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Default It is Alive! Update: EFI Fail!!!

After years of disassembly and years of (partial) reassembly, the engine was fired for the fist time yesterday. The software for the fuel injection needs to be worked out but one more dot has been connected to a running car!
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Hot damn!

It's always great the first time that expensive chunk of metal makes some noise.
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One of the penalties for taking so long to get this back together is some of the stuff I bought early on (thinking I was going to get this together next summer). One of these is the fuel injection. It's a fifteen year old product. I had to locate a laptop with a COMM port and a 3 1/2 floppy drive and Windows (no later than XP). I found that with the exception of the floppy drive.

It took me a couple of days to load the software onto the laptop and then onto the ECU. So, I still need to edit the fuel MAP to get it tuned, but it fires up. That (for me), is huge.
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You can still buy usb floppy drives. I got one a few years ago to transfer files off an old computer.

But, it sounds like you are in business now. Must feel good to be getting ready for spring.
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It's so cool to hit that 'runs' milestone. Congratulations!
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Congrats! Thatís gotta be a huge motivator to get the car on the road!
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So, here I am (more than) a year later. I didn't work on getting this tuned over the winter of 2020 because I didn't want to fill the garage with fumes. I did fire it back up in the summer of 2020 and the spark plug wire clips on the back cylinder melted (it was 3 inches above the header tube). Then the melted material dripped onto the header tube and resulted in a small (but persistent) FIRE. That fire was hot enough that it burned the insulation off the silicone wires. I was lucky, other than the wires there mas not any damage.

Next step was to replace the burned plug wires and separators. This took a while because I was so pissed that the clips caught of fire (I think they were MSD or Accell) and I had to remake the wires because they were custom length. I fired it back up later that summer and really made absolutely no progress on getting this tuned so I basically just gave up.

Until now. My current problem is that I was using an relatively antique EFI system (Holley Commander 950 purchased ~13 years ago) . It took me months to accept the conclusion that I would never get this to work after spending LOTS of time reading stuff on the internet and months of wiring this into my car. I suppose I'm now in the final stage of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.

Been shopping for a replacement and it looks like the best (easiest) replacement is a Holley HP EFI. I am dreading replacing this because I had integrated the wiring and ECU for the C950 into the car and disassembling the plenum to remove the wiring is a major pain. And, the HP EFI with all the stuff needed (dual synch dist., CD ignition) is pushing $3000.

This will definitely push everything back that is not related to getting the car running. But, if I can get it running, perhaps I will be motivated to finish the rest this coming winter.

Will I ever get this car on the road?
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