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It’s a scary day for me, fellow firebird enthusiasts. My 1997 firebird with its stock 3800 series 2 L36 hit 160,000 mi last week and I’ve been having a problem with losing oil. Went to a shop to have a dye test done and the shop thinks my head gasket on the passenger side is leaking oil. I love this car, I’d hate to see it go but when they told me I’m looking at anywhere from 1,000 to 3,500 dollars in repairs I had a mini stroke. I started immediately looking online for gaskets and parts trying to find out exactly what I’d need to do it myself, I have a new upper intake that’s been waiting for it’s time to shine and buying the new gaskets doesn’t seem like more than 50 dollars, but what else should I be looking into? New heads, getting the old heads machines, new pistons, new rods, bolts, etc. I’ve never tackled a job like this but I’ve got enough braincells to make it happen with a little help. I’m also considering buying a new used engine for it if that’s the more economic option.