I thought the same thing. Nope, it was from the plug........which was not tightened! Now.........why the heck is there so much oil there? It looks like that one leaky plug caused ALL that oil mess on the left side of the engine, dripping down, following the line between the head and block towards the back and dripping down the entire length. Amazing how someone could let that go for so long without even checking if the plugs were tight. They were in pretty sad shape too. Now that I have the "leak" fixed it does seem to be burning some oil.
Took all the plugs out, cleaned and gapped them (they were all wrong), gapped the points and it seems to be running a bit better. It has a bit of a miss, which presents itself as a chirping noise at the exhaust, funny little noise. I turned the idle way down so I could get a better listen to it, it seems to be happening at a regular pace, like it's just one of the cylinders, maybe a valve not closing completely. More detective work!
Can't play with it too much now, got a week off and honey-do list to match and most of it doesn't involve playing with my new tractor. We'll see how fast I can get this list done.
This post was edited by Inno at 10:37:46 09/24/12.
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