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      Can't sleep, thinking of ways to improve this process if/when I need to do it again.

      The wood support system I built was great, and if I keep all the hardware (brackets and such), building it again would be a snap. Add this to the mix:

      http://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lb-capacity-hand-winch-65688.html

      bolted onto the 4x support beam (or if need be, make it a 6x4 support beam with the broad side up for maximum bolting foot print), over the transmission. Run a steel cable or plain old good wide strap and easy days lowering and lifting the trans. Hell for that price mount one over the engine as well for fine tune lift and drop when getting the two lined up, or the motor mounts back in position.

      Add in another 2 ton (or preferably 3 ton) floor jack with this added to the jack:

      http://www.harborfreight.com/steel-floor-jack-cross-beam-60762.html

      I already have one of these I have yet to take out of the box. I did not snap to use it on this adventure, but if you had two jacks with these lowering and lifting the sub frame would be a snap. Position one on each side, pull the bolts, and just lower each. Would have made the process so much easier.

      So now I am ready to tackle this again if need be :)
       
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      Can't sleep, thinking of ways to improve this process if/when I need to do it again.

      The wood support system I built was great, and if I keep all the hardware (brackets and such), building it again would be a snap. Add this to the mix:

      http://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lb-capacity-hand-winch-65688.html
      Thanks. Now I have to buy yet another tool! :lol:

      And good to see you got it done. Honestly I am trying to understand what you did, and realistically you were doing just fine with what you had. The only thing I would have said was to remove the entire frame before removing the transmission and then use a regular jack under the transmission with a helper to support it from rolling around. An automatic is MUCH more forgiving on install than a manual transmission.
       
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