Im in the same boat as you Powerstroke.I have been shopping the job in the New Orleans area to change the oil cooler and install my EGR delete kit and have gotten quotes that range from 540.00 to 1030.00.They are saying 10-13 hours.Im thinking I can do it myself.I swapped my turbo out myself and it doesnt look like the oil cooler and EGR coler are much deeper than the turbo.looks like its just the next layer of stuff to take off.
If you get to the point of having the turbo removed you have it beat. The first time took about 8 hours, The third one took 5. It is just nuts and bolts. Take a picture of where the various types of manifold hold down bolts go. That saves time when reassembling.
i can relate to your small guy comment even though I am not small. My nephew is 21 years old, 5'5" tall and 145 pounds. The little ******** is strong though.
Although Cheezit will laugh at me for saying this, I would seriously consider removing the front bumper and the coolers all the way back to the core support to do the "Big Three" you referenced. It is quite simple to pull that stuff off and it sure makes working over the top of the engine much easier. I do not know what the FMC 6.0 cylinder head lifting bracket costs to buy but if it was at all affordable I would get one. Getting the heads back in at the right angle and pitch is a nut buster without an engine hoist. It is also much easier to get the hoist in the right spot without thre front on. Good Luck
have done two egr delete kits and with three people doing it took 10 hours, alot of time was drinking and running around getting parts, and food. As soon as my brothers truck gets out of the shop for the he is getting it done as well. Been waiting a year and half to do his