Originally Posted by F150Lonewolf
I am officially worried.
Thanks all for the feedback.
I wil post from the hospital sometime in the next two weeks.
Just stay out from underneath it and get the load off the hoist as soon as possible. It's scary at first, but after a while you come to the realization that those bolts can hold a lot of weight. Just put one in the front corner, one in the back down through the intake and into the head. It will be semi-balanced at that point.
Lift it out slowly and watch for binding and for things you forgot to unhook or that got caught up on the way up. I had a fuel line caught up once and just kept pumping away on the hoist. When it snapped the engine popped up like it was shot out of a cannon. Scared the bejeezus out of me, but it didn't hurt anything (except for the fuel line, which was a $100 mistake).
After doing it a couple of times you won't give it a second thought. GM was kind enough to cast a loop into the back left corner of the 3.8L blocks just for lifting the engine out. They also put a loop on the front right corner of the intake. Put a hook on each and it's balanced perfectly. I can do it blindfolded now. [insert GM reliability jokes here]
Good luck and post pics.