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To gweeds and powerstrokes only
I'm not real swooft on chat response, so bear with, but let me quickly answer one of the questions posed: the injector pump ran about $300 (can't recall if it was parts plus labor or parts only). Tried installing it myself in round #1, but in the end it would barely start or limp to the shop. Something about correct injector timing being easy to lose. I didn't believe a diesel could run so poor - smoke, no power, just miserable - was pretty sure it was ruined.
The shop mechanic got it back to running beautiful, but I never figured out exactly what I'd done wrong (altho I have a vague recollection of exposing a fairly large timing gear in front of the valve cover and maybe even taking it out).
I'll look for the 'other' fuel pump tomorrow - I'm still wondering what the fix is even if bleeding the fuel lines gets it started. This sure came on fast.
Just an afterthought and for what it's worth, if you're wondering what made me replace the injector pump - there was billowing blue/black smoke seen in the mirror going downhill under no throttle. Everything else was pretty normal as far as starting and power, such as it was, maybe mileage was down some. I think dumping fuel into the cylinders is a classic symptom for 'injector-pump-on-the-way-out'.
Let me just say, many thanks for your shared insight and thoughts. Just a few minutes here is worth untold busted knuckles and $$$. Everyone says get rid of the truck, but when it looks like it's falling apart before your eyes and carries you from Virginia to Montana twice without a single problem, how can you not love it?