atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

Car repair, part 1

So I've got a couple cars that I need to fix.

One is my 1986 Fiero SE, a non-running car I bought specifically in order to repair, modify, and restore to operating condition.

The other is my 1995 Escort, which I had hoped to drive "to the moon"--250,000 miles. I got 104,000 and change before the accident in December which totaled it....

The saga of the 1986 Fiero is a long one. Originally I bought it in June of 2003, for the princely sum of $450, delivered. It had everything I wanted: power windows and locks, V6, auto, full gauges, cruise control, moon roof...everything.

I started working on the car almost immediately and learned (fairly quickly) that I was not allowed to do major engine work on a car in my apartment building. The car's engine, at 85 thousand miles, was totally shot, and in need of replacement; I thought I could get a junkyard motor that would do the job rather nicely. However, removing the engine was right out.

Then, in late July of 2003, I broke my little finger while helping a neighbor. That made me unable to work on ANYTHING until late October; and for a variety of reasons the entire project then lapsed for a year while I moved back to Illinois and tried to reassemble my life.

In June of 2004 I got a new engine for the '86--a 2.8 liter V6 from a 1988 Fiero--for free; all I had to do was pick it up. I jumped on it, and bought an engine stand to put it on, and disassembled it.

In October of 2004 I finally dragged the car here, renting a two-wheel tow dolly from U-haul and pulling the car behind my Dad's van. I got the engine out, too.

Over the course of the next year I got the damaged rear clip off and got a new one to put in its place, but I found some rust in the rear frame rails, and that rust needs fixing before I put the new rear clip on.

The engine needs $400 in parts, plus some machine work. I expect work on the engine to start soon, hopefully in May.

So that's the extremely condensed version of the Fiero Saga.

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