Its a big puzzel at first then as getting firmilyer with the parts and how they fit it gets easyer with just part handeling and cheching the book.You need a large bench too set the parts in order and a core tranney for double checking. So two large benches best till parts memerized locations. And i for got you would need too build a trans stand too hold up too your height with a swivel and on wheels too roll out side for good lighting on the harder too reach assembly snap rings. PS the new 8 speed automatics from asia look interesting. More gears for better milege, and steady throttle angle.The book for me was the most intimiated, once tranny is apart and studdyed it gets down too a very few double checks and the tools cost zero for me, i made clucth puston return spring compressor with a bumper jack and case too hold for the one hard too get snap ring that held the tin spring cage down.by watching the vidio of tools working. Here is the trans stand i made for small block chevy trannys.
The bell housing bolts too the short tabs and i made the tranny mount bolt hold on the tall end of trans bracket.
Hope i dident corrupt your thread, thought maybe my trans experiment would be helpfull if you decide too tackel.