Ok, I'm posting in the general forum 'cause the question covers several areas of the car. Basically, I'm asking which repairs I should do first since I have limited cash and resources and so can only do one thing at a time, with a lot of time in-between doing each thing.
My primary concerns are three things that have been identified as potentially 'big' issues with the car:
Thermostat (not knowing the temp of the engine means I could be running it hot all the time)
Tapping (apparently the knocking sound in the engine is the 'tapping' of the cylinders which need replacing)
Transmission (currently a 3spd auto, wanting to convert to a 4-spd auto, current one is apparently worn out as it doesn't shift smoothly and makes clunking noises)
Head gasket... this thing looks so dead it's not funny and that's from just seeing it from the outside!
So which of the above should take priority?
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