So you had to play....did you ever hear the saying, if it ain't broke don't fix it.
So it sounds like you got it running again.
188k, 5/20/12 new ej257 short block, 8/20/11 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.
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