Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Bruce asks: I’m just wondering why you seem opposed to installing a fuel injection system (e.g., the FAST throttle body unit) on an older car for the sake of improved driveability and so on. I’m curious to know your thoughts.
My reply: I’m no opposed to it, per se. I just wouldn’t to do it to my old car. What others do to their old cars is entirely their business. I am, after all, a Libertarian!
But why wouldn’t I do it to my old cars? The reason is simple. Literally. Even “stand alone” units like the FAST rig are much more complicated systems than carbureted systems. Yes, the throttle body itself is a simpler device, with fewer moving parts. But the system that runs it entails a computer, O2 sensor and a new gas tank with an in-tank electric pump – which makes the system more complicated, with more parts – and parts that cannot be rebuilt when they fail but rather must be replaced with expensive electronic components that may not be available in 20 years’ time.
I can still easily get any part I need for my almost 50-year-old carburetor. And it can be tuned to deliver near-FI drivability, if you’re willing to learn how to wrench on one. Which – my opinion now – anyone who owns an older car ought to be not only willing to do but want to do, as it is part of the point of owning an older car.
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