I'd jack the oil pan with a block of wood between the jack head and oil pan to spread
I really like your idea. I will try it. My oil pan gasket is leaking in the back and exhaust side and that was one of the things I planed to do while I am doing the head (you should see my driveway). I will buy a new oil pump chain and have master link put in place at the dealer. The chain shows wear more like scuffing marks. I will have pictures as soon as I am done with the car to help other members who needs this information. Thanks again.
1993 190E 2.6
Advanced Diesel Systems Test and Research Engineer