Originally Posted by opensourceguy
oops, I guess I should read what I type, I meant $300. I think the most important thing is the install because it really needs to be capable, because I can't afford nor want to have a professional installer do something for me.
You can do the installation yourself if you're patient, good with small parts, and understand the basics of reading a wiring diagram and finding a given circuit on your car. Note that this work is nothing like heavy mechanical projects such as swapping engines or transmissions; it doesn't matter how good you are with those. With electrical stuff, the go juice is completely invisible (at least until it starts melting your insulation
) so you need to know what you're doing, and how to logically troubleshoot it if it'* going wrong. You also need to be semi-skilled with soldering; you shouldn't plan on doing your wiring work by simply twisting things together or using 3M QuickSplice connectors everywhere.
The two main things I stress whenever somebody asks about this are
1) Be patient and don't be intimidated by the installation manual; understand that they write it to cover every car out there, so they can only guide you so far on each step of the process before you have to figure out how to do that step on _your_ car. We can help you at this point because we have experience with these installations on actual Bonnevilles.
2) Don't set yourself up with an immovable deadline for when you must have the car running again. It will take you roughly twice as long as you think it will. Having a second car for use as a parts chaser or general backup is recommended.
Good luck and keep us informed.