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.
Changing the Oil in a Pontiac Fiero
It's just like any other car. Warm up the car, lift up the end where the
engine is, take out the oil pan drain plug, let the oil drain out, put the
drain plug back in, change the oil filter, refill with fresh oil.
I've been doing it myself ever since the car was new. The hardest part of
the whole procedure, over the last nearly 30 years, was filming the whole
thing for this video. If you're thinking of changing your Fiero oil
yourself, hope it helps.
How To Clean Civic Type R Headlights with Toothpaste
We show you how to clean the misty haze layer that can appear on your
plastic headlight lenses over time making them look dull and transform them
into new shiny headlights!
All you need is toothpaste and a cloth!
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My L67 Fiero
1988 Pontiac Fiero with L67 swap by FTW Motorsports Witchita KS. Ignore the
inane chatter we were bored.
Installing Front Speakers in My '84 Fiero
The radio installation project spawned this one. The old Delco front
speakers couldn't handle the added power.
Thanks to Best Buy, Helix Camera and Video (for having the replacement for
a burned-out video bulb).
And to the UPS guy: Could you bring a delivery in the morning for once? The
MORNING! A! M! And as I've told the people at your 1-800 number numerous
times over the years, my front door DOESN'T face the street! Okay. I've
vented. Breathe. Bre-e-eathe.
MR2 vs Fiero
MotorWeek (February 20th, 1988): Toyota MR2 Supercharged vs Pontiac Fiero
Some Numbers to keep in mind while watching this......
1988 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 (0-60 = 6.0 seconds) (14.6 Quarter Mile)
1988 Ferrari 328 GTS (0-60 = 6.7 seconds) (15.0 Quarter Mile)
1988 Lotus Esprit turbo (0-60 = 5.8
seconds) (14.4 Quarter Mile)
Fiero turbo v6 Dyno 370 whp turbocharged 3.4 iron head Dyno. 370 whp sae corrected on
a slipping clutch and worn cam lobe on cylinder 1. approx 11 psi
Proof for youtube handle "V8fiero2m8" who is also a total douchebag
V8 archie builds junk. Do not spend $20k for a v8 swap that runs 13's in
the qtr mile.
Fiero Headlight Upgrade Options
In this video we show off different available headlight upgrades for the
Pontiac Fiero. To see all the headlights shown in this video, and more,
click this link:
This video describes the most common and popular headlight options for the
Fiero including black projector, crystal projector, crystal reflector, OEM
Style E-Code, HID Upgrades and full LED headlight replacements. This video
aims to show you the differences between the different styles and help you
make a decision as to what headlights will best suit your Fiero needs!
Watch out for our next videos too where we show you how to do an HID
install in the Fiero!
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Replacing the Radio in my '84 Fiero
Step-by-step instructions. Just watch out for that rear triangular support
This video marks the debut of the retina-toasting video light, the lavalier
mike, and the camera-mounted external stereo mike.
Replacement Radios' website is:
BFG Stars & Stripes L/88 Corvette
As I was shooting the last two '58 Corvettes left in the VIP Corral, the
faraway bleating of a V8 caught my ear, and I followed it to this
spectacular early C3 Corvette being readied to load onto its trailer.
Hopefully, your computer has stereo speakers.
Chemical Guys - How To: Headlight Restoration
Chemical Guys Tech Talk shows you the professional way to restore plastic
headlights back to the original crystal clear appearance. Chemical Guys
will show you how to wet sand the headlights and prepare for the polishing
process. Wet Sanding is performed with Chemical Guys Sanding block and
extra fine sand paper.
Next, the headlights are polished using V34, V36, and V38 optical polishes
using the orange, green, and black Hexlogic polishing pads. The Flex PE-14
Rotary Polisher teamed with the Evolve 4R mini backing plate has the
polishing power to remove the sanding scratches and restore the crystal
clear appearance to the headlight.
To protect the headlight from feature fading from sun damage, we use a coat
of Jetseal109 which is formulated specifically to protect the headlight
against harmful UV Rays.
Keep your car or truck looking great with Chemical Guys!!!