I agree with Aaron-i was in the same position 2 months ago-was all set to just spruce up everything in place, then a friend with a lift/stand volunteered to help, so we did it. I am STILL doofing around with stuff now that everythings out-i replaced the rear main seal (twice until i found a cool trick), tranny gskt, oil pan gasket, modulator, v.c. gaskets/covers, u-joints, refin. e.m.'s etc. It is fun to do with my kids, and i am learning a TON, but just be prepared for the "while i'm at it" syndrome and for me being humble and asking questions to all the stuff i didn't know. (NO WAY i could have done it without all the positive assitance from the people here). Should have it all back in next month and it will look WAY better than it did before, so i think i'll be glad i did it in the end-but then again its cold and rainy here in WA state so there's not much else to do in the winter!!