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Location: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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For what it's worth, there is a HUGE difference between the oil pan and the bedplate. Obviously, the person you spoke to at the dealer is feeding you a pile of cowchips. You are correct that oil pan removal/replace on a 6.0L does NOT require engine removal. On a 7.3L on the other hand....
NOW, the bedplate is a whole different story. First off, let's just clarify WHAT exactly the bedplate is. On this particular engine, there are no main bearing caps that secure the crankshaft to the block. The bedplate on this engine IS all the main bearing caps if you will, all in one entire "girdle" type assembly. In other words, the lower half of the block. To access and remove, requires engine removal, both the front and rear engine covers removed, as well as the upper and lower oil pans.
All of this, of course mandates replacement of all the gaskets associated with the covers and oil pans, along with the front and rear main seals. Both of which require use of the Ford/Rotunda tools specifically intended for the install (of the front and rear main seals). By the way, the rear main seal is updated, which requires use of the 2009 and newer E-Series 6.0L workshop manual procedure to install as well.
I hope this clears things up.
Ford Diesel/Senior/Master Tech who placed 2nd overall in Ontario on the Fix-It-Right-First-Visit score for 2010
....who works at a dealership that now employs SOME half decent looking female employees since they overhauled most of the administrative staff
....but STILL loves hot women with big boobies
....and STILL hates working on E-Series with 6.0L