Fiero Restoration PT 1
this is my 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT. i bought it in New Jersey and that is
where it spent its life until now. i bought it on April 27, 2010 and this
is the first video i made of it. im working on cleaning it up, and makeing
it look good. this video is intended to show it in the condition i bought
it in, and will post videos of everything i do to the car.
Fiero Wins King Of The Hill
9/12/09 Spectator race at autocityspeedway. Only street cars with not made
for racing tires, one lap, double elimination. Winner gets $500 everyone
else gets a $50 gas card.
7 Cool Upgrades For Your Fiero
This video is the product of having people ask for a demonstration of the
center console subwoofer, mostly how it sounds, the fitment in the center
console and how close it gets to the driver's arm. Of course with any
camera-recorded music it doesn't quite do it justice, but we think you'll
be able to get a better idea of how well the subwoofer box works!
You can learn more details and get pricing information on the 7 cool
1. LED Driving Lights:
2. LED Sidemarker Lights:
3. Side Mirror Diffusers:
4. 4x10 Into 4" Speaker Adapters:
5. CD Player Install Kit:
6. Fiero Center Console Subwoofer Box:
7. Fiero LED Dome Light Kit:
Pontiac Fiero NHTSA Frontal Crash Test
This is one of the original crash test videos for the Pontiac Fiero. In
this video, dummies were restrained with the factory seatbelts.
"Fieros are deathtraps!" Not hardly......
Many people think that the Pontiac Fiero is an unsafe vehicle due to its
small size. It turns out that the Fiero was the safest vehicle ever tested
by the NHTSA without airbags. It was the second safest vehicle on the road
in 1985, second to the Volvo DL Wagon. The DL had airbags. Even by today's
standards, the Fiero still rivals many newer vehicles on the road today.
The methods of testing are exactly the same in 2010 as they were back in
1979 when NHTSA began testing cars. Cars are tested by impacting a solid
barrier at 35 MPH.
The Fiero received a 5 star crash rating for both driver and passenger. A
5-star rating means a 10% or lower chance of serious injury. So 5-star
means the same now as it meant 25 years ago.
Here are a few comparisons:
1984 Pontiac Fiero
Head Injury Criterion: 356.5/308.6
Chest Deceleration (G): 30.9/29.9
Femur Load 840/800 800/740
2003 Cadillac Deville
Head Injury Criterion: 826/507
Chest Deceleration (G): 75/58
Femur Load: 825/1297 875/848
2007 Buick Lacrosse
Head Injury Criterion: 374/259
Chest Deceleration (G): 43/42
Femur Load: 1099/1112 909/405
2009 Ford Focus
Head Injury Criterion: 521/389
Chest Deceleration (G): 40/40
Femur Load: 1133/1652 1138/968
As you can see, the 1980s Pontiac is still one of the safer cars on the
road today. The Fiero is as good as or better than many of today's vehicles
that have airbags.
The Fiero is also very stable. The Fiero received a Static Stability
Factor, or Rollover Resistance rating, of 1.47. This equates to a 5-star
Even if you are unfortunate enough to get into a rollover accident, the
Fiero excels in safety once again with its incredibly strong roof
structure. According to the NHTSA, the Fiero was tested by inverted drop
and roof crush testing. In the inverted drop test, the Fiero, along with
cars like the Ford F150 and Plymouth Laser were turned over and dropped on
their roofs. The Fiero scored best with 8.3 cm crush on the a-pillar and
3.8 cm on the B-pillar. The Ford F-150 had the worst rating with 42.5cm
crush on a-pillar and 40.6cm on the B-pillar. The Plymouth Laser actually
had a slightly better rating than Fiero for B pillar with 3.2cm crush.
In another publication, NHTSA tested cars roofs by crushing them with a
steel plate and hydraulic ram. In the example given, the Chevrolet S10 had
the worst rating with 5320 lbs roof strength, while the Fiero has the
highest rating with 9909 lbs of roof strength. This equates to 3.53 roof
strength to weight ratio, complying with even the most recent roof strength
requirement of 3.00:1 strength ratio. It is kind of funny how the Pontiac
Fiero is still meeting many of the most modern crash test requirements
without even frontal airbags.....
Now for Death rate. Death rate is a number given to cars to reflect the
likelihood of death in any particular vehicle. The Fiero, along with Camaros and Firebirds,
happen to have a very high death rate. A high death rate doesn't mean the
car is unsafe, it just means that this type of car is going to be driven faster and more recklessly,
increasing the chance of an accident, which in turn, increases the chance
of serious injury or death. If you hit a concrete wall at 80MPH with no
seatbelts on, I don't care what car you are in, you will be killed. The
human body just simply cannot take that kind of G load and people need to
stop driving like idiots. Please comment. I would like to see your reaction
to this and hear some of your crash stories. Please drive responsibly.
Video courtesy of NHTSA, NCAP and Calspan Crash Testing Center.
