After just over 117,000 or so trouble free miles without so much as missing a beat (MAF related misfires accepted), the 2.0 TS in my 166 has had its big end go on Wednesday. It sounds like a tribe of pixies are trying to sledgehammer their way out of the block. A slow, low revs trip down the road to the chaps in TI has confirmed the worst.
So, time to bite the bullet. I'm going for a full engine refurb/rebuild. Early investigations have turned up a couple of interesting options in the UK. Deliver the car to them and £1,600 or so will see the unit removed, stripped and basically "zero houred" with the crank ground/polished, new shells/shims, valves cleaned, tapits checked, oil galleries cleaned, oil pump refurbed, pistons and bores checked, new seals/rings/gaskets all around and everything pressures tested when nailed back together.
Has anyone on here used the services of any engine rebuild/refurb specialists they can recommend or warn me off? Be very interested if there's someone in Ireland who can do the job.