1992 Chevy Lumina Parts Car
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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. :-)

 

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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).

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Parts List

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 1964 Ranchero.
  • 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 anywhere.
  • 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 box.
  • 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.

 

Purchasing Order

This was car #26. There was nothing particularly special about this car.


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