Thanks for the kudos, guys. As my grandmother used to say, "One Uses What One Hases".
Engine is now out. Next step is to transfer all the external parts to the new engine. I decided it was easier in my case to simply unplug the wiring harness from the dash and the computer and lift it out complete... It will be easier for me to hook up everything once it is out in the open, as opposed to afterwards when it is back in the car. You'll notice I left all the accessories on (Including the air conditioning compressor, since there was no freon in the system anyway). Again, simply because it'* much easier to transfer out in the open...
As has been posted before, there is ample room in the engine compartment to remove the engine after it has been separated from the transmission. (Thanks, Backwards Bolt Remover!) Used a one-ton hoist to lift it straight up after removing the hood. One thing I will note: Most, if not all, of the bolts that I wrenched were liberally soaked in penetrating oil for a day or two before I started wrenching on them... made a world of difference, and did not strip/break/render useless ANY of the bolts removed..even the exhaust manifold nuts gave way with only modest torque...
The replacement engine already included the heads, lower intake manifold, oil pan, & water pump, and was only missing the Upper Intake Manifold & Valve Covers. (sort of a more-than-a-short-block-but-less-than-a-long-block!) This engine was purchased for $900 CDN, (+ a 100 mile trip to pick it up) because the previous owner had been told it would fit his Chevy S10... He evidently didn't check to see the "3800 Series 2" stamped in the block..Block number from the new engine matches my old engine.. (24506029)..
If there'* anything I should be aware of in transferring the old parts to the new engine, please jump in with both feet.. Suggestions/criticisms welcome & appreciated!
Also, is it worthwhile repairing the old engine as opposed to selling as-is to an engine rebuilder? I believe the main bearings are toast, but will know more when I start to tear it down later on...
Will post as things progress..
FWIW. Regards. Dave
Old & New Engine Ready for Transfer of Parts..
Old Engine With All the Goodies Still Attached...
Rear Quarter View
Front Quarter View
New Engine As Purchased