Other vehicle data from http://www.safercar.gov
Fiero crash test data from
Fiero frontal crush data from
Fiero Static Stability Factor data from
Fiero Death rate data from http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809004.PDF
Fiero Roof Crush data from
Fiero test drive
Testing acceleration, cornening and braking before going to the roadcourse.
My 1985 Pontiac Fiero GT
Been working on her for about a year now. Everything electrical works
again. Now just for some engine maintenance.
My '84 Fiero (Bought It New, Had It Ever Since)
Its on-again, off-again development took 6 years before it finally saw the
light of day. Like almost every inexpensive sports car through history, it
used numerous components from high-volume production cars to keep costs
Pontiac's crack marketing department predicted total sales of 60,000 that
first year. Imagine their surprise when 30,000 people placed orders for the
car sight unseen. By the time of its official introduction in September of
1983, there was a six-month waiting list. By model-year's end, 136,840
Fieros had flowed out the doors of its Pontiac, MI assembly plant, a record
for any mid-engined car.
It was chosen as the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500 that year, powered
by a Pontiac 2.7L Super Duty 4 making 232 h.p. The 2000 Pace Car replicas
sold to the public had the standard 92 h.p. Iron Duke 4.
Its Enduraflex body panels, bolted to a driveable space frame, never dented
and never rusted. The lower door and fender panels would even bounce back
from minor impacts. What GM learned about these body panels with the Fiero
was applied to its first-generation minivans and its Saturn line of small
This one was my first, and only new car. 29 years (as of April 9, 2013),
165,000 miles, (27,000 miles on this engine), two owners (for the first
four years, the bank owned it. LOL). I ordered it in October 1983 from
Townsend Pontiac in Merrillville, IN; it finally came in April 1984.
Mine is a Sport Coupe (the middle model), red with a gray interior and
alloy wheels, and looks exactly like the Fieros Pontiac used in their print
and TV advertising in '84. For this model year only, the engine cover
grille was cast magnesium. The rear trunk held 5 upright sacks of
groceries, the front compartment two more. (You listening, Solstice?)
It went 50,000 miles the first 3 years, thanks to a long daily commute; it
took eight years to go the next 50,000. It took another 14 years after that
to get to 140,000+ miles. Not that it had an easy life, being a daily
driver in Chicago winters, where they throw salt on the street if a snow
cloud passes overhead (notice I didn't say it actually had to snow.)
It's a 30-footer; from that distance, it could pass for new. As you get
closer, you notice the stone chips, the clearcoat peeling off the wheels,
the ripped driver's seat, and the swirl marks in the paint. But then, if
any of you look like you did 26 years ago, raise your hands. Those of you
who weren't even born 26 years ago can recuse yourselves.
It's on its second hood medallion; the first and only time I left the car
parked outside my house overnight in 1987, someone tried to pry the first
one off, and nearly succeeded. This is its second clutch and its second set
of headlight motors, and its third set of tires (Eagle GT2's -- Goodyear no
longer makes 215/60R14 tires, so my next set will have to be BF Goodrich).
The old Iron Duke had to be replaced at 138,500 miles; with the new Duke,
rebuilt by ATK, it's even faster
than it was when new. The 4-speed has gone all the way
Other than that, it's original and bone stock, an increasing rare commodity
in the Fiero world of turbo-V6 and
small-block V8 engine swaps and one-off wheels, bodies and colors.
The only real problem I've had with this car is crappy repairs by
mechanics, both dealer and independent, who shouldn't have been allowed to
change a trunk light by themselves.
The Recall was the worst. The mechanics at my friendly local Pontiac dealer
would loosen parts to get to other parts and forget to tighten them back,
causing a noticeable rattle (hardly the car's fault) and refused to take
responsibility for their shoddy work; I ended up tightening those parts
After 16 years of these kinds of repairs, through my local Fiero club,
Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts, I finally found a dealer mechanic,
Dave Armstrong, who knew what the hell he was doing; he's the reason my car
is still on the road. I found out from him that even when Fieros were still
being made, it was OPTIONAL for Pontiac mechanics to be trained to work on
them. If you brought your Fiero in for service, it was strictly luck
whether you got a qualified technician (like Dave)or a clueless hack.
A possible consequence of getting a dealer hack, going to an independent
mechanic or doing a backyard DIY repair? If the Fiero's cooling system was
not flushed and refilled according to a specific procedure (clearly
outlined in the owner's manual and, I would imagine, the dealer shop
manual), the car ended up with HALF the antifreeze/coolant it was designed
to hold. And there were engine fires? Gee, I wonder why.
Dave was the go-to Fiero guru at Jacobs Twin Pontiac in Chicago; now he's
got his own garage near Harlem and Irving Park, doing a land-office
business. It couldn't happen to a more deserving guy. He'll get your Fiero
(or any other GM car) running right.
Contact him at 773-282-1444.