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My 2011 adventure that found me riding my bicycle across the USA from Virginia to Oregon.

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Baby Steps

Pumped having a starter that works consistently and 3 seconds of run time with some carb spray I moved on to the next step, fuel.

And the pump failed right away with just a ‘click click click’ yet no fuel.


Trying to find an exact replacement for an inline fuel pump isn’t easy, seeing that this one is from the late 80′s. With new model replacements in the $150 range I opted for an hard to find $8 rebuild kit.


Upon tear down I found that the old bellow had completely turned into a melted tar goo substance that was on everything. A pain to clean off but hopeful with the new bellow replacement all will be good.


I learned during the process that the pump was a Walbro part # 12V2401 that have specs of 4-6psi @ 20+ GPH and if I was looking for a replacement it would be based on the Carb -p Edelbrock 1404 500 CFM


If You Want It Done Right DIY

After months of troubleshooting why the truck mysteriously stopped starting I have finally got it running again!  To be honest it was only months because I was to lazy to focus, in actual time it was probably 4-5 hours.

The symptom was after that last successful YouTube video post below the starter would just click.  Here is everything I tried and what eventually worked:

- Old bad battery wouldn’t take charge
- Cleaned terminals and mounting points
- New Battery
- Measured voltage at the starter and was getting 12.4 volts but was hard to find a ground
- Bench tested starter at auto parts and one solenoid remote post didn’t work the other post spun the starter VERY fast rpm’s
- New Starter mounted, still just clicks
- Measured voltage
- Ran secondary small wire from negative ground to starter mount, got the 12.4 volts easier measured
- Still just clicks when attempting to turn over
- Made sure (again) engine turns at the crank
- Replaced negative ground cable
- Still clicked
- Ripped out the positive cable and found what was pictured below

At some point in the trucks life someone decided it needed a longer positive cable and added a poorly made extension that was buried and hidden in the truck.  After removing the corroded extension and cleaning up the good adequately link cable: BOOM the truck fires every time!

Bad Cable

How to Remove a Crushed Oil Filter

How to remove a crushed oil filter or as I like to call it the worst oil change of my life.

I still haven’t figured out how long the truck has sat between 3-10 years, but I think it’s safe to say the oil hasn’t been changed on it’s regular frequent interval.  So what started out as a simple 30 minute or less job, turned into a hellacious 6 hour multi-day ordeal.

Man vs Oil Filter

  • Round 1: The gorilla approach (man handle the filter until you develop tennis elbow)
    • WINNER – Oil Filter
  • Round 2: Rubber Gloves (attempting to add more traction and worsen said tennis elbow)
    • WINNER – Oil Filter
  • Round 3: Strap It (slips until you finally get enough tension, then pops the strap)
    • WINNER – Oil Filter
  • Round 4: Pliers (crushes until the can bleeds)
    • WINNER – Oil Filter
  • Round 5: Specializer (finish off the crushing by twisting leaks on all sides)
    • WINNER – Oil Filter
  • Round 6: Screwdriver (don’t fool yourself into thinking this will get it off, it will just assist you in removing any remaining pieces)
    • WINNER – Oil Filter
  • Round 7: Homemade Specializer Upgrade (the Bogert imitation – just bends the bolts)
    • WINNER – Oil Filter
  • Round 8: The Drill (attempt to cutout the middle)
    • WINNER – Oil Filter
  • Round 9: Screwdriver the comeback (angling the flat head to work as a chisel on the outer edge slowly rotating to success
    • WINNER – Man

I had one backup option to the flat head screwdriver and that is purchasing the Bogert Aviation Oil Filter Tool, thankfully I saved myself the cost in Round 9.

Hopefully this is not a preview of what’s to come.

Crushed Oil Filter

The results of Round 6 with a screwdriver

The bent bolts from Round 6

The bent bolts from Round 7

Success from Round 9, note the attempts to drill out the center from Round 8

Success from Round 9, note the attempts to drill out the center from Round 8