Changed water pump it started a few times and now wont start, but will crank

Tiny
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  • 1993 FORD TEMPO
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 500,000 MILES
I just bought this car about a week or two ago its had two tires blow, this last tire blow out led to me finding out I had two cracks in the radiator/cooling hose (which I found out they no longer make it so had to use jb weld on it for now) and it needed a new water pump so I changed it after all the welds were done and the water pump changed it started a few times but shot radiator fluid back out of the reservoir so had to shut it off after the third time of shutting it back off we got the air out and went to go start the car and it will crank but wont start. I do know the guy I bought it from said its in desperate need of a tune up and an oil change it also does not have more than a quarter tank of gas and the positive cable on the battery is lose, also do not know how old the battery is. Please tell me if I change all of this on the car it will start and be fixed I dont want to put anymore money in the car. If it is a lost cause I am a single mom of two kids and I cannot afford to keep putting money into a lost cause car when I can sell it and put my money on a better investment.
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Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 AT 2:47 AM

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Tiny
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Also I forgot to mention that it was after putting radiator stop leak into the radiator that it starting cranking, but not starting.
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Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 AT 2:53 AM
Tiny
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I would be checking for a head gasket problem, if you fill the header tank up to the top of the filler and crank the engine does the water surge, if so this can be combustion pressure entering the cooling system, check this out first.
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Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 AT 4:15 AM
Tiny
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Okay, I have done a tune up on it am pretty sure I have the wire order correct, an oil change and I have changed the battery, also checked its not my head gasket the one on there is new. I also put about half a tank of gas in it to if that would fix it but it did not. If the water pump is on there backwards is it possible that the car wont start or stay started from that? My aunt thinks it might be the timing chain/belt is it possible that with all the work it got messed up in the process? We got it after a few times of trying and are able to get it to start but when we do we cannot get it to stay started. Also found out it has an exhaust leak can that be the cause? If anyone has any ideas please list all the possibilities you think might be possible. I have even had my dad give it a go and he worked at Ford for forty years and is stumped. Please help!
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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 AT 11:41 AM
Tiny
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Does the coolant still surge from the cooling system when the engine is cranked over?
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Saturday, June 11th, 2016 AT 12:45 PM

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