1985 Pontiac Fiero Shift Mechanism Rebuild | Saturday Projects

For those that are looking to do this on your own Fiero, I want to firstly apologize for not including the complete steps needed for removal. Basically, the entire center console has to be removed (center piece, back piece, and front piece) in order to get access to the center console "skeleton", which has to be removed next. To do that, it's just a few bolts here and there, but the radio does have to be completely removed and the climate controls unbolted and slid back through the skeleton. It's honestly very easy, but can definitely be overwhelming going into it.


Here's that Gasket video I mentioned:


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  • i seen a few things u could have done to improve the job.. 1 add some shims to take up the slack on the shift rod & ball shaft.. i would have put a washer at the end of the shaft between the e-clip and bracket, also get a plastic push plug (the red plastic caps/plug) cut a slit for the shaft and drop it in actuator where the ball goes into to take up the side to side and foward and back slack in the stick for more positive shifting..

    Akoni KaneAkoni Kane7 өдрийн өмнө
  • Don't know why, but a satisfying video...Thanks

    AgeGuyAgeGuy9 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wow this cleaning project is sooo relaxing and attention to details amazing.

    NefNef26 өдрийн өмнө
  • It doesn't matter. They lied, they fabricated an election, and they don't even hide anymore because nobody cares. This is now the United Communist Dictatorship of America.

    N EnglishN English26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Great work. Normally I hate 80s disco you-know-what-ing music, but, for this vehicle's journey, it's completely appropriate and I congratulate you! I would've gotten the plastic bellcrank scanned in so at least at some later date you could get it reproduced... my 2c' worth.. worth 2 cents.

    Silas MarnerSilas Marner27 өдрийн өмнө
  • Rock monsters. 😂😂😂

    Chris NortonChris Norton27 өдрийн өмнө
  • Just FYI. If you are wondering what the music is at 3:37 is it called ''you have done well'' by ' They dream by day'

    dillon lambdillon lamb27 өдрийн өмнө
  • You opened the door to the "other dimension" where things get lost in cars.

    Gonzalo QuinterosGonzalo Quinteros28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Can we get merch the says "That looks pretty damn good" ?

    Erik MarshErik Marsh2 сарын өмнө
  • Dude! :)

    Paul BarwickPaul Barwick2 сарын өмнө
  • super super video you did a really fantastic job

    john perryjohn perry2 сарын өмнө
  • You're getting better at this.

    paul taylorpaul taylor2 сарын өмнө
  • Generously applying the leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce I see...

    TheKiman2TheKiman22 сарын өмнө
  • Man's got great work ethic on the blaster

    KshitijKshitij2 сарын өмнө
  • Whens the next video?!?!?!!? I'm dying over here.

    B JonesB Jones2 сарын өмнө
  • When this series started I had my heart set on getting a Fiero. I absolutely loved them. Over time my inter3st has died down and its more of a maybe than a must. These videos coming out remind me of the fiero passion, albeit brief, I had. I still want an 88 Formula myself

    Spectra _Spectra _2 сарын өмнө
  • you know what I cant figure out is why when you had the engine in pieces; you didnt put a high lift cam and or make the 2.5(Iron Duke) engine have a lot more pep? i can understand keeping it stock but there were options given the parameters of that engine's design, like even a radical heads, maybe someone makes a fuel injection/ carb unit that maximizes an air to fuel ratio? There were other options as well like put a hot rodded 2.8 Fiero engine in it and try to see what are the limitations of this car's creation. I kind of want it it to be better than a Toyota MR2 and maybe make it a secret Corvette challenger.

  • Throw us a bone Ron, you're killing us!

    Bryan JensenBryan Jensen2 сарын өмнө
  • Never thought I’d think to myself “I’m in the mood for some Ronald Finger” but here I am.

    GelidGelid2 сарын өмнө
  • awesome job! explained well! i think the plastic might be better made of aluminum.

