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1990 toyota corolla wagon 1.6 liter 5 spd. overheating

1990 toyota corolla wagon 1.6 liter 5 spd. radio, heater, crank up windows 179k mi. overheated, hole in radiator, replaced
overheated,bottom hose cold, temp gauge normal..replaced thermostat.
overheated, bottom hose cold temp normal. took out thermostat..did not see water flowing
replaced waterpump..(not fun) water was flowing, put in thermostat. test drove and it started to stumble and overheat, temp normal, bottom hose cold ,rad hot, fan runs if jumped. what the heck is keeping the water from circulating ? john

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You've got a possible blockage in the head or block.

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