Jim thank you for your suggestions. This will definately be a learning experience for me and hopefully for others as well. I do intend to fix the problem the first time around. Just a little concerned that I might have a hard time doing it alone. Sure I can take it to a shop and get charged an arm and a leg, but then if something like this ever occurs on another project of mine, i'll be resorting on others... I'm always up for a challenge. That's just my nature.
My action plan will be to baffle the valve cover, check compression on all 8 pistons, get rid of the synthetic and go with another type of oil.
What viscosity should I use now?