I was driving up a street near my apartment this morning to go to work. The street is really steep. Anyhow, I rev the engine, dump the clutch, and I start up the hill and then the engine dies. Anyhow, to get over this hill I have to put the truck in low range and go up and over in first gear. If I shift to second, it dies. Also, taking off in first gear is SLOW unless I rev the @#$@ out of the engine and then slowly let out the clutch. Info: truck has 218,000 miles. New OEM timing belt, new OEM distributor cap and rotor, new OEM plugs, new OEM wires. There is a known rod knock. Also, there is no check engine light. The truck passed emissions without problems. any ideas? Thanks!