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$5500 fix ... still blowing white smoke!!!!

Here's my story, bought a 156 JTS with 40K on the dial, 2nd day on the road selespeed goes, can't shift, car stops on the highway, all the selespeed oil in tank is gone and leaked ... towed it home then to shop, fixed .... cool, so all good I hope! No.
1 month later, very poor performance in second gear, holds back then speeds up, lots of engine rattling, the left suspension bear points also go, so it's rattling even more, hard to tell if it's the engine or suspension. Anyway, I check the oil once a week, every week I give it a little, like 200ml, then it started to drink 1 litre every week, then once week I checked and there was NO OIL. no leaks, just no oil, the car went through 8 litres of oil after 5000KM, WFT!!!!
I took it to the alfa specialist, I told him about the poor performance, the white smoke blowing from exhaust in idle, and the white smoke blowing out at gear shifts.

This is my bill items, the car is performing better on second gear, also sounds cleaner, but there's still smoke blowing. Is this right, after a total engine overhaul (list below), should it still blow smoke? Please look at the quote below.
Th car is still rattling like mad, didn't have enough money to fix the suspension, so it's hard to notice any change in rattling due to engine fix. It still blows white smoke in idle, and if I crank the throttle it sometimes blows black/brown smoke ... doesn't seem right, after all that money!

* Camshafts,piston rings
Customer intermittently noticed oil pressure warning message & Also noticed some white smoke from exhaust system. Customer topped up engine oil with 5>litres since last service.
Engine Displays loud audible sound from upper cylinder head. Inspected engine oil level & found no oil mark on dip stick. Advised customer engine would require new camshafts and valve lift lashes. Advised customer we would source second hand camshafts & valve lashes. Customer agreed to replace required components with good second hand parts.

Remove engine cylinder head from vehicle. On removing cylinder head we found excessive piston ring slap. Remove required engine components to access engine piston removal. Remove engine pistons from engine assembly. Sublet to L.W.Parry Engineering to modify lower piston groove. Advised by L.W Parry to remove engine assembly from vehicle & carry out crankshaft linish and hone engine cylinders. Note:Supplied two second hand pistons,due to excessive wear to the originals N/C. Fit engine crankshaft with new main bearing set. Fit pistons with new piston ring set & con rod bearings to engine assembly. Strip & Inspect engine oil pump [satisfactory]. Reverse assemble lower engine components. Fit engine cylinder head and required components. Replace engine oil and filter element. Flush cooling system and Replace engine coolant. Start vehicle normalise engine running & bleed cooling system. Interrogate motronic med 7.3.1 for error codes. Carry out engine calibration and factory parameters. Bleed system & Carry out selespeed clutch plunger operation.
Carry out selespeed clutch self calibration.
Carry out selespeed end of line calibration and road test.
Road test vehicle to ensure customer satisfaction.

Technician Labour 119884
Castrol Edge Sport Synthetic 0055189961
Alfa JTS Oil Filter Element TBS
Throttle Body Service Decarbon/12mo 053951220
Wurth Zebra Hose Clamp 9mm 12/20 15081616
Selespeed CS Tutela Oil 1lt WDOC
Coolant/ Summer & Winter 2year Prog 0060677853
Alfa 156 Jts Exhaust Camshaft S/Han 0055186235
Alfa 156 Jts Inlet Camshaft S/Hand 6010
Alfa Romeo Cylinder Bolts 6010
Alfa Romeo Dw712 Gasket Kit 6010
Engine Valve Lifters S/Hand 16.00
Engineering,Cylinder Head 6010
Piston Ring Set 6010
Modify Engine Pistons 6010
Con Rod Bearing Set 6010
Main Bearing Set Std 6010
Linish Crankshaft 6010
Hone Engine Block Cylinders
Machine Flywheel Assembly
Alfa 156 Jts Selespeed Clutch Kit
Syntrax 75w90 Castrol Fluid

All work is covered by our 12month/10,000km whichever occurs first,workmanship guarantee. If you encounter any difficulties at all please contact us immediately.

Total Cost $6100
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Seems to be a lack of head gasket set in that list. And no, your engine is not right.
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Only thing I can think of that doesn't appear to be touched is valve guides. They can cause a lot of smoke on shift change (on overun actually) by allowing oil in cylinder head to flow past into bores, then when you floor throttle again the oil is spent out of exhaust as smoke.
Its an easy test.
Let us know what cause is.
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