MI2600 It says in the Haynes book to rotate the engine until the timing marker on the damper is strait down. This will place the forward crank in the highest position so the forward part of the pan can be slipped back without having to lower it. After all the above, I have made three conclusions:
1. If I remove the connections of the exhaust from the manifold on each side and lower it, suspend it with a wire. I believe there is enough room to weasle out the pan.
2. If it won't come out. There is enough room to remove and replace the gasket in place. Just have to be careful to remove any and all stuck on gasket and clean the surfaces.
3. Since adding the stop leak and driving a while I have only a minor drip or two from the rear pan seal every day or so. Soooo I can live with it if it does not change for the worse.