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Old 07-02-2022, 08:58 PM   #1
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1981 Excella 280 Fuel Injection

Before I can get to the fun RV renovation stuff I am still working on the drive train. I tried having the carburetor rebuilt professionally twice. The motor ran better but would die after a half an hour of running. Every time I drove I was anxious that it would die and strand me again. That was no good for an RV.
I decided to drop the big bucks and install a Holley Sniper fuel injection system including a new fuel pump and regulator. I had already dropped the tank and had it cleaned and coated. So the fuel system is all new. As long as I was at it I replaced the distributor, plugs, and wires. So the ignition system is all new. I hired a mechanic to do the work on the side at his home for a cost of $4,000 for parts and labor. It's not very difficult to install but I just didn't want to do it.
The result is a reliable engine that starts every time, isn't effected by heat, is quieter, and has noticeably more power. Best of all is the peace of mind while driving.
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Old 07-03-2022, 07:31 PM   #2
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Going to fuel injection is a great choice. I've heard only good things said and written about Holley fuel injection replacement kits. I'm glad you got a good result too.

Have you seen the motorhome sections here at Air Forums? Check out https://www.airforums.com/forums/f156/. You may find more in common there than here in the Excella trailer sections, although I enjoy reading your threads.

Well done,
Scott
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Old 07-04-2022, 08:05 AM   #3
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Thank you for that information. I wondered why I wasn't getting many comments. I posted under the correct year and Excella. But never noticed it said trailer.
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