Originally posted by sageofmonticello
reply to post by bobs_uruncle
Sweet ride Dave Thanks for posting the pics. I'm a sucker for 80's sports cars.
Just testing my eye here, is that an 88? I was real close to getting an 88 V6 Pontiac but test drove the MR2 first and just feel in love with it.
I looked at the MR2, nice little car but it didn't give me the flexibility I wanted in changing out components. They are pretty quick though and I
think it was the 1988 MR2 that had the really nice body shape. I looked at 300Z as well but I wanted a mid engine. Had a friend with a Lotus Europa
that dropped in a 289 Ford engine, but he killed himself in that car. Went airborne off a bridge when a push rod blew out and through the back of his
head. So, nothing but DOHC if it's behind me.
I had two Fiero's, almost identical. That's an 87 body on an 88 frame. I stripped it down, removed most of the reinforcements and replaced them with
aluminum parts. Ripped out the a-arms, replaced them with aluminum a-arms. Changed all the working parts to higher speed hardened units (ball joints,
bearings, tie rods, etc), upgraded the rack and pinion, used adjustable gas fired shocks, lowering springs and readjusted the alignment and rubber
stops to suit, and give me a minimum 3" ground clearance. Replaced the front torsion bar with a heavier duty unit, a 1-1/4" and got a 3/4" torsion bar
for the rear, changed everything to nylon bushings. Left it as standard (no power assist) steering and threw in a 13" racing wheel. Put in vented
disks and dual piston calipers. replaced all the brake lines and fuel lines with 316SS and all the hoses to braided stainless. Changed the rad to a 5
core custom made unit. Partially gutted a pair of Cadillac sti mufflers and used Cadillac sti catalytic converters and I used 2.5" pipes. The engine
is a modified Aurora V32 with twin bank supercharging (12-25lbs variable rate), so running hi-oct with nitro-propane squeaks out around 550hp, make it
aviation fuel and your 675hp, add NOx and you'd just scare yourself. Plenum was custom made and accepted two M90 Eaton's on a 15 degree offset to help
keep the height down so it would fit under the Ford rear hood scoop. Went for a 50% flow rate increase on the injectors with dual fuel pumps and dual
Holley throttle bodies plus I changed all the fuel connected rubber to Teflon and Nylon so I could run crazy stuff like acetone. The engine is
controlled by the ECM and a laptop running real time to adjust flow rates and plenum pressure. I cut the shifter and shortened it so all I need was a
good wrist throw to change gears, it's faster that way ;-) Tranny is a Getrag with hardened steel gears and a triple force racing clutch. Also changed
the master and slave clutch cylinders. Total weight of car without people on the dyno was 1978 pounds. I think my best weight to horsepower ratio was
about 3.7lbs:1hp, with me in the car it was more like 4lbs:hp.
Funny little trick about Fiero's, if you want to run over about 120mph, you have to add hood vents, otherwise the headlights pop-up and I also added
the air dam in the front and changed the underside rad geometry to get more air to it so I didn't have to use dual fans all the time (comes with a
single fan stock). The front license plate I think was off a Cavalier, I got it at a wreckers and just turned it upside down, fit perfect except for
the little notch in the center for the facia frame. I changed the entire interior to beechwood, so green and tan. Added new gauge faces, white with
blue lamps and I put in custom cut hand laid and stained veneer on every piece that was plastic. Put in a center subwoofer in the back of the center
console as well as a new one under the dash (2x10") so bi-amped. Put in Firebird buckets with adjustable lumbar supports (inflatable jobs), a compass
mirror and of course a big-ass stereo. You can see from the outside it has Ronal Ferrari knockoff rims and the tires in these two pics are 225R15-50
fronts and 165R15-50 rears. Polar moment was less that 10% to the rear of center, so she drifted like a dream in hard right angle turns at 50 to 60mph
and there was literally no body roll. On the lateral G test, I came in better than a vette at 1.17g. never did a 1/4 mile in it, I didn't build it for
that like I did the 71 Challenger. This was my long range get-to-Florida in 11 hours from Toronto car.
What was really funny was when I got out of this car, I am 6'3" and about 210lbs so I would get the, "how the f... did you even fit in there?" I mean
seriously, I have another pic of the car with me beside it and it only comes up to my waist. But actually, I found Fiero's fairly roomy inside, but
then again, I liked to feel like I was part of the machine, you know Zen-car LOL.
When you've got the time and the passion, you can do some pretty neat things ;-)
Cheers - Dave
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