Thanks abig84, much appreciated.
Well, it was fun, but it is now done.
Sum up, got 2 new shift solenoids (1-2 and 2-3), and installing those were no issue. The new ones have a screen inset in the passage, where the older ones did not, and I got Delphi OEM solenoids.
I agree with your statement, "theres always something else in the way of what you are trying to do, you can never just take off a part without having to move another one". That there is!
So, unbloted the rear of the trans from the crossmember and supported, took the passenger side crossmember bolts off (drivers side were more a pain, so tried this way first) and the crossmember was able to be dropped about 1 - 1 1/2 inches. Finally had the clearance to get the pan in. Not a straight shot, but working slowly it maneuvered into place.
Bolted back up, torqued pan bolts to specs, pushed crossmember back up to place, bolted in and torqued to spec, reinstalled nuts to rear trans support and torqued to spec.
Put in 4 qts of fluid (did NOT want to overfill) and started her up. Let the transmission warm up on the jackstands, (she was completely in the air and stable) cycling through Park, R, D, 3, 2, 1 and back periodically to get all flowing and cycling. Dipstick showed between the holes when hot after a 10 minute warm up and cycling. Shut her off and dropped her from the jack stands. Took her out for a test drive about 10 minutes of neighborhood and up to 60 mph driving. She shifted fine, works great. Checked fluid, still between the dots. So all is well, finally doen with THAT issue!
Like you stated, they design things so it is best just to take it off and get it out of the way to make it easier on yourself! Although NOT taking off the shock support of the number 4 plug! LOL
Thanks again for your reply!