Buying a kit or using the GM would be based on your mechanical expertise. DON'T piece one together. Buy a complete set up from a junkyard or a stupid F-body owner switching to a carb, or, best option, buy a whole van or truck and take it off yourself.
I agree, getting a complete vehicle is the best. If you have ALOT more time than money and like lots of frustration (er..challenges) or are really handy, piece one together. CustomEFIS has the cheapest setup going that I have seen. I know he has done or is working on several 2F TBI setups for people. Maybe some one here has one?
Thanks. I think I can get the TBI kit from Custom EFIS for around $1000 and he says it will work with my set up. I don't know how I would go about programming a junkyard computer, etc. since I am buying a new crate engine.
I was hoping someone could share their experience with Customer EFIS before I shell out $$$$ to someone I don't even know. Maybe I should just do a carb..
Carbs suck. For $1000 you could get a truck with the same type of motor you have if you're going with a stockish crate, strip it of it's FI and maybe sell some of the other parts. No programming needed.
OTOH, somebody else doing all the work is worth a few bucks too.
Thanks for the search. I really want to be sure before I shell out the $$$$ that I will get paid. The stuff they sell looks great and if it works out I could be a big proponent for 350 conversions with TBI. I am a little suprised no one out there can comment on the viability of the shop.
Many of the people that I know who are running any EFI system on a V8, are using a pre existing set up, meaning that they did not have to go through a custom EFI shop in order to get that on thier engine. Perhaps that is why you have not heard anything out here about this. Have you tried Pirate, or any of the many other boards out there? I am sure that if you search enough, you will find someone to tell you want you want to hear. Otherwise, you could be like some of us chumps who just slap money down, and pray for the best!
I have a kit on order from JW at Custom EFS for several months now, it is for my 77 fj40, he says that he has done a few now but I wonder what is taking him so long, I can give full reprt if you like if I get my kit soon,
in the profile but here goes...
Basically I really liked Woody's 40 so I stole the specs & built it up! Original cruiser cost me $700.
73 fj40 (frame-off);
ram jet 350, sm465,
soa with cut & turn,
55 springs, ps,
4:88's with detroits front and rear,
38.5 x 14.5 sx swampers,
Kong's high steer