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Fiero newbie can't even install a wing... Please help! by Corvus
Started on: 08-03-2013 11:41 AM
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Report this Post08-03-2013 11:41 AM Click Here to See the Profile for CorvusClick Here to Email CorvusSend a Private Message to CorvusEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
So I'm finally ready to install the wing on my Fiero (which was off the car when I bought it). I need to install the wing stands on the wing but there are two screws that I cannot remove. The nut is lose inside the wing and I have no idea how I could remove the screws much less install the new ones to install the stands.

Does anyone know how I can install this wing?
I'd really like to avoid having to buy a new one if I can.



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Report this Post08-03-2013 12:23 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou6t4gtoClick Here to Email Lou6t4gtoSend a Private Message to Lou6t4gtoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
What is "IN" the wing are called "Rivet Nuts". pretty much the only thing to do is use a rotory cutting tool to grind them out. then Get a "Rivit Nut Tool kit" from Harbor freight and install new rivet nuts. when you install the nuts into the wing, it's best to put some epoxy around the outside of the Nut before you install it. when putting in the New Screws, put anti seize on the threads. Been there done that.
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Report this Post08-03-2013 12:24 PM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
This happens to almost every factory wing. There are a few things you can do. Epoxy in nuts to replace the spinning inserts or replace the inserts with larger ones. Either way, it is going to be a little bit of a pain in the ass to get the wing mounted. Others will chime in with their repair ideas.
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Report this Post08-03-2013 12:29 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierofoolClick Here to visit fierofool's HomePageClick Here to Email fierofoolSend a Private Message to fierofoolEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Wingstands were factory attached to the wing using wellnuts. They're rubber with a brass insert. They just push into the hole and when the screw is tightened, the brass insert pulls toward the screw head and causes the rubber to mushroom inside the wing. Years ago when I repaired one of my wings, I had the same problem. I just cut the screw head off and let the other end fall into the wing. This is what it looks like. Just push the long end into the hole until the shoulder is flush, place the stand on the wing and insert a screw and tighten.


The wellnut part number is Au-Ve-Co part number 16248. GM part number 14005097. Use a stainless or brass screw, but if you ever have a problem removing them, just grind the head off and push them into the wing. I wouldn't really recommend putting in nutserts or anything permanent like epoxy or J&B Weld to hold things in place, since the wingstands are prone to breaking and may later need to be detached from the wing.

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Report this Post08-03-2013 03:07 PM Click Here to See the Profile for CorvusClick Here to Email CorvusSend a Private Message to CorvusEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks everyone for the help. Glad to hear that I can still attach the wing!
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Report this Post08-03-2013 03:27 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero84FreakClick Here to Email Fiero84FreakSend a Private Message to Fiero84FreakEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Make sure the pedestals on the spoiler's stands are setup for if you have either a notchback or fastback. Even though the spoiler itself is designed the same for all Fieros, the rear nut pedestal is in a different position from notchback to fastback. This is because when the fastback first came out, the rear of the spoiler could not install the same way with the way the fastback decklid is designed and it had to be repositioned.

I'm giving you a heads up on this because if you just went out and bought a random Fiero spoiler, you need to make sure the stands are in the right spot before you assemble it and then find out the rear hole doesn't go through correctly.
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