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Howell TBI on 1977 J10 
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After being inspired by this site so many years ago to become involved in EFI, this project was for me the way to go at the time.(about 1997)

My dad bought this truck new. He passed away in 89 so my mother forced this ugly thing on me. Nice to have something free and then be able to keep it running.

Had carb trouble and one morning on my way to work had a fire as the float stuck and pumped gas onto the exhaust manifold.

There wasn't much to bolting on the Howell kit but in those days making a cable for the ALDL dump and communicating with ECU and 160 baud(Very interesting). Then on to the EPROM tables and changing things here and there.

Truck still strong.


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Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:03 pm
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Welcome to the site, Den! Thanks for posting up this thread :-)

About your inspiration, the site you're thinking of is this one: http://www.diy-efi.org/

For a while it was down and up and down and unreliable and I checked on what I thought the domain was one day, and it was clear! So I bought it, only to realise later that I was name squatting by accident. I don't think it matters much as the other is a relic of days gone by as this will be soon with the death of forums, and they both share(d) the same spirit anyway.

My dad bought my truck brand new too, however he did that in 88 or 89, and he's still kicking around for the time being. :-)

How did you get the truck through the engine fire without total destruction? Sounds like a great story untold.

Fred.

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Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:00 pm
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As it turned out with the fire, timing was on my side. I had stopped at a quick stop for coffee and shut the truck off. I noticed smoke as I got out and lifted hood. Fire was small and a fire extinguisher put it out with no damage done except the carb was shot.

Den


Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:11 pm
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