You will need to do the o-rings sooner or later living in a cold climate. That's just my opinion.
I be honest, it's worse then it looks. I could get the manifold up may be a inch on one side then do the other then bolt it back down.
Oh make sure you tighten the fuel line clamps while your in there if you can.
193k, 5/20/12 new ej257 short block, 8/20/11 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.
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