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  1. The side mirrors on my 720, I don't like. The mirrors on the truck are plastic body single point of contact. I like the (usually chrome) rectangle three points of contact side mirrors that are usually found on 620's. There is a set of 620 mirrors for sale in the classifieds section, if my descriptions are not understandable.


    First question: Did the 720 every come with three point of contact mirrors that differ from the 620 three point of contact mirrors?


    I am going off the reservation a bit here and hope someone has blazed the trail: There are kits to install turn signal lights, behind the glass. I could not locate an instructional video, or example of a kit installed on a three point of contact mirror.


    Second question: Anyone have experience with these kits? https://www.amazon.com/iJDMTOY-Universal-Mirror-LED-Brilliant/dp/B008B86O7Qhttps://www.amazon.com/iJDMTOY-Universal-Mirror-LED-Brilliant/dp/B008B86O7Q


  2. On 10/8/2021 at 6:08 PM, Dav said:

    First you’d have have to jump the hurdle that fracking is about oil n not natural gas.  I was corrected by another poster that oil by fracking has only been about 7 B barrels of oil in 70 years or something like that (no source provided for that statement - but ok).  Then you’d have to jump over the hurdle of the prez actually having made a policy that limited fracking n caused oil prices to jump.  Perhaps I missed that policy in my daily reading.


    I’m sorry you had to live in Utah, my condolences.


    I wrote nothing about being against fracking n don’t need the moral high ground.


    The point by person who started thread was the prez was responsible for higher gas prices n gave three reasons why.  I attempted to show those reasons were false arguments.  We seem to agree that supply n demand determines gas prices more than other tings.  I blamed it on producers (oil price not high enough to support more production (prolly due to competition)) n traders (making money where they will).


    We are in more than enough agreement, fracking is all about natural gas. In fact, if you suck oil, when pulling the stink water, it can fuck up your daily totals. It takes extra time to return oil (if there is a bunch of it) and extra time on site is frowned upon (trucks are chipped and when, where, and how long you're stopped is monitored and logged).

    Utah is a good State, they leave your guns alone and where I was working is amazing beautiful.

    I know that I have posted this before, but once an area has been fracked, it is closed for most recreational use and becomes a kind of nature preserve. Shifts are a minimum of 12hr (14 with equipment paperwork and commute). Whether, on the day shift or the night shift, you are privy to the sunset and sunrise. The air pollution, from everything, makes spectacular sunrises and sunsets and both are excellent times to see game. I saw more trophy deer, trophy antelope, trophy elk (at least a half dozen royals) and mountain lions, in the wild, than anytime in my life.

    I am a bit defensive about fracking. It is a shit job and I am thankful, not to be doing it and it is awful awful for the environment, but I am also thankful the opportunity was there when I needed it. I am not rich enough to give a shit about the environment on a State or National level. The wealthy, the young, and the liars, who try to shame such rationale, haven't known hunger, but once Harris is in office most will be introduced

  3. On 10/7/2021 at 1:31 AM, Dav said:

    Heres a not true story you’ll never read - “Real estate in all those fracking states (not a slight) has collapsed, house prices are down 85% from last year, all because all the oily covered young men who used to frack with each other no longer do (break my back mountain reference) because the prez has shut down fracking.”

    The problem is that I have direct (in person) experience that is contrary to the your statement. Real estate prices did drop and there is less fracking in the mountains of Utah, after Biden. But, the bottom didn't drop out of it, as has been the case, when regulations hit it in the past. First, by "drop", real estate prices in the oil "boom towns" went from grossly over valued to just very over valued. When I was there, a spot for my trailer, with electricity (which was not included)  and a sewer hookup (which was included) was $800 a month (with electric and heat(propane) around $900, I super insulated my trailer and my monthly costs were the lowest in the park, so said the park owner). I felt lucky to get a spot, in the packed RV  park. I understand now, the spots are $500 and there isn't waiting lists at most parks. In my mind, even $500 for a strip of earth with a sewer hookup a garden house and a 220v outlet, in the middle of nowhere and less than 10ft from other trailers, is getting skinned. The fact that it cost me near a grand, was rape.

