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Wow!! I would like to meet the dillhole that picked the location of the oil filter!! :slapfight:

 

It couldn't be in a worse position. I had a ton of paper towels wedged up near it as I broke it loose, and it still put oil all over the place. The towels pretty much acted like a funnel and put most of the oil that drained out into my catch basin, but I was under there an extra 20 minutes with a bottle of degreaser trying to get everything clean.

 

If you took this to the dealer to have it done, I bet your car would drip oil on your garage floor for a week!

 

Oh well, you know what they say: "A bad day changing the oil in your Shelby is better than a good day at work." :hysterical:

 

Later,

Scott

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Someone had suggested using aluminum foil as the funnel to guide the oil away from the frame; might work better than paper towels. I may try this next time I change the oil. I used a plastic bag over the filter the first time and it made a mess anyways.

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:beerchug: I used half of a beer carton for a funnel type thingy,,, saved the mess from happening

 

On my Ranger and Taurus after I drain the oil drom the drain plug, I use a gallon jug (softer ones like from window washer fluid works well) with the whole top area cut away except for the handle. If you break the oil filter loose and then get the jug up under it (so it surrounds it), the cutout will let you spin the filter right off (from the side with two fingers) and let it drop right into the jug ...and the handle makes it easy to hold it with the other hand until you can get a rag underneath to wipe the filter mount. If you're carefull you can do it without any oily fingers! Much easier to do than to explain <lol>. Possibly it would work well on the GT500 too. --Dan

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Wow!! I would like to meet the dillhole that picked the location of the oil filter!! :slapfight:

 

It couldn't be in a worse position. I had a ton of paper towels wedged up near it as I broke it loose, and it still put oil all over the place. The towels pretty much acted like a funnel and put most of the oil that drained out into my catch basin, but I was under there an extra 20 minutes with a bottle of degreaser trying to get everything clean.

 

If you took this to the dealer to have it done, I bet your car would drip oil on your garage floor for a week!

 

Oh well, you know what they say: "A bad day changing the oil in your Shelby is better than a good day at work." :hysterical:

 

Later,

Scott

 

I had a dealership do the first oil change at 1500miles. I had already looked to see where the oil filter was located and knew in advance there would be oil all over the crossmember. When they gave it back to me I checked and sure nuff covered.... I Showed it to them and made them go clean everything up before leaving.

 

Ill be doing all the rest of the oil changes.

 

If you do take it to a dealership just make sure the clean up that area before you leave the dealership.

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I used foil to cover the top of my frame too. I still made a little mess and ran down my arm and into my arm pit. :banghead:

 

I wonder if a guy drills a small hole in the bottom of the filter first and drains the filter, if that would help ?

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Heavy duty aluminum foil or the thin cardboard that soda/beer comes in makes a decent funnel to the drain pan.

 

Auto parts store sell a plastic bib but I've never tried it.

 

Steve

 

 

I did my first oil change on Sunday and used a piece of thin cardboard from an old calendar and it worked great, no oil on the sub frame or the holes in the sub frame. It took a while for the filter to drain, but the cardboard directed it into the oil change pan.

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Since I haven't done an oil change in probably 15 years, I'm wondering what you guys are using to get the car up. I have some old steel ramps that I used to use on my 87GT but they had a steep angle so I used to have to put wood boards before the ramps to get the front up high enough to clear the air dam. The Shelby is even lower than the 87. I've seen some of the newer ramps at the auto parts stores seem to have a longer ramp with less of an angle. Since my car only has 300 miles on it and it's been to the dealer three times and will be there again next week for reasons I won't go into here, i'm thinking I might do the oil changes myself.

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Since I haven't done an oil change in probably 15 years, I'm wondering what you guys are using to get the car up. I have some old steel ramps that I used to use on my 87GT but they had a steep angle so I used to have to put wood boards before the ramps to get the front up high enough to clear the air dam. The Shelby is even lower than the 87. I've seen some of the newer ramps at the auto parts stores seem to have a longer ramp with less of an angle. Since my car only has 300 miles on it and it's been to the dealer three times and will be there again next week for reasons I won't go into here, i'm thinking I might do the oil changes myself.