    Spencer KittlesonSpencer Kittleson2 сарын өмнө
  • I'm sure you've seen this, but Wow! The last Pontiac Fiero ever built has been sold for $90,000 www.foxnews.com/auto/last-pontiac-fiero-sold-90000

    Scott ThompsonScott Thompson2 сарын өмнө
  • This is probably the most thorough car restoration ever done.

    NoopNoop2 сарын өмнө
  • For Ronald Finger mnthe.info/bill/video/caugtXjTlKCdaqI

    Brian WeirBrian Weir3 сарын өмнө
  • mnthe.info/bill/video/caugtXjTlKCdaqI

    opuscat999opuscat9993 сарын өмнө
  • MNthe unsubbed me from you, I was 8 months behind!

    plamshawplamshaw3 сарын өмнө
  • Look at it this way. Now you only paid $98.95 for the Fiero. 🤑

    Berto606Berto6063 сарын өмнө
  • I like the side project videos in between the full length Fiero build videos. This was great and comical as always.

    JD GleasonJD Gleason3 сарын өмнө
  • Is there any reason you didn't consider doing a shifter rebuild kit by Rodney Dickman? I know I did it when I had my 93 Sunbird, and hooboy, the difference in how the shifter felt after that little project!

    imonfyreimonfyre3 сарын өмнө
  • I would love to see Ronald restore my 1981 Honda GL500 Interstate........ Nice!

    William CerarWilliam Cerar3 сарын өмнө
  • Little trick to get the slop out. Douse crazy clue while connected. After firmly drying, wiggle the connection to break free. Most, if not all, of the glue should stay on the plastic. Then add thin layer of grease.

    joneskimracingjoneskimracing3 сарын өмнө
  • You putting it back together gave me woody getting restored vibes

    nathan wittnathan witt3 сарын өмнө
  • 12:23 The doctor before my prostate exam

    X Razorsz XX Razorsz X3 сарын өмнө
  • Do you have a playlist available (spotify/MNthe) of the awesome 80's music you use in your videos ?

    A BxA Bx3 сарын өмнө
  • WD40 coat the shaft and ball. Let it dry then put a light grease on it. Matt paint looked good on the shifter shaft.

    Robert ClarkRobert Clark3 сарын өмнө
  • Oh shiz, i haven't thought about micro machines since the 90s

    dirty birddirty bird3 сарын өмнө
  • It’s a time capsule under that mechanism.

    TED SchmittTED Schmitt3 сарын өмнө
  • Holy lord, a balloonshop reference

    Tristan StapeTristan Stape3 сарын өмнө
  • You better clean up and restore that micro machine! 😉

    Steven SSteven S3 сарын өмнө
  • I love how the guy that was not even going to clean off the bolt heads or paint them or anything, is now disassembling his shifter for no particular reason other than he could make it nicer...

    sho Torsho Tor3 сарын өмнө
    • I love how the guy that was not even going to clean off the bolt heads or paint them or anything, is now disassembling his shifter for no particular reason other than he could make it nicer...

      sho Torsho Tor3 сарын өмнө
  • I woulda made some kind of bearing and inserted into that bell crank housing 👍.

    Dallas RifeDallas Rife3 сарын өмнө
  • I bought a brand new 1985 2M4 and loved everything about the car except for the shifter. Great videos!

    Kevin VKevin V3 сарын өмнө
  • Ronald: I want to compliment you on the positive growth of your presentation skills since the first couple videos. I'm really enjoying this resto.

    cdjhyoungcdjhyoung3 сарын өмнө
  • No chance you could have found an NOS replacement for that ball socket?

    cdjhyoungcdjhyoung3 сарын өмнө
  • I remember the first video you made in this series.... The Fiero has come a long way! Hats off to you!

    DIY DarklingDIY Darkling3 сарын өмнө
  • I hate when Resolve does that...

    SinisterSaladSinisterSalad3 сарын өмнө
  • Another excellent video Ronnie. If you want a new project, I've got a 69 Suzuki T125 Stinger in the garage.

    William KaczmarekWilliam Kaczmarek3 сарын өмнө
  • When I first read the title, it looked like “shifter” had two “t”s instead of an f. Snicker.

