Gary you are a lifesaver! Thanks very much for the info.
I'm more than a little bummed that i seem to have an older engine.
Guess that what happens when you buy a car off Ebay. Still i gave very little for what is, on the whole, a nice little motor.
I have been offered a replacement engine which has 12,000 miles on it for £150 but i wouldn't know where to start doing an engine swap on one of these
If i can silence this one then i think i'll just run it till it eventually dies and then think about a replacement engine or car.
P.S wow-handy disc. lol