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I want to put my 96 caprice engine into a 79 impala. What will be the most major issues in completing this project. I know I'll have to switch the fuel tanks and lines. Ummm My 96 has the pass key thingy. Would it be necessary to swap out the steering columns. Where and how would I hook up the computer? Any help is appreciated.
 

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If you keep the FI then you will need to swap all of the computer stuff and upgrade your fuel system to pump and handle the required fuel PSI for the FI. You can place the computer anywhere that it will stay dry and not be exposed to excessive heat. I would imagine this is a major undertaking and not just a normal engine swap so I would do all my homework and be sure this is something that is within the realm of your talents.
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Is it the engine computer that runs the passkey function, or possibly a body computer of sorts? Find that out. Also, I suspect you're going to realize that the computer chip in your key is actually just a resistor. Assuming it is a characteristic that your engine's computer is reading and not just a go/no go signal from another CPU, then you could fake the value (radioshack resistor) that the computer is looking for on whichever pin the engine computer uses to read that signal.


btw- You are going to become intimately familiar with the new computer's wiring layout. Don't let that scare you, they are fairly simple once you get familiar with what the computer is looking for.

Find a pinout diagram for the engine's ecm.


btw - you might also be able to just swipe the ignition cylinder from the newer car. Then you would still have the passkey function without having to hack in an entire column.

You will want to pay attention to where your accesories are going to be. Making sure they clear steering bits and whatnot. 96...is that an LS1? The good news is that the location of the computer will be easy to replicate on the older car. What this means is that you need the wiring harness from the 96. That will save you from most of your wire splicing work. The only thing you'll be concerned with rewiring is any input that the computer needs from something not directly bolted to the motor (Passkey, brake sensor switch for startup, etc)

You'll also want easy access to at least an OBDii code scanner. Harbor Freight sells a handy one for $40 if you don't already have one. Makes trouble shooting a lot easier. Another device called a Pocket Logger is even cooler to have - it actually tells you the values that the various sensors are sending to the computer...or at least what the computer is seeing. Gives you a quick look at things like TPS wired backwards, O2 sensors out of range or lacking proper crosscounts, airflow sensors out of spec - that sort of thing.

Is this the engine and transmission or just the engine?
 

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it's the engine and trans....I just thought I'd transfer everything I could from the 96 to the 79. all the wires and everything.
 
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