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Ultimate fuel system guide for 73-87 C10 & K10 Squarebody trucks - LS Swaps and EFI conversions

LS or EFI swapping your C10 / K10 73 - 87 squarebody truck. This guide is for you. 

Tons of guys find our website when researching info on how to do new fuel lines for their squarebody 73 - 87 Chevy and GM trucks. We get asked enough times what else guys need in addition to our PTFE hose kits in order to complete the swap we decided it best to make a write up for everyone. 

In this fuel system write up for the squarbody pickup you will find links to what we have found to be the best parts to use in an LS swap or EFI conversion, some installation photos, instructions, and guidance on how to make the fuel system install go as smoothly as possible. 

There are many different ways to do a fuel system on any vehicle, these recommended parts and instructions are what we believe to be the best way to ensure an effective, affordable, and long lasting install. 

We will give you the parts list first so if that's all you came for you can get in and get out quickly. Note some of these items we don't sell directly so we have linked to the source in which we have found the best price in combination of shipping and product.  

Parts List(s)

Parts needed for all installations 

Fuel Tank(s)

Long Bed truck Spectra premium GM1C - HERE

Short Bed truck Spectra premium GM11C- HERE

Fuel Sending Unit(s) - Select which side the fuel filler door is located

Driver Side Sending Unit Spectra Premium FG05M - HERE

Passenger Side Sending Unit Spectra Premium FG05N - HERE

Conversion fittings to attach PTFE AN fuel lines to the sending unit(s)

1 of each needed per sending unit. 

5/16 Hardline tube to AN6 Adapter fitting - HERE

3/8 Hardline tube to AN6 Adapter fitting - HERE

Fuel Pump(s)

The following fuel pumps are compatible with the Spectra sending units. 

Great for factory LS engines to slightly modified and stock engines with EFI conversions. 

Walbro 255LPH In Tank fuel pump - HERE 

Modified Engines to about 700HP boosted and 900HP naturally aspirated. (many factors come into play on these ratings so be sure to contact us if you are unsure)

Aeromotive 340LPH stealth In Tank fuel pump - HERE

Return - Style LS Engine swaps

We have created a universal LS engine swap kit for return style engines that includes all necessary fittings from the sending unit to the fuel rail. It is assumed you have followed the rest of this swap guide for your C10 or K10 square body truck and are using an in tank pump. Please contact us if you plan on using an inline pump as some other factors need to be considered. 

Return Style LS swap kits can be found - HERE

You will need approximately 25-27ft of PTFE hose in order to run both the feed and return on the fuel system. The 30Ft kit is the most common choice for square body LS swaps. 

You will also require a 10 Micron in Line fuel filter. We have two options.

Holley 10 Micron inline fuel filter with replaceable element - HERE

Two (2) X ORB-8 to AN6 Adapter fittings for fuel filter - HERE

OR

Aeromotive 10 Micron inline fuel filter with replaceable element - HERE

Two (2) X ORB-10 to AN6 Adapter fittings for fuel filter - HERE

 Return - Less style LS Swap Kit

These returnless style ls swap kits include all fittings needed to install the returnless ls engine into a 73-87 c10 / k10 squarebody pickup. They include the corvette style filter / regulator as well as the adapter fittings to get it hooked up. Most guys mount this regulator fairly close to the tank and allows them to utilize the 20FT Kit. 

Return-Less style LS swap kit - HERE

No additional filter is needed with this kit. 

EFI Conversion - Including Holley Sniper & FiTech EFI systems

The nice thing about the EFI conversion systems is the majority include fittings that are compatible with AN standards. As such one of our regular hose bundles and a 10 micron filter is all you need to get hooked up in addition to the tank, pump, and sending units listed above. 

As these systems have the regulator installed in the unit you will require approximatly 24-26ft of line. Our 30FT kits are the perfect option for an EFI conversion in your square body C10 or K10 pickup truck. 

Nylon Braided AN PTFE hose bundles - HERE

Stainless Braided AN PTFE hose bundles - HERE

Colored Nylon Braided AN PTFE hose bundles - HERE 

We have two options for fuel filters.

Holley 10 Micron inline fuel filter with replaceable element - HERE

Two (2) X ORB-8 to AN6 Adapter fittings for fuel filter - HERE

OR

Aeromotive 10 Micron inline fuel filter with replaceable element - HERE

Two (2) X ORB-10 to AN6 Adapter fittings for fuel filter - HERE

Other Parts needed

In order to easily install the new line and fittings into your chev or GM C10 / K10 pickup we carry some tools that make the process easier and prevent marring your new fittings. 

Hose cutting shears for cutting AN PTFE hose - HERE

Aluminum anodized vice jaws for AN PTFE fittings - HERE

Aluminum AN wrench set for AN PTFE fittings - HERE

Now the fun stuff installing the kit's into your 73-87 square body chevy C10 / K10 truck. 

When you have the correct parts installation of your new LS engine or EFI system will be smoother than you ever expected. 

Hose fitting installation instructions can be found HERE, follow these instructions for the installation of the hose end fittings onto the PTFE hose. 

Fuel pump & Sending unit installation.

The fuel pumps we linked to earlier in this article are direct fit into the sending units. The complete install of the fuel pump, sending unit and hard line to AN adapters will allow you to hook up the PTFE hose kit that you choose for your relevant install. 

C10 square fuel tank sending unit with AN lines


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