i know there are some vw heads here, and general car-wise folks, and people who love handing out opinions . i would love some thoughts on my newest van-heck. so, every winter i change the oil (november) and put the van ('86 westy) away for the winter. i start it a few times on not so stoopid cold days. i pull it out and change the oil again in late march or april. i did this just last weekend. and for the first time ever, the oil came out like chocolate milk. i had heard stories about this before and was glad to never experience it. i assume its the head gasket. a big expensive job. i talked to my trusty mechanic, he said, based on what i told him, it is 90% likely to be the head gasket. but, since it is a lot of work and expense, i should be real sure before i commit. he suggested checking the coolant level (in the engine compartment, not the over flow container) and the oil level and quality via the dipstick every morning, and then drive it a little and keep watching for signs. well, i have done that this week, and everything looks fine. i also read on vw boards that there are other tell-tale signs: white smoke from the exhaust, bubbles and floating oil in the coolant container, bubbles in the oil. i have none of these. i have driven the van only a little cause i don't wanna screw the engine up, but definitely more than i did over the winter (really just start it up and idle a little). normally, the old oil comes out almost as clean as new ( i love that about my van). so, i have visions and plans for spring/summer road trips dancing thru my head, and now, i can't decide if i can even drive it around town without causing its death. i have a gig about 20 miles out of town tomorrow. wanted it to be my first trip in the van (spend the nite at a campground with the gf, etc). can't decide if i should take the van. are there any other possible explanations for this situation? please? thank you!