1985 Fiero Radio Repair! | Saturday Projects

Getting AMPed for this project! And by getting amped, I mean absolutely loathing the entire experience. Yes, it is satisfying seeing things come together, but it's also satisfying doing anything else in the world. If you excuse me, I am going to go shovel some dirt.



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  • To everyone saying I routed the belt wrong and also that I should clean the volume potentiometer to get rid of the static fully, GUESS WHAT?! You're absolutely right. Thank you so much for pointing these out to me, I really appreciate it :)

    Ronald FingerRonald Finger27 өдрийн өмнө
    • Thanks for the update! You saved me from having to type a repl... NVM.

      FrednessFredness5 өдрийн өмнө
    • @chronicsinnerZ You're you, he's him. For one, cassettes are still made(i know because i've bought new cassettes), and for two, you can easily get old cassettes for cheap and I haven't had any of my used cassettes break on me.

      Akasha PosegateAkasha Posegate7 өдрийн өмнө
    • That song that you were going to use for the montage music what was it called?

      Firestar1987 2556gFirestar1987 2556g8 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Ken lol...i read your response and walked away thinking what the hell?...then i got it....hahahahahh....is that enough ginger ale?...just bring the check henry.

      colonel blakecolonel blake10 өдрийн өмнө
    • @colonel blake Look here blake. At least the man didn't forget his driver.

      KenKen10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Are we adding a hellcat engine next?

    Erik BarwickErik Barwick2 цагийн өмнө
  • Liked your Blue's Clues song in the beginning

    Opinion DiscardedOpinion Discarded13 цагийн өмнө
  • FYI: the "little wheels" in the tape deck are called 'Pinch rollers" They can be cleaned of magnetic tape coating like the head and capstan with iso alcohol. In addition, hard and glazed ones can be rejuvenated lightly with # 400 - 600 paper. It can help speed issues. Back in the day there were wet cassettes for preventative maintenance and repair. So glad you got a belt.

    Morgan LewisMorgan Lewis23 цагийн өмнө
  • In old things ALWAYS RESOLDER ALL PINS!!! and you will be happy)

    I-One DarkSnowI-One DarkSnowӨдрийн өмнө
  • You can fill the holes in the workbench with 5/8 oak dowel. I out a small slice along the diameter and drilled a hole for a screw for the underside. Put dowel into hole, tighten screw from underside and it's a perfect bench top

    James CostelloJames CostelloӨдрийн өмнө
  • I can see two likely reasons for the slow speed and audible fluctuations (technical term is "wow"). One is the bearings in the motor itself. One (the top one) is reasonably easy to access and oil, unfortunately the other isn't. It's hidden by the speed control board inside the motor and opening one of those cans isn't for the faint-hearted - I haven't yet dared to do it. You carefully need to lift off two tiny metal springs that transfer electricity to the rotor, the brushes, through holes in the cover. If you don't, you'll break the brushes and the motor has had it. The other potential cause is the pinch rollers, unless you cleaned them a lot more thoroughly than you showed in the video. You really need to give them a proper scrub until they look perfectly even and dull with no shiny spots anywhere.Otherwise they won't properly grab the tape and result in just the slightly squealy sound you're getting. BTW, you can still buy new cassette tapes, I think even Walmart still stocks them in many places. Anyway, congrats for giving this radio a second life!

    Ragnar8504Ragnar85042 өдрийн өмнө
  • Subbed!

    Haitham HHaitham H2 өдрийн өмнө
  • The learned sponge immediately attach because butter thessaly seal anenst a tested grease. deeply, stimulating search

    Brittany AtkinsonBrittany Atkinson3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Right at the start you're 'playing my song'....

    Tedybear315Tedybear3153 өдрийн өмнө
  • 12:30 F I E R O W A V E

    Mason FowlkesMason Fowlkes3 өдрийн өмнө
  • 7:56 The bigger the glob, the better the job!

    gps onegps one4 өдрийн өмнө
  • I was hoping for the Miami Vice theme song from your cassette player. Don't forget to keep a #2 pencil handy . . .

