I need some advice!
After snapping a sway bar on the way back from a surf on a potholed road, a routine service and simple repair job has progressed to a nasty surprise. My 1975 Bay Microbus has been running on 3 cylinders. I believe one of them has no compression or something.
It has actually been running very well for a while now (since the last set of problems anyway - not engine related, 8 or 9 months ago). So I was pretty surprised to hear the motor is bung. And not pleased, due to my current finances (also bung).
Slightly pleased to know her current power is not her maximum power.
The question is -
to rebuild (obviously doing the things that need doing while your there, but not going overboard)
or to buy a reco'd engine (and if so, where? how much)
I have been researching the threads, and havent gained much clarity on what to do...
It is an 1800, no mods that I know of, with 79 000kms on the clock, plus once around, but it may have been around more than once and so be actually 290 000kms, but I was told it only went once around, by a man with an honest face.
It has gone through a full reco once before that I know of, in 2003 at 57,000km (ie 22 000km ago) according to the records.
The invoice for that reco lists -
engine bay seal, spark plugs, s/h camshaft, s/h vac unit, primer fillers etc, carb. rebuilt, engine mount, acc cable, air filter element, battery terminal