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I know for certain that I had the correct wire connected to the battery. I assumed that the wire getting hot meant that the pump had seized, but your verification is extremely helpful . Thank you so much. I'm also going to check voltage across the wire supplying the pump when ignition is active to be sure I'm getting voltage to the pump ... provided that all looks normal I'll assume the relay's are OK and replace the fuel pump. Mike G.
Thanks for the follow-up. I checked voltage to the pump wires during ignition sequence and it measured about 12 V - analog meter so hard to pinpoint it - but right around there. So it looks like the relays are good. I ordered a fuel pump and fuel strainer and will install when they arrive. Hopefully that will fix it :-) having the fuel pump in the gas tank makes me nervous, but I know its a common practice ... Mike G.