Oil pan gasket is bad, but I can't drop the oil pan, need a more 'creative' solution
So here's the situation. I have a '79 Ford E-250, 460 engine with rear sump oil pan, with the Quadravan 4x4 conversion (booya!). Now the oil pan gasket is shot. However, a frame cross member and a few parts of the 4x4 conversion make it impossible to drop the oil pan more than an inch or two. Since it's a van, lifting up the motor a bit is also impossible. I'd like to avoid pulling the motor out entirely (been there, done that, didn't enjoy the trip). So any ideas? I've pondered cutting the new gasket so I can get it around, but is it even possible to get it to seal once cut like that?