Oil pan gasket questions, please confirm once and for all for me!
Hello all, first time post here, I usually prefer more to lurk and find my answers through search but I have found many different answers on this subject. I just picked up this truck for 500$ with 159k on it. It's a 91 F150 5speed with the 302 and 4x4. My poor oil pan gasket is leaking severely and I need to change it. From my searches I have found some people saying you must jack up the motor, or lift it with a picker. This isn't really an issue for me as I have a friend with a picker he is willing to let me use. However if it's not required I'd rather not have to go pick it up because he lives pretty far away. Others have said it's as simple as unbolting the pan and letting it hit the crossmember and just fishing the gasket around the oil pickup and crankshaft. So which is it? Obviously lifting the motor will make the process easier, but if it's also possible to just drop the pan and let it hit the xmember and work around it, I'd rather do that. Insight, pictures, tips, are all greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time! Joe