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Re: Blown head gasket?
Blown head gasket is certainly a possibility. However, it sounds as though your rings were on the way out before your head gasket gave up the ghost. At any rate, do not ever run that engine until you have repaired it, as right now you have salt in the bearings. If you want to save the engine for a rebuild, you must clean the crank case by removing the milk and rinsing it with diesel until the diesel comes out without any trace at all of the milk. then you must remove the injectors and soak them in diesel, though the tips are already rusted beyond reuse, but tips aren't expensive.
Next you must remove the head, soak in completely in diesel and fill the block and all cylinders with diesel asap to keep the rings from rusting to the walls or liners and if some rings are bad, keep refilling those cylinders. As often as you can, put a big socket on the crank bolt and turn the engine over a turn or two.
Doing this you can save much of the engine for a total rebuild, but it is not a cure.
I wish you luck.
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