Car is running perfect now. I finally had enough time to put in a replacement engine from a 2002 Bonneville and the only differences were oil pressure sensor, water temp sensor, oil pan/filter location - still worked fine though, the accesory bracket that the heater hoses, alternator, and tensioner mount to was different - used my old one, and the flywheel bolts to the converter using different holes. I used my old motor mounts and accesories, thru in some nice mobil 1 synthetic and fired it right up. . . after I got the coil packs and wires in the right place
I noticed when driving in OD under load there is a noticable chuging - it'* a spark problem I know, so after I find the faulty plug wire or coil pack I'll be rolling like thunder. These are pretty cushy cars - I'm very pleased with it. Rides a ton better than my go-cart Jetta.
Thanks for all the help.
BTW, the knock in the old engine was a spun rod bearing on #2. I love having spare parts!!!