Just bought a 1985 Fiero GT 2M6

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    I just came back from a 4 hour trip that should have been a 20 minute trip. I picked up a black on grey 1985 GT 4spd with the 2.8 V6. Exterior is in very good condition (typical wear in typical places, like the edge of the sunroof). Interior is also in fairly good condition (again, typical wear on the left side of the driver's seat). My friend who rode with me (he owns a tidy MkII Supra) was extremly impressed on how well the car wrapped around corners and how being so close to the ground kinda made him feel uneasy haha. The engine has some very nice pull in 1,2 gears (3 or 4 couldnt be found... gotta have some fun with the linkages)

    Now for the fun stuff...
    -I need to fix the emergency brake. The cable has way too much slack and the "brake" light on the dash stays on and beeps.
    -The engine didn't like me today. At first, it stalled going up hills (rev's jsut kept dropping). Then, at the bottom of one hill, it stalled and didn't feel like starting back up again (electrical, presumeably... Alternator not charging/battery not holding charge... also a bit of a misfire in the ol' 2.8). It also ran a bit hot (who knows what that could be, but I'm shopping around for a new V6/V8 engine anyways)
    -Transmission. It's a 4spd. But only liked 1/2/R gears. I'll have to redo the linkages (any help from someone with Fiero experience in shift linkages would be greatly appreciated ). Other than that it shifted very nicely














    (engine coming out)


    Linkages need fixing


    Front suspension


    Rear suspension

    And just for fun, my roommates 84 2M4 and the engine going into it (3800 Series I)

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    Re: Just bought a 1985 Fiero GT 2M6

    Congrats on your new ride! I'd love to snag a Fiero GT (preferably with the T-Top) in the future but right now I need something more practical. Sigh. As for engines, if you're open for forced induction 4-bangers, might I suggest using a Saab turbo, LSJ unit from GMPP, or maybe even the LNF from a wrecked Kappa (assuming you don't want to order new). Then again, if you believe "there's no replacement for displacement", then I'd suggest anything from the LS-series of engines, or if you're feeling adventurous maybe even try to retrofit the 5.3L AFM.
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    Re: Just bought a 1985 Fiero GT 2M6

    Quote Originally Posted by Aerodynamix
    Congrats on your new ride! I'd love to snag a Fiero GT (preferably with the T-Top) in the future but right now I need something more practical. Sigh. As for engines, if you're open for forced induction 4-bangers, might I suggest using a Saab turbo, LSJ unit from GMPP, or maybe even the LNF from a wrecked Kappa (assuming you don't want to order new). Then again, if you believe "there's no replacement for displacement", then I'd suggest anything from the LS-series of engines, or if you're feeling adventurous maybe even try to retrofit the 5.3L AFM.
    Thanks!
    I'm definitey open to 4-bangers. I would LOVE to put in an LNF or an LSJ, but the wiring harnesses for hooking up an Ecotec look a bit on the crazy side. I was reading one guy had put in an Ecotec and 5spd from an Ion Redline (with the LSD) and said it was an absolute blast.

    An LS/LT V8 would be a bit on the crazy side, but that is fine with me . I did have a deal for a 305 worked out, but it was sold before i had a chance to look at it. An LS4 with the 6spd G6 manual transmission would be my fiirst choice. I would like to find a way to hack into the AFM logarithms to basically make it operate at a flip of a switch (a Fiero doesn't really need 300hp to get around 95% of the time haha)

    The easiest swaps would be 3800 Series II, or a 3.1/3.4. There are plenty around my area, so finding a suitable engine and parts would not be a problem.

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    Re: Just bought a 1985 Fiero GT 2M6

    Congrats man! You're one of the last few true GM fans. Even after that trip home you're excited about the car! I love it! I think it's a Fiero thing... I blew my motor 1000 kms after buying an '84 2M4 in college, and still loved it, and would buy another! Can't wait to see pictures! Good luck, and enjoy!
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    Re: Just bought a 1985 Fiero GT 2M6

    www.fiero.nl

    Go there. Lots of good info and discussion.

    Have fun with the Fiero. They can be a huge pain in the arse, but when they're running... they're amazing.


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    Owner of a 1987 Pontiac Fiero coupe', currently waiting to be fixed.

