A '97 CV had similar problems with cooling system. Bad thermostat, mostly clogged radiator, failing water pump, lots of hot running (not necessarily "boiling-over" overheating), and always max pressure in the cooling system. Then started running poorly - missing, rough idle. Did a compression check and coolant spat out of cylinder #1. Replaced the head - it had a crack that was going from the combustion chamber to the cooling jacket.
Do a compression check and be ready for some bad news.
Edit: Also make sure the heater core is not plugged up.
Edited by TheShadow (03/26/09 02:30 PM)
'95 P71, 5xx,xxx miles, Rebuilt tranny, 2.73. Lives as a cab, and will die as a cab. (Died-FrontEnder)
'96 P71, 640,xxx on original drivetrain. (Now parts car - T-bone & roll)(You should see the roof - A,B & C-pillars chopped on driver side)
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