Frequently a customer will ask if I can just repair his unit to run correctly
without performing a complete rebuild. The only safe answer is "sometimes".
It obviously depends on the condition of the particular fuel injection
If an FI system has been rebuilt recently by a competent professional
repairman, then I can usually make it run properly with only one day of
repair / tuning work. It's quite possible that it can be repaired while
remaining installed on the owner's car. However, if you've just bought
an "Auction Special" that has been rebuilt by a Do-It-Ur-Selfer,
then the odds are great that it will need a thorough disassembly and inspection
in order to find all the problems. And it's not just auction units that
need major repairs. The last time a complete, properly running FI unit
was bought at a parking lot swap meet or through a magazine ad was
Remember: if it's truly a complete, properly running fuel injection system,
then it would probably still be installed on a Corvette somewhere.
You can call me for free advice if your FI system isn't performing up
to your expectations. I'll do my best to diagnose your running problems
over the phone. There's no charge from me if you call between 8 am and
9 pm Central Time. Perhaps you can fix the problem yourself. But if you
can't, then I'll make an appointment to repair your unit in the near future.
I prefer that you bring your entire car to my shop. My labor rate is $75
an hour for while-you-wait repairs. When that isn't practical, you can
ship your FI unit and distributor to me. I'll send them back to you after
repair, calibration, and thorough road testing.
Most of my customers want their fuel injection systems to look, as well
as run, like new. I don't blame them one bit. The early Rochester FI systems
were gorgeous when they were new, and it's certainly possible to achieve
that look again.
A full system restoration takes about 6 weeks. The unit and distributor
are completely disassembled first. I check for damaged, worn, and incorrect
parts while preparing a detailed list of the parts and outside services
needed. Outside services are metal plating, crack repair, casting refinishing,
machine shop work, and special repairs (such as EDM removal of broken
bolts). I then send you a restoration work plan for your system with a
cost breakdown. After you approve the plan and cost, I begin the restoration.
If for any reason you don't want me to proceed, I will reassemble your
system and send it back to you. You will only owe me the actual cost of
shipping in that case. I do not charge for my time spent giving restoration
I charge a fixed price of $3,000 for my labor to perform a Full Restoration of
an FI unit with its distributor. The parts and outside services required
are billed to you at the prices I pay. You do not pay for anything until
your system has passed its initial road tests. You will receive weekly
progress reports by e-mail with photos during the work. I don't keep any of your old parts;
they are all returned to you with your system.
I guarantee that all of the FI systems I fully restore will perform properly
for 12 months after your start-up. This means I will replace any new part I've
installed that fails during this period at no cost to you. I will also provide
free labor to replace any used parts that fail. However, you will be charged
for any replacement used part I install after the first 90 days. If your unit
must be shipped back to me for repair, I will pay for the return shipping. I ask
only that you follow all the advice on my website. If you choose to follow the advice
of someone else during the first 12 months of operation, then you are choosing to
void my guarantee.
If you have recently had your unit fully restored by another professional
rebuilder that I trust, then it is possible that your system only needs
calibration. I prefer to do this on your car. However, I can test and
calibrate a system by mail-order if you will send me all of the components
you intend to use, such as the distributor, forward balance tube, drive
cable assembly, and fuel filter. If you intend to use a custom air cleaner,
I will need to have that on hand as well. Air cleaner element flow restriction
is a significant factor when calibrating a unit.
I charge from $500 to $1,000 for my labor to calibrate an FI system.
The cost of my labor varies because I often have to diagnose and repair
several FI system problems before a unit can be calibrated. If any parts
are needed, they are billed to you at the prices I pay without mark-up.
I make a DVD or video of the final running test that is sent to you when
your system is returned.
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