156 Sportswagon big ends???
No not big ends! in fact turned out to be Number 4 piston had sufferd seizure on inlet side of liner.
Thanks to all of you for the help and advice on this one,
The end result is car running perfect after frantic rebuild, with just 4 days and a ferry booked the pressure was on.
Big thanks for the recomendation NJS alfa in Pershore, SUPER HELPFULL
Question remains why did it seize, only 50 k miles from new,just the one owner who did run a "bit low on oil" by his own admision,seems odd that the bearings, mains and big ends absolutly perfect, other pistons and bores perfect, no sign of water leaks, clips an hoses totally standard.
Could it be dodgy oil spray jet, I did remove it and tested with the oil can method.
I checked/measured the journals, these were spot on,also looked at the cats for blockage (like new)
Motor- honed bore, nuva piston/rings rebuilt with belts pulleys variator plus gaskets including oil pick up.
sump stripped cleaned
2 all nighters, fired up went round the block couple times then down to south coast caught ferry just! then 790mile road test.
Have to say it ran faultlesly the car is a joy to drive.
I would value any ideas regards futher mods or checks