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  1. Well I thought I would do a build thread on my mi engine to help any other clueless fools like me who are beginners and the idea of an engine re-build brings out a cold sweat! Story goes had my pug for over 10 years and have sorted most things out including a little engine work. After a short blast over winter I noticed the dipstick had popped out and dreaded smoke out the back. Hoped it was the breathers but sadly not, a compression test found it was well down in cylinder 3. so floods of tears as suspected piston ring. Had a full melt down on here saying I’m selling up, break it ..blah blah blah luckily you lot hit me with a wet fish and I well known legend offered to lend a hand! The plan What I want to achieve is a reliable use and enjoy rebuild, nothing fancy tbh it’s more than fast enough for me but I’d love to trust the engine again. My dad’s let me use his garage so after a spring clean it should be a nice place to strip it. Have been reading lots of awesome info on here including the manuals, looking forward to see what’s going on in the engine but at present planning to replacing the rings, main bearings, stem seals etc. the machining: cleaning block, maybe skim, 3 angle seats, liner’s will be done by Automotive services in Northampton which has been recommended by a good lad on here. Already have a sump baffle plate and oil spring/sprocket. So far I have the lump out and have a twin engine caddy!