As the title suggests I've had a bit of an issue with my car which basically means I need a new block
From what I can tell it looks like who ever did the cam belt didn't do the 3 bolts going through the engine mount into the block up tight enough... I think what has happened is the bolt at the front of the block has worked loose and put additional strain on the rest and the lug on the block that the rear bolt goes into (circled below) has sheered off the block:
I know I could just stick a new engine in but by the time I've spend 4/500 quid on a new motor, done the cam belt, got her back on the road and had it mapped again I'll be x-hundred quid down and left with a car that MIGHT be worth £2500... And god knows what other complications might be down that path!
The problem is I've just taken a bit of a pay cut in a new job (hopefully it'll pay off eventually!) and I really can't afford to be ploughing any money into the car at the mo. Been totting it up and by the looks of thing, as much as it pains me to say it, I'm gonna be far better off breaking the car
Also, my boss (taking pitty on me) has just done me an awesome deal on a nice little mk4 GTI which will do me fine as a little run about. And I know what your thinking! Yes, most the part will swap straight across but I really need to recoup some money here and clear some debts.
It's a real tough decision but I think braking would be the only sensible things to do here, and I'd rather just come back to modifying cars when I'm in a better financial position to do so and next time do things properly... We all know how expensive these "little" projects get!
Gutted is an understatement but I think I've made my decision really, just thought I'd get your thoughts and opinions on it all?