    Joshua SillJoshua Sill4 өдрийн өмнө
  • The bigger the blob, the better the job!!

    Joshua SillJoshua Sill4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Belt thickness is too small. If you use a belt that is thinner then the original, it will run slower.

    Gustave GreenGustave Green5 өдрийн өмнө
  • You really are milking this, huh

    JJ5 өдрийн өмнө
  • What about adding a bluetooth adapter to the radio? pcbisolation.com/blog/repairing-and-adding-bluetooth-to-a-90s-delco-radio/

    frontwing67frontwing675 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wait, you started this project 4 years ago? Damn, time flies.

    Pajama SenpaiPajama Senpai5 өдрийн өмнө
  • the belt is put in the wrong way. the capstans should rotate in opposite direction.

    Rares AtodireseiRares Atodiresei5 өдрийн өмнө
  • I gotta love you. All this time for something that you are never ever gonna use. :)

    Cristiano CriCristiano Cri5 өдрийн өмнө
    • I mean the tape thing.

      Cristiano CriCristiano Cri5 өдрийн өмнө
  • I would of replaced ALL the electrolytic capacitors. Especially on a car radio where they are exposed to extreme temps. Then again, I would of just chucked it in the trash and installed a real head unit.

    DJAlupDJAlup6 өдрийн өмнө
  • car looks lower, did you change the front springs? plastic guards in the wheel wells, looks like you fixed the cracked overflow bottle... hmm did you fix the tacho?

    RoninRonin6 өдрийн өмнө
  • I'm surprised you didn't put an aux port in, if that's even possible. Great video!

    Hops GarageHops Garage6 өдрийн өмнө
  • I've been watching these last 3 years. I really admire your resolve. I'm not quite sure why you like this car so much but people always have reasons why things resonate with them so deeply. I do hope if you ever subject yourself to a similar pursuit in the future, you pick something with more sex appeal. I mean a Fiero is a poor man's Firebird in the light of day. Not even...how abour a late 50's Jaguar? Put in a modern motor, change the rear end...something like that. You could be the southwest gangsta you wanna be. What's up with the porn stache? Maybe grow out the full goatee so it'll look evil.

    Steven EdwardsSteven Edwards6 өдрийн өмнө
  • *SODDER*

    XGamerXGamer6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Ronald, you and Vice grip are the best channels I've ever seen for this kind of stuff!.. love it

    Arm NeilstrongArm Neilstrong6 өдрийн өмнө
  • The belt is wrong!!! Now both capstans work with the same direction. They should work in opposite.

    blazeykkblazeykk6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Nice job on the radio repair for someone that is just taking a guess at it. I used to repair radios and specifically those GM radio. I must have repaired 1,000 of them. That is a Type B deck. There is a mod to replace the gear under the flywheel. When you can't eject a tape, you'll know what I'm talking about. Also, on the cassette pulleys there is a layer of felt that sometimes sticks. A drop of alcohol will take care of it. Some of those models actually had a replacement volume control. And congratulations on finding the bad solder joints. You might want to go back and solder the pins on the microprocessor.

    DBTechDBTech6 өдрийн өмнө
  • When he put that caset it sounded like a horror movie

    Jovani OrtizJovani Ortiz6 өдрийн өмнө
  • E-bugs, are they a kind of E-cootie?

    Master CylinderMaster Cylinder6 өдрийн өмнө
  • i love the intro song the "i hope i don't fuck this up" made me laugh my ass off :D and it also the rhythm sounds like we just got a letter from blues clues lol

    Low key Diego DuranLow key Diego Duran6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Love it!! I totally get it!

