Things have improved with the engine and seems all hope is not lost. The next stage of deconstruction went well and it can be salvaged.
In Martyn’s words:
“Good News, after a lot of struggling all 6 liners have been removed without
incident and other than a big pile of silt to clean from inside the cylinder
blocks all is well. Will be having some fun making mud pies removing it all
We can all take a deep breath now as from this point on it is cleaning,
cleaning and some more cleaning and then the process of putting the poor
Gardner back together again. “
Progress is also being documented on the Marine Power Services website. Check it out here.