Many of you have known my stance of fuel injection… after installing many I came to feel any of the systems I had tried put the driver in harms way when it came to in the field service. Added to the fact that I have not seen improvement in performance of mileage other than a quicker response… not more plus fast startup and shut down which are all good ut trading off getting it fixed without a hassle… it just was not worth the bet to me. Hey, good stuff but YOU had to be the tech and parts supplier. I may be picky but I wanted more for my customers… this puts some less technical people in harms way!.
The next round of smart fuel injection technology has hit us. The big performance manufacturers are coming out with low priced ($900)… heck, for that you can buy 2 putting one unopened under the sofa where any tech now can use new diagnostics of replacing parts til the thing starts working! I do like that as your on the road repair. Added to that the auto programming function which means no burning chips, a chassis dyno for set up or any of that mess….. trust me a good thing. Then there is the simple installation….. we have been restoring a 1979 Ford 4wd pickup Ordering in the newest most promising of these new systems… this one is FiTech This is a simple install… 2 sensors 1 water the other O2. It’s not at all connected to the ignition system.. only fuel as you can see we are leaving the Ford coil type dist.
Today I’m ordering from Summit one of th systems for my coach JayGee in hopes of driving the bugger to the Keys to a Sshine Statesmen r coming up. This way I can really get a feel for the system without risking a customer coach. Under this carpet will be the test On my motor that runs like the proverbial top removing my nice, fresh carb we will install the system, documenting the process and the time and then the run to the Keys should give us the data we need to make an informed decision.
What has pushed me to this you ask? Must be something as much pupup I’ve loaded on fuel injection in the past!
OK, I’ll tell you. Last week we had a good friend and customers coach in for a miss in the motor. Yes, it was one of our roller cam motors so I needed to see the issue. Yes, it was the carb spitting fuel…. it wasn’t “missing” it was running rough from the worn out carb. A fresh remanufactured carb went on and I tuned it myself .. Marylin got 1/2 way home to New Port Richey and the motor started backfiring, running poorly…. crap! What the……. so yesterday I got up a 4am, jumped in Ralph the Suzuli and headed the 2 hour drive to the injured patient. I mean really, what is going on!!!!! I KNOW the set up was nice…. just like we knew Rosses bearing looked all good when they were repacked but a wheel came off anyway!
Arriving I went to work, I have a complete ignition and fuel system with me…. I was on a mission! Carefully I inspected every cubic inch of that &)%$@#*** motor. Here it was…. a barrol spring on the choke circuit way on the bottom f the carb and come off it’s tension perch causing the carb to go into involuntary full choke…. what the *^%#$#, how can this happen! this is an old carb I’m showing you…. anyway that’s enough, I want an option m a carb. BTW< of definition of a carb is a coned series f spring loaded at and fuel leaks….. unless a spring comes off!
NOW, I’m concerned about something like this happening to others on the road. Are these carbs getting messed around that no matter how good the reman, little things are going to happen. This is the same reason I toss out ole Troll Onan generators… when they get finicky…. they are out too….. just like rear wheel bearings, if you do not KNOW the age of your rear wheel bearings I’m putting in new ones!!!!!
Ordering in this new technology fuel delivery system I’m looking for something better than 40 year old carb. springs keeping you on the road…. it’s time!
So stay tuned when you see a post title “FiTech fuel injection” and lets see what happens. Guys, if we have to rely on the ole girls and boys some things may need to be updated……… Ease of integration and installation, easy of maintenance and adapting to new fuels I think it’s time… stay tuned for more on this…
On another important note… we’re starting a new restoration… this should be exciting
See ya tomorrow…..