    Dunc PDunc P6 өдрийн өмнө
  • It might not be the theme of this but you could've added Bluetooth while you had it apart. Just buy a $5 chip from China and tap into the audio, ground and ignition only power. Then you have to either gut and modify a normal cassette or rob one of the aux ones of the play head because it has the necessary gears in it. It's best to buy "plug and play" and they just take the chip out. Bought a Renault one, chopped the plug off only to solder it into a Citroen.

    Play badPlay bad6 өдрийн өмнө
  • I had a radio just like this and my s10. I happily threw it out without thinking and replaced it with the new Radiohead with the brackets that crutchfield supplied that fit it perfectly.

    ShawnShawn7 өдрийн өмнө
  • My old car had the original Delco-Remy ignition coil finally fail, which is kind of crazy. Thankfully ACDelco makes a coil similar to it.

    Ynnel?!Ynnel?!7 өдрийн өмнө
  • I was an electronics major in the 80's. Thanks for caring about our craft.

    Brian StevensBrian Stevens7 өдрийн өмнө
  • 18:49 sums it up perfectly. you took something most ppl wouldn't bother with, turned it into something amazing and connected with us in a special way.

    halleffect1halleffect17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Does anyone know the trick of programming 7 stations, not just the 4? Press them in pairs.

    Anna KellyAnna Kelly7 өдрийн өмнө
  • For anyone wondering what the song is at 5:48 it is The Climb by Temecula Road.

    Demolition CoalitionDemolition Coalition7 өдрийн өмнө
  • Just started college when this project started now I'm almost finished college.

    Reynaldi WidjajaReynaldi Widjaja7 өдрийн өмнө
  • You want to keep the period radio - that is proper, keep it standard!

    Carsten WeilandCarsten Weiland7 өдрийн өмнө
  • I absolutely love how in depth you’re going to restore this thing

    Timmy ClevengerTimmy Clevenger7 өдрийн өмнө
  • 'most people would throw into the garbage'. *intense flashback of shot putting a GMT800 1.5 din radio 30 feet onto cement*. Yeah bro. The garbage. Sure

    Geoffrey RountreeGeoffrey Rountree7 өдрийн өмнө
  • To be honest , it was probably the disassembly and then re plugging all the connections together that fixed the sound. Sometimes that’s all it needs.

    Da MedusaDa Medusa8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Great Work all round from Dublin Ireland 🙂☘️🇮🇪

    david ryandavid ryan8 өдрийн өмнө
  • you have lots lots of patience wow if it was me Ill just look for another one LOL keep up the good work Love this car

    William IschWilliam Isch8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Not sure if this has been said, but the "corrosion" at 4:16 looks to me to not be corrosion at all, but rather browned flux, possibly from some kind of repair. Not that it really matters.

    Sunny AfternoonSunny Afternoon8 өдрийн өмнө
  • This post caused me to get off my rear end and pull out my own car radio and fix it. Power of suggestion and following by example.

    Don MooreDon Moore8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Ronald Finger quote of the day:(*Just like any problem child pressing a hot iron against it is the obvious course of action.*)

    Firestar1987 2556gFirestar1987 2556g8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Good job on restoring the radio!

    calvinthedestroyercalvinthedestroyer9 өдрийн өмнө
  • You resuscitated something with 'DNR' on it.

    BSD JunkieBSD Junkie9 өдрийн өмнө
  • Solder - "Big Blob, Good Job!" 😀

    TubeSurferGeekTubeSurferGeek9 өдрийн өмнө
  • When is the finale gonna come out 😫😫

    HEAVY MEATHEAVY MEAT9 өдрийн өмнө
  • I hate the fiero radios. The gray plastic over the black looks tacky asf. The ones from the caprice look much better. And I really dislike what Chevy did with the tape deck, the sideways insertion is annoying and difficult to deal with vs the regular short way insertion

    GrimwolfGrimwolf9 өдрийн өмнө
  • Actually that dimming effect would be normal. Turning on the lights was an assumption it was dark, therefore the normal 'bright' LED level wasn't needed and it was tuned down.

