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Oil on Oil filler cap NOT on dipstick.

Just completed changing Intake Manifold (RPM Edelbrock Air Gap) on Small Block Chevy Eng (400ci). Engine recently overhauled by Ed Hale Racing Engines of San Diego. After 2 complete warmup cycles (180/185 Degs) Noticed "Oil Breathers" on both valve Covers were "Milky". Exhaust was shooting some condensation. Car has been sitting for approx: 3 weeks, without any engine starts. "Right away, I figured Blown Head Gasket?? BUT, Dipstick shows no evidence of oil in the system. Engine was professionally built and Dyno'd. All that has been done is changed Tunnel Ram Intake for Edelbrock. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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More than likely just condensation. Keep a check on the oil & water tho'. It has been pretty wet in Ca. lately.
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Just completed changing Intake Manifold (RPM Edelbrock Air Gap) on Small Block Chevy Eng (400ci). Engine recently overhauled by Ed Hale Racing Engines of San Diego. After 2 complete warmup cycles (180/185 Degs) Noticed "Oil Breathers" on both valve Covers were "Milky". Exhaust was shooting some condensation. Car has been sitting for approx: 3 weeks, without any engine starts. "Right away, I figured Blown Head Gasket?? BUT, Dipstick shows no evidence of oil in the system. Engine was professionally built and Dyno'd. All that has been done is changed Tunnel Ram Intake for Edelbrock. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Are you sure it has the correct dipstick in it ? I would drop the filter and check to see if it has any oil in it and also drain the oil and see how much is in it also and if there is plenty in it make sure about the dipstick. JMO. And you might need to be getting in touch with your engine builder if all is not right. How recent is the overhaul?They should stand behind their engines if it's a good company anyway. JMO

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No Oil on the dipstip?

If there's no oil on the dipstip. I'd be concerned.
Don't run it till you confirm you have oil.
If a head gasket goes you can tell by pulling plugs and inspecting them.(One very clean one compared to the others)
It may also be noticed, if you have a lot of pressure in your cooling system (bubbles in the rad when running),
I'd do a compression check too.
Condensation is normal in this type of weather.
Good luck
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Just completed changing Intake Manifold (RPM Edelbrock Air Gap) on Small Block Chevy Eng (400ci). Engine recently overhauled by Ed Hale Racing Engines of San Diego. After 2 complete warmup cycles (180/185 Degs) Noticed "Oil Breathers" on both valve Covers were "Milky". Exhaust was shooting some condensation. Car has been sitting for approx: 3 weeks, without any engine starts. "Right away, I figured Blown Head Gasket?? BUT, Dipstick shows no evidence of oil in the system. Engine was professionally built and Dyno'd. All that has been done is changed Tunnel Ram Intake for Edelbrock. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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I think/hope that was an error. I think he intended to say "dipstick shows no evidence of water"
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More than likely just condensation. Keep a check on the oil & water tho'. It has been pretty wet in Ca. lately.
Thanks, SS. Will monitor radiator and Oil. It has been pretty cold for us Southern Cal Boys. BRRRR. It actually Hailed last week.
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If there's no oil on the dipstip. I'd be concerned.
Don't run it till you confirm you have oil.
If a head gasket goes you can tell by pulling plugs and inspecting them.(One very clean one compared to the others)
It may also be noticed, if you have a lot of pressure in your cooling system (bubbles in the rad when running),
I'd do a compression check too.
Condensation is normal in this type of weather.
Good luck
Pulled Oil Drain Plug, NO evidence of water in oil. Pure oil surfaced. It has been a little on the cold sirde for us down here. I imagine the garage must really get cold. Non-insulated.
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If there's no oil on the dipstip. I'd be concerned.
Don't run it till you confirm you have oil.
If a head gasket goes you can tell by pulling plugs and inspecting them.(One very clean one compared to the others)
It may also be noticed, if you have a lot of pressure in your cooling system (bubbles in the rad when running),
I'd do a compression check too.
Condensation is normal in this type of weather.
Good luck
I was thinking along the same lines. Cold in Southern cal. Pulled Drain plug, found no evidence of water.
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This thread has the "Milk" issue also. >> PCV Valve good PCV Info.
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