OK.... Here's the scenario... my buddy is an old school hot rodder and mechanic. He's drag raced, done circle track stuff, built more hot rods in the last 50 years than most guys have seen at a car show. He runs his own repair shop and can do it all... on older stuff he's a whiz but not so much on computer controlled crap. He knows his stuff. His daily driver is an old late 70's vintage Mercury Zephyr with a 200-6. He's been driving it for about 2 years. The car started using a quart of oil every 300 miles and had lots of blow-by... so he pulled it down to inspect it and see what the problem was... he found all the ring gaps were straight up and down... of course this means the oil has a straight path to the combustion chamber. So he honed the cylinders and replaced the rings... EZ job but, after 300 miles, the blow-by returned and so did the oil consumption. So he pulled it down again and found the ring gaps, again, were straight up and down. Here's the good part... the engine did this three more times... every time he replaced the rings and the gaps aligned once again. After tearing his hair out for a bit, he called an old buddy of his who worked at a Ford garage for 30 plus years. The guy told him the answer was simple... he had a bad ground to the engine. He sez a bad engine ground will cause some static electricity which will, somehow, align the piston rings and cause the problem. Now I've been around engines since I was 14.... 47 years as near as I can figure. I've seen a lot of weird stuff but NEVER heard of this ever. The funny thing is now, after putting on a big fricking ground strap, his Merc hasn't burned a drop of oil in 1600 miles and counting. Soooooo the big question is... has anybody else ever heard of this deal?