OK, check valves are in the "check it out" mix. Funny, I never thought of them as being the problem because I would expect them to be good or bad, but not a little bad. I'll let the pumps pressurize a couple times before starting after shift, we'll see how it starts then.
Now to check on prices.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.