1965 FUEL INJECTION SURVEY
59 years have passed since the first mechanical fuel-injection system appeared on the C1 Corvette and full-size Chevy sedans, but its remarkable how well the system worked in its day. Developed by Zora Arkus-Duntov and John Dolza, the Rochester Ramjet FI still stands a breakthrough feat of engineering, long before the advent of computer-controlled induction in the early 80s.
ROCHESTER FUEL INJECTION was offered on Corvette from 1957 thru 1965. It was an expensive option costing $484.20 in 1957, so very few cars were built using the system. Only 771 Corvettes in 1965 had fuel injection.
In 1977, Carl Cruz from Ventura, California, Drew Papsun from Norwalk, Connecticut and I and three other owners of 1965 fuel injection cars began inspecting other owners cars. Our purpose was to compare each car and share the unique items of each car.
Chevrolet stamped the engines and FI air box or PLENUM with the vehicle VIN numbers. As of July 7, 2016 we have 203 convertibles, 222 coupes, 9 engines, and 159 FI units identified with the vin numbers for a total of 594 of the 771 made. Over 15 car owners have been re-united with their original fuel injection unit.
If you own a 1965 FUEL INJECTION car, and would like to participate in the SURVEY, please call or email. We share the SURVEY with owners that help us keep the records pure. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org