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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-15-2009, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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All 2.8 Fieros were about 140hp. The quad tips are just that...tips - it's just quasi-duals with twin tips on each side. The exhaust isn't anything overly exciting

I have pics of the brake work, which is done and was much more enjoyable than working on drum rears like I'm used to with the Taurus and the ZX2 Pics to come once I get them off the camera.

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QUOTE (sfhess @ Apr 23 2008, 05:07 PM)
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but then, all GM's dashes of the era were cheap and ugly-looking.

Nice find!!!![/b]
On 99% of their models, they still are!

This jellybean's got a hard candy coating

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Phew...I love these cars.

- Sold orange 1994 Ford Taurus GL
- Own red 2006 Acura RSX
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Finally got the brake caliper pics off my camera...I skipped a bunch of steps due to dot wanting to mix filthy hands with my camera...but here they are.

Here's the old, leaky, rubbish caliper.


It was leaking from the parking brake lever seal, enough that you could just about watch it drip. Obviously, can't drive it like that!

In with the new...


That's the parking brake lever - not in the position it works in, but that's what's leaking on the old original caliper.


And the piston. Works the same as a Taurus rear caliper, basically - screw it in to push it back.


Greased up all the contact points, put the pads back in - I had to compress the piston, which I've never had to do with a new caliper, but these ones are easy. I had forgotten how much more I like working on disc brakes than stupid drums


Then just because I'm posting pictures, I cleaned all the junk out of the inside of the wheel - it's where a bunch of the leaking fluid ended up, and I didn't want it there for obvious reasons. These tires didn't look that dirty without the flash! Obviously I didn't clean the tires any more than just hosing them off Polished aluminum ftw.


And the requisite '80s Pontiac wheel


Now it's time to get the car all cleaned up now that it's all driveable again!

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Hopefully I can see the car in person this year...sweet Fiero! And nice work on the brakes, looks good

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Another massive bump as it goes back into hibernation for the winter

Finally got around to rebuilding the pop-up headlight mechanisms...it has "drive pins" inside the gear that lock it to the headlight drive shaft that act like a clutch, of sorts. The plastic they're made of disintegrates over time, leaving the lights with no power to pop up. Got a rebuild kit from the Fiero Store (think sorta like SHO Source for Fieros), which included new gears and drive pins. We didn't use the new gears since the old ones were fine and I liked how they fit better than the reproductions. New drive pins and the headlights now work great. No more pulling over, popping the hood, and trying to help them up and hoping they lock

Here's a quick video of the difference and what happens to the drive pins when they get old...




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Those Popup headlights are awesome, very cool! Nice work Jim!

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