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That sinking feeling...

Haven't driven the tq for a few days, with the wife in the hospital and
wanting to do some projects on it.
Put my new wires on today, fired her up. Ran smooth then stumbled a bit
again (as usual).
Checked the oil - down 1/2 quart - hmmm. (normal color)
Checked the coolant - level fine, except oil droplets floating in the reservoir!

So - what next?
Pull plugs?
Leakdown test? Compression test?

What should I expect? Head gasket? Bad head? Supposedly this engine was
rebuilt 40K ago after a bad timing belt change.

Driving has been normal except one bad downshift with attendent over-rev a
week ago. Car still runs great. Changed plugs last month, #1 and #2 had
excessive buildup on electrodes (tri plugs), but color was right on, others
were fine. I'll drive it this afternoon and see how she feels...

Any and all input definitely appreciated...!

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                                       EMCM(SW) Dave Head  
87 5KCSTQ 175K miles and counting... 1.9 bar boost - Whee!
                                              Maitland, Florida