Hello All - firstly thanks to all for the great content on the site - fantastic knowledge base. I'm a newbie to posting on the forums and am getting close to buying a local 328 - RHD late 1988 Australian delivered (still in Australia) car that seems very original. I've read the buyers guides etc - all ve helpful. The car I'm looking at drives well, gearbox is good, everything (except a/c) seems to work. Cosmetically it needs attention inside and out but I'm looking for a bit of a project anyway so that's fine and all addressable. Issue is as it is Xmas/summer break down here no specialists here are open to do an inspection for a week or two. During my own visual inspection I was able to briefly get it up on a hoist - and there is a good even coating of 'old looking' oil all over the rear facing bank of the engine block (as viewed from standing underneath the rear wheels looking towards the front of the car) as well as all over the drive shafts/surrounding area. This could be just accumulated grime over time (current owner has had it 20 years, only done 25k km in that time, done his own oil changes in between majors and I doubt has ever cleaned the underside). I imagine oil from top-ups, old leaks etc would rundown and then spray around pretty well there given airflow. The oil pan itself is clean and I could not see any fresh oil actually dripping from anywhere on the engine even when it was warm (although it was not running on the lift). His garage floor is spotless. I couldn't see any current leaks or weeps up top but again the engine is not clean there so hard to be definitive. Car has also been driven v little in past couple of years. Oil on the dipstick seems fine with no sign of coolant - but very fresh oil so could have been changed v recently and seen almost no miles. Coolant seems fine but again v fresh and not driven much so hard to be sure. The engine runs and pulls well, no smoke from the tailpipe at all when running or on warm or cold start-up. Engine temp in a 15 min test drive on a warm day seemed steady and the car pulled well. No apparent misfires or odd noises. In the price I've negotiated I've allowed for a major service plus some other work - but not for a head gasket job or worse engine rebuild if there is a problem Questions are: 1) how prone are the 328s to a good coating of oil around the block (I'm used to E-Types etc where it is considered part of the rust prevention system!) - should i expect it to be like it is after 20 years accumulation? Is it likely that just oil would leak from a head gasket (no clear sign of any coolant)? 2) would a 'professional' inspection even reveal the truth of the situation re head gasket or source of oil leak - I assume a compression test/leakdown test would show up a gasket issue? Anything else I should have them do? 3) assuming the worst, what is rough hours needed and cost of a head gasket fix on the rear facing bank (is it an engine out job?) Any thoughts much appreciated!