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hmm it runs well, it idles well, it runs strong in first gear other gears just dont seem to kick in. I am looking at this as a potential gamble... doesnt SEEM like the headgasket is blown... and I realize cleaning and swapping with a stock takeoff is relatively cheap, but if its something else who knows?
Underneath there was some surface rust in places (what I've seen on other vehicles) but no oil or anything.. everything looks REAL good.
If the VGT vanes were stuck, would it drastically affect power? Is there a built in boostgauge someplace or would I have to have a odb2 gauge?
Finally, what would cruising speed on the fwy? I am not sure this was a 5spd or 6spd but I think it was doing like 2k at 70...
Also seems like the front ball joints are going or something, theres a bit of play in the steering before the wheels actually turn... is swapping these a difficult job?
Any recommendations for other things to look at? I guess powertrain is my only concerns. This weekend I intend to go take a look at it again, in the light..