Blowing air through the heater core is something I would never try. If there is something plugged, anything over 15 pounds could rupture it. Also, just because some air flows, that still doesn't tell you a lot. You need a lot of water volume because the heat in it is being drawn away very quickly by the high volume of air going through the fins.
Next, 160 degrees at the thermostat is not hot enough. For an accurate reading, I would look at the reading for the coolant temperature sensor on a scanner. That's the reading the Engine Computer uses in its fuel metering calculations and will be much more accurate than the sensor for a dash temperature gauge. It needs to be near 195 degrees.
Thursday, October 9th, 2014 AT 6:19 PM