My first car and project...a $200 Pontiac Fiero SE V6
Here it is...my $200 1985 Fiero SE. V6, Automatic, no power windows, and an odometer that broke 6 years ago...with 355,000 miles on it. Still all original parts, the kid I bought it from took great care of it...mostly. He made sure it always had fluids topped off, but he neglected the brakes...and the tires. He hit a curb and threw the left front one out of alignment, but then we realized he also had the wrong size on the right one.
There are a number of problems with it - it has some grounding issues, I can let go of the wheel to go around soft left turns, the turn signals only work intermittently, the hazards don't work, one of my headlights is pointing in peoples faces on the other side of the road, and I'm moving at a steady 14 mph and idling at 1500 rpm when I'm parked and the engine is off. The temp gauge always reads me running waaaaay cool, same with the oil pressure being waaaaaay low, my gas gauge either says I'm half full or twice as full, the odometer is stuck at 355,000, my windshield wipers have been rigged up to have an on/off switch (literally), and I've recently learned you have to have a certain size star-shape screwdriver to take apart the *entire* interior of the car. The front left is also a tad rotted out, my steering wheel confuses me when it sits at a 30 degree angle to the road, and my headboard is so disgusting that I actually choked on some of the debris while driving to my friend's garage. There are leaves through the entire ventilation system, my tape deck is shot, and my driver-side mirror cable is lost somewhere within my door. My lower front bumper is kind of broken, and there are numerous cracks in the fiberglass all over the car. And the brakes...well, the fluid is black, and I need 4 new pads.
I already love this car. All the major components still run just fine, engine, transmission, speakers in the headrests. This is a fantastic project car for me simply because there's nothing major I have to replace - just tune it up here and there, get some of that horsepower back. After 25 years, it still moves around pretty quick too. For $200, I got a fantastic car.
Our to-do list starts out with brakes, tires, and turn signals. While the first two are pretty straightforward (put new pads on and change the oil, put new tires on), I'm gonna have to dive into the electronics of all this. I'll keep you updated.
I do plan on putting a carputer in here...and hopefully a lot more. First step is getting the car running efficiently and safely.
Finally, my support system on this is extensive. My partner-in-crime (Travis) is possibly the best guy I know to work on this with, I've got the presidente of the Alfa Romeo Club helping me out a ton, my dad is a professor of electrical engineering, the combined knowledge and resources (kind of) of the CUSCC (CU Sport Car Club), and all the members of Pennock's Fiero Forum, Mile High Fieros, and MP3Car.com to help me out. Thanks in advance to all of you. If you have any ideas how to cheaply regain some of the performance on this car, it would be greatly appreciated. Oh, and NAPA for their CUSCC sponsorship.
Her name is Fiona!
Us demonstrating how low the car actually is:
The guy who hooked me up with the car:
Outside it's new home in Boulder, CO: