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post #1 of 965 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 15, 2:07 PM Thread Starter
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Finally decided to go to EFI...

Ordered from Jeg's Tuesday, showed up just now, 2 days later:
$995 - FiTech Go EFI-4 600hp kit #30002 http://fitechefi.com/default.asp.pg-...m4-InjectorKit
$395 - FiTech Go EFI Fuel Command Center #40003 http://fitechefi.com/default.asp.pg-...lCommandCenter

If the results even slightly resemble the looks and the packaging, I should be a happy camper...

I plan to update progress as it's made.

I only have 2 hours to use up today...
Tentative PLAN A (for today) is to remove carb and lay out the wiring to see how much leeway I have to work with....then swap on the EFI throttle body, and try to get the fuel surge tank setup mounted.

If that goes smoothly, I'll then try to get the coolant sensor installed as well...and by slim chance there's no drama..."maybe" drill the hole for the O2 sensor...or for right now, cheat and use the one I already have for my WideBand sensor.

Looks like only 4 wires need to be hooked up to start the car, so even a dumb old mechanic like me should be able to figure that out.

Tomorrow's "tentative" plan is to do any necessary plumbing and linkage, etc....

Wish me luck...
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I'm interested....... good luck!
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Thanks. Spent 3 hours after work and made some progress.

All I have left is running fuel line from mechanical pump to surge tank, O2 sensor, and cleaning up some wiring.

I did the "quick start" programming already. I must admit I am not quite a fan of this handheld controller, but so far install has been easy peasy.
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Very pleased that my carb linkage bracketry bolted right up, and my 4" tall air cleaner fits as well.

Videos coming tomorrow


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Following this one.

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You dont mess around huh Bob

I like that surge tank under the hood - makes servicing VERY easy if ever needed.

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Nice! Im following too no doubt. Is the overall height of the TB lower than a 4150 Holley?

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have you closed the hood on the 4" air cleaner yet? If not, go easy on that.

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cool its coming together

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Nice! Im following too no doubt. Is the overall height of the TB lower than a 4150 Holley?
It's actually nearly 1/4" shorter, from base to air cleaner flange...best I could measure this morning .

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have you closed the hood on the 4" air cleaner yet? If not, go easy on that.
I'm good to go Tom, this is the same air cleaner I have been running all year. I really did not expect it to clear the throttle body. It's an old school Moroso (previously blue anodized) drop base housing with a 14x4 Wix Racing filter.
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You dont mess around huh Bob

I like that surge tank under the hood - makes servicing VERY easy if ever needed.
Yessir. I am pleased with how well the tank fits in that corner. It's not as low as it could go, but the hood should have plenty of clearance. The tank is very easy to connect to the system too. The + wire comes right off of the throttle body harness, and simple ground to the fender or whatever. You have 3 different choices of where to connect the fuel line to the TB, 2 in front, 1 in back. Only thing I don't care for too much is the coolant sensor had to be installed at front of intake, where the bypass nipple would normally be. I've never ran a bypass hose, so it was open, but wish I could have mounted it in one of the heads...the included adapter (bushing) was too tight against the header flange so I couldn't tighten it.

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cool its coming together
I'm about 3 hours in, including cleaning up and locking up the shop....

I wish I could have had it on the lift already, but since I do make my money with it, I didn't want to have my car apart and work on the floor...lol.

When I get to that point, I'm going to "borrow" my wideband's existing O2 sensor bung to get the car running, and allow me to drive it over to the lift so I can install the O2 sensor permanently.

What sucks is I have 2 brand new 4 post drive on lifts, that I could have used and that would have worked perfectly, but they're not wired up yet.

Oh well.

Todays' shopping list:

3/8"NPT to 3/8" nipple
1/4" hose for vent line
3/8" inline fuel filter
5/16"-1/4" air cleaner stud adapter (TB has 5/16" hole for stud)

Will update later....
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If you are not concerned with being able to keep an eye on the command center gauges you could mount it in the passenger fender behind the battery, thats what i did so it would be out of sight. If i ever have to troubleshoot and need to see the gauges it will be about a 10 minute job to get access to it, just a thought for anyone who is planning on installing this setup in the future.

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If you are not concerned with being able to keep an eye on the command center gauges you could mount it in the passenger fender behind the battery, thats what i did so it would be out of sight. If i ever have to troubleshoot and need to see the gauges it will be about a 10 minute job to get access to it, just a thought for anyone who is planning on installing this setup in the future.
I actually don't mind it out in view. I'm sure it'll be a conversation starter, lol.
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I am waiting to see how your test drive goes before I pull the trigger and order mine. How are you running your vent line? Are your running a fuel cell or a stock style tank?
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I am waiting to see how your test drive goes before I pull the trigger and order mine. How are you running your vent line? Are your running a fuel cell or a stock style tank?
I am running the stock gas tank.
I'll be using the factory 1/4" vapor/return line, which makes it super simple to connect to, since it's right there next to the factory 3/8" feed line.
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