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post #1 of 10 Old 05-14-2012, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Finally got my dream car!

Call me crazy but it's not some exotic, supercar, hyper rare muscle car or even a new car, it's just a little old Fiero. 87 GT to be exact. I've wanted one since I was a kid but could never find one at a condition/price I was willing to pay for until recently. I was stuck on 88's for a while until I found out lowering and rim/tire choices were much easier/better with the pre 88 suspension. Sold my little Mitsubishi truck for what I needed to obtain it and picked it up. 218K and still runs great. All stock, mechanically pretty sound (needs brakes and bearing on AC compressor), completely intact and rather unmolested, (fire suppression system installed by previous owner to compete in autocross). Came with a new no name t3/4 hybrid turbo still in plastic which I sold for enough to score a decent 3800 supercharged engine from a Riviera. Interior has the usual interior issues with the plastic warping around the console but that's about it. Fairly clean and no cracks rips or tears.





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I'm getting my GTO and Z28 back up to par so it's going to stay as is for a while. Rebuilding the LS2 in the GTO and returning it to stock now and will be putting the cam etc in a 5.3L I picked up for the Camaro. GTO should be back on the road this week, hopefully next month the Z will breathe again. For the meantime I'm loving my little "mini DeLorean", it's not as fast as the GTO or Camaro (was) but is more fun to drive than either so far. I plan on hopping the 3.8 a tad to around the 325-350 HP area with the trans out of the Rivieria (paddle shifted) and some suspension mods and using it as my corner carving turn burner. LSx power would be nice but the 3800 swap is much easier and cheaper and should be plenty fast. Maybe for my second Fiero........

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Awesome! Love the Fieros that thing should scream with the blown 3.8



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I used to have an 86 2m4... Black.. i loved that little car!

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It looks pretty clean! I still want a Grand National, thats my dream car.

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That little Fiero is gonna scream with that blown 6 in it! Are you going to kit out the body? There's loads of exotic body kits for it, interiors too.

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When I was growing up a guy down the street from me had one with a V8 in it with a pretty healthy sounding cam and I use to just drool over that every time he drove bye and swore that I would own one some day.

How hard is the swap?
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That little Fiero is gonna scream with that blown 6 in it! Are you going to kit out the body? There's loads of exotic body kits for it, interiors too.
I will change the interior with one of Amida F355 kits just because the interior design leaves alot to be desired but I'll not install Ferrari badges, but as far as the body goes It's staying Pontiac. Going to add a hood vent for stability (front end gets very light at highway speeds) and the side vents for functional ram air and an intercooler and upgrade to the HID headlight buckets to improve lighting while keeping the flip up headlights.

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When I was growing up a guy down the street from me had one with a V8 in it with a pretty healthy sounding cam and I use to just drool over that every time he drove bye and swore that I would own one some day.

How hard is the swap?
For the 3800 not to bad they're about the same size. I can either make custom motor and trans mounts or buy those already fabbed up. Same with the wiring. It's such a common swap that there are plenty of conversion harnesses and mount kits for this swap. Since the whole cradle drops from the bottom fairly easy once you have the mounts it's almost a direct swap. Gotta custom make an axleshaft from 2 different ones but from what I've researched it shouldn't be very tough. Kind of similar to changing a 6cyl car to a V8 car, mounts and harnesses mostly. Fits quite well.

For the LS engines or most other V8's it's a bit different. Have to have all sorts of custom stuff done. Battery relocation, decklid hinges modified, mounts, narrow harmonic balancer, electric water pumps mounted on firewalls or extended pulleys passing through the wheelwell or in LS applications modified LS4 waterpumps, notches here and there, intakes flipped around (LS's), adapter plates for transmissions. There's kits for them too but they require more and are a bit more expensive. All doable by DIYers but a bit more involved. Carbed SBC's are the easiest of V8 swaps and most common followed by Northstars, LT1's, then LS's. The hardest part used to be FWD transmissions that would hold up, now there's quite a few and adapters on the market for them all from V8archie and quite a few others.

I chose the SC3800 because it's the first one I found cheap of the candidates and is easier/cheaper than most of the V8 installs, and it should provide plenty of power to go quite fast.

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Great looking car, careful on the road the Fiero is so low people in SUV's have a hard time seeing them in the blind spot.
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Great looking car, careful on the road the Fiero is so low people in SUV's have a hard time seeing them in the blind spot.
But head-on accidents are cool, because it's a wedge, and people fly off like rain on the windshield.

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