A few days ago, I pulled a 326 out of the "66 Lemans convertible (by meself),engine & trans together. Pulled 455 out of "50 Merc with a couple of guys, then brought it home & unloaded it into the garage, transmission attached. Did a few things to it then shoved it into the Lemans, ( by meself, with trans attached). Went very smooth. I put a little scratch on the top of the radiator support; should have cushioned it better, but we"ll fix that easy enough. It is true, though, that it is much safer breaking it down, piece by piece. The hoist I used was new (but borrowed), and it was awe inspiring to see that much weight dangling that high in the air. ( was pretty much at full bore peak travel). I needed to know if I still had it in me. I did, but I won't do it like that again. Anything could have happened. Also, this was a th400, a little weightier than a standard, I believe. Just pay attention and be safe. Good luck.