Archism #1: Proper Clutch Bleeding "Forget what the manuals tell you".
Archism #2: We all want Quality at a Low Price
Archism #3: Fiero Clutch - Pedal Install
Archism #4: Fiero Clutch - Symptoms and Cures
Archism #5: FIERO ENGINE REMOVAL
Archism #6: What's the best engine to use?
Archism #7: What is the cost to have you do the swap?
Clutch bleeding prodeedure
Price vs. Quality vs. Accuracy..... You tell me the correct balance.
The Vulture shops have it much easier. They can buy a kit of a car they think might become popular or they can wait Ďtil it is starting to catch on. They can usually buy that kit right from the originator, and usually very cheap, because the originator has a lot of money tied up and he needs to create some cash flow. The Vultures, having made a very small (relative) investment. Can set back "do a little advertizing" and "analyze the market" and "determine the demand" for the new product. Usually the originator will help in this endeavor, he will have to cross his fingers and hope that he is not Vulture "Road Kill" because he needs a return on his investment. The originator has to hope that if the kit does become popular that the Vulture, whom he has been helping in the promotion of the new kit, will not steel the design from him. Look around, in the magazines, there are very few kits for sale by the person who originated the design. The people selling them will claim to have done the original work but will not be able to answer accurately, when you ask pointed questions about the design etc. If the project doesn't catch on the Vulture can just sell the turn-key car he has built and move on. But if it catches on they can take right off from their elevated perch and swoop right down to out market & copy a kit they stole.
A guy in Vancouver B.C. bought a Stick shift V-8 kit from me in 1993. He wanted me to ship the kit to him C.O.D. so I shipped it C.O.D. CASH ONLY. I shipped it in 2 boxes about 2 days apart. The first box had all of the Custom adapters and mounts and the second box had the Custom Flywheel and a couple of smaller less important parts. When the boxes arrived in Canada, he accepted shipment and paid the C.O.D. on the first box. Upon inspecting the shipment he felt that he had all of the parts he needed to copy my kit so he refused shipment on the second box. He now sells a stick shift V-8 conversion kit, that he readily admits is a copy of my kit. That kit doesn't include the flywheel & sells for $ 550
USD. He tells his customers that the flywheel they need is such&such part number available from their Chevy dealer. Well that such&such part number doesn't even exist, the customers will at one point or another have to buy the F/W from me at $ 450 per. And Mike laughs all the way to the bank.
First of all, lets take a look at the differences between a steel and Aluminum pedal.
On the Alum pedal notice how the "U" shaped bracket is bent to where it is closer on the top as opposed to the bottom. Also notice how the axis of the pin on the left is
no longer parallel to the axis to the fulcrum at the top.
NOTE: I have found that a great source for the bushings is at you local speed shop. You can buy the Hurst Shifter Bushing Repair kit and have enough extra correct size bushings to last thru your next 5 Fieros.
I hesitate to call this an Archism 'cus some of the cures may well have been discussed by others long ago. However, I would like to make this letter reflect the collective knowledge of all those who have come before be they here, moved along or in Fiero heaven.
OBSERVATIONS I HAVE MADE ON THE WAY TO SOMEWHERE ELSE
A) Pontiac owners manual states that the Fiero clutch is self adjusting. In truth it is not adjustable.
On the question of engine choices see below:
Mike Pupillo's car .... is featured at his web site http://www.gcstation.net/~mpupillo/ , Mike is one of my first customers to use TPI and originally built the car 6 or 7 years ago.
Yes, we do V-8 conversions for Customers at our shop in Machesney Park, IL (just North of Rockford, IL. 70 miles WNW of Chicago).
There are any number of engines available either new or re-built from any number of different suppliers. You'll note that the above engines are all new Chevy crate engines. I'm not trying to discourage you from using a re-built engine but there are so many good re-built engines available from many sources that it would be impossible for me to detail them here. If you are pricing Re-built or other SBC engines, please use this statement as a guide. What does "Complete engine" mean? In our Master-Build V-8 kits we supply the Flywheel and the Harmonic Balancer Pulley. We consider a "Complete Engine" to be an engine that, with the addition of our F/W & H.B.P., would be able to run on it's own. If it's a Carbureted engine it would need to be a "Long Block" engine plus intake manifold, carb., air cleaner, distributor,