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1carguy
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07-28-21 02:12 PM - Post#2824054    

I'm about to buy the Holley Sniper EFI to install on my '70 El Camino. It runs a mid '80s 350, bored .060 over, about 300hp, Comp Cam 230-236, 202 heads, Edelbrock Performer intake, and headers. Question: which fuel pump set up should I use? I've heard of complaints about the Holley pump being very loud. That would drive me crazy. Are there other outside of tank fuel pumps that aren't as noisy? Btw, just buying the Sniper is stretching my hot rod budget so I can't get too carried away.
Rick_L
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Rick_L
07-28-21 06:02 PM - Post#2824066    

I don't know what an El Camino uses for a fuel tank, but the best way to go is an in tank pump. If the El Camino uses a passenger car tank there are choices out there for a complete in tank setup, or maybe someone makes an EFI tank for an El Camino.

At 300 hp, you don't need anything high output. A Walbro 255 l/hr pump will be sufficient and won't be noisy if in the tank.

Any external pump is going to be a compromise - a big one.
65_Impala
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07-28-21 06:21 PM - Post#2824067    

It has the big flat tank like a Chevelle, right? With that type of tank you'll be disappointed in any setup that doesn't sump the pump. A carburetor can get away with sucking a bit of air because the float bowls give a reserve. EFI will stumble if any air at all makes it to the pickup.

But, if you need a pump just to get it going then look for a 250lpm 60psi pump. You could try to use the external frame pump from a ~90 F150. I think it has a metric thread on the outlet but if you're handy then you can make it work. I have run one, it fed a warmed over LT1, which should have been in the 350-37hp range. It wasn't noisy at all. But then, the low pressure carburetor piston pumps are the ones that really make a lot of noise, not the high pressure gear rotor pumps.
Hrm2k
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Hrm2k
07-29-21 04:00 AM - Post#2824088    

When I bought my Holley Sniper unit, it came with a pump made for the system. The only time you hear the pump is when you first go to start the car.
While an intank pump would be the best way, the Sniper pump is a close second.
My 65 V8 Corvair has a fuel cell in the front ( Corvair trunk )with the pump mounted almost under the passengers side footwell. The sniper pump is no where near as loud as the Holley Red pump that fed the carbs before the sniper unit was installed.
Since you mount the pump as close to the tank and your El Camino has a tank at the back, there should be no noise problem at all
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1carguy
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07-29-21 06:09 AM - Post#2824098    

Thanks for the input. It runs a stock tank which is a big flat tank in the rear. I've read several cases where the Holley fuel set up using a fuel pump located outside the tank can be very noisy, however many claim it's not the pump's fault but cavitation or air in the fuel line between the pump and tank. I guess these pumps are pushers and don't like to pull fuel and will howl when they have to work too hard. They say finding the right location and set up is important for quiet operation.

65_Impala
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07-29-21 06:09 PM - Post#2824132    

I didn't think to mention it, but if you can replace the sock on the pickup with a Holley Hydromat then sucking air shouldn't be nearly as bad an issue.
Rick_L
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Rick_L
07-29-21 06:49 PM - Post#2824137    

Thing is, a Holley hydromat + a new external pump is probably more $$ than a new EFI tank and in tank pump and will be noisier.
Hrm2k
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Hrm2k
07-30-21 04:13 AM - Post#2824151    

The sniper fuel pump is a pusher unit.
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65_Impala
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07-30-21 06:29 AM - Post#2824157    

Not quite, but could be close enough to justify the EFI tank. A Tanks Inc tank and pump and pickup run >$500 and a Hydropmat and external pump should be <$300. He could also install the pump now and the Hydromat later.

Could also get a new standard tank and a GM OEM canister and mate the two together. I haven't seen any aftermarket in tank pump setup that would match a GM canister except maybe the Hydromat.

I got the external Ford OEM pump from the junk yard for $5 and it worked for years so there are ways to do it cheap if you're motivated enough.
61ragtop
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09-27-21 08:09 PM - Post#2828150    

https://www.holley.com/products/fuel_systems /fuel_...
65_Impala
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09-29-21 03:32 AM - Post#2828237    

I would think this one is more likely to fit a '70 El Camino

https://www.holley.com/products/fuel_systems /fuel_...


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