Coming home from my buddy's house in Grayslake Saturday night, a cop stopped me and told me my passengers' side headlight was burned out. (High beam, fine, low beam not working.) Fortunately, the Wal-Mart in Gurnee is open 24 hours a day, and I was able to buy one before I drove back to Chicago.
I replaced the old one Sunday afternoon. All those sounds you hear are people leaving the 10:45am service at the church down the street and arriving for the 12:45 service. Noisy, aren't they? :D
Changing a Fiero headlight is a little more difficult than changing the usual sealed-beam headlight unit, since the Fiero has retractable headlights, but only because the arm between the headlight motor and the headlight assembly can trap your hand if you don't follow the directions in the owner's manual. But it's no more difficult that changing one on Firebirds and Corvettes of that era, or any other car with hidden headlights, for that matter.
You people who have cars made since about 1986 and only have to replace a halogen bulb can recuse yourselves. But you do have to worry about not getting oils from your fingers on the bulb; it shortens the life of it. And there is that little matter of water condensation inside the lens. And yellowing and dulling that can only be gotten rid of by buffing compound and elbow grease.
The job on the Fiero takes about 20 minutes, during which time I found that the retaining spring that keeps the headlight unit from flopping around had rusted and fallen off. It can wait until I have another order from the Fiero Store;)
Factoid: The first car sold in the U.S. since 1939 to have non-sealed-beam headlights was the 1984 Lincoln Mark VII, which was all-new that year. The law lifting the ban on non-sealed-beams was passed by Congress in 1984, but because of engineering lead-times, they did not start appearing on other cars sold here, (including other Lincolns), until 1986. It cost Lincoln a pile of money, but they had two Mark VII headlight systems ready to go for the '84 model year, depending on how Congress' vote went, simply because they wanted the publicity value of being first out the gate.
1988 Fiero Formula headlights, parking lights, turn signals, hazard
Also, how to lock the headlights in the upright position. All you need to
do is pop them up, turn them off, and really quickly turn on the parking
lights before the lights go down.
Pontiac Tribute Day - June 1, 2010
As a part of their bankruptcy restructuring, GM inexplicably jettisoned
Pontiac, its third best-selling nameplate. The Wide-Track Division
officially ceases to exist Monday, May 31.
The next day, Tuesday, June 1, is Pontiac Tribute Day. If you have a
Pontiac, take it out of the garage and drive it that day, so people can see
Pontiac's illustrious history in the form of cars like the Torpedo, Silver
Streak, Star Chief, Safari, Bonneville, Grand Prix, GTO, Firebird, Fiero,
Solstice and G8.
And be sure to buy a Tribute Day decal for your rear window. You can buy
them at www. pontiactributeday.com or your local Pontiac Owner's Club (of
course you belong to one). The Fiero Store's website is:
Fiero GT 1988 - SOLD!
...SOLD to a true Fiero enthusiast who really appreciates this car. I will
keep this video posted for a while...but, sorry...it is SOLD!
* 91,000 original kms
* all options / leather / power windows and locks / mint /always garaged
and not driven in the winter /
* have all OEM parts with original 15" staggered-size rims (with tires) in
PERFECT condition AND professionally polished!
* Rodney Dickman short shifter kit installed / original shifter also
* Holley sidescoop from 1988 (have original side grill also)
* K&N air filter / full-synthetic oil
Pontiac Fiero GT V6 met maatwerk RVS sport- uitlaatsysteem van EPS Uitlaten
Deze Pontiac Fiero GT 2.8 V6 van bouwjaar 1987 hebben we voorzien van een
op maat gemaakt RVS sport- uitlaatsysteem vanaf de originele katalysator.
We hebben in dit geval gekozen voor links en rechts dubbel 88x74mm ovale
Het geluid mag worden omschreven als beschaafd sportief.
Wilt u ook zo iets of heeft u andere wensen op het gebied van uitlaten?
Bel of mail met onderstaand adres.
Met vriendelijke groet,
Het team van:
EPS uitlaten BV
Nieuwe Compagnie 23 - 9605PX Kiel-Windeweer - Nederland
Tel: +31 (0)598 350 335 - Fax: +31 (0)598 320 402
Kvk: 020.88.945 - BTW / VATnr: NL 8144.43.266.B01
Statutaire zetel: Kiel-Windeweer
URL: www.uitlaten.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
Openingstijden: DINSDAG t/m zaterdag
Uw uitlaat en de wet.
Tenzij anders vermeld worden sportuitlaten ontwikkeld voor optimale
prestaties voor competitie-doeleinden (circuitgebruik) rekeninghoudend met
de geluids- en optische wensen van de klant en geleverd zonder e-keur. Wij
garanderen niet dat deze uitlaten aan de geluidseisen voldoen die volgens
de typegoedkeuring voor de betreffende auto van toepassing zijn. Het
gebruik van niet goedgekeurde onderdelen op de openbare weg is formeel niet
toegestaan. De politie kan hier tegen optreden.
(Maatwerk)sportuitlaten die aan de geluidseisen -en de tegendrukeisen-
voldoen kunt u bij de RDW voor een modificatiekeuring aanbieden. Hieraan
zijn kosten verbonden.
EPS (maatwerk) sportuitlaten voldoen aan de APK eisen ten aanzien van
montage en gasdichtheid.
Informeer naar de mogelijkheden voor uw auto. Voor veel auto's kunnen wij
tegenwoordig ook maatwerk met e-keur leveren!
How To Recover A Dashboard
TheCousinDan shows you how to recover a dashboard with new vinyl. Restore
old cars and trucks with this handy skill!
Changing a Fiero Tire
So many people (including mechanics both now and at the dealer back in the
day) try to turn every Fiero repair into a major production number,
including changing a tire.
The hardest part of changing a Fiero tire (and its Hi-Tech turbo alloy wheel) is loosening lug nuts which may
have been tightened with an air wrench by someone else.
The second hardest part is listening to the comments of passers-by:
"Heeeeeey, maaaaaan, aren't them those cars that catch on fiiiiiire?" It's
a good thing I don't get migraines. Or have a concealed carry permit.