Originally Posted by Cheetah
I am taking off Thursday and Friday to pull this puppy apart
I want that motor out, fixed and back to running properly so I can go and do some figure 8'*
If you haven't figured out the transmission bolt, I presume it'* one of the two on the top of the bellhousing, try disconnecting the drive shaft and removing the crossmember that support the transmission tailshaft.
That usually gives you enough clearance to come in between the transmission case and tunnel to get at the bolts. Bunch of ratchet extensions helps too.
I'm not a big fan of the 4.3L Vortech. My '97 Astro had one (TBI) and it wasn't that great. I have a sneeking suspision that it blew a head gasket. It'* gone now, somebody elses problem.
I would also suggest a V8 swap, but if you are determined to rebuild, get a list of all the gaskets for the 4.3L and it'* cost in long-block form. You may find it is cheaper to just get a remanufactured 4.3.