Well I just picked up a 2nd P38 (02 99K) and after much cleaning I have the A-typical head gasket seep by #1 cylinder. No internal leak, exhaust or pressure in coolant. Car runs flawless otherwise.
I have much more experience with Saab 9-5 4cyl engines than the 4.6L. My last Saab had a head gasket leak and after several quotes north of $1500 I said screw it and replaced it myself. Arguably a bit easier on a inline 4 than a pushrod V8.
The only indie in my whole state of New Mexico (one with a good rep) wants $2500. Unreal imo. Price includes sending head to machine shop, all new gaskets not just head, and replacement of wires and coil packs, etc, etc.
So I spent the last 2 days googling every write-up I can find on DIY replacement and I'm trying to convince myself to do it (I think i can get it apart ok, but getting it back together is another story). I ran into a problem with the Saab (misaligned timing) and had to tear it apart a 2nd time. My last experience with push rods was air cooled VW's about 25 years ago.
Not sure if I'm asking for advice, a pat on the back (you can do it) or possibly any indie mechanic referrals for Colorado or Texas (anything within 400 miles of me).
Woe is my P38.