1985 Pontiac Fiero V8

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This build will also be posted in the Cannonball Run CBP thread, but I figured I would post it here as well for those who don't venture into that area.

I'm starting with the vintage Monogram '85 Fiero GT kit.

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I have a spare Chevy 350 out of one of the AMT C1500 kits, along with a set of Fujimi 17" Nismo wheels and tires.

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Alright, now we're talking! These cars were great back in the day. I got my popcorn. Let's go.

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:lol: Well there shouldn't be any fires with this one!

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Made some progress. Here's roughly what it will look like with the wheels I'm using:

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Here's the engine + trans so far:

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Does that Monogram Fiero come with a 4 or v6?

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V6

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Had me a 1988 Formula back in the day. Pretty cool little car.

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GREAT START! I'll be watching this one...

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Awesome idea! There is a guy around here in my area that has an Army Drab flat painted ones with wheels much like your mock up ones that are flat blacked. IIRC the car has LS4 out of a newer GXP Grand Prix, and the transaxle I beleive. I remember as a kid reading in Hot Rod Magazine about swapping a small block Chevy into a Fiero, even G.M. got into the game with a Northstart powered Fiero. Very cool, looks like you might have done one of these swaps in 1:1 before.

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Haha nope! :lol: I actually just did a quick search online for swaps other people have done, to see what is necessary to swap one in (kits, modifications, etc.)

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That was the first model I ever built when I was a kid.. I have no idea where it went to. Wish I still had it.. I'll be watching this one for sure.

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This is gonna be sweet! You planning on lowering the car on those wheels?

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LOL My first car was a red 84 SE. Rebuild the engine for a whopping 84.00 including the inspection from the machine shop!!

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We had an '86 SM6 I think it was,had the 2.8L/5sd back in the day,fun little car (what it lacked down the straights,it made up for in the curves) . I;ve seen V8 conversions for sale in the kit car mags,alwas thought that would be killer. This is gunna be sweet! :D

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Yeah it will be lowered a bit, though with them being larger than the stock wheels/tires, they will fill the wheel wells more.

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This will be fun to watch,theres a guy here that drives one with an awesome built up 350 in it,man is that car fast.

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Finally have another update!

Here's the chassis painted with the front suspension installed, and fuel tank painted.

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Engine mounted to the rear subframe along with the axles and sway bar. Valve covers added to the engine, along with the starter and remote oil filter. Exhaust manifolds flipped to provide better exhaust routing clearance. Still need to add dipstick and distributor/plug wires.

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I have a magazine somewhere in the stash that a guy swapped in a 400 small block with a tunnel ram and two fours. It still had the stock wheels and look. The only give away was the two carbs sticking up behind the window. I can't remember if they got any time slips from it or not. But, it had to be a wicked little car!

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Chevy LS engine, GM F-40 6-speed gearbox on a Fiero rear subframe. You can see 2 of the custom engine mounts. I've done a few of these.

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Yeah I've read about the 6-speed swap. Would be cool to have in a 1:1 car.

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that was the promise of these cars that was never fulfilled. i remember reading about the imminent release of this car in road and track and how in later incarnations it was scheduled to get a V8 but that never happened. actually i am surprised to hear they came with a V6, somehow i thought they were all 4 cyls...shows how i lost interest as the reality unfolded after the great buildup in R&T.

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I believe they were sold in '84 with only a 4 banger, then they added the V6 in '85.

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Got the interior completed in tan.

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Very cool build :D

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I'll be watching this build for sure. I have the MPC kit of the '86 Fiero GT that will be built to replicate my 1/1 Fiero in my driveway. Most popular engine swaps are small block Chevy's and the 3.8 SC 3800 V6 nowadays.

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