Ok here is an update to my sorry saga.
I couldn't get the thing to run so bit the bullet and called in the mechanic
. After checking fuel
etc, which I am proud to say was all good, she still wouldn't fire. Not even a squirt of aerostart would bring life to the old girl. It was decided that it must be a compression
issue so, off with the head
That took about an hour as the studs had some crud keeping the head
stuck fast but eventually it was loosened and off it came.
Then it all made sense. One cylinder looked reasonable while the other had a pool of water
on top. There was corrosion
on a valve indicating that the head gasket
had been leaking for a long time and there were valve marks on the top of the pistons indicating the head had been over tightened.
The cylinder walls were gouged and it was clear where the rings were and were not touching.
So there you have it. The little engine
must come out and hopefully the parts
can be found to rebuild
Thanks all for your input and wishful thinking, reality is such a bitch!