Jim and others,
I did some investigating on this lovett/alum wire situation a while back and guess that info is in our archive. (My problem was float sticking though) But my distinct recollection is that Lovett admitted to me that they had been using the cheaper wire...and they certainly changed the color coding. They certainly offered to send me a used loom of the old copper wires which they must keep when they do rebuilding or exchanges.
I am back to using lovett, they sent me a brand new one to replace a new one that was sticking, which replaced an older one that was sticking. After a year the approx 100 dollar Rule that I had switched to started sticking too. So I went back to Lovett.
I have several take out Lovetts, as I used to replace them every few years as insurance..I am going to go strip some wires and see what turns up. But for now I am sticking with my original statement that they went to cheap wire, and said so. Still with all: Lovett was the gold standard in bilge pumps.
John in Va.
1966 Cavalier Seastrake 33'
19?? custom Argentine Runabout 16'
1956 Whirlwind runabout 16'
1954 Whirlwind deluxe dual ckpt 16'
1921 Old Town Charles River 17' (founding Captain, James River Batteau Festival)