You don't even touch the front suspension cross member, and it is quite easy just to drop the motor/trans as a unit. Most just go basically like this:When you take the engine out the bottom, I'm assuming that you just disconnect the leaf spring from the lower control arm and remove the cross-member from the frame? Or does the entire front suspension have to be removed?
I'm going to need to replace the tranny soon and am wondering if maybe it would be just as easy to remove the engine as well, which would also give me a chance to paint the engine bay.
Support motor/trans with cherry picker
disconnect all hoses, cables, linkages.
disconnect engine cross member
lower motor/trans to floor
release chery picker from motor, and use to lift the front of GT to just clear motor/trans, and slide motor/trans out.
The opposite is true, if you want to rebuild the frontend and not have to remove the motor/trans. Just put the front of the GT on jackstands, at the front jack points, and remove the front suspension, leaving the motor/trans in the car.