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I suggest a dye test, they're not very costly if you know how to do it yourself. Ive had a 99 taurus in the family, thw valve covers leak pretty often, and for some reason so does the head gasket
One very real cause of 'oil' in the cooling system is that the oil cooler for your transmission is part of the cooling system radiator. A small oil-cooler oil leak into the radiator may very well be your problem. Is your trans fluid going down?
No, the car is not garbage. But it does need a head gasket replaced, or possibly has a cracked head. In worst case, the engine block is damaged, and the engine will need replaced. Repairing the problem (hopefully only the gasket) and flushing and re-filling the coolant and oil should be all that's needed.
Embedded in your cooling system radiator is a transmission oil cooler, it comes as part of the radiator. From your description, "... oil flooding out..." it would appear that your oil cooler has burst/split, and is pumping transmission oil out onto the floor. If this is so it will mean a replacement radiator/oil cooler assembly.
I can't believe that you're leaking fluid from a spark plug hole. Like Paulster2 above, I'd like to see what happens when that area of the motor is cleaned thoroughly so we can start looking at this thing fresh. On the opposite end of the spark plug is a cylinder full of fire and very high pressure. If anything leaks into that cylinder (say during idle time ...
Have you done a compression and leakdown test on that cylinder? If it is oil, and it is coming through the spark plug socket, you've got a couple of problems. 1) Oil is probably getting into the combustion chamber. Remove the plug, check if it has oil on the electrode, or if it's clean. Check the hole for oil on the threads. Perform a compression and ...
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