Hello. I've done a couple of searches, and am at a weird point with the escort. car: 93 escort, 36000 (yes, that's correct, thirty six thousand miles original), 5 speed, 1.9 after an intriguing day at the autox (they had a circle going in the right direction in the middle of the course) - the car started to blow plumes of smoke. now here's the weird part - yeah, there's oil missing/burnt off - but, after letting the car idle for a while, the smoking problem goes away. If i let the car sit over night, the car drives fine. at very random times (varying rpm's and load and weather conditions), the car will decide to smoke like mad for like 3-4 mins - and then stop. the car drive ok, even if the gas mileage has plunged down insanely. i just have to add oil. any ideas? I am assuming that it's either the head gasket, or the piston rings. i know neither are cheap. but could it be as simple as an oil seal? Thanks!