Kevin Schylaske drives a Keebler Cookies truck to make a living, but when he wants to live life to the fullest, he drives his '85 Corvette. He enjoyed his Corvette until the engine overheated and distorted the machined surfaces like a funhouse mirror. Understanding that it would take more than just a little "Elfin Magic"(R) to make his Corvette run again, he took it to Chris Petris at the Corvette Clinic in Sanford, Florida.
Chris suggested that he step up to a GM Performance Parts crate engine, and upgrade the ECM and wiring to '89 standards. Benefits of this swap include more horsepower and better engine controls. With the '89 MAF system, the processor is more tunable than the '85 (due to more versatile chips), and the '89 has a faster processor that reacts faster to changes while the engine is operating. Chris also eliminates the ECM's need for information from the VATS system by reprogramming the chip. The overall package comes together to provide a reliable system that will push out plenty of "elf-power."
This engine swap provided some interesting gremlins for Chris and his team, but clear thinking, along with help from friends like Edelbrock and Fourth Gear, made this engine swap more than just a "cookie cutter" installation.
The completed engine looks as good as it runs. There were some trials along the way, but the look on Kevins face when he hits the go-pedal will make it all worthwhile. The engine began as a 330hp engine and Chris says that, with the increase in airflow from the large-tube runners, Edelbrock heads, and throttle body, 350 hp is not out of the question. The TPI will also increase driveability and efficiency while providing for smog-free operation. With all that horsepower and fun on tap, Kevin is sure to be taking all of his Keebler friends for a ride.