Removing the motor mounts and engine turned out being easier than I originally thought it would be. I abandoned using one of those engine leveling tools for just the chain, and from there, it was smooth sailing. The GM LS Engine removal plate made it very simple, definitely worth the money.
As for the bolts, I was relieved to see that it was just 3 bolts on each side, and that the other 4 bolts (for each side) could just come out with the engine and removed later. I used an impact wrench universal socket on the 3 bolts (6 including both sides) and the universal pin blew out on #6. I actually found it later and put it back in.
The engine came up and out without any issue. I was shocked that something I was so worried about for days ended up being so easy. I am still sweating getting it back in there without crimping any of the wire harnesses (or any of the other 1000 things that can go wrong), but that’s for a future day.
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