A couple of weeks ago I posted an update about my cheap Alfa project telling you all I'd got the engine out and everything was super. This weekend though things took a turn for the worse...
On Friday afternoon I was feeling very pleased with myself having fitted my new clutch and 156 gearbox to the replacement engine (from a 145 but the same unit). I took the engine off the crane and put it down to rest on my little pile of tyres, only to see a few drips of oil. Closer inspection showed that this oil was coming from the gearbox, I believe from the seal between the gearbox and bell housing. Damn it I thought, that means taking the whole gearbox off again, dismantling it and re-sealing.
Dejected I thought I'd leave it and move to the other end of the engine. My plan was to crank it round, line up the TDC marks so I could remove the cambelt, then the inlet shaft, in preparation for changing the variator. I fell at the first hurdle though - the engine wouldn't turn. With all the force my skinny little arms could apply to the crank pulley, it still wouldn't budge. Fast forward 24 hours - and one generous soaking of WD40 down the plug bores - later, to this afternoon. Another attempt at turning the engine proved fruitless and so I'm feeling rather stumped.
The plan now is to use the old block, despite having had a cambelt failure, since it's either that (with the potential bottom end problems), or one that doesn't move at all. This of course means swapping the head, and incurring the associated costs of a head gasket and bolts. It would seem to be the easiest solution though with me needing the car done by the end of next week.
And it was all going so well