Christopher, Thanks for all the tips. I saved them to a word doc for future reference.
I do have air brakes so no drum to worry about.
The bolt with the cut off heads is a great idea. I've done that before on a small vehicle trans but didn't even think about it since it's been so long ago. Thanks for the reminder.
I here ya on the weight of the trans. I won't be getting in it's way. I don't have a trans specific jack but a do have a motorcycle jack and three floor jacks so hopefully I'll be able to make those work.
Now I just gotta set aside a weekend and stock up on the ibuprofen.
It's been way to hot here in S.Cal the last couple weeks to work all day. Last week we hit 122 a couple days in a row.
Thanks for all the help, Eric.