What should have been a straight swap of two bangers has turned into a complete nightmare. The plan was to strip both 'A's apart, pull the engines and drop 'em back in. Eeerr.. yeh, that will be simple. Just before I dropped the good engine in the new car, I thought I would take the flywheel and clutch off the back as there seemed to be a rattle coming from that area. Thinking that it was a bit of old Bendix starter because they have a hadit of self destructing. I've been through 4 of them already! As the flywheel came off my heart sank as there was a chunk of my crank sitting in the bell housing... ...no wait! Theres a chunk missing from the back of the block! There was no way I could put it back in the car as it seemed like I had been lucky (?) with what had happened as it could have been alot worse. To think I had been running it like this for nearly 2 years! The engine that came out was meant to have been rebuilt but was a total unkown to me. The reason why it was getting pulled so I could check it out at another time. The plan now was to give it a quick check over with a plan to use it. Cue my mate on the right of the picture pulling the sump off the engine. We pulled the sump and aload of rust fulls from the sump and into the engine. Great. On top of that it was also seized were it had been sitting dry. Luckly it did free up. At the end of the day I now have two stripped cars and two stripped engines, where there should have two complete cars. Why did I think it was the crank? Well, if you read the the old stories it was common for the crank flanges to break. Hopefully all is not lost as its the rear main oil seal groove that has broken, not the rear main itself. Looks like that stage 2 rebuild will be happening sooner than first thought.