Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Vehicle: 1988 Dodge Dakota SE
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TBH, before I worried about the rear seal, I'd replace the sending unit - if it's failing due to age, it could be leaking and it'll look a LOT like a rear main seal blown.
After that, if it doesn't fix the flickering light (BTW, how is the oil pressure sitting? If above the bar above the "L" it's got enough pressure,according to that - and it's the same unit with a split sender inside!) then I'd look at a new rear seal and oil pump.
I'd also consider a new motor; one thing to CONSIDER (!!) is to pick up a Magnum 5.2, freshen it, put LA-drilled heads on it, and bolt on your LA intake and throttle body, with the LA exhaust manifolds; that should yield a nice kick over a straight LA 5.2 (but not as much as if you actually did a Magnum transplant).