Yes, some cars had it around 1979 like the Toronado and some Cadillacs but 1981 is the year it was standard across the board. On early OBD1 cars it was piggy-backed onto the regular car wiring. The CCC harness went through the firewall on the pass side near the AC harness. You can remove it entirely as I did on my 1981 Malibu wagon. But the AC was not controlled by the CCC system because it was originally an engine management/emissions system. On my Mom's 1989 Olds Cierra the AC WAS part of the system and we had to replace the computer three times for AC problems. In those days you could just grab any OBD1 computer from a similar car and swap the chip for your particular car into it and be on your way. Nowadays the computers run everything from the engine to the heated seats. As for the 350 the most important things are the ring seal and bearings clearances. I learned an expensive lesson many years ago to just leave the pistons/rings alone if you have good compression and no oil burning. That is because if they are bad it is impossible to get the proper cylinder condition at home. A shop can bore/hone/and fit the pistons perfectly so they seal and stay tight for as long as you own it. They only time you can get away with a backyard hone/re-ring job is when it was in such good condition it didn't really need it. See what I mean? Same with the crank and rods. You can take them apart, check for scratches and wear, and if in great shape then just replace with new bearings and check clearances with micrometers or plasti-gauge. But if there are deep scratches or wear then a shop is needed to cut and balance the crank. So if you have a tight short block with good compression and a smooth crankshaft, then you can put new bearings in, get the heads cleaned up and a valve job, fresh components like oil pump, timing chain and gears, water pump, all the wear parts, and have a great engine for relatively low cost all assembled at home. As for the CCC, yes, it is great- when it works. But when it doesn't- endless headaches. The CCC equipped Chevy 229 V-6 in my Malibu could never pass emissions. I tried everything including rebuilding the CCC Dual-jet carb. I gave up, swapped in a 1976 Pontiac 350 with NO emission hardware, just the CAT, and passed emissions with no problem.