fixed it today. looks like the gasket behind the oil filter housing was literally gone. I guess my two oil changes in the past 8 months excellerated the problem by pulling on the portion that the oil filter screws into. I found it challenging getting my 15/16th socket to sit on that thin bolt but for the past 4 hours no drips on my pan. Thanks guys for all the help. Couldn't do it without the help of forums like this
btw here are a few pics of my latest project. Out with the 318...in with the 440...Shes almost ready. I left most of this installation to the pros..