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07-12-2014 09:26 AM
roger1 Thanks.

It seems to be running great. I've got an old Rinda Diacom setup that allows me to see all the functions and it all appears great.

I had Larry's Electric build the harness and program the chip. When I pulled the injectors for inspection, I noticed that they didn't match brands/styles so I opted for a set of reconditioned Bosch D3 injectors. It seems to idle better than any TPI I've had before.
07-12-2014 03:36 AM
64SS327 Roger, there are systems now like Megasquirt that will fire the injectors sequentially on any multi port system. That is if you would want to go through the work and cost of doing it. I'm sure you are happy with the way it is now.

I will add the truck is looking great. Clean install.
07-10-2014 11:27 PM
BuzzLOL
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Originally Posted by roger1 View Post
The TPI looks SO much better too.
. Yeah, don't have to hide the TPI engine under a fake plastic cover to try and make it look like a Chrysler Hemi...
07-10-2014 05:59 AM
bk2life
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Originally Posted by roger1 View Post
The TPI looks SO much better too.
its your ride, if it makes you happy then itís a job well done! LS motors are sweet, but I think many times the LS crowd forgets the sbc is still a great motor..
07-03-2014 01:39 PM
roger1
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Originally Posted by BuzzLOL View Post
. TPI 305 tech isn't much different than what is used today... unless going direct injection... I was thinking it should have the magnesium valve covers, but guess that was just 'Vette TPI 350"'s...
When GM came out with these in '85, I was very skeptical about them. But, I bought an '85 Vette and the engine was just great. I traded that for a '90 Vette and it was wonderful too. Back in the '90's I swapped in an '88 Trans Am 305 TPI /700R4 into a '76 El Camino SS and it was a really good combo.

It doesn't have sequential firing like the LS motors have so it's a little behind there too.

I hang out on Trifive.com and got a little flack for not going with a newer 5.3 liter engine. I thought I got a good deal on this TPI and transmission that only had 63K miles on it for a $1000. On trifive.com they told me I could get a 5.3L/4L60e for that much money. But, I sure don't see them for sale around here. The TPI looks SO much better too.
07-02-2014 06:40 PM
BuzzLOL . TPI 305 tech isn't much different than what is used today... unless going direct injection... I was thinking it should have the magnesium valve covers, but guess that was just 'Vette TPI 350"'s...
07-01-2014 07:15 PM
roger1 Got the engine started yesterday. The transmission took 9 quarts.

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Originally Posted by texastomeh View Post
roger1,
Don't really have any advice re the motor/tranny, but will offer that you should take REALLY good care of that little lady!!
Any wife that likes old pickups is a definite KEEPER!!!
Tom
I try to Tom. She definitely is a keeper.

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. By '91 the TPI 305 was a nice engine... nearly as powerful as the TPI 350... the TPI setup actually was better suited to the 305...
I've had 3 of TPI's before with one being a 305. I know the technology is old but I still have a love for these engines. I jumped when I found this one for sale with only 63K miles on it. I think it will be a perfect setup for what my wife will use the truck for.
The only things I did to it besides clean and paint it were to put a new timing chain on and upgrade it to Bosch D3 injectors. I already think the injectors were a good investment. This engine idles perfectly smooth.
07-01-2014 01:07 PM
BuzzLOL . By '91 the TPI 305 was a nice engine... nearly as powerful as the TPI 350... the TPI setup actually was better suited to the 305...
06-27-2014 11:55 PM
texastomeh roger1,

Don't really have any advice re the motor/tranny, but will offer that you should take REALLY good care of that little lady!!

Any wife that likes old pickups is a definite KEEPER!!!

Tom
06-27-2014 07:24 PM
dogwater Why do you say to do a fluid change after a 100 miles?
Just as a flush, your option.
06-27-2014 08:36 AM
stuarta
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Originally Posted by roger1 View Post
Thanks for the tips.

I tried to pour as much fluid out the torque converter as I could but I know there is still some in it. How much I don't know.

Why do you say to do a fluid change after a 100 miles?
If you did as suggested, place the convertor hub down in a pail, almost 100% of the fluid would have drained out.

Dump 4 - 5 quarts in and fire it up.
Run the shifter through the gears and add fluid until it is between the full and add marks.

No need to shut it off and restart.
06-27-2014 08:15 AM
roger1
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I'm assuming you didn't get all the fluid out of the torque converter because there should be at least a qt. & a half of ATF in it before you fire it up. Fill the trans. up to the dip stick line, start the engine an let it run for about 30 sec. then shut it down. Then refill the the trans. and start it again for 30 sec. & shut it down. Keep doing that until the fluid level stays the same. I'd start off with 2 gals. of Dex 3. That might be a little more than you need but it would be a good idea to to a fluid change after a 100 miles or so. No additive needed.
Thanks for the tips.

I tried to pour as much fluid out the torque converter as I could but I know there is still some in it. How much I don't know.

Why do you say to do a fluid change after a 100 miles?
06-27-2014 06:34 AM
dogwater I'm assuming you didn't get all the fluid out of the torque converter because there should be at least a qt. & a half of ATF in it before you fire it up. Fill the trans. up to the dip stick line, start the engine an let it run for about 30 sec. then shut it down. Then refill the the trans. and start it again for 30 sec. & shut it down. Keep doing that until the fluid level stays the same. I'd start off with 2 gals. of Dex 3. That might be a little more than you need but it would be a good idea to to a fluid change after a 100 miles or so. No additive needed.
06-26-2014 08:03 PM
FranksGarage
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Originally Posted by roger1 View Post
I sold the old 235 and 3-speed for $150
Man that hurts. Just what I need for my '51. Looks like your wife is in for one very nice truck.
06-26-2014 07:39 PM
roger1
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Originally Posted by FranksGarage View Post
What did you do with the motor you took out of the truck?
I sold the old 235 and 3-speed for $150
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