Drove the car to work a few times, otherwise put about 400 miles on it driving it around Silicon Valley as a weekend car.
Then on June 3rd, my company's lowest bidder transporter attempted to load the car onto a trailer. As he was backing it on, I suddenly saw a quart of red trans fluid barf onto the truck deck in front of the left rear wheel and told the driver to turn the car off. One of the hooks caught the transmission cooler line and pulled it off.
He then said it wasn't his fault, unloaded the car, and drove off. I called the relocation company and they apologized profusely (probably because I had sent them the photo evidence), and I told them I wanted an enclosed trailer to come pick it up and deliver it to my parent's house in Traverse City so I could fix it myself. I reached down into the bay by the transmission and re-routed one of the hoses so it bypassed the lines entirely and re-routed fluid back into the transmission, so the car could be moved under its own power. Burned myself on the thermostat housing and got a nice impression of the housing cap on my arm.
The truck driver called a week later while I was at my parent's place waiting for delivery, and he was calling from the parking lot of my apartment 4 hours south in Metro Detroit. The relocation company forgot to tell the new driver the address. Two days later it showed up, in the back of what looked like a large motorcycle or ATV trailer.
Ordered new stainless lines from the Fiero Store to replace the identical set I installed ~8 years ago.
To do this year:
-Replace the lines again
-Got a set of 15" GT rims that need to be restored, then get tires mounted and balanced and put on the car
-Misc. other stuff I've been putting off since I didn't have a place to work on the car in California
Well 2016 was the year I finally picked up another fiero. It's been way too long since I've had one. So of course that means that 2017 is the year for the engine swap and interior makeover and a dozen other plans that most fiero owners have when they first grab a new one. How much of that I get done depends on how much I can convince the wife (that was a 2016 event as well) to let me spend on the "cheap second car" I convinced her to let me get.
2016 started out with me fixing the engine in my 87 GT (with many thanks to people on this forum), and driving about 5000km throughout the year. Lots of fun.
Part-way through the year, I bought a low-mileage 88 Formula from a rather nice guy I drive past on my way to work. We decided to register the 88 in my wife's name. We'll likely take hers on some of the longer trips (Watkins Glen, etc) since it has air (and is an auto, so she's comfortable driving it). It needed a brake overhaul, though. Had the calipers rebuilt, ordered a rebuild kit for the brake master, and all new stainless lines for the brakes and transmission. Unfortunately, I ran out of time for the remainder of the year (and frankly, money, since I also replaced my Cobalt this year), so getting that on the road is left to this year.
Plan for 2017 is to finish the brakes on the formula (still need to rebuild and reinstall the master), replace the transmission lines (and change the transmission filter while I'm at it), then get the car safetied and on the road. 88 requires emission testing (while the 87 only required the presence of the emissions control equipment), so it may or may not require additional work. The engine has a ticking noise, which sounds like a stuck lifter, but which might also be rear exhaust header (from what I've been told). That issue hasn't even been looked at yet.
I'll need to change the brakes on the 87 as well. I might just do the pads, however.
Haven't had a Fiero since 2003, however I plan on getting a Fiero once I find the right candidate and this years plans include.
B207L swap with f35 5 speed out of my current daily driver. I purchased this car for $1000, I tune cars and I always focus on fuel mileage. I've been able to bring it from the stock 175 hp rating up to about 240 - 250 while having stock turbo setup. More importantly I get between 42 and 48 mpg highway depending on how aggressive I drive. Generally avg 40 mpg for a round trip.
The goal is 50+ mpg, 280 - 300 whp and a weight under 2600 lbs. Horsepower really isn't that important however as I have built cars with 1000+ and it's not really a priority these days.
Would be doing full suspension and brakes as well, In the past I've had a camed + spray Z06 that spoiled me basically. After parting ways with it I bought a 08 SRT-10 Viper and while it handled quite nicely it was a pretty harsh ride for a daily driver. I much preferred the z06.
So basically would like to build a car that could perform somewhat close to my z06 did as far as handling and brakes while getting the mpg of a Prius and the power to weight of a stock c5 z06.
Gonna be quite the project I'd imagine. I haven't came across any b207 based builds, I figure my biggest challenge will be keeping the Saab ecu setup. I do not want to mess with a stand alone ecu setup. As that gets quite costly and from what I can tell you lose out quite a bit as far as tuning goes unless you spend quite a bit.
Been looking all year basically. I finally came across what seems to be decent candidate. It's coming with a 3.8 SC engine that the guy had planned on rebuilding and installing. But I'm still wanting to go the b207L route.
2.0 4 cylinder from a Saab 9-3 = cheap, good power and mpg. I actually spent a few weeks reverse engineering the engines ecm to allow it to run without all the other stuff. Can also tune in speed density mode which will make the piping easier.
300 hp isn't gonna win alot of races, but will still be sporty and get 45 + mpg highway.
[This message has been edited by 10SecSleeper (edited 06-28-2017).]