When I did an oil pan gasket removal years back, I put the floor jack under the pan to support the oil pan. Then I removed the front mount and the front mount bracket. I put a 2 x 4 piece of wood under the front harmonic balancer and the cradle lowered the jack a bit and used that to keep the engine raised a bit. Then I took off all the oil pan bolts and the pan came right down. Then I removed the old gasket, cleaned everything, applied two beads of silicone sealant in the corners around the front and rear main bearing caps, installed the new gasket, pan and put back the oil pan bolts. I definitely did not disconnect or lower down the exhaust. .
" THE BLACK PARALYZER" -87GT 3800SC Series III engine, custom ZZP /Frozen Boost Intercooler setup, 3.4" Pulley, Northstar TB, LS1 MAF, 3" Spintech/Hedman Exhaust, P-log Manifold, Autolite 104's, MSD wires, Custom CAI, 4T65eHD w. custom axles, Champion Radiator, S10 Brake Booster, HP Tuners VCM Suite.
87GT - ALL OUT 3.4L Turbocharged engine, Garrett Hybrid Turbo, MSD ign., modified TH125H
" ON THE LOOSE WITHOUT THE JUICE "