Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Shelby, Nebraska
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Been there a couple times. Yes, you can remove the engine with the transmission, but you'll find the job much easier if you remove the front end (bumper, radiator, radiator housing, etc.) Is all that worth it? Your choice. Even so, you will catch the torque converter housing on the bottom of the firewall during removal (automatic trans.) Can be tougher than one thinks. If so, and you're removing said transmission, be prepared to loose the greater majority of the tranny oil on the shop floor, unless you plug the end of the tail shaft after you remove the drive shaft, of coarse.
Bear is right. It's better accomplished in two separate maneuvers. He's also correct when you try to reinstall both. The only way I know, when it comes to re-installation, is to drop the motor and the transmission, (together), on the frame before the body is dropped down and attached, but that's most likely in a frame-off restoration and that's the easy way. Again, if your talking an automatic, they do make plugs to plug the tail shaft to prevent loss of oil.
Now, for my question. I'm with the other guys on this one. Why do you want to remove the transmission? 4-speed or automatic? As one often says..."Why fix it if it's not broken". One would think you can accomplish your task on #7 without removing the tranny.
Just my thoughts...