    PCWarMachinePCWarMachine9 өдрийн өмнө
  • A heat sink?? They actually made it with a heat sink? I am amazed. :D Ron you could always just pretend the original owner changed this out for an aftermarket CD player. :D

    PCWarMachinePCWarMachine9 өдрийн өмнө
  • blues clues kid right there!

    intelexintelex9 өдрийн өмнө
  • This just popped up in my recommended and I've been binge watching the rebuild series and I can confidently say that I'm happy I subscribed

    SethBethFurySethBethFury10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Weeeeellllll, if you're going to keep that abomination in there, you might as well buy a cassette bluetooth adapter, as you probably won't even notice the lost dynamic range...

    TalontsTalonts10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Right on.. you're doing a fine job getting that old ferrerro lol..going!

    j manj man11 өдрийн өмнө
  • I had a 1987 Pontiac Fiero as my first car.

    mastermasonmastermason11 өдрийн өмнө
  • i think you restored the wheels

    berb vberb v11 өдрийн өмнө
  • God I love the sound your Fiero makes. It's a red two door coupe with pop-up headlights and when turned on it sounds like an asthmatic vacuum cleaner.

    HeidegaffHeidegaff11 өдрийн өмнө
  • Often the noise like popping and crackling can be fixed really easily by spraying contact cleaner (de-oxit) for example into the potentiometers for volume/balance/tuning etc and working them back and forth.

    stevensteven11 өдрийн өмнө
  • Mad respect for saving that radio

    DamnDamesterDamnDamester11 өдрийн өмнө
  • ITs likely designed to dimm at night... most radios have a lead that tells the screen to dimm when lights come on.

    ISEE YOUISEE YOU12 өдрийн өмнө
  • The best way to find out what pin is broken is to start with the last one. its always the last one.

    MagnuzLiveMagnuzLive12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Is anybody going to say anything about the time travel lore that keeps happening?

    Kaledon GrandyKaledon Grandy12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wait... did you, at 18:53 say "CHUNK into the garbage"? Chunk instead of chuck?

    cineQificationcineQification13 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Ronald Finger ooooh ok, ok, never knew that existed, you learn something new everyday

      cineQificationcineQification13 өдрийн өмнө
    • It's a Texas dialect thing

      Ronald FingerRonald Finger13 өдрийн өмнө

    Devon NileDevon Nile14 өдрийн өмнө
  • Blue’s Clues. Nice :)

    Joaquin JuarezJoaquin Juarez14 өдрийн өмнө
  • A good tip when working with electronics like this is wiggle things. Sounds silly but I did that on a uhf and found a lose solder joint didn’t notice until I wiggled it and it worked

    Cars with Ed !Cars with Ed !15 өдрийн өмнө
  • Ronald, who makes the cassette adapter delio? I need one!

    BossaNossa1BossaNossa115 өдрийн өмнө
  • It would be great if you installed a bluetooth receiver

    Rafael AraujoRafael Araujo15 өдрийн өмнө
  • Delco = Dayton Electric Company

    Stanny1Stanny115 өдрийн өмнө
  • I love that you have put this much love into a humble Iron Duke Fiero. Wonderful job.

    Mr. Dmitri RavenoffMr. Dmitri Ravenoff15 өдрийн өмнө
  • Good album by Hall and Oates! "dont hold back" summer 1992 ah the memories..

    SouthPaw81SouthPaw8116 өдрийн өмнө
  • lower the car and put bigger wheels on it it will look sick

    NeoNeo16 өдрийн өмнө
  • hey, great work... but you need to replace the conformal coating on those pwb. automotive electronics are subject to condensation... and electronics are full of dissimilar metals. I would just wack some clear polyurethane on them in the areas you removed it. but a silicone conformal coating product would be best. keep having fun!

