I need an engine !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apologies to those that have seen this on the Alfaowner forum. Just trying to cover all bases.
Wednesday night I got caught out in a flood.
Engine took in water and went hydraulic on number one piston and that was the end. I've yet to take the head off but the bottom end is locked and number one piston won't come past TDC. It is locked solid at that point so looks like a bent conrod. Looking down the spark plug recess I can also see that the piston is cracked across its diameter from left to right. When an engine is under this sort of pressure it's fair to say that there may well be more, as yet unseen, damage.
To say I'm gutted about this would be an understatement. Even more so because the whole episode that night was a nightmare. I won't bore you with the details just now of what will one day be an amusing story when I look back.
Anyway the car is an 'R' registered 1997 155 1.8 TS 16v with ONLY 51K on the clock.
There are various options open to me.
Rebuilt the engine - May not be able to do this depending on the total extent of the engine damage.
Fit a new engine. ££££££££££££££ Any idea how much ?
Fit a good second hand LOW mileage engine from a donor car, ie salvage.
Fit a recon - MUST be a good one from a reputable engine specialist.
Do nothing !!!
Any other options welcome.
To save me trawling the web and making loads of phone calls I'm hoping that my fellow Alfisti can help me out. What I'm looking for are things like, "here's a good place to go for a new/recon engine." Or "these guys will will do an excellent rebuild job." Any thoughts on prices on any of the options ?
I'd appreciate a few jokes as well to cheer me up a bit. Me is feeling a little on the glum side at the moment.
Thanks in advance guys.