    David HollisDavid Hollis3 сарын өмнө
  • Does anyone else call this restoration "The Fingero"?

    G vSG vS3 сарын өмнө
  • Man, I hope that Fiero is just a tenth as good to you as you've been to her. That's been an amazing aventure, a true labor of love. Absolute congratulations for you my dude !

    Canada BobCanada Bob3 сарын өмнө
  • The fact that this part will not be seen and is already working okay shows your seriousness to detail. Just because it works and no one sees it doesn't mean it wont hurt to put a little extra attention in it. Have watched and enjoyed all your videos on the Fiero.

    Charlie BrownCharlie Brown3 сарын өмнө
  • The fact that this part will not be seen and is already working okay shows your seriousness to detail. Just because it works and no one sees it doesn't mean it wont hurt to put a little extra attention in it. Have watched and enjoyed all your videos on the Fiero.

    Charlie BrownCharlie Brown3 сарын өмнө
  • "scope creep the movie" 🤣😂🤣😂

    Doug HarknessDoug Harkness3 сарын өмнө
  • Fun Fact: Micro Machines 57' Chevy worth more than completed Pontiac Fiero being restored.

    jhawk1977jhawk19773 сарын өмнө
  • Dude this series WAS cool till he started to get SPONSORS.... Now its a bunch of filler, to wait for the last presentation of the finished project. Come on already.

    Rick James5Rick James53 сарын өмнө
  • Loose to a Prius.... lofl scary but possibly true

    zach overbyzach overby3 сарын өмнө
  • "Local MNther Ronald Finger forgoes the Shaft to work the Ball."

    Kurt YarishKurt Yarish3 сарын өмнө
  • great work man! keep the fiero projects coming

    Trailerpark SupersportsTrailerpark Supersports3 сарын өмнө
  • I love how inspiring yet nostalgic this music is. Makes me feel like I'm at the end of a great journey and I am getting flashbacks of all the great memories leading up to it.

    Elliot EasonElliot Eason3 сарын өмнө
  • Good old Resolve with it's "Media offline" shenanigans :D

    Vandal PauliusVandal Paulius3 сарын өмнө
  • Looks like you found money in your car as well. I found maybe around 20 cents in my Fiero, nothing new but money had paid me to work on this project!

    Nick_NTNick_NT3 сарын өмнө
  • The white plastic part can be restored using the UV light method - seen countless Playstations / Nintendos / Gameboys be brought back to brand new.

    NamesiNamesi3 сарын өмнө
  • Love this series. So well thought out and honest with showing mistakes..keep up the awesome work Ronald!!

    wallynwwallynw3 сарын өмнө
  • Ronald, I request that the first time you play any music on that tape deck it better be Flock of Seagulls!!!

    BossaNossa1BossaNossa13 сарын өмнө
  • Love the drag racing a Prius comment! LOL!!

    James DoddJames Dodd3 сарын өмнө
  • "Camp Dank"? Hmmm

    That GuyThat Guy3 сарын өмнө
  • Seriously need to get myself one of those angle drills

    The Road WarriorThe Road Warrior3 сарын өмнө
  • Admit it. You took the Micro Machine & change to media blast didn't you?

    Jaydawg7Jaydawg73 сарын өмнө
  • Just an idea, you could use JB Weld on the plastic bit to close up the gap and tighten it on the ball. Just put some on it, then sane to the correct size

    EvilJ069EvilJ0693 сарын өмнө
  • Got some of your money back!

    EvilJ069EvilJ0693 сарын өмнө
  • He must really appreciate that sand blaster. Makes things a helluva lot easier than trying to do the same job with a wire wheel.

    pauljs75pauljs753 сарын өмнө
  • Great watch !

    Maikel v.d. HulstMaikel v.d. Hulst3 сарын өмнө
  • Thought for sure you were going to 3D print a replacement part for that plastic bushing.

    Chris HuylerChris Huyler3 сарын өмнө
  • This guy was a watchmaker in a past life.

    NicholasNicholas3 сарын өмнө
  • Who else caught that dirty joke at 9:26?

