Due to a dreaded cambelt
snap, the engine was damaged and needed a replacement cylinder head
and new pistons.
Best advice was to find
a replacement engine, or better still a complete car with an
identical engine. During the search to find an engine, a brand
new unit was located in Germany but the cost (excluding delivery)
was prohibitive (around £800).
Auto Trader yielded a
potential donor vehicle less than 50 miles away and advertised for
£500. This Broom Yellow 16VT was in good overall condition and
was built only weeks before the car due to be repaired. (It
subsequently yielded a load of spares before being scrapped).
Here are some photos of
the engine restoration which occupied the summer months of 2015 and
was carried out by Marsh Motors (see links to
and after photos of a repair by Wirral Alloy Wheel
Restoration (see recommended