HI all!! I am looking at buying a 1988 fiero gt, haven't seen the car yet will do so next week. I was talking to a friend of the owner on the phone this past weekend as the owner is gone away to work. The car has been lying up on ashphalt for the last couple of years and I don't think the engine has been started since then, but not sure. I am thinking that will be fine, it was working fine when they parked it. So I asked could it be driven and he said no, that there is a part gone on the gearbox(standard), as he called it a plunger. He told me that it was a pretty easy fix. So I searched on the internet what a plunger was and the only thing that I can come handy to is the clutch pushrod. He told me that it wouldn't go in gear because of this part. Would it be that part is gone, can the old one be adjusted, what else could it be, how big of a job is it to fix it? One more question, do you think I would be able to get the gears changed without the clutch, I had an old vehcile one time and I could get away without using the clutch. If I could I know that I would have to start it in gear and drive it then like I stole it...lol.
Welcome to the Forum! There are 2 'plungers' in the clutch hydraulics...one on each end, so you could be talking about the master cylinder or the slave cylinder. A few photos would help you determine which one is missing...I'll bet it's the slave cylinder on the transmission.
You don't know what is missing yet. If it is just a pushrod it takes 30 seconds, but replacing hardware is pretty simple. The real problem is bleeding the system, and they are all different. Some people take weeks to get it right.
Yes, it can be done. That said, it takes an engine that runs well, and good brakes, and an open road with not much traffic, so I think the odds are against you (except that last part if you are out in the country).
Spend some time learning about the search function on this site. All the questions you have are common here and there is a lot of good advice. Because the car has been close to salt water, be careful about looking for rust. Also notice it is a 1987 Fiero...somewhat less desirable than a '88.
Did he break up with the girlfriend on the hood?...
[This message has been edited by Gall757 (edited 08-26-2013).]