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Anybody here familiar with this Formula? by GreenPlatypus
Started on: 08-28-2015 11:39 PM
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Report this Post08-28-2015 11:39 PM Click Here to See the Profile for GreenPlatypusClick Here to Email GreenPlatypusSend a Private Message to GreenPlatypusEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Seriously interested in this Formula > http://louisville.craigslis.../cto/5194353994.html
Local car and they are a little rare here, more-so as it is a Formula. Just a handful of Fiero's I have seen. I have yet to own a Formula, so it is on my watch list I've already sent an email to the owner, figured I could at least take a look-e-loo. Wife prefers the fastbacks, I'm a notchie guy. But that mention of rust.... we will see if I get a response. I DO NOT need a third car, but I may not pass this one up for $800!
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Report this Post08-29-2015 01:31 AM Click Here to See the Profile for DylproClick Here to Email DylproSend a Private Message to DylproEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've found when people on Craigslist say "a little rust" is usually more than a little. If he's being upfront with how much rust there is, it's gotta be pretty bad, maybe just a parts car, that even at 800 isn't bad! Like you said, worth a look. Let us know what she's like!

With you in the notchies. At first I really disliked them, but when I got the chance to get my formula, I had to bite the bullet and since, it's very much grown on me. It's funny because when I first would drive around I felt like i was in a fast back because that's just what I figured I would've bought! I prefer the notchies now but would still prefer a fastback some day.

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Report this Post08-29-2015 07:31 AM Click Here to See the Profile for SteelSend a Private Message to SteelEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
It's a big project to replace the rails and other rusted areas.. so don't just buy it and assume you're going to be able to drive it. i think the rust issues might be pretty bad on this one.

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He does say "lot of rust, not drivable".
I guess a"a lot" is relative but sounds like he is trying to be honest about it.

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Report this Post08-29-2015 01:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for GreenPlatypusClick Here to Email GreenPlatypusSend a Private Message to GreenPlatypusEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
He responded which is good. Trunk is gone, so are upper frame rails and floor pans. He has not lifted it up to check the suspension mounts, but I suspect theubare toast. Rust is a cruel mistress in these parts. There are 2-3 year old trucks with wheel wells rusted out. Interior has been pulled out, so they car is in pieces. He suspects the ignition module is bad, cranks but won't start. Been sitting since January. He got it for a father/ son project. Realized it was way too much work. Needs a full restoration, or a parts car. Still interested in looking at it though. Depends on the suspension, but may not be worth 800. I bought a rough running and driving land cruiser with working A/C for less.
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Report this Post08-29-2015 01:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Can you get the VIN for the '88 database guy' thread?
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Report this Post08-29-2015 01:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for DylproClick Here to Email DylproSend a Private Message to DylproEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
If I were closer I'd be tempted. I could replace my poorly painted body panels with those and still make out less than the quotes I've gotten for paint jobs.
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The owner is a regular over in the Facebook groups. He definitely does not intend to cheat anyone. Apparently the rust is pretty bad though...he is already making plans to part the car out when it doesn't sell complete.
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I have never seen a Fiero with rust in our part of the world. Rust is something I never have to worry about when inspecting a potential Fiero purchase.
However, life is not always greener on the other side. We have our "hells" too you know. Like attempting to get our Fiero's smogged here in Ca. Kit
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Report this Post08-29-2015 06:25 PM Click Here to See the Profile for GreenPlatypusClick Here to Email GreenPlatypusSend a Private Message to GreenPlatypusEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by CowsPatoot:

The owner is a regular over in the Facebook groups. He definitely does not intend to cheat anyone. Apparently the rust is pretty bad though...he is already making plans to part the car out when it doesn't sell complete.

He presented the car exactly as it is, don't know if I would do $800 for it unfortunately, maybe if the engine started. Only option is A/c, does not work but it is all there. The rust is concerning but definitely fixable with time. It is moderate, not quite severe, I would not feel unsafe driving it as is, I've driven worse. Gonna have to pull all the body panels to repair. Some sketchy wiring repairs. Upper frame rails are almost non-existent that I could feel. Floor pans are toast, rusted through in spots in the foot wells and rear bulk head. It is heavily rusted on the box rail where the right side of the engine cradle bolts to. It sat in the weeds when it stopped running, May of last year. Exhaust has been cobbled together. Paint is rough, it is a 10 foot respray, shiny but crappy. Roof is rough and has bubbles. Missing trim around the windshield, possible where the water came in as it looks like it had standing water in the floor boards from how high up the rust is. It needs all new rubber, bushings and weather seals are shot. Lots of oil leaks. It cranks over and sounds good, plenty of compression, just won't start. Didn't look further into it. Tires are crap, brakes are most likely going to be frozen. I couldn't find my camera to get extra pictures. It is a good car, definitely savable, will take some time. Wife and I are discussing if I should take on the project. Will take me a few years, maybe a winter project for someone with the garage space. God I need a place with a garage... would be worth more in parts, but it is most definitely salvageable. Thinking thinking thinking....

I did not think to get the VIN until I was almost home.

He also had a very nice 85 GT with a 3800. Didn't talk about it much, was there for the Formula.

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Originally posted by GreenPlatypus:

The rust is concerning but definitely fixable with time. It is moderate, not quite severe...

It is a good car, definitely savable, will take some time.


I've seen the pictures over at the Facebook page. I think you're crazy.

This is the floor (where I've never seen rust before). The rest of the car is worse.

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I am crazy, but in a good way, until my wallet hurts. And like I said, some time That is the worst spot I could see, just under the rust spot is the disintegrating box frame. I could only feel the inner frame rails, can't bend and twist like I used to. I don't Facebook so I decided to check out the car in person, I had my glossy eyed glasses on, a Formula for cheap, haven't been in a Fiero in a long time, etc. I think the car had standing water in it for some time, not to mention sitting in some moist weeds did it any favors. Been discussing it with the boss, not allowed to buy at first sight anymore - the horrors I have acquired, and I am going to pass on it, hate to do it to, he is a nice honest gentleman. I was a little to enthusiastic with the description and I have to realize it is a parts car. I drove a Fiero that buckled in half from the rust, before I knew better. But I have seen some people save much worse, granted a 60's Ferrari race car is worth a bit more.
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Originally posted by GreenPlatypus:

I was a little to enthusiastic with the description and I have to realize it is a parts car.


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It can be pretty bad...

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Report this Post08-30-2015 10:37 PM Click Here to See the Profile for GreenPlatypusClick Here to Email GreenPlatypusSend a Private Message to GreenPlatypusEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I seem to remember you fixing that one too. This one is nowhere near as bad, as far as I can see. If it was running and driving it would be a different story, don't know what it would take. And I don't have the space unless I sell my Land Cruiser.
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