OAP Engines - What to do...
My main mode of transport, '96 145, has just knocked up 122,100 miles (195,000km) in it's 7 year life... That's a fair distance! The body is knackered, and parts are dropping at a rate faster than sellotape can hold them...!
The engine is as good as it gets for that age, but I am thinking of doing a recondition on it, and moving it into a 146 whose body is significantly better (and it's a lusso!).
It's not burning oil, but I feel that the engine is somewhat underpowered, and used to be a bit more spritely.
My question to the knowledgeable in the forum is as follows:
What would you recommend be done to an engine of this age to ensure it remains reliable till 200,000 miles, and regains it's former glory?
My thoughts are:
Piston rings replacement.
Big and Small end bearing.
Should I consider new valves and soft metal bearings?
What would you do?
Has anybody done this, and what is the cost? (roughly)