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I finally got around to taking the upper off and taking a look inside. What I found was very light coating of oil on the intake ports in the cylinder head, definitely not a lot of oil to be found in there. The gasket between upper and lower had some oil on it as well, but there was no oil at all in the upper or lower intake manifold runners. One thing to keep in mind is that the car has been sitting without being started for about 5 weeks now, so whatever the oil might have been there could have leaked down by the valve. Looks like I will be pulling the lower intake off, and changing the gaskets in order to achieve better seals. I've got fresh plugs in the motor, so after another track day I will pull the plugs again and check to see if there is oil on them again. What's a little disappointing is that I was expecting #3 runner to be swimming in oil (since the spark plug was), and it looked same as the others, which leads me to believe that oil ring on that one is toast.
 

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valve guides with excessive clearance, will not be seen in the runners
 
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I don't think PCV is an issue anymore. I reinstalled a stock PCV, because before it would just vent into a catch can. however one thing that I've noticed is that the amount of oil on the spark plugs is inconsistent between cylinders, #3 being completely covered in oil.

valve guides with excessive clearance, will not be seen in the runners
There was a bit of oil in the runners past the lower intake manifold gasket, but again, it wasn't much, probably because the car has been sitting for over a month. I will consider pulling the heads, since it's not that involving, but do you really think that valve guides could cause a cylinder to be swimming in oil?
 

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oh yes very easily.
 

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If it were a valve guide out of spec, what other telltale signs should I look out for, before I attempt to remove the cylinder heads? Would there be a pooling of oil somewhere, perhaps a build of of unburnt oil at the valve?
 

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oil on top of piston, and spark plug as you have seen

exhaust runner will have a coating of oil
 

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Another thing worth mentioning. When I had it at the track last, whenever I would fire it up after a hard run session, it would shoot a lot of blue smoke out of the tail pipes, and eventually clear up. After a normal drive home though, I had to kill it and start it again when I was moving cars around, and upon a restart there was no smoke.
 

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where there is smoke.............
 

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Under deceleration and in gear did you see smoke?
It's hard to tell, because the car is moving pretty quickly, but for the most part, no smoke under deceleration in gear. What am I looking for here?
 
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