    David MoakDavid Moak16 өдрийн өмнө
  • GREAT JOB. Was satisfying to watch!

    papitosabepapitosabe16 өдрийн өмнө
  • Same radio they used in all the S10s & blazers from 1989 to 2001 :P Most other chevy cars from 84-1999 easy to find these in junk yards. At this rate personally I would have bought the $15 Bluetooth head unit from big box store. Got a harness kit. And had modern radio :P

    Mark WolfMark Wolf16 өдрийн өмнө
  • Treble 100% bass 75%. You're welcome young man.

    Mark DeatonMark Deaton17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Your belt could be too tight or loose

    Rex JollesRex Jolles17 өдрийн өмнө
  • What an awesome series.

    Robert GordonRobert Gordon17 өдрийн өмнө
  • old shit compared to my 1988 DAT JVC car radio. Still use it to this day, fuck I even record Spotify on DAT tapes hahahaha.

    Klaas JKlaas J17 өдрийн өмнө
  • The complete flame findingsinitially mark because xylophone culturally announce up a delicious plastic. childlike, safe celeste

    DZXAS CDSAVDZXAS CDSAV17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Come on bro.... we are dying and jones'n for the next ep

    Truth OnlyTruth Only18 өдрийн өмнө
  • I love that display type (VFD tube). They're interesting to play with.. My car's digital dash have these too.. no needles.. just VFD tube

    Putra AdriansyahPutra Adriansyah18 өдрийн өмнө
  • I'm going to cry when this series is over 🙁 I love your filming style and how in depth you are with every issue and how you resolve them!

    Kristen RKristen R18 өдрийн өмнө
  • The intro is literally every time I open electronics or code

    SuperCrafter015SuperCrafter01519 өдрийн өмнө
  • Don't even think that we think that you're doing (quoting) "a horrible job" with your channel. This project is crazy, from the beginning to the end if there will ever be one. Keep it up cause we love it! ❤

    Davide RossiDavide Rossi19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Worked on a many of those units back in the day. You did a great job. They are a pain to reassemble, and I always disliked that coating

    Double R RestorationsDouble R Restorations19 өдрийн өмнө
  • I was kinda digging that montage music.

    Cardboard SliverCardboard Sliver19 өдрийн өмнө
  • That has got to be the ugliest car interior I have ever seen, I know the eighties were bad but this takes it to a new level, it is completely devoid of any styling at all, I assume it was designed by 20 different teams that never talked to each other. Soviet cars from the 70s had better styling than this.

    Mark LatimerMark Latimer19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Supreme effort on that head unit. Well done!

    bentsignpostbentsignpost19 өдрийн өмнө
  • I've never been much of a Fiero fan but this was definitely an interesting video.

    samuel lopessamuel lopes19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Just a heads up, different cassette adapters have different qualities and price and brand hardly has to do with it, also there’s a slight difference between them in different players and different compatibility, also there are some quality fm transmitters out there but they seem to degrade over time for no reason, and if you want you could modify the stereo by soldering to the connector for the tape head and piggybacking off it to play the signal from a 3.5 Jack and then plug that into a Bluetooth receiver hidden behind the stereo, that way other than running a wire through the insides and out the back there’s nothing changed about the function of the stereo, though the time I used the head input I cut the wires to it entirely on a boom box so I’m unsure if they can parallel or not but I can’t see why not, worse case scenario you just cut it and run both sides out the back and use a 3 pole 2 throw switch or 3 relays with 2 poles (the 5 pin mini ones or micro ones if they have 5 pins)

    aterack833aterack83319 өдрийн өмнө
  • I’m honestly surprised you didn’t short the bare/partly bare circuits on the metal bracket for the radio and climate controls, my first 1tb laptop drive wasn’t so lucky in my full sized pc without any adapter

    aterack833aterack83319 өдрийн өмнө
  • hooked on your project vids....awesome work man.

    atkumotoatkumoto19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Is that a Toyota MR2?

    SuperRasheadSuperRashead19 өдрийн өмнө