what brand gasket would you recommend, felpro? read some ppl were disappointed with hem. any online step by step guides?
how would i get out all the bars leak tab gunk out to prevent it causing problems down the road?
do you have any ideas on whats causing the stalling/"crank wont start" issue as i've described it?
Fel pro is OK .. ive used it many times and never really had a problem. I dont like the metal gasket design, it says not to use RTV on it, but I do anyways. The kit comes with a new seal, I would replace that and the oil pump seal also while youre at it since it all comes in the kit.
I dont know of any visual guides .. stop by my house in the next couple weeks with a video camera - I have a new automotive apprentice I am training and we have a 95 SC with a broken harmonic balancer coming up soon - the timing cover is going to come off to get the broken part of the hub ring off the crankshaft end, it broke right at the front seal.
No way to get all of the gunk out .. take your engine block to a machine shop and they may not be able to get it out completely but thats the best way for the block. Radiator would probably need to be replaced if it gets too clogged, I dont know of many shops flushing them anymore. Wouldnt worry too much if you arent overheating anymore or it doesnt get too hot in the summer.
Stalling .. I would be looking at running more diagnostics if its that consistant. If you have a scanner that will put the EEC-IV into the Wiggle test mode you can tap or wiggle wires to see if anything fails and causees the stall. Otherwise check out the IAC or TPS if there are any dropouts in voltage signal, debris, or the IAC is working correctly. Hard to say without seeing the car here in person I could test everything or swap parts around - this can be a very easy or tricky fault to chase down. Ive dealt with a couple different cars that had a stalling issue I just couldnt figure out, even went off to another mechanic and then to the dealership who couldnt figure it out still. Nice thing about Tbirds is that I have a whole storage shed full of spare parts I can swap out to test but usually im doing the basic compression / fuel / air / spark, check EEC functions, before I start throwing parts at it.