I built some ramps out of 2 x 10s.

 

Oil_Change.jpg

 

If I wasn't so cheap I would have bought some Race Ramps:

 

http://www.discountramps.com/low_profile_car_ramp.htm

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I wonder if a guy drills a small hole in the bottom of the filter first and drains the filter, if that would help ?

 

I've always done that with my F350 diesel. The filter holds 2+ qts of oil and will make a huge mess if I don't drain it. I just use an old flat blade screwdrive and hammer. One or two taps and it's in. Drain the filter and once it's down to just drips I give it a wipe with a paper towel and then cover the punched hole with a piece of duct tape. The tape keep sit from dripping down your arm.

 

I'll be doing the same on my GT500. It's first oil change is coming up soon.

 

I will put one of these valves on it.

http://www.lubricationspecialist.com/front...CFQ8zkgodnQVK6Q

 

I've had them on 3 different vehicles since new (including my current F350 and wife's Explorer) and they are great. No wrench needed to drain the oil, no stripped threads, no leaking gasket. They only stick out 1/2" farther than the regular drain plug bolt head. Less than $22 and worth every penny.

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Could always remote it, like with this FRP kit.

Be careful... see the note on that site:

 

M-6881-C100

All engines with 3/4"-16 thread filter and 2.435" diameter O-ring. This kit contains all necessary parts to mount the oil filter off the engine, including block adapter, oil filter mount, hose and attaching parts. Not recommended for performance engines. Use M-6880-S

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Nice idea, but they have to be pretty heavy to move around.

Yes they are heavy but not unmanagable. The napkin design drawing that I used actually had one more longer step, that I deleted because of weight and storage concerns; I felt that 3 steps were high enough to change the oil. For storage, I flip one ramp over and stack it on top of the other in opposite directions.

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Be careful... see the note on that site:

 

Yeah, I saw that ...I just read that as a filter consideration because all that changes with M-6880-S is the filter-mount end of the remote (which does look like a nice piece too) so it will accept M-6731-S long-life filter. I figured that the FRP 820S GT500 filter (or the racing version) would work fine, but dunno -- it could be more than that.

 

When I was under Evo's new track car recently :spiteful: I noticed they also remoted the filter for convenience and it did appear to be a longer filter than the 820S (more like an FL1-A or the 6731 -- dunno), but not sure what remote pieces they used.

 

I used a similar remote on my '68 ...with a billet-aluminum filter that used facial-quality toilet tissue rolls as the filter medium (traps many-fold more H2O than a standard filter element and traps finer particles too) and Amsoil. Long story but the remote was a nice convenience ...and drilling&plugging some 2" holes in the wheel wells to get to a couple of the 'impossible' plugs didn't hurt either ;-)

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I have thought about posting this before but didn't know where to put it. I lucked into a grat way to change my oil without buying a lift (garage ceiling wouldn't allow it anyway). My wife has a terrible fear of tornadoes so when we built our current house she had a small storm shelter installed in the garage. It is made with a removable sliding top that is designed to allow you to enter even when a vehicle is parked above. When my dad came to visit he saw it and the first thing he said was "You had a grease pit installed?" Holy crap Dad your a genius! Sure enough next oil change I tried it and it was perfect! I'll ask her what it cost and where she got it when she gets home but I don't think it was more than 1-2k tops and I know they can be retro fitted because the bozos who poured our garage left the hole square in the middle and had to go back and cut a new one. Anyway for those of us who have to get spending approval from the wife this may be easier to argue for than a lift.

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Are most of you doing the first oil change at the recommended 5000 miles, or earlier?

Earlier. I did my first at around 1000 miles. I will change my oil every 6 months regardless of mileage. Mine is not a daily driver so I don't accumulate a lot of miles.

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whats the best filter to use.?

IMO the Motorcraft FL-820S as recommended by Ford is a good oil filter and is available at Walmart for less than $4.00. That's what I use. The FRPP filter or Mobile 1 filter are also good choices but they cost more.

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