Car isn't here to look at right now so will ask a couple of questions that come to mind:
1. Any special tools required to reach the bolts?
2. Does anything else need to be removed from the car in order to have access to the heat shield and the adapter?
Area around filter and adapter is cleaned up well, and new gasket is in. Now finding a small seep coming from top of filter. I felt the filter casing was hitting the adapter before the gasket on top got very smug so I tried a different brand filter with a thicker gasket. Still have a seep coming down the filter from the rubber gasket area. Any suggestion as to solution?
yes, that entire area was cleaned with brake cleaner and the surface that the filter gasket contacts is good and clean. I put a film of clean oil on the filter gasket before screwing it on and turned the filter a full turn once the gasket came into contact with the adapter. The area is clean enough that I am certain that the seeping is coming from the filter gasket.
No, it looks ok.
How tight are you installing the oil filter? You may want to try tightening it more than what the filter manufacturer specifies, just to see if you can get the leak to stop.
Looks like we're leak free now - thanks