    There are an ass load of other reasons why fracking has slowed, as well as, an ass load of reasons why real estate hasn't bottomed out and none of it means shit, and I don't give a shit.

    If you want/need the moral high ground, take it. I'll be the first to say fracking is awful for the environment, but unless you're pro nuke there are dark days ahead. As for my understanding of the USA oil production numbers, (information I cannot confirm and have not witnessed) in terms of gasoline, because of environmental regulations it is more cost efficient to export oil from the USA to be refined and then imported back. While that is understandable, I do not have a source confirming and doubt I will take time to research. Americans, which I am proudly one, in general, don't want to know how the "sausage" is made, or even how we get meat to eat. America has devolved from the land of rugged individualists to groups of dainty, pretty, princesses that cry and eschew the savagery that provided their opportunities.   

    I love America and have done a little traveling. Other countries have worked out somethings better and somethings worse, but experience cemented my belief that the United States of America is the best in the world and I will fight organizations, politicians, gangs and individuals who oppose.

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  4. 9 hours ago, Lockleaf said:

    There are a few EV makes choosing to use 2 speed transmissions in certain applications (porsche taycan for example).  The T100 transfer case Hi/Lo idea is quite clever to do the same thing.  I'm not sure how the motor would respond to direct connecting it and letting it freewheel without a clutch.  That would turn the rotors inside, which I would imagine would energize the motor? Would you have a contactor disconnect the motor power whenever the throttle pedal was at 0% throttle?  Then the motor just free spins without resistance?  Would re-engaging the motor be smooth or a hard jerk at that point?

    Thinking out loud here.  I'm fairly confident I will eventually do an EV swap on something, so its a fun brain exercise when the opportunity arises, but also a topic i don't really know anything about.

    New trucks (I still consider anything in the 2000's new) have the ability to shift into 4wd on the fly, I thought such a system could be salvaged for EV shifting (low to high). In the end of my alternative fuel investigations, I decided the best bang for my limited bucks would be a hydraulic system with a small diesel. I got farther along in the creation of a hydraulic hybrid than any of the other alternative fuels (the two cylinder diesel I acquired for the project was set up (rubber replaced) for biodiesel, but like you, in the early 2000's it was no longer viable, because it was no longer free. The time straining and filtering and the general yuk, messing around with fryer grease was tolerable for free, for not free, even if cheap --not worth it. A guy up north in my state, published a device that allowed diesels to operate on ethanol and water, it is very cool, but staying legal means  registering your still and confirming it will not be used for moonshine, plus, documenting all ethanol produced and  paying tax on it. The big buzz kill, the laws about stills and road tax are Federal (felony prison time) And the ATF have proven they will descend on homes in Idaho and kill, to enforce their regulations.

  5. 1 hour ago, Dav said:

    But - how many of the facts are not fake news?  I count one.  He stopped keystone.  For the other two, stopping fracking is bullshit- he did not do that; and for halting drilling permits, maybe partly true up in the Arctic NWR (but that is a universal black n white statement n he didn’t stop all drilling permits so mostly fake).


    Last fact - whose oil was running through keystone?  You got it - Canadia?  So that was not going to be US oil.  Was keystone oil going going to be refined in US?  No, it weren’t - it were going outside US for that.  It was just gonna flow through the US.  Go figure.


    Doing those three things would cause prices to be higher in US.

    You will forgive, if I reiterate the request for source material. I would ask for such confirmation of any claim that flows against common knowledge, not for esteem of common knowledge, which often lacks, rather for a baseline; a fixed point from where to launch.

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    7 hours ago, svswan said:

    Thanks Datz ;-}  The Leaf has no gears other than a 7.9 or so reduction and I know it would weigh more than a 620, even with a battery on the truck.  I like the idea of gears though.  And I thought it would be less expensive to connect it to the 5 speed than it would be to come up with a reduction.  I also thought of opening the stock gear case on the Leaf and welding the spiders then using just one output shaft to connect to a driveshaft.  Something would break in that set up though.

    The L20 runs smooth and starts easy.  I think it will last a long time with only maintenance.  Gonna stick with that for now.  And I'll check out Icehouse's build just for fun.


    And more pictures to come!

