Its been a long time since I was on the forum. Almost as long as its been since I touched the fiero. I'm not entirely sure where I left off but I am beginning to get back to it. The car has been sitting with a brand new interior now for months and I've barely even been able to drive it.
I did finally swap out the engine for the other 4.9 I had sitting here. That one also ended up having a bad head gasket. So now the car sits with an entirely stock engine with a bad head gasket and a second engine with a cracked block. I was so frustrated I started searching and eventually bought a new car.
An 03 Audi TT Quattro coupe 225hp with 6speed manual trans. It is my new daily driver but don't let that fool you. The car has a significant amount of work done to it. I bought the car with the following mods... 42 draft designs 3" turboback exhaust, 42 draft designs intake, forge short shift kit + 42dd shifter bushings, H&R SS coilover suspension, OSIR front chin + fenders + rear spoiler, Miro 111 wheels 19x8.5 front 19x9.5 rear, and a 30piece aluminum interior trim kit.
Shortly after purchasing the car I took it in for a tune. I went with the united motorsports tune including the launch control and no lift shift. Before making the 7 mile drive home after the tune a major problem was detected. By the time I made it home the engine sounded like a TDI (really not good!). A bit later the problem was discovered to be a bent connecting rod, also discovered were 4 slightly damaged pistons from a previous timing belt failure. The TDI sound ended up being piston 1 hitting the oil squirter at the bottom of the stroke. The good news is there was no damage to the block or cylinders. It was rebuildable!!! Fast forward a few months and the engine is now back together with some intergraded engineering forged and rifle drilled "I" beam rods, Forged JE pistons, and rebuilt head with 20 new valves. I also just installed a new digital boost gauge from ZadaTech.com to keep a better eye on things. Estimated at 275hp but with a lower end build that can "supposedly" handle 800hp. The launch control and NLS work by cutting spark which is a blast when used to scare the crap out of drivers next to you. Launching the car at 4200rpm, at 8psi boost, and AWD kicking in is amazing! The car jumps off the line and then reaches a max of 22psi boost! Yet it is superbly refined in its daily driving duties. Its just not fast enough and I'd rather build the fiero......
I would post pics but haven't gotten pip to work since upgrading (ha!) to windows 10. If anyone can help me out with that I'd be appreciative.
Anyways the point of being back here on the forum and posting is to say that it is now time for the fiero to take on a whole new outlook in its life. It will never need to take on double duty as a daily driver again. I am looking for a new engine entirely. I would prefer to keep the manual trans and the getrag I have works fantastic with few miles on the rebuild. I know this limits my choices a bit but I have little interest in converting the fiero to an auto. Budget is also not as limited as it once was so more options are definitely in play now.
What I'm looking for is ideas or suggestions on where to take it next. I'm looking to be around ~400hp but I'm not sure which way to go. If the getrag goes at this power level so be it. 3800sc (or better yet turbo), northstar (can you do this with a manual?), 3.4 dohc turbo.....
What do you guys think? The fiero can now become so much more then it was before. Lets bounce some ideas around and see what can happen. And someone help me get pip working!!!
EDIT: Having trouble with the profile portion of PIP. Automatic setting will not work. What do I type in to manually configure?
[This message has been edited by Fieroseverywhere (edited 03-22-2016).]