I braved the beast fae the east to pop this into the hospital this morning for its diagnosis. Got away from work early to hear the judgement and the news wasn't great. Annoying but not surprising.
The doctor fed it some potion that changes colour if it detects hgf. It changed colour.
So what now?
Well I proceeded to totally fucking fuck it up, big time.
I thought I would nurse it home, up the Glen. Better to have it at home for fettling instead of at my shed 7 miles away.
Got about two miles before the temp gauge pinged into the red. I pulled over to let it cool down, threw some water in and set off.
This time the gauge crept up to the middle if the dial and sat there. Not only that, the heater blew hot air for the first time since I got it. Drove all the way home assuming an airlock had unlocked itself but noticed the heater cool down with about a mile to go. Temp gauge still at normal so cracked on. Turned into my drive and it conked out.
Had a look under the bonnet to find the cap wasn't properly on the header tank. I think all the coolant had gone. Gave it a couple of cranks but deed.
Had to leave it where it came to rest.
Gave it an hour and tried it and it started up first turn. Filled it with antifreeze and let it idle. No obvious strange noises and it came up to temp and sat there for 20 minutes before I switched it off. No heat from the heater.
I think I'll still change the water pump and try some magic head gasket repair from a bottle.
I've been pricing replacement engines.