Yes this is what the heat shield looked like after it was bent out of the way to allow me to remove the alternator. Not a pretty sight but there just didn't seem to be another way to do it. If anyone else has a better idea I'll listen. Being careful to bend it without weakening or tearing it too badly to bend it back into shape once the alternator was replaced was a primary concern.An overview of the engine compartment after the alternator was removed. What used to be a minor operation for cars years ago has become something of a nightmare. I was undaunted.A closer view of the empty cavity where the alternator fits. Removing it from above is really the only option as the left axle half would have to be removed to extract it below.While it was in this state I took the occasion to heat shield the A/C hoses by covering them in aluminum tape. Poor Ford design results in these hoses being exposed to excess heat from the exhaust manifold, even with the manifold heat sheild in place.A before and after picture of the alternator. Auto Electric in Marietta, GA did a thorough job.Once the repaired alternator was replaced, the test meter shows the results with the engine running. Charging system working in the green OK range again. Even with a few scratches and wounds, a money savings of around $400 is worth it.