What is it about Fieros that makes them so interesting, so collectible, so…addicting? I feel like the Pontiac Fiero is a truly unique vehicle. It’s uniqueness is what makes it so novel and so much fun. It is, after all, the only 2 seat, rear-mid engine sports coupe ever manufactured in the United States. Think about that for a moment. It’s almost unbelievable that the Fiero holds that distinction.
Combined with the fact that the Fiero is a blast to drive, it’s uniqueness draws people to it. It also has a kit-car feel to it that is supported by a small but dedicated aftermarket. It almost seems like the perfect “project car” because it’s so easy to modify and tinker with.
Finally, like almost any car (or person for that matter), it’s the flaws of the Pontiac Fiero that really give it character and personality. It’s fun to talk about the history of the car and how “they all catch on fire”. It makes it just a little more special that they are quirky and require persistent maintenance. Almost like the classic British autos, you have to really know a Fiero and be willing to work on it to keep one on the road.
All in all, the Fiero is a fun, quirky, special little sports car that has captured the interest of thousands of enthusiasts. Embrace the Pontiac Fiero for what it is, and it’s inherent personality will engage you and draw you in. Enjoy your Fiero and revel in it’s uniqueness, regardless of its character flaws.
Well, it’s been a long time, so I thought I would update the site. I actually forgot about it for a while ha ha. Anyway, The block ended up being cracked on the Fiero, so after all the work of the head gasket replacement, it still wouldn’t run. Out of frustration, I sold it soon after that.
A lot has happened since then, but it hasn’t diminished my Fiero addiction. I will soon be moving back to a house with a garage, and I’m already planning my next Fiero purchase. I will definitely keep the site updated as my passion for this oddball car continues…
I made lots of progress on Project Fiero today, and I’m almost ready to take the head out to take it to the machine shop. I wasn’t going to do this at first, but I figured it’s good insurance. I’ve got lots of good pics, and I’m looking forward to doing the complete write up on the head gasket replacement.
On a different note, I’m going back and forth a lot on what I want to do with the car. I’ve now decided against the GT body parts, but I still want to paint it silver. I may not go with the “all Pontiac” theme either, but we’ll see. Once I get the car running and driving, new wheels will be one of my first purchases. Wheels really set the tone for the project, so a lot will depend on that. Here are the type of wheels I’m leaning toward at the moment. I think I like the DR8 the best.
I wasn’t feeling to well last night, and I didn’t sleep much. The outcome of my sleepless night was positive, though – a direction for my Project Fiero. Several different factors contributed to my newfound insight on what I want the car to be:
- The demise of Pontiac this year
- The fact that the Fiero was the most innovative car produced by Pontiac
- Pontiac has always been my “favorite” car brand
Put these things together, and you get a very “Pontiac” feel, dont you? Therefore, I decided to keep the theme all Pontiac. Everything on the car will either be manufactured by Pontiac, or Pontiac “inspired”. Grand Am wheels, for example, rather than aftermarket ones. An upgraded interior from a Pontiac Firebird is another possibility. I would also like to play with the emblams a little, but I plan on keeping it tasteful. Overall, I still need to keep this project inexpensive and within my capabilities, so there won’t be anything too crazy.
I also determined that despite what I said elsewhere on this site, my favorite Fiero was my 1985 GT – a notchback with GT fascia and ground effects. That’s what I’m going to replicate with Project Fiero, so there will be a little more work than I originaly planned. I think it will be worth it. Here are a few pics of the 85 GT:
I didn’t have a lot of time today, but I was able to start on the dissasembly of the top of the engine. The engine looks very clean overall, and not abused or neglected. There were signs of a minor oil leak, but nothing that concerns me.
The first thing I did was drain the oil to see how it looked. It definitely had that chocolate-milky look indicative of a blown head gasket. Oh, well – the previous owner told me about that, so no surprises.
I really didn’t get to far into the tear-down, but I’m taking pictures as I go, and I’m planning on doing a step-by-step how to regarding the head gasket replacement. Hopefully, it will be a good resource for other Fiero enthusiasts in the future.
I’m really ready to get this car going. Due to the holidays and other commitments, I haven’t been able to turn a wrench on it yet! I’m ready to work on the car, get it running, and drive it! Already my hotrod instincts have kicked in, and I’m starting to consider modifying things that I had planned on keeping stock. 17 inch wheels would handle better and fit larger brakes, after all. And if I love the Firebird interior so much, why not? Hmm…I’m not sure where this project will take me, but one thing is for sure – I’m ready to get started! It won’t be long now….
I was able to get the car registered today, which is fantastic. Getting the car in my name is my first priority before investing time or money in a project. One reason why this is significant is because I had a Fiero a few years ago (which also had a blown head gasket), and after spending hours of my time working on the car, I realized I couldn’t get the title.
So, in any case, the first step has been taken. I’m looking forward to completing the mechanical repairs very soon to get this car back on the road!