Wednesday, August 5, 2020

No Longer Hot-Headed, But Always Unyielding

I have been told that KARR is just like his owner, maybe so. ๐Ÿ˜Ž  Troy called me yesterday afternoon and said that KARR was ready to be picked up. 

He had been in the shop because he kept overheating and then pissing all over my garage floor. It turns out he had burst the rear lower inlet coolant hose. Troy was not able to source a replacement, so I immediately ordered the 85-87 V6 coolant hose kit from The Fiero Store.

Monday, August 3, 2020

It's My Birthday And I'll Buy What I Want To

For the last two months I have been spending money like a rock star๐Ÿค˜buying whatever I think KARR might need. This post will cover all of the stuff I have sitting in the garage waiting to be installed on KARR. This is not everything I have purchased though, as some of it has already been covered in previous posts. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜

The first group of items were ordered from The Fiero Store.  These are parking light lens screws.

These are replacement screws for the headlight bezel.

These are bump stops for the headlight covers.

I ordered Pontiac Fiero Popup Headlight Bumpers from ebay.

I ordered a foam cannon and wheel cleaner from HydroSilex.

I placed another large order with The Fiero Store, ordering everything else I thought KARR might need.  These are replacement mirror glass.

This is a battery insulation kit.

This is a plastic shield for the battery.

Upper radiator seal.

11 piece fastener and molding removal tool set.

Side mirror gaskets.

Removable front license plate holder to replace the one I have now that folds up and under KARR.

Battery retainer hold down and bolt.

Engine oil cap.

Grease fitting caps.

Front and rear wheel well fender nuts.

Cowl screen retainers.

Front and rear wheel well liner screws.

Hood to cowl bumpers.

Plastic cold air intake grille screws and nuts.

Parking brake switch.

I ordered replacement clips for the wheel well liners and splash shields from Amazon.

I ended up having to place another order with The Fiero Store after KARR decided to overheat and burst one of his coolant hoses.  I decided to replace all the coolant hoses right away.

In searching for a replacement aero nose, I came across the now-defunct Fiero Fiberglass which has been rebranded JES Cerakoting.  They no longer make fiberglass panels but they do still have a few odds and ends that KARR needed.  First is the hood latch seal.

Fiero sun roof hold down seals.

I needed this Fiero mouse pad for the garage.

I realized that the upper radiator seal did not come with clips and uses the same clips as the front cowl, so I was forced to place yet another order with The Fiero Store.

Replacement screws for the side marker lights.

Fiero ECM Code Reader.

I ordered a 2.8 Fiero ICM to Coil Cable from Red Devil River.

There's more on the way... ๐Ÿ˜

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Still Hot-Headed And Yet Spoiled With A Front Wheel Well Makeover

On Monday night July 13th, just before my latest parts purchasing binge, I pulled KARR's battery to see just how badly the battery tray was rusted. It's fairly rusted but still solid, so a treatment with POR-15 will save and protect it. I did however order some replacement battery tray related parts which I will highlight in an upcoming post.

Hot-Headed But Still Got A Rear Wheel Well Makeover And A True Cold Air Intake

On Friday, July 10th, KARR overheated on my way home from work.   My first thought was that the thermostat did not open up, but I was puzzled as to why the coolant overflow reservoir was empty.  We started searching for leaks but could not find any.  I placed a fan blowing air across the engine to help cool it down.  I know this was completely unnecessary but it was disconcerting how hot to the touch it was.  I called Troy and he suggested I check the thermostat, but I had to wait for the engine to cool down as it was far too hot to open up.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

KARR's Exhaust Comparison - Stock vs Ocelot

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KARR's New Exhaust

I purchased the stainless steel Ocelot exhaust from the Fiero Store to replace my deteriorating stock exhaust. The description on their website reads: 
The Ocelot exhaust allows your Fiero to breathe better by reducing back pressure. You will notice a deeper, richer tone as well as improved fuel economy. The system is made from 2" T-409 stainless steel pipe leading into a custom built, free flow stainless muffler. Each system includes dual twin polished stainless tips. These tips are the same that GM uses on the Bonneville GXP's. Stainless clamps included with each system.
Needless to say I was excited to get this new setup!