Here is the story: I was removing the oil pan to replace the gasket and could not remove the pan one all the bolts were removed. Upon further investigation, I found that one of the engine mount brackets (not the actual mount) was bent far enough to obstruct the oil pan being removed. My question: has this happened to anybody else? I am thinking that I need to replace the bracket but cannot find one fits the 4.2 V6. There are brackets available for the 8 cylinder AMC but not for the V6. Has anybody else had this experience and how have they solved the problem.
OK, for the real answer, if your talking about the engine bracket on the right side, then yes, it is supposed to be shaped that way and yes, it is and will be in the way of removing the oil pan. Support the engine first and remove the entire mount. Its tricky to find a good spot that still allows the pan to come off. I think I used a shop crane on that side and only lifted it a fraction more than needed. Either way, use extreme caution as you will be working under the engine not supported by one mount and the crossbar.