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Re: Somewhat O/T: AMC 360: OILY EXHAUST but RUNS FINE
If your 86 runs so well, I would be inclined to investigate the cause of the problems before doing engine surgery or swapping out the engine. On the high temp issue, how sure are you that the gage is accurate? One way to tell is to scan the radiator and block with an infrared thermometer. Most garages have them or see about borrowing one. While you can't very well scan the car while driving, you can scan it while it is parked and ideling. That way, you can establish a baseline for "calibrating" your guage. If it really is running hot, follow standard procedures (proper tune-up including timing, thermostat, radiator, etc). About the oil droplets from the exhaust, the only thing that comes to mind is that there may be one cylinder with bad rings or valve stem seals and which is not firing. If all 8 are firing, you would burn any oil and see blue smoke from the tail pipe instead.