So travelling to spain and our 97 1.9 td abl 250k miles on the clock brokedown, we was recovered to a garage where the mechanic really wanted to scrap our belovered vw that we have had for 15 years now. So the last resort was to get her out of there quick, so had the recovery company bring her 4hrs down the road to a family members house. Where we have her now for last 4 weeks. I have been looking into either replace the crankshaft or replace the engine, ive been to 3 very large scrap yards but can not get an abl engine they have offered tdi from a seat. But i know id need the rest like ecu etc. I could not see a 1x engine in the list which would make it easier for me. I have a replacment crankshaft in england that was bought when we brokedown. So for the last 4 weeks i have been getting dirty with the tools remove the pulleys to get the sump off to look at the crankshaft to see if it had snapped which it has just behind flywheel housing, the engine still turns and runs just very loud. So my next step is to remove the crankshaft, I havnt yet been able to gether the courage to undo the bolts yet, after sourcing all the tools i need to lift the van support it and buy a larger socket set. I am stuck at should i remove the timing belt first before the crankshaft, if i do, can i still rotate the engine without the belt on.