Fuck that. Dumb fuck tried to sell me this car. I wouldn't give it away to anyone. There was so much top end lifter noise on the car, I couldn't even tell how the bottom end was.
First off getting there the car looked is worse shape than the pictures. Some ghetto farm. Opened the hood and he started it before I could look anything over and it startled me when he turned it over. Sounded like a cummins diesel in the winter time. It wasn't knocking something was seriously wrong with the valve train. Exhaust might have been new 5 years ago too. Leather interior was all cut to shit. Rats/mice made a nest and chewed up some of the wires. And just after he started it I pulled the oil fill cap off, and there was so much blow by it was spitting out all over the engine bay.
Took it for a quick ride on the bumpiest road on his property, so right there I couldn't hear a damn thing. Shifter felt like I was wrestling a snake. So bad that when I tried to take third it went to first (thank god I don't take my foot of the clutch right away after it's depressed) Had some balls, but couldn't get any faster than 40 km/h. After 5 minutes of driving let it ride first gear down a steep hill to see how much compression was there. Seemed to be tight on the bottom. However, let it sit for 2 minutes after popping the hood. The temp gauge was nearly 3/4 up after 7 minutes of running! And there were no hard pulls at all! After trying to talk to him and finding out what was exactly done, I said no deal. Then the asshole tried to sell it to me for scrap price! Needless to say it was "let's get the fuck out of here" I was with my dad for a second opinion, which I sure as hell didn't need.
Oh and the oil was about 3/16th over filled.
That's my story and a waste of and hour and a half.
PS Tell me what it's worth to you for borrowing your hoist. I'm pulling the SOHC and going to get it done. It sounds like a brand new motor compared to that piece of shit I just drove. That and I know more about that motors history and it's maintenance records. I KNOW that motor is fine, just needs some tightening.