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Considering EFI Tech 400 hp unit any feedback appreciated


400HP unit part #30003

https://fitechefi.com/    There is a $150.00 off deal..... peaked my interest. 

I have been getting terrible gas mileage with my 350 Crate in my Impala.  I am running hei distributor. edelbrock intake and a edelbrock 1405 carb

Use cruise control on the highway above 40 mph.

Not sure what the timing is 

2017 Figures 

LITRES MILESGALLONS MPG
895.39 2,666236.5411.27102

2018 Figures

LITRES569.527 MILES   
Gallons150.45 1,487 MPG9.88348

2019 Figures 

Litres GALLONSMILES  
300.779.44597  MPG7.51536

Please excuse my Excel expertise. 

 

Has anyone gone this route with EFI Tech. what were the results.  Am I just dreaming hoping to get a big increase in gas mileage. 

 

Apparently a Mustang fuel pump in the tank will run much quieter 

 

Cliff 



-- Edited by oshawacliff on Monday 24th of June 2019 10:06:38 AM

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What are you using for the gallon figure? 4.55 is the number you should be using. If I am doing this correctly, all of your gallons are high.. (although it is still low MPG)

 

895.39L=196.79G

569.53L=125.17G

300.7L=66.1G

 



 



-- Edited by 67Poncho on Monday 24th of June 2019 11:50:23 AM

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I've never used an EFI tech unit before but I have heard good things about them.  For me, the price tag is too high.  No disrespect, but you mentioned in your description that you don't know what your ignition timing is.  If it was me, I'd spend some time and dial in the 600 cfm Edelbrock carb you have and also your timing curve.  Is your vacuum advance can hooked up on the distributor and working?  There is no reason that a well tuned 350 with a carburetor shouldn't be getting 16 - 18 mpg.  If you are getting 7 to 9 mpg, then something is not tuned correctly.

 

The total timing for a SBC with the vacuum can unhooked should be 36 to 38 degrees advanced.  You will need to know how much mechanical advance your distributor has in order to set your idle timing.  Idle timing + mechanical advance should equal 36 to 38 degrees.  You can buy an advance timing light for about $100 bucks or even cheaper second hand on Kijiji.  After your timing is set and locked down, then hook your can up for the vacuum advance to the manifold port on your carb and it will pull extra timing at idle and when your car is not under a load.  This will help fuel economy and give you lots of power off a stoplight.

 

After the timing is set, borrow a hand-held wideband O2 sensor from somebody and weld an O2 bung on your exhaust just past the header or cast manifold, whichever you are running.  You will need to do this anyway if you plan on running EFI because the whole system relies on the wideband O2 sensor.  Drive your car and see where it is running rich.  From the factory, Edelbrock runs pretty big jets and rods because they don't want you running lean and wrecking your motor.  Too rich is a problem though and will give you poor mileage and potentially wash cylinder walls.  You will probably see once you install an O2 sensor that you are running rich at idle and part throttle and possibly even WOT.  This will mean a rod and jet change which is about 30 minutes of work and about $30.  Edelbrock will have a chart for your carb telling you what rod/jet combo to run if you want to lean it out a stage or 2.  

 

Just my 2 cents.  Rather than spend $ on an EFI, I'd spend some more time dialing in what you already have.  Even if you switch to EFI, it won't run well if you don't have your timing sorted out.



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With some checking it looks like I ended up with a formula for US gallons.

Calculations re worked with  0.219969157

2017   Litres 895.39     Gallons  196.96     Miles  2666   MPG  13.54

2018   Litres 569.527   Gallons   125.28    Miles  1487   MPG  11.87

2019   Litres 300.7       Gallons     66.15    Miles     597   MPG    9.03

Might consider putting in the plug in the exhaust to get some readings first before making the big purchase.  Then we can chase down what is actually happening and make adjustment from there. 

 



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mate in new zealand put fitech on his bigblock. Bloody awesome. Self learning, fully programmable. Just do it. Get a control centre which has pump etc. i put EFI on mine. Really good. Installed an aeromotive stealth in tank fuel pump system. Adaptable. Only downside? I guess with carb and dissy spares can be carried in the boot In case of failure



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Was told a Mustang pump will fit in the tank and be much quieter in the tank than mounting a pump on the frame rail.

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https://www.aeromotiveinc.com/product/phantom-340-stealth-fuel-system/



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