I just have to vent a little.
I drove the car in to work this morning just to see. First, I had to raise the hood and yank up on the ignition lock out rod because the shifter is still not right. I'm starting to regret this four speed ShiftWorks kit. I'm putting it in for the 4L80e swap I intend to do. I've been trying to get all this kind of stuff done before the swap.
Then I had to run it at about 2500 rpm for 10 minutes before it would idle on its own. We had a sub-freezing night last night. Even then it bucked and farted all the way in to the office. it seems the full on race Qjet is a warm weather only carb.
I already know the steering was sloppy due to the worn out suspension. Front end parts are already on the way. Then, as I drove, I noticed more and more pedal travel on the brakes. By the time I got to work it was downright scary. When I parked I pulled the cap on the brake reservoir. The front was half empty. Of course I managed to lock my keys in the car while I was checking all that out. Luckily, I can break into one of these cars in about 30 seconds so that wasn't a big deal.
So I went to the parts store and picked up another bottle of that stupid high priced silicon DOT5 brake fluid, another regret, that I use in my car. I topped it off at lunch. After work I went to fire it up. It would crank and try to start and then backfire. I had smoke through the shaker twice. I know it was me pumping it too much trying to get it fired. That carb was super in the summer but it is certainly not good in winter. Got it running and tried to shove it in reverse. The only problem was that I couldn't move it out of park. After much pushing, pulling and cussing it finally got past that first gate and into reverse. I've already had this shifter apart twice to grind it and adjust the detent plate. Looks like I'm going back in.
The good news was that it had brakes on the way home. The bad news is that I have no idea where the fluid went. Oh, and did I mention that the rear suspension is popping and groaning like an old man with arthritis? Son of a BIT#$!
So tonight I swapped the race Qjet for the SD Qjet and yanked the rear sway bar. The rear sway bar bushings were toast. While I was under there I found where one of the bands that holds the leaf springs together had come loose and was just hanging there. I repaired that as best I could by sliding it back in place and pounding it back on with the BFH. I'll get up tomorrow and check the brake fluid. I don't know if I have a slow leak or it's just dripping but there's been no evidence of a drip.
I'll test drive it but I strongly suspect I'll be in the Fiero on Sunday