Well, there are a couple other posts about pulling the engine out of the 9-5 from the top. These were a great help for me and my project. Just wanted to say that I got the engine out the TOP side w/o taking out the tranny. It was a big pain in the rear, but it will come out. You definetely need to tilt the pulley side of the engine up first and wiggle your way out. Also the tranny does need to get loosened (disconected from the mounts) and supported with a jack. I had it crammed against the right side while scraping my way out on the other end with the engine. An engine tilter attachment to the hoist is a MUST. I didn't use one, but then it took me about 1 hour of tweaking angles of the hoist and jack for the tranny to get it out. Not sure I'll be so lucky getting the new one in w/o this. A helper would be nice too... Just wanted to let people know it can be done with a little effort. I'll post some pics when the new one is in. Thanks all for the posts and advice. This is only my 2nd engine R&R project. The first was an 89 Toyota P/U V6.