I've got a crank holding tool that makes it easier to loosen the crank bolt as well as hold it to torque it. I've got a few left in the latest batch. If someone wants to swing by and snag one, I'll donate it to the club tool collection.
Some of the AC mounts have locating collars that go in to the fan bracket. On those you have to loosen the compressor to get the clearance to get past the collars. I haven't figured out the pattern to which ones have them, so I just loosen them all.