Well it looks like its time to replace the oil pan gasket. The only way to do this is by taking the motor out?
I have never taken a motor out, I have changed transmissions and such.
Is it possible to clear off the turbo and such, then hoist the motor up enough to take out the oil pan? or, By the time I have gotten it to that point I might just as well take it out?
I am thinking of taking it somewhere and having it done, however, if I took it out I would be able to do so many other things while its out. Like clean everything up, paint it both the motor and engine bay, not to mention fixing or replacing various other things while its easy to work on. It would be a good time to change the exhaust out etc etc. I have a somewhat limited work space, I have a horse farm with a barn, but I board horses. So my boarders would be a bit weirded out by a disassembled truck in the horse barn. I wouldn't care but......they provide a nice income for me so I don't have to work so much
The tractor shed has a dirt floor and low ceiling, I could do under the old oak tree thing, but, then if it rains.......
I am thinking it would take me a week at least, since it would be my first engine removal, plus all the little side projects I would want to do while its out (clean up,paint,exhaust etc).
Any thoughts or input?