Rodney - having the exact same issue on my Series III. I got my head off and you can clearly see the leak path from the coolant passages to the cylinders. Mine too had no coolant in the oil, just white smoke on start-up and gradual loss of coolant.
Clean up both surfaces very well. Check flatness on the head and block with a straight edge. Use a feeler gauge to check that the sleeves have the correct amount of standout from the block. I will be using a Felpro gasket to replace mine. I plan to use copper coat spray when putting mine back together. The prior person used the old aluminum paint routine and it will be a mess to clean up. Torque the head per the manual, set valves cold, warm it up, re-torque head and set the valves again warm then the cover can go back on. Mike