I am putting a ’97 Deville Northstar into a 1953 Ford panel. I am trying to determine how much of the electronics and computer system I will be able to use. I bought the front half of the Deville so I have virtually all the dash and electronics. I am assuming that I will be able to use much of the engine diagnostics. The ride sensing system is probably out. What other systems should I be able to incorporate into the panel and which should I not even try? Part of my difficulty is that I do not fully understand just how many and what type of systems there are. For anyone who is interested, you can check out my project at http://www.hevanet.com/enygma/index.html . Any input will be appreciated.
I think it's very difficult, cause a lot of sensors. Computer should get all info, otherwize it's gonna really hard even to start. Of course, you can try "fool" a computer (for example, the engine coolant temperature sensor has ~3 K resistance at room temperature, so it is possible just put 3K resistor to fool the computer, but the engine will not work correctly, cause computer will always "think" that the temperature is the same).
Good Luck trying to get the Northstar to work I think you will run into many issues.
Try to contact this guy http://www.racingstrong.com/toystar/ he has put a northstar into a Toyota MR2 so he may be of some help in guiding you.