For sometime I have been seeking parts for my 86 Sport Coupe - Areo Panels, A/C lines and a few other misc parts. I haven't been in a rush, all things come in due time. My patience paid off. My girlfriend's dad called saying a friend of his has a Fiero for sale as a parts car due to an engine fire. The seller wasn't sure on the year and provided conflicting information about the car. Anyhow, I went the next day to look at the car thinking there was a high probability I would finally get some of the parts I wanted.
As I am pulling into his driveway, I see the exterior parts I want. For the price he is asking, this car is mine. Time to check the car out to see if there are any other parts I can use. As I approach the red car, I notice it has white rims. Hmm . . . these only came on pace cars. I look at the interior , it has the Indy seats with red carpeting. With a peak at the deck lid, vents in the middle. WOW, its an 84 Fiero Pace Car. I am at a loss for my game plan to strip the car of parts I want.
It has been a couple days now and I am still battling what to do. So many parts I can use, but it is a Pace Car. I know I will not have the long term finances to bring this car back to life. The car has been sitting since 2000 due to the engine fire. Looks like the fire started in the area of the fuel filter. Extensive damage to various wiring harnesses. The interior is fair, seat are torn. Odometer reads 60k. Why it was repainted red has me puzzled.
Before I start striping the car of parts I need, selling off any desired remaining parts and then sending it off to the junk yard, I wanted to see if anyone would have an interest in a long term project car for a reasonable price before I take any parts. Being new to the forum, I wanted to post some photos from my computer, but I am not seeing a way to post them at this time. I have some photos I can send if anyone is interested. The car is currently located outside of Lewistown, PA (60 miles north of Harrisburg, PA).
This has been a struggle for me . . . what would you do?
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I don't know what I would do if I were in your shoes. I would want to save it , but would not have the $ good luck
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If, down the road, you want to sell it to keep it together as a pace car I would like to talk to you about it. If you part it out I would like the carpets and door panels. I have a lot of body panels, that may be what you need. i am coming up to the NE this summer. Wifes mom is in phily. I have a car trailer.
Odd. Indy Fiero 2.5 LT? Says on the decklid. Weird greenish lower lines too. I would guess it got painted due to some sort of damage, or maybe a kid who wanted to spray can it red, it looks like a low quality paint and tape job. That first pic where you can see the inner lip of the rear fender looks like it was primered black before painting red...unless thats smoke/heat damage.
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Deep inside my heart I can't strip the car knowing it is a pace car edition despite the engine fire damage. For those of you who have the same thoughts, I appreciate it. I am getting ready to travel the 60 miles where the car is located. I am going to take some more photos tonight.
In the meantime . . . here is the VIN: 1G2AF37R1EP271578.
Thought you might like to see some history on the car. Strange though it only shows a spread of 3 years , Like no one knew about it the rest of the time. Might also show how long ago the fire was ( if that is what got it parked ) http://kynersauto.com/auto-...IN=1G2AF37R1EP271578
Thanks for the report. Many of the dates are close to what I am seeing on the title.
Registered in PA: 5/08/96
Current Title Transfer information:
Date Acquired : 10/16/99 Title Date : 11/30/99
Last PA inspection was 05/99
Next time I go to where the car is parked, I need to check if the odometer reading is still readable on the inspection sticker. Now I am curious about the last inspection mileage recorded. How many miles was the car was driven before the fire. Current miles is 60125.
It's your car to do with as you wish but please do not underestimate the importance of OEM parts being used to keep other cars alive. There could be MANY cars out there that could use a part or two from this vehicle. In those instances, you could rest assured that those parts are getting used and another Fiero remains on the road. If that car becomes someones project, that is no guarantee that it will EVER move under its own power. It is no guarantee that the good parts on the car won't sit in the weather and ruin. It is no guarantee that the owner will restore this car to original Indy standards.
I know I wanted the driver's tail light and I can promise you that it will go on my daily driver and be used. I'd hate to hear about this car being cut in half to make a trike or a trailer or some other kind of shade tree madman's experiment. It could happen. Think about it, the cost to re-paint the body and wheels will probably be more than the car will ever be worth since it has a fire history. Who is going to put that kind of time and money into saving this Indy when there are bound to be better examples worth saving?
I don't want to be a downer and I'm not telling you what to do. I'm just expressing what I think about it. You don't have to agree with me.
The reasons you mentioned is why I have been battling on what to do with the car. Even though it is a pace car with engine fire damage and has been sitting for 14 years, myself and many others could benefit from parts off the car. The other thing you mentioned about selling the wheels due to its condition would be most of the value of the car, I tend to agree. One of the previous owners did this car an injustice by painting it red. I did find one spot they missed!
As far as your request for the driver side tail light. There is a crack in the one corner and lots of paint over spray.
My 86 Sport Coupe is my daily driver. I bought the car as is. Who ever put the GT nose and rear on, failed to add the side panels. These are a few of the things I would be taking off the car. Here is a couple photos of my 86 4cyl / 5 spd
The reasons you mentioned is why I have been battling on what to do with the car. Even though it is a pace car with engine fire damage and has been sitting for 14 years, myself and many others could benefit from parts off the car.
Those parts though, except for few only available to the pacecar, are pretty much the same as any 84 2m4. The other thing is do you know anyone who will, or will you, resurrect it as a pacecar?
I would check the frame rails, trunk sides, floor pans and cradle for rust and rot. In the picture you posted looks like it's sitting on the ground which could be bad. If it's got rust issues then it might not be worth saving and the next best thing would be to sell the parts to others who are restoring an Indy. BUT if it's rust free then it should be restored back to original. Just my $.02
Edit to add; needing a paint job isn't a big deal for a Fiero restoration. And by that i mean most Fieros need to be sanded down and repainted. I've got 3, 1 with 21500 original miles and they all need to be repainted due to the original GM clear peeling off. It's typical for cars of this age. Rust would be the deal breaker & possibly a death sentence depending on how bad it is...not the paint job.
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I have the time, money, skills to do it. It might take me years, but it would get done. I am looking for a notchy/2.5/mantrans fiero as a mpg car. I have a V8 84, much modded. I want the twin for it. I am not put off buy the distance. I have family in phily. I have a truck / car trailer. I am coming to phily in augest. I may have all the stuff to fix it just laying around. Plus I may have what you need for your car. 228-380-7020
I bought it, I came and got it. It is home in Mississippi. It will be fixed. It was as jon said it was. Every body did their part just fine. The paper work was fine, It is in my name with a good tag. Thank you.