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  • Hahaha.... Saw that after you noticed. A very common mistake with my typing skills......
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    • I pic because I care. But honestly.... typos plague me all the time. So I get it.
      [COLOR=#333333]It's a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself. - Dale Earnhardt Sr[/COLOR]

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      • Was going to wait for a few more days until I had first startup but can't hold it...

        ENGINE WIRING IS ALL DONE!!!!!!!! Who would have thought it would take that long but all done

        and first engine rotations to get oil up through the engine. Next is to get the fuel pump run quickly as a test to make sure I have the right wires done there and then throw some fuel and water into it and give a full start a try.

        Not gonna lie. Was a big day for me yesterday to have the engine turning over for the first time....

        More to come
        Don
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        • Awesome, Don. I still remember that feeling of the first start. Now for that first feeling of moving under it's own power.

          Anyway, great build. Thanx for letting us join you on your voyage. Hopefully more to come.

          Bob
          Bob custom '84 Fiero SE --->>> custom F408
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          • Hey Don! You must be getting excited. I know some of us are. But it's been a three days and all we hear is crickets! We want a video! SOON!

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            • Me too....

              As it turns out I bought a 3.4 DOHC starter probably 10 years ago not even thinking and as it turns out, they are not the same starter gearing as a Fiero. Who would have thought and I should have..... I have an '88 flywheel so after two nights of shimming the starter I was still getting binding and finally came to the realization I had the wrong starter... DOH

              Just got the new starter last night and putting in tonight so back to prepping the engine for first light this weekend.

              Cheers
              Don
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              • hey Don; been following this albeit from a distance. Looking forward to hearing some noise!. And as if you needed any reminder that you are building something worthwhile... this:
                https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/a...288-gto/727696 yes, it's the real McCoy, but still. $3.36M???

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                • Congrads Don looking forward to hearing it!
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                  • Got the fuel system operating and didn't blow myself up. A good sign to start with.... Apparently I forgot to tighten the hard line to soft line fuel lines though so got to clean up some dripping fuel....

                    Went to turn the engine over and realized my battery was too low to turn it over. I wasn't getting any action from the ignition key so went under the car and shorted the ign to power and the starter turned over but barely. My bad for forgetting to charge up the battery after getting oil pumped through the engine..... Been charging the battery over night so hopefully tonight is the night.....

                    More tonight with hopefully a sound track with it running.....

                    Cheers
                    Don
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                    • Originally posted by Don View Post
                      Been charging the battery over night so hopefully tonight is the night.....
                      This is like Chinese water torture. LOL

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                      • Originally posted by Bloozberry View Post
                        This is like Chinese water torture. LOL
                        LOL!��

                        Take all the time you need Don....we'll wait.....��

                        Drumroll please............................................ ................................................

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                        • OK I feel everyone's pain... I am getting frustrated now.

                          Had the battery on charge over night and went out tonight. Hooked up the battery the same as I did when I was turning the engine over to move oil around the engine. I used the starter terminals to move the oil around though so wasn't using the key when doing that. I made sure everything was hooked up properly and got nothing at the key. Went to underneath again and tried jumping with the key in run. Engine turned over but very slowly. I then went to unhook the battery and the terminals on the battery were extremely hot.... Something is amiss.....

                          I think I might need to check to see if the battery is still good as it has been sitting for a couple years now. Will do that tomorrow. I will also go to Pennock's and have a look around and see if there might be a wire not right in the loom or in the starter circuit. Fusible link to the ignition maybe??

                          I wonder if the terminals might be a bit warm from charging overnight but they were VERY warm so something doesn't feel right. Also did not hear the fuel pump prime as it normally should and was yesterday.

                          I am getting closer but it i staking some time as everything with this car.

                          Ideas anyone?
                          Thanks
                          Don
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                          • Originally posted by Don View Post
                            Ideas anyone?
                            My first guess is that your starter isn't properly aligned with the flywheel. It may be meshing too tightly causing it to bind, thereby slowing the cranking speed, and drawing lots of current heating up the wire.

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                            • Thanks Dave;

                              I will look again as I had gone through the starter alignment when I put the starter in and it ran pretty freely when I was loving oil but will definitely check that again and that does make sense. I didn't see the little green ball in the view glass of the battery last night either so I am wondering if my third battery (before even starting this thing) is going downhill on me from sitting too long. I have been buying new batteries thinking I will be running the engine imminently and another year passes....... I am there now though.

                              Chinese torture continues...

                              Don
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                              • This is what I posted over on Pennock's which gives a bunch more detail on what I have done and tried.
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