After about 2 months, REDCAT is running again! I got everything put back together in my fully refurbished fuel system. Many thanks to everyone who provided me insight and advice as I worked through the project! The car is running great and took only a few cranks to fire right back up like I left it off.
One question that I have: now that the system is running again, the fuel pump is noisier than it was before. I believe there is slight cavitation occurring and obviously I want to address that before I drive much at all/do any lasting damage to my otherwise perfectly working pump.
One thing I did to my system: I added a high flow fuel filter (listed as 100micron) between the sump tank and the fuel pump. This was a step advised by Kirby and some others on this forum and after seeing what the inside of the sump tank looked like (before I cleaned it up), I agree and think it’s a very good call since it will obviously get rusty etc. again in time. Nonetheless, I’m wondering if I didn’t get a high enough flow filter to put in the line. Anyone have any insights on what level filter would be acceptable pre-pump.
I should add that I may be able to mount the new filter a bit lower than it is right now. Currently fuel flows out of the sump tank and has to go uphill a bit to the new filter and then curve around and down to meet the pump in its usual spot.