"Back order", don't talk to me about back order. I await a stick of touch paint which I ordered from my local Alfa dealer. I ordered this 10 weeks ago.
The garage despite promising to call me back (after I call them and they agree thats its ridiculous, the length of time its taking), never ever call me back.
Now I know this is probably not the biggest nor the most profitable order the garage has, but I do expect a better service than this !
I've just read the sad story of your drowned engine . But, you seem like a competent fellow.
Do you know who supply pistons to Alfa (/Fiat group (Mahle?)), if you do, the supplier might have a UK agent. Try them as they will be supplying the engine recondition trade and might be able to deliver quickly (they even might be cheaper wink ).
If you haven’t got your rings, good luck with the above.
PS! What does people in the trade say about just changing one (out of four) piston and conrod?
I now have the rings !!!! I got a call out of the blue last Thursday from Alfa to say the rings had arrived (almost two weeks ahead of schedule). I'll have the bottom end built up before the week is out.
I believe that most garages would have only replaced the conrod, rings & end bearings for number one cylinder on my engine. I thought it good form to replace the rings and end bearings for the other three cylinders as well given that I've stipped the engine. The engine has only done 51k so will be back to 'running in' condition when I've finished. A new cam variator is going in as well.
I'm even thinking of selling the car once it's back on the road.
You're right in changing all ring and bearings after the strip down - which is a good move to get any hidden water out of the lubricating system; it's made enough ravage, already.
Good luck on the running in - always takes all your patience.
alfashop set of 4 £83.90plus vat 01603 426 277 or ask dragon engines who re condition alfa engines for £950-£1250 for 1.8 16v add £450 if you dont have exchange engine give them a call on 01246 859 200 hope this helps, did you get the locking caps for camshaft?