Hello all! A couple months ago I bought an 84 Pontiac Fiero. As much as I pride myself on being a car guy, this one seemed to have slipped through the cracks, but no more.
It was actually my fiancée who found the car. I ride a motorcycle 100% of the time, weather permitting(and sometimes not). We were already looking around for something cheap just to get me A-B. I had always wanted something sporty, or classic, or a bit of both. A drivers car. Something that even a 5 minute drive to the local super market would put a smile on your face. She found it listed on a local app, and it looked great. After a brief check online about the car to learn more, it was like having my eyes opened. Rwd, mid-engined, 80’s era car? I was in heaven. 800 talked down to 600, we bought it shortly after(it had a quick push to the closest auto shop to verify it would run).
Then started the Fiero life style. The previous owner had put almost no mileage in the last 20 years, but had really let it go once we started playing around with it. Spark plugs, spark plug wiring, distributor cap, oil change(get the stupid Fram filter out of there), new brake pads, brake rotors, brake fluid flush... just enough to get it running ok and safe. But this is just the beginning. Even though it’s a flaming 84(the flames just make it go faster), with the iron duke 2.5 with the 3 speed auto, I can tell there’s the makings of an excellent car under here. The previous owner put the hot wheel 17” rims on it. And it looks like it on pegs. They took out the whole headlight system and replaced it with a flush system, using lights from a 93 camaro(making it almost useless). The brake lights work wen they want(the sideways connector is loose). But I love this car.
With a new paint job (a nice darker blue with black racing stripes), some work to my tail light covers(which need repair because the screws holding the cover are stripped out), new rims because the 17 with 45r tires look a little silly(unless you guys think lowering an inch will fix this, or if I can get a thicker tire on there) led interior, redoing the interior(underneath the side vents it looks like it was chewed away), replacing the center console with one that has cup holders.... The list goes on and on.
As a first post, this is really just to let you guys know I am here! I’ll help out where I can; more likely I’ll be asking. You guys have already been so helpful in getting my cooling system figured out. Happy to be here and I hope one day to have the time and money to do an engine swap to a 3.something v6 with the 6 speed F40 transmission.
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