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i work at a marina and have a full shop/tools/220v mig to work with.
I agree 100% it is not the correct way to go about it, however i don't believe it can be considered a "butcher job" without seeing the finished job.
After reading a few threads about the subject, i too agree the crossmember provides little support if any to the vehicle. It does have a huge hole in it to begin with and that is right where i'd be cutting, just enough to clear the oil pan.
I am also more than confident in my welding abilities to make this thing stronger then it was when im finished. I do plan on adding addition 1/4" plate to support it, not just butt welding the joints where i am cutting.
From my experience, the more you take apart the more chances you end up messing up something else and i cannot afford the down time this is my daily commuter/work truck. I would be fine with pulling the motor if I had a week off from work, but my only window of opportunity is possibly a saturday and sunday.
I do plan on letting the oil drain for awhile and being very thorough with getting a proper seal, but i think some people on here tend to make a bigger deal about that than it really is. When you service your differentials with Permatex Ultra Black you can add oil withing 20 minutes of setting the cover and be absolutely fine. However i do plan on letting it set longer only because of the amount of work involved.
Also im keeping this truck for quite sometime, hence the reason trying to get this solved ASAP. I would never sell it to someone without letting them know the work i've done to it, i would never want to see someone get hurt.
02 F250 7.3 Ext. Cab Long Bed
6637 DIY intake, muffler delete, EBPV delete, 6.0 cooler, ISSPRO gauges
285/75/16 BFG a/t's