Pistons are on their way now as well.I thought I'd post an update on our progress with Forrest.
The garage that we had him with didn't have any success sourcing an engine. Unfortunately, the one kindly posted here by Vanterrier was a different one.
I truth I suspect the garage wasn't mad keen on fitting second-hand parts that there couldn't/wouldn't guarantee.
With time slipping by I figured it was best to get him home and then go from there (even if it was to the scrappers!). With the help of our son we towed Forrest across Orkney Mainland then onto the ferry and over to Westray - that was fun!
Any way.... As the saying goes if you want something doing - do it yourself!
I thought my days of messing about with engines were over...
I've taken the cylinder head off, and yes it has damage valves and tappets. I've got a complete replacement cylinder head coming from Poland (£280 including shipping, so that's not bad).
The pistons have got signs of damage to their tops but at least none are smashed. I think it would be prudent to change these all the same and am in the process of tracking some down.
So, it will be a wee while before Forrest will be back on the road but at least his future is looking a bit rosier.