hey guys... up here in fairbanks with not a lot of parts available... but here's the scenario: driving to work on 1/8th tank with 40 miles on dummy light, engine cuts out like a light switch. got pulled to the shop and added fifteen gallons of fuel. traced symptoms back to lift pump (following the metalic shavings from the filter/seperator...). found no output after several (ehem... many) cycles of the 25 second ignition bump... pulled lift pump. wow! bearing fell out when i pulled it. "detonation." here's the $2500 question: would the vp44 have been running on it's own w/o the lift pump (causing it to burn up/seize) also, or am i going to be a couple hundo out with replacing the oem lift pump? your thoughts? also, a thanks to you guys who put time in to these forum shout-outs... you're helpin a lot of guys! cool beans... thanks.