I was going to replace the engine mounts on George, and found this write-up on the Samba by somebody named Rocknrod, posted back in 2008:
Armed with this knowledge, I was confident that I could do the job without having to remove the muffler and mustache bar, as others assured me that I had to do.I do it without unbolting anything but the rubber mounts, and the metal tray that has four bolts behind the bumper... forgetting the name at the moment. Unbolt both sides, jack up the engine on one side, rotate the mount sideways, then lay it flat on the metal pad.
Set that side down. Repeat procedure on the other side. Go back to the first side and pick up engine slide mount backwards and up. It'll wedge in the frame, rotate around until it slips out. Install new mount by laying flat, then twisting into position. Go to other side and repeat. Install bottom bolts on both sides and then jack up the bar until the upper bolt holes show themselves.
It takes longer to explain than to do, but keeps the exhaust in place. Jack up on the moustache bar on either side of the engine to get the clearance you need. For the most part you don't need to worry about it dropping, though it may settle around while you work so keep fingers out of pinch points and only go to town with the jack in place.
I failed. There was no way I could wriggle those suckers out, regardless of whether the opposite side one was laying flat or not. There was just not enough room.
Is there anybody else (besides Rocknrod, obviously) who has done this? What's the trick?
FWIW, I was able to rotate each engine mount completely around while it was still in its "cage," and they looked fine to me (although Ronnie Feitelson of Bustoration told me that one was cracked). So I'm content to wait until such time as I either have the engine out or have to replace the muffler before I start getting worried about it.