    When I was thick into researching alternative fuel rigs, the standard transmission to alternative drive source and the clutch was a problem. I settled on using a T100L transfer case as low/high like a city/hiway selector, at worst, the driving mode selection would be set at startup at best a "clutch" that stops the motor, but allows the truck to keep moving, could be used, for a shift on the fly, scenario. I didn't try it out, no matter how I sliced it, the negative (in terms of cost/reliability) of EV's were greater than the positive. (If the cool factor isn't incorporated) The best option, as far as EV's, was the incorporation of a two-cylinder diesel that would operate a battery generator and incorporating solar cells on all available flat or semi flat exposed surfaces. The diesel would operate at its most efficient rpm, independently of the operator demands e.g. self starting in a parking lot to keep cells charged. This would end the problems with charging station availability, in the winter, or a series of overcast days, or before and after a long trip additional charging options would be required (New EV batteries, are able to charge simultaneously from multiple sources to speed the process.)

    I still believe that this type of "hybrid" is the best EV option, even more so, if the regenerative braking system off a Prius is incorporated (I pulled the electric power steering off a wrecked Prius for a project five or so years back and was amazed at the low prices. I went recently, to score another (because prices on the old units (easier to adapt and modify) have tripled in price) The power steering swap is now popular-DAMNIT) My point, the more backyard builders go EV, junkyard deals will fade away or in other words, find something nice and people will always come and fuck it up. So, mine wouldn't be a pure EV, rather a 100+ mpg diesel. The new EV batteries would make my plan awesome, but the new EV batteries are far far out of my budget and their claims have yet to be confirmed. 

  7. 51 minutes ago, paradime said:


    Well if the US didn't produce more than twice the oil it uses, that might be the case. The fact is, we produce 14.8 billion barrels annually, and use 6.6 billion. The oil supply isn't the issue at the pump, it's the slow opening of refineries that were taken off line during the pandemic. 

    Alright, I'll play. Please provide the source for these numbers "...(W)e (USA) produce 14.8 billion barrels annually, and use 6.6 billion."


  8. 3 minutes ago, bottomwatcher said:

    Well good luck with the current crowd out there. I don't have kids and I think you don't but I grew up with the belt, yardstick and wooden spoon if I out of line. Worked well. Never been arrested, no bastards around, make a good professional living, been happily married for 15 years, treat the wife well. All is good thanks to the ass whippings when they were called for but no extras. Thanks to my folks.

    I do not have children and we were raised similar. I am thankful for my parents and their compassion, I easily earned double the ass-whippings I received. We are on the same page, I am not and will not advocate for beating your children, if your beer is warm. But, I am constantly, shocked and horrified, when I see some parent, squatting down and negotiating with a screaming child, or worse, the parent ignores the screaming child and allows them to scream until they tire out. I make exception for babies, but once a toddler a child should know, when Mom or Dad, drop their voice an octave, pulls you in tight and says "knock it off", the toddler is on the edge and about to fall into beat town.

    My parents weapons of choice were belt. switch, or open hand.

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  9. 2 hours ago, thisismatt said:

    Why would you interact with a stranger by choice?

    Those following are engaging because, they're young, strong, stupid and their parents didn't beat them.  That last part is the most important, every young man is stupid, but there was a system in place to beat it out of them. Unfortunately, a massive number of the "time-out" generations are adults and have perpetuated the "time out" mentality. The lack of hard line rules, for children, with quick and severe sanctions fails to teach the lessons necessary to navigate the world. Much like teaching the structures and colors of poison plants, children should be instructed on markings and observed behaviors of a persons best  avoided. These lessons will only be marginally successful, without direct experience. Fighting and enduring the pain involved tempers the will to fight. It should not extinguish the will to fight, but again, it will temper it. Provide a moment of reflection, as they chase down the vehicle they perceived wronged them.

    Hopefully, the lesson is learned, before the chased vehicle is caught.


    Parents should be held criminally and civilly liable for raising ass hats.


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  10. On 9/29/2021 at 12:27 PM, Mattndew76 said:




    The vaccine is but one more shining example of manufactured failure of the United States. I have entertained some “conspiracy” theories, searching for the “man behind the man” and dismissed them, not because the theories were not possible, a couple were even plausible, but local interactions and the daily news have renounced any sliver of respect once held for the general populous.

