To restate the obvious, Benzmac was right! It was a real serious PITA (used my 6 yr. old daughter to weasle a few screws into place-gotta love those tiny little hands), but I got it done without opening the A/C or cooling systems. Had to pop all the rivets that hold the electric fan shroud (headlights came out too), remove the inner viscous fan shroud upper half, and pop the clips that hold the radiator and condenser. This allowed enough movement to carefully bend back the outer shroud and pull the fan out (4 mounting bolts, 8mm). Carefull not to maul the condenser!
All's cool now-thanks for the support compadres.
"If everything seems under control, you're simply not going fast enough" --Mario Andretti
1995 E500 street car
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo S track car