More prep work today...I removed the oil sending unit and replaced the "O" ring for safe measure (one on the left is the old one). What you see is after I cleaned it up, it was caked with black watery oil. I also poured about 120z of diesel fuel into the oil dip sick and let it run out of the drain plug. Trying to extract as much contaminated oil as I can.
Boy, I tell ya, BMW loves to zip tie every electrical line which I'm sure is a good thing but a pita to get to. I'm referring to trying to disconnect the sending units plug.
I've also cut the torx heads off two of the old head bolts and barely screwed them into the block where the dowel rings are. This will help me and my bro-in-law (hopefully he shows up tonight) guide the head down onto the block without disrupting the gasket too much.
When the head is down on the block, Ill simply unscrew the the studs and pull them out.