After spending some time digging up oiling tech stuff (mostly from James old threads on here and 3800pro, which isn't real easy to find but is well worth it) I have a bit of free time tonight so I finally talked myself back into the garage to see if I can sort out this oil pressure thing.
Got the filter housing back off and haven't seen a spec of glitter, the leftover sludge I couldn't get out the last time I had it off was gone too Doing a few flushes really does do wonders even though I'm sure the filters weren't happy.
But looking at the bypass springs. This picture is with 3 1mm thick washers in the zzp bypass along with the spring as compared to the oe with no washers. They're the same length uncompressed. Barrels identical other than some discoloration in the oe bypass.
Now I'm sure they've got a "different spring rate" or some excuse here and I'm not going to the extent of trying to figure it out but they feel about the same when squishing by hand. Basically what I'm getting at here is the zzp spring is 3mm shorter than oe and they send a washer with it so that ends up 2mm shorter when installed as they send it. That, the filter housing and the intake are the only things that have been swapped onto my last few engines and they all died the same and quickly.
In my findings I've also come to realize that the bypass doesn't necessarily control pressure but instead works off of restriction of your filter, oe opens with roughly 10 lbs of restriction, or is supposed to, and then just dumps through the timing cover. Wether this will make a difference I don't know.
I'm kind of excited to test my theory but I'm gonna drag my other fbody housing into work tomorrow and get it cleaned up right before I put it back on, interestingly enough they look identical but have different part numbers. My firebird died this same death, and it's possible that filter housing is the one I've been using but I need to look into that further, but I'm hoping I'm on the right track here.