DrinkAV8, Kingtut12, acostafan, thanks for all the input, i'mgoing to look into all of it as soon as I get the chance. you guys have been great, and have helped me a bunch getting through this crap.
I'll keep you guys posted.
thanks much! I'll follow the valvetrain lead first and check lash/clearances...where do i get the tools to do that? I dont' have the FSM with me just at this moment, but I'll look it up. Should have done the work myself, damn...hope it's just the valvetrain though...not the bottom end.