One question - can the ax4n be tipped over like this and still used for service? Or is this for only when rebuilding a transmission? I want to change the filter&gasket before re-installing my new trans, but don't want to screw anything up by flipping it over (or is that just carburetors it's bad for? )
Mine is an AX4S, and this is the position Ford recommends to remove the geartrain. I know they are similar, but I'm not 100% sure this is correct for an AX4N. You could do a search here and see how others have taken an AX4N apart.
I also removed the valve body before lifting it. With that weight removed it was easy to place in positon by myself. Don't forget to remove ALL of the chain cover bolts inside the bellhousing before placing it on end (especially the very top one)(not that I would know from experience)
I am curious but wouldn't you want the trans vertical to remove the chain cover so that the accumulator springs will not fall off? The manuals for the AX4N show removing the chain cover (and valve body, main control) with the trans vertical.
Thank you for your comments, it makes me think about how I will approach it when the time comes (hopefully no more than two weeks).
You are correct, but you have to remove the chain cover bolts inside the bellhousing before placing it vertical as they won't be accessible. After rereading my post I realize I did not specify this-I edited it.