Whew. That is good. It would really be nasty to have some horrible internal engine fault after you just buy something.
When I put my car back together I had a loose plug wire and the arcing made a loud ticking. I was really afraid of some internal damage but it was so simple!
With the starting and stalling, you could be looking at a non-turbo issue and a simple one. The idle air control valve on mod motors stick sometimes. When that happens, the car starts right up but dies immediately. You can test it by when it starts, just keep your foot lightly on the throttle to keep the blade cracked open. If it idles that way, you just need to remove and clean the IAC valve. It is usually carboned up.
97 Laser Red GT-248A Wingless model, Built Lincoln Mark VIII motor-Procharger D1SC, 3 core IC
2012 Black GT-Saddle, 3.73s, Brembos, Shaker1000