Who here has done a home job oil/filter change on their 5.0? What a F*^KING stupid design!!! Me & the gf's old man spent a good hour or two trying to get the bloody oil filter off. In the end we decided to have a stab (literally) from the top, between the front manifold pipe & the PS/AirCon pumps. We got a 2 foot screwdriver & used it as a chisel, punching a hole thru the filter. I ran out of screwdriver, and was concerned about missing & hitting either my fingers or the manifold, so I used a 4" spacer thingy as a chisel, and chiselled the screwdriver! It's all about accuracy
Anyhoo, after that was done, we had to pull the screwdriver back out. Hrm, that was fun! The old-man-in-law levered it up from underneath, while I did a King Arthur from above. Just about punched myself in the face when the damn screwdriver finally came out!
Finally, the hole punched thru the filter was used as a rotating point from underneath. A tent peg, of all things, was used to break the oil filter's seal while pulling hard to turn it. The new filter went on without a hitch, and for a minute or so after firing up the engine again (AFTER putting new oil in), I began to smell a scent oh-so-familiar to LS1 owners, but luckily it turned out to be some oil that had been wiped against the block & manifold when pulling the screwdriver back out of the old filter.
Now I know why DIY people like old cars!
If you guys are wondering why we didn't use a oil filter ratchet thingy, well, we did, but because of the cramped conditions which Ford designed in their infinite wisdom, we couldn't clamp the bloody thing on to the filter!
So, who else here has any DIY epics with the 5.0s?