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Making Project ReDo More Efficient by Way of FiTech’s EFI Kit
Our recently-launched ’68 Firebird project car, Project ReDo, has a lot of great hardware in store for it in the coming months, but before we look to upgrade the suspension, brakes and other aspects of the car, our top priority at the moment is to improve the drivability, reliability and fuel consumption of our project. More power and torque, of course, is always a good thing as well.
There are several ways we can go about this, but the one that has been catching our attention and interest as of late is to convert our carbureted setup for something a bit more “today.” We could of course go the obvious route, and just swap in an LS powerplant, but to spare us from getting stoned by the purists and not to jump on a cliche, we elected to go with an aftermarket EFI system.
Now with several different kits that are currently on the market today, there was something about the FiTech system that caught our attention. First, was its impressive and high-quality design. For a kit that’s relatively new to market by a company that’s only until recently was largely unheard of, we felt that it deserved a closer look.
Since our Timeless Muscle offices are located right down the street from our friends at Pace Performance, who has become a dealer for FiTech EFI kits as of late, we ordered up FiTech’s 30012 kit, along with its Fuel Command Center kit (PN-4003).
Helping us install the system, as well as providing before and after dyno feedback, is Trevor Hutter of Hutter Performance. Trevor and his team are a staple in Northeast Ohio, and their core customer are usually the late-model GM EFI , although they get a steady stream of carbureted classic muscle cars. They’ve installed their fair share of aftermarket EFI kits into these cars, too, although this was their very first go at installing a FiTech system.
With an in-ground Mustang dyno at our disposal as well as a fully-equipped shop with a very talented staff, we were very optimistic about the outcome of the install. Now we weren’t looking for huge power gains from this kit, however, with a more efficient fuel system in place of our current setup, we were more interested in the improvements in overall drivability and cold start operation.
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of Timeless Muscle Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.