Friday, March 18, 2016

What Could Have Been: 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT V8

The Pontiac Fiero was introduced by General Motors for the 1984 model year as the American answer to foreign born compact sporty-cars.  No, not sports cars, but sporty-cars -- the Fiero was never intended to compete with the Corvette and ultimately that is what held it back.  In the same way that the 914/Boxster could never be as fast/powerful as the 911, the Fiero was held back at the starting gate and forced to run on 3 legs...but that doesn't mean you can't buy a race winning Fiero today.  Find this 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT V8 Conversion offered for $10,000 in Fargo, ND via craigslist.


This Fiero GT started life as a V6 (or iron duke inline-4) powered fastback, but it has been given a thorough make over, starting with a custom fiberglass nose and flush mounted non pop-up headlights -- all of which is covered with a two tone paint job -- personally I think it is an improvement over the stock Fiero looks.


Situated behind the driver, but in front of the rear wheels, is an LT1 V8 from a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette that is mounted to the Fiero transmission via a V8 Archie adapter kit.  Expect something around 350 horsepower from the 5.7 liter lump of American iron -- a significant upgrade from stock.


The inside features a few custom bits including an aftermarket (Grant) steering wheel, wood dash accents, and aftermarket temp/volt/oil press gauges in the stock Fiero gauge pod.  The normally gigantic Fiero shifter is toned down with a short shifter and custom knob/boot.


See a better example of what the Fiero should have been? tips@dailyturismo.com

8 comments:

  1. The writing in yellow says it all.

    Seductive, but see the STD test results before diving in. as it were.

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  2. Twice the fire, twice the fun. Literally speaking of course.

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  3. My God, the exhaust actually has cats!

    Of course, they're the kind that won't be smog-legal in CA unless they were made before 2008.

    Would be better with an aluminum LS1/LS3/LS6 of course, but for what it is it looks pretty good.

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    1. This one does look well done compared to most hacked-in swaps we find on CL.

      For my time/money though, I'd want an LS4 - the only GenIII+ engine designed for transverse applications.

      This guy seems to have done a very thorough conversion:

      http://ls1tech.com/forums/conversions-hybrids/1588653-88-fiero-formula-ls4-f40-6-speed-swap.html

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    2. Correct me if im wrong but i think the ls4 will only mount to one transmission, and its autotragic. If this kit will mount a older 350 sideways it will probably work with an ls, although it probably requires a special flywheel, which runs about $600

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    3. Correct me if im wrong but i think the ls4 will only mount to one transmission, and its autotragic. If this kit will mount a older 350 sideways it will probably work with an ls, although it probably requires a special flywheel, which runs about $600

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    4. No, the LS4 shares its bell pattern with various FWD 3.1/3.4/3.8 V6s (and, I think, the Shortstar from the Olds Aurora).

      GM did a version of the F40 6-speed transaxle for the V6-powered Pontiac G6 GXP. So an LS4 will bolt up directly to that transaxle.

      There were a bunch of new-on-pallet G6 F40s on eBay a couple years ago for relative peanuts. There's also a Quaife differential available for it.

      That transaxle was used in a few curious applications, in the US V6 form it was a pretty wide-ratio box (which is certainly fine for a V8 Fiero) but there were also versions used in various Opel/Vauxhall models, the only one that could be considered 'close ratio' was used in a couple FWD Alfas.

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  4. A ginourmous super charger sticking out of the hood would only block the view behind you, which with a ginourmous supercharger would be irrelevant.

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