« on: November 01, 2006, 06:39:45 PM »
First, yes the insurance company did accept a claim but they wrote the car off but it still meant a big loss for my in laws, hence me volunteeriny to repair the car. They have bought back the salvage and I've now got the car to decide which way to go.
I'm hoping Stan will offer some more advice! The VW dealer removed the head and sump, and various other bits, all of which I seem to have in various bags in the boot. There has been no valve/piston contact and the cam belt looks normal. The centre two rods are seriously bent (instead of the piston crown being 1mm above the block they are about 4mm down!) The big end bearings look fine - I expected them to be 'squished'. With all the rods and pistons out the crank turns over beautifully. The only other problem I could see was that the head had been stripped, and one glow plug had been snapped off! Great. I've managed to get it out and although it will need a helicoil, the bore and seat that the glow plug tightens up against are undamaged.
My plan is to hone the bores myself, fit new rings and two new rods, new big end bearings, helicoil the head and fit new glow plugs and new cam belt, then fire it up and see what happens. The thing is we know the car's history from day one, its only done 48,000 miles. I'm balancing this course of action over buying an engine which I wouldn't know much about.
Any comment on my plans as above most welcome. For the record, I'm not a mechanic (I'm a Fireman) but I have been building my own Minis for racing for 20 odd years and I'm enjoying this particular challenge.