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Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:05 p.m.

You might have seen my build thread on my LS6 powered Europa.... well I had most of this body left over and I didn't want it to go to waste.

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:08 p.m.

I found this stalled V8 swap project for $600.

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:13 p.m.

The 4.9 liter Cadillac engine wasn't wired, so I gad to make sure it was still a runner.

I spent last November and December wiring the computer and finally got it to run.

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:21 p.m.

Finally the part I wanted to do could begin. I started taking the body panels off the Fiero.

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:23 p.m.

Indy - Guy
Indy - Guy PowerDork
4/26/22 5:25 p.m.

In reply to Sofa King :

Oh, yes.  Please continue. yes

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:26 p.m.

Lotus body on the Fiero chassis.

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:29 p.m.

Envisioneering the back end!

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:34 p.m.

For some reason the Fiero sat at least 2" higher than stock. So in order to properly mount the Lotus body, I had to lower the chassis, which meant custom coilovers for the front. Luckily I had these QA1 parts left over from my LS 6 Lotus build, and they were perfect for the Fiero!! Also switched to Polyurethane bushings and repainted all of the parts.

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:36 p.m.

Rear suspension was easier. Still need to pick up new struts, but I had generic adjustable collars and springs left over from something. (Probably the LS Miata but I'm not sure) so mocked them up on the old struts as "proof of concept"!

 

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:48 p.m.

The only rust in the chassis was around the engine compartment, so out came the engine for access.

bentwrench
bentwrench UltraDork
4/26/22 5:49 p.m.

The way I see it you have 2 choices, Box Flares or split the body down the middle and widen it enough you can meld the body line?

Exhaust makes an easy candidate for a single turbo!  yes

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:52 p.m.

In reply to bentwrench  Yep! I'm gettin' there!

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:55 p.m.

Replaced the battery box with sheet metal, the upper frame rail with 2x2 tube and braced the rear frame rails with roll bar tubing. 

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 5:58 p.m.

Quick coat of Por15.

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 6:02 p.m.



Time to start playing with Fiberglass. I made skins of both the hood and the rear deck, so that I can keep the original parts, which were the only undamaged parts that I had left!

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 6:10 p.m.

Also made skins of the doors. They are about the same shape as the rear quarter panels that I am missing . Right door skin makes left quarter etc.

APEowner
APEowner SuperDork
4/26/22 6:11 p.m.

This is a fun build and you get bonus car guy points for having 3/4 of a Europa in what appears to be your living room.

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 6:17 p.m.

Mocking up the body to gauge my progress.

 

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) PowerDork
4/26/22 6:18 p.m.

Yowza!

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 6:20 p.m.

In reply to APEowner :

I can't claim the bonus points, because that wasn't my living room, it was the previous owner's. But I did have to get it out!!

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 6:23 p.m.


Putting Humpty back together!

84FSP
84FSP UberDork
4/26/22 6:26 p.m.

A FierUropa!  Fantastic idea.

Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 6:27 p.m.

Removed front and rear glass!


Sofa King
Sofa King HalfDork
4/26/22 6:29 p.m.


Fabricated door bars.

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