'94 Firebird LT1 into '78 Camaro project back on

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  1. sbca96

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    Game on. Started removing stuff to get the engine out. It is frustrating to
    see just how much everything has aged while sitting 10 miles from the Pacific
    Ocean. The aluminum has that white chalk on it, and the balancer and all of
    the pulleys have signs of rust. Pisses me off because its only got 67k on it!
    The project stalled about 5 years ago and the fuel pump froze so I have not
    been able to start it. Wont even crank now, think rats ate the wiring.

    Anyway .. I got the garage cleaned up so I have a place to put the engine as
    soon as I get it out, and hopefully this weekend I will have a partscar sold and
    have the money for a Spectra Tank from NPD (unless someone has a cheaper
    source I should look into).

    Tom
     
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    Try rockauto for the tank
     
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    I put a 95 LT1 into my 81 Monte Carlo. This is a lot of work. I have addressed a lot of the issues you will be coming across. Let me know if you have questions. Are you using a 4l60e or the standard tranny with the car?
    I used the Pianless Wiring Harness. Problem is you will need to buy a bunch of relays that will not come with the motor. Other problem is going to digital gauges from mechanical.

    I bought a fuel tank for a TBI Monte. This gave me the reservoir I needed for the sending unit and fuel pump. I used the fuel pump for a 1992 TPI 350 F Body. This fit the monte TBI sending unit and delivered the desired pressure.

    I built all new lines for the fuel system. Used one old line for the charcoal cannister.

    Good luck.
    David
     
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    Thanks, I have been researching this since before we bought the parts car
    back in .. God .. 2003?? Anyway, NPD I can pick up the tank and avoid the
    costly shipping, I dont know of others that I can do that with. Where is Rock
    located? I have a complete Firebird parts car, so I shouldnt need to buy any
    extra relays ... right? My plan is to have it running by the end of August. I
    have already got the A/C delete pully, crossmember for the 4L60E (yes that
    is one reason we went this route - TH350 is dead) and it has a good radiator
    in the Firebird. It was a side impact and ran perfect before I parked it, got
    involved in other projects and neglected it. Its been "safely" stored inside the
    cars engine bay, but the salt air has been invading it.

    I also have the Blazer driveshaft .. NPD has the tank for 579.95 plus tax ... I
    got the Painless harness over 5 years ago ... time flys ..

    Tom
     
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    I dont see the EFI tank listed on Rockauto's site. I looked up '72 Camaro, it
    only has stock tanks listed.

    Tom
     
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    I bought the fuel tank for my Monte from a GM parts group in Canada. It cost only $150 with shipping. I would look into other options. Did anyone make fuel tanks for fuel injected 2nd generation camaros? That price seems too high unless you get the sending unit with it.
     
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    The price is complete with sender, fuel pump, baffles and wiring. See the
    thread on the spectra tanks. I will be using an early 71-73 tank, with a two
    inch square spacer to fill the void left by the taller late 70s tank. Then I'm
    going to cut the neck and extend it with rubber filler neck hose and make a
    support at the bumper to hold the neck properly in the bumper hole. There
    arent any fuel injection tanks for the late 70s Camaros, I looked into a Grand
    National tank, but its just too different, the early 70s tank at least fits 'right'.
    I would rather not re-invent the wheel if I can avoid it. Besides I know that
    a decent number of people are waiting to hear if it can be done. The car is
    also going to be Cali-smog legal .. so this will be fun.

    Everytime I price a cheaper way of doing the tank, it comes within a couple
    hundred of the complete tank .. :confused:

    As of now the exhaust is still up in the air ...

    Tom
     
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    Great news ... I sold my '60 Studebaker Hawk this weekend, so I have money
    to buy the fuel tank and NPD has one in stock. Ready to pull the trigger on the
    early tank in a late 2nd gen. Seems like the best route.

    Tom
     
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    Wow, I am WAY confused now, I sent RockAuto an email asking :

    They sent this reply :

    I thought they carried the EFI tanks?? I have read on a number of forums
    that they carry it, very odd. I also like how they called it a CamEro. Ouch.

    Tom
     
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    Look up 1970 Camaro in rockauto, they still carry the Spectra Premium EFI tank and it shows. The part # is GM42AFI and it is $317. That is just a little cheaper than I have seen elsewhere (by a LOT). They list it as only fitting 1970 Chevrolet Camaro and 1970 Pontiac Firebird if you clik on the part # to show interchanges. Sometimes Rockauto's part interchanges are not quite right although usually they are pretty good.
     

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