I am not sure if this goes here in repair or in discussion. I will try it here.
Here in Mexico, I was walking home from downtown (which is actually up the hill down, downtown). An old water tanker has been torn apart for some days out in the open beside the street on a steep hill. The front fenders were off, and the radiator and motor parts also all came off. It was pretty much stripped.
The motor was all torn apart, and then it was gone completely for a few days. I would imagine it was out to a machine shop of some kind, but that is a guess.
I am guessing that old tanker is like 30 or 40 years old. Really old, but I forgot to ask for sure. They don’t give up on a good truck here without a fight.
When they had the motor torn apart, those pistons looked like dinner plates. He had parts laid all around. Some of them looked like they might be push rods, but I didn’t look very closely.
As I came walking by tonight, he started it up! And, it ran. I was impressed, and told the owner just that. No smoke and ran very smoothly. He looked very happy with his mechanic, too.
I got the impression this was a shade tree mechanic, and indeed it was near a tree… But, he actually got that thing running well.
Thinking about it, I came up with a question. I have a 2002 Toyota Sienna. In the USA, we would expect to look for a used engine if this one dies, because labor is so high.
Here, labor is much less. The question is getting parts. Would one expect to be able to obtain an overhaul kit for a Toyota? I think that is what they would call it, since that is what they call it for an Old Beetle. The components one would expect to need to correctly rebuild a motor. I realize that would be a Toyota decision, unless other companies make and sell such things, so any answer would have to be hypothetical. But, I have been wondering about this off and on for a while.