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Well, after a quick trip up to Derby I'm now the proud owner of a lovely red 1.8 16V on a P plate, with a genuine 43k on the clock...but a completely knackered engine!

So, it's time to get the spanners (and credit card) out, slip into a figure-hugging boiler suit (is that too much information?!) and camp out on the drive for a week changing it.

I was just wondering if anyone could impart any pearls of wisdom as to what to watch out for, any pitfalls to avoid (apart from starting the job in the first place!) and hopefully any labour-saving tricks or short cuts.

Oh, and I do have a replacement lump lined up, but if anyone knows of a good low-mileage 1.8 (or 2.0 for that matter) 16V lump going cheap, I haven't ordered it yet so the cash could be diverted into someone elses pocket...
 
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Hi DK

Why is the engine knackered with only 43k? :(

Anyway, l wish you the best of luck with it. :)

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Well, it's actually suffered a shattered piston, but also seems to have suffered from oil starvation. The crank is knackered (it's already been re-ground once, so I don't think they can do it again?) and they are about £600 to replace!! Besides, by the enormous price of parts for these engines, if I tried to re-build it I'd soon have spent enough to have bought another (anyone who knows better, please feel free to correct me!).

Thanks for the good wishes...I think I'm gonna need it!!
 
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as you said it will easily cost more than a second hand engine so your right to just change it all....save all the usefull bits so you have some spares..you could easily sell them on to cover your costs(cylhead/block etc)
 

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The s/h one I'm looking at is an exchange (which I thought was a bit odd) so I can't keep any bits. It's from Intapart, a 42k unit from a R reg car and comes with a 60-day warranty. They're asking £940 + VAT inc delivery / collection of the old one.

Does anyone know of a better deal?
 
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well most brakers these days want your old unit cos then they make the money on your parts as well...£940+vat sounds a bit steep.!!!!!
 
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I had a phone call from someone pricing up a rebuild for a 1.8.He wanted conrods and said 2.0 rods were the same as 1.8, is the crank the same? The one in my 2 litre would regrind (I think anyway, its not that bad). Also, I was quoted '£500 to £700' for a second hand motor depending on mileage. Based on prices today of complete cars, £900 plus vat plus exchange sounds expensive (but at the same time I live near the north and we're poorer up here....).

I've forgotten the name of the breakers that had some 155's, its near Nottingham, I'll dig it out and post it.....
 

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Tim - It would be useful if you could find the name etc, as I thought £940 was a little on the steep side myself, but couldn't seem to find anything cheaper.

I've tried all the online sites where they contact various breakers for you, and also rung around the various Alfa specialists around the country.
 
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01773 531166, key the address into the browser yourself rather than selecting it from the text, it is correct, good luck...
 

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Just a thought, but if I did perhaps buy Tim's crank and have it re-ground, then fitted it to my engine (along with a new piston, rings, bearings and oil pump) would I in effect have a 2.0 engine? Would this work? JB?

BTW - does anyone have the 155 manual sections that deal with re-building a 16V engine on the bench?
 
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