Thinking about which parts of the job I'm able/comfortable of doing myself (no garage, just a covered parking spot) and which be done by shop. I'm going with Edelbrock MPFI kit, so it'll be more work that TBI install as I'll be swapping intake manifold - I don't see any issues with doing it myself (as long as I get some help with lifting that damn intake ).
I have a bit of concern about the fact that Pro Flo comes with single plane Victor Jr style of intake which is good for higher RPMs. However as I understand it mostly applies to carbureted applications and doesn't matter that much when you have just air flowing through it. Am I right?
Then there is a list of additional things:
- new alternator - my stock 78amp stock alt is struggling at idle even after rebuild, so new Powermaster unit, either 140/80 or 150/100 amp
- gaskets (thermostat and valley pan) as Edelbrock kit has only intake ports gaskets. I'll have to go over installation manual to check if need any other gaskets
- throttle linkage adapter - was mentioned somewhere that I'll need this, BJs had one that should work. Only concern is about TV linkage to transmission as installation instructions for linkage adapter only mention kickdown cable
- new ignition coil and wires - I need new wires anyway, maybe throw in better coil while I'm at it? I was thinking about upgrading ignition to MSD streetfire before, but not sure if it's going to work with Pro Flo distributor (need to read Edelbrock guide about ignition for more details) and if I actually need it
- In-tank electric pump - quiet and doesn't require any additional components under the hood, but harder to install and to service, and I'll have to upgrade fuel lines from tank to engine. Doesn't solve issue with fuel sloshing around due to lack of baffles in tank, so will need something like Holley Hydramat. Anyway this will probably require dropping the tank, which I'm not really comfortable doing in the parking lot [yet]
- Surge tank/sump (RobbMC or Edelbrock) - no mods required for fuel tank or lines from it to under the hood, no dropping tank. Can even keep the mechanical pump, however I'd prefer having a electric one. No issues with sloshing fuel as surge tank acts as a buffer. What bugs me about this approach is having two fuel pumps (low pressure (mech or electrical) and high pressure in surge tank) - that looks a bit excessive. However all components can be relatively easy to reach and replace if needed.