- This age of engine has a one-piece rear crank seal which is better leak free solution
- The crank has 50oz external unbalance which makes finding a flywheel for it marginally easier
- It has a roller lifter camshaft of which there are more fuel injection friendly cam profiles available
- The emissions test it will eventually have to pass during its IVA (individual Vehicle Approval) test has non-catalytic converter emissions limits. I therefore do not need to purchase and install cats in the exhaust system saving time, effort and cash!
From here, I need to finish stripping it down and assess just how much machining is required. At the very least I will be likely zero decking it (to raise the compression ratio), and boring it to remove the current wear marks. A decision on crank grinding will have to wait until I can measure the journals, but the general condition of the working parts suggest this may not be necessary.