Originally Posted by frscke1
Why would Ford do that ... make it so difficult just to change a simple oil pan gasket.

And I thought replacing the in-tank fuel pump was hard. ;-) This may have to wait until it gets a new engine. Meanwhile, CatFish's suggestion about re-torquing the pan bolts is a starting place. Maybe try to put a layer of something like permatex spray sealant leak repair?