Originally Posted by Byron King
The picture of the puddle around the VCT solenoid looks quite familiar to me, it could be a valve cover gasket on mine, but I'm going to look into it. Did your car run fine at higher RPMs, anything above ~3800?
Yeah, after 3500-4000 it ran fine, it was only before that that it struggled. I tested by screwing in the solenoid and watching how flush it stayed the the block. In my case it lifted at the opposite side of the bolt, hopefully it helps you 👍