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General Fiero Discussion / Thermostat housing cap
« on: Today at 07:13:09 PM »
This is the cap from TFS.  What do you think?

General Discussion / Kids' Robots
« on: November 19, 2017, 06:57:20 PM »
In AHG, my daughter's group made robots.  Some were made from old spools of thread, but this one is supposed to clean the floor.

General Fiero Discussion / What's in your toolkit?
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:13:08 PM »
I have some specialty tools for the wiper arms and certain bolts, as well as drivers for most of the common screws.  I also have a Scorpion charger, a flat repair kit, and 2 spare ICMs.  A few other things, too.

Tech Tips, Tech Questions / Exhaust gaskets?
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:56:38 PM »
Are there gaskets between the manifolds and the Y-pipe, or how do you get rid of the leaks?

Tech Tips, Tech Questions / Thoughts on using brass?
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:22:46 PM »
Has anyone used or considered brass nuts for the EGR?  For that matter, for the exhaust bolts/nuts?

Maybe I'm crazy, but I HATE rust!  I don't want to have it, and CERTAINLY don't want to SEE it.

Tech Tips, Tech Questions / Oil pressure sender
« on: November 12, 2017, 01:55:59 PM »
What are the symptoms, when the oil pressure sender goes bad?

General Fiero Discussion / Manuals
« on: November 12, 2017, 10:00:08 AM »
I have 3 '88 service manuals, and an owner's manual, and a maintenance schedule.

I have several sets of '86 owner's manuals, a service manual, 2 DIY books, a maintenance schedule, a supplemental book, and an owner's manual update book.

Where is the rest of that stuff for the '88?

General Fiero Discussion / Parts inventory
« on: November 11, 2017, 11:21:17 PM »
Tomorrow, I'm going to organize and sort my Fiero parts.  I've lost track of parts I know I have, and need to consolidate the mess.  I have a 10'x13' room full of parts, a 13'x4' area full of parts, some parts in the basement, and a storage room (10'x7.5') with Fiero parts.  I'm hoping to consolidate to 1 area.  No telling what I'll find.  The sad thing is that I already removed 2 pickup truck loads, last year.

I need to make room for some stuff that will be arriving eventually.

In the room behind the Fiero stuff is my old computer stuff.  IIRC, 30-something desktops from the 8088 to some P4's, an old Sinclair, a bunch of LaserJet 4's, a photo printer, some 15” monitors, and some old servers.  And probably my bear rug.  And a collection of scratch'n'sniff books.  Maybe.  I suspect my old RC cars are in there, along with my old models and woodworking projects, and probably the leather-working tools.

General Discussion / Fierofool's ”Winter Program”?
« on: November 09, 2017, 06:10:17 PM »

I didn't know this was a year that was divisible by 4, though.

General Discussion / Holey CREATURE!
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:49:41 PM »
Over the years, many things seem to be full of holes.  I was thinking about this as I had to deal with the apparent hole in my fuel tank.  It used to leak out the hole at a rate of about .056GPM, but lately, it's about .062GPM.  This .006GPM may not seem like much, but it decreases my range by about 150 miles.

I thought about it some more, and realized that this problem extends to my fridge.  No matter how many times I fill it up, it's presently empty.

As I've grown older, I realize that my clothes just aren't as good as they used to be.  When I was a child, I could put a quarter in my pocket, and the quarter would still be there a week later.  The clothes now lose hundreds of dollars a week.  I guess there are holes in my pockets.  I've found that the holes in the pockets can be used to fill the holes in the knees.

Thinking of clothes, there seems to be a hole in either the washer or the dryer, because they exact a 40% toll on socks.  No water leaks out--just socks.

My car seems to be a bottomless pit.  No matter how much money I put into it, it's never enough, and only a portion can ever be retrieved.

My wallet also has a hole.  I can put money in, but keeping it in is harder, because the money seems to be on a spring; the more you put in, the faster is pops back out.  I've tried reorientating my wallet, but maybe a zipper would help.

Of course, this got me thinking of the root problem, which is that banks have holes, also.  Over the years, I've put a lot of money into banks, not that I have much to show for it.

Actually, not everything seems to have holes.  For example, trash cans apparently have no holes whatsoever.  In fact, many things put in trash cans seem to increase, over time.  Maybe, rather than putting money into banks, I should put it in trash cans.

