How much work is it and can it be done with out a lift?
About how long would it take the average mechanic doing it for the first time?
I agree with
. The only thing I can add is call Joe Delano, as stated in other posts on the topic.
I ordered the AC mount, which comes with the trans close out from Joe, then ordered the kit from Crate Engine depot. The kit is cheaper than getting the parts individually. The kit contained the pan & gasket, oil pickup & o-ring, dipstick tube & o-ring, dipstick and new pan bolts. I ordered the kit last fall (2018).
The only things I had to make were new brackets for the wire looms, two on the front of the pan, and one on the passenger side. One could tie wrap them, but I couldnít.
I did it on jack stands. FWIW: I used a flattened TV box and quilted flannel shirt, no creeper. It took < a day, as Iím slow and I like to study (and overthink) things. Plus I had to clean everything and re-wax the crossmember and stiffening plate. Yíall do that right?
The longest part was waiting the 24h for the RTV to fully cure (I read the instructions) before dumping the oil in and firing her back up. I confirmed with Joe later, waiting was the correct call unless you are using quicker setting stuff that shops have access to.
Iíve got the procedure typed up and a few pics, I just need to get it posted.