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March 29th, 2005, 4:47PM
I know, I know...
Edited on: March 29th, 2005 at 4:48PM
     It's been too ling since I have updated, I know... I've been a pretty busy guy though. In the off season, I bought a house. So that's been keeping me too busy and too broke to do anything. For now, she is sitting at my parents house awaiting some attention.
     I just read through some of my older posts and realized I hadn't updated anyone on the latest folly. I have an exhaust valve stuck or leaking. I don't know if this is some ill effects from the front bank lifter problem or not, so I have decided that I need to drop the motor again. Will it ever end? I doubt it... I need to pull the valve covers off and make sure I am getting oil to the front bank before I do anything else. From there, I'm hoping that I can just replace the cam/lifters/pushrods and be done with it, but with my luck, I'll need a rebuild again. Or I'll break another dipstick... I'll let you all know what I find.
September 7th, 2004, 12:43PM
Edited on: September 7th, 2004 at 2:57PM
     So in true FieroJoe style, I couldn't be one week away from a show without having some major problem, right? Well, the Fiero Dutch Classic V is no exception. For a while now, my valves have been ticking. It seems in the past couple weeks, the tick has gotten louder, and louder, so I decided to do something about it. On the 5th, I tore the valve covers off and proceded to readjust the valves. I did some research on it this time because I have adjusted these very same valves 3 times before without getting the tick out of them, which lead me to believe I was doing something wrong. This time I followed the Crane Cams directions, which made SO much more sense than the Haynes manual's method. I got the rear bank done with no problem, and went to the front bank. There, I discovered 6 collapsed lifters! Six of them. All six on the front bank were bad. "ARG!" I exclaimed in disbelief! So I tore the manifold off and replaced them, only to start the car at 10:30PM to find the tick is only a little quieter. Just quiet enough to where I can hear another tick that I had never heard before. It's bigger than a valve but sounds too small to be my ageless foe, the rod bearing. So I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm sure the cam has some abnormal wear from the lifters, so maybe I should replace it, but I don't see that happening before the show...  
May 25th, 2004, 11:00AM
Back from Carlisle
Edited on: May 25th, 2004 at 11:03AM
     Well, we didn't get to take the '85 GT to Carlisle, so we took my good 'ol '86 instead. There were several things I wanted to get done before we left, and one of them was new brake pads all around. Well, it came around to the back sides with only a handful of hours left before I had to leave for the show, and I noticed my back left side caliper is not compressing. The diagnosis? Collapsed flex line. Lucky for me I had a set of Earl's braded steel lines only 15 minutes away at Holly's house. So I popped the new one on and went about my way.
     The trip went flawlessly, except for my major sunburn... On the way home, she ran a little hot going up some of the mountains, so I think I'm running a little lean. Other than that, we put 800ish miles on the car without incident. Pics of Carlisle will be up soon.
     So now that Carlisle is behind me, I'm looking forward to things I have to get done before the Dutch Classic. Little things like A/C... From there, I'm replacing the doors, some interior work, and hopefully get a hood and fascia. I'll keep you updated!
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