It finally happened, the head gasket went yesterday on my way back home from a fairly long drive, stupidly I carried on as long as I could before it finally stopped (still turns over). Still, I've driven 33k miles in a year and a half, not bad going!
Luckily oil hasn't mixed with coolant but it did start to burn oil just before I stopped the car.
When I try and turn it over now it splutters and tries to start but sounds like air being pushed out which I guess is the warped head.
I'm going to take the head off during the week and check for damage, hopefully I haven't fried the piston rings so I only need to change the gasket and get the head skimmed. If the engine is a write off what are my best options?
1 - Find another GA16S engine which I have found but don't know a price yet
2 - SR20DE swap, what work needs doing and how complex is it? if its easy and going to cost not much more I might as well do that.
3 - Any engines that'll fit that you guys know of or have laying around GA16DE etc
Any help would be great, I want to fix it I don't want to get rid of this car its been too good! I don't have however a massive budget, being an apprentice and renting a house money is a bit tight
Thanks in advance!