Just bought a 1978 clubman for restoration. It has a very smoky engine. Very Smokey which i know is a common trait on these engines.
Previous owner says he changed the head in case it was valve stem seals but it made no difference.
Just done a compression test and all cylinders are above 13 bar (185psi) which is i believe is very good..
If i remove the oil cap whilst running there is no change in engine speed which suggests the crankcase vent is gummed up but would not think it would cause that amount of smoke.
Car has only covered 1700 miles in the last 5 years which may suggest gummed up rings but this would not give this compression or would it.
I plan on putting Redex in the bores for a few days to loosen the rings otherwise its a complete strip down.
Its 50 years since i played with one of these engines so has anyone got any suggestions on what it might be?