    American citizens uniting in a complex, long term, plan to dramatically alter or undermine institutions? I’m impressed if a multi-family garage sale makes it through a weekend without drama.

    I weighed the pros and cons and opted for the vaccine. I weighed the pros and cons of seat belts and helmet laws and am disgusted by laws forcing adults to adorn either. If the vaccine was mandated, I would abstain on principle.

    Please spare retelling of this or that statistic, I don’t care and am saddened by fools who believe their “scientific” study is of any relevance, aside from gleaming applause from other believers.

    Sweet Mother Mary, make no attempt at victimhood, whining about “your safety” or “your tax dollars” used to care for unvaccinated, or supporting someone injured, who was not wearing a helmet or a seatbelt. If you are against tax dollars allocated, for the aforementioned, then start a grassroots campaign to introduce legislation to cease. The latter is hard, it is much easier and more tangible to bitch and holla, at those engaged in something you oppose. Talk of lofty ideals, such as freedom is lost on most; those who fail to realize, how much they have to lose.

    If you get the vaccine, you could die. If you don’t get the vaccine, you could die. If you are concerned about the disease, stay home, limit your interaction with others, take whatever precautions you can afford.

    I call this a “manufactured” failure, because of the constant bombardment by the media and major institutions, which focus on America’s flaws. Politicians, police and others in “leadership” roles, have failed for so long, all trust has been lost. The governed expect little or nothing from those in power and that is what we receive.

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  11. 4 hours ago, datzenmike said:

    incontrovertible truths...


    Politicians lie.

    Lawyers are not to be trusted with a burnt match.

    Car salesmen can sometimes be trusted with a burnt match.

    All Datsuns have a bungee cord battery tie down or a brick for an emergency brake. Not uncommon to have both

    I played the "incontrovertible truth" (We called it "absolute" truth)  game, many times, many years ago. I remember one that was accepted, across racial, gender, and political divisions: "If you must put on a special, color coordinated, outfit to ride a bicycle, then you are a douche bag." 

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  12. I am against new toilets.  I made the mistake of buying a new one a while back. All the toilets were eco or whatever. That meant, just like new shower heads, both are designed to work with less water and both sucked. I heard about a guy who drilled out one of the new shower heads, but I wouldn't do that, as it breaks federal law. The toilet didn't flush worth a damn, so I ended up getting a nice new seat and a used toilet.

    Funny, all this bullshit is based on the water shortage myth, yes it is a myth. There is more liquid water on the planet than anytime in the last few centuries e.g. rising sea levels

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  13. 16 minutes ago, Str8jacket said:

    I agree totally, I am not getting around with a foil hat yet, but I don't go out of my way to give more info than I need to. It makes me feel better anyway. 


    Talk about data acquisition, the state premier (governor) in my state's, father is the CEO of a company that is building a DNA and genome sequencing data base. Big launch in 2019, many big honchos involved, much Chinese investment, all off shore. Promotional docs go on about needing to be able to access more data on individuals to be able to boost the utility of the data base. 

    All in the name of helping humanity of course. 

    But one would think if you could some how have everyone on a single system, then some how access their medical records, then maybe obtain swabs somehow. This could build a nice data base.... 

    All these "little" companies, taking advantage of the current circumstances to further their own goals. 





    Oh yeah they can stick siri and bixby and cortana's head up each other's arse and roll em down a hill like a don't for all I care, I hate that shit. 

    I teeter near the edge of foil hat construction often, but not without cause. The "news" loves thing like self driving cars, yet I have to hear discussion or even mention that their programing is basically a multiple target evaluation system. None of the "news" have inquired, what priorities are hard coded? I would like to know, before a mass self driving cars are self driving on public roadways

  14. 7 hours ago, Str8jacket said:

    There would be,  or will be no mass rising up, the vast majority of people in those bigger cities want this kind of government control, they think it is controlling all the bad guys, (think my comrade from earlier on in this thread) their reasoning seems to never make the logical step to think that perhaps this kind of force will be used on themselves on the day the government considers them to now be the bad guys. 

