I just dropped my tranny without completely removing all of the rear suspension. I just swiveled it down leaving the front points intact. No problem. I constructed a crib out of 2 by 4's to support the tranny in the back. I bolted the crib to the floor jack. I also used a second smaller floor jack at the front of the tranny with a short piece of 2 by 4 bolted to it. Finally, I used a cargo strap with a built in ratchet and with 1" hooks at each end to support the tranny from the stabilizer bar. I was able to exactly control the position of the tranny with this rig.
This set up should also work for the purpose of removing the torque tube.
Tomorrow I am going to disassemble the tranny.
'82 928 5 speed 226k
I easily re-installed my manual transmission yesterday by myself. The shark is on jack stands with the rear suspension swiveled down as I described before. First I pushed the tranny on the floor into position and lined it up with the torque tube. Then I used a cargo strap with a built-in ratchet and 1" hooks at each end that hooked over the stabilizer bar to lift the front of the tranny enough to slide on top of the rear axle cross member [suggested to me by Mark Anderson from 928 International]. While the strap was still attached, I then pushed the tranny forward so that the rear of it would clear the gas tank when I raised it.
Then I moved the strap to the rear of the tranny and ratcheted the tranny up enough to slide my large floor jack, with a U-shaped crib made from 2 by 4's bolted to the top of it, underneath the rear end of the tranny. Meanwhile I placed my smaller floor jack, with a single 2 by 4 bolted to it, under the front of the tranny.
By alternating between the floor jacks and keeping the strap adjusted, I was able to lift the tranny and exactly guide the input shaft onto the drive shaft [greased up] in no time at all. The movement up and down and forward and back was almost effortless. I felt very safe and secure with the redundancy of this system, especially considering that the tranny weighs about 125 pounds.
'82 928 5 speed 226k
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