Here's a tip for anybody who hates their inner shroud on the 6.0. I am working on a customers truck and removing the fan belt sucks, so here's what i did.
Shroud removal -
(Note- I had already removed that the top plastic piece that was attached to the inner shroud. Use a small screw driver or 90* awl to get it off. It looks right at home in the trash can next to the EGR cooler.)
Drain coolant. Remove upper radiator hoses. Remove upper radiator brackets, rubber flap clips, battery cable clips, and shroud bolts on both shrouds. Disconnect the fan connector and remove it from inner shroud. Pull front shroud out carefully. Move the inner shroud forward and loosen fan nut. (Tip #1 - pneumatic fan removal tool will save you a lot of time. If the fan pulley moves while using the pneumatic, have someone hold the tensioner tight and try again) (Tip #2 - the fan always loosens in the same direction the fan normally rotates to pull air). On the lower radiator hose, there is a clamp that holds the radiator to the shroud. I had to cut it with some tin snips to get it out of the way. Then remove fan and inner shroud at the same time.
Next thing is to cut the inner shroud so that the top half of the shroud can be reused. I would prefer for it to be thrown in the trash, but you have to have a way to hold the fan connector. Best tool to use is a sawzall. It does not melt the plastic. And for a good finish, a little bit of emery cloth smoothes the cut pretty nice.
Once the inner fan shroud is cut, reverse procedures to install everything (throw the bottom half in the trash), just take your time and be careful not to force anything in place. The fan will naturally tighten itself and be kind to the next mechanic and put just a little bit of antiseize on the threads. I torqued the bolts for the front shroud and radiator brackets to 50 inch pounds.
Now I can easily replace the belt or work on anything up front on this truck without bad mouthing the engineers as much. It took about an hour to do the fan shroud mod.
Now I get to pull the top of the motor off again to find a high pressure oil leak and it is probably going to be the branch tube. Nothing against any ford owners (ford is a really nice truck and I like this website a lot), but the more I work on these smaller trucks, the more I truly believe that ford has a bunch of moron engineers thinking that a turbo v8 is a good idea in a pickup. For the record, I am not calling engineers in general morons. I work on semis so the straight 6 makes a lot more sense to me. But there are a lot of moron engineers in that area putting cabs on top of motors also. Ford should have used a shrunk down version of the dt466. Rant over.