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I just swapped engine in 98 k35 pu. Upgraded to mpfi. Can't

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I just swapped engine in 98 k35 pu. Upgraded to mpfi. Can't get truck to start. Weird part is that if you step on the throttle while cranking, fuel pump runs indefinitely even after ignition is turned off. Any ideas?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 10 months ago.

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What brand of MPFI? What is your fuel pressure?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It is an AC Delco retrofit fuel injection. If you are familiar with this particular model, you will know that the factory oem unit was a SCFI, commonly called a "spider" that was prone to problems. This was a Chevy recommended upgrade. For more background, old engine seized up due to broken oil line. Replacement motor is a gm certified L31 crate motor. Swap went well with no obvious hitches. As for my skill level, I would say medium. I have performed several engine swaps in my life, but none with fuel injection. Have done many repairs to several of these vortec motors. I am also armed with gm shop manual and know how to read. The entire swap was done "by the book". I do not have fuel pressure reading as of yet, but by the sound of fuel running through system, it seems high. This is a hobby project and I will be unable get you an actual pressure until Sunday, but I do have the proper guage.
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 10 months ago.

The CPI or SFCI is very critical for fuel pressure. Did the kit come with a pump?

Expert:  Tool Hut replied 10 months ago.

The CPI unit has a minimum fuel pressure of 55PSI and typically wont start at 50PSI

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I have a steady 60 psi fuel pressure. Also checked timing setup and all seems good, not 180 dog off. Definitely have spark though.
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 9 months ago.

I assume it came with a distributor. Are you confident it is triggering injector?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
How do I check?
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 9 months ago.

A test light would be easiest. Do you have the wiring schematic that came with engine? If not I can get an idea from a CPI engine. How many wires hook to injector?