I just installed the engine in my 26 this afternoon. Was the easiest job I have ever had and did it by myself. Had the car up on stands in the front, One back wheel just off the floor, Greased top of the frame on both side and was able to move it by hand from underneath, aligned the u joint with a 15/16" wrench and wham, it slid together.
Great job Jim!
I found the same thing when I slid the motor in my 19 for the second time.
I learned that you don't bolt the universal housing until after you put the motor mount bolts in place.
Encouraging news! I hope do way the same thing soon.
I hope to say... :s