I thought about trying to replace my pan gasket with the engine in the car, eyeballed the possibilities, and then I pulled the engine.
One idea I did come up with, though. On the front of the block, either side of the timing cover, are some threaded bolt holes. I believe these were used for very early motor mounts. Anyway, if you were to cut some pieces of stout angle iron and bolt them to the motor using these holes. Cut them so they hang down below the front crossmember a few inches...one on each side...then weld another piece of angle iron between these two. You would basically have a U-shaped contraption bolted to the front of the motor, hanging down below the crossmember. You could put a floor jack the bottom part of that "U", and raise the engine that way. O course, like others have said, remove the distributor, driver's side valve cover, and unbolt the rear trans mount. You might also consider disconnecting the exhaust system some how.
I think it would be easier to pull the engine. Nevermind.
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