Originally Posted by SSC182
If you really want to find the root of the problem perform a cylinder leak down test I know I say this alot but it will let you know where and what the problem is if you put air into the cylinder and it comes out the dipstick you know your rings are bad or you got a burned piston I mean you can try the others but I don't think high detergent oil is gonna fix the problem
That would help him locate the cylinder(s) that have the stuck rings. It is already obvious from his posted symptoms that the rings are stuck.
In a leak down test there will always be a certain amount of air that gets past the rings and into the crankcase, so just hearing or feeling air coming from the dipstick tube is not always an indicator of bad rings.
Since he parked the car for 3 years and it was running ok when he did, I doubt he has a burnt piston.
High detergent oil may not "fix" the problem, but it is a very cheap option to try before tearing down the engine. It worked for me once on a 302 in a Ford pickup and I went on to drive that truck for the next 5 years with no further problems.