Originally Posted by Marcus_Alexander
So to support the engine are there hooks I can connect a cherry picker to? Also how many of the needed tools would not be in the standard joe's tool kit?
Near the oil filter housing is a threaded hole for inserting a hook for an hoist. The thread size is exactly the same as the tow hook. However the tow hook is not a great fit it interferes with the side of the housing. A tow hook from an e36 works fine.
Harbor freight sells an across the fender hoist/support for like 60 bucks. I have used this several times to drop the subframe on my car (xi). Should work for your needs if in fact what you want to do is what you should do.
edit: nvrmind did not see how old this thread was.