HELP! Problems after reassembly
I've just replaced water pump & housing o-rings, new copper plugs & silicone wires, new PCV valve & hose, thermostat, valve cover gaskets, and various other small items. But after getting it back together I've run into a few problems. Please help!
1. It won't take all the coolant it should, and I can't get coolant to run out the bleed valve or fill into the upper radiator hose no matter what I try, running or not. I know the bleeder is opening b/c I squeeze the upper hose and air goes in & out of it. Reservoir is full and I can't get any more coolant in. T-stat housing gets hot but hose is not getting coolant flow and radiator is cold. I've done this many times and never run into this. Symptoms point to t-stat stuck shut but it's brand new. Coolant should still trickle thru the bypass and up thru the radiator, shouldn't it?
2. Engine started right up initially and ran smooth after evening out from sitting for a week, but after a minute I turned it off and tried to start again...wouldn't start. Turned over and over but no start until I floored it, it started barely then it died as soon I took my foot off the pedal. Did this a couple times. All vacuum lines are in place and timing was set using cam timing tool. In checking my lines I disconnected fuel pressure regulator vacuum line from plenum and WHAM the rpm's shot up and it sounded SO much healthier, and revved much stronger with hose off. Reconnected and it struggled to keep running. Let it sit for five minutes or so and it started up again, sluggishly but stayed running. Seems like it's not getting enough air. Air filter is good. It had been starting sluggishly for awhile, but I knew the plugs were toast and wires were arcing, and PCV hose was collapsed. Now all of that's been replaced. Any ideas?
I'm taking stuff back apart but advice is much needed! Thanks!