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7.3 oil pans are EASY to replace! I love doing them, they pay like 12 or 14 hrs to do, and i can do them in 3hrs. taking my sweet time.
All you have to do is get a new pickup tube gasket, Grey RTV silicone from ford, a caulk gun, oil pan, tranny jack, lift, and your in business. I pull the trannys out, transfercase connected, then take 3 dead man jacks or if i cant use them, i use 1 2x12 for the front crank pulley and 2 4x4 posts on the dog ears on the back of the block. lower the truck til the engine cant go any higher, in the mean time the oil pan is curing from the ford high temp coating i apply to it, and then i zip the pan bolts out, go up in with a flex head ratchet wrench and remove the pickup tube nuts, drop the pickup tube in the pan pull the pan out. take my die grinder to the block with a cookie wheel, scuff it up nice, and brake clean the hell out of it, put a sander wheel on my die grinder and scuff the pan rails to make the rtv have something to stick better to instead of a painted smooth surface, spooge it up, get the pickup tube gasket on, put the pickup tube in the pan, put the pan up on the cross member, put the pickup tube in first, then the pan and run the bolts home. by the time your done putting the tranny back in and everything else, the RTV should be cured IF its above 70* ambient temp. If its cooler than that i let them sit over night with no oil in them.
And rear main seals. LOVE doing them. Rear main seals, rear timing cover reseal oil pan they all pay BIG money and are fast easy jobs. C tech work.