General Fiero Discussion / Strut covers
« on: November 02, 2017, 06:54:21 PM »
I'd seen some really nice strut covers for the pre-'88, but couldn't figure out how to make them for the '88.  I'd still like a set of the pre-'88 strut covers, but they are no longer being made.

I did find that Rodney just released these.  I'm curious how they'd look.

General Discussion / Old MacDonald had a FARM
« on: October 31, 2017, 09:11:45 PM »
I don't know what sort of farm this was.  The highlight of the day on the farm where I grew up was usually the scolding I got, if the cow kicked the milk bucket, or put her foot in the bucket. Of course, there were the guineas (annoying birds), the occasional cow that got loose, the goat getting loose, or the rooster on the rooftop, and things of that sort.

This MacDonald had himself quite a farm.  The quartet stopped by and sang some, including this song.  One of the quartet members is very good with sounds.  For example, in past performances of this song, he could imitate a chicken after it laid an egg, or if there was a predator, or if it was establishing pecking order.  He could mimic any farm animal sound, and lots of other creatures, as well.

Ol' MacDonald's farm went through some changes, this go-'round.  No chickens, cows, or any of the usual things.  Nope, probably the old man himself skadoodled.  This farm was home to a screech owl that'd make the hairs raise on the back of your neck, send the dog into hiding, and give the kids nightmares.  But that's not all.  This farm must've been flooded, because it's also home to a humpback whale.  That darn whale didn't want to be a loner, apparently, because he made a tolerable facsimile of a mating call.  Probably not the company he wants, but the farm was also home to one T-Rex.  And he's a-hungry.  That T-Rex call, with the amplification of the sound system, was a fearsome thing.

I have nothing against farms, but I'm glad this one was just a song.

General Fiero Discussion / Valve cover bolt source?
« on: October 29, 2017, 08:29:52 AM »
Where do you get valve cover bolts?  Yep, VALVE COVER BOLTS.  For the V6.

I did read both of the threads below:

TFS, WCF, BTR, and Rodney don't appear to have them.  I guess I could try TFF.

I tried the Beretta 2.8, the Celebrity 2.8, the S10 2.8, the Camaro 3.4, and the Camaro 2.8.  Apparently, only the Fiero used these particular valve cover bolts.  I found various studs, some bolts with grommets, but not these dandies.  I guess I could have a sleeve made.

General Fiero Discussion / Dumpster diving
« on: October 28, 2017, 01:01:41 PM »
The GM stores here are getting rid of old parts inventory.  I spent some time this am pawing through boxes of stuff.  I didn't have much time, so I grabbed likely looking stuff.  I didn't find anything I was specifically looking for, but some odds and ends.  I'll try out some parts when it warms up.  I found the shock absorber that goes between the bed and cab on certain late '70's pickups, some misc bolts for the Fiero, and one thing for my truck.  I found NOS bolts for Fiero tail lights, along with flip nuts for the decklid vents.

Some people were just grabbing belts.  I'm not sure I want old belts.

There was a lot of 3800 stuff, lots of Pontiac stuff, and lots of Saturn stuff.

The first location's parts department was closed today, but I had the help of an older guy (parts dept employee) at the second location.  Some of the parts aren't even in their system.

General Discussion / Coolant is HOT!
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:43:21 PM »
I guess I should've learned.  A mazda overheated, and I was going to help.  I opened the hood.  One of the coolant hoses looked odd, and I squeezed the hose.  The hose ruptured, and I got a squirt of hot coolant.  I turned my head, but didn't get my hand out of the way in time. It's 38 degrees here, so I cooled my hard off on the guardrail.  I removed the hose, and the hose was completely blocked.  It looked as if the hose's inner layer was blocking the flow of coolant.  I gave the woman a ride to the autoparts store, where she bought a new hose and some coolant.  When we got back to the car, we replaced the hose and filled up the coolant, and she was on her way.

This is not the first mazda I've encountered with this issue.  Last time, someone was standing behind me, and I was only able to turn partially, but couldn't move backward.  I got my hand and arm covered with hot coolant.  It was summer, and I couldn't turn the handle on the door to get to cold anything.

I've helped this lady before.  I told her it's time to get a different car--one not made by mazda.  Unfortunately, her mazda isn't paid off.  After the most recent car fire, she found out that, even in perfect condition, the mazda is worth less than what she owes, a condition called being ”upside down”.  I told her that she should pay for full coverage, and just let it burn, next time it catches on fire.

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