[quote name='kenko' post='32239' date='Jul 9 2009, 06:38 PM']took off the oil filler cap and placed a piece of paper over the neck on idle would not stay on, took out pcv pipe and small valve and checked them ok, still smokes like a good'en, lol guess this beauty has had its day, shame as its got great body work excellent interior and i've just put on, new cat/front road springs/rear wheel bearing,lower arms/new tyres/rear wheel arches and cills, gutted its got to go to scrap after all that as it just aint worth another engine.[/quote]
Id try these first,,,
do a compression test to establish if there is much compression and to rule out any warped / cracked head oil passages that could cause leaks,,
look for damage on bores if you have head off to see if the piston rings are snapped,,,
if they are snapped ( usually there will be scrapes on bores,,, its a new engine,,
heres the good news,,, if they arent snapped and are just worn i would try these two products ( they do work as I have tried them and checked the compression after a few hundred miles and its increased it ,, but depends how serverely low it is,,, anyway, get yourself to halfords and buy some holts piston sealer compression paste, its like black toothpaste stuff that seals up the piston when put down the plug hole thus increases compression after 50 miles driving,,,, also try amtech oil additive from ebay, it fills in all the scratches and rebuilds the metal surfaces youd need about 1 litre of it added to fresh oil and filter,, its not cheap though,,,
worth a try before buying a new engine!!