anything else and it actually is rated close the horsepower rating of the engine.
If you haven't met them already, look up ron768 and Malkier. They're both just outside Redstone and members of PFF. Ron drives an 85SE with a whale tale and a white right front fender and Chris drives a custom gray fastback.
Looks like a very good installation and car looks great. Does anyone make valve covers that don't say Corvette on them, I think getting rid of the Corvette emblem on the valve covers would top off the install.