Thanks for the advise. some of the things that i had done when i first got the car was change the plugs/wires, fuel filter and air filter. I'm a little concerned about going to a mechanic and haveing him check out the engine because i already had midus try and screw me out of $300 for a new cat. Other than that i haven't looked into the engine that much. one thing that has been bothering me for some time now, when i first start up the car it idles at a really high rpm (my tach is broken so i dont know the exact #) and sometime it will reach 3rd gear without me even pressing the gas. I'll try and get a pic up once i 1) learn how and 2) finish some of the body work. she isnt much to look at right now, she has the skunk thing going on with the paint peeling off.