The Truth About Cars » Pontiac Fiero http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:58:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Pontiac Fiero http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1986 Pontiac Fiero http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/junkyard-find-1986-pontiac-fiero/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/junkyard-find-1986-pontiac-fiero/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=812058 The Fiero was something of a disappointment for GM, to put it mildly, but enough of them were sold that I still see the occasional example in fast-turnover wrecking yards. For some reason, I haven’t photographed any junkyard Fieros for this series before today (though I have photographed an incredibly detailed full-back Fiero tattoo, and […]

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07 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe Fiero was something of a disappointment for GM, to put it mildly, but enough of them were sold that I still see the occasional example in fast-turnover wrecking yards. For some reason, I haven’t photographed any junkyard Fieros for this series before today (though I have photographed an incredibly detailed full-back Fiero tattoo, and Sajeev has written about this 3.8-swapped Fierrari), but this extremely yellow ’86 in Northern California caught my eye a few months back.
08 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinI’m pretty sure these door decals weren’t factory-installed.
03 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinLikewise, the yellow instrument-cluster bezels.
06 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThis yard was nice enough to put carpets under all the cars, but then someone knocked this Fiero off its jackstands.

In the alternative-universe scenario put forward by GM’s marketers, Fieros driven by attractive young women were so numerous that hitchhikers could afford to wait for a Fiero GT, or at least one with a V6.

01 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 02 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 03 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 04 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 05 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 06 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 07 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 08 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 09 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 10 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 11 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 12 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 13 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 14 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin 15 - 1986 Pontiac Fiero Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin

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Super Piston Slap: The Buick-infused Fiero at LeMons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/super-piston-slap-the-buick-infused-fiero-at-lemons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/super-piston-slap-the-buick-infused-fiero-at-lemons/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2011 19:56:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413157 Perhaps you already know a little about this car from a previous post, but let’s look a little deeper into what makes an engine swap in a Fiero so positively epic. First off, if you don’t know about the Pontiac Fiero, shame on you! This is one of many half-baked efforts from General Motors that […]

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Perhaps you already know a little about this car from a previous post, but let’s look a little deeper into what makes an engine swap in a Fiero so positively epic.

First off, if you don’t know about the Pontiac Fiero, shame on you! This is one of many half-baked efforts from General Motors that deserved a better fate. Let’s face it, the Chevy Corvair coulda lived to see numerous upgrades and cult classic success, sparing us from colossal money pits of premium compact car hell, like the Mk V Volkswagon Golf. The multi-cammed, custom bodied Corvette ZR-1 (with a dash) was far too excellent to die, although it has finally come back with a vengeance in a slightly less unique guise. The Cadillac Allante finally made some sense when it received the Northstar V8 in the last year of production, but the Fiero was the worst sin a neglected GM product faced. The staggering number of upgrades in 1988 and the clean “Formula” trim level made this ride a potential success…if that wasn’t to be the last year of production.

Thank goodness for people who keep the flame, and raise up the heat. The Buick “Fireball” 3.8L V6 is a fun and worthy upgrade, as seen here in this LeMons racer that we all ogled during the BS inspection. Of course, the team’s wicked Ferrari theme didn’t hurt, even the wheels looked great! Adding the hood vents from a Trans Am GTA (correct?) and an impressive roll-on red paintjob with catch phrases in Ferrari’s own font absolutely sealed the deal. Opening the hood while doing my judge-ly duties, I remarked, “wait, that isn’t right? Is that a…

…and before I could fully digest the sheer volume of awesome presented to my eyes…

It’s a 3.8,” said a team member. Well, that just made my day. The 3.8L V6 is a gutsy, durable and coarse little mill, compact and easily fitted into the Fiero’s little frame. The later model (Series II and up) mills give you way more grunt than the 60-degree pushrod motor that came in a factory Fiero, and upping the ate with the (roots-type) supercharged Buick V6 would be absolutely wicked. Too bad this one is naturally aspirated! And while this motor (and any mid-engined car) has a serious uphill battle in an endurance style, crapcan LeMons race, this type of automotive expressionism is wholly encouraged and applauded ’round these parts.

Ready for more? We have another Fiero motor swap that’s worth a closer look, coming soon. In the meantime, you know I had to drop a little LSX love, even if that won’t fit within LeMon’s $500 budget.

Yeeeee-ha! LS4-FTW and I’m headed back to the races this weekend!

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There’s Only One Way To Prove You Really Love the Fiero! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/theres-only-one-way-to-prove-you-really-love-the-fiero/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/theres-only-one-way-to-prove-you-really-love-the-fiero/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 22:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399883 I’ve seen a fair number of car-themed tatts inked into the flesh of single-interest car fanatics over the years, including the usual Super Bees, Corvette logos, and Alfa snakes, but this gentleman raises the car-tattoo bar to unheard-of heights by opting to make an impressively high percentage of his body’s surface area an homage to […]

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I’ve seen a fair number of car-themed tatts inked into the flesh of single-interest car fanatics over the years, including the usual Super Bees, Corvette logos, and Alfa snakes, but this gentleman raises the car-tattoo bar to unheard-of heights by opting to make an impressively high percentage of his body’s surface area an homage to GM’s mid-engined two-seater. This man is now King of the Fieros.

I met him at last weekend’s Capitol Offense 24 Hours of LeMons at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia. LeMons was sharing the venue with Hyperfest, which meant there were plenty of Evo-drifting rednecks with pit bulls and lurid GReddy tattoos strutting about the premises. I must assume that the Hyperfest guys felt like total posers once they caught a glimpse of The Fiero King’s mural.

El Rey de los Fieros was there as part of Rusty Tear Racing, the team that got ripped off by Car & Driver Technical Editor Mike Austin, who sold them the ’85 Fiero made famous in Eddie Alterman’s New York Times article; this car, known as the “five lap Fiero” for its performance at one of the early California LeMons races (for which Austin made his sister tow the car out from Detroit in a blizzard), has been breaking the spirits of racers since the very beginning of LeMons racing.

This time, the Rusty Tear Fiero did pretty well, doing 263 laps and taking 59th place out of 102 starters. The Fiero hasn’t been the worst LeMons car of all time (that honor goes to the Mitsubishi Starion, with the Talon/Eclipse a close second), but the reliability just hasn’t been there. The Fiero King has a plan to turn the Fiero into a LeMons-dominating machine: install a Cadillac 4900 engine in place of the factory 2.8 V6.

He’s got a 4.9 street Fiero right now, complete with shaker hood (this is the car depicted in the scene on his back), and he feels confident that such a setup in a race car would work very well. There will be no problem convincing me that such a car could be built for under 500 bucks, given that beater Fieros aren’t even worth scrap value and 4.9 Cadillac engines can be found in any number of wrecked $200 cars. What could possibly go wrong?

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