    Anthony KeeganAnthony Keegan3 сарын өмнө
  • I like the way you explain things to make it easier for everyone to understand.

    Anthony KeeganAnthony Keegan3 сарын өмнө
  • There's my favorite fiero getting the love it deserves!

    Anthony KeeganAnthony Keegan3 сарын өмнө
  • the fiero cost you $98.95 now

    berb vberb v3 сарын өмнө
  • I really liked the music used in this video! Especially in the assembly part. Good choice!

    Tore-André GurandsrudTore-André Gurandsrud3 сарын өмнө
  • Great video! And you didn't even attempt to make us feel guilty for coming to your channel for Fiero stuff only...

    2000jago2000jago3 сарын өмнө
  • I bet you could actually make a living restoring Fiero parts for enthusiasts

    Felix24148Felix241483 сарын өмнө
  • on this installment of Saturday Projects - manscaping 9:20

    ctseanctsean3 сарын өмнө
  • You could have restored the plastic with hydrogen peroxide and a uv lamp

    Laaardy BlokeLaaardy Bloke3 сарын өмнө
  • I want my money back! Something didn't go wrong in this one! lol. Great stuff! This has been a great series to watch!

    its_Trennerits_Trenner3 сарын өмнө
  • Hey Ronald, how did you address the side to side slop? (gap between ball and plastic. I was thinking it requires a filler material to shim the ball, and it's receiver. Thoughts would be to coat ball in epoxy layers, or dip into some molten hdpe. Perfect roundness doesn't appear to be a requirement. Anyhoo, very entertaining as always. Reminds me of my constant upkeep of my 1987 GTA, when I was younger. The endless nature of 80's GM. ;) Should last a good bit in TX.

    Ryan MacEwenRyan MacEwen3 сарын өмнө
  • Knowing that you put that much effort into the shifter, and that the plastic (even though it's not visible) is so discolored... That would drive me absolutely bonkers.

    KardallKardall3 сарын өмнө
  • excellent results , keep up the great work

    Karen MurrayKaren Murray3 сарын өмнө
  • Im working on a 1980 international scout and I wish I hand this much detail in my restoration

    JackJack3 сарын өмнө
  • Where can I get the e-ring for the bell crank? My 85 GT’s is missing.

    Daxton ClaudeDaxton Claude3 сарын өмнө
  • I think you mean "E-Clip", not "E-Ring".

    Scott MScott M3 сарын өмнө
  • When buttersnaps appear, peaches no longer interest me.

    Dan RafalskiDan Rafalski3 сарын өмнө
  • Oh and the 80’s style synth tracks you use man fuckiiiiiiin mint 👌🏻

    WombocomboWombocombo3 сарын өмнө
  • No but foreal so many other you tubers don’t have your level of attention to detail I love this series

    WombocomboWombocombo3 сарын өмнө
  • Wow. I had that same micro machine when I was a kid. I had so many of them.

    JRJR3 сарын өмнө
  • love this series. great work

    Vincent PerkinsVincent Perkins3 сарын өмнө
  • Im gunna miss this series

    dylan coonroddylan coonrod3 сарын өмнө
  • "It turned out a bit more matte than id liked" well its not like anything big like a hole in ceiling or anything like that.

    Ricky LloydRicky Lloyd3 сарын өмнө
  • Ho i knew it was the shifter you forgot about last video !

    DaRavenDaRaven3 сарын өмнө
  • Ahh grease. Those stubborn messy sticky thingy. I worked a lot with grease and i dont use gloves for no reason HAHAHA. the end product is grease and dirty gets trapped in my nails.

    Stephene EnteraStephene Entera3 сарын өмнө
  • Love this series!! Some resto-brite might take care of the discoloration on the plastic there. I’ve seen it used a lot in old computer plastics restorations. Not sure how it affects the strength of the pieces, but they come out looking very sharp.

    Christopher WeirChristopher Weir3 сарын өмнө
  • I found this video very relaxing. especially the music. I went to bed after watching.

    GlennGlenn3 сарын өмнө