My original engine had water in oil and I thought it would be the head gasket. Sadly no... the head was pitted. I thought about getting the head skimmed but then found a lower mileage M44 1.9L on ebay which I have now got. I've taken out the original engine but now having a heck of a job getting the new engine to fit to the gearbox bell housing. I haven't taken out the front cross member as I'm nervous about leaving the front part of the car unbraced and there is a hydraulic steering pipe running alongside it. Anybody done this job before? I will persevere but if anybody does know a way of simplifying this job I'd be very grateful.