I rented a hoist. The hoist was set up so that you could hook it up to trailer hitch. I borrowed a chain from Autozone. Worked great. I removed all oil pan bolts, engine mount bolts, brake boost line and fuel return line before lifting. I put two small wood blocks between the engine and mounts as it was raised for back up. I did not want to trust the hoist while my hands were in the pan. Rented hoist for 1/2 day. Will rent hoist again when I am ready to make sure no debris got into pan and reconnect to oil pickup. I was not able to raise the engine enough to remove the pan.
I am wondering if I should replace the chain while I am in there. I will examine the chain after I have the tensioner rail replaced. If there is slack, I may go ahead and put the third chain on.
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