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The early style plenum required a steel diversion plate to seal off the EGR port properly. It was common for these to be removed because customers did not understand why it was there. If this plate is missing, just give us a call we have them for sale.
This plate is needed to properly seal the EGR port so there is not a large vac. leak under the throttle body flange.
Notice the large hole that is left open under the throttle body flange when the plate is not installed. This plate is used to apply pressure for the gasket to seal.
Now you can see how the hole is sealed off when the plate is properly installed, no more vac. leak!
You can use the GM large cap distributor with the FIRST® TPI, however because of the large size of the base runner you will more than likely need to remove some of the lower casting on the dist. base to allow room for adjustment.
The FIRST® fuel rails are 6016 billet aluminum with 3/8 NPT female on each end. You can use many different combinations to make your connections. You can use hose barbs with fuel injection rated line. You can use an 3/8 NPT male to 3/8 NPT female inverted flare to use steel lines or even flare your existing steel lines. You can also adapt AN fittings to the rails. Typically we use the crossover in front for clearance reasons and use the rear exits for the main feed line and out to the fuel regulator. It is possible to use a long loop of fuel line to go around the dist. if you need to use the front for feed and return.
It is a good idea to have a pre fuel pump filter to catch debris from the tank, then the fuel pump and then another filter after the pump which will catch debris from a failing fuel pump before it gets to the fuel injectors!
It is usually fairly simple and recommended to add a cold air intake set up in most applications. This really does help keep cool air going into the intake. Room can sometimes be an issue we know this, but we have always been able to figure out a way to get it done. 4" couplers and 4" aluminum tube in this picture with the K&N filter behind the grille.
The return spring tab should be mounted like in the picture, so that when full throttle is achieved the spring will run along side of the lever like in the picture. You should not need to move the location of the spring tab to achieve proper return pressure. If you feel it is not providing the proper return to idle pressure more than likely something else is wrong and you should contact us so we can help you figure out your situation. We do not charge to inspect throttle bodies, no matter what the age. Just cover shipping charges.
There should be no pressure on the TPS bracket at all, the job of the bracket is to hold the TPS so that the TPS lever on the throttle shaft can properly contact the TPS lever during rotation of the throttle shaft. If for some reason you feel something is not correct, please contact us so that we can walk you through this situation. The part number for the "standard" brand is TH37T.
It is OK if the TPS touches the throttle shaft screw as they should move in time together like the late model TPS that mounts directly to the shaft. If you feel that something is not correct please contact us so that we can walk you through this situation.
This is how the MAP bracket is properly mounted. Yes, you do need to hook up the vac. line to one of the 1/4 vac. fitting on the plenum!
Part number for "standard" brand is AS5T.
This is where the IAT sensor is typically mounted on the FIRST TPI. It can be mounted anywhere in the plenum area or intake tubing.
Part number for "standard" brand is AX1T
This is where the IAC valve is mounted on the FIRST TPI Throttle body.
Part number for "standard" brand is AC1T
The part number for "standard" brand is TX3T
This is a typical coolant sensor location on the FIRST TPI. It can be mounted anywhere in the coolant passage.
It is necessary to use sealant on the passenger front lower runner bolt, this does go into the front coolant passage.
This is the proper way to mount the throttle cable/ Detent bracket. We have seen installs where this bracket is mounted upside down or on the forward bolts and this is totally incorrect. This bracket has been designed to be mounted like in the picture. The angles are correct for the throttle cable, cruise cable and detent cable including the 700r4 trans which we run in many vehicles with the FIRST® TPI. If for some reason you cannot seem to get your cables to function with this bracket set up this way, please contact us so that we can work through this situation with you.
Your install of the runners will go much easier, if you have an extended 3/16" ball end hex socket. This will allow easier positions to get the hard to reach under the plenum and lower runner bolts.
You can use the machined boss on the right rear section of the base manifold to mount a small cap distributor remote ignition coil when not using the vortec heads.