ERRRR now things are getting very weird, the old engine I was donated by Colin looks like a minter?
I have removed the head to find a its a nice blue recon unit with 0.030″ pistons, 0.010″ big ends and 0.020″ Mains. Everything looks clean and new, no score marks on the crank or shells, no burn marks on the big ends nothing?
Colin did say the original engine in the HA was changed at 17,000 miles and the car was only showing 40 ish thousand miles, so this engine has at most 25,000 miles (or so) on it.
So its going to be stripped down, cleaned of black oil on the outside and the galleries washed out, then re assembled and new gaskets and it should be ready to drop back into a car almost straight away, funny it looks like its going to Reading and into a nice little HC.