Throwback Thursday: What You Should Know About Your First EFI Conversion

Wow, can you believe it’s once again time for another Throwback Thursday? Let’s do everything we can to make this day a good one. The arrival of the day after Hump day means another week is almost over. For this week’s look back, I thought we would check out an article published in March of 2016. Yes, I’m going back a few years, but the information is still relevant.

Anyway, back then, we published an article with help from Fuel Injection Technology (FiTech) titled FiTech EFI: What You Should Know About Your First EFI Conversion.  I do need to let you know that 2016 prices are mentioned in the original article, and I suggest reaching out to FiTech and see if prices have changed for what you need.

Carburetors will never completely disappear, but there are still gearheads out there that FiTech wants to convert. The street rod and muscle car communities are becoming more and more aware of what’s out there, and yet there is still that age-old assumption of using a laptop to make your EFI conversion work properly. FiTech wants to make sure everyone knows that they have done all of the hard work for you and that you don’t even need to own a computer, let alone a laptop, to convert to a FiTech EFI system.

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FiTech’s goal is to make EFI conversions so simple that all you have to do is bolt the unit up, connect a few wires, and you’re set.

In the original article, We did an install on Mark Thomas’ 1955 Chevrolet Nomad. Motivated by a potent small block, Mark had a few questions when he brought his car in. As a first-time carb-to-EFI recipient, he was concerned about how much would need to be done with regards to the ignition, timing, and fuel delivery system. We assured him that he was in good hands with guys from FiTech.

What you need to know, is a FiTech EFI conversion will work with basically any carbureted application currently utilizing a 4150-style flange intake manifold. The basic connections for the EFI are a hot 12 volt, switched 12 volts, chassis ground, tachometer input, and an ignition input that sees 12 volts during cranking and run conditions. As for the ECU, FiTech mounts it directly to the throttle body, and all necessary sensors are either part of the throttle body–like air temperature, throttle position sensor, idle air control valve, and fuel injectors–or they are included, such as the wideband O2 sensor and the cooling temperature sender.

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The high-tech fuel squirting system from FiTech does all the work for you. You only need to answer a few questions and set a couple of parameters, and you’re ready to Go-EFI.

For the first time EFI installer, basic knowledge, and skills would be the requirement to install your own system. If you can install a carburetor, water pump, or fuel pump, you’ve likely got the minimum skillset necessary to convert to a FiTech Street EFI system.

There is a lot more interesting and what might seem surprising information in the original article, and to learn more, you really need to check out FiTech EFI: What You Should Know About Your First EFI Conversion. Check back with us often, as we’ll be sure to bring you more great tech you can use.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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