there is enough slop in the motor mounts to rock the motor forward? the brackets for the steel cooling lines are still in the way of the rear valve cover bolts but they can be reached with a little wiggling. don't have to drop the front of the subframe?
will a slight case leak cause an oil burning smell at idle or does it point to a leaky valve cover gasket? i can fix valve cover gasket with a bit of effort. seems to me the case leak is below manifolds and should not cause a burning smell. in most cases.