This is to those of you who expressed interest in seeing how I can lift an engine block out of a car (or a truck for that matter) using basic skills, bamboo, climbing rope and a few snatch blocks. Well it turns out the job only requires pulling the header off to replace a head gasket so I'll do the bamboo work later when the weather's good. In the meantime here are some images from an earlier project . . . S.L.
To lift the engine block I'll use similar techniques on a smaller scale -