Axle stands and an engine hoist to control movement of engine and gearbox when the gearbox mount and dog bone underneath where detached.Did you have the use of a lift or did you lift on axle stands?
I understand you need a place and space to do maintenance and repairs on yer car.
If a repair is X amount at a dealer or shop, I reckon its possible to do it yourself including all necessary tooling and parts for less........ Ofcourse one needs to be confident enough and a (private) driveway/parking.
The hours you spend are not working hours..... It's just fun and gathering knowledge!