Originally Posted by den942
I haven't had it taken it apart yet. I was trying to find out what head I need to get it in advance of getting it tore down to get it done quicker. I only have one car and was told it would take a week to get it done. I don't understand the week turnaround. When I was still able to do it I rebuilt engines over a weekend...
Yeah, a week is nuts. Definitely time to find a new shop or DIY it. They're probably going to take it apart send it out to a machine shop, and then get it back days later for reassembly.
if downtime is your concern, just pick up new head gaskets (and other top end gaskets) and a couple of good junkyard heads (just in case yours are cracked) and swap then yourself in half a day.
Unless they scoped it or something, I think a blown headgasket us far more likely (you'll need to replace it anyways), followed by a warped head. But 3800s are all over the place, just get some good junkyard ones and fresh gaskets and you'll be good to go. These heads aren't known for going bad so its very unlikely you'd have another issue with them (unless you overheat it or something).