Removing head pipes from series ii xj12c

I am having a devil of a time trying to remove the head pipes from my coupe. I have gotten all the nuts loose from the manifold, but the pipe will not drop down far enough to pull the thing out. The ROM is no help as it just says remove all the nuts and pull it out with the suggestion that the wheel be turned full lock left before attempting to remove the left hand pipe. It would appear the pipe is hitting the crossmember and preventing sufficient downward motion to clear the studs in the manifold. Any suggestions?

I assume you have the downpipe detached from the long pipe.
It probably won’t drop straight down but rather needs to pivot to an extent as it drops.