Engine out, replace or rebuild?
I have removed the engine from my 156 SW 1.8 TS following usual big end drama, only have the car 6 weeks, had Alfa history till 61,000k and after that who knows! There is 79,000 on her now, I was told when I bought the car it had a cam belt at its last service and looking at it when the engine is on the floor i think it had, and a tensioner and water pump by the looks of it, I am wondering what to do next, do i rebuild my engine or replace it, I need to replace a conrod too which means head off my own engine and thats going to cost me, gaskets etc etc, I have been told that a crank regrind isn't that successful on a pre 02 model???, I already have a set of standard big ends so am i better to get a replacement engine, put the big ends in that and do the belts, water pump and variator and put that in?
What would you do?