White smoke on startup is most likely caused by oil running down the guides
into the cylinders when sitting, then on startup it gets burned out. Not
really a problem, just annoying. At least you know the guides are getting
I doubt if it's steam, you should be able to smell oil smoke vs antifreeze.
----- Original Message -----
From "William M. Gilroy" <wmgilroy at avaya.com>
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 10:47 PM
Subject: White smoke on startup
> My 77 Midget will produce clouds of white smoke out the tail pipe
> on startup. This happens only when the car has not been run for
> over two weeks. If it sits for a couple of days there is no white
> smoke on startup. The clouds will disappear after about 3 minutes
> of running. I found this this morning when I need to get my
> other car into the garage to thaw the block. All is well now.
> I figure clouds of smoke on startup is not a good thing, but since
> it does not happen all the time, anyone have any ideas?