Ok, I did all that and it feels great. However, I'm terrified that I'll put it all back together, fill it with oil just to tear it down again because it's not perfect. So, I'm leaving the side cover off for now. Once I have it installed and the shifter connected and all gears work smoothly, then I'll button it up. I left the clutch housing off too because it's much easier to fill with oil before you install it. In the future, this is definitely the way I will install the engine anytime I've been in the gearbox. It's 9:30AM and I'm off to Haiku!! If I'm not driving it by the end of the day, please arrange to have me euthanized. Aloha!!!!!