TBI value?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by theo, Feb 11, 2003.

  1. theo

    theo

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    I can get a 350 TBI from a 93 Caprice for $300 from my pal the wrecker. What do you think?

    He'll give me everything I need including ECU, sensors, wiring harness, etc. I can get him to throw in connectors and such. The engine is high miles - almost 200K. I want you guys to tell me if you think it's a burn. TIA :)
     
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    Good deal. Check out e-bay for prices on TBI set ups. The engine could need a lot of work, but the TBI stuff is worth it.
     
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    woody unhelpful spotter Staff Member Admin

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    I'd say you got a decent deal....now get that baby dropped in!!
     
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    Well OK then. I'll go for it. I won't get around to installing it though until next winter. I went through a lot to get my carbureted 350 to run. I need to use it this summer! Shoot, I don't even have tires and wheels yet. Or decent seats. I'm still collecting the bits to install a second battery. And the parts to plumb the York are waiting in a box on the bench. I don't even have a tool box or spares in the back. And the carport I started LAST SUMMER needs finished. And my family wants to go to . . .:D
     
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    wlecome to the club :D
     
  6. OlympiaFJ60

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    I'm not a 350 guy, but since you already have one in the Cruiser, couldn't you just swap intake manifold, distributor and wiring? I suppose it has to do with the age of your current engine though.

    Just an idea,

    Brandon
    Olympia, WA
     
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    Gumby Supamod Staff Member s-Moderator

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    Depends on the mods he wants to do. The intake has a couple of angled bolts on the TBI that are straight on the earlier heads. There is an adapter that GM used on the late big trucks that adapts a spread bore to a TBI.
    All in all the big part of the swap, bigger than the engine swap, is the wiring even with the full harness.
     
  8. theo

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    Dude - Thanks. I guess you know where I'm coming from.:D

    Olympia - I'm not qualified yet to answer that question. (I will be someday.) I know the ECM would probably need programming to control the different fuel/air requirements of my '69 350 versus the '93 L05. Programming requires a way to read the signal codes and a way to write new "code". Also, it's trial and error unless someone has already developed the code for my specific setup. The intake manifold would need some bolt holes reamed. I would need to fabricate mounts for several sensors including O2, speed, water temp, maybe others.

    I'm thinking there are fewer "mods" by installing a complete engine. Also, my '69 will need rebuilding some day. Why not rebuild the TBI 350 while I drive the Cruiser? That's the plan anyway. Hope it works!

    BTW, I was born and raised in Tacoma. Traveled by water as much as possible. Didn't see much of Olympia though, except an excursion into the mouth of the Nisqually. A hell of a lot of paddling is all we got out of that one!
     
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