Well I've stripped down my engine again coz it was running like a dog and I suspected the head gasket was on it's way out.
So heads came off, took it in to get it tested and skimmed and one side was right out apparently so it got skimmed and I've changed the gasket and cleaned the top of the pistons coz they were covered in burnt oil. I've put it all back together, got around my problem with Vx giving me the wrong inlet manifold gasket and rang every car parts shop in Newcastle till I found someone with a paper one, bought it and put it on, problem solved.. funny that...
Anyway, it's all back together, set the timing back up, tried to start it, nothing.. Sounded like the timing was out coz it didn't have much compression, so I've tried re-setting the timing 180degrees coz it might have been on the wrong stroke, and it started, coughed and spluttered like I expected to, and then I let it stop coz it sounded like the timing was still out by one or two teeth which puzzled me a bit coz I had the marks lined up as well as I could get them.
I've never managed to start it since. It just sounds like there's no compression in it at all when I turn it over, but when you crank the timing by hand it gets pretty hard to turn it so there clearly is some pressure. The same sound when I turn it over as it was making when my cam shaft seized on it, but it's all moving and turning. It just won't start. It's like a whirry noise, but no kick..
I think I remember I had to bump start it last time I took the heads off and put it back together, but I can't remember why I had to do that. Thing is though I don't want to have to put the wheels back on and start rolling it about when I'm still making sure the timing's right on it...
Any suggestions other than go out and buy a new car???