My mechanic thought it good to remove the engine without the gearbox. My comment: don't do it.
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I don't know why. At the beginning of my Ti Super build, I had the engine in and out 3 times before deciding to fit a freshly rebuilt motor. I took the engine out on it's own each time.
Much less weight to deal with.
The only thing you need to remember is to undo the two a/r bar mounts (the ones on the crossmember), swing it down out of the way, detach the centre steering drag link and swing it out of the way, and put a trolley jack under the gearbox before you separate it from the engine. Once the a/r bar is out of the way, there's enough room to do a straight pull and lift.
Way easier in my mind, (no messing with detaching the propshaft, gearbox mount, speedo cable etc.
I use a fixed point old style chain hoist from a joist in my garage roof. I just pull the engine forward, lift it with the hoist to clear the front panel, and push the car back.
Leave the box where it is if it's ok, and there's no reason to inspect it.
In the past, I've even taken the engine out to fit a new clutch. Never took it off the hoist. Rested it on a stout wooden box, changed the clutch, and back in. Much easier when a lift isn't available than scrabbling under the car.