I'll just start off by saying that I did a head gasket replacement, had the head milled, etc. etc., and put it back together. The first attempt took some cranking, but eventually it turned over, but would not stay running. Giving it a little bit of gas eventually gets the motor to stay idle around 750-1250 rpms. Once it's running, it stays that way and is drivable with no problem. Since that initial starting and running since, not much has changed. The range of difficulty starting the truck coincides with the last time the vehicle was running. When cold, it cranks and eventually takes after about 5 seconds, but doesn't stay running. Trying again, and again, it eventually gets running and stays idle with some initial help from the gas peddle.
What could the problem be? I had a couple friends that are quite a bit more mechanically inclined that helped me from the start to the end. It almost seems that it just isn't getting enough gas at start up? Once the truck starts, it runs great! Seems to idle fine, again sticking mostly around 1,000 rpms, no lower than 750. I drive it down the road and it doesn't hiccup or anything...problems with the injectors perhaps, or do you think the timing could be off a notch? When I have run the engine, and start it up 5 minutes later, it starts up no problem! It gets harder and harder to start depending on the length of time since the last warm up.
Any help would be appreciated to a long-time Tacoma World "lurker"