Lots of fun was had the last few days and below is the result. This is after a quick spin around our cul-de-sac. Still need to check valve clearances etc but it sounds good. Water pump quieted down too.
The numbers tell a story. Was 160 when pulled. First black number (top) was dry after sitting, second black number (middle) was oil in dry after sitting, third black (180 3x) was after new head gasket and 10 minutes running. 180 all the way across is good for a 2 liter! Wires are my rigged up remote start switch.
TI lives -woo hoo! When I first bought this car I got a 2 liter to put in it and never did. I guess I’m making up for past short-comings.