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Need help locating water leak

Hey folks....
I need some advice on finding a water leak on my engine. I have an 88 YJ with a 1998 Chevy Vortec V6 (TBI). After driving the jeep for a little while and looking under the hood there is no water anywhere. After the motor starts to cool, little drops of water begins to form on the front of the oil pan and on the bottom of the starter.

Here is what I have checked:
hoses and connections,
weep hole and water pump mounting surfaces,
thermostat mounting surfaces,
puke bottle and hose and drain,
temp sending unit,
freeze plugs,
drain plugs.

I can sometimes see water and antifreeze around the mounting bolts for the timing chain cover but there is a trail from higher up on the motor. The "valley" on the top of the motor is dry. No overheating problems.

Any suggestions? Can I get dye to check this out? Could it be the infamous ceramic GM intake leaking at the gasket? It is not bad now but it gets a little worse every week.

Hank
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