I borrowed a stand and cherry picker from a buddy, both pieces from Harbor Freight. Both scarey.
With my big block and heads on, it deflected downward a bunch! The wheelbase on the engine stand was so narrow that I was worried it the the center of gravity of the block+heads would be outside it and the whole thing would flip over. I put a bolt in a head bolt hole and used the crane to roll it upside down (I was doing a pan gasket). There was no way I could up-right it, and used the crane again.
Lowering the engine/bell/trans into the car, a couple of times the crane dropped an inch when i wanted a smooth quarter inch. I was plenty relieved once the motor/trans were back in the car on the mounts.