    Edit to add: Fiero's always seem to run a bit hot. There are replacement thermostats to fix that. Also keep in mind that the guages on Fieros usually aren't working properly.
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    Re: Just bought a 1985 Fiero GT 2M6

    Quote Originally Posted by paul8488
    Congrats man! You're one of the last few true GM fans. Even after that trip home you're excited about the car! I love it! I think it's a Fiero thing... I blew my motor 1000 kms after buying an '84 2M4 in college, and still loved it, and would buy another! Can't wait to see pictures! Good luck, and enjoy!
    Haha thanks again. I've been tool by way too many people in my program that I am too diehard GM (friends' cars range from Mk2/3 supras, Datsuns, Mustangs, even the odd neon and buick). I've been looking for quite a while for either a 3rd gen F-Body or a Fiero, and found an amazing deal on this one. Between my shifts at the plant and 2 other jobs, and school in the fall I hope to have everything running with whatever motor I can find by the end of the upcoming school year.

    My roommate has an '84 2M4 sitting in our garage right now. We have a 5spd and a Spec clutch sitting in our living room and a 3800 Series I on the engine stand in the garage. We're just waiting for a couple guys to come back from vacation so we can pull the ol' duke out of there.


    Quote Originally Posted by King Riffle
    www.fiero.nl

    Go there. Lots of good info and discussion.

    Have fun with the Fiero. They can be a huge pain in the arse, but when they're running... they're amazing.


    -Riffle
    Owner of a 1987 Pontiac Fiero coupe', currently waiting to be fixed.

    Edit to add: Fiero's always seem to run a bit hot. There are replacement thermostats to fix that. Also keep in mind that the guages on Fieros usually aren't working properly.
    Thanks for the tip, I will look into a replacement thermostat as well as working with some of the electronics. Looks like the fan might not be working properly. I also planned on changing out the alternator/battery as well. And it was running fairly hot as the car stalled coming up a hill. Once I got out of the car fluid was overflowing, so we had to push 'er up a hill (luckily enough, we got help from a guy who actually happened to be a Fiero owner as well haha). It should have been a very short drive (middle of Whitby to the north end of Oshawa) but it obviously didn't turn out to be haha.
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    www.fierostore.com

    Another good website. You'll probably use them quite a bit.
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    Re: Just bought a 1985 Fiero GT 2M6

    Your thread got me looking at Fieros on eBay and there are some damn nice ones for sale, as well as a few that need lots of TLC. I would love to build one up with an LSJ.
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    Re: Just bought a 1985 Fiero GT 2M6

    I gotta tell you guys, Pontiac was really on to something in the 1980's with the Fiero, the Turbo T/A, and the Banshee Concept. Into the 90's and up to the Solstice, GM just let this enthusiasm die. Pontiac need to find the gut to do cars like these again. It kept them from going under by maintaining a bold dare-to be- different sporty image, and it really worked.
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    Re: Just bought a 1985 Fiero GT 2M6

    Haha yeah.. Fieros are pretty much one way or another... Mint and relatively costly.. or not so mint (faded panels, very rusty frame). A forced induction ecotec would be the perfect balance between streetable and trackable (as well as tuneable). V6's are dirty cheap and aplenty. V8's are just plain over the top () and really spark my fire.

    I have always been a diehard Pontiac fan. Trans Am GTA's, LS1/LT1 Firebirds, Turbo Sunbirds, heck, even the Quad4 5spd Grand Am GT's were fun rides. Pontiac has a lot of heritage to play on. For a lot of us in my age group (18-25), we didn't really know much of the not-so-awesome plain Jane 80's/90's Pontiacs (and GM's in general). I grew up in a GM family. All the cars that I got to drive on a regular basis have been pretty much hand-me-down Pontiacs (Sunbird, GP, Grand Am now), so you could say I've "endured the worst" haha.

    I still hold hope for the return of the "true" Wide-Track Pontiacs, powerful and efficient motors in relatively compact cars, RWD-based core lineup (fullsize RWD Bonneville/Catalina/G8/GTO coupe with V6/V8, midsize RWD/AWD Grand Prix/Tempest/G6/Firebird coupe with I4/V6/forced induction), a FWD compact (FWD Grand Am/somehtingBird/somethingFire with range of Ecotecs for the performance tuner crowd), and a lightweight coupe/roadster halo (either Kappa-like or Opel Speedster-like). Hopefully my Auto Eng degree will lead me to having a hand in some future Pontiacs

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