No lift, just brute force. Once you're at that point you start to get excited and some extra adrenaline helps. :p It weighs about 60 lbs without intake connected, not bad at all. Plus you have the cam to hold onto, which makes for easy lifting.
No other special tools, except I had to buy a 27mm socket to turn crank to get TDC and of course you'll need the special tools to remove fan clutch. (counter holder and small socket)