ah, I think I remember now, Hoof got that new shiny SSM shortblock and went
SPI swap at the same time
Rob had that oil tube problem when he went to a 4.2 in his car...
sounds just like what he had. It could be the tube, even on a
3.8 it could be installed off a bit or get tweaked just enough
to cause a collision with a rod. Plus he said it was an oil pan tick.