Thank you for the excellent answers! I knew I could count on you; as
I've read through nearly all your posts to this forum, and gleaned
quite a lot of useful information for my efforts.
As for "best case" scenario, I'm not holding much hope, as I've pulled
the breather from the valve cover and it's clear. The air cleaner
element is relatively clean also (not wet with any fluid). There is
about 1/2 teaspoon of fuel (fuel smell, but mostly darkened, as if
mixed with oil; or maybe just the condition of the intake's internals)
in the air cleaner housing. (which may be indicative of something?)
I'll remove or replace the element before another try at starting. As
for the breather; I've only pulled the hose that connects directly to
the valve cover... none of the hoses that this one connects to were
removed, yet. Is there a pcv valve? This one's just a hollow tube with
an elbow into the valve cover.
As for "worst case", the oil from the tailpipe was slppery. No real
fuel odor discernable. So, if I find a broken ring or an out of round
cylinder, are there over-size pistons available if needed? Can the
block be machined to make these repairs?
I called Performance Products for their catalog, thank you! The
diagrams will really come in handy... but hopefully not TOO many parts!
(but it's nice to have a good source)
I'm hoping that it's the valve guide. It seems from other posts that
this is a "common" cause of like symptoms. One other thing I'm
considering is the oil drain-back "tubes"... the oil was very dirty, do
you think these tubes may be clogged, causing oil to be re-routed? Or
would this cause a no-running condition, or much more smoke than I
The smoke (or mostly lack of smoke), as noted in Martin Joseph's reply,
is really confusing me... if the oil had come through the combustion
chamber, why not huge amounts of blue smoke? I'm just guessing that the
valve with the loose guide is allowing a straight through pass of the
engine, would this make sense?
If it were a loose guide, would it drop parts and pieces into the
Well, Thanks Again!