1987 Pontiac Fiero SE / V6

     I bought this car when I was 18, and moving to Florida full time to start my adult life. I consider this to be my first car, although I did share a 1984 Toyota Corolla with my brother before this. This picture shows the car in its hay-day. It's about 1999 in this picture. The car had about 70 thousand miles on it, the paint was flawless, the tires were perfect, it had all of the various performance enhancements that I had put on it over the years, and it ran smooth as glass. At the time, Florida was still doing emissions inspections, and the last time I had it inspected, the guy told me the air coming out of it was cleaner than the air going into it! He was joking of course, but I had some of the lowest emissions considered possible in 1999.

Click the icons below for a detailed description of the restoration process for that system of the car:

- Inspecting the car

     I probably won't have a chance in the next few months to really work on this car, but I wanted to at least get started and see what I was up against. My first impression is that this car is suffering from worn cam lobes. I'm unaware of exactly what the problem is, but that's my speculation in any case. The engine was rebuilt about 6-7 years ago. It had tons of power initially, but it's become low on power the past 1,000 miles. It has a ridiculous rattle that comes intermittantly when the rpms drop. The engine seems to have a totally random miss, and it seems to go hand in hand with the rattling. I made a brief recording of the hesitation / rattling and have posted it here (below). I dug further into the motor and found that basically all of the rear spark plugs are fused to the block (they're brand new plugs!!!). Having sat outside for 3-4 years has caused them to completely rust and round off. In the next couple of months, I'll likely pull the engine and try to swap it all out. This time, I'll use a proper break-in oil.

- The Fiero moves to the garage.

     Well, I decided to move the TransAm to the side of the house, and bring the Fiero into the garage. The Fiero was really MY first car, and while it's been "OK" outside, the weather has really begun to wreak havoc on the metal. I'm starting to see a lot of surface rust on the frame, and the humidity is causing damage to the seals. Since the Trans Am is a VERY long term project, I see no need for it to take up space in the garage. I've been spending too much money on car parts anyway, and I've come to the realization that I have close to $3,000 worth of BRAND NEW parts for the Fiero, sitting in boxes and taking up space in the garage. I might as well get this stuff completed first before I spend more money on the TransAm. Below are some pictures after moving it into the garage. The Fiero DOES run, but it's not running really well. I think the camshaft might be worn out. The motor only has a couple thousand miles on it since the rebuild. (It's a 3.2).

- Introduction...

     Unlike the other cars I currently have on this site, I've had this car since 1996. Because I've had this car for SUCH a long time, I've basically done everything and anything that a Fiero owner would normally go through. I've had somewhere along the lines of 5 or 6 other Fieros. I wouldn't call me an expert... well... maybe I would. There are many people who know far more than I, but for the sake of the argument, I've done almost every repair that's ever typically needed to be done. If you've found this web site and are looking for some advice on how to fix something on your Fiero, feel free to e-mail me. I'd be more than happy to give you any advice you may need. You can e-mail me at my contact page and I will respond with a personal e-mail. With that said, I won't be including anything that I've done in the past on this car because it's nearly 13 years worth of repairs, upgrades, rebuilds, etc. Please feel free to use me for a resource if you'd like. On a lighter note, the car has pretty much come to the end of its useable daily driver life, so it's a hobby car now. I have about $6,000 worth of brand new parts in boxes in my garage, and over the next couple of years, I plan to go completely through the car and get it back to the same condition (and better) it was when I first bought it. Check back for frequent updates.