I have done what you are doing 4 or 5 times. I actually had the same thing happen on a '96 that I purchased recently, had one broken spring. What works for me, and just yesterday I got the transmission back on by myself using an engine hoist. The key is getting it to hang at the right angle. There was hook no to attach to, so I made one from a motor hook and put it one bolt to the right of the larger bolt on the top of the tranny. This gave me the right angle, but when I lined it up, the shaft splines were off so I turned the input shaft slightly and it slid in. I've done this same thing w/o the hoist.
but had someone hold the trans up on a nylon rope draped over the 4x4 support.
Hope this helps.
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