OMG... It's a nightmare! Because I know you are all right! lol....
I was really feeling good about getting an Automatic transmission too....
The thing I don;t understand is assuming I can jack/lift/hoist the Brat sufficiently, why in the world would it be easier to pull the engine ?!?
I see the very informative replies above, and than you, but seriously... If I take the trans out instead, there is very little to unhook, it would be very straight-forward. I would think that the only issue would be getting the clearance to do it (Lifting the Brat).
I work part-time as a Courier/Delivery guy, and my life is pretty much on the road and in parking lots, restaurants, etc.
- I really don't have the space for an engine hoist, and hate renting such things. - Yes, I also face challenges with lifting the whole Brat instead, but it does seem simpler.
My other concern is that I amused to 1st Generation Brats, where you had ONE (Pilot) Bearing,and according to the kits I have seen, there seems to be like 4-5 bearings that would need to be replaced, and I would probably need one or more special tools to do install them.
There are few jobs I don't like like on a Brat: Electrical, Transmission, Engine rebuild.
- And yes, I musty also admit that a clutch job, etc is probably easier on a Subaru Brat than most other vehicles made.
It seems the only option is to go broke paying to have it done.
- and there is the other option not mentioned yet, and that is how people rave about the 5 speed manual trannies.
If I have to do it myself, I may as well see if I can get a 5 speed and do it right -right?
As Dr. Zachary Smith would say: "Oh.... the pain..." lol