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Sure, you can do a heads and cam swap from the topside, but since we were also replacing a leaky rack, seeping rear main, and installing a new clutch, we decided to drop the engine out of the car. After all, this is how GM puts it into place at the factory. By going this route, we didn't need to pull the radiator, nose, or a lot of other parts. Total time to drop it out was about an hour.