Well, My Fiero experience has been a DISAAAASTER for about 7-8 years now, LOL. Figured I would make a new thread now that stuff finally seems to be coming together for a change! I will start with the story of my Fiero.
I bought the car in 2005 on eBay for $400 from an impound lot in Minnesota where it had been sitting since 1992. The car is a 1987 SE, 5-speed and blue with around 60k original miles. I brought the car home and proceeded to try and start it with no luck. I had fuel, I had spark but no compression. Didn't want to mess with it assuming it had some serious issues so I just yanked the engine and gave it away (later found out it was a freshly rebuilt motor but somehow ended up with the wrong length push-rods) and found myself an LQ1 for $200 that needed rings. I rebuilt it, threw it in the car and it ran like poop. Long story short, it was the timing and I couldn't do it back then. A fellow .nl member stopped up and timed it for me and she was up and running.
Rather than enjoy it as it was, I decided to do a bunch of cosmetic work so it just sat in my garage getting worked on, never really drove it. Then I find out I am a soon to be father and I ended up selling the car in 2007. Years go by and I go through probably 100~ cars and just keep thinking about the one that got away.
Here's what she looked like in 2007 when I sold it: (except I traded a member on here my hood for his stocker before this point)
Jump to 2011... I get a call from a buddy I hadn't talked to in years and he says "DUDE!! your Fiero is on craigslist for sale!" so I decide to give him a call and see about getting it back. Well, the person who had purchased it passed away and his son was selling 20+ of his toys. So I talked to the kid and after some negotiating, I traded him my 4Runner and an Xbox 360 for the Fiero AND a '76 F100 mud toy. Well, the Fiero had been kinda messed with in a bad way and wasn't at all like it was when I sold it. Also had a BAAAD knock. I had a few other projects going on at the time ('73 Mach One and a SBF v8 swapped FC) so The fiero just basically sat for a bit. Until I picked up one of those $300 crate motors from that dealership in Missouri.
Here's what it looked like when I got it back. you can also see the 4Runner I gave him and the F100 I also got. Came with 40x18 super swampers which are in the bed in that picture, couldn't get it on the trailer with those monsters on it!:
Now, jump to last summer. I FINAAAALLY get around to putting the crate motor in the car. all new sensors, EGR delete, A/C gone, ditched the coolant flowing through the intake/t.b., new fuel tank, fuel pump/filter/lines, all new ignition, new flywheel/clutch/slave, 11.25" brakes, poly cradle bushing, 2.5" mandrel bent exhaust, Darth chip, etc... etc... pretty much everything is new at this point. she starts right up but doesn't like to rev AT ALLLL. I mess with this and that and check everything and blah blah blah for a while and then give up and shut it in the garage.
So, about 2 months ago I decide to get a hold of the member who did my timing years back and see if he wanted to mess with it. Long story short, it was the fuel filter... something I didn't even think of because it was BRAND NEW. sometimes, you just need some fresh eyes to find a simple problem. So, now she is a SCREAMER!! So, the purpose of this thread to keep track of the planned progress now that it is a running/driving car that I can actually enjoy and will continue to work on. LOL
current list of what I can remember:
"LQ1" crate motor
"Erik" wiring harness
Walbro 255LPH fuel pump
5-speed isuzu trans (new slave cylinder and flywheel)
Spec Stage 3 clutch
urethane cradle bushings
misc new stuff (plugs, wires, coils, sensors, tie-rods, struts/shocks, springs, rear hubs etc...)
[This message has been edited by SLOWnSTEADY (edited 07-21-2013).]