Ok, first off, I'm sorry if this has been asked before, I tried searching but could only find threads relevant to 3100's. And since I like this car, I'd like to do this right the first time.
Two years ago my 1992 Buick Regal 3800 started making a noise like death was right around the corner (if it helps I noticed the sound after either going over a rather large speed bump or a large pothole, a bit to fast). Due to various obligations, I'm now getting around to actually doing something about it (Don't worry, it's sitting in a barn, not outside). My friends and I have a general agreement that the problem is either a spun main bearing or a broken con rod (one of them had a similar sound with a completely different car, he ended up throwing a rod through the block of his BMW). We figured out that dropping the oil pan would be the easiest way to tell if it was the con rod or not. But as everyone here is probably well aware, there's a fundamental problem with that. I can't get the oil pan off due to part of the frame blocking the pan (some say that piece can be removed but I couldn't see how when I was under the car). I've heard something about rotating the engine to get to these few bolts, however I'm uncertain of how this is accomplished properly. I have an engine hoist that can more than handle the job, I would just like some guidance on how I can either accomplish an engine pull, or the next easiest way of solving my car troubles. I can acquire a donor '92 Toronado for a replacement engine, however I'd like to get this engine working and and not sacrifice another car.
Thanks in advance to anyone who reads this, and more thanks to anyone who can provide informational assistance. But most of all, loads of beer to the ones that will come to Wisconsin and help me out.