I'm in the process of replacing the 4,5 and 6 exhaust manifold gaskets on my '89 300SE and would love to know the secret to pulling the manifold away from the block. It's impossible to do by hand, so the job calls for a pry tool, but I'm afraid of breaking something. Can this be done without disconnecting the exhaust manifold from the exhaust pipe? Will prying it safely give the inch or so necessary to clear the bolts? What about cutting a slit in the gaskets so that they slip over the bolts? I appreciate any thoughts.