Re: Pulling engine from side?
I pulled my engine over the fender using a Torin 2 ton hoist. My hoist is around 63 inches long extended which is a few inches to short to install from the front. I think one with a 68 inch reach would be perfect for installing from the front. I removed the trans before hand. When i removed the engine, I just used a lift plate mounted to the manifold. I had to raise my car so the legs of the hoist could slide in far enough to reach the lift bracket. I used 2x4 blocks to get the car just high enough to fit the hoist legs under the car. I also removed the front tire. The engine cleared the fender no problems.
When I installed my engine, I had the 4 spd mounted to it and I used a engine leveler mounted using the intake bolts. This was a bit tricky as the hoist did not go high enough to install the engine with the car jacked up. So i raise/lower the car to get the the engine/trans and hoist into position. I would have plenty of 2x4 blocks available I had two other people helping me so it wasn't too bad. The extra set of eyes and hands helps out. I would not install an engine/trans combo over the fender by myself.
1969 Camaro 350, Trickflow heads, ST-10 4spd, Hotchkis suspension, Baer SS brake kit, moser 12bolt