    Think of the ratios of people in California,  Australia has been essentially turned into that kind of thinking. The number of people in the 5 major cities out number everyone else by huge margin. 


    We are fucked.... I would peel out but there is no where to go and no way out anyway. 


    I am going to be an absolute cunt while waiting in the breadline! 


    "How good is this hey? I really love the way the government looks after us..  hey? Come on people, cheer up! We are all in this together! Thank goodness we are protected from that man made virus, made by the same people who supplied the vaccines, I mean how lucky are we?"

    The inability of others (the majority?) to see the "bad" of governmental or corporate actions confuses, because I always look for the "bad" or "price"of the action first.  When Siri or Alexa, I forget which was first, came to market and I was questioned why, I would have none of it. I was shocked of the number of educated, professionals, taken aback when I explained, the only way any device can respond to voice commands is always listening. These were smart people, that understood instantly after I said it. For some reason Cars that can be remotely unlocked can be remotely locked. Cars with the ability to drive themselves, can take you where they want to go. The maps application on your phone is able to provide directions/navigation, because it knows (and keeps record) of where you are and where you go. Speaking of phones, most fail to internalize, they are paying, monthly fee in addition to the purchase price for the "privilege" of being bugged. Of course, your web history, location, any and all other phones (people) your phone is often near, (your associates). Enrolled in a "smart pay" app, or auto-pay app? Congratulations, the bank account/credit card information now can collaborate, to profile, what you like, your interests, ways you can be leveraged. Wait, they can't do that! Ever read through documents, that you affirm read, by checking the box? If it is a Google or Apple product, more likely than not, it allows all sorts of information gathering. You may accept that some lack of privacy is inevitable in the modern age, besides you're not a star of politician, no one is "deep diving" you. That philosophy had merit until fairly recently. The Government is building massive data centers in places like Utah. The centers collect and sort data, at amazing speeds. Data sorting is an area where computers excel. Soon, it will be possible to make an inquiry on an individual or group and quickly be provided all information on the subject, cross referenced and analyzed, as well as, their family, co workers, friends.  

    Remember, all given can be taken, any law from any government enacted to "protect" people from themselves, is bad law. A system that can provide all you want, can take all you need.

    America land of the free, you can have anything you want, but you better not take it from me

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  15. 16 hours ago, Mattndew76 said:

    Destruction of Australia:



    That's just the Aussie Gov flexing, no worries, if the police start incarcerating, beating or killing Australians, without just cause, then armed citizens will rise up and over throw  the Government or cripple the State, to force negotiation - - -oh, I forgot ......

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  16. I continue to work on the injection angle and from various sources, have acquired 8 JS21-1 injectors, which are the recommended stock injector for my motor, in its original state. My difficulty is deciding "best bang (or in this case injector) for the buck". Here is how I see the options (feel free to inform if I have missed any)


    1. Pick the best looking 4 and run them. Pros- no additional money needed. Cons - one additional concern when the motor will not run after rebuild

    2. Take them to be tested somewhere, run the best 4. Pros - should be free or inexpensive. Same Cons

    3. Buy rebuild kits to replace wearable parts, self install, then take them to be tested somewhere, run the best 4. Pros - is the cheapest way to semi-trustworthly injectors. Cons approx $25 for 4 $50 for 8 plus price to test bench (test benching to get the best 4 out of the 8 and to understand the flow).

    4. Throw some of the old injectors in an "emergency injectors" box and purchase 4 new injectors from China  Pros - new injectors Cons - $50 for 4 and ordering from China "You pays your money and you take your chances.

    5. Send the injectors to an injection specialist to be rebuilt. Pros- USA, expert and will flow match all injectors (and advise if increasing the flow would be wise, since the pistons are 1mm overbore) Cons - $80 for 4, $160 for 8.+ shipping

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  17. 10 hours ago, Veraciousreasoning said:


    I live in Idaho and I moved here because of the impeding nonsense that is going to happen. I studied this country for a long time and been to 48 states and Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming have your highest chance of long term survival. I've been prepping since I was 16 and I will not be bothered if the government tries some funky business. 


    I suggest you read Anatomy of the state by Rothbart...I can get you the link to the online pdf version of her essay. Its a quick read (62 pages) and will almost certaintly turn anyone into a more liberty minded person. Fuck the state. 

