The car is back together minus the bumper cover and minus an unrelated leak I caused. I stripped out one of the hydraulic lines for the trans coolers new high flow set up. Good thing is its all reachable to replace.
Rodcougar I couldn't get any spin on the fitting with the pulley fully seated it rubbed the pointed angles I dont know why yours maybe is smaller size to turn, maybe my pulley was on too much(more likely). I didn't have to even remove the pulley just maybe pull it off 1/4 of the way. But I saw some weeps coming from the pump and said piece of cake I knew the drill.
I went so far as to swap in a new autozone pump just to have something fresh as possible. Plus I could see the pump weeping from the EVO and from the res return hose which I didn't like. I got a little testy with the PS system because I hated how my PS had leaks all over at one point. I did a pump job on my car before, so I swapped in a fresh one under warranty and fixed every leak/weep possible. I have new res/return hoses/rack/both rack elbows.
Its all leak free just as you said use this fitting and use a teflon washer. 2 washers on my case since they were thinner than in this threads pics. I added a tiny bit of copper rtv in between them to be 100% no leaks and it works great in sealing. I even threaded on a teflon seal at both ends. Yeah its further than most would bother but like I said I wanted to be 100% I got the teflon seal from the ford dealer ship. I didnt pay anything.
My elbow survived the thrashing but its not original either. Those with original elbows should really be swapping in a fresh one before doing this mod.
I think this is pretty much all I have to add to this. So yes you can mod the oil gauge and still mod the PS pressure line without too much work. An alternative solution would be to put a brass elbow on the OPSU and move it out of the way.
I think this thread would be great if people started merging some PS system leak overhaul. Really would be great to show people the ridiculousness of changing those elbows.
Btw here are the tools that made this an easy job.
The adjustable is only for the blue fitting shown the little yamaha wrench is what gets everything else AN wise. My other 17 mil stuff wasnt big enough and this wrench fit just right its awesome. It got max throw working on the elbow off the rack.