Well, here it is. This is the car we will be converting to electric. It is a 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT. At over 23 years old, it certainly isn't a new car, but having bought it from its original owner, it was in very good condition.
When we first started looking for a car to use in the conversion, we were looking for cars that didn't run. We naturally though that would be a better choice for a conversion because the engine would already be trash and you wouldn't be destroying something that already runs. However, looking at the situation a bit more realistically, we found that what would actually be best is to find a car that has been maintained. This would give us a well taken are of interior and exterior as well as a clean and maintained engine bay.This makes far more sense in terms of the work it needs as well as the money we will have to spend on it. True, buying the car in excellent condition cost more than buying a car that didn't run by about $2000, but if you want your car to be painted nicely, any full car paint job will cost more than $2000. The only way to avoid this obligatory paint job is to buy a car that has been maintained, and that means a running vehicle.
This car truly is beautiful, and a true sports car. Built in the mid 80's, this car was years ahead in terms of style, and in fact, when seen in person, looks very modern. Unfortunately, the same modern feel does not carry into the interior. The classic boxy plastic GM dash of the 80's protrudes toward the driver and passenger like a pile of bricks. Clearly, this will need to change, but first, we need to get the car running.