I've also seen folks use tie-down straps under the trans and around the frame rails as a sling / support for their tranny, FWIW.
I hope that high pressure line off the pump wasn't cut
why did you remove the intake
Every word. Twice. And thank you for posting it. There were a lot of short cuts suggested there but since I'm not a mechanic and this is my first time pulling this engine I decided to follow the FSM. It says remove the steering gear and the front diff so I did.Did you read the engine removal thread linked in post #4?
Your encouragement came on the day I needed it most.Good job plugging away at this
Ring spanner and fish scale, and a calculatorWow...that's interesting. I had no idea, and I'll have to keep an eye out for that. Those little buggers are certainly a PITA! And...totally makes sense to remove the pan for access. I have yet to figure out how to get a torque wrench in there to install them, so far I've just been using the German torque spec.