Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Rockland County, NY
These pictures may help clarify for those who can't get a good mental picture. The first is a 3.8L system, the second a 4.6L system, but the piece to remove is essentially the same. You want to remove the piece circled in red in the pictures and leave the actual air cleaner element and housing. The piece circled, the infamous air silencer, is removed from underneath.
Took a while to drag up a picture but it was nice to see this.
96 Thunderbird LX 3.8L
Fishing when I'm not driving