back again, with more news on the fiero. after this weekend, here's a list of what we've done so far:
The saturday we picked it up, we swung by chris' place to have him look the car over, see if what I got was worth it. He took the opportunity to look at the engine, brakes, and tires. We determined that brakes needed almost immediate replacement, because they were almost gone and mysteriously wearing unevenly. Then we realized that I have two different sizes of tires on my front wheels...wonderful. Aside from that though, him and Travis worked on grounding the engine a little bit better, and me and sarah decided that absolutely awful headboard was time to go.
Travis pulled out some awesome part shopping... found all four pads, plus the *only* pair of tires in my size in probably all of boulder...for about 60 bucks. So far I've spent about $260 on this car. We parked it in his apartment garage to have a look at some things...throttle sensor...mainly I just wanted to see wtf was going on with my turn signals. We discovered just how many screws are required to take apart the dash/console, but didn't really get anything done...at least I have a better idea of how to get into the console now.
this past saturday, we decided to put the tires and new pads on. everything went smoothly, except for when the back left piston wouldn't go back far enough to allow the new pads on. we had to mix and match back there. also, there was a problem with the parking brake spring back there. other than that, tires went on just fine, and we also ordered a brake hose for the one that was cracking on the front left. we also fixed the mysterious flapping noise! it was some cloth shield that had ripped in the back right wheelwell.
sunday I expected it to snow hard...but we got lucky. we took the car back down to chris' garage and installed the new brake hose, and bled the brakes. My gf also bought me new headlamp retaining rings and emblems to put in my b-pillars, so we got that fixed - also, we connected the spring behind the headlights that actually controls the orientation of the headlights. yay!
unfortunately, we've still got a long way to go with this car. turn signals still don't work, one of the bolts in the right headlamp we had to replace, and it's not working, side parking lights are out, it still needs an alignment, my wipers are real messed up...probably because of the on-off switch...and the mysterious noise is back. I've determined it's not something flapping, now it's more of a popping...and it's getting worse. we think it may be the sway bar endlinks, so i'll have that looked at this weekend. here's the thread I started about it: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/098278.html
I had a little incident last night when I was working on replacing my side parking bulbs...you see, i haven't had spare keys made for this car yet. I accidentally locked my keys in the car when I was done...they were still in the ignition but the car was off. Luckily I had my passenger side window cracked to listen to the mysterious popping noise! I reached in with a coat hanger and pulled the keys out of the ignition. Quite a scare.
Here's the pics:
Proper technique for changing brake pads:
After we were all done..."Is this supposed to be on the car?":
Old brake hose:
New brake hose (my car is held together by zipties):
Bleeding the brakes:
fixing the mysterious flapping noise...i thought:
the parking brake that wouldn't die:
grrrr, she's gonna eat you:
wiring diagram of exterior lighting:
more zipties holding my car together...see if you can spot them:
Thanks for looking!