Posted this (and others) in the general Technical forum, and it seems that us heavy-duty engine guys don't lurk there:
I'm rebuilding a 2001 SE Sedan with an SPI and a manual transmission. I have the head off, and the next step is to pull out the block.
I know dropping the engine and transaxle out the bottom is best (am reading the How-Tos, etc.), but if possible I want to leave the transmission in place.
I think with the oil and water pumps off the front of the engine I'll have five or six inches to work with.
How far does the engine need to come forward to come off the trans' input shaft? Anyone successfully remove the engine block from above, with a manual transmission left in place? And then successfully align the clutch going back together?
Thanks for your quick reply!