I'm finally back in business with a running engine!
I got a replacement mechanical fuel pump
, but the 'correct' part didn't line up with the metal fuel
lines. I could buy a replacement fuel
line that might solve the problem, but as soon as I bolted the pump to the engine
I owned it even if I couldn't get fuel lines to fit, etc. So I abandoned Volvo
solutions and bought a Walbro electric fuel pump
based on what I'd read in the Cruisers Forum.
I now have valves on the fuel tank
lines (should have been installed by the builder), and a nice Walbro electric
fuel pump. I moved the fuel line from the mechanical fuel pump inlet to the secondary filter inlet, and added fuel lines from the primary filter to the Walbro etc. The electric fuel pump is powered through the ignition switch, with an on/off switch over the engine
for use when bleeding the fuel system.
The electric fuel pump is a big improvement over the mechanical one for bleeding the engine, just open a bleed screw and turn on the pump.
Thanks for all the advice from the forum. I learned a lot about diesel
fuel systems. Summer's here (well, kinda wet so far in the PNW), time to go cruising.