I've done it both ways and would pull the engine out the front. I just made simple plates before I cut. So I drilled the holes in the core support, drilled holes in some plates to match then cut between the holes when it was time to remove the core support. There are dimples on the core support that I used as a "center punch" that worked fine. However, the headers I put on (V8 swap) no longer fit, the cut out wasn't wide enough. Pulling the v6 out with stock manifolds was fine. And yes, just as Mike and 3M said, keep the hook tight to the engine.