I agree with every thing suggested here. Does the thermostat work correctly?
As Joe suggested, use a good compression gauge, one that screws into the spark plug hole. Remove all the plugs and tie throttle to WOT. Remove power to ign system.
Cylinder leakage test is usually done with a dual tester. First gauge is set on 100 psi, second gauge reads cylinder pressure, the amount of leakage.
The formula is: 100-second gauge reading divided by 100%. This gives the answer in percent of leakage. I would believe anything over 7-9% would not be a ggod thing.
While the leak tester is in place, one can listen for leakage, intake for intake valve, exhaust for exh valve, and oil fill cap for ring leakage.
To troubleshoot this problem, I'd probably crank curb idle up to 1600-1800 rpm, use a vacuum gauge and tune for max, then slowly work throttle down to 950-1000 rpm, dependent upon cam specs.
Again, CONGRATULATIONS on the newbie!!!
Everett "OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR APPEAR QUICKLY UPON RAPID DECELERATION"
[This message has been edited by Everett#2390 (edited 12-12-2002).]