I'm converting an old Nissan Urvan E23 long wheelbase van/minibus (1986) to electric - the current motor is a four cylinder SD-23 diesel that has to come out (currently seems like it's running on 3 cylinders - hey at least its enough to move it without a tow truck). My question for anyone that's ever worked on these is what's the easiest way to remove the engine - I heard some vague thing about the body having to be hoisted up off of the engine... The only time I have ever removed an engine was from a station wagon where of coarse it came straight up out the bonnet hole - this van only has the inspection hole accessed beneath the center passenger seat and made larger by removing the driver and passenger seats plus floor panels beneath - still looks like a small hole for the motor to come out.
My proposed work site for doing the engine pull has an overhead crane so hoisting the body is doable if that what it takes - otherwise I'm going to need to hire or purchase an engine hoist with a long enough boom to reach in through one of the doors. Would like to know what I'm up against before I get half way into it and find out I went the wrong route.