Just to mate the engine? No way.
Don’t use a load leveler with your hoist. It will hit the top of the firewall with like 1” to go between the engine and trans. I learned that the hard way. Use bolts and chain.
I did it solo. It was a lot of stand up, lay down, but doable. Have a big ratchet read to gently turn the engine as you push to get the converter bolts in their holes. Then send whatever bellhousing bolts you can get, and worry about the uppers last.
As for the trans filter...this is likely an unpopular opinion...but I rarely change mine. I use a filter in the cooling loop. The one in the pan is very coarse media, only catches big stuff. IF you’re using an external filter and that pan filter gets clogged enough with particles to create a pressure Delta, your trans is probably proper ****ed anyway. I change fluid via the cooling hoses every 30,000mi. Got lots of miles on my perfectly functioning tranny with beautiful, clean fluid.
Moving that cat every 100,000mi or so to change the filter and clean the magnet isn’t too bad
The latest note
Last night I filled the crankcase with oil, anticipating a test start this morning. When I walked into the garage this AM I noted a quart sized puddle of oil under the supposedly six ways from Sunday quality tested salvage engine that was dripping from the pan/block gasket area.
Guess quality testing will still pass an engine that won't hold oil. I know it's minor but still.
**** me what the hell's next
Thanks for that, that is very coarse, I'd like much finer cleaning of ATF than that.I looked it up a while ago when I was researching my filtering plans. 100-120 microns was what the interwebs came back with for the 5R55E pan filters.