bigb12359 - sorry I didn't see your message earlier...I should have gotten an email notification, but didn't...I'll double-check my settings.
VIN of the donor Verano was 1G4PP5SK9D4113848 . The preventive maintenance parts should have arrived at my son's by now (timing chain and guides, new plugs, etc.), so we can start prepping the donor engine. Also, on the donor engine, there is a plate at the top of the timing chain cover that has a label with some sort of barcode and numbers on it, but they are worn and not readable - is there any value in knowing the information on that label? Is it an engine serial number? Is there another spot on the engine to get that?
I should get the dead engine out of the Equinox this weekend. I think my plan is to remove everything in front of it, unbolt the torque converter from flywheel (through the starter opening...starter removed), and then separate the engine from the transmission and bring out the engine only. If I have my stack-up (or stack-sideways, in the case of the engine and transmission) correct, I should only need to shift the engine about 3/4" to the passenger side to get it to clear the transmission housing and come out the front/top. With the engine mount from that side loose or removed, there should be enough clearance to shift the engine that far to the passenger side. Can anyone chime in with some BTDT experience to back up my analysis/assumptions?
A coincidence (or, maybe instead, not surprisingly): I had my in-laws' car at a local shop for some other work to be evaluated/diagnosed - and sitting in their parking lot was a snow-covered Equinox. When I inquired, it was there because of a dead engine - a 2.4L that blew the rear main seal. Ugh.