I started with a little bit of coolant/bubbles around the plugs - mostly #2. Changed the head gasket cause the gasket leaked. Thought it fixed it. Nope .. didn't do it. Redid the gasket again, checked the head for a crack but couldn't see anything. Reassembled, retorqued ater a few hours at operating temp and thought it was fixed. Nope - bubbles and coolant still coming out - then I looked at it more closely. Cracked head. Hairline but the head was cracked nonetheless. So that meant I did it one more time - with a replacement head and now no more leaks/bubbles.
Solve the head/head gasket problem and then solve the starting problem. If you must use help, suggest carb cleaner - much easier on the engine than ether. Save ether for diesel's - they usually need it
(learned that on the TD7/8's