I started the process of removing the pan but wound up stopping short of completing the task - I had a work emergency that had to be addressed and it took up a large part of my day because of a difficult customer. Each of the three times I attempted to get back into working on the car, my work phone rang and I had to stop. When the third call came at 7pm, I threw in the towel and gave up for the day. If I hadn't spent so much time on the phone and going to my office - I'd have removed the pan and probably opened up half of the pan holes.
I bought two new furniture dollies for the pan so I can slide it out without dragging it on the ground.
The revised oil thermostat bracket should be coming to a close in the next several weeks. It'll be nice to get that resolved and maybe figure out where to put that oil cooler. I've got to cross some items off of my 'to do' list on the car and get closer to a driver.