Bicyle would be cheaper
Be leary of JY engines, specially as old as these 87'* are today. I'd want to see the engine in the car and determine why the car was parked. If you beat on a old engine it will never last, never, I dont care if its a old Mac diesel it will not last.
That said :
The Cierra is narrower than we H body guys are used to. You either need to buy a manual and see if it gives a out the top procedure or not. My question would be, is there enough room on the right hand inner fender to come free of tranny? Should be. I believe you leave the torque converter with the tranny. I have never done this job.
I did once pull a 1.7 aluminum head 4 cylinder with 3 guys. Two on beam and me in center lifting and controling. It was nuts ! ! ! ! ! The procedure was right in the manual, its where I got the silly idea. Darn shade tree limeys. Oh, the good old days.
The problem is not being able to hold or handle the weight, its when you realize how high you have to lift it to get out of the engine bay. We were 3 young tuff, hardened farm boys that were no strangers to lifting weight. It was very hairy getting over the core support. They gave me alot of tuff luv after they got to set the engine down. I should have been one of the ones on the beam. I was the largest but I was worried about the engine bay.
I say set up a tripod (correctly) and borrow a comealong. Thats how I put the engine back in. This is all easier living in the country. Pole wood is easy and cheap to come by. or two trees close enought to tie (correctly) a beam across.
86 LeSabre coupe, 90 Regency, 90 Ciera Cruiser and the 97 LSS have a new stable mate............06 G6 GTP coupe, white with taupe & black interior