    Idaho and Datsuns, two great things that flew under the radar for a long time, now the majority has taken interest and qualities that made them great will be destroyed. PM me the link and I will give it a look, but it will be preaching to the choir.


    I abandoned "long term survival", moved the half dozen 50 gallon steel barrels of rice, wheat and barley out of the basement, a couple of years ago. I don't have a long term life left. Living off the land is a full time, very physical endeavor. I know, because I have experienced it. There was a reason early settlers, usually died before forty. Another major factor in survival "long term", you need a team. There was also a reason why early settlers had big families (or tried to have big families). And a reason why religion was such a major factor in both early European and early American survival; religion provides a team. The Mormons haven't forgotten the lessons learned by early settlers and if a real societal collapse arrives, I know of many who will be quick to convert.


    Speaking of real societal collapse, that is another reason I am now not very "prepared".  I don't see it happening in the next thirty or so years and if I am still alive in thirty years it will only be because some type of welfare/socialized medicine is wasting the money and time to keep me that way. 


    American's have proven, repeatedly, that they lack the strength and the will to fight. Without substantial numbers, an insurrection will be nothing, but fodder for the 24hr news cycle, another "freedom" nutjob, or whatever kind of pariah the news reports. The government killed in Waco, and at Ruby Ridge, but they were cult loving child molesters and wife beating racists. Maybe they were, I didn't know anyone from either event. How do people reach the conclusion that the government was justified in attacking and killing these citizens? The evidence came from the almighty TV. The TV cannot distort the truth or lie......


    So, old age, lack of affiliation and the realization that most of my neighbors, most of America, lacks the will to fight, preferring a gilded cage over the harsh realities of freedom (at least until they are sacrificed for a "greater good") I'll stay near the cities and fight for supplies as needed, link up with friends to form a gang to protect a small bit of turf. When too old to contribute, man up and take a nice winter stroll, in a t-shirt, when the temp is below freezing and bring a bottle of high proof to sip and stay warm, snuggle up under some nice tree and fall asleep.

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  18. A week or two ago I was "hunting" elk in Idaho (and now have meat for a year) three of us with tags were watching and slow walking a dirt road, when this truck came barreling up (scaring any game). The truck slid to a stop and a fellow jumped out and came at us, definitely pissed off. After it was established, who knew who, stories were confirmed, the driver of the truck calmed down and all was good. I mention this in regards to this post, because the angry man was never in danger and he knew that he wasn't in danger. An unarmed man, certainly under six foot and under two-hundred pounds, was not deterred or concerned that he was challenging and intending to evict, three men, each at least six foot and certainly over two-hundred pounds. But, more importantly, each of the three challenged men was carrying a large high powered rifle, a unconcealed pistol and at least one knife.


    Unfortunately, as the afraid masses flood into Idaho, common scenes like the one above, will be no more. The majority are weak, unprepared, and afraid of their neighbors. Videos, like this one, are made to promote and justify their fears. Once fear has been repeated enough, the Government will step in to "help" and provide "comfort". Curiously, this help always involves some small sacrifice of freedom and individual rights. It will only be a little sacrifice. Once the majority acquiesce, the fear cycle begins again.


    I would like the law to encourage protester self policing. Protest, march, holler, but it should be Federal law that looters, arsonists, or anyone attempting any felony, arising from a supporting group will either be immediately identified and/or restrained by members of the group, to be surrendered to authorities, or it will be assumed that all protesters in the area of the crime are complicit. Those in the area of the crime will be incarcerated and investigated, additionally, any owner of property, under siege by a mob or those attempting to loot will be shielded by self defense, for any charge of murder.

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  19. 3 hours ago, Stinky said:

    I have a Z24 w/175K on it.  IT takes forever (3-5 secs?) to switch the light off.


    If I was to change pumps, which one would be duh one to use? 

    Everything Datzenmike said and search for other threads on this subject where DatzenMike provided pictures of the differences in oil pumps to insure you get the right one. The information  provided was very beneficial to me.


    But first, have you performed a slow and precise oil check (dipstick) to determine you're not just a quart or two low?

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