My last E series engine R&R, I jacked and blocked the front end up 2 foot. Left the transmission attached to the motor to balance it rear heavy. Came out easy. Went back the same way. Not a bad job at all. After I wrecked the E350, the 6.9 is in a 78 F100. Still trying to find the time to make the oil system a front sump to clear the steering rods.