My Pinto (puch e50 engine) has been making disturbing noises lately (pinging, clattering etc), and yesterday I found the dreaded tiny metal flecks in the transmission fluid. So it seems to me that the bottom end is shot, or at least in need of some serious repair. I think this was a preexisting condition, as the ped had a lot of miles on it and a transmission fluid leak when I bought it.
So, I'm weighing my options. It runs well and has a good top end and I've put a fair amount of time and money into it, so I hate to give up on it. I don't want to spend the warm weather months rebuilding it, so it seems that my options are to pay someone to rebuild the bottom end or find a good used engine.
Anyone care to offer advice or opinions on which is my best bet and how much it's likely to cost to have it rebuilt? Any other ideas?