Nice!!! 1988 was also the year they brought about that new suspension which was similar to a Lotus setup. Gm was about to acquire lotus back then too![/b]
Yep...the suspension changes were the reason we only looked for '88s...most people consider them to be the "best" Fiero. Lots of people think Lotus designed the suspension, but it was actually designed during the initial design of the car before it came out in '84. The bean counters didn't let them use it until 1988 since it needed parts that weren't already in the GM parts bin.
heh seeing these nice pics of a fiero makes me wanna get one too
too bad their arent any decently priced in my state.[/b]
Keep looking...it took us a year and a half to find this one. Keep your eyes out, and you'll eventually find the one you want.
We got this one about three hours from home. You can spend anywhere from pocket change to thirty grand on a GT, although getting up to the top we're talking a never-sold, never-titled example...essentially a new old stock car with very desirable options.
More fun stuff...
Changed the oil and transmission fluid yesterday...whoever put the oil filter on (there was a Napa service sticker on the windshield) really torqued it down. It'll be getting switched over to synthetic in a week or two after it runs a bit...I don't think the oil had been changed since 2006. It's had less then 2,000 miles put on it since then, but obviosly two year old oil had to go.
The Getrag five speed has a fresh fill of Pennzoil Synchromesh fluid in it now...I love when trans fluid changes are that easy. Unscrew the drain plug, let it drain, put it back in, dump in two bottles of fluid, job done. None of this 16-quart automatic flushing business!
I might put synthetic in it later on...probably Royal Purple Synchromax if I decide to go synthetic. The seal on the dipstick for the transmission isn't pliable anymore and doesn't fit firmly, so that will be replaced...$7 from the Fiero STore, so not a big deal.
New shoes also arrived fron Tire Rack the other day - Bridgestone Potenza G 009s, 205/60R15s for the front, 215/60R15s for the rear. It's not too easy to find decent performance-oriented tires that fit both front and rear!
The front end still needs a few things...found a cross-threaded lug nut, so the stud and lug need to be replaced. Advance had both in stock, even the externally threaded nuts for the black plastic lug caps. They even have the caps in stock, although this car has all 20 in great shape.
Upper and lower balljoints will be replaced on both sides...only one is really bad, but they're all 20 years old. You can tell they're original since the originals were riveted in...replacements are bolted. The right tie rod end needs to be replaced as well, but we might do both at once just to be sure before the new tires are driven on.
It will also be getting new KYB shocks in the front...it should drive quite nicely.
I also took the pictures needed for the PA classic plate registration...they show the color pretty nicely. The best estimate I've found in the paperwork that came with the car is that there were 741 GTs in this color, although I don't know how accurate that number is. I'll just post one, which my Taurus also snuck into
I'm having fun getting it all back in shape!