This is the 1992 Chevy Lumina with a 3.1L V6 engine that I bought for parts,
shown here in all it's front wheel drive glory. Why on earth would I buy such a
car? To get the EFI system as a donor -
that's why! I'm grabbing the computer, the engine and related wiring harnesses,
the interior harnesses with the EFI wiring in them (ALDL connector, etc.), all
of the sensors, injectors, fuel rails, and the intake for good measure (it has
injector mounting points on it that I can use for later reference). I also
grabbed a bunch of other odds and ends for use on my various other projects.
The car was pretty well equipped with AC, power windows, power locks, a power
trunk release, a 60/40 split front bench, nearly brand new rear tires, and
probably a few other things I didn't notice. Other than the rod knock, the
windshield was cracked, the driver's door panel was in tough shape, the driver's
seatbelt was cut/wasted/missing-in-action, I couldn't get
the passenger's side rear door open, and it was pretty dirty inside and out. If it
weren't for the rod knock, this looked like it would be a decent daily driver for
someone who needed dirt cheap transportation. I guess that's what the Lumina
exists for, so that's not really a bad thing.
The car was sold to me for the sum of $100 by a nice fellow over in Port
Orchard, and although it had a nasty rod knock and blows enough blue smoke to
make a nice smokescreen, it did drive onto the trailer under it's own power.
Beyond the cost of the car, it cost me about $40 in gas to go fetch it. If you wanted parts off of it,
you're too late. After I stripped the car of what I needed/wanted, I advertised
it for sale locally and found a fellow who wanted to buy the entire car for body
parts. I negotiated a "delivered to his door" price of $120 - $100 for the car
and $20 for gas to get it there. In the end, it really only cost me $40 in gas
to get what I needed from this car. Sweet! Oh, and I found about $5 in change
under the front seats when I removed them - so it really only cost me about $35
in gas. :-)
Here's the good stuff - the EFI computer! It's a genuine AC Delco service
replacement part (#16198260) that is interchangeable with the computer I need
for my custom swap efforts (#1227727).
This is a relatively complete list of the stuff I'm keeping. Some of it is
stuff that looked interesting as I yanked other stuff, and I'm tossing into a
box for possible later use. Where possible, I've noted what the pieces are
intended to be used for.
- Complete EFI system. I'm keeping pretty much everything - computer,
wiring, sensors, upper/lower intake, injectors, fuel rails, fuel hoses, ALDL
connector from inside the car, air filter box, air intake tubing, etc. This
is for my TPI fuel injection project.
I also kept the upper and lower intakes since they have a bunch of sensors
on them and the lower intake has the right fuel injector mounting points
that I may need to compare against later on.
- Cruise control system. It's an electric system that will use the VSS
signal from the EFI system, and I had to remove most of it to sort out what
was what on the EFI system, so I just grabbed the rest and tossed it in a
box. The main controls are on the steering column, so I'm saving that with a
wiring stub attached so I have them for wiring comparisons later on.
- Weather-proof bulkhead connector. I had to remove it to get the EFI
stuff out, and I'm keeping it. It looks to use MetriPak terminals in various
sizes and has a good 20+ cavities in it, which could come in handy in a
later project, possibly for rewiring my
- Fuse blocks - engine compartment and interior. I had to remove them to
get at other things, and I'm going to hang onto them. The interior one in
particular could be very useful in rewiring my
1964 Ranchero as it uses
ATO fuses with the same
terminals as the other ATO style fuse blocks I've encountered, has a good
number of fuse locations, and is small enough to be mountable almost
- Inside rear view mirror. It has two built-in map lights and uses a
standard looking "mounting cleat" on the windshield, so I grabbed it along
with a wiring stub.
- Gas pedal and throttle cable assemblies. They came off from other work,
are related to the cruise control and EFI systems, so I tossed them in a
- Truck release button and wiring stub. It's a nice push button with a
clear and legible graphic still on it, so I grabbed it when I removed the
part of the dash it was connected to.
- Vacuum solenoid controls from the heater/AC system. It looks like the
heater/AC system uses an electric control panel that then uses 5 individual
solenoids (mounted in a common block) to control the individual vacuum doors
in the system. Another "I had to remove this anyway and it looks
interesting, so I kept it" piece.
- Power steering pump. It's the smaller one that looks like it can use a
remotely mounted reservoir, and I had to remove it to get the EFI wiring off
the engine, so I'm going to save it for possible use on my
1958 Buick. Why? It already has
a serpentine belt pulley on it and it's the super-small unit that fits
almost anywhere, so it's perfect for the custom serpentine belt setup I want
to create for that car.
- Steering rack. The track width on the Lumina is nearly the same as my
1964 Ranchero, so I'm going
to use the rack to get some ideas on what will and will not work.
- Radiator. It's got one of the sensors in it, and it was easier to keep
the radiator than figure out how to remove the sensor.
- Condenser. The AC condenser on this thing is huge and in decent shape.
Maybe I can use it on one of my custom AC conversions.
- Front seats. They're going to another project a friend of mine is
working on - a 1964 Valiant
in desperate need of better front seats. It's a 60/40 split bench with a
center armrest. The driver's side is 6-way power with a manual recline and
the passengers side is all manual with recline.
This was car #26. There was nothing particularly special about this car.