THERE IS LIFE !!!
Spent the final 3 hours today piecing her back together, finding all the missing screws from all over the car (another guy had tried to take a look before I got to it) and finding other problems to address in the future.
First, the future trouble,
1: Clutch release bearing grumbling away nicely now, we thought it would have been above the water level but obviously wasn't.
2: Light out warning accompanied with the dimly lit tail light, so rev counter needed.
3: P0130, bank 1 pre cat Lambda required.
4: Finally, Battery, having been flat for so long and with the rev counter draining it constantly it's time for a new one.
Big end shells, con rod, oil, filter, air filter, head gasket, anti freeze, 2 X coil pack boot leads, coil pack bodies (cracked) resealed, 6.5 litres of water removed from engine and air boxes, cambelt kit, 8 X spark plugs, cambelt cover and a dab of silicone sealant.
Obvoiously this puddle has cost a fair bit, and as for the insurace route, they would have written it off, and I think a regular Indie would have been after £1500, well I can say it's been done for less than half of that parts and beer chits, and when the clutch, battery, rev counter and Lambda are all done it will just break the grand mark.
But the best bit was today, when using the old recharged battery I opened the door to hear the pump prime, then select every gear first time all the way up and down, then there was the moment the key was turned, spinny spinny, putt putt, LIFE, FIRST TURN OF THE KEY! Slight diesel rattle, but to be expected as the car hasn't been strated since early december and thecams have been out for 2 weeks, and a slight noise from the clutch bearing, a run on the laptop showed up that the B1 lambda is faulty, so as it was a sele I ran a recalibration on it, flew through with no problems.
Needless to say Criss is now out running the engine in (stay below 4000 rpm please), and hopefully he can see past the huge grin to spot any more oceans that jump out in front of him ( I know Clare was driving when it happened).