DIY diesel overhaul
Four years ago, I had the misfortune of having the engine block on my Volvo MD2B rust thru. I was forced into a rebuild and like you I had mechanical ability, however I had never worked on a diesal engine before. Luckily I happen to enroll in a 30 hr. diesal maintenance course at our local Marine college. We had to rebuild an engine which was provided by the school. I was allowed to use my engine instead. At the end of the course, I had a new engine which was working great. What I have learned from this experience was that it is not difficult, and not that much different from rebuilding motorcycle engines. The main thing is to be organized, keep things clean and labelled inside ziplock bags, take your time and get a manufacturer''s shop manual. It is well worth it.