UVCH and glow plug replacement...
Removing the valve cover was a bit of a pain...especially that one bolt near the transmission dip stick!
I found that using a 1/4" drive ratchet with a 1/4 to 3/8 adapter, and then a 13mm socket worked best.
Once I had the cover off, the extent of the melting was worse than I thought; one of the inner harness connectors was partially melted too...meaning that I would have to use the Dorman connector after all.
I figured I might as well check the glow-plugs while I had the cover off and sure enough, two of them were toast...but NOT the one that had melted the connector(s)...go figure!
I had read a few of the articles about removing the glow plugs and I was more than just a bit apprehensive about taking on this task, lest I find one (or more) broken plugs that would require some magic (or head removal)! Luckily the Ford dealer was still open and I was able to scoop up 4 new plugs for that side.
Much to my relief...ALL four plugs came out without any hassle...WHEW!
Once that was done, I replaced the gasket and spliced in the new connector - soldered and heat-shrink'd!
Started up with little effort but still a bit of smoke...might be from the oil that ran back into the cylinders when the glow-plugs were removed...we'll see tomorrow, if she starts without the usual white puff.
Side note - checked out the driver's side connections and found at least ONE glow plug on that side that will need replacing...couldn't unplug the other connector without dismantling the turbo hoses and such so that will have to wait until Spring when the air-filter is due for replacement!