Haha must have been a standard MF tool, as we did the sameAngle iron with a flat iron welded on one end and bend the flat 90 degrees to fashion a hook, the opposite end of the angle iron bolt a light piece of chain and a grab hook and wrap that around the handle below the windshield.
Grab hook to adjust the height, angle iron v centers the variator pulleys and it rolls right out.
Yeah you can loosen the springs.
I never did.
Had a hook tool made up that went around some pivot point and come along to collapse the springs.
We always use a come alongIts been about 20 years since Ive done one but here we go, back off spring pressure & remove springs & bracket, pull the pin out in that same area thats held in with cotter pins, that will let the 2 arm brackets down grab the handle on the front of the cab & kick/push the variator toward the back, this will loosen the belts, take belts off drive & driven pulley & place your leg above front axle & pull the variator off onto your knee & leg & to the ground, btw place the belts to the side of the track the variator slides into. Have fun I hope you are fairly strong & agile.