i bought a vs v8 ute that has a seized motor. i had planned to source a replacement but before i go down that track, i would be inteterested to know if the old one is at all salvagable. a local mechanic told me that the ute had never worked hard (odo shows 185k mileage) and that the previous owner dropped it off so that he could diagnose a thermo fan problem. the mechanic started the ute to let it idle up to operating temperature when there was a bang and everything stopped.... The owner picked it up and that was that. Anyway, i cannot turn the crank with a socket and bar but havent looked into things further. i have checked engine oil....dirty but no moisture or filings on dipstick. There does appear to be a fairly good oil leak from rear of motor which is still leaking after 4 months. when i turn ignition, starter motor clicks but wont turn motor (new battery). Ute was on dual fuel but i have removed gas lines, tank and mixer. i am not a mechanic but if the current motor can be saved, that would be my preference. any theories???