agreed..... the 53 block is the worst block to get... they crack very easily!!! although there are some guys on here with 53's and havne't had any issues.... its always a good idea to check for blow by..... othere than that just check everything real close as you normally would
Check to make sure it doesnt have codes. By rolling the key twice. Check the Stearing box for play also the seal on it. Check to VP power plug see if the VOID sticker has been removed if it has that VP44 has been replaced at one time.
The key trick will not work on a 99. I would say age and fuel psi on the VP44 (injector pump) and I would prefer to have a 2001+ to have the disk brake rear. there are a lot of small problems, (track bar, steering box, automatic trannys) that can be fixed easily. Well, except for the tranny. If you plan to mod, be ready if you choose an auto, but if you prefer a stick, I like the 6-speed...This also is 2000 and up. Good luck with your choices. This is just my .02
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