|but I don't have a hoist to do it with this time,|
Well without a hoist, I don't think you are taking it out top or bottom. The engine and tranny sit on a cradle, and it will not come out the bottom unless you drop the cradle, and that's not happening without a hoist. I have heard some people say they have dropped the rear part of the cradle only, (the part nearest the trunk) and then pulled out the tranny through the wheel well. You might be able to do that without a hoist. Through the top is no picnic without a hoist either. I can't see you getting the tranny separated from the engine, and then lifting it out, without the aid of a hoist. I just dropped my sons cradle this weekend, and there is no way in